London, Cotswolds & Scotland: A Family Adventure

London, Tetbury, Scotland

From $3900 per person in low season

per person for 7 nights based on two adults and two children traveling, including all accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis, transport in a luxury Mercedes Viano and a dedicated private Blue Badge driver guide throughout.

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At a Glance

  • Ideal family itinerary with a range of experiences and activities

  • Private, exclusive guide in London and Edinburgh an bespoke itinerary designed around your interests

  • Stay at the world-famous Gleneagles hotel, host of the 2014 Ryder Cup.

  • A fantastic introduction to the United Kingdom exploring three different, popular destinations.

  • Explore England's quaint chocolate-box villages in the Cotswolds and visit the birthplace of Shakespeare

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It is very difficult to predict the weather in the United Kingdom - in the summer from May to late September is generally seen as the most pleasant time to visit. Rainfall is difficult to predict - but England does not receive as much as many are led to believe! In the winters, temperatures do fall, but there is nothing better than finding a remote pub with a roaring fire to sit beside after a long walk in the country.

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Itinerary

Combine a stay at Scotland's world-famous Gleneagles hotel with a stop to discover London's must-see landmarks and a chance to explore the English countryside in the Cotswolds for a family-friendly introduction to England and Scotland.

Arrive into Glasgow where your private driver will take you on the hour-long drive to the world-famous Gleneagles hotel. Offering a lot more than golf, you'll be impressed with the activities on offer from falconry to cycling and horse riding. During your 4-night stay your private guide can take you on a guided tour of Edinburgh or you can venture in the Highlands in search of wild deer amongst the stark landscape. We can arrange your activities and excursions according to your family's interests.

At the end of your stay, you'll be driven one hour to Edinburgh airport to board your domestic flight to vibrant London, a 1 hour 30 minute-flight. On arrival, your private driver will whisk you and your family into the heart of London to the elegant Brown's hotel, conveniently located within walking distance from some of London's most-famous landmarks, such as Trafalgar square and Piccadilly circus. Brown's hotel make a special effort to welcome families and supply special touches to make your younger guests feel welcome.

Whilst in London, we will provide a private guide who will discuss your interests with you to devise a bespoke itinerary especially for you. Whether you want to see the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London, catch a show in the West End, or even take visit to the Harry Potter studios followed by a stop at Hamley's Toy Shop, the choice is yours!

After an action-packed stay in London, a private driver will take you into the glorious Cotswolds countryside, stopping off to explore the royal home of Windsor Castle along the way if you like. Just a couple of hours from London, the Cotswolds is a countryside district filled with quaint english villages, winding roads and rolling hills. Your base in the Cotswolds is Calcot Manor, a 14-century manor farmhouse just three miles from Tetbury, which is both stylish and great for families. Three miles of cycle paths wind their way around the property and there are some great country walking trails to be discovered locally. Horse riding is also available as well as outdoor tennis courts. The hotel offers a range of activities for children from cookery classes to painting, tailored to the season. With specialist family rooms there is plenty of space for your whole family to relax and enjoy their stay.

From the Cotswolds there are a range of historic towns your private guide can take you to, such as Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, with narrow streets and authentic tudor-style houses. The city of Oxford is also just over an hour away from your hotel, and is home of the world-famous Oxford University, where you will also find a collection of historic buildings in the medieval center, as well as winding rivers where you can enjoy a spot of punting. Also within easy reach of Calcot Mnaor is the Roman City of Bath, famous for it's brown bath-stone buildings and home to some of the world's best-preserved roman baths.

At the end of your trip your private guide will escort you back to London for your onward journey, you may also choose to make a small detour to the world heritage sight of Stonehenge.

 

 

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  1. Days 1-4: Gleneagles

    Perthshire, Scotland

    Think Gleneagles and golf instantly comes to mind, but a stay at Gleneagles is about far more than that. It is a luxury bolthole surrounded by an adventure playground: rolling glens and the fresh Scottish air just waiting to be explored and breathed in.

  2. Days 5-8: Brown's Hotel, a Rocco Forte Hotel

    London, United Kingdom

    Brown's Hotel is a luxury property set in the heart of fashionable Mayfair in the center of London. Within walking distance are renowned shopping destinations, as well as famous sights including Big Ben and the London Eye.

  3. Days 8-11: Calcot Manor

    Near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

    This 14-century farmhouse just three miles from Tetbury is a real gem. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Calcot Manor is the perfect countryside tonic for couples and families alike, with stylish rooms and over 220 acres of meadowland to explore.

Experiences

  • 4x4 guided reserve tour at Alladale

    Explore the 23,000 acres of Alladale Wilderness Reserve in the back of a 4x4 with your expert ranger guiding the way. Take in the beautiful scenery and learn about the conservation efforts of the reserve as you go.

  • A day in Oxford

    There is so much to see in wonderful Oxford - this is 'the city of dreaming spires' and your private guide will show you the highlights. Home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is packed with history and stunning architecture.

  • A day in the Cotswolds

    The Cotswolds are rural England at its best, and a day spent exploring the ancient, honey-colored limestone villages of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire, set amongst rolling sheep-dotted hills, stone-walled fields and country inns is simply magical.

  • A Round of Golf at Gleneagles

    With three championship golf courses, Scotland’s PGA National Golf Academy, and a member of Great Golf Resorts of the World – golf is at the very heart of Gleneagles.

  • Ballooning in the Cotswolds

    Experience the Cotswolds in serene style as you float over ancient landscapes in a hot-air balloon. Launch directly from Ellenborough Park Hotel for the trip of a lifetime.

  • Blenheim Palace

    A masterpiece of eighteenth century Baroque architecture, Blenheim Palace is home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and the birthplace of Winston Churchill.

  • Cairngorms reindeer adventure

    Head to the hills of the Cairngorms National Park in search of the only wild reindeer herd in the UK. Accompanied by your expert guide, you'll meet the ranger and the reindeer, before a picnic lunch and a lesson in bush craft skills.

  • Clay Pigeon shooting

    Whether you are a novice or a crack shot, a morning or afternoon spent clay pigeon shooting at the world-famous Gleneagles Shooting School is an exhilarating pursuit that can safely be enjoyed by anyone over the age of eight years old upwards.

  • Cotswolds from a Helicopter

    Enjoy an aerial perspective on the Cotswolds on an exhilarating helicopter flight as you fly over medieval castles, stately homes, ancient market towns, historic villages and the glorious rolling landscapes - truly the experience of a lifetime.

  • Culloden Battlefield

    Culloden is an evocative place. The site of the last battle on British soil, and the last stand of an ancient royal dynasty whose lineage went back to the Dark Age Kingdom of Dalriada, a visit to Culloden battlefield is a must for keen historians.

  • Dolphin spotting on the Moray Firth

    Make your way to the Moray Firth, a stretch of the North Sea located to the east of Inverness, in search of bottlenose dolphins. You'll board a private RIB boat and take to the water with the hopes of finding these beautiful creatures.

  • Dunrobin Castle

    Make your way to the ancient home of the Sutherland Clan, Dunrobin Castle, where you will enjoy a tour of the historic building and its beautiful grounds. After a delicious lunch you'll be treated to an impressive private falconry display.

  • Eilean Donan Castle

    Eilean Donan is recognised around the world as one of the most iconic images of Scotland, situated amongst a striking landscape on an island where three great lochs meet. The entirety of the castle and a visitor center can be explored at your leisure.

  • Explore Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon

    On the banks of the River Avon and just to the north of the Cotswolds, lies the home of the world's most famous playwright, William Shakespeare. Discover where the Bard was born and raised, and admire the beautiful Tudor architecture of the town.

  • Explore the Cairngorms

    Discover the Cairngorms National Park with your knowledgeable guide, exploring by canoe and mountain bike. Make your way across one of the park's most beautiful lochs before continuing by bike on the other side towards a barbecue lunch.

  • Falconry at Gleneagles

    Guests of Gleneagles have the unique opportunity of learning the Sport of Kings at one of the world's most acclaimed falconry schools. Whether you are a complete beginner or would like to perfect your technique, you will find falconry utterly absorbing.

  • Fishing the River Spey

    Enjoy some of the finest salmon fishing in the world along Tulchan Water on the River Spey. Whether you're a novice or a highly experienced angler, the experienced ghillies will ensure that you get the most from your day on the river.

  • Fly fishing at Alladale

    Enjoy a great day of fly fishing up in the hill lochs of Alladale Wilderness Reserve. Whether you're a complete novice or an experienced angler, this makes for a fantastic day out for the whole family.

  • Glencoe

    Glencoe is Scotland’s most famous glen, and its dramatic scenery has been the backdrop to an equally dramatic history. Glencoe today remains irresistible to climbers and walkers keen to explore this magical and mysterious place.

  • Hampton Court Palace

    Henry VIII's lavish royal residence, Hampton Court Palace dates back hundreds of years and is an emblem of the Tudor reign. Your private guide will lead the way, teaching you about the infamous Henry VIII as you explore his majestic palace.

  • Harry Potter's Oxford & Studio Tour

    Leave the land of Muggles behind and discover the real-life sets of Hogwarts, hidden throughout beautiful Oxford. After exploring the city, enter the magic of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio for a chance to see the props and sets from the films.

  • Hidcote Manor & Gardens

    Located just outside the charming Cotswolds town of Chipping Campden, Hidcote is a stunning Arts and Crafts garden famous for its rare shrubs and trees and outstanding design features. It’s a perfect place to visit if you need gardening inspiration.

  • Highgrove Gardens

    The gardens at Highgrove, Gloucestershire residence of the Prince of Wales, are some of Britain’s most inspiring. Strictly following sustainable and ecological methods, the gardens are both magically stimulating and a haven for local wildlife.

  • Highland Games

    The fun and spectacle of a Highland Games, one of Scotland's most quintessential experiences, makes a wonderful day out and offers a great chance to meet the locals. Events like tossing the caber, tug of war and highland dancing are bound to enthral you.

  • Hogwarts Express

    The Jacobite Steam Train runs between Fort William and Mallaig on the wonderfully scenic West Highland railway line, famed for its iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct which may seem familiar as it is on the way to Hogwarts in three of the Harry Potter films.

  • In Search of Nessie

    Board a fast RIB for an exhilarating private expedition in search of the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Even if a sighting proves elusive, you'll be thrilled as you travel at up to 40 knots and explore the history, culture and landscapes of Loch Ness.

  • Isle of Mull

    The Isle of Mull is the second largest of the Hebrides, an archipelago off the west coast of Scotland and is a paradise for those who love the great outdoors.

  • Isle of Skye

    The Isle of Skye is derived from the old Norse sky-a which translates to "cloud island", so called because of its often mist-cloaked hills.

  • Kelmscott Manor

    Famed as the Cotswold country retreat of artist, designer and writer William Morris, Kelmscott Manor is an archetypal seventeenth-century gabled manor house housing an outstanding collection of Morris artifacts and a delightful Thames-side garden.

  • London like a Local

    Experience the great city of London like a local with one of our top hand-picked Blue Badge Guides, as you explore the capital by bus, underground train, boat and on foot. You’ll beat the traffic and have a great insight into what makes London tick.

  • Marine Wildlife & Corryvreckan Whirlpool Safari

    This exceptional boat adventure in the Firth of Lorn offers a thrilling marine wildlife experience. Watch for minke whales, orcas, dolphins, basking shark and seabirds before taking on Corryvreckan, the world's third largest whirlpool.

  • Mountain biking at Alladale

    Borrow a bike from Alladale Wilderness Reserve and take to the hills in an exhilarating mountain biking adventure. You'll have the chance to discover the beauty of Alladale Glen as you cycle, perhaps finding some deer or even a Highland cow on the way!

  • Private Hawk Walk

    Be amazed and learn about the ancient art of falconry with a truly hands on experience.

  • Private Highland Safari

    You will be picked up from your hotel and taken on a tailored safari with your Safari Ranger in a 4x4. This Safari will inspire you with an insight into this magnificent natural wilderness and you will stop for a delicious picnic lunch too.

  • Private Tour of a Whisky Distillery with a Master Distiller

    Join a master distiller and learn the secrets of the finest whiskies in the world before sampling the golden nectar afterwards. We can arrange exclusive visits to legendary distilleries such as Dalmore, Glenlivet, Laphroaig and Macallan.

  • Ranger guided walk at Alladale

    Discover Alladale Wilderness Reserve on foot, with your expert ranger guiding the way. From a gentle walk to a full-day hike, the excursion will be tailored around your group and your personal preferences.

  • Red Deer Photo Stalking

    Experience the wonder of Scotland's Highland wilderness as you get up close to Britain’s largest and most magnificent land mammal, the red deer, in the company of an experienced stalker.

  • Sacred Iona, Puffins & Fingal's Cave

    This wonderful cruise by RIB takes you from Oban to explore the stunning holy island of Iona with its famous abbey, before continuing to see the spectacular basalt columns of Staffa and famous Fingal's Cave and, in season, a delightful puffin colony.

  • Salmon Fishing on the Tay

    The River Tay is one of the most productive salmon rivers in Scotland, and spending a day on the river in the company of one of Scotland's best private fishing guides is a memorable and poetic experience.

  • Sea Kayaking Adventure

    The West Coast of Scotland is Europe's sea kayaking capital, and its fabulous wildlife and inspiring scenery make sea kayaking here a fabulous adventure activity for the whole family.

  • Stonehenge and Bath

    For a chance to see two of Britain's oldest sites, take a day to visit Bath and Stonehenge. Your private guide will lead you around both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, explaining the history of each and showing you beautiful countryside along the way.

  • Stourhead

    Lying in a secluded Wiltshire valley, Stourhead features one of the world’s finest landscape gardens and a majestic Palladian mansion. At its heart a magnificent lake reflects classical temples, grottoes and rare trees – a delight to explore.

  • Sudeley Castle

    Set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswolds, Sudeley Castle is just eight miles from Broadway in Gloucestershire. Sudeley Castle has played an important role in England’s turbulent history, with royal connections that stretch back over 1000 years.

  • Urquhart Castle

    Magnificently positioned above Loch Ness, the ruins of Urquhart Castle has stood for well over a thousand years. Visiting Urquhart Castle offers superlative views and a fascinating history from St Columba to the seventeenth century when it was blown up.

  • Visit Castle Stalker

    Castle Stalker, with its bewitching island setting against a dramatic mountain backdrop, has made it an icon of the Scottish Highlands. It is one of the best-preserved medieval tower-houses in western Scotland and a wonderful subject for photographers.

  • Walking in the Cotswolds

    A walker's paradise, the Cotswolds is named as an area of outstanding natural beauty for a reason.

  • Warwick Castle

    Warwick Castle is a medieval castle dating back to 1068 and originally built by William the Conqueror then developed over time, Warwick Castle now houses a collection of armoury to rival that on display at the Tower of London.

  • Westonbirt Arboretum

    Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, located near the Cotswolds village of Tetbury, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world. World-famous for its explosion of autumn color, Westonbirt is a tree-lover’s paradise.

  • Wildlife Hub at Appin

    The Wildlife Hub at Appin on the coast of Loch Linnhe features interactive displays and live webcams so you can learn all about the animals and birds that call the Scottish coast their home.

  • Windsor Castle

    The oldest continually occupied castle in the world, Windsor Castle is used as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh's main home to this day. As you explore the majestic castle your private guide will tell you all about its 900-year royal history.

Location

London, Tetbury, Scotland

First stop on this itinerary is Gleneagles, a world-famoud Scotish hotel just an hours drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow with a fantastic range of facilities. From here you will take a short domestic flight down to London for a 3-night stay in the vibrant capital, staying at the luxurious Brown's hotel. Next head in to the Cotswolds, arriving at Calcot Manor after a 2-hour 30-minute drive. After your 3-night stay return back to London for your onward journey.

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