EN ROUTE TO EUROPE

Why We Love This Trip

  • A chance to experience London’s greatest historical places: watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony in Buckingham Palace, visit Westminster Abbey where almost all the kings and queens of England have been coronated since 1066, take a ride on the London Eye, see Big Ben, and many more.

  • Delve deep in the Harry Potter World by visiting the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio and visit the real-life Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross Station.

  • Step into a fairy tale world of the Cotswolds, one of the best English countrysides.

  • Experience the city of Edinburgh, the heart of Scotland with its mesmerizing castle and Old Town, a central road that have existed since the 1500s.

  • Take a cruise of the Loch Ness in search of the legendary dinosaur in the lake - Nessie. Visit the ethereal island of Isle of Skye with its out-of-this-world scenery of mountains and hills surrounding crystal-clear lakes and beaches.

 

Itinerary

(Day 1-3  -  London)

Day 1

1. See Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

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Witness the striking display of British soldiery and pageantry at its best, as you watch the free Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, when the New Guard takes over from the Old Guard. The ceremony starts at 10.30 am every day.

2.  Westminster Abbey

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Visit one of the most famous churches in the world: a place that's touched the lives of kings, queens, statesmen and soldiers, poets, priests, heroes and villains since 960AD. Westminster Abbey has been the coronation church since 1066 and is the resting place of more than 3,000 great Brits including Sir Isaac Newton and Queen Elizabeth I. Glass Floors.

 

3. Walk along the Thames river and visit Big Ben and the House of Parliaments

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Explore one of London’s most iconic landmarks: Big Ben and attached to it, the majestic Houses of Parliament which seats the government houses in the United Kingdom: House of Commons and House of Lords. Stroll along the romantic Thames river on the Westminster bridge that connects Westminster on the west and Lambeth on the east.

4.   Shop at Harrods

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For more than 160 years, Harrods has been a luxury shopping destination for exclusive collections and excellent service. Shop in this legendary shopping-mecca in London with seven floors and 330 departments dedicated to the finest products in food, fashion, homeware and technology, Harrods has something for everyone.

 

Day 2

 

 1.  Chelsea FC Stadium Tour

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Joining this unforgettable tour is a must for a die-hard Chelsea FC fan; explore Stamford Bridge, home of the Chelsea club. This guided tour will take you behind-the-scenes of one of the world’s greatest football teams. The tour will last for one hour and will include the dressing room, pitch side and dugouts, allow you to walk through the player’s tunnel and so much more.

2.  Tower Bridge

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Discover the stories behind the engineering, the people, the architecture and the City that built Tower Bridge.

Tower Bridge will transport you to Victorian London, telling the story of the city’s defining landmark from the very beginning. Uncover the history of the world’s most famous bridge, immerse yourself in the architecture and engineering, then watch city life unfold in dramatic panorama from its high-level Walkways and Glass Floors.

 

3.   Tower of London

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Tower of London is a London’s castle - a secure fortress, royal palace and infamous prison. Uncover the story behind the glittering Crown Jewels, hear the bloody tales that had happened behind these walls, stand where famous heads have rolled, learn the legend of the Tower's ravens, storm the battlements, get to grips with swords and armour, and much more!

4.   Sky Garden in the Walkie Talkie building

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The Sky Garden is London’s highest elevation public garden. The famous enlarged glass dome of the building that is endearingly called the Walkie Talkie because of its resemblance to one, is dedicated to three storeys of exquisitely landscaped public gardens and London’s most exclusive social spaces, including observation decks and an open air terrace.

 

5.   London Eye

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Take a ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye, which is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. At 135 metres, the Coca-Cola London Eye is the world's tallest single-beamed observation wheel. A 30-minute ride on the Coca-Cola London Eye will lift you high enough to see up to 40 kilometers on a clear day, which means you could see as far as Windsor Castle!

 
 

Day 3

 

1.  Kensington Palace tour

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Explore the Royal Residence that once housed Queen Victoria and is now home to Prince William and Duchess Katherine. Experience life as an 18th-century royal courtier whilst making your way through the magnificent King's and Queen's State Apartments adorned with remarkable paintings from the Royal Collection.

2.  Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

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Have a magical day in this enchanting full-day tour of the Warner Brothers Studio. Go behind the scenes of the Harry Potter film sets to explore the enchanting props and costumes, and walk in the footsteps of your favorite characters.

 

3.  King’s Cross Platform

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Visit the real Platform 9 3/4 shown in the Harry Potter films in King’s Cross Station and take this famous picture. Purchase your favorite memorabilia in the Harry Potter shop right by. A muggle would not be able to pass through the wall; so are you a real wizard ?

4.  Thames Dinner Cruise

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Hop aboard the delightfully romantic Thames Dinner Cruise and indulge in a 5-course meal while entertained with lovely live music while cruising on the river. Enjoy the spectacular view and revel at the chance at having a different vantage point to admire London’s famous sites on the water, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben, Tower Bridge, and many more.

 

Day 4

 

1.  Leeds Castle

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The first stop in our day trip is Leeds Castle in Kent. Described by picture postcard historian Lord Conway in 1913 as “the loveliest castle in the world,” Leeds Castle is set on two islands and has been home to royalty, lords, and ladies for over 1000 years.

With 500 acres of beautiful parkland and formal gardens, daily activities, free flying falconry displays, spectacular events, special tours and year round attractions, Leeds Castle is one of the best attractions in Kent.

2.  Samphire Hoe Beach

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 Take a trip to Samphire Hoe and you may just end up questioning how this haven for wildlife could possibly have been created from material dug to create the Channel Tunnel. It’s fair to say that what was once essentially mud has had a miraculous transformation into the glorious spot you see today.

 This beach now has a majestic backdrop of the cliffs of Dover and create this gorgeous ethereal atmosphere, perfect for a photo-op. Fishing, cycling, rock-pooling and walking can all be enjoyed and, with the vast range of wild flowers and birds in residence here, a lot of wildlife spotting too.

 

3.  Cliff of Dover

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Enjoy the breathtaking view of the English Channel amidst the magnificent coastal site in the White Cliffs of Dover. Dover is a port town in the South East of England, which is home to these very iconic white cliffs. Take in the magnificent view of the sea from atop 91 meters above the sea level, and see if you can spot France from the distance.

4.  Howletts Wild Animal Park

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Have an adventure in Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent’s original wildlife park. It’s a different experience than what you would have in a zoo because they’re also a conservation charity, thus your visit will also help them to protect wildlife here in the UK, which then enables them to send animals back to the wild working together with the national conservation foundation.

With over 400 animals, including Kent’s only giant anteaters, the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, and more gorillas, tiger, leopards and monkeys than any zoo in the County, there’s a fun-packed, wild day experience waiting for you at Howletts.

 

Day 5

The Cotswolds (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty or AONB)

 

1.  Arlington Row, Bibury (St. Mary’s Church & River Coln)

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 Have you ever found yourself wondering what a village set in a fairy tale look like? Look no further and visit the Cotswolds, and you will feel as if you just stepped in on a medieval movie set. The Cotswolds is listed as one of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in the UK, and it’s not hard to see why: rolling hills, endless green farms and it’s gorgeous, idyllic houses set in a neat row.

One of its most famous villages is Arlington Row in Bibury, with its quintessential stone-built houses and serene riverside location, Bibury is a must-visit on any trip to the English countryside. Visit St. Mary’s Church, the local’s historical church in the town square and take a relaxing walk along the River Coln.

2.  Tea time at The Swan Brasserie

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Rest your feet and have a fabulous tea and scone time in the picturesque local hotel’s restaurant in Bibury, The Swan Brasserie. On a perfect summer day, feasting on their outdoor garden seats is truly stunning.

 

3.  Chipping Campden (Market Hall, East Banqueting House, & Dover’s Hill)

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Another world-famous market town in the Cotswolds area is Chipping Campden, within the county of Gloucestershire, England. Chipping Campden is most noted for its long and wide High Street, dating from the 14th century to the 17th century, (“Chipping” is from Old English cēping, “a market, a market-place”). Set in the rolling green countryside with rustically charming houses spread out, Chipping Campden is sure to charm all of its visitors.

Walk around its Market Hall that’s been around since the 14th century, check out East Banqueting house, the Landmark home of a newly enriched businessman built in 1613, and to top it all off: take in the magnificent view of the whole Cotswolds from Dover’s Hill.

 
 

(Day 6-7  -  Edinburgh)

Day 6

1.  Edinburgh Castle

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Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting historic sites in Western Europe, set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city it is sure to capture your imagination. The scenery alone atop a high hill reminiscent of that in the Acropolis, will take your breath away. No wonder that Edinburgh is dubbed ‘the Athens of the North’.

Peruse the castle rich with history, with the oldest part, St. Margaret’s Chapel, dating back to the 12th century. The castle also houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland.

2.  Old Town

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Walk among the heart of Edinburgh’s original core, dating back to Medieval times and beyond: Old Town. This is where you’ll find the town’s oldest attractions, as well as a consequent concentration of shops, bars, cafés, restaurants and nightlife to welcome you. An official UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995, you can walk anywhere in the Old Town and unwittingly follow in the footsteps of kings and queens, invading armies, religious radicals, dissenters, the condemned or the celebrated. So, eat and shop your heart out!

 

3.  Royal Yacht Britannia

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Step aboard the Queen's former floating palace and experience this iconic 5 star attraction for yourself. Royal Yacht Britannia is one of the most famous ships in the world. Sailing a million miles on a thousand official visits, during 40 years in service, the Royal Yacht played host to glittering state banquets and official receptions, but was also home to the Royal Family and crew of 220 Royal Yachtsmen. Explore Britannia's highly accessible 5 decks with highlights including the elegant Royal Apartments, Crew's Quarters, Engine Room and stunning Royal Deck Tea Room.

4.  Royal Mile

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The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world.

Peppered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites including St Giles' Cathedral and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do. For a glimpse of recent history, walk past the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament, a striking building with a cutting-edge design.

 

Day 7

1.   Inchcolm Abbey & Island

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Set sail for a very special island in the Firth of Forth – home to the best-preserved group of monastic buildings in Scotland. Originally a priory founded by King of Scots, David I, the abbey saw conflict as well as calm.

The island is also famed for its seals and other wildlife, and its coastal defences from the two World Wars. These were put in place to protect Rosyth naval base, the Forth Bridge and Edinburgh. Take in the stunning view and history of the abbey and enjoy the dramatic location - best seen from the ferry that we will embark on to approach the island.

2.  Craigie’s Farm Deli and Cafe

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Dine in the idyllic farm-to-table restaurant in Craigie’s Farm Deli and Cafe. This all encompassing property lets you eat, shop the freshest food ingredients, pick your own strawberries to eat and lastly, enjoy the beautiful scenery surrounding the farm and fruit plantation.

Famous for their fresh fruit and vegetables, milk and dairy products, award winning sausages, a great range of Scottish cheeses, local gins, beers, ice creams, as well as home made jams, chutneys, pies and cakes and much more, eat away to your heart’s desire!

 

3.  Palace of Holyroodhouse with Garden History Tour

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Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland. Standing at the end of Edinburgh's historic Royal Mile, this fine palace is the home of Scottish royal history.

At the Palace of Holyroodhouse, you can explore 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th-century Holyrood Abbey and remarkable royal gardens. Best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, the Palace was the setting for many dramatic episodes in her short reign as featured in the 2019 Universal Pictures movie Mary, Queen of Scots. Today, the State Apartments are used regularly by The Queen for State ceremonies and official entertaining.

4.  Calton Hill

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The panoramic views from Calton Hill have astonished and inspired visitors for centuries. Major landmarks can be seen from a bird’s eye view: Arthur’s Seat with the Crags behind Holyrood Palace and the Parliament, Leith and the Firth of Forth, Princes Street in its New Town grid and the Royal Mile climbing up towards the Castle.

Calton Hill is also famous for its collection of historic monuments, which form some of the most important landmarks of the city. One of the most striking is the National Monument, inspired by the Parthenon in Athens, it was intended to commemorate the Scottish servicemen who died in the Napoleonic Wars.

 

(Day 8  -  Glencoe)

1.  Glencoe Lochan

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Take in the breathtaking view of Glencoe Lochan, where a harmony of the mountains, the valley and the lake combined together to produce an out of this world, ethereal atmosphere. The name Glen Coe itself is derived from the Scottish language with ‘Glen’ meaning a deep valley in the Highlands and ‘Coe’ might be taken from the River Coe which runs through it, while Lochan is derived from Scottish Gaelic, which means lake.

Walk through ornamental woodland at the foot of Glen Coe, the picturesque and serene lochan and its wooded shores contrasts with the wild and dramatic mountains of the glen which are seen across it. This is one of the best views that the Scottish Highlands has to offer.

2.  Meeting of the Three Waters

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The beautiful waterfall is situated at the foot of the mountain of the Three Sisters of Glen Coe - a gorgeous mound of three mountains, hence the name. Water is collected from three different sources that meet at this waterfall, before joining Loch Achtriochtan to the west.

We’ll take a very short walk to the viewpoint of this waterfall, where we can admire the view of the Three Waters up close.

 

 

3.  Glen Coe Valley

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Located within the awe-inspiring Lochaber Geopark in the Highlands, the deep valley and towering mountains of Glen Coe were carved out centuries ago by icy glaciers and volcanic explosions. Glencoe village is picturesquely located between the banks of Loch Leven and the mouth of the famous glen, making it the perfect base for exploring the area of Lochaber, known as the Outdoor Capital of the UK.

Glen Coe is one of the most beautiful and other-worldly places in Scotland. It's even featured in films such as James Bond's Skyfall and several Harry Potter movies

4.  Skyfall set

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For you James Bond fans out there, visit the exact same location of the scene in the Skyfall movie, of James Bond and Agent M visiting his childhood’s home town and try to replicate the exact same picture.

 

(Day 9  -  Fort William)

1.  Ben Nevis

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Admire the highest mountain in the United Kingdom - Ben Nevis. Endearingly called ‘The Ben’ by the Scots, it has a commanding height of 1345 metres above the town of Fort William, making it spectacular to witness from a distant from the viewpoint.

Its location right on Fort William makes it the perfect place for us to stay overnight, while we explore the surrounding area further.

2.  Nevis Range Mountain Resort

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Nevis Range Mountain Experience is in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland, 11 kilometers north of Fort William. The mountain gondola will transport you to 650 meters high on Aonach Mor where you can enjoy the scenery from the Snowgoose restaurant and bar with magnificent views. Mountain trails are also available along with view point walks, and the Mountain Discovery Centre.

 

3.  Rothiemurchus

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Rothiemurchus is a gigantic nature theme park that offers a whole host of exciting outdoor activities. Some that can be enjoyed with your two feet firmly planted on the floor, such as: wild clay bird shooting, archery, wildlife photography and many more. However for those that enjoy something slightly more exhilarating activities with a few feet above the land, you’ll relish their pony trekking, safaris by Land Rover or quad bike trekking to name a few.

It’s a theme park set in a beautiful nature setting, perfect for the whole family.

4.  Dinner at Inverlochy Castle

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Finish your stay in Fort William with an unforgettable experience - enjoy a feast at a real castle in the Inverlochy.

Dining at 'Albert and Michel Roux Jr at Inverlochy Castle' is a culinary experience to savour, with the legendary father and son taking the helm of the kitchen and offering the finest dishes using local produce. Dining is in any of the three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture presented as gifts to Inverlochy Castle from the King of Norway, creating a unique experience in unrivaled surroundings.

The menu features modern British cuisine with French influences which is internationally recognised by all major guides. The restaurant has been awarded AA 3 Red Rosettes.

 

(Day 10  -  Loch Ness & Isle of Skye)

1.  Loch Ness Cruise

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Embark on a journey to a cruise in Loch Ness (Lake of Nessie in Scottish) to find the world-famous legend of Nessie, the dinosaur that was said to reside on the lake that was first spotted by the Inverness locals in 1933 and captured by a photograph by a London surgeon R.K. Wilson the next year. Hop on the cruise and see if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster with your very own eyes.

Our journey will start at Dochgarroch Lock, sailing through the famous man-made part of the Caledonian Canal onto the world-famous waters of Loch Ness. Hop ashore for an excursion to explore the ruin of one of the most picturesque castles in Scotland - the Urquhart Castle. 

2.  Isle of Skye

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We will top off our trip with a visit to the enchanting island of Isle of Skye. The Isle of Skye, named ‘cloud island’ in Old Norse is the second-largest of Scotland’s islands but surely the most beautiful. A jumbled mess of mysterious moors, jagged mountain peaks, deep lochs and towering sea cliffs that has drawn travelers in for centuries.

Start off our journey to the Old Man of Storr - a magnificent pinnacle of rock that stands proud and tall – visible for miles around. A combination of ancient lava flows and landslides, the Old Man of Storr is part of the Trotternish Ridge which continues behind it. Let us replenish ourselves with delicious food in the restaurants and cafés lined up in the adorable village of Portree, located on the eastern side of Skye. Overlooking a sheltered bay and surrounding by soaring hills, Portree is the capital of Skye, and lined with cafes, hotels, design stores, etc.

Lastly, let us finish our journey by admiring the footprints left by the dinosaurs on the ‘Dinosaur Isle’ at Staffin Beach. This beautiful beach with a bay topped off by a cliff hosted some outstanding footprints left by a little family of Ornithopods dinosaurs – small, bipedal, grazers – some 165 million years ago.

And that ends our adventure around on the island of Great Britain, here’s a quote about this enchanting island by Robert Burns as a way to say adieu:


Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the North,

The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;

Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,

The hills of the Highlands for ever I love.

 – Robert Burns, My Heart’s In The Highlands 

 
 

What You Will Get

  • Entry tickets to all of the sites (Westminster Abbey, Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio, Tower Bridge, and many more).

  • Chelsea FC Stadium Tour.

  • Loch Ness Cruise.

  • Thames Dinner Cruise (optional).

  • Private tour guide for 10 full days fluent in Indonesian, English and Chinese.

  • Ferry tickets back and forth to the Inchcolm Abbey and Island (only accessible by ferry).

  • Transportations for the whole trip (air-conditioned car or mini van, trains/plane tickets to move between places).

  • Private driver for trips with a car or mini van.

  • Hotel (optional).

 

* Flight tickets and visa can be arranged as well, please request so in the enquiry.

Map

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