To travel through London, Edinburgh and Dublin is to experience a mélange of brooding history, architectural splendor, a thriving culture, and tremendously witty locals.
Roam London’s streets teaming with flower stalls, art galleries, high end shops, pubs, and historic landmarks; amble through Dublin’s landscaped parks and Old World-meets-New-World neighborhoods; and explore Edinburgh’s medieval tenements and monuments perched high atop craggy cliffs, all while having a laugh with the locals. In the evenings, unwind in well-appointed accommodations that offer stately elegance and charming hospitality.
With your own private guide and driver, explore London and visit the colorful "West End,” Royal Albert Hall, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, Harrods in Knightsbridge, Buckingham Palace, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Windsor Castle and mysterious Stonehenge. Enjoy a delectable dinner cruise on the famous Thames River and take in the sparkling city at night. Explore Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, and tour world-class museums and art galleries. Next visit Dublin and hit the city’s main attractions such as Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Guinness brewery and the Jameson distillery. No doubt this trip will leave you beautifully buzzed.
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For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant for you upon your arrival. A representative will be waiting for you in the arrivals hall after you pass through customs to assist. If a private airport transfer has been arranged, this representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private chauffeur at the airport. You will then be escorted to the vehicle and onto the hotel to assist with check in.
Meet your driver at Heathrow airport, and take a private transfer to your hotel.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
There are some great restaurants in the West End of London.Here are a few suggestions: J Sheekey, an incredibly smart seafood restaurant, Mildred's, London's best veggie restaurant, Sketch, the trendiest place in London, specializing in some of the best French food you'll ever taste, or for those looking for something simple and cheerful, enjoy a nice meal out at Zipangu. Or try the amazingly stylish Corrigan’s Mayfair.
One of the world's great cities, vibrant London manages to shine in the grayest weather and its diversity defies a simple definition. This sprawling city has drawn people for centuries, looking for something and finding the unexpected. It's one of the world's most international cities and its influences blend to create something uniquely wonderful. Let your Guide know your particular interests and they will help you discover the city on your half day walking tour of central London. Learn how to take the "tube", explore the cobblestone streets, gardens, and markets, and be a Londoner for a day. Your Guide will meet you at your hotel. Please note that one should wear comfortable shoes and a hat; suitable for children. (No entrance fees included)
Enjoy a four course dinner as you admire London by night from the river Thames on board a boat. Many of the historical and modern buildings along the banks of the river are illuminated by floodlights in the evening, making for a beautiful tour of the city. After a cocktail, sit back, relax as you have your dinner to the accompaniment of live entertainment, provided in the form of cabaret, and indulge in some dancing if the mood takes you - you are on vacation after all! Your cruise includes a 4-course dinner, coffee and chocolates, live entertainment, after-dinner dancing, a welcome drink, half bottle of House Red and half bottle of House White wine, as well as half bottle of Mineral water per person. Please note: No jeans or running shoes, men are required to wear a jacket and tie. This is an unescorted tour (minimum age limit 16yrs).
Spend the day outside of London on a shared guided tour taking in the magnificent Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Bath. Built high above the River Thames, Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Family for 900 years and is still an Official Residence of the Queen. You will visit the magnificent State Apartments*, still used for State occasions and Royal receptions. Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the fourteenth-century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.
Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England, but beyond its archaeological significance and possible astronomical role, Stonehenge is also a place of spiritual importance. Early legends link it with Merlin and King Arthur, but over the last hundred years, the midsummer sunrise has attracted pagan groups and followers of the Ancient Order of Druids.
You will also visit the beautiful Georgian City of Bath and take a panoramic tour of some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Circus, Assembly Rooms and the famous Pulteney Bridge. Explore the Roman Baths, built around thermal springs, which have been supplying water for over 2,000 years. In Roman times, a great temple was built next to the sacred spring; the waters were believed to have healing properties and attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Enjoy the train ride from London to Edinburgh. Your direct train ride is approximately 4.5 hours.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
You will be met at your central Edinburgh hotel by your guide to commence your walking tour. The buzz of Scotland's capital city sits in perfect contrast to the peaceful tranquility of the surrounding Lothians region. Edinburgh has one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world, making it the ideal city break destination. From ceilidhs and science to ghost, film and food festivals there's always something going on in the festival city, and that's just for starters. Discover world-class museums and galleries, learn the history of the city or spend an afternoon pub crawling - whatever your fancy! Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and perhaps take an umbrella!
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Drive north out of Edinburgh and you'll be amazed by the engineering miracle of the Forth Railway Bridge. Then, as you are travelling through Stirlingshire, your guide will bring to life the turbulent times of William Wallace - dramatised in the film Braveheart - and explain his link to the countryside you're passing through. You'll stop at the beautiful city of Stirling, site of the Wallace Monument. You'll have ample time to explore the stunning castle (optional) or stroll through the beautiful and ancient streets that surround it. Take in the view along the Duke's Pass. The route takes you through the spectacular Duke's Pass which offers spectacular views to the peaks of the stunning Trossach Mountains and carries you past some of Scotland's most picturesque lochs. Stroll the Bonnie Bonnie banks. Your lunchtime stop is by Loch Lomond. Why not try lunch (not included) at a traditional pub built out of a 300-year-old oak tree and then walk the shores of Britain's largest expanse of fresh water? The journey home holds one last treat. You'll have the chance to visit one of Scotland's most beautiful distilleries, Glencoyne Distillery and get a taste of the true spirit of the country - a Highland Malt Whisky (optional). Entry fees not included.
Enjoy a full day shared tour in the medieval kingdom of Fife and the ancient university of St. Andrews “Home of Golf”. This tour takes you to South Queensferry to view the “8th Wonder of the World” before travelling into the medieval kingdom of Fife. You will follow the coastal route through the pretty fishing villages in the East Neuk of Fife, making a stop in the harbour village of Crail. Continue to St. Andrews, where you have 3 hours to enjoy this historic city. You can visit its Cathedral, Castle and University, shop at leisure and take a walk along its beautiful white sandy beach next to the Old Course, the home of golf. You then travel westwards through the heart of Fife, stopping in the historic village of Falkland, home to James V’s historic Renaissance Palace. From here you return to Edinburgh.
Flight is required, currently not included in the quote.
Meet your driver for an airport transfer in a private vehicle.
Your guide will meet you at your hotel and accompany you on a private walking tour of the City of Dublin. Please let your guide know if there are any sights of particular interest to you. In order to give as much flexibility as possible, we have not included entrance fees and these can be paid in person on site.
Spend the afternoon as you wish, perhaps visiting one of the many attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse or the Jameson distillery.
Located in the heart of the St James’s Gate Brewery, the Guinness Storehouse is Ireland’s No. 1 Dublin Tourist attraction. The state of the art interactive museum and audio visual exhibition takes one on an incredible journey through the history and making of Guinness and includes some very entertaining advertisements that were used throughout the past fifty years. Finish off your discovery by sipping on a complimentary pint from the birds eye viewing room located at the top of the building and take in the panoramic views of the city and coast.
The Jameson Distillery provides a fascinating visit of its factory and introduces the visitor to the various stages that go in to the process of premium whiskey. At the end of the tour you can sit down and do a tutored vertical tasting of various whiskeys from around the world and you'll be sure to appreciate Jameson's premium whiskey all the more!
Other places of interest in the city include St Patrick's Cathedral, Christchurch and Trinity College incorporating The Book of Kells. You may also enjoy Irelands historic and cultural resourses at the world class museums on Kildare Street. There is also excellent shopping on Grafton Street and nearby Nassau Street as well as Dublin's European Style Boulevard of O'Connell Street.
At the epicentre of Marylebone Village, a bustling local neighborhood, The Marylebone Hotel pulls off a rare feat: a large urban hotel with a boutique attitude and all of the vibrant charm of its central London location. With an abundance of independent boutiques, fine restaurants and cool bars and surrounded by some of the city's most sought after residential property, The Marylebone Hotel grants you an address which has everything to offer the visitor to London. Just a short walk from Oxford Circus, Soho, fashionable Bond Street, Hyde Park and Savile Row, everything is within reach. The re-styled rooms have the all of the amenities you'll want, including free high-speed internet, Temple Spa toiletries, flat-screen TVs and plush duck-down duvets.
The newly renovated Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh is situated in the city's historic and beautiful old town, just a couple of minutes' walk from the world famous Royal Mile and the Scottish Parliament building. The hotel's convenient location in the city center also means that you're within easy walking distance of Waverley Railway station and the bustle of the city's main thoroughfare, Princes Street. Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is the ideal base for exploring this fascinating and unique city. The hotel features 156 elegant en-suite bedrooms - the perfect place to relax after the excitement and fun of Edinburgh. Pamper yourself at the luxurious spa, enjoy a meal in luxurious surroundings at Rocca@Holyrood or sample a cocktail or two in the new bar.
The Brooks Hotel is regarded as one of the finest Hotels in Dublin City, located on Drury Street and within a few minutes walk of Dublin's famed Grafton Street, Temple Bar and Trinity College. Located in the cultural quarter of the city centre, Brooks Hotel is surrounded by an ecletic mix of high street stores and boutiques which makes it a perfect shopping destination. Enjoy luxurious chocolate from Cocoa Atelier or stylish and unique garments from Costume, both located beside Brooks on Drury Street. Walk the short distance to Grafton Street to enjoy the high end offerings of Brown Thomas or the explore the high street in Topshop, Marks & Spencers and Reiss. Within the hotel itself, bedrooms are decorated in a range of styles and are spaciously appointed to give ample sleep, work and relaxation space and furniture tends to be handcrafted from Galway. The on-site restaurant, Francesca’s Restaurant, is contemporary in design with soft leather furniture and intimate seating arrangements. The open-plan kitchen adds to the ambiance as award-winning head chef and his team set about preparing organic and artisan dishes with sourced locally ingredients. An affiliate of Good Food Ireland, Francesca’s is one of the top restaurants in Dublin city centre. Whisky enthusiasts will be in heaven in the Jasmine Bar, voted one of the ‘Great Whisky Bars of the World’ by Whisky Magazine and part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland. Tastings in the jasmine bar can be arranged directly at the hotel. Relax and enjoy one of a hundred different whiskies from around the world, or sip on an exotic cocktail while enjoying an array of delicious dishes.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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