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Private 10 Day Tour: London, Scenic England and Scotland Itinerary

Explore the best of England and Scotland in just 10 days! Start in the vibrant city of London, then journey to the charming medieval streets of York, and finally, immerse yourself in the rich history of Edinburgh.

Scenic Landscapes and Picturesque Villages

From the bustling cityscape to the serene villages of the Yorkshire Dales and the stunning Lake District, you’ll experience the most beautiful landscapes the UK has to offer with this UK itinerary. This trip promises breathtaking scenery and unforgettable moments in both England and Scotland.

Itinerary highlights:

  • Experience the historic charm of London and Edinburgh, two of the most iconic cities in the United Kingdom, with this England and Scotland itinerary.

  • Wander through York's medieval center, with its ancient walls and the magnificent York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps.

  • Explore the breathtaking beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Lake District National Park.

  • Marvel at the mountains and lakes of the Lake District, the same scenery that inspired writers like William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

  • Meet Highland Coos on a working farm and explore the stunning landscapes of Ayrshire in southwest Scotland.

  • Stay in a luxurious castle and a 17th-century manor house, enjoying exceptional food and service.

  • Choose to extend your time in Scotland to experience more of the Scottish highlands, including Braveheart county and Stirling Castle.

England and Scotland Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1: Arrive in London, England

  • Day 2: Explore the historic landmarks of London

  • Day 3: Cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses of Yorkshire

  • Day 4: Discover Yorkshire’s inspirational landscapes

  • Day 5: Journey through Yorkshire and the Lake District

  • Day 6: Enjoy the charms of Lake Windermere

  • Day 7: Travel from Hadrian’s Wall to Scotland

  • Day 8: Visit Ayrshire and a highland family farm

  • Day 9: Discover Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

  • Day 10: Depart from Edinburgh

Recommended Travel Months

Travel between May and October for the best experience, though April is also an option if you don't mind cooler and rainier weather. Prices listed are for travel dates from May to October 2025 and may vary based on specific dates, with higher costs expected during holiday seasons.

Detailed England & Scotland Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in London, England

Start your England tour portion with your arrival at London Heathrow, where you'll enjoy a warm welcome before being transferred to your luxurious 5-star hotel.

Day 2 - Historic landmarks of London

Jump into the history and splendor of London, starting with a visit to the Tower of London, where you'll be greeted by an iconic Yeoman Warder, commonly known as a Beefeater. Built by William the Conqueror in 1078, the Tower has served as both a royal residence and a prison.

During your visit, you'll see the dazzling Crown Jewels, closely guarded by the Yeoman Warders, and enjoy views of Tower Bridge.

The facade of St. Paul's Cathedral in London, with iconic red phone boxes in the foreground
St. Paul's Cathedral, London

Next, visit St. Paul’s Cathedral, the site of state occasions like the funeral of Sir Winston Churchill and the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, to Lady Diana Spencer.

Enjoy a traditional pub lunch at your leisure before heading to Westminster to explore Westminster Abbey. This historic Abbey, where William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day 1066, has hosted numerous royal events over the centuries, including coronations, funerals, and weddings.

Continue to the Palace of Westminster, also known as the Houses of Parliament, to see the Elizabeth Tower, home to the bell known as Big Ben. Then, walk down Whitehall past the Prime Minister’s residence at 10 Downing Street to Trafalgar Square. You'll also have time to drive past Buckingham Palace, the King’s official residence in London.

End your day with a flight on the London Eye to enjoy spectacular views over the city.

Day 3 - Cobblestone streets and half-timbered houses of Yorkshire

You’ll start the morning with a private transfer to London’s King’s Cross station, famously known for its Harry Potter connection, where you’ll board your train to York. Upon arrival in York, you'll be greeted by your driver-guide.

Yorkshire boasts some of Britain’s finest scenery, from brooding moors to green dales and dramatic coastlines. You'll pass through stone villages nestled in the idyllic countryside, farms, dry-stone walls, and fields and meadows.

Once in York, enjoy lunch at your leisure, followed by a walking tour of this historic city. Stroll through York’s narrow cobbled streets lined with medieval, half-timbered buildings and discover the Shambles, a former butcher’s street now home to various small shops.

The white stone towers of York Minster, framed by beautiful green trees against a blue sky with light white clouds.
The soaring towers of York Minster

Next, visit the soaring York Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral north of the Alps, and admire its stunning 15th-century stained glass windows.

If time permits, explore one of York’s award-winning museums or take a scenic boat ride down the River Ouse, following the path of the Vikings who gave the city its name.

After your time in York, you'll be taken to your hotel on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. (If you opt for the self-book itinerary, you’ll stay in York for two nights, with a day trip to the North York Moors or Yorkshire Dales from York.)

Day 4 - Yorkshire’s inspirational landscapes

Discover the rolling countryside of the Yorkshire Dales and the dramatic Birmingham Rocks, a location featured in films like Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.

You'll visit Nidderdale, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where eroded limestone formations resemble the Sphinx, the Dancing Bear, and the Druid's Writing Desk. Explore the winding paths, nooks, and ledges of this unique landscape before returning to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon.

Day 5 - Yorkshire and the Lake District

Begin the day by exploring more highlights with a private tour of the Yorkshire Dales and soaking in some of the most tranquil vistas in northern England. You can visit the ruins of Fountains Abbey and the Studley Royal Landscape Gardens, or stop at Skipton Castle, a well-preserved medieval fortress, to learn about local life during medieval times.

Continue to your hotel in the UNESCO-designated Lake District National Park. This 800-square-mile area is filled with jagged mountains, shimmering lakes, and charming villages. The scenery here has inspired writers and artists for centuries, including William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter.

Day 6 - The charms of Lake Windermere

Friar's Craig, in England's Lake District. A small island can be seen on the lake, framed by the boughs of a fir tree. In the distance are mountains, with a cloudy blue sky above.
England's beautiful Lake District

This morning, explore the Lake District, England's largest national park, with your driver-guide. The park is home to England’s highest peak and its deepest lake.

Start the day with a shared cruise on Lake Windermere, offering magnificent views of the islands, mountain peaks, wooded shorelines, and bays.

After your time on the lake, stop to explore Hawkshead, the most picturesque village in the Lake District. This charming village is filled with tiny alleyways, small squares, and lovely medieval houses and pubs.

If time permits, visit Wordsworth’s Grammar School or the Beatrix Potter Gallery before returning to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon.

Day 7 - Hadrian’s Wall to Scotland

Depart the Lake District and cross the border into Scotland, heading to Ayrshire in the southwest. This area lies between Hadrian’s Wall to the south and the Antonine Wall to the north.

Make a quick stop at the Old Blacksmith’s shop in Gretna Green, a traditional elopement destination for couples from England. Alternatively, take a break in Dumfries to visit the Robert Burns Centre, dedicated to Scotland’s national poet.

Continue along the scenic coastal road towards Sweetheart Abbey and visit the birthplace of John Paul Jones, the founder of the American Navy. Head west for a stop at Threave Castle and Gardens, nestled on a small island in the River Dee.

Explore the enchanting ruins of Glenluce Abbey, a medieval Cistercian monastery, before arriving at your historic castle hotel.

Day 8 - Ayrshire and a highland family farm

A highland cow, with its red fur over its eyes, standing in a field.
One of Scotland's famous Highland Coos

Today, get a firsthand experience of life on a working Ayrshire farm. You'll be greeted on arrival by your hosts, who will invite you into their farmhouse to enjoy some traditional farmhouse baking.

Embark on a guided tour of the farm, where you can meet their Highland Coos, the shaggy horned cattle Scotland is famous for. Take pictures of the cattle or even groom the young heifers in the field. Finish your farm experience with a scenic picnic before returning to your castle hotel for a leisurely afternoon.

Day 9 - Edinburgh and Edinburgh Castle

This morning, you'll head to Edinburgh, check into your hotel, and meet your local guide. Begin your tour of the Scottish capital with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city.

Edinburgh Castle is a symbol of Scotland, offering stunning views from its walls. Inside, you can view the Honours of Scotland, the oldest set of Crown Jewels in the United Kingdom.

A view over Edinburgh, Scotland with Edinburgh Castle in the distance.
Edinburgh, Scotland

Stroll along the Royal Mile, which runs from Edinburgh Castle through the Old Town. You'll pass St. Giles Cathedral and stop at Holyrood Palace, the King's official residence in Scotland.

If no member of the royal family is in residence, you'll have the chance to visit the staterooms and explore the historic apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots. After your time at Holyroodhouse, walk past the Scottish Parliament Building, where its eye-catching modern architecture contrasts with the classic style of the palace.

Day 10 - Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, transfer to Edinburgh airport for your departing flight.

Booking Options

Private Escorted Journeys

Priced from $26,000 per person, based on double occupancy

How to book: Set up a planning call with Girasole Travel, your England and Scotland travel advisor

We’ll arrange everything for you with our partners in the United Kingdom. Private escorted tours are fully customizable, so if you’d like to spend longer in a location or have specific places you’d like to visit, see or experience we can make that happen.

Private Escorted vacations include a private airport meet and greet on arrival, private transfers between airports, rail stations and hotels, full breakfast each morning, English-speaking local guides, private drivers or pre-arranged rail between locations, entrance fees and taxes, full breakfast each morning, and 24/7 on-call support.

Independent Luxury Journeys

Priced from $12,500 per person, based on double occupancy

How to book: Schedule a planning call with Girasole Travel, your England and Scotland travel advisor

Independent luxury vacations are a mix of rail and self-drive, with everything booked on your behalf. You won’t have a driver-guide, but local guides will be arranged for you to make the most of your visit.

Independent Luxury vacations include private transfers between the airport(s) and hotel(s), full breakfast at most hotels, English-speaking local guides, pre-arranged rail between London and York, a self-drive rental car, some entrance fees, and on-call support during travel.

With an Independent luxury vacation you can choose to spend two nights in York or in the Yorkshire countryside, or if you prefer you can spend one night in each location. You can also choose to extend your trip to spend longer in any destination along the way.

Self-Book Journeys

Priced from: $1,250 per person for 3-star hotels or $1,800 per person for 4-star hotels, based on double occupancy, for lodging, rail and rental car only. Tours and transportation within cities are based on your individual preferences and are not included in the pricing.

You’ll receive your purchased itinerary as a PDF download. Booking links for recommended hotels, tours/activities and transportation and travel tips are included in the download. Hotel options for Luxury hotels (5-star), Deluxe hotels (4-star) and Boutique accommodations (3-4 star hotels and pubs) are provided. Transportation options include private transfers, taxis and public transportation with booking links where appropriate.

Please note that Girasole Travel is able to provide additional amenities when you book our recommended luxury hotels through us. These amenities aren’t available to you when you book on your own. If you’d like us to book those hotels on your behalf contact us to take advantage of those amenities we will book and manage those reservations for you. Partner hotels are noted in the itinerary. Girasole Travel does not provide any other booking services for self-book itineraries.

Self-book itineraries do not include support, with the exception of any hotel reservations we make on your behalf. Accommodations and sightseeing costs will vary depending on the final arrangements you make.

The self-book itinerary includes two nights in York, with a day trip to explore either the North York Moors or the Yorkshire Dales.


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