Hop aboard the convertible mini coach at Waverley Bridge in central Edinburgh. Travel along Princes Street, arguably the most staggeringly beautiful main street in the world, where you'll see and hear about the famous castle built on top of steep rocks, with the gorgeous gardens Princes Street gardens below, which stretch the length of Princes Street.
Thereafter, you will head round to the Grassmarket behind the castle, one of the best places to visit in Edinburgh, and a place that functioned both as a lively marketplace and a notorious place of execution. It is now filled with delightful cafes, shops and puds with an old bohemian feel to it.
Learn about Edinburgh's most famous and loyal dog, Greyfriar's Bobby before seeing Edinburgh University's main campus which gives you a chance to spot some of the magical places that inspired the Harry Potter books in this area.
Back to the city centre, travel along Geroge Street and Queen Street before going past Calton Hill with its unmissable Athenian acropolis. The final leg of the tour brings you to Arthur's Seat which is a huge volcanic rock surrounded by lovely green space. The tour will then end at Waverley Bridge.
Stonehenge: The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heirtage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back to nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since.
Bath: Our final stop is Bath, another world heritage site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian City with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. Built on Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple.
Stratford-upon-Avon: Birthplace of Wlliam Shakespeare is the greatest writter in the English language. Stratford is a charming market town set in the heart of rural England. A delightful river winds its way through the town, past the beautiful Holy Trinity church, where Shakespeare lies buried. Out tour includes an exclusive visit to Shakespeare's birthplace before we enjoy champagne and strawberry scones, served in his picturesque garden.
Part 1: Open top drive through sinister and haunted London
Step ahead our vintage open top bus to begin our journey through the dark and haunted streets of London. Hear tales of the legends buried at Westminster Abbey and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded, a relatively common punishment for crime at the time. Your expert guide will explain how excutioners, who worked reguarly in front of large crowds at Tower Hill which we will also see, would often raise the severed head showing off to the crowd and would often continue to twitch for several seconds after the brutal blows. We then travel to the Old Bailey - the site of numerous public hangings, the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant man lived, and hear tales of Mrs Lovett's pie shop with her speciality fillings. The bucherous barber who lived next door and who would cut off more than just your hair; gangland warfare, great trained robbers and many more.
Part 2: Ghost walk through Smithfield Market
Stay close to our guide as we walk through a deserted Smithfield Market and the surrounding cobbled streets. You will see the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. And also hear about the 19th century body snatckers for the scratching sounds of Fanny Lynes, the cock-lane ghost and hear her true story of death, sex, loan sharking, arsenic poison and seances. It all took place 150 years ago and has troubled the nation ever since.
Part 3: Jack the Ripper
As th shadows lengthen, we approach London's East End, a hotbed of crme and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims. At this point, we leave thr safety of the bus and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing his suspects. To this day the case remains unsolved. Come and investigate the case for yourself - who was Jack the Ripper?
End tour the at the Sherlock Holmes pub that features a wide collection of the investigator's memorabilia.
Visit Kensington Palace London, the residence of members of the Royal Family since the 17th century, the childhood home of Queen Victoria.
Kensington Palace unveils a palace of secret stories and public lives. Visitors arrive through beautiful landscaped gardens evoking a past when Kensington was countryside. From the entrance hall start your journey through the magnificent Kings and Queen's State Apartments. Filled with stories of two royal courts; the Stuarts and the Hanoverians, learn what you would have worn, how you should behave and how to succeed in the heady atmosphere of the palace state apartments.
‘Diana: Her Fashion Story' will trace the evolution of the Princess's style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. From her earliest royal engagements, everything Diana wore was closely scrutinised, and the exhibition will explore how she navigated her unique position in the public eye: learning to use her image to engage and inspire people, and to champion the causes she cared about.
At The King's State Apartments explore these sumptuous set of rooms, each grander than the last. The King's Staircase is the first link to the circuit of rooms making up the King's State Apartments. All the great and good of Georgian London would have climbed up these stairs to visit the king. The Presence Chamber is where the monarch received courtiers, ministers and foreign ambassadors. Take a photo on the spot where a magnificent throne canopy would once have been located.
Also, visit the beautiful Sunken Garden that was planted in 1908, transforming part of the gardens previously occupied by potting sheds into a tranquil ornamental garden of classical proportions.
Embark on a full-day sightseeing tour of Scotland's magnificent highlands Loch Ness, Gloencoe Valley and Rannoch Moor. Drive past Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and continue to Stirling Castle, and the National Wallace Monument, commemorating Scotland's hero William Wallace.
You will drive under Britan's highest mountain, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the Southern shore of Loch Ness, the largest loch by volume in Scotland, containing more water than every lake in England and Wales combined.
Then, head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms Park, passing Loch Loggan over the Drumochter Pass. After passing through the forests of Perthshire, you will reach Perth, the medieval capital of Scotland.
Get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them!
Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz and glamour with incredible history. Walk down the red carpet and strike a pose with Kate Winslet, before challenging your favourite sportstars like David Beckham or Lewis Hamilton. Start your royal experience with an audience with the Queen, before standing alongside The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Madame Tussauds London will take you to your favourite Star Wars scenes!
The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury Plains. Its origins date back to nearly 5000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to mention public debate ever since. What was this vast collection of stones intended for? Was it observatory of the moon, a temple to the sun, or an elaborate cemetry? Who were the people who carried and carved these 40 ton rocks? Come and unlock the secrets for yourself and marvel at this remarkable and mysterious feat of ancient engineering and design.
The Coca-Cola London Eye 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 cantilevered observation wheel, offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the capital and its famous landmarks.
The gradual rotation in one of the 32 high-tech glass capsules takes approximately 30 minutes and gives you an ever changing perspective of London. Within each capsule, six touch screens powered by Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 allow you to explore the capital's iconic landmarks in several languages.
An experience on the Coca-Cola London Eye will lift you high enough to see up to 40 kilometres on a clear day and keep you close enough to see the spectacular details of the city unfolding beneath you.
Leaving Victoria Coach Station you will proceed to the Tower of London. Leading you into the world heirtage site before it opens to the public, the Beefeater will take you on a private guided tour explaining the history behind this fortress of imprisonment and tortue. We are also amongst the first group to see the Crown Jewels. Next, take a private boat trip in the River Thames as you enjoy execellent views of St. Pauls Cathedral and Shakespeare's Globe. Head over to the London Eye after lunch to enjoy the view of London.
Visit The Tower of London, an integral part of British Royal history for nearly 1,000 years which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Visit the Tower of London where you will meet the magnificent Yeoman Warders or 'Beefeaters', clad as they were in Tudor times, hear the legend of the ravens and spine chilling tales from the Tower's long history. See the infamous Bloody Tower where the Princes were murdered, Beauchamp Tower where visitors can read. Only at the Tower can you marvel at the breathtaking crown jewels, stand on the execution site of three English Queens and hear the myths & legends that make the visit to the tower 'a day to die for'.
Windsor Castle - Over 900 years of royal history are waiting for you in the Windsor Castle, which is perched high above the River Thames just outside of London. From William the Conqueror all the way through to the current Queen, successive monarchs have lived here and left their mark on what is now the largest continuously occupied castle in the world.
*Please note: On occasions when the State Apartments within the Windsor Castle are closed, an alternative to visit the Queen Mary's Doll's House and St. Georges Chapel will be included instead. St. Georges Chapel is closed on Sunday, hence there will be extra time to explore the castle precincts at your own pace.
Stonehenge - The most famous prehistoric monument in the world, and now a world heritage site, Stonehenge stands alone in the vast empty tract of Salisbury plain. Its origins date back to nearly 5,000 years and it has been home to pagan religion and spiritual worship, not to be mention public debate ever since.
Bath - Our final stop is Bath, another world heritage site. Bath is a beautiful Georgian City with delightful crescents, terraces and architecture that were built nearly 2,000 years ago. Built on Britain's only natural hot water spring lies the magnificent Roman public bath complex and Roman temple.
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