New Year’s in Edinburgh: London & Scotland Escape
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This New Year's, dive into Britain to see what all the Great is about. Get things off to a royal start with London’s iconic sights and world-class pubs before moving on to medieval Edinburgh, where storybook castles and the Scottish Highlands will capture your imagination.
Looking out at Big Ben from high atop the London Eye
Hiking through the picturesque Scottish Highlands
Feeling like royalty as you explore Edinburgh Castle
Walking Abbey Road, harnessing your inner Beatle
What you'll get
Round-trip flights & airport transfers
6 nights in handpicked accommodations
Expert Tour Director
2 insider tours with a local guide
Entrance to Edinburgh Castle
- Day 1: Overnight Flight
Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
- Day 2: Arrive in London + Welcome Dinner
Welcome to London! It’s huge, it’s cosmopolitan, and it’s brimming with famous sights, fun pubs, great music venues and endless things to do. Arrive at your accommodations to meet up with your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!
- Day 3: Sightseeing Tour of London + Optional London Eye & Tea
Hit the highlights of London with an expert local guide giving you all the inside info. Most of the tour will be on a bus ride around the city—you'll see the famous sights like Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace. You'll also get a chance to walk around and explore on foot. If you're lucky you might even catch the Changing of the Guard, a classic London moment.
Free time in London (night)
Top 3 nightlife suggestions:
1. Ministry of Sound – This club is an institution in London’s club scene, pumping out American house music on what’s been voted the World’s Best Sound System.
2. Polo Bar – Open 24/7, Polo Bar is the place to get your breakfast on—morning or night. They’ve been serving fry-ups for almost 50 years.
3. Hampstead Heath – The highest spot in central London, this park was founded in the 900s (no, that’s not a typo) and is one of the best places for stargazing.
London Eye & Tea (extra cost)
Fly high on the London Eye: Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, providing panoramic views of all the iconic landmarks. Then, for a more traditional English experience, you’ll enjoy some tea & crumpets.
This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than fourteen days away, please call 800-766-2645 to purchase.
- Day 4: Free Time in London
Enjoy a free day in London.
Free time suggestions
Covent Garden: Seek out bargains at this bustling covered market; souvenirs, clothes, crafts and much more.
Tower of London: Trace England’s bloody history and see the legendary Crown Jewels.
Abbey Road: Probably the world's most famous crosswalk, this storied spot is a must-see for even the most casual Beatles fan.
- Day 5: Travel to Edinburgh
Hop a train to Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city where old meets new. Its bright green hills (two extinct volcanoes!) are home to medieval stone buildings and taverns. Get lost in this city that celebrates art, music, and comedy.
Introduction to Edinburgh
Your Tour Director will take you on a quick walk to get to know the area.
Free time in Edinburgh (Night)
Top 3 nightlife suggestions:
1. Sandy Bell – A lively old world pub, Sandy Bell is a popular local spot for folk and traditional Celtic music where the whole bar is known to join in singing and playing.
***2. Whiski ***– Traditional and fully stocked, this whisky bar on the Royal Mile offers more than 300 whiskies for your tasting pleasure and music every night of the week.
3. Electric Circus – Part club, part gig venue, part karaoke bar (with seven private rooms specifically for it), this place is in a league of its own. Who knew hen nights and hip-hop gigs could coexist?
- Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh + New Year's Eve Celebration!
Hit the highlights of Edinburgh with a licensed local guide giving you all the inside info. Take the cobblestoned Royal Mile and experience the mix of past and present walking through New and Old Towns. You’ll see the centuries-old Princes Street Gardens in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle (which you might recognize as the one-and-only Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter series).
It’s impossible to go to Edinburgh and not see Edinburgh Castle; the medieval castle sits high on Castle Rock and dominates the city’s skyline. Iron Age warriors feasted here, Mary Queen of Scots lived in the Royal Palace, and rulers were crowned on the Stone of Destiny only recently returned from England after a 700-year custody battle (it was last used in Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in the 1950s). Oh, and the hilltop view isn’t too shabby either.
- Enjoy New Year’s Eve with all the friends you’ve made along the way. Cheers!
- Day 7: Free Day in Edinburgh
Free time suggestions
Brew Lab: This specialty shop serves up delicious artisanal coffee. It’s also the perfect place to sample the wares of some other indie Edinburgh icons, including soup from Union of Genius and cakes from Lovecrumbs.
Arthur’s Seat: Visible from pretty much everywhere in the city, this extinct volcanic peak is a relatively easy hike with a killer view.
Old Town: Walk the winding streets lined with everything from candy-colored shops to local pubs to souvenir shops.
- Day 8: Fly Home
Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where?
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
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Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5
Based on 115 authentic traveler reviews
Absolutely wonderful!Ashley, traveled Mar. 2020
I just returned from a trip to England and Scotland - it was phenomenal! The experiences and itinerary alone were more than enough to recommend the tour. But more notable was the response to the declaration of a pandemic. Something I’m sure is always prepared for but never actually had to be implemented. The company offered several options to move and change... See more
Best Vacation EverCameron, traveled Mar. 2023
This trip was the best vacation I’ve ever been on. I was kind of nervous as it was my first time out of the country and I went with a group of complete strangers but I’m so glad I did! We were all like a family by the end of the trip. I’m so thankful for Mike as our tour director and how well everything was planned and organized! 10/10 recommend
10/10Kathleen, traveled Dec. 2022
The trip was great! The only way I would recommend traveling abroad. There was just enough things to do and free time. Also, Mike the tour director was fantastic.
NYE in UKKayla, traveled Dec. 2022
This trip was great! A perfect mix of free time and scheduled time and spending NYE in Edinburgh was so fun! Would definitely recommend (and Mike was an amazing tour director)!