New Year’s in Edinburgh: London & Scotland Escape | EF Ultimate Break
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New Year’s in Edinburgh: London & Scotland Escape

8 Days  •  2 Cities 87

From $2599 with flightsPayments as low as $859

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Why Go?

Celebrate the New Year at Edinburgh’s three-day celebration, Hogmanay, complete with fireworks, parades and live music set in the medieval Scottish scenery. Combine this with the cozy pubs and winter whimsy found throughout London, and you have the makings for your best New Year yet.

What are the top highlights?

  • Celebrate New Year's Eve in Edinburgh
  • Explore Edinburgh’s intricate network of nooks and cozy crannies
  • Hear bagpipes while walking the Royal Mile
  • Hike to Arthur’s seat for stunning views of Edinburgh Castle
  • Sample locally distilled Scotch
  • Go for high tea after catching the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
  • Head to the world famous British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and some mummies

Your trip includes

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers
  • Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
  • Private deluxe motorcoach
  • 6 nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • Welcome Dinner with drinks
  • Daily breakfast & three-course Farewell Dinner
  • Metro passes in London
  • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle & other select attractions

Accommodations

You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.

Click **here **for examples of where you'll stay.

Flights

Admit it, booking flights is the worst. Here's why you should let us do it for you:

  • Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
  • Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
  • Flights are booked with major airlines
  • 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
  • One checked bag included on most flights
  • Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure

Booking with a friend? Let us know and we’ll do our best to make sure you’re on the same flight. Still want to book your own flights? That’s cool, simply select ‘No flights included’ instead of your departure city in the ‘Flights from’ dropdown.

Itinerary

    Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.

    Day 2: Introduction to London

    Your Tour Director will take you on a quick walk to get to know the area.

    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 and River Cruise

    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 & River Cruise(extra cost)

    See London properly: from air and sea. Fly high on the London Eye: Europe’s tallest Ferris wheel, providing panoramic views of all the iconic landmarks. Then, sail down the River Thames with tea & crumpets included.

    This excursion is pre-book only; if your trip is less than 14 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 (Local Guide)

    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).

    Edinburgh Castle
    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.

    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

    Goodbye, friends!
    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?

    –OR–

    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.

Reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5
Based on 87 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

  •   Anonymous, traveled Dec 2019

    If you’ve ever considered spending New Years in another country, do it. Experiencing the celebration of a new year surrounded by thousands of people from all over the world is incredible, and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebration was one I’ll never forget. But NYE aside, London and Scotland is the perfect trip if it’s your first time going abroad or even your 5th... See more

  • First EF

      Jake, traveled Dec 2019

    First EF trip I've taken and first time leaving the country. Our tour guide in London was absolutely fantastic! I believe his name was Steward. Constantly kept us engaged during the walking tour making great jokes. Unknowingly to everyone in the group he went out of his way for a fantastic surprise during the tour. I'd hate to say what that surprise is so ot... See more

  •   Anonymous, traveled Dec 2019

    London and Edinburgh were awesome! The trip was a nice combination of having things planned with the group and then being able to have free time to go out and do your own thing. I recommend doing any extra excursions including ones that your tour director leads on free days, like going to the Highlands in Edinburgh. Also, if people in your group are going to... See more

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