Two capital cities in one truly memorable trip. Explore England's capital city, London, and the capital of Scotland, Edinburgh.
Round trip arrival and departure airport transfers
Three nights 3*, 4* or 5* London city centre hotel with breakfast
Fully guided London sightseeing tour with entry to Tower of London, St.Paul's Cathedral and River Thames cruise (transfer to tour starting point included*)
Return train with reserved seating London to/from Edinburgh
Three nights 3* or 4* Edinburgh city centre hotel with breakfast
One day Edinburgh sightseeing Hop on Hop off bus ticket
Sample Itinerary - Below is a 7 day vacation package itinerary. We can amend the order of destinations visited. For example you could travel to Edinburgh day 3, return to London on day 5 and on day 6 enjoy a free day in London day. Please email [email protected] to discuss your ideal package
Day 1 - Arrival Transfer
On arrival into London Heathrow Airport, you will be met by your own chauffeur and transferred to your London city centre hotel. After check in, the remainder of the day is free to explore the city or relax at your leisure. Please note that if you are arriving at London Gatwick Airport, a supplement will apply. This can be booked in the 'Book this Tour' section on the right of this page.
Day 2 - London sightseeing tour
A fantastic introduction to London with a fully guided coach panoramic tour. Entry is included to St.Pauls Cathedral and the Tower of London. The tour will also include a photo stop at Buckingham Palace to see Changing of the Guard.*
Your sightseeing coach tour ends at the Tower in the afternoon where you will board a guided boat cruise on the River Thames. From the river you will see Tower Bridge, Shakespeare's Globe, London Eye, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Your tour ends in Westminster, in the shadow of the London Eye and Parliament, a great location to continue exploring or return to your hotel.
*Changing of the Guard runs on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday only, and may be cancelled at short notice.
Day 3 - Free day in London or explore England
Visit one of London's world class museums such as the British Museum or the V&A, go shopping in Oxford Street or Regent Street or explore one of the capitals many outdoor markets such as Camden, Portobello or Covent Garden. In the evening enjoy a West End show, sample the food in a top class London restauarant and enjoy the atmosphere with a beer in an English pub.
If you would like to see more of England we have a fantastic selection of small group day trips from London, destinations include:
Windsor, Bath & Stonehenge
Oxford, Cotswolds & Stratford Upon Avon
Stonehenge, Glastonbury & Avebury - The Legend of King Arthur
Warner Bros Studio Tour London, The Making of Harry Potter
All London & Edinburgh customers receive a 10% discount voucher which can be used on any International Friends small & friendly day trip from London.
Day 4 - Transfer to Edinburgh
After a buffet breakfast in your hotel make your way to London Kings Cross for your train to Edinburgh. The journey by high speed train takes 4 hours 30 minutes. You will have reserved seats for the journey. On arrival in Edinburgh make your own way to your city centre hotel. Taxis are available from the station and all hotels used are 5-10 minutes taxi ride from the station.
After check in remainder of day free to enjoy Edinburgh.
Day 5 - Edinburgh Sightseeing
A 24 hour city sightseeing bus ticket allows you to see all the main attractions in Edinburgh city centre. You can hop on and hop off the bus to visit attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of HolyroodHouse, National Museum of Scotland, Dynamic Earth and more.
Day 6 - Free day in Edinburgh or optional day trip to Loch Ness & Highlands
Enjoy a full free day in Edinburgh. A city of stunning architecture, fantastic museums, whisky tasting, ghost tours and an incredible mix of attractions. Alternatively you could book a day trip to the stunning Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands. See areas of outstanding natural beauty, lakes, mountains, wildlife and more.
Day 7 - Return train to London followed by airport transfer
Check out of your hotel and make your way to Edinburgh station for your return train to London. On arrival at London King's Cross station you will be met by your chauffeur and transferred to your London airport.
Day One - Arrival Airport Transfer
When and where will I meet my driver?
After you have collected your luggage, you will walk through into the arrivals hall. Your driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall, holding an 'International Friends' welcome board, with the lead passengers name on.
Our drivers monitor all flight numbers, and will enter the arrivals hall 30 minutes after your actual landing time. Our driver will then wait for you for a further 60 minutes - this gives you 90 minutes to make your way through the airport. Your driver will walk you to the vehicle, helping with your lugagge should you wish them to. You do not have to worry if your flight is delayed en route, as flight numbers are monitored.
If you would like to select a later meeting time please let us know in the ‘Additional Comments’ box during the booking process. In your Welcome Pack, you will find an emergency contact number. If you are delayed at any point in the airport, you must phone this number.
How long will it take to get to my hotel?
London Heathrow to London city centre: approximately 45-60 minutes
London Gatwick to London city centre: approximately 75-90 minutes
What happens if we need to delay our pick up due to a late or cancelled flight?
If your flight is delayed, we will not charge for amending your pick-up time.
If your flight is cancelled, you miss your flight or you are delayed getting through the airport you must contact us as soon as possible on the number given in your Welcome Pack. We will do our best to accommodate a new pick up time.
The driver will wait for a maximum of 90 minutes after your flight has landed. After this you driver may be forced to leave, we may not be able to guarantee your transfer and you may be liable for waiting charges.
We strongly recommend travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen delays or other factors beyond your control.
How much lugagge can I bring?
Each person is allowed a maximum of 2 items of hold luggage (23kg each) and 2 items of carry on luggage (10kg each). Should you wish to bring any mobility aids (wheelchairs or walkers) you MUST contact us in advance to let us know. We will require full dimensions and weight. These items must be able to be folded and stored in the luggage hold. Wheelchairs must be counted as 1 item of your hold luggage. Additional charges will be incurred should you bring additional items of luggage or for items weighing more than the maximum weight stated above.
Day Two - Welcome To London Tour
Where is the meeting point for my Welcome to London Tour?
This tour will depart at 07.45am from London Victoria Coach Station, Gate 19.
How do I get from my hotel to Victoria Coach Station?
A transfer will be arranged for you for all hotels except the below. Your driver will collect you from the hotel lobby between 06:45am and 07:00am, and take you to the meeting point.
Amba Hotel Grosvenor:
This is a 2 minute walk from the meeting point, so a transfer will not be provided. Please make your own way across the road to London Victoria, Gate 19 for 07.30am.
Day Four and Seven - Train station transfers
Please note these transfers are not included in your package price, but can be arranged very easily from your London and Edinburgh hotel. For the London hotel to station transfer allow £15-£20, for Edinburgh hotel to station allow £10.
Day Seven Departure Transfer
Where will I meet the driver?
On arrival at London Kings Cross station your driver will be waiting for you as you exit the ticket barrier. You will be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to your London airport.
We have a great range of 4* and 5* London City Centre hotels, in a variety of locations available for you on this pre cruise hotel package, all on Bed & Breakfast basis:
3* Hotel Options
3* Thistle City Barbican
The Thistle City Barbican is walking distance of Old Street Tube Station and just a short cab ride to King's Cross, Liverpool Street and Barbican rail and tube stations, meaning access to the whole of London is easy. With every hotel booking, you can enjoy the Otium Health & Leisure Club to work out, swim or simply de-stress in the Jacuzzi, Sauna and Steam room.
4* Hotel Options
4* Copthorne Tara
The award-winning service at Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is friendly without being fawning, and the experienced team will help make your stay extra special. A stylish and contemporary hotel, perfectly located for the museums on Cromwell Road, Hyde Park and Kensington Palace, tucked away behind Kensington High Street.
4* Amba Hotel Grosvenor
A 4* charming hotel in London, styled in a Victorian design, the property is located in the heart of London, around 700m from Victoria tube station. Previously called the Grosvenor Victoria, this hotel in London is a great location for those wanting to explore London, within walking distance of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament.
4* Amba Hotel Marble Arch
The hotel is just a stone’s throw from shopping hotspots such as Oxford Street and Mayfair, as well as a host of famous London landmarks including Madame Tussauds and Hamleys. With outstanding modern facilities, as well as luxurious rooms and expert staff, you’ll love your experience at this hotel near Oxford Street. As a 4* hotel, you can expect absolute comfort and impeccable service.
4* Amba Hotel Charing Cross
Just steps from Trafalgar Square, the Amba Hotel Charing Cross is a 4* oasis of calm housed within a beautiful, Grade II listed building. Experience the unique combination of 150 years of British heritage, attentive service and seamless technology, with the personalised service you need to feel at home, indulged and special.
4* Thistle Kensington Gardens
This 4-star luxury hotel is set on the tree-lined Bayswater Road, opposite the stunning Hyde Park and just a short stroll from Kensington Palace and the Princess Diana Memorial Garden. Westminster Borough is a great choice for travellers interested in luxury brand shopping, shopping for clothes and theatre.
4* The Tower Hotel
A 4* hotel near Tower Bridge, The Tower Hotel delivers the ideal hotel experience, combining convenience and comfort, with rooms designed to reflect the individual style and character of the hotel itself. With the Tower of London UNESCO World Heritage Site on your doorstep, exploring the city starts the moment you set foot outside.
4* Hard Rock Hotel
Located on the corner of Oxford Street and Park Lane, just steps away from chic boutiques, world famous department stores, historic West End theatres and the glorious green spaces of Hyde Park. The incredible memorabilia collection at the hotel pays tribute to former residents such as Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, and Bob Dylan.
4* The Bailey's Hotel
You'll feel at home in the Victorian grandeur of this redbrick townhouse, just moments away from world-renowned museums and the luxurious neighborhood of Knightsbridge. With a history as beguilling as the five-story and impressive decor, this characterful hotel will make you wish walls could talk...
4* Copthorne at Chelsea Football Club
Situated within the grounds of Chelsea Football Club, the Millennium Hotel at Chelsea FC is just a short walk from the Kings Road, the heart of fashionable and affluent Chelsea. Just a 5-minute walk from Fulham Broadway underground, meaning London's many attractions are just a short journey away.
4* Millennium Gloucester
Millennium Gloucester Hotel London Kensington blends classic and contemporary styles across all rooms, giving travelers great value for money. The hotel is only a three-minute walk from Gloucester Road underground station – and with local gems such as the Natural History Museum and Kensington Palace just around the corner, you’ll have easy access to some of the best sights in London.
4* Millennium Knightsbridge
Nestled on Sloane Street, Millennium Hotel London Knightsbridge is a 4-star cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of the luxury fashion district. Situated next to Hyde Park, this hotel is close to Harrods, Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Offering a contemporary take on modern hospitality, this hotel is a favorite for the style-conscious and culture-lovers alike.
5* Hotel Options
5* Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge
Located in London's historic core and close to the Tower of London, Borough Market, St.Paul's Cathedral, the Shard and HMS Belfast, the Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge is in the perfect location to allow you to fully immerse yourself in the heart of central London. This 4-star hotel is located close to the Tower Bridge, the Gherkin and the lively area of Shoreditch.
5* Millennium at Chelsea Football Club
Situated within the grounds of Chelsea Football Club, the Millennium Hotel at Chelsea FC is just a short walk from the Kings Road, the heart of fashionable and affluent Chelsea. While the hotel is right next to Stamford Bridge on Fulham Road – a dream come true for any Chelsea Football Club fan – the hotel is just a 5-minute walk from Fulham Broadway underground, with London's many attractions a short journey away.
5* The Royal Horseguards
The Royal Horseguards is a 5* hotel in the heart of London edging onto Covent Garden and Theatreland, and overlooking the London Eye. A luxury hotel in a Grade I listed building with bedrooms that offer Victorian elegance and modern features, including free Wi-Fi, Elemis toiletries, and a free minibar.
5* Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Pauls
Nestled beside St Paul’s Cathedral, the Leonardo Royal Hotel London St Paul’s is the ideal place for leisure visitors to the city. The hotel is conveniently located just a five minutes walk from St. Paul’s underground station, perfect to explore London from.
3* Jurys Inn Edinburgh
Just minutes from Waverley Train Station and a short stroll from the famous Royal Mile, this hotel is located in the heart of Edinburgh's beautiful Old Town. Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Park and many other attractions are just a 10-15 minute walk away. All bedrooms have spacious bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, flat screen TV with Freeview and Free WiFi. This is the hotel we use most frequently, due to its fantastic location.
4* Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh Haymarket
This hotel lies in the historical heart of the city in lively Haymarket, close to an abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants and a short walking distance from Princes Street Gardens and Edinburgh Castle. Facilities include free WiFi, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee facilities and sleek en suite bathrooms.
4* Leonardo Hotel Edinburgh Murrayfield
This 4-star hotel is ideal for those travellers who are looking for a quieter location, less than 5 miles from Edinburgh city centre. The hotel has extensive leisure facilities including a sauna and steam room. Direct buses run regularly to the city centre, meaning you are never too far from the sights and sounds of the city. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee facilities and free WiFi.