Edinburgh is unlike any other city on earth – nestled between the North Sea and a stretch of rolling hills, the city offers some of the most picturesque scenery in Europe. The vibrant city mixes medieval roots with a cosmopolitan feel, complete with an impressive range of free attractions, quirky shops, and lively bars and restaurants.
This package weekend in Edinburgh, specifically designed for students includes;
Return high-speed train from London – Edinburgh
Two nights in central accommodation, with breakfast
Arrival and departure transfers to your centrally located accommodation
Services of a company representative
Panoramic coach tour of the city on arrival
Optional excursions to Loch Ness & the Highlands, Ghost and Ghouls guided walk and a tour to a local Whisky Distillery.
Arriving at Edinburgh Waverley in time for a late breakfast, we will begin the weekend with a panoramic coach tour of the Edinburgh. After our guided sightseeing coach tour, we will head over to the guest house to check in and some free time. Our rep will be on hand to advise you of the best things to do, see and experience, so you can make the most out of your city break.
Your rep will arrange a meeting time later in the day for the group, where they will point out the best places to pick up something to eat, and then it’s onto the bars for the evening! While away the evening with your new friends, sampling some of the local drinks on offer along the Royal Mile, and maybe hitting one or two of the bars in the famous Grassmarket or Cowgate area as the evening goes on. Alternatively, you have the option of a Ghost & Ghouls Walking tour, which will take you around some of the Edinburgh’s most haunted alleys, buildings and narrow backstreets.
After breakfast at your guest house, you have a free day for sightseeing in Edinburgh. Explore the city a little more, head to the Royal Palace of Holyrood House, visit some of the many free museums, art galleries, gift shops, or any one of the many attractions the city has to offer. Rich in history, you’ll never be far from something interesting - Edinburgh is packed with fantastic things to see.
Alternatively, if you’ve always dreamed of seeing the majestic mountains and Lochs that Scotland is so famous for, join us on this day trip to the Highlands! Travelling by executive coach, this day trip from Edinburgh is simply stunning. We will take you through the centre of Braveheart Country, where you will see Ben Nevis, Urquhart Castle, Linlithgow Palace, drive through the stunning Cairngorms National Park, more Lochs than you can count, and see Highland Cattle and wild deer grazing amongst the scenery. A trip to the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle is included in your tour price, which will give you time to explore a ruin that’s over 1,000 years old, and a cruise along the Loch Ness. With many photo stops and time to take in the scenery, this day trip is definitely a must for any weekend in Edinburgh.
On the final day of our city break, we will take a leisurely guided walk up to Calton Hill to visit the Scott Monument, and enjoy the views across Edinburgh. Then we will walk to Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland. Shortly after this, you have the option to join the tour to the Whisky distillery, where you can learn how this drink is created, and sample some for yourself! It is here that our weekend in Edinburgh draws to a close. Buy all of your souvenirs, and stop for a late lunch, before we catch the return train to London in the mid afternoon.
We offer two types of accommodation for this tour, catering for differing budgets and preferences. Breakfast is included in all options.
Included as standard - The Caravel Guest House/Safestay Student Centre
The basic price of this tour includes multi bedded ensuite accommodation, sharing with other members of the tour (same sex). These rooms are exceptionally good value for money with a short walking distance to the city centre. Ideal for single travellers who do not want to pay for single room upgrades, and a great way to meet your fellow travellers.
Shared Accommodation If you do not select one of upgrade options below, you will automatically be placed in a room with customers of the same gender. If you are a mixed sex couple/family and want to share a room together, please select one of our twin or double upgrade options.
Single, Twin or Double Accommodation Upgrade You can choose to upgrade from the multi-bedded accommodation to either a single room for a £35 per night supplement, or a twin/double room for a £20 per night supplement. If you are a single traveller booking the twin/double upgrade option, you will be placed in a twin room with another single traveller from the group (same sex). Please note that all room upgrades are on a per person basis.
3 Star Upgrade - Ecosse International
This is a traditional, family run guest house, which offers fantastic service and a great location. All rooms have private bathrooms and are decorated to a high standard. This guest house has a lounge and free wifi.
3* Twin or Double Accommodation You can choose to upgrade your accommodation to one of the Ecosse International's twin or double rooms for an additional £40 per night. If you are a single traveller booking the twin/double upgrade option, you will be placed in a twin room with another single traveller from the group (same sex).
3* Single Accommodation At the Essosse we also offer a single supplement upgrade option, where you can book a single room for an additional £70 per night.
Please note that all room upgrades are on a per person basis.
To avoid disappointment, all accommodation upgrades should be added at the time of booking.
During peak season (Bank holidays, July and August, Rugby International dates), other accommodation of equivalent standard may also used, including university halls and quality hostels. We also have 4 or 5 star accommodation options available on request, please contact our office and we will be happy to provide you with a price.
Please ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the meeting times below; this is to ensure you have enough time to reach the train for its departure.
London Kings Cross Train Station, next to the information desk(MAP)
If you intend to travel to Kings Cross by public transport, you can plan your journey on the Transport for London website - click here
We also have Kent & Cambridge pick ups available. Passengers joining this tour from the below locations will be transferred to London Kings Cross by private vehicle, where you will meet the guide inside the station by the Information Desk.
Depart Kings Cross at 07.00am, arrive Edinburgh Waverley at 11.19am
Edinburgh to London Kings Cross
Depart Edinburgh Waverley between 3pm and 4pm, arrive London Kings Cross between 19:45pm and 20.45pm.
The finishing time for passengers who joined the tour in Cambridge, Ramsgate or Canterbury will vary, as the transfer service that we provide links in with our other tours. The transfer service will be by private transport or rail. Please note that the return transfer for Canterbury passengers could be to either Canterbury East or Canterbury West Train Station, depending how many people are travelling.
Making your own travel arrangements
If you would like to make your own travel arrangements to Edinburgh but still join this tour, we offer a £30 per person reduction. If you would like to take up this option, please enter notravel in the promotion code box after you have entered your name(s), this will automatically reduce the price of your tour by £30.
Can we extend our stay in Edinburgh so we can see other parts of Scotland?
Of course you can! Please note that our train tickets are specifically allocated on certain trains at certain times, therefore your ongoing journey from Edinburgh will be at your own expense & no discount will be provided for the unused return ticket.
Do you need a visa to travel to Scotland from England?
No, Scotland is still part of United Kingdom, so there is no border control.
How long is the train journey between London and Edinburgh?
The train journey is approximately 4 hours and 20 minutes each way.
Does the tour include any food?
We include breakfast at the accommodation we provide in central Edinburgh, we do not include lunch or dinner. There are many eateries within walking distance from your accommodation.
Can I take a different train from Edinburgh to London?
If you wish to travel on a later or earlier train going back to London, you will need to purchase your own tickets. Our tickets are valid for specific journeys only.
Are Edinburgh Castle tickets included?
No, we do not include Edinburgh castle tickets.
How much free time do I get in Edinburgh?
You are free to break up from our touring programme at any point, but please inform your tour guide beforehand. If you are not looking to join our Scottish Highlands and Loch Ness day trip with us, you would have the entire second day free.
Loch Ness & Highlands Tour
The price of the Loch Ness & Highlands tour includes entry to Urquhart Castle & the Loch Ness cruise.