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Edinburgh & Glasgow by Rail tour

Edinburgh & Glasgow by Rail

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
6 days
From: $ 1,692 $ 282 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Treat yourself to a pint at Scotland's oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn in Edinburgh!
  • Discover Edinburgh's tumultuous past during your Secrets of the Royal Mile walking tour.
  • Take in the breathtaking Scottish countryside as you ride the rail from city to city.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of Glasgow from atop a double-decker sightseeing bus with your included bus tour.
  • Treat yourself to Scotland's world-famous scotch at a pub and rub elbows with the locals!

Short Description

Ride the rail from Edinburgh to Glasgow on this Scotland adventure! You'll enjoy included sightseeing tours and airport transfers for a seamless and adventure-packed vacation.

Trip Type N/A
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Edinburgh
End City Glasgow

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy-class airfare into Edinburgh (EDI), out of Glasgow (GLA)
  • Private round-trip airport transfers
  • 3 nights in Edinburgh at the Principal Edinburgh George Street or similar
  • 48-hour Royal Tour Ticket with fast track access to:
  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour
  • Standard class rail from Edinburgh to Glasgow
  • 2 nights in Glasgow at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central or similar
  • Glasgow City Sightseeing Hop-On/Hop-Off Bus Tour (1 Day)
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Edinburgh!

Accommodation: Principal Edinburgh George Street

Arrive in Edinburgh Airport and enjoy a private airport transfer to your first accommodation. Celebrate your first night in Scotland by treating yourself to a pint at Scotland's oldest pub, the Sheep Heid Inn.

Transfer to Edinburgh hotel

Day 2: Edinburgh

Take advantage of your Royal Tour Ticket and explore the highlights of the city your way! You can choose from one of four bus tour options; consider hopping on the City Sightseeing Tour and hop off at the Edinburgh Castle and Palace of Holyroodhouse today. You'll then want to hop off at old town and explore the medieval mile.

Royal Edinburgh Ticket

This unique value-added tour ticket is all you need to explore and experience the royal splendors of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city! You’ll receive 48-hour unlimited access to four city tours, as well as fast-track admission to Edinburgh Castle (the city’s most famous attraction), The Palace of Holyroodhouse (The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) and The Royal Yacht Brittania (The Queen’s floating Royal residence).

Tours Included with Your Ticket:

The Edinburgh Tour - with a live English-speaking guide, and stops including Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town, New Town, National Museum of Scotland and Scottish Parliament.

City Sightseeing Tour - entertaining and informative commentary, along with a “Horrible Histories” commentary for kids. Highlights include Edinburgh Castle, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town, New Town, National Museum of Scotland, Our Dynamic Earth and Calton Hill.

Majestic Tour - Enjoy an entertaining and informative commentary as you are guided through the history of Edinburgh’s people, places and sights along the route. Highlights include the Royal Yacht Britannia, Royal Botanic Garden, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Old Town and Scottish Parliament.

Day 3: Edinburgh

Continue using your Royal Tour Ticket pass; hop off at New Town and the Royal Yacht Brittania, where you can enjoy fast-track admission.

You'll also want to make use of your Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour today; your guide will take you to the places where history was made - the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. You’ll go far beyond the well-known facts and faces - uncovering another side of the city, and Scotland’s past.

Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour

This 1.5-hour walking tour is the perfect introduction to Scotland’s capital. Discover an Edinburgh beyond the reach of tour buses and books. Your expert guide will take you to the places where history was made - the wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

You’ll be hanging on your guide’s every word, as the true stories of the city’s past unfold. The characters? Think Mary Queen of Scots, David Hume, Adam Smith and Robert Burns. But you’ll go far beyond the well-known facts and faces - uncovering another side of the city, and Scotland’s past. From crime and culture to politics and everyday events, all Edinburgh life is here - expertly told by your local guide.

Day 4: Edinburgh - Glasgow

Accommodation: Double tree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central

Enjoy a train ride to Glasgow, located in Scotland's western Lowlands. Once settled in, consider making the trip to the city's Lighthouse and climbing to the top; here you can enjoy some breathtaking views of the cityscape!

Train to Glasgow!

Day 5: Glasgow

Take advantage of your included sightseeing tour bus pass today! Activate your pass and experience the city from the top deck of the tour bus; explore famous art galleries and museums, hop off at picturesque parks, or enjoy the full-loop on the bus and enjoy the audio tours, including a special Ghoulish Glasgow channel for children!

You will also want to spend some time exploring the Glasgow Cathedral, one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings.

Glasgow City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (1 Day)

Experience vibrant Glasgow from the top deck of a tour bus! Explore famous art galleries and museums, hop off at picturesque parks, or enjoy the full-loop on the bus and enjoy the audio tours, including a special Ghoulish Glasgow channel for children! The hop-on/hop-off bus tours provide entertaining and colorful insight into Glasgow’s past and present. The full loop takes approximately 105 minutes - however you can hop on and off wherever and whenever you'd like, along the way.

Day 6: Depart Scotland

Your Scotland trip comes to an end today. Enjoy a private transfer to the airport in accordance with your departure flight.

Transfer to Glasgow airport (GLA)

Fly home!

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