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Harry Potter Experience with Edinburgh tour

Harry Potter Experience with Edinburgh

Great Value Vacations
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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: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
8 days
From: $ 1,937 $ 242 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Take the perfect photo in front of Platform 9 3/4 - but be careful not to run through it!
  • Practice your parseltongue and see if you can't get it to open the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Pay a visit to the Great Hall and imagine how it looks decked out in the colors of your favorite Hogwarts house!
  • Take a walk through the filming location of the Leaky Cauldron - who knows what sorts of dark characters you'll run into.
  • Uncover the secrets of the real Hogwarts building during your day tour!

Short Description

Embark on a magical adventure following in the footsteps of your favorite witches and wizards with this 7-night adventure! In London, you'll enjoy tours of the Harry Potter filming locations, Warner Brothers studio tour, and then hop on a train to Oxford where you can explore the most enchanting locations from the movie on your own! Then it's on to Edinburgh, the city that inspired so much much of the series - from here you'll enjoy a full day tour including Alnwick Castle which was used as a filming location for Hogwarts!

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City London
End City Edinburgh

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into London (LHR), out of Edinburgh (EDI)
  • Shared arrival airport transfer from (LHR) to London Hotel
  • Private departure airport transfer from Edinburgh Hotel to (EDI)
  • 4 nights in London at the Radisson Blue Edwardian Grafton or similar
  • Harry Potter Film Locations Walking Tour of London
  • Warner Brothers Studio Harry Potter Tour
  • Round-trip rail fare from London to Oxford, standard class (for self-guided day trip)
  • One-way rail fare from London to Edinburgh, standard class
  • 3 nights in Edinburgh at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel or similar
  • Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-Off Tour (24-hour pass)
  • Alnwick Castle, Berwick & Borders (Hogwarts) Day Tour
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to London!

Accommodation: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton Hotel

Arrive in London and be transported to your first accommodation. Begin your exploration in the charming neighborhood of Notting Hill and its famous Portobello Market.

Transfer to London hotel

Day 2: London

Embark on a magical discovery of the film locations of your favorite Harry Potter Films today!

Harry Potter Film Locations Walking Tour - 11

Explore the magic behind the world’s most famous wizard with this unique walking tour that will leave you spellbound! The Harry Potter books and film series have enthralled and captivated the world - now you can follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous wizard, and take a magical journey throughout London with this Harry Potter themed walking tour.

Your expert guide will take you on a spellbinding tour of the city to show you the exact locations where Harry filmed key scenes of this epic tale. Starting at Westminster, you’ll make your way to the Ministry of Magic; find the entrance to the ‘Leaky Cauldron’ before taking a walk down the real ‘Diagon Alley,’ then stand in the very spot where the Death Eaters destroyed the famous Millennium Bridge.

You’ll not only see the locations where the films were shot, you’ll discover the magic behind locations such as Cecil and Goodwin Courts, and how these enchanting locations provided the inspiration for this wizarding adventure to unfold. Your tour will conclude at Platform 9 ¾ - where you can try and make your own way to Hogwarts!

Day 3: London

Today, enjoy a tour of the Warner Bros. Studio, with a focus on all things Potter!

Warner Bros. Studio/Harry Potter Tour -10

Immerse yourself in the world of Harry Potter with this behind-the-scenes tour! Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides a thrilling new opportunity to explore the magic of the world-renowned Harry Potter film series. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics that made these films so popular. Refreshments are available from the Studio Café, and there's also a Studio Shop stocked with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to bring home.

Day 4: London - Oxford - London

Take the train to Oxford today, where you can explore some of the famous filming sites at your leisure! Make a stop at the university's Bodleaian Library, where you'll find the famous Divinity Hall, then throw your invisibility cloak on and see if you can sneak through Duke Humphries' Library.

You'll then want to continue to the Christ Church, where you can take a walk to the famous grand stairwell, imagine yourself dining at the Great Hall, or follow Harry's footsteps into the Chamber of Secrets.

Take the train back home to London, and enjoy your last night in England's capital city - perhaps by treating yourself to a ride on the London eye or a drink an at authentic English pub!

Train from London to Oxford

Train from Oxford to London

Day 5: London - Edinburgh

Accommodation: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel

Board the comfortable British rail one more time to your final destination: Edinburgh, Scotland's hilly capital city!  You can begin using your included 24-hour Hop-on/Hop-off City Sightseeing pass today.

Treat yourself to a snack and sip at a cafe that made Harry Potter history! Stop by the Elephant House, where J.K Rowling wrote The Chamber of Secrets and The Prisoner of Azkaban, or head to the nearby Spoon Cafe Bistro instead, where she wrote The Sorcerer's Stone.

Train to Edinburgh!

Day 6: Edinburgh

Start the day off by hiking up to Edinburgh Castle, for panoramic views of the city. Follow the city's medieval mile, then head to one of the most chilling Harry Potter highlights in the city: Greyfriar's Kirkyard, also known as the the graveyard of Tom Riddle.

Follow the path from the graveyard to the George Heriot's School, which inspired not only the book's description of Hogwarts, but whose house system also inspired those of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Ravenclaw, and Hufflepuff!

Day 7: Edinburgh

Today you'll explore the most magical school in the entire world: Hogwarts!

Alnwick Castle, Northumberland Coast and the Borders

Enjoy a day spent in the Borderlands of Scotland and England. Our tour follows the ancient Roman Dere Street that connected Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia through the Scottish Borders.

Stopping in the Borders town of Kelso, you can explore this handsome town with what is thought to be Scotland’s largest market square. You will also see the ruins of Kelso Abbey, one of the reminders of the many ancient conflicts between Scotland and England. Continuing south you will cross the border and travel to imposing Alnwick Castle, one of the great castles of Northumberland that has stood for nearly a millennium.

Originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish border invaders, more recently Alnwick Castle and its perfectly manicured gardens have found fame as one of the settings for the fictional Hogwarts School in the "Harry Potter" movie series.

After almost 3 hours exploring Alnwick Castle and Gardens, you travel north along the Northumberland Coast, one of the UK’s most outstanding areas of natural beauty, stopping along the way to admire some of the area's best-known beaches, castles and ancient Border towns. Continuing north along the rugged coast of Berwickshire and East Lothian, before returning to stunning Edinburgh.

Day 8: Depart England

In accordance with your departure flight, be transferred to the airport and continue to check-in.

Transfer to Edinburgh airport (EDI)

Fly home!

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