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Head to Euston Station for your 2.5-hour train journey to Oxenholme. On arrival you will be met by a local guide and hop aboard a minibus.
Head to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse, which retains much of its original character and is crammed with references to her life and stories. Bought in 1905 with proceeds from her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the author used the farmhouse and its surroundings as a source of inspiration for her work.
The next stop on the tour is the medieval village of Hawkshead. The area is acknowledged by many as the prettiest village in the Lake District, characterized by its cluster of whitewashed houses and alleyways, cobbled streets, squares, and courtyards of the car-free village center.
Next it's time to enjoy the majestic mountain views and beautiful countryside from Tarn Hows, before a scenic cruise on Windermere, the largest lake in England.
The afternoon finishes with a cream tea at Lindeth Howe Country Hotel, bought by Beatrix Potter for her mother in 1915. You'll be dropped off at Oxenholme Station in plenty of time to catch your 6:30 p.m return train to London.
The trip commences at London Euston station, where you will be met by your guide and escorted onto your direct express train bound for Holyhead in Wales. Your train, complete with onboard toilets and a shop, will speed through the beautiful countryside of England and Wales to reach Holyhead in just 4 hours.
Upon arrival into Holyhead's port station you will immediately board the Ulysses cruiseferry for an invigorating 3.5 hour voyage across the Irish Sea to Dublin. Facilities on board ship include a range of restaurants and bars, a 2-screen cinema and a traditional promenade deck, from where you can enjoy the fresh sea air.
The ship arrives into Dublin Port in the early evening and you will be transferred directly to your 3-star hotel in Dublin City Centre for a 2-night stay or longer depending on tour option selected. The evening and the next day(s) are yours to enjoy: why not visit the world-renown Guinness Storehouse, retrace the footsteps of Molly Malone, or even take a rail tour out into the Irish countryside?
At the end of a memorable visit to Ireland you will be transferred back to Dublin Port for the return crossing to Holyhead, where your train will be waiting to transport you through Wales and back to London. A relaxed and hassle-free way to travel to Ireland that comes highly recommended!
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Want to spend a day exploring Paris at your own pace, seeing what you want to see and making all the decisions yourself? Forget the tour buses - jump onboard the Eurostar from St. Pancras Station and three hours later you'll be sipping Champagne at a café on the Champs-Élysées!
Both the independent and guided rail trips start from and finish at St Pancras Station in central London. Simply board your Eurostar train and relax on the journey to Gare du Nord in central Paris. Save the pennies to spend on sightseeing by booking a standard Eurostar ticket, or upgrade to a first-class ticket. Benefits of first-class Eurostar travel include a breakfast on the way out and dinner on the way back, plus you’ll have the comfort of a wider seat with more leg room.
Independent Day Trip:
Travel from London St Pancras to Paris Gare du Nord by Eurostar, and then spend the entire day at leisure. For an ultimate hassle-free day of sightseeing, use your ticket for a Paris hop-on hop-off tour, to get around the city and visit attractions like the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées and more.
Guided Day Trip:
Meet your friendly local guide at Paris’ Gare du Nord, and then board your open-top double-decker hop-on hop-off bus for a whistle-stop tour of the city. Take a seat and gaze at Paris’ A-list attractions, and then hop off at the Eiffel Tower and head up to the second level. As you walk around the viewing platform, your guide will share highlights of the monument’s history, and then leave you to gaze out at the City of Lights.
After a break for lunch in town (own expense), meet your guide and walk to the water’s edge for your Seine River sightseeing cruise. Have your camera poised to capture photos of the historical buildings that line the UNESCO-listed river banks; Hôtel de Ville and Notre Dame Cathedral are just a couple of the sights you’ll see.
Having admired the sights of Paris from the water, step back onto dry land and visit Notre Dame Cathedral independently. Marvel at its ornate Gothic architecture and 13th-century rose window, and then enjoy some free time for shopping in the Opera neighborhood. Your time in Paris finishes with a drop-off at Gare du Nord.
Please note: wait lines at the Eiffel Tower are often long. If they are deemed too long on the day of your tour, your guide may suggest a visit to the Louvre Museum or Musee D'Orsay, instead.
Depart central London in the early morning and head north by train on your 4.5-hour journey to Edinburgh. Travel through England’s open countryside, skirt the canals and waterways of the Midlands and pass old mill towns built during the Industrial Revolution. Upgrade to first class train tickets if you wish, for wider seats, complimentary snacks, free Wi-Fi and quieter coaches.
On arrival in Edinburgh, head to the bus stop for the city’s open-top sightseeing service — it’s located right by the station and is easy to spot! Jump aboard for a bird's-eye view of Scotland’s majestic capital and enjoy the freedom to hop on and off as you please. Frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day.
Perhaps alight at Edinburgh’s historic Old Town and stroll along the city’s famous Royal Mile, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The charming Royal Mile runs right through the Old Town, with cobbled alleyways leading down the hillside to the city center. St Giles’ Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland are close by.
Cross the courtyard at the top of the Royal Mile and head through the grand entrance of Edinburgh Castle. There has been a castle on this site since the 12th century, and over the years it has been used as royal residence, prison and army garrison. Gaze out over the city from your vantage point on the castle ramparts, before heading inside to discover the dazzling Honours of Scotland, the country’s crown jewels. Wander through the Royal apartments where Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to the boy who was to become King of Scotland.
You might decide to visit the Scotch Whisky Heritage Center to learn about the nation’s favourite tipple, or head down the hill to gaze up at the famous Scott Monument, decorated with 64 characters from Walter Scott's novels.
Jump back aboard the hop-on hop-off bus service to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland, or stroll along Princes Street checking out the tartan, whisky and shortbread that have made Scotland famous.
Enjoy complete freedom to explore Edinburgh at your own pace, then travel back to London by train where your tour will come to an end.
Please note: This tour is unescorted.
Your day starts with a relaxing train journey to the historic city of Liverpool, European Capital of Culture in 2008. Arriving at Liverpool Lime Street, you'll have time to explore this Victorian city, perhaps taking a stroll along the stunningly refurbished Albert Dock Complex housing the Merseyside Maritime Museum and Tate Liverpool art gallery.
Your tour includes entry to the Beatles Story, where you can re-live the Fab Four's meteoric rise to fame. Your visit takes you from the cobbles of Matthew Street and the Cavern, through the hysteria of Beatlemania to the final live performance on the Apple rooftop and beyond!
The Cavern Quarter is a vibrant city center area and the focus of Beatle history. There's the famous Cavern Club, where the lads played 292 times, and the pubs where they drank during the early 1960s.
Options for lunch in Liverpool are many and varied, with top-quality bars, restaurants and cafes in the city center.
In the afternoon your Magical Mystery Tour is waiting to take you away! This two-hour tour takes you round all the landmarks in the lives of the Fab Four, including their homes, schools and birthplaces, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and many other significant spots.
Day 1 - Edinburgh
Your train from London's King's Cross whizzes you north, along Britain's east coast to Edinburgh. Your visit to Edinburgh includes a 24-hour hop-on hop-off tour by open-top sightseeing bus. Frequent departures throughout the day mean you have total flexibility to plan your day in Edinburgh the way YOU choose!
Sights, attractions and landmarks of this lovely city include the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle and Scottish crown jewels (entry included), the Scott Monument, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where state ceremonies and official entertaining take place when the Queen is in Scotland, and the Scottish Parliament Building.
Day 2 - Loch Ness and Highlands
Your journey to the Highlands begins with a drive through Rob Roy MacGregor country, Rannoch Moor. Then it's on to Glen Coe, site of the 1692 battle of the MacDonalds and Campbells. Next you'll see Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis, and take a memorable drive through the Great Glen. After a stop at the picturesque village of Fort Augustus, you'll head along the shores of Loch Ness for some monster spotting!
Day 3 - Edinburgh
Enjoy some last-minute shopping in Edinburgh, visit the attractions on your must-see list, stroll through the city center - it's your choice because it's your day!
Depending how you prefer to travel, you have the choice of a fully independent or an escorted tour.
Board the Eurostar, sit back and relax, arriving into Paris in just 2 hours and 40 minutes. On arrival into Paris Gare du Nord the rest of the day is free for you to explore Paris. Your accommodation is in a centrally located 3 star hotel.
Whilst in Paris you can use your ticket on the Hop On Hop Off City Tour to see the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, the Champs Elysees etc. at your leisure. The tour gives you the opportunity to have total independence to see what you want, when you want.
Day One (Fully Escorted) - Travel from London and on arrival enjoy a guided panoramic tour which will show you all the main sights of Paris, and includes a stop at the second level of the Eiffel Tower. The tour finishes at the Louvre where you will have free time for lunch. In the afternoon board a boat for a romantic guided River Seine cruise followed by an optional visit of the Louvre (admission not included). Make your own way to your comfortable, air-conditioned 3-star hotel.
Day Two (Unescorted) - After breakfast the day is free for you to explore independently. With your one day Hop on Hop off tour ticket you can explore the sights of Paris. This is by far the easiest way to get about in Paris and enables you to concentrate on your main areas of interest.
You will arrive in Paris at approximately 11:00am on Day One, and depart Paris between 8:30pm and 9:15pm, arriving into London between 10:00pm and 10:30pm on Day Two.
Your overnight experience in Liverpool includes accommodation in the 4-star Hard Days Night Hotel, a Beatles-themed hotel, perfectly located in Liverpool’s so-called 'Beatles quarter' where many landmarks linked to the rock band are found.
Rest overnight in a luxurious single or twin room, and enjoy breakfast in Blake’s, the hotel restaurant that’s named after the designer of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. The Hard Days Night Hotel also boasts a chic cocktail bar that’s perfect for a spot of relaxation after a day sightseeing around Liverpool.
With the exception of your independent train trip, Magical Mystery tour and admission to the Beatles Story museum and Cavern Club, all other activities and entrance fees are at your own expense.
Journey to Paris: meet you at St Pancras International Station, a tour representative will meet you at 5.45am (5.30am on Saturdays), where you’ll submit your voucher and receive a welcome pack.
Panoramic Paris tour: Your guide will take you on an amazing tour of the most romantic city in the world. You’ll see iconic Parisian features such as the Champs–Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero and many more.
Lunch at the Eiffel Tower: Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Paris followed by a delicious two course meal on the second floor of the iconic Eiffel Tower. Please note: if the restaurant is closed, entry to the Eiffel Tower will still be included, lunch will be on Bateaux Perisiens.
Louvre Museum: enjoy a trip to the Louvre Museum, where you can admire the mysterious smile of the Mona Lisa and thousands of other precious artworks. On Tuesday the Louvre is closed and you will visit Musée d’Orsay instead.
Return Journey: your tour escort will take you back to the Gare du Nord. Your departure time from Paris is 8:13pm, arriving back in London at 9:29pm.
Standard Premier: (optional extra) includes a light meal and refreshments served at your seat
Journey to Paris: Begin at St. Pancras International, a tour representative will meet you at 5.45am (5.15am on Saturdays), you’ll swap your voucher for an informative welcome pack. Kick off your Parisian day trip in style with a train ride on the Eurostar. The short 2 hour 15 minute journey to Paris passes through 31 miles of Channel Tunnel.
Paris at Your Leisure: Explore the city at your own pace, visit Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame, do some shopping or simply relax at a pavement café – the choice is yours! Take a map and a Visit Paris pass so you can get travel by Metro and visit all the top districts with ease!
Seine River Cruise: Board a river cruiser for an hour–long luxury boat ride through central Paris. You’ll get excellent views of the city’s most magical monuments, complete with audio guide.
Return Journey: After a wonderful day spent discovering Paris, make your way back to the Gare Du Nord to board the Eurostar. Check–in at least 45 minutes before departure at 8.13pm, arriving back in London at 9.29pm.
Standard Premier: (optional extra) includes a light meal and refreshments served at your seat
After meeting your tour manager in Euston Station, you will depart by train at approximately 8am to Edinburgh’s Waverley Station via Virgin Trains. Upon arrival to the city, meet your local guide and begin a sightseeing tour of the capital. They will be able point out all of the popular attractions you can visit during your stay, such as The National Museum of Scotland or The Royal Museum (admission is free).
Once the tour is over, check in at your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. However, you may enjoy taking our extra excursion and join us for a Ghosts and Ghouls Walking Tour. In this tour you will be taken to the Edinburgh Vaults under South Bridge in the Old Town, which is reported to be one of the most haunted sites in the UK. The tour is available in a number of different languages and is around one hour long (not included).
Begin your second day in Edinburgh roaming the city. Or take part in a day trip to Loch Ness (extra charges apply - please note this is a full-day tour from approximately 8am to 2pm). Start by visiting the town of Stirling, where you will have time to visit the famous Castle and admire the beautiful view from the esplanade. Make your way to Loch Katrine. Here you can take a cruise on the loch, have lunch by the water’s edge, or take a short bike ride to see the beautiful surrounding. Travel through Trossachs, where you will stop for photos before arriving at Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary Queens of Scots. Then return to Edinburgh via the Forth Bridges with photo stops.
On the final day in Edinburgh, you will have a free morning to explore the city one last time. At approximately 11:30am you will meet your tour manager at the hotel for the transfer to the station to catch the 12:51pm train back to London. Arrive back at Euston Station at approx 6:39pm.
Begin at St. Pancras International, a tour representative will meet you at 5.45am (5.15am on Saturdays), you’ll swap your voucher for an informative welcome pack.
When you arrive at Gare du Nord Station in Paris, make your way to the Open Top Bus stop, situated outside the station at 10 boulevard de denain: Eurostar et Thalys. See the true beauty of Paris as you drive past the Champs–Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Place de la Concorde. You have the option to hop off and ascend the Eiffel Tower for breathtaking views across Paris (not included).
After a fantastic day spent exploring Paris, make your own way back to Gare Du Nord. Your departure time from Gare du Nord Station is 8:13pm, arriving in London at 9:29pm.
Standard Premier option: (optional extra) includes a light meal and refreshments served at your seat on the Eurostar
Your journey to Paris begins at St. Pancras International. A tour representative will meet you at 5:45am (5:30am on Saturdays), and you’ll swap your voucher for an informative welcome pack. Start your Paris day trip in style with a ride on the Eurostar, a 2-hour journey that passes through 31 miles of the Channel Tunnel.
Meet your guide at Gare du Nord Station and set out for a comprehensive tour of world’s most romantic city. See famous sights including the Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Trocadero. Then head to the Eiffel Tower and take in gorgeous city views from its lofty second floor.
Afterward, board a comfy river cruiser for an hour-long cruise along the River Seine. Learn more about Paris from the onboard audio guide, and see the beautiful river views.
Continue to the Louvre Museum to see the impressive collection, including works such as the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa. Please note that on Tuesday the Louvre is closed and you will be given a ticket to Musée d’Orsay instead.
After a day spent discovering Paris, your escort will bring you back to the Gare du Nord where your departure time is 8:13pm, arriving back in London at 9:29pm.
Standard Premier (optional extra) includes a light meal and refreshments served at your seat on the Eurostar.
Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to visit one of Britain’s great heritage cities.
You will be met at Euston Station and provided with all your travel documents for the day. Check-in is at 07:40 and your train arrives in Chester at 10:15am.
On arrival hop aboard one of the City Sightseeing buses for a one hour circular tour that offers the perfect way to get your bearings. There are 16 stops around the City and frequent departures.
Chester is a city full of historic treasures, including the most complete City Walls in Britain, dating from the Roman occupation 2,000 years ago.
You can walk right around the city along the walls, crossing over ancient gateways and exploring its magnificent towers.
A bustling market town since the Middle Ages, Chester continues to offer the best in shopping opportunities, and the unique Rows galleries offer a literally different level of retail therapy.
As well as stores at street level there’s an upper tier of shops sheltered from the elements, offering a perfect vantage point for people watchers. Check out too the ancient cellars below street level, where bars and restaurants flourish – and look out for the oldest shopping façade in England, on Bridge Street.
There’s time to visit the majestic 1,000 year old Chester Cathedral, with its fine collection of Medieval carvings, enjoy the black and white Victorian architecture of Northgate, and make an obligatory photo stop at the Eastgate Clock, probably the most iconic clock in England after Big Ben, built to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897.
Your train from Chester departs at 17:35 and returns to London at 19:40.
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Take a day trip by train to the historic port city of Liverpool, a vibrant place of culture and heritage and a must-see destination for music lovers and football fans from all over the world.
Depart from Euston Station at 8am, and head to the UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront on your arrival at Lime Street Station. Make sure to check out the Royal Liver Building, the tallest building in Europe at the time of its construction in 1911, before arriving at Albert Dock.
Brimming with museums, galleries, and a wide variety of bars and restaurants, the Dock was transformed in the 1980s but still retains the largest collection of Grade l listed buildings in the country.
The award-winning Beatles Story is the largest visitor attraction dedicated to the lives and times of the ‘Fab Four’. Hear the story of how the four young ‘Scousers’ rocketed to fame and fortune from their humble roots growing up on Merseyside. The free ‘Living History’ audio guide is narrated by John Lennon’s sister, Julia, and is available in 10 different languages.
At 2pm, step aboard the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ for a fascinating journey through the streets of the city that inspired some of the band’s most memorable songs, including ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Field’.
The 2-hour tour finishes at the legendary Cavern Club, where the resident musicians will no doubt be playing some familiar tunes. Your train back to London doesn’t leave until 6:47pm, so there’s still plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere before returning to your original departure point.
Make your own way to St Pancras International station and meet your professional guide. Board the Eurostar and relax as it whisks you to Paris in just over 2 hours. If you wish, upgrade to 1st Class and enjoy breakfast served on board and dinner on your return journey.
Once you arrive in Paris, join your guide on an air-conditioned coach for a panoramic sightseeing tour. See top Paris attractions such as the Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe and Opera House as you hear fascinating facts about the city.
Next, arrive at the iconic Eiffel Tower for your Champagne lunch. Skip the possible long admission lines with your fast-access ticket and ride the elevator to the stylish 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant on the first floor. Take your seat and enjoy a glass of Champagne and delicious 2-course lunch with the sweeping views of the city providing a truly magical backdrop! See the Itinerary for a sample menu.
Afterward, enjoy a 1-hour sightseeing cruise along the Seine River, whose banks boast UNESCO World Heritage status. Snap photos and listen to the illuminating commentary as you pass sights such as soaring Notre Dame Cathedral and the island, Île de la Cité.
Next, either choose to use some free time to shop or sightsee, or take a guided visit to the magnificent Louvre Museum (own expense) to see Leonardo da Vinci’s exquisite Mona Lisa and other masterpieces.
In the late afternoon, return to Gard du Nord station and catch the Eurostar back to St Pancras. Your tour ends when you arrive at around 8:30pm.
Immerse in the magic of one of Europe's most beautiful cities on this 3-day, 2-night trip to Paris, traveling by Eurostar. After a guided introduction to the city, you'll be free to take your pick of Paris' famous landmarks and legendary shops: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the River Seine, the Arc de Triomphe, the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur, and more. Besides roundtrip transfers, tour includes two nights accommodation in a 3-star hotel with breakfast.
Hop aboard a morning Eurostar to Paris, where your tour manager will meet you for a coach tour of the classic Paris landmarks, museums, and sights – a perfect introduction to the City of Lights. Then, check in to your 3-star hotel, which includes breakfast, and enjoy Paris at your leisure. Explore independently on the second and third days, or take an optional boat cruise, before catching an evening Eurostar back to London.
When making a booking, you will need to advise your Eurostar details and your London City Hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!
Price is per person, based on 8 adults per car/vehicle
When making a booking, you will need to advise your Eurostar details and your London City Hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed instantaneously and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver.
Price is per person, based on 8 adults per car/vehicle
The generic British word for dessert is "pudding."
In the 19th century, the "g" was sometimes pronounced as a harder "k." Sometimes, the "n" got dropped. Sometimes that was shortened by slicing off the "pud."
In other words, small, incremental changes resulted in pudding->puddink->puddik->dick.
It's not meant to be dirty; it's just a Victorian synonym for "dessert."
Pepper a cake with currants or raisins, and you get "spots" in your pudding, hence: spotted dick.