Wanderlust Private Tours 

Private Tours of Great Britain, Ireland & Europe

   For more than 35 years now I've been organizing tours, taking happy travelers to Europe's most thrilling destinations.

   There is no better way to get to know a region, explore hidden corners and appreciate local culture than through a private chauffeur-guided custom tour just for you. You will enjoy the personal service of traveling in a private luxury vehicle, and the benefit of an expert chauffeur-guide who will make your vacation smoother and more enjoyable than you could ever imagine!

  These personal experiences are not possible on your own, behind the wheel of a tour bus, or with a tour group, however large or small. 

   We offer expert local guides, private walking tours, ancestry research, exclusive opportunities, superb accommodations, gourmet meals, and private luxury transport. Our detailed planning and support will bring you highly personable satisfaction you will remember for many years to come!

Hugh Barnes

 

Hugh Barnes, Owner

 1-855-203-5808 or 1-781-570-5002
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Tailor made tours just for you
 
 

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Discover Scotland & England in 15 days

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15 DAYS, 14 NIGHTS | Scotland, York, Cotswolds, Oxford, Windsor Castle & London
   Included with this private tour:
  • 14 nights of hotel accommodation 

  • 14 breakfasts​

  • 7 three-course gourmet dinners 

  • Your very own professional chauffeur-guide 

       and luxury vehicle 

  • First-class train Edinburgh to York

  • Distillery tour

  • Private-guided walking tours

  • All entrance fees 

  • Taxes & tolls

  • Flexible itinerary

PRIVATE TOUR ITINERARY

Enjoy the Best of Scotland & England in 15 Days with your private chauffeur-guide! You'll walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh; study the fairways at St. Andrews; learn how whisky is made; experience the Highlands of Scotland and cruise Loch Ness. You'll visit the Isle of Skye and go back in time as you explore Stirling Castle and the mediaeval walled city of York. Visit the villages and stunning gardens of the Cotswolds, the colleges of Oxford, Windsor Castle, exuberant English gardens, historical sites, charming towns and 
the very best of London. This 15-day tour gives you the best of Scotland and England!

 

Day 1: Edinburgh & Royal Yacht brittania

Arrive Edinburgh airport where you will be met by your chauffeur/guide. On your way into Edinburgh you’ll visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former yacht of the Royal family. You’ll then arrive at your hotel in central Edinburgh for a two-night stay. Enjoy some time to relax, and settle into your accommodation before a welcome dinner with some whisky tastings.

 

Day 2: The Historic Heart of Edinburgh

Today, enjoy a private-guided walking tour learning about Edinburgh’s long history. You’ll see how the medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile contrast with the fine Georgian architecture of the 200-year old New Town and learn about many prominent Scottish inventors, doctors and writers for whom Edinburgh is famous. Then climb up to the imposing Edinburgh Castle to tour this historic military stronghold, the birthplace of the city, and soak up the dramatic views. In the afternoon, wind your way through the medieval streets, ending at the impressive Palace of Holyrood, the Scottish residence of The Queen.

 

Day 3: Blackness Castle & St. Andrews 

Depart Edinburgh across the Firth of Forth for the beautiful medieval city of St. Andrews, set on the stunning north coast of the Kingdom of Fife. You’ll enjoy a private-guided walking tour visiting Scotland’s oldest university (founded in 1413), the ruins of the 12th century cathedral and castle, the historic town, packed with history and charm, and the oldest golf course in the world. This afternoon, continue your journey to the Scottish Highlands for a 2-night stay in Culloden—10 minutes from Inverness.

 

Day 4: Whisky Tastings & The Scottish Highlands

Tour the powerfully moving site of the final Jacobite Rising—the Culloden Battlefield, where, in 1746, Bonnie Prince Charlie's defeat ended decades of Scottish rebellion against the British government. Stop to look at the nearby Clava Cairns, an impressive collection of prehistoric burial chambers, and continue to the turreted Cawdor Castle for lunch. This afternoon, enjoy a scenic journey through the Cairngorms National Park for a visit to the Glenlivet Distillery (first licensed distillery of the Highlands) to learn about how whisky is made, and sample a “wee dram”.

 

Day 5: Loch Ness & Fort Augustus

This morning, enjoy a panoramic cruise of Loch Ness before the boat drops you at the shore to explore the dramatic ruins of Urquhart Castle. Continue to Fort Augustus, where Loch Ness meets the Caledonian Canal. In the afternoon, continue your journey through magnificent mountain scenery to one of Scotland’s most iconic images, Eilean Donan Castle. You’ll then cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye for a two-night stay.

 

Day 6: Isle of Skye

Today, explore the Isle of Skye. You’ll first have an opportunity to climb to the Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle of towering rock with views over the Islands of Raasay and Rona, and beyond to the mainland. Then continue to Kilt Rock, a sea cliff with huge, vertical basalt columns, and to the top of the spectacular Quiraing mountain pass. Enjoy lunch in Flodigarry, where Flora MacDonald (who aided Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape) once lived. This afternoon, step back in time at the Skye Museum of Island Life, and visit the ruins of Dun Beag iron-age broch, a circular dry-stone tower, large enough to serve as a fortified home.

 

Day 7: Glencoe & West Coast

Today, say goodbye to the Isle of Skye and leave by ferry from Armadale to Mallaig. Follow the coast south by the silver sands of Morar, stopping at the Arisaig Land Sea & Island Center and the Glenfinnan Tower Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charles raised the Scottish flag. Continue your journey to Glencoe, site of Scotland's most infamous massacre, and the National Trust for Scotland Glencoe Visitor Centre. Continue to your accommodation by the shores of Loch Linnhe, for an overnight stay.

 

Day 8: Stirling Castle and York, England

Leave through the beautiful and mountainous landscape of Glencoe and Rannoch Moor on your way back to Edinburgh. En-route, visit Stirling Castle, including the newly restored Renaissance Palace—last stronghold of Scotland, besieged by William Wallace and Robert the Bruce, and residence of the Stewart monarchs including Mary Queen of Scots and King James. Then pass through the north of England by high speed train to York for a two-night stay.

 

Day 9: York

Enjoy a private-guided walking tour of medieval York—including York Minster (England's finest Gothic church), the Shambles (York's medieval quarter), the Roman walls, and Lord Mayor’s Mansion House. The rest of your day will be free to take in some of York's other world-class sights, such as York Castle Museum (recreation of Victorian life), Fairfax House (fine Georgian home), Jorvik Viking Centre (depicting Viking life in the city), or the National Railway Museum (the story of rail transport in Britain). 

 

Day 10: Stow-on-the-Wold

Say goodbye to York and head south to the charming, flower-boxed Cotswold market town of Stow-on-the-Wold for lunch. In the afternoon, visit Chastleton House, setting of the costume drama Wolf Hall, and then to the beautiful and historic village of Broadway for a two-night stay. This pretty village is lined with horse chestnut trees and includes a mixture of period houses, pubs and picturesque honey-colored Cotswold stone cottages.

 

Day 11: Cotswolds

Today, visit Hidcote Manor & Gardens, the greatest of all gardens, along with Chipping Campden with its Jacobean Covered Market and back-in-time attractive High Street filled with plenty of local pubs to enjoy lunch. Continue to Snowshill Manor & Garden in the pretty village of Snowshill, setting of Bridget Jones Diary, and Broadway Tower, a 19th-century folly where William Morris once lived with beautiful views to the Cotswolds.

 

Day 12: Oxford & Windsor Castle

Depart for the famous university town of Oxford for a private walking tour, including visits to the Bodleian Library, the Eagle and Child Pub where C.S. Lewis and Tolkein met, and exclusive access to two colleges. In the afternoon, visit Windsor Castle, the largest occupied castle in the world, and the Queen's favorite residence. Explore the interiors of this famous palace, and setting for some recent Royal weddings. Continue to London for a three-night stay.

 

Day 13: London & the River Thames

This morning, enjoy a private guided sightseeing tour of London—including the Change of the Guard, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Horse Guards Parade and St James’ Park to mention a few. In the afternoon, visit Tower of London, home to the Crown Jewels. Then, take an entertaining cruise on the River Thames, listening to tales about London Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral and Houses of Parliament.

 

Day 14: Westminster Abbey

This morning, you'll meet with a local guide to visit Westminster Abbey, where England's kings and queens have been crowned and buried since 1066. A thousand years of English history lie within its stained-glass splendor and under its stone slabs. The afternoon is yours to explore the Churchill War Rooms, stroll past Buckingham Palace, tour the British Museum, or take a walk through one of the city's wonderful parks. 

 

Day 15: London

Free time in London up until departure to the airport for your return flight.

Prices & Dates

Choose any dates. Price is determined by season, accommodation, and the number of people in your group. Prices below are a guideline and
may change in accordance with your individual preferences. 

All prices are per person (USD) based on your group size, and sharing a double room.

 

From $5690 per person (group of 6 people)

From $6690 per person (group of 4 people)

From $7990 per person (group of 2 people)​

This tour can be customized to your wishes. Simply call, or email us with your specifics and we'll plan a program that's right for you.

Customer Reviews

  Just a few tour highlights:

  • Edinburgh 

  • Windsor Castle

  • York

  • St. Andrews 

  • Cotswolds

  • Isle of Skye

  • Oxford

  • Tower of London 

  • Westminster Abbey

ACCOMMODATION

 

Superior Boutique

In this category, we have hand-picked
five-star guest houses or smaller luxury hotels. These lodgings are often family owned and offer a truly unique, authentic and welcome atmosphere where you are more likely to engage with local people than in a higher-end hotel. Some tours involve a mixture of both Superior and Luxury Boutique.

Luxury Boutique 

Through years of experience we have hand-picked luxury boutique hotels which are not only very comfortable in the traditional sense, but as importantly offer gourmet food and an ambience of lasting memory. All our hotel choices are of unique character, range from 4-star to 5-star, and are either downtown or enjoy a spectacular rural or village setting. 

Our detailed offer to you will specify the hotels recommended.

Scotland & England

Thank you so much for exceeding every single expectation that we had for the Baltier England/Scotland trip. They were crazy about you and I couldn't be happier. You Rock!

Saralynn, Memphis

Scotland & England

Thanks for putting together such an electric tour! We greatly enjoyed our time with you in Scotland & England!

Kathy, Ron, Brian and Angie, Iowa

Custom tour of Scotland & England, May 2019

Our Wanderlust tour of Scotland and England for a group of 6 left us with many wonderful memories ! Hugh Barnes was easy to work with and responded quickly to inquiries and suggestions. He created an interesting and enjoyable itinerary and provided ongoing support during the tour. Neil, our driver/guide was knowledgeable and conscientious, always there when we needed him. His efforts kept the tour flowing smoothly. The sites we visited gave us a wonderful overview that made us want to return and explore both countries more extensively. We felt as though we experienced all the highlights that Hugh could squeeze into two weeks. 

Accommodations were unique and of high quality. The cuisine was excellent. The local guides were very knowledgeable and shared the history and culture in an interesting and entertaining manner. Overall, our party had a GREAT time. We highly recommend Wanderlust Private Tours for a trip of a lifetime! Five stars!

Steve and Susan - Mogadore, Ohio

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