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This tour explores my favorite destinations in the South of England and Scotland. Beginning in London, experience the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the changing guards’ ceremony. Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London provide a look into England’s history, and the West End theatres offer some of the world’s best musical and dramatic productions. Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, and Oxford afford contrasting looks into history, politics, and education in the countryside. Scotland is wild and rugged, and we’ll explore some of its clan history, fables, castle, and mountains. Of course, we’ll have to sample a “wee dram” of Scotland’s favorite drink too. A full-day cruise to the islands of Mull and Iona will stir your soul with its peaceful old church and monastic settlements. Finally, we finish up in Edinburgh, Scotland’s grandest city. The historic Royal Mile and Castle are at your doorsteps, and the National Museum is nearby as well. Whether your heart yearns for England or Scotland, this tour is the perfect way to sample the art, history, and culture of the United Kingdom.

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MAP London-ScotlandThis tour explores my favorite destinations in the South of England and Scotland. Beginning in London, experience the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the changing guards’ ceremony. Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London provide a look into England’s history, and the West End theatres offer some of the world’s best musical and dramatic productions. Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, and Oxford afford contrasting looks into history, politics, and education in the countryside. Scotland is wild and rugged, and we’ll explore some of its clan history, fables, castle, and mountains. Of course, we’ll have to sample a “wee dram” of Scotland’s favorite drink too. A full-day cruise to the islands of Mull and Iona will stir your soul with its peaceful old church and monastic settlements. Finally, we finish up in Edinburgh, Scotland’s grandest city. The historic Royal Mile and Castle are at your doorsteps, and the National Museum is nearby as well. Whether your heart yearns for England or Scotland, this tour is the perfect way to sample the art, history, and culture of the United Kingdom.

London - 3 nights 

Bath – 1 night

Inverness– 1 night

Oban – 2 night

Edinburgh– 3 nights


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PRICETOUR DATES 
$3749 + airJun 4-13, 2023

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DAY 1: WELCOME TO LONDON — Take a Westminster walking tour passing the Parliament Building, Big Ben, Westminster Bridge, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, and Piccadilly Circus. Along the way, we will pop into a traditional pub for dinner.  Sleep 3 nights in Central London. Dinner included.

 DAY 2: ROYALS, WESTMINSTER, AND THE CITY – This morning, we’ll catch the ceremonial changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace. Later, enjoy a tour of Westminster Abbey. After lunch, join a tour of the Tower of London followed by a cruise on the River Thames. 

 DAY 3: FREE DAY IN LONDON– There are no planned group activities for today. We’ll get you pointed in the right direction and help with any sightseeing information you may need. Dinner and your evening activities are all up to you!

DAY 4: STONEHENGE & BATH-  Today, it’s off to the countryside to visit ancient Stonehenge and the Plain of Salisbury. Later, arrive in the Roman and Georgian town of Bath, where you’ll see the historic baths.  Sleep 1 night in Bath. Dinner included tonight.

 DAY 5: BLENHEIM & OXFORD-  Enjoy a visit to Blenheim Palace, the historic childhood home of Winston Churchill.  After lunch, join a guided walking tour of Oxford University. Then, we will take an early evening flight to Inverness, Scotland.  Sleep 1 night in Inverness. (Flight to Inverness is not included in the tour price.  Approx cost ~$100).

DAY6: HIGHLANDS & ISLANDS - Enjoy a scenic drive along the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness. Enroute, we will make a stop at a castle and the Nevis Range Mountain Gondola.  Later, arrive in the seaside fishing village of Oban for some free time and dinner.  Sleep 2 nights in Oban.  Dinner.

DAY 7: THE HEBRIDES ISLES —Today, we will board the ferry to the Isle of Mull and eventually Iona, the birthplace of Christianity in Scotland. After a full day on the islands, return to Oban for an event-free evening and a chance to kick up your heels at a local pub. 

DAY 8: WHISKY & CASTLE – Before leaving Oban, enjoy a guided tasting experience at the Oban Whisky Distillery. Then, we will travel to Stirling, where you’ll have an opportunity to visit the castle and enjoy the little village. Later, arrive in Edinburgh.  Sleep 2 nights in Edinburgh.

DAY 9: EDINBURGH - Today, we will see the best of Edinburgh on foot by strolling the Royal Mile, visiting the castle, and the new town. Dinner included tonight.

DAY 10:  EDINBURGH – You’ll have the entire day to continue your adventure in Edinburgh.  No tours, no plans, enjoy your free day!

DAY 11:  Tour ends today after breakfast.

Itinerary specifics are subject to change.

10 nights hotel accommodation (en-suite), 3/4 star properties.

Breakfast daily at hotels.

4 traditional dining experiences at some of David’s personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority and you’ll enjoy fine regional fare featuring the best the locale has to offer.

Water is included with all meals. You are responsible for the cost of any additional drinks at all group dinners and while dining on your own.

All ground transportation from your first hotel in London to the Edinburgh Airport.

TUBE Public Transportation in London.

Entrances and admissions a mentioned in the itinerary.

A full-time Exploring Europe guide and local experts dedicated to bringing to life the art, history, and culture of the tour destinations.

All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers, restaurant, and hotel staff.

A guaranteed Small Group consisting of no more than 18 participants.

David’s e-printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.

Free Exploring Europe luggage tags.

David’s drawstring backpack is designed to enhance your Exploring Europe tour experience.

Our Unconditional Tour Price Guarantee that once locked in, will never change.

$50 Tour Alumni discount for each David McGuffin tour you’ve taken prior to this travel year.

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David puts together exceptional tours!

LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - We had a great time from start to finish. David picks nice hotels close to many places you want to be near. He also has very good tour guides. The guide for London was exceptional. We enjoyed the pace, which is quite busy from morning until night if desired. Also, we enjoyed the other people on the tour with us. There was enough flex for all to do what they really wanted to do. We had several wow moments. First, we were in London during Remembrance Day which is a special day. As a military retiree, it was quite touching to see the way the Brits remember those who died during the world wars. The first time in Paris was special. It is a beautiful city. Our hotel was ten minutes from Norte Dame Cathedral which enabled us to go to daily mass several times. We sat next to the main altar participating in the mass in French. The history and beauty were quite special. The Louvre and Orsay museums are spectacular. We became quite familiar with both cities' mass transit systems. David definitely takes good care of you from start to finish. London was outstanding. The Bath trip was quite average, more or less the same as a tour book reading. The hotel locations were great; London Doubletree was very nice but undergoing renovations and a bit of a maze. Select hotel in Paris was very good. Both were comfortable and clean, with friendly staffs. I tried my first duck liver pate thanks to David as well as duck confit. Both were wonderful. We definitely enjoyed all our meals. David provided two well-written and comprehensive guides to enjoying the highlights of both cities. He puts together exceptional tours! We were delighted. The timing of this tour in November was a bit different due to shorter days and cooler temps. The delight was no lines anywhere...and short lines at the Louvre. We were able to maximize our time in the museums. Lovely!

You always eat and drink well!

LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - The tour was amazing! David was very knowledgeable and flexible on things we wanted to do. He was always suggesting things and providing us with tidbits of knowledge. Everything flowed smoothly. David was fantastic! He was ready and willing to do whatever we needed. Loved the dinner place we had in Paris that first night by the river cruise. You always eat and drink well!

Hit all the high points

LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - We ended up with a very small group (only 5 of us) and therefore were able to make friends with everyone. David made sure to help us in every way in our free time, and the places where we ate were terrific. We managed to hit all the high points. The wow moment in London was St. Paul’s Cathedral and in Paris was Sacre Coeur. David is absolutely the best-knowledgeable and fun!!

 by Thomas - Dallas, Texas on David McGuffin's Tours to London and Paris
a great time with my tour buddies

LONDON AND PARIS, September 2016 - Had a great time with my tour buddies, and David was the tour guide. By chance, it was a McGuffin family group and three who became family. I would have to say the Eiffel Tower and night boat ride were my favorite. I've been to Paris several times with friends and they consider these events to be too costly. Locals sometimes (myself in Dallas) say "been there done that" and will leave the visitor to their own, so I joined this tour because tour groups will get the event done and sometimes at a better price. When you have David McGuffin as a tour guide there is no comparison. My objective in visiting large cities is also to master the metro. In London, it was a nice introduction and in Paris, I am getting there. London local guide was very entertaining. Our bus driver was very capable and a very experienced driver on the trip to Stonehenge and to Bath. The bus driver to the train station was very capable on the drive; however, it just seemed to be such a long ride. Then again I am not familiar with the city of London. Hotels were well chosen, and the staff at each facility were very experienced. David's favorite places to eat were no letdown. Meals were most delicious and the service was great. I hope we all had a mutual benefit from each other as friends should. I know I did.

Absolutely incredible!

BATTLEFIELDS OF BELGIUM & FRANCE, October 2015 – The perfect mix of seeing major sites, enjoying leisurely walks through historic towns and grand cities, drives through villages frozen in time and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Our hotels were each a separate and unique experience, from staying in a chateau in Normandy, a 900-year-old inn on Mont Saint Michel, or modern hotels in the hearts of Brussels and Paris! And the food! David’s personal concern for having a dining “experience” made a huge impression on my friends who had not previously toured with him.  Our guide was “the” David McGuffin, and he lived up to my high expectations. He actually caused me to enjoy myself more than I had expected by submersing us in the local culture. His acceptance of other’s ideas and flexibility in program planning, allowing us to go our separate ways, and arranging fantastic local meals gave us the confidence to do the same when we were on our own! All in all, David provided us a fantastic time.

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This tour explores my favorite destinations in the South of England and Scotland. Beginning in London, experience the grandeur of Buckingham Palace and the changing guards’ ceremony. Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London provide a look into England’s history, and the West End theatres offer some of the world’s best musical and dramatic productions. Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, and Oxford afford contrasting looks into history, politics, and education in the countryside. Scotland is wild and rugged, and we’ll explore some of its clan history, fables, castle, and mountains. Of course, we’ll have to sample a “wee dram” of Scotland’s favorite drink too. A full-day cruise to the islands of Mull and Iona will stir your soul with its peaceful old church and monastic settlements. Finally, we finish up in Edinburgh, Scotland’s grandest city. The historic Royal Mile and Castle are at your doorsteps, and the National Museum is nearby as well. Whether your heart yearns for England or Scotland, this tour is the perfect way to sample the art, history, and culture of the United Kingdom.

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