THE CULTURAL AND NATURAL WONDERS OF NORWAY & ICELAND

Cruises, Castles, and Cuisine make up this exceptional travel experience from London to Edinburgh. You’ll discover the mystique of the Ancients, explore elegant castles, ply the waters, and take a legendary train route. Begin your journey by dining with 360° views of London. Become immersed in the secrets of Churchill’s war room and, before leaving London, ply the river in Oxford while savoring fine cuisine on a river boat. 1,100 year-old Windsor Castle, mysterious Stonehenge, ancient Bath, and Salisbury Cathedral await.

Liverpool is the legendary home of the Beatles. Take a magical history bus tour, enjoy an immersive musical experience, and see personal items plus instruments. This museum is a testament to “All you need is love.” In keeping with the theme, you’ll dine at the Art School restaurant, touted as having eccentric geniuses and merchants of happiness.

Onward to York, a center of history between England and Scotland. (Your 5-star spa hotel is pure bliss.) At the Cookery School, regardless of your ability, you’ll learn something new to enhance your meals at home. Nearby Castle Howard, in the heart of North Yorkshire, is lavish—explore its idyllic gardens. While In glorious Edinburgh, embrace joy at a traditional dinner with dance and music before you board the  train back to London. This is truly an extravagant adventure!

PLAN AND BOOK

Included Unique Activities

  • Dinner on the Bustronome in London
  • Day Trip to Bath, Stonehenge, and Salisbury Cathedral
  • Oxford River Cruise
  • Dinner at Michelin Star Art School Restaurant in Liverpool
  • Liverpool Pub Walking Tour
  • Cookery School at the Grand Hotel York
  • Day Trip to Castle Howard & Yorkshire Dales National Park
  • Hampton Court Palace Admission
  • Strawberry Field Tour
  • The Beatles Story
  • Castle Howard Admission
  • Clifford's Tower Admission
  • York Minster Admission
  • Windsor Castle Admission
  • Jorvik Viking Centre Admission
  • Train from Edinburgh to London
Dinner on the Bustronome with Wine

Dinner on the Bustronome with Wine

Oxford Experience River Cruise

Oxford Experience River Cruise

Strawberry Field Tour

Strawberry Field Tour

The Beatles Story Admission

The Beatles Story Admission

York Minster Admission

York Minster Admission

Clifford's Tower Admission

Clifford's Tower Admission

Castle Howard Admission

Castle Howard Admission

Spirit of Scotland Dinner Show

Spirit of Scotland Dinner Show

Accommodations

3 Nights

Beautiful & Historic 4-Star Hotel

1 Night

The Randolph Hotel Oxford

2 Nights

Hope Street Hotel

3 Nights

The Grand Hotel & Spa

2 Nights

Dakota Edinburgh

1 Night

Pullman London St Pancras

Meals Included

  • 12 Breakfasts
  • 8 Dinners 

UNESCO World Heritage sites

Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

Bath

Bath

The Tower of London

The Tower of London

Old Town Edinburgh

Old Town Edinburgh

Transportation and Guides

  • Luxury Coach Touring 
  • Professional and Knowledgeable Guide & Driver Throughout The Tour
  • Train from Edinburgh to London
  • Private Airport Transfers

All our small guided vacations include:

  • Maximum 18 Passengers
  • Private Local Guide & Driver
  • 4 & 5 Star Accommodations
  • Distinctive Experiences
  • Luxury Touring
  • Private Airport Transfers
  • Porterage Throughout
  • Guaranteed Departures

Available Dates

22 April - 04 May 2024

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06 - 18 May 2024

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20 May - 01 June 2024

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10 - 22 June 2024

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24 June - 06 July 2024

From $6,126 per person
Single Supplement $2,431

15 - 27 July 2024

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12 - 24 August 2024

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19 - 31 August 2024

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02 - 14 September 2024

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16 - 28 September 2024

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07 - 19 October 2024

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Prices are per person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room. For solo travelers, a Single Supplement will be added to the price per person.

"Great trip in Ireland & Scotland"

Tena

Ireland/Scotland trip was a great trip planned with our group and Jorie. We thoroughly enjoyed each city we visited in both countries. All our hotels were very nice but as older adults, I would advise to pack light which is hard to do if your visit is extended but we had to climb stairs in several places. My favorite thing in both countries are the people. Everyone was so friendly and inviting at hotels, restaurants and local sites. We felt completely safe and comfortable. I would agree with other travelers that driving is stressful for both driver and passengers especially in Ireland where the roads are extremely narrow with rock walls on each side. Next trip will include staying in certain cities with tours out. JerPoint Park in Ireland was a favorite of our group of 4. Authentic Vacations plans, reservations and communications were first rate.

"Wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure"

James

South Carolina

Lauren, thank you for putting together a wonderful Scottish and Irish adventure. In many unexpected ways it indeed was an adventure that we will remember forever. So sincere thanks. Despite a glitch in St Andrews your team's recovery actually made St Andrews the highpoint of our trip. Staying at Rusacks overlooking the first tee and eighteenth green of the old course was awesome. All the Hotels were first rate. Experiences - awesome The Clontarf Castle is an awesome way to the trip. Well done y'all.  Big city stays - We all felt like we could have used an extra day in the larger cities. They all had a story to tell, and we just had enough time to scratch the surface. Self-drive - while less expensive alternative, the person doing the driving misses out on a lot in transit, while the passenger's white knuckle thru the driver's learning process. Also, the roads in Scotland and Ireland are no joke.  Would recommend it is worth it to hire a private chauffer driver or go Small Guided for sure.

"Scotland Birthday Trip"

Michelle

Agency

Adina, I'm following up on my client's train/whiskey tour/ birthday trip to Scotland in October. They had a wonderful time! The whiskey tour day was their favorite, made extra special by their driver Alec who was a superstar. My client's boyfriend is a real train enthusiast. They enjoyed all the train trips, and Nick was like a child on the Jacobite train. Thanks so much for your help with this trip. You clearly know Scotland and planned a very nice route with some unique requirements. I greatly appreciate your expertise and attentive service. I look forward to working with you again in the future. An early Happy Holidays!

"Memorable Trip in Italy"

Loryl

Fort Thomas, KY

Amber, I received this email from my client Mrs. R this morning - I love being able to share these with you all :).

"Loryl, WOW! What a wonderful trip we had in Italy! Thank you for helping make this trip so memorable. We have so many wonderful memories that we will cherish forever. It was a trip of a lifetime. Thank You!  I guess we need to start thinking about our next trip. "

"Trip of a lifetime in Ireland"

Cathryn

Jennifer, I want to thank you for planning and arranging our wonderful vacation in Ireland. Everything was easy Peezy as my granddaughter would say. The hotels were all beautiful, each one was uniquely different and beautiful. We enjoyed each and the food was enjoyable. We enjoyed all the extra goodies. We were not able to take either sea cruise as the weather canceled the trips. The best decision we made was to have a guide /driver. Martin was an absolute wonder. I wanted to bring him home with us. He saw to every detail and was extremely entertaining to boot. His recommendations were spot on to our interests. I think he knows everyone in Ireland. The car was super too. The back seats were massage chairs. How cool can you get? As a great extra the Owner of Screebe House bought two of my paintings and commissioned two more. Again, many thanks for the trip of a lifetime.

"Two-week trip to Ireland and Scotland"

Wanda

Our vacation was wonderful we had a great time on our two-week trip to Ireland and Scotland. Jorie helped us plan our trip, she worked hard to include all the places we wanted to see and selected some great adventures for us to enjoy along the way. We truly loved Ireland, the countryside the beautiful sights and the flowers blooming everywhere made our visit one to remember for sure. 

"Wonderful Anniversary Trip in Ireland"

Tim

Hi Jorie, Rose and I had a wonderful time in Ireland! We couldn’t believe how well everything worked out and the locations selected for our stays were excellent. We really loved the Country House and Abbyglen Castle.  The staff at Abbbyglen Castle were so nice and made our anniversary evening wonderful! We had no idea there was so much aviation and radio history in Clifden! As for the other locations they were all first-rate as well. We went to the “Man O’ War” Pub for dinner our last night in Ireland. It was a great recommendation. The atmosphere, hospitality, and food were awesome. Again, thank you for helping to set up a wonderful trip which we will never forget. 

"All of my clients had only positive feedback"

Kelly

Mesa, AZ

This was my first time using Authentic Vacations. I worked with Ellie, and she knocked it out of the park! Every detail with transfers, trains, boutique hotels, castles, private tours and fantastic client feedback will keep me coming back! I had 5 vacations with varied budgets this past month. All of my clients had only positive feedback. Emails and phone correspondence were quickly answered, which can make or break my decision to partner with someone. If you are looking for a destination expert, AV will not disappoint! Thank you for making me look like a rockstar, Ellie and AV!!

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