Welcome to Scotland and London - May 10-15 2019

About Explore Great Britain

Dear Partner,

I am delighted you are joining us for the ExploreGB educational trip and I hope you enjoy your time touring Great Britain.

Our Product Development Team in London have been working incredibly hard over the past 12 months to ensure you have a fantastic trip with new itineraries including visits to top attractions, hotels and destinations which you can sell to your clients.

Below you will find a detailed itinerary of your educational trip, along with a comprehensive map and contact details for all the suppliers you will be meeting with throughout the tour.

I hope this ExploreGB educational experience provides you with the inspiration and contacts necessary to enable you to deliver your own tours to Great Britain.

Best Wishes,

Carol Dray, Commercial Director

Welcome to Northern England, Scotland and London

6 days

Scotland is renowned for its stunning scenery – with 40 designated National Scenic Areas from mountains to islands and gentle countryside. Beyond this natural beauty, Scotland’s cities offer a wide range of cultural attractions, including a wide range of castles and museums, as well as some of the best shopping and dining in the UK.

One of the world’s most visited cities, England’s buzzing capital has so much to offer, from magnificent history and culture to cutting-edge fashion and food. But for those who think they know London, then think again – this ever-changing capital continues to surprise new and repeat visitors alike.

Day 1

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Harrogate to Inverness

Departing Harrogate after ExploreGB, make the short journey to Manchester Airport and enjoy a light dinner before boarding a plane to Inverness, Scotland. Upon arrival, a coach will take you to Achnagairn Perfect Manor where you will spend the night.


16:00 – 18:00Transfer to Manchester Airport – Departure time from the Convention centre TBC – Listen out for the announcements as to when your coach will be ready for boarding
18:00 – 20:15Dinner at Manchester Airport
20:15 – 21:30Fly to Inverness
21:30 – 22:00Transfer to Hotel, check-in
OvernightJury’s Inn Inverness

Guide will meet the group that evening or next morning at breakfast

Day 2

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Inverness and Loch Ness

The Loch Ness Monster (or Nessie!) is known across the globe. This morning, take a one-hour Jacobite cruise across Scotland’s most famous loch and discover the legends and tumultuous history of these waters as well as the chance to learn how Nessie’s story began. The tour also includes a stop at the stunning Urquhart Castle, one of Scotland’s largest fortresses, bursting with medieval tales of battles and banquets.

After lunch, enjoy a couple of hours of wildlife spotting aboard the Dolphin Spirit, the largest dolphin boat on the Moray Firth, before taking a walking tour around Inverness, the capital of the Highlands. A walking tour of this small city takes in landmarks like Inverness Castle, the Victorian Market and the Old High Church Cemetery – showcasing its beautiful landscapes and history. Castle Viewpoint is the newest attraction in Inverness, with a viewing platform which boasts panoramic views of the city below and the wild landscapes beyond.

girl in purple jacket and hat stands at the edge of Loch Ness


07:50 – 08:50Breakfast at hotel and board coach
08:50 – 09:20Transfer to Dochgarroch
09:30 – 10:30Jacobite Cruise: Mini Discovery
10:30 – 11:30Transfer to Urquhart Castle
11:30 – 12:15Urquhart Castle
12:15 – 13:45Lunch at Kingsmill
13:45 – 14:00Transfer to the Dolphin Experience
14:00 – 15:30Dolphin Experience
15:30 – 17:00City walking tour
17:00 – 17:30Transfer to Achnagairn
17:30- 18:30Check in to Achnagairn Perfect Manor and refresh for dinner
18:30- 21:30Dinner in the hotel Ball Room plus site visit
OvernightAchnagairn Perfect Manor

Supplier Information

NameJacobite Loch Ness Tours
Loch Ness Tours Cruise the legend with Loch Ness by Jacobite
  • Explore Loch Ness by sailing on its legendary waters.
  • Discover the monster, the Scottish history and more.
  • Arrive at Urquhart Castle the best way - by boat.
  • Experience a five-star voyage – all year round.
Phone01463 233999
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameUrquhart Castle
CategoryFood, beverage & Entertainment Venues
ProfileDiscover 1,000 years of drama, experience a glimpse of medieval life and enjoy stunning views over Loch Ness from the ruins of the greatest castle in the Highlands.
Phone+44 (0)1456 450 551
FIT or Groups:FIT and Groups

Day 3

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - Inverness to Dundee

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and board the coach to the first stop of the day, the Culloden Battlefield. Where the Jacobites made their last stand in a desperate bid to return the Stuart monarchy to the British throne. With its interactive exhibition, a visit promises an insightful and emotional snapshot of the battle here, as well as a look at artefacts from both sides of the conflict.
Dating back to the late 14th century, Cawdor Castle is a place of fairy tales and rugged beauty. It is still home to the Cawdor family today and a tour of the fortress and its grounds showcases just how much it has changed over the last 600 years. After enjoying a nature trail amongst the splendid trees in Cawdor Big Wood, what better way to recharge one’s energy than with a mouth-watering meal, made from the finest local ingredients, at the Cawdor Courtyard Cafe?

After lunch, the tour travels to the Glenfiddich Distillery, where there will be an insight into the secrets behind distillation and the chance to taste one of the finest drams at the place it’s casked – a true taste of Scotland

Then it’s time to relax and enjoy the dramatic Scottish scenery on the coach ride from Inverness to Dundee – the next stop on the tour.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at hotel, check-out and load coach
09:00 – 10:00Transfer to Culloden Battle Field
10:00 – 12:00Culloden Guided Tour and Weaponry Demo
12:00 – 12:15Transfer to Cawdor Castle
12:15 – 13:15Lunch at Courtyard Café
13:15 – 14:20Cawdor Castle private tour
14:20 – 15:30Transfer to Glenfiddich Distillery
15:30 – 17:00Glenfiddich Distillery Tour
17:00 – 19:30Transfer to Dundee
19:30 – 20:00Check in to the Double Tree by Hilton and refresh for dinner
20:00 – 22:00Dinner at the hotel
OvernightDouble Tree by Hilton

Supplier Information

NameCulloden Battlefield Visitor Centre
ProfileVisiting Culloden the last hand-to-hand battle fought on British soil takes on a whole new meaning with the opening of an exciting new visitor centre and interactive exhibition. The battlefield itself is now restored to as close as possible that marched on by the two sides on that fateful day. Come and find out why this battle that lasted only one hour changed the way of life of the Highlands and Islands for ever. With the new visitor centre and exhibition now open there's so much more to experience at Culloden Battlefield.
Phone0844 493 2159
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameCawdor Castle
ProfileCawdor Castle has been home to the Thanes of Cawdor for over 600 years. A visit to Cawdor Castle includes access to the home of The Dowager Countess Cawdor, filled with tapestries, historic artefacts & antiques, modern art, three outstanding gardens, the Cawdor Big Wood, Courtyard Café and shops.
Phone01667 404401
Private tours:Yes - on request please contact info@cawdorcastle.com
FIT or Groups:Both
Translation:Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish

Supplier Information

NameDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dundee
ProfileSet in its own stunning grounds, the 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Dundee features an indoor swimming pool, a gym and a conservatory-style restaurant. Accessible for those traveling to and from Aberdeen, it offers free parking and free WiFi throughout.
Phone01382 641 122
Min - Max capacity:Minimum number of 10 for a group, hotel maximum capacity is 95 room/190 guests
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Individual or Group

Supplier Information

NameGlenfiddich Distillery
ProfileWe are proud to be one of the last family run distilleries in Scotland, with the freedom to maintain our tradition of innovation with a pioneering spirit.
Phone+44 (0) 1340 820 373
Min - Max capacity:Max 10 for Explorer and Spirit of Innovation Tours Max 8 for Solera Deconstructed and Pioneer Tours
Frequency:Explorer Tour: Daily between 10.00am and 4.00pm Spirit of Innovation Tour: Daily at 11.00am, 1.00pm & 2.00pm Solera Deconstructed Tour: Daily at 10.00am & 2.00pm Pioneers Tour: Daily at 12.00pm
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:FIT or Groups
Translation:Our guides are a wealth of knowledge and they're multilingual. So please let us know if you'd like your tour in a specific language and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

Day 4

Monday, May 13, 2019 - Dundee to Edinburgh (Overnight to London)

Today, explore the first V&A museum in the world outside London and the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland. The V&A Dundee welcomes you to the world of design and encourages you to explore how design creativity can be provocative, ingenious or simply breath-taking.

Enjoy a walking tour of Dundee courtesy of Dundee Heritage, and visit two world class visitor attractions; Verdent Works – a world class visitor attraction which tells the story of Dundee’s industrial textile heritage, and RSS Discovery – follow the amazing journey of Captain Scott and his expedition to the Antarctic.

In the afternoon, transfer to Edinburgh where you will enjoy dinner at the Balmoral before boarding the Caledonian Sleeper train to London Euston.


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at Hotel
09:00 – 10:00Hotel site inspection
10:00 – 10:30Transfer to V&A
10:30 – 12:30V&A
12:30 – 14:30Lunch at Tatha Bar and Kitch V&A
14:30 – 15:30RRS Discovery attraction taster with Dundee Heritage
15:30 – 16:30Walking tour with Dundee Heritage / DD Tours
16:30 – 17:30Verdent Works attraction taster with Dundee Heritage
17:30 – 19:30Transfer to Edinburgh
19:30 – 22:30Dinner at the Balmoral and site visit
22:30 – 23:00Transfer to Edinburgh Train Station with the Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston

Supplier Information

NameV&A Dundee
ProfileThe first V&A museum in the world outside London and the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland, V&A Dundee welcomes you to the world of design and encourages you to explore how design creativity can be provocative, ingenious or simply breathtaking.
Phone01382 411611
Min - Max capacity:We can tailor our tours to suit any number of visitors
Frequency:As required
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both
Translation:Yes as required, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin,
Extra information:We have two main bookable tours: 1. Scottish Design Galleries Tour: Discover the little-known stories of Scottish design with international impact. Explore the everyday relevance of design and how it improves our lives and the intriguing processes that underpin it. 2. Architectural Tour: Discover how V&A Dundee used pioneering technology and engineering to create a museum that is the first of its kind, absolutely unique in the world. Explore the inspiration behind Kengo Kuma’s extraordinary design and learn how Scotland’s contribution to architecture makes a positive impact on our lives.

Supplier Information

NameDundee Heritage Trust (Discovery Point and Verdant Works, Dundee)
ProfileDundee's only two 5-star visitor attractions which celebrate the maritime and industrial heritage of the city. Situated on the East coast of Scotland, Dundee is a city steeped in history, ideally located on the banks of the river Tay and perfect as a day trip from Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen.
Phone01382 309060
Min - Max capacity:12-500
Frequency:As requested
Private tours:If requested
FIT or Groups:Both
Translation:English, French and german

Day 5

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - London

Arrive into London and make the quick journey from London Euston to The Shard – the tallest building in Western Europe, and journey in their extraordinarily high-speed lifts that travel from Level 1 to Level 68 in sixty seconds. Once there, enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the capital from the Level 69 observation deck whilst unwinding with a glass of champagne.

Then climb on board the Thames Clipper and journey to the Cutty Sark to enjoy an Afternoon Tea underneath the hull of the Cutty Sark, celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2019.

After taking a stroll from the Cutty Sark up to the hill to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park, transfer to the hotel and refresh for dinner before heading into the heart of vibrant Soho for dinner at Yauatcha, a contemporary dim sum tea house.


21:30 – 22:00Transfer back to Amba

07:07Arrive at London Euston
07:07 – 08:00Transfer to The Shard
08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the Shangri-La at the Shard
09:00 – 10:00Shangri-La site visit
10:00 – 11:00View from the Shard – Champagne experience
11:00 – 11:26Thames Clipper to Cutty Sark
11:26 – 13:00Meet at the Cutty Sark, Greenwich to be met by a representative from the Museum, there are audio guides for the Cutty Sark in Mandarin and English
13:00 – 14:00Enjoy an Afternoon Tea underneath the hull of the Cutty Sark, celebrating its 150th Anniversary in 2019
14:00 – 14:20Walk through the park to the Royal Observatory
14:20 – 15:30Tour of the Royal Observatory
15:30 – 16:30Transfer to Hotel
16:30 – 18:30Check in and refresh before dinner
18:30 – 19:00Transfer to Chinatown
20:00 – 21:30Dinner at the Four Seasons
OvernightAmba Marble Arch

Supplier Information

NameShangri-La Hotel
ProfileAfter a morning’s stroll through London’s bustling Borough Market, you enjoy a short walk back to the comfort and elegance of Shangri-La Hotel, At The Shard, London. The 34th to 52nd floors of Renzo Piano’s iconic building house the hotel, which is Shangri-La’s first property in the UK. When you arrive, you savour a refreshing cup of Chinese tea at on level 35, before making your way to your spacious room. Here, floor to ceiling windows showcase breathtaking views of vibrant London, and you watch the life of the city unfold along the River Thames.
Phone07234 8000
FIT or Groups:N/A

Supplier Information

NameThe View from The Shard
ProfileThe View from The Shard is the premium visitor attraction located at the top of Western Europe’s tallest building, The Shard and offers guests the unique opportunity to experience London like never before.
Phone0344 499 7222
Min - Max capacity:220 guests each half hour
Frequency:The View can be enjoyed on a self-guided basis with guests being able to stay as long as they wish.
Private tours:Yes.
FIT or Groups:Both.

Supplier Information

NameMBNA Thames Clippers
CategoryCruise Operator
ProfileMBNA Thames Clippers are the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river. Our boats serve 22 piers with departures from key London piers every 20 minutes.
Min - Max capacity:1-220 people
Frequency:Every 20 minutes from key London piers
Private tours:Yes, private tours are available
FIT or Groups:FIT bookings are free sale. Groups need to be pre-booked via our online booking portal.
Translation:Audio Guide available on English, Spanish, German and French.

Supplier Information

NameCutty Sark
ProfileDiscover what life was like on board the world’s sole surviving tea clipper, Cutty Sark, the fastest ship of her time - now an award-winning London visitor attraction.
Phone+44 (0) 208 312 6608
Min - Max capacity:15
Frequency:On request basis
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both

Supplier Information

NameRoyal Observatory
ProfileStand on the world-famous Meridian Line with one foot in the west and one foot in the east at the Royal Observatory. Enjoy one of the most loved views of London at the home of Greenwich Mean Time.
Phone+44 (0) 208 312 6608
FIT or Groups:Both
Extra information:Audio guides are included in the price of entry. They are available in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Russian, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese.

Supplier Information

Nameglh Hotels, London
Profileglh operates Amba, Thistle & Thistle Express brands, plus three luxury London hotels under the Guoman umbrella - The Grosvenor, The Royal Horseguards, and The Tower. The fabulous Hard Rock Hotel London is now open, along with the Hard Rock Cafe - Oxford Street.
FIT or Groups:Both

Day 6

Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - London to Heathrow

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out west to Hampton Court Palace and experience the public dramas and private lives of Henry VIII, his wives and children in the world of the Tudor court. Admire Henry’s Great Hall, the infamous Haunted Gallery and the Tudor kitchens. Discover the spectacular baroque palace built for William III and Mary II and explore the magnificent gardens.

Then it’s time to leave for the airport – and you’re in the best place for it, as Hampton Court is only a 20 minute drive from Heathrow Airport!


08:00 – 09:00Breakfast at the hotel
09:00 – 10:30Travel to Hampton Court
10:30 – 14:00Hampton Court tour including lunch
14:00Transfer to London Heathrow airport

Supplier Information

NameHampton Court Palace
ProfileHampton Court Palace is a story of two palaces: a magnificent Tudor palace developed by Cardinal Wolsey and later Henry VIII, alongside a Baroque palace built by William III and Mary II. Explore this intriguing palace alongside 60 acres of beautiful gardens and a world-famous maze to conquer.
Phone+44 (0)20 3166 6311
Private tours:Yes
FIT or Groups:Both

All times are subject to change.