Family Tours to England and Scotland

The British Isles are a favorite destination for many families, and it's easy to see why. With stunning landscapes, great outdoor adventures, castles, big exciting cities, ancient ruins, and huge lakes, it's no surprise that this is a destination for everyone in the family. These tours to England and Scotland will surely interest your family, from the grown ups all the way down to the youngest kids.

by Adventures by Disney
$5999
8 days


Overview: This trip starts in London and visits the Tower of London, the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Windsor Castle among other famous sites. A highlight for many is seeing Queen Mary's Dollhouse, which houses one of the world's most impressive collections of dolls. From London, head to Paris for wine tasting and a walking tour of Montmartre. You'll also visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and a Gourmet Chocolate Museum and Workshop. Visit the Louvre and explore a different side of the museum, with a scavenger hunt for the kids that teaches them about art and the museum's many secrets. You'll also enjoy a day visiting Chateau de Versailles.

Who it's for: It is recommended travelers be at least 6 years old for this tour. This is a great tour for people who love history and are comfortable walking for a couple of hours every day.

Where it goes: London, Paris, Windsor, Versaille

Highlights: Private visit to the Royal Crown Jewels, Guided tour of the Tower of London, Speedboat Ride on the River Thames, visiting Windsor Castle, wine tasting at La Bonne Franquette, tour of Montmartre, Eiffel Tower tour, Notre Dame Tour.

Kids will like: Archery in the English countryside, seeing Queen Mary's Dollhouse, visiting a French Chocolate Workshop, a scavenger hunt in the Louvre, a bike ride in the Gardens of Versailles.

Transportation: Coach bus and Eurostar Train

by Tauck
$7980
12 days


Overview: This family holiday takes you through some of Europe's most popular cities. You'll begin your trip in London, where you'll take a Harry Potter-themed tour on the Knightbus and visit the Tower of London. You'll also visit the London Eye, Westminster, and Southwark.

From London you'll take the Eurostar to Paris. Take a boat cruise on the River Seine, visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and even visit a renowned French chocolatier.

From Paris, head to Italy where you can go truffle hunting and visit the Umbrian countryside. You'll also meet some renowned olive oil makers and see a demonstration with an olive press.

Then head to Rome and visit the Vatican Museums and many of the city's most famous sights as your kids enjoy a "sightseeing safari".

Where it goes: London, Paris, Umbria, Rome

Highlights: Walking tour along Regent Street (complete with a detective game), tour of the Tower of London, boat cruise on the River Seine, visit to the Eiffel Tower, visit to Chateau Vaux Le Vicomte, truffle hunting demonstration and tasting, olive oil demonstration, wine tasting in Italy, Vatican Museum tour, and tour of the Colosseum.

Kids will like: Tea party in London, Harry Potter themed tour of London, a ride on the London Eye, scavenger hunt in the Louvre, visit to a French chocolatier, and a sightseeing safari in Rome.

Transportation: Plane, Train, and Motor Coach

by Thomson Family Adventures
$4490
8 days


Overview: Take your family on a high adventure tour of the Scottish Highlands. You'll see beautiful countryside, impressive national parks, and elusive wildlife.

The tour begins in Inverness, Scotland and then travels to Aviemore, where you'll visit Brodie Castle. You'll also go to Cairngorm Mountain and hike to a well known home of reindeer. You can feed or pet these beautiful creatures while you learn about the park. You can also bike through the Rothiemurchus Forest and Cairngorms National Park.

Then head to Fort William and take a boat ride through Loch Ness in search of this elusive, magical creature. You'll also get to enjoy one of the best hikes in Scotland, a 2.5 mile trail through fields of wildflowers leading to the Steall Waterfall. Enjoy some sea kayaking with seals and then dine on fish and chips for lunch. Spend the afternoon at the beach before heading to Aberfeldy and the Highland Folk Museum. You'll also get to see a demonstration of the regional game of shinty (similar to hurling). In the afternoon you'll see the wildlife of Perthshire and take a hike through the area. Finally your trip will leave from Edinburgh.

Who it's for: This tour is for families with kids age eight and older. It's an adventurous and active tour with plenty of hiking and wildlife experiences, so families should really enjoy the outdoors.

Where it goes: Inverness, Aviemore, Fort William, Aberfeldy, and Edinburgh

Highlights: Visit Brodie Castle, hike Glen Nevis, visit the beach of Airsai, visit the Highland Folk Museum, see a demonstration of the game of Shinty, explore the Perthshire Mountains, hike Birks o'Aberfeldy

Kids will like: Meeting the reindeer of Cairngorm Mountain, biking at Rothiemurchus Forest and Cairngorms National Park, searching for the famed Loch Ness monster, and sea kayaking with seals
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