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London is Britain’s most important rail hub, making it a great base from which to explore destinations near and far. From the shores of Lake Windermere to UNESCO–listed Edinburgh, here are a few locations within reach of London by rail.

Paris — 2.5 hours from London
Thanks to the speedy Eurostar rail service, Paris lies within easy reach of London and makes a wonderful day trip from the British capital. Explore in comfort on a hop-on hop-off bus tour; take to the waves on a scenic Seine River cruise; and discover top Paris attractions such as the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Liverpool — 2.5 hours from London
Take a Fab Four day trip by train to Liverpool and enjoy a tour of the city made famous by the Beatles. Explore historic Albert Dock, hop aboard a Magical Mystery coach tour of locations including Penny Lane and the Cavern Club, and discover top attractions such as Tate Liverpool and Merseyside Maritime Museum.

Lake District — 3 hours from London
Home to Lake Windermere, Hawkshead, and Tarn Hows, the Lake District National Park boasts some of Britain’s most captivatingly beautiful countryside. Delve into the idyllic Yewdale Valley; follow in the footsteps of author Beatrix Potter; and don’t forget to sample a traditional English cream tea, a must for any visitor to the lakes.

Edinburgh — 5 hours from London
Scotland’s capital, the UNESCO–listed city of Edinburgh offers dramatic scenery alongside centuries of colorful history. Take in the sights with ease on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, stroll along the historic Royal Mile, or sip a wee dram at the Scotch Whisky Experience. And don’t miss one of the city’s must-sees: the Scottish Crown Jewels inside Edinburgh Castle.
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Paris Rail Day Trip from London with Optional Guided Tour or Sightseeing Bus

Paris Rail Day Trip from London with Optional Guided Tour or Sightseeing Bus

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Enjoy Paris as you please with a guide or independently during this rail day trip by Eurostar from London. Opt for an independent trip with an included Paris hop-on-hop-off bus tour, and then stroll, sightsee, shop and spend the day exactly as you wish. Alternatively, choose a guided experience with an included Paris city tour, a sightseeing cruise on the Seine River, and time to explore. Either trip includes round-trip Eurostar standard or first-class tickets—your choice—between London’s St. Pancras and Paris’ Gare du Nord station.
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  • 15 hours
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$332.44
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3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London

3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London

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Discover the architectural delights and natural splendor of Scotland on a 3-day tour of Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London. Visit some of Scotland’s most important cultural institutions in its beautiful capital city of Edinburgh; gaze at the beguiling beauty of Loch Ness and the Great Glen on a guided tour; and travel through the scenic delights of the Scottish highlands while learning of the region’s rich historical heritage. Enjoy two nights accommodation in a comfortable B&B and travel by comfortable and scenic train from London to Edinburgh.
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  • 3 days
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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

Lake District Rail Day Trip from London

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Experience the untamed beauty and literary heritage of England’s Lake District on this guided day trip from London, with round-trip rail tickets included. On arrival, explore this epic region by minivan, visiting Lake Windermere, Hawkshead, and Tarn Hows. In summer, enjoy an added visit to Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s former farmhouse; a scenic lake cruise, and tea at the famous Lindeth Howe hotel. Upgrade to first class rail tickets for extra comfort.
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  • 13 hours
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Guided Day Trip to Paris from London-includes Eiffel Tower, River Cruise, Louvre

Guided Day Trip to Paris from London-includes Eiffel Tower, River Cruise, Louvre

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Grab your passport and cross the channel to Paris for an unforgettable day in the City of Lights. Your guided day trip includes round-trip transportation by Eurostar from London and entrance to two of Paris’ most popular attractions – the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. That’s not all: you’ll also enjoy a guided tour of Paris, including sights like the Champs-Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Trocadero, then set sail for a cruise along the Seine river.
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  • 16 hours
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$400.97
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Liverpool & The Beatles Rail Day Trip from London

Liverpool & The Beatles Rail Day Trip from London

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Discover The Beatles’ hometown on this rail day trip to Liverpool from London. Visit The Beatles Story attraction, packed with memorabilia and replicas of Beatles’ sites; and enjoy a Magical Mystery coach tour of locations linked to the Fab Four including Penny Lane and the Cavern Club.
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  • 14 hours
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Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus

Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus

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See the sights you want to see in Edinburgh on this independent day trip from London. Travel to the Scottish capital by train, and then make use of an included Edinburgh hop-on hop-off bus tour to set your own sightseeing schedule. Visit Edinburgh Old Town; wander along the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Royal Mile; and choose to visit the St. Giles Cathedral, the National Museum of Scotland, and a whole host of other top attractions. An entrance ticket for Edinburgh Castle is also included.
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  • 16 hours
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour

London in a Day Private Custom Tour

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Discover the spectacular sights of London according to your own personal itinerary on a private custom tour of the vibrant capital with a knowledgeable guide. Opt to enjoy a half- or full-day tour and customize your itinerary according to your cultural and historical interests. Allow your expert guide to pre-plan logistics like public transportation and reservations, and then delve into the capital’s rich history by listening to illuminating commentary. See iconic attractions like Big Ben and the Tower of London, and stray from the conventional tourist trail for a unique experience of London.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London

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The Tower of London and Westminster Abbey are two of London’s most impressive must-see attractions, but the entry queues can be long. On this tour, save valuable sightseeing time with skip-the-line entry and head straight inside with your guide. Learn the history of Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square on a walking visit, and stop at Buckingham Palace, Nelson’s Column, and more.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$466.89
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Full-Day Small-Group White Cliffs of Sussex Tour from London

Full-Day Small-Group White Cliffs of Sussex Tour from London

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Unless you hire a car, exploring the Sussex South Downs National Park from London means catching trains, buses, and even cabs. After a train ride to Brighton, this full-day trip lays everything on with a deluxe minivan tour in a personalized, small-group atmosphere. Admire the rolling downs at Devil’s Dyke, see Beachy Head, and the Seven Sisters cliffs, travel country roads, and more, all with a guide for deeper insight.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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The Complete Beatles 2-Day Tour: Liverpool and London

The Complete Beatles 2-Day Tour: Liverpool and London

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Calling all super fans of The Beatles, this 2-day magical mystery tour of Liverpool and London covers all of the locations significant to the pop superstars. During a self-guided day in Liverpool, you’ll visit the Beatles Story and head to famous spots such as Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and the Cavern Club. The next day in London, you’ll take a guided tour that covers Abbey Road and the film locations for Help! And a Hard Day’s Night. Train tickets, entrance fees, and tours are included.
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  • 2 days
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Paris Rail Day Trip from London including Paris Visite Card

Paris Rail Day Trip from London including Paris Visite Card

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Enjoy a day in beautiful Paris as you wish on this great-value, unescorted Eurostar rail day trip from London. Ride the morning Eurostar to Paris and get the whole day to enjoy the city at your leisure. Perhaps visit the Eiffel Tower and Ile de la Cité, stroll along the Champs-Élysées, explore the magnificent Louvre, and dip into the sidewalk cafes and chic boutiques—it’s your choice. Your experience includes round-trip Eurostar standard class tickets, maps, and a Visite Paris Pass giving you unlimited, 1-day use of Paris’ metro and bus network.
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  • 13 hours
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$303.41
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3-Day Edinburgh Tour from London by train

3-Day Edinburgh Tour from London by train

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Immerse yourself in the beauty and history of Edinburgh on this seamless, 3-day tour from London. Leave all the planning to someone else, and embark from King’s Cross station in the morning, traveling via high-speed train to Edinburgh. Upon arrival, you’ll go for a city tour and will see Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, and more. On the second day, explore the city further or upgrade for a Loch Ness visit. On the final day, visit the National Monument and enjoy panoramic views before returning to London.
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  • 3 days
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Overnight Lake District with Afternoon Tea & Cruise from London

Overnight Lake District with Afternoon Tea & Cruise from London

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Delight in the natural majesty of the Lake District National Park on an overnight trip to the countryside treasure from London. Take a scenic rail route to the beautiful park and spend a day enjoying the sights on a fully guided tour. Cruise on Coniston Water, one of the area’s largest lakes; see the former Hill Top home of beloved author, Beatrix Potter; and pleasure your palate with a traditional afternoon tea. Luxuriate in 3- or 4-star accommodation and explore independently on the second day after enjoying a fulfilling English breakfast.
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  • 2 days
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Warwick Castle Including Return Train Tickets from London

Warwick Castle Including Return Train Tickets from London

Immerse yourself in 1,100 years of at one of England’s finest medieval castles and explore the grounds at your own pace on this fantastic self-guided tour. Travel back in time with the impressive audio-visual experience at the Time Tower. See graffiti left behind by prisoners from hundreds of years ago. Admire the beauty of the Rose & Peacock Gardens. Watch a live display of jousting or archery.
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  • 8 to 11 hours
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Romantic Paris Day Trip Guided Tour with Louvre & Lunch at Le Bistro Parisien

Romantic Paris Day Trip Guided Tour with Louvre & Lunch at Le Bistro Parisien

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Hop on the Eurostar from London and escape to Paris for unforgettable day in the City of Lights. First, marvel at the Arc de Triomphe, stroll down the glamorous Champs–Elysees and take in the views from the Trocadero on a walking tour of Paris. Next, enjoy an unforgettable 2-course lunch as you gaze out over the city from the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower. Finally, get up close to priceless artworks, including the legendary Mona Lisa, at the Louvre.
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  • 15 hours
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Fully Guided Luxury Paris Day Trip with Lunch at the Eiffel Tower

Fully Guided Luxury Paris Day Trip with Lunch at the Eiffel Tower

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See Paris and savor lunch on the Eiffel Tower on this private day trip by Eurostar from London. Travel by high-speed train from St. Pancras International and, on arrival, take a panoramic coach tour of top Paris attractions including the Champs-Élysées and Arc de Triomphe, followed by a Seine River cruise. Then, after having lunch at a chic Eiffel Tower restaurant, choose either to visit the Louvre (own expense) or enjoy free time. Upgrade to first-class Eurostar travel, including breakfast and dinner. Please note: Restaurant 58 reopens in the Fall of 2020. Until then, a Seine River lunch cruise replaces the Eiffel Tower restaurant.
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  • 14 hours 30 minutes
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Overnight Rail to Liverpool from London: Hard Days Night Hotel & Beatles tour

Overnight Rail to Liverpool from London: Hard Days Night Hotel & Beatles tour

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Experience the vibrant city of Liverpool from the perspective of The Beatles on a 2-day tour of the fab four’s home city from London. Enjoy a Magical Mystery coach tour of sights that inspired the band; receive free admission to the Cavern Club, the venue of numerous Beatles’ performances; and peruse exhibits that speak eloquently of the band’s profound musical influence at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Albert Dock. Enjoy overnight accommodation in the 4-star Hard Days Night Hotel and travel independently with round-trip train transportation from London.
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  • 2 days
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$375.99
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Private Westminster, Whitehall, and Windsor Castle Tour by Train.

Private Westminster, Whitehall, and Windsor Castle Tour by Train.

No other tour offers you the chance to see the best bits of central London, including the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and Windsor Castle. Unlike other tours where you may sit for hours in traffic trying to get to Windsor, our tour takes the train which gives you the chance to relax, enjoy yourself, and chat with your guide. Best of all the train tickets and entry to Windsor Castle is included in the cost of the tour, so you don't need to worry about navigating online ticketing systems, currency exchange rates, or long queues on the day. Starting at your hotel, or Piccadilly Circus, we will take you to some of the finest locations in central London, position you perfectly for the Changing of the Guard ceremony, and show you the best parts of the London's political landmarks. When at Windsor our expert guide will show you the amazing sites that the castle has to offer, including St George's Chapel, the magnificent staterooms and the grounds before seeing you safely back to London.
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  • 9 hours 30 minutes
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Discover Paris at your Leisure Tour via Eurostar, with Seine Cruise &Travelcard

Discover Paris at your Leisure Tour via Eurostar, with Seine Cruise &Travelcard

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Take a break from Britain to experience the romance and history of Paris on a full-day, independent rail tour from London. Ride under the English Channel on the Eurostar to arrive in the City of Lights in the morning. The day is yours to spend as you please with the help of a Paris map and an unlimited day-use Metro card. Take in iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Notre-Dame on an included hour-long Seine River cruise.
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  • 15 hours
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$290.71
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Day Trip To The Lake District

Day Trip To The Lake District

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Experience the Lake District on a full-day tour from London that provides a comprehensive introduction to this scenic region in northwest England. Ride the train from London to Oxenholme where your local guide takes your around Lake Windermere. Highlights include a Lake Windermere sightseeing cruise, and a visit to Bowness-on-Windermere and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter's House. Afternoon tea, boat cruise, round-trip train tickets, and transportation provided.
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  • 14 hours
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$475.11
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Night Photography Tour in London

Night Photography Tour in London

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Snap stunning photos of London at night with the help of your professional photographer guide on this roughly three hour tour around the city. Get personalized coaching from your guide tailored to your skill level, learning how to do things like shoot in low light and with long exposure. Walk across the Thames and explore the river’s north and south banks, including landmarks like the London Eye and the Tower Bridge.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$123.99
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Paris Small Group Tour Including Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower from London

Paris Small Group Tour Including Champagne Lunch on the Eiffel Tower from London

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Treat yourself to a day in Paris with a Champagne lunch on the iconic Eiffel Tower. Perfect for an indulgent day trip or special occasion, the Eurostar train experience packs in round-trip transport from London along with a River Seine cruise, a hop-on hop-off tour, and a shopping visit to Galeries Lafayette. Not forgetting the 3-course lunch at the 58 Tour Eiffel restaurant, you’ll also have free time to do your own thing in the City of Lights before you return to London.
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  • 15 hours
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$419.53
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Tour to Brussels from London via Eurostar Train, with Brussels Open Top Bus Tour

Tour to Brussels from London via Eurostar Train, with Brussels Open Top Bus Tour

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Beer, chocolate, and beautiful architecture — what’s not to love about Brussels. Hop on the Eurostar for a full-day trip to Brussels from London and take in the best bits of the Belgium capital in one day. On arrival, step aboard a hop-on hop-off bus tour and jump off to explore the European Parliament buildings, snap a photo by the Manneken Pis statue, or admire Brussels’ Art Nouveau architecture. Best of all: your self-guided tour means you can tailor your itinerary and see the sights that interest you most.
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  • 14 hours
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3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

3-Day Lake District Explorer Small-Group Tour from London

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Discover the best of British history and nature on a 3-day small-group tour to the Lake District. Round-trip train fare from London, all ground transportation, and provided accommodation ensure that your adventure is comfortable and stress-free. The well-rounded itinerary is perfect for travelers who want to take advantage of every moment in the rural paradise. See Ullswater Lake, Kirkstone Pass, Wordsworth's Dove Cottage, and much more.
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  • 3 days
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Paris Rail Day Trip from London with Optional Guided Tour or Sightseeing Bus
"This was a very good trip it was a quick trip but if we wanted a longer trip we would have made different arrangements we got to see the highlights witch were good."..."
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3-Day Rail Trip to Edinburgh, Loch Ness and the Highlands from London
"Hotel was very close to railway station & bus stops for hop on hop off. Wish we had had more time. Weather was beautiful."..."
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Lake District Rail Day Trip from London
"The Lake District is beautiful and a few days there would be fun. But if you do not have that time this tour is a great way to see it. It is very doable in a day. The guide was very nice and full of fun interesting information. I would recommed this tour."..."
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Guided Day Trip to Paris from London-includes Eiffel Tower, River Cruise, Louvre
"Awesome ride, very clean and great seating not tight-very rooming, great concession room for eating and drinks, clean toilets- clean in all. Met our guide tour-Janis OMG she was awesome!! And the driver also!!!"..."
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Liverpool & The Beatles Rail Day Trip from London
"Awesome bus tour!! Visited so many iconic Beatles sites. The commentary was superb. Highly recommended!!"..."
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Edinburgh Rail Trip from London with Castle entry, Optional Hop-on Hop-off bus
"I have done this trip three times, the train ride is wonderful (there are no trains where I live) I love wandering around Edinburgh"..."
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London in a Day Private Custom Tour
"Our day with tour guide Stepan was amazing- just the right pace and he was so knowledgeable. Considerate and kind as well."..."
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Private Tour London Highlights, entries Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London
"This is a great way to maximize the use of your time in the city. We were thrilled to be able to see so much - it was a full day and well worth it."..."
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Full-Day Small-Group White Cliffs of Sussex Tour from London
"Worth the experience, you can go alone, but Will BE really tough experience with the freezing wind, rain, aln long walks"..."
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The Complete Beatles 2-Day Tour: Liverpool and London
"If you are a Beatle fan this is the tour for you. I am still amazed I was able to see where it all began. I had a nice surprise we were up graded to first class on the train trip. Timing was perfect on all stops. Tour guides were fun and knowledge. I am still pinching myself."..."
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Paris Rail Day Trip from London including Paris Visite Card
"A full day trip to Paris thru the euro tunnel. A lot of land marks to visit in Paris. Enjoyed the day Highly recommended."..."
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3-Day Edinburgh Tour from London by train
"Excellent tour! Andrew was great! Very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and took good care of the whole group. Right amount of time for guided or self-guided activities. Highly recommend"..."
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Overnight Lake District with Afternoon Tea & Cruise from London
"It was a very enjoyable tour the hotel was very nice, a little far from the town too far to walk but a short Taxi ride. My only comment, is instructions were to be at the Euston station at 7.45 am for 8.00 a.m. I thought the train left at 8.00 and was getting agitated as the representative didn't show until 8.00. Apart from that it was an excellent tour."..."
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Fully Guided Luxury Paris Day Trip with Lunch at the Eiffel Tower
"Although I did the same tour two years ago around this same time. it was worth repeating. Our guy, Charlotte, was great. From the time left London and returned we were well looked after."..."
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Overnight Rail to Liverpool from London: Hard Days Night Hotel & Beatles tour
"Great overnight trip!Cute town with lots to do including a ton of shopping that's cheaper than in London.The hotel is fabulous and make sure to stay for breakfast - huge spread.Have dinner and drinks at George's.Lovely town and people are super nice!!!!Museums, shopping, food, Beatles... Great two days!! One day is not enough, imo."..."
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Discover Paris at your Leisure Tour via Eurostar, with Seine Cruise &Travelcard
"The rep. met us at St. Pancras explained everything. After that we were completely independent. We had plenty of time to enjoy Paris and the Metro day pass is a great plus. We made reservations at Les Ombres restaurant, it was marvelous, definitely recommend! We upgraded to first class our way back"..."
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Day Trip To The Lake District
"Although it was raining and muddy, the guide was fantastic. I was treated like royalty. First he found out my interest in the Lake District and explained all the things he felt I was interested in. He was a wealth of knowledge. Later I find out he was a retired teacher who had grown up in there. I don’t know about the other Tour Guides, but Peter is the BEST."..."
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Night Photography Tour in London
"David was an awesome guide for this tour. He was able to take us to some great spots to get the best shots of the London sites. He was very attentive helping us get the best from our camera...from framing the shot to tweaking the settings for the best results. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone in the future."..."
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Tour to Brussels from London via Eurostar Train, with Brussels Open Top Bus Tour
"This trip is amazing. It's great and highly recommended. Altho it was only for a day and a few hours, the experience of the Eurorail is so exciting, besides telling us strong points of interest in Brussels. The guide is an expert making our trip to Belgium memorable in every aspect of time we were in the place."..."

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