Calling all wizards to embark on this journey of discovery if you dare. Unravel the mysteries that lie behind the creation of the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends and enemies. Delve into the mysteries of London, Oxford and the Highlands, topped with a captivating ride along the rails on the Hogwarts Express.

Highlights

Day By day

You are a wizard, Harry !

This journey, which "must not be named," is a well-kept secret. Your magical journey starts here as you arrive at Platform 9 ¾. Time for a quick wand purchase before heading off to your very own Hogwarts, with its wizard-themed chamber. No time to stop as you head out into the bustling city of London. Wander through the muggles led by your dedicated guide. Together, navigate the city on a journey of discovery via the Leaky Cauldron pub, Diagon Alley, the Ministry of Magic, and Knocturn Alley. Dare to walk across ‘The Wobbly Bridge’ (the Millennium Bridge); and admire the magnificent St. Paul's Cathedral, one of London’s most iconic landmarks. Do not tell the Muggles and start gathering your supplies! Overnight: London

Harry Potter Studio Tour

Sit tight and enjoy the ride as you are whisked away on the Harry Potter Studio Tour. A magical journey awaits you as you wander through the authentic sets, costumes, and props from the movies, immersing yourself in the world of Hogwarts. The tour provides fascinating insights into the filmmaking process, from special effects to costume design. It's a must-visit for fans of the Wizarding World, offering a captivating behind-the-scenes experience. Be prepared to be enchanted by the craftsmanship and attention to detail that brought J.K. Rowling's books to life on the big screen. Overnight: London

Journey to Oxford, Hogwarts' Origins

Today your mystical, magical journey takes you to Oxford, where you’ll experience the historical locations that drove the ink in the pen of J.K. Rowling. Oxford University serves as the inspiration for Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The city's historic architecture, including Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, inspired the magical settings in the books and was used in the film adaptations. Oxford's charming streets and ancient spires provide a real-life glimpse into the enchanting world of wizards and witches, attracting fans from around the globe on Harry Potter-themed tours. Tonight, you board the Caledonian Express to journey overnight to Edinburgh. Overnight: London (Caledonian Express)

Castle Charms and Magical Tea Time

As the dawn’s mist rises, you wake from your night on the rails to the smell of a tantalizing breakfast. Welcome to the Capital of Scotland! Time to step down from the carriages, cloaked in ancient tartan, and commence another day of adventure. The mighty castle ramparts await you. Once you have worked up an appetite, you will calm your hunger with a mighty afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes. Later, your wanderings continue, with a spell-binding tour that leads you to places that inspired J.K. Rowling in her writings and the creation of characters. Listen closely to whispered spells from your cloaked guide. Overnight: Edinburgh

Royal Mile Revelations

Let your day begin with a hearty Scottish breakfast. Jump aboard the hop-on, hop-off bus, for an indulgent commentary and a bird's eye view of the city from the top deck. Marvel at the architecture and learn about the local culture. Stroll along the historic Royal Mile, exploring the vibrant shops, whilst being mesmerized by the many street performers. Spot “The Elephant House café" on George IV Bridge, acclaimed as the 'Birthplace of Harry Potter.' Although the claim is debatable—Rowling conceptualized Harry long before her time in Scotland—she did write there during her early struggling writer days. The day ends with a delightful evening at the Edinburgh Playhouse, enjoying a captivating theatre performance. Overnight: Edinburgh

A journey through the Highlands

After another fine breakfast, you take to the rails on this journey from Edinburgh to Inverness, which offers views of breathtaking Scottish landscapes as your carriage winds through the Highlands. Departing from the bustling city, you’ll soon cross the iconic Forth Bridge, a memorable engineering marvel, before immersing yourself in stunning countryside vistas, passing by serene lochs, lush green hills, and historic castles. Your journey ends in Inverness, the heart of the Scottish Highlands, ready to explore its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Create your own adventures this afternoon exploring the banks of the River Ness. Overnight: Inverness

Board the Hogwarts Express

Embark on a journey encircling Loch Ness and tracing the serene West Coast. Your route will unveil ancient ruins, a poignant war memorial, the beauty of pristine beaches, and a hidden waterfall, all set against the majestic backdrop of towering mountains. But wait, there's more! Step aboard the Jacobite Steam Train, often referred to as the muggle version of the Hogwarts Express. Marvel at some of the most picturesque landscapes in Scotland as you cross the renowned Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by its appearance in the movies. Overnight: Inverness

Isle of Skye: A Spellbinding Expedition

There is certainly no rest for the wizards, so let us continue. To the Isle of Skye, we must fly! Well not quite, today your driver keeps you firmly on the ground as you wind your way to an enchanted land with its rugged beauty. Take time to admire Eilean Donan Castle, which, nestled amidst serene Loch Duich, is a step into Scottish history. The castle is a postcard-perfect scene and was featured in Highlander, and James Bond. Explore its rich heritage and admire the stunning panoramic views. This experience combines the best of Scotland's natural wonders and historic treasures before returning to your resting place for your final evening in the Highlands. Overnight: Inverness

Farewell to Wizardry Wonders

 This adventure among the land of witchcraft and wizardry was fun, but the Hogwarts Express is calling you. It's time to go home! After breakfast, your private transfer awaits to take you on your way. We wish you a safe onward journey, carrying your magical memories with you. Thank you for traveling with us, and we hope to see you again.

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"Using trains provides access to key destinations on this journey, and it obviously gives you the impression you are on the Hogwarts Express, especially when, in some trains, you can buy snacks from a trolley like Ron and Harry did! However, if you seek more secluded and unconventional locations in Scotland, opting for a car is recommended. Should driving not be your preference, we can arrange a hired driver-guide for your convenience. The optimal time for this trip is from mid-May to mid-September. For a memorable experience in London or Edinburgh, I strongly advise securing a dining reservation at the Hard Rock Café in advance, where you can also purchase souvenirs from the boutique."

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Testimonials

guillemet

Our trip was amazing. We did have a jammed packed itinerary, but it was great! So much to see/do/learn and boy did we! Traveling solo adult with (2) almost teens and we were all happily engaged. A nice taste of both England and Scotland.
Andrea Z.

guillemet

We turned to High Point Holidays to plan our family's trip to the UK, and had a wonderful time! Overall, our trip was so lovely and memorable. Our specialist, Sarah, worked hard on the itinerary to find a balance between kid-oriented fun and educational/cultural items, as well as finding accommodations that would work for a family of four. The children especially loved the Harry Potter studios tour and the armoury exhibit at The Tower of London. We parents loved the ease of our days with private tour guides in both York and for four days in Scotland with Keith of Scotland's Highland Tours.
Leanna W.

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