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    My wife and I are planning to visit England and Scotland in May, 2017 and need some advice. How do we go about planning and arranging our trip? We would like to tour for 10-14 days and would like to know how to begin the process. Do we contact a travel agent or do it on our own?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LouS View Post
    My wife and I are planning to visit England and Scotland in May, 2017 and need some advice. How do we go about planning and arranging our trip. We would like to tour for 10-14 days and would like to know how to begin the process. Do we contact a travel agent or do it on our own?
    I suppose it depends how confident you feel handling hotel and travel bookings on your own.

    Assuming you've worked out what you'd like to fit in, from guidebooks and sites like http://www.visitbritain.com and its subsidiaries, you would also find it useful to consult
    http://www.seat61.com and http://www.nationalrail.co.uk (for rail travel) and
    http://www.traveline.info/about-traveline/who-we-are/ (for all sorts of public transport)
    to work out how to get from A to B.

    Unless, that is, you want to brave driving on the "wrong" side of the road.
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    May is a lovely time to visit.

    It is actually quite easy to plan and book this yourself as long as you are prepared to do some initial research and planning yourselves. It also means you have control of the holiday and where you go and where you stay. With 10-14 days donít try and be too ambitious in what you want to do.

    Are you planning to drove or use public transport? This needs to be decided first as public transport will limit the places you can get too.

    Driving distances may not look far on a map but will take a lot longer than you might expect. Donít base your calculations on driving times on google maps. You need to add at least 50% on to them.

    Begin by getting a good guide book with lots of pictures, to get some idea of what there is to see and do and to begin to decide what areas you might wish to see. DK Eyewitness Travel Great Britain is probably as good as any. It covers the usual Ďmust see sightsí but also many of the smaller places which donít figure on the tourist radar.

    Have a look at coach tours to England and Scotland as this will give you an idea of the places most people visit. Aim to spend at least two nights in each place. Not only does it mean you arenít packing and unpacking every night, it also gives you chance to spend a full day in a place. Some places will need even more time.

    identify the main areas/places you want to see and then work out how long you need to spend at each. At this point you may need to do some serious pruning to make your itinerary workable. Check out driving times between the different destinations and if there is anything you want to do on the way. Allow yourselves plenty of time for the journeys - not only do you need to allow for meal breaks etc, you also need time to stop and stare...

    Probably at this point post a suggested itinerary for us to comment on.

    Once you have the framework, you can begin to find and book accommodation.

    For Scotland, you might find it useful to have a look at this website.
    https://www.secret-scotland.com

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    You can also post questions here to ask our opinions about "must sees" in the UK. I, for one, can't imagine a trip to England without at least 4 nights in London.

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    Eleanor has given some really great advice there, I'd recommend following it - and we'll comment on what you come up with! Good luck

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    Has anyone been on a Dinner Cruise on the Thames? If so, which cruise do you recommend?

    How is Afternoon Tea at the Grosvenor Hotel? Is this a good hotel to stay at while in London? What are other recommended hotels?



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    Anyone care to respond?

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    It doesn't seem if anyone has much experience here. You could try posting your question on Fodors UK forum.
    http://www.fodors.com/community/europe/united-kingdom/
    I have seen threads on afternoon tea on there. I can't remember seeing anything specifically about Thames dinner cruises, but someone may be able to help you.

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    Hey Lou,
    Did you try Burlington Bertie's as I suggested?

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