The United Kingdom, like the United States, is a sovereign state comprising four economically integrated constituent nations: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. A private jet charter to the United Kingdom is a dive into Western Europe. Officially named the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland”, the UK is made up of Great Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales), Northern Ireland, and smaller nearby islands. When you take a jet charter to the United Kingdom, you have the opportunity to visit all of these neighbor nations.
Must See: If this is your first jet charter to the United Kingdom, you must visit London during your trip. The iconic capital city is chock full of historic treasures, including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, the English Houses of Parliament and so many more. While you’re in England, you may also want to head away from the urban environment to see the world-famous Stonehenge.
When you’ve had your fill of England, travel up north to Scotland and visit this nation’s capital city of Edinburgh. The country’s most popular tourist destination is Edinburgh Castle, an icon of Scottish history that dates back to the 11th century. From the castle, you’ll have a majestic view of the surrounding countryside. While in Scotland, you can also visit Loch Ness and hunt for the ever-elusive resident monster.
A well-rounded jet charter to the United Kingdom is not complete without a jaunt in Northern Ireland. For nightlife, check out the city of Belfast (also known for building the RMS Titanic). If you’re more into art and delicious food, head to the city of Derry. The Giant’s Causeway is also a popular tourist destination. This enormous rock formation is known for its appearance as a structure meticulously hand-crafted by giants.
Lodging: As a leading world state, the United Kingdom offers a comprehensive selection of accommodations. Take your pick from 5-star luxury hotels, bed and breakfasts, short-term rental apartments, hostels, campsites, and even a small collection of renovated historic buildings.
Ground Transportation:Although internal flights are available for traveling around the United Kingdom, most locals know it’s more efficient to take advantage of other modes of transportation. The group of UK nations is well-connected by an extensive network of roads, which are safe for travel by taxi, bus, or rental car. You can also make long-distance trips by train or ferry (from Ireland to Great Britain, for example).
Recommended Books: Notes from a Small Island, Bill Bryson (1995). This humorous travel book recounts Bryson’s exploration of British culture as an American. Bryson lived in Britain for about 20 years, but when he made the decision to return to the United States, he first wanted to make a final full tour of his adopted homeland. The result is a book of funny stories with historic information woven in - a perfect, quick read before your jet charter to the United Kingdom.
Currency: The British pound is the local currency.
Calling Code United Kingdom: 011 + 44 + phone number (may begin with 0; land lines are area code – 2 to 5 digits + local number for a total of 10, cell phones are 10 digits)
Best Travel Dates and Packing Tips: Because the United Kingdom spans a wide area, temperatures can vary greatly from north to south, but the region as a whole has a mild climate. Winters get a little chilly with lows around 50 degrees F, and summers are warm. Great Britain is known for regular rainfall, so bring appropriate clothing - perhaps a poncho and rain boots - as well as an umbrella. If you want to avoid cold temperatures and excessive rains, plan your jet charter to the United Kingdom for the warmer months from mid-May through mid-September.