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12 Day Kaleidoscope of Scotland - Wednesday Departure

12 Day Kaleidoscope of Scotland - Wednesday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Wednesday - Depart for Scotland
Depart for Scotland

DAY 2, Thursday - Arrive in Glasgow
Arrive in the vibrant port city of Glasgow, famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture. The rest of the day is at leisure to get acquainted with this lovely city on your own. This evening, your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM or earlier, if possible
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Friday - Stirling Castle, Tour Glasgow
Begin the day with a visit the historically-important Stirling Castle, favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to Stirling Castle to revel in its grandeur with its superb sculptures and beautiful gardens. Tour the halls, chapels, and bedrooms of this imposing castle. Before returning to Glasgow, view the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, dedicated to Sir William Wallace. Later, view Glasgow’s splendid architecture, magnificent George Square and the River Clyde, the centre of the city’s shipbuilding industry. Stop at timeless St. Mungo's Cathedral, dedicated to the patron saint and founder of the city, before free time to stroll the lively streets. This evening, opportunity to discover Glasgow’s many lively pubs and restaurants on your own
Overnight: Glasgow
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Saturday - Loch Lomond, Scenic Glencoe, Isle of Skye
Head north along the "bonnie banks" of Loch Lomond (immortalized by the song) with beautiful surroundings before travelling towards Glencoe, Scotland's most scenic and most historic glen, site of the infamous massacre of the MacDonald clan in 1692 on the orders of King William. Glencoe is one of the places in the country that has been featured in many of the Harry Potter movies. Then, continue driving to the magical Isle of Skye. View the stunning landscapes along the way, including jagged mountains, sparkling lochs, delightful fishing villages and medieval castles. After this beautiful day, dinner awaits you at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Sunday - Scenic Drive, Dunvegan Castle
After breakfast this morning, a scenic drive of the dramatic Isle of Skye to the spectacular Kilt Rock; a cliff of pillared rock which resembles the pleats of a kilt. Continue to Portree, the main town of Skye with its picturesque harbor and brightly colored houses, for lunch on your own and some leisure time in this delightful town. Later, a visit to Dunvegan Castle, built in the 13th century, on a basalt rock in a bucolic loch side location. It is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Enjoy dinner together at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Isle of Skye
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Monday - Village of Ullapool, Fish and Chips Lunch, Thurso
Depart the Isle of Skye this morning and travel to the fishing village of Ullapool in the Northwest Highlands. This delightful village is located on the shores of Loch Broom, in one of the most captivating spots in the Highlands. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy a fish and chips lunch! Then arrive in Thurso, one of the most northerly towns in mainland Scotland. Perhaps join the optional pub evening for a night of storytelling and traditional music. Dinner together caps a lovely day
Optional: Storytelling & Traditional Pub Evening (PM)
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Tuesday - Orkney Islands
Board a ferry this morning to the spellbinding Orkney Islands, an archipelago off the coast of Scotland with a unique culture and history. The islands encompass mysterious Neolithic sites, tall sandstone cliffs, and seal colonies. The first stop is to the ancient settlement of Skara Brae, a 5000-year-old preserved village. Driving across the Churchill barriers created during WWII to deter submarines, view the ornate Italian Chapel, constructed by Italian prisoners of war during World War II. Return to Thurso in time for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Thurso
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Wednesday - Whisky Distillery & Tasting, Dunrobin Castle, Aviemore
Start the morning with a visit to a local distillery in the town of Wick, along with a lecture about whisky making and tasting of this Scottish delight. Next, travel to Dunrobin Castle, dating back to 1275, with over 190 rooms - the largest castle in northern Scotland! Tour the regal castle, its rooms with valuable artifacts and a library with over 10,000 volumes. In the castle gardens, see an interesting demonstration of falconry by these well-trained birds of prey. Continue the drive and admire the serene landscape on your way to the hotel in the resort town of Aviemore within magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Tonight, gather together for dinner at the hotel
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Thursday - Culloden Battlefield, Cawdor Castle, Loch Ness
Morning visit to the site of the Culloden Battlefield where Jacobite forces faced the British army in 1746, marking the collapse of the Jacobite uprising and beginning of the integration of the Highlands into the British Kingdom. Learn more about this famous battle through exhibitions at the Visitor's Center. Afterward, visit Cawdor Castle*, best known for its literary connection to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Tour the 15th century castle with its sumptuous interior and stroll through the beautifully manicured gardens. Then, travel to picturesque Loch Ness, immortalized by the Loch Ness Monster. Take a scenic boat ride past the ruins of iconic Urquhart Castle perched on the banks of the lake, one of the most striking sights in Scotland. The rest of the day is yours. Tonight, perhaps stroll through the village with its charming shops, galleries, restaurants and cafes *Sep 30 departure will be replaced with Blair Castle visit
Overnight: Aviemore
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Friday - Sheepdog Demonstration, St Andrews, Edinburgh
A day of outstanding scenery as you travel to a working farm to participate in a typical day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs. Watch up to eight dogs working at the same time on the sheep and hear their individual whistle commands - a unique experience! Meet the friendly collie pups, help shear a sheep! Next travel to the charming town of St Andrews, celebrated for its golf courses and internationally renowned St Andrews University, where Prince William studied. Arrive in dramatic Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city with its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture. The balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, perhaps attend the optional Scottish Dinner with traditional entertainment
Optional: Scottish Dinner & Show (PM)
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Saturday - Edinburgh City Tour
This morning join a local guide for a city tour of historic Edinburgh. The route will take you past the Scottish Parliament, the Museum of Scotland, the Royal Mile, Georgian New Town and Princes Street. Also included is a visit to Edinburgh Castle where you can see the Crown Room, St. Margaret's Chapel, and much more! Tonight, bid a fond farewell to Scotland and your newfound friends at a lively Scottish Dinner
Overnight: Edinburgh
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Sunday - Depart Scotland
Transfer to the airport in Edinburgh for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Edinburgh, Glasgow-New York or vice versa
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • 2 nights Edinburgh
  • 2 nights Aviemore
  • 2 nights Wick or Thurso
  • 2 nights Isle of Skye
  • 2 nights Glasgow
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 18 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners with wine
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

  • Special Features

  • View Scotland's crown jewels on a tour of stately Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city
  • Visit the Culloden Moor Battlefield where the Jacobite forces faced the British army in 1746
  • Take a boat ride past Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness
  • At a working farm, participate in a typical day of a Highland Shepherd and his dogs
  • Travel to Dunrobin Castle, that resembles a French Chateau - the largest castle in Northern Highlands
  • Learn the art of Scotch whisky making, at a Whisky Distillery and enjoy a tour and tasting
  • Ferry to the spellbinding Orkney Islands with its mysterious Neolithic sites and tall sandstone cliffs
  • Travel to the magical Isle of Skye, with its jagged mountains, sparkling lochs, medieval castles
  • Tour historically important Stirling Castle, favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.


    Accommodation Details:
    Triple rooms not available.

    Some departures may stay at the Macdonald Highlands Hotel in Aviemore instead of the Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort.

    Novotel Edinburgh Centre offers a double room only, twin rooms will be accommodated as double bed plus sofa bed.

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    Accommodations

    Hilton Glasgow
    This deluxe hotel is located in central Glasgow in the heart of the financial district.

    Dunollie Hotel Skye
    This tourist class hotel is located on the serene waterside of Broadford Bay at the foot of mountains.

    Dunollie Hotel Skye
    This tourist class hotel is located on the serene waterside of Broadford Bay at the foot of mountains.

    Dunollie Hotel Skye
    This tourist class hotel is located on the serene waterside of Broadford Bay at the foot of mountains.

    The Kings Arms Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of a truly breathtaking Scottish isle.

    The Kings Arms Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of a truly breathtaking Scottish isle.

    The Kings Arms Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of a truly breathtaking Scottish isle.

    The Kings Arms Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the heart of a truly breathtaking Scottish isle.

    The Castletown Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the picturesque village of Castletown.

    The Castletown Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the picturesque village of Castletown.

    The Castletown Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the picturesque village of Castletown.

    Station Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Thurso.

    Station Hotel
    This tourist class hotel is located in the town of Thurso.

    Morlich Hotel at Macdonald Aviemore Resort
    This tourist class hotel is located a short ride away from the Aviemore railway station.

    The InterContinental Edinburgh, The George
    This first class hotel is situated on the fashionable George Street in Edinburgh's New Town.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    3.5
    Accommodations
    3
    Itinerary
    4.2
    Professional Staff
    3.4
    Repeat with Operator
    3.4
    Value for Money
    3.4

    Ratings based off 5 reviews - currently showing 1 reviews with comments only

    it was northern Scotland, food simple as expected, they are short on staffing because they are short on staffing, not always used to serving a group of 40 plus people but it still was a great trip


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