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Hotels:


  • Doubletree Glasgow Central
    Glasgow (1 night)

  • Lochalsh Hotel
    Portree (1 night)

  • Penta Inverness
    Inverness (2 nights)

  • Quality Hotel
    Perth (1 night)

  • Hotel Ibis Edinburgh Centre Southbridge
    Edinburgh (2 nights)

Tour Includes:

  • Airport Transfers to and from airport

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach

  • Professional driver/guide

  • Full time English speaking tour manager

  • Local English speaking guides as per itinerary
        
  • 7 nights in hotels listed or similar

  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1

  • 1 dinner (D) with Traditional music and dancing

  • City Sightseeing Tour of Glasgow with visits to Glasgow Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

  • Full day excursion through Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park plus Tour of Ben Nevis Distillery

  • Excursion to Isle of Skye (The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock & Quiraing)
     
  • Excursion with stop in Fort Augustus, visit Eilean Donan Castle, Battlefield ofCulloden and a Loch Ness cruise

  • Full day excursion with stop in town of Pitlochry, visit Blair Castle & whisky tasting at Blair Athol Distillery
     
  • Sightseeing tour of St Andrews Old Course &  Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and a visit to Stirling Castle

  • Sightseeing tour of Edinburgh with visit to Edinburgh Castle, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood House, the University, the Scottish Parliament and famous Dean Bridge

  • Headsets for walking tours

Itinerary

Day 1 /October 2, 2017 Glasgow

Arrive in Scotland’s most populous city, Glasgow flourished in the 19C. In the 1960s it went into decline with the closure of its shipyards, but subsequently diversified into technology industries. Its architecture reflects this history: classic Georgian façades, Victorian baroque palaces, marvels of Modernism and futurist buildings. It is Glasgow’s inhabitants, though, who represent the true manifestation of the city’s spirit, best experienced in it's pubs and football stadiums. After you meet your full time tour managers embark on a sightseeing tour of the city. You will see the city’s main attractions, visit the Glasgow Cathedral and Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Continue on to your hotel and after checking enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Glasgow.


Day 2 /October 3, 2017 Glasgow/Loch Lomond/Fort William/Portree (B)

After breakfast at your hotel this morning departure for Loch Lomond, one of the most loved and picturesque corners of central Scotland, in the splendid Trossachs. It's deep blue waters are flanked by rugged mountains in the north, and pastoral woodland in the south. Journey through Trossachs National Park and enjoy sweeping vistas of the loch and the surrounding hills, blanketed in heather, then take a leisurely stroll along the bank. From there, continue to charming village of Aberfoyle, nestled in the forest. Explore the town and enjoy a lunch (on your own) before heading on. Continue through Fort William where you will visit Ben Nevis Distillery established in 1825, is one of the oldest licensed distilleries in Scotland. The distillery is nestled at the foot of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, which has a summit elevation of 4,406 feet above sea level. This imposing mountain provides an impressive background to a traditional Scottish craft. Incorporated within Ben Nevis Distillery is The Legend of the Dew of Ben Nevis Visitor Centre, built into an old warehouse dating from 1862 and former bottling hall, which still retains some of its original features. Later transfer to bustling harbour town of Portree for overnight.


Day 3 /October 4, 2017 Portree/Isle of Skye/Inverness (B)

Depart your hotel this morning, for an excursion around the Isle of Skye. The Island of Skye, situated off the West coast of Mainland Scotland, is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. Sometimes referred to as “The Misty Isle”, Skye is renown for it's natural beauty, history and wildlife. It's hills have long been favorites while the deeply indented coastline means you are never far from the sea. Wildlife abounds on the island and you might even catch sight of an elusive otter playing on the shore. Your experienced guide will show you all the most beautiful places this region has to offer, including The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and Quiraing. Later

continue on your journey with a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, situated on  an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet,
and surrounded by some majestic scenery. Continue on to Inverness and enjoy some free time.
Overnight in Inverness.


Day 4 /October 5, 2017 Inverness/Fort Augustus/Inverness (B)

After breakfast at your hotel this morning depart for Fort Augustus. Drive to Loch Ness, set in pleasant pastoral surroundings. The Loch is around 40km long and 225m deep. Although it lacks the rugged grandeur of some of the north-western lochs, it is renowned the world over for it's famous "monster" Nessie. At Fort Augusus embark on a short cruise and keep an eye out for Nessie. Later on return to Inverness and enjoy a short sightseeing tour. Straddling the outlet of Loch Ness at the northern end of the Great Glen, Inverness is considered the capital of the Highlands. It's position as the hub of communication links makes it the ideal base from which to discover the region. Nearby is the Battlefield of Culloden: this bleak moor was the site of a bloody battle in 1746 when the army of rebel Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated by English troops.

Overnight in Inverness.


Day 5/ October 6, 2017 Inverness/Pitlochry/Perth (B)

After breakfast at the hotel this morning visit the town of Pitlochry, a former prosperous Victorian spa town, On the way there visit Blair Castle – the capital of the ancient kingdom of Atholl and the residence of the Duke of Atholl until the death of the last member of the line in 1996. A large part of the tower, built in 1269, is intact and the castle, with it's turrets, crenellations and parapets, continues to dominate a strategic route into the heart of the Highlands. The Duke of Atholl was the only British citizen to have a private army, the Atholl Highlanders, the sole survivor of the clan system. Later enjoy a visit to Blair Atholl whisky distillery for a unique experience which will help capture the spirit of the nation. In the afternoon drive on to Perth, a former royal burgh which has retained a country town atmosphere. Perth lies on the River Tay, renowned down the ages for it's salmon and freshwater mussels which produce handsome pearls. After checking at the hotel enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.

Overnight in Perth.


Day 6/October 7, 2017 Perth/St Andrews/Edinburgh (B)

After breakfast at your hotel this morning travel to St. Andrews, , the “Home of Golf.” Local guides will join you for a walking tour of the medieval town, and you will see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Later continue your journey with transfer to Edinburgh. On the way to there make a stop at Stirling Castle, one of the most powerful and invincible castles in Scotland. A masterpiece of Renaissance decoration, it towers over one of the most important battlefields in Scottish history. Plus, you'll visit the William Wallace Monument, a patriot, martyr & Guardian of Scotland.

Overnight in Edinburgh.


Day 7/ October 8, 2017 Edinburgh (B,D)

Capital of Scotland and seat of the Scottish Parliament, the beautiful and verdant city of Edinburgh rises on a cluster of

volcanic hills. It has two contrasting parts: the medieval Old Town is perched up on a rocky outcrop, the 19C New Town

is laid out below. Today you will visit the Castle – the city’s symbol – beautiful Princes Street, the famous "Royal Mile" –

a succession of streets with wonderful buildings – and admire St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood House, the University of Edinburgh,

the Scottish Parliament and famous Dean Bridge. The tour ends at the hotel. In the evening enjoy a dinner with traditional music and dancing.

Overnight in Edinburgh.


Day 8 /October 9, 2017 Edinburg/USA (B)

After breakfast at your hotel transfer to the airport for your flight back home.



Performances by Brent Burns to be scheduled at various times throughout the trip.


Cost of the trip is $1,659 per person.
(Does not include airfare)
Due to various departure cities and individuals using rewards/points, etc.
you will need to book your own airfare.

A deposit of $350 per person is all that is needed to book the trip.
2nd Payment - 25% of balance is due by May 19th.
Final Payment is due by July 28th


Travel insurance is available for this trip. Please indicate that you would
like an insurance quote on the registration form.

Cancellation Penalties
No penalty is incurred prior to March 31st.
Between May 20th and July 28th - 25% per person.
Between July 29th and October 2nd - 100% per person.

Payment Schedule
Initial Deposit - $350 per person
2nd Payment - 25% of balance is due by May 19th
Final Payment - Remaining balance  is due July 28th.

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