Scotland Tours & Trips 2020

244 trips to Scotland tours from 98 tour companies. 1,519 reviews. 4.4/5 avg rating.

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Explore Ireland & Scotland

Great Value Vacations
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
11 days
$ 186 / day
$ 2,047
From : $ 2,763
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 15 days!
Visits:
Dublin, Ireland
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Scotland's Orkney Islands

Intrepid Travel
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5 days
$ 263 / day
$ 1,275
From : $ 1,775
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • The Orkney Islands are teeming with historic sites to explore. The Neolithic township of Skara Brae, the renowned Ring of Brodgar and 12th-century St Magnus Cathedral – it’s like you’ve been transported back in time!
  • Join your group leader on a walking tour of Kirkwall – Orkney’s main centre. They’ll be able to share with you the history and traditions behind the game of ‘Ba’ in town.
  • Spend the morning discovering the island of Shapinsay on a coastal walking tour, full of rich heritage and small-town quirks. You might even spot some resident seals!
  • What’s Scotland without a tipple? Be sure to join your local leader and group of travellers throughout the trip at a corner pub, tasting some of the finest whiskies on offer.
  • With plenty of time dedicated to exploring at your own pace, you can dial up the history, or instead, balance it all out with some distillery visits. You’ve got the power to choose.
Visits:
Inverness, United Kingdom
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British Landscapes featuring England, Scotland an ...

Collette
Preferred
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10 days
$ 257 / day
$ 2,569
From : $ 3,160
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
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  • Behold the Crown Jewels of Scotland on a guided tour of Edinburgh Castle.
  • Discover the narrow Snickelway lanes of York.
  • Explore Wales during a tour of Llangollen.
  • See the quintessential sights of London with a local guide.
  • Explore the ruins of an ancient fort during a visit to Hadrian’s Wall.
  • Stand in awe before the iconic spires of Oxford.
Visits:
Chester, Edinburgh, London, Oxford, York
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Dublin, Edinburgh & London

Great Value Vacations
Premier
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8 days
$ 399 / day
$ 3,193
From : $ 4,311
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 10 days!
  • Dublin Big Bus Premium Hop-on/Hop-off - 48-hour
  • Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24 hours)
  • The Original London Sightseeing Tour (48-hour hop-on/hop-off)
Visits:
Dublin, Edinburgh, London, England, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Exploring Britain & Ireland featuring England ...

Collette
Preferred
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15 days
$ 270 / day
$ 4,049
From : $ 4,980
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Delve into Scottish culture with a whiskey inspired dinner.
  • Explore Wales’ rich cultural heritage at an evening of Welsh music, poetry and cuisine.
  • Experience a traditional afternoon tea in London.
  • Enjoy Yorkshire’s famous ales during an interactive tasting.
  • Behold the sights of Killarney on a traditional jaunting car.
  • Overnight within the medieval walls in York.
  • Meet the Shank family on their 500 acre-farm in the Scottish Borders.
  • Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish song and dance in Dublin.
  • Ponder ancient mysteries at Stonehenge.
  • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads.
  • Explore the Roman Bath Museum's 2,000-year-old elaborate spas.
  • Tour York’s incredible Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.
Visits:
Bath, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, York, Lake District, Ring of Kerry, Stonehenge, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
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Highlights of Scotland

Intrepid Travel
Premier
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8 days
$ 285 / day
$ 2,508
From : $ 3,081
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Take one of the world’s most scenic train journeys as you travel to the Highlands on the world-famous West Highland Railway, crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame.
  • Nothing beats getting to know a place on your own two feet, so get your walking shoes on for explorations of Portree Bay, Creag Bheag, and Fort William with views of the UK’s highest peak – Ben Nevis – in all its glory.
  • Take a ferry over the sea to the Isle of Skye, soak up the fresh sea air and mountain views and taste your way to an understanding of the local whisky.
  • Learn the legends of Loch Ness firsthand, then hike through the purple heather in Cairngorms National Park – smack bang in the Scottish Highlands.
  • On a walking tour of Edinburgh, you’ll not only get the insider insight of a specialist local guide, you’ll also help support a social enterprise that helps locals who have experienced homelessness become guides.
Visits:
Edinburgh, Loch Ness, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom, Scotland
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Scotland's Famous Cities: Edinburgh, Inverness &a ...

Great Value Vacations
Premier
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8 days
$ 332 / day
$ 2,653
From : $ 3,582
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 10 days!
  • Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24 hours)
  • The Complete Loch Ness Experience (ASA)
  • Glasgow City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Bus Tour (1 Day)
Visits:
Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Exploring Scotland & Ireland - 2022

Collette
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
13 days
$ 265 / day
$ 3,449
From : $ 4,242
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Sample the "Water of Life" at a Scottish whisky distillery.
  • Taste apple cider at a family-run farm.
  • Join in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.
  • Explore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.
  • Be transported to a bygone era during a traditional “night on the town” in 20th-century Ulster.
  • Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.
  • Tour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.
  • Embark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Ness.
  • Set out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls.
  • Spend two nights at a historic Irish castle.
Visits:
Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness
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Loch Ness and the Highlands Cycling

Exodus Travels
Preferred
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7 days
$ 326 / day
$ 2,279
From : $ 3,077
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • World-famous Loch Ness: wild, beautiful and slightly mysteriousDramatic gorges, brooding lochs, tumbling waterfalls, breathtaking views at every turnSuperb bird-spotting: ospreys, red kites, peregrines, buzzards, magnificent golden eaglesRed squirrels, red deer, pine martens and even dolphin sightings!Rich Scottish Highlands clan culture and history
Visits:
Scotland, United Kingdom
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Classic Walks of Scotland

Intrepid Travel
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6 days
$ 213 / day
$ 1,160
From : $ 1,721
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Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment. Hard
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Located on the shores of Loch Linnhe, Fort William is a charming town that makes for the perfect base for your trip. Unpack once, settle in, and enjoy a warm welcome back at the end of each day.
  • Safety always comes first – let your experienced and qualified leader show you the way as you take in spectacular scenery on some of Scotland’s best walks.
  • Conquer Ben Nevis - the king of Scotland walks – with two mountain guides who will provide plenty of encouragement and help you scale the mountain at your own pace.
  • Taste the West Highland Way and experience the best of it – Devil’s Staircase and the final stage leading you to Fort William – and enjoy a leisurely ramble along the Great Glen Way.
  • This trip is as green as it gets. We only use public transport and our accommodation can be reached from major cities in the UK by train.
Visits:
United Kingdom
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Active Scotland & Ireland

Contiki
Premier
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13 days
$ 243 / day
$ 3,583
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness
  • Guided Hiking Afternoon - Glencoe
Visits:
Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Glasgow, Kilkenny, Scottish Highlands, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scottish Castles & Manor Houses

Great Value Vacations
Premier
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8 days
$ 311 / day
$ 2,488
From : $ 3,359
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Scottish Heritage Pass
Visits:
Edinburgh, Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh Explorer

Great Value Vacations
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
4 days
$ 332 / day
$ 1,328
From : $ 1,793
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 6 days!
  • Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on/Hop-off Tour (24 hours)
Visits:
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Scotland's Highlands, Islands and Cities Reverse

13 days
$ 361 / day
$ 4,695
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh with a Local Specialist
  • Discover of Glasgow, Stirling, Orkney Islands and Dundee
  • Visit Stirling Castel, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow, Isle of Iona, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Ullapool, Skara Brae, The Italian Chapel in Orkney Islands, John O'Groats, Dunrobin Castle, the battlefield and Visitor Centre of Culloden, Glamis Castle and Edinburgh Castle
  • View Glencoe, Eilean Donan Castle, Inverness Castle, the 18th green at St. Andrews and Jedburgh Abbey
  • See the Battlefield at Bannockburn, Lock Lomond and Loch Ness
  • Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.
  • Connect With Locals
  • Dive Into Culture
Visits:
Edinburgh, Glamis Castle, Glasgow, Orkney Islands, Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom
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Scotland Family Vacation

9 days
$ 705 / day
$ 6,349
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Tour of Scottish Castles
  • Loch Ness Exhibition Center and Canoeing
  • Callanish Standing Stones
  • Horseback Riding and Archery at Rothiemurchus Estate*
Visits:
Dunnottar Castle, Edinburgh, Eilean Donan Castle, Glamis Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Highlands, The Isle of Skye, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Top Scotland Attractions & Experiences

Top Scotland Experiences

    Touring the Scottish Highlands on a cycling trip

    Trying to catch a glimpse of the infamous Loch Ness Monster

    Visiting the ruins of St. Andrews Cathedral

    Enjoying a pint in one of Glasgow's many pubs

    Going on a trek through Trossachs National Park

    Visiting Stirling Castle, built in the 16th century

    Marveling at the grandeur of Edinburgh Castle

1,519 Scotland Tour Reviews - Summary 89% Recommend

4.4 out of 5
Excellent 880
Great 441
Average 133
Disappointing 35
Terrible 30
Value
4.4
Guide
4.4
Activities
4.4
Lodging
4.4
Transportation
4.4
Meals
4.4

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DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY!

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

We purchased travel insurance because we knew there was a good chance plans would change and get pushed back due to COVID. We booked the trip, purchased travel insurance and were assured that we could get a FULL REFUND with the included insurance. Well they refuse to give us our money back at this time and take 1600 dollars of our 8,000 (for 2 people) we payed for the trip. I see this is happening a lot and think they may have a lawsuit on their hands given they told so many people that travel insurance would refund the full amount of their trip. We have done one other trip with them but we will never be booking with them again and we will be making sure to let everyone we know to avoid this company all together.

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Our Guide was awesome. John did an amazing job

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I took my 80 year old Dad and he bragged about it every day till he passed 5/2020. It was the best thing I have ever done. Wish I could do it again with him.

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Operator CIE Tours

NIGHTMARE Experience

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I've been on two trips with Great Value and loved the experience, however, our last trip has been a NIGHTMARE. From no communication from Great Value, to finding out unknown issues with multiple phone calls with different answers, to having to cancel our trip altogether and only getting half our money back. It has been incredibly frustrating. If we weren't as proactive about calling them 7 different times, we would have ended up in our destination with no rental car or way to get ourselves home, and now we are out almost 2K!

Further explanation:
We booked an Ireland/Scotland trip. We would fly into Edinburgh-spend 3 days then fly over to Dublin-spend 3 days, then fly home out of Dublin.

In the past we have extended our trip to stay a few more days, which is what we did on this planned trip. However, this time we found our own airfare as it was dramatically cheaper than having them book it for us. We were told this was fine and that everything else would be in place and ready for us.

We called back to tell them the new dates and that we would be arriving 3 days earlier, so we would want our rental car earlier and we would pay for the extra days. They told us that was no problem and that we would get a confirmation soon. 10 days went past and we never saw anything from them. We called the rental car agency and they hadn’t heard of us. So, we called Great Value back.

This is where things get really fun…. We were then informed we couldn’t extend our trip and that all our airfare will be canceled. According to them, if we miss the first flight all other flights associated would be canceled by the airline. Which when we asked them to work with the airlines to make sure things wouldn’t get canceled, they said they don’t do that. A travel booking agency doesn’t do that…Seriously?!

So, we have no way to get to Ireland once we get to Scotland. Cool, so we can’t even use the other half of our pre-paid trip. Trying to salvage the trip, we asked if we could use our hotel vouchers in Scotland and just say in Scotland the whole time. We were then told, “no, Ireland vouchers are for Ireland only.” Cool, so we paid 1K each for 3 accommodation vouchers, no flights, and a rental car that they NEVER booked.

Finally, at our wit's end, we asked to cancel. We were then informed that we would only get half our money back and even then, we only get credit back with them... In the end, I’ll never use Great Value again. They are so disorganized, unhelpful, and their customer service is far from friendly when you have a real problem. Seriously, find a different company.

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Operator Great Value Vacations

Go To Ireland... Just Don't Use CIE

3.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0

My wife and I travel often and while we enjoyed our tour itself, we would not use CIE again and would caution anyone else before doing so as well.
By the time our tour guide casually mentioned that their numbers on our particular tour were “way down” (our group had 28 the first week and only 18 the second week on a 50 person bus), I had already figured out why. CIE, as a company, is just not very good. Our group of three in Colorado, booked with some other family, a party of two, in Florida, to make sure we were on the same tour. The problem is, in spite of detailed explanation that we would be traveling separately and paying separately, CIE consistently attempted to treat us as a single party of five, both in payment and logistics. They charged our family in Florida an extra $50 to send their ‘travel bags’ to them directly. They messed up the travel vouchers for our group and even had them scheduled to be picked up at the wrong airport in England. This was clearly communicated on multiple occasions, but was still messed up by CIE.

Then there is their transport company. Before getting to the Denver airport, we received notice our flight into London would be delayed 2.5 hours. I called immediately, giving CIE a ten hour notice, and was told it would cost extra money for them to pick us up later. Apparently, they don’t do pickups afternoon. This would have been good information to have beforehand. Upon arrival, when I called the travel company at 2:00 pm local time, there was no answer so we ended up just taking a taxi and paying an extra $70 just to get to our hotel. Despite multiple requests, CIE has repeatedly refused to refund our $45 that we prepaid for our transfer, claiming a non-refundable policy. Think about this… 5 people on our trip, bringing in nearly $20,000 of revenue to this company, and rather than make it right, when the delay was no fault of our own, they choose to hold firm to their “non-refundable” policy and refuse to refund a measly $45.

I gave 3 stars rather than less because the tour itself was great. Our tour guide and itinerary were top notch. We did the 14 day Irish/British Grandeur and it was a whirlwind fourteen days. We saw a tremendous amount of sites and points of interest, but in doing so, we were exhausted by the end, despite being much younger than most of our tour companions. While there were a couple free afternoons and evenings, there wasn’t a single free morning. The mornings that we were leaving the hotel, we were to have bags out of our hotel room by 6:00 am or 7:00 am and we would be leaving between 45 mins and an hour later. Even when we stayed an additional night, our latest morning departure was 8:15 am. This is most definitely not a leisurely tour so be prepared to get good at sleeping on a bus.
The most disappointing part of it all though was the ‘bait and switch’ of the hotels. This tour was promoted as 4 and 5 star hotels, which was a complete fabrication. We stayed one night at a 5 star, two nights at a 4 star, and every single other hotel was maybe a 3 star. Maybe. Terribly uncomfortable beds, pillows, and poor service from hotel staff. For the price we paid for this trip, the hotels were a total rip-off and we expected better. The moral of the story is this; your numbers are down, CIE, because you’re not a very good company and word is spreading about your poor customer service. Go see Ireland! Just do it with a different company.

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Operator CIE Tours

Best of Britain

4.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

not enough time for lunch.

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Operator Trafalgar

Best of Ireland

2.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 2.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 2.0

This trip was to be The Best of Ireland. Instead it turned out to be the Best highlights of Ireland. We spent too many hours on the bus with only a limited number of rest stops. When a rest stop was made it would be in a quaint village that needed exploration and the rest stop would be no more than 20 mins. A very poor trip indeed.

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Operator Trafalgar

All Scotland tours, river cruises, expedition cruises, and adventure trips. Find the best guided trips and expert planned vacation and holiday packages. Average rating of 4.4 for all Scotland trips.

244 trips from 98 tour companies with 1,519 reviews

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