12 Day Kaleidoscope of Scotland

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2 Edinburgh, 2 Aviemore, 2 Wick or Thurso, 2 Isle of Skye, 2 Glasgow
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Overview

Trip type
Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Balanced schedule

Highlights

    • 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 Stuart kings and queens †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

What's this trip about?

    2 Edinburgh, 2 Aviemore, 2 Wick or Thurso, 2 Isle of Skye, 2 Glasgow

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Details

Itinerary focusClassic Highlights
Group sizeSmall Group - 24 max
Age range18 years and up
Flights and transportAll internal ground transport included
Start CityOperator does not provide
End CityOperator does not provide

Travel Themes

  • 50 plus
  • Cultural

Destinations

  • Europe

Attractions

  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Loch Ness

Trip includes

    • Flights New York-Edinburgh, Glasgow-New York Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices 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

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Scotland
Depart for Scotland

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Edinburgh
Arrive in dramatic Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city with its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture. The rest of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM, followed by a light dinner. We recommend that you select flights which no later than 4 PM Overnight: Edinburgh Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - 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 C...
DAY 4, Monday - St. Andrews, Sheepdog Demonstration, Aviemore
A day of outstanding scenery as you arrive in the charming town of St. Andrews, celebrated for its golf courses and internationally renowned St. Andrews University, where Prince William studied. Next travel to a working farm to participate in a typical day of a Highland ...
DAY 5, Tuesday - 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 throu...
DAY 6, Wednesday - Dunrobin Castle, Whisky Distillery & Tasting, Wick
This morning, 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 demonst...
DAY 7, Thursday - 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 settlem...
DAY 8, Friday - Village of Ullapool, Fish and Chips Lunch, Isle of Skye
Depart Wick this morning and travel to the quaint fishing village of Ullapool in the North West Highlands - a perfect place to enjoy a fish and chips lunch! Then continue driving to the magical Isle of Skye. View the stunning landscapes along the way, including jagged mo...
DAY 9, Saturday - Skye Museum of Island Life, Flora MacDonald's Monument, Dunvegan Castle
After breakfast this morning, head to northern Skye's best attraction: The Skye Museum of Island Life. Go back in time and get an insight into island life in the late 1800s. After, walk behind the museum to Kilmuir Cemetery. Here, pay your respects to Flora MacDonald's M...
DAY 10, Sunday - Scenic Glencoe, Loch Lomond, Glasgow
Head south to 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. Journey...
DAY 11, Monday - Tour Glasgow
In Glasgow, begin the day with views of the city'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 ...
DAY 12, Tuesday - Depart Scotland
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight Meals: Breakfast

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Last Updated: 12/21/2023

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Optional Activities
Scottish Dinner & Show Enjoy a memorable evening of traditional entertainment in Scotland's capital. The colorful tartan clad entertainers will perform a program of music, including the most famous Scottish songs, highland dancers and bagpipers. The show includes a hearty dinner with wine, including a taste of Haggis! Approximate tour duration is 4 hours. OnDay : 3 Price : $95 Storytelling & Traditional Pub Evening Enjoy a captivating evening of storytelling and music that also includes two drinks. After a warm Scottish welcome, immerse yourself in Scotland’s heritage, its national character, culture and music. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours. OnDay : 6 Price : $35 Scottish Dinner & Show Enjoy a memorable evening of traditional entertainment in Scotland's capital. The colorful tartan clad entertainers will perform a program of music, including the most famous Scottish songs, highland dancers and bagpipers. The show includes a hearty dinner with wine, including a taste of Haggis! Approximate tour duration is 4 hours. OnDay : 3 Price : $95 Storytelling & Traditional Pub Evening Enjoy a captivating evening of storytelling and music that also includes two drinks. After a warm Scottish welcome, immerse yourself in Scotland’s heritage, its national character, culture and music. Approximate tour duration is 2 hours. OnDay : 6 Price : $35
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Additional Information: Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
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