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Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:48) Written by Tracy Daluge Thursday, 13 May 2010 15:09

Scotland & London
August 10-21, 2017

Tentative Itinerary:

Aug 10 - We depart from O'Hare early afternoon on our way to Edinburgh via London arriving the next day. In Flight meals

Aug 11 - Arrival Edinburgh
Welcome to ancient Edinburgh! Upon arrival our private driver meets us at the exit gate and takes us to a centrally located hotel. After some rest, a surprise awaits us today as we carry on to UK's number one attraction, the Royal Yacht Britannia. It was the seabourn home to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for over 40 years. After the tour we return to our hotel. The remaining part of the evening is free for you to enjoy and explore Edinburgh. We recommend visiting the Scottish Gallery of Arts, the Queens Gallery, or the famous "Our Dynamic Earth" exhibition. In the evening we invite you for a Welcome Dinner in the hotel restaurant.  B/D

Aug 12 - Edinburgh Royal Mile
Today is the first day of touring the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! Following breakfast we meet our guide and start with a tour of the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyrood, in the shadow of Arthur's Seat and the new Scottish Parliament building. As a highlight of the day we proceed to Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh's main treasure. Later our bus takes us to the famous St. Andrews Old Golf Course to have a look around and take a few picture, then a visit to the beautiful Stirling Castle. We stop here and go inside the Royal Palace itself that is the jewel in Stirling Castle’s crown. View the King and Queen’s apartments, see the famous Stirling Heads and come face to face with characters from the 16th century Stewart Court. After the tour you return to your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure. We attend the Military Tattoo this evening. Each year this is very much a 'global gathering' - showcasing the talents of musicians and performers from every corner of the globe.  B

Aug 13 - Cairngorms National Park & Big Tree Country
Following breakfast prepare for an exciting day trip. Driver meets us at the hotel lobby and we start our day towards Inverness.  Leaving Edinburgh we cross the River Forth and have a photo opportunity at the Forth Rail Bridge. It amazed the world when it was completed in 1890 and has become an enduring symbol of Scotland’s engineering heritage. Your scenic drive then continues to Queen’s View for the much-admired view towards Schiehallion and the distant peaks of Glen Coe. Your final stop is a gentle walk through Big Tree Country to the famous waterfall and salmon leap at The Hermitage. We then make a stop with time for lunch in Pitlochry, a lively Highland town with an elegant main street packed with shops and restaurants. We’ll continue to Culloden Moor where the Jacobites were finally defeated by government soldiers in 1746. As we drive south into the Cairngorms National Park we’ll learn some more about this wonderful wilderness. We’ll explore an 18th-century historic fortress (free) and admire the fabulous views from the hilltop. As a highlight of the day we’ll visit the 4000 year old stone circles and burial mounds. At days end we are taken for overnight in Inverness. Upon arrival we’ll check-in to our hotel set close to the city center near many of the pubs and restaurants that offer live traditional music and great value meals. Our favorites include Hootananny Inverness. B

Aug 14 - Eilean Donan Castle & Loch Ness
In the morning after breakfast we check out from the hotel and stop at the famous Loch Ness - Scotland’s legendary lake - best known for the alleged sightings of a monster. fter a stop in Fort Augustus at the southerly tip of Loch Ness we’ll have the opportunity to walk along the shores of the Loch or along the canal and lock system, built by Thomas Telford in the early 1800's. There we’ll have a boat trip on the Royal Scot or the fast 'Ness Express'. Then we’ll drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail - a high mountain ridge rising steeply from Glen Shiel to a maximum height of 3,501 feet. The five distinctly pointed summits are well known landmarks. The day is crowned with the stunning Eilean Donan Castle, perhaps the most iconic image of Highland Scotland, used as the backdrop for countless famous movies. It is perfectly situated on a tiny island, surrounded by water and awesome scenery.  A 'must-see' Scottish castle! Crossing the Skye Bridge your spectacular journey towards Isle of Skye ends with overnight in Portree.  B

Aug 15 - Isle of Skye
Following breakfast prepare for a whole day touring the Isle of Skye. Our day begins with a scenic drive alongside the dramatic Trotternish Ridge and includes stops at Lealt Waterfall and Kilt Rock. After a walk at the Quiraing, among the unique and unusual rock architecture, we’ll drive to Uig for a short coffee break. After coffee explore the magic of the Fairy Glen, a delightful miniature Highland landscape and legendary home of the 'wee people'! Here we make a stop to eat lunch somewhere typically Scottish - favorite stops being Jann's Cakes or the Red Roof Cafe. After lunch continue to the most westerly point on Skye and walk to the Neist Point lighthouse, renown for opening spectacular views to the Western Isles. Here you see some of the most dramatic sea cliffs in Scotland, sea birds and maybe even marine wildlife. We then return to Portree, the island's capital, in early evening, leaving you some time to spend on your own.  B

Aug 16 - Steam Train to Fort William
After breakfast check out from our hotel. Together with our guide and driver we’ll continue exploring Scotland. Continue to the famous Isles of Mallaig where we take a ferry over the sea from Skye, taking in beautiful views. Upon arrival we have some free time to walk around the village and then take a most extraordinary train described as the greatest railway journey in the world! Even more, we’ll cross the most famous bridge in Scotland - the Glenfinnan Viaduct featured in 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets' as the 'Hogwarts Express' train crossed the bridge. In 2 hours we arrive to Fort William where we’ll have some free time to enjoy this charming town. In few hours, meet your driver and we’ll go to Inverlochy Castle that is only few miles away.  B

Aug 17 - Glen Coe & Glasgow
After breakfast check out from your castle and you will still have some time till the afternoon to enjoy the gardens and amazing nature around. Then meet our driver and carry on towards Glasgow.
Just after Fort William you stop by Steall Waterfall that is gateway to Glen Nevis. Carry on and take a mountain Gondola to Aonach Mor (650 m) where you will be able to capture the stunning scenery of the surrounding lochs and glens while having a cup of coffee (if time allows). As we continue the mountains and lochs provide a dramatic backdrop for our journey to Glen Coe. This narrow valley is where the bloody massacre of the MacDonalds took place in 1692. On a lighter note you may recognize this part of the Highlands which was used in the movie 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'. One of the main highlights on your way to Glasgow is the amazing Inverary Castle featured in Downtown Abbey. You will visit the romantic Castle & Gardens on the shores of Loch Fyne and discover one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. Carry on our way to Glen Goyne Distillery - set in 1833, it is a true Scottish family owned distillery. Learn why they are called the slowest distillers in Scotland as we take a Whisky & Chocolate Tour. You will not only hear about the story behind Scotch, but will have a chance to taste and match it with a hand-made delicatessen. After the tour we make our way to Glasgow, Scotland's largest city renowned for its culture, style and the friendliness of its people. Upon arrival we go to our centrally located hotel with the rest of the day free.   B

Aug 18 - Departure to London
This is the last day of our amazing Scottish adventure!  After breakfast check out from our hotel the driver takes us to the train station where we board a direct train to London. Upon arrival after almost 5 hours, we transfer from London’s Euston Station to a centrally located hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free to enjoy the area. We are in Southbank, everything is walking distance from here like the great Borough Market, the Shard, Tate Modern, Millennium Bridge, Waterloo, Big Ben, and St. Pauls Cathedral.  B

Aug 19-20 – London…2 Free Days
We have free days to enjoy on our own. Take the Hop On-Off Bus tour of London; take in a play; or shop.  B

Aug 21 - Departure from London
After breakfast we transfer to Heathrow Airport for a noon flight back home. We hope you have fond memories of beautiful Scotland and your visit to London.   B/In flight meals

Scotland & London
August 10-21, 2017
$5,555* pp dbl occ
Payment Schedule:
Early Bird sign-up by February 1, 2017 & reduce your cost by $100
Initial deposit of $1,500 due February 10
Final Payment of $4,055 due May 1

Single Rate - Add $1,189
Air Allowance - Subtract $1,353

(Up to 2 Daluge Travel Certificate worth $100 may be used for each person)

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