Scotland 14 Day Tour: July 8 – 22, 2016 = $3279**

Scotland 14 Day Tour

14 Day Tour from Glasgow to Glasgow

July 8 – 22, 2016 – Other dates are available.

**$3529. MRTA Member Price if booked by April 26, 2016, is $3279.*

 

Save on Air Fare! Save $300 per couple on Air Fare if you book by April 26, 2016!

 

*Based on double occupancy (two to a room). Seats are limited. Air fare is not included in price but is available for purchase.

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Vacation Overview

From its historical castles to its stunning landscapes and from its exciting cities to its charming, small towns, Scotland has it all.

On this comprehensive Scotland tour, you’ll overnight in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Inverness, Thurso, Isle of Skye, and Isle of Mull. Along the way, you’ll visit some of its historical castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery; experience its cities and some of its small towns; learn about its fascinating history; and much more.

Scotland is known for its many castles, and you’ll have the opportunity to visit Stirling Castle, the favored residence of Scottish kings and queens; Edinburgh Castle, dating to the 12th century and home of the Scottish Crown Jewels; Cawdor Castle, the romantic, fairytale castle dating back to the 14th century; and Dunrobin Castle, where you’ll visit the formal gardens.

Scotland is also known for its interesting and often bloody history, and you’ll have an opportunity to visit some of its historical sights. On the Orkney Islands, visit Skara Brae, with remains from a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village. Learn about 13 centuries of clan history at the Museum of the Isles on the Isle of Skye. Hear about the famous battle in 1314 at the Bannockburn Visitor Centre and the battle in 1746 at the Culloden Visitor Centre.

Of course, no vacation to Scotland is complete without seeing the amazing scenery. Throughout this Scotland tour, sit back and enjoy as you witness Scotland at its best—the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery and miles of yellow sandy beaches on Scotland’s northern coast; the waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks on the Isle of Skye; the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles”; and much more—while being escorted by an expert Tour Director who will bring Scotland to life with in-depth knowledge of its history, customs, stories, and secrets.

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Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Glasgow, Scotland

Welcome to Glasgow! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in Scotland’s largest city. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner with wine at your hotel.

Day 2Glasgow–Glengoyne–Stirling–Bannockburn–Edinburgh

Start your grand tour of Scotland with a guided tour of a WHISKY DISTILLERY, where you hear about the ancient art of converting barley, water, and yeast into a heart warming liquor. Next, visit STIRLING CASTLE, a great symbol of Scottish independence and favored residence of Scotland’s kings and queens. Today’s final highlight is the BANNOCKBURN VISITOR CENTRE, commemorating the key battle in the Scottish Wars of Independence of June 23-24, 1314. Drive on to Edinburgh, your base for the next three nights. Tonight, don’t miss our optional Scottish evening with Highland dancers, bagpipers, and the Ceremony of the Haggis.

Day 3Edinburgh

Morning city sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to EDINBURGH CASTLE to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels, then explore HOLYROOD PALACE (when available). After time on your own in Edinburgh, why not take an optional excursion to Rosslyn Chapel, made world-famous by Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code, and also one of Scotland’s most remarkable buildings.

Day 4Edinburgh. Abbotsford Excursion

Today’s excursion brings you into parts of the Scottish Lowlands and Border Counties. Drive through rolling hills and leafy valleys to ABBOTSFORD HOUSE and enjoy a guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s home. It contains an impressive collection of historic relics, weapons, and armor, as well as an extensive library with over 9,000 rare volumes. Then, visit MELROSE ABBEY, the burial place of Robert the Bruce’s heart. This afternoon, join a unique optional experience: board the former Royal Yacht Britannia to see how the Royal Family and crew of 240 lived and worked on board. Dinner rounds off this optional evening. For departures August 6, August 13, and August 20, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned MILITARY TATTOO.

Day 5Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Braemar–Inverness

Over the elegant Forth Road Bridge and through Fife to St. Andrews. Cross the Firth of Tay and from Dundee, head into the Highlands with a lunch stop in pretty Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games. Drive through the Grampian Mountains and Cairngorms National Park to Inverness, the Highland capital where you spend the next two nights.

Day 6Inverness. Highlands Excursion

Fascinating visits on today’s excursion. At CULLODEN VISITOR CENTRE the story unfolds of the crushing Hanoverian victory over Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Scottish clans. Then, call at romantic, fairy-tale CAWDOR CASTLE, set in stunning grounds with beautiful gardens and home to the Thanes of Cawdor since 1370. Back in Inverness, the rest of the day is at leisure. Our recommendation for this afternoon would be to join the Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle optional excursion, which includes a cruise on the loch.

Day 7Inverness–Thurso

Continue an unforgettable journey and follow the coast road to majestic DUNROBIN CASTLE, for centuries the seat of the Dukes and Earls of Sutherland. Visit the formal gardens and enjoy a fascinating Globus Local Favorite FALCONRY DISPLAY. Before dinner you may want to join an optional excursion to a local pub.

Day 8Thurso. Excursion to the Orkney Islands

A fascinating day full of adventure. At John o’Groats, board a FERRY for the 45-minute crossing to South Ronaldsay, one of the Orkney Islands, where a local coach and driver-guide await you. Cross the four Churchill Barriers and overlook Scapa Flow, where the German fleet scuttled itself in World War I. Visit the ITALIAN CHAPEL, built by prisoners of war in 1943 from scrap metal, concrete, and other materials. After Globus Local Favorite a light LUNCH at the Tasting Hall café, take a guided tour of the award-winning ORKNEY BREWERY and sample the local ale. Then, head for SKARA BRAE, where you see the fascinating remains of a 5,000-year-old Neolithic village and visit SKAILL HOUSE. Yet more highlights: the Ring of Brodgar, the Orkneys’ Stonehenge, and finally Kirkwall, the small and picturesque island capital. Return to the mainland by FERRY in the late afternoon.

Day 9Thurso–-Durness-Ullapool-Isle of Skye

A day to sit back and enjoy the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, some of the finest in Britain. The northern coast is lined with miles of yellow sandy beaches and pretty estuaries, and the hills and mountains take on a purple hue as the summer progresses. This is Scotland at its best! Drive via Durness to the quaint fishing port of Ullapool, where you enjoy a Globus Local Favorite traditional FISH & CHIPS lunch at a local restaurant. Late-afternoon arrival on the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye.

Day 10Isle of Skye

Striking landscapes, weird rock formations, and dramatic waterfalls will capture your attention on your drive around the Trotternish peninsula. Visit the thatch-roofed cottages at the MUSEUM OF ISLAND LIFE, close to the last resting place of Highland heroine Flora MacDonald. Then, follow the spectacular coast route, stopping for photos of waterfalls and gorges, to the island capital of Portree. On the way back to Broadford, take in the views of the jagged and dark peaks of the Cuillin Hills.

Day 11Isle of Skye–Glenfinnan–Isle of Mull

Call at the Clan Donald Centre for a visit to its MUSEUM OF THE ISLES and insight into 13 centuries of clan history before boarding your FERRY at Armadale to sail across the Sound of Sleat. Rejoin the mainland at Mallaig and follow the “Road to the Isles,” passing Glenfinnan. Take the FERRY to the Isle of Mull, where you conclude your day with a visit to the quaint island capital of Tobermory.

Day 12Isle of Mull. Iona Excursion

A leisurely day to relax and enjoy the best of the Scottish western isles. Drive across Mull for a visit to the beautiful and fascinating Isle of Iona. Time to visit the ABBEY and explore the religious settlement before returning to the hotel in the early afternoon.

Day 13Isle of Mull–Inveraray–Glasgow

The final island FERRY crossing brings you to Oban. Then, over the Pass of Brander and from Inveraray to the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond. Back in Glasgow this afternoon, your orientation city tour takes in the fine 12th-century cathedral, imposing university buildings, and elegant Georgian squares. Time for last-minute shopping before enjoying a farewell dinner with wine at your hotel.

Day 14Glasgow

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

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Vacation Highlights

GLASGOW
Welcome dinner; orientation drive; farewell dinner

GLENGOYNE
Guided tour of the whisky distillery;

STIRLING
Visit Stirling Castle

BANNOCKBURN
Visit the innovative visitor centre commemorating Robert the Bruce’s victory

EDINBURGH
Guided sightseeing, visit Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace

ABBOTSFORD
Guided tour of Sir Walter Scott’s house

MELROSE
Visit the abbey

ST. ANDREWS
Visit the home of golf

INVERNESS
Visit the Highland capital;

CULLODEN MOOR
Visit the battle site’s visitor center

CAWDOR
Visit the castle and gardens

DUNROBIN
Visit the castle, [LF] see a falconry display

JOHN O’GROATS
Take the ferry to and from the Orkney Islands

ORKNEY ISLANDS
Board a local coach for a driver-guide commentary and visits to the Churchill Barriers, Italian Chapel, Skara Brae and Skaill House, and Kirkwall; visit the Orkney Brewery and [LF] enjoy lunch at the Tasting Hall café

ULLAPOOL
[LF] Fish & chips lunch

ISLE OF SKYE
Visit the Museum of Island Life and the Museum of the Isles

ARMADALE–MALLAIG
Cross the Sound of Sleat by ferry

GLENFINNAN
Take pictures of the monument

LOCHALINE–FISHNISH
Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull

ISLE OF MULL
Visit Tobermory

ISLE OF IONA
Take the ferry to the island and visit the center of Celtic Christianity

CRAIGNURE–OBAN
Take the ferry back to the Scottish mainland

LOCH LOMOND
Take photographs of this stunning beauty spot

NOTE:

  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo ticket included for departures on August 6, 13 & 20
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Meals

Full Scottish breakfast daily; 2 lunches; 9 three-course dinners with wine and choice of menus, including a welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Glasgow

Hotels

Glasgow

Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow City

First-Class

Thistle Glasgow is a luxury hotel in Glasgow City Centre. It is ideally located for the Central Train Station and for all the sights and special events that make Glasgow so unique. The Thistle Glasgow hotel is within a short distance of the fashionable boutiques and restaurants of Princes Square, the roar of Hampden Park for football or music events and the ‘Armadillo’ for concerts.

Edinburgh

The George Hotel

Superior First-Class

The George Hotel is the pinnacle of luxury hotels in Edinburgh and proud winner of the Best Hotel in Edinburgh at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2011.

Inverness

Mercure Inverness Hotel

First-Class

Enjoy warm Highland hospitality in Old Town Inverness at Mercure Inverness Hotel.  Rebuilt on the site of the original Caledonian Hotel, the modern hotel is just 200 meters from Inverness train station and a caber toss from the city’s numerous pubs and restaurants.

Thurso

St Clair Hotel

First-Class

Unpack and relax in your room. All 34 rooms are freshly decorated and have the essential direct dial telephone, television with Freeview, hairdryer, hospitality tray and en suite shower rooms with complimentary toiletries.

Isle of Skye

Dunollie Hotel

First-Class

The Dunollie Hotel is set by the serene waterside of Broadford Bay, at the foot of the mountains that lead to the famous Cuillin Hills. With 84 en suite bedrooms, a bar and restaurant, it is perfectly placed to explore an area rich in history.

Isle of Mull

Isle Of Mull Hotel

First-Class

Situated on the crescent Craignure Bay, you will find the breathtaking Isle of Mull Hotel & Spa. With its convenient location to the ferry terminal, the hotel is situated in the perfect place; central while still giving you the feeling of being a million miles away from it all. With panoramic sea views, extensive spa facilities and Sheallach-Na-Mara restaurant.

Glasgow

Radisson Blu Glasgow

Superior First-Class

Offering Free high-speed, wireless Internet access throughout, the hotel compromises 250 rooms with complimentary amenities like iPod docking stations, bathrobes and slippers. Collage Restaurant, two stylish bars, access to LA Fitness and a first floor dedicated solely to meetings and events round out the offerings. Glaswegian hospitality and Radisson Blu service standards blend to offer guests a memorable, upscale stay.

 

 

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$389

Triple room reduction per person:
$96

Extra nights per person in Glasgow:
Pre tour: in single room $144-$160, in twin $93-$109, in triple $88-$105
Post tour: in single room $143-$150, in twin $109-$113, in triple $109-$113

 

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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it’s a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Globus provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions, register for your vacations and provide emergency contact information online.

CITY: Edinburgh

Excursion to Rosslyn Chapel Described as a ‘Bible in Stone’, the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel is one of the most remarkable buildings and yet at the same time, one of the most mysterious places in Scotland. During your excursion to Rosslyn you will have time to visit the medieval chapel with its exquisite carvings, which have inspired – and intrigued – artists and visitors for generations, as well as the visitor center containing an award-winning exhibition. You might also like to take a short walk to photograph the ruins of nearby Rosslyn Castle.

Approximate value: £19 GBP per person

Royal Yacht Britannia Excursion & Dinner Enjoy a visit to the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was used on over 700 overseas visits and sailed over a million nautical miles. Having served royalty and prime ministers and hosted presidents, the last commissioned royal yacht offers a rare opportunity to explore areas not normally seen on a conventional visit to a royal residence; from the bridge through the private and state apartments, from the officer and crew quarters to the engine room. After the visit, dine at a fine local restaurant.

Approximate value: £59 GBP per person

Scottish Evening with Bagpipers and the Ceremony of the Haggis No visit to Scotland’s capital city would be complete without joining a Scottish evening. A piper welcomes you in traditional Scottish style, then savor a delicious four-course banquet with wine and let your host lead you through an evening of music, song and dance culminating in the traditional Ceremony of the Haggis and the joint singing of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ written by Robert Burns.

Approximate value: £67 GBP per person

CITY: Inverness

Loch Ness Exhibition, Cruise & Urquhart Castle Visit Explore the Loch Ness Exhibition, a fascinating experience, revealing the legends, history and natural wonders of the world’s most famous lake. Then, visit Urquhart Castle. It commands great views up the length of the loch, is one of Scotland’s most iconic castles and also one of the main sites for reported sightings of the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Finally, board a motorboat for a cruise on the loch and maybe a glimpse of the famous monster.

Approximate value: £38 GBP per person

CITY: Thurso

Ceilidh Evening, Thurso Take an early evening drive to the Old Smiddy Inn. Surrounded by old blacksmith tools and articles from the days of work horses, you can relax by the coal fire and enjoy Gaelic storytelling and local music with two drinks of your choice. Unmissable!

Approximate value: £26 GBP per person

CITY: Isle of Skye

Eilean Donan Castle and Pub Visit One of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan castle is situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet. First inhabited around the 6th century, it has 800 years of history of the Clan Macrae within its walls. You have the opportunity to explore the castle at your own pace and to capture it on your camera from all possible angles. Later, discuss your impressions over a drink at a local inn.

Approximate value: £23 GBP per person

CITY: Isle of Mull

Private Visit to Duart Castle Duart Castle is the ancestral home of the Clan Maclean. Standing proudly on a cliff top guarding the Sound of Mull, Duart enjoys one of the most spectacular and unique positions on the West Coast of Scotland. For over 400 years this has been the base of the Clan Maclean’s sea-borne power. Discover the history of the castle and the Macleans during this private visit which includes a glass of whisky in the banqueting hall.

Approximate value: £31 GBP per person

 

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