From the enduring walls of Stirling Castle to the delicate stylings of the High Kirk of Edinburgh, from the wild beauty of the Highlands to the elegant grandeur of Europe’s best hotels, from the serene mornings to the nights of Scottish revelry: while this may be your first vacation to Scotland, you can be sure it won’t be the last.
Arriving in the “Athens of the North”
You touch down today in enchanting Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative and home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You’ll be escorted by private car from the airport to your perfectly located hotel, that is as elegant as it is accommodating, with beautiful views over the capital and all the modern amenities that you’ve come to expect. After dropping off your luggage and maybe grabbing a quick nap, it’s off to explore the streets of this delightful metropolis.
Shoppers will certainly want to make for the Georgian terraces and wide sidewalks of the New Town, from the laid-back atmosphere at Princes Street to the high-end boutiques on George Street and Multrees Walk to the eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants on Broughton Street. Museum goers, meanwhile, will want to check out the many fine exhibition spaces in the city, from the formal halls of the National Gallery of Scotland to the unique interaction of art and audience at the Fruitmarket Gallery. You can dine this evening in the unforgettable ambience of The Witchery, a tiny and candle-lit restaurant that is located right next to Edinburgh Castle and which offers delicious food, friendly and attentive service, and an impressive wine list.
A Tour of the Great Cities of the Lowlands
Legendary Warriors and Wonderful Landscapes
The Highlights of the Highlands
Getting a Taste of Scotland’s Finest
Back in Scotland’s Captivating Capital
So Long, Scotland
- Explore Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland and a vibrant university town, where medieval relics, Georgian architecture and avant-garde culture, all combine to form one incredible city scene
- Take a half-day to visit Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city and the European City of Culture in 1990, home to gorgeous buildings, fascinating museums, and the most intense sports rivalry in the country
- Head north to the rugged and romantic Scottish Highlands, stopping by Stirling Castle and the National Wallace Monument before spending your evening at the Inverlochy Castle Hotel, voted best hotel in Europe by Travel + Leisure magazine
- Cruise the murky waters of Loch Ness, discover the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and sample some of the finest Scotch whiskeys before stopping in Perthshire
From the great cities of the Lowlands to the grand scenery of the Highlands, from the culture of Glasgow to the legends of Loch Ness, Scotland is a country unlike any other, filled with stories from the past and hopes for the future and some of the friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. This seven-day tour offers the perfect introduction to this fascinating nation, giving you glimpses of the best that Scotland has to offer and a look into the lives of its singular citizens. If your dreams are filled with the sounds of pipes and the smell of smoking peat, this vacation will make all those dreams a reality.
Start in Edinburgh, where you can walk the Royal Mile between the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse and the imposing perch of Edinburgh Castle and shop for the finest Scottish gifts, from tartans to whisky. Tour the lochs and heaths of the singular Scottish Highlands, reveling in the history of this ancient land and reveling in the characters that fill its stories. And stop by one of Scotland’s most famous attractions, as you board a boat that takes you deep into the waters of mysterious Loch Ness.
This is a tour for literature lovers and single malt aficionados, nature buffs and bookworms, those who long for the great outdoors and those who love to perambulate through scenes of urban splendor. Memories and magic awaits in this remarkable country, songs and stories fill the air while the spectacular scenery makes for a one-of-a-kind backdrop. So come on and visit: Scotland is waiting.
$2,095 per person (excluding international flights)
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