From the serenity of a countryside estate to the complexity of a fine single malt whisky, from freshly caught seafood to ancient traditions, from the streets of its largest cities to the grandeur of its famous Highlands, Scotland is a place that no gourmand should ever overlook, and this tour of Scotland’s culinary scene is beyond anything you could imagine.
Edinburgh - Beginning Your Adventure in Edinburgh
You land this morning in Edinburgh, Scotland’s captivating and cosmopolitan capital that was named the most desirable city to live in in the entire United Kingdom in 2009. A private driver will meet you at the airport, ready to take you right to the door of your charming, elegant, and perfectly located hotel, where you can drop off your luggage and recover from jet lag before setting out on a truly unique tour of the city: gracefully soaring over Edinburgh in a private helicopter ride. You’ll get unparalleled and unforgettable views of this fascinating city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for nearly 20 years, from imposing Edinburgh Castle perched protectively over the surrounding city to the Georgian townhouses of the New City.
Lunch follows your chopper ride at the independent-minded and bourgeoning port area of Leith, one of the best foodie destinations in the United Kingdom. There are two Michelin-starred restaurants in Leith, and the dining establishments and take-away spots that line Bernard Street, Commercial Street and Henderson Street are as delicious as they are innumerable. After lunch, return to the Old Town and climb the gentle rise of Calton Hill, where you can get still more spectacular views of the city below, the gorgeous hillsides, and beyond to the endless expanse of the Firth of Forth. There are also a number of fascinating memorials here, from the unfinished columns of the National Monument to the elegant Victorian rotunda of the Robert Burns Memorial.
Dinner tonight is at The Witchery, nestled charmingly in the shadow of Edinburgh castle and offering fantastic fare, exceptional service, and one of the best wine lists in the country.
Edinburgh - Sampling Scotland’s Finest in the Athens of the North
Edinburgh - Legends of Scotland and Afternoon Tea
Scottish Highlands - Turning to the Center of the Whisky World
Scottish Highlands - Another Day of Fine Food and Scintillating Single Malts
Glasgow - Cruising Through the Breathtaking Highlands
Saying Goodbye to Spectacular Scotland
- Explore Edinburgh in an unforgettable fashion as you soar over the city in a private helicopter tour before visiting the port town of Leith, one of the best foodie destinations in the United Kingdom
- Take in the imposing majesty of Stirling Castle and the stunning Wallace Monument before taking afternoon tea in St. Andrew’s, the birthplace of golf
- Sample the products of some of the country’s best whisky distillers, from the tiny farmhouse operations at the Edradour Distillery to the world-famous single malts of The Glenfiddich and The Macallan
- Wind through the incomparable scenery of the Scottish Highlands from Glen Coe to Loch Fyne and arrive in Glasgow with plenty of time to hit the highlights of Scotland’s largest city before dinner at one of Glasgow’s best seafood restaurants
Scotland might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of the great gourmand destinations of the world, but make no mistake, this captivating country is quickly making a name for itself in the arena of haute cuisine. This weeklong tour will showcase all of Scotland’s best culinary offerings, from remarkable restaurants to world-class distilleries, titillating your taste buds every step of the way. And with luxurious activities like a private helicopter ride over the capital and two nights in one of Scotland’s finest hotels, this is sure to be a vacation that will force you to reevaluate everything you thought you knew about this one-of-a-kind country.
Walk the Royal Mile of the Old Town of Edinburgh and sample some of the best food and drink of Scotland’s political and cultural capital, from an evening at the Scotch Whisky Society to a seaside lunch in Leith. Tour some of the most famous single malt makers in the world and bed down at an incredible countryside estate. Discover the awe-inspiring allure of the famed Scottish Highlands, from towering mountains to plummeting glens, from the rolling hills to the serene lochs. And hit the highlights of Glasgow, the third-largest city in the United Kingdom and home to one of the best dining scenes in the country.
There is elegance in every corner of this fantastic nation, culture on every street corner and sophistication in every step. This is a place of magic and mystery, of fine dining and high living, of sumptuous surroundings and the best spirits on the planet. Everything you could have ever dreamed of is waiting for you on this Scotland tour.
$2,095 per person (excluding international flights)
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