Started planning in June for our late August self-drive vacation including Iceland, Scotland, and England.
Our travel representatives were excellent. We had multiple conversations and traded emails and they both listened and understood our goals. The itineraries they worked out in each of the countries allowed us time and freedom to explore on our own as well participate in scheduled private tours, all while visiting the places we wanted to see. The transfers, guides, vehicles and hotels were exactly as we expected and the whole vacation went off without a hitch.
We began our trip in Iceland. Our representative put together a great itinerary for us, and recommended activities (Nature Baths) plus a couple of special tours that were wonderful (Jeep Tour of Askja and into the Glacier). We had hoped to visit Grimsey Island as well to cross the Arctic Circle. Turns out we were the only ones who wanted to go, so the tour was cancelled. The tour company graciously offered a whale-watching cruise as an alternative, and we saw humpbacks, so the day turned out well.
Scotland is a treasure, from the Great Glen to the Orkneys to Edinburgh. Our goal was to follow the Whisky Trail and we got to all the distilleries we had hoped to visit, plus a few more. We started in Glasgow, travelled north, then back through Speyside to Edinburgh. We were given a road atlas with all of our routes highlighted, as well as a day-a-page itinerary that kept us on track. Finished with a terrific whisky-themed dinner in Edinburgh arranged by our representative. All of the guides in Glasgow, the Orkneys and Edinburgh were knowledgeable, friendly and professional.
England was primarily a visit with friends, but we spent three days in London in a lovely hotel. Our representative also booked a tour of London with a guide - he was absolutely outstanding!
We should have started planning the trip sooner - didn't realize how popular Iceland was as a destination. Both representatives came through for us though. Thanks!
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