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SPECTACULAR SCOTLAND
INCLUDING THE ROYAL EDINBURGH MILATARY TATOO PARADE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL AT FABULOUS EDINBURGH CASTLE
Trip dates August 16-23, 2020


Join us for a special visit to Scotland. Scotland’s biggest party is the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo where an enormous parade of Scottish bagpipe players march across the grounds of the Royal Edinburgh Castle, along with other acts playing traditional Scottish music and acts invited from other countries playing a bit of their native music.


A spectacular laser show on and over the castle followed by an equally spectacular fireworks show above the castle concludes this amazing and memorable event and we will have reserved seating for it all in this most incredible setting at the Edinburgh Castle.


Our trip also includes a guided tour of the country, showing us the stunning beauty across Scotland, as well as 5 included dinners (one of which is a fabulous Scottish dinner with traditional Scottish music and dancing in Edinburgh on day 6 of our tour ).


Inveraray Castle, one of three fabulous castles we will visit on our tour of Spectacular Scotland

Trip Highlights:

Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

• Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The Tattoo is a huge parade and Scottish music & arts festival, with the magnificent setting of the Royal Edinburgh Castle. A spectacular laser show projected on the castle walls, followed by an equally spectacular fireworks show caps off this amazing evening. It is a truly unforgettable event to witness in an amazing setting.

• Blair Athol Distillery
• Blair Castle
• Culloden Battlefield
• Edinburgh Castle
• Cruise on Loch Lomond - enjoy a scenic cruise along Loch Lomond to admire breathtaking seascapes

• Inveraray Castle
• Isle of Skye
• Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
• St Andrews
Dining Experiences:
• 7 breakfasts & 5 dinners - including a festive Scottish evening dinner with traditional local music in Edinburgh are all included in your trip price.

ITINERARY (B,L,D indicate included meals that day). All tours listed in the itinerary are included in your trip price

Sunday August 16th – GLASGOW - Arrive into Glasgow Scotland on your own arrangement this morning. Transfers from the airport to the tour’s group hotel are available for only $15 per person (please provide us your flight info.60 days prior to arrival)

Our first day’s Tour begins at 2:30 PM at our Glasgow hotel.

Set out on a tour of central Glasgow’s highlights including red sandstone Victorian buildings, delightful parks, Glasgow Cathedral, and the River Clyde, once famous for shipbuilding. Visit extensive and varied art collections in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.

Upon returning to the hotel this evening, chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink.

August 17th - LOCH LOMOND CRUISE & INVERARAY CASTLE

Today we will embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond in Trossachs National Park, Scotland’s first national park, where we will appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. Along the cruise, admire the mighty bulk of Ben Lomond, Scotland's most southerly Munro, as well as the jagged shoulders of the Arrochar Alps. Browse around the town of Inveraray and have lunch on your own before taking a guided tour of Inveraray Castle, featured in the “Downton Abbey” series. Journey across Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most spectacular and beautiful places. Continue to Ballachulish on the shore of Loch Leven. (B, D)


Inveraray Castle

August 18th - ROAD TO THE ISLES & ISLE OF SKYE

Take the “Road to the Isles” through some of Scotland’s loveliest scenery, stopping for photos at the Glenfinnan Monument. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Isle of Skye and Visit the picturesque Eilean Donan Castle. Keep your camera handy on your way to Nairn as you travel the shores of Loch Ness, famed for the “mythical legend of the Loch Ness Monster”. (B, D)


The vertical west face of the Bastier Tooth (a top next to Am Basteir) in the Cuillin, with Sgùrr nan Gillean in the background


Bla Bheinn from Loch Slapin

August 19th - CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD & SHEEPDOG TRIALS

A short distance from Nairn is the Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre where the British Government forces defeated the army of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly named Bonnie Prince Charlie. Walk around the moorland and the visitor center. Continue through majestic Highland scenery to a local farm for a demonstration of trained dogs herding sheep. Travel through the high peaks of the Grampian Mountains to your gracious manor-style hotel near Pitlochry. (B, D)

August 20th BLAIR CASTLE & WHISKY TASTING

Visit Blair Castle, home of the Dukes and Earls of Atholl. Delve into the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and how Queen Victoria's famous stay led to the creation of Europe's only private army, the Atholl Highlanders. Go behind the scenes at Blair Athol Distillery for a tour and sample of the finished product. Spend the afternoon at leisure exploring the gardens, hotel museum, or browsing around Pitlochry. (B, D)

August 21st - GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS

Travel through lush countryside to visit Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This majestic building is filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings. Head to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf,” to see the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the Old Course. Enjoy free time to browse through the medieval town. Tonight, we arrive in Edinburgh, where we will enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. (B, D)

August 22nd -EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR;

EDINBURGH ROYAL MILITARY TATOO PARADE, LASER SHOW AND FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

Explore Edinburgh to compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the Georgian 200-year-old “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle with its splendid views of Edinburgh. The rest of the day is free for independent exploring, shopping, and dining and then join us for our visit to Edinburgh Castle with included reserved seating this evening to enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo Parade, Laser Show and Spectacular fireworks along the Esplanade of the Edinburgh Castle. (B)

The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a spectacular like no other, all set against the iconic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Celebrating glorious symmetries through precision-led performances, with the British Army at the fore, military and cultural acts from across the globe will be joined by the iconic Massed Pipes and Drums, Pipers Trail, Tattoo Dance Company and Hjaltibonhoga.

Bigger, better and more technically thrilling than ever before, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is an experience for the senses.

There is nothing more memorable or powerful as watching 200 bagpipers March into the arena from Edinburg Castle. All of the performances throughout the evening are a mix of colorful, fun, patriotic plus amazing laser projections on the castle walls perfectly accenting the show. There is not a dull moment or bad view in the entire place and the fireworks at the end is the cherry on top!

Here is what one reviewer said after attending the performance last year:

“The Tattoo – In one word – Fantastic”
Other reviews of this spectacular event:
“There were bagpipes from all over the world, huge horses with drums on either side thumping a big rhythm. Massed pipes and armed forces bands from all over the world united in a great display with amazing laser projections on the castle ramparts”

“The USA was represented by a number of groups including the Air Force Drill team with their precision rifle and bayonet work.”

“The highlight for me was the 'Top Secret' Drummers from Basel in Switzerland. Their performance is wonderfully synchronized and entertaining”
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“Ending with Auld Land Syne, we went to our beds very happy”

Another reviewer wrote:

“It was spectacular! I thought it would be all bag pipers, and there were a lot, but there were acts from all over the world: Switzerland, India, Africa, etc. All brought their unique music and style of clothes and dancing to the event. We timed our Scotland trip to experience the Tattoo. We were not disappointed. The entire evening at Edinburgh castle was truly outstanding, and is indescribable. A once in a lifetime event.”



A picture of the magnificent Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo Parade at the Esplanade of the Royal Edinburgh Castle

Sunday August 23rd – Its time to fly home. Transfer from the hotel to the airport is available for only $15 per person. (Please provide us with your flight schedule approx.. 60 days prior to the trip.)

Hotels on our tour:

• Glasgow (1 night) Radisson Blu Hotel or Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor
• Ballachulish (1 night) Isles of Glencoe Hotel
• Nairn (1 night) Muthu Newton Hotel
• Pitlochry (2 nights) Atholl Palace Hotel,
• Edinburgh; (2 nights) - Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Norton House Hotel & Spa

Trip Price: Only $2999 with a non smoking roommate of the same gender assigned

Single room supplement: Only an additional $399 for the privacy of your own room

Payments:

A deposit of $400 is due within 7 days of making your reservation. Deposits should be made on our website using our secure credit card payment server.

Passengers who make their deposit online at the time of submitting their reservation online will receive an additional $25 off their trip price, which will be applied at the date the balance payments are invoiced.

The balance payment is due May 20th, 2020 and all passengers will receive an email invoice for this approx. 2 weeks before it is due.

Cancelation terms for this special event trip:

If you have traveled with us before and you are booked in single occupancy or with your own friend as your roommate then you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit any time until December 16th, 2019.

If you have traveled with us before and have requested a roommate be assigned to you, then you can cancel for a full refund of your deposit any time until November 15th, 2019.

If you have not traveled with us before and you are booked in single occupancy or with your own friend as your roommate then you can cancel for a full future trip credit of your deposit any time until December 16th.

If you have not traveled with us before and have requested a roommate be assigned to you, then you can cancel for a full future trip credit of your deposit any time until November 15th

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