Scotland Edinburgh and Glasgow Monday, September 9- Tuesday, September 17, 2024

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Discover Scotland

Monday, Sept 9 to Tuesday Sept 17, 2024

$6325.00 per person double

$1112.00 single supplement

Transportation to Boston, Airfare, and the itinerary listed below

Fully Escorted

Hotels: 7 nights’ hotel accommodation in the following hotels: Edinburgh – 4 nights, 4-Star Hilton Carlton Glasgow – 3 nights, 4-Star Doubletree Hilton Central Meals: Breakfast each morning, except morning of arrival 2, three course dinners in local restaurants (one in Edinburgh, one in Glasgow) 1 light dinner in the Haggis Experience

Also included: Local Guides in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Half day Edinburgh City Tour

Visit Edinburgh Castle

Visit the V&A Museum,

Dundee Walking tour in St Andrews Golf practice session on St Andrews Putting Club

Visit the Kelpies

Ride on the Falkirk Wheel

Visit Stirling Castle

Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness

Visit Urquhart Castle and Visit Culzean Castle

Visit Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Walking tour of Glasgow

Please call Valerie at Gourmet Traveler Tours for reservations or visit www.gourmettravelertours.com under our tours

DAY 1 ARRIVE IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND: Welcome to Edinburgh! After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, proceed to the arrivals area where you will meet your local guide. Today, start off with a half-day city tour of Edinburgh where you will appreciate the contrast between the 18th century Georgian "New Town" with its wide, tree lined streets and elegant squares and the medieval "Old Town". The Royal Mile is the backbone of the old quarter, running from the Palace of Holyrood House to Edinburgh Castle. You will visit Edinburgh Castle which dominates the city from its 400-foot rock where you will see the Scottish crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, now back in Scotland where it belongs. Afterwards, check in to your hotel and enjoy some time to relax. This evening, make your way on foot to a local restaurant for dinner. (D)

DAY 2 DUNDEE & ST ANDREWS: After breakfast, meet with your local guide and make your way to Dundee. Here you visit the first V&A museum in the world outside London and the first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland. The V&A Dundee welcomes you to the world of design and encourages you to explore how design creativity can be provocative, ingenious, or simply breathtaking. Visitors can experience the remarkable story of design past, present and future and the vital contribution design makes to all our lives, through permanent displays and changing exhibitions showcasing the very best of design from around the world. Then on to St Andrews, Scotland’s world-famous Home of Golf, known for its historic university, medieval streets, and gorgeous traditional buildings. Enjoy a walking tour and then make your way to the St Andrews Ladies Putting Club for a golf practice session. Afterwards, return to Edinburgh for overnight. (B)

DAY 3 THE KELPIES / FALKIRK / STIRLING: This morning after breakfast, meet your local guide and depart on a full day excursion to Falkirk and Stirling. Your first stop today will be at Helix Park, the Home of The Kelpies - the largest equine sculptures in the world. Standing at 100ft tall and weighing more than 300 tons each, the magical Kelpies are a man made wonder and a feat of engineering. The works of art, created by artist Andy Scott, have become iconic on the landscape after being modelled on real-life icons of times gone by — Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron. Then on to Falkirk where you take a ride on the Falkirk Wheel, an amazing feat of engineering. It carries boats from the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Union Canal. Afterwards, on to Stirling where you visit Stirling Castle, one of Scotland's most historically important sites and was once a favored residence of the Stewart kings and queens who held grand celebrations at the castle. Today it remains a great symbol of Scottish independence and national pride. Later, return to Edinburgh for overnight. (B)

DAY 4 EDINBURGH: After breakfast, enjoy a full day at leisure in Edinburgh. (B)

DAY 5 THE HIGHLANDS: After breakfast this morning, meet your local guide and depart from Edinburgh on a full day excursion to the Loch Ness area of Scotland. Drive to Clansman Harbor where you board a Jacobite Cruise on Loch Ness, a striking 38.5 km long loch in the Great Glen (Southwest of Inverness) and forms part of the Caledonian Canal, which links Inverness with Fort William. Up to 213 m deep, the loch contains the largest volume of freshwater of any lake in the British Isles. Famous worldwide for its mysterious inhabitant, the Loch Ness Monster, it is also ideal for cruising and sailing. Your 50-minute cruise ends at the ruins of Urquhart Castle, one of the largest castles in Scotland which fell into decay after 1689 and was blown up in 1692 to prevent it being occupied by Jacobites. Most of the existing remains date from the 16th century. Afterwards, continue to Glasgow for overnight. (B)

DAY 6 CULZEAN CASTLE, ALLOWAY & HAGGIS: Enjoy breakfast in your hotel. Afterwards, make your way to Culzean Castle. Rising majestically from its clifftop location looking out towards the Isle of Arran, Culzean is an iconic Scottish castle set in a large country park. It was designed by Robert Adam in the 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived there. Then on to Alloway. Robert Burns is Scotland’s National Bard, and his poetry and songs are loved the world over. Discover the man and his genius in the beautiful village of Alloway. See the world’s most important collection of Burns artefacts and works in our interactive museum and visit the humble cottage where he was born and raised. Afterwards, visit the Haggis Experience in Balfron. Discover the truth behind this mysterious dish. From the history of its humble origins to its revered place in Scotland’s cuisine. Watch as a master haggis maker demonstrates the art of making a greet haggis from its raw materials. Then feast on traditionally made haggis served with Neeps and Tatties. Later, return to Glasgow for overnight. (B/D)

DAY 7 GLASGOW: After breakfast, meet with your guide and depart on a walking tour of Glasgow. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city as you travel back through the centuries to discover our turbulent history, and how it has shaped Glasgow into the vibrant place you see today. Your afternoon is free in Glasgow to explore, shop, or relax. This evening, meet in the hotel lobby and walk to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner. (B/D)

DAY 8 GLASGOW / USA: After breakfast, bid farewell to Scotland as you transfer to Glasgow or Edinburgh airport, where after check-in you will have plenty of time for your last-minute duty-free shopping. Your flight to the US arrives the same day. Have a safe journey! (B)

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