Scottish Highlands [2021]

May 5 – 13, 2021

Scenic Scotland

Highlights include Glen Ord Distillery, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness of Scottish Highlands and more.

Booking Deadline: February 20, 2021

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Pricing

Occupancy  Rate Per Person
Double $3,589
Single $4,019

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 14 passengers.

Included Features

  • Free parking with roundtrip transfers to Newark Liberty International Airport
  • Roundtrip airfare – Newark, NJ to Edinburgh, Scotland/ Glasgow, Scotland
  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel
  • Seven night hotel accommodations
  • Sightseeing as stated in itinerary by luxury coach
  • Services of a Professional Trafalgar Travel Director
  • Trafalgar Wellness Director
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 3 Dinners
  • Welcome reception
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

Highlights

  • Edinburgh
  • Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • St. Andrews
  • Eilean Donan Castle
  • Glen Ord Distillery
  • Loch Ness
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Glasgow
  • “Be My Guest” Dinner

Itinerary

Wednesday, May 5: Depart for Scotland

Motorcoach from Central PA to Newark Liberty International Airport for an overnight flight to Edinburgh.

Thursday, May 6: Arrive Edinburgh

Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh, the Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the essence of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for a Welcome Reception with a light meal and drinks. Hotel: Holiday Inn Edinburgh (or similar) (Welcome Reception)

Friday, May 7: Edinburgh Sightseeing and Free Time

In the morning, join a Local Expert to see the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of Her Majesty, the Queen, at the end of the Royal Mile. Continue past the Sir Walter Scott Monument to the 18th century New Town with its neoclassical Adam facades. Visit Edinburgh Castle, home of the Honours of Scotland, to view Mons Meg, with the option to see the Stone of Destiny. The afternoon is at leisure. (Breakfast)

Saturday, May 8: Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry & Scottish Highlands

Tread in the footsteps of the world’s golfing greats and head to St. Andrews, en-route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its riverside setting or join an optional experience to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surroundings comes to an end with a cozy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. Hotel: The Craiglynne Hotel (or similar) (Breakfast, Dinner)

Sunday, May 9: Newtonmore, Eilean Donan Castle & Isle of Skye Excursion

Today you will visit Eilean Donan Castle before you continue your journey to the coast and cross to the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive across the Sleat Peninsula. Indulge in some free time for lunch before boarding your ferry for Armadale and crossing to Mallaig, back on the mainland. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Monday, May 10: Scottish Highlands, Culloden & Loch Ness

The bloody battlefield of Culloden is our next stop, where we will spend a poignant moment reflecting on the many men who lost their lives in the brief but brutal battle between the Redcoats and Bonnie Price Charlie’s Jacobites. Then we will visit Glen Ord Distillery. Hear stories of the whiskey smugglers as you delve into the fascinating world of the single malt. Continue to Loch Ness where you can join an Optional Experience and embark on a cruise to soak up the scenery, historic monuments and intriguing tales of Nessie. (Breakfast)

Tuesday, May 11: Scottish Highlands, Glencoe, Loch Lomond & Glasgow

Our first stop today commemorates World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we'll admire spectacular views of Britain’s highest peaks, Ben Nevis. We will journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the ‘Glen of Weeping’. Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we discover the wild beauty of the ‘Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond’. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point out Rob Roy’s cave as you relax and savor the stunning scenery. Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn (or similar) (Breakfast)

Wednesday, May 12: Glasgow Orientation and Stirling Castle Excursion

Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day visiting Glasgow’s iconic sights. Enjoy views of the Necropolis, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the center of shipbuilding. On your journey to Stirling you will see the Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland’s independence. Later, we will join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard to ‘Connect with Locals’ over a homecooked farewell ‘Be My Guest’ dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes. (Breakfast, Be My Guest Dinner)

Thursday, May 13: Depart for USA

After breakfast, transfer to Glasgow Airport for your flight home and transportation to Central PA. (Breakfast)

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents 

An original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s) is required for this tour.

Payment

Deposit of $200 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by February 20, 2021.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus...

From March 8-April 20, 2021-30% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From April 21-April 28, 2021-50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From April 29-May 5, 2021-90% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees

After May 5, 2021-Non-Refundable

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.

Insurance

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airlines 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flight schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for Scotland in May average in the 50s with cooler evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.

Baggage

One suitcase per person will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the price of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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