Authentic Local Experiences:
- Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 28th – August 18th departures
- Immerse yourself in farm life at Leault Farm to see how a farmer works with highly-skilled dogs to herd sheep.
- Blair Athol Distillery
- Blair Castle
- Culloden Battlefield
- Edinburgh Castle
- Cruise on Loch Lomond
- Inveraray Castle
- Isle of Skye
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum
- St Andrews
- 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners including a festive Scottish evening in Edinburgh
- Radisson Blu Hotel or Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow (1 night)
- Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish (1 night)
- Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn (1 night)
- Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry (2 nights)
- Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh or Norton House Hotel, near Edinburgh (2 nights).
Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow
Dive into the culture-rich heart of Glasgow from the stylish surroundings of the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel, just opposite from the Central Railway Station at 301 Argyle Street. It is a striking building, known for its sculptural copper wall that runs down Argyle Street. Choose from any of its carefully created rooms and suites and enjoy first-class amenities such as Free high-speed, wireless Internet plus bathrobes and slippers. This contemporary city-center hotel also offers easy access to all of the city’s major transport links and famous shopping destinations. Take time to sample the creative fare of the on-site eatery, the Collage Restaurant, which offers a taste of British fare with a sumptuous selection of specialty dishes. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the on-site bar, Grahamston at the Atrium, where you can savor perfectly poured cocktails, wine and beer. The Radisson Blu Hotel is the perfect choice for urban adventure-seekers traveling with CIE Tours.
Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor, Glasgow
Set in a historic building with a modern and stylish interior, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor is the perfect place to stay when visiting Scotland’s biggest city. Set in the bustling West End of Glasgow, just minutes from many attractions, the hotel is ideally located at 1-9 Grosvenor Terrace, G12 OTA. With marble bathrooms, WiFi (fee applies) and LCD TVs, our guest rooms offer the perfect place for CIE Tours’ guests to relax after a day of exploring. Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor features two dining venues, including Bo’Vine Meats & Wines, serving up delicious 28-day aged steaks, fish dishes, salads and an extensive wine list. Our stylish beGIN bar offers a selection of over 60 gins as well as craft beers, cocktails, wines and soft drinks in a unique atmosphere. With a listed façade, Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor offers a unique setting to explore Scotland’s biggest city.
Isles of Glencoe Hotel, Ballachulish
This hotel nestles on the side of a peninsula reaching into Loch Leven at the foot of Glencoe. This friendly, modern hotel offers everything for an ideal vacation – spacious bedrooms with loch and mountain-views in a relaxed atmosphere. Bedrooms are modern and comfortable, with breathtaking views. The Lochside Restaurant offers a hearty Scottish breakfast every morning and the best of Scottish produce. Guest can enjoy Wi-Fi access throughout their stay, as well as the leisure center with pool, hydro seat, bio-sauna and exercise room.
Muthu Newton Hotel, Nairn
This beautiful Scottish baronial-style mansion was built as a family home in 1872 and has been a hotel since 1951. It recently has undergone extensive refurbishments to ensure a comfortable stay. All 56 guest rooms have been modernized while retaining the traditional ambience. This imposing building is set on 21 acres of mature parkland and gardens, bordering the Moray Firth on the North Sea and overlooks the Nairn Golf Course.
Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry
Originally opened in Victorian times, the Atholl Palace Hotel retains many features of a traditional large country house, with relaxing public areas. The historic nature of the hotel means that every bedroom is unique, with quirky original features, outstanding views and furnishings of the highest standards. The Verandah Restaurant is famed for its stunning views and its quality cuisine, using the very best of local produce. The Stag’s Head bar offers a wide range of malt whiskies. The hotel is located in spacious gardens and is within a 15-minute walk of the town of Pitlochry.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
This sleek, modern hotel features 156 rooms furnished to the highest standard with triple-glazed windows to offer a quiet, peaceful sanctuary in the middle of the city. The stylish Steak and Grill restaurant and cozy Piano Lounge serves only the finest locally-sourced Scottish cuisine. Unwind at the swimming pool, gym and spa. It is located close to the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Scottish Parliament, within easy walking distance of the shops and pubs along the Royal Mile.
Norton House Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh
This Victorian mansion was built in 1840 on 55 Acres of parkland and gardens. The hotel offers 83 luxury bedrooms with satellite TV/DVD player and a minibar. Ushers Restaurant offers fine dining and specialty wines in elegant surroundings. The Brasserie offers traditional British cuisine, and The Glass Lounge serves classic cocktails and afternoon teas. Guests can relax in the sauna, steam room or hydrotherapy pool in the luxurious spa. Edinburgh is a 20 minute drive, and Edinburgh Airport is 3 miles away.
SCOTTISH DREAM 8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS
B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner
Day 1GLASGOW CITY TOUR
Tour begins at 2:30 PM at your 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. Chat with your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink.
Day 2LOCH LOMOND CRUISE & INVERARAY CASTLE
Embark on a short cruise of Loch Lomond to appreciate the beauty of this famous loch and admire panoramic views. 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)
Day 3ROAD 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 as you travel the shores of Loch Ness on your way to Nairn. (B, D)
Day 4CULLODEN 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)
Day 5BLAIR 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)
Day 6GLAMIS 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. In Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital, enjoy a traditional Scottish evening with dinner, haggis, bagpipes, kilts, and Highland dancing. (B, D)
Day 7EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
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. July 28 to August 18 departures enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at the Castle Esplanade. (B)
Day 8TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast. (B)
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|Wednesday Sep 25, 2019 from Glasgow||Wednesday Oct 2, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2299||Guaranteed||Call to book|
|Friday Sep 27, 2019 from Glasgow||Friday Oct 4, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2249||Guaranteed||Call to book|
|Sunday Sep 29, 2019 from Glasgow||Sunday Oct 6, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2199||Guaranteed||Call to book|
|Wednesday Oct 2, 2019 from Glasgow||Wednesday Oct 9, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2149||Guaranteed||Sold Out|
|Sunday Oct 6, 2019 from Glasgow||Sunday Oct 13, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2099||Guaranteed||Call to book|
|Wednesday Oct 9, 2019 from Glasgow||Wednesday Oct 16, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$2049||Guaranteed||Call to book|
|Friday Oct 11, 2019 from Glasgow||Friday Oct 18, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$1999||Guaranteed||Sold Out|
|Wednesday Oct 16, 2019 from Glasgow||Wednesday Oct 23, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$1999||Guaranteed||Call to book|
|Sunday Oct 20, 2019 from Glasgow||Sunday Oct 27, 2019 to Edinburgh 8 Days||$1999||Guaranteed||Call to book|