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Treasures of Shetland and Orkney Islands
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Treasures of Shetland and Orkney Islands
Private tour
2 travelers
10 days
6 cities
1night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Edinburgh enjoys a gorgeous natural setting, with the buildings being carefully knitted into the landscape from the medieval times till today. Edinburgh will equally impress those looking for the legacy of the world's greatest philosophers, and the decadent scene of loud pubs and never-ending parties. ...
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  • Day By Day

    Day 1: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

    Day 2: Edinburgh Royal Mile and Departure
    Today following breakfast you get to explore the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! In the morning you meet with a guide in a lobby to start a tour of the Royal Mile.

    During the tour, you visit the Edinburgh Castle to explore this famous fortification and enjoy great panoramic views of the city. After the tour (around 4 hours) you return to your hotel.

    In the late afternoon, you walk to the train station to board the train to Aberdeen.

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    Market Street Hotel
    4-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    The Market Street Hotel is located in a historical Edinburgh Old Town,...
    Included Experiences
    • Half Day Guided City Tour
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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27 Jul
Rail
Connection | Edinburgh - Aberdeen
1st Class Seat
Edinburgh rail station
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 h 30 min
Aberdeen rail station
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
2nights
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
The charming and vibrant Aberdeen is a port city located in southeast Scotland. With awe-inspiring views, the town boasts glorious beaches, ancient castles, including the Dunnottar and Balmoral castles. Also, the city is well-known for its unique Granite architecture, and there are some magnificent buildings such as His Majesty’s Theatre, the Town House, and many others on Union Street. ...
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    Day 2: Arrival

    Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

    Day 3: Castles Tour 

    Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet your private guide-driver and start a full-day tour to explore Scotland's Castle Country. Today you visit two very different castles - Dunottar and Crathes.

    The first stop is at the seaside town of Stonehaven to explore Dunnottar Castle. This iconic castle sits on a rocky outcrop glaring out to the North Sea. It is one of the most photographed castles & was the backdrop of the film "Hamlet". Together with the driver-guide you visit the castle and learn its story. Continue to the town for a coffee break and take a stroll along the pebble beach, boardwalk and take in the picturesque harbor.

    Continue to the second castle of the day - Crathes, which is a 16th-century castle. It was a family home for nearly 400 years and over the centuries it evolved from a defensive structure to a sumptuous home. Following a lunch break, you get to visit the castle and see it from the inside, as well as its gardens.

    During the trip, you also have a stop at the Falls of Feugh for tea and traditional scones. There is a chance to see salmon battling against the torrents of water attempting to return to their spawning grounds after 7 years at sea.

    After the tour, you return to the hotel.

    Day 4: Departure

    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and meet your driver for the transfer to Aberdeen airport.

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    Jurys Inn Aberdeen
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Private Tour of Dunottar and Crathes Casltes
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    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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29 Jul
Air
Connection | Aberdeen - Lerwick
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
1 h
Lerwick, United Kingdom
1night
Lerwick, United Kingdom
The capital of the Island of Shetland in Scotland, Lerwick is a vibrant town well-known for its seaport. The city is an excellent destination for the weekend getaway, providing stunning harbor full of yachts, lively bars and clubs it warmly welcomes every tourist. Furthermore, travelers are attracted by authentic sandstone buildings, narrow streets, and the impressive Museum & Archives....
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    Day 4: Arrival to Shetland Islands and Tour

    Welcome to the Shetland Islands! Your guide-driver meets you and together you embark on a full-day tour to the southern part of Shetland Island. This trip is one of the most scenic with amazing panoramic views, history, and wildlife.

    Today you have a short photo-stop at Scalloway and travel across from Mousa to take in a view one of the best-preserved brochs in the world. Here you visit St Ninian's Isle, the 4000-year-old Jarlshof settlement, and the Crofthouse museum. On the way through Fladdabister, you learn more about what was life like in Shetland over a century ago and then you reach the wild cliffs of Sumburgh Head. Here you see Puffins from mid-April to mid-August and have a close look at Sumburgh Lighthouse which was opened in 1821.

    On the way back to Lerwick you see lots of Shetland ponies, seabirds, and other wildlife. For a lunch break, you can choose a restaurant in the Sumburgh Hotel, which was built in 1867.

    After the tour you are taken to the hotel for check-in.


    Day 5: Unst and Yell Islands Tour 
    Following breakfast and check-out, you meet with your private guide-driver and start a tour to the Northern Isles: to Unst and Yell. To reach the destination you also enjoy a hop on and off two ferries on the way.

    Firstly you visit Island of Yell, which is Shetland's biggest island and from here you catch the 5-minute ferry to Unst. Today you see a 400-year-old Muness Castle, the ex-RAF base of Saxa Vord, where there is now a brewery and gin distillery. From Saxa Vord you may see Muckle Flugga, the most northerly part of the British Isles. Continue to Haroldswick boat museum and visit the reconstructed Viking longhouse and longship created by Viking Unst before visiting Hermaness and its visitor center.

    After the tour you are taken to the port for a ferry to Kirkwall.


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    The Kveldsro House Hotel
    3-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Private Shetland Islands Tour (South Mainland)
    • Full Day Private Tour to Unst and Yell
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30 Jul
Ferry
Connection | Lerwick - Kirkwall
Standard Outside Cabin
Lerwick port
Lerwick, United Kingdom
6 h 30 min
Kirkwall port
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
2nights
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
The largest city of the Orkney Islands, Kirkwall is a Scottish town which reflects the period of Vikings. The medieval land is home to the most famous 12th-century Norse cathedral of St Magnus as well as the palaces of Bishop and Earl, and the Orkney Museum. Moreover, Kirkwall is a tourist-friendly town, with numerous hotels and restaurants with tasty food....
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    Day 5: Arrival In Kirkwall 
    Upon arrival in Kirkwall, you have a check-in at the hotel.

    Day 6: UNESCO Heritage Tour 
    Following breakfast, you meet your private guide and embark on a full-day trip to explore four of Orkney’s pre-history sites included in the UNESCO list.
    The first place you visit today is Maeshowe which is the finest and largest chambered cairn (tomb). Here you witness the most amazing Viking graffiti and learn about burial traditions of Neolithic people. Continue to Standing Stones of Stenness still raising many questions about its purpose. Together you drive to Watchstone, situated on the Bridge of Brodgar, and pass the Ness of Brodgar. Since a Geophysical survey in 2003 this place revealed up to twelve possible archeological structures.
    Travel to Ring of Brodgar one of the finest stone circles and head for the last of the four World Heritage Sites - Skara Brae. It is a remarkably well preserved Neolithic village which was only revealed following a fierce storm back in 1850 when the sand dune that covered it was partially washed away.
    The last site on your trip today is a Skaill House, situated next door to Skara Brae. Here you visit the museum displaying finds from Skara Brae of jewelry, tools and earthenware.
    After the tour you return to the hotel.

    Day 7: Departure 
    Following breakfast in the hotel and check-out, you meet the driver for the transfer.

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    The Lynnfield Hotel
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Set in Kirkwall town, the 4-star Lynnfield Hotel offers decorated in c...
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Private UNESCO Heritage Tour
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01 Aug
Ferry
Connection | Kirkwall - Inverness
Private Transfer Sedan and Standard Class Ferry Ticket
Board the ferry to arrive on the mainland and have a private 2.5-hour transfer straight to Inverness.
Kirkwall hotel
Kirkwall, Orkney, United Kingdom
5 h 30 min
Inverness hotel
Inverness, United Kingdom
2nights
Inverness, United Kingdom
The capital of the renown Scottish Highlands, Inverness is the northernmost city of the United Kingdom. Connected to the famous legend about the Loch Ness Monster (Lake Ness is less than 6 miles away), Inverness is an attraction in its own right, boasting numerous castles, churches, and bearing great historical value....
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    Day 7 Arrival
    Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

    Day 8: Exploration of the Loch Ness
    Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet with the private guide-driver you set off on a tour to Scotland's famous lake, Loch Ness. 

    Upon arrival at the lake, you have a one-hour cruise around the loch on a small cruise boat. Enjoy an informative expedition coupled with comfort and great service on board the spacious boat Nessie Hunter equipped with color sonars, radar as well as an underwater camera.
    Following the cruise, you continue to the Loch Ness Center for a short visit and have a photo stop by the Urquhart Castle.

    Next, you head to Invermoriston and drive by the Fort Augustus, an inspiring old settlement with an impressive Abbey and sailing Caledonian Canal. Afterwards, you travel through the forested landscape of Loch Ness and have a stop at the forest community of Foyers to see a stunning waterfall. The final destination of the route is the picturesque Great Glen Valley boasting simply stunning panoramas. After the tour, you are taken back to the hotel.


    Day 9: Departure to Edinburgh
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and have a private transfer to the train station.

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    pentahotel Inverness
    4-star hotel
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    3 days / 2 nights
    Why we chose this hotel
    Situated in the heart of Inverness, the 4-star pentahotel offers moder...
    Included Experiences
    • Full Day Private Loch Ness Tour
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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03 Aug
Rail
Connection | Inverness - Edinburgh
1st Class Seat
Inverness Central Station
Inverness, United Kingdom
4 h
Edinburgh Central Station
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1night
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
One of Europe's most beautiful cities, Edinburgh enjoys a gorgeous natural setting, with the buildings being carefully knitted into the landscape from the medieval times till today. Edinburgh will equally impress those looking for the legacy of the world's greatest philosophers, and the decadent scene of loud pubs and never-ending parties. ...
  • Day By Day

    Day 9: Arrival
    Upon arrival, you have a check-in at the hotel. The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

    Day 10: Departure
    Following breakfast in your hotel, you check out and depart from Edinburgh.

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  • Included in your trip
    Market Street Hotel
    4-star hotel
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    2 days / 1 night
    Why we chose this hotel
    The Market Street Hotel is located in a historical Edinburgh Old Town,...
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    Included Transfers
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels and heritage hotels in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Lerwick, Kirkwall and Inverness;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Sightseeing tours with private guide-drivers in Aberdeen, Lerwick, Kirkwall, and Inverness;
  • Economy class flight Aberdeen - Lerwick;
  • Superior outside cabin Lerwick -Kirkwall,
  • 1st class train tickets Edinburgh - Aberdeen, Inverness - Edinburgh;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Support line during the trip.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

Note:

1. Hotels availability is subject to change. In case current hotels are booked out we will provide alternative hotels of an equal value for you.

2. We include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

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