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Essence of Scotland

Private tour
7 days
3 cities
2nights

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As if right off a lovely postcard, the incredible Scottish capital, Edinburgh, is a city that is just begging to be explored. Boasting a mind-blowing location among the green hills and rocky cliffs overlooking the sea, Edinburgh delicately weaves its massive castles and sharp towers into the gorgeous scenery, instilling confidence that you are a part of a magical fairytale about dragons and beautiful princesses. Step inside the spectacular Edinburgh Castle, take a trip to the 16th-century Palace of Holyrood house, catch the breathtaking panoramas from Calton Hill to understand why the greatest philosophers and writers have come here to find their inspiration. Those who still need more reasons to fall in love with stunning Edinburgh should know that the city is also famous for its colorful festivals and rich cultural life, wonderful museums, traditional bagpipe performances, and countless pubs. In fact, here everyone finds something to their liking, so everything you need to do is plan a trip!...
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    Day 1: Arrival in Edinburgh
    Welcome to the gorgeous ancient city - Edinburgh! 

    Upon arrival, you are met by your driver at the airport, who transfers you to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

    Day 2: Edinburgh Royal Mile
    Following breakfast you get to explore the capital of Scotland - Edinburgh! 

    Together with the guide you start a 4-hour tour of the Old Town and explore this culturally and historically important part of the city. Today you walk along the famous Royal Mile which connects two royal residences - the Castle and the palace of Holyrood House.

    Before you visit the Edinburgh Castle  you hear a comprehensive history insight from your guide and visit the castle independently*. Here you may see the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun inside the castle.

    Your guided walking tour ends before you visit the castle and after exploring the castle you may spend time in the city on your own or return to the hotel.

    *Note: entrance tickets to the castle are included.

    Day 3: Departure to Inverness
    Following breakfast in your hotel you have a check-out and meet the driver for train station transfer.

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    Market Street Hotel
    4-star hotel
    Market Street Hotel
    Standard Double Breakfast Included
    The Market Street Hotel is located in a historical Edinburgh Old Town, the Market Street Hotel offers unique rooms, decorated with natural materials with soft woolen accents, and handcrafted pieces.... show more
    3 days / 2 nights
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    • Half Day Guided City Tour
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Edinburgh - Inverness
1st Class Seat
Edinburgh Central Station
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
4 h
Inverness Central Station
Inverness, United Kingdom
3nights

Inverness, United Kingdom

The main city of the renowned Scottish Highlands, Inverness is the northernmost hub of the United Kingdom. Set in a picturesque location by the River Ness, Inverness is shrouded in legends about the famous Loch Ness Monster (Lake Ness is less than 6 miles away and makes an ideal spot to immerse into the splendor of the local nature). However, the city is an attraction in its own right, as Inverness boasts some one-of-a-kind attractions to discover. Apart from challenging your luck in catching the glance of the world-famous monster, you can enrich your Inverness tour by visiting the impressive Inverness Castle, marveling at the medieval Cathedral of Saint Andrew, and enjoying a peaceful stroll around the Botanic Gardens. To make the experience even more saturated, head to one of the local pubs or restaurants to check out the local cuisine coupled with excellent Scottish whiskey!...
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    Day 3: Arrival in Inverness
    Upon arrival, you are taken to the hotel for check-in and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.  

    Day 4: Exploration of the Isle of Skye
    After breakfast at your hotel, you get to enjoy the beauty of the untouched nature in its glory, embarking on a full day small group tour to the famous Isle of Skye.

    Early in the morning, you join a small group tour and leave the city of Inverness with the guide-driver, passing the legendary Loch Ness, observing the dramatic Highland scenery and paying a visit to witness the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle.

    The next destination on your agenda is the picturesque Kyle of Lochalsh, a village on the mainland which serves as the gateway to the scenic Isle of Skye, a place of inspiration for many movie makers, poets, and travelers. Upon arrival on the Isle, you travel around the island’s east coast through the gorgeous Cuillin Mountains, experiencing truly breathtaking panoramas.

    Then, you arrive at the lovely town of Portree, overlooking a sheltered bay and serving as the capital city of the island. While in Portree, you have some free time to explore the town and grab a snack.

    Afterwards, you proceed to the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, Trotternish, to observe some unusual natural formations like the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, and the Quiraing, and take some memorable photos of this extraterrestrial place.

    Following the tour, you are transferred back to Inverness. The route you take back differs from the one in the morning so you have even more opportunities to admire the Highland scenery.  

    *Note: the duration of the trip is up to 12 hours. Entrance tickets are not included. 

    Day 5: Jacobite Steam Train and Wild Safari Cruise
    Following breakfast in the hotel, you meet with the driver-guide and embark on a full day trip to the western Scottish Highlands. 

    You drive along the famous Loch Ness and along Caledonian Canal before you arrive in Fort William. Here you board the famous Jacobite Steam train. 

    This 42-mile trip covers the most impressive must-sees, starting near the iconic mount Ben Nevis, passing Loch Morar, and River Morar, arriving next to the deepest seawater loch in Europe, Loch Nevis. Enjoy the dramatic views and see the most famous bridge in Scotland, Glenfinnan Viaduct, featured in the Harry Potter movies as well as beautiful villages of Lochailort, Arisaig, Morar, and Mallaig along the route.

    Upon arrival at the turning point you have a 1-hour wildlife cruise safari. Travel out to Green Island on the Knoydart Peninsula and take a chance to witness wild seals relaxing on the rocks as well as a variety of birds, porpoises, dolphins, whales, and basking sharks frequently visiting the coastal waters.

    After the cruise you meet your driver-guide for a transfer back to Inverness.

    Day 6: Departure to Edinburgh
    Following breakfast and check-out you meet with the driver and have a transfer to the train station.

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    Kingsmills Hotel
    4-star hotel
    GB, Culcabock Road, Inverness, IV2 3LP
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    Kingsmills Hotel
    Classic Room Breakfast Included
    Set in a beautiful Victorian garden, Kingsmills Hotel is just 1 km away from the Inverness city centre. Most of the rooms have views to the garden and coffee-making facilities.... show more
    4 days / 3 nights
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    • Full Day Private Tour to Western Highlands and Jacobite Steam Train Ride
    • Full Day Group Tour Isle of Skye
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    Included Transfers
    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
    • Departure Private Transfer Sedan
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Connection | Inverness - Edinburgh
1st Class Seat
Inverness Central Station
Inverness, United Kingdom
4 h
Edinburgh Central Station
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1night

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

As if right off a lovely postcard, the incredible Scottish capital, Edinburgh, is a city that is just begging to be explored. Boasting a mind-blowing location among the green hills and rocky cliffs overlooking the sea, Edinburgh delicately weaves its massive castles and sharp towers into the gorgeous scenery, instilling confidence that you are a part of a magical fairytale about dragons and beautiful princesses. Step inside the spectacular Edinburgh Castle, take a trip to the 16th-century Palace of Holyrood house, catch the breathtaking panoramas from Calton Hill to understand why the greatest philosophers and writers have come here to find their inspiration. Those who still need more reasons to fall in love with stunning Edinburgh should know that the city is also famous for its colorful festivals and rich cultural life, wonderful museums, traditional bagpipe performances, and countless pubs. In fact, here everyone finds something to their liking, so everything you need to do is plan a trip!...
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    Day 6: Arrival in Edinburgh
    Upon arrival in Edinburgh, you have a transfer to the hotel for check-in and the rest of the day is at your own leisure.

    Day 7: Departure
    This is the last day of your adventure! In the morning after breakfast, you check out from the hotel and driver takes you to the airport for your flight back home.

    We hope you had a journey of a lifetime and we will be looking forward to welcoming you back soon!

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    Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
    4-star hotel
    Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel
    Standard Double Breakfast Included
    The Apex City of Edinburgh Hotel is located in the heart of Grassmarket in Edinburgh city center, just minutes from The Royal Mile. The hotel has an award-winning restaurant and 4-star boutique bedrooms.... show more
    2 days / 1 night
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    • Arrival Private Transfer Sedan
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What’s included:
  • Accommodation at remarkable downtown hotels in Edinburgh and Inverness;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Private tour with professional English-speaking guide in Edinburgh;
  • 1s class train tickets Edinburg Inverness and Inverness - Glasgow;
  • Entrance tickets to the Edinburgh Castle;
  • Small group tour to Isle of Skye;
  • Private tour with driver-guide to Western Highlands;
  • Standard Class Jacobite Steam train tickets Fort William - Mallaig;
  • Wildlife cruise safari;
  • 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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