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Marco Polo Journeys

Scottish Highlands & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2018


9 Days from $7,495

Limited to 18 guests

Journey from Scotland's ancient capital to the majestic Highlands as you witness the time-honored Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and explore the storied grounds of St. Andrews, Glamis Castle and Culloden Battlefield, delving deeper with visits to Loch Ness, Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh.

A&K Advantages

Discover the many splendors of Scotland, from its refined cities steeped in time-honored tradition to its heathered hillsides shrouded in the mists of legend

Enjoy premium access and seating at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Tour Edinburgh, where you visit Edinburgh Castle and enjoy private, before-hours access to Holyrood Palace

Visit historic Stirling Castle, perched high upon Castle Hill

Drive through the Great Glen past Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle to Fort William and Glencoe

Tour the U.K.'s only working cooperage and enjoy a tasting at the Glenlivet distillery

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland
DAY 2
St. Andrews | The Home of Golf
DAY 3
Gleneagles/Inverness | The “Stone of Scone”
DAY 4
Inverness | Highlands, History & Whisky Tasting
DAY 5
Great Glen | Lochs, Mountains & Battlefields
DAY 6
Glasgow | The Arts of a City
DAY 7
Stirling/Edinburgh | Legacy of Braveheart
DAY 8
Edinburgh | Magnificent Military Tattoo
DAY 9
Depart Edinburgh
DAY 1
Arrive Edinburgh, Scotland

You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, the venue for the Ryder Cup in 2014 and located in the stunning Perthshire countryside. This evening, join your Resident Tour Director and fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Gleneagles Hotel
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
St. Andrews | The Home of Golf

Journey to the lovely coastal town of St. Andrews, regarded as the home of golf and site of the Open Championship, the world’s oldest professional golf tournament. Enjoy a walking tour that includes the picturesque ruins of the castle and cathedral, as well as the opportunity to walk on the Old Course, followed by time for lunch at leisure. Continue to Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth, childhood home of the Queen Mother and, legend has it, one of the most haunted castles in Britain. Enjoy a tour and a stroll through its beautiful gardens before returning to Gleneagles for an evening at leisure.

Gleneagles Hotel
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 3
Gleneagles/Inverness | The “Stone of Scone”

Travel north to Scone Palace, home to the “Stone of Scone” or the “Stone of Destiny” — a block of red sandstone once used in the coronation of Scotland’s monarchs. Drive through Cairngorms National Park, home to the United Kingdom’s only freely grazing reindeer herd. Enjoy a light lunch at Rothiemurchus, a family estate in the heart of the forest surrounded by lands filled with wildlife. Afterward, set out to view the area and animals with a park ranger, before continuing to Inverness for dinner at a local restaurant.

Culloden House
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 4
Inverness | Highlands, History & Whisky Tasting

Today, explore the famous Johnson’s Cashmere Mill, and then stop at Speyside Cooperage, where you discover the ancient art of barrel making. Learn how coopers shape, shave and char oak casks for use in the whisky industry, then enjoy lunch. Next, tour the Glenlivet distillery and indulge in a tasting of its fine singlemalt Scotch whiskies. Cap your day with a visit to Culloden Moor, the historic battlesite where the Jacobite army of Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in 1746. Tonight, celebrate Scottish tradition at your hotel, starting as the resident bagpipe player pipes you into dinner.

Culloden House
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 5
Great Glen | Lochs, Mountains & Battlefields

Drive along the River Ness to Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster. Enjoy a cruise of the loch, to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Disembark and proceed through the Great Glen past Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in Scotland. Pass Fort Augustus, Fort William and Glencoe, scene of the infamous massacre of the highland MacDonalds by the lowland Campbells. Continue to Glasgow.

Hotel du Vin
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 6
Glasgow | The Arts of a City

Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, which houses one of Europe’s great art collections. Enjoy lunch at a classic Arts & Crafts style café, and then visit the National Piping Center, devoted to the study and history of the highland bagpipe. Stroll its museum and try the pipes if you like.

Hotel du Vin
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
Stirling/Edinburgh | Legacy of Braveheart

Journey to Stirling, home to the National Wallace Monument and Stirling Castle, where, in 1297, William Wallace (Braveheart) defeated invaders from England. Enjoy lunch at a local pub, and then proceed to Edinburgh, where you check in to your hotel and spend the rest of your afternoon at leisure, exploring this captivating city that is steeped in history.

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 8
Edinburgh | Magnificent Military Tattoo

Begin your day with a private, before-hours visit to Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland (subject to cancellation in the event of an official function). Toast your special visit with a glass of Champagne, and then set out on a city tour that includes Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy lunch and your afternoon at leisure, free to explore this captivating city so steeped in history. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is a prelude to the spectacular Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. From your premium grandstand seat, watch magnificent performances that symbolize Scottish culture and history and its influence around the world.

Principal Edinburgh Charlotte Square
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 9
Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

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    $2,295
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    Price shown is guaranteed for 7 or more guests. For 2-6 guests, the price will be $9,995 per person double occupancy.

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: end of Military Tattoo performance at 10:00 p.m. on Day 8.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


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