Scottish Splendor

August 3, 2017 to August 13, 2017

Scotland-map-webHURRY – JUST 8 SEATS REMAIN!

From the great capital of Edinburgh to the Orkney Islands and Skye, you’ll travel through 8,000 years of history and a rich cultural heritage, while the drama and variety of Scotland’s beautiful scenery. We’ve included an extra night in Edinburgh and the breathtaking Military Tattoo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With our Air-Inclusive package your journey begins aboard a motorcoach transfer from select cities to Chicago O’Hare, where you will board your overnight flight to Edinburgh.

Welcome to Scotland - land of legends and romance, from the great cultural cities in the south, to the dramatic mountains and misty lochs of the Highlands. On arrival at Edinburgh Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Hotel: Holyrood Hotel (or similar)

Enjoy a day of leisure before joining your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, a pleasant evening of dinner and wine. Then depart for the spectacular Military Tattoo - a colorful mix of pipes and drums, dance and display, set against the floodlit backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Hotel: Holyrood Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Welcome Reception and Dinner

Join a Local Expert to see the highlights of the city. Drive along Princes Street to the ornate Scott Memorial, then tour the 18th century New Town with its classical Adam façades. Over in the Old Town, visit the castle, home of Mons Meg, the Stone of Destiny and Scotland's crown jewels. At the bottom of the Royal Mile, stands the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official Scottish residence of the Queen. The rest of the day is at leisure. Perhaps research your family tartan in the Tartan Centre or visit the art treasures in the National Gallery.

Hotel: Holyrood Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast

Cross the Firth of Forth into Fife and make your way to St. Andrews, where golf was born on the Old Course in the 15th century. After some time to explore, cross the Tay and drive to the charming Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, famous for its salmon leap. Continue via Blair Atholl and over the Grampian Mountains to the sparkling Spey Valley. The Scottish Border Collie is world-renowned for its herding abilities. Visit a working Highland farm for a personal insight into the daily life of a shepherd and his dogs. Continue to stately Inverness, where your luxury signature hotel is set within four acres of manicured grounds, offering the very best in Highland hospitality.

Hotel: Kingsmills Hotel (or similar)

Meal: Full Breakfast, Dinner

See Culloden Moor in the morning, where Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Jacobite army was finally crushed in 1746. Visit the Culloden Visitor Centre before continuing along the shores of Loch Ness. Keep your eyes peeled for the monster! Next, follow the rugged coast north to the fishing port of Wick. Pause at the Old Pulteney Distillery to taste a wee dram of whisky and learn about the production of the national drink. Stay in the town of Thurso, which looks out over the Pentland Firth towards the ‘Old Man of Hoy’.

Hotel: Station Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Start the day by driving to the most northerly town on the British mainland, John O'Groats. Board the ferry to the beautiful Orkney Islands - where the hardy locals live ‘below the wind and above the water'. Sightseeing with a Local Expert includes visits to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar, Kirkwall and the small chapel built by Italian prisoners of war during WWII. Return to your Thurso hotel for dinner.

Hotel: Station Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

Travel through stunning and pristine landscapes along the northern coast with its white sandy beaches, and further inland to misty valleys and glens, lochs and rushing waters. Then it's ‘Over the Sea to Skye' the largest and most beautiful island of the Inner Hebrides. On the way to Broadford, hear romantic tales of how young Flora MacDonald helped rescue Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Hotel: Dunollie Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Dinner

A chance to explore this wild and beautiful island, before crossing to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Stop for a photo at remote Eilean Donan Castle, which, under a clear sky, offers a perfect reflection in its loch. Move on to the WWII Commando Memorial where there is a fine view of Ben Nevis, Britain's highest mountain. We enjoy more spectacular scenery en route to the Valley of Glencoe, its dramatic peaks still echoing with the ghastly cries of massacred clansmen. At night, get together with your friends at a sumptuous grand-finale Celebration meal. Don't be surprised if, by the end of the evening, you're 'Toasting to the Lassies' or singing 'Auld Lang Syne'.

Hotel: Isles of Glencoe (or similar)

Meals: Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner

Spend time on peaceful Loch Lomond, ‘Queen of Scottish Lochs' and the largest in Great Britain. Perhaps experience the beauty and tranquility of the loch with an optional cruise before continuing to Glasgow. An orientation drive shows you the city's grand public buildings, including George Square and St. Mungo's Cathedral. Then the rest of the afternoon is at leisure.

Hotel: Marriott (or similar)
Meal: Full Breakfast

Your tour comes to an end after breakfast. Transfer from the hotel to the Glasgow airport for your flight home. Upon arrival at Chicago O’Hare, your motorcoach transfer will return you to your original pick-up point.

Meal: Full Breakfast


Air-Inclusive Package Inclusions

  • Round-trip motorcoach transportation to Chicago O’Hare airport from select locations
  • Round-trip air from Chicago O’Hare to Edinburgh, and return from Glasgow, Scotland including current air taxes and fees
  • Round-trip airport/hotel transfers in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Sightseeing and Services

  • Professional tour manager from Fox World Travel *
  • Escorted by a professional, local Tour Director
  • Luxury air-conditioned 40-seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom for transportation and sightseeing
  • Equivalent of $40USD per person in local currency to use as you wish
  • Sightseeing as outlined in daily itinerary
  • Headset for guided sightseeing visits and walking tours
  • Customized, informative travel documents containing all trip details and helpful planning information

Hotel Accommodations for Nine Nights in 4-Star Hotels

  • Three nights in Edinburgh
  • One night in Inverness
  • Two nights in Thurso
  • One night at Isle of Skye
  • One night in Glencoe
  • One night in Glasgow

Hotel accommodations include hotel service charges, taxes and luggage handling. Similar hotels may be substituted. 

Included Dining

  • Daily Buffet Breakfast
  • Six dinners including:
    • Welcome Reception and Dinner
    • Four 3-course dinners
    • Final Celebration dinner in Glencoe

Premium Experiences, Including:

  • Edinburgh: Eyes turn to the castle – The skirl of the pipes rises and drums crack the night air as a tide of tunics and tartan flood from the drawbridge – you will witness the breathtaking spectacle of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Highlands: Amidst the stunning scenery of a real working Highland farm, watch as the sheepdogs of Neil Ross are put through their paces, and meet the collie pups.
  • Orkney Isles: Strewn across the windswept Orkneys are relics that span human history; from pagan stone circles to reminders of wartime tragedy.
  • St Andrews: Visit the university town and see the golf course.
  • Loch Ness: Drive along the shores in search of the monster.
  • John O’Groats: Visit Britain’s most northerly mainland town.
  • Isle of Skye: See the dramatic Cuillin Hills and stay in pretty Broadford.
  • Wick: The Old Pulteney Distillery produces whisky with a distinctive flavor, bursting with the power and subtlety of the sea. Share a wee dram with a master distiller who imparts the age-old techniques of whisky production.

* A minimum number of passengers are required for the Fox World Travel tour manager to accompany this group. If the minimum is not met, the tour will still include a professional local guide in the destination. Hotels, tour itinerary and tour inclusions are subject to change.

Not included: Travel Insurance, gratuities for airport porters, tour guides, motorcoach drivers, meals (other than those included in the package), optional excursions that may be offered, trip cancellation insurance, and any items of a personal nature.

Tour-Only

Tour only
Arrange your own airfare
Based on double occupancy

Air-Inclusive

Airfare From Chicago O'Hare
Motorcoach to Chicago from select pick-up points
Based on double occupancy

Single Supplement: $480.00
Initial Deposit: $400.00 per person
Final Payment Due:
 No later than May 1, 2017

*Above base pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All air taxes and fees of $668.50 per person ARE INCLUDED and subject to change. 

Insight Vacations Past Passenger Discount – $155.00 off per person  (Must have traveled with Insight Vacation or sister companies, Uniworld, Brendan   Vacations, Trafalgar or Contiki, within the last 5 years)

Departing from Chicago

Depart August 3
Aer Lingus 122– Depart Chicago O’Hare at 3:o5 p.m.  and arrive August 4 in Dublin at 5:15 a.m.

Aer Lingus 3250– Depart Dublin at 6:40 a.m.  and arrive August 4 in Edinburgh at 7:55 a.m.

Return August 13

Aer Lingus #3221 – Depart Galsgow at 8:20 a.m. and arrive in Dublin at 9:30 a.m.

Aer Lingus #123 – Depart Dublin at 11:30 a.m. and arrive Chicago O’Hare at 1:55 p.m.

Please note: Flight schedules are subject to change and FWT has no control over flight changes, delays or cancellations.Tickets will be non-refundable once issued. Changes will be subject to a fee plus any fare difference. Additional restrictions may apply. Flight schedules are subject to change. Fox World Travel has no control over flight or equipment changes, seat assignments, delays or cancellations. A minimum of 10 passengers is needed for the group air. Checked baggage fees may apply.

Pricing and flight options from other cities available upon request.

 

Optional Insurance:

Cancellation and travel protection is strongly recommended. Fox World Travel offers several plans with Travel Guard Insurance. Details and rates can be obtained from your travel consultant.

Cancellation Penalties:

  • From date of deposit to May 1, 2017:  Initial deposit of $400.00 per person
  • May 2 to June 2, 2017: 50% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • June 3 to July 2, 2017: 75% package price cancellation fee + applicable airline fees
  • July 3, 2017 to 0 days prior to travel: No refund

Airline tickets are non-refundable once ticketed.

A valid passport is required with a validity of at least six months beyond the return date of the trip.