Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Stunning view of Edinburgh castle, Scotland

The Scottish Experience

The Relaxed Explorer
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 3,998 $ 444 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • A relaxed paced tour of Scotland
  • Explore the cities as well as the country and lakes
  • Days spent in Edinburgh, where your upgraded accommodations are in the heart of the attractions, shopping and dining.
  • Days spend outside of the city to enjoy your hotel in a beautiful park setting that offers spa resort-like amenities.
  • Limited tour group size
  • Upscale accommodations
  • Accessible transport during tour

Short Description

Visit picturesque castles and palaces with their royal history and vivid gardens. Discover world famous golf courses, whisky distilleries and legendary lochs. Wander the iconic streets of Edinburgh.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Edinburgh
End City Edinburgh

Trip Includes

  • Relaxed pace travel experience
  • Limited tour group size
  • Admission to tour scheduled attractions
  • Upscale accommodations
  • Upgraded hotel rooms (when possible)
  • Onsite tour supervisor
  • Free time to unwind
  • Elective activities included day one
  • Airport to hotel roundtrip transfers*
  • Limited hotel changes
  • Breakfast daily
  • Select lunches and/or dinners
  • Accessible transport during tour
  • Eased mobility routes
  • Door to door service (when feasible)
  • And much more!
  • Airport to hotel transfers only provided during specified arrive and departure times and dates.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Enjoy one of Western Europe’s most historic cities with us! We explore many of the city's stunning attractions as a group. We will visit The Royal Yacht Britannia, which was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years, sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world. Now berthed in Edinburgh, you can follow in the footsteps of Royalty to discover the heart and soul of this most special of Royal residences. Your hotel is located within a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle and just off the Royal Mile, with many attractions within easy reach.

Day 2

Edinburgh Castle is one of the most exciting and historic locations in Europe, set in the heart of Scotland's dynamic capital city. It is sure to capture your imagination and your heart. The castle towers above the city and the scenery from the top will take your breath away. The Palace of Holyroodhouse is Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland, and has long associations with royalty. One of the most famous names associated with the Palace is Mary, Queen of Scots. Her Chambers contain works connected to her life in Edinburgh.

Day 3

The day is free for you to explore Edinburgh, shop or have a relaxing day in your hotel room.

Day 4

Today we head out into the country to explore some of the local attractions. One of the great items on the agenda include Rosslyn Chapel, built in 1446, it displays intricate carvings and a peaceful setting. We will also visit theF alkirk Wheel, exceptional feat of modern engineering and is already being recognised as an inspirational sculpture for the 21st Century.

Day 5

Culzean Castle was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis. The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs. The park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

Day 6

Immerse yourself in the landscape during a scenic drive to Loch Lomond, then board a boat for a tour of the lake. The Loch Lomond shores offer many activities and attractions. Lying on the Highland Boundary Fault, Loch Lomond is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland and has many islands. The Loch Lomond and Trossachs area of Scotland was awarded National Park status in July 2002. It's a popular leisure destination located between the lowlands of central Scotland and Highlands.

Day 7

Scone Palace has an exciting history as one of Scotland's most important homes. 1500 years ago, it was the capital of the Picts. In the intervening centuries, it has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. The Palace houses an outstanding collection of antiques and paintings, and the grounds are renowned throughout the world.

Scotch whisky is the closest thing to Scotland in a glass. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of a traditional Scotch distillery. Experience the sights, sounds and unmistakable aromas and gain a new-found appreciation for the craftsmanship.

Day 8

On an informational guided tour of St. Andrews, discover history, the birthplace of golf, architecture, geology, economics, current affairs and a bit of gossip. Visit the British Golf Museum and enjoy a relaxing dinner with views of the historic golf courses.

Day 9

After breakfast and bidding farewell to Scotland, transportation will be provided to the airport.

The locations, hotels, attractions and itineraries are subject to change.

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Castles, kilts and whisky - oh my!

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My trip to Scotland was amazing! There was something for everyone to enjoy. From the beautiful landscapes, sheep everywhere, botanical gardens, Queen's yacht & palaces, to beautiful old world cities and castles. We also toured a whisky distillery and St. Andrews golf museum, even a cruise on Loch Ness! The Scottish food and drink was delicious. I especially enjoyed exploring the old city of Edinburgh with its architecture and history, as well as the castles. Our tour supervisors were organized, knowledgable, friendly and helpful. They even made our longer travel days more enjoyable with games and fun facts. We had great guides and our driver for the week was fantastic. I am definitely going to continue to use them for my travel needs. I highly recommend this trip to everyone!
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The tour was a wonderful experience

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The tour company really takes the time to find find great locations and provide time to relax.

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Optional Activities

  • Accessible tour
  • Wheelchair friendly

Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Trip ID#:

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Trip Excludes

Because of the intimate nature of our tours, space is limited and may fill quickly. The tour rates do not include international airfare, travel insurance or additional accommodations outside of the packaged tour. Every attempt is made to offer accessible hotel rooms for guests, however the number of rooms is limited. Booking early will better ensure hotel room selection of your choice. The Relaxed Explorer, LLC is not responsible for specialized needs (wheelchairs, medical apparatus, medication, mobility equipment, etc.). Guests must have aids to handle medical requirements and mobility matters. Every effort is taken to provide only accessible locations and attractions, but due to the historic regions toured, circumstances may occur when accessibility is limited or portions of an attraction are inaccessible. Motorized wheelchairs and scooters are not permitted in all attractions. The tour endeavors to supply door to door service, when feasible. Certain locations may not allow for this convenience. Attractions generally cover an expanse and involve some measure of mobility. All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.therelaxedexplorer.com for full Terms and Conditions as well as limitations which may apply. Fla. Seller of Travel Reg. No. ST40803

Meals Included:

Breakfast daily, Selected lunches or dinners

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