May 10-16, 2024
Join WTA in Scotland! Your adventure begins in Edinburgh, which has been the capital city of Scotland since 1437. This country is steeped with history as you walk through the ancient streets which seamlessly blend history with modern vibrancy. Discover the iconic Edinburgh Castle, a fortress that has witnessed centuries of human occupation since the Iron Age. Let us not forget the Place of Holyrood which was erected in the 16th century, as the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland. The extensive gardens and the historic apartments that were occupied by Mary, Queen of Scots, herself will be an important stop. From the South to the Western and Eastern Highlands, your journey will encompass breathtaking landscapes accessible by car and steam train.
As you traverse the lush Scottish countryside, prepare to be awestruck by the engineering marvels like the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Western Highlands. Your historical steam train adventures will take you along the small finishing community of Mallaig. And of course, no trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to the legendary Loch Ness. Feel the enchantment of this mythical lake as you immerse yourself in its serene surroundings. Throughout your tour, this country’s allure and mystique will captivate you through a strong sense of its rich history, stunning landscapes, and legendary landmarks. Get ready for an unforgettable experience as you embrace Scotland and the heritage of the Scottish people.
Note: We recommend leaving the US on May 9 so that your flight arrives the morning of May 10 – early enough to participate in Day 1’s activities. Should you wish to arrive on May 9 instead, pre-trip hotel charges will be added to your final bill.
Day 1 – May 10 – Upon arrival at Edinburgh Airport (EDI) from the US, private transportation will be ready to whisk you away to your hotel. After settling into your room, join your group for a delightful evening of welcome drinks and dinner, toasting the exciting adventures that lie ahead.
Note: We suggest that you depart the US on May 9th to arrive early enough for first-day activities on May 10th. If you are joining WTA on the connecting Ireland trip you will take a 1 hour flight via RyanAir from Dublin to Edinburgh on May 10.
Day 2 – May 11 – Today you will discover Edinburgh’s iconic landmarks on a guided tour that unveils the city’s rich heritage. Explore the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, stroll along the historic Royal Mile, and marvel at the regal beauty of the Palace of Holyroodhouse. You will immerse yourself with enthralling stories and architectural wonders, providing a memorable glimpse into the essence of this medieval city.
Day 3 – May 12 – FREE DAY. Indulge in a day of self-guided exploration in Edinburgh, to discover the wonders of the National Museum of Scotland, immerse yourself in the political landscape at the Scottish Parliament, or delve into the mind-bending illusions of the Camera Obscura & World of Illusions museum. The options are endless, allowing you to tailor your day to your own preferences and interests. Later, regroup with your fellow travelers and share your day’s excitement over a delectable local Scottish dinner.
Day 4 – May 13 – Embark on a journey from Edinburgh towards the majestic Western Highlands, pausing at charming local sites along the way. Upon reaching your accommodation in Fort William, settle in and then set out to explore the town. Join in on a walking tour that acquaints you with the highlights and hidden gems of the area. As the day draws to a close, dine on a delightful dinner with your group before retiring to bed.
Day 5 – May 14 – Experience an extraordinary adventure aboard the historic Jacobite steam train, traversing the magnificent West Highlands of Scotland. On this journey, you will be treated to breathtaking views of sight like the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. Our first leg will take you to the charming fishing village of Mallaig, where you will disembark and have the option to enjoy a dine-in lunch with the group or a tour of the port town, savoring delectable Fish and Chips on the go. After a two-hour stop in Mallaig, you will board the train once again, this time with a fresh perspective, as you head back to Fort William. Sit back, relax, and relish the new vistas unfolding before your eyes, capturing the full glory of the country on your return journey.
Day 6 – May 15 – As we depart Fort William, you will venture through the Eastern Highlands, with a visit to the Loch Ness Centre along the way. Pausing at charming towns like Muir of Ord along the shores of Loch Ness before heading south to Edinburgh. Upon reaching the final night’s accommodation, gather for a memorable farewell dinner, celebrating the incredible trip around Scotland. As you reflect on the natural wonders and historical treasures, these cherished memories will ignite a thirst for more adventures, both near and far. Scotland’s allure will linger within, beckoning all to explore further horizons.
Day 7 – May 16 – Depart your Edinburgh accommodation. Private transportation will deliver you to Edinburgh Airport (EDI) for your flight back to the US.
*Please note that this is a tentative itinerary and it is subject to change.
- 7 days & 6 nights’ accommodations
- Single occupancy, boutique hotels
- Airport transfer
- Local transportation
- Guided Edinburgh City Tour
- Edinburgh Castle Entry
- Jacobite Steam Train Ticket
- FREE DAY to explore
- Daily breakfast
- Daily group lunch (excluding FREE DAY)
- Daily group dinner
- COVID antigen testing for USA re-entry, if applicable
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
- Roundtrip airfare to Edinburgh Airport (EDI)
- Travel Insurance
- Items of personal nature
- Spa treatments
- Meals not listed above
- Optional excursions and tours not listed above
- Gratuities and tips for personal services
Your trip is a BIG investment. If you cannot afford to lose the money you have invested to travel, for whatever reason, WTA strongly recommends you consider travel insurance. We encourage you to do your due diligence by researching and finding the best plan for YOU.
Suggested Travel Insurance companies are below. Ensure you inquire about a “Cancel For Any Reason” plan.
- Traveler must make a NONREFUNDABLE deposit payment of $400 at time of registration to secure her spot.
- Monthly minimum payment of $400 is required on the first of every month until paid in full to keep your reservations current.
- Final payment must be made 90 days before the trip date.
- A 50% refund can be requested prior to 6 months before the trip start date found in your invoice.
- No refunds for cancellations within 6 months of the trip date found in your invoice.
- A $250 penalty will be charged for any outstanding balance after the final payment date found in your invoice.
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