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SAVVY SCOTLAND ADVENTURE — A PERSONALIZED JOURNEY - 9 Days

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Scotland Adventure Itinerary

Day 1: International Flight Day

Flight Departure

Depart your home airport on your overnight Transatlantic Flight (flight not included). You will be flying into Edinburgh Scotland.

Note:  Airfare rates and booking can and will be provided by SAVVY Affordable Tours® if you wish to have us book your flight itinerary. Airfare is additional and is not included in our land tour rate.

 


Day 2: Arrive Scotland
Ireland
Edinburgh, Scotland

Your flight will arrive into Edinburgh, Scotland today.

Arrival Transfer Options
You may opt for our personalized meet and greet and private transfer to your centrally located Edinburgh hotel. Price is $59.99 per person.

Hotel Check In
Depending on what time of day you arrive you can plan to check in to your hotel at around 2 pm today. If you arrive sooner than that, secure your luggage and step out for a look around the Amazing Royal Mile and Grass Market areas of Edinburgh. You will check in after your small group tour this afternoon.

Royal Mile Guided Walking Tour in Edinburgh
At 2 pm you will meet your small group tour and join the group to tour the Old Town of Edinburgh's Royal Mile. This is a must-see, and there's no better way to check this landmark off your list than on a guided walking tour. See the best of medieval yet modern Edinburgh this 2-hour walking tour with skip-the-line access to Edinburgh Castle. As you walk, listen as your guide shares the history of this formidable city with ancient Roman roots and UNESCO-listed pockets. Explore atmospheric cobbled walkways along the Royal Mile, breeze into Edinburgh Castle to witness royal opulence, and pass iconic locations like St Giles Cathedral, Parliament Square and John Knox House. 2-hour guided walking tour of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, Edinburgh Castle and Old Town, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. Wander down centuries-old cobblestone streets, passageways and Edinburgh tenements.

Guest Choice Dinner
This evening you are free to dine as you wish. The Grain Store might be a great place to begin or the White Heart Inn where Robbie Burns was known to frequent.

 

Our Hotels in Edinburgh , 2 Nights:

3 star - Standard Price: : Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile or similar
In the Old Town near the Royal Mile, this family-friendly Edinburgh hotel is close to landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament Building, and Princes Street.

4 star - Upgrade - $150/person: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel or similar
Just metres from Holyrood Park, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel features an award-winning restaurant and spa. With Edinburgh Castle just a mile away, guests have free WiFi access and large rooms.

The rooms at Macdonald Holyrood have a marble private bathroom and tea and coffee facilities with free mineral water. Rooms also offer satellite TV, a hairdryer and ample work space.

Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini Restaurant uses the finest ingredients, sourced locally where possible. Offering a selection of specialty cocktails, there are also afternoon tea and extensive dinner menus.

5 star - Upgrade - $272/person: The Principal Edinburgh George Street or similar
Located amid the shops and restaurants of Edinburgh's fashionable George Street, this hotel is a block from Princes Street and a quarter-mile from the National Gallery.

Hotel bar
At the Principal Edinburgh George Street, interior architects have created a sense of restored grandeur by means of simple detailing and the use of rich materials. Printing Press has quickly become a destination restaurant in Edinburgh.

 


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Day 3: Edinburgh

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Distillery

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Coast
Loch Lomond, Scotland

Edinburgh Leisure

Today you have the day to enjoy Edinburgh as you wish, or you may opt for our small group tour to Stirling Castle should you like. (additional cost) Another option would be a day trip to St. Andews, home of golf! (additional cost)

 

Guest Choice Dinner

This evening you are free to dine as you wish. Monteith's on the Royal Mile or The Dome in New Town could be a suggestion for tonight's dinner.

Optional Adventures

price: $70/person

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Coast
Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh

Visit the royal stronghold of Stirling Castle and the majestic Loch Lomond on this full-day tour from Edinburgh. Escape the city for a scenic drive through the countryside, stopping to snap photos of Highland cows, the Trossachs national park and Linlithgow Palace, the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots. After touring the impressive Stirling Castle, soak up the scenery around Loch Lomond, Scotland's largest lake. Finish your Scottish experience sampling Scotch whisky at the acclaimed Glengoyne Distillery.


price: $70/person

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Coast
St Andrews, Scotland

St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Travel from Edinburgh to St Andrews and Fife on this day trip from Edinburgh. You'll cross the Forth Road Bridge into the Kingdom of Fife where you'll the pass by coastal villages of East Neuk. Then pay homage to the town of St Andrews, home to Scotland's oldest university and the Old Course where golf is routinely played. Driving in a Mercedes van, you'll view Falkland and the Lomond Hills. Enjoy a small-group tour, limited to 16 people, for a memorable and personalized experience. Full-day small group tour to St Andrews and Fife by minivan Cross the Forth Road Bridge Fishing villages of East Neuk Plenty of time in St Andrews, home of golf and Scotland's oldest university Falkland Palace. Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your driver/guide on this small group tour.

 

 
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Day 4: Inverness
Blarney Castle, Ireland
Inverness, Scotland

Into the Highlands

Private Transfer
This morning you will be met by you Story driver and taken to the Waverly train station to travel into the Highlands to Inverness.

Train to Inverness
You will have 1st class reserved seats for today's journey to Inverness. This journey takes 3-Hours and 41-Minutes as it makes its way into the highlands of Scotland.

Inverness Arrival
Arriving into the Capital of the highlands, you will meet your driver and be taken to your Inverness accommodations. Inverness is full of history; both events that shaped the future of the United Kingdom and the world, like at the nearby battlefield of Culloden, or a more personal past. Many people come looking for their own roots, travelling from far away to trace ancestors, or to find the houses their relations lived in before they left Scotland. For the Scottish Highland diaspora, Inverness is the place to stay, with the Highland Archive Centre often providing tantalizing and revelatory clues. Such a visit can trigger powerful emotions.

Inverness at Leisure
This afternoon and evening you can stroll into Inverness for a look around and enjoy dinner as you wish.

Guest Choice Dinner
Inverness has a good deal of great restaurants to choose from. We can make a few suggestions should you like. Rocpool is a favorite among our guests when in Inverness.

 

Our Hotels in Inverness, 3 Nights:

3 star - Standard Price: The Royal Highland Hotel or similar
Next to Inverness Train Station, this hotel has a grand staircase that was inspired by the stairway in the Titanic. It is a friendly, welcoming hotel with 2 restaurants and free parking. The Royal Highland has an excellent location for enjoying the activities and attractions in Inverness and the Highlands beyond. The airport is just a 15-minute drive away.

The Gallery Café serves traditional meals, and Ash Restaurant serves a dining menu. The food is sourced locally, and includes fish from nearby lochs and rivers.

Each room at the The Royal Highland has rich décor with traditional furniture and high ceilings. Every room also has satellite TV, and facilities for making tea and coffee.

4 star - Upgrade - $200/person: Kingsmills Hotel or similar
Set in 4 acres of beautiful gardens, the Kingsmill Hotel, Inverness has a spa, a swimming pool and free parking. Inverness city centre is just one mile away.

Guests have full use of the leisure club, with a sauna, steam room, spa bath and gym. There is also a hair salon.

Inglis Restaurant offers excellent cuisine, with a menu of fresh, local produce. Guests at Hotel Kingsmills can also dine in the garden conservatory brasserie, which features an informal menu.


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Day 5: Inverness
Balvenie Castle, Scotland
Balvenie Castle


Morning & Afternoon: Moray Firth, Elgin & Speyside Small Group Adventure

Today you will meet your local guide after breakfast and head off to explore the Moray Firth and Speyside.

Get ready to explore the Speyside region and Scotland's most delectable industry.

You depart Inverness, travel east into the region of Moray, and follow the Moray Firth coastline. After a short drive, you arrive at the Benromach Distillery, situated north of the town of Forres.

This small-scale independently-owned distillery is our first distillery of the day. The friendly staff at the distillery explain how they make whisky and show you the different areas of production before giving you a wee sample of the golden-hued spirit itself.

If there's time, you head to the quaint coastal village of Findhorn. It's a great spot to breathe in the fresh sea air and capture glorious views over the Moray Firth.

You travel to Elgin, where you have free time to sightsee, shop, or savour some local cuisine. If you fancy seeing some gorgeous ruins, you can visit Elgin Cathedral. And if you want to shop, you can find some fantastic souvenirs in the Gordon and Macphail food and drink shop. This is an excellent emporium of independently bottled whiskies, Scottish Gins, local beers.

From Elgin, you venture south towards the river Spey and pass several distilleries that prove how much the industry has dominated the area for generations. You cross the river, and if there's time you may stop for a photograph of the water and a historic bridge.

You arrive at Glenfiddich Distillery in the famous town of Dufftown, home to seven whisky distilleries. This distillery produces the largest quantity of whisky in Scotland. But it's far from a sterile factory, this is a historic distillery created by a famous whisky pioneering family, and the traditions and age of the site are evident. Your guide here gives you an extensive tour including a tasting of the core range of Glenfiddich's delicious whiskies.

Near to the Distillery are the historic ruins of Balvenie Castle. There may be time to get a photo of the castle before you leave. Or if you've had enough whisky for the day, you can skip the Glenfiddich tour and venture into the ruins.

Your journey back to Inverness follows the river Fiddich to Craigellachie, where we should be able to stop for a photo of the Speyside Cooperage.

The last leg of the journey takes you through the lovely scenery of Strathspey with views of the Cairngorm mountains.

After this amazing day in the highlands, you have the balance of the evening at leisure in Inverness.

Guest Choice Dinner

This evening you could venture to one of the many guest houses along the river that serve some wonderful Scottish Cuisine.


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Day 6: Inverness

Isle of Skye, Urquhart Castle, Eilean Donan Castle

 

Inverness Leisure

Enjoy a day at leisure in the Capital of the Highlands or you may want to choose from one of our optional tours for the day and venture out. (Additional Cost)

Guest Choice Dinner

Tonight you might enjoy the Mustard Seed or the River House for your last night in the Highlands.

 

Optional Adventures

price: $150/person

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Coast
Eilean Donan Castle

Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater Bus Tour from Inverness

Check out the Isle of Skye on a 10-hour day trip from Inverness. With a Scottish local in a kilt as your driver-guide, you'll discover the history behind the island plus some famous landmarks along the way. Pass Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle, then cross Skye Bridge to spend time on the island itself. Visit the town of Portree, travel through the Cuillin mountains, and discover beguiling natural sights such as the Old Mann of Storr. Numbers are limited to just eight people for a small-group experience. Bottled water Professional driver Live commentary on board Local guide Transport by air-conditioned bus Entry/Admission - Eilean Donan Castle Entry/Admission - Urquhart Castle Entry/Admission - Loch Ness Entry/Admission - Quiraing Entry/Admission - The Old Man of Storr Entry/Admission - Happy Tours Entry/Admission - Kilt Rock.


price: $135/person

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Coast
Loch Ness, Scotland

Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness

Immerse yourself in Scotland's spectacular natural landscapes on an 8-hour tour of the Scottish Highlands from Inverness. In a small group limited to eight, you'll visit Loch Ness, home to the legendary Loch Ness Monster, and observe bottlenose dolphins at Chanonry Point. Plus, you'll stop at the Clava Cairns (Stones of Clava), Culloden Battlefield, and Glen Ord Whiskey Distillery.

 
Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness

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Day 7: Edinburgh

Edinburgh Return


Morning: Private Transfer

This morning plan to meet your driver and be taken to the Inverness train station to catch your train back to Edinburgh. You get to see some of the same countryside as you did coming up to the Highlands, but from a different perspective. Relax and enjoy the magnificent scenery today.

Train to Edinburgh
You will have 1st class reserved seats for today's journey to Edinburgh.

Afternoon: Edinburgh Arrival

You arrive back to Edinburgh to the bustling Waverly train station.

Private Transfer
You will be met by your Story driver and taken to your Edinburgh hotel to check in.

Hotel Check In & Leisure
Arriving to your hotel you check in and enjoy the balance of the afternoon as you wish.

Guest Choice Dinner

This evening you are free to dine as you wish. The Secret Garden would be a suggestion for tonight..

 

Optional Adventure

price: $42/person

Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

Discover the secrets that lie beneath Edinburgh's Royal Mile on a 1-hour tour of the Real Mary King's Close. Accompanied by a costumed guide, experience Edinburgh's past as you explore the underground streets, hear stories about real-life residents, and learn about life in Edinburgh during the 17th century.


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Day 8: Edinburgh

Scottish Borders Tour

 

Morning: Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh

Experience the legend and mystery of Rosslyn Chapel and the Holy Grail on this 6-hour 'Da Vinci Code' tour from Edinburgh. In a small group, travel to the charming town of Melrose and through the Scottish borderlands. Explore Melrose Abbey and Rosslyn Chapel, and hear intriguing tales of Cistercian monks, the Knights Templar and Robert the Bruce.

Blarney Castle, Ireland
Rosslyn Chapel

Afternoon: Edinburgh Leisure

Returning to Edinburgh you have a wonderful last night to enjoy this amazing city. You could take in the Writers Museum, the Sir Walter Scott Monument or enjoy a walk in Princes' Park. Edinburgh has so many wonderful sights to see. Whisky is everywhere, and you could enjoy a visit to the Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile near the Castle.

Guest Choice Dinner

You are free to dine as you wish this evening. A great farewell to Scotland could be the Angels with Bagpipes restaurant on the Royal Mile.

 

Our Hotels in Edinburgh, 2 Nights:

3 star - Standard Price: Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh Royal Mile or similar
In the Old Town near the Royal Mile, this family-friendly Edinburgh hotel is close to landmarks such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, the Scottish Parliament Building, and Princes Street.

4 star - Upgrade - $150/person: Macdonald Holyrood Hotel or similar
Just metres from Holyrood Park, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel features an award-winning restaurant and spa. With Edinburgh Castle just a mile away, guests have free WiFi access and large rooms.

The rooms at Macdonald Holyrood have a marble private bathroom and tea and coffee facilities with free mineral water. Rooms also offer satellite TV, a hairdryer and ample work space.

Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini Restaurant uses the finest ingredients, sourced locally where possible. Offering a selection of specialty cocktails, there are also afternoon tea and extensive dinner menus.

5 star - Upgrade - $272/person: The Principal Edinburgh George Street or similar
Located amid the shops and restaurants of Edinburgh's fashionable George Street, this hotel is a block from Princes Street and a quarter-mile from the National Gallery.

Hotel bar
At The Principal Edinburgh George Street, interior architects have created a sense of restored grandeur by means of simple detailing and the use of rich materials. Printing Press has quickly become a destination restaurant in Edinburgh.



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Day 9: Homeward Bound


Optional Departure Transfer

You can transfer on your own by taxi or tram or you may opt for our personalized meet and greet and private transfer from your centrally located Edinburgh Hotel to the Edinburgh airport. The price of this private transfer is 59.99 per person.


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9 Days Scotland Adventure

Compare ALL we INCLUDE
in our great-value, low-cost tours
(SO MUCH MORE THAN OUR COMPETITORS)


Edinburgh

  • 2 nights in a centrally located 3-4 star hotel in Edinburgh with breakfast included each morning
  • Edinburgh Historical Walking Tour Including Skip the Line Entry to Edinburgh Castle
  • A full day at leisure to enjoy Edinburgh as you wish or choose an optional Small Group Tour
  • Optional Tours in Edinburgh:
    • Stirling Castle and Whisky Small Group Day Tour from Edinburgh (optional)
    • St Andrews and Fife Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh (optional)
    • 1st class train tickets for the rail journey from Edinburgh to Inverness


Inverness

  • 3 nights in a centrally located 3-4 star hotel in Edinburgh with breakfast included each morning
  • Private Day Tour to visit Culloden Battlefields and Inverness Highlights
  • Full day of leisure in the Capital of the highlands or choose one of the Optional Tours
  • Isle of Skye Full Day 8-Seater mini coach tour from Inverness (optional)
  • Highlander Loch Ness and Culloden Battlefield from Inverness (optional)
  • 1st class train tickets for the rail journey from Inverness to Edinburgh


Edinburgh

  • 2 nights in a centrally located 3-4 star hotel in Edinburgh with breakfast included each morning
  • Included Tour....... Da Vinci Code and Scottish Borders Small Group Day Trip from Edinburgh
  • Optional Tour:
    • Real Mary King's Close Underground Tour in Edinburgh

 

TOUR CONDITIONS:

SIGHTSEEING
Comprehensive daily sightseeing per itinerary via private transportation with experienced, local driver. Admission & entrance fees to all sightseeing as detailed per itinerary.

DAILY BREAKFAST
Daily continental breakfast with coffee or tea included ~ all other beverages are extra.

INTERNAL TRANSPORTATION
Arrival and departure airport/hotel transfers are not included.

PORTAGE
Portage is not included. You must be able to manage and transport your luggage (including carry on).

SOLO TRAVELERS 
Single Supplement applies. See Dates & Rates Tab.

INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE NOT INCLUDED

PASSPORTS & VISAS
Travel documents are your responsibility, including compliance with customs regulations. PASSPORTS: A valid passport is required and must be obtained prior to your departure.

LODGING & ACCOMMODATIONS
Tour prices are per person, based on two persons sharing double or twin-bedded room with private bathroom with tub or shower. Single rooms subject to availability and at an additional cost (tour participants without a roommate will have to pay the single room surcharge).

SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES
All departure taxes are included. 

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9 Days Scotland Adventure

 
2019 Scotland Adventure Tour
9 Days
2019 Dates & Rates 
$250/person deposit:  100% Completely-Refundable for ANY reason
up to 60 days prior to departure
Published Date Price*
May 4,18 $2,199
June 8,22 $2,199
July 27 $2,199
Aug 10 $2,399
Aug 24 $2,199
Sep 14,18 $2,199
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