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04 Days - Historic Scotland

04 Days - Historic Scotland

A 4 day tour taking in the delightful Lake District, Glasgow, Fort WIlliams and Edinburgh

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Early Bird Offer

 

  • Book 8 weeks in advance and get £10 OFF per adult and child

 

Tour Highlights

 

  • Nevis Range with entrance

  • Glasgow City Tour covering Glasgow Cathedral, Main Square and University of Glasgow

  • Edinburgh City Tour covering the Royal Mile and entrance to Edinburgh Castle

  • View the famous Neptune staircase & Commando memorial

  • Whisky Distillery – Learn the art of making whisky

  • View the Forth Road Bridge

  • Photo stop at Falkirk Wheel

  • Lake Windermere Cruise

  • Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Train

 

Price Includes

 

  • Return transportation by deluxe AC coach from your selected pick up point

  • 3 nights accommodation in 3/4* hotels with breakfast

  • 3 Indian Dinners

  • Entrances and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

  • All tips and Service charges

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Tour Manager

 

Hotels

 

  • 3 nights at Novotel or Jurys Inn Glasgow Centre or similar

 

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

Lake Lomand

10 GBP

6 GBP
(5-12 years)

 

Pick Up Points

 

Departure Point

Time

Wembley (HA9 6LL)

06:30am

Toddington Services (LU5 6HR)

07:15am

Newport Pagnell (MK16 8DS)

07:40am

Watford Gap Services (CV7 8NR)

07:45am

Corley Services (CV7 8NR)

08:15am

Stafford Services (ST15 0EU)

09:30am

Keele Services (ST5 5HG)

09:45am

Knutsford Services (WA16 0TL)

10:00am

Glasgow Cathedral (G4 0QZ)

15:30pm


Please Note: All pick ups are Northbound Services and all drops will be Southbound Services.

Pick ups are subject to availability and change.

 

 

Day 1

London - Gretna Green - Glasgow (Distance: 650 Kms)

Today morning join up with your coach and depart towards Gretna Green. The coach will start from Wembley and do various pick-ups along the M1 and M6 Corridor. We will be covering quite a distance today to reach Scotland, so ensure you carry your key essentials and devices for your entertainment for the journey.

In the afternoon we stop for lunch at Gretna Green, the UK's most famous place to get married and home of the world-famous Iron Forgeries. Today why not speak to your tour manager who can get you traditional shortbreads at a reasonable cost. The stop will only sell continental/English food, and there will be no fast food restaurants located within the services so make sure you are prepared.

We then board back onto the coach and continue making our way North towards Scotland, making our way to the city of Glasgow. We expect to arrive in Glasgow, in the early evening. We make our way straight to Glasgow Cathedral, which is one of Scotland's most magnificent medieval buildings, Glasgow Cathedral is the only one on the Scottish mainland to survive the Reformation of 1560 intact. If the Cathedral is open when we reach, we will go inside to see this fantastic medieval building.

We enjoy a delicious Indian meal at the restaurant before boarding our coach and making our way to the hotel for our three-night stay. Get a good night's sleep as more wonders await you tomorrow.

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Day 2

Glasgow - Loch Lomond - Fort William - Glasgow (Distance: 360 Kms)

After our breakfast, we board the coach and make our way towards the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which is where Loch Lomond is situated.

On arrival at Loch Lomond, why not enjoy an optional boat cruise; here appreciate the picturesque views of the highlands, whilst indulging in a warm cup of tea or coffee. The Loch Lomond or "Lake of the Elms" is a freshwater Scottish loch which crosses the Highland Boundary Fault, often considered the boundary between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the Highlands.

If you decide to forgo the Loch Lomond cruise you can spend the time admiring the scenic beauty from the shoreline of the Loch, which gives you picturesque views of the national park.

We then make our way along the scenic route towards Fort William, to visit the Nevis Range. On arrival, we take a cable car (subject to operation) to Aonach Mòr on the Nevis range. Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level, it is a popular mountain destination.

We will also stop today at the Commando Memorial, which is a Category A listed monument in Lochaber, Scotland, dedicated to the men of the original British Commando Forces raised during World War II. Additionally, we visit the Neptune's staircase, which is a flight of eight locks on the Caledonian Canal. This amazing feat of engineering raises the canal by 19m over a quarter of a mile of continuous masonry and takes around 90 minutes for a boat to travel up or down the locks. Built by Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, it is the longest staircase lock flight in Scotland.

We then make our drive back to the restaurant in the evening, before going back to the hotel.

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Day 3

Glasgow - Edinburgh - Glasgow (Distance: 160 Kms)

After breakfast today we drive to Edinburgh, which is Scotland's compact, hilly capital; with its medieval Old Town and neoclassical buildings.

Whilst on route to Edinburgh we stop to visit a local whisky distillery for a short tour, the distillery is a live factory, so you can see the process of what goes into making a whisky. As there are over 120 active distilleries spread across Scotland, listen to the guide who will explain about the types of whisky's produced. Finally, enjoy a taste of the local whisky. It should be noted that the whisky distillery maybe covered on day 2.

We then visit Falkirk wheel for a brief photo stop Falkirk wheel is a rotating boat lift in Scotland, connecting the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal. The world's first & only rotating boat lift was opened by her Majesty, The Queen in 2002.

Continuing the journey, we view the Forth Road Bridge to enjoy a spectacular view of the Forth Rail Bridge. Arrive into Edinburgh and visit the famous Edinburgh Castle with its fine state apartments and ancient Scottish crown jewels. Descend the hill and cross the Royal Mile to see St Giles' Cathedral and its crown shaped spire.

We will then make our way to the restaurant for Indian dinner, on the allocation of our entry time enjoy your meal

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Day 4

Glasgow - Lake District - London (Distance: 685 Kms)

Today morning after breakfast we check out of the hotel and make our way towards the Lake District. The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region in North West England.

As we drive through the Lake District, admire the lakes, towns, villages and mountains within the National Park. Once we reach Lake Windermere a large lake in Cumbria's Lake District National Park, we enjoy our 45-minute boat cruise from Bowness-on-Windermere, which is surrounded by mountain peaks and villages.

We then board a Heritage Steam Train ride from Lakeside to Haverthwaite. Travel back in time when you climb aboard the train. Enjoy views from your carriage up to Haverthwaite.
Later, we depart for London and bid farewell to those that are getting of at their drop off points on the route.

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Important Notes

Note: On occasions, due to large events, traffic, logistics and availability of reservations, it may be necessary to change the above itinerary. However, all aspects of the itinerary will be covered.

Nevis range is weather permitting.

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

2018 USD Dates & Prices

 

Departure Dates

From $455

Adults

Child

2 - 11 yrs

Feb - 10

$ 470

$ 325

Mar - 10, 24

$ 470

$ 325

Mar - 30, 31

$ 490

$ 350

Apr - 07, 12

$ 475

$ 335

Apr - 21, 28

$ 470

$ 325

May - 04, 05, 07, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 25, 26, 29, 31

$ 490

$ 350

Jun - 02, 04, 07, 09, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30

$ 455

$ 310

Jul - 02, 05, 07, 09, 12, 14

$ 470

$ 325

Jul - 16, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31

$ 475

$ 335

Aug - 02, 04, 06, 07, 09, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 28, 30

$ 505

$ 350

Sep - 01, 03, 06, 08, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 27, 29,

$ 475

$ 335

Oct - 04, 06, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25

$ 470

$ 325

Nov - 03, 17

$ 455

$ 310

Dec - 22, 23, 29

$ 475

$ 335

 

Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is $140 for seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants)

$55 reduction will apply for a 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional $185

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

$15 OFF per adult & child

 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Scotland

Edinburgh

Sterling

U. K.

UTC + 0

230V,

50Hz

+44

 

Additional Excursions

 

Loch Lomond – From the Loch admire the breath-taking beauty & wealth of history, legend and folklore whilst on board a boat sailing through the Loch.

 

Currency

 

In Scotland the currency you will require will be Pounds (GBP/Sterling). Star Tours’ advices passengers to exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very convenient to change money and most places we will be visiting will have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

We also advice our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Scotland is not free.

 

Distances

 

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

 

It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

For this tour it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

 

Please see a summary of the distances you will be covering below:

 

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel, and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yogurt.

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advice their tour manager of their preferred diet on the day one. The meals are pre-set buffet and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with Tap Water only.

 

Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour manager if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details, as Scotland is part of the UK there are no advisories for people travelling from the UK.

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

USA Residents

United Kingdom

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hair dryer etc, as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini bar, or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s).

 

Other Advisories

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

An advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication the altitude is not a concern.

Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack.

Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severe impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude.

Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude.

Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at their pick-up point no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your pick-up point, address and time will be stated on your invoice. If you have selected a pick-up time outside of Wembley then you will be confirmed your pick-up time.

 

Visa Details

 

You do not require Schengen visas for this tour, however if you hold a non EU passport then you will require UK Visa. Please consult the British Embassy in your country of residence.

 

Weather

 

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Scotland, the day becomes dark very early during winter. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept light weight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach.  It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Ben Nevis is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Some part of Edinburg will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Corley Services M6 Corley Services M6, Between Junction 3 & 4
CV7 8NR
Glasgow Cathedral Glasgow Cathedral, Castle Street,
Glasgow, G4 0QZ
Keele Services M6 Keele Services M6, Between Junction 15 & 16,
ST5 5HG
Knutsford Services M6 Knutsford Services M6, Between Junction 18 & 19,
WA16 0TL
Newport Pagnell - M1 Newport Pagnell Services - M1,
Between Junction 14 & 15, Milton Keynes, MK16 8DS
Other Want a different Pick Up & Drop
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Stafford Services M6 Stafford Services M6, Between Junction 14 - 15,
Staffordshire, ST15 OEU
Toddington Services M1 Toddington Services M1, Between Junction 11 & 12,
Bedfordshire, LU5 6HR
Watford Gap Services - M1 Watford Gap Services - M1,
Between Junction 16-17, Northamptonshire, NN6 7UZ
Wembley Wembley
Star Tours, 312 Harrow Rd, Wembley, HA9 6LL

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