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scottish supreme  18-25  september 2020

price--  early booking special-- $2545 per person sharing.

after 13 december--$2679 per person

 

land only.  airfare additional.

 

DEPOSIT $250 PER PERSON, NON-REFUNDABLE

 

AIR QUOTES AVAILABLE AT LATER DATE

 

GUARANTEED SMALL GROUP TOUR.

 

ITINERARY:
2020 SCOTTISH SUPREME – 8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS/12 MEALS

Day 1: Arrival in Dunblane
Your tour starts with a traditional Scottish afternoon tea at your hotel in Dunblane, 40 miles north of Glasgow. Your beautifully restored Victorian-style hotel is set on 10 acres of private grounds and offers an indoor pool, fitness room, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers for a welcome drink before dinner.
(D)

Day 2: STIRLING CASTLE AND THE TROSSACHS
Travel to the historic town of Stirling to visit Stirling Castle. Captured in the 13th century from the English by William Wallace and then by Robert the Bruce, Stirling Castle has featured largely throughout Scottish history. Drive through the stunning scenery of the Trossachs National Park before returning to your hotel for some leisure time before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 3: URQUHART CASTLE & LOCH NESS CRUISE
Drive across the haunting Rannoch Moor and through Glencoe, often considered one of Scotland’s most beautiful places. Drive along the scenic shore of Loch Ness and visit Urquhart Castle, once the largest in Scotland. Leave the castle and embark on a short cruise on Loch Ness to admire enchanting scenic views. Continue north to Inverness where you can rest and relax in your hotel before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: JOHNSTONS OF ELGIN & CAWDOR CASTLE
Visit Johnstons of Elgin to discover the 220-year-old story of Scottish innovation and luxury, and learn how local craftspeople have collaborated with generations of herding communities from Mongolia, China, Afghanistan, Australia, and Peru to create the finest woolen and cashmere cloth and accessories. Next up is a visit to a Speyside distillery, to experience all stages of the whisky-making process from mashing and fermenting to distilling and maturing – ending with a wee dram to sample. Discover the beauty of Cawdor Castle with its extensive gardens. This has been a family home for over 600 years and is the reputed place of the murder of Duncan, Thane of Cawdor, immortalized in Shakespeare’s play “Macbeth.” Enjoy leisure time before joining your group for dinner at your hotel, in the center of Inverness.

(B, D)

Day 5: GLAMIS CASTLE & ST ANDREWS
Travel through lush countryside with a stop in one of the scenic villages before visiting Glamis Castle, the legendary setting of “Macbeth” and childhood home of the late Queen Mother. This is a majestic building filled with priceless artifacts and furnishings, and you’ll enjoy a special tour. Drive across the Tay Bridge to St Andrews, the “Home of Golf.” You’ll enjoy a free evening.
(B)

Day 6: ST ANDREWS & EDINBURGH
Take a walking tour with your tour director to see the highlights of St Andrews, including the famous Royal and Ancient Clubhouse and the British Golf Museum. Visit St Andrews Castle and St Andrews Cathedral, which has been a site of worship since the 8th century. See the collection of medieval sculptures, carved stones, and other relics. Or you may choose to enjoy a morning off in St Andrews for golfing or a spa visit. Drive across the Queensferry Crossing into Edinburgh, Scotland’s historic capital city. Enjoy dinner on your own in the city.
(B)

Day 7: EDINBURGH CASTLE & CITY TOUR
Explore Edinburgh on a sightseeing tour. Compare and contrast the wide streets and elegant mansions of the 200-year-old Georgian “New Town” with the narrow lanes and medieval townhouses along the Royal Mile, the oldest part of the city. Visit the imposing Edinburgh Castle where you can see historic buildings and enjoy splendid views of the city of Edinburgh. Your afternoon is free for independent exploring. Enjoy a farewell dinner this evening. On August 7 & 14 departures attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Castle Esplanade.
(B, D)

Day 8: TOUR ENDS IN EDINBURGH
Your tour ends after breakfast.
(B)

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences:

·         Discover all stages of the whisky-making process and sample a wee dram.

·         Experience the beauty of Loch Ness as you relax on a cruise on this famous body of water.

Dining Experiences:

·         7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) plus afternoon tea, including farewell dinner in Edinburgh.

 

Trip Highlights:

·         Cawdor Castle

·         Edinburgh Castle

·         Glamis Castle

·         Loch Ness Cruise

·         St Andrews Castle & Cathedral

·         Stirling Castle

·         Traditional Afternoon Tea

        

Hotels:

·         DoubleTree by Hilton | Dunblane (2 nights)

·         Ness Walk | Inverness (2 nights)

·         Fairmont St Andrews Hotel | St Andrews (1 night)

·         The Dunstane Houses | Edinburgh (2 nights)

 

HOTELS

DoubleTree by Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Dunblane

Description:

Close to both Edinburgh and Glasgow and 15 minutes from historic Stirling, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dunblane Hydro provides a great retreat in a convenient location at Perth Road, Dunblane, FK15 0HG. Set within 10 acres of private grounds, this hotel combines Victorian style with contemporary comfort and a warm DoubleTree welcome with their famous chocolate chip cookie. CIE Tours’ guests will enjoy features like Wi-Fi, an indoor pool, a fitness room, a sauna, a steam room and a whirlpool. Indulge in a memorable meal at the hotel’s restaurant The Kailyard by Nick Nairn, with signature cuisine. This Dunblane restaurant specializes in seasonal local produce and stunning, simple dishes in a relaxed yet elegant atmosphere.

 

Ness Walk, Inverness

Description:

Situated at 12 Ness Walk, Inverness, this hotel is close to many local attractions and features a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and 24-hour room service and is smoke-free. Free full breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, concierge services, dry cleaning, and a 24-hour front desk are onsite. All 48 rooms offer free WiFi, 24-hour room service, and flat-screen TVs. Other amenities available to CIE Tours guests include electric kettles, free local calls, and hair dryers. 

 

Fairmont St Andrews Hotel, St Andrews

Description:

Fairmont resort encapsulates luxury, elegance, and breathtaking surroundings in the ‘Home of Golf’. A truly unique and special venue that makes your visit one to remember, with peaceful settings and stunning cliff top views of St Andrews and the North Sea. The resort prides itself with an array of fabulous facilities, including two championship golf courses, excellent dining experiences, luxury guestrooms, and the sumptuous Fairmont Spa.  

 

The Dunstane Houses, Edinburgh

Description:

The Dunstane Houses is an independent, family-run, five-star boutique hotel, set over two newly-refurbished Victorian townhouses across the road from each other, All 35 bedrooms are uniquely styled to balance tradition and modern comfort and include ensuite bath or shower, handmade Vispring bed, 300-threadcount Egyptian cotton bedlinen, full-size hairdryer, writing desk, Noble Isle bath products, original artwork from local artists, Persian rugs, free high-speed WiFi, large flatscreen Samsung smart TV & Roberts radio and vintage telephone. Enjoy the finest seasonal Scottish produce at all-day dining room and lounge, the Ba’ Bar, home to one of the widest and best selections of rare and vintage whiskies in Edinburgh.

 

Authentic Local Experiences:

·         Discover all stages of the whisky-making process and sample a wee dram.

·         Experience the beauty of Loch Ness as you relax on a cruise on this famous body of water.

 

Dining Experiences:

·         7 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) plus afternoon tea, including farewell dinner in Edinburgh.

 

Trip Highlights:

·         Cawdor Castle

·         Edinburgh Castle

·         Glamis Castle

·         Loch Ness Cruise

·         St Andrews Castle & Cathedral

·         Stirling Castle

·         Traditional Afternoon Tea