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Bonnie Scotland Adventure

Embark on a captivating Christmas journey in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland's cherished gem. From the very start, the city's festive embrace welcomes you with heartwarming dinners and the joy of a special Christmas gift. Wander through historic cobblestone streets adorned with twinkling lights, and explore many wondrous and historical sites of the city. Venture beyond the city to the breathtaking Highlands and serene Lowlands, where enchantment deepens. Let the holiday symphony of the Christmas Market whisk you into a world of artisan treasures and wonder. Engage in shared laughter, awaken your senses at the Scotch Whisky Experience, and explore the famous attraction Chocolatarium. Continue to the Cairngorms for a rare gem—the UK's only free-ranging reindeer herd. Just beyond lies Aviemore, adorned in festive splendor, your ideal winter partner. This journey gifts cherished moments and bestows the enduring magic of Christmas—a radiant light guiding your path through the tapestry of the season's enchantment.

If you wish:

  • to extend your stay through Christmas,

  • book a fully private tour for your friends or/and family,

  • or stay on different dates,

follow the magic button below. 

* A choice to pay the total in full or only the deposit of $500 to secure your spot and pay the rest in installments. The initial deposit is refundable within 72 hours after payment. 

**Shared means that you are going on a trip with someone else, like your friend, a partner, or a family member, and would like to stay in the same hotel room with them. The price is shown per person.

Sample Itinerary Overview

If you'd like more details, read the expanded version of the itinerary down below.

What's included in the trip: - Accommodations (stay at 4 or 5-star hotels in Edinburgh and receive extra perks, such as hotel credit.) - An early Christmas gift for you - All transfers between the airport and locations that require it - All of the tickets to tours and attractions that are on the itinerary. Keep in mind that some of the locations mentioned on day trips might be closed for some months. They will be substituted. - Everyday breakfast - Two dinners - Afternoon tea - Yaroslava's free guide for "Things to do in Edinburgh" that you can refer to for ideas for your free time with extra sites, museums, restaurants, and pubs. - Yaroslava, as you prvate travel concierge, is available at any time for any questions, booking for extra attractions or/and restaurants, and general information. Or you can ask her during the scheduled activities as she is present with you.

Day 1: - Yaroslava greets you at the airport. And receive a welcoming gift - Your comfortable transfer takes you on to check-in at 4 star-hotel - After your post-flight rest, you will meet with the rest of the group for the Festive Welcome Dinner. If your flight happens to be late, dinner will be arranged for you.

Day 2: - Have a leisurely morning to yourself - In the early afternoon you will have lots of fun exploring Old Town with Mountebank Comedy Tour - Visit the famous Grassmarket area - Stop by a local coffee shop for a fresh pastry - Visit gorgeous Princes Street Gardens - Our last visit today will be to Waterstones Bookstore to visit their 2nd floor cafe for an amazing view - Free evening. Set the festive mood by exploring Christmas Market.

Day 3: - After breakfast, you have a private guided tour of Edinburgh Castle - Explore Victoria St, full of charming shops and inspiration behind Diagon Alley in Harry Potter - Visit one of the best places for pictures at the Vennel viewpoint - In the late afternoon, you are set to tour either Mary King’s Close or the Underground Vaults, depending on your choice 
- Later in the evening, please join us for a festive concert Viennese Christmas Spectacular at the magnificent St. Giles Cathedral.

Day 4: - After a good breakfast, you are scheduled for an adventurous day trip of your choice. See choices in the expanded itinerary below.

Day 5: - Today, after breakfast, you are visiting a Leith, a port neighborhood of Edinburgh, to see the late Queen Elizabeth's beloved Royal Yacht Britannia. - Back in the center of Edinburgh you are set for an early evening of aromatic and exquisite whisky OR gin tasting. - Free evening

Day 11: - As your breakfast ends, you have a choice for a late check-out - Ride comfortably as your driver takes you through the streets of this wonderful, fairytale-like city - Have a safe trip home to continue this Christmas Holiday with lots of memories, joy, and merriness!

Day 6: - Post breakfast we are off to a dream day trip to Cairngorms to visit the friendliest and the only free-roaming reindeer in the UK. Incudes a visit to a festive town of Aviemore for fun activities and exploration. - Read more in the expanded version below.

Day 7: - Visit a north neighborhood in Edinburgh, Stockbridge, that's full of such sights as Dean Village, Water of Leith, and Circus Lane. - On the way stop for a scrumptious treat, Afternoon Tea, fit for royalty at The Dome. - Later in the evening, join us for the famous Train of Lights at the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Day 8: - This is your full free day to do with as you please! Get some ideas from the free "Things To Do in Edinburgh" guide that was included with your purchase.

Day 9: - In the late morning visit the official residence of British Monarchs in Edinburgh - Palace of Holyroodhouse, located at the end of the Royal Mile. - You are in for a sweet treat in the afternoon as we visit the #1 attraction, the famous Chocolatarium. - In the early evening transport to a magical realm in an entaractive Polar Express experince. Wearing pyjamas is optional. - Join us for Festive Farewell Dinner.

Day 10: - As your breakfast ends, you have a choice for a late check-out - Ride comfortably as your driver takes you through the streets of this wonderful, fairytale-like city - Have a safe trip home to continue this Christmas Holiday with lots of memories, joy, and merriness!

Day 11: - As your breakfast ends, you have a choice for a late check-out - Ride comfortably as your driver takes you through the streets of this wonderful, fairytale-like city - Have a safe trip home to continue this Christmas Holiday with lots of memories, joy, and merriness!

If you have any questions, please read our FAQs here or contact us

at travel@luxurytravelscotland.com

 SAMPLE ITINERARY EXPANDED

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Day 1 - Welcome

Arrive in either Glasgow or Edinburgh, two vibrant Scottish cities that will serve as the starting point for your memorable journey. Your chauffeur will take you from the airport to the hotel. After checking into your accommodations, take some time to unwind and soak in the local atmosphere. Whether it's the lively streets of Glasgow or the historic charm of Edinburgh, your first day in Scotland promises to be an exciting beginning.

Day 2 - Cityscape

Today, you'll have the opportunity to explore the cultural and historical treasures of both Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In Glasgow:

- embark on a captivating city tour that will introduce you to the city's impressive art galleries, museums, and striking architecture. Visit such iconic places as George Square, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and more.

In Edinburgh:

- you'll delve into Scotland's royal heritage with a tour of the majestic Palace of Holyroodhouse. To satisfy your sweet tooth, don't miss the chance to visit the Chocolatarium, where you'll uncover the secrets of chocolate making.

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Day 3 - Cityscape

Continuing your Scottish exploration, you'll have a full day to discover the hidden gems of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

In Glasgow:

- explore the Mural Trail with your tour guide. For the rest of the day you can take the reins of your adventure and explore at your own pace. Perhaps delve deeper into its world-class museums, relax in its green parks, or wander through its trendy neighborhoods. All that with a comprehensive free guide "Things To Do In Glasgow"

In Edinburgh:

- your journey into its history continues with visits to the iconic Edinburgh Castle and the mysterious underground passages of Mary King's Close. The day promises to reveal more layers of these fascinating cities.

Day 4 - Discovering Scottish Borders

Leave the bustling city behind as you embark on a journey to the enchanting Scottish Borders. Arriving in the charming town of Melrose, you'll be greeted by its picturesque streets and welcoming atmosphere. Today's exploration takes you to the nearby town of Peebles and introduces you to the rich history and intricate architecture of Melrose Abbey and the enigmatic Rosslyn Chapel. It's a day to immerse yourself in the beauty of Scotland's countryside.

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Day 5 - Scottish Borders

Your exploration of the Scottish Borders continues as you uncover its timeless beauty. From the textile haven of famous Hawick to the storied Abbotsford House - the estate of Sir Walter Scott, each stop offers a unique glimpse into the region's history and culture. To add a touch of elegance, savor an afternoon tea amidst the serene countryside, indulging in this essential British tradition. It's a day filled with history, art, and the tranquility of the Borders. This is definitely a favorite day for many. 

Day 6 - A Scenic Detour to the Isle of Sky

Today, you're going on a breathtaking road trip to the mystical Isle of Skye. Along the way, you will stop and take in the awe-inspiring beauty of Loch Lomond, a tranquil lake set amidst the stunning Scottish landscape. As you journey towards Skye, you'll be surrounded by the natural splendor that Scotland is renowned for, setting the stage for the adventures that await.

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Day 7 - Isle of Skye

Set off to the Isle of Skye. Stopping at Loch Lomond. 

Day 8 - Isle of Skye

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Day 9 - Inverness

Explore the world of royalty at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, located at the end of the Royal Mile. Afterward, you will get to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to number one attraction - The Chocolatarium - a renowned attraction that doubles as a micro-chocolate factory. Here, you will indulge in tastings, create your own unique chocolate bar, and learn about the art of chocolate-making.

 

The festive magic continues with an experience like no other - a Polar Express Train Ride—an immersive journey inspired by the beloved animated film, complete with the magic of hot chocolate and joyful spirit. You can read more about the experience here.

 

Before we say goodbye tomorrow, we will recap and revisit the magical experiences you have had on this trip during our Festive Farewell Dinner together.

Day 10 - City Adventure

As you check out from your Edinburgh haven, your remarkable journey comes full circle. Transfers to the airport seamlessly guide you toward your departure. While farewells may be bittersweet, remember that your time in Edinburgh has kindled memories to last a lifetime. As you depart, carry the spirit of the holidays and this enchanting adventure with you, and know that the magic of Edinburgh will forever be a cherished part of your story.

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Day 11 - City Adventure

Explore the world of royalty at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, located at the end of the Royal Mile. Afterward, you will get to satisfy your sweet tooth with a visit to number one attraction - The Chocolatarium - a renowned attraction that doubles as a micro-chocolate factory. Here, you will indulge in tastings, create your own unique chocolate bar, and learn about the art of chocolate-making.

 

The festive magic continues with an experience like no other - a Polar Express Train Ride—an immersive journey inspired by the beloved animated film, complete with the magic of hot chocolate and joyful spirit. You can read more about the experience here.

 

Before we say goodbye tomorrow, we will recap and revisit the magical experiences you have had on this trip during our Festive Farewell Dinner together.

Day 12 - Farewell

As you check out from your Edinburgh haven, your remarkable journey comes full circle. Transfers to the airport seamlessly guide you toward your departure. While farewells may be bittersweet, remember that your time in Edinburgh has kindled memories to last a lifetime. As you depart, carry the spirit of the holidays and this enchanting adventure with you, and know that the magic of Edinburgh will forever be a cherished part of your story.

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