Sightseeing: Visits to Edinburgh Castle, tickets for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (departures August 4, August 11, August 18), St. Andrews, Braemar, Culloden Moor, Inverness, Fort William, Glasgow
Scenic Highlights: Scottish Lowlands and Highlands, Royal Deeside, Isle of Skye, Loch Lomond
Local Guide for city sightseeing in Edinburgh; Host service in London. Professional Tour Director while touring
Day 1Arrive in London, England
Check into your hotel. In the afternoon there’s time to rest or to explore the lively British capital; uniformed hosts are available to help you make the most of your stay.
Day 2London–Edinburgh, Scotland
Meet your Tour Director and traveling companions and depart at 8 am for a day of northbound travel heading for the Scottish border and the city of Edinburgh. (B)
A full day to enjoy the Scottish capital. Morning sightseeing with a Local Guide introduces you to the 200-year-old “New Town” and famous scientists, inventors, and novelists. In the “Old Town,” drive up the narrow Royal Mile to Edinburgh Castle to admire Scotland’s Crown Jewels. Afternoon at leisure. Don't miss our optional Scottish night out featuring Highland dancers, bagpipers, and, of course, the Ceremony of the Haggis. For departures August 4, August 11 and August 18, tickets are included for tonight’s performance of the world-renowned Military Tattoo, a vast spectacle of massed Scottish pipe bands that takes place in an arena on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. (B)
Day 4Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Braemar–Culloden Moor–Inverness–Strathpeffer
A day of memorable sightseeing: St. Andrews, whose Royal and Ancient Golf Club has given us the rules of golfing; Braemar, home of the Royal Highland Games for over 900 years; and Royal Deeside, where the Queen is an annual visitor. Cross the battlefield of Culloden Moor with its memories of Bonnie Prince Charlie, then via Inverness, head for your Highland destination. (B,D)
Day 5Strathpeffer–Isle of Skye–Fort William–Glasgow
More heather-clad moors as you drive through the western Highlands to Lochalsh and the Inner Hebridean Isle of Skye. The route back to the mainland is by ferry across the Sound of Sleat to Mallaig, then breathtaking scenery all the way to Fort William beneath Ben Nevis. Glen Coe, where the MacDonald Clan was massacred in 1692, and a drive along the “Bonnie Banks” of Loch Lomond are scenic highlights on the way to Glasgow, Scotland’s great cultural city. (B,D)
Day 6Glasgow–London, England
Relax and let the countryside pass by on your southbound journey back to London for an evening arrival. (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in London if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Isle of Skye ferry
Buffet breakfast; 2 three-course dinners with choice of menus
With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Years of Experience: 3 years
I've been a Tour Director all my life. My father has been a Tour Director since before I was born, so I have literally been brought up to do this. The soundtrack of my childhood was the stories of British history, and I've always loved sharing those stories with others. Now, I get to do just that!