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7 Day Scotland Tour from Edinburgh to Glasgow

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7 Days
1 Country

Scotland

9 Cities

Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Pitlochry, Scottish Highlands, Culloden, Isle of Skye, Glencoe, Glasgow, Stirling

10 Meals

4 Dinners, 6 Breakfasts

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 40-45
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo Tours

Enjoy included tickets to Scotland's prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo on select August departures. Military bands from around the world travel to Edinburgh Castle Experience the breathtaking spectacle of music, dance, and precision performances at the iconic Edinburgh Castle.

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Experience the Best of Scotland from Edinburgh Castle to the eclectic streets of Glasgow. Revel in the romance and history of the Scottish Highlands and contemplate the mysterious depths of Loch Ness, before toasting bonnie Scotland’s lochs, glens and legendary locals.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Edinburgh

Get lost in the narrow lanes of Edinburgh – the Scottish capital with a mystical air that combines ancient heritage with the verve of a modern city. Spend your day at leisure delving into its rich history and embracing the warm culture of the Scots, before joining your travel companions and Travel Director for dinner.

Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Dinner

Day 2

Discover Enchanting Edinburgh

Join your Local Specialist this morning for an intriguing sightseeing tour of the city. Ascend Castle Rock and visit Edinburgh Castle, which watches over the surrounding city from its elevated vantage point. Stroll through the Old Town along the Royal Mile and see the stunning Palace of Holyroodhouse before enjoying time at leisure to soak up the city's festive atmosphere. Tickets to see the spectacular Edinburgh Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates.

Bag Piper in Edinburgh, Scotland
Accommodation Novotel Edinburgh Center
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience View of Edinburgh, Scotland
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Rosslyn Chapel in Edinburgh, Scotland
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Scenic drive and dinner in Torphichen, Scotland
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy Ceilidh evening dinner see Scottish Piper Ghillie dhu, Edinburgh in Scotland
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 3

Venture into the Scottish Highlands

Tread in the footsteps of the world's golfing greats and head to St. Andrews en route to the glorious Scottish Highlands. A scenic drive takes us north and across the Firth of Tay, past the city of Dundee to Pitlochry. After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore its riverside setting or join an Optional Experience to Blair Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Murray. Our day in beautiful surrounds comes to an end with a cozy dinner at our hotel located within the Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands.

Highland Cattle in Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Accommodation Laggan Hotel Cairngorms
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Golf Course of St. Andrews, Scotland
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences Visit Blair Castle in Pitlochry, Scotland
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remain...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Highland farm experience in Kincraig, Scotland
Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each d...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Explore Culloden, Loch Ness and the Isle of Skye

Continue your journey to the tragic battlefield of Culloden. Pay tribute to the brave men who lost their lives in the Jacobite Uprising, then travel past Scotland's infamous Loch Ness. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Dundreggan Rewilding Center, to learn about the preservation of the fragile Caledonian pine forest and rare animal species. The solitary beauty of Eilean Donan Castle will leave you speechless before you continue to the coast and cross to the Isle of Skye. Heather-clad peaks provide a stunning backdrop for our scenic drive across the Sleat Peninsula. Board your ferry in Armadale and cross to Mallaig, back on the mainland.

Loch Ness view with Urquhart Castle in the distance, Loch Ness, Scotland
Accommodation Laggan Hotel Cairngorms
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Visit the scenic Scottish Highlands
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Jacobite Gravestone in Culloden, Scotland
Highlands Culloden

Discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Natural scenery and Scottish thistle in the Highlands, Scotland
Dundreggan Rewilding Center

Learn from a rewilding expert about the reintroduction of native animal species such as the Scottish red squirrel, lynx and beaver into the wild, a...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Iconic Experience Eilean Donan Castle in Dornie, Scotland
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 5

Journey to Thriving Glasgow

Our first stop today sees us commemorate World War II history at the Commando Memorial near Fort William, from which we admire spectacular views of Britain's highest peak – Ben Nevis. We journey through the volcanic ruins and precipitous mountains that lie just beyond Glencoe to see the 'Glen of Weeping'. Here we remember the MacDonald clansmen who were massacred in 1692. Continuing towards the River Clyde, we arrive at our final stop for the day – Glasgow.

Red Grouse in Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Glasgow
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience The Commando Memorial, Fort William, Scotland
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Must-see Highlights Conservation Range Glencoe, Scotland
See Glencoe

Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip

Must-see Highlights

Optional Experiences Boat trip in Loch Lomond, Scotland
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point o...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, drinks, and...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Walking tour learn about the music scene and enjoy a meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Music City Tour and Meal

Join us tonight for a chance to explore more of Glasgow, get beneath its skin and learn about its music scene and folk culture. After a guided walk...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Evening meal in Glasgow, Scotland
Bagpipes at the Corinthian

Have you ever wondered what it's like to play the bagpipes? Now is your chance! Join us at one of Glasgow's magnificent and historical restaurants ...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Walk the Walls of Stirling Castle

Madainn mhath! While your Gaelic may be a little rusty, your orientation tour around this edgy city will be anything but. Begin your day seeing Glasgow's iconic sights. Enjoy views of the Necropolis, the regal George Square and River Clyde, for over 200 years the center of shipbuilding. Later, Dive Into Culture at a whisky distillery and enjoy a wee dram. Continue to Stirling, to see its hilltop fortress, which stands as a symbol of national pride. Stirling Castle was once the seat of Scottish kings and queens, including Mary, Queen of Scots. View the Wallace Monument from the castle walls, paying tribute to the Scottish hero who fought for Scotland's independence. Tonight, join the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard over a home-cooked Be My Guest experience, amidst tales of Rob Roy and a few foot-tapping ceilidh tunes.

Castle in Stirling, Scotland
Accommodation Crowne Plaza Glasgow
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Be My Guest Meet the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard
Dine with the Wood Family at their 15th-century Farm on the Shores of Loch Ard

Join your hosts, the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy an...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Iconic Experience Glasgow City Chambers and George Square in Glasgow, Scotland
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Stirling Castle in Scotland
Stirling Visit

Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Dive Into Culture Opening whisky cask in Glasgow, Scotland
Visit Clydeside Distillery

Visit Clydeside Distillery for a tour and a tasting of their whisky as you learn of their long history.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Day 7

Farewell Glasgow

The rugged beauty and warmth of Scotland’s people forever in your memory, we enjoy one last hearty breakfast with our travel companions before wishing them and your Travel Director a fond farewell.

Park District in Glasgow, Scotland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Iconic Experience
Edinburgh City Tour

Explore the city with your Local Specialist as you travel along Princes Street to see the Scott Memorial, the neoclassical Adam facades of New Town...

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Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Visit the University Town of St. Andrews

Visit the university town where the famous beach scene from 'Chariots of Fire' was filmed and see the golf course where the sport was created.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Scenic Drive Through the Scottish Highlands

Admire picturesque lochs and glens as you travel through the Scottish Highlands.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Highlands Culloden

Discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour yet changed the Highland way of life forever.

Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Dundreggan Rewilding Center

Learn from a rewilding expert about the reintroduction of native animal species such as the Scottish red squirrel, lynx and beaver into the wild, a...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Eilean Donan Castle

Stop for a photo of this gorgeous castle.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Fort William World War II Commando Memorial

Enjoy an excellent view of Ben Nevis from the World War II Commando Memorial.

Included in Trip
Must-see Highlights
See Glencoe

Drive through this Highland village on Loch Leven.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
Dine with the Wood Family at their 15th-century Farm on the Shores of Loch Ard

Join your hosts, the Wood family at their 15th-century farm on the shores of Loch Ard for a home-cooked Scottish dinner, amidst tales of Rob Roy an...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Glasgow Orientation

See the grand public buildings of Glasgow, including George Square. 

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Stirling Visit

Visit Stirling and see its castle, once the seat of Scottish royalty.

Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Visit Clydeside Distillery

Visit Clydeside Distillery for a tour and a tasting of their whisky as you learn of their long history.

Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
Ferry from the Isle of Skye to Mallaig
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Edinburgh 
Discover Glasgow and Stirling
Visit Edinburgh Castle, Pitlochry, Culloden Battlefield, the Isle of Skye, Glasgow Cathedral, Stirling Castle and a whisky distillery in Stirling
View the 18th green at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle, Loch Ness and Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands, Necropolis and George Square in Glasgow
Tickets for the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo are included on departures that coincide with performance dates

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Rosslyn Chapel

We’ll drive out of Edinburgh to the tiny village of Rosslyn, where we’ll hear the inside story of the famous Rosslyn Chapel from a Local Specialist...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Dinner and Drive to Historic Torphichen

Enjoy a scenic drive to the ancient village of Torphichen, associated with Scottish kings and Knights Templar. At the Torphichen Inn, your arrival ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ceilidh Evening and Dinner at Ghillie Dhu

Experience the best of Scottish tradition at Ghillie Dhu, where we'll be welcomed by a Scottish piper and enjoy a welcome drink before settling in ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Pitlochry, Visit of Blair Castle

Set in its own grounds against a backdrop of glorious scenery, we'll discover the ancient home of the Dukes of Atholl, home to Europe's last remain...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Highland Farm Experience

Visit a real Highland sheep farm and meet Neil the Shepherd and his border collies. He’ll show you how he uses different whistles to command each d...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Loch Lomond Boat Trip

Discover the wild beauty of the 'Bonnie Banks of Loch Lomond'. As we cruise across the loch, the skipper will share stories of the area and point o...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Bagpipes at the Corinthian

Have you ever wondered what it's like to play the bagpipes? Now is your chance! Join us at one of Glasgow's magnificent and historical restaurants ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Glasgow City Evening

You'll enjoy a chance to experience a night out in the city of Glasgow. Your Travel Director will take you for an evening of good food, drinks, and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Music City Tour and Meal

Join us tonight for a chance to explore more of Glasgow, get beneath its skin and learn about its music scene and folk culture. After a guided walk...

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Scotland

  • Official Language in Scotland: English
  • Currency used in Scotland: British Pound Sterling (£)
  • Capital of Scotland: Edinburgh /li>
  • Time Zone(s) in Scotland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1)

Scotland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Scotland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Scotland has a temperate maritime climate, characterized by mild and wet winters, and cool summers. The country's weather is highly changeable and can vary from region to region. The western coastal areas tend to be wetter and milder due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, while the eastern regions are drier and slightly cooler. Scotland experiences frequent rainfall throughout the year, with the western Highlands receiving the highest precipitation. Winter temperatures average around 0°C to 6°C (32 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit), while summer temperatures range from 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F).

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Rachel was superb as a guide. Wealth of knowledge shared made the trip much better
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Review date: Saturday, June 29, 2024
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Excellent tour. Good mix of guiding and exploring on our own. Rachel, the tour guide, was excellent. Cheerful, knowledgeable, always on the ball. She handled our family group of 15, aged 9 to 77, expertly and gently.
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Excellent tour. Good mix of guiding and exploring on our own. Rachel, the tour guide, was excellent. Cheerful, knowledgeable, always on the ball. She handled our family group of 15, aged 9 to 77, expertly and gently.
Sharon Cathcart
Review date: Sunday, June 16, 2024
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Easy to use. I am a happy repeat customer.
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All of the inclusions and optional experiences we chose were delightful. Our tour manager, Mike, went above and beyond throughout. I particularly liked that the tour used numerous small, local businesses (e.g., Laggan Hotel).
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Thank you for being a part of our travel family. We are so happy to see that you enjoyed your trip to Scotland.
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Review date: Thursday, May 16, 2024
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Daniel was very helpful and informative when we booked or trip. One traveler in our party had a lot of questions and he was very responsive.
Vacation
We are a group of 4 friends who had never traveled together before. None of us had ever been on an organized tour. We had such a good time on this tour we were talking about planning another Trafalgar tour by the end of this one. The combination of good-spirited, fellow travelers, cultural exposure, outdoor experiences, meeting locals via the optional experiences, and the great tour guide/drivers made this a trip of a lifetime.
Jennifer Mc Lean
Review date: Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Service
great
Vacation
Arranging the trip was great. The Trafalgar tour guide to me, was less than to be desired. He kept disappearing at stops and was smoking when he got off bus..... Not to impressed with Andrew.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
Service
The person was very knowledgeable but gave so much information in such a short time it was hard to process to make decisions on the spot. If one was an inexperienced traveler it could have been overwhelming.
Vacation
Like all tours, there was a lot packed in to a short time, but it gave my niece a good overview. Meeting the Trafalgar rep at the Edinburgh airport was stressful. First we could not find international door 2 (we came in at gate 1) and the sign the person held was so small I nearly missed it. He also showed up 2 minutes before the scheduled pickup time. Two days in Edinburgh were great and the stay in the highlands was magical. The visit to Skye was way too short as it was one of only three places on the tour that I had never seen. Our tour director was a font of knowledge and I learned a lot of history. The coach driver was skilled beyond words.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, April 20, 2024
Service
Love Barb
Vacation
Had 2 pay extra when arriving for some of sites. We thought the experiences were apart of the package. If we didn't pay we would had been sitting in our rooms. We also did not get the 10 meals as promised. That too was paid extra when we arrived.
Laurel Bill
Review date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
Service
The trip was booked by my friend but she tells me it was easy to do.
Vacation
Only rated that because of a few things. For me group size was too large would like if they offered smaller group sizes. Our tour guide Chris and driver Marc totally made the trip the great experience it was. I know that the time we went was challenging to find a hotel in the Highlands the room was ok but food was not great. Loved most of the tours we added on withe exception of night out in Glasgow, the restaurant was nice,food was well two courses ok, but the service was terrible felt because it was prepaid they did not have to provide good service and it was not. If I had known that would not have went it was a lot of money for a poor experience, perhaps you need to find another restaurant to go too.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your valuable feedback. We will share this with the tour operator and have them review your comments for areas of improvement.
Wednesday, March 27, 2024
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, October 2, 2023
Service
It was easy to book, and well organized!
Vacation
Michelle and Terry from the "Best of Scotland " tour were amazing! It was so nice that everything was taken care of, and we didn't have to worry about a thing. Michelle even gave great suggestions and a map for time on our own before the tour started. We would love to travel with them again on a future trip! Thanks for saving us from driving on the wrong side of the road, and taking care of all the details!!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Saturday, September 2, 2023
Service
Our guide seemed a bit disorganized. The actual trip went well. We made it to all our events on time. Karl the driver was wonderful. Riley sometimes did not give us enough info or gave conflicting info. Riley was fun and entertaining on the long bus rides. I would suggest that all info on optional excursions be sent to travelers ahead of time with time to review, decide, sign up and pay! Not doing that ahead of time caused some problems. Make it clear what the included excursions are and what the ones are that required additional payment. I’ve been on several tours and they have always been handled that way. . Waiting till the tour begins is awkward. Our accommodations were very nice, food was always good. One last thing . My friend had a very difficult few hours when the first hotel had to get her room sorted out. Lots of phone calls, etc.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for bringing these issues to our attention. We will share them with the tour operator and ask them to review all your points for areas of improvement.
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Vacation
Some disorganization, we were left to find our own way home after the Military Tattoo. It was dark and late and windy and chilly . Finally we teamed Up with two couples and together we made back. It was scary
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