Scotland by Land & Train

July 23, 2024 thru August 2, 2024

Travel across Scotland by train, with historic cities, ruined castles, deep blue lochs, mountain peaks and wild moorland along the way. This land and railway journey takes you from the cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow and heads north to the coast and into the Scottish Highlands – and includes some of the UK’s most spectacular rail routes.

From its historic castles to its stunning landscapes, to its exciting cities and charming, small towns, Scotland has it all. Along the way, we’ll visit some of its historic castles; witness its unspoiled, breathtaking scenery, experience its cities and some of its small towns, and learn about its fascinating history. Throughout this tour, we’ll experience Scotland at its best—the breathtakingly wild and unspoiled scenery, miles of yellow-sand beaches on the northern coast, and waterfalls and jagged, dark peaks These are only matched by the inspiring hills, green woodlands, and spectacular beaches on the “Road to the Isles.”

 


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson to Arushaincluded

Transportation

Motorcoach

Duration

11 days, 9 nights

Activity Level 4

Active

Meals

15 meals - 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Availability

Available

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Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip Door to Door Livery Service Included

Gratuities

Tour Director, Driver & Local Guide tips included

Documents Required

Passport


Tour Highlights

  • Edinburgh Castle
  • Forth Railway Bridge train
  • Stirling Castle
  • The Trossachs National Park
  • Queen of Scottish Lochs cruise
  • Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
  • West Highland Line train to Glasgow
  • Loch Ness
  • Glen Coe Valley
  • Glengoyne Distillery

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation from TUS to Scotland (not including baggage and in-flight charges)
  • Transfers and transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Roundtrip door to door livery service
  • 9 nights lodging in excellent hotels
  • 15 meals – 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
  • Admission to all listed attractions
  • Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
  • Your professional European Tour Guide
  • Your Pleasurebent Tours escort (with 15 or more travelers)
  • All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Days 1 - Tucson to Edinburgh

We depart from Tucson on our overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Day 2 - Edinburgh City Tour

We arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland, where we stay for 2 nights. Upon arrival, we enjoy a City Tour, including visiting Edinburgh Castle, with a long history as a royal residence, military garrison, prison and fortress. This evening, enjoy a group Welcome Dinner tonight hosted by your Tour Director.

Meals Included: (D)

Overnight in Standard Room at Delta by Marriott Hotel or similar.

Day 3 - Old & New Town

Morning city sightseeing with a local guide introduces us to the 200-year-old “New Town” and the famous scientists, inventors, and novelists who lived there. In the “Old Town,” we drive up the narrow Royal Mile. We visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Royal Yacht Brittania.

Meals Included: (B)

Overnight in Standard Room at Delta by Marriott Hotel or similar.

Day 4 - Forth Railway Bridge Train & Stepps

Today we depart Edinburgh for touring north in the countryside and a highlight is our train ride across Forth Railway Bridge, which had the world’s longest spans (541 m) when it opened in 1890. We then drive to Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most historically and architecturally important castles in Scotland, for a tour. We check in for a 3 night stay in Stepps.

Meals Included: (B,D)

Overnight in Standard Room at Best Western Garfield House Hotel or similar.

Day 5 - The Trossachs National Park

Our motorcoach takes us through the countryside to the River Clyde, where we follow the route to Lake Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, a vast expanse of mountains, water and countryside. Sit back and relax on a cruise of the Queen of Scottish Lochs.

Overnight in Standard Room at Best Western Garfield House Hotel or similar.

Day 6 - Southern Scottish Countryside Tour

We tour the Southern Scottish countryside and visit the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and Culzean Castle, Robert Adam’s cliff-top, romantic masterpiece.

Meals Included: (B)

Overnight in Standard Room at Best Western Garfield House Hotel or similar.

Day 7 - West Highland Line Train to Fort William

After a scenic drive we make our way to Glasgow, where we board the West Highland Line for a four hour train journey to Fort William. This is often described as one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world. 3 nights stay with dinner in Ballachulish.

Meals Included: (B,D)

Overnight in Standard Room at Ballachulish Hotel or similar.

Day 8 - Jacobite Steam Train

Visit to the Glenfinnan Monument, where Bonnie Prince Charlie raised his standard and began the Jacobite uprising, and see the Glenfinnan Viaduct from the ground which is spectacular! We return from our day of touring with impressive views along our train journey.

Meals Included: (B,D)

Overnight in Standard Room at Ballachulish Hotel or similar.

Day 9 - Loch Ness & Glen Coe

Today we enjoy a cruise on famous Loch Ness, from Fort Augustus, before visiting a to visit Glencoe. The deep valley and towering mountains of Glen Coe were formed over millenniums of shifting glaciers and volcanic eruptions.

Meals Included: (B,D)

Overnight in Standard Room at Ballachulish Hotel or similar.

Day 10 - Glengoyne Distillery

On our final full day of touring we visit the Glengoyne Distillery for a tour and tasting, heading back to Edinburgh, where we enjoy a hearty Farewell Dinner with wine and a Scottish show.

Meals Included: (B,D)

Overnight in Standard Room at Bruntsfield Hotel or similar.

Day 11 - Return Home

Today we depart from Edinburgh, taking indelible memories of our scenic land and rail journey with us!

Meals Included: (B)

Itinerary subject to change

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

No vaccines or immunizations are currently required for travel into Ireland, England, or Scotland.


Package Pricing

$7,415 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $250 holds your space!

$8,315 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $250 holds your space!

Final Payment Due

March 19, 2024

Deposit: N/A

Price Includes

• Roundtrip air transportation TUS to Scotland (not including airline baggage fees or in-flight charges)
• Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
• Roundtrip door to door livery service
• 9 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
• Baggage handling at hotels (for one piece)
• 9 breakfasts, 6 dinners
• Admission to all listed attractions
• Sightseeing as listed
• Your Professional European Tour Guide
• Your PLEASUREBENT TOURS Escort (with 15 or more travelers)
• All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)


Booking Policy

**PASSPORT REQUIRED**

Final Payment Due: March 19, 2024

Cancellation Fees:

  • None through March 19, 2024
  • $250 – March 20 – April 16, 2024
  • $4,400 – April 17 – May 21, 2024
  • 100% after May 21, 2024

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to help protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer a Travelex Insurance Services protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected.

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AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a Global Entry or TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your passport to show at the airport. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carry-on baggage and contents due to enhanced security measures. . If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

American Airlines includes 1 free checked bag per person.

ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL 4

The Activity Level for this tour is Active.

Expectations: The tour includes well-paced walking tours with regular breaks. Up to 2-3 hours of walking each day. To fully take advantage of all this tour has to offer, guests need to be able to walk longer distances, climb several flights of stairs and navigate steps and uneven terrain walking for extended periods of time over more difficult terrain (e.g. cobblestones, city hills, stairs without handrails, limited or no access to elevators). Your itinerary can include significant changes in temperature and altitude and may require a higher number of longer travel days with morning and/or evening activities. Most trips will feature long touring days, many full-day excursions and a full and active itinerary with a faster pace and longer distances. Excursions require standing and walking to city centers where coaches are prohibited.

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, expect a vigorous pace and enjoy participating in two to three hours of physical activity per day.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is included on this tour. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

There is no smoking in the lodges and tents. A "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

Afternoon temperatures are usually around 60-67°F. Most days have a fine, clear sky. It gets mild at night with minimum temperatures around 50°F. We advise you bring a jacket and hat just in case of inclement weather and to wear layers for best insulation. Shoes should be comfortable and sturdy for walking in small towns. There are no dress codes to places we visit on this tour.

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