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3 Night Edinburgh Experience

Price: From $398 Per Person, 3 Nights

With three nights in captivating Edinburgh, you are in for a short trip jam-packed with unforgettable experiences. Scotland's capital features an eclectic mix of brilliant museums, fascinating historical attractions, and beautiful architecture. On your first day, introduce yourself to the winding wynds, closes, courtyards and homes of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Stop by Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British monarch in Scotland, and visit the National Museum of Scotland to see historic treasures, natural displays, and more. Jump right into the fun the next day with a visit to the Scotch Whisky Experience for a journey through the history of Scottish Whiskey. Next, join a ghostly underground walking tour and descend into the depths of the city, where you'll hear tales of Edinburgh's ghostly past. On your final day, enjoy a Full-Day Tour of stunning Loch Ness, atmospheric Glencoe, and the enchanting Scottish Highlands!

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights Accommodation – In a Centrally Located 3-Star Hotel

DINING OPTIONS

  • 3 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Scottish Breakfasts Each Morning

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Award Winning Whiskey Experience
  • Ghostly Underground Walking Tour
  • Small Group Day Tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh's Old Town and the Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle & Princes Street Gardens
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Urquhart Castle, Stunning Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands

Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive at

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport. If arriving from the U.S., please note that your flight is overnight.

Edinburgh is a small airport, ensuring that your experience there is a pleasant one. The airport is located 8 miles west of downtown Ediunburgh, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to make the journey by car or bus.


Accommodation

Edinburgh Courtyard - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Overnight Location

Edinburgh, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh is located in the southeast of Scotland. Edinburgh is well served by a good network of roads and motorways, including the M8 from Glasgow to the west, and A68 from Newcastle, England to the southeast.

Edinburgh knows how to welcome travelers with grace and charm. She also knows how to kick up her heels and enjoy a nice shot of Scotch Whisky after a festival. The hill that Edinburgh Castle stands upon has been Scotland’s remarkable silent witness since the Bronze Age. Today her streets are filled with cutting-edge galleries and museums, tributes to the love of literature and music, fine cuisine, quirky shops, theater, and an extravagance of festivals. Four ancient streets, called the Royal Mile, are the main thoroughfare.  Running through medieval Edinburgh with her 66 alleys, tumbling shops, cobblestones, and tight homes the Royal Mile takes you to New Town.  Here you’ll stroll through fine gardens, perfect Georgian architecture and broad squares. The mix of time, while lost in time, is a heady brew. There may be no finer city than Edinburgh Scotland, to participate in the gifts of the past with an eye to a brilliant future. 


Must-See Sites

Royal Yacht Britannia, Scotland

On The Map: The Britannia is berthed at Ocean Terminal, Leith - just 2 miles north of the heart of Edinburgh. Majestic Tour Buses depart regularly from Waverley Bridge in the centre of town, and stop at the Royal Botanic Gardens en route.

Discover the floating palace that served the British Royal Family for over forty years from 1954. This magnificent ship has played host to some of the most famous people in the world. But, above all, she was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family. The Queen played a large role in the design of the ship, personally approving plans and choosing the furniture and decor. She was once quoted as naming the yacht as the one place she could truly relax. Now in Edinburgh you are welcome on board to discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Experience what life was like on board The Royal Yacht Britannia with a fascinating audio tour of five decks. Highlights of the tour include the elegant State Apartments, the Crew’s Quarters, the Engine Room and the stunning Royal Deck Tea Room. Complimentary audio guide in 22 languages. Open year round with free parking at Ocean Terminal. **Authentic Ireland clients receive a 10% discount on admission - on arrival, show any official Authentic Ireland voucher / document, to avail of the discount.**


Holyrood Palace, Scotland

On The Map: The Palace of Holyrood House is located in the heart of the City of Edinburgh. The famous Royal Mile connects Edinburgh Castle at its western end and Holyrood to the east.

The official residence in Scotland of Her Majesty The Queen, this beautiful palace sits at the bottom of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, sheltered by Arthur’s Seat. Holyrood has many strong ties in Scottish history, and is well-known for being the home of Mary Queen of Scots. Visitors can view the stunning Royal Apartments, which show the different tastes of each monarch with fine plasterwork ceilings and decadent furnishings. On a tour round the palace you can see the Great Gallery, hung with portraits by Jacob de Wet, of the real and legendary kings of the country, and see the display on the Order of the Thistle, the highest honour in Scotland. Visitors can also take a guided tour of the historic Holyrood Abbey ruins, and learn of the building’s fascinating history through the centuries from its beginnings in 1128.


National Museum of Scotland, Scotland

On The Map: The National Museum of Scotland is located on Chambers Street, in the heart of oldtown Edinburgh. A mere few minutes walk from the Royal Mile, Chembers Street links George IV Bridge & South Bridge

The National Museum’s forte is artifacts from around the world. The recently opened more modern Museum of Scotland is a small miracle and dedicated to the story of Scotland and its people. They have separate identities, while sitting right next to each other. Very handy. Together, they are considered one of the finest collections in the world. The rarest antiquities in Scotland create a treasure trove for the senses and imagination. Some highlights include: Ivory chessmen made by invading Vikings in the 12th century; Holy relics, one linked to St. Columba and Iona and the other to Robert the Bruce; A staff carried by St. Fillian in the 8th century, one of the finest examples of artistry present 1,200 years ago; The Maiden, a 16th century guillotine; Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Canteen—all the stuff he needed to travel and dine in style!; Egyptian mummy cases, decorated with Egyptian symbols of death and resurrection; a 3,500-year-old Egyptian toy mouse with string that would have been pulled by a child. When it walks the tail wags!


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

Edinburgh Courtyard - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Included Experiences

Scotch Whisky Experience

Edinburgh, Scotland

Beside Edinburgh Castle and at the top of the historic Royal Mile, Edinburgh’s five-star Scotch Whisky Experience is one of Scotland’s most prestigious visitor attractions. The Centre has been purpose-built around the Whisky Tour, devoted to telling the story of Scotland’s most famous product - Scotch Whisky. Led by the resident ‘Distillery Ghost, the Centre features a unique, state-of-the-art ride, driving visitors through the replica distillery!

This family-friendly tour includes:
• Whisky barrel ride through the production of Scotch Whisky
• Introduction to the aromas in Whisky
• A dram of Scotch Malt Whisky (Irn Bru for under 18s)
• World's largest collection of Scotch Whisky (almost 3,500 bottles!)
• Whisky tasting glass to take away
• Discount voucher for the Distillery Shop


Ghostly Underground Walking Tour

Edinburgh, Scotland

This is a light-hearted & entertaining walking tour, focussing on Edinburgh's ghoulish past....and ghostly present! The best way to enjoy the city's grim, grisly and ghostly past, is to hear it directly from Edinburgh's ghoulish ancestors… The infamous ‘Edinburgh Mob’ loved the ‘entertainment’ of blood, guts and gore. And there was plenty provided, especially at the Mercat Cross. Your hosts will trouble you with true tales of gruesome punishment & unsettled spirits. They relish imparting tales of life & death, in Old Edinburgh...some a little too close for comfort. You’ll visit the shadowy closes where the ghosts still cling to the ancient sites. You'll also descend into the famously haunted Blair Street Vaults, where the ghosts of Edinburgh's past still haunt her present.


Must-See Sites

Princes Street Gardens, Scotland

Princes Street Gardens is a public park in the centre of Edinburgh, Scotland, in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle. The Gardens were created in two phases in the 1770s and 1820s following the long draining of the Nor Loch and building of the New Town, beginning in the 1760s. The loch, situated on the north side of the town, was originally an artificial creation forming part of its medieval defences and made expansion northwards difficult. The gardens run along the south side of Princes Street and are divided by The Mound. The Gardens are the best known park in Edinburgh, having the highest awareness and visitor figures for both residents and visitors to the city. Various concerts and other events are held at the Ross Bandstand including the Festival Fireworks Concert, Men's Health Survival of the Fittest, and during the city's Hogmanay celebrations.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

On The Map: Edinburgh Castle is located at the top of the Royal Mile, at the west end of Edinburgh's Old Town. From its lofty position on Castle Rock, the castle dominates the Edinburgh skyline, and is impossible to miss!

Edinburgh castle sits on a high, rocky hill with a narrow ridge running east above the Old Town of Edinburgh. There has been a fortification of some kind here for thousands of years. The castle has existed through layers of time and history, and it is indeed magnificent. Edinburgh Castle has highlighted the city’s skyline for 800 years, is a national symbol, and it is Scotland’s most popular site to visit. The castle was a vital possession in Scotland’s historic struggles. The castle houses the Honours (Crown Jewels) of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny, the famous 15th century gun Mons Meg, the One O' Clock Gun and the National War Museum of Scotland. In addition to guided tours provided by the castle stewards, there is an audio guide tour available in eight languages. The audio tour takes the visitor on a tour around the castle, explains its architecture, and tells its dramatic history.


The Royal Mile, Scotland

On The Map: The Royal Mile is located in Old Town Edinburgh, and runs between Edinburgh Castle & Holyrood Palace.

The Royal Mile is the main thoroughfare of Old Town Edinburgh, and boasts a number of famous historical sites and buildings, as well as an impressive array of shops, eateries and pubs. The Royal Mile is actually more than a mile by 107 yards. It starts at the entrance to Edinburgh Castle & ends at the gates of Holyrood Palace. There are several independently named streets which connect to make up the Royal Mile: Castlehill, Lawnmarket, High Street, Cannongate, and Abbey Strand. The major attractions on the Royal Mile are: Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, The National Museum of Scotland & Camera Obscura - Scotland's oldest purpose-built attraction.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Accommodation

Edinburgh Courtyard - Edinburgh, Scotland

4 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3 PM on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12 PM Noon.


Included Experiences

Loch Ness, Glencoe & Highlands Tour

Edinburgh, Scotland

This award-winning small group full-day tour begins in Edinburgh City and heads north to the Highlands. Your tour passes through magnificent Glencoe, scene of the clan massacre of the MacDonalds by the Campbells in 1692, and on through Fort William, the beginning of the “Great Glen” and the Caledonian Canal, which you follow up to Fort Augustus, nestling on the banks of Loch Ness. Here you can enjoy your lunch, a boat trip (Easter to December - subject to availability) or take a wander along the lochside with spectacular views of the loch. From here you return south to Edinburgh via “Monarch of the Glen” country, stopping in the delightful Pitlochry on the way.

Inclusions:
*Full-day touring on a Mercedes 16 seater mini-bus - perfectly sized to go where larger tour buses cannot.
*A professional and experienced Driver/Guide. The uniquely small group size ensures a friendly & personal service.
Exclusions:

*Lunch & Refreshments
*Loch Ness boat cruise
*Loch Ness boat cruise available from Easter to December only. The boat trip on Loch Ness may not always be available on busy weekends and bank holidays.


Must-See Sites

Loch Ness, Scotland

On The Map: Loch Ness is a long stretch of freshwater, extending for approx. 23 miles southwest of the northern city of Inverness.

Loch Ness holds more water than all the lakes and reservoirs in the U.K. put together. Is it any wonder that a monster would choose to live there? During the Ice Age, glaciers tore and deepened a trench halfway through Scotland, creating a long glen of steep, forested mountains and mysterious lochs. Castles and forts abound, bearing witness to the Great Glen’s strategic importance. There is, of course, the elusive Loch Ness monster. She still attracts scientific interest, so keep your camera ready! Loch Ness is almost 1,000 feet deep and, on most days, has unusually black water, owing to the high peat content of the surrounding soil. This is an immensely atmospheric loch that is surrounded by everything you could hope for: mountains, castles, abbey ruins, and several enchanting villages. Loch Ness is worth every ounce of its fame.


Fort Augustus, Scotland

On The Map: Fort Augustus is located at the southern end of Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The main A82 road connecting Fort William (to the southwest) and Inverness (to the northwest), passes right through town.

Fort Augustus takes its name from the fort built in this location, after the defeat of the 1715 Jacobite uprising. It named after King George II's younger son, Prince William Augustus, who later became the Duke of Cumberland. The infamous "Butcher Cumberland" was responsible for repressing the Highlands and destroying the ancient clan system after the final defeat of the 1745 Jacobite uprising at Culloden. Today, almost nothing remains of the original fort, although parts thereof were incorporated into the Benedictine Abbey (pictured) when it was built in 1876. Fort Augustus’ main attraction (aside from the natural beauty of its surrounds) is the Caledonian Canal, which bisects the town. The canal connects Corpach near Fort William with Clachnaharry in Inverness, was completed in 1822, and at 60 miles long can be regarded as one of Scotland's greatest engineering feats.  To the north the canal enters Loch Ness, and within the village itself is a series of stacked locks that provide a relaxing and entertaining spectacle. Immediately next to the locks is the Caledonian Canal Heritage Centre - an excellent place in which to gain an insight into the history and operation of the Canal. This area is part of a very attractive village centre, built along either side of the locks. The Clansmen Centre is another interesting diversion, where appropriately attired guides demonstrate 17th century clan weaponry, and provide insights into what clan life was really like.


Glencoe, Scotland

On The Map: Glencoe runs east-west along the route of the main A82 road. Fort William is a mere 16 miles to the north, while Glasgow is 90 miles to the south

'Glen Coe' is probably Scotland’s most famous and scenic Highland glen – and deservedly so - it really does merit the description 'spectacular'. The best approach is from the south on the A82, one of the major routes through the Highlands. The road climbs over the bleak expanse of Rannoch Moor and drops down between the steep scree-strewn sides of Glencoe. Awesome mountains such as Buachaille Etive Mor and the Three Sisters loom on either side, with riverine scenery at the bottom of the glen. The area is a paradise for walkers and climbers in all seasons, and skiers and snowboarders in the winter. The name Glencoe means 'Valley of Weeping', and has a haunting atmosphere as a result of the Massacre of Glencoe in 1692. This was carried out by the British army, when the chief of the MacDonalds of Glencoe had been slow to swear allegiance to William of Orange. The picturesque village of Glencoe lies at the northwest end of the glen. In the TV series Outlander, Glencoe features in the show's opening credits. It has also starred on the big screen, in Harry Potter movies, Highlander and Rob Roy.


Depart From

Depart from Edinburgh Airport, Scotland

Return to Edinburgh Airport 2 hours prior to your flight's scheduled departure. This will allow ample time to check in for your flight home.

Edinburgh is a small airport, but offers a surprisingly large array of shops and restaurants. If you have some time on your hands after check-in and security, you won't be bored!


Low Season

Available Tour Dates

Jan - Mar | Nov - Dec

From US$398 per person

Arrive on a Sunday during the months of January - February to receive the lowest rate for that month.

Mid Season

Available Tour Dates

Apr - May | Sep - Oct

From US$528 per person

High Season

Available Tour Dates

June - August

From US$528 per person

Rates beyond March 2019 may fluctuate as accommodations are subject to availability. 

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights Accommodation – In a Centrally Located 3-Star Hotel

DINING OPTIONS

  • 3 Breakfasts - Sumptuous Full Scottish Breakfasts Each Morning

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Award Winning Whiskey Experience
  • Ghostly Underground Walking Tour
  • Small Group Day Tour to Loch Ness and the Highlands

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The National Museum of Scotland
  • Edinburgh's Old Town and the Royal Mile
  • Edinburgh Castle & Princes Street Gardens
  • The Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Holyrood Palace
  • Urquhart Castle, Stunning Loch Ness & the Scottish Highlands

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. This tour has a single supplement price of US$705

“Amazing trip to Ireland!!”

Sep 18, 2019 by Danny Parker. Your Hometown: Spring, TX

We booked an amazing vacation using Lauren and I would recommend her and Authentic Vacations to anyone that's looking for a vacation to one of the destinations they specialize in. Every detail was perfectly laid out for us and we enjoyed every "excursion" that was picked. I was skeptical of the falconry when it was first suggested it but that turned out to be one of the best things we experienced. My daughter said this was by far her favorite trip she's ever taken and the congratulation dessert at the last hotel was an amazing final touch. Thank you Lauren and we will definitely reach back out to you when we get ready to go check out Scotland!!

“30th Wedding Anniversary Ireland Trip”

Sep 16, 2019 by Chris Madsen.

My wife and I would like to thank Lainie Shaver for organizing an amazing 30th Anniversary trip to Ireland. Our private driver/tour guide was top notch. His knowledge of history, culture, restaurants and of course pubs was impressive. Having a driver allowed us to sit back relax and enjoy the beautiful countryside views. We also played at three excellent golf courses (Lahinch, Old Head, Island Course). I would highly recommend Lainie and Authentic Vacations.

“Trip of a Lifetime with Tony Woods Chauffeur”

Sep 16, 2019 by Brian Normile. Your Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio

Our perfect trip to Western Ireland was based at Temple Gate Hotel in the historic, compact, and the very walkable town of Ennis. Our travel agent, Josi, "got it" when we said we wanted a stress free vacation. With her help, we arranged 3 day-trips with Tony Woods Chauffeur, a combined tour guide/chauffeur service. We would never consider taking another vacation in Ireland without using them again. We avoided the frustrations and distractions of driving and navigating, parking, refueling, deciding whether to change itinerary based upon the weather, finding rest stops and lunch locations and deciding whether a site not on the itinerary was worth stopping at. As only a local can, Tony helped us cull through any decisions quickly and effectively. Lunch stops featured fresh Irish cuisine at a reasonable price. Rest stops were made at our convenience. We were able to traverse one-lane roads for a closeup view of rural life. We stayed at sites as long as we wanted. Tony mixed the utmost professionalism with the charm and hospitality the Irish are noted for. As a native of Ireland, he knows the country from the inside. After three days, we knew the country at a deeper level than we had expected. Upon the conclusion of the day trips, we spent our last day with a walking tour of Ennis with Jane O'Brien before Tony taxied us to Bunratty Castle and it's associated Folk Park and back. When he dropped us at the airport, we were leaving a friend. End of a perfect trip.

“Family dream”

Sep 16, 2019 by Karen C Wood. Your Hometown: Suwanee

Our trip was wonderful. The B&Bs were hosted by the most gracious and kind people. The lodging throughout the 9-day experience was great. This trip was customized by Lainie specifically for my daughter and her husband since a trip to Ireland has been my daughter's dream since she was a child. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime. Next time, I want a trip designed for me!

“Wonderful Experience”

Sep 16, 2019 by Shirley Dixon.

Started working with Tam Katzin in February 2019 to plan our trip to Ireland for August 2019. My husband and I had an idea of what and where we wanted to go while there. Tam was very patient and wonderful throughout the whole process. Very helpful with travel tips for the areas we would be going to. This was our first trip internationally and we could not have asked for a better agent to work with. My numerous emails with questions were answered very promptly and informative. You can tell she definitely likes what she does with the awesome personal relationship you develop with her. Would definitely use her services and guidance when we book another trip.

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