Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Scotland

Discover Scotland during a seven-night stay in Edinburgh. Learn about tartans from a kilt maker, and taste award-winning craft ales at the brewery of a 900-year-old estate home. Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland, and the Royal Yacht Britannia. Wander through Edinburgh Castle and see the Stone of Scone, the ceremonial coronation stone. Marvel at Rosslyn Chapel, a setting of the best-selling novel, “The Da Vinci Code.” Witness St Andrews’ gems, including the Old Course, golf’s home. 

Trip Itinerary:

August 26 Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Edinburgh, Scotland. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city. Your claim checks should have the following airport code: EDI.

Appropriate in-flight meal service

August 27 Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive at Edinburgh Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Transfer to The Principal Edinburgh George Street. Please note that if you arrive before check-in time, your room may not be immediately available.

One of Europe’s most distinguished capitals, cosmopolitan Edinburgh is a showstopper — spread across seven hills and brimming with remarkable architecture, a dynamic cultural scene and soul-stirring scenery. As Edinburgh-based author Alexander McCall Smith noted, “This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”

Tonight, at the hotel, meet your fellow travelers during a Welcome Reception, and then gather for a Welcome Dinner.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street

August 28 Edinburgh

Discovery: Edinburgh Castle. Set majestically above the city, Edinburgh Castle was a grand royal residence, as well as an important military stronghold. This strategically advantageous spot atop the craggy Castle Rock has been inhabited since the Iron Age, although the imposing building you see today is largely from the 16th century. During your guided tour, marvel at the crown jewels, the Stone of Destiny and the elegant Royal Palace, while learning how the castle’s history is intertwined with that of the country.

Free Time: Spend some time exploring the castle and its grounds on your own.

Discovery: The Story of the Kilt. Continue with your guide to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and visit the shop of a kilt maker to learn about tartan and the art of designing this unique national textile.

Dine at one of Edinburgh’s fine restaurants this evening.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

August 29 Edinburgh

Enrichment: Medieval Scotland. Explore the rich history of Scotland during the Middle Ages. Learn about the country’s struggle for freedom, and hear stories of Robert the Bruce and William Wallace, two heroes of that era.

Discovery: Royal Yacht Britannia and Holyroodhouse. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was Queen Elizabeth’s floating palace for the latter half of the 20th century. Now berthed in the country where it was built, Britannia sailed on 968 state visits and served as a beloved retreat for the royal family for over 40 years. Then visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official royal residence in Scotland. See the splendid State Apartments, including the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots; the Great Gallery of royal portraits, and more. Finish with a relaxing lunch on the palace grounds.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

August 30 Traquair/Peebles/Roslin

Discovery: Scottish Borders and Rosslyn Chapel. Travel through the rolling, emerald hills of the Scottish Borders, the region that adjoins England. Visit Traquair House, the elegant country home of the Stuart clan since 1491, and Scotland’s oldest inhabited house. After a tour of the house, sample the freshly brewed ales of the 300-year-old Traquair House Brewery. Then, discover the charms of Peebles during a guided walk through this lovely town along the banks of the River Tweed. Find a cozy spot for lunch on your own. Afterward, continue to the fascinating Rosslyn Chapel, a 15th-century church propelled to fame by the novel “The Da Vinci Code.” Study the ornate and unusual stonework up close, and learn about the legends associated with the chapel.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Meals: Breakfast

August 31 Edinburgh

Enrichment: The Stewart Line and the Jacobite Rebellions. Examine Scottish history from the time of Mary, Queen of Scots, through the rise and fall of the Stuart line to the onset of the Jacobite Rebellions.

Free Time: Discover new facets of this captivating city on your own! Whether your interests lie in history, art or nature, you’ll find a bounty of choices. Enticing possibilities include the National Museum of Scotland, the National Gallery of Modern Art and the renowned, serene Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. For the crowning touch to your day, delight in the elegant ambience of an afternoon tea served in one of the city’s chic hotels or tea rooms.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Meals: Breakfast

September 1 St Andrews

Discovery: St Andrews. Explore St Andrews’ medieval castle ruins, dramatically poised at the edge of the sea. Next, visit the ruins of the 12th-century St Andrews Cathedral, and envision its scale and grandeur from the remnants that still stand. See golf’s most iconic turf, the St Andrews Old Course, where the sport has been played for more than 600 years.

Try some tasty local specialties during lunch at a restaurant in St Andrews.

Free Time: Delve into St Andrews on your own. Continue to explore the historic town center or meander through the St Andrews Botanic Garden. If the weather permits, you might enjoy a stroll along the East Sands and West Sands beaches, which are just a short walk from the center of town and part of the Fife Coastal Path. West Sands may look familiar to you if you have seen the movie “Chariots of Fire.” The opening scenes of this Academy Award Best Picture winner were filmed here.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

September 2 Edinburgh

Enrichment: Scotland Today. Discuss the issues and current events shaping Scottish life and culture.

Free Time: Choose to join today’s Elective Activity, or make your own plans in the Edinburgh area.

Elective Activity: Glenkinchie Distillery. Visit this Lowland whisky distillery just outside Edinburgh, founded in 1825. Learn the techniques behind the creation of Scotch single malt whisky during a tour, and savor a flavorful dram for yourself. Available at an additional cost.

At a Farewell Reception and Dinner tonight, raise your glass for a toast of “Slàinte” to your traveling companions and the wonderful time you’ve shared in bonnie Scotland.

Accommodations: The Principal Edinburgh George Street
Meals: Breakfast and dinner

September 3 Depart for gateway city

After breakfast, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Edinburgh Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to operational conditions. You will receive an updated itinerary with your final documents. Your Travel Director will advise you of any additional changes on site.
Excursions require walking on cobblestones, unpaved paths or other uneven surfaces.



The Tattoo is an absolute must!

- T. McLaren, 2014

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