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Scotlands Highlands Islands and Cities Summer 2017

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Summary
Dining
Sightseeing
Transfers
Hotels
Optionals
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Scotland's arresting natural beauty and centuries-old heritage are the highlights of this adventure that will see you visit the isles of Skye and Mull, the Orkney Islands and the beauty of Loch Ness. View the remarkably intact ruins of Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, and see Glamis Castle, the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.
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Travellers from US
Brendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2017-18 At Brendan Vacations, we know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. That's why every part of your journey, from your front door to the start hotel of your chosen vacation, and from your hotel to the airport and back home again on your return, is made easy with Brendan Vacations.Airport transfers for North America, Central America & Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Africa
With Brendan Vacations you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle, minivan or taxi between designated airports and Brendan Vacations hotels on the starting and ending day of your holiday only. Guests  arriving before or leaving after the scheduled itinerary day may book and buy a transfer through Brendan Vacations providing that they also purchase the additional pre and post trip hotel night(s) from Brendan Vacations. When booking extra night(s) accommodation, you will also have the opportunity to book the relevant transfer service(s). In Australia and New Zealand complimentary transfers are also included with pre or post accommodations booked through Brendan Vacations.
  • Amman Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Amsterdam Free Transfer Inbound 09.00, 11.30 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 10.00
  • Athens Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Barcelona Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.00 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00
  • Brussels Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 12.00
  • Budapest Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 11.00
  • Cairo Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Casablanca Free Transfer Inbound 08.00, 10.00, 12.00 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00, 10.00 & 12.00
  • Copenhagen Free Transfer Inbound 09.00, 12.00, & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Dublin Free Transfer Inbound 08.30, 11.00 & 13.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.30, 09.00, & 11.00
  • Edinburgh Free Transfer Inbound 09.00, 11.30 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.00
  • Frankfurt Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.00 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 10.00
  • Glasgow Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.00
  • Helsinki Free Transfer Inbound 10.00, 14.00 & 16.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 12.00
  • Istanbul Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Lisbon Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.30 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.30
  • Madrid Free Transfer Inbound 10.30, 13.00 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.30 & 11.00
  • Milan Malpensa Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 13.00 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 07.30 & 10.30
  • Moscow Sheremetyevo Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 05.00 & 11.00
  • Moscow Domodedevo Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 05.00 & 13.00
  • Munich Free Transfer Inbound 10.00 & 13.00 Free Transfer Outbound 09.30
  • Oslo Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.00 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Palermo Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Free Transfer Inbound 08.00, 11.00 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 10:30^Note European Discovery itineraries only. ^The 10:30 transfer is only available on the Delights of London and Paris trip.
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Free Transfer Inbound 08.00, 11.00 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 11.30Note Country and Regional Explorer itineraries only
  • Prague Free Transfer Inbound 10.00, 12.00 & 15.00 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Rome Fiumicino Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.30 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.30
  • Shannon Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.00
  • Stockholm Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.30 & 11.00
  • St Petersburg Free Transfer Inbound 14.30 & 17.00 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Tel Aviv Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Venice Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 09.30
  • Vienna Free Transfer Inbound 10.00, 13.00 & 15.00 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 09.30
  • Zagreb Free Transfer Inbound 11.30 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 11.30
  • Zurich Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 Note Hotel Radisson Blu Zurich Airport is a short walk from the airport terminal so transfers will not be provided on itineraries starting or ending here. On the Contrasts of Switzerland the departure transfer is by train.
Airport Transfers in London
Heathrow Airport: Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Brendan Vacations has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Brendan Vacations London hotel. Guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to/from London's Heathrow Airport. $50 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport  Gatwick Airport: For guests flying into London’s Gatwick Airport, Brendan Vacations recommends the Gatwick Express, see Gatwick Express’s website at: www.gatwickexpress.com. 
Travellers from Canada
Brendan Vacations's Airport Transfers 2017-18 At Brendan Vacations, we know how important it is to get your vacation off to a seamless and smooth start. That's why every part of your journey, from your front door to the start hotel of your chosen vacation, and from your hotel to the airport and back home again on your return, is made easy with Brendan Vacations.Airport transfers for North America, Central America & Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, South America and Africa
With Brendan Vacations you will receive complimentary arrival and departure transfers by shuttle, minivan or taxi between designated airports and Brendan Vacations hotels on the starting and ending day of your holiday only. Guests  arriving before or leaving after the scheduled itinerary day may book and buy a transfer through Brendan Vacations providing that they also purchase the additional pre and post trip hotel night(s) from Brendan Vacations. When booking extra night(s) accommodation, you will also have the opportunity to book the relevant transfer service(s). In Australia and New Zealand complimentary transfers are also included with pre or post accommodations booked through Brendan Vacations.
  • Amman Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Amsterdam Free Transfer Inbound 09.00, 11.30 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 10.00
  • Athens Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Barcelona Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.00 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00
  • Brussels Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 12.00
  • Budapest Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 11.00
  • Cairo Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Casablanca Free Transfer Inbound 08.00, 10.00, 12.00 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00, 10.00 & 12.00
  • Copenhagen Free Transfer Inbound 09.00, 12.00, & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Dublin Free Transfer Inbound 08.30, 11.00 & 13.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.30, 09.00, & 11.00
  • Edinburgh Free Transfer Inbound 09.00, 11.30 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.00
  • Frankfurt Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.00 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 10.00
  • Glasgow Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.00
  • Helsinki Free Transfer Inbound 10.00, 14.00 & 16.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 12.00
  • Istanbul Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Lisbon Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.30 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.30
  • Madrid Free Transfer Inbound 10.30, 13.00 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 08.30 & 11.00
  • Milan Malpensa Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 13.00 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 07.30 & 10.30
  • Moscow Sheremetyevo Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 05.00 & 11.00
  • Moscow Domodedevo Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 05.00 & 13.00
  • Munich Free Transfer Inbound 10.00 & 13.00 Free Transfer Outbound 09.30
  • Oslo Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.00 & 14.30 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Palermo Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Free Transfer Inbound 08.00, 11.00 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 10:30^Note European Discovery itineraries only. ^The 10:30 transfer is only available on the Delights of London and Paris trip.
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle Free Transfer Inbound 08.00, 11.00 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 11.30Note Country and Regional Explorer itineraries only
  • Prague Free Transfer Inbound 10.00, 12.00 & 15.00 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Rome Fiumicino Free Transfer Inbound 09.30, 12.30 & 15.30 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.30
  • Shannon Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 09.00
  • Stockholm Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 07.30 & 11.00
  • St Petersburg Free Transfer Inbound 14.30 & 17.00 Free Transfer Outbound N/A
  • Tel Aviv Free Transfer Inbound Any time, any day Free Transfer Outbound Any time, any day
  • Venice Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 09.30
  • Vienna Free Transfer Inbound 10.00, 13.00 & 15.00 Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 & 09.30
  • Zagreb Free Transfer Inbound 11.30 & 14.00 Free Transfer Outbound 07.00 & 11.30
  • Zurich Free Transfer Inbound N/A Free Transfer Outbound 08.00 Note Hotel Radisson Blu Zurich Airport is a short walk from the airport terminal so transfers will not be provided on itineraries starting or ending here. On the Contrasts of Switzerland the departure transfer is by train.
Airport Transfers in London
Heathrow Airport: Transfers can be expensive, particularly between the airport and your London hotel. Brendan Vacations has negotiated special group transfer rates from London's Heathrow Airport to the door of your Brendan Vacations London hotel. Guests will be picked up and dropped off in time to meet all flights booked to/from London's Heathrow Airport. $50 per person per single trip to/from Heathrow Airport  Gatwick Airport: For guests flying into London’s Gatwick Airport, Brendan Vacations recommends the Gatwick Express, see Gatwick Express’s website at: www.gatwickexpress.com. 
Dining
  • 12 full breakfasts
  • 5 dinners
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
Sightseeing
  • City tour in Edinburgh
  • Orientation of Dundee, Inverness, Orkney Islands, Stirling and Glasgow
  • See Loch Ness, Loch Lomond and the Battlefield at Bannockburn
  • View Jedburgh Abbey, the 18th green at St. Andrews, Eilean Donan Castle and Glencoe
  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, Glamis Castle, the battlefield of Culloden, Dunrobin Castle, John O'Groats, Skara Brae, Ullapool, Isle of Skye, Isle of Mull, Isle of Iona, St. Mungo's Cathedral in Glasgow and Stirling Castle

Hotels Available

Novotel City Centre
Notes
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Vacation Highlights
Vacation Code: BHLD
Vacation Style: Guided Vacations
Type of Traveler: Country Explorer
Vacation Pace: 1
The Vacation Pace is the pace the vacation moves from a scale of 1 to 5. One being the slowest, five being the fastest-moving.
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Scotlands Highlands Islands and Cities Summer 2017 Itinerary

DAY 1
Arrive Edinburgh (3 Nights)
Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Direct...
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Relax or explore this fascinating capital city. This evening, meet your companions and Travel Director at a Welcome Reception.Welcome Reception

Hotel Name: Novotel City Centre
City: Edinburgh
DAY 2
Edinburgh Sightseeing
This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, includin...
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This morning, your Local Specialist takes you on a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, including a visit to Edinburgh Castle, perched high above the city. See the Royal Mile, the elegant Palace of Holyroodhouse in the shadow of Arthur's Seat, and the new Scottish Parliament building. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture in the New Town. During the Edinburgh Festival, your visit will include tickets to the dazzling Edinburgh Tattoo.Full Breakfast

Hotel Name:
City: Edinburgh Castle
DAY 3
Excursion to The Borders
This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as and visi...
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This morning view the remarkably intact ruins of the 12th century Jedburgh Abbey as well as and visit the neighbouring Melrose Abbey, where the embalmed heart of Robert the Bruce is said to rest, before following the River Tweed back to Edinburgh.Full Breakfast

Hotel Name:
City: Jedburgh
DAY 4
Edinburgh – St. Andrews – Glamis Castle – Dundee
Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the ho...
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Travel across the Firth of Forth to St. Andrews to view the celebrated ancient university and the home of golf. Visit Glamis Castle, former home of the Queen Mother, birthplace of Princess Margaret, and the setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and free time to enjoy the beautiful gardens. Later arrive in Dundee, a waterfront city in the Tay Estuary which is the UK's first UNESCO City of Design?Full Breakfast

Hotel Name: Apex City Quay
City: St Andrews
DAY 5
Dundee – Pitlochry – Culloden – Inverness
This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a to...
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This morning, gain a Cultural Insight into whisky distilling by visiting a local distillery for a tour and a 'wee dram'. Travel through untamed Scottish landscapes and the rugged Cairngorm Mountains. Visit the site of the Battle of Culloden, where Bonnie Prince Charlie's army was defeated in 1746. Lately, the site has featured in Diane Gabaldon's fictional novel 'Outlander'. Arrive later in Inverness.Full Breakfast

Hotel Name: The Columba
City: Culloden
DAY 6
Inverness – Loch Ness – Thurso (2 Nights)
Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunro...
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Admire the beauty of Loch Ness, home of the fabled monster, en route to visit Dunrobin Castle. Dunrobin Castle is the ancestral home of the Dukes of Sutherland and resembles a French château with its towering conical spires. Stroll through the formal gardens, inspired by the Palace of Versailles. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Name: Royal
City: Loch Ness
DAY 7
Orkney Islands Excursion
Visit John O'Groats, then take the ferry from Gills Bay across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Isla...
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Visit John O'Groats, then take the ferry from Gills Bay across the Pentland Firth to the Orkney Island of South Ronaldsay. See the Churchill Barriers, built as part of naval defence to protect the anchorage at Scapa Flow during World War II. Visit the ornate Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war. Visit Skara Brae and look down on the remains of the famous Neolithic village. Wander freely round the standing stones of Ring of Brodgar, before a final photo stop at Kirkwall cathedral and the ferry back to the mainland. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Name:
City: Orkney
DAY 8
Thurso – Ullapool – Isle of Skye
Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ul...
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Enjoy a scenic drive along the stunning north west coastline. Visit the quaint fishing village of Ullapool. View the impressive Eilean Donan Castle before crossing to the picturesque Isle of Skye. Dine tonight at your hotel. Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Name: Kings Arms
City: Ullapool
DAY 9
Isle of Skye – Ballachulish (2 Nights)
More breathtaking scenery leaving Skye for the mainland. Drive past the Glenfinnan Viaduct which fea...
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More breathtaking scenery leaving Skye for the mainland. Drive past the Glenfinnan Viaduct which featured in the Harry Potter films, to Fort William at the head of Loch Linnh. Follow this great loch south to Ballachulish, home for the next two nights.Full Breakfast

Hotel Name: Ballachulish
City: Isle of Skye
DAY 10
Mull and Iona Excursion
Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic dr...
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Sail from Oban, across the mouth of Loch Linnhe, to Craignure on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy a scenic drive across the remote island to Fionnphort for a short ferry crossing to the island of Iona. Visit Iona Abbey, a beautifully preserved medieval abbey, and the ancient burial ground of many Scottish Kings at Rèilig Odhrain. Dine tonight at your hotel.Full Breakfast, Dinner

Hotel Name:
City: Oban
DAY 11
Ballachulish – Glasgow (2 Nights)
This morning, travel south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of ...
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This morning, travel south through Glencoe, 'Glen of the Weeping', site of the infamous massacre of the Macdonald clan by the Campbells in 1692. Journey along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, immortalised in the well-known Scottish song, before arriving in Glasgow. Your orientation tour includes views of the magnificent George Square as well as a visit to St. Mungo's Cathedral.Full Breakfast

Hotel Name: Holiday Inn Theatreland
City: Glasgow
DAY 12
Stirling Castle and Bannockburn Excursion
This morning enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of Ki...
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This morning enjoy a guided visit of the historic Stirling Castle and explore the Royal Palace of King James V. See the Stirling Heads making your way to nearby Bannockburn - the site of the famous battle between King Robert Bruce of Scotland and Edward II of England. Enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Lunch on a working Scottish farm with your companions and Travel Director.Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining

Hotel Name:
City: Stirling
DAY 13
Depart Glasgow
Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are ava...
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Say a fond farewell to bonnie Scotland as your wonderful holiday draws to a close. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.Full Breakfast

Hotel Name:
City: Glasgow

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