Scotland: History & Highlands

Scotland: History & Highlands

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Scotland: History & Highlands

9 Days Starting in Edinburgh and ending in Glasgow

Visiting: Edinburgh, Pitlochry, Fort William, Glasgow

Tour operator:

G Adventures

Tour code:

25930

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

2 - Light

Age range:

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour operated in:
English
From:
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$3646 Exclusive Tourhub Discount: -$103

NB: Prices correct on 27-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Immerse yourself in Scotland’s history and legends on this 9-day journey, where you’ll step back in time on visits to spectacular castles, Iron Age museums and famed ruins that capture the Scotland of yore. Journey along the Scottish Highlands from Pitlochry to Portree and discover charming villages, glistening lochs and famed distilleries. Soak up the country’s scenic splendor as you travel through awe-inspiring landscapes, stopping to relish the rich history and folklore of this storied land.

Highlights

  • Experience the iconic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle on a tour of Scotland’s capital city, Delve into Scottish history with a visit to Stirling Castle—a national symbol of Scottish pride and independence, Join an expert guide on a tour through Pitlochry—one of Scotland’s most charming villages—and finish with a dram tasting at a local distillery, Embark on a full-day trip to the Isle of Skye where you’ll explore the island’s most famous sites and enjoy a local seafood tasting.

  • Experience the iconic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle on a tour of Scotland’s capital city, Delve into Scottish history with a visit to Stirling Castle—a national symbol of Scottish pride and independence, Join an expert guide on a tour through Pitlochry—one of Scotland’s most charming villages—and finish with a dram tasting at a local distillery, Embark on a full-day trip to the Isle of Skye where you’ll explore the island’s most famous sites.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh

Arrive at any time.

ACTIVITY: Today, the adventure begins. Be sure to arrive in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip.

Day 2: Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Leonardo Royal Hotel Edinburgh

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

Explore Scotland’s hilly capital city on a guided tour of Edinburgh. You’ll walk along the famed Royal Mile and climb Castle Hill, following in the footsteps of soldiers, kings and queens. As you ascend the hillside, hear exciting tales of Edinburgh Castle and its use as a military fortress, royal residence and wartime prison. Upon reaching the hilltop, marvel at the magnificent Edinburgh Castle and learn more about its fascinating history and important locations via audioguide, including the Portcullis Gate, Lang Stairs, Argyle Tower, St. Margaret's Chapel, Mons Meg and David’s Tower. Enjoy the afternoon on your own, taking advantage of your free time by exploring the area or finding activities like a tour of the underground vaults or a visit to the National Museum of Scotland. In the evening, enjoy dinner on your own, choosing from an array of restaurants along The Royal Mile and in Haymarket.

ACTIVITY: Immerse yourself in the captivating charm of Scotland's capital city. Walk through the historic streets with your CEO from the iconic Royal Mile to the enchanting Grassmarket. Marvel at architectural wonders like St. Giles Cathedral and infamous Victoria Street. Snap photos of Edinburgh Castle all while learning about the city's rich historical past.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Take advantage of a free afternoon to partake in the optional activities available in Edinburgh. Opt in for an underground vault tour, visit the National Museum of Scotland, or the Royal Yacht Britannia. Other activities include a ghost tour, admission to the botanical gardens, or a gin distillery tour.

ACTIVITY: A historic fortress dominating the skyline of the city from its position on Castle Rock, Edinburgh Castle is a must-see in the city. Explore the home of the Crown Jewels of Scotland, the Stone of Destiny and the National War Museum all during this immersive audio tour of the castle.

Please note that both the entry ticket to the castle and the audioguide are included.

Day 3: Edinburgh/Pitlochry

Location: Edinburgh

Accommodation: Atholl Villa Guest House

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

Marvel at some of Edinburgh's most panoramic views as you journey by bus to the town of Pitlochry. Along the way, you’ll stop for a visit at historic Stirling Castle, a centuries-old monument that remains a symbol of Scottish independence and national pride. After exploring the grounds and discovering the Great Kitchens, the Queen Anne Gardens and the Stirling Heads Gallery, you’ll walk down the hill to the city center and enjoy lunch on your own. Following lunch, transfer to the Scottish Crannog Centre on the banks of Loch Tay, where you’ll join a historical expert for a guided visit of the facility and museum. On the tour, you’ll learn about the crannogs—houses built on artificial islands over water—and get a glimpse into the lives of the people who lived in them 2,500 years ago. You’ll also examine ancient artifacts and discover skills and technologies of the past with hands-on demonstrations. Arrive in Pitlochry in the evening and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

TRANSPORT: Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel from Edinburgh to Pitlochry with a stops in Stirling along the way.

ACTIVITY: Stirling Castle is one of Scotland’s grandest castles due to its imposing position and impressive architecture. The scenery will take your breath away. Explore the fascinating history of this castle up on the crag of what was once Scotland's capital. Look out over the city at the edge of the Highlands and home to the Stewart Kings and Queens, who held court and other grand celebrations at Stirling Castle.

ACTIVITY: The Scottish Crannog Centre is a museum situated on the banks of Loch Tay. The Centre Trust was formed to protect and grow the research of Crannogs, which are houses built on artificial islands over water, usually with a bridge or causeway joining them to the shore. They are found in Ireland and Scotland. This particular Centre is dedicated to learning about the first Crannogs in Scotland, built in the Early Iron Age about 2500 years ago. These structures are incredible not only because of the skills and technologies required to build and maintain them, but also for the ways in which they preserve a vision of how life was lived here in the past. They offer a rare glimpse into prehistoric everyday life and reveal unprecedented levels of preservation. Enjoy a guided tour of the museum with an expert and try the interactive demonstrations of ancient crafts and technologies.

Day 4: Pitlochry

Location: Pitlochry

Accommodation: Atholl Villa Guest House

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

Enjoy breakfast before going on a guided walk of Pitlochry with a local expert. Learn about the town’s history and how life was spent in this famous holiday resort destination that is rich in Victorian heritage. The walk finishes at the Blair Athol Distillery, which is situated in the open moorland south of the town. Take a guided tour of the distillery grounds, where you’ll learn about the ancient source of water that flows through the grounds and contributes to the whisky’s smooth finish and mellow quality. You’ll also enjoy a whisky tasting experience featuring 3 different whiskies, then finish the visit off by seeing the distillery’s exclusive bottling process. Walk back to town from Blair Athol and have lunch on your own before transferring to Queen’s View, said to be named after Queen Victoria following her visit to the area in 1866. Marvel at the expansive view of Loch Tummel and take in the rolling hills carpeted in wild heather. Travel back to Pitlochry or you may choose to visit Blair Castle and Gardens. Dinner this evening will be at your leisure.

ACTIVITY: Stories are the very fabric of Scottish culture. Set out on a guided walk of Pitlochry with a local specialist and learn the history of the town, the landscape, and hear tales of local life in the surrounding rolling hills. Delve into the customs, the culture, and the pastimes of Pitlochry. The guided walk will finish at the Blair Atoll Distillery for a Whisky tasting experience.

ACTIVITY: Standing at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands and located in the picturesque town of Pitlochry, Blair Athol Distillery is a beautiful place to enjoy a dram. This central Perthshire town sitting on the banks of the River Tay has had a distillery since 1798, making Blair Athol’s plant one of the oldest legal whisky-making sites in Scotland. The original name was Aldour after the water which supplied the distillery with its process water. While on tour, experience the distillery’s unique history as an experienced guide leads you through the journey of Blair Athol’s single malt from grain to glass. Made from the water of the Allt Dour burn, the whisky has a mellow, deep-toned aroma with a strong fruity flavor and smooth finish. The tour finishes with a tutored whisky tasting of three drams and a complimentary memento to bring home.

ACTIVITY: Drive to Queen's View in Highland Perthshire and enjoy the view of Loch Tummel. The site's name is said to have been named after Queen Victoria, following her visit to the area in 1866. From here travel back to Pitlochry or opt to visit Blair Castle & Gardens.

Day 5: Pitlochry/Fort William

Location: Pitlochry

Accommodation: Moorings Hotel

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

Following breakfast, begin the journey to Fort William, traveling through captivating scenery with undulating hills. Along the way, stop in Kincraig to visit a family-owned sheepdog farm. Get a fascinating tour of the farm and a demonstration, during which you’ll meet the dogs, learn about their training and gain an understanding of the commands used in their herding. From Kincraig, continue to the quaint town of Aviemore, located in the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy lunch in town before heading out on the final leg of the day’s journey. On the way, visit Culloden Moor, the site where the famous Jacobite Rising of 1745 came to a tragic end. Experience the powerful emotions of the battle as you’re placed in the heart of the action via the visitor center’s 360-degree immersion theatre. Next, travel to Loch Ness for a scenic drive along the shoreline and make stops at Loch Ness Viewpoint in Fort Augustus and the Loch Lochy Viewpoint. On the way, you’ll see the Commando Memorial and Inverlochy Castle. Continue on to Fort William, where you’ll have time to explore on your own.

TRANSPORT: Sit back and enjoy the scenery on the journey by private vehicle from Pitlochry to Fort William. The total drive time includes stops along the way in Aviemore, Loch Ness, and the Battle of Culloden site.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to a sheepdog Farm in Kincraig for a demonstration of these animals in action. Meet the dogs, learn about their training routines, and gain a deeper understanding of the use of commands to control them as they are herding. The man who owns the land is a Scottish laird who will also tell stories of Highland culture as you tour the farm grounds.

ACTIVITY: Visit the infamous Culloden battlefield, site of the Battle of Culloden, known as the final confrontation of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Here, Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart were decisively defeated by Hanoverian forces commanded by William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland which therefore put an end the Jacobite rising. Explore the battlefield and moor at your own pace, or opt to join a guided tour.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a scenic drive along Loch Ness. This freshwater loch in the Scottish Highlands is best known for alleged sightings of Nessie, the fabled Loch Ness Monster. Begin at the viewpoint of the loch in Fort Augustus. Along the way pass by the Commando Memorial and Inverlochy Castle, built by the 'Red' Comyns, and the Lords of Badenoch and Lochaber.

Day 6: Isle Of Skye Day Trip

Location: Fort William

Accommodation: Moorings Hotel

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, LUNCH

Explore the Isle of Skye on a full-day excursion to this stunning island which was occupied in prehistoric times, then settled by Gaelic-speaking Scots from Ireland in the first centuries BC. Along the way, stop at the famous Fairy Pools, a natural waterfall phenomenon whose frigid pools are a vivid aqua blue. Legend has it that selkies would come here, shed their skins, change into human form for the night and bathe in the pools under a full moon. Enjoy lunch, then visit Portree, the main town on the Isle of Skye. Spend time wandering the bustling port and thriving cultural center. On your way back, stop at the Glenfinnan Viewpoint to gaze at the impressive views and perhaps a glimpse of the famous Jacobite steam train—also known as the Hogwart’s Express in the Harry Potter novels and films. While here, travel across the Glenfinnan viaduct, 100 ft (30 m) above the ground. Return to Fort William for an evening on your own and dinner at your leisure.

ACTIVITY: Experience a full-day trio to the Isle of Sky. First stop of the day will be to the famous Fairy Pools located at the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle. These beautifully crystal clear pools on the River Brittle are said to have magical qualities. Walk from pool to pool, passing the waterfalls rushing between and imagine discovering this magical place centuries ago. Before returning to Fort William the group will stop for some free time in the seaside town of Portree.

ACTIVITY: Glenfinnan attracts many thousands of visitors from around the world to experience the stunning scenery but also to catch a glimpse of the famous Jacobite steam train, also known as the Hogwart's Express in the Harry Potter novels and films, travel across the Glenfinnan viaduct. The viaduct carries the railway to Glenfinnan Station across an impressive 1,000 ft (305m) span, 100 ft (30m) above the ground.

FREE TIME: Enjoy some free time to explore in Portree, the main town on the Isle of Skye. This bustling port and thriving cultural centre is full of things to do, from walking along the shoreline, to having a dram of whiskey in the local pub.

Day 7: Fort William/Glasgow

Location: Fort William

Accommodation: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

In the morning, depart for Glasgow. Pass through the untamed wildness of Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands, stopping at incredible vistas along the way, like the Three Sisters Viewpoint. Arrive at Loch Lomond, where you can relax and get lunch on your own. In the afternoon, embark on a boat cruise on Loch Lomond from the village of Luss. Sail south around the islands passing the ‘Narrows’—a winding stretch of water separating Inchconnachan and Inchtavannach Islands—and enjoy live commentary with tales and fascinating facts about the lake. Arrive in Glasgow in the evening and enjoy dinner on your own in this vibrant city.

ACTIVITY: Scotland's most famous and most scenic Highland glen, Glencoe is also steeped in history. Also known as the weeping valley, it was the site of the 1692 massacre of the MacDonald clan. Visit Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount and learn about the intricate history of this natural paradise.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and enjoy the majestic scenery of the Scottish Highlands en route from Fort William to Glasgow. Make stops along the way to Glencoe and Loch Lomond for a boat cruise.

ACTIVITY: Take to the water on an hour cruise through Loch Lomond. Sail north past the waterfalls at Inversnaid, and take in the sprawiling green glens and rocky peaks of the Arrochar Alps. Listen to live commentary on board featuring tales of the loch and insights into the history and geology in this part of Loch Lomond.

Day 8: Glasgow

Location: Glasgow

Accommodation: Hotel Indigo

Meals Included: BREAKFAST, DINNER

Spend the day in the port city of Glasgow, known for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, as well as its rich shipbuilding history. In the morning, immerse yourself in a street art tour with a local guide, who will point out stunning murals and share the stories and inspiration behind each piece and the artists that created them. You’ll discover how the art scene in Glasgow has developed dramatically over the last decade as you stroll through alleys and under bridges to uncover some of the wall art taking the city by storm. The afternoon is yours to explore Glasgow on your own. Visit the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum or join a brewery tour. In the evening, get together with your fellow travelers for a farewell dinner.

ACTIVITY: Get to know Glasgow on a street art tour with a local expert guide. Discover the history and culture of this city and their little-known thriving street art scene. Experience the REAL Glasgow as you meander down alleys and under centuries old bridges to uncover some of the most beautiful pieces of art in the entire city. Enjoy a stop at a Glaswegian pub along the way for the true experience of a local.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Glasgow is a port city on the River Clyde in Scotland's western Lowlands. It's famed for its Victorian and art nouveau architecture, a rich legacy of the city's 18th–20th-century prosperity due to trade and shipbuilding. Today it's a national cultural hub, home to institutions including the Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and National Theatre of Scotland, as well as acclaimed museums and a thriving music scene.

Day 9: Glasgow

Location: Glasgow

Meals Included: BREAKFAST

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Hotels (8nts).

  • Meals
    8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: The Scottish Crannog Centre Visit, Stirling Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Pitlochry Guided Walk, Pitlochry Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group

  • Edinburgh orientation walk

  • Pitlochry orientation walk

  • Sheepdog farm visit

  • Loch Ness scenic drive

  • Isle of Sky day visit

  • Culloden Moor visit

  • Stirling Castle visit

  • Whisky distillery tour and tasting

  • Glenfinnan Viaduct viewpoint

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Accommodation

Hotels (8nts).

Transport

Private vehicle, boat, walking.

Meals Included

8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Group Size

Max 16, avg 12

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Meals

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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  • Joining Instructions

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent. From Edinburgh airport (EDI), you can reach the city centre in a few ways. You can take the Airport Bus 100 or alternatively a direct train to the city centre, including the Haymarket Station and St Andrew Square stops. To arrange an arrival or departure transfer, we recommend you book through our preferred transfer provider - HolidayTaxis We advise that you book both your arrival and departure transfers in advance. Please make sure you have the following details before booking: - Flight number
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    Max pax 16.

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    Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops

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  • Optional Activities

    Edinburgh - Ghost Tours of Edinburgh - Edinburgh Gin Distillery - Edinburgh Food Tour Glasgow City - Brewery Tour (10GBP per person) - Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

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  • What to Take

    We recommend using a backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage. You must be prepared to carry your luggage up and down stairs, on and off transportation, and to hotels (max 15-20 mins.)

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    You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

  • Meals

    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. On truck trips in Africa, aboard the M/S Expedition or our Galapagos yachts, while trekking in remote regions etc. food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

  • About Accommodation

    On this trip you can expect to stay in small family-run hotels or pensions (with the exception of the start and finish hotels, which are often larger city hotels), which will vary a little in standard and facilities: some may not have elevators, air-conditioning or English-speaking staff, but most importantly all are locally-run, with some traditional character, and in excellent central locations to give you maximum time for exploring the sights. You can expect to find clean, safe, simple accommodation in convenient locations. Note that most accommodation in Europe does not have air conditioning units in rooms. Air conditioning is not routinely installed in European homes and workplaces. However, nearly all hotels will provide a standing or desk fan for your room on hot nights. If you do not already have one in your room, please ask your CEO to organize one for you with reception.

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  • Tipping

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  • Spending Money

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  • Meals Included

    8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

  • Group Size Notes

    Max 16, avg 12

  • What's Included

    Your Journeys Highlight Moment: The Scottish Crannog Centre Visit, Stirling Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Pitlochry Guided Walk, Pitlochry. Edinburgh orientation walk. Edinburgh Castle Visit & Audio Tour. Pitlochry orientation walk. Sheepdog farm visit. Loch Ness scenic drive. Isle of Sky day visit. Culloden Moor visit. Stirling Castle visit. Whisky distillery tour and tasting. Glenfinnan Viaduct viewpoint. Glencoe visit. Glasgow street art tour. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • Packing List

    Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) • Visas or vaccination certificates (With photocopies) Essentials: • Toiletries (required) (Shampoo, bodywash, soap, etc.) • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Swimwear • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Hand sanitizer (required) • Face masks (Clients will be only be required to wear a face mask where it is mandated by local regulations.) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Quick Covid Test/Antigen Test (optional) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sturdy water shoes/sandals • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear

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  • Transport

    Private vehicle, boat, walking.

  • Group Leader Description

    All National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of our Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the CEO is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it's the best of both worlds.

  • Important Notes

    1. ACCOMMODATION NOTE: Please be aware that properties we stay in with only two stories may not have elevators installed and climbing the stairs with your luggage will be necessary. 2. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES NOTE: During high season in Europe (May-October) we highly recommend booking reservations for any popular optional activities/museum tickets etc. in advance to avoid encountering sold-out activities on the ground while on tour.

  • International Flights

    Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.

  • Arrival Complications

    We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.

  • Group Leader

    CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

  • Solo Travellers

    We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

  • Emergency Contact

    Should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call our G Adventures Local Office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible. EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS G Adventures UK office (manned UK 8am - 8pm) +44 (0) 2072439878 If you are unable for any reason to contact our local office, please call the numbers listed below which will connect you directly with our Sales team who will happily assist you. Hours of operation by region can be found here. Toll-free, from calls within North America only: 1 888 800 4100 Calls from within UK: 0344 272 0000 Calls from within Germany: 0800 365 1000 Calls from within Australia: 1 300 796 618 Calls from within New Zealand: 0800 333 307 Outside North America, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and the UK: +1 416 260 0999 For absolute emergencies after office hours please contact +441858378000

  • Highlights

    Experience the iconic Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle on a tour of Scotland’s capital city, Delve into Scottish history with a visit to Stirling Castle—a national symbol of Scottish pride and independence, Join an expert guide on a tour through Pitlochry—one of Scotland’s most charming villages—and finish with a dram tasting at a local distillery, Embark on a full-day trip to the Isle of Skye where you’ll explore the island’s most famous sites.

  • Joining Hotel

    For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.

  • Safety and Security

    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. Read more about travel safety for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.

  • Visas and Entry Requirements

    All countries require a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity). Contact your local embassy or consulate for the most up-to-date visa requirements, or see your travel agent. It is your own responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Visa requirements for your trip will vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as far as possible, but rules do change and sometimes without warning. While we provide the following information in good faith, it is vital that you check the information yourself and understand that you are fully responsible for your own visa requirements. Visa information specific to your destination and nationality can be found in our Important Pre-Departure Information page here Please note that the UK and Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen agreement.

  • Accommodation

    Hotels (8nts).

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    G Adventures was established in 1990

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Most of our trips do not have a single supplement. This means that the accommodation is on a twin share basis and, if travelling on your own, you will be sharing a room with another G Adventures traveller of the same sex. Some tours have an optional single supplement. An optional service that may be available is called "My Own Room". This service allows solo travellers to request their own room.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It's extremely difficult if not impossible to join a tour after it has begun. It is possible to leave a tour early however you will be responsible for your own arrangements from the moment you decide to leave the tour. You would also be responsible for all costs associated with joining a tour late or leaving one early. If you feel this may be necessary, please consult us before you book.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    https://www.gadventures.com/travel-with-confidence/

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    https://www.gadventures.com/about-us/core-values/

Reviews of this operator

Lynsey M, UK  

Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires: Waterfalls & White Sands

08-Nov-2021

This tour was very good. I would reccomend it. It is great to see the difference in the three countries, Iguassu Falls definitely a highlight on my whole South America trip.

Connie McKain Albright  

Galapagos

10-Jan-2023

This was our first trip with G Adventures. We took the 8 day trip around Galapagos on their ship Yolita II. The guide, Adrienne, was knowledgeable and very pleasant. Each day had a variety of activities to choose from so you could fill your day or pick and choose what you wanted to do. The guide knew where to look for various animals so we saw an abundance of wildlife - lots of different sea birds, sea lions, a few kinds of iguanas, and many kinds of fishes. The only negative, and it's not G Adventures fault, is that the little ship rocks and rolls and night which can make sleeping challenging.

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Tina. G, Canada  

DAK

08-Nov-2021

The tour was great! Our guide Peter was very knowledgeable and gave us just the right amount of information about the sights and animals we were seeing. He was also very personable and had a great sense of humour. Our cook was great as well! They were both flexible and accomodated our requests to spend longer looking at some animals, to visit craft markets, etc. The lodge accommodations both inside and outside Kruger National Park were fantastic.

Sandra Salter  

I have taken four trips with G…

18-Dec-2022

I have taken four trips with G Adventures. The Guides have been so knowledgeable and friendly. Each trip has been thoroughly planned. The trips have been once in a lifetime experiences.

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Jil S, Canada  

Costa Rica Adventure

08-Nov-2021

The tour was excellent! I think there was something for everyone on this tour... lots of hiking and nature walks for nature lovers, a plethora of optional activities for the adventurous and lots of downtime for the ones who just want to relax. I loved it!

Fergus Lawrence Park   Uk

Sailing Thailand - Phuket to Phuket

18-Dec-2023

Fantastic trip overall with very efficient staff on board. Fantastic food throughout. Deluxe cabin was disappointing and not as advertised and many problems with the air conditioning in our cabin meant we had 2 sleepless nights.

Fergus Lawrence Park   Uk

Sailing Thailand - Phuket to Phuket

18-Dec-2023

Fantastic trip overall with very efficient staff on board. Fantastic food throughout. Deluxe cabin was disappointing and not as advertised and many problems with the air conditioning in our cabin meant we had 2 sleepless nights.

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  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of g adventures charges.

    Up to 60 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

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  • Travel With Confidence Policy

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