Scotland

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AUG. 12-20, 2015 $3,245
Stirling, Edinburg, St. Andrews, Perth, Trossachs, Loch, Lomond
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Scotland

AUG. 12-20, 2015
Stirling, Edinburg, St. Andrews, Perth, Trossachs, Loch, Lomond

Discover the best of Scotland’s Celtic, Norse and Norman cultures and enjoy British afternoon tea, festive Highland dancers, bagpipe playing and a traditional haggis ceremony. Visit the magnificent Stirling Castle and National Wallace Monument. Roam the medieval and Georgian architecture of Edinburgh, then tour Scone Palace, where kings were crowned. Experience one of the world’s most spectacular and moving shows: the stirring performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle at nightfall. Explore St. Andrews, cruise along Loch Katrine on a restored steamer and learn the secrets of Scotland’s whiskey artistry at its oldest distillery.

Cost: $3,245
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Moderate Activity
COVID-19 Information:
  • Groups are limited to 36 travelers to maximize your travel experience.
  • Discover the unique and storied culture of Scotland’s breathtaking Highlands and pastoral Lowlands, all regions steeped in Celtic mystery and lore.
  • Delight in a private performance of Highland dance and bagpipe playing, and a traditional Haggis Ceremony.
  • See the historic homeland of William Wallace and visit Scotland’s noble castles – Stirling Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Scone Palace.
  • Attend a stirring performance of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Discover the historic cities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.
  • Learn the secrets of Scotland’s ancient whisky artistry during a visit to The Famous Grouse Experience.
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310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
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  • To enjoy the richness of a country, you need a balance of organized time and a lot of free time on your own. This is what we enjoyed the most to make our trip a memorable one."
    Pam Larson ’75, Traveler
  • My first trip to Europe far-exceeded my expectations with UCLA Alumni Travel. I loved the flexibility, the safety in numbers concept as a single traveler and the learning experience I so thoroughly enjoyed."
    Kimberly Mancini ’95, Traveler

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DAY 1 | Aug. 12.
Depart for Edinburgh, Scotland.A

DAY 2 | Aug. 13. Edinburgh / Stirling
Upon arrival, transfer to Stirling and the Stirling Highland Hotel. After getting settled in your room, enjoy British afternoon tea. Tonight, attend a special Welcome Reception and Dinner featuring a traditional Haggis Ceremony and festive Highland dancers.

DAY 3 | Aug. 14. Stirling
Educational Focus: Medieval History.
Excursion: Stirling. Explore the magnificent Stirling Castle. See the Wallace Monument, built to honor the hero portrayed in “Braveheart,” William Wallace. Visit the historic site of the Battle of Bannockburn, where Robert the Bruce defeated the English in 1314.
Educational Focus: Meet the People. Talk with local residents about life in Scotland.

DAY 4 | Aug. 15. Loch Lomond / The Trossachs
Educational Focus: The Stuart Line and the Jacobite Rebellions.
Excursion: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Journey to the quaint town of Luss situated on the “bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.” Enjoy a walking tour, lunch and time to explore. Continue through Aberfoyle and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which stretches from Loch Lomond into the heart of the Trossachs. Climb aboard a steamship for a cruise on Loch Katrine, made famous in Scott’s narrative poem, “Lady of the Lake.”

DAY 5 | Aug. 16. Perth
Educational Focus: Scotland Today.
Excursion: Scone Palace and The Famous Grouse Experience. Travel to Perth to visit the impressive halls of Scone Palace. The kings of Scotland were crowned here on the celebrated Stone of Scone, also called the Stone of Destiny. Then, discover the secrets of Scotland’s whisky artistry at The Famous Grouse Experience, Scotland’s oldest distillery. Top the day off with a comprehensive tasting. Return to Stirling via the Roman Road.

DAY 6 | Aug. 17. Edinburgh
Independent Exploration: The morning is at leisure.
Excursion: Edinburgh and the Military Tattoo. One of Europe’s most distinguished capitals, Edinburgh fostered the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment. Famous for its architecture, this world-class city has splendid medieval structures in historic Old Town and Georgian buildings in the New Town. Journey along the Royal Mile in Old Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle and High Street. This evening, witness the matchless spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

DAY 7 | Aug. 18. St. Andrews
Excursion: St. Andrews. Enjoy a scenic drive to St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. See St. Andrews Cathedral and the ruins of a spectacular castle first fortified during the 1100s. From 1200, the castle served as the main residence of bishops and archbishops of St. Andrews, the administrative center of the Scottish Church and a well-fortified and formidable prison. Stop at the Old Course where golf was first played 600 years ago. St. Andrews is also home to the highly regarded University of St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest university and Britain’s third-oldest university.

DAY 8 | Aug. 19. Stirling
Independent Exploration: Experience the sights and sounds of Stirling on your own. If you wish, take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service to Edinburgh.
Attend a farewell reception and graduation ceremony followed by a farewell dinner and ceilidh, a traditional Celtic music, dance and storytelling party.

DAY 9 | Aug. 20
Transfer to the airport for the return
flight to your gateway city.

Accommodations
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Stirling Highland Hotel
Located in a grand 19th-century building that used to be the city’s high school, the Stirling Highland Hotel is in the heart of the city, only 600 yards from the town’s famous medieval castle. The hotel exudes a quintessentially Scottish atmosphere, carefully preserving many of its authentic historic elements while providing modern comforts, including a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardiovascular and weight training equipment, squash courts, an indoor pool, a relaxing steam room and a sauna. For further relaxation, take advantage of the full-service spa that specializes in Decléor therapeutic skin care treatments. Dine on traditional Scottish and international cuisine in the award-winning Scholars Restaurant, or sip a wee swallie of whisky and munch on appetizers and light meals in the stately Headmaster’s Study.

Pricing

Pricing: $3,245

VAT is an additional $295 per person

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.4 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • To enjoy the richness of a country, you need a balance of organized time and a lot of free time on your own. This is what we enjoyed the most to make our trip a memorable one."
    Pam Larson ’75, Traveler
  • My first trip to Europe far-exceeded my expectations with UCLA Alumni Travel. I loved the flexibility, the safety in numbers concept as a single traveler and the learning experience I so thoroughly enjoyed."
    Kimberly Mancini ’95, Traveler

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions

Written cancellations from time of booking up to 90 days prior to departure will be assessed a minimum administrative fee of approximately $250; within 90 days of departure, refunds vary according to the policies of each tour operator. Please read the cancellation clauses contained within the brochure for this tour carefully.

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Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.

Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (3.4 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • To enjoy the richness of a country, you need a balance of organized time and a lot of free time on your own. This is what we enjoyed the most to make our trip a memorable one."
    Pam Larson ’75, Traveler
  • My first trip to Europe far-exceeded my expectations with UCLA Alumni Travel. I loved the flexibility, the safety in numbers concept as a single traveler and the learning experience I so thoroughly enjoyed."
    Kimberly Mancini ’95, Traveler