This tailor-made package includes an overnight cruise from Essex to Leith, coach travel throughout the holiday and a return train journey from Edinburgh to London. It includes 1 night on board your cruise boat and five nights’ accommodation on a half board basis at a 3* or 4* hotel in Scotland to suit your group’s requirements. The content of your preferred itinerary will be discussed with you at the time of enquiry.
- Our suggested itinerary could include:
- An overnight cruise in an en suite cabin
- Balmoral Castle & Gardens and the Braemar Estate including Crathie
- Edinburgh and its Castle & Holyrood Palace
- A full day in the Highlands including Aviemore and the Strathspey Railway
- Scone & Falkland Palaces
- The Royal Yacht Britannia
- Group Organiser benefits
- Low single room / cabin supplements available limited availability
To tailor-make your tour or for a personalised quotation call 01943 605999.
Day 1 - Boarding the Marco Polo at Tilbury Docks this afternoon, you check in to your cabin after which you can familiarise yourself with the ship’s facilities. This fabulous overnight party cruise is a fantastic introduction to cruising and a great way of travelling north to Scotland with your friends. After a delicious 5 course dinner, take your seats in the Marco Polo Lounge for a first class show. Enjoy a classical interlude or a cabaret performance in Scott’s Bar before retiring for the evening in your ensuite cabin.
Day 2 - A heart breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea is included today. Enjoy the on board facilities before arriving in Leith early evening. After disembarkation, you will be transferred to your hotel where your evening meal is included.
Day 3 - Balmoral Castle & Gardens and the Braemar Estate which is set amongst the magnificent scenery of Royal Deeside, in the shadows of Lochnagar. Purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848, the Estate has been the Scottish Home of the British Royal Family ever since. Over the past 150 years, careful stewardship by The Royal Family, has preserved the wildlife, scenery and architecture which is available for all generations to enjoy. In her journals Queen Victoria described Balmoral as 'my dear paradise in the Highlands. Adjacent to Balmoral Castle lies the small village of Crathie. On the south side of the River Dee is the small Royal Lochnagar Distillery, named for the mountain that rises behind the distillery. On the north side of the river is the charming Crathie Parish Church. Here the Royal family attend Sunday Service when in residence at Balmoral. The Princess Royal was married here and in the church yard Jon Brown, Queen Victoria's 'loyal servant' is buried.
Day 4 - A full day in Edinburgh starting with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, a fortress which dominates the skyline of the city from its position a top the volcanic Castle Rock. Afternoon options are either The Palace at Holyrood house or you free time to explore the city at your own pace.
Day 5 - A sightseeing spectacular as we climb into the Cairngorm Mountains. We drive along Glen Garry to the Pass of Drumochter with its magnificent views of the Cairngorms which rise dramatically in the distance. Arriving in the resort of Aviemore, which is set in some of Scotland’s most imposing surroundings, you will have free time to explore at your leisure Enjoy the Aviemore Funicular or mountain railway which transports visitors to the Ptarmigan Top Station, nestled just below the summit of Cairn Gorm. This afternoon we journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway where you will pass beautiful moorland, woodland and valleys, with the Cairngorm Mountains as a backdrop.
Day 6 - Visiting Scone Palace, which was once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots and occupies a unique position in the history of Scotland. A breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery and the rightful home of the celebrated Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny, Scone Palace is regarded as a national treasure and is revered as the historic jewel in the crown of Scotland. At Falkland Palace you can experience a day in the life of the Stuart monarchs at their country residence for 200 years and also a favourite place of Mary, Queen of Scots. Set in the heart of Falkland conservation village, and surrounded by extensive gardens, this partly restored Renaissance palace is the perfect place to spend a couple of hours. The original and reconstructed rooms are packed with 17th-century Flemish tapestries, elaborate painted ceilings and antique furnishings. The beautiful, tranquil grounds are home to the oldest real or royal tennis court in Britain, built for King James V, as well as a gardens designed by Percy Cane.
Day 7 - Transfer to Leith for an audio-guided visit of the Royal Yacht Britannia, which was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years and which sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world. You will follow in the footsteps of royalty and discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences. Transfer to Edinburgh Railway Station early afternoon for your return train to London with a scheduled journey time of approximately 4.5 hours.
With all packages we supply a tailor-made flyer to assist in the promotion of your group holiday, along with a booking form which provides us with all the details we require from each participant.