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Program #20881RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Sep 18 — Oct 2, 2013

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Day One: Wednesday, September 18 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the recent renovation and transformation was completed, the Grand Central Hotel has again taken its place as Glasgow's leading four-star hotel. It is now a must-stay destination for shoppers, theatre-goers and short break guests to the city. The Central Hotel has entertained most of the world's leading politicians, from JFK to Winston Churchill and Hollywood superstars including Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra.

Contact info:
99 Gordon Street
Glasgow, G1 3SF UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)141 240 3700
web: www.principal-haley.com

Room amenities: Each room is themed around the hotel's Central Station location and its historic links to the Caledonian Railway. All of our rooms are beautifully decorated and have been completely renovated in stunning, rich, warm colours with modern ensuite facilities, plasma TV with Freeview, broadband, laptop-sized safe and much more as standard.

Facility amenities: Lounges, Bars, restaurants.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC at time of booking
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, September 19 -
Arrive To: Glasgow. Transfer by coach to the hotel.

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel at 12:30pm for those arriving by lunchtime.

Afternoon: Check-in and free afternoon before the welcome meeting at 5:30pm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Grand Central Hotel

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the recent renovation and transformation was completed, the Grand Central Hotel has again taken its place as Glasgow's leading four-star hotel. It is now a must-stay destination for shoppers, theatre-goers and short break guests to the city. The Central Hotel has entertained most of the world's leading politicians, from JFK to Winston Churchill and Hollywood superstars including Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra.

Contact info:
99 Gordon Street
Glasgow, G1 3SF UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)141 240 3700
web: www.principal-haley.com

Room amenities: Each room is themed around the hotel's Central Station location and its historic links to the Caledonian Railway. All of our rooms are beautifully decorated and have been completely renovated in stunning, rich, warm colours with modern ensuite facilities, plasma TV with Freeview, broadband, laptop-sized safe and much more as standard.

Facility amenities: Lounges, Bars, restaurants.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC at time of booking
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, September 20 - Glasgow City of Culture.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Lecture in the hotel on "Scotland's History" followed by a panoramic field trip by coach around the highlights of this Scottish city.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure for you to explore more of this city and perhaps to take in one of the many museums, including the recently opened Museum of Transport or its fine collection of municiple art. Your course director will advise you of your options.

Dinner: Excluded. There are many restaurants, pubs and cafes close to the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Grand Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Once the recent renovation and transformation was completed, the Grand Central Hotel has again taken its place as Glasgow's leading four-star hotel. It is now a must-stay destination for shoppers, theatre-goers and short break guests to the city. The Central Hotel has entertained most of the world's leading politicians, from JFK to Winston Churchill and Hollywood superstars including Laurel and Hardy and Frank Sinatra.

Contact info:
99 Gordon Street
Glasgow, G1 3SF UK:Scotland
phone: +44 (0)141 240 3700
web: www.principal-haley.com

Room amenities: Each room is themed around the hotel's Central Station location and its historic links to the Caledonian Railway. All of our rooms are beautifully decorated and have been completely renovated in stunning, rich, warm colours with modern ensuite facilities, plasma TV with Freeview, broadband, laptop-sized safe and much more as standard.

Facility amenities: Lounges, Bars, restaurants.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBC at time of booking
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, September 21 - Culzean Castle and Robert Burns National Heritage...
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Robert Adam's masterpiece Culzean Castle, a 600 acre estate in South Aryshire, where Dwight D Eisenhower was given the use of a flat in recognition of his connection to this grateful nation. The Kennedy family is one of Scotland’s oldest families and trace ancestry to Robert the Bruce. Culzean Castle was their principal seat from 1759, the castle and its landscape reflecting their status and aspirations. Over the centuries, the Kennedys transformed a medieval tower house, built to protect its inhabitants during dangerous times, into one of the grandest country houses in Ayrshire. In the 1770s, the 10th Earl commissioned the famous architect, Robert Adam, to create a house worthy of his political status. The entrance doors are on the site of Adam's front door. Above the doorway you can see Adam’s original graceful fanlight.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to Burns Cottage in Alloway -the birthplace of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. At the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, trace his footsteps from birth to national and international icon. Robert Burns Birthplace Museum offers a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son. Set among 10 acres of the poet’s cherished Alloway countryside, the museum comprises the famous Burns Cottage where the poet was born, the historic landmarks where he set his greatest work, the elegant monument and gardens created in his honour and a modern museum housing the world’s most important collection of his life and works.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Grand Central Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated on the Esplanade with views across the Firth of Lorne to Mull and Kerrea.

Contact info:
Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll, PA34 5AE UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1631 565735
web: www.crerarhotels.com/obanbay

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Free WiFi. Limited room service. Hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Rannachan Restaurant, Atlantic bar and Lounge. Sun lounge. Spa with outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, September 22 - Mackintosh's Hill House, Loch Lomond, Cruachan Po...
Mackintosh's Hill House, Loch Lomond, Cruachan Power Station and Loch Awe.

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach to Oban via Helensburgh where we will see the home created for one of Scotland's best known publishers by Glasgow's world famous Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dating back to 1902, the interiors and decorative scheme were created by Mackintosh and his wife. Continue on with a drive along the shores of Loch Lomond into the Highlands.

Lunch: Your choice to explore Inverary.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to "the Hollow Hill" Cruachan Power Station, one of the country's most amazing engineering achievements. Hidden deep within the mountain of Ben Cruachan on the shores of Loch Awe is Cruachan Power Station. A short distance from Oban, you can discover one of the hidden wonders of the Highlands. A power station buried one kilometre below the ground. At its centre lies a massive cavern, high enough to house the Tower of London!

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: Situated on the Esplanade with views across the Firth of Lorne to Mull and Kerrea.

Contact info:
Corran Esplanade
Oban
Argyll, PA34 5AE UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1631 565735
web: www.crerarhotels.com/obanbay

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities. Free WiFi. Limited room service. Hairdryers.

Facility amenities: Rannachan Restaurant, Atlantic bar and Lounge. Sun lounge. Spa with outdoor hot tub. Free WiFi.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, September 23 - The Isle of Mull and Isle of Iona.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Today we take a full day field trip by ferry to the Isle of Mull and then on to the Isle of Iona. Mull is the second largest of the islands of the Inner Hebrides.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: From Mull cross to the "Cradle of Christianity" Iona-a place where they say "the Veil is thin". Iona was a centre of Irish monasticism for four centuries and is today renowned for its tranquility and natural beauty. Return by ferry from Craignure to Oban.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Oban Bay Hotel and Spa

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Alexandra Hotel provides great traditional Scottish Hospitality at its best! In a great location, with everything is close by - whether it’s the High Street, or exploring the spectacular local area - you’ll find the Alexandra is in the perfect position.

Contact info:
The Parade
Fort William, PH33 6AZ UK:Scotland
phone: +44 01397 702 241
web: www.strathmorehotels.com

Room amenities: There are 93 bedrooms within the hotel all benefitting from en-suite bathrooms, television, direct dial telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant & Lounge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, September 24 - Steam train ride from Fort William to Mallaig.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Fort William today. Take the steam train ride from Fort William to Mallaig and on the way you'll see tiny villages, vast moors, towering mountains and historic glens. Drive by Stalker Castle and through"Kidnapped" country.

Lunch: Taken out in Mallaig.

Afternoon: Return to Fort William for 3:30pm. Free afternoon.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Alexandra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Alexandra Hotel provides great traditional Scottish Hospitality at its best! In a great location, with everything is close by - whether it’s the High Street, or exploring the spectacular local area - you’ll find the Alexandra is in the perfect position.

Contact info:
The Parade
Fort William, PH33 6AZ UK:Scotland
phone: +44 01397 702 241
web: www.strathmorehotels.com

Room amenities: There are 93 bedrooms within the hotel all benefitting from en-suite bathrooms, television, direct dial telephone and tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Bar, Restaurant & Lounge.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, September 25 - Ben Nevis Gondola ride, Rannoch Moor and Glencoe.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: This morning take a gondoal ride on Ben Nevis and ride the West Highland line from Fort William to Tyndrum via Rannoch Moor. The ride is considered the most scenic railway line in Britain and voted the top rail journey in the world by readers of independent travel magazine Wanderlust in 2009,

Lunch: Taken out in Tyndrum.

Afternoon: The field trip continues through Glencoe with a stop at the informative Visitor centre.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Alexandra Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th Century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. When you arrive, you will be met with Tulloch’s countless period features including the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. As you enter the magnificent hallways you will pass by painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings.

Contact info:
Tulloch Castle Drive
Dingwall
Ross-Shire, IV15 9ND UK:Scotland
phone: +44 8444 146586
web: www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/TullochCastle

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Turrets Restaurant, bar, lounge. Grounds. WiFi available in the entire hotel at supplemental cost.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Nine: Thursday, September 26 - The misty Isle of Skye, Armadale and Clan MacDona...
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Spend a full day on the Isle of Skye-the misty isle. Begin by taking the 30 minute ferry ride from Mallaig to Armadale where the MacDonalds have their clan centre. Explore Armadale Castle Gardens. The Armadale estate covers 20,000 acres (8,000 hectares). It is traditionally owned by the clan Macdonald or Donald, also referred to as the Lords of Isles and now run by a Trust. Visit the Museum with its unique display of MacDonald and Skye artifacts and walk through the serene gardens with plants and trees warmed by the Gulf Stream.

Lunch: Packed lunch.

Afternoon: The field trip continues Sligachen where we hope to view the Cuillins (mist permitting. Return via Skye Bridge. Continue on to Dingwall via the Three Sisters of Kintail, Invermorrison and Loch Ness.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Tulloch Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Tulloch Castle dates from the 12th Century, when first the Bains and later the Clan Davidson laid claim to its lands. When you arrive, you will be met with Tulloch’s countless period features including the 250-year old panelled Great Hall. As you enter the magnificent hallways you will pass by painstakingly restored original fireplaces and ceilings.

Contact info:
Tulloch Castle Drive
Dingwall
Ross-Shire, IV15 9ND UK:Scotland
phone: +44 8444 146586
web: www.oxfordhotelsandinns.com/OurHotels/TullochCastle

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, TV, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Turrets Restaurant, bar, lounge. Grounds. WiFi available in the entire hotel at supplemental cost.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Ten: Friday, September 27 - Cawdor Castle, the Black Isle.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Driving by Culloden Battlefield, we journey to fairy tale, Cawdor Castle, 14th century home to the Thanes of Cawdor. Linked with Shakespeare's Macbeth, the castle remains home to the Cawdor family today. Although the House has evolved over 600 years, later additions mainly of the 17th century were all built in the Scottish vernacular style with slated roofs over walls and gables of mellow local stone. This style gives Cawdor a strong sense of unity, and the massive, severe exterior belies an intimate interior that gives the place a surprisingly personal, friendly atmosphere. Drive by Culloden.

Lunch: Taken out in a pub such as the Plough Inn.

Afternoon: The field trip continues to the Black Isle and Cromarty and a special private talk by a custodian at Groam House Museum.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: Local Pipers perform.

Lodging: Tulloch Castle

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Three-Star Hotel

Description: The hotel was originally built as a coaching inn. She became known as " Fisher's “ after the colourful character Donald Fisher who ran the hotel from about 1853. Mr. Fisher was evidently a charming personality who, in between farming shorthorn cattle and giving speeches, made the hotel famous and enticed the celebrities of Victorian Britain to visit. Robert Louis Stevenson lived here with his wife

Contact info:
Atholl Road
Pitlochry, PH16 5BN UK:Scotland
phone: +44 1996 472000
web: www.fishershotelpitlochry.com

Room amenities: All our bedrooms have ensuite bath or shower rooms, televsion and tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Bar, Lounge and restaurant

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, September 28 - Elgin Cathedral, Glenlivet whisky tasting, sheepd...
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Pitlochry via Elgin Cathedral-burned by the Wolf of Badenoch in the 14th century and continue on to Strathspey, known for its plentiful whisky distilleries. Visit Glenlivet Distillery set in the foothills of the Cairngorm Mountains in one of the most romantic and scenic glens in the Highlands. See inside the vast bonded warehouse, learn how whisky is made and sample a "wee dram".

Lunch: Lunch at the distillery.

Afternoon: This afternoon enjoy a sheepdog display at Kingussie Leaut Farm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Fishers Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of historic Edinburgh, next to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

Contact info:
Northbridge
Edinburgh, EH1 ISD. UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 472 3000
web: www.carltonhotel-edinburgh.venue-guide.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Modem points and WiFi access.

Facility amenities: Bridge Restaurant and bar. 24 hour room service. WiFi internet access. Health & leisure club with indoor swimming pool and extensive fitness suite. Sauna, Jacuzzi type spa pool, Steam room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Sunday, September 29 - St Andrews, Culross.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to Edinburgh via the picturesque university town and home to British golf, St Andrews. Take a town walk. Continue on to the 17th century delightful small town of Culross with its Merchants' Palace and Bishops' Study. Enjoy the storied narrow streets and views across the Firth of Forth. Continue to Edinburgh via Dunfirmline, birthplace of Andrew Carnegie and burial place of Robert the Bruce's body (minus heart and entrails!)

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Check in at the hotel in Edinburgh.

Dinner: In the Edinburgh hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Barceló Edinburgh Carlton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of historic Edinburgh, next to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

Contact info:
Northbridge
Edinburgh, EH1 ISD. UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 472 3000
web: www.carltonhotel-edinburgh.venue-guide.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Modem points and WiFi access.

Facility amenities: Bridge Restaurant and bar. 24 hour room service. WiFi internet access. Health & leisure club with indoor swimming pool and extensive fitness suite. Sauna, Jacuzzi type spa pool, Steam room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Thirteen: Monday, September 30 - Rosslyn Chapel and the Scottish Parliament.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Enjoy a field trip to Rosslyn Chapel, a symphony of stone carving and craftmanship associated with the Da Vinci Code. Return to Edinburgh with a panoramic coach trip to Old and New Town.

Lunch: Taken out in Edinburgh.

Afternoon: Take a field trip to the controversial building that houses the Scottish Parliament. This part of Scotland's contemporary history brings you up to date with Scottish history and perhaps looks ahead to the Referendum on Scottish Independence in 2014.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Barceló Edinburgh Carlton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Situated in the heart of historic Edinburgh, next to the Royal Mile and Princes Street.

Contact info:
Northbridge
Edinburgh, EH1 ISD. UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 472 3000
web: www.carltonhotel-edinburgh.venue-guide.com

Room amenities: Direct dial telephone, satellite TV. Tea and coffee making facilities. Modem points and WiFi access.

Facility amenities: Bridge Restaurant and bar. 24 hour room service. WiFi internet access. Health & leisure club with indoor swimming pool and extensive fitness suite. Sauna, Jacuzzi type spa pool, Steam room.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBC.
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fourteen: Tuesday, October 01 - Edinburgh Castle.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: The programme culminates with a field ntrip to iconic Edinburgh Castle, dominating the skyline of the city.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: Farewell dinner in the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Barceló Edinburgh Carlton Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Wednesday, October 02 - Departure day.
Depart From: Edinburgh for flights to North America.

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the hotel. Some transfers may leave before breakfast.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Glasgow.
GlasgowGlasgow Cathedral, Burrell Collection, Tenement House, Willow Tea Room, People’s Palace, Hunterian Art Gallery, Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow School of Art, Pollock House, theatres, cinemas. For additional information, visit www.seeglasgow.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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13 nights of accommodations
32 meals: 13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 11 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
18 Field trips
1 Performances

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