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SUMMARY:


Edinburgh is the capital of Scotland located in the Central Belt region of the country. It hosts the most stunning historical sights and in 1995, UNESCO listed the old and new towns of Edinburgh as World Heritage Sites. With a population of approximately 450,000, Edinburgh manages to combine both ancient and modern in a uniquely Scottish atmosphere. In Edinburgh, medieval palaces rub shoulders with the best of modern architecture, Gothic churches with amazing museums and galleries. In 2004, Edinburgh became the first member of the UNESCO Creative Cities initiative when it was designated a City of Literature.The Scottish Highlands is the rugged northern and North-western portion of Scotland. This is the Scotland conjured up by visions of tartan, kilts, Bonnie Prince Charlie and all.

The Scottish Highlands contains some of Europe's most extensive wilderness areas, some of which have been proclaimed as National Parks.York is an ancient cathedral city with a history that dates back to before Roman times.

A county in its own right, York is situated in North Yorkshire, England with some of the best-preserved historical buildings and structures in Europe. As of the 2001 census, the population of York was 181,000. York is frequently the second most visited city in England after London, and is of course famous for giving its name to the city and state of New York in the United States.

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The Shambles

At its heart is the lane actually called the Shambles, arguably the best preserved medieval street in the world. The Shambles was a street of butchers’ shops and houses, ensuring a ready supply of fresh meat. The architecture which now appears so quaint had a very practical purpose. The overhanging timber framed fronts of the buildings are deliberately close-set so as to give shelter to the ‘wattle and daub’ walls below. This would also have protected the meat from any direct sunshine.

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Highland Cattle

The highland breed of cattle has a long and distinguished ancestry, not only in its homeland of western Scotland, but also in many far-flung parts of the world. One of Britain’s oldest, most distinctive, and best known breeds, with a long, thick, flowing coat of rich hair and majestic sweeping horns, the Highlander has remained largely unchanged over the centuries..

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Edinburgh's Nightlife tour

Join the tour guide and visit the pubs and and bars of Edinburgh and enjoy its lively nighlife ..

Royal Mile

This site celebrates everything on, off and about Edinburgh’s famous and historic Royal Mile. Every Place of Interest, Business, Shop, Bar, Restaurant, Hotel, Hostel, Tour Guide, Cafe & Close is featured here and much more.

Day 1/2: Departing in the late evening we travel overnight to Scotland, arriving at our hostel in Edinburgh in the early morning. We enjoy a guided coach tour of the famous sights – Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile, the Queen’s Palace, and much more. In the afternoon we have free time to visit the museum of Scotland & shop in Princes Street, before returning to our hostel. In the evening we enjoy a typical Scottish night out.

Day 3: Today we are invited to join the Scottish Highlands tour for a breathtakingly beautiful day out.

Day 4: In the morning we depart for York, where we see York Minster, one of Europe’s largest medieval Cathedrals & visit the city centre with its medieval streets and grand Georgian townhouses. We depart from York in the late afternoon for our journey home.

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INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

Return travel by executive coach
Services of an experienced tour leader
2 nights bed & breakfast in Edinburgh city centre
Guided coach tour of Edinburgh, a UNESCO world heritage city & free time to enjoy Edinburgh’s attractions
Visit the Scotch Whisky Experience (optional extra charge)
Visit the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh (admission free)
Guided walking tour of medieval York

ROUTE MAP

Edinburgh York Highlands

OPTIONAL TOURS:

SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Enjoy a full day visiting the mountains of Scotland and its beautiful countryside landscapes. Including Stirling, the monument of William Wallace and more

STUDENT TOURS AND GROUP TRAVEL