Scottish Wool Arts Tour

Scottish Wool Arts Tour June 13-23, 2018

 

June 13-23, 2018

 

11 days

 

Presented by

 

Krafty Travel

 

Day 1: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018 • Depart US

Our adventure begins on a transatlantic flight to Edinburgh, hilly capital of Scotland.

 

Day 2: Thursday, June 14th, 2018 • Edinburgh

We meet our coach upon arrival and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh, a beautiful city, often referred to as the "Athens of the North!" Highlights include the Walter Scott Monument, the elegant Prince's Street, plus much more! Tonight, we enjoy Welcome to Scotland dinner. D

 

Day 3: Friday, June 15th, 2018 • Edinburgh

After breakfast, we board the coach for a scenic ride to Johnston’s Mill in Hawick. The plant specializes in Cashmere and fine yarns. From there, it is on to Robert Owen’s Mill, a World Heritage Site dedicated to the textile arts. We have lunch on our own at the café and tour the facilities. We return to Edinburgh just in time for tea. The evening is at our leisure to stroll down the Royal Mile, visit the harbor or start a new project inspired by our tour. B

 

Day 4: Saturday, June 16th, 2018 • Edinburgh – Dundee

We have an inside tour of Edinburgh Castle, with its foreboding ramparts and walls, amazing city views, Crown jewels, and the siege gun, Mon's Meg. Next, we visit Royal Botanic Garden and learn about plants, their diversity and conservation. We then transfer to Dundee where dinner awaits us. B, D

 

Day 5: Sunday, June 17th, 2018 • Dundee – Inverness

First, we visit McManus Galleries, a museum and art gallery in the center of Dundee. Next, we meet with designer Di Gilpin at her study in Largoward for a look at her designs and a mini workshop. We make a quick stop at the famous St. Andrews golf course, and then cross into some of Scotland’s most picturesque landscapes.  We tour the Highland Folk Museum to look at how the use of wool has influenced the life of the Scots over the years. Our final destination is Inverness, our home for the next two nights. B, D 

 

Day 6: Monday, June 18th, 2018 • Inverness

Today we meet a local guide and explore the area of the savage clans and roving barbarians, including a visit to Drum Tower in Inverness Castle, which holds the high ground above the city.  The castle is a Victorian building of red sandstone, now used as a courthouse.  On our tour, we learn about the Jacobite movement, the rise and demise of the clan system, and discover many clues to the Celtic, and non-Celtic, ancestors of the Highlanders. B

 

Day 7: Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 • Inverness – Isle of Lewis

This morning we transfer to Ullapool where we board a ferry to Stornoway on Isle of Lewis. Lewis is the northern part of Lewis and Harris, the largest island of the Outer Hebrides. B

 

Day 8: Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 • Isle of Lewis

We begin with visit of Carloway Mill, one of three working Harris Tweed textile mills in the world producing the famous Harris Tweed fabric.  We stop at Callanish Stones, standing stones from Neolithic era used for rituals during the Bronze Age. Later we return to Stornoway where we visit a Victorian era Castle Lews. B

 

Day 9: Thursday, June 21st, 2018 • Isle of Lewis

Today we explore together with our guide the isle of Harris, the southern part of Lewis and Harris. Our first stop is in Tarbet where we visit Harris Tweed shop and warehouse. There we find the largest choice of Harris Tweed available as a rainbow of colors and designs stretching from floor to ceiling! We continue on to Luskentyre Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. We make it all the way to St. Clement’s Church in Rodel, a fifteen-century structure dedicated to Pope Clement. We also stop at small craftsmen shops along the way and in slow pace return back to Stornoway. B

 

Day 10: Friday, June 22nd, 2018 • Isle of Lewis – Edinburgh

This morning we board a ferry to Ullapool and then continue Loch Ness where we stop for lunch before our last stretch to Edinburgh where a farewell dinner awaits us! B, D

 

Day 11: Saturday, June 23rd, 2018 • Return to the US

Unfortunately, it is time to say goodbye and transfer to Edinburgh Airport for our return flights home. B

 

 

 

 

Tour Inclusions

 

INCLUDED:

Accommodations:

  • Double occupancy accommodations in superior three and moderate four-star hotels.

 

    • Proposed Hotels or similar:
      • Edinburgh – Ibis Centre South Bridge
      • Dundee – Holiday Inn Express
      • Inverness – Jurys Inn
      • Stornoway – Royal Hotel

 

Transportation:

  • Private, deluxe touring coach and driver throughout the tour

 

Meals:

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (9 breakfasts and 4 dinners)

 

Sightseeing and activities:

  • Admission for all attractions mentioned in the itinerary

 

Guides:

  • Services of a professional tour guide throughout the tour
  • Step-on guides for tour highlights and city tours

 

Taxes and Tips:

  • All taxes and tips for provided services, except as indicated below

 

 

NOT INCLUDED:

  • Roundtrip air transportation (including all related taxes and fees)
  • End of tour tips to the driver and tour guide
  • Beverages, except with breakfast
  • Meals, other than as indicated above (lunches)
  • Items of a personal nature such as passports, visas, etc.

 

 

REMARKS:

  • Itinerary will be finalized upon acceptance of this offer

  • No reservations have been made

     

 

Cost Summary

 

Prices based on payment by credit card and full fare paying passengers ($100 discount per person if paying by cash or check).    

 

                                                                                                Per person in dbl room                

Based on 20+ full fare paying pax                                            $ 2,319.00

Based on 15-19 full fare paying pax                                        $ 2,585.00                                         

                                                                                                                           

 

Single Supplement                                                                        $ 400.00

 

All prices include land only arrangements

 

Tour Gratuities per person (Optional)                                         $ 70.00

Tour tips can be collected at time of final invoicing. Tips would include $3.00 per person per day for the driver and $4.00 per person per day for the guide.

 

The price of this tour is based on the exchange rate of 1.30 US Dollars to 1.00 Euro as of June 19, 2017. These rates are subject to change if there is a significant change in this exchange rate. If you are interested in securing this rate of exchange, please contact Ed-Ventures and let your sales representative know you are interested in locking in this rate.

 

 

DEPOSITS:                              This is a speculative group.  The tour will guarantee departure with a minimum of 15 travelers.   $100 USD deposit per person, nonrefundable once tour is guaranteed. 

 

 

                                                 If applicable additional airfare deposits (approximately $150 per seat) may be required, depending on the policy of the airline or consolidator (if group air is booked.)

 

 

SECOND DEPOSIT:                A second land deposit of $100 per seat held is due 120 days before departure. 

                                                     

FINAL PAYMENT:                  Final payment is due 70 days prior to departure. Passengers may add after this date subject to air and land availability. Generally, airlines do not increase the price of a ticket after it has been contracted (for group contract only, not individual air). However, prior to the issuance of a ticket, airlines may [and regularly do] impose fuel, tax, or security surcharges. In the event a surcharge is imposed after Ed-V has received a final payment, Ed-V will send an additional invoice for the surcharge amount.  Ed-V will send airfare payment along with the name list within 5 days of receiving the final payment. At the time of ticketing, all remaining air space will be released.

 

ROOMING LIST                      Final passenger and rooming list is due with final payment.  Passengers may be added if airfare is available.

 

CANCELLATIONS:                  All cancellations must be in writing. Date of postmark will determine the amount of refund due.  The entire group may be cancelled up to 119 days prior to departure with a $100 per person penalty plus any airfare penalties.  From 119 days prior to departure until final payment is due, the penalty will be $200 per person plus any lost airfare deposits and any non-refundable land deposits. Non-refundable land deposits will not be made without the agencies knowledge prior to final payment.   From the final payment due date until 14 days before departure, there will be a $300 per person cancellation penalty plus any unrecoverable deposits to suppliers as well as any penalties imposed by airlines or ground suppliers. Airline tickets, once printed are not refundable. An individual canceling less than 14 days before departure will receive NO REFUND.

 

INSURANCE:                           All participants can be provided with optional insurance for cancellation, life insurance, health insurance, and baggage if the agency requests. We strongly recommend participants purchase the cancellation insurance.