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The Belmond Royal Scotsman : Classic Train Journey


Rove through the countryside of Scotland and visit its cities and castles on this exceptional tour of the country’s highlands and scenery. Here, history is everywhere and adds to the romance and adventure that you will experience on board the luxury Belmond Royal Scotsman train. Stepping aboard this iconic train, you will start your journey in the city of Edinburgh and pass over the Forth Railway Bridge. Then after traveling through Arbroath, Montrose and Aberdeen, you will find yourself in the city of Keith. The scenic portion of the trip will take you through Inverness and the Kyle of Lochalsh. Visiting the wild seals near Plockton will give you a good feel for the nature in the region, or alternatively, you can delve into the history of Eilean Donan Castle. You can also experience what it is like to live in Ballindalloch Castle, indulge in an optional golf outing, or visit the Single Estate Distillery in the area. You will tour estates in the region and visit the Cairngorms National Park, finishing this spectacular trip with a visit to Glamis Castle before returning to Edinburgh. As your tour on the luxury Belmond Royal Scotsman train draws to an end you will have experienced one of the best ways to see Scotland, walked through its lush forests, and tasted the finest cuisine and whiskey to be had.
 

Attadale view
Achnashellach Forest

Itinerary


Cities Covered : Edinburgh ,  Keith

Today the Belmond Royal Scotsman embarks from Edinburgh, traveling north and crossing the Firth of Forth via the renowned Forth Railway Bridge. Enoy afternoon tea as your train travels through Arbroath, Montrose, and Aberdeen. Arrive in Keith, where the train will stay overnight. Enjoy an informal dinner and entertainment in the Observation Car.

 




Cities Covered : Keith ,  Plockton ,  Kyle of Lochalsh

Belmond Royal Scotsman travels west towards Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Enjoy lunch as you journey towards Kyle of Lochalsh along a beautiful scenic route, one of the best in the country. Stop at Plockton, a picturesque town where you can take a boat trip on the bay to see wild seals. Alternatively, you can have a dram of whiskey and a traditional Highland welcome at the Plockton Hotel. Another option is to visit Eilean Bonan Castle and learn about the rich history (including its restoration) behind this iconic site. Night is spent on the train in Kyle of Lochalsh, with a formal dinner. Afterwards, coffee and liqueurs will be available in the Observation Car.


Cities Covered : Boat of Garten

Today we retrace our route north to Inverness and south to Cambridge, a picturesque journey. In Cambridge, you have the opportunity to explore Ballindalloch Castle on Speyside, known as the "pearl of the north." Here you can have a castle tour, play 9 holes of golf on the castle's course, or visit Scotland's only single estate distillery. This night is spent on the train in Boat of Garten, where you will enjoy an informal dinner. After dinner, the Highlander regales guests will entrance you with weaponry displays and tales.

*Please note: On 25 April, 26 September and 06 October 2016 there will be an alternative itinerary. Early-risers will have opportunity to join a short, scenic trip to photograph the famous Eilean Donan Castle before the train heads south to Carrbridge for a tour of Glenlivet Distillery. Overnight in Bridge of Garten.



Cities Covered : Aviemore ,  Perth ,  Dundee

Travel to Rothiemurchus Estate within the lush Cairngorms National Park, where you can partake in fishing, clay pigeon shooting, or a tour of the estate. Return to Belmond Royal Scotsman train at Kingussie, and enjoy lunch while you travel south to Dunkeld. Here you will stop and visit Glamis Castle, the former home of the late HM Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother. Return to the train in Perth for entertainment and a formal dinner before stabling overnight in Dundee.


Cities Covered : Dundee ,  Edinburgh

After breakfast, Belmond Royal Scotsman heads back to Edinburgh, where your journey ends. 


Departure Dates and Rates

INCLUSIONS:

  • 4 Nights accommodation on board the Belmond Royal Scotsman as per the itinerary in a State Cabin with private ensuite toilet and shower
  • Table d'hôte meals daily, including all alcoholic and other beverages
  • All entertainment and sightseeing excursions as specified in the itinerary
  • All applicable taxes

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Travel insurance
  • Domestic or international airfare
  • Transfers before or after your train journey
  • Gratuities for crew members
  • Items of a personal nature, souvenirs and any other items not specifically mentioned as included.
Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT TERMS:
(i) 15% of total tour cost due at the time of booking
(ii) 85% or balance no later than 65 days prior to date of the first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE
TOURS

 

CHANGE FEES:

(i) one free, then 10% of total tour value for 56 days or more to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(ii) 20% of total tour value for 55-21 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(iii) 60% of total tour value for 20-3 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(iv) 100% of total tour values for 2 days or less of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

CANCELLATION FEES:

(i) 15% of the total tour value if cancelled 56 days or more to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS
(ii) 30% of the total tour value if cancelled 55-21 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(iii) 70% of the total tour value if cancelled 20-3 days prior to date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

(iv) 100% of the total tour value if cancelled 2 or less days prior to the date of first service sold by TRAVBUZZ / PALACE TOURS

 

 

Cancellations should be intimated by FAX to the corporate office in Princeton NJ.

The above times are based on European time. In order to provide enough time for processing cancellation, guests  need to add 3 business days to the above timeframes. An administration fees of 15% on any monies paid by the client will be charged prior to refund.

 

We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover the losses incurred in case of cancellation. For information on available plans or to purchase travel insurance, please visit www.palacetours.com/insurance.






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