The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Scotland - Featuring the Military Tatoo

July 30 – Aug. 7, 2017

Details

Scotland is a land of epic history, literary legends and heroic men who fought fiercely for the freedom they cherished. Scotland’s legendary landscape sets the stage for romantic adventure.

Settle in Glasgow and begin exploring with a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum showcasing and eclectic collection of paintings and artifacts. Visit Luss and Loch Lomond in the heart of The Trossachs National Park. Travel to St. Andrews and visit the Castle, Cathedral and the Old Course. See the highlights of Edinburgh, its castle, the Royal Mile and Old Town, and admire the Forth Bridge, the world’s first cantilever bridge and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Attend the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a spectacular performance by military bands from throughout Britain and the world. In Perth, see Scone Palace, and in nearby Crieff, visit the Glenturret distillery for a tour and, as they say in Scotland, a “wee dram” of Scotch whisky. Local guides and expert speakers provide fascinating insight during included excursions and lectures. This Alumni Campus Abroad program includes first-class accommodations, engaging excursions, educational programs and an extensive meal plan.

Tour highlights and included features

  • Seven nights in Glasgow, Scotland, at The Grand Central Hotel, a first-class hotel.
  • Informative educational programs presented by local experts will enhance your insight into the region.
  • All excursions as outlined in your program itinerary.
  • Personal VOX listening device to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guides.
  • Attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
  • Gather for a Farewell Reception and Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell Dinner.
  • Enjoy seven breakfasts, four lunches and four dinners; tea or coffee with all meals; plus wine with the Welcome and Farewell Dinners.
  • Sample authentic regional specialties during select meals at featured local restaurants.
  • Consultation services of a dedicated Passenger Service Representative prior to departure.
  • Services of an experienced Travel Director throughout your stay.
  • Tipping of excursion guides and drivers.
  • Detailed travel and destination information to assist in planning.
  • Complimentary travel wallet.
  • See two UNESCO World Heritage sites: The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh, and the Forth Bridge.
  • Discover the unique and storied culture of Scotland’s breathtaking Highlands and pastoral Lowlands.
  • Visit Scotland’s noble castles: St. Andrews Castle, Edinburgh Castle and Scone Palace.
  • Attend a stirring performance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
  • Discover the historic cities of St. Andrews and Edinburgh.
  • Learn the secrets of Scotland’s ancient whisky artistry during a visit to The Famous Grouse Experience.

Dates July 30 – Aug. 7, 2017

Cost $3,295* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Europe

Activity level

Host

Operator

Contact Laura DeRose
derose.25@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2

Map

Experiences

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Itinerary

Depart for Glasgow, Scotland.

Upon arrival, transfer to Glasgow and The Grand Central Hotel.

Enjoy afternoon tea.

Tonight, attend a Welcome Reception and Dinner featuring a traditional haggis ceremony and Highland dancers.

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Educational Focus: Medieval History.

Excursion: Glasgow. Take a guided tour of the beloved Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, housing a rich and varied collection of historical objects and fine art in an impressive red sandstone building. Then enjoy a panoramic tour of Glasgow and see the Royal Exchange, the City Chambers and the Glasgow School of Art. Conclude with a visit to the beautiful Glasgow Cathedral, built in the late 12th century.

Educational Focus: Meet the People.

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Excursion: Loch Lomond and the Trossachs. Visit the town of Luss on the “bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond.” Continue through Aberfoyle and Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, which stretches from Loch Lomond into the heart of the Trossachs.

Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in Luss.

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Educational Focus: The Stewart Line and the Jacobite Rebellions.

Excursion: St. Andrews. En route to St. Andrews, see the Wallace Monument, built to honor Scottish hero William Wallace. Continue to St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf. See St. Andrews Cathedral and the ruins of a 12th-century castle that has served as the main residence of the bishops and archbishops of St. Andrews, the administrative center of the Church of Scotland and a prison. Stop at the Old Course, where golf was first played 600 years ago.

Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch in St. Andrews.

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Independent Exploration: Enjoy free time this morning in Glasgow.

Educational Focus: Scotland Today.

Excursion: Scone Palace and The Famous Grouse Experience. Visit Perth and Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were crowned until the 13th-century. Continue to Glenturret Distillery in Crieff to enjoy The Famous Grouse Experience and a whisky tasting.

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Independent Exploration: The morning is at leisure in Glasgow.

Excursion: Edinburgh and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Visit the Forth Bridge, one of the oldest cantilever bridges. One of Europe’s most distinguished capitals, Edinburgh fostered the 18th-century Scottish Enlightenment. The city is a showcase of medieval structures in historic Old Town and Georgian buildings in the New Town. Journey along the Royal Mile in Old Town. Visit Edinburgh Castle and High Street. This evening, witness the matchless spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.

Independent Exploration: Enjoy some time at leisure in Edinburgh for exploring and dinner on your own.

Independent Exploration: Pursue your own interests in the Glasgow area.

Attend a Farewell Reception and Graduation Ceremony, followed by a Farewell Dinner and ceilidh, a traditional Celtic music, dance and storytelling party.

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Laura DeRose at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 2
Email: derose.25@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!