Take OffRelax and enjoy our scheduled flight from North America to Glasgow.
Day2Arrive Glasgow – Stirling – Edinburgh
Meet Your Tour DirectorOur 24-hour WorldStrides Tour Director will meet us at the airport and remain with us until our final airport departure.
We will have use of a private coach and driver, while touring for the next 8 day(s).
Travel to Edinburgh
We continue on our journey from Glasgow Airport to Edinburgh. En route we will visit Stirling Castle.
Stirling CastleTour Stirling Castle, which dates from the Middle Ages and was an important seat of two kings; James IV and James V. View the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, presenting an excellent exhibit of colors, pipe banners, and regimental silver. From the castle there is a wonderful view of the Wallace Monument.
On to EdinburghWe will continue to Edinburgh (Area), our base for the next 3 night(s). Breakfast will be included at the hotel.
Tonight we will enjoy dinner in a local restaurant.
Day3Edinburgh: Castles and Kings
Walking Tour of the Royal MileTake a Walking Tour of the Royal Mile and explore the Scott Monument and Burns Monument.
Edinburgh CastleVisit Edinburgh Castle, a place filled with history, legend and lore. Our visit will include St. Margaret's Chapel, the State Apartments, the Great Hall and the Crown Chamber, which houses the Honours of Scotland (Scottish Crown Jewels).
Giles CathedralVisit St. Giles Cathedral, which was at the center of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland. John Knox, who had been appointed as Minister of Edinburgh, preached here from 1560 to 1572, and eventually St. Giles would become the first Presbyterian Church in Scotland. Behind the cathedral is John Knox’s Grave, which we will also try to see as it has been paved over in the centuries since his death.
John Knox's HouseThe house dates from the early sixteenth century and is where Knox spent the last few months of his life. Today, the Church of Scotland operates the house and our visit will include artifacts associated with Knox and the Reformation.
Day4Day Trip to St. Andrews and Perth
Travel to St. AndrewsLocated on the east coast of Fife, St. Andrews is Scotland’s oldest university town. It was built out of stones pillaged from St. Andrews cathedral (now in ruins), which was at one time the largest cathedral in Scotland. St Andrews is also the 'Home of Golf', where the game was first played in around 1400 and today attracts visitors from all over the world to play on the world famous courses.
Holy Trinity ChurchVisit Holy Trinity Church, a beautiful old church where Knox preached his first and last sermons.
Museum of the University of St AndrewsVisit the Museum of the University of St Andrews offering four galleries that include the long history of the University, notable alumni, the university’s contributions to art and science. The museum also features panoramic views of the West Sands.
Walking Tour of St. AndrewsTake a Walking Tour St. Andrews, where those fond of golf can pay homage to the famous “Old Course”. The walk will also include the grounds of the University of St. Andrews; founded in 1410, it is the third oldest university in Britain after Oxford and Cambridge.
Travel to PerthWe continue on our journey from St Andrews to Perth.
Church of St. JohnVisit the Church of St John, one of the largest churches in Scotland. The reformation in Scotland began here in 1559 after a fiery sermon by John Knox that led to the destruction of many local monasteries.
Castle HowardToday we will travel from Alnwick Area to Yorkshire. En route we will visit Castle Howard.
York MinisterVisit York Minster, which traces its origins from the early 7th century and features stunning stained glass from the Middle Ages.
Travel to YorkWe will continue to York (Area), our base for the next 2 nights. Breakfast and dinner will be included at the hotel.
Day7York: A Journey through Time
Walking TourTake a Walking Tour of York, through the medieval and historic parts of the city.
York Castle MuseumVisit York Castle Museum. Located on the site of York Castle, it is one of the finest folk museums in Britain. Highlights of our visit will include a unique re- creation of a Victorian cobbled street, Kirkgate, as well as the Period Rooms, Debtors’ Prison, a superb collection of arms and armor, the Costume Gallery and Half Moon Court and an Edwardian street.
Jorvik Viking CentreVisit the Jorvik Viking Centre. This recreation of part of the old Viking city, discovered many feet below present ground level, was reconstructed to appear as it stood in A.D. 948. A ‘time car’ will take us back through the ages and detail this unique aspect of York’s history.
Day8Return to North America
Fly HomeOur rewarding and enjoyable tour comes to an end as our guide accompanies us to the airport on our final day.