Scottish Highlands & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

​Discover the rich heritage and dramatic beauty of Scotland, from its refined cities steeped in time-honoured tradition to its heathered highlands shrouded in the mists of legend.

Journey Overview

Discover the rich heritage and dramatic beauty of Scotland, from its refined cities steeped in time-honoured tradition to its heathered highlands shrouded in the mists of legend, and learn about the cultures of its storied clans, culminating in the pageantry of the world’s oldest military tattoo.

Journey Highlights

  • Witness the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with premium access that includes a private dinner before the show, a meeting with a performer and priority premium seating
  • Set out on a four-wheel-drive safari into the wild Highlands, and enjoy a picnic lunch amid stunning natural landscapes
  • Gain access to areas usually off limits to the public during an exclusive experience at majestic Inverary Castle
  • Learn the history of design in Scotland at the recently opened V&A Dundee, a showcase of ingenuity
  • Board the majestic Royal Yacht Britannia in Edinburgh for a private before-hours visit

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Glasgow, Scotland

Arrive in Glasgow, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, gather with fellow guests for cocktails and a welcome dinner at the hotel.
Hotel du Vin Glasgow | Meals: D

Day 2: Glasgow | Hidden Gems

Make an exclusive before-hours visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, home to one of Europe’s great art collections. Next, explore the legacy of great Scottish architect, designer and artist, Charles Rennie Mackintosh at the distinctive Mackintosh Queen’s Cross church. Eat lunch at the Willow Tea Rooms, another Mackintosh design emblematic of the local Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
Hotel du Vin Glasgow  | Meals: BL

Day 3: Inverary | Home Of A Laird

Journey to Inverary Castle, passing Loch Lomond along the way. Upon arrival, set out on a private guided walk through this aristocratic residence, for an exclusive A&K experience, followed by lunch. Then, drive through the Highlands and past Loch Tay to your hotel beside scenic Loch Rannoch.
Dunalastair Hotel Suites | Meals: BLD

Day 4: Kinloch Rannoch | A Highlands “Safari”

Ride Like a Local into the Highlands by 4x4 vehicle on a wilderness safari, absorbing the scenic views of lakes, forests and mountains, and keeping watch for native wildlife, such as red deer, mountain hares and golden eagles. Then, enjoy a picnic lunch in this idyllic location, followed by free time to relax, cast a fishing line, peruse local art galleries and craft shops, or simply marvel at the natural grandeur surrounding you.
Dunalastair Hotel Suites | Meals: BLD

Day 5: Dundee & St. Andrews | Scottish Innovation

Travel to Dundee to discover the recently opened V&A Dundee, a museum that showcases the history of Scottish design, technology and innovation. Enjoy time for lunch at your leisure, and then proceed on a unique Chef ’s Table experience at the Scotch whisky distillery at Lindores Abbey, called whisky’s spiritual birthplace, where you indulge in a tasting. Continue to the lovely coastal town of St. Andrews, site of the Open and regarded as the home of golf. After an introduction to the historic town, savour a Scenic Sundowner overlooking the iconic Old Course, and then check in to your hotel set on the famed links.
Old Course Hotel | Meals: BD

Day 6: St. Andrews | Explore Your Way

This morning, explore your way with a choice of activities including a bike ride to Tentsmuir Forest, a private tour and tasting at a local gin distillery, or a sea kayaking excursion along the craggy coastline. Relax during an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Old Course Hotel | Meals: B

Day 7: Edinburgh | Traditional Afternoon Tea

Today, journey to Edinburgh, Scotland’s elegant capital. Begin your visit with a tour of Holyrood Palace. Continue up the Royal Mile to the historic Signet Library, where you are invited to one of Edinburgh’s most substantial afternoon teas, featuring savory side dishes and sweets that make for a satisfying lunch. Afterward, explore Edinburgh Castle with an expert local guide and take in the stunning views over the city and beyond. Later, check in to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
The Balmoral | Meals: BL

Day 8: Edinburgh | The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Begin your day with a private, before-hours visit to the Royal Yacht ‘Britannia,’ a proud vessel that served as a floating home to the Royal Family for over 40 years. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the local sights before returning to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Later, a farewell dinner at a local restaurant is a prelude to the precision and pageantry of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a stirring display of martial music and military-style manoeuvrers that has taken place for over 70 years. Sit back in your premium grandstand seat and watch magnificent performances that symbolize Scottish culture and history and their influence around the world.
The Balmoral | Meals: BD

Day 9: Depart Edinburgh

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departing flight.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.
Last group event: end of Military Tattoo performance at 10:30 p.m. on Day 8.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Old Course Hotel, St Andrews

Scottish Highlands & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

With 144 rooms including 35 suites, the Old Course Hotel is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. It borders the renowned 17th R ... Read more

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Scottish Highlands & the Edinburgh Military Tattoo - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel at Edinburgh’s most prestigious address. A landmark in the centre of the city, the historic buildin ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 2, 2021 - Aug 10, 2021
Price AU$11,465pp Single Supplement AU$3,670 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire