Soaring pine trees, majestic mountains and a medley of historic architecture – what country better embodies Christmas than Scotland? From paired whisky and chocolate tastings to Christmas markets and a performance of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker, we invite you to eat, drink and be merry on this 9-day all-inclusive tour encompassing Glasgow, Edinburgh, and the idyllic southern Highlands.
Our Christmas in Scotland tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Discover the Royal Yacht Britannia without the crowds with this private opening just for Wendy Wu guests. Part royal residence, part functional navy vessel, this icon of the 20th century is one of the most famous ships in the world. Come aboard via the Queen’s entrance on the Royal Brow, where you’ll be welcomed with a glass of champagne before your private tour.
Get a taste of the Highlands with a paired whisky and chocolate tasting at the beautiful Aberfeldy Distillery, a heritage distillery dating back to 1846. Explore the interactive heritage exhibition and atmospheric cask rooms before sitting down to a tasting of three Scotch whiskies, each expertly paired with an artisanal dark chocolate by independent local chocolatier Charlotte Flowers.
With richly-decorated costumes, a lavish set and the incomparable experience of Tchaikovsky’s score performed by a live orchestra, let the supremely talented Scottish Ballet whisk you away with a stunning performance of the Nutcracker, a festive classic.
Stay in a selection of hand-picked hotels, from an iconic Glaswegian landmark to a rural country mansion built for the Dukes of Atholl. Spend a night on the luxurious Fingal, sister ship of the Royal Yacht Britannia, before your tour culminates with a festive three-night stay at The George, one of Edinburgh's most elegant addresses.
Check in at the hotel and enjoy time at leisure before the guide's group briefing and the welcome dinner.
Begin your introduction to this historic city with a visit to one of its most significant landmarks: the wonderful Glasgow Cathedral - the oldest cathedral in mainland Scotland. Stop for lunch before continuing to the National Piping Centre, where you'll enjoy a bagpipe experience and tour of the piping centre before an opportunity to try the bagpipes for yourself! Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the Christmas markets at George Square and Enoch Square before dinner.
Bid farewell to Glasgow this morning and travel north into the Trossachs, where you will enjoy an hour's scenic cruising on Loch Lomond, Scotland's deepest loch. Loch Lomond in winter is a beautiful sight: an atmospheric display of snow-capped mountains, stunning waters and wonderful natural light. Continue to Loch Tay, where you'll enjoy a two-course lunch at a restaurant overlooking the waters, before a final short drive to Dunkeld House Hotel, a stately country mansion and our home for the next two nights.
Continue to the Aberfeldy Distillery to learn about the fine heritage of Dewar's whisky, dating back to 1846. Explore the heritage exhibition and distillery rooms before sitting down to a whisky and chocolate tasting tray of three ﬁne Scotch whiskies, each expertly matched with an artisan dark chocolate. En route back to the hotel, we'll also stop to visit the charming Highland Chocolatier shop and artistic chocolate gallery.
Enjoy time at leisure this morning to relax or explore the hotel's enormous grounds. Around noon, we depart for Leith Docks, where we visit two very special ships: the Royal Yacht Britannia and her sister ship, the Fingal, a luxurious floating hotel. Begin with champagne afternoon tea on the Fingal before checking in to your cabin for an overnight stay. This evening, we are privileged to enjoy a private, out-of-hours opening of the Royal Yacht Britannia, exclusively for our group.
It's Christmas Eve! Disembark the Fingal this morning and drive 30 minutes into the atmospheric city of Edinburgh. Our first stop is the impressive Edinburgh Castle, where we explore highlights like the Great Hall and the Honours (crown jewels) of Scotland. Enjoy lunch before continuing to the lovely Festival Theatre to enjoy a two-hour performance of the festive classic ballet, the Nutcracker, performed by Scottish Ballet and accompanied by a live orchestra. We have secured excellent seats for you to enjoy this lavish production. Afterwards, check in to the Intercontinental Edinburgh the George and enjoy a few hours at leisure before dinner.
Wrap up warm and head out to enjoy a crisp Christmas morning walk along the Royal Mile on one of its few quiet days of the year. The lack of crowds will make this a lovely day to see the Royal Mile and appreciate its architecture and landmarks such as St Giles' Cathedral. Return to The George for a delicious Christmas lunch, including a glass of fizz and half a bottle of wine per guest. The afternoon is at leisure to play games, call loved ones, or perhaps enjoy the Queen's Speech.
Boxing Day morning will be at leisure. Late this afternoon, transfer to Edinburgh's Royal Botanic Garden to enjoy the lovely light trail here. During the winter period, the centre and exteriors are lit up in an incredible field of lights, lending the glasshouses and gardens a festive air. Enjoy some time to explore and admire the illuminations before returning to the hotel for your farewell dinner.
After breakfast, depart in accordance with your onward arrangements from Edinburgh. Check-out is at noon, but should you wish to spend longer exploring the city, a luggage storage service is available at the main reception.
We draw from a wide range of hotels on our holidays, each one is chosen to suit the tour you are travelling on meaning your accommodation can range from a smart business hotel in one city to a family run guesthouse in a smaller town. Here are some examples of the type of hotel you can expect to find on this tour.
This iconic, Category A-listed hotel beside Glasgow Central Station first opened in 1883 and has hosted celebrities from Frank Sinatra to John F Kennedy and Winston Churchill. Having undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment in 2020-21, it draws on a palette of rich golds and royal blues which compliment the original Victorian architecture, as designed by National Portrait Gallery architect, Robert Rowan Anderson.
This luxury country house hotel, originally built as the summer residence of the Duke of Atholl in 1897, sits on 280 acres of well-maintained Perthshire woodland. Boasting a mile-long drive and beautiful grounds with an abundance of historic trees, the 98-bedroom house overlooks the wide and fast-flowing River Tay, renowned for its salmon.
The beautiful heritage ship 'Fingal' was once responsible for supplying equipment and vital resources to some of the most remote and far-flung lighthouses in the Scottish isles. After her retirement, she was purchased by the Royal Yacht Britannia Trust in 2014 and lovingly refurbished to the tune of ￡5 million. Now, she sits proudly beside the Royal Yacht Britannia, and serves as her sister ship as well as a luxurious 23-cabin floating hotel. Each cabin is named after a different Scottish lighthouse, in tribute to the Fingal's service to Scotland's seas.
This stately hotel has been welcoming guests since 1881. At its heart are five listed Georgian townhouses, originally built in 1775 as homes for the wealthiest citizens of Edinburgh. Famed for its warm welcome and impeccable service, not to mention its beautiful Christmas décor, there are few finer places to enjoy a Scottish Christmas than The George. Rooms provide homely comfort with luxurious treats such as a welcome box of local snacks and a fully-stocked minibar.
Places Visited: Glasgow (2N) – Dunkeld (2N) – Fingal, Leith (1N) – Edinburgh (3N)
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