St. Giles, Edinburgh
The view from Stirling Castle
Kinnoull Parish Church
Cruise on Loch Ness to Urquart Castle
You are invited to join us on the MPPC Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Scotland. We’ll be visiting Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, St. Andrews, Culloden, Inverness, Glencoe and Glasgow. Along the way, we’ll see castles and cathedrals, hear about the roots of the Presbyterian Church and how the Church of Scotland is doing today, worship in several churches and form a connection with the Kinnoull Parish Church in Perth. We’ll even take a boat cruise on Loch Ness and see if we can spot Nessie. Join us as we learn about our Presbyterian roots, connect with other Christians in Scotland and have an adventure as part of the MPPC family.
Key: IF = In Flight Meals, B= Breakfast, D = Dinner
Day 1: Wednesday, June 7, 2017: Departure
We will depart from Charleston today on our international flights to Edinburgh, Scotland. (IF)
Day 2: Thursday, June 8, 2017: Edinburgh
On arrival in Edinburgh, we will meet our Scottish guides and board our air-conditioned bus. We will begin our time in Scotland with a bus orientation tour of Edinburgh, viewing the sites that we will see in more detail during the tour. We will visit the royal palace of Holyrood where in 1561 John Knox had discussions about Christianity with Mary Queen of Scots. We will then check-in to our hotel and the afternoon is at leisure to explore. Our Welcome Dinner is at the Merchant’s Restaurant this evening, which serves wonderful Scottish cuisine. (B/D)
Day 3: Friday, June 9, 2017: Edinburgh, Stirling
After a relaxed breakfast, our tour guides will take us on a Reformation-themed walking tour including the John Knox House, Greyfriar’s Church, Magdalene Chapel and the Royal Mile. Our guide will tell us about the Reformation in Edinburgh: John Knox, the Covenanters and how the saints stood strong for Jesus and true doctrine. Our tour of Edinburgh Castle will include tiny St. Margaret’s Chapel, which dates back to the 1100s. We will attend the noon service in St. Giles Cathedral. The rest of the day is at leisure, before we travel to Stirling. We can dine in the restaurant of our choice this evening. (B)
Day 4: Saturday, June 10, 2017: Stirling, Perth
We will have breakfast in the hotel, then tour the magnificent Stirling Castle, where James VI was educated by Scottish Reformer George Buchanan. Nearby is the Church of the Holy Rude, once a royal cathedral where John Knox preached for James VI baptism in 1566. We will continue on to Perth and check in to our hotel, which is just across the river from Kinnoull Parish Church. This evening we will dine with friends from the Kinnoull congregation. (B/D)
Day 5: Sunday, June 11, 2017: Perth
We will enjoy a hearty Scottish breakfast at our hotel, before attending the 10:30 AM Church service in Kinnoull Parish Church, where the choir will perform. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 6: Monday, June 12, 2017: St. Andrews, Perth
Today’s day trip is to St. Andrews, a spiritual center in Scotland for centuries. During the Reformation, St. Andrews University was third in significance after Oxford and Cambridge. In the now ruined castle, we will see the Bottle Dungeon where George Wishart was imprisoned before being burned at the stake, and pause at his martyrdom site, also remembering fellow martyr Patrick Hamilton. St. Andrews Cathedral was once the largest church in Scotland, but fell into ruin after John Knox’s sermon, which was inspired by Wishart’s martyrdom. We’ll see a monument to Robert the Bruce, the first king to unite the Scottish people and the wide sandy beach made famous in the film Chariots of Fire. Scotland is famous for its whisky and we will take a tour of Kingsbarns Distillery, with the opportunity to taste a sample. We will return to Perth in the late afternoon. (B/D)
Day 7: Tuesday, June 13, 2017: Culloden, Inverness
On our way north we will tour Blair Castle, which dates back to 1269. Unique amongst Scottish castles, the story told here will take you from a visit by Mary Queen of Scots to the Civil War, and from the Jacobite cause to the disaster of Culloden following Bonnie Prince Charlie’s own stay in the castle. We will end the tour with a light lunch of sandwiches and cake. In the afternoon we will tour the Culloden battlefield site, where the last hand-to-hand battle was fought on British soil. The battle only lasted one hour, but had a huge impact on the Highlands. We will check-in to our Guest House and the evening is free to dine in the restaurant of our choice. (B/L)
Day 8: Wednesday, June 14, 2017: Loch Ness, Inverness
This morning we will drive through Inverness and take a one hour cruise on Loch Ness. At the end of our cruise, we will tour Urquhart Castle. Steeped in national heritage and history, the Trossachs is home to some of the most influential and quintessentially Scottish icons of all time such as Rob Roy MacGregor and Sir Walter Scott. This evening we will have dinner at a pub called Hootananny, with traditional Scottish music. (B/D)
Day 9: Thursday, June 15, 2017: Glencoe, Glasgow
On our way south, we will spend some time in Glencoe, where the massacre took place on February 13, 1692. The visitor center includes a 15 minute video presentation explaining what led up to the sad events. In the afternoon we will enjoy the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond, before ending the day in Glasgow. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Glasgow. (B)
Day 10: Friday, June 16, 2017: Glasgow
We will have a guided tour of Glasgow this morning, including a visit to a kilt maker. We will visit St. Mungo’s Cathedral, which was founded by David I on the site of an earlier church. In the chapter house we will see the graves of nine Covenanters who lost their lives in 1645 for being Presbyterian. The afternoon is free to relax, shop, or maybe browse the St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. Our Farewell Meal will be at a restaurant serving traditional Scottish food. (B/D)
Day 11: Saturday, June 17, 2017: Return
We will transfer to the airport this morning, to return to the USA. (B/IF)
Please note this itinerary is copyrighted.
Our hotels are chosen for their quality, amenities and proximity to areas of interest. Whenever possible, we choose hotels in town centers, so that you are able to go off and explore in your free time. It may be necessary for us to substitute hotels for others of equal quality. You will be fully informed of any changes that affect you. Enjoy your stay!
June 8-9, 2017
Edinburgh, EH1 2HS
June 9-10, 2017
8-10 King Street
Stirling FK8 1BD
June 10-13, 2017
30-34 South St
Perth, PH2 8PH
June 13-15, 2017
Ardross Glencairn Guest House
18-20 Ardross Street
Inverness, IV3 5NS
June 15-17, 2017
The Ibis Hotel City Center
220 West Regent Street
Glasgow, G2 4DQ
Group flights have been arranged for this tour and we will continue to monitor options, so these might change. If you would like to make your own arrangements, please wait until the tour is a definite departure, before booking non-refundable tickets.
We can either assist you with flights or you are welcome to book your own. Please ensure we have a copy of your flight itinerary for our records as soon as you have booked it.
|DL 1603||June 7||Charleston||JFK||4:42 PM||6:49 PM|
|DL 409||June 7/8||JFK||Edinburgh||9:15 PM||9:30 AM|
|VS 71||June 17||Glasgow||Orlando||12:05 PM||3:45 PM|
|DL 2172||June 17||Orlando||Atlanta||5:41 PM||7:25 PM|
|DL 730||June 17||Atlanta||Charleston||10:10 PM||11:21 PM|
Price based on a minimum of 20 participants
• Transportation: via private, deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
• Accommodations (double-occupancy) in centrally located 3-star hotels with good bus access
• Meals as indicated in the itinerary
• Local step-on guides for city tours and major attractions
• Entrance fees included as per itinerary
• Guides will use Whisper Headsets throughout the tour
• All transfers, as a group
• Baggage handling (1 piece of baggage per guest)
• All taxes and tips except as indicated below
• Air transportation and related taxes and fees (currently $1,650 per person)
• Meals and beverages not identified in itinerary
• Items of a personal nature, such as passports and visas. Passports must be valid for 6 months beyond return date.
• Optional Insurance (group insurance available)
• Gratuities for tour director, and driver
• Deposit of $350 will secure your place on the tour. Please send all payments to Reformation Tours, P.O Box 854, Belleville, IL 62222.
• Final invoices will be sent in February 2017
• Final payment has been extended to April 10, 2017
• Reservations will be accepted after March 24, 2017, subject to availability
We now offer all of our travelers FREE travel insurance on group tours, which is valid throughout the tour. This insurance is through RoamRight, a division of Arch Insurance Company. You have the option to upgrade to the Total Travel Protection Plan to receive full coverage. The price depends on the total land and air cost of the tour.
The Travel Protection Plan covers you while you are on tour (not before). It includes medical and evacuation coverage, missed travel connections, trip delay, baggage delays, and lost luggage.
Upgraded Insurance from $93 (land) and $173 (land and air)
You can upgrade to the Total Travel Protection plan, by adding Trip Cancellation coverage. This is valid from the time of purchase until the tour begins. E-mail us to add the upgraded insurance, or request the upgrade when you sign-up for the tour.
Regardless of reason, cancellations are costly. To offset these costs the following fees will apply, plus any non-recoverable expenses to our suppliers:
From time of deposit to until 100 days before departure: $100
From 99-15 days prior to departure: $350 plus any non refundable deposits
14 days or less prior to departure: No refund– Cancellation charges also apply to additional accommodation reserved prior to and after the tour.
– Cancellations must be received in writing by 5:00 p.m. central time on the last business day of the applicable time period.
– For flight changes or cancellations, revision fees and/or airline cancellation charges will apply.
– Roommates canceling can result in a single supplement charge for the roommate. The Participant who cancels will be responsible for that charge if a substitute roommate cannot be found.
– Trip Cancellation and Interruption Insurance is strongly recommended.
Reformation Tours cannot assume responsibility for any additional costs or fees relating to the issuance and/or cancellation of air tickets or other arrangements not made through Reformation Tours.
We look forward to welcoming you on the tour! Click on the image to download a copy of the brochure.
Barbara Loehr-Fox – I have been the Director of Music Ministries here at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian for seventeen years. A native Floridian, I received a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Florida in Voice Performance and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Illinois – I am orange and blue all the way through. I have been a featured soloist with symphonies and in musicals and operas. My career in church music has taken me to Illinois, NY State and Mississippi. I’m very happy to call Charleston home now with my husband, Winter, but love to travel. I’m excited to help lead this group on our Scottish adventure.
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Included Insurance – FREE to all our group travelers, the Travel Protection Plan covers you while you are on tour (not before). It includes medical and evacuation coverage, missed travel connections, trip delay, baggage delays, and lost luggage.
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