The Ultimate Scottish Whisky Tour
Tour Date: Sunday June 04 – Thursday 08, 2017
Tour Leaders: Hugh Raichlin & David Walles
The Ultimate Scottish Whisky Tour
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Price per person [Flights not included] $2,000 [twin share/double occupancy]
Single Supplement $350
Sunday 04 June
Upon landing we head to the The Loch Katrine National Park to get some fresh Scottish air. It is a place of contrasts from rolling lowland landscapes in the south to high mountains in the north, and has many lochs and rivers, forests and woodlands. It is also a living, working landscape which has been influenced by people for generations and is visited and enjoyed by many for its recreational value.
Hire a bike and cycle around exploring the great range of cycle routes; from family friendly and wide forest tracks through the area’s stunning forests. Bring own lunch for this day
6:00PM Hotel Check-In at http://www.parklandscountryclub.co.uk
7:30PM Dinner at L’Chaim Restaurant
Monday 05 June 7.15am Shacharit at Gifnock followed by Breakfast at Kosher Restaurant
8.45am Bus Departs Today we travel to Edinburgh the capital city which is one of the most classically beautiful cities in the world. Edinburgh is packed full of fantastic attractions, culture hotspots and great shopping. The city’s compact nature makes it easy to fit a range of wonderful activities into one brilliant day out in Scotland’s capital. We will visit Scotts Monument, Salisbury Crags, Carlton Hill, Arthurs Seat, and The Scottish Parliament building guides provide information on the history, work and procedures of the Scottish Parliament and about the architecture of the award winning Scottish Parliament building.
Our day continues at the Palace of Holyroodhouse Holyrood's important role today as Her Majesty The Queen's official residence in Scotland includes access to the West Drawing Room used by members of the Royal Family as a private sitting room during Royal Week and not normally open to the public. It is among the most beautiful rooms in the Palace and boasts one of the finest 17th-century plasterwork ceilings. Your tour continues through the State and Historic Apartments.
Lunch at The Princes Street Gardens below the magnificent castle will provide the perfect location for a well-earned break from sightseeing. The afternoon will provide free time for retail therapy along The Royal Mile and Princess Street offering a variety of shopping from the high-end fashion retailers to the weekly stalls of the award-winning Edinburgh Farmers’ Market, the largest of its kind in Scotland. Enjoy the city sites of the best loved Edinburgh attractions including The Castle, Scott Monument and Queen Mary’s Bath House and much more by making the most of the famed Hop On / Hop Off Bus.
We finish the day with a 5.30PM Mincha and Historical Tour at the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation
7:30PM Dinner at L’Chaim Restaurant
Tuesday 06 June 5:30am Shacharit at Hotel
6:00am Bus Departs from Hotel for a 3+ hour drive to the Highlands up North to visit three world famous distilleries. These distilleries are in the very heart of Speyside, halfway between Inverness and Aberdeen. Enjoy the drive through spectacular scenery with a 7.30am picnic style breakfast stop in Blair Athol Glenfiddich Distillery “Explorers Tour”
You will discover tall copper tuns, great wooden washbacks and stone-walled warehouses filled with earthy, aged aromas. Glenfiddich Distillery is one of the last independent distilleries in Scotland, with the freedom to maintain its tradition of innovation with a pioneering spirit Macallans Distillery: “The Six Pillars Tour”
Your friendly and knowledgeable guide will explain how we create The Macallan's rich spirit in a working still house and introduce you to the ‘Six Pillars’. You will learn how our unparalleled investment in the finest casks contributes to the natural colours, aromas and flavours that set The Macallan apart.
After a thorough immersion into the world of The Macallan, you will experience a nosing and tasting of four The Macallan whiskies as well as their very foundation, our wonderfully rich new make spirit.
Glenlivet Distillery nestled deep in the dramatic scenery of Speyside, the heart of Scotland’s whisky-making country lies the Glenlivit Distillery. Explore the turbulent history of the whisky smugglers, delve into the enigmatic world of distilling and sample the single malt that started it all. Enjoy the Visitors Exhibition Museum of Whisky and a dram of Glenlivit with plenty shopping time.
8:00PM Dinner at L’Chaim Restaurant
Wednesday 07 June 7:15am Shacharit at Hotel followed by 8am Breakfast at Restaurant. [Bus pick up]
8:45am Bus Departs: Our day begins with visit to Glengoyne Whisky Distillery for the “A Taste of 4 Award Winners Tour” Dating back to 1833 Glengoyne is one of Scotland's oldest distilleries. We’ll welcome you with a dram of the Glengoyne 12 Year Old, overlooking the waterfall and the secret glen where it all began. You will follow the journey our spirit makes – through mashtun and washbacks to the swan-necks of our copper stills. You’ll discover how we capture every ounce of flavor before we send the spirit to the cask.
Stirling Castle is a great symbol of Scottish independence & a source of national pride. A place of power, beauty and history, discover the favored residence of Scotland's Kings and Queens! The Castle's long, turbulent history is associated with great figures from Scotland’s past such as William Wallace & Mary Queen of Scots. Knights, nobles and foreign ambassadors once flocked to the Royal Court at Stirling Castle to revel in the castle's grandeur.
Take a steep 10min walk up to The National Wallace Monument In 1861 Victorian craftsmen embarked on a special assignment to build a monument that would commemorate a Scottish Hero Sir William Wallace who was no ordinary hero. Follow the story of a patriot, martyr and Guardian of Scotland. For over 140 years, this world-famous landmark has fascinated visitors with its exhibits and displays.
We will continue to explore Glasgow Sightseeing on our Bus Tour offering the best of Glasgow sights with some free time for shopping and strolling around. At 6:00PM we complete our day with a stop at the Garnethill Grand Synagogue opened in 1879. It was the first in Scotland to be purpose-built and is the ‘mother synagogue’ of Glasgow. The synagogue is the finest example of high Victorian synagogue architecture Garnethill as one of the top ten historic synagogues in the UK.
7:30PM Farewell Dinner at L’Chaim Restaurant with Bag Pipes Performer
Thursday 08 June: Hotel Check-Out 7.15am Shacharit at Hotel; 8.15am Bus Departs for Breakfast at Lchaim followed by 9:00am departure
OPTION 1: The Kelpies see the world's largest equine sculptures up close and even go inside to marvel at the complexity and the engineering which created these fantastic pieces of art. A walking tour will take you through the vision of Andy Scott, the story of the real life working horses of the area, the local history and the history of the canals. The pinnacle is that you get to see a Kelpie from the inside, and understand the breathtaking engineering involved.
We visit the site of The Falkirk Wheel on Scottish Canals which was opened by the Queen in May 2002. Nothing like it has ever been built before anywhere in the world. Watch a rotating boat lift the result is awe-inspiring and beautiful. Hire a Segway for 20min
OPTION 2: Westerwood Golf Course Cumbernauld
A morning hire + clubs will be £40. Allow 4 hours. Must be pre-booked and based on availability. Having been designed by the great Seve Ballesteros and Dave Thomas, the 18 hole golf course at The Westerwood Hotel & Golf Resort is one of Scotland's best kept secrets. Overlooking the Campsie and Kilsyth Hills, this spectacular course meanders through silver birches and wild heather offering a challenge to golfers of all abilities. Devised by Seve, our signature hole is the 15th [par 3], known as the Waterfall hole. Hitting from above to a green surrounded by a 60ft rock face, it's not for the faint hearted and the undulating moorland greens also put you to the test over those 4ft putts.
Farewell: We all meet up at The Auchentoshan Distillery Tour 4 Dram Experience the only Triple Distilled Single Malt in Scotland. Auchentoshans new spirit is the highest distillate of any single malt distillery in Scotland. When you taste our new spirit, strong notes of fruit and citrus are revealed because we have distilled away all the impurities in the liquid. As such, making Auchentoshan the smoothest, most delicate tasting single malt Scotch whisky highly acclaimed across the world since 1823.
Our Scotland Tour comes to an end as we head to the airport by 4:00pm for flights home. Consider a Post weekend stay in London with a Shabbat in Hendon staying at The Pillar Hotel and joining us for Shabbat at the inspiring Nishmas Yisroel community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details
FROM / TO ISRAEL
Recommended Flight GLASGOW-LONDON: British Airways: BA 1495
Thursday 08 Jun 2017 Departure 18:35 Arrival 20:00
Recommended Flight LONDON-TLV: British Airways: BA 163
Thursday 08 Jun 2017 Departure 22:30 Arrival 5:30 [09JUNE]
Extended Weekend London Stay: Recommended Flight LONDON-TLV: British Airways: BA 167
Monday 12 Jun 2017 Departure 16:45 Arrival 23:35
- Tourist Luxury hotel http://www.parklandscountryclub.co.uk
- Air-conditioned tourist luxury coach
- Kosher Full Board 3 meals per day and snacks on bus.
- Entrance to all sites mentioned in the itinerary
- International flights
- Personal expenses: extra drinks, shopping and attractions such as bike hire etc.
- Travel Insurance
Kashrut on Scotland Tour
All our meals will be prepared exclusively by L’Chaim’s Glatt Kosher Restaurant & Caterer. They specialize in Kosher Gourmet, Bespoke & Kosher Fine Dining. Kedassia Kosher Shechita ONLY. Under the CONSTANT Hashgocha and Personal Supervision of Rabbi & Mrs Chaim Jacobs, the Chabad emissaries for 46 years and The Scotland Kashrus Authority. Kosher Gluten Free Meals Available on Request
Breakfast [Chalav Yisroel]: Bread Rolls, yoghurts, cereals, muffins, juices, tea & coffee,
Lunch to Go: Sandwiches of choice Smoked salmon, Tuna, Egg Mayo, drinks, crisps, pastry Afternoon Snack: Juice, fruits wafer bars, Crisps Dinner: 3 course Meal: Meat / Chicken. Including a Bag Piper/Scottish theme night
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