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Lakes & Valleys

7 Days Tour

Isle of Skye | Lake District | Snowdonia

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Tour Overview

07 Days - Lakes & Valleys (Code: UKLV)

 

Early Bird Offer

 

Book 12 weeks in advance

£35 OFF per adult & child

Book 10 weeks in advance

£25 OFF per adult & child

Book 8 weeks in advance

£15 OFF per adult & child


Tour Highlights

 

  • Peak District - Bakewell and Buxton

  • Lake District - Drive through

  • Lake Windermere Cruise

  • Llandudno - Mountains of Snowdonia (Clogwyn Only until 03rd June)

  • Llanberis

  • Nevis Range* with entrance

  • Glasgow City Tour covering Glasgow Cathedral, Main Square & University of Glasgow

  • Isle of Skye - Inverness

  • Edinburgh City Tour covering the Royal Mile and entrance to Edinburgh Castle

  • View the famous Neptune staircase & Commando Memorial

  • View the Forth Road Bridge

  • Photo Stop at Falkirk Wheel

  • The Kelpies

  • Lake Lochness

  • Free time in Inverness City

  • Isle of Skye Tour

  • Caringorms National Park

  • Scottish Distillery

 

Price Includes

 

  • Return Transportation by deluxe AC vehicle from selected pick up point

  • 6 Nights accomodation in a 3/4 Star Hotel

  • 5 Indian Dinners

  • Entrance & sightseeing as mentioned in the Tour Highlights

  • All tips and service charges

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Representative

 

The Star Difference

 

  • Free Selected pick ups available nationwide

  • Isle ok Skye tour

  • Tips and service charge included

  • Premium service of a Star Tours Representive

  • ABTA Protection

 

Hotels

 

  • Stay at Premier Inn or Holiday Inn Express  or Similar

 

Pick Up Points

 

Departure Point

Time

Wembley (HA9 6LL)

06:30am

Luton (LU4 8RQ)

07:00am

Toddington Services (LU5 6HR)

07:15am

Newport Pagnell (MK16 8DS)

07:40am

Northampton Services (NN4 9QY)

08:00am

Watford Gap Services (NN6 7UZ)

08:15am

Coventry (CV2 2SH)

08:40am

 

Please Note:

All pick ups are Northbound Services and all drops will be Southbound Services.

 

 

Additional Excursions

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

(3 - 15 years)

Clogwyn (Until 14th May 2024) prices from

£35

£25

Summit - prices from

£41

£31

Loch Lomond

£12

£8
(5-15 Years)

 



 

Tour Itinerary


Day 1
London - Peak District

Start your journey early in the morning from London as you head north towards the enchanting Peak District, England's first National Park. This region is celebrated for its captivating landscapes, featuring rolling hills, serene lakes, and verdant woodlands, making it one of the country's most scenic areas. Traverse the National Park and be enchanted by the sight of moors, woodlands, and peaceful valleys.

Your first stop will be the charming market town of Bakewell. Notably famous for its pretty courtyards, boutique shops, ambiance and, most particularly, the Bakewell Pudding or Tart. Take in the delightful atmosphere and indulge in this iconic local treat before continuing to Buxton, often referred to as the "Gateway to the Peak District National Park." Explore ancient Roman spas, admire the grand Opera House, and enjoy some leisure time for further exploration.

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Day 2
Llandudno - Llanberis - Snowdonia

Today, we will embark on a journey to the captivating landscapes of North Wales. Our first stop is the delightful town of Llandudno, graced by an impressive promenade that adds to its Victorian charm. Here, you will find a beautiful beach set against the picturesque backdrop of the Snowdonia Mountains.

You will have the chance to enjoy some free time on Llandudno's sandy shores. Take a leisurely stroll along the longest pier in Wales or experience an exhilarating ride on Britain's only cable-operated tram, which will transport you to the summit of The Great Orme. Llandudno Museum awaits those interested in local history, and shopaholics will be delighted by the recently opened Victoria shopping center.

For a unique experience, opt for a thrilling ride on the Llandudno Cable Car in Hope Valley. As the cable cars silently glide from Hope Valley to the summit of the Great Orme, you will be treated to breathtaking views of Llandudno, the Little Orme, Conwy Estuary, and beyond. The Llandudno Cable Car is the longest passenger cable car system in Britain. You can choose a return journey (an 18-minute ride) or a one-way trip, with departures available from Happy Valley or the summit. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the wonders of the Great Orme Tramway, Britain's largest and most spectacular funicular tramway. Climbing a mile to the Orme's summit, it offers sweeping vistas of Llandudno's magnificent bays and the surrounding landscape. This unique attraction has been thrilling visitors young and old for over a century and is an absolute must-see.

After our adventures in Llandudno, we will head to Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, where we will encounter Snowdon, the tallest mountain in Wales and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands. Snowdon is renowned for its vibrant natural flora and fauna and is designated as a natural nature reserve.

If you choose the optional train journey, your excursion will begin at Llanberis station. From there, you will embark on an awe-inspiring adventure aboard a rack railway that will carry you to Clogwyn. The views from the train as it traverses a ridge toward the summit are nothing short of breathtaking. At the pinnacle, you will be treated to one of the world's most spectacular panoramas.

For those who opt not to take the train journey, ample free time will be provided to explore the natural beauty of this area.

Entrance to the Llandudno Cable Car and tramway is not included and can be booked on the day of arrival. Please be aware that the cable car attraction only accepts cash.
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Day 3
Lake District - Windermere - Glasgow

This morning, following a delightful breakfast, our journey leads us through the enchanting landscapes of the Lake District National Park in Cumbria. This remarkable region is renowned for its abundance of lakes, each offering its own unique allure, and it has been rightfully honored as a World Heritage Site for its breathtaking vistas and lush woodlands. As we traverse this picturesque terrain, prepare to be captivated by the sheer natural beauty that surrounds you.

Our destination is Windermere, a town nestled amidst the splendor of the Lake District. Here, you will have the opportunity to partake in a serene boat cruise on Lake Windermere, an experience that promises tranquility and magnificent vistas. The calm waters and scenic surroundings make this excursion a perfect moment to unwind and soak in the captivating ambiance of the region.

Following a satisfying lunch, we continue our journey towards the vibrant city of Glasgow. Upon our arrival in this dynamic urban center, we will have the chance to view the impressive Glasgow Cathedral from outside. This iconic cathedral stands as a testament to Scotland's rich history and enduring cultural heritage. Its grandeur and historical significance make it a captivating stop on our journey through Glasgow. Though we won't enter its hallowed halls, the cathedral's exterior offers a glimpse into its remarkable architecture and storied past.

Our exploration of Glasgow will then lead us to discover more of the city's cultural and historical treasures before we rest and prepare for the adventures that await us on the following day.
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Day 4
Glasgow - Loch Lomond - Fort William - Scottish Distillery - Loch Ness

Today set our course for the breathtaking Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, home to the renowned Loch Lomond.

As we arrive at Loch Lomond's serene shores, you'll have the option to embark on a delightful boat cruise, an experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the picturesque Highland scenery while relishing a comforting cup of tea or coffee. Loch Lomond, also known as the "Lake of the Elms," is a pristine freshwater loch that traverses the Highland Boundary Fault, often regarded as the dividing line between the lowlands of Central Scotland and the majestic Highlands.

Our journey then meanders along a scenic route that leads us to Fort William, where we have the opportunity to explore the Nevis Range. Upon arrival, we ascend by cable car, provided it is operational, to Aonach Mòr, an imposing peak that stands at an elevation of 1,345 meters above sea level. It's a popular destination for those seeking the grandeur of the Scottish mountains.

Your adventure then takes you to a Whiskey Distillery, where you will delve into the time-honored craft of whisky distillation during a guided tour, culminating in a delightful tasting session.

During the day, we also pause to pay our respects at the Commando Memorial, a Category A listed monument located in Lochaber, Scotland. This monument is a tribute to the brave men of the original British Commando Forces, raised during World War II. Our journey further unfolds with a visit to Neptune's Staircase, a remarkable engineering marvel comprising eight locks along the Caledonian Canal. This extraordinary feat of engineering elevates the canal by 19 meters over a quarter-mile stretch of uninterrupted masonry. Navigating this flight of locks is a captivating 90-minute spectacle for boats. Constructed by the visionary Thomas Telford between 1803 and 1822, Neptune's Staircase ranks as Scotland's longest staircase lock flight.

Our journey continues, offering breathtaking vistas of the legendary Loch Ness, a majestic waterway that stretches over 22 miles in length and plunges to depths of more than 227 meters. Loch Ness is most renowned for its intriguing tales of the Loch Ness Monster, affectionately referred to as Nessie, making it a must-see stop on our captivating itinerary.


*Note: If the Scottish Distillery is not covered on this day it will be done on Day 7.
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Day 5
Isle of Skye / Inverness

Today, after a hearty breakfast, we will embark on a captivating journey to explore the picturesque Isle of Skye. This enchanting island, Scotland's largest, is a pristine haven nestled off the rugged coastline of the West Highlands. It is a haven for nature enthusiasts, boasting dramatic sea cliffs, windswept valleys, and shimmering lochs.

Our Isle of Skye adventure will begin with a scenic drive through the captivating Highland landscapes, taking us to the western coast and the iconic Eilean Donan Castle. Here, you will have some free time to soak in the breathtaking vistas.

Next, we will cross over to the Isle of Skye via the renowned "Skye Bridge." As we journey along the island's east coast, you will be treated to mesmerizing views of the Red Cuillin Mountains, with a picturesque stop at Sligachan to capture the crystal-clear mountain waters in a photo.

Upon reaching the charming town of Portree, often referred to as the "capital" of the Isle of Skye, you will have leisure time to explore its unique offerings.

Our adventure will continue as we head towards some of the island's most renowned natural wonders on the Trotternish Peninsula. Prepare to be awestruck by the incredible sights of the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock – these are moments that will stay etched in your memory.

Tonight, you will have free time in Inverness to savor the local cuisine and explore the city's culinary delights. Please note that dinner is not included on this evening.
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Day 6
Cairngorms national park - Loch Morlich - Edinburgh Castle - Forth Road

Today, we embark on a scenic drive through the Cairngorms National Park, the largest national park in the UK, known for its majestic mountain range. Along the way, you will pause for a delightful break at Loch Morlich, a hidden gem with its pristine beach nestled in the enchanting landscapes of the Cairngorms and Glenmore Forest.

Loch Morlich boasts one of the most picturesque settings you will find on any Scottish loch. It is ensconced by lush forests and bordered by inviting beaches, all set against the backdrop of the often snow-capped peaks of the northern Cairngorms.

Continuing your journey, you will arrive in the historic town of Stirling, dominated by the imposing silhouette of Stirling Castle. Here, you will have some free time to savor a leisurely lunch and explore the town's charming streets.

Next on the itinerary is a visit to the captivating city of Edinburgh. Here, you will have the privilege of visiting the iconic Edinburgh Castle, a historic stronghold boasting splendid state apartments and the ancient Scottish crown jewels.

As you descend the castle hill and traverse the renowned Royal Mile, you will encounter the magnificent St Giles' Cathedral, distinguished by its crown-shaped spire. Along this storied thoroughfare, you will also have the opportunity to marvel at Calton Hill, the National Monument of Scotland, Nelson Monument, the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish Parliament, and the regal Hollyrood Palace.

Continuing your journey, you will be treated to panoramic views of the Forth Road Bridge, offering a breathtaking backdrop of the Forth Rail Bridge.
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Day 7
Falkirk - Kelpies

After breakfast visit to the Falkirk Wheel, a remarkable rotating boat lift that connects the Forth and Clyde Canal with the Union Canal.

Finally, you will set your sights on The Kelpies, colossal 30-meter-high horse-head sculptures sculpted by the talented artist Andy Scott. Completed in October 2013, The Kelpies stand as a monumental tribute to Scotland's rich horse-powered heritage.

Later you will board your coach and commence your return journey to London.

As you descend the castle hill and traverse the renowned Royal Mile, you will encounter the magnificent St Giles' Cathedral, distinguished by its crown-shaped spire. Along this storied thoroughfare, you will also have the opportunity to marvel at Calton Hill, the National Monument of Scotland, Nelson Monument, the Scottish National Gallery, the Scottish Parliament, and the regal Hollyrood Palace.

Continuing your journey, you will be treated to panoramic views of the Forth Road Bridge, offering a breathtaking backdrop of the Forth Rail Bridge. Following an early lunch, you will board your coach and commence your return journey to London.
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NB
THE FIRST THREE DAYS OF THIS TOUR MAY BE RUN ON A MINIBUS.

B=Breakfast, D=Dinner

Other Information

2024 USD Dates & Prices

 

DEPARTURE DATES

ADULT

from

CHILD

(2 -11 YEARS)

from

Mar - 21, 29

$1,060.00

$815.00

Apr - 15, 30

$1,060.00

$815.00

May - 13

$1,125.00

$880.00

May - 18, 20, 25

$1,060.00

$815.00

Jun - 03

$1,080.00

$835.00

Jun - 17

$1,060.00

$815.00

Jul - 01

$1,080.00

$835.00

Jul - 15

$1,060.00

$815.00

Jul - 29

$1,100.00

$855.00

Aug - 05, 07, 10, 15, 20, 24, 31

$1,060.00

$815.00




Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

Infants 0 - 23 months price is from $365 for a seat in coach only

Max occupancy per room is 3 person (excluding infants)

$100 reduction will apply for 2nd child without a bed

Single supplement will be an additional $385

 

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 12 weeks in advance and get

$45 OFF per adult and child

Book 10 weeks in advance and get

$35 OFF per adult and child

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

 $20 OFF per adult and child

 

 

 

Discover general information about our tours by clicking here . Additionally, should you have any questions, our Frequently Asked Questions page may already contain the answers to your questions.

 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

Scotland

Edinburgh

Sterling

U. K.

UTC + 0

230V,

50Hz

+44

 

Additional Excursions

 

 

Excursions

Adult

Child

(3 - 15 years)

Clogwyn (Until 14th May 2024) prices from

£32

£22

Summit - Peak (Easter, July - Aug) prices from

£38

£28

Summit - Off Peak prices from

£33

£23

Loch Lomond

£12

£8

 



 

Currency

 

In Scotland the currency you will require will be Pounds (GBP/Sterling). Star Tours’ advices passengers to exchange any spending money for their holiday before they actually travel. Whilst on tour it is very inconvenient to change money and most places we will be visiting will not have ATM machines or accept credit/debit cards.

 

We also advice our passengers to keep some change in coins on them whilst on tour as using toilets in many parts of Scotland is not free.

 

Distances

 

An important point to note whilst on a touring holiday is that some long journeys are unavoidable especially when travelling from city to city.

 

It is advisable passengers carry necessities that they may need for the day such as water, dry snacks, cameras etc. with them in their hand luggage.

 

For this tour it should be noted that the travel times are extensive on this tour.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel, and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yogurt.

 

Passengers can choose from different diets, including vegetarian, Jain or non-vegetarian (Halal will not always be available) meals. Passengers should advice their tour representative of their preferred diet on the day one. The meals are pre-set buffet and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with Tap Water only.

Lunches are usually vegetarian only and are provided outdoors at a service station/rest area where limited or no seating is available. Lunch is served in a picnic style buffet arrangement. Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details, as Scotland is part of the UK there are no advisories for people travelling from the UK.

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

USA Residents

United Kingdom

 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer / kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hair dryer etc, as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini bar, or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s).

 

Other Advisories

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at their pick-up point no later than 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Your pick-up point, address and time will be stated on your invoice. If you have selected a pick-up time outside of Wembley then you will be confirmed your pick-up time.

 

Departure Point

Time

Wembley (HA9 6LL)

06:30am

Luton (LU4 8RQ)

07:00am

Toddington Services (LU5 6HR)

07:15am

Newport Pagnell (MK16 8DS)

07:40am

Northampton Services (NN4 9QY)

08:00am

Watford Gap Services (NN6 7UZ)

08:15am


Note :-

Pick-up will be Northbound Services and drop-off will be at Southbound Services.

 

Visa Details

 

You do not require Schengen visas for this tour, however if you hold a non EU passport then you will require UK Visa. Please consult the British Embassy in your country of residence.

 

Weather

 

Passengers can be well prepared by ensuring they are carrying appropriate clothing, footwear and accessories. Passengers should also be aware that during the winter months most of the sightseeing will be in the dark as, in Scotland, the day becomes dark very early during winter. Passengers should consult with Star Tours at the time of booking if they are unsure.

 

Wheelchairs & Child Seats

 

We will accept light weight manual wheelchairs for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the coach.  It is also essential that a family member is also on the tour to push their wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed. It should be noted Ben Nevis is not fully accessible for a wheelchair user. Some part of Edinburgh will have cobbled streets, which may not be suitable for wheelchairs.

 

In most of Europe, the use of child seats in coaches is mandatory for children under the age of 12 or who are shorter than 150 cm. Children under 7 years old or less than 125 cm tall must use a child seat with a harness or a restraint system. Children between 7 and 12 years old or between 125 and 150 cm tall must use a booster seat or a seat cushion. It is the responsibility of the child's parent or guardian to provide the appropriate child seat for their child.

Home Pick-Ups

The map below can be used to check the price of a home pick-up. The map shows the price bands for each area we service.

Home Pick-up Pricing Key:

Pick-Up points

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.


Early Bird Offers

  • Book 12 weeks in advance and get £35 / $45 OFF per adult and child
  • Book 10 weeks in advance and get £25 / $35 OFF per adult and child
  • Book 8 weeks in advance and get £15 / $20 OFF per adult and child

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