Highland Explorer Tours - Up Helly Aa Viking Festival (5 Day)


60 High Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian, EH1 1TB

    Few have heard of it, let alone been. This traditional winter festival has classic Scottish dancing, traditional Shetland music, boat burning ceremony and torchlight procession making for an unforgettable experience and unique celebration

    To book call us on 0131 558 3738 or email info@highlandexplorertours.com


    Viking Parade & Longboat Burning Royal Braemar
    Traditional Music Sessions The Shetland Museum
    Free time in Lerwick Breathtaking scenery of The Shetland Islands
    St Andrews, home of Golf   

    Tour Includes:
    * Two nights accommodation in a 3* Hotel with full Scottish breakfast
    * Two nights on overnight ferry (shared cabin)
    * Five full-day excursions in a Mercedes midi-coach
    * Services of a professional local guide throughout the tour
    * Free time in Lerwick

    Tour Excludes:
    * Lunches & evening meals

    Tour Itinerary:
    Day 1
    We head north through stunning scenery, castles and whisky country, stopping at the ancient university town of St Andrews and home of golf. On to Aberdeen to board the ferry. (Overnight: Ferry)

    Day 2
    Time to explore Shetland and its stunning scenery before getting into the spirit for the main event with some celebrations in town with the locals. (Overnight: Lerwick)

    Day 3
    The big day! A procession of flaming torch bearing Vikings makes its way through the streets culminating in the ceremonial burning of a full size replica Viking Long Ship. (Overnight: Lerwick)

    Day 4
    After a leisurely breakfast, we venture north taking in the ancient Tynwald Parliament and explore the northern area of the Island before returning on the overnight ferry back to Scotland (as Shetlanders refer to the mainland). (Overnight: Ferry)

    Day 5
    We will pass Crathie Kirk where the Royal Family worship when at their Highland residence. We also visit the resting place of John Brown, ghillie to Queen Victoria and made famous in the movie starring Billy Connolly. We then make our way through the mountains and Royal Braemar before arriving back to Edinburgh at approx 17.00.

    Additional Information:
    Edinburgh Departure: Highland Explorer Tours Office, 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB – 08.45am
    Please arrive 15 minutes before scheduled departure time to check in for tour

    The World Famous Torchlight Processsion has around one thousand torch bearing guizers in full Viking uniform march through the streets with the Galley and past the spectators. The town is in darkness as the streetlights are switched off, the red glow at ‘light up’ is truly a phenomenal sight.

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    Opening Times
    Departs from Edinburgh at 8.45am on Sunday 25th January 2015 only
    25 Jan 2015

    Tour departs from 60 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TB

    Ticket Information
    Ticket Type
    Ticket Tariff
    2014 Adult - Hotel £699.00 per ticket
    2015 Adult - Hotel £699.00 per ticket

    * Prices displayed are based on two people sharing a twin/double room
    **Single occupancy rates are available on request but subject to availability. No children under 5

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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