Multi-Day Tour | Private

The Open Championship 2018 (8 days)

Dream Escape - United Kingdom

Edinburgh, United Kingdom To Saint Andrews, United Kingdom

Valid for Departures Now Through: 29 Nov 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Day One: Sunday 15th July - Arrival in Edinburgh

On arrival at Edinburgh Airport be met and welcomed by your experienced local chauffeur-guide who will provide a safe and comfortable journey into the city centre.

Edinburgh, sometimes referred to as the “Athens of the North”, is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. It has two distinct areas: the Old Town, dominated by a medieval fortress, and the neo-classical New Town, dating from the 18th century. The harmonious connection of these two contrasting historic areas, each with many important buildings, is what gives the city its unique character and saw it awarded World Heritage Site status by UNESCO in 1995.

Check in to your first accommodation, a luxury hotel in the true sense of the word. While many Edinburgh hotels claim to have city landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their own doorstep is a landmark. The iconic Balmoral Hotel is stylish, modern, and elegant. This is evident from the moment you enter via the Lobby, through the exquisite Palm Court or the most recently added, Scotch Bar.

Day 2
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Day Two: Monday 16th July - Explore Edinburgh

Accompanied by an expert local guide, explore the city on foot.

Visit Edinburgh Castle – from its volcanic rock, it towers over the city, every inch a mighty fortress and defender of the nation. Step inside the ancient walls and learn of the royalty who lived and died here and the struggles for control of the nation.

This iconic fortress has had a lively history to say the least. It has been marked by violence, political and religious intrigue, and the rise and fall of monarchs.

As a military building and the most prestigious building in Scotland’s capital, it has been captured and recaptured many times and is perhaps the most besieged place in Britain. Taking the castle wasn’t just a tactical coup for Scotland’s enemies but a blow to morale, self-esteem, and the pride of the Scots.

Later, take a stroll down The Royal Mile, which lies at the heart of the Old Town. This is arguably one of the most famous streets in the world. Today, it is peppered with stores selling cashmere goods and hand crafted silver jewellery. However, in centuries gone by it was a different story: delving into the Old Town is like leafing through the pages of a dusty historical novel, as each era unfolds with its own legends and characters.

The city is full of interesting places to explore. Your guide, with their local insider knowledge, can offer advice for visits to interest you and will explain and expand on the city’s rich history and heritage like no book can with memorable stories and fun facts.

Day 3
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel Breakfast

Day Three: Tuesday 17th July – The 1st tee

While accompanied by your chauffeur-guide travel to East Lothian, a region renowned for its golf courses. Choose to play one of the following highlights:

 Gullane No. 1, a championship course which offers dramatic coastal views and a golfing challenge to savour. Golf has been played here for over 350 years. The course snakes across Gullane Hill from where views of East Lothian, Edinburgh, and Fife are spectacular. Greens, fairways and bunkers are all superb and the course presents one of the best challenges in Scotland.

 North Berwick, an Open qualifying venue which is one of the best and most scenic links courses in Scotland with views over the Isle of May, the islands of Fidra and Craigleith, the Bass Rock, and across the Forth to Fife. The course is sprinkled with top-notch holes and rewards strategy and guile rather than power hitting. It starts and finishes at the clubhouse within the town, having wound its way along the Firth of Forth. There are stunning views over white sandy beaches, islands and across to the hills of the East Neuk of Fife.

Prior to returning to Edinburgh, perhaps pause in the charming town of North Berwick. It was formerly the ferry port carrying pilgrims on their way to St Andrews across the forth Estuary to Earlsferry.

You may also like to visit the imposing cliff top ruins of Tantallon Castle. Built about 1370 by William, 1st Earl of Douglas, it was one of the chief strongholds of the “Red” Douglases, Earls of Angus. Defended on three sides by steep sea cliffs and on the fourth by its massive red sandstone 12ft thick curtain wall, it made a formidable fortress. Surviving many a siege, it was only in 1651 that it fell to Cromwell following a 12-day battle.

Day 4
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Breakfast

Day Four: Wednesday 18th July - St Andrews

Accompanied by your chauffeur-guide, depart Edinburgh and travel to the ancient town of St Andrews.

As you cross the Forth Estuary on the Forth Road Bridge, look right and see one of Scotland’s major landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Continue to St. Andrews, which has its place firmly in the history books as being the home of golf.

Take your first glimpse of the famed fairways of the Old Course, Swilcan Bridge and the Royal and Ancient Clubhouse. Browse the Tom Morris Store opened by the golfing great himself in 1866, making it the oldest golf shop in the world. Situated yards from the “Old Lady” is the British Golfing Museum. Step inside to explore its unsurpassed collection of memorabilia, which tells the story of golf from the Middles Ages through to the present day.

Perhaps visit the famous Jigger Inn for some refreshments. Dating back to the 1850s, this is a charming and traditional building. Full of golfing memorabilia and with a great atmosphere, it is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Ahead of playing the famed fairways, this afternoon enjoy a private golf clinic entitled “Prepare to Play the Links” - hugely popular with players who are about to go out and play on the Links courses. This session covers all the unique skills that are needed to hopefully perfect the putt, drive, or chip.

Check into the world-renowned Old Course Hotel for five nights. Recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts, this prestigious property borders the 17th hole of the Old Course, and features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors.

Day 5
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days Five & Six: Thursday 19th & Friday 20th July – The 2nd & 3rd tees

Let the golf get underway on two Championship courses…

 The New Course - often regarded as the oldest “new” course in the world. It was built in 1895 by the legendary Old Tom Morris. It is said to be St Andrew’s best kept secret, the course is a classic links with undulating fairways and delightfully challenging greens. No Handicap required.

 The Dukes Course. This championship course designed by five-time Open Champion Peter Thomson is situated just two miles inland from St Andrews. It was opened by HRH Prince Andrew in 1995 and was designed to complement St Andrews’ famous links with its natural heathland setting. With five sets of tees at each hole, the course has the flexibility and challenge to appeal to golfers at every level. No handicap required.

One evening, you may wish to dine in the Road Hole Restaurant at the Old Course Hotel. Savour exceptional 3AA Rosette cuisine created using the finest ingredients from Scotland’s natural larder; stunning views of the Old Course and the West Sands complete the experience.

Day 6
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Seven: Saturday 21st July – The 4th tee - The Old Course - St Andrews.

Follow in the path of golfing greats to play the renowned Old Course. Commonly known as The Old Lady, it is one of the world’s greatest and most iconic courses, and is often lauded as the spiritual home of golf.

Distinctive features such as the Swilcan Bridge and Hell Bunker are recognised amongst amateurs and professionals alike, while the 17th – the Road hole – is a strong contender for the most famous hole in the world.

The Old Course has a rich history. From the Archbishop Hamilton recognising the people’s right to play on the links in 1552, to legendary golf pioneer Old Tom Morris acting as custodian of the links from 1865 to 1903. More recently Tiger Woods, called the course “the ultimate” after becoming the youngest grand slam winner in 2000.

As one of the oldest in the world, it continues to challenge and delight even the very best golfers of the day. Handicap required: 24(M) & 36(L)

This evening attend a special Gala dinner in the Old Course Hotel.

Day 7
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch

Day Eight: Sunday 22nd July – The Open Final

Following a tremendous tournament at Royal Birkdale in 2017, 2018 will see The Open return to Carnoustie for what will be the 147th Championship. It has played host to seven Open Championships since 1931, the last in 2007 when Pádraig Harrington lifted the Claret Jug.

Since 1860, The Open has been played over some of the world’s most cherished links courses and has produced a remarkable legacy of great champions. It is the oldest and most international championship in professional golf and the Claret Jug, first presented in 1873, is one of the most iconic trophies in all of sport.

Travel to Carnoustie for the final day’s action and to see who will be crowned Champion of the 147th Open Championship.

Alongside other golf enthusiasts in a likely capacity audience, the chance to watch golfing greats battle to win the title is a thrilling and unforgettable experience.

Day 8
Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Breakfast

Day Nine: Monday 23rd July - Onward Travel

Your chauffeur-guide will provide a safe and comfortable journey to Edinburgh Airport where you will board your flight for onward travel.

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Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Golf
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Specially designed for a group of four golfing enthusiasts, this luxurious nine-day programme is based around attendance at The 147th Open Championship, which in 2018 will make a welcome return to Carnoustie on the stunning east coast of Scotland.

The programme includes attendance at the final day of The Open and the chance to play golf on some of Scotland’s finest courses in East Lothian and St Andrews as well as exploring the atmospheric streets of Edinburgh. Accommodation is provided in two truly luxurious properties, ensuring a wonderfully relaxing retreat at the end of each action-packed day.

About Us

Dream Escape is your Virtuoso on-site providing the ultimate luxury tailor-made travel service in England, Scotland & Ireland, specializing in the following experiences: Private boxes at events including the Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo; Country pursuits and golf with access to private clubs and estates; Equestrian - Stud visits, polo and racing; Whisky Experiences. Private distillery visits and tastings; Exclusive Villa Collection; Incentive and board meetings; Private Castle stays; Celebrations and Events; Bespoke City breaks in London, Edinburgh & Dublin, ; Shorex; Chauffeur guided touring; 'Set Jetting.'

Insider Tip

Our in-house Head of Guiding, Rosie Peattie, is the Mary Poppins of guiding. She knows everything and everyone and adds extraordinary vibrancy to each programme she accompanies!

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By: Jordan D


Reviewed on: 12 Sep 2016

Dream Escape put together a wonderful array of activities, lodgings, and restaurants for us to enjoy on our first trip to Scotland. Not being familiar with the lay of the land, it was nice to have expert help in ensuring we experienced a great deal of the pleasures the country has to offer. We would highly recommend using them for your next trip.
Travel Advisor:  Susan Sparks
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Edinburgh

By: Struie


Reviewed on: 23 Sep 2017

We had a very poor experience with Dream Escapes - numerous issues continued to plague our trip - one thing going wrong can be overlooked but their were many issues that greatly affected our ability to enjoy our trip.

Scotland Ireland

By: lola


Reviewed on: 01 Oct 2017

We had a terrific experience but our van in Scotland could have been better..
Travel Advisor:  Michael Distler

Excellent Escape

By: Lisa


Reviewed on: 28 May 2018

We really appreciated the detailed plan they gave us, the attention to the details of what we wished to do and see, and their choices for accommodations that were outstanding, a driver for our 12 days that was wonderful, and well informed guides along the way. It was truly a dream escape in all ways.
Travel Advisor:  Dottie DeSisto