The 2014 Ryder Cup is to be held in the splendid Gleneagles Golf Resort in Scotland - a world-famous 5 Star Luxury Hotel in Scotland complete with award-winning Spa & Golf Resort. The illustrious history of the Ryder Cup dates back to the 1920s and, from the very beginning, Scots have had a telling influence on the ultimate team golf tournament. Be a part of all of the drama as you attend the tournament whilst staying in a premium level hotel in Edinburgh and take advantage of being in this very special corner of Europe by doing some touring on either side of the event. Of course, you may even want to practice your swing and hit a ball or two on one of the many fantastic links courses in the area while you are here. So, what are you waiting for?!
Meet your driver for your private airport transfer today. Please note that this service includes up to 3 hours of service.
Enjoy a private half day tour with your own vehicle and local guide to show you around the city's top sights including Edinburgh castle, St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood palace and Scott monument. (entrance fees for passengers and guide not included). Pick up and drop off at your hotel.
Hotel du Vin Edinburgh is a luxury, 4 star boutique hotel nestled deep in Edinburgh's Old Town and only a short walk from the historic Royal Mile. Neighbouring the famous Bedlam theatre. This hotel has 47 timelessly furnished rooms and stunning suites featuring monsoon showers, luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets, plasma TVs, DVDs and air conditioning.
Enjoy a full Scottish breakfast this morning.
Transfer to Gleneagles for the Final Ryder Cup Practice Rounds.
Enjoy the Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony to mark the return of the event to Scotland for the first time in about 40 years.
You will have a Standard Entrance Ticket to the tournament today which allow access to the course to experience the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Transfer to Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup Fourball and Foursomes today.
You will have a Standard Entrance Ticket to the tournament today.
Enjoy the Ryder Cup Fourball and Foursomes.
In the fourball format, two players make up a team and play a better ball against the other team. When playing this format, it is critical that the more accurate driver hits first. This usually means the shorter of the two would get his ball in play, allowing the longer hitter to play more aggressively off the tee. Having one ball in play at all times lessens the pressure. Also, it is important that the two players are familiar with each other's games so that there are no surprises out there.
Transfer to Gleneagles for today's Ryder Cup Fourball and Foursomes.
Foursomes is the most challenging format for any player or team captain. Foursomes is sometimes called alternate shot. Two golfers play one ball, alternating between shots. Here one must factor in the strengths of a player and even the type of golf ball that's being used. The pressure in this format is greater because you never wanted to put your teammate in a bad spot or not cash in on a great shot by your partner. To play your best in alternate shot you must stay focused on every shot as if you were playing it, and communication is key, especially on the greens, where both player should help in reading putts.
Transfer to Gleneagles for the Ryder Cup Singles Matches.
Enjoy all of the antics and theatre of the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup today.
You will be picked up from your Edinburgh hotel and driven to St. Andrews in the county of Fife. St. Andrews is perhaps most famous for golf, or perhaps its university where future king of England Prince William studied. In the northeast corner of Fife, the landscape varies from the gentle hills in the rural hinterland to the windswept cliffs, rocky bays and sandy beaches on which scenes from the film 'Chariots of Fire' were shot. Fishing still has a role here but ultimately it is to St Andrews, Scotland's oldest university town and the home of the world-famous Royal and Ancient golf club, that most visitors are drawn. The town itself and the hills and hamlets of the surrounding area retain an appealing and old-fashioned feel. South of St Andrews, the tiny stone harbours of the fishing villages of the East Neuk - Anstruther, Crail, St Monans and Pittenweem - are an undeniably appealing extension to any visit to this part of Fife. Return back to your Edinburgh hotel by early evening.
Enjoy an unmissable evening of Scottish music, costume, bagpipes, fiddles and dance in the magically historic setting of Prestonfield House. Lavishly filled with baroque plasterwork, panelling, tapestries, paintings and furniture, many of these splendid original contents commissioned for the house remain to be enjoyed by guests today, including an imposing portrait of King Charles II which gazes down over diners in the restaurant. Named as one of the Best 101 Hotels in the World by style-bible Tatler. Prestonfield is described by Conde Nast Traveller Magazine as so extravagant it’s like walking onto the set of some flamboyant costume drama.
Enjoy exceptional entertainment with wine and a gourmet dinner this evening served by kilted waiters, just moments from the Royal Mile. The meal consists of traditional Scottish fare, including a choice of 2 options for each course for main course, a desert, tea/coffee and a half bottle of wine. (Please note this is a sample menu: Appetiser: Orkney Clapshot Soup - A creamy carrot, turnip and potato soup or Gamekeeper’s Pâté - Rustic venison terrine with red cabbage chutney. Main course: Scotch Beef Auld Alliance - Silverside of Scottish beef braised with French claret jus, skirlie potatoes and heather-honey-roast vegetables or Scottish Seafood - Scottish salmon, hake and Finnan haddie, creamy Mornay sauce encased in puff pastry. Desert: Prestonfield’s Jubilee Cranachan - Raspberry mousse, toasted oatmeal, butterscotch and Parlie biscuit or Great Chieftain O the Puddin Race - A taste of traditional haggis, ‘neeps and tatties. Tea or Coffee and clotted cream fudge).
(Transfer to and from event not included). Arrive by 6:45. Dinner 7pm. Show 8-10pm.
Anyone for a round of golf?? Consider playing a round one one of the stellar golf courses along the East Lothian shoreline just east of Edinburgh and see how your swing is in the Home of Golf!
Musselburgh (a 20 mins drive from Edinburgh) is a Links course and is officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the “oldest golf course in the world”.Visitors from all over the world have come and played on this historic course and so can you! Open to the public all year round, you can experience a piece of golfing history and for a truly unique experience you can hire hickory clubs and play the course as it was in its heyday!
Located only 30 minutes from Edinburgh, Craigielaw golf course is a Championship links course designed by Donald Steel. Inspired by the great links courses of Britain, particularly those on land which are less dominated by dunes, Craigielaw is equal to many of the finest examples of such courses; some of which are conveniently located nearby in the East Lothian area. With challenging greens, cavernous bunkers and spectacular views over the Firth of Forth, Gullane Hill and out towards Edinburgh and Fife, Craigielaw Golf Club is an experience not to be missed.
North Berwick (45 mins drive from Edinburgh) Golf Club is a club steeped in tradition dating from 1832, and provides generous hospitality and a testing golf challenge. The course is a traditional links, which like St Andrews, 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.
Alternatively, you may like to choose to play one of the famous courses at Gullane (1 hour drive from Edinburgh) , beautifully situated alongside the East Lothain shore and near the historic Club House Pub where you may like to take your lunch. Gullane Golf Club offers championship quality links golf courses with dramatic views across the Firth of Forth to Edinburgh and Fife. The three golf courses do not have names but simply numbers which reflect their age. Gullane No. 1 has a long history of hosting international Championship golf events and is an Open Championship Qualifying course. The No. 1 Course will be hosting local final qualifying for the Open in 2013 when the Championship is played at Muirfield. Gullane No.2 has also been used for Open Championship Qualifying and the Seniors Open Amateur. Gullane No.3, whilst being the shortest of the three golf courses, still provides a stern challenge for golfers of all abilities.
Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to have a round of golf pre-arranged for you and this can be added to your itinerary.
VISA/PASSPORTThere are no border controls when travelling within the United Kingdom including the land border with England. Scotland has the same immigration and visa requirements as the rest of the United Kingdom.
United Kingdom is a party to the Schengen Agreement. As such, U.S. citizens may enter for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa. The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/united-kingdom.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Edinburgh Language: English & Gaelic in parts of Scotland Religion: Predominantly Christian, with sizeable Muslim, Sikh, Jewish and Hindu minorities. Time: GMT (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. Square three-pin plugs are standard. Telephone: Country code +44. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone operators. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in rural areas. Internet: There are Internet cafes and centers in most urban areas.
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