Hiking the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye

Highlands and Islands of Scotland

Scotland

9 Days

From $7,195

Level 3+

Moderate

Overview

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    Overview

    In Scotland’s realm of mist-shrouded crags and heathered moors, we’ve crafted a hiking trip from the legendary Isle of Skye to the wild seascapes of the Outer Hebrides, a haven of Scottish Gaelic culture on the outer edge of Europe. Our trails bring us to the glistening lochs of Glen Affric, the sandy beaches of Harris, and among the pinnacles of the Quiraing, a geological wonder and an icon of Scotland. Between hikes, we’ll be welcomed into the culture as we meet a tweed weaver, listen to a seanchaidh (storyteller), sample fresh scallops, sip fine single-malt whisky, and hear tales of the Campbell and MacDonald clans.

    Arrive: Inverness, Scotland

    Depart: Inverness, Scotland

    Highlights

    • Hike along Loch Ness and in the Caledonian pine woods of Glen Affric
    • Enjoy magnificent hotels, including Coul House, set on an ancient estate
    • Meet a traditional weaver, hear a local storyteller, taste local whiskies
    • Discover the wild landscapes of the Outer Hebrides and Isle of Skye
    • Gaelic legends, sweeping seascapes, and stunning rock pinnacles of the Quiraing
    • Walk amid the Callanish Standing Stones, older than Stonehenge

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      Our hikes bring us along Loch Ness, where we keep an eye out for Nessie, and into beautiful Glen Affric, with its ancient Scots pine forest. One evening, we'll be entertained by a local storyteller—storytelling is a beloved Scottish tradition.
      On the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides, we hike along coastal cliffs to a village of thatched houses, then end our day at the Callanish Standing Stones, older than Stonehenge, which we can approach on foot—no fences! On the Isle of Harris, beaches and mountain tracks offer us fantastic hikes, and we visit a Harris tweed weaver. Fine gin and whisky are created on Harris and we'll sample some of the best.
      The Isle of Skye is a world of jagged mountain peaks and towering sea cliffs. We hike among the incredible rock pinnacles of the Quiraing, a place of wonder and amazement, and into the mysterious Black Cuillins, which rise straight out of the sea.
      On our last day on Skye, we ferry out to the Isle of Raasay for a hike amid the island's breathtaking beauty, including iconic Dun Caan mountain and the picturesque ruins of Brochel Castle. Offshore, otters and seals play and hunt, and dolphins are regular visitors. Depart on Day 9 via the graceful Skye Bridge, with a photo stop at Eilean Donan Castle en route to Inverness.

      Dates & Pricing

      Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $600
      90 days prior to departure: Balance

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
      • Accommodations in hotels and historic inns
      • All meals included except 2 dinners as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
      • All ground transportation and baggage handling from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities to Trip Leaders or staff
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (some alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Coul House Hotel

      Contin, Scotland

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      A delightful Georgian-style retreat built in the 1820s as a hunting lodge, the lovingly restored Coul House sits on the edge of the Highland wilderness. Most of its comfortable rooms offer mountain views over the Strathconon Valley, 20 miles north of Inverness. Surrounding Coul House are eight acres of woodland...

      Hotel Hebrides

      Tarbert, Scotland

      Days 3-5 (3 nights)

      The small Hotel Hebrides has modern décor, a cozy bar, a good restaurant, and a convenient location near the ferry pier in the charming village of Tarbert.

      Skeabost House Hotel

      Isle of Skye, Scotland

      Days 6-8 (3 nights)

      This welcoming hotel, which began life as a hunting lodge in 1871, has been lovingly restored. It's set in a lovely location on the edge of a loch with views out to the sea, and is an ideal base for exploring the Isle of...

      Trip Leaders

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      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is rated a Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. You will need to be comfortable hiking 5.5 miles a day, being on your feet for 7 hours a day, and hiking on uneven surfaces including downhill over loose scree. Trail conditions, weather, and the group's level of fitness can affect hiking times and pacing.

      Average Hiking Day
      • 4-5 miles
      • 3-4 hours
      • 1,000 feet gain/loss
      Challenge Day
      • Day 7: 5.5 miles, 5 hours, 2,000 feet gain
      Review Trip Level Details
      While many of the hikes follow recognized trails, they are not “groomed” and can feel quite rugged. There are sections that can be muddy and have loose rocks, but no scrambling is required. As is common in Scotland, we may hike off-trail where the terrain allows. Many hikers prefer to use trekking poles on the less groomed sections.
      Even in the summer, Scotland is famous for its changeable weather. It is necessary to pack in preparation for cold rain, persistent fog, mist, and beautiful, sunny weather. The rule here is to be prepared for any eventuality by creating a layering system that takes you from shorts to warm rain gear, including waterproof pants. Note that waterproof ponchos are NOT recommended for hiking in Scotland, as the wind makes them less efficient.
      Our accommodations are in small, quaint hotels that have been selected for their local history and charm. Since they are often in historic buildings, the rooms are not always of uniform or international size. Our leaders do their best to assign rooms in a fair way so that all participants experience an equal advantage throughout the trip as a whole. Wifi is often spotty and limited. Air conditioning is not common, but it is rarely needed. Our hotel in Tarbert can be noisy as it is located near town, so bring earplugs if you are a light sleeper. Single rooms can be requested but are not always available, due to the limited space in the hotels. If you prefer a single room, please make your request as early as possible.
      Lunches will either be at local cafes or a packed lunch during one of our hikes. Packed lunches typically include sandwiches, fresh fruit, snack bars, and other Scottish specialties like oatcakes and cheese. Cafes usually offer soups, sandwiches, and paninis. Dinners will be at a local restaurant or at the hotel. Please also note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
      Our van will transport the group's luggage, so you only need to carry a daypack for items you need for the day (rain gear, sweater, camera, water bottle, etc.). Trip members are always free to skip a day's hike and travel to the next destination in the support vehicle (or remain at the hotel if we are not transferring that day).

      Client Testimonials

      "What a wonderful area of the world. It was great to meet so many of the locals and be introduced to weavers, shepherds, and archaeologists."

      Barry W.

      Elkins, NH

      "A wonderful trip that I would do again."

      Bob S.

      Half Moon Bay, CA

      "Scotland was a destination we had been hoping Wilderness would bring back and you did, but with an even better itinerary! Just spectacular scenery and a wonderful guide."

      Carol L.

      Kalispell, MT

      "This was an excellent trip with a creative, well-planned itinerary that minimized the amount of time in travel, yet covered quite a bit of territory and offered great hiking opportunities throughout. The food and restaurant selections were excellent, with a focus on local cuisine, and the Glencoe House in particular was nothing short of amazing!"

      Clarissa M.

      Tucson, AZ

      "Superb trip, great itinerary, tremendous variety!"

      David M.

      Portola Valley, CA

      "A wonderful trip and an excellent and varied way to see all the variations of the beauty of Scotland, from woodlands and lochs to windswept grass dunes and beaches, to majestic mountainous glory...plus the towns, restaurants, and inns gave us the perfect amount of comfort at the end of every exerting day!"

      Elizabeth H.

      Key Largo, FL

      "I loved the trip. The scenery was spectacular. The guides took us on amazing hikes I never would have planned or found on my own."

      Herbert G.

      Knoxville, TN

      "This is my 8th trip with Wilderness Travel and is the best trip yet."

      Jim G.

      Mercer Island, WA

      "We enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the storyteller, piper, weaver, and artist. Those were good chances to experience the local culture one on one and something we might have missed if we were on our own."

      Jim R.

      San Diego, CA

      "A beautiful country, wonderful hikes, and great trip leaders."

      Kim S.

      Half Moon Bay, CA

      "This was my 5th Wilderness Travel trip and it rates #1! VERY engaging itinerary and the best group leader team I've experienced. I hope that future Wilderness Travel clients can have as satisfying an experience and as much fun as I did."

      Lew G.

      Mercer Island, WA

      "We came away from our trip with huge smiles and were sad to see it end. We felt with all we got to see and experience with the well thought out itinerary and great leaders that we truly got to know and love Scotland. Plus, the new friendships we formed with fellow trip mates is priceless. Highly recommend this trip!"

      Lois M.

      Denver, CO

      "This was an excellent trip with hikes in beautiful and diverse locations, and well organized with knowledgeable and professional guides. We had many magical moments such as arriving at the highest point on Toe Head and having two white tailed eagles fly over."

      Marcia J.

      Seattle, WA

      "An outstanding trip, start to finish. We especially loved the variety of hikes; the terrains were so different and interesting. The other highlight was the constant parade of Scottish figures that we were introduced to. From the storyteller to the weaver to the artist to the accordian player, they were a delight and we learned so much from them; they added a huge cultural dimension. The whole trip was totally up to WT standards, as usual, and Glencoe House was over the top amazing. Thank you!"

      Nancy and Tom F.

      Sarasota, FL

      "Great itinerary. The variety of accommodations was excellent. The Glencoe House was an amazing way to finish the trip. What an experience!"

      Richard H.

      Durham, NH

      "The trip exceeded my expectations. The trip leaders as well as the other clients made it an exceptional experience."

      Tom N.

      Pittsburgh, PA

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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This morning, we enjoy a hike that leads up to a small loch that sits below the cirque of Coire Lagan in the heart of the magnificent Black Cuillins. Coire Lagan is possibly the most impressive corrie (cirque) in Skye, as it&rsquo;s surrounded by several of Skye&rsquo;s highest peaks, including Sgurr Alasdair and the summit of Sgurr Dearg. Our hike starts by the sandy beach at Glen Brittle but we soon gain height as we follow a trail up the hillside. While our eyes are drawn to the high peaks ahead of us, when we reach Loch an Fhir-Bhallaich, it&rsquo;s the view behind us that takes the breath away as we gaze out across the sea to the Small Isles of Rhum and Eigg. 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He was 18 when he first explored Scotland&apos;s highlands, hiking all 282 of Scotland&apos;s &ldquo;munros&rdquo; (mountains over 1,000 meters) in 62 days, and in doing so, becoming the youngest person to complete the ascents in one continuous attempt. He says discovering the diverse mountains, lochs, and wildlife he found on that trip is still the best experience of his life. When he&apos;s not guiding, you&apos;ll find him running or racing in the hills, rock climbing on remote mountain crags, or swimming in a refreshing loch. Joe says, &ldquo;If I&apos;m lucky, I&apos;ll do it all in one day!&rdquo;","BioLong":"After receiving a BA in Outdoor Leadership, Joe worked all over the mountain areas of the UK, falling in love with the Scottish highlands. He was 18 when he first explored Scotland&apos;s highlands, hiking all 282 of Scotland&apos;s &ldquo;munros&rdquo; (mountains over 1,000 meters) in 62 days, and in doing so, becoming the youngest person to complete the ascents in one continuous attempt. He says discovering the diverse mountains, lochs, and wildlife he found on that trip is still the best experience of his life. When he&apos;s not guiding, you&apos;ll find him running or racing in the hills, rock climbing on remote mountain crags, or swimming in a refreshing loch. Joe says, &ldquo;If I&apos;m lucky, I&apos;ll do it all in one day!&rdquo;"},{"GuideID":877686,"First_Name":"Victoria","Last_Name":"Rastall","BioShort":"Growing up on a hill farm in the Trossachs of Scotland, Vic learned to love lochs, rivers, hills, trees, cows, and dogs (not in any particular order), She spent many years traveling solo around the world, but settled in the beautiful Scottish landscape of Argyll and Bute. While working in outdoor education, she also built her own business creating clothing, until recently trading online and at festivals, including the acclaimed Glastonbury Festival. For the last few years, the woodlands of the lesser known area of \u2018Scotland&apos;s Secret Coast&apos; has been Vic&apos;s playground.","BioLong":"Growing up on a hill farm in the Trossachs of Scotland, Vic learned to love lochs, rivers, hills, trees, cows, and dogs (not in any particular order), She spent many years traveling solo around the world, but settled in the beautiful Scottish landscape of Argyll and Bute. While working in outdoor education, she also built her own business creating clothing, until recently trading online and at festivals, including the acclaimed Glastonbury Festival. For the last few years, the woodlands of the lesser known area of \u2018Scotland&apos;s Secret Coast&apos; has been Vic&apos;s playground."},{"GuideID":877687,"First_Name":"Rhona","Last_Name":"Steel","BioShort":"Rhona has worked in health care, education, and most recently, agriculture. In the 90s, she went to work in Europe but missed the Scottish highlands&apos; diverse landscape and proximity to the sea. One of her best decisions was to return to live in the highlands, where Sutherland is her long-term Scottish favorite place, but she loves any place handy to Inverness, where she now lives. She is named Rhona for an ancient island near Skye. ","BioLong":"Rhona has worked in health care, education, and most recently, agriculture. In the 90s, she went to work in Europe but missed the Scottish highlands&apos; diverse landscape and proximity to the sea. One of her best decisions was to return to live in the highlands, where Sutherland is her long-term Scottish favorite place, but she loves any place handy to Inverness, where she now lives. She is named Rhona for an ancient island near Skye. "}],"guestreviews":[{"GuestNames":"Barry W.","GuestLocation":"Elkins, NH","GuestReview":"What a wonderful area of the world. It was great to meet so many of the locals and be introduced to weavers, shepherds, and archaeologists."},{"GuestNames":"Bob S.","GuestLocation":"Half Moon Bay, CA","GuestReview":"A wonderful trip that I would do again."},{"GuestNames":"Carol L.","GuestLocation":"Kalispell, MT","GuestReview":"Scotland was a destination we had been hoping Wilderness would bring back and you did, but with an even better itinerary! 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The guides took us on amazing hikes I never would have planned or found on my own."},{"GuestNames":"Jim G.","GuestLocation":"Mercer Island, WA","GuestReview":"This is my 8th trip with Wilderness Travel and is the best trip yet."},{"GuestNames":"Jim R.","GuestLocation":"San Diego, CA","GuestReview":"We enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the storyteller, piper, weaver, and artist. Those were good chances to experience the local culture one on one and something we might have missed if we were on our own."},{"GuestNames":"Kim S.","GuestLocation":"Half Moon Bay, CA","GuestReview":"A beautiful country, wonderful hikes, and great trip leaders."},{"GuestNames":"Lew G.","GuestLocation":"Mercer Island, WA","GuestReview":"This was my 5th Wilderness Travel trip and it rates #1! VERY engaging itinerary and the best group leader team I've experienced. I hope that future Wilderness Travel clients can have as satisfying an experience and as much fun as I did."},{"GuestNames":"Lois M.","GuestLocation":"Denver, CO","GuestReview":"We came away from our trip with huge smiles and were sad to see it end. We felt with all we got to see and experience with the well thought out itinerary and great leaders that we truly got to know and love Scotland. Plus, the new friendships we formed with fellow trip mates is priceless. Highly recommend this trip!"},{"GuestNames":"Marcia J.","GuestLocation":"Seattle, WA","GuestReview":"This was an excellent trip with hikes in beautiful and diverse locations, and well organized with knowledgeable and professional guides. We had many magical moments such as arriving at the highest point on Toe Head and having two white tailed eagles fly over."},{"GuestNames":"Nancy and Tom F.","GuestLocation":"Sarasota, FL","GuestReview":"An outstanding trip, start to finish. We especially loved the variety of hikes; the terrains were so different and interesting. The other highlight was the constant parade of Scottish figures that we were introduced to. From the storyteller to the weaver to the artist to the accordian player,&#160;they were a delight and we learned so much from them; they added a huge cultural dimension. The whole trip was totally up to WT standards, as usual, and Glencoe House was over the top amazing. Thank you!"},{"GuestNames":"Richard H.","GuestLocation":"Durham, NH","GuestReview":"Great itinerary. The variety of accommodations was excellent. The Glencoe House was an amazing way to finish the trip. What an experience!"},{"GuestNames":"Tom N.","GuestLocation":"Pittsburgh, PA","GuestReview":"The trip exceeded my expectations. 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If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please call Wilderness Travel at 1-800-368-2794 or email us at <a href=\"mailto:\/\/info@wildernesstravel.com\">info@wildernesstravel.com<\/a>.<\/p>","System_References":"<p>We&rsquo;d be happy to put you in touch with a past client that has traveled with us.<\/p>","System_Visit_Our_Website":"<p>At <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/\">www.wildernesstravel.com<\/a>, you can book your trip online or find out about added departures, last-minute deals, and one-time Limited Edition adventures that aren&rsquo;t listed in our catalog. You can also access our complete library of detailed itineraries filled with enticing photos and videos, read bios of our Trip Leaders, find descriptions of trip accommodations, and check real-time availability of any trips that interest you.<\/p>","System_Helpful_Links":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:52:03 --><p>Wilderness Travel has compiled a list of useful websites for travelers. Find the Toucan Club tab on the home page of our website and choose Helpful Links: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/ toucan\/links<\/a>.<\/p>","System_About_New_Trips":"This is a new adventure and one that we are particularly excited about offering. However, as with all new departures, flexibility and a spirit of adventure are always appreciated! Activities are described in the itinerary but they can vary, sometimes considerably, depending on weather conditions, the group, and other factors.","System_About_Private_Journeys":"<p>Wilderness Travel Private Journeys are designed for people who want to travel with their own small private group, but who still want to experience the same superb itinerary design, great accommodations, and signature quality of Wilderness Travel's escorted group trips. These Private Journeys allow you to choose your own dates and your traveling companions&mdash;and enjoy the WT touch on all aspects of the journey.<\/p>","System_Limited_Edition_Adventures":"This is a Limited Edition adventure&mdash;which means a unique trip we've never run before or offer only every few years. Led by our most experienced Trip Leaders, these journeys often take place in remote destinations with only the most basic infrastructure for tourism. If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. Refer to the Emergency Contact Information listed in this Final Bulletin.<\/p>","System_Valid_Passport":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-06-16T10:26:21 --><p><strong>VALID PASSPORT:<\/strong> Check that your passport is valid for at least six months from the last day of your trip, and that you have at least two blank pages for any necessary visa or entry and exit stamps.<\/p>","System_Insurance_Policy":"<p><strong>INSURANCE POLICY:<\/strong> If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan, you should have received an email confirmation of your policy. Please bring a digital or printed copy of this policy with you. If you cannot find your email confirmation, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. If you have not purchased Travelex insurance already, you have the option to do so up to 24 hours prior to your departure.<\/p>","System_Covid-19_Travel_Requirements":"<p><strong>PRE-DEPARTURE INFORMATION<\/strong><strong>: <\/strong>Please review your Pre-Departure Information booklet included in this packet for important information regarding Wilderness Travel's COVID-19 protocols, packing lists, recommended reading, tipping, etc.<\/p>","System_Wilderness_Travel_Office":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:07 --><p>Our office in Berkeley, California can be reached at 510-558-2488, or by email at info@wildernesstravel.com. We are available during regular business hours (M-F, 8:30 am-5:00 pm, PST). <\/p>","System_ECI_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:38:31 --><p>If you have purchased the Travelex Travel Protection Plan through Wilderness Travel, please remember to bring your Confirmation of Coverages (COC) with you on the trip, including your Plan Number and important emergency contact information.<\/p><p>If you've purchased a travel protection plan on your own, we recommend that you bring a copy of your policy, including all coverages, with you on your trip.<\/p>","System_Face_Masks_and_Hand_Sanitizer":"","System_DidNotPurchase_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-02-28T12:27:44 --><p>Travel Insurance: We recommend that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. For your convenience, we offer Travelex travel protection. Please let us know if you would like us to add the Travelex Travel Protection Plan to this final invoice. You can learn more about the policy on our <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/toucan\/travel-insurance\">website<\/a>.<\/p>","System_Purchased_Insurance":"Please remember to bring a copy of your Travelex Confirmation of Coverage and State Specific Policy with you on your trip. You should have received an email directly from Travelex with these documents. If you need this email to be re-sent, please contact Travelex's Customer Solutions team at 844-877-1885 or e-mail customersolutions@travelexinsurance.com. <br><br><br>","System_COVID-19":"The Public Health Emergency for COVID-19 declared by the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services expired in 2023. As of March 2024, we no longer require guests who exhibit cold or flu symptoms to test for COVID-19. Guests who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to follow local health protocols, wear a mask in group vehicles and during indoor activities for the remainder of the trip, and may be asked to dine separately. Any travel companion sharing a room with them will also be required to wear a mask at all times in the shared group vehicles for the remainder of the trip.<br><br>We encourage all travelers to actively monitor their own well-being and to use common-sense preventative measures such as regular handwashing (or use of hand sanitizer) and\/or wearing a face mask. If you are feeling sick, we encourage you to self-isolate and\/or wear a mask to protect your fellow travelers. Guests may be required to wear a mask if the Trip Leader believes the situation warrants it.<br><br>Leading up to the trip, we encourage you to do everything possible to stay healthy, including avoiding close contact with anyone displaying cold or flu symptoms and washing your hands often. As always, by traveling with Wilderness Travel, guests agree to be accountable for their own well-being. If you are worried about a fellow traveler's cold or flu-like symptoms, you may opt to wear a mask or distance yourself as needed. It's important to remember that there are inherent risks associated with travel and group settings.<br><br>These protocols will be reviewed and adjusted as guidance evolves. <br><br>","System_Photography":"<strong>Camera Recommendations<\/strong><br>With the many advances in digital technology, a simple compact digital camera or even your smartphone is capable of taking pictures suitable for the needs of most people. For higher quality images and the ability to use long lenses for closer wildlife pictures, a DSLR camera is well worthwhile, though heavier. Most digital cameras and phones have good video options, but you may want to consider a GoPro for a lightweight, waterproof option. Always practice ahead of time with new equipment and bring your manual with you. You may want to consider renting camera equipment for your trip from places such as <a href=\"https:\/\/www.lensrentals.com\/\">lensrentals.com<\/a>. This is an especially good idea for renting large zoom lenses that you may need for just one trip. Adding their extra insurance fee to cover expensive equipment is recommended. <br><strong><br>Camera Accessories<\/strong><br>We recommend bringing at least two large capacity memory cards or a small digital storage unit (or tablet) to back up your photos, freeing space on your memory cards. Don't forget to bring a battery charger and a backup battery so one is always charged and ready to use. For trips where you may be away from power sources for multiple days, consider looking into a solar-powered battery charger or buying additional backup batteries, and check that you have the appropriate adapter for the electrical outlets in your destination.<br><strong><br>Sharing Your Images<\/strong><br>We would love for you to share photos from your trip, and with your permission, may even use your photos in our marketing materials or on our photo blog. We request that you send us a small sample of your best images. Please email your photos to wtphotoblog@gmail.com or tag us @WildernessTravel on social media.<br><strong><br>Photography Etiquette<\/strong><br>When taking pictures of local people, be aware of cultural considerations. Approaching people with a warm smile and using polite gestures or simple phrases to ask permission to photograph them usually works well. It is always recommended to engage people in conversation before asking to photograph them, but if people do not wish to have their photo taken, please honor their requests. We urge travelers to avoid giving money in exchange for photo opportunities, which makes it harder for future travelers to have a meaningful personal interaction with local people. Please always heed your Trip Leader's guidelines for what is appropriate. ","System_Gear_Store":"To help you prepare for your next WT adventure, we've put together a great collection of top brands including Patagonia, Outdoor Research, Eagle Creek, and more at our WT Gear Store (<a href=\"https:\/\/wildernesstravel.newheadings.com\/\">wildernesstravel.newheadings.com<\/a>).","System_Questions?":"<p>Our Area Specialists are your single point of contact and would be happy to answer any questions about your trip!<br>800.368.2794 | 510.558.2488<\/p>","System_Pricing_Detail-Small_Group_Adventure":" <br><br>To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are priced according to the number of participants on the trip. All costs are per person, based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single room, you must pay the single supplement fee. Please note that Wilderness Travel staff, or guests of Wilderness Travel such as travel writers, photographers, or leaders-in-training, are not included in the tier pricing count.","System_Travel_Insurance":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-01-27T07:58:05 --><p>We highly recommend you purchase travel insurance. You can take advantage of a comprehensive Travel Protection Plan designed for Wilderness Travel by Travelex, or purchase other insurance on your own. See our website for details: <a href=\"http:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance\">www.wildernesstravel.com\/insurance<\/a><\/p>","System_Make_it_Your_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:18 --><p>The prices above are for the ready-to-book adventure outlined in this Detailed Itinerary, a popular option that has been handcrafted by our Area Specialists to include the best of every destination. While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. For more information, including client comments about them and which specific trips they will be leading, please visit <a href=\"https:\/\/www.wildernesstravel.com\/leaders\/\">wildernesstravel.com\/leaders<\/a>.<\/p>"},"terms":{"PaymentSchedule":"<p>At time of reservation: $600<br>90 days prior to departure: Balance<\/p>","CancelSchedule":"<p>Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!<br>61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost<br>46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost<br>45 days or less: 100% of trip cost<br><\/p>"}}