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Program #21286RJ
9 Days | 8 Nights
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Itinerary for Aug 13 — Aug 21, 2014

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Day One: Wednesday, August 13 -
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight from the US.

Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, August 14 - Introduction to the Edinburgh Festivals by Giles ...
Morning: Arrival in Edinburgh. Independent transfers to Edinburgh First campus (please see transfer information for available options). Check in at the Reception building.

Lunch: Self service lunch with a wide selection of hot and cold dishes, salads, desserts and beverages. John MacIntyre Conference Centre (JMCC) adjacent to Chancellors Court accommodation. Elevators available.

Afternoon: Free time to settle in before a 5:00pm welcome meeting and Introduction to the Festivals by Giles Ramsay.

Dinner: In the John MacIntyre Centre.

Evening: After dinner join the Group Leader and relax in the Bar of the JMCC.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, August 15 - Guest speaker. Theatre performance.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast, breakfast rolls, croissants, danish pastries, fruit, juices, smoothies, porridge and cereals, filter coffee, Breakfast, speciality & herbal teas.

Morning: Giles interacts with a guest speaker, such as renowned Scottish arts journalist Joyce Macmillan, on "What's Hot and What's Not" to enhance further your knowledge of all the festivals in Edinburgh during this period. After the lecture you are invited to join your Group Leader in taking public transport (bus) to the city centre where they will lead an orientation of the major venues for the Festivals.

Lunch: Excluded so that you can make the most of your time in Edinburgh. Your group leader and Giles will be on hand to make suggestions for meals, performances and public transport. Helpful advice and leaflets etc. are available at Reception.

Afternoon: Free time. Many performances take place all time of the day and night and there is much street theatre to enjoy.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Edinburgh International Festival performance. (Note: all performances may take place on different days. The second set of preparatory materials will show the full schedule). After all evening performances a coach will transfer the group from the venue to Chancellors Court.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Four: Saturday, August 16 - Festival briefing.
Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the self service restaurant of JMCC.

Morning: After breakfast join your Group Leader or Giles for a briefing on the Festival events 10:00am-10:30am. Then free time. Own choice of events. A record-breaking number of shows and performances - 2453 at the Fringe alone, taking place at hundreds of venues spread throughout the city. Festivals include the famous Edinburgh International Festival-- The finest in classical music, theatre, opera and dance gather to present one of the most innovative and accessible Festivals of the performing arts. The Edinburgh Festival Fringe -- The largest arts Festival in the world transforms Edinburgh with live theatre and comedy performances in the streets and across over 250 venues around the city. Also see the Edinburgh Art Festival, the Edinburgh International Book Festival-- The largest Book Festival of its kind, with over 700 world-class writers and thinkers taking part in more than 800 events.

Lunch: Excluded. Lunch and dinners may be purchased at the JMCC. Ask at Reception.

Afternoon: Free to enjoy the festivals.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Five: Sunday, August 17 - Theatre performance.
Breakfast: In the JMCC.

Morning: After breakfast join your Group Leader to discuss further the Festivals' main events and those more avant garde 10:00am-10:30am. Free time.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Theatre performance from the International or Fringe Festivals.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Six: Monday, August 18 - Theatre performance.
Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Giles Ramsay gives a briefing on performances you've seen and will see.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Theatre performance.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 19 - Theatre performance.
Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Free at the Festival.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free at Festival.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Theatre performance.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Breakfast
Type: Conference Center

Description: Chancellors Court is conference accommodation and part of Pollock Halls on the Univeristy of Edinburgh campus and is scenically located at the foot of the royal Holyrood Park and Arthur's Seat, on a major and frequent bus route. Pollock Halls is just 1.5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley Rail Station and the historic Old Town, where participants can find the Royal Mile, the hub for many of Edinburgh’s festivals.

Contact info:
Edinburgh First
18 Holyrood Road Newington
Edinburgh, EH16 5AY UK:Scotland
phone: +44 131 6512189
web: www.edinburghfirst.co.uk

Room amenities: Each room on the campus features a telephone, chargeable internet access, in-room tea/coffee and shared laundry and pantry facilities. Chnacellors Court rooms also offer a TV and a safety deposit box. All rooms are serviced daily and all linen and towels are provided. Arran Aromatics products in showers.

Facility amenities: Restaurant, Bar, 24-hour front desk, Non-smoking rooms. Facilities for disabled guests, Lift/elevator, Safety deposit box, Heating, Luggage storage. Laundry, Souvenirs/gift shop, Fax/photocopying, ATM/cash machine on site. Wireless Internet Hotspot is available in public areas and costs GBP 3 per hour (2013 rates).

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
Extra nights availble in Edinburgh hotels through Road Scholar Travel Services.

Check in time: 2:00 PM


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 20 - Round up. A prestigious experience at the Whisky...
Round up. A prestigious experience at the Whisky Heritage Centre including a special Scottish dinner and tasting.

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Round up with Giles Ramsay.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure. At 5:30pm a coach will take you to the Whisky Heritage Centre for a very special experience. At 5:45pm take a Platinum Tour before dinner at 7:15pm. You will enjoy a 90 minute guided tour, a tutored tasting of 2 selected single malt Whiskies, extended viewing of the World’s Largest Collection of Scotch Whisky and a tutored tasting of an exclusive 21 year old Scotch Whisky. In addition you will receive a Certificate of Participation and a boxed crystal Whisky tasting glass and a copy of Whisky Magazine.

Dinner: In the Amber Restaurant at the Whisky Heritage Centre. The food tasting includes a 3 course menu with a selection of bite sized Scottish tapas to enjoy as a starter, a taster of Scottish main dishes followed by sticky toffee pudding matched with a dram of Scotch Whisky and a coffee.

Evening: At around 9:00pm a coach will take you from the centre to Chancellors Court.

Lodging: Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Nine: Thursday, August 21 -
Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Independent transfers to Edinburgh Airport for departures to North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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