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Independent: Arts In-Depth at the Edinburgh Festivals

Discover Scotland’s cultural legacy as you enjoy a week of insider access at the Edinburgh Festivals with renowned producer and director Giles Ramsay.
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Independent: Arts In-Depth at the Edinburgh Festivals

Discover Scotland’s cultural legacy as you enjoy a week of insider access at the Edinburgh Festivals with renowned producer and director Giles Ramsay.
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Program No. 21286 RJ
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From street jugglers to high opera, international comedians to classic and cutting-edge theater, there is nowhere on earth as vibrant and stimulating as the Edinburgh Festival. The medieval city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Georgian New Town are star attractions in themselves with their twisting historic streets, graceful squares and award-winning modern architecture, but in August the circus truly comes to town with some 2,500 shows jostling for attention. Join independent theater producer and international director Giles Ramsay for unique insight into this one-of-a-kind event. With careful guidance, special guests and plenty of time to discover on your own, you’ll get the very best out of this summer’s festival.
Independent City Discoveries
Independent City Discoveries
Learn with a Group Leader and enjoy educational programming while also getting independent time to explore on your own. Most Independent City Discoveries include lectures, self-guided excursions and passes for public transit and museums.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join independent theater producer, director and award-winning playwright Giles Ramsay for unique insights into the Festival, and attend four performances with Giles at the Edinburgh International and Fringe Festivals.
  • Hear "What's Hot and What's Not at the Festivals" by a leading Scottish arts critic and journalist.
  • Enjoy a farewell tasting of Scottish food and whisky in a beautiful, traditional Scottish venue.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
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On Glasgow and Edinburgh
by Robert Crawford
A history and guide, Crawford's lively account, drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, affirms what people from Glasgow and Edinburgh have long doubted -- that it is possible to love both cities.
The Marches, A Borderland Journey Between England and Scotland
by Rory Stewart
A travelogue by a British Parliamentarian that profiles standing stones, monks, flooded fields, striking mountains and, of course, Hadrian’s Wall. Stewart mingles his observations with the history of one of the world's most fought-over borders.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
by Arthur Herman
Although the title sounds whimsical, this is a serious treatment of the cultural, philosophical and material gifts of the small and frequently troubled nation of Scotland.
Secret Edinburgh
by Elizabeth Hannah Robinson
Leading travelers away from crowds, the Secret Guide series favors the underground, the funky, the unusual and the highly memorable. In this Edinburgh edition, the editors recommend hidden gardens, traces of the Great Exhibition, a tiny frog sculpture and plenty of other local curiosities.
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
by Muriel Spark
A terribly witty novel from the pen of Dame Muriel. Miss Jean Brodie is an unorthodox teacher at an Edinburgh girls' boarding school who wins the hearts and minds of her students, only to discover that girls from the provinces are ill-prepared for progressive thought.
Lonely Planet Pocket Edinburgh
by Neil Wilson
This lively shirt pocket guide to the city, jammed with personal recommendations and photographs, also includes a pull-out map.
Edinburgh, Mapping the City
by Christopher Fleet
This collection of 80 visually stunning maps displays 500 years of Edinburghian and Scottish history. Christopher Fleet, from the National Library of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, selected each for its political, social and geographic importance.
The Highland Clans
by Alistair Moffat
This excellent compact history of the Scottish Highland clans brings to life their leaders, traditions, families and heroic deeds with color illustrations, photos, a clan map and an alphabetical family list.
Edinburgh, A Cultural History
by Donald Campbell
A literary, cultural guide to the art, architecture, traditions and history of Edinburgh. Campbell reveals the many dimensions to this fascinating meeting place between Protestantism and bohemianism.
Culture Smart! Scotland
by John Scotney
A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture, equally of interest to the traveler and business person.
Eyewitness Guide Scotland
by Eyewitness Guides
This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions.
Scotland in Photographs
by Brian Cox (Foreword), Shahbaz Majeed
An award-winning photographer from Dundee, Majeed captures the spirit of the rugged and wondrous Scottish landscape in this gift book. The stunning images of lochs and storm-battered cliffs, misty glens and majestic mountains celebrate Scotland's enduring appeal.
Scotland, A Very Short Introduction
by Rab Houston
Covering everything from the Jacobites to the modern economy, this brisk account ranges over 1,000 years of society, culture, politics and religion.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
by Neal Ascherson
Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait.
Lonely Planet Edinburgh City Map
by Lonely Planet Publications
Lonely Planet's attractive map of Edinburgh is scaled so that one inch equals 0.1 miles and features sights and a helpful inset of the transit system. Printed on durable, waterproof Tyvek, the map also slips into a protective jacket.
Scotland, A Literary Guide for Travellers
by Garry Mackenzie
From local authors to classic writers like Keats, Coleridge and Wordsworth, this literary survey reveals Scotland's multifaceted, historical personality through literature.
The Celts: A Very Short Introduction
by Barry W. Cunliffe
A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer.
A Traveller's History of Scotland
by Andrew Fisher
This brief history of Scotland through the 1990s is wide-ranging, accessible and necessarily condensed. With a useful chronology, a list of monarchs and a historical gazetteer, this book marches confidently through the centuries.
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9 days
8 nights
10 meals
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DAY
1
In transit
In Flight
DAY
2
Introduction to the Edinburgh Festivals by Giles Ramsay
Edinburgh
L,D
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Lunch: A light lunch is served in the hotel. Tea, coffee and water included. Other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Arrival in Edinburgh. Private transfers to Edinburgh hotel. Arrivals continue, with free time for those who have already arrived. At 5pm we will have an Orientation in the hotel. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. This program is staffed with both a Group Leader, who will accompany us throughout the program and deal primarily with logistics, and a Study Leader who will lecture, conduct field trips and serve as an information resource on program-related topics. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date Daily Schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities and answer any questions you may have. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. Please note that program activities, schedules and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances; due to the nature of the Edinburgh Festival, timings of performances and blocks of free time are likely to change from the itinerary detailed below, so we recommend that you do not make any independent bookings until the final schedule is announced. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Free time to settle in before a 5:00pm welcome meeting and Introduction to the Festivals by Giles Ramsay.

Dinner: A three-course plated and served dinner in the hotel with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Festival Briefing, Performance
Edinburgh
B
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Breakfast: Full Scottish cooked breakfast including eggs, sausages, bacon, tomatoes, breakfast rolls, croissants, danish pastries, fruit, juices, smoothies, porridge and cereals, filter coffee, Breakfast, speciality & herbal teas.

Morning: Your Course Director will brief you on the Edinburgh Festivals, what's on and how to make the most of your experience. 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. 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like, 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.

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

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: We'll enjoy a performance at one of Edinburgh's renowned venues. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
4
Guest Speaker, Performance
Edinburgh
B
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Breakfast: In the hotel.

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. Followed by free time to explore this lively city.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We'll enjoy a performance at one of Edinburgh's renowned venues. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure to further explore the Festival.

DAY
5
Theatre Performance
Edinburgh
B
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free time at the Festival.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: We'll enjoy a performance at one of Edinburgh's renowned venues. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure to explore the Festival.

DAY
6
Free Day To Explore Edinburgh
Edinburgh
B
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Giles Ramsay gives a briefing on performances you've seen and will see, and prepares you for a free day of exploring the city and the Festival at your leisure.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time at the Festival.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Free Time, Performance
Edinburgh
B
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Free time at the Festival.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time at the Festival.

Dinner: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Evening: We'll enjoy a performance at one of Edinburgh's renowned venues. Our program was planned far in advance when details of performances were not available. When confirmed, the information will be posted on the Road Scholar website under this program number and will also be included in preparatory materials sent following enrollment.

DAY
8
Festival Round-Up, Scottish Whisky Tasting Experience
Edinburgh
B,D
Crowne Plaza Edinburgh - Royal Terrace

Breakfast: In the hotel.

Morning: Round-up with Giles Ramsay and special guests from the Festival.

Lunch: On your own to enjoy what you like.

Afternoon: Free time until 5:30pm, when we'll enjoy a whisky tasting experience at an historic venue.

Dinner: A fantastic three course meal follows, blending local ingredients with hearty Scottish cuisine.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Program Concludes
Edinburgh
B

Breakfast: In the hotel depending on departure times. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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