21286
Scotland
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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9 days
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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
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

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.

DAY
3
Guest speaker. Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast, 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: 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.

DAY
4
Festival briefing
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: Full Scottish breakfast in the self service restaurant of JMCC.

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

Afternoon: Free to enjoy the festivals.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Theatre performance.

DAY
5
Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

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: At leisure to explore the Festivals.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

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.

DAY
7
Theatre performance
Edinburgh
B
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Free at the Festival.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: Free at Festival.

Dinner: Excluded.

Evening: Theatre performance.

DAY
8
Round up and a traditional Scottish whisky tasting experience and dinner
Edinburgh
B,D
Chancellors Court Pollock Halls

Breakfast: In JMCC.

Morning: Round up with Giles Ramsay.

Lunch: Excluded.

Afternoon: At leisure until 5:30pm, when you can enjoy a whisky tasting experience at the historic Ghillie Dhu restaurant and bar. High vaulted ceilings flooded with colour and draped with candle lit chandeliers create the perfect setting for an exploratory journey into one of Scotland’s greatest exports. An expert will talk you through four drams of the finest local whiskies, allowing you to savour the flavour of the highlands.

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

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

DAY
9
Program concludes
Edinburgh
B

Breakfast: In JMCC.

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