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£235.00 per Adult with a shared room FRIDAY Welcome to Edinburgh Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials. Holiday Inn Express or similar In Edinburgh’s New Town, this Georgian building is just a 5-minute walk from bustling Princes Street and Edinburgh Rail Station. It offers free Wi-Fi access and serves a free buffet breakfast every morning. Modern rooms at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre each have satellite TV and free tea and coffee. Tiled private bathrooms all feature a power shower and a hairdryer. A free daily buffet breakfast with both hot and cold items is provided in the Great Room. Evening menus are on offer at restaurants on the hotel doorstep. The restaurants and cinema in the Omni Centre are opposite this Holiday Inn Express. Impressive Edinburgh Castle is 1 mile away, whilst the galleries surrounding Queens Street Gardens are a half-mile walk. Royal Edinburgh Ticket This unique ticket is all you need to explore the Royal splendours of Scotland's capital.Valid for 48 hours, The Royal Edinburgh Ticket includes fast-track admission to three majestic attractions in Scotland’s capital. Hop on - Hop off three Edinburgh Bus Tours as you explore the city between each attraction with panoramic views from the top deck. Fast track entry to 3 royal attractions Edinburgh Castle The Royal Yacht Britannia Palace of Holyroodhouse Saturday Continue to use the 48 hours Royal Edinburgh Ticket Farmer's Market Experience Edinburgh’s original award-winning Farmers’ Market – the only Scottish market accredited by FARMA. The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place on Castle Terrace under the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Listed by Lloyd Grossman as one of the World’s Best Farmers’ Markets and now in its 18th year, we have a huge variety of fresh local produce from over 35 specialist producers. The majority of stallholders grow or rear what they sell. Note: This market is open from 0900 -  1400.   * This market is only on Saturday Explore Royal Mile The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of the volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world. Peppered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites including St Giles' Cathedral and some of the best eating spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do. For a glimpse of recent history, be sure to visit the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament, a striking building boasting a cutting-edge design. SUNDAY Explore Calton Hill Calton Hill is one of Edinburgh's main hills, set right in the city centre. It is unmistakable with its Athenian acropolis poking above the skyline. The Acropolis is, in fact, an unfinished monument - originally called the "National Monument". Initiated in 1816, a year after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo, it was meant to be a replica of the Parthenon in Athens, as a memorial to those who had died in the Napoleonic Wars. Building began in 1822, but funds ran dry and celebrated Edinburgh architect William Playfair only saw a facade of his building completed. It was dubbed "Edinburgh's shame", but it's now a popular landmark and it's a lot of fun crawling up and down its giant steps. Plans since to complete the building never really get much support. The top of Calton Hill is a usually quiet place to come on any day, with its grassy slopes and panoramic views of the city, including down the length of Princes Street (the main shopping thoroughfare) and Edinburgh Castle. There is a good view North of the ruddy-coloured cliffs of Salisbury Crags, Arthur's Seat, and the undulating slopes of Holyrood Park.
Edinburgh weekend package B £245 per person in a shared room FRIDAY Welcome to Edinburgh Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials. Holiday Inn Express or similar In Edinburgh’s New Town, this Georgian building is just a 5-minute walk from bustling Princes Street and Edinburgh Rail Station. It offers free Wi-Fi access and serves a free buffet breakfast every morning with both hot and cold choices. Modern rooms at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre each have satellite TV and free tea and coffee. Tiled private bathrooms all feature a power shower and a hairdryer. The restaurants, bars and cinema in the Omni Centre are opposite this Holiday Inn Express. Impressive Edinburgh Castle is 1 miles away, whilst the galleries surrounding Queens Street Gardens are a half-mile walk. Visit Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. Explore Royal Mile The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world. Peppered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites including St Giles' Cathedral and some of the best eating and drinking spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do. For a glimpse of recent history, be sure to visit the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament, a striking building boasting a cutting-edge design. SATURDAY St Andrews & the Fishing Villages of Fife Please note that this is a SIC tour You leave Edinburgh and travel north to South Queensferry. You travel over the Queensferry Crossing, and get a great view of one of Scotland's greatest man-made landmarks, the Forth Rail Bridge. You then enter the Kingdom of Fife and stop in the traditional fishing village of Anstruther (known as 'Enster' locally), where you can check out the old cobbled streets and take a walk along the seafront to the harbour. From Anstruther, we continue north to the medieval town of St Andrews. St Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland, and according to legend his remains were washed up on the Fife coast. St Andrews is also home to the third oldest university in Britain and a beautiful ruined castle perched on a cliff. You have around two and a half hours to explore this fascinating town. After St Andrews, we take a pleasant drive through the rolling countryside of central Fife to Falkland. Falkland Palace dominates this old village, and was one of the main residences of the old Royal family of Scotland, the Stewarts (Stuarts). Aside from the palace the village is simply one of the most beautiful in Scotland with an array of old cottages and narrow winding streets. Leaving Falkland we return to Edinburgh, passing Loch Leven, where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned by her Protestant nobility. And then we once again cross the Firth of Forth and return to the city centre.   Departs 09.30 Returns 18.00 approx Important information Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes Falkland Palace is closed November to Easter Tour inclusions Transport in a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach  Air conditioning as standard The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide Tour exclusions Entry fees to visitor attractions SUNDAY   Explore Stockbridge and its market Stockbridge Market The first of the family of markets, started in 2011. Open Every Sunday all year round 10 am to 5 pm. A great day out for all the family. *Please note that the market is only open on a Sunday
Price: £345 per person based on two sharing INCLUDES 3 nights BB in Holiday Inn Express Picardy Place or similar Hop On Hop Off ticket Entry to Edinburgh Castle Train tickets to Dundee Entrance to the V&A Dundee Entrance to RSS Discovery Friday Welcome to Edinburgh Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials. Holiday Inn Express or similar In Edinburgh’s New Town, this Georgian building is just a 5-minute walk from bustling Princes Street and Edinburgh Rail Station. It offers free Wi-Fi access and serves a free buffet breakfast every morning. Modern rooms at Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre each have satellite TV and free tea and coffee. Tiled private bathrooms all feature a power shower and a hairdryer.   A free daily buffet breakfast with both hot and cold items is provided in the Great Room. Evening menus are on offer at restaurants on the hotel doorstep.   The restaurants and cinema in the Omni Centre are opposite this Holiday Inn Express. Impressive Edinburgh Castle is 1 mile away, whilst the galleries surrounding Queens Street Gardens are a half-mile walk. Visit Edinburgh Castle Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland, from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. Explore Royal Mile The Royal Mile runs through the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, connecting the magnificent Edinburgh Castle, perched high on a base of volcanic rock, with the splendorous Palace of Holyroodhouse, resting in the shadow of Arthur's Seat. The Mile is overlooked by impressive, towering tenements, between which cobbled closes and narrow stairways interlock to create a secret underground world. Peppered with superb attractions such as The Real Mary King’s Close or the Scottish Storytelling Centre, historical sites and some of the best eating spots in the city, the Royal Mile offers much to see and do. For a glimpse of recent history, be sure to visit the ultra-modern Scottish Parliament, a striking building boasting a cutting-edge design. SATURDAY Farmer's Market Experience Edinburgh’s original award-winning Farmers’ Market – the only Scottish market accredited by FARMA. The Edinburgh Farmers’ Market takes place on Castle Terrace under the spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Listed by Lloyd Grossman as one of the World’s Best Farmers’ Markets and now in its 18th year, we have a huge variety of fresh local produce from over 35 specialist producers. The majority of stallholders grow or rear what they sell. Hop On Hop Off Highlights 24hr unlimited Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with 360º panoramic views of Edinburgh.  Flexible 3-month ticket.  Access to 1 bus tour route & 14 stops around the city, including all main sights & attractions.  One of the best audio commentaries in 9 languages plus 'Horrible Histories' Kid's Commentary.  Create your own itinerary to explore Edinburgh hopping on and off whenever you wish. SUNDAY Train to Dundee Scotrail to Dundee 0910 - 1037 (No changes - 1 hour 17 mins) Explore Dundee Dundee is a coastal city on the Firth of Tay estuary in eastern Scotland. Its regenerated waterfront has 2 nautical museums: RRS Discovery, Captain Scott’s Antarctic expedition ship, and 19th-century warship, HM Frigate Unicorn. North of the water, Verdant Works is a museum celebrating the city’s jute-manufacturing heritage. The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery & Museum displays art and archaeological finds. V&A Dundee The first ever dedicated design museum in Scotland and the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London, V&A Dundee provides a place of inspiration, discovery and learning through its mission to enrich lives through design. As Scotland’s first design museum, V&A Dundee tells a global story, investigating the international importance of design alongside presenting Scotland’s outstanding design achievements. At the heart of the museum, the Scottish Design Galleries feature 300 exhibits drawn from the V&A’s rich collections of Scottish design, as well as from museums and private collections across Scotland and the world. The museum is open seven days a week, 10.00 – 17.00.  Entry to the museum is free. A paid ticket is needed for certain events, activities and temporary exhibitions. RRS Discovery  RRS Discovery – Made in Dundee | Designed for Adventure. This award-winning visitor attraction tells the story of Discovery from her beginnings in Dundee, her amazing Antarctic expedition with Captain Scott and her voyages thereafter. Follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and his heroic team at Discovery Point! Find out about the Heroes of the Ice who braved the harsh conditions of the Antarctic and hear their stories first hand. As you explore the self-led museum at your own pace you will: Find out about ‘Scott of the Antarctic’ and explore the crews quarters and the Officers Wardroom Discover more about the ships voyages and journeys after The Discovery Expedition Discovery the unique design features of the first ship built for scientific research in Antarctica Learn about the first voyage of Discovery to the most inhospitable place on the earth Walk in the footsteps of Heroes and climb aboard one of the most incredible ships ever built   Walk along Slessor Gardens At the heart of the central waterfront area is a large avenue of open space. This comprises three elements: Slessor Gardens, The Caird Hall Civic Space and the soon to be constructed Waterfront Place. Slessor Gardens: The main central parkland area in the central waterfront is Slessor Gardens, 10,738sqm in size and designed to be a multi-functional space with the capacity to host large events. 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