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Highlights
  • 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.

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.

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Independent: Arts In-Depth at the Edinburgh Festivals

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They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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Don't go! March 2017

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I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

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Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

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The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Itinerary

Day 1: In transit

In Flight

Day 2: Introduction to the Edinburgh Festivals by Giles Ramsay

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

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

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: 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

Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast: In JMCC.

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

Dates & Pricing

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$ 2,492

Price Per Day:

$ 277 per person
 
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Details
Trip Includes
  • 7 nights of accommodations
  • 4 expert-led lectures
  • 1 expert-led field trip
  • 1 hands-on experience
  • 4 performances
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 2 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Independent
Accomodations

Chancellors Court Pollock Halls: 7 nights  Edinburgh

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.

Start City
Edinburgh
End City
Edinburgh
Guides

Giles Ramsay

Giles Ramsay is an independent theatre director and producer who specializes in creating new work with artists in developing countries. He is the Founding Director of the charity Developing Artists, a Fellow of St. Chad’s College, Durham University and Course Leader in Theatre at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has devised and instructed on Road's Scholar programs since the early 1990's and has run theatre projects in countries ranging from Kosovo to Zimbabwe.

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