British history and heritage
Experience the unforgettable Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy the pomp and pageantry of this magical spectacle that ends with the lone piper atop the battlements of Edinburgh Castle. With tours of the wild Northumbrian countryside and the chance to explore the historic 'holy' island of Lindisfarne included, this is a weekend away you can't afford to miss.
Leaving the local area in the early morning we'll head north to our hotel, stopping for the chance to have lunch en route.
This morning we head to Edinburgh - the "Athens of the North". Upon arrival the rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore Princes Street and the fascinating lanes and wynds of the famous Royal Mile. Alternatively, join our optional guided tour. On Princes Street, we'll pass Jenners - the oldest department store in the world. We'll see the Castle, St Giles Cathedral, the Princes Street Gardens, the Sir Walter Scott monument and the Royal Mile, before ending the tour by exploring the lavish rooms of the Royal Apartments at Holyroodhouse.
In the early evening we'll head to the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle for the Military Tattoo - the highlight of our visit - for a fantastic evening of music and colour, pomp and pageantry. We will leave Edinburgh around 10.00pm, and arrive back at the hotel at about 1.00am.
The coastal landscapes of Northumbria, one of England's loveliest and most unspoilt areas, beckon today. We'll visit Lindisfarne, an ancient centre of Celtic and medieval Christianity, and accessible only at low tide via a narrow causeway. Explore the priory ruins, stroll beside the busy harbour or discover tales of island life in the Lindisfarne Centre (entry fees payable locally).
We'll also stop at Grace Darling's Bamburgh, where the great sandstone castle overlooks the Farne Islands, before we return to the hotel for dinner.
We begin our homeward journey today, stopping en route in Harrogate. Discover the graceful architecture, colourful gardens and shopping of this vibrant town, which also boasts a thriving cafe culture. After the chance to have lunch, we'll restart our journey home, arriving in the local area by mid to late evening.
You may like to upgrade your seat for the Tattoo. The seats are located in stands in a U shape around the castle esplanade. The more expensive the seats the further away they are from the open part of the U, which is where the acts emerge onto the esplanade.
There is a short but steeply inclined walk of 80 metres up Castlehill, the old cobbled approach to the Esplanade. There is then a further 60-metre walk on average, followed by steps up to the spectator stands where generally, the seating is quite steeply tiered. You will have plenty of time to make your way to and from the Esplanade and will be able to go at your own pace. Wheelchairs can be sited at ground level under the North stand at all performances and disabled toilets are available on the Esplanade.
Access to the Tattoo
Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)
Coach seating arrangements
Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.
Joining your holiday
Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.