A festive break in the 'Athens of the North'
Fantastic late-night shopping, an authentic German market, a celebrated ice rink and an unforgettable atmosphere; the historic Scottish capital has Christmas all wrapped up! Search out the perfect gift and explore the iconic sights, from the Royal Mile to Holyrood House, as Edinburgh twinkles under the colourful Christmas lights.
Fly to Edinburgh, and transfer to your hotel by coach. After check in, head into the city for a short, guided tour, revealing well-known sights such as Princes Street and Jenners (the world's oldest department store), the imposing cliff-top Castle, St Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Palace and the Royal Mile.
(Depending on your arrival time, this tour may take place on the morning of day two.)
Spend today relaxing in the hotel or exploring the city further. Visit one of the impressive museums or the Castle, or perhaps browse the stores along famous Princes Street.
Edinburgh's colourful Christmas Markets offer plenty of entertainment and gifts galore. Shop for Scottish handicrafts and foodstuffs at the Traditional Highland Village Market in Princes Street Gardens - transformed into a winter wonderland complete with an ice rink and a funfair - or enjoy tasty delights and find unique gifts at the authentic German Market. (A return transfer into the city centre is included today.)
Spend another day in the city, or board the coach for the included transfer to Ocean Terminal at nearby Leith. Search for special presents in the designer stores, or step aboard the former Royal Yacht Britannia, which lies at rest in the harbour (entry payable locally).
This afternoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 20 minutes.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
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.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Please note that for two people travelling together on one booking, or a single traveler, one piece of hold luggage is included. Additional hold luggage may be purchased at the time of booking at a cost of £30 per bag.