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Seasonal Scottish Celebrations

Enjoy a special festive break in one of Britain’s most beguiling cities, transformed into a magical winter wonderland by twinkling lights, seasonal scents and colourful Christmas markets.

Join us in the glorious ‘Athens of the North’, where, beneath the great Castle, alongside elegant Princes Street, the Scottish capital sparkles with Christmas cheer, its markets full of seasonal merchandise and delicious treats. From your city centre hotel, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore Edinburgh and soak up the unique festive atmosphere, with the chance to visit Loch Lomond on an optional tour.

What does this price include?

  • Three nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh
  • City tour of Edinburgh
  • Return flights to Edinburgh
  • Coach transfers and travel included throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager

Your Itinerary

  • Upon arrival, meet your tour manager and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city.

    The rest of the day is yours to spend relaxing and exploring your new surroundings, perhaps choosing to dine in one of the Edinburgh’s many fine eateries, or enjoy a drink in a cosy café or bar.

  • Join your friendly tour manager for a short, guided introduction this morning, which will bring to life Edinburgh’s major sights, including the lanes and wynds of the Royal Mile, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the impregnable Castle atop its rocky promontory. Wander along Princes Street, with its shops, stores and colourful festive markets, stopping to explore the Traditional Highland Village in Princes Street Gardens, where the gifts, handicrafts and foodstuffs showcase the best of Scottish fare, together with an authentic German Market – a great place for a light lunch.

    This afternoon is free to spend at your leisure, perhaps revisiting some of your favourite spots from this morning’s tour, finding a cosy restaurant for dinner.

  • Today you have the choice of joining an optional tour to Loch Lomond or continuing your exploration of Edinburgh under your own steam, perhaps returning to Princes Street and its colourful Christmas markets.

    Loch Lomond is located at the heart of the Trossachs National Park. Join your fellow guests as you enjoy a scenic drive around its southern shores, home to loch-side castles and stately homes, with the possibility of catching a glimpse of magnificent Ben Lomond. A stop at the chic loch-side shopping centre Lomond Shores provides ample opportunities for some souvenir shopping and a spot of lunch (payable locally). Continue to a local distillery, where you will enjoy a brief tour and learn about the history of whisky, one of Scotland’s principle exports, followed by a tasting session and the chance to buy a bottle of the good stuff to take home.

    Return to your hotel, and perhaps venture out to a local restaurant to enjoy your last night in Edinburgh.

  • Depending on the time of your return flight, you may have some free time this morning to look around Edinburgh one last time, before you transfer back to the airport for your return flight, rounding off a marvelously festive few days.

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Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Edinburgh City Centre, Edinburgh

Set in a pretty Georgian building, a short walk from Princes Street and the Old Town, the Holiday Inn Express ticks all the boxes for a short stay in Edinburgh.

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Further Information

  • The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.

  • This holiday only includes hand luggage on your flights. Additional hold luggage allowance can be purchased direct from the airline when you check in for your flight.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

  • Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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