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Overview

Self-Drive Holidays
3 Nights
  • Prices from: £450 per person
  • Availability: Any departure date
  • Best time to go: August
  • Transport: Rental car included (optional)

Highlights

Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
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Tickets for the 2021 Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo, one of the most iconic events in Scotland’s calendar set against the jaw-dropping backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

Scotch Whisky Experience
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Sample Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile. Find your perfect dram and learn about the process of whisky making.

Edinburgh Festival
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Experience the incredible Edinburgh Festival in 2021 – the world’s largest arts festival and a hotspot for artistic talent.

City centre attractions
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Visit some of Edinburgh’s famous city centre spectacles, such as the St Giles’ Cathedral, the iconic Scottish National Gallery, and the Scottish Parliament.

Old Town
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Explore Edinburgh’s Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site home to historic sites such as Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile and Holyrood Palace.

The Royal Yacht Britannia
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Climb aboard one of the most famous ships in the world, which served as a Royal residence for over 44 years, and is now berthed in Leith docks as a 5* visitor attraction.

An Escape to Iconic Edinburgh

This self-guided itinerary visits Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. In August the city plays host to the thrilling Edinburgh Festival, with over 50,000 performances of theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, musicals, opera, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

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Edinburgh is one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities. Hop-on and hop-off a City Sightseeing Tour and explore the many attractions, including St Giles’ Cathedral, the National Gallery, Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street, the New Town and Royal Mile. Walk up Arthur’s Seat and enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the city. 

In the evening, you are spoilt for choice, Edinburgh is gastronomic heaven. There are cosy traditional pubs around every corner and along each cobbled street, and they pride themselves on their extraordinary range of real ales and Scottish whiskies.

Tickets are included in this tour for the wonderful Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh’s imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events in Scotland’s calendar, bringing together audiences from across the globe. The Edinburgh Tattoo celebrates the skills and talents of military bands and display teams from the British Armed Forces, the Commonwealth, and military teams throughout the world.

Itinerary

This is our suggested itinerary for our Edinburgh Festival & The Military Tattoo tour. We design each itinerary around your interests, so think of this as a starting point which can be tailored into something completely unique to you.

We love the opportunity to use our first-hand knowledge and experience to design and deliver the perfect, bespoke holiday experience for you.

Day 1: Arrive in Edinburgh
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Arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland’s majestic capital city, and enjoy a City Sightseeing bus tour to get your bearings. Visit historic Edinburgh Castle and sample Scotland’s national drink at the Scotch Whisky Experience on the Royal Mile. This truly is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 2: Edinburgh Sightseeing
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Visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former floating home of Her Majesty The Queen, or hike up to the top of Arthur’s Seat – an extinct volcano which looms over the city – for breathtaking panoramic views. Explore the Georgian grandeur of the New Town, or learn about Scotland’s turbulent and fascinating history at the award-winning National Museum of Scotland. 

In the evening, we will provide you with tickets for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, the most spectacular show in the world, and enjoyed by an international audience of over 210,000 people every year. The Tattoo season on the Esplanade at Edinburgh Castle is a sell-out every year, but we will ensure that you have excellent tickets for the 22.30 show with the spectacular fireworks finale. 

Against the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the action-packed programme will feature exciting contributions from the Massed Bands of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines, Highland Dancing, cultural troops and the stirring music of the world-famous Massed Pipes and Drums.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 3: Edinburgh Sightseeing
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Take to the streets and experience the award-winning Secrets of the Royal Mile Tour. Your costumed guide will escort you through a walking history of Edinburgh’s dark and distant past, exploring hidden closes, courtyards and secret gardens.

Your visit will coincide with many Festivals that take place in the city each August. Edinburgh has become a hotspot for artistic talent with the International Festival and world-famous Fringe.

The summer programme has grown with the Edinburgh Book Festival, the largest book festival in the world, the Edinburgh Film Festival, a world renowned showcase of cinematic talent, and the Jazz & Blues Festival. Performances take place throughout the city and there’s always something to suit all tastes.
Overnight – Edinburgh

Day 4: Depart Edinburgh
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Today your magical escape to Edinburgh will come to an end.

What's Included?

Your holiday includes:

  • Carefully selected en-suite accommodation for 3 nights including traditional Scottish breakfast
  • Comprehensive information pack and local visitor guidebooks
  • Personalised itinerary with our recommendations for the best places to eat and drink and sightseeing suggestions
  • Tickets for the Edinburgh City Sightseeing Tour
  • Tickets for the late-night fireworks performance of the 2021 Edinburgh Royal Military Tattoo
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • Full financial protection

Your holiday doesn't include:

  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Lunches and evening meals

Accommodation & Prices

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Premium Premium
Premium Premium
Standard Standard
Budget Budget

We know that after a busy day of sightseeing an exceptional place to stay makes all the difference. That’s why all of the accommodation we select is hand-picked using our first-hand knowledge of the best places to stay.

Our discerning team has a wealth of experience, and we extensively research and regularly review all of the accommodation we select for our clients.

Please choose from one of our accommodation categories below. If you wish to combine these categories or perhaps upgrade for a special occasion let us know in your enquiry.

Category
Accommodation type
Price per person
Premium
Boutique Guest Houses and 4* Hotels
From £590

Our Premium category includes a unique collection of luxurious and stylish boutique Guest Houses and small 4* Hotels. These are wonderfully charming and intimate and run with great flair by their owners.

It also comprises larger 4* Hotels selected for their high standard of accommodation, exceptional service, and great location. These range from traditional luxury to contemporary Hotels.

Standard
4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels
From £490

A collection of quality 4* Guest Houses and 3* Hotels often located in beautiful locations which provide an excellent standard of accommodation.

Tastefully decorated and furnished, these properties are generally owned and operated by locals who have a genuine passion for their region which they are keen to share with you. Their warm hospitality is sure to be a highlight of your Scottish experience.

Budget
3* B&Bs and Guest Houses
From £450

A collection of 3* B&Bs and Guest Houses offering comfortable accommodation close to local attractions. Your accommodation is great for the little personal touches.

A chat with your warm and friendly hosts and fellow guests over breakfast will arm you with local knowledge and tips for the day ahead.

Special Places to Stay
Exceptional Hotels and luxury Resorts
Please enquire

From award-winning luxury Hotels to unique country retreats, all of which offer exceptional accommodation with superb facilities and outstanding service.

These are truly magical places and amongst the best Scotland has to offer. The perfect choice when you would like somewhere really special which can be a treat for the night or for your entire holiday.

Car Hire

Our packages include car rental and comprehensive insurance for the duration of your holiday. Absolute Escapes has an excellent relationship with a number of car hire operators and we are able to offer quality vehicles and great value for money.

If you plan to bring your own vehicle, we are also able to offer this itinerary without a rental car.

All our packages include:

  • Collision Damage Waiver
  • Super Damage Excess Waiver
  • Third Party Insurance
  • Theft Waiver
  • Tax
Economy
Vauxhall Corsa or similar
  • Good for 2 people
  • Maximum of 4 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Compact
Ford Focus or similar
  • Good for 2 – 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 2 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Intermediate
Volkswagen Passat or similar
  • Good for up to 4 people
  • Maximum of 5 passengers
  • 3 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission
Fullsize
VW Sharan or similar
  • Good for 5 people
  • Maximum of 7 passengers
  • 3 – 4 large suitcases
  • Manual or automatic transmission

Make an enquiry

Edinburgh Festival & The Military Tattoo

Need something more tailored?
Contact us via email:
enquiries@absoluteescapes.com

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