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The Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Friday 11 August 2017 to Monday 14 August 2017


edinburgh-military-tattooFollowing on from the hugely successful three-day Edinburgh Tattoo excursion in August 2016, we are pleased to announce our 2017 venture which has been extended to a four-day format.

FRIDAY: Guests are welcomed aboard the Belmond Northern Belle at London King’s Cross. Alternatively you can join at Stevenage or Peterborough. Coffee and pastries will be served as the train heads northwards.

A glass of Champagne heralds the start of a seven-course banquet lunch with wine included. Our route takes us via the picturesque Aire Valley, Skipton and over the magnificent Settle & Carlisle Railway, offering truly breathtaking views from your wide picture window.

You can step off the train for a few minutes at Carlisle and shortly after departure we cross the border and enter Scotland, so simply sit back and admire the lush rolling countryside hereabouts. We arrive at Edinburgh Waverley at around 19.00, having taken a light supper on the Northern Belle, where coaches await for the very short transfer to the Sheraton Grand Hotel, situated close by Princes Street, Edinburgh Castle and the city’s main attractions. Here we check in for a three-night stay.

The Sheraton Grand is a wonderful hotel. All guest rooms feature media hubs and opaque glass-walled bathrooms and what finer way to re-energise than to spend some time in the superb swimming pool.

SATURDAY: Breakfast is taken in the hotel restaurant and you now have a full day to explore all the attractions of Scotland’s fine capital city. We will provide you with an all-day ticket for the excellent ‘hop on hop off’ open-top bus tours. The buses run at frequent intervals all over the city centre and the surrounding area, including nearby Leith where the former Royal Yacht Britannia is moored and has become a ‘must do’ tourist attraction, vividly depicting Royal line at sea in bygone decades. The atmosphere in the city’s Royal Mile during the Edinburgh Festival season is quite amazing, with street performers and musicians providing all manner of entertainment.

From around 18.30 a sandwich buffet – complete with a ‘wee dram’ – is provided at the hotel. You then have plenty of time to wander through the historic streets to Edinburgh Castle and take your reserved seat for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Please note that an uphill walk is involved and there is no vehicular access. The performance begins (with a bang!) at 22.30. The Tattoo, staged on the floodlit castle esplanade, is the highlight of the Festival Season, a unique celebration of music, dance and military pageantry performed by almost a thousand musicians, pipers, singers and dancers. The unforgettable spectacle is brought to a poignant close as a lone piper, high on the ramparts, plays a haunting lament. Spectacular fireworks and a rousing chorus of Auld Lang Syne conclude a truly memorable night’s entertainment.

SUNDAY: Here there are two very different options.

You can if you wish spend another day sightseeing in Edinburgh, soaking up more of the Festival atmosphere. Apart from breakfast, which is taken at the hotel if you choose this option, no meals are included as the choice of places to eat and drink in Edinburgh is, quite simply, endless. The shops of Princes Street offer the most wonderful opportunities for ‘retail therapy’ – or maybe you could explore further in the historic ‘Old Town’, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alternatively, board the Northern Belle at Edinburgh Waverley at around 09.30 for a day excursion into the Scottish Highlands. Brunch with Bellini is enjoyed as we head for Perth then begin our long climb into the mountain terrain. Look out for herds of deer as we head for the wild Druimuichdar Summit and gaze in awe at this most inspirational part of Scotland.

You can either alight at Aviemore and enjoy a steam-hauled journey on the Strathspey Railway or continue to Inverness and enjoy either three hours in the Highland ‘capital’ city, skirting the banks of the River Ness. or a short coach journey and a one-hour cruise on romantic Loch Ness.

While we are off the train exploring, our Northern Belle chefs will have been hard at work creating a wonderful four-course dinner and this will be enjoyed, complete with Champagne and wine, as we make our way back through the dramatic mountain terrain to Edinburgh and the Sheraton Grand Hotel.

MONDAY: Breakfast is taken in the hotel restaurant after which there are leg-stretching opportunities before joining Belmond Northern Belle at Edinburgh Waverley station. Our return route is via the East Coast Main Line, with clifftop views out over the North Sea as we head towards the border near Berwick-upon-Tweed. A seven course banquet lunch is savoured as we glimpse sights such as the Royal Border Bridge, Holy Island, the Tyne Bridges at Newcastle, Antony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the North’, Durham Cathedral and York Minster.

All good things come to an end and after calling at Peterborough at 18.15 and Stevenage at 19.00, the Belmond Northern Belle draws to a stop at London King’s Cross at 19.30.

The price of this four-day excursion is determined by your choice of Sunday itinerary.

If you choose free time in Edinburgh on Sunday, the all-inclusive price is £1,250 per guest. This includes your journey on Belmond Northern Belle on Friday and Monday with meals, wine and Champagne as described, three nights at the Edinburgh Sheraton Grand Hotel with breakfast included, along with your reserved seat at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The price is based upon two people sharing a twin or double room at the hotel. A guaranteed ‘table for two’ on the train may be reserved for a supplement of £95. A few rooms may be available for single occupancy, price on application.

If you choose to take the Belmond Northern Belle Sunday option to the Highlands, the all-inclusive price is £1,495. A guaranteed ‘table for two’ on the train may be reserved for a supplement of £135.  All other details are as above.

A deposit of £100 per guest secures your booking, the balance being payable eight weeks prior to departure. There are special terms and conditions applicable to tours longer than one day’s duration, please see the Booking Info page of the website.

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