9 days
Duration
British Isles
Destination
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate
Activity

Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers

This small group tour explores the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the world’s largest arts festival that is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2017. This extraordinary festival encompasses almost an entire month's worth of theatre, cabaret, children’s shows, experimental performance art, circus, comedy, and dance. Every year, it showcases a range of new and established artists from across Europe. It famously emphasises experimentation, outsider performers, and new approaches to old forms. On this educational tour, we experience nine days of the Fringe, taking in a wide range of shows.

The particular performances we see will vary depending on what is on, but there will be a diverse selection of ticketed shows. We also have the chance to explore the vibrant street theatre that happens throughout the city. And we explore the magical city of Edinburgh, with walking tours of the city and numerous sightseeing opportunities. You will experience the extraordinary Festival atmosphere, and sample a wide range of its artistic offerings.

Time to Explore Edinburgh

Participants  on the  Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers also have the chance to explore the vibrant street theatre that happens throughout the city. And we explore the magical city of Edinburgh, with walking tours  and numerous sightseeing opportunities. You will experience the extraordinary Festival atmosphere, and sample a wide range of its artistic offerings.

Other highlights include the chance to try local Scottish food, as well as whiskey tastings at a charming city bar. We also get a feel for the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Edinburgh, and the quirkiness of the famous Edinburgh Fringe. Of course, the main highlights of this tour are the festival performances, street theatre, cabaret shows, and nightlife.

2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers highlights

For 2017 some of the performances booked for this small group included the following events;

Soweto Gospel Choir; 

  • Two-time Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings together South Africa’s greatest singers, performing gospel and their unique interpretations of international classics in eight of South Africa’s official languages. With soaring harmonies and that distinct South African sound, this performance is a truly extraordinary musical experience.

Alexei Sayle;

  • The Godfather of alternative comedy returns to the Fringe for the second time in 37 years with a brand-new show. Alexei’s varied career spans work as comic, novelist, actor and columnist. His acclaimed second volume of memoirs, Thatcher Stole My Trousers, was published last year and his recent BBC Radio 4 series Alexei Sayle’s Imaginary Sandwich Bar was nominated for a Chortle Award.

Ruby Wax;

  • Her new five-star one-woman show to Edinburgh. Based on her number one best seller, A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled. She’s been honoured with the title of poster girl for mental illness; once crazy now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it; your passport to saner living. By the way, she graduated from Oxford with a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (at a late stage) three years ago so she should know her stuff.

Academic 2; 

  • Filled almost to excess with cheesy-rom-com-buckets-of-feel-good, this act put a smile on every face’ (TheTab.com). A fun and fabulous afternoon of jazz, soul and pop with the two oldest and best a cappella groups of the University of Cambridge. Based at Fitzwilliam College the Sirens and Barbershop have been performing for over 20 years and lead the way in varsity a cappella.

Hyprov:

  • Improv Under Hypnosis; The undisputed late night hit of 2016’s Fringe! Join improv legends Mike McShane and Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci for a mind-blowing, side-splitting show. A different show every night, crafted entirely from the audience’s subconscious. Hypnotism and improvisation have mystified and entertained the world for decades – now witness two masters joining forces for a totally unique Fringe experience.

As well as other plays and talks offered at the Fringe. The exhaustive program for the fringe is only published in early June each year when bookings for performances also opens. Odyssey offers this  Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers early, prior to publication of the final performances to ensure that we can offer accomodation in central Edinburgh to those who wish to book.

How to book to secure your place at the fringe

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.

Therefore, if you are seeking to experience the acclaimed “Fringe Festival”at least once then this maybe the option.  Odyssey’s  Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers seems  like the perfect solution for some people. Due to restrictions on good hotel accommodation during the festival early booking on this tour is advised.

For more details, click the ‘Top 5’ or ‘Itinerary’ buttons above! If you’re keen to experience this tour, please call or send an email. Or, to book, simply fill in the form on the right hand side of this page.


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Explore Edinburgh on foot
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See numerous festival performances, street theatre, cabaret shows, and nightlife
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Enjoy trying local food, as well as Scottish whiskey tastings at a local bar
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Get a feel for the vibrant, cosmpolitan, artistic city of Edinburgh
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Experience the quirkiness and oddities of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Overview: Today we arrive in Edinburgh, and after making our way to the hotel, we come together for a introductory meeting and dinner at the hotel. We spend the duration of our stay at Motel One Edinburgh-Royal, near the Royal Mile.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: After breakfast at the hotel, we take an orientation tour of Edinburgh with our tour leader. We walk through the city, taking in various sights and monuments. In the afternoon, we have some spare time to explore the city at our own pace.

In the mid afternoon we meet for our first performance, we’ll enjoy unique interpretations of international classics by the two-time Grammy award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, who have performed for many world leaders including Nelson Mandela, the British Royal Family, Desmond Tutu and President Obama. In the early evening we make our way to the oldest bookshop in town – Blakwell – for an evening with the best in Scotland’s literary scene.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: This morning we experience a festival orientation by the tour leader, which will explain the Fringe’s cultural significance in more detail, and give us a sense of all that the tour offers.  We’ll then visit the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition at the National Galleries, this is the first exhibition of works by Caravaggio and his followers ever to be shown in Scotland and is a collaboration between the National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Ireland and the National Galleries of Scotland.

In the afternoon, we enjoy some free time getting to know the city, before coming together in the evening for to attend Alexei Sayle’s comedy stand-up show. Alexei’s varied career spans work as comic, novelist, actor and columnist. He’s presenting a brand new show in his 2nd time at the festival.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: This morning is free for you to enjoy the city and the festival. After lunch we attend a performance by two of the oldest and best a cappella groups of the University of Cambridge for some jazz, soul and pop music (AcaDemic Two: Cambridge A Cappella Returns!). In the evening it’s time for another show – we’ll see Ruby Wax’s Frazzled, based on her book A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled where she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it; your passport to saner living. Ruby is an actress, author and mental health campaigner and recently graduated from Oxford with a Masters Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: Today the day is free to explore the festival at your own pace, seeing those events and performances that most appeal to you. We suggest you the festival’s website and pre-book any shows you may wish to attend today to avoid missing out.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: The morning is free to enjoy the city at your own pace. We meet at lunch for a talk with Allan Little, former BBC reporter, special correspondent and presenter of Radio 4’s Today programme. He’s an award-winning journalist and broadcaster who has covered many important historical moments like the Gulf War in 1991 from Baghdad, the break-up of Yugoslavia, the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and many others.

Later we make our way to the National Museum of Scotland for the Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites exhibition, this major exhibition tells the real story of the rise and fall of the Jacobites. Featuring treasures from Scotland’s national collections alongside spectacular objects from across the UK and Europe, the exhibition presents a compelling story of loyalty, loss, exile, rebellion and retribution.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: Once again, the day is free to explore the festival at your own pace, seeing those events and performances that most appeal to you.

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: The morning is free for you to explore the festival and city. In the afternoon we attend a play following Sherlock Holmes trying to track down a criminal mastermind, full of plot twists, metafiction and twisted logic! (The Accidental Adventures of Sherlock Holmes)

In the evening, we walk together to a local restaurant, where we will sample Scottish whiskey and enjoy dinner together, our evening however is not complete and we join improv legends Mike McShane and Colin Mochrie and master hypnotist Asad Mecci for a mind-blowing, side-splitting show which is crafted from each night’s audience subconscious! (Hyprov: Improve under Hypnosis)

Accommodation: Motel One Edinburgh-Royal

Overview: After breakfast, we say our farewells and the tour concludes.

What’s included in our Tour

  • 8 nights of hotel accommodation in Edinburgh
  • 4 tickets for Fringe performances
  • Detailed preparatory information.
  • Services of a Tour Leader for the duration of tour
  • 8 breakfasts, 2 dinners, and 1 whiskey tasing

What’s not included in our Tour

  • Items of a personal nature, such as telephone calls and laundry.
  • Return economy class international airfare and departure taxes.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary.
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Edinburgh Fringe Festival small group for Mature travellers
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Tour Reviews

September 13, 2017

Excellent selection and diversity from different types of events. We saw wonderful things that would not have occurred to me on my own.

September 13, 2017

Please evaluate your tour Program Leader, Robert Williams
Communication – Exceeded expectations
Organisation – Exceeded expectations
Local knowledge – Exceeded expectations
Engagement – Exceeded expectations
Friendliness – Exceeded expectations
Care and concern for your needs – Exceeded expectations
Do you have any comments to make (good or bad!) about your tour Program Leader? – I cannot compliment him too highly

September 18, 2017

Lovely hotel and the location could not have been better. I’d stay there again.

September 18, 2017

Great hotel (perfect location), wonderful tour guide (Robert was excellent in every respect), the half-day walking tour was fun and informative, and the events selected exposed me to Fringe events I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. Very well thought out and put together.

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