3 Day Edinburgh Festival and Tattoo

When the world’s largest Arts Festival comes to one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, you need to find a very good reason to stay away.  Our weekender trip is a blast of energy and total submersion into the Edinburgh Festival madness.

We’ll give you a walking tour of the city, recommend the best places to access the thousands of shows and unbelievable street performances plus throw in a ticket to the world famous Military Tattoo in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle.

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Tour Highlights

  • The Edinburgh Military Tattoo Festival
  • Street Performers
  • A walking tour of Edinburgh's Old Town
  • The buzzing Fringe Festival atmosphere
  • All city centre accommodation (2 nights)
  • Your legendary local guide
  • Free Lonely Planet Guidebook
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Edinburgh

Day 2

Edinburgh Festival

Day 3

More Festival Action

Day 1

Check into your city centre hostel then join us for a welcome drink.  Let us take you round some of the most interesting and happening drinking establishments in Edinburgh on our legendary pub crawl.

Day 2

This morning we take you on a walking tour of our capital city which is filled a rich history and some pretty weird and wonderful stories form the centuries past.

The afternoon is free to enjoy a few of the hundreds of shows in the Edinburgh Festival.

The evening is the main event though at The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with massed pipe bands and international performers.  The Tattoo is world renowned and is performed outdoors in a stadium built especially for the event in the forecourt of Edinburgh Castle.  For location and atmosphere (plus fireworks), this is a night you will never forget.  Afterwards, there’s our post Tattoo party!  Prepare for a late one.

Day 3

Spend the day taking in the buzz of the Festival watching the many performers who fill the streets.

You can also join an optional Ghost Tour which takes you into the vaults beneath the city streets to hear stories of Auld Reekie’s gruesome past.

Or walk up Arthur’s Seat, an extinct volcano with stunning views and a chance to get some fresh air after the late night you’ve just had.

Important Information

Tour Inclusions

  • £199 is a from price, please ask for a quote
  • All city centre accommodation (2 nights)
  • Your legendary local Guide
  • A ticket to the world famous Military Tattoo
  • Walking tour of Edinburgh
  • Free Lonely Planet guidebook


We select the very best hostels. We choose places packed full of character, everything from rustic cottages and farms to castles and country houses.  We only use top quality independent and Youth Hostel Association hostels, mostly rated 3 and 4 stars.

We guarantee dorm bed accommodation on all our trips.  All hostels have great facilities, provide free linen, (you don’t need a sleeping bag), have top quality self-catering kitchens, security, laundry facilities and comply with stringent safety regulations.

Who Books This Tour

Run by the leading youth travel tour operator in Scotland so the majority of our passengers are in the 18 to 35 age bracket and our style of travel reflects this.  The minimum age on all tours is 17.  There is no maximum age as long as you are reasonably fit and have a good sense of fun, we are sure you will have a fantastic time.

Free time / Optional activities

  • Comedy, Musical, Theatre and Literary Festival shows by the thousand.
  • A Ghost Tour of Edinburgh’s medieval Old Town.
  • Climb Arthur’s Seat for stunning views of the capital.


What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.

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Why stop there?

The ever-increasing demand and availability for well-organised, safe and reliable trips means that we now go further afield, so while we love taking people on tours of England, Ireland and Scotland we are pleased to offer that little bit more with river tours of Amsterdam, coach tours of Paris and train trips to the chocolate capital of the world, Brussels!

Our Most Popular Essential Trips

There are so many and we cater for everyone so it may be a case of a leisurely out of London trip to Stonehenge or you may want the buzz and excitement of a theatre tour of London – all the glitz and glamour is there. Out of London, we offer all sorts of adventures: Roman Baths, Shakespeare country, the Royal Pavilion, Brighton – you name it. Same with London – we don’t just do the round London tours – we can take you to Kew Gardens or we can take you on an expedition on the roof of the O2 Dome to the platform at the top offering spectacular views.

So we offer Out of London, Around London, Theatre and Hotels and then there are the spectacular Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day tours – what a way to celebrate the fun season.