Music and Theater Festivals in the UK

Trip Leader(s)
With Donald Rosenberg Former Music & Dance Critic for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Editor of EMAg, The Magazine of Early Music America
August 8-17, 2015
Trip Description

Enjoy the Edinburgh International Festival* and The BBC Proms** in London during a 10-day journey through the UK with Donald Rosenberg. The itinerary will include tickets for specific performances during the daytime and evenings at both festivals, with free time available for viewing other performances on your own or independent sightseeing.  The London component will include performances at the Globe Theatre as well as the Proms. 

*Every August, the Edinburgh International Festival transforms one of the world's most beautiful cities, presenting three exhilarating weeks of the finest creators and performers from the worlds of the arts - for everyone.  Edinburgh's six major theatres and concert halls, a few smaller venues, and often some unconventional ones too, come alive with the best music, theatre, opera and dance from around the globe.

**The Proms, more formally known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented by the BBC, is an eight-week summer season of daily orchestral classical music concerts and other events held annually, predominantly in the Royal Albert Hall in London. Founded in 1895, each season currently consists of more than 70 concerts in the Albert Hall, a series of chamber concerts at Cadogan Hall, additional Proms in the Park events across the United Kingdom on the last night, and associated educational and children's events.‌

Estimated Fees (airfare not included):

  • Double Occupancy: $7195
  • Single Occupancy: $8990
  • Scotland Only (double): $4695
  • Scotland Only (single): $5790
  • London Only (double): $4395
  • London Only (single): $5090

Accommodations:

  • Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh (4 star)
  • Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt, London (4 star)

Included Meals:

  • Breakfast: Daily
  • Lunches: Three
  • Dinners: Three

Deposit and Cancellation Terms:

  • Deposit Amount: $2,000
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or before May 1, 2015: full refund minus $550 per person administrative fee
  • Written cancellation received by CWRU on or between May 2 - June 25, 2015: $2,500 per person cancellation charge (includes administrative fee)
  • Cancellations received on or after June 26, 2015: no refund

ITINERARY OUTLINE:

Saturday, August 8 -
Depart the United States on independent overnight flights to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Sunday, August 9 -
Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer independently to the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa. The afternoon is free to relax. Gather in the evening for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Monday, August 10 -
Guided tour of Edinburgh Castle, followed by a walking tour of Edinburgh’s old town, including St. Giles Cathedral, Holyrood Palace’s Royal collection, and lunch at a local restaurant. In the evening, attend an Edinburgh International Festival music performance.

Tuesday, August 11 -
Drive to Roslin and visit the Rosslyn Chapel and take a guided tour of the nearby 15th-century Rosln Castle. Return to Edinburgh for a private visit with lunch at Jupiter Artland, a contemporary art park and gallery. In the evening, attend an Edinburgh International Festival theater performance.

Wednesday, August 12 -
Free morning and afternoon for independent exploration. In the evening, attend an Edinburgh International Festival opera performance.

Thursday, August 13 -
Travel by train from Edinburgh to London and check into the Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt. Take a guided walking tour of the theater district that stood in Elizabeth times, including a visit to re-created Globe Theatre. Enjoy a pre-theater dinner at a local restaurant, followed by a theater performance at Globe Theater.

Friday, August 14 -
Take a walking tour of sites where Shakespeare once lived and wrote, including the Middle Temple Hall. Enjoy lunch at a historic tavern in central London. Afternoon excursion to Hampton Court Palace. This evening attend a BBC Proms Concert.

Saturday, August 15 -
Free morning and afternoon for independent exploration. The BBC Proms concert for this day will feature hometown orchestra Apollo’s Fire.

Sunday, August 16 -
Free morning and afternoon for independent exploration. In the evening, gather for a festive farewell dinner.

Monday, August 17 -
Check out of the hotel. Independent departures.