Basic Information

Dates for the summer 2023 program are August 8-20 [arriving Edinburgh 8/8, departing on 8/20]. Immerse yourself in festival culture, viewing 2-3 performances a day with a small, friendly group of adults. Time is available for sight seeing in Edinburgh, and for enjoying the music, food, and street life. The summer 2023 program also includes a one-day highland tour. 

Participants purchase their own plane tickets and will be met at the Edinburgh airport upon arrival. 

Our accommodation is within walking distance of everything. We share a gorgeous 6 bedroom, 5 bath Georgian house, with a kitchen, lounging area and living room, wi-fi, linens, towels, and washing machine. The program accommodates 10 participants in the large house. Rooms are assigned on a first come, first-served basis.  

The cost of the 2023 program is $3200. per person in a double or twin room. Single accommodation can usually be arranged. Airfare is NOT included.  A $1,000. deposit secures a spot and is deducted from the total amount due in February. 

The program cost covers:

  • Transportation from the airport to Edinburgh upon arrival
  • Accommodations in a restored Georgian home 
  • 17-20 theatre tickets, curated by an Emeritus Drama Professor
  • Two group dinners (first and last night)
  • A “skip the line” tour of Edinburgh Castle
  • A Scottish Parliament Tour
  • A 1-day Scottish Highland tour
  • An international SIM card for your smart phone

Checks can be made out to Festival Getaway sent c/0 Jenny Spencer, 1713 Kilruss Drive, Venice, FL 34292. 

Our itinerary is flexible!

Each day will include some free time for exploring in addition to seeing performances that generally last no more than 70 minutes each.  Those who wish to see more plays will be offered additional advice on choices from among the 3,500 shows available. 

Optional activities include visiting the Royal Botanical Gardens,The National Art Gallery, the National Scottish Museum, or the Museum of Edinburgh. You can also hike Arthur’s Seat or Calton Hill for the views, or just people-watch at the ubiquitous outdoor pubs and restaurants.

A word of warning: before arriving at the festival, many past participants believed that seeing two plays a day might be too much! But not for long. Great performances are addicting, and the festival atmosphere is contagious–in the face of tourist attractions that never change, most participants saw extra performances almost every day with their free time. 

Weather:  Summers in Scotland are usually cool–in the 50s at night and 60s during the day, and sometimes humid.  Inside spaces can be warm, while walking outside is usually bracing. Prepare for rain on most days, mixed in with spectacularly sunny periods.

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