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Ye Kin Do Anythin’ In Edinbrah

Edinburgh is one of the most vibrant & beautiful cities in the world

From the atmospheric cobbled streets of the Old Town to the beautiful Georgian avenues of the New Town, Edinburgh is a city of contrasts, blending historic attractions, gardens, shopping and a wide variety of restaurants, cafes and welcoming pubs. Come summer, the Scottish capital is awash in festivals, making every day a ceilidh.

Humans have lived in the Edinburgh area since the Bronze Age. Despite the destruction caused by an English assault in the late-medieval period (1544), the town slowly recovered and was at the centre of events in the 16th and 17th century.

Today, Edinburgh is one of the most vibrant, beautiful and interesting cities in the world. It is steeped in tradition, yet modern and dynamic. Centuries of Scottish history sit side-by-side with a thriving modern cultural scene, fine dining and buzzing nightlife. From Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace and the magical Royal Mile to the elegant New Town, it is easy to see why the city was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Edinburgh is a compact city with a population of just 500,000, yet it attracts more than a million visitors a year, making it the 2nd most popular tourist destination in the UK after London. It was voted 'European Destination of the Year' at the World Travel Awards 2012.


Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

A big part of the city’s appeal is due to the annual Edinburgh Festival, a series of separate events running from the end of July until early September. The best-known are the Edinburgh Fringe; the Edinburgh International Festival featuring the Edinburgh Military Tattoo; and the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the centrepieces of the "official" Festival, occupies the Castle Esplanade every night, with massed pipers and military bands drawn from around the world. Performances end with a short fireworks display.

Air Canada Vacations offers your clients a wide range of activity options in Edinburgh and the surrounding area, all commissionable and available to be booked ahead of their trip.

They include a tour of the retired Royal Yacht Britannia, a visit to the Edinburgh Dungeon, a Murder & Mystery Walking Tour exploring the city’s dark side and a Whisky Tasting & Dinner. The Edinburgh Pass will give your clients entry to over 30 city attractions, plus discounts at retailers and restaurants.


Melrose

There are day trips to the home of golf at St. Andrews, to Stirling Castle and Loch Lomond and to the infamous Loch Ness and its surrounding highland beauty. There’s a sure-to-be-popular day trip to see Scottish Highland Games at a variety of locations. There’s even a ‘Da Vinci Code’ themed day trip that promises to reveal the truth about the Holy Grail and includes a visit to Rosslyn Chapel and the lovely town of Melrose.

“I go through the list of options and I’d like to try them all,” says Air Canada Vacations’ V.P. of Sales & Marketing, Nino Montagnese. “I think Edinburgh will be a big hit for agents and their clients this summer.”

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