Edinburgh TattooCatch the glory of Edinburgh’s Military Tattoo on a tour with Interra-Reisen, an agency in Kaiserslautern, Germany. It runs Aug. 10-12 and leaves from Frankfurt.
The Tattoo’s performers include the Massed Pipes & Drums, Massed Highland Dance Troupe and the Massed Military Bands, featuring the Household Cavalry’s Mounted Band of The Blues and Royals, and The Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
Other performers will come from Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United States, South Africa and Asia.
The cost is 699 euros, double occupancy, and includes round-trip airfare between Frankfurt and Edinburgh, two nights’ accommodations, breakfasts, ticket to the Tattoo and bus transfers. Optional tours of Edinburgh and to the city of Stirling can be arranged.
Details at www.interra-reisen.de.
Turkey tourSpend 13 days exploring the Turkish Riviera and the country’s Mediterranean and Aegean coasts on a trip offered by Esendal International Tourism and Travel.
In addition to drives along the coast, highlights include a visit to Antalya with the ancient sites of Perge, Aspendos, Side, Duden waterfall graves and Antalya Museum; Olympos, Cirali/Kemer and the ancient city of Myra (burial site of St. Nicholas); ancient sites and the villages on Kekova Island; ancient theater in Kas, the port city of Kalkan, the Lycia cities of Patara, Xantus and Letoon; the Saklikent Gorge; the resort town of Fethiye (rock tombs, beach, Sovalye Island); boat ride on Dalyan Canal; Bodrum (castle and mausoleum); Temple of Apollo in Didyma; ancient city of Miletus; the Hellenistic town of Priene; ancient Ephesus; and Istanbul sights including St. Sophia Museum, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Underground Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, the spice market and Kariye Museum, plus a Bosphorus boat trip and walking tour.
The package includes four nights in Istanbul, two nights in Antalya, one night in Kemer, one in Kalkan, one in Fethiye, two in Bodrum and one in Kusadasi , some meals, tours, entrance fees to museums and sights, air-conditioned vehicle and tour leader, flights between Istanbul and Antalya and Izmir and Istanbul, plus boat and ferry connections.
The price depends on the number of participants. Per person, double occupancy, two people pay $3,042; four pay $2,392; six pay $2,002; eight pay $1,664; and 12 pay $1,521. Single supplement is $350.
Best BetsBELGIUM: The annual Antiques Fair in Brussels’ Tours & Taxis complex will have more than 130 participants exhibiting antique jewelry, ceramics, works of art, furniture, sculpture, carpets, books, coins and more. The show begins Friday and is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily with a late showing on Jan. 25 until 10:30 p.m. The show runs until Jan. 28. Admission is 10 euros.
ENGLAND: Take a short French holiday in London Friday through Sunday at the Olympia Exhibition Hall’s annual “Vive la France” show. This year’s theme is “Take a Passionate Journey,” and you can experience the country in four sections: French Food and Wine, French Lifestyles and Culture, French Travel and Tourism and French Property. Included on the program are French courses, cinema fashion shows, live music, and wine and food tastings. Admission is 12 euros. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Details at www.vivelafrance.co.uk.
SPAIN: The pounding of drums will fill the air starting at midnight Friday in San Sebastian during the city’s annual Tamborrada festival, which honors St. Donostia, the patron saint. Thought to have originated as one of the San Sebastian Carnival groups, today’s drum teams ( numbering 97) are made up of members of the city’s gastronomic societies who dress as cooks and soldiers. They will gather at the Plaza de la Constitution, then spread out and march through the streets for the marathon beating of drums for 24 hours. Details at www.donostia.org.