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 Scotland and England - 'Brexit' Tour

The itinerary

DAY 1

Arrive at Edinburgh airport and meet your coach for your transfer into central Edinburgh, where

luggage can be deposited at the hotel.

Meet your expert local guide for a walking tour of the Old Town of Edinburgh. Learn about Adam

Smith, the founder of modern Economics who lived in Edinburgh for the last years of his life, other

important contributors to the field of Economics, and the advantages and disadvantages of a single

European market. At the same time, your guide can begin to explain the Scottish view on

Brexit.

Afterwards, return to your hotel for check-in.

The evening and dinner are at leisure.

Stay night: EDINBURGH

DAY 2

Depart this morning for a visit to the National Museum of Scotland. Upon arrival explore the

museum independently. After your visit, there will be some time at leisure for lunch.

In the afternoon, depart to nearby Pencaitland for a visit to the Glenkinchie Single Malt Distillery.

Scotch Whisky accounts for 70% of Scottish food and drink exports, 21% of all UK food and drink

exports, and 1.3% of all UK exports. The Scotch Whisky industry faces an uncertain future post-Brexit

with the potential for new trade barriers, and the need for continued Geographical Indication

protection for Scotch Whisky.

Stay night: EDINBURGH

DAY 3

This morning visit Edinburgh Castle which has played an important historical role throughout

Scotland's existence.

After lunch visit Mary Kings Close. The "Closes" are narrow lanes where city workers lived,

connecting the upper city (The Royal Mile) to the "new city". The visit to the Close will provide some

insight into the living conditions of the common workers during the pre-industrial age in Scotland.

Lastly join your Edinburgh guide for a Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town, the mostly Georgian area of squares, streets and housed built in the mid-18th century. New Town buildings are typically of a neo-classical style sometimes even with grandiose, Grecian pillars outside and tall ceilings and decorative friezes and trimmings inside.

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

Stay night: EDINBURGH

DAY 4

This morning is free for independent activities.

This afternoon, have a tour of the Scottish Parliament Building and meet a member of the Scottish

National Party to learn about the issue of local control and the possibility of a referendum on The Scottish independence as a result of the Brexit vote.

Stay night: EDINBURGH

DAY 5

This morning transfer to the station to board the train for London.

The train departs for London Kings Cross

Today purchase lunch on the train or at Waverley Station.

Upon arrival transfer independently to your hotel for check-in. Meet your London guide for a

walking tour of the Bloomsbury area featuring some of the famous writers and thinkers who have

lived there, such as the world-famous economist John Maynard Keynes. There will be the

opportunity to develop themes relating to Brexit during the walk, and time permitting, we will also

explore 'legal' London' with a look at the Inns of Court area.

Stay night: LONDON

DAY 6

Today will be free to explore some of London's iconic sites and museums independently.

Stay night: LONDON

DAY 7

This morning, visit the Churchill War Rooms & Museum for a visit. The museum offers compelling

insights into the reasons the Common Market (later to be known as the European Economic

Community) was created following the Second World War. Your guide can explain about Great

Britain's early attempts to join the community, why countries like France opposed it, and how

Britain's departure in 2021 can be seen in its broad historical context.

After your visit, the remainder of the day is available to visit the British Museum, Natural History

Museum or Victoria & Albert Museum and get an insight into the historical role Great Britain has

played in the world over the last 4 centuries.

As a legacy of its lost Empire, Britain today stands at the centre of the Commonwealth of Nations, an

association of 54 countries, mostly its former territories. Post-Brexit, the UK governments is keen to

forge new trade agreements with Commonwealth member countries.

Stay night: LONDON

DAY 8

This morning transfer to the British Houses of Parliament in Westminster.

Upon arrival have a tour of the Houses of Parliament and learn about the Parliament and Brexit.

Although the UK voted to leave the EU in 2016, the Brexit process had to go through a number of

complex parliamentary stages before finally happening in 2021.

The remainder of the day is free for lunch and further independent sightseeing. You might want to

visit the British Library, the Tower of London or the National Portrait Gallery.

Overnight: LONDON

DAY 9

Today transfer by coach to Heathrow Airport to catch your flight back home.

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