Arrive at Edinburgh Airport and transfer to the Grande Dame of the city center, the glamorous Balmoral Hotel. After check-in, it’s time to welcome Soirée friends old and new at a Scottish afternoon tea and Champagne party. After tea, sink into comfy chairs for our welcome orientation and talk by our study leader, Columbia University Professor Adam Tooze, who will give us a brief overview of Scottish history providing a handy framework for the adventures ahead. Like to keep your legs moving on your arrival day to a new city? Join our easy orientation stroll around the ‘Athens of the North’, which will be bursting with color and energy as the famous Festival Fringe, the world’s largest art festival, will still be in full swing.
THE BALMORAL HOTEL (Afternoon tea, champagne reception)