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The Edinburgh Festival FringeHosted by Director of the Institute for Performing Arts, Missy Pfohl SmithUniversity of Rochester Travel ClubAugust 5-12, 2019

Dear Rochester alumni and friends,The University of Rochester Travel Club is pleased to invite you to join us on this brand new, six-night programto Edinburgh for the 72nd Edinburgh Festival Fringe, hosted by our own Missy Pfohl Smith, Director of theInstitute for Performing Arts. Our small group program will experience the world’s single largest celebrationof arts and culture, set to the backdrop of Edinburgh’s stunning rocky hills and beautiful sea views. Theextraordinary month-long Festival Fringe features performances that vary from theater to dance to comedyto experimental performance art, showcasing some of the best and emerging artists from across Europe andaround the globe. Having been a featured choreographer and performer at the festival herself, Missy PfohlSmith is the ideal guide for your exploration of all this unique global happening has to offer! On this tour,you will discover Edinburgh’s charming streets with a local-led walking tour of Old Town and experience adelightful afternoon tea, set in a library restored to its 19th century glory. We will have the opportunity to learnabout Scotland’s history through its medieval castle and world-class museums, and take in a special globalperformance of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Between a variety of curated performances, enjoy localScottish food and whisky tastings, as we get an authentic feel of the city. Our relaxed schedule provides youwith plenty of time to discover the festival and its many activities and performances independently. Join usas we rub shoulders with talented aspiring artists, take in world-class performances, indulge in the abundanceof creativity that takes over Edinburgh, and so much more! Please enjoy the detailed itinerary for this tour,and do not hesitate to reach out to me at with any questions you may have.We look forward to welcoming you for this extraordinary learning adventure!Meliora,Corinne Dagen ’03Director, University of Rochester Travel Club

Day-by-Day ItineraryMonday, August 5: Depart the USDepart the United States on independent flights to Edinburgh.Tuesday, August 6: EdinburghThursday, August 8: EdinburghToday begins on Chambers Street with a visit to the NationalMuseum of Scotland. Here will explore the museum’s diversecollection which will take you on a journey of discovery throughthe history of Scotland, taking in the wonders of nature, art,design, fashion, science, and technology.Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer independently to ThePrincipal Edinburgh George Street Hotel. This afternoon meetas a group and begin the program by attending one of the manyperformances of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. The EdinburghFestival Fringe is the single largest celebration of arts and culture,transforming Edinburgh into the center of explosive creative energyfrom around the world. Enjoy a welcome dinner this evening ata local restaurant. DEnd the morning enjoying a festival performance as a group. Theremainder of your afternoon is at leisure to explore the festivaland performances that most appeal to you.Wednesday, August 7: EdinburghFriday, August 9: EdinburghThis morning we begin the day with a walking tour ofEdinburgh’s Old Town, led by a local guide. This UNESCOlisted district is the heart of Edinburgh and our tour will focus onthe city’s central artery, the Royal Mile. Take in the views fromEdinburgh Castle which sits on Castle Rock, originally amilitary base and royal residence where tension between theEnglish and the Scottish monarchies always centered aroundEdinburgh Castle. Walk through the city’s narrow streets datingback to the 1600’s and learn about some of its monuments, suchas St. Giles Cathedral and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.We will enjoy afternoon tea at Colonnades at the Signet Librarybefore seeing an Edinburgh Festival Fringe Performance. Youwill have the rest of the afternoon and evening at leisure toexplore the festival at your own pace. B,LThis evening we will have dinner at a local restaurant beforecontinuing on to experience a performance of the RoyalEdinburgh Military Tattoo. With Edinburgh Castle as theirbackdrop, the four corners of the world meet for a spectacularglobal performance of music, ceremony, theater, and dance. B,DThe morning is at your leisure to continue to explore and take inthe many events taking place around Edinburgh. We meet back

together as a group in the afternoon for lunch at AmberRestaurant before enjoying a special tour of the Scottish WhiskyExperience, where 19 Scottish whisky companies joinedtogether to create the world’s largest collection of Scotchwhisky. Here we will have the opportunity to learn about the3,384 different bottles they house and have a chance to taste avariety of Scotch whisky.Enjoy an afternoon performance at one of the festivals manytheaters. We end the day making our way to the oldest bookshopin town, the Blakwell, for an evening with the best in Scotland’sliterary scene.Dinner this evening is at your leisure. B,LSaturday, August 10: EdinburghToday is at your leisure to discover the festival and the city atyour own pace. Your hosts will help you select and pre-bookshows that most appeal to you and provide you with more information on when and how to purchase tickets. BSunday, August 11: EdinburghThe morning and afternoon are free for you to explore thefestival and the city. We meet as a group in the evening for anearly evening performance before a lovely farewell dinner at alocal restaurant. B,DMonday, August 12: DepartAfter breakfast, depart the hotel and independently transfer tothe airport for your international flight home. B

Your University of Rochester HostProgram Costs and InclusionsTrip price: 4,375 per person based on double occupancySingle room supplement: 1,325Missy Pfohl SmithDirector of Institute for Performing ArtsMissy Pfohl Smith directs the Institute for the PerformingArts and the Program of Dance and Movement at theUniversity of Rochester and serves as artistic director forthe contemporary repertory company, BIODANCE, basedin Rochester, New York. Her work has sold out shows atRochester Fringe and was described as “a brilliantly craftedworld of beauty, melody, and calmness” by Rochester CityNews. She enjoys creating site-specific work and recentlydirected her second evening-length show that was crafted fora four-story planetarium in collaboration with a media artist,dancers, musicians, and a visual artist. Missy’s work withviolist Bridget Kinneary is expanding to include newcontemporary compositions by internationally renownedcomposers, performing to full houses at the EdinburghFestival Fringe in 2017. Her choreography, performance,and teaching has spanned across the United States andinternationally, most recently in Greece and Finland. She iscertified in the Bill Evans Laban/Bartenieff-based techniqueand also teaches choreography, dance, and social justice.Trip price includes hotel accommodations as listed in theitinerary based on double-occupancy, meals as listed inthe itinerary (B,L,D), all excursions, sightseeing and entrances as listed in the itinerary, tickets to five EdinburghFestival Fringe shows, tickets to Royal Military Tattooperformance, 100 per person for transportation via Uber,a Distant Horizons tour manager, a University of Rochester host, and gratuities to local guides and waitstaff. Tripprice based on a minimum of 10 travelers.Trip price does not include international airfare, visa fees,drinks with meals, other than included soft drink and wineat welcome and farewell dinners, airport transfers, gratuities to tour manager, porterage, any meals not listed inthe itinerary, trip insurance, and personal items.To register: Please submit the attached application,along with a deposit for 1,000 per person and acopy of your passport to Distant Horizons.For additional information, please contactKaren Siman-Tov at 800-333-1240 or via email note that this trip will require walking for longdistances over uneven cobblestones and up and down stairswithout problems.Distant Horizons, University of Rochester Travel’s tour operator, is a California Seller of Travel (CST #2046776-40) and a participant in the California TravelRestitution Fund. Information regarding the rights of California residents to make a claim may be found at

ApplicationWHEN YOU RETURN THIS APPLICATION,PLEASE INCLUDE A DEPOSIT OF 1,000 PER PERSON, AND A LEGIBLE PHOTOCOPY OF THE PHOTO &SIGNATURE PAGES OF YOUR PASSPORT.(Please print)University of Rochester Travel Club: The Edinburgh Festival FringeTrip Dates: August 5-12, 2019Name Mr. / Ms. / Mrs.Exactly as listed in your passport (First)(Middle)(Last)Preferred first name:Mailing Address:Home Phone: Business Phone: Cell Phone:E-mail Address:Describe your healthDo you have any allergies or physical limitationsDo you have any diet restrictionsAre you presently under a doctor’s care or taking any medications? If yes, please elaborate.Emergency contact person, phone number, and relationship:ACCOMMODATIONSDistant Horizons will do everything possible to satisfy requests to share a room for single tour members.On occasions when it is not possible, the single supplement will apply. I want a single room (limited availability) I will share a room with:BED TYPE (not guaranteed): One large bed Two twinsI have read the terms and conditions and agree to abide by them.SignatureDateMail completed and signed application, passport copy, and a check for 1000 (per traveler)made payable to Distant Horizons to: Distant Horizons, 350 Elm Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

Terms and ConditionsPayments:Registration requires a 1000 per person deposit. Final payment is due by May 7, 2019, and must be paid by check.Tour Price Includes:Accommodations in hotel as outlined in the itinerary based on double occupancy, meals listed in the itinerary with soft drink,sightseeing and excursions as listed including all special events and lectures, tickets to five Edinburgh Festival Fringe performances,tickets to the Royal Military Tattoo, 100 per person for transportation via Uber, services of a Distant Horizons tour manager,a University of Rochester host, local guides and gratuities to local guides and waitstaff. Tour cost is based on rates of currency exchangeat the time of printing (August 2018) and is subject to change with or without previous notice. If there is a price increase prior to theday of departure in the basic costs, such increases may be passed on to the participant. The University of Rochester receives a modest per-person commision from the tour operator for this program, which supports University of Rochester Travel Club activities.Tour Price Does Not Include:International airfare, passport fees, visa fees, luggage fees, meals not listed, additional drinks at meals, except for wine at welcomeand farewell dinners, airport transfers, gratuities to tour manager, poterage, trip cancellation, lost baggage, and medical insurance,items of a purely personal nature and any items not listed.Any increases in the in-tour security, or fuel surcharges imposed after the initial pricing of this program may be passed along to thetravelers.Deviations:Distant Horizons can assist with any pre- or post-tour arrangements in the United Kingdom and neighboring countries.Cancellations:Distant Horizons and the University of Rochester, Office of Alumni Relations reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departurefor any reason, including an insufficient number of participants, and to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant at anytime. Should this happen, refunds will be made, although we cannot be held responsible for any additional costs already incurred byparticipants. The tour price is based on a minimum number of travelers. If bookings fall below the minimum 10 required, passengerswill be advised of additional small group surcharge costs. If the small group surcharge is more than 300 per person, travelers cancancel without penalty. Otherwise, if a participant cancels, the following refunds will be available upon written notice of cancellation to Distant Horizons:Notice more than 90 days prior to departure: a refund less a 500 cancellation charge.Notice between 89 and 60 days prior to departure: a refund less 50% of trip priceNotice between 59 days and 30 days prior to departure: a refund less 75% of trip price.No refund shall be issued if cancellation is received less than 30 days prior to departure date.No refunds shall be issued after the tour has commenced. No refunds shall be issued for occasional missed meals, sightseeing toursor any unused services.Insurance:We highly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. An application for travel insurance will be mailed upon thereceipt of the application and deposit. Distant Horizons does not accept liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by thepurchase of a non-refundable airline ticket or other expenses incurred by tour participants in preparing for the tour. Please contactKaren Siman-Tov at Distant Horizons at 800-333-1240 or via email at with any questions.Responsibility:Distant Horizons and University of Rochester Office of Alumni Relations act only in the capacity of agents for the hotels, airlines,bus companies, railroads, ship lines or owners or contractors providing accommodations, transportation or other services. As aresult, all coupons, receipts or tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions specified by the supplier. By acceptance of tourmembership, the participant agrees that neither Distant Horizons nor University of Rochester Office of Alumni Relations nor anyof their subsidiaries shall become liable or responsible for personal injury, damage to persons or property, loss, delay or irregularitycaused by persons not controlled by it, such as (without limitation) airlines, bus and shipping companies, suppliers of accommodations or other services, or resulting from any acts of God, defects in vehicles, strikes, wars, whether declared or otherwise, civil disturbances, medical or customs regulations, acts of terrorism, epidemics or government restrictions. Distant Horizons and Universityof Rochester, Office of Alumni Relations cannot be held responsible for unfavorable weather or closure of access routes due to badweather conditions. Distant Horizons and University of Rochester, Office of Alumni Relations cannot be held responsible if the tourlecturer or leader cancels, and passengers will be advised of a comparable replacement should time permit. Distant Horizons andUniversity of Rochester, Office of Alumni Relations are not responsible for any additional expenses or liability sustained or incurredby the participant as a result of the above mentioned causes.

Edinburgh’s Old Town, led by a local guide. This UNESCO listed district is the heart of Edinburgh and our tour will focus on the city’s central artery, the Royal Mile. Take in the views from Edinburgh Castle which sits on Castle Rock, originally a mi

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