Burns Night, which honors famed native poet Robert Burns with a three-course dinner (including the famed haggis dish), is a great reason to head to Scotland and enjoy its crisp winter. To tempt you further, British Airways has a themed vacation package for January, from $899 per person.
The package includes round-trip flights from New York to Edinburgh, accommodations, and a traditional Burns Night dining experience. The last-minute deal is the best on the market, considering airfare between the two cities in January costs roughly $750-$850 round-trip at this point -- meaning your hotel and dinner are practically free. The package also boasts savings of up to $300 per person compared with similar packages in the summer offered by British Airways itself.
Also good to know: The themed dinner is hosted at the in-house restaurant at the Holiday Inn Edinburgh, the hotel for the package. Rest assured you’re still getting good bang for your buck -- while not a luxury hotel, guests rave about the service, cleanliness, and free parking. From the hotel, it’s easy to hike to Arthur's Seat and have a pint in a cozy local pub, or admire the view of the Pentland Hills from the comfort of the property’s spa and heated pools.
Looking for a more luxurious Burns Night experience? British Airways is offering another package from $1,999 per person. It also includes airfare, but travelers get five nights at the nearly 111-year-old Balmoral Hotel, one of the city’s top-rated hotels with killer views over the Edinburgh Castle. A Burns Night dinner is presented by Hadrian’s Brasserie (though that’s not included in this price. Bonus: your doormen will all be wearing kilts.)
WiFi is included at both hotels, and breakfast is included at the Balmoral Hotel. Prices are based on double occupancy.