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The city is very nice, worth knowing. It is a bit long journey for a tour of only one day, but is also good to see the countryside and other cities around. Too bad the train did not have a service such as aircraft and that the seats are too close together. It feels a long journey.
The trip went well. The only problem we encountered was finding the bus upon arrival in Edenburgh. With all the construction going on in and around the train station, we went the wrong way on leaving the station and it took us awhile walking around to locate the bus.
The day rail trip to Edinburgh is a must for a traveller who has a bit of time on their hands and want to see a bit more of the United Kingdom. The train ride itself was very relaxing but would recommend that you bring your own snacks and drinks as the train prices are a bit pricy. Remember to take a book or a game to pass the time. Edinburgh is beautiful. The whole city reminds you of medieval times with knights and dragons. Very interesting for younger travelers too.
Edinburgh itself was spectacular! It's a very long day and a long trip. What was very bad for us was that the tour company (not Viator) made a mistake in our train bookings back to London - it was made for a month after the actual date!
A full on day, but worth doing. The hop on hop off bus wasn't really necessary. We sat for 30 precious minutes waiting for it to leave. We got off at the castle and then walked the Royal Mile ourselves. We certainly had time to see what we wanted to see and enjoy a memorable lunch at Deacon Brodies Tavern
Great way to get a taste of Edinburgh. We arrived at the train station 15 minutes before time as not to be late. A representative from another tour company (Premiere)asked us who we were waiting for and we told them. He said the rep from Evan Evans tours should be there shortly. When they did not arrive I had to contact them at their office and they said they should be there soon. The Premiere rep came back to us and told us the Evan Evans rep was standing just a few feet from us. He did not even look for us, by that time we had 15 minutes before the train left and he told us to get on the last car. We did not know that we had reserved seats until more than half way to Edinburgh. Luckily the car we were in was not full and our group found seats together.
I loved going to edinburgh. I didnt realize we didnt have a tour guide and i was traveling solo so I was really lonely. I did get to tag alone with a nice couple and they didnt mind. I love the city and the bus tour was nice as well, very relaxing but walking around on foot was prob more in the culture. I love the city but next time I'll prob stay in scotland and take in city tours instead of going from london.
This was a good tour. Everything went smoothly. Edinburgh is a nice town to see. However, one day is not enough. The train ride is long and does not leave enough time to even see Edinburgh and certainly not anything else. I recommend staying the night. This tour only allows a few hours to squeeze everything in and it's not possible.
While the train ride there and (especially) back makes for a long day, it was well worth it! I will definitely recommend a trip to Edinburgh to any of my friends who travel to the U.K.
Only issue we encountered was with the buses. Our package included travel on the "red" bus, but once we found it we were immediately approached to upgrade our tickets so we could ride all the buses. In hindsight we were glad we did because the "red" line did not seem to circulate as often as the other buses, but at the time we were confused and unsure about how to get around the town. So traveling around the town was our only issue, but it was a small one and the trip as a whole was fantastic.
Fine trip for the semi-independent traveler, puts the right tickets in your hand, but that's about it. If you knew your way, you could do more for less. If you really need help, you'd want a guide. For me, it was just about right: rail tickets and hop on hop off. The train back was crowded, but it worked out fine for me. Loved Edinburgh and the scenic ride.
Long train ride and not enough time in Edinburgh, but everything was well put toghther. It would help to have a specific meeting location at Victoria Station.
This tour was ideal for those who wish to organise their time within a tour framework. The train trip up took us past some fabulous countryside although the trip back was slightly marred by the railways double booking our tickets.The tour bus was an excellent way to get around the 'old' city with step on/step off options to plan the day's activities.The sights of the city of Edinburgh were crowded with excitement with so many attractions and distractions that the time disappeared effortlessly. The Castle atop the massive volcanic outcrop dominated the city. Guides advise allowing about 3 hours to visit the Castle, however, I spent over 3 and a half hours and saw only those parts related to earlier than 1600AD and it was barely enough time. The place is stunning and could easily take all your time from dawn to dusk to see properly. The shops along the steep road leading to the Castle were fascinating, and to add to the excitement and colour, the Fringe Festival was in full swing. I also visited St Giles Cathedral as the High Church of Scotland and a distant part of my ancestry. I would recommend this church to all visitors as an excellent example of church architecture with particular emphasis on the glorious Thistle Chaple. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and appreciate the chance to visit Edinburgh in my short time in the UK.
Loved Edinburgh...!! only really had time for the castle and lunch, and some shopping. but it was very fun. sit on the right side going to scotland on the train, you can see the north See coast! :) lovely city. if you have time, do it!
nice... time for the castle, or the city tour and lunch, but watch your time for the train station! lol. beautiful city, well, worth seeing... just lovely.
the trip was good. the train left on time. it's just that we didnt get to have enough time in edinburg.
10 hours on a train is a bit much! However, Edinburgh was delightful. Be prepared for rain, which I wasn't!
The trip itself was fantastic. The sights of Edinburgh are worth seeing. We did have issues though Our booking sheet referenced "Reserved seats". We did not have reserved seats and on the return trip nearly ended up without a seat as the train was full. I even called the booking agent prior to boarding and he told us to "just get onto the first car after first class and grab a seat". In my mind this does not equate to "reserved seating". i would also recommend doing this trip as the 2 day version as 5 hours each way on the train in one day makes for a long day but the train does have power outlets for charging ipods, laptops etc UK socket.
Worth doing if you have little time, but Edinburgh definitely deserves to be visited for a few days. Amazing city!
The train ride was very long and cold, but other than that the trip was great, the hop on hop off tour was great, and had a live guide. Beautiful country.
Really the train trip and excursion were fine except, we were told once we arrived to go to Market and someone would take care of the bus tour. No one knew what Market was or what it meant! After walking all directions we came across a Market St. over a block away on the top of a hill which can't be seen from the station exit where the tour buses were. Then we had to go from bus to bus to find out who would honor the tour. Other than that 20 to 30 minutes wasted, everything else was wonderful!
Everything was very well organized. Would love to do again.
Another trip where the seats on the train were to be side by side for my daughter and me and were actually across the aisle with 3 rows between us! We enjoyed our day other than the train ride. I cannot believe, even when we asked specifically if our seats were together and were told yes, that they weren't. We were travelling together, and I was showing her the sites of the UK and Paris, and this did not help us at all.
Very nice overall, but 9 hours on the train was grueling after having flown from NYC to London just the day before. The trip was picturesque. Wish we had more time in and around the castle. Having no guide and being in a foreign land was a little overwhelming and had a bit of an 'Amazing Race' quality until we found the hop on hop off sightseeing bus. Better instructions on what to do after exiting the train would be helpful.