Your 8-hour tour of historic Edinburgh begins in the morning with coach pickup at Edinburgh Port. Meet your friendly guide and settle in for an hour-long drive through the city, passing sites like Arthur’s Seat and Princes Street. Travel from New Town to Old Town – both UNESCO-listed sites – en route to your first stop: Edinburgh Castle. There, admire the castle and the sweeping views from Castle Rock, or take an interior tour (own expense). Explore grand buildings and learn about medieval life in the palace, its royal residents like Mary, Queen of Scots, and the many bloody battles fought here such as the War of Independence in the 14th century.
Afterwards, take some time to independently explore the Royal Mile and grab your own lunch before heading to Palace of Holyroodhouse (Holyrood Palace), Her Majesty the Queen’s home in Scotland. Take an optional tour (own expense) of the palace interior to see the chambers of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments where Queen Mary witnessed the murder of her secretary at the hand of a jealous contingent.
Next, continue to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith. For this final leg of your tour, purchase an independent audio tour through the glamorous boat that is a site of much royal history, including serving as the Queen’s floating palace for more than 40 years. See the five decks and hear about illustrious guests like Winston Churchill.
Your full-day tour concludes at the departure point in time for dinner and evening activities.
Worry-Free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Edinburgh port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.