Edinburgh Shore Excursion: City Highlights Tour

Shore Excursions in Edinburgh
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Tour description

When your cruise ship arrives in Edinburgh, get to know Scotland’s capital on this full-day shore excursion. Board a comfortable coach and enjoy a panoramic tour of Edinburgh’s highlights as a prelude to three of its headline acts. Explore medieval Edinburgh Castle, once residence to Scotland’s monarchs; tour the Royal Yacht Britannia, the former floating home of Queen Elizabeth II; and pause for a photo stop at Holyrood Palace, the Queen’s official Scotland residence. Free time for lunch (own expense) and to explore the Royal Mile provide the finishing touches. Entrance fees not included. Ship: Crown Princess10/05, 22/05, 03/06, 15/06, 27/06, 09/07, 21/07, 02/08, 14/08, 26/08, 07/09, 19/09Ship: Norwegian Pearl10/06Ship: Brilliance of the Seas20/07Ship: Pacific Princess15/08, 23/08Ship: Norwegian Spirit18/09

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, ScotlandUpon leaving the port, you will journey to the famous Royal Yacht Britannia*, home to Her Majesty the Queen for over 40 years, and have the chance to see what life was like on board for the Royal Family and their guestsDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, ScotlandYour Edinburgh Shore Excursion will then travel to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of the British Royal Family in Scotland, for a photo stop. This baroque palace is full of history and is perhaps best known as the home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and was the setting for many dramatic episodes during her short and turbulent reign.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, ScotlandWe will travel to the Royal Mile to visit historic Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most iconic castle and named the UK’s best heritage attraction in 2014. Spend time touring the castle, learn all about its history and even see the famous Stone of Destiny; the traditional crowning seat of the ancient Scottish monarchs.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Royal Mile, Edinburgh, ScotlandAfter a tour of the Castle, enjoy free time for refreshments and explore Castlehill, the city’s oldest street, and discover one of the many atmospheric ‘closes’ or alleys running off the back-bone of the Royal Mile, and attractions such as St Giles Cathedral.Duration: 1 hour

What's included

  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Professional driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Worry-free shore excursion guarantee

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Entrance fees to Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Castle and Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Entry/Admission - Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Entry/Admission - Palace of Holyroodhouse
  • Entry/Admission - Edinburgh Castle


  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free port pickup and drop-off included