Shore Excursion Details



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  • 8
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  • Sightseeing


Delve into the history of the royals and aristocracy that have lived in and around Edinburgh, beginning with an exploration of Hopetoun House, a magnificent country estate that is still privately owned. While touring the house and grounds, you will gain insight into the Hope family that has resided there since the late 1600s. The interiors have remained virtually unchanged for centuries and beautifully reflect the elegance of the Georgian era. Free time for lunch follows in Edinburgh’s enlightening Royal Mile, the grand thoroughfare between Edinburgh Castle and Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Scottish residence. Afterwards, while touring Edinburgh castle, you may see the Honours of Scotland – which are the oldest crown jewels in Britain – and the apartment where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James VI. The Great Hall is another highlight, especially its wood-beam ceiling, which rests on stones carved with symbols such as the thistle, Scotland’s national emblem.

• Tour the spectacular private estate that the Hope family has resided in since the late 1600s. • Browse the royal treasures in Edinburgh Castle, a fortress that is the city’s oldest building. • Meander the Royal Mile during free time and dine there on your own.

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Note: The tour does not include lunch. There are cobble stones and uneven hilly terrain. Not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

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Scenic & City Tours

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Tours with this activity level involve a considerable amount of physical activity such as substantial walking over cobblestone streets, uneven or steep terrain, climbing stairs, or extended periods of standing. Not recommended for guests with physical limitations. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are recommended.
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