From the ancient castle and historic houses of the Royal Mile to the elegant Georgian terraces and crescents of the New Town, Edinburgh embodies much of Scotland’s history and culture. In the words of the historian Murdo Macdonald, “Edinburgh is a city that makes you think about what a city should be." Visit the ancient Edinburgh Castle and see the Stone of Destiny—an oblong block of red sandstone used for centuries in the coronation of monarchs of Scotland. Enjoy the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a celebration of music and culture set against the famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. You’ll also see the Scottish Crown Jewels, the Palace of Holyrood House, The Royal Yacht Britannia, and we’ll make sure you have time to explore on your own.
Day 1-2 - Depart U.S./Edinburgh & Military Tattoo
Fly overnight to Edinburgh, Scotland, and check in to the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, in the heart of Edinburgh. Your first afternoon in Edinburgh is free to rest or explore Edinburgh's old and new towns, together designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Meander medieval streets or explore natural and social history at the National Museum of Scotland. This evening experience the pageantry and spectacle of the Military Tattoo, with massed pipe and drum bands, Highland dancers, and fiddlers.
Day 3 - Edinburgh
Start the day with a hearty Scottish breakfast followed by a visit to Edinburgh Castle, and view Scotland’s Crown Jewels and the Stone of Destiny—recently returned from London after 700 years. From the castle, stroll in the footsteps of Scottish royalty along the Royal Mile to St. Giles Cathedral, where reformer John Knox preached his fiery sermons. Enjoy lunch in a fine local restaurant before walking to the nearby historic Palace of Holyrood House, the Queen’s official residence in Edinburgh and once home to Bonnie Prince Charlie, Mary Queen of Scots and many more. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore. Browse shops on busy Princes Street, hike the green slopes of Arthur’s Seat or stop at a pub for a taste of haggis and a local ale. (B,L)
Day 4 - Edinburgh/Inverness or Kyle of Lochalsh/Embark
End your exploration of this historic city with a panoramic view of Edinburgh, including a stop at Arthur’s Seat, which is actually the peak of an extinct volcano, and a guided visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia in Leith. Launched April 16th, 1953, the ship has taken members of the Royal Family and their guests over a million nautical miles and is one of the most famous ships in the world. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before you travel north to embark Lord of the Glens in Kyle of Lochalsh or Inverness. (B,L)
Costs & What's Included
Cost per person 2024
Ship and airport transfers; 2-nights accommodation at Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian (or similar); meals as shown; excursions and entrance fees as shown; local guides on all excursions; tips to local guides, porters and service staff for included meals.
Accommodation, meals, excursion, and tips other than those listed as included; items of a personal nature such as laundry, internet access, and alcoholic beverages.