South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland, United Kingdom
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Approximately 8¾ Hours
Your day of exploration begins as you reach the city of Edinburgh. Step inside the National Museum of Scotland, whose diverse collections will take you on a journey of discovery through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, science and technology and many world cultures housed all under one roof.
Pause for lunch at a local hotel.
The crowning glory of this magnificent city is Edinburgh Castle -- a great medieval fortified village perched atop an eroded volcanic crag. Enter the superb fortress complex on Crown Square and allow your guide to orient you to all that can be seen on the grounds. You will explore the interior rooms and the grounds on your own. Highlights include the Crown Room housed within the 14th-century Old Royal Palace, where Scotland's Crown Jewels can be found. View the chamber where Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to James VI of Scotland -- later crowned James I of England and founder of the Stuart Dynasty.
Enjoy some free time to explore the many shops, boutiques, galleries and cafés of the New Town on Princes Street before returning to South Queensferry.
At the castle, terrain includes an uphill walk from the coach parking area to the castle entrance and cobblestone surfaces that are uneven in places. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience. Wear comfortable walking shoes.