South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland, United Kingdom
Britannia & the Best of Edinburgh
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Approximately 8¾ Hours
Travel to the port of Leith to visit Britannia -- the Queen's Royal Yacht from 1953 to 1995. Your tour ranges from the Queen's cabin to the engine room in an upstairs-downstairs look at this legendary craft that was the setting for Charles and Diana's honeymoon. Walk through the comfortable drawing room to the formal dining room. Tour the bridge, the Admiral's Suite and the officers' wardroom. Then, head below decks to see the spotless crew quarters, the sickbay and laundry. Britannia gleams with polished wood and brasswork and offers an intriguing glimpse into the private life of the royals.
Stepping ashore, continue to Edinburgh and to a local hotel for lunch.
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, an uphill walk is required from the coach parking area to the castle entrance, over cobblestone surfaces that are uneven in places. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.