From the ancient castle, palace, 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. Visit 12th-century Edinburgh Castle and see the Stone of Scone, or Stone of Destiny,—an oblong block of red sandstone used for centuries in the coronation of monarchs of Scotland. View the Scottish Crown Jewels and enjoy some time to explore the city on your own. Most extensions* are timed to coincide with the Edinburgh International Festival and the spectacular Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a celebration of music and culture set against the famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle. Please call for pricing.
Please note: For post-trip voyages, this extension travels in the reverse of the itinerary described below.
DAY 1 - U.S./Edinburgh, Scotland
Depart on an overnight flight to Edinburgh.
DAY 2 - Edinburgh
Arrive in Edinburgh and check into our hotel in the heart of Edinburgh. Enjoy a free afternoon to rest or explore on your own. Tonight, experience the pageantry of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (on applicable departures*), a spectacle of massed pipe and drum bands, Highland dancers, and fiddlers. Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian
DAY 3 - Edinburgh
Visit 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. Board the royal yacht Britannia, which took members of the royal family all over the world. This afternoon, enjoy time to explore the city on your own. Its stunning Georgian and Victorian architecture and winding medieval streets illustrate both the city's rich history and vibrant present. (B)
DAY 4 - Edinburgh/Inverness or Kyle of Lochalsh
Depart Edinburgh and drive to Inverness or Kyle of Lochalsh, with lunch en route, and board Lord of the Glens. (B,L,D)
*Please note: The Military Tattoo is not available on the post-voyage extensions for the June 26 and July 3, 2016 departures. On those departures, we will have dinner at one of Edinburgh's fine restaurants.