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Essential Collection

Edinburgh City Tour and Leisure Time

Access from: Edinburgh


Key info

  • Tour ID: 19608
  • Duration: ​6 hours
  • Pick up point: Leith or South Queensferry Port
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Optional extras available

Top highlights

  • ​Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse

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Key info

  • Tour ID: 19608
  • Duration: ​6 hours
  • Pick up point: Leith or South Queensferry Port
  • Activity level: Moderate

Top highlights

  • ​Edinburgh Castle
  • Princes Street
  • Princes Street Gardens
  • The Palace of Holyroodhouse

Itinerary

Pick up from Cruise port to City Centre (Approx. 30-40 Minutes)
Panoramic Drive of City (Approx. 1 Hour)
Free Time ( Approx. 2.5 hours)
Drive to Royal Yacht (Approx. 30 Minutes)
Photo stop at Royal Yacht (Approx. 30 Minutes)
Return to Cruise Port (Approx. 30 Minutes)

 

You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.

The journey to Edinburgh takes approximately 30-40 minutes depending on which port your cruise ship has ported in. This tour will take you on a delightful panoramic tour of the famous sites in Edinburgh with stops along the way allowing you time if you wish to enter the Edinburgh Castle (tickets are not included but can be purchased below), other stops include the Holyrood Palace (closed without notice when the Royal Family are in residence) for photo opportunities.

After the 1-hour panoramic tour of Edinburgh you will be allowed free time to experience Edinburgh on your own, discover the famous Princes Street which is very well known for the many shops and restaurants this area offers.

Your driver/guide will be able to give you as much information about the area during the panoramic tour, they will also be able to assist you with recommendations of restaurants or places to eat.

The Royal Mile is a wonderful historic street going from Edinburgh Castle down to the Hill past St Giles Cathedral and the site of the Old tollbooth. In the popular book ' Outlander' the Tollbooth is where Jamie Fraser's men were held. There are more 'Outlander sites as you walk the Royal Mile

After the leisure time/ free time we will make our way to the Royal Yacht for a short photo stop from here you will be returned back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure.

There is some walking involved and we would recommend you wear comfortable footwear.

If you wish to add on entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle you can do this by clicking on the supplement below, these are skip the line tickets for the castle.

  • Pick up from Cruise port to City Centre (Approximately 30-40 Minutes)
  • Panoramic Drive of City (Approximately 1 Hour)
  • Free Time (Approximately 2.5 hours)
  • Drive to Royal Yacht (Approximately 30 Minutes)
  • Photo stop at Royal Yacht (Approximately 30 Minutes)
  • Return to Cruise Port (Approximately 30 Minutes)
  • Full details

    Key info

    • Tour ID: 19608
    • Duration: ​6 hours
    • Pick up point: Leith or South Queensferry Port
    • Activity level: Moderate

    Top highlights

    • ​Edinburgh Castle
    • Princes Street
    • Princes Street Gardens
    • The Palace of Holyroodhouse

    Itinerary

    Pick up from Cruise port to City Centre (Approx. 30-40 Minutes)
    Panoramic Drive of City (Approx. 1 Hour)
    Free Time ( Approx. 2.5 hours)
    Drive to Royal Yacht (Approx. 30 Minutes)
    Photo stop at Royal Yacht (Approx. 30 Minutes)
    Return to Cruise Port (Approx. 30 Minutes)

     

    You will be met at the port by a Cruising Excursions representative who will then guide you to your air-conditioned transportation ready to commence your tour.

    The journey to Edinburgh takes approximately 30-40 minutes depending on which port your cruise ship has ported in. This tour will take you on a delightful panoramic tour of the famous sites in Edinburgh with stops along the way allowing you time if you wish to enter the Edinburgh Castle (tickets are not included but can be purchased below), other stops include the Holyrood Palace (closed without notice when the Royal Family are in residence) for photo opportunities.

    After the 1-hour panoramic tour of Edinburgh you will be allowed free time to experience Edinburgh on your own, discover the famous Princes Street which is very well known for the many shops and restaurants this area offers.

    Your driver/guide will be able to give you as much information about the area during the panoramic tour, they will also be able to assist you with recommendations of restaurants or places to eat.

    The Royal Mile is a wonderful historic street going from Edinburgh Castle down to the Hill past St Giles Cathedral and the site of the Old tollbooth. In the popular book ' Outlander' the Tollbooth is where Jamie Fraser's men were held. There are more 'Outlander sites as you walk the Royal Mile

    After the leisure time/ free time we will make our way to the Royal Yacht for a short photo stop from here you will be returned back to the port in plenty of time for your cruise ships departure.

    There is some walking involved and we would recommend you wear comfortable footwear.

    If you wish to add on entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle you can do this by clicking on the supplement below, these are skip the line tickets for the castle.

    • Pick up from Cruise port to City Centre (Approximately 30-40 Minutes)
    • Panoramic Drive of City (Approximately 1 Hour)
    • Free Time (Approximately 2.5 hours)
    • Drive to Royal Yacht (Approximately 30 Minutes)
    • Photo stop at Royal Yacht (Approximately 30 Minutes)
    • Return to Cruise Port (Approximately 30 Minutes)
  • Essential information

    Included in this tour

    • ​Travel on an air-conditioned transportation
    • English-speaking professional tour guide
    Please wear comfortable footwear for this excursion as it involves some walking.
    ACTIVITY LEVEL: 3
    Activity Level Scale:
    1 - Easy going
    2 - Light Walking
    3 - Walking up to 2km which may involve steps and Inclines
    4 - Quite Strenuous with walking, steps and Inclines
    5 - Hard Physical Activity
    The local currency is the British pound (GBP).
    The tour includes travel on air-conditioned transportation, accompanied by an English-speaking professional tour guide.
    Tips are not included (though are not compulsory) and can be paid on the day. Food, refreshments and tickets to any attractions are not included.
    Entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle can be purchased as an extra supplement.
    The start time of your tour will depend on the time your cruise ship arrives at the port - this time will be clearly displayed on your shore excursion vouchers when they are reserved.
    All tour times are based on shore time (i.e. local time, not ship time).
    Important: If you are travelling with children, please specify their ages on the special request box at time of booking.

    Joining instructions

    For passengers arriving at the Port of Leith: On disembarking from your cruise ship, you will pass through the Customs House. Your coach will be parked straight ahead, please look for the Cruising Excursions sign in the front window.
    For passengers arriving at South Queensferry Port: Please note, South Queensferry is a tender port - at a tender port the ship is not able to port at the pier or dock, usually because the water is too shallow. You will be loaded onto a small vessel called a tender and taken to Hawes Pier. At Hawes Pier, please turn right and walk past the coach park, which is fenced off for coaches booked through the cruise ship to the second parking area. The vehicle will have a Cruising Excursion sign in the front window.
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