A Tale of Edinburgh's Two Cities: Full Day Private Highlights Tour - TEST

Highlights

  • Walk along the iconic Royal Mile

  • Explore the interiors of the imposing St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle

  • Discover the artefacts and artwork of the world-famous National Galleries of Scotland and the Museum of Edinburgh

  • Step inside the historic John Knox House

  • Admire the Palace of Holyroodhouse and hear about political controversy outside the Scottish Parliament

  • Enjoy a lunch at your leisure - ask your guide for recommendations on the best local fare!

  • Enjoy a breathtaking view from Calton Hill

  • Venture into the beautiful neoclassical New Town

  • Stroll through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens

Summary

Discover the timeless beauty and enigmatic charm of Edinburgh Old and New Towns, all in just a day

Tour info

Duration
8 hours
Group Size
10
Pricing (From)
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

123 Main St, Main St, Kings County, New York, 11217

Dropoff location

Why take this tour?

Discover the history and beauty of Edinburgh's cobbled streets as you explore Medieval Old Town and Neoclassical New Town. On this tour you will:

 - Walk along the iconic Royal Mile 
 - Explore the interiors of the imposing St Giles Cathedral and Edinburgh Castle 
 - Discover the artefacts and artwork of the world-famous National Galleries of Scotland and the Museum of Edinburgh 
 - Step inside the historic John Knox House 
 - Admire the Palace of Holyroodhouse and hear about political controversy outside the Scottish Parliament 
 - Enjoy a lunch at your leisure - ask your guide for recommendations on the best local fare! 
 - Enjoy a breathtaking view from Calton Hill 
 - Venture into the beautiful neoclassical New Town 
 - Stroll through the beautiful Princes Street Gardens

Medieval Old Town 
  
Walking along the Royal Mile, a remarkable street housing Europe's original ‘skyscrapers’, discover a maze of streets and concealed courtyards. Learn about the city’s ‘closes,’ cramped alleyways, and ‘wynds’ and hear about many characters who lived and died here, including Deacon Brodie, town councilman by day and master thief by night, who inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's novel The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Explore the imposing St Giles Cathedral - the cradle of the Scottish Reformation during the 16th century, pay a special visit to the world-famous National Galleries of Scotland , and to the Museum of Edinburgh. Then visit historic 15th century John Knox House, home to an influential church leader of the Protestant Reformation in Scotland

A tour of Edinburgh would not be complete without a visit inside Scotland’s most famous historic attraction: Edinburgh Castle . Here you will learn about the fascinating history of this enigmatic castle, including many of the bloody battles, such as the War of Independence between Scotland and England in the 14th Century

Stop to enjoy a lunch at your leisure (price not included). Your guide will be happy to point out the best place whenever you're ready to give your legs a rest and grab a leisurely bite

You will have the chance to view the Scottish Parliament, one of the most controversial buildings in Scotland given its construction going 10 times over budget, and to admire the grand Palace of Holyroodhouse, 16th century home of the ill-fated Mary, Queen of Scots. The breathtaking view from Calton Hill will make you fall in love with the Scottish capital forever

Neoclassical New Town 
  
Venturing into the beautiful neoclassical New Town, built in the 18th Century, enjoy a true marvel of urban planning. As you walk through the main streets and squares of Edinburgh's New Town, you will find yourself impressed by the lavish 18th century neoclassical and Georgian architecture. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the beautiful Princes Street Gardens, which lies at the centre of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site

What’s included?

  • A friendly, professional tour guide for your group

  • Plenty of time to take photos of your favourite places

  • Entrance tickets to Edinburgh Castle, John Knox's House

  • Gratuities (optional)

  • Cost of transportation on the day

  • Food and drink, although your guide will be happy to recommend local favourites along the way

Frequently asked questions

Things to know

Before you book

  • This is a primarily a walking tour

  • Cost of transportation on the day is not included

Before you go

  • Please bring comfortable walking shoes

  • Please bring any medical requirements you need throughout the day

  • In summer, please remember to bring a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water

Covid Policy

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Cancellation Policy

    Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

About operator:

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