Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 2 miles, approximately 1/2 hour. Walking approximately 2.5 miles, periods of standing; paved streets, cobbled areas, hilly, steep terrain. Some steep cobbled areas at Edinburgh Castle; steps with handrails to vaults and One o’Clock Gun; Royal Apartments, David’s Tower, and prisons accessible only by steps.
We will enjoy a full Scottish breakfast buffet at the hotel. Select from a variety of eggs, bacon, sausages, hash browns, tomatoes, baked beans, mushrooms, cereals, cold cuts, cheeses, juices, toast, pastries, tea, coffee, water.
We’ll board a motorcoach and set out on a field trip through Scotland’s most famed city, including the winding cobbled streets of the Old Town, the Georgian rigor of the New Town — the model for the grid layout of American cities — and the Royal Mile. We’ll continue our field trip at the great bastion of Edinburgh Castle to discover its rich and varied history, as turbulent as it is long. The rock upon which the castle is built was fortified in the Iron Age. The oldest remaining section, St. Margaret’s Chapel, dates from the 12th century and is the oldest building in the city. Among the castle’s treasures are the Scottish regalia (crown jewels), also known as the Honours of Scotland, and the Stone of Scone, also known as the Stone of Destiny used in royal coronations. We’ll board the motorcoach after our field trip and ride to the Palace of Holyroodhouse.
At the Palace of Holyroodhouse’s café, we’ll have vouchers allowing us to select from a range of food and beverages.
We’ll then explore the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty the Queen’s official residence in Scotland, on a field trip led by our Study Leader. We'll see the fourteen state apartments and royal collections, as well as the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, all set against the backdrop of Arthur's Seat.
At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a 3-course plated and served dinner with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.