Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 7 miles, approximately 1 hour. Walking up to 3 miles, standing for up to 2 hours on field trips.
Our full Scottish breakfast in the hotel will include a variety of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomatoes, hash browns, baked beans, cereals, pastries, toast, jams and marmalade, juices, tea, coffee, milk, water.
We will set out by motorcoach for Albert Dock at Leith, where the Royal Yacht Britannia is permanently moored. HMY Britannia served as the royal yacht of Queen Elizabeth II from 1954 until 1997. Aboard the yacht, we’ll explore the bridge, grand state apartments, crew quarters and engine room, learning about life both above and below decks from local experts. We’ll return by motorcoach to Edinburgh’s historic center, where our morning continues with an expert-led visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty the Queen's official residence in Scotland. We’ll explore the 14 state apartments and royal collections as well as the ruins of Holyrood Abbey, all set against the backdrop of Arthur's Seat, the dormant volcano in the center of the city.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a 2-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We’ll travel on foot to the western end of the Royal Mile, where we’ll enjoy an expert-led visit to the iconic Edinburgh Castle, perched high over the city on volcanic rock. As our local expert introduces the site, we’ll pass through Portcullis Gate, stand on the 6-gun Argyle Battery dating back to the 18th century, and see the Royal Scots Museum, New Barracks, Governor’s House, and Battlements. Here we can take in views from the battlements north across Scotland’s capital city, the Firth of Forth, and on to Fife in the distance. Inside the Crown Room, we’ll see the oldest crown jewels in the British Isles. We will also see the iconic Stone of Destiny, used to inaugurate monarchs for centuries. Local experts wander the castle, constantly offering additional information if we wish to learn more.
At a local restaurant, we’ll enjoy a 3-course plated and served meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
Prepare for departure in the morning and get a good night’s rest.