Scotland's gem, Edinburgh is full of history and culture to discover. Stroll through the medieval Old Town and Georgian New Town filled with gardens and striking architecture. Then, take a hike up to Arthur's Seat for a unique vantage point of the whole city. Get a feel for royalty at the hilltop Edinburgh Castle, looming imposingly over the city. Most of all, enjoy the singular friendliness of the Scottish people and kick back with a pint or two.
Please note: The trip meets in Edinburgh at your accommodation anytime after 16:00 Thursday afternoon. Transportation to this destination is not included. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
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The trip meets in Edinburgh at your accommodation anytime after 16:00, after which you will be able to check into your rooms. A Bus2alps trip leader will be in the lobby from 16:00-22:00. If your flight arrives early Friday morning or late Friday night, please inform your trip leader ahead of time. They will coordinate with the front desk to give you your room key and weekend information.
We will meet in the lobby for our walking tour, which will cover all the main sights of the Old City of Edinburgh. Starting on the famous Royal Mile, we will wander down the windy streets and up the hills to sites of executions, cloned sheep and the birthplace of Harry Potter. You then have the opportunity to explore the cobblestone streets of Edinburgh.
Afterwards you are free to participate in a variety of activities. For you Scottish Whisky lovers, be a part of the Scotch Whisky Experience Tour. Become a part of the whisky making process while taking a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery. For the non-whisky lovers, you can choose to embark to the top of the Edinburgh Castle. Here you can learn about the famous fortress that shaped Edinburgh’s history and shapes its skyline today. It also houses the Scottish Crown jewels and the Scottish War Memorial.
We will then meet Monday night for New Europe pub crawl which will familiarize us with the beauty of the local Scottish pubs.
In the morning you will have free time to explore the Edinburgh Castle, the National Museum of Scotland, or one of the Royal Mile’s many shops. After a traditional Scottish brunch, we make our way to Holyrood Park and hike up to Arthur’s seat for the most beautiful view of all of Edinburgh. After the hike, you can take a tour through Holyrood Palace and see the Royal Family’s fabulous Scotland residence and Mary Queen of Scot’s old chambers. Mary Queen of Scot’s chambers have a particularly dark and interesting past that includes a cold-blooded murder.
Afterwards you have the afternoon free to explore the new city side of Edinburgh. When the suns sets on the magical city, grapple with the demons, creepy crawlies and all things uncanny in the land of spine-chillingly haunted places on the infamous Edinburgh Ghost tour.
Sunday we depart. Edinburgh. Please contact us if you choose to stay an additional night (additional charges will apply). Most flights from Edinburgh depart in the mid-afternoon and evening. Check out from our accommodation is at 10:00 and luggage storage is available through the hostel.