Enjoy a packed 12-hour private shore excursion that takes in Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, and the famed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy undivided attention from your driver-guide as you travel via VIP Class Mercedes minibus through the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town ... More info ›
Enjoy a packed 12-hour private shore excursion that takes in Edinburgh, Rosslyn Chapel, and the famed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Enjoy undivided attention from your driver-guide as you travel via VIP Class Mercedes minibus through the streets of Edinburgh's Old Town and New Town. Drive outside of the city to the mysterious medieval chapel, before returning to the capital for a local pub dinner and reserved seating for a stirring display of music and dance against the enchanting backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.
At midday, meet your driver-guide at the cruise terminal. Together with your travel companions (maximum 15 people), climb aboard your private air-conditioned minivan and prepare for a remarkable experience on this 12-hour private shore excursion that takes in the Scottish capital, Rosslyn Chapel, and the famed Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Starting on the Royal Mile, which joins Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, wind through the twisting streets of Edinburgh's medieval Old Town and up the hills to sites of executions, cloned sheep, and the birthplace of Harry Potter. Hear your local guide's stories about the area's notorious denizens, including body-snatchers, witch hunters, firebrand priests, and philosophers. Learn about the hangings that took place in the Grassmarket as you marvel at the impenetrable Castle Rock above. Head into the New Town and compare its Georgian buildings and neat squares to the Old Town where families once lived in cramped conditions and trash was thrown out of the windows.
Drive just outside of the city for your visit toÂ Rosslyn Chapel, founded inÂ theÂ 15th-century by William Sinclair, 1st Earl of Caithness of the Scoto-Norman Sinclair family. Since the late 1980s, the chapel has also featured in speculative theories concerning a connection to Freemasonry, the Knights Templar, and the Holy Grail. It was prominently featured in the 2003 bestselling novel The Da Vinci Code and its 2006 film adaptation. Take some time to explore the chapel's and its mysterious carvings before heading back into Edinburgh for dinner at a traditional Scottish pub.
Then it's up to Edinburgh castle and into your reserved seating for quite simply, one of the most spectacular shows you will ever see, the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. With the world-famous Edinburgh Castle as their backdrop, participants from the four corners of the globe meet and perform to 220,000 visitors over a 3-week period. In an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre, and dance, the Tattoo brings together musicians and performers from every part of the world for a fabulous display of international culture.
After the performance, meet your driver and return to your cruise ship roughly 12 hours after you set out.