Once described as The Queen's floating palace and her 'home away from home', a tour around the Royal Yacht Britannia is a master class in style and luxury, and a unique insight into the lives of the British Royal Family. As host to glittering state and official occasions, this remains one of the most famous ships in the world. Discover Britannia's fascinating past through exhibits, displays and photographs, before visiting the Royal Apartments, where hundreds of original items are on display in the Sun Lounge, Drawing Room and Bedrooms, as well as the Working Deck, Officer's Mess, Garage and Engine Room.
After the fascinating visit to Britannia, your journey will take you into the heart of Edinburgh for a tour of the bustling city highlights before stopping at a hotel for a delicious three course luncheon.
After luncheon, you'll have time to browse the shops on Princes Street or see the magnificent Edinburgh Castle which is surrounded by lovely grounds before rejoining your coach for the drive along part of the Royal Mile. Standing proudly at the end of the Royal Mile is Holyrood Palace, the official Scottish residence of Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The Palace was built in the style of a French chateau and contains the Great Gallery, which is adorned with over 100 portraits of Scottish monarchs through the ages. There is also a chance to explore the beautiful grounds where the Queen hosts her annual Garden Party.
This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is up to three hours' of walking on this tour. The tour of Holyrood Palace will be partially guided, as you will have time to explore the rooms on your own. The rooms associated with Mary Queen of Scots are accessed via a narrow, spiral staircase consisting of 25 steps.