We depart Devon early & begin our journey to the Bothwell Bridge Hotel in Glasgow with stops along the way. We will arrive at the hotel in time to freshen up for our evening meal.
After a leisurely breakfast we depart the hotel and travel into Edinburgh city centre, where you will have free time. Be sure to take a stroll through the Old Town. Although it is only about a mile long and 300 yards wide, it represents the total extent of the twin burghs of Edinburgh and Canongate for the first 650 years of their existence. Its general appearance and character remain indubitably medieval with its tortuous alleys and tightly packed closes. Late afternoon we meet our driver at a pre-arranged pickup point and then head to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The annual series of military tattoos is performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and international military bands, on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle. After this spectacular experience we make our way back to the hotel.
Today we visit the 82 acres of Edinburgh Zoo, The land lies on the south facing slopes of Corstorphine Hill, from which it provides extensive views of the city. Built in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. We will then head back to the hotel for our evening meal.
After breakfast we head to Ocean Drive to board the Royal Yacht Britannia Queen’s floating residence, considered a five-star visitor experience. Berthed in Edinburgh home to the royal family for over 40 years, this impressive vessel has sailed 1,000,000 miles around the world. Equipped with audio-guide you’re free to explore five fully accessible decks. Highlights include the State Apartments and Royal Bedrooms, the Crew’s Quarters and the gleaming Engine Room. See the Rolls-Royce Phantom V, that used to travel on Royal Yacht Britannia and a modern-day addition, an eleven-foot Lego model of the great ship herself. After lunch we make the short journey to the historic fortress Edinburgh Castle. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. After this enjoyable day, we head back to the hotel for our evening meal.
We depart the hotel after breakfast to embark our journey home to Devon with stops along the way.
Price: £540 Twin/Double Room (single supplement £110)
Includes: Hotel accommodation B&B, 3 evening meals, entry to all attractions and coach travel.