Edinburgh City Tour Excursion Reviews

Edinburgh City Tour cruise excursion
Overall Rating
Gain a unique perspective of Scotland's capital on a fun-filled city tour. Your breath will be taken away as you unfold the incredibly rich and abundant culture of majestic Edinburgh.
Member Image Lambi
1 review
Aug 2016
We were fortunate to have an excellent tour guide and we learned so much on our daytime city tour and again had the same guide for the Military Tattoo which was all we expected it to be and more.
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image NChonestreviews
1 review
Jul 2016
We enjoyed the city tour offered by the cruise line.
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Provider: Azamara Club Cruises
Member Image mdiceskater
1 review
Jun 2016
Sandemann Edinburgh David Maitland led our free walking tour for 3 incredible hours of entertainment, interesting history, and beautiful architecture. David was SUPER FUN aa he acted out Scottish history that made it sooooo enjoyable to learn. He is a blast of energy with a fresh way of story telling. Loved it! I understand so much more Scottish history now. We also got to see where the utterly brilliant JK Rowlings got some inspiration for Harry Potter. Be prepared to tip David well because he takes you on a terrific journey of Edinburgh.
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Provider: Sandemann Edinburgh
Member Image Jerzi
1 review
Jun 2016
Crowded streets, rained, guide was a babbler.
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Provider: Crusing excursions
Member Image bigcruready
1 review
Jun 2016
This city is hard to walk, so beware! Every excursion to see the Castle you have to walk UP HILL 1/2 mile. So we choice the city tour and saw from a distance. Very nice tour and perfect for those with disabilities.
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image redtag
9 reviews
Jun 2016
We went to Britannia Royal Yacht -very interesting and city tour and St. Andrews in afternoon. Very good but cold weather again
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image DMandel46
2 reviews
Aug 2015
Beautiful City saw sooo much!
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image TEXEAGLE
5 reviews
Aug 2015
We had lined up a private tour for a group. We were picked up near the tender pier and spent the day visiting all the Edinburgh highlights. We toured the Royal Yacht Britannia, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and Grayfriers Cemetery. I can't say enough about the quality of Timberbush Tours and their drivers.
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Provider: Timberbush Tours
Member Image Ontheveranda
2 reviews
Aug 2015
The ship docked in (South) Queensferry, which is less than an hour's drive from Edinburgh, so we took a half day Edinburgh city tour and then spent a few hours back in Queensferry. The Edinburgh city tour was a fantastic way to get an overview of a city we'd actually like to return to. The tour took us past quite a number of important sites with great little stories and history for perspective while giving us a good look at the city as it is now. We had a stop in front of the National Museum of Scotland for several hours so we took that opportunity to go and have brunch at the museum's restaurant at the top of the building. This gave us a nice food stop plus wonderful city views. The museum itself had kind of a natural history bent to it -- we enjoyed it but went through it quickly. Edinburgh seems to be quite an artsy city (their theater "Fringe Festival" was going on while we were there) with lots of old, elegant architecture -- the Edinburgh Castle looms above it. With half of the day left we walked through South Queensferry and had lunch at the Inchcolm Inn (at the end of town) which was both charming and delicious. Even though it was raining we stopped for ice cream on the way back to the ship (good idea). You need to tender into South Queensferry and where our ship anchored provided stunning views from shore of the ship underneath one of the bridges.
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image socram13
7 reviews
Jul 2015
Combined with above. Traffic clogged much of it but plenty of points of interest, but probably too much time looking at houses.
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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image girls5
2 reviews
Aug 2014

Edinburgh: Tender port and we waited an hour to get a tender back to the ship and it was 1 1/2 hours before the final tender departed from shore!!! Long, long wait. Also that is because the tide is in and they can't dock but 1 or 2 tenders at that time of day. We had a tour with Tours by Locals, the gentleman is retiring. He picked us up at port. I think I would take the transportation into Edinburgh and do the Castle with the audio tour and then walk the Royal Mile and perhaps see Holyroodhouse. You can do all this on your own. Go to the Scotch Whisky place by the Castle and do tastings. Our guide also took us to Rosslyn Chapel which was interesting. The ship docked at South Queensferry and there were a few shops there.

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Provider: Tours with Locals
Member Image 2410redman
2 reviews
Aug 2013

Typical bus tour of a city. It would be ideal to get the first glance from the bus and then come back to see certain attractions in depth, but there is not usually enough time to do that.

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Provider: Princess Cruises
Member Image gunn3rs3
3 reviews
Aug 2013

Good trip, knowledge of guide was good.

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Provider: Thomson Cruises
Member Image Rosethorn40
17 reviews
Aug 2013

We were going to the Tattoo that evening (Through the ship), but wanted to explore the city on our own during the day. We took the shuttle from the pier to the train station (16 pp roundtrip), and from there bought round trip tickets to Edinburgh. I have no idea how much they cost. I gave up trying to convert US dollars into pounds and euro at this point. I know we were traveling off peak, which makes a huge difference in price. Anyway when the train arrived it was packed, so we rode the entire way standing up, but it was only about 20 minutes as we had gotten on an express train. Once we arrived we made our way to the hop on/off tour buses, which were across the street from main entrence of the train station. The price was 16 pounds pp. This time, since we were at stop one, we rode the entire circuit to hear the tour, and then rode again, this time getting off where we wanted. Our first stop was to see the statue of Greyfriers Bobby, then we stopped in at Greyfriers Bobby Pub and tried haggis. So what did I think of haggis? It was okay. If I was at a dinner party and it was served I would eat it, but if at a restaurant and there were other choices I would probably go with something else. We then popped into the National Museum, which is free, to see the exhibit of Mary, Queen of Scots, which is not free (9 pounds pp). After that we got back on the bus and went down the Royal Mile to Hollyrood Palace. To just see the palace is 11 pounds, to see the palace and The Queen’s Gallery was 15.5 pounds. Time was running short (We had a train to catch) so we opted for the palace only. It’s beautiful. I especially like Mary, Queen of Scots bedroom. Then it was back to the train station, where a very helpful attendant got us on the right train back. Soon we were back on the ship, having time for a quick bite before it was off to the Tattoo.

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Member Image elaan
1 review
Not Rated
Jul 2013
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Provider: Azamara Club Cruises
Member Image Naomi2
3 reviews
Aug 2012
We took the Hop on Hop on bus which was the best of the bunch as we had a hilarious guide who kept us all interested and laughing at the funny bits of Edinburgh history.
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Provider: Holland America Line

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