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Royal Edinburgh at Christmas

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland - At Christmas time

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland - At Christmas time
  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland - At Christmas time

    Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, Scotland - At Christmas time
  • Grand Staircase on The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland © Marc Millar

    Grand Staircase on The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland © Marc Millar
  • Drawing Room on The Royal Yacht Britannia © Marc Millar

    Drawing Room on The Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh, Scotland © Marc Millar
  • Edinburgh's Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens ©VisitScotland, Kenny Lam

    Edinburgh Castle and Christmas Market
4 day tour
From £265 per person - minimum 20 passengers

Edinburgh is a beautiful city, steeped in history and royal tradition. In winter the city transforms in a carnival of colours, lights and celebrations. On this wonderfully wintry tour we will board The Royal Yacht Britannia, decorated for Christmas, giving us a glimpse into royal life on board in days gone by. We will explore the magical illuminated trail at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and there will be free time to shop, sight-see and explore.


December 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to Edinburgh

Travel to Edinburgh and check into your hotel located in the heart of the city in time for dinner. Depending on your route why not call into beautiful Lowther Castle or the excellent Devils Porridge Museum on the way.

Day 2

The Royal Yacht Britannia

We start the day with a coach tour around the city and surrounding area. We then travel to the port of Leith to visit The Royal Yacht Britannia, which is splendidly decorated for Christmas. An audio tour leads you through the five decks, giving a fascinating insight into the lives of the Royal Family. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 3

Christmas at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and free-time

Today there is free time to explore the city. You may choose to visit the famous bustling Christmas markets. Enjoy the unique shopping experience and pick up some gifts from the European and Scottish markets with its fair of crafters, artists, gift shops and gastronomic surprises.

In the late afternoon as dusk falls we travel to the Royal Botanic Garden and walk the spectacular outside illuminated trail which includes thousands of lights and state-of-the-art installations including the iconic Glasshouses drenched in festive colours. We then return to our hotel for a later evening meal.

Day 4

Return home

Today we start our journey home. The Greatdays team can recommend places of interests to visit on your way.

Suggested Hotel

Mercure Edinburgh City Princes Street Hotel ****

Our hotel is the most central hotel in Edinburgh, and some may say fit for Royalty! Enjoy panoramic views of Edinburgh Castle, Old Town and Princes Street Gardens including the bustling Christmas markets from the comfortable and newly refurbished lounge. All 169 bedrooms include comfortable beds, HD TVs, complimentary high speed WiFi, en suite bathrooms, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to all floors and coach parking is off site and chargeable.  Coach drop off by Jenners Department Store.

Dates 4 days / 3 nights Single Supplement
December 2022 From £265.00 per person From £79.00 per person
December 2023 Prices on request Prices on request

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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