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MSC cruise ships dock in Queensferry during the MSC Northern Europe and Nordic cruise itineraries, and guests travelling on our luxury MSC cruise liners will be keen to come ashore for a slice of sensational Scotland!

MSC Cruise to South Queensferry - the gateway to Scotland

South Queensferry (also ‘Queensferry’) is situated just 10 miles from Edinburgh city centre, on the shores of the famous Firth of Forth. Named after an 11th century English princess, this pretty town is well positioned for day trips to Scotland’s ‘cultural capital’, Edinburgh (just 30 minutes away), and other historic highlights.

MSC cruise ships dock in Queensferry during the MSC Northern Europe and Nordic cruise itineraries, and guests travelling on our luxury MSC cruise liners will be keen to come ashore for a slice of sensational Scotland! Join us on an MSC excursion package, a great way to make the most of your holiday time and to guarantee the best deals on top sights.

Choose to experience ‘Royal Edinburgh’, comprising gorgeous Edinburgh Castle; a peek inside the lives of royalty as you board the Royal Yacht Britannia; a shop and a stroll along the Royal Mile; or a tour of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence in Scotland. Also accessible from Queensferry is Stirling Castle, an important military stronghold and royal palace. Any of these are sure to form a memorable part of your cruise vacation and provide many happy holiday memories

Cruise to South Queensferry - UK - Northern Europe - MSC Cruises

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 SOQ01 - EDINBURGH HIGHLIGHTS & CASTLE (approx 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  This tour will take you to Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, dramatically set atop a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. The tour proper begins with a fascinating city tour including most of Edinburgh’s historical monuments and sights in both the medieval old town and the 18th century new town. After that, you will continue on to visit Edinburgh Castle, whose medieval outline dominates the centre of the city and has been home to many Scottish kings and queens throughout the centuries. Following the castle visit, you will be driven down Edinburgh’s historical Royal Mile. Also on the itinerary are Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s Edinburgh residence, and the extensive, rather wild Royal Park, where you will climb up to Arthur’s Seat for some beautiful views across the city. The tour then goes on to the Georgian new town with its elegant townhouses and private parks before heading back to the ship at South Queensferry. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Some areas of the Castle are not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. All the sites except the Castle will be visited from outside. Taking pictures or shooting videos inside the Castle is prohibited.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 SOQ02 - EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING TOUR (approx. 6.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  This tour will take you to Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, dramatically set atop a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. The tour includes a 2-hour bus drive around the city and plenty of time at leisure to explore the city centre at your pace. You will begin with a fascinating city tour by bus including most of Edinburgh’s historical monuments and sights in both the medieval old town and the 18th century new town, including a drive down Edinburgh’s historical Royal Mile. Also on the itinerary are Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s Edinburgh residence and the extensive, rather wild Royal Park, where you will climb up to Arthur’s Seat for some beautiful views across the city. The town also boasts an unrivalled number of art galleries and museums, relative to its size and population, like the National Museum on the Mound. The tour then goes on to the Georgian new town with its elegant townhouses and private parks before having free time to explore or to have lunch (not included). Have your camera at the ready to capture all the fabulous sights that Edinburgh has to offer. Return to the ship at South Queensferry. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 SOQ03 - THE ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Cultural  Get a taste of a champagne lifestyle on this trip to Queen Elizabeth II’s private yacht. Once described as her floating palace and her ”home away from home”, the Royal Yacht Britannia epitomises style and luxury, and affords a unique insight into the British Royal Family. After reaching Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, you will proceed to Leith, Edinburgh’s port, where the Royal Yacht Britannia is moored. As the venue of glittering state and official occasions, the Royal Yacht remains one of the most famous ships in the world. You will 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, officers’ mess, sick bay and the engine room. On leaving the yacht, you will head for Edinburgh city centre for a fascinating sightseeing tour that includes most of Edinburgh’s historical monuments and landmarks in both the medieval old town and the 18th-century new town. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 SOQ04 - GLENKINCHIE DISTILLERY (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  This tour will take you to Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, dramatically set atop a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. The tour proper begins with a brief sightseeing bus city tour that includes most of Edinburgh’s historical monuments and sights in both the medieval old town and the 18th century new town. The tour then continues along the coastal road to the county of East Lothian, passing through towns such as Portobello and Musselburgh on the way. Heading inland again, you will arrive at Edinburgh’s Glenkinchie Distillery, one of only three remaining lowland malt whisky distilleries and home of the Edinburgh Malt. Apart from producing its own distinctive single malt, the distillery also provides malt whisky for blending, appearing in some famous brands such as the Johnnie Walker range. An impressive exhibition awaits you just as a private guided tour of the active distillery, along with the largest copper pot still in Scotland. A tutored dram tasting session at the bar concludes the visit. The tour concludes with your return to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This excursion is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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 SOQ05 - EDINBURGH AND THE “WATER OF LIFE” (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Drink included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  This excursion begins in Edinburgh, Scotland’s magnificent capital city, dramatically set atop a series of extinct volcanoes and rocky crags. A brief sightseeing bus city tour follows that includes most of Edinburgh’s historical monuments and sights in both the medieval old town and the 18th century new town. The excursion then continues at the thrilling Scotch Whisky Experience. Take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery as you become part of the whisky making process. Information will be provided at each stage of the process and you will have a chance to discover the sort of aromas and flavours that appeal to your palate. The visit ends with a dram-tasting session and the chance to see the world’s largest 3,500-strong collection of whisky bottles. A drive down Edinburgh’s historical Royal Mile then follows. Also on the itinerary are Holyrood Palace, Queen Elizabeth II’s Edinburgh residence and the extensive, rather wild Royal Park, where you will climb up to Arthur’s Seat for some beautiful views across the city. The tour then goes on to the Georgian new town with its elegant townhouses and private parks before heading back to the ship at South Queensferry. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 SOQ06 - STIRLING, THE TROSSACHS & CULROSS (full day, lunch not included) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  The tour first heads to the city of Stirling, with its towering Wallace Monument and imposing castle, set high atop a rocky hill overlooking the whole of the surrounding area. Located at the centre of Scotland, the city was of huge strategic importance in the past. Visit and explore the historic castle and its magnificent architecture as well as enjoy the Royal Palace, which has been returned to its former glory. The visit ends with a visit to the tapestry studio to see world-class weavers restoring one of the world’s finest surviving sets of medieval tapestries. The excursion continues with a scenic drive through the rugged heather-covered mountains of the Trossachs – the miniature highlands – and will also pass Loch Venacher on the way. Then travelling westwards, you will head for the pretty town of Aberfoyle, the gateway to the Trossachs, with Ben Venue towering in the background. A stop will then be made for lunch. Afterwards, the tour continues deep into the heart of the Trossachs and then eastwards to the 16th-century village of Culross. A large part of Culross is original, with narrow, cobbled wynds, including the evocative and probably once descriptive "Stinking Wynd", the Mercat Cross in the village square and plenty of stunning whitewashed buildings. Having immersed yourself in 16th- and 17th-century Scottish life, you will return to South Queensferry and the ship via the world-famous Forth Bridge, which has been admired for its elegant beauty and as a feat of engineering the world over. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. The Castle is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $90.00 Adults $63.00 Children

   


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 SOQ07 - EDINBURGH ROYAL MILE AND ST. GILES CATHEDRAL ON FOOT (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: Strenuous - Active excursions recommended only for guests in good physical health  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Looking back on a long history that dates back to prehistoric times, the Old Town of the city of Edinburgh is known for its beautiful architecture and fine old buildings, many of which have now been restored to their former glory. This walking tour covers three of the four Royal Mile sections and will take you past St. Giles Cathedral, John Knox House, the former home of the Scottish Parliament (pre-Enlightenment), “Writers’ Close” and Gladstone’s Land, a perfectly preserved 17th-century tenement. Your guide will provide information on the city’s folklore and luminaries, such as David Hume, Adam Smith, Mary, Queen of Scots as well as John Knox. The tour ends with a short coach ride down Canongate, the final section of the Royal Mile, for a view of Holyrood Palace and the modern-day Scottish Parliament. You will then return to South Queensferry and your vessel. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Taking photos or shooting videos inside St. Giles Cathedral is prohibited. Conservative attire is recommended for visiting sites of religious importance. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 SOQ08 - MYSTERIOUS ROSSLYN CHAPEL & EDINBURGH (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  Board a coach and team a visit to one of Scotland’s key architectural highlights, Rosslyn Chapel, with a sightseeing tour of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. Your first stop will be at the quaint village of Roslin and the wonderful mid-15th-century Rosslyn Chapel. Situated on a small hill overlooking the Esk Valley, the exquisite chapel has been called an “architectural wonder” and a “library in stone” due to its many carved surfaces. You will then return to Edinburgh for a tour of the city’s best sights in both the medieval Old Town and the 18th-century New Town. After going down the Royal Mile, past the 16th-/17th-century Holyrood Palace – the Edinburgh residence of Queen Elizabeth II – and through the extensive Royal Park, you will then reach Edinburgh’s main shopping centre at Princes Street, the Scott Monument and the lovely Princes Street Gardens. Relative to its size and population, Edinburgh is home to an unrivalled number of art galleries and museums, some of which you will pass as you head for the Georgian New Town with its elegant townhouses and private parks. Your tour then comes to a close with your return journey to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. Taking photos or shooting videos inside Rosslyn Chapel is prohibited. Guests using a wheelchair can take part in this tour although the crypt inside the Chapel is not accessible.

Price per person $77.00 Adults $54.00 Children

   


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 SOQ09 - THE REAL MARY KINGS CLOSE: THE STREET THAT TIME FORGOT (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Cultural  When you make your way through Scotland’s charming capital and down the Royal Mile, you would never suspect that some of its historic closes lie deep beneath the calm surface: “The Real Mary King’s Close: The Street That Time Forgot”. Opened to the public after meticulous restoration in 2003, “The Close” provides an accurate sketch of Edinburgh in the 17th century. Your tour begins with a coach drive from the port into Edinburgh, whose location on a series of extinct volcanoes makes a fittingly dramatic setting for the Scottish capital. Then it’s down to the dimly lit Mary King’s Close, the most characterful and historically accurate of a whole network of streets beneath the City Chambers of the Royal Mile. These buried streets provide a first-hand feel for how both the rich and the poor lived in these crowded conditions all those years ago. As a winning mix of storytelling and multimedia, the Mary King’s Close experience is sure to entertain and inform in equal measure. Some free time to spend in the city then follows before you return to the port and your ship. Please note : limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be provided in English only. This tour is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties, using a wheelchair or suffering from claustrophobia.

Price per person $80.00 Adults $56.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.