Silversea Luxury Cruises To EDINBURGH (Leith)

EDINBURGH (Leith)

Edinburgh is to London as poetry is to prose, as Charlotte Brontë once wrote. One of the world's stateliest cities and proudest capitals, it's built—like Rome—on seven hills, making it a striking backdrop for the ancient pageant of history. In a skyline of sheer drama, Edinburgh Castle watches over the capital city, frowning down on Princes Street’s glamour and glitz. View more

But despite its rich past, the city’s famous festivals, excellent museums and galleries, as well as the modern Scottish Parliament, are reminders that Edinburgh has its feet firmly in the 21st century.Nearly everywhere in Edinburgh (the burgh is always pronounced burra in Scotland) there are spectacular buildings, whose Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian pillars add touches of neoclassical grandeur to the largely Presbyterian backdrop. Large gardens are a strong feature of central Edinburgh, where the city council is one of the most stridently conservationist in Europe. Arthur's Seat, a mountain of bright green and yellow furze, rears up behind the spires of the Old Town. This child-size mountain jutting 822 feet above its surroundings has steep slopes and little crags, like a miniature Highlands set down in the middle of the busy city. Appropriately, these theatrical elements match Edinburgh's character—after all, the city has been a stage that has seen its fair share of romance, violence, tragedy, and triumph.Modern Edinburgh has become a cultural capital, staging the Edinburgh International Festival and the Fringe Festival in every possible venue each August. The stunning Museum of Scotland complements the city’s wealth of galleries and artsy hangouts. Add Edinburgh’s growing reputation for food and nightlife and you have one of the world’s most beguiling cities.Today the city is the second most important financial center in the United Kingdom, and the fifth most important in Europe. The city regularly is ranked near the top in quality-of-life surveys. Accordingly, New Town apartments on fashionable streets sell for considerable sums. In some senses the city is showy and materialistic, but Edinburgh still supports learned societies, some of which have their roots in the Scottish Enlightenment. The Royal Society of Edinburgh, for example, established in 1783 "for the advancement of learning and useful knowledge," remains an important forum for interdisciplinary activities.Even as Edinburgh moves through the 21st century, its tall guardian castle remains the focal point of the city and its venerable history. Take time to explore the streets—peopled by the spirits of Mary, Queen of Scots; Sir Walter Scott; and Robert Louis Stevenson—and pay your respects to the world's best-loved terrier, Greyfriars Bobby. In the evenings you can enjoy candlelit restaurants or a folk ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee, a traditional Scottish dance with music), though you should remember that you haven't earned your porridge until you've climbed Arthur's Seat. Should you wander around a corner, say, on George Street, you might see not an endless cityscape, but blue sea and a patchwork of fields. This is the county of Fife, beyond the inlet of the North Sea called the Firth of Forth—a reminder, like the mountains to the northwest that can be glimpsed from Edinburgh's highest points, that the rest of Scotland lies within easy reach.

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Excursions in EDINBURGH (Leith)

City of Edinburgh & Its Castle

Discover the Old-World splendour of Scotland during this half-day tour of Edinburgh City, and a visit to Edinburgh Castle.


Edinburgh City Tour

Depart the pier for the brief transfer to Edinburgh, take an orientation drive through the streets of the outer city before heading to the centre of Edinburgh. Continue through the historic Georgian New Town and admire its beautiful architecture, then see the famous Princes Street, which features excellent shops along the north side and a scenic view of the south.


Edinburgh Castle

Next, visit Edinburgh Castle, which stands on an extinct volcanic rock overlooking and dominating the city's skyline. The oldest section of the castle dates from the 12th century. During your guided tour, see the castle's many different architectural styles that reflect its importance throughout the history of Scotland. In addition, view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and Stone of Destiny, as well as the apartment in which Mary, Queen of Scots, gave birth to the future King James VI of Scotland.


Edinburgh Old Town

Leaving the castle, proceed east through the Old Town, which straddles the volcanic ridge between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood house. The Royal Mile is a thoroughfare linking the castle with the palace; at one mile (1.6 kilometres) in length, it forms the Medieval centre of the city. Drive through this area and see some of the most important historic buildings and monuments, including the Palace of Holyrood, the official residence of the Queen in Edinburgh. To the north is the New Town, an area that was established in the 1790s when wealthy merchants began expanding the city outside of its Medieval walls. Here, marvel at the most beautiful concentration of Georgian architecture anywhere in Britain. Your tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, with steep cobblestone roads and numerous steps at the Edinburgh Castle, and a few steps to negotiate to get on and off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair; however, some areas visited are not wheelchair-accessible. Lightweight, comfortable clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Edinburgh Panoramic Drive

Explore the history, landmarks and culture of Scotland during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing drive through Edinburgh.


Edinburgh City Tour

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Edinburgh's city centre. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing drive through the city and stop for photos along the way. Your guide points out some of the major highlights in this beautiful and unique city, including Edinburgh Castle. Perched upon the granite core of an extinct volcano, this magnificent fortress dominates the city's skyline. The oldest section of Edinburgh Castle dates from the 12th century. The castle has served as a royal palace, military garrison and state prison, and has been occupied by both the Scottish and English during its turbulent history.


Old Town and New Town

Next, drive through the Old Town of Edinburgh, which straddles the volcanic ridge between the castle and the Palace of Holyrood. Scotland's premier royal palace, the Palace of Holyrood, dates from the late-15th century and is the official Scottish residence of the Queen. To the north is the New Town, an area that was established in the 1790s when wealthy merchants began expanding the city outside of its Medieval walls. Here, marvel at the most beautiful concentration of Georgian architecture anywhere in Britain.


Royal Mile

Your drive continues along part of the Royal Mile, a thoroughfare linking the castle with the palace. At one mile (1.6 kilometres) in length, it forms the Medieval centre of the city. Drive through this area and see some of the most important historic buildings and monuments, including the Palace of Holyrood. Your tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Edinburgh Panoramic Drive (Guided in German)

Explore the history, landmarks and culture of Scotland during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing drive through Edinburgh.


Edinburgh City Tour

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Edinburgh's city centre. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing drive through the city and stop for photos along the way. Your guide points out some of the major highlights in this beautiful and unique city, including Edinburgh Castle. Perched upon the granite core of an extinct volcano, this magnificent fortress dominates the city's skyline. The oldest section of Edinburgh Castle dates from the 12th century. The castle has served as a royal palace, military garrison and state prison, and has been occupied by both the Scottish and English during its turbulent history.


Old Town and New Town

Next, drive through the Old Town of Edinburgh, which straddles the volcanic ridge between the castle and the Palace of Holyrood. Scotland's premier royal palace, the Palace of Holyrood dates from the late-15th century and is the official Scottish residence of the Queen. To the north is the New Town, an area that was established in the 1790s when wealthy merchants began expanding the city outside of its Medieval walls. Here, marvel at the most beautiful concentration of Georgian architecture anywhere in Britain.


Royal Mile

Your drive continues along part of the Royal Mile, a thoroughfare linking the castle with the palace. At one mile (1.6 kilometres) in length, it forms the Medieval centre of the city. Drive through this area and see some of the most important historic buildings and monuments, including the Palace of Holyrood. Your tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in German, a minimum number of guests are required to operate. This tour involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Edinburgh Panoramic Drive (Guided in Spanish)

Explore the history, landmarks and culture of Scotland during this panoramic, half-day sightseeing drive through Edinburgh.


Edinburgh City Tour

Depart the pier for the approximate 30-minute drive to Edinburgh's city centre. Upon arrival, begin your sightseeing drive through the city and stop for photos along the way. Your guide points out some of the major highlights in this beautiful and unique city, including Edinburgh Castle. Perched upon the granite core of an extinct volcano, this magnificent fortress dominates the city's skyline. The oldest section of Edinburgh Castle dates from the 12th century. The castle has served as a royal palace, military garrison and state prison, and has been occupied by both the Scottish and English during its turbulent history.


Old Town and New Town

Next, drive through the Old Town of Edinburgh, which straddles the volcanic ridge between the castle and the Palace of Holyrood. Scotland's premier royal palace, the Palace of Holyrood dates from the late-15th century and is the official Scottish residence of the Queen. To the north is the New Town, an area that was established in the 1790s when wealthy merchants began expanding the city outside of its Medieval walls. Here, marvel at the most beautiful concentration of Georgian architecture anywhere in Britain.


Royal Mile

Your drive continues along part of the Royal Mile, a thoroughfare linking the castle with the palace. At one mile (1.6 kilometres) in length, it forms the Medieval centre of the city. Drive through this area and see some of the most important historic buildings and monuments, including the Palace of Holyrood. Your tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: Tour is Guided in Spanish, a minimum number of guests are required to operate. It involves a minimal amount of walking, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and those who utilise a wheelchair. Lightweight, comfortable clothing and sun protection are recommended.

Braveheart Country & Stirling Castle

Experience the medieval history and landmarks of Scotland during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Bannockburn Heritage Centre

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive through the heart of Scotland en route to the Bannockburn Heritage Centre. Upon arrival, view the Kingdom of the Scots exhibition and an informative, state-of-the-art audio-visual presentation of the Battle of Bannockburn, a crucial event in Scottish history.


Stirling Castle

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to Stirling Castle, one of the largest and most important Scottish castles. Stirling Castle sits atop Castle Hill, an intrusive crag that forms part of the Stirling Sill geological formation, and is surrounded on three sides by steep cliffs. Most of the principal buildings of the castle date from the 15th and 16th centuries.


During your self-guided visit, explore the main features and see hidden parts of the castle. Highlights include the Museum of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Elphinstone Tower, Guardroom Square, Great Hall, medieval kitchens, and a gift shop. Following your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking for approximately 0.7 miles (1.1 kilometres), at times over uneven surfaces, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and narrow, steep staircases at Stirling Castle. Walking in Stirling Castle is at the discretion of each guest. This tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility, but is not wheelchair-accessible, nor recommended for guests suffering from claustrophobia or a fear of heights. Warm, layered clothing, flat, closed-toe walking shoes and sun protection are recommended.

Gleneagles Golf experience

Experience a day of golf and leisure at one of the finest golf courses in Scotland during this unforgettable, full-day excursion to the world-renowned Gleneagles.


Leith, Firth of Forth, Auchterarder, Gleneagles, Dormy Clubhouse, Gleneagles Golf Academy

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 1.5-hour drive north to Gleneagles. En route, cross the Firth of Forth towards Auchterarder through some of Scotland's most beautiful natural landscapes. Upon arrival at Gleaneagles, proceed for refreshments at the beautiful, newly-renovated Dormy Clubhouse. Afterward, change into your golf attire in the Clubhouse, then warm up with some complimentary range balls at the Gleneagles Golf Academy. Following your practice drives, make your way over to the stunning Queen's Course for your tee time.


Queen's Course, Woodlands, Lochans, Ditches, Water Hazards

Originally a nine-hole layout opened in 1919, the James Braid-designed Queen's Course was extended to 18 holes in 1925, and is now one of the finest par-68 golf courses in the U.K. Threading through high ridges on the north and west sides of the Gleneagles Estate, the Queen's Course offers a variety of woodland settings, lochans and ditches as water hazards, as well as many heathland characteristics.


Eighteen-Hole Round of Golf, Dormy Clubhouse, Lunch

Like the King's Course, the Queen's Course underwent a renovation programme that finished in 2017, which included lining the 89 bunkers to help maintain perfect playing conditions, and taking the fairway cut lines back to Braid's original design. A number of the world's best golfers, entertainers and athletes have played the Queen's Course, including Seve Ballesteros, Sean Connery and astronaut Alan Shepard, the only man to have hit a golf shot on the moon. Following your 18-hole round of golf, retire to the Dormy Clubhouse to freshen up, then proceed for a relaxing, two-course lunch with views out across the course. After lunch, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for approximately five miles-seven miles (about 8 kilometres-11 kilometres), at times over cobblestone surfaces, hills and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach, up to the Dormy Clubhouse and down to the changing rooms. This tour is not suitable for guests prone to agoraphobia, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with soft spike golf shoes, and bring sun protection, a waterproof jacket or coat, and a change of clothing from the ship; jeans, jogging trousers and hard spike golf shoes are not permitted. Complimentary club hire is subject to availability. Caddies can also be hired for an additional charge at the discretion of each guest. Operation of this tour is subject to weather conditions. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Rosslyn Chapel & Glenkinchie Distillery

Explore the history, traditions and flavours of Scotland during this picturesque, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Leith, Rosslyn Chapel

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive to the Rosslyn Chapel, built in 1446 by Sir William St. Clair, third and last St. Clair Prince of Orkney (thought to be a Grand Master of the Knights Templar). The Rosslyn Chapel was originally planned as part of a much larger building in the layout of a cross. However, St. Clair's untimely death in 1484 brought the building work to an end. The chapel, however, remains a captivating building in its own right. It became a place of pilgrimage thanks to its strong links with the Knights Templar, and, if speculation is to be believed, its musty, undisturbed vaults may contain fantastic holy relics, including early gospels, the Ark of the Covenant, Stone of Destiny, and even the mummified head of Christ.


Rosslyn Chapel, Guided Tour, Carvings

Upon arrival at Rosslyn Chapel, enjoy an introductory talk and orientation before exploring this stunning chapel at your own pace. Along the way, learn about the history of the chapel, mysterious Knights of Templar, and connections and links to the story of the Holy Grail as depicted in Dan Brown's novel, The Da Vinci Code. In addition, marvel at the multitude of fascinating and intricate carvings that adorn the pillars, walls and roof of the chapel, including carvings that suggest America was discovered 100 years earlier than the arrival of Columbus. There are plenty of chapel guides who are always happy to delve into the stories of the chapel's past and discuss the carvings in more detail as well as an exhibition in the visitors centre with more details on the Rosslyn's past.


Glenkinchie Distillery, Guided Tour, Whisky Production, Still Room, Whisky Tasting

Next, re-board your coach and head to the Glenkinchie Distillery. One of the Lowland's finest distilleries, Glenkinchie produces a truly remarkable single malt. During your guided visit, discover the methods of whisky production and visit the Still Room, then proceed for a tasting of Glenkinchie and your choice of another single malt for comparison. Additional whisky is available for purchase in the gift shop. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately one-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves some walking for approximately one mile (about 1.6 kilometres), at times over uneven, gravel, and cobblestone surfaces and inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and steep steps at the sites visited. This tour is not suitable for guests who suffer from motion sickness, guests who are claustrophobic, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm, comfortable clothing in layers with flat, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection and a weatherproof jacket or coat from the ship. Guests must be at least 18 years old to participate on this tour. Guests must be at least 21 years old to participate in tastings of alcoholic beverages. No photography is permitted inside the Rosslyn Chapel, but exterior photos are permitted. No photography is permitted inside Glenkinchie Distillery. This tour may be run in reverse to avoid congestion at the sites.

Silver Shore Privato - Leith by Private Car with Guide - Full Day

Explore Leith at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Leith by Private Van with Guide - Full Day

Explore Leith at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato - Leith by Private Van with Guide - Half Day

Explore Leith at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 5 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Land programmes in EDINBURGH (Leith)

Royal Gallery Seating & VIP Package Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland's biggest, best-selling spectacle, the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar, attracting an International audience each year of some 200,000 people. Tonight, experience the magic for yourself as you engage yourself in the celebration of colourful military pageantry on the floodlit esplanade of imposing Edinburgh Castle.


00MIDEDI-N Royal Gallery Seating & VIP Package Military Tattoo

Departure: Leith (Edinburgh)

Duration: 4-Hour evening Performance

Rejoin ship: Leith (Edinburgh)

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This program is anticipated to sell out well before final payment deadline (90 days prior). It requires advance booking with Silversea Reservations and must be prepaid at the time of booking. It is non-refundable at the time the program is added to your completed cruise booking.


A spectacular evening awaits at the renowned Edinburgh Tattoo - a celebration of colorful military pageantry on the floodlit esplanade of famous Edinburgh Castle.


"Tattoo" is the traditional signal, given originally by drum beat, and latterly by bugle or trumpet call; which warned British soldiers to return to their quarters for the night. The innkeepers turned off the liquor taps - 'doe den tap toe' or 'turn off the taps.'- and the drums continued to beat for half an hour, the period of grace during which the soldiers were allowed to return home. The custom eventually developed into a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands a few hours after sunset.


The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland's biggest spectacle, the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar. It is one of the great visual and musical events in the world. Its ancient, historic setting, on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle is matchless. Located high above the skyline of the oldest and most popular part of the city, the Castle is perched on an extinct volcano some 443 feet (135 meters) above sea level.


Upon arrival in Edinburgh City Centre your tour guide will lead a brief panoramic drive of the city (time permitting) as you wind your way towards the center of the city and Edinburgh Castle itself. As performance time nears your vehicle will join the salute takers' convoy and, as soon as the pedestrian ways are cleared, travel uphill atop the castle esplanade, avoiding all entrance queues. From here it is a short walk to the exclusive VIP seating and hospitality area where a complimentary program and gift bag are provided.


Once seated, enjoy listening to the Massed Military Bands and the Massed Pipes and Drums representing Scotland's Regiments. See traditional Scottish dancing, and enactments of historical events. The ever-changing scene is a continuous performance of colorful spectacle. It is a pageant of military skills with precision drills featuring the massed bands, pipes and drums, dancers, and display tableaux.


The Tattoo ends with that most moving of all Scotland's performances: the lone piper, floodlit on the battlements, his haunting music reaching out across the darkened arena to echo in your heart forever. The setting of the Castle Esplanade, the ramparts and the delicate play of light will leave you with lasting memories of your Scottish evening.


After the show you are invited to join the producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for a champagne and canapé reception in the VIP suite.


Following the VIP reception, return to your awaiting mini-coach for the journey back to Leith and the ship.


Please note: This program requires advanced booking and payment through Silversea Reservations and must be prepaid at the time of booking. It is 100% non-refundable at the time the program is added to your completed cruise booking. This program requires a moderate amount of walking to/from the venue. Access to Royal Gallery requires guests to climb two flights of stairs. An elevator/lift is provided for those guests who do not want to climb stairs. There will be steps (3-4) within the Royal Gallery to access seating. There are no handrails provided. Although walking is over mostly flat paved surfaces, there are cobbled surfaces in and around Castle Gatehouse access area. Guests with a collapsible wheelchair can be accommodated with prior notification, providing they can transfer to Royal Gallery seating; the wheelchair will be stored for the duration of the performance. Guests with seats in the Royal Gallery are given priority access to the stadium arena avoiding the need to queue. There is a dress code in effect in the Royal Gallery: Gentlemen should wear a jacket and tie and ladies should wear evening wear. Although the seating is under cover, it is open to the elements; dress warmly to protect from the evening chill. Jeans are not permitted in the Royal Gallery. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation.


Program Includes:

· Roundtrip mini-coach transfers with preferred access

· Entrance fees to Royal Gallery Tattoo performance

· Champagne and canapé reception

· VIP suite Access

· Commemorative gift bag


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government/citizens' activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland's biggest, best-selling spectacle, the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar, attracting an International audience each year of some 200,000 people. Tonight, experience the magic for yourself as you engage yourself in the celebration of colorful military pageantry on the floodlit esplanade of imposing Edinburgh Castle.


00MIDEDI-M Military Tattoo

Departure: Leith (Edinburgh)

Duration: 4-Hour evening Performance

Rejoin ship: Leith (Edinburgh)

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This program is anticipated to sell out well before final payment deadline (90 days prior). It requires advance booking with Silversea Reservations and must be prepaid at the time of booking. It is non-refundable at the time the program is added to your completed cruise booking.


A magical evening awaits at the legendary Edinburgh Tattoo - a celebration of colorful military pageantry on the floodlit esplanade of famous Edinburgh Castle.


'Tattoo' was the traditional curfew signal, by drum or trumpet, which ordered soldiers to return to their quarters at night. The name is derived from the 18th-century Low Country innkeepers' cry 'doe den tap toe' or 'turn off the taps.' Today it has developed into this spectacular ceremonial performance featuring around 800 men and women.


After an early dinner on board, coaches will be ready for transfer into Edinburgh. From the port in Leith, it is an approximate 20-minute ride into Edinburgh, depending on traffic conditions. During the drive, your knowledgeable guide will provide you with an insight into this great traditional event. On arrival in the city the coach will drop you off at an appropriate place from where it is about a 15-minute uphill walk through part of the medieval old town to the castle esplanade. You will be seated in the front stands (section 11) where you can enjoy the glorious performance. Set against the majestic backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the world-renowned Massed Pipes and Drums together with the impressive Massed Military Bands and the Band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland are among those who will gather for Scotland's sensational Edinburgh Tattoo.


The Tattoo ends with that most moving of all Scotland's performances: the lone piper, floodlit on the battlements, his haunting music reaching out across the darkened arena to echo in your heart forever. The setting of the Castle Esplanade, the ramparts and the delicate play of light will leave you with lasting memories of your Scottish evening.


At the end of this astonishing performance, rejoin your guide who will lead you to your motor coach for the return journey to Leith and the ship.


Please note: This program requires advanced booking and payment through Silversea Reservations. It is expected to be completely sold out well before final payment deadline. It is 100% non-refundable at the time the program is added to your completed cruise booking. This program requires a moderate amount of walking to/from the venue. Coach parking is restricted around the castle district therefore a long walk (up to 1 mile in each direction) may be unavoidable depending on traffic congestion. There is a steep, cobblestone street leading to the castle esplanade where the performance takes place, also, once in the arena, there are steps to negotiate in the seating area. We strongly recommend you dress appropriately for the weather and bring a sweater or jacket as the evening may be cool. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation.


Program Includes:

· Roundtrip coach transfers Leith / Edinburgh / Leith

· Entrance fees and seats in the Front Stands (section 11) to Tattoo performance


Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the program at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this program. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this program. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government/citizens' activities, and weather, require. The program described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Royal Gallery Seating & VIP Cannonball Package Military Tattoo


00MIDEDI-O Royal Gallery Seating & VIP Cannonball Package

Departure: Leith (Edinburgh)

Duration: 6-Hours evening Performance

Rejoin ship: Leith (Edinburgh)

Reserve: A minimum of 90 days prior to sailing


This program is anticipated to sell out well before final payment deadline (90 days prior). It requires advance booking with Silversea Reservations and must be prepaid at the time of booking. It is non-refundable at the time the program is added to your completed cruise booking.


A spectacular evening awaits at the renowned Edinburgh Tattoo - a celebration of colorful military pageantry on the floodlit esplanade of famous Edinburgh Castle.


"Tattoo" is the traditional signal, given originally by drum beat, and latterly by bugle or trumpet call; which warned British soldiers to return to their quarters for the night. The innkeepers turned off the liquor taps - 'doe den tap toe' or 'turn off the taps.'- and the drums continued to beat for half an hour, the period of grace during which the soldiers were allowed to return home. The custom eventually developed into a ceremonial performance of military music by massed bands a few hours after sunset.


The Edinburgh Military Tattoo is Scotland's biggest spectacle, the most popular annual event on the Scottish calendar. It is one of the great visual and musical events in the world. Its ancient, historic setting, on the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle is matchless. Located high above the skyline of the oldest and most popular part of the city, the Castle is perched on an extinct volcano some 443 feet (135 meters) above sea level.


Upon arrival in Edinburgh City Centre your tour guide will lead a brief panoramic drive of the city (time permitting) as you wind your way towards the center of the city and Edinburgh Castle itself. You will be granted special access to the top of the Royal Mile where you will be taken all the way up to the delightful Cannonball Restaurant located at the edge of the castle esplanade. Here you will receive a glass of champagne on arrival as you are welcomed personally by the restaurant owner Victor Contini before sitting down to a sumptuous four course dinner with a wine pairing for every course. Contini's specializes in utilizing the finest Scottish produce to create a combination of traditional Scottish fayre as well as fusion foods with inspiration drawn from Victor's Italian roots.


After dinner you will have the chance to enjoy a dram of whisky or gin whilst a member of the Tattoo cast performs a exclusive recital in preparation for the main event. A dedicated Tattoo host will then collect you from the restaurant and escort you the short walk to the exclusive VIP seating and hospitality area where a complimentary program and gift bag are provided.


Once seated, enjoy listening to the Massed Military Bands and the Massed Pipes and Drums representing Scotland's Regiments. See traditional Scottish dancing, and enactments of historical events. The ever-changing scene is a continuous performance of colorful spectacle. It is a pageant of military skills with precision drills featuring the massed bands, pipes and drums, dancers, and display tableaux.


The Tattoo ends with that most moving of all Scotland's performances: the lone piper, floodlit on the battlements, his haunting music reaching out across the darkened arena to echo in your heart forever. The setting of the Castle Esplanade, the ramparts and the delicate play of light will leave you with lasting memories of your Scottish evening.


After the show you are invited to join the producer of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo for a champagne and canapé reception in the VIP suite.


Following the VIP reception, return to your awaiting mini-coach for the journey back to Leith and the ship.


Please note: This program requires advanced booking and payment through Silversea Reservations and must be prepaid at the time of booking. It is 100% non-refundable at the time the program is added to your completed cruise booking. This program requires a moderate amount of walking to/from the venue. There are steps up to the Restaurant as well as internal stairs to the dining room although a lift is available and any dietary requirements should be advised in advance. Access to Royal Gallery requires guests to climb two flights of stairs. An elevator/lift is provided for those guests who do not want to climb stairs. There will be steps (3-4) within the Royal Gallery to access seating. There are no handrails provided. Although walking is over mostly flat paved surfaces, there are cobbled surfaces in and around Castle Gatehouse access area. Guests with a collapsible wheelchair can be accommodated with prior notification, providing they can transfer to Royal Gallery seating; the wheelchair will be stored for the duration of the performance. Guests with seats in the Royal Gallery are given priority access to the stadium arena avoiding the need to queue. There is a dress code in effect in the Royal Gallery: Gentlemen should wear a jacket and tie and ladies should wear evening wear. Although the seating is under cover, it is open to the elements; dress warmly to protect from the evening chill. Jeans are not permitted in the Royal Gallery. Operation of this tour is subject to a minimum participation.


Program Includes:

· Roundtrip mini-coach transfers with preferred access taking you first to dinner at Cannonball - one of Edinburgh's finest restaurants at the top of the Royal Mile

· A personal welcome on arrival from the owner and host, Victor Contini at Cannonball Restaurant

· A four-course set menu made from the finest Scottish ingredients with a slight Italian twist, all sourced from small artisan suppliers and the Contini's own kitchen garden, followed by coffee or tea and petit fours

· Champagne on arrival, four 100ml tasting glasses of wine - one to match each course, and a dram of whisky or gin liqueur

· Brief recital from a member of the Tattoo cast

· A Tattoo host to escort you from Cannonball House to The Royal Gallery where you will be joined by the Salute Taker, Tattoo guests and dignitaries

· Entrance fees to the Royal Gallery Tattoo Performance

· Commemorative gift bag including a tattoo Show Program

· Champagne and canape reception



Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not specified above, gratuities to drivers and tour guides, telephone calls, cancellation insurance, and other personal items.


All Land Adventures require a minimum number of participants in order to operate as described. If this minimum number is not met, Silversea reserves the right to offer the programme at a different rate based on private arrangements, or to cancel the specific departure. Silversea's published cruise cancellation policy will remain in effect. All Land Adventure fares are subject to change and are not guaranteed until payment is received in full by Silversea. Onboard Spending Credit may not be applied to the purchase of this programme. All Land Adventures are non-transferable and non-refundable for any reason, within 90 days of sailing and are recommended to guests 18 years of age and older. This description is a general overview of this programme. Our local operator reserves the right to substitute other sites if local situations, including holidays, changes made by airlines, government/citizens' activities, and weather, require. The programme described in this brochure is provided by independent contractors. Silversea acts solely as ticketing agent. Silversea shall have no obligation or liability of any kind to guests for the business practices, acts or omissions in connection with or arising out of arrangements with independent contractors, including but not limited to airline carriers, ground-tour operators, and hotels since they are neither agents for nor employees of Silversea Cruises. Silversea's liability does not extend beyond the vessel.

Hotels in EDINBURGH (Leith)

PRE-CRUISE SIMPLY HOTEL: THE GEORGE

When the 160-year-old Lady Glenorchy Church was converted into The Glasshouse Hotel in 2003, Scotland exchanged one iconic piece of history for another. This 77-bedroom luxury boutique hotel offers cosy-contemporary interiors, warm Scottish service and consistently spectacular views of the city centre, Calton Hill or the hotel's two-acre rooftop garden.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.