Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
From Greenock, travel to Edinburgh to commence panoramic sightseeing of major sites. Have lunch on your own & afterwards travel thru Old Town, known as Royal Mile. Drive along Castle Hill, Lawnmarket, High Street & Canongate. See St. Gile's Cathedral. Pass Palace of Holyrood. Continue with visit to Castle. The history of the castle goes back to legendary times and it has witnessed many tense moments during its thousand years. Note: There is extensive uphill walk of approx 0.5 mile over even & cobblestone surfaces with 15 - 25 steps. Drive to/from Greenock is approx 2 hrs each way. Have approx 1 hr for shopping.
Travel thru heart of Scotland into Stirling where the Castle rises from flat plains. Coach drives thru old town to arrive at castle. Set on rocky outcrop where Lowlands meet Highlands, castle gives you unrivalled panoramas from battlements. You'll see Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Renaissance Palace & artillery fortifications of 16th-18th centuries. Following castle visit, tour returns to River Clyde, crossing over Erskine Bridge & traveling alongside river to Greenock. Note: must walk approx 300 yds over cobblestone surfaces, inclines with 40 steps. Photography not permitted in Stirling Castle. Return drive from Stirling Castle is approx 1.25 hrs. Have approx 15 mins for shopping.
On arrival, you will be welcomed in the reception room, overlooking the dam, glen and waterfall, with a dram of Glengoyne single malt whisky. Whilst enjoying your dram, there is a short explanatory video describing the distillery and the processes in making malt whisky. You are then taken on an entertaining tour of the distillery. A light-hearted & entertaining 'nosing competition' follows where, using new found skills, you can further increase whisky knowledge. Browse in small shop selling before return to Greenock. Note: Participants must be 18 years of age to sample whisky. Please take photo id with you. Must walk approx 0.5 mile over various surfaces with steps.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.