Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland
Posted Jul 26, 2012
If you've always wanted to get away from it all and explore the historical sights of Northern Europe, why not do so on a cruise? There are many European cruise vacations for travelers who want to get a taste of what this culturally-rich area of the world has to offer.
One option you might want to consider is a Princess European cruise of Northern Europe. On a Princess Cruise, you can embark on a 12-day tour of the British Isles to see some of the most popular attractions in Europe. While you're there, several historical sites await to be explored by you and your fellow travelers. Here are some must-visit locations to see while you're cruising through the area.
Tower of London
Whether you're a history buff or you simply want a taste of England's past, the Tower of London is one place you'll want to tour while on your European cruise vacation. Part of the Royal Historic Palaces, the Tower has been around for centuries, serving as a holding place for prisoners and execution stage for some of England's most notable royalty. Today, tours are offered to give visitors a glimpse into the venue's deep history.
Once you're done getting your dose of history at the Tower of London, visit Liverpool to get a real taste of British culture and enjoy everything from local dining to shopping. The city's official website states that Liverpool is full of museums, galleries and theatres to woo culture lovers from around the world. However, Liverpool is also known for its love of music and continues to be a concert destination for cruise travelers and locals alike.
Edinburgh Walking Tours
To round off your British Isles cruise, be sure to take one of the many walking tours of Edinburgh, a city steeped in dark history and ghostly legends. One option you can sign up for is a Mercat Tour which will give you an opportunity to see some of the historic sites of Edinburgh above and below ground.
The Vaults, which are located underground, are perhaps the most popular spot on the tour. Edinburgh's official website states that today, no one is sure why they were built or why people lived there for years before they were eventually sealed. Tours now offer visitors a look at how individuals inhabited these underground areas - they may even be spooked by the alleged ghosts who haunt the vaults.