Sunday 30 July | Malta – London KM 116 Malta – London Gatwick 0840 – 1055. Transfer to Southampton – overnight in a 4 Star hotel.
Southampton (London), England | The south of England boasts a dramatic coastline that encloses some of the most beautiful countryside in Britain. The landscape of hills and heaths, downs and forests, valleys and dales, is without rival. Southampton serves as your gateway to the countryside – and to a wide variety of historic sites, national landmarks and charming.
Monday 31 July | Morning at leisure – 11 am transfer to Southampton port – Embarkation @ noon – Sailaway @ 5pm
01 August – Tuesday | Guernsey 0700 – 1600
Guernsey (St. Peter Port) | The British isle of Guernsey lies just 8 miles off the coast of France. The 2nd largest of the Channel Islands, Guernsey possesses a mild climate, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful, unspoiled ambience. All these attributes combine to make it a popular destination for British and French vacationers. St. Peter Port is one of the prettiest harbors in Europe. Castles & forts dot the Guernsey coastline. Note: St. Peter Port is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore by ship’s tender.
Wednesday 02 August | Cork, Ireland 0900 – 1900
Cork, Ireland (Cobh – For Blarney Castle) | Founded in the 7th century by St. Fin Barre, Cork is your gateway to romantic Ireland. Stroll down narrow country lanes or see the Lakes of Killarney. The intrepid visitor may scale the narrow passages of Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone. The region around Cork is also home to one of the densest concentration of prehistoric monuments in Western Europe. Cobh was the single most important port of emigration from Ireland. Note: Your ship will dock in Cobh which is about 15 miles from Cork.
Thursday 03 August | Dublin 0900 -1900
Dublin (Dun Laoghaire), Ireland | Dublin has experienced a renaissance. Today, this gracious and cosmopolitan city is one of Europe’s premier destinations. The capital of the Republic of Ireland, Dublin is an intimate place that is easy to explore. The city is also remarkably well-preserved. A settlement has existed on the banks of the River Liffey for at least a millennium and a half. Dún Laoghaire gets its name from the Irish translation Fort (Dún) of Laoghaire as it was once the seat of King Laoghaire, the ancient High King of Ireland. The town is on the east coast of Ireland, about 7 miles south of the capital Dublin and its focal point is the splendid harbour. Note – Dun Laoghaire: tender port located an approx 30 min drive from Dublin.
Friday 04 August | Belfast 0600-2100
Belfast, Northern Ireland | The capital of Northern Ireland – part of the United Kingdom – Belfast has experienced a renaissance since the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 that promised an end to the decades-old “Troubles” between Catholics and Protestants. Stretching along both sides of the River Lagan, this graceful city of Victorian and Edwardian buildings has become a cosmopolitan tourist destination. Once a major industrial center, Belfast is also your gateway to the rich, Irish countryside of Counties Antrim and Down.
Saturday 05 August | Glasgow Arrive : 8 am ( overnight )
Sunday 06 August | Depart : 2 am
Glasgow (Greenock), Scotland | Glasgow was Scotland’s great industrial center during the 19th century. Today, the city remains the commercial and cultural capital of the Lowlands. Lying on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow boasts some of the finest Victorian architecture in the entire United Kingdom, including the stately City Chambers. Elegant Princes Square offers excellent shopping, and among the host of museums and galleries, the Burrell Collection features a superb treasure trove of paintings and art objects. Note: Your ship docks in Greenock, which is approximately 45 minutes from Glasgow. (Possibility of reserving seats at the famous Military Tattoo – Details, rates & availability on request)
• Loch Lomond
This stunningly beautiful and popular leisure destination has been featured in song and is Scotland’s second largest freshwater lake, dotted with many islands.
• Glasgow Cathedral
The only cathedral in Scotland to have survived the Reformation intact, this 12th-century medieval church houses one of the finest post-war collections of stained glass windows in Britain.
Known as Scotland’s crossroads, this charming city is home to the popular and historic Stirling Castle, scene of royal coronations, weddings, baptisms and even murders.
Monday 07 August | Orkney Islands 0700-1800
Orkney Islands (Kirkwall), Scotland | Just north of Scotland lay the Orkney Islands. Washed by the furthest reach of the Gulf Stream, this chain of over 70 islands offers dramatic landscapes that range from sea cliffs rearing 1,000 feet above the waves to sweeping white sand beaches. Bird watchers flock to the Orkney Islands, drawn by the multitudes of sea birds. And most fascinating of all, the Orkney Islands boast the greatest concentration of prehistoric sites in all Europe, including the mysterious Ring of Brodgar and 5,000-year-old Skara Brae. Vikings – Norsemen – ruled the Orkney Islands from the 9th to 13th centuries, leaving in their wake such monuments as St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall. This hint of Scandinavian influence can be heard in the lilting accent with which Orcadians speak.
Tuesday 08 August | Invergordon – 0700 – 1800
Invergordon, Scotland | In 1933, an enterprising editor in Inverness enlivened a slow news week with the story of an odd sighting in Loch Ness. The legend grew overnight – and today individuals still scan the dark waters of the Loch for a sight of Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster. Legend goes back as far as the 6th century and insists that the celebrated Loch Ness Monster inhabits a cave beneath the picturesque ruins of Urquhart Castle. Welcome to Invergordon, your gateway to Loch Ness and that area of the Highlands known as the “Great Glen.”
09 August Tuesday | Edinburgh 0700 – 1900
Edinburgh (South Queensferry), Scotland | South Queensferry is the gateway to Edinburgh, the political, commercial and cultural heart of Scotland. Nestled between the Highlands and the Border Hills, Edinburgh is a gracious city noted for its superb skyline, its impressive collection of architecture and its beautiful parks. The streets of the elegant New Town are lined with graceful Georgian buildings. Edinburgh has also exerted a tremendous cultural force on Europe and the English-speaking world. The International Festival has been one of the premier European cultural events for over half a century. To stroll the streets of Edinburgh is to experience one of the world’s great cities. Note: South Queensferry is an anchorage port. Passengers transfer to shore via ship’s tender.
Thursday 10 August | Enjoy a Day @ Sea
Friday 11 August | Le Havre (Paris) 0700 – 2000
Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France | Perhaps no other place in France holds more associations for English-speaking visitors than Normandy. The historic Allied landings on D-Day – 6 June, 1944 – live on in the memories of British and Americans alike. Nor has Le Havre forgotten the dark days of the war. The port was nearly completely destroyed during the Normandy campaign. Today, Le Havre is France’s second largest port and the gateway to Paris, “City of Light,” the Norman countryside, and the historic landing beaches. Travelers usually head for the historic landing sites or to Paris. Yet Le Havre was designated a World Heritage Site in 2005. The Musee des Beaux Arts Andre Malraux boasts one of the finest collections of Impressionist painting in the world.
Saturday 12 August | Southampton – London Arrive 6am
0830 Disembark and Transfer to the Center of London (approx 2 -hour journey)– Time to enjoy the vibrant city – shop – dine – enjoy a great Westend Production. Overnight in a Central Superior Standard Hotel (details TBA)
Sunday 13 August | KM 117 – 1155 – 1600 ( Breakfast and departure to the airport @ 8am)
Optional extension in London: on Request basis – subject to hotel/flight availability – rate on request.