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13 days + Optional Extensions | Departs 1 Aug 2019 –
Join us on an escorted journey from Australia to the UK, taking in the highlights of Britain, Ireland & Scotland including the world famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
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Today we board our flight to London to begin our fabulous Britain, Scotland and Ireland Holiday. Sit back and relax onboard your flight. Meals, drinks and refreshments are provided during the flight.
Welcome to London! On arrival in London we will be transferred from the airport to the hotel. There will be some leisure time allowed before you meet your Travel Director and join them for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
❱ Hotel stay: Hilton Olympia (1 night)
This morning we begin our tour and travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, where you have time to see the sights and shop for souvenirs. During your orientation of York your Travel Director will take you on a walk through the web of quaint, narrow streets and show you York Minster, one of the most beautiful Gothic cathedrals in the world. Continue to your hotel in Bradford where you dine tonight.
❱ Hotel stay: Jurys Inn or similar (1 night)
Drive through the Yorkshire Dales to the scenic glory of the Lake District. Travelling along the shores of England’s largest lake, Windermere, and through countryside that inspired the Romantic poets, you reach Grasmere. View the grave of William Wordsworth, buried at St. Oswald’s Church. We cross the Scottish border and visit Gretna Green, where eloping couples would say their vows over the anvil. Later arrive in Edinburgh for a two night stay.
❱ Hotel stay: Holiday Inn or similar (2 nights)
This morning’s sightseeing tour with your Local Specialist includes views of the Georgian New Town, Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle. Spend free time exploring on your own or join your Travel Director on an Optional Experience to the Royal Yacht Britannia in nearby Leith. This evening. enjoy the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
Follow the rugged Ayrshire coast past the island called Ailsa Craig, the stepping stone from Scotland to Ireland, then board a ferry for the short crossing to Northern Ireland. See City Hall, Queen’s University and the dock where the Titanic was built during your city orientation. Finally cross the River Boyne at Drogheda to enter the Irish capital, Dublin.
❱ Hotel stay: City West Hotel or similar (2 nights)
See Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral and the stately Georgian squares with your Local Specialist. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.
Traverse County Kildare’s splendid countryside. In Kilkenny see the imposing medieval castle and enjoy free time for lunch. This afternoon visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and see the exquisite pieces. Dine tonight at your hotel.
❱ Hotel stay: Treacys Waterford or similar (1 night)
Cross St. George’s Channel to Wales, and continue your journey to Cardiff Bay to view the Millennium Centre and the National Assembly. View the historic Cardiff Castle and see the Millennium Stadium before arriving at your hotel.
❱ Hotel stay: Copthorne Hotel or similar (1 night)
Cross the Severn Estuary into England and the glorious city of Bath. See splendid Georgian architecture during your orientation. Perhaps consider a visit to the Roman Baths. View the world’s oldest and largest inhabited castle during your visit to Windsor. Why not enjoy a stroll along the banks of the river or shop for Royal Souvenirs
❱ Hotel stay: Hilton Olympia or similar (2 nights)
Today passengers on the tour will enjoy a tour of Buckingham Palace including state rooms and the beautiful Palace gardens. Also included for you is a magnificent and traditional high tea that includes decadent treats of cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches.
This morning after breakfast, some free time has been set aside for any last minute shopping before we transfer to Heathrow Airport for our flight to Australia. Our flight departs late afternoon. Onboard refreshments during the flight are provided.
After a wonderful summer holiday, our flight arrives back in Australia early evening.
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The following itinerary will take place on Day 11 onwards instead of the Buckingham Palace Tour & High Tea.
We transfer to Southampton to board our 14 night Baltic Cruise on the Queen Elizabeth.
❱ Ocean cruise: Queen Elizabeth (14 nights)
Christened by the Queen in 2010, Queen Elizabeth is the youngest ship in the Conard Fleet. For relaxation between ports, the Queen Elizabeth offers open deck spaces, the garden lounge as well as the unique games deck where you can try your hand at croquet, bowls and paddle tennis in the middle of the ocean. A choice of wonderful restaurants and entertainment is always available on board, all meals included.
This morning we arrive into Skagen at 10am. Skagen is a port town at the north end of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula. Near the marina, the Skagens Museum exhibits works by the Skagen Painters, who were inspired by the area’s light and landscape. The Local History Archive, in the former courthouse, illustrates the town’s history and maritime heritage. On Skagen’s northeastern outskirts, Grenen Beach is at the convergence of the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas. We sail out of the harbour at 6pm.
Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, sits on the coastal islands of Zealand and Amager. It’s linked to Malmo in southern Sweden by the Öresund Bridge. Indre By, the city’s historic center, contains Frederiksstaden, an 18th-century rococo district, home to the royal family’s Amalienborg Palace. Nearby is Christiansborg Palace and the Renaissance-era Rosenborg Castle, surrounded by gardens and home to the crown jewels.
Over the next two days we enjoy life onboard the Queen Elizabeth as we sail the protected and gentle waters of the Baltic Sea. Onboard amenities offer you time to relax as well as enjoy fine dining, activities, lectures and entertaining shows.
St. Petersburg is a Russian port city on the Baltic Sea. It was the imperial capital for 2 centuries, having been founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, subject of the city’s iconic “Bronze Horseman” statue. It remains Russia’s cultural center, with venues such as the Mariinsky Theatre hosting opera and ballet, and the State Russian Museum showcasing Russian art, from Orthodox icon paintings to Kandinsky works.
Our cruise remains here for two nights. There are a number of interesting and fascinating sightseeing tours of this remarkable city available. We depart St Petersburg at 6pm.
This morning we sail into Helsinki, Finland at 6am. The city is Finland’s southern capital, sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present. Also, on Mannerheimintie are the imposing Parliament House and Kiasma, a contemporary art museum. Ornate red-brick Uspenski Cathedral overlooks a harbour.
We arrive in Stockholm today at 8am. Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, encompasses 14 islands and more than 50 bridges on an extensive Baltic Sea archipelago. The cobblestone streets and ochre-colored buildings of Gamla Stan (the old town) are home to the 13th-century Storkyrkan Cathedral, the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace and the Nobel Museum, which focuses on the Nobel Prize. Ferries and sightseeing boats shuttle passengers between the islands. We depart at 4:45 today to begin our journey to Berlin, Germany.
Enjoy a day at sea as we sail towards Germany.
We sail into Warnemunde at 9am. The port of Warnemunde is approximately 3 hours from Berlin. Passengers may choose to take a quick excursion into Berlin or sightsee around this port city. Warnemünde is a German port town on the Baltic Sea, near Rostock. It’s known for its long beachfront and marina, a cruise-ship stop. Nearby, the Alter Strom canal is lined with shops and fishing boats. The Edvard Munch Haus, former home of the renowned expressionist painter, runs exhibitions and events. The late-19th-century lighthouse and neighboring Teepott building display distinctive East German architecture. We depart at 6pm for our journey back to Southampton, England.
Enjoy 2 more days at sea as we sail towards London and take advantage of the many activities available onboard the Queen Elizabeth.
You will be transferred to London Heathrow Airport this morning to board your flight back to Australia.
After a wonderful summer holiday, our flight arrives back in Australia early this evening.
13 Day Guided Tour of the UK only, Tour + Queen Elizabeth Cruise (Interior Cabin – Category IF), Tour + Queen Elizabeth Cruise (Oceanview Cabin – Category EF), Tour + Queen Elizabeth Cruise (Balcony Cabin – Category BD)
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