DAY 1 Tuesday July 30, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands.
DAY 2 Wednesday July 31 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands
This morning we arrive at Amsterdam airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to the city. We will take a canal tour of the city of Amsterdam and relax as we are shown around the city from the water. We will then check in to our hotel.
DAY 3 Thursday August 1, 2019 Embarkation
A free morning in Amsterdam. You may want to visit the wonderful Van Gogh museum or the famous Rijksmuseum. Late morning, we will be transferred to the port to board the Celebrity Reflection for our cruise into the Baltic.
DAY 4 Friday August 2 2019 At sea
A day to explore the ship and enjoy the on-board facilities. Explore the library, shops, gym and pools. In the afternoon John will introduce you to all that is involved in being part of the Australian television and radio industry. This promises to be a very entertaining session. This evening John will welcome you to the ship with a drinks party.
DAY 5 Saturday August 3, 2019 Berlin, Germany
This morning we arrive in Warnemunde and John will take you to Berlin for a sightseeing tour of the city. Berlin is a modern city, which is being revitalized after the many years of communist rule in the city’s East. We explore this exciting city of museums and modern architecture, visiting the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and much more.
DAY 6 Sunday August 4, 2019 At sea
A day to explore the ship and enjoy the on-board facilities. Perhaps enjoy a swim in one of the pools, take dancing lessons or learn to play bridge. This afternoon join John for a fun Quiz!
DAY 7 Monday August 5, 2019 Helsinki, Finland
Join John on our sightseeing tour of Helsinki, the capital of Finland this morning. We see the modern architecture of the city, the Sibelius Monument and the modern underground Temppeliaukio church, which has been carved straight out of the bedrock. This afternoon we will travel to Porvoo, a charming historic town in the country side just outside of Helsinki. We will enjoy wandering its cobbled streets and seeing its traditional style shops.
DAY 8 Tuesday August 6, 2019 St Petersburg, Russia
We will be in for a special treat today exploring beautiful St Petersburg. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great as a northern port with an unrestricted passage to the Baltic. Peter the Great was the first Tsar to travel to Europe, returning with many ideas for reforms and different architectural styles. During our guided tour today, we will have a canal boat tour of the city and visit the oldest part of the city, the SS Peter and Paul Cathedral and fortress and the world-famous Hermitage Palace, with its wonderful art collection. We then visit the Yusupov Palace famous as the site where Rasputin was assassinated. We will then visit the stunning Faberge Egg museum.
DAY 9 Wednesday August 7, 2019 St Petersburg
Today we will be visiting two stunning palaces. We begin with the imperial palace at Tsarskoe Selo; the Catherine Palace. Our local guide will show us many of the wonderful rooms including the Amber Room, the Green Dining Room and the Great Hall. There will also be time to see some of the formal gardens that are also a feature of this Palace. We then travel to see the amazing Peterhof Palace, which was built to rival Versailles and sits atop a hill overlooking the Gulf of Finland. Peter the Great drafted the layout for the awe-inspiring 300-acre park and supervised the design of the palace fountains.
DAY 10 Thursday August 8, 2019 Tallinn, Estonia
Tallinn the capital of Estonia is known for its medieval city with its cobblestone streets and gingerbread-style houses. We will have a guided visit to the historic centre where we learn about the history of this fascinating town, from the middle ages to its 1991 independence from the Soviet Union, and how the country is adapting to a western-style economy. During our time exploring Tallinn we will see the Toompea (the Old Town), the Viru Gate and Raekoja Plats.
DAY 11 Friday August 9, 2019 Stockholm, Sweden
This morning we call in to the very beautiful city of Stockholm, capital of Sweden. We have a full day to explore the city with its rich cultural heritage. The city is surrounded by clear water and unspoiled countryside, which stretches into the heart of the urban area. Stockholm’s 750-year history has produced many beautiful buildings and cultural treasures. We will have a guided tour of the city, with a local guide. We will visit the old centre of Stockholm, Gamla Stan with its Royal Palace and City Hall, the location of the Nobel Prize Award dinner each year. Stockholm is often regarded as the “Venice of the North” with its many waterways and the archipelago to the east. In the afternoon we will visit the Vasa Museum, home to the famous warship which sank on her maiden voyage in 1628.
DAY 12 Saturday August 10 2019 At sea
A day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon John will host another fun session.
DAY 13 Sunday August 11, 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark
We arrive in the city of Copenhagen this morning. Our private coach will take us on a guided tour of this city, home of the world’s oldest monarchy, now with an Australian connection. We will see the Amalienborg Palace, home of the royal family since 1794, which is guarded by its own sentries and Rosenborg castle, a 17th-century castle that houses the crown jewels. We will also see the Radhus, (city hall), Kongens Nytorv, a square surrounded by gracious old buildings, including the Royal Theatre and Charlottenborg, a 17th-century Dutch baroque palace. Of course, a visit to this wonderful city would not be complete without a visit to the Little Mermaid and also to Nyhavn, known for its old sailing ships.
DAY 14 Monday August 12, 2019 At sea
A day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. This afternoon John will reminisce with some of his best tales of his time on television and radio.
DAY 15 Tuesday August 13, 2019 Paris, France
Today we arrive back in Amsterdam. After we disembark we travel south to Paris the ‘city of light’ via the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. John will conduct a short service of remembrance. On arrival in Paris we are transferred to our hotel.
DAY 16 Wednesday August 14, 2019 Paris
This morning we have a sightseeing tour of the ‘city of light’. We will see the Eiffel tower, Arc de Triomphe, drive along the Champs-Élysées, the Seine, Notre Dame and the other major sights of Paris. A highlight of our time in Paris will be our spectacular lunch at the Eiffel Tower.
DAY 17 Thursday August 15, 2019 Paris
Today we travel into to the French countryside to the small village of Giverny. We visit the villa and famous gardens of the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. We will see the lake with its water lilies, so beloved by Monet, and its little Japanese bridge. This evening we will attend the famous Moulin Rouge show with dinner included. This fantastic show is a stunning mix of glamour and traditional Parisian style.
DAY 18 Friday August 16, 2019 Departure
This morning we are transferred from our hotel to the airport for the flight back to Australia.
DAY 19 Saturday August 17, 2019 Arrival Australia
This evening we arrive in Australia on the tour concludes