Wednesday June 20, 2018
Today we board our overnight flight to London.
Thursday June 21, 2018
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to the city. We will have an overview sightseeing tour of the city before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and more.
Friday June 22, 2018
This morning we are transferred to Southampton and the port to board the Queen Victoria. Make sure that you’re up on deck as the Queen Victoria slips her moorings and sails into the Solent.
Saturday June 23, 2018
Our first day at sea an the opportunity to explore the ship and discover all that she has to offer on our cruise to Iceland. Bernard will commence his program with an insight into opportunities for Australian business and society over the coming decade. He argues that baby boomers are here for a while yet. In the evening Bernard Salt will host a drinks party to celebrate the start of our cruise. Bernard will outline the itinerary to Norway, Iceland and the exotic Faroe Islands, followed by informal chat.
Sunday June 24, 2018
This morning we arrive in Hamburg, one of Europe’s busiest ports. Today we visit the Hanseatic town of Luebeck, around 45 minutes outside of Hamburg. We see the medieval walls and tour the Old Town with its gingerbread-style houses and its Renaissance squares. We see the town hall, one of the most beautiful in Germany dating from 1230; the Holsten Gate, one of the most famous sights in Germany, dating from the 1460s, and much more on our tour of this historic city.
Monday June 25, 2018
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. In the afternoon Bernard will talk about Norway, its history and culture, followed by an informal Q&A session about social media and, oh, I don’t know, how about smashed avocados?
Tuesday June 26, 2018
Today we arrive at Alesund, probably the most beautiful city in Norway. Alesund is a traditional fishing town with an Art Nouveau influence, built on a string of islands and a peninsula stretching towards the Atlantic from the Norwegian mainland. Alesund underwent a dramatic transformation following a fire in the early twentieth century. We have a tour of this unique town and have some free time for exploration and shopping.
Wednesday June 27, 2018
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Onwards to Iceland. In this prelude to our arrival in Iceland, Bernard will explain Icelandic history and culture and lead a Q&A session.
Thursday June 28, 2018
This morning we arrive in Akureyri, the unofficial capital of northern Iceland. We travel through the stunning northern Icelandic scenery to the town of Húsavík. Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay (Skjálfandi Flói), Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world from which to watch whales. In fact, there is a higher chance of seeing whales in Húsavík than from any other place in Iceland. In one of the highlights of the tour we take a whale watching boat trip and, hopefully, will get up close to the whales. We then travel to Lake Mývatn. It is Iceland´s fourth largest lake, 37 square kilometres in area, having a shoreline deeply incised by numerous small creeks and speckled with about 50 islands and small islets. Craters and volcanoes have sculpted the landscape of the Mývatn region, many of which are spots of special interest. The Mývatn region is known for its birdlife on and around the lake, which is favoured by various species of duck and wetland birds. In summer, more species of duck have made their homes in the Mývatn region than in any other location on earth. We explore the lake before returning to Akureyri and the ship.
Friday June 29, 2018
After arriving in Isafjordur, our tour heads through the centre of town, with a stop at the Ósvör 19th-century fisherman’s hut, restored in 1988. We drive through Bolungarvík village and back to Ísafjördur with views of the magnificent mountains and Westfjord – a beautiful but sometimes harsh landscape. We will see Buná Tunguá River and the waterfall in Tunguskogur, and sip fresh mountain water that flows down the stream. We will also experience the awesome beauty of the fjords on the north western coast of Iceland. Mountains rising from the sea with breathtaking scenery make this a memorable day. Make sure you have your camera ready!
Saturday June 30, 2018
This morning we arrive at Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland, and the gateway to Iceland’s stunning natural wonders, which range from ice fields to boiling thermal pools. After docking, we will board our coach for a tour of the Golden Circle, visiting the world-famous high-temperature Geysir geothermal area, with spouting springs of various formations. This is where the word ‘Geyser’ originated. We see the nearby spectacular Gullfoss waterfall (Golden Falls), where we can watch enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. We also see the site of Iceland´s ancient parliament and the place where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart at the rate of a few centimetres per year.
Sunday July 1, 2018
We continue our sightseeing tour of Reykjavik with an overview tour of the city, including the presidential residence at Bessastaðir , Hofdi House and the Perlan building. We will visit the town of Hafnarfjörður and see Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavik’s iconic cathedral. There will be time for lunch and a stroll through the Old Town, home to the Icelandic parliament and the Town Hall, before a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon.
Monday July 2, 2018
A free day to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Bernard will talk about the Faroe Islands and their history. The Faroes will be a highlight of the trip for Bernard, with their rugged and romantic coastline, these islands are seldom visited. His talk will be followed by a free-ranging Q&A-style chat about topics of choice.
Tuesday July 3, 2018
Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands lie north-west of Scotland, midway between Iceland and Norway. They constitute a self-governing island territory of Denmark, with a language and culture of their own. With their volcanic origin, the 18 islands are rugged and rocky. The islands are renowned for their incredible natural scenery, and their bountiful bird life. The Faroe Islands turn extraordinarily green during the summertime. We will have a boat cruise exploration of the wonderful Vestmanna cliffs. We will see these dramatic formations and the puffin birds whose eggs the inhabitants used to climb the cliffs to capture. One of the highlights of the tour. We then have some time in the capital city, Torshavn.
Wednesday July 4, 2018
In the morning we will continue to enjoy the facilities and activities available on the ship. Bernard will outline what is required by young people to futureproof their careers. It’s all about soft skills and a culture of adaptability.
Thursday July 5, 2018
In the morning we will continue to enjoy the facilities and activities. On the final day, before docking, Bernard will chat about his most engaging column topics, including the hotness-delusion syndrome, the man drought, women wearing activewear absolutely everywhere and the pillowfication effect.
Friday July 6, 2018
This morning we arrive in Southampton. After disembarking, we are transferred to London and later, to Heathrow Airport for our flights back to Australia.
Saturday July 7, 2018
Sunday July 8, 2018
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.