In Search of the Northern Lights with Graham Phillips

MAR 22
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights appear only at high latitudes on dark nights from September to March. There are few phenomena that capture the imagination like the Aurora Borealis and lucky star-gazers can witness anything from an ethereal green glow on the horizon to pulsating scarlet streaks across the sky. The lights come at night when the sky is dark. It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky. One of the most spectacular sights in the world.

Visiting London, UK; Alta, Tromso, Andalsnes, Stavanger, Norway

Tour highlights

  • Northern Lights viewing in Tromso and Alta
  • Reindeer Sledding with the Sami
  • Sightseeing Tours of London, Andalsnes and Stavanger
  • Luxury Cruising on P&O Aurora
In Search of the Northern Lights with Graham Phillips Map


  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth to London
  • Travel on the P&O Aurora in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on the Aurora
  • 13 days/12 nights on the luxurious P&O Aurora
  • Tour leadership by Dr Graham Phillips
  • Tour management by a Travelrite International tour manager
  • One night’s 4 star centrally located accommodation in London including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in London, Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta and Stavanger
  • Port and handling charges & cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities
P&O Aurora Deck plans

P&O Aurora

Mid-sized ship Aurora cuts a fine figure at sea with her elegant tiered stern, long bow and sleek funnel. She is best known for her world cruises and has everything you could want, including world class dining, spa, salon, cinema and theatre. At Aurora’s heart you’ll find a four-deck atrium with a stunning 35ft Lalique sculpture of two figures veiled in water. Relaxation is easy in the comfortable surroundings of Anderson’s, a mahoganypaneled lounge that has a fireplace. From the vantage point of the Crow’s Nest, enjoy spectacular sunsets. Head to upper decks for a tennis court, golf simulator, and third pool with sky dome. Other facilities include a virtual reality arcade, broad teak promenade deck, 12 lounges/bars, and a comfortable cinema that doubles as a concert and lecture hall.

Graham Phillips

Graham Phillips

Dr Graham’s fun approach and science knowledge have made him a fixture on television and radio for more than two decades. He was the host of ABC TV’s science programme Catalyst for a long time, and a presenter on Seven’s Beyond Tomorrow. He’s also been a regular on many other programmes including the ABC’s Quantum, Ray Martin’s Midday Show, Mornings with Bert Newton and The Project. As well he’s hosted radio programmes, penned books and contributed to newspapers across Australia. Graham started life as a scientist, with a PhD in astrophysics, and has been fascinated by the Northern Lights since he was a kid. He looks forward to sharing this wonderful experience with you. Feedback from

Feedback from the 2019 Tour:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. It met my expectations and more. The service on the Aurora was excellent.”
“So enjoyed it. I am telling all my friends.”
“It was a wonderful tour carefully planned and efficiently executed. Excellent tour guide and fascinating excursions. Thank you!”
“Wonderful experience. Everything was just right.”
“This was our third Travelrite tour. They have all been excellent.”

Don’t worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise travel alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be there to guide you. There will be group activities almost every day.

Clothing on board

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main restaurants. The more formal Gala nights attire is for men a jacket and tie and dresses, skirts or slacks for women. There will be two Gala nights on the cruise. Other nights are classified as smart casual, which suggests a collared shirt and slacks for men and casual dresses or trousers and a blouse for women. Warm clothing is recommended for shore excursions.

Day 1 Monday 22 March, 2021 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to London.

Day 2 Tuesday 23 March, 2021 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred into London. 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. After checking into our hotel the rest of the day will be free for independent sightseeing.

Day 3 Wednesday 24 March, 2021 Embarkation
This morning we will depart London and travel to Southampton to board P&O Aurora for our cruise to northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights.

Day 4 Thursday 25 March, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship. This evening join the group for a welcome drinks party to celebrate the start of our cruise.

Day 5 Friday 26 March, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship.

Day 6 Saturday 27 March, 2021 Andalsnes, Norway
Today we arrive at Åndalsnes, a young city situated on the shores of the Romsdalsfjord, close to where the Isfjord begins and where the Rauma River, famous for its salmon, ends. It is one of the most beautiful areas of scenic Norway. On our sightseeing tour we will see the highlights in the region. We will enjoy breathtaking views from the Trollstigen viewpoints and visit the small village of Bjorli, located at the very top of the Gudbrandsdalen valley.

Day 7 Sunday 28 March, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the ship.

Day 8 Monday 29 March, 2021 Tromso, Norway
We are well inside the Arctic Circle when we arrive in Tromso, and where our Arctic adventure begins. Tromso is famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the night-time sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromso, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. This evening we will venture into northern Norway’s countryside to seek out the dark skies most conducive to sightings. We visit different lookout locations; scan the skies, and make use of supplied tripods and the know-how of an expert guide to photograph the lights at their best. Later we return to the ship and overnight in Tromso.

Day 9 Tuesday 30 March, 2021 Alta, Norway
Today we depart Tromso and head deeper into the Arctic Circle. The morning will be free to enjoy the facilities of the ship before we arrive in Alta in the early afternoon. Alta, located at latitude 70ºN, is a town on Norway’s northern coast, at the head of Alta Fjord and known for views of the Northern Lights. It is also where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built in 1899 which earnt Alto the title of “The Town of the Northern Lights”. There is no better place to see this spectacular natural phenomenon if luck is on our side. This afternoon we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and learn about the history of the region. This evening we will again venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.

Day 10 Wednesday 31 March, 2021 Alta, Norway
On our sightseeing tour today we will visit the UNESCO listed Alta Museum with its ancient petroglyphs and the Northern Lights Cathedral. Later we have a wonderful experience as we learn about the history of the indigenous people, the Sami, as they take us on a reindeer sledding tour. Later we will again venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.

Day 11 Thursday 1 April, 2021 At sea
Today the Aurora travels south on our route to Stavanger. A day to explore the ship.

Day 12 Friday 2 April, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the ship.

Day 13 Saturday 3 April, 2021 Stavanger, Norway
The gateway to Norway’s spectacularly scenic fjordland, Stavanger is a town with its own rich heritage and is regarded as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’. On our sightseeing tour today we will visit ‘Old Stavanger’ which consists of 173 listed and restored wooden houses built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is one of Northern Europe’s best-preserved collections of wooden houses and the city has received several awards for its preservation efforts. We will walk through the picturesque Old Town with its cobblestone streets and small sweet wooden houses and learn of the early history of the city. Situated in the heart of the city is Stavanger’s 12th century cathedral, the only church to have retained all its original features since its construction in the Middle Ages. We will be taken back to the Viking Age and their battles. The battle of Hafrsfjord in 872 AD was the one that united Norway into one kingdom. A short drive further along the sea will take us to the highest point in Stavanger with a great view 360 degrees. The scenery opens up with fjords and mountains surrounding us.

Day 14 Sunday 4 April, 2021 At sea
A day to explore the ship.

Day 15 Monday 5 April, 2021 Southampton, England
This morning we arrive back in Southampton. After disembarking we will have a few hours to stroll around the city before being transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia.

Day 16 Tuesday 6 April, 2021 Arrival Australia
Today the group arrives back into Australia, and the tour concludes.

Cabin Description Deck Cruise Fare Single Fare
PE Interior A,B,C $8,290 $9,890
PC Interior A,D,E,F $8,490 $10,190
PB Interior A,B,C,F $8,690 $10,490
LC Outside D,E,F $9,890 $11,990
LB Outside D,E,F $10,090 $12,190
GE Balcony A,C $10,990 $13,590
GC Balcony Lido, A $11,190 $13,890
GB Balcony A,C $11,490 $14,190
ED Deluxe Balcony B $12,090 $15,190
Included port & handling charges $420 $420
Included air taxes as at 1/2/2020 $350 $350
Included cruise gratuities $195 $195


All cabins are subject to availability. Please call 1800 630 343 for fares and information on other cabin categories.


You can stay longer in Europe for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.


  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth to London
  • Travel on the P&O Aurora in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on the Aurora
  • 13 days/12 nights on the luxurious P&O Aurora
  • Tour leadership by Dr Graham Phillips
  • Tour management by a Travelrite International tour manager
  • One night’s 4 star centrally located accommodation in London including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in London, Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta and Stavanger
  • Port and handling charges & cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities


  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary; these will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship


International touring can involve a considerable amount of walking and stair climbing in the places visited and it is important that all tour participants have a level of physical fitness that allows them to take part in this activity without the need of assistance from others.

Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The Aurora is operated by P&O Cruises and the Aurora fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed on the P&O website. All passengers must complete a P&O online cruise personaliser and sign a Travelrite International booking form.

A deposit of $1000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the cruise package. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by credit card.

CANCELLATION CHARGES: Number of days before sailing.

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare


The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

All passengers will require a valid passport. No visas are required for Australian, NZ or UK passport holders. If not an Australian NZ or UK passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

Passengers qualify for a 30kg free baggage allow-ance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

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