Day 1 Saturday 1 June 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to Dublin.
Day 2 Sunday 2 June 2019 Dublin, Eire
After arrival in Dublin we will join with the first tour to visit Helen Dillon’s new garden near the coast. Helen will be applying all the gardening knowledge she has accumulated over the years in her new garden. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet other tour members.
Day 3 Monday 3 June 2019 Embarkation
This morning is free for individual exploration. Early afternoon we travel to the dock to board the Celebrity Reflection for the start of our cruise to Iceland.
Day 4 Tuesday 4 June 2019 Belfast, Northern Ireland
We dock in Belfast this morning. Belfast is one of the great industrial and commercial cities of the Victorian era. We will enjoy a sightseeing tour with a local guide. We see Donegall Square, the hub of Belfast. Bordering the Square are Yorkshire House and the Linden Hall Library, two grand buildings. We see City Hall, the Grand Opera House and St Anne’s Cathedral and learn about the Troubles that blighted the city’s growth for 30 years. This afternoon we travel to visit Mount Stewart House and Garden. The magnificent formal gardens, extensive parklands and the palatial mansion were home to one of the most eminent and influential families in the Unionist cause. Sir Edward Lutyens and his garden designer Gertrude Jekyll were employed to design a garden that linked the garden to the house. The Italian garden grows a superb array of herbaceous borders. There is a Spanish Garden and a Sunk Garden which displays yellow, blue and orange flowering plants, Gertrude Jekyll’s favourite colours.
Day 5 Wednesday 5 June 2019 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Late morning come and test your knowledge with a fun game of Garden Trivial, with the group divided into teams, Jane will read out the questions and there will be prizes awarded to the winners.
Day 6 Thursday 6 June 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland
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 enjoy a 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. The afternoon will be free to explore Reykjavik individually.
Day 7 Friday 7 June 2019 Reykjavik, Iceland
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. We will visit Frioheimar vegetable farm whose products are all grown in green houses. They mainly grow tomatoes and supply 18% of Iceland’s market. We will enjoy a delicious lunch, which features tomatoes and other products grown at Frioheimar’s. We see the spectacular Geyser shoot hot water in the air. This is where the name Geyser originated. We continue with a visit to gorgeous Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls), where you can watch enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. We also see the site of Iceland´s ancient parliament and where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at the rate of a few centimetres per year.
Day 8 Saturday 8 June 2019 Akureyri, Iceland
This morning we arrive in Akureyri, the unofficial capital of northern Iceland. On our tour today we will visit one of Iceland’s most famous turf houses at Laufás. This 19th-century turf farmhouse was built in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf, and it is now one of the last turf farms in the country. It is an interesting regional museum and has the original implements and equipment so essential to life in past centuries, and a beautiful country church (1865). Returning to Akureyri, we will notice the many contrasts in the town’s interesting and varied architecture. We visit the Akureyri Botanical Gardens which specialize in Artic plants and have almost all Iceland’s indigenous species, before spending some time in the centre of the town.
Day 9 Sunday 9 June 2019 Akureyri
Today we travel east into gorgeous Jokulsargljufur National Park to first visit the Waterfall of the Gods, Godafoss. We enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Myvatn, teeming with bird life in one of Iceland’s prettiest ’areas. At our final stop Dettifoss we will see Iceland’s most impressive waterfall, which creates a plume of spray that can be seen one kilometre away. We return to the ship for an evening at leisure.
Day 10 Monday 10 June 2019 At sea
A day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship. Perhaps enjoy a little pampering or a massage. in the Day Spa. Late morning join us for an interesting talk by Jane about her life in the media.
Day 11 Tuesday 11 June 2019 At sea
Our final day at sea to enjoy the facilities of the ship.
Day 12 Wednesday 12 June 2019 Cork
After docking in Cork, we visit the three-acre Glenview garden. It features a white sunken garden, a Mediterranean and Japanese garden as well as a beautiful wildflower meadow. We continue our journey to visit Lakemount, a mecca for gardeners for many years. Large structural shrubs and trees, many of them pruned to allow the widest number of views and vistas are important in the design. The garden is divided into a formal pond garden, mixed shrub and perennial borders.
Day 13 Thursday 13 June 2019 Dublin, Eire
This morning we arrive back in Dublin. After disembarking we travel south to Wicklow to visit Powerscourt House and Gardens, one of Ireland’s showpiece gardens, dating from 1841 and is the design of Daniel Robertson. A central stairway, which descends through the amphitheater of six terraces with statuary and formal beds leads to the Triton pool. Later additions include a woodland garden planted with North American tree specimens. The exquisite 22 acre gardens of Mount Usher. The Vartry River flows through the gardens under bridges and over weirs. It is a plant-lovers paradise, where Jane will make sure that we see the highlights. Later we return to the ship for our final night on board Celebrity Reflection. We will enjoy a drinks party before dinner as a farewell.
Day 14 Friday 14 June 2019 Departure
This morning we disembark and later we are transferred to the airport for our flight back to Australia.
Day 15 Saturday 15 June 2019 In flight
Day 16 Sunday 16 June 2019 Arrival Australia
This morning we arrive in Australia and the tour concludes.