DAY 1 Friday 2 August, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we depart Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on our overnight flight to London.
DAY 2 Saturday 3 August, 2019 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred in 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.
DAY 3 Sunday 4 August, 2019 London
This morning we will visit Buckingham Palace and enjoy a tour of 19 spectacular State rooms. Buckingham Palace is furnished with wonderful treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rubens, Rembrandt, Poussin and more world renowned artists. The afternoon will be free for more sightseeing or shopping at your own leisure, in one of the world’s great cities. This evening we will enjoy an included welcome dinner.
DAY 4 Monday 5 August, 2019 Embarkation
we will depart London and be transferred to Southampton to board Crown Princess for our voyage around the British Isles. Southampton served as Britain’s historic ocean liner gateway for the British Empire and the intense North Atlantic passenger trade to the U.S. and Canada.
DAY 5 Tuesday 6 August, 2019 St Peter Port, Guernsey
This morning we arrive at St Peter Port, Guernsey’s main town, built into a steep valley leading down to the harbour, with spectacular views across to Alderney and the other islands. We have a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the island to see the delightful rural and coastal scenery. The granite buildings now occupied by shops were once the homes of the town’s wealthy and the High Street still has its original cobbles. The town was put on the map in 1855 when Victor Hugo, exiled from France, made his home at Hauteville House and where he wrote Les Miserables.
DAY 6 Wednesday 7 August, 2019 Cork, Eire
This morning we arrive at the port city of Cork, the third largest city in Ireland after Dublin and Belfast. On our tour today we visit Blarney Castle, famous the world over for being the place where you can kiss the ‘Blarney Stone’. The legend states that once kissed, the stone bestows the gift of eloquence. We then visit The Queenstown Story Visitor Centre, which explores Ireland’s emigration phenomenon. We return to the city of Cork where you have some time to explore before we return to the ship.
DAY 7 Thursday 8 August, 2019 Dublin, Ireland
Today we arrive at Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and well known as being a place of friendliness and ‘craic’, a city well over 1000 years old. We will have a sightseeing tour of the city which includes visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College where we see the famous Book of Kells. We also see the famous Ha’penny Bridge, the GPO in O’Connell Street, St Stephen’s Green, and Grafton Street.
DAY 8 Friday 9 August, 2019 Belfast, Northern Ireland
This morning we arrive at Belfast, the seat of Parliament (called Stormont) and capital of Northern Ireland. We travel along part of the beautiful coastal road to take in the stunning views on our way to the Giant’s Causeway to see the remarkable rock formations. The lunar landscape of the Giant’s Causeway is a World Heritage site where the basalt columns packed tightly together have made the Giant’s Causeway the subject of numerous legends. After a brief stop at the Titanic Dry Dock, we return to the city of Belfast for a sightseeing tour where we will see City Hall, the Grand Opera House, Queens University and Albert Memorial Clock.
DAY 9 Saturday 10 August, 2019 Glasgow, Scotland
Today we arrive at Glasgow, a city full of style, energy and its own gritty history. From its humble beginnings, Glasgow reaped the wealth of the industrial revolution, as we will see on our tour when we pass Glasgow Cathedral and travel through the Merchant City. From Glasgow Cross we move into the medieval part of town and Glasgow Green. Here we see the People’s Palace and the Victoria Fountain, the world’s largest terracotta fountain. This evening we enjoy one of the highlights of the tour, the world renowned Royal Edinburgh Tattoo in the grounds of Edinburgh Castle.
DAY 10 Sunday 11 August, 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. This afternoon join fellow group members for a fun game of Bingo.
DAY 11 Monday 12 August, 2019 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Today we call in to the Orkney Islands. Kirkwall is located on Mainland, the largest of the Orkney Islands. On our sightseeing tour today we will see the striking 12th century sandstone Norse St Magnus’ Cathedral. We also see some of Europe’s finest archaeological sites, including the 5,000-yearold chambered tomb of Maes Howe, the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness and the Stone Age Ring of Brodgar. Touring around the island we also see the dramatic natural scenery including rugged cliffs and the prolific birdlife.
DAY 12 Tuesday 13 August, 2019 Inverness, Scotland
Today we arrive at Inverness, near the famous Loch Ness. It is the largest Scottish loch by volume, indeed experts say that it contains more freshwater than all the lakes of England and Wales combined! On our tour today we first make the short journey into bonnie Glen Urquhart, famous for its native woodlands and wide variety of wildlife that they support. Urquhart Castle is a magnificent castle that dates from the 14th century and was one of a chain of garrisons that controlled the Great Glen. Nowadays it’s a popular place with “Nessie” spotters who scan the waters of the loch that are deeper here than the North Sea! Next we visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in the pleasant village of Drumnadrochit.
DAY 13 Wednesday 14 August, 2019 Edinburgh, Scotland
Today we visit Edinburgh, the royal and ancient capital of Scotland and one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. On our sightseeing tour we see the ancient Royal Mile with its cobbled streets forms the backbone of the medieval Old Town which leads from the Palace of Holyroodhouse (HM The Queen’s official residence in Scotland) all the way to Edinburgh Castle. We will enjoy a guided tour of the castle, home to the Scottish Crown Jewels and the historic Stone of Destiny. Enjoy the view from the castle which is simply stunning.
DAY 14 Thursday 15 August, 2019 At sea
This afternoon join us and fellow group members for a fun game of Scattergories.
DAY 15 Friday 16 August, 2019 Normandy, France
Early this morning we arrive at Le Havre, the second busiest port in France after Marseilles. Today we travel in 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. Tonight will be your last night on board the Crown Princess as she crosses the English Channel. This evening join us for farewell drinks to celebrate our amazing cruise holiday.
DAY 16 Saturday 17 August, 2019 London, England
Early this morning we arrive back in Southampton. After breakfast and clearing customs, we visit Frogmore House and Garden, the charming royal retreat, set within Windsor Castle’s magnificent private Home Park. Built in the 17th century, Frogmore became a royal residence in 1792. Although no longer an occupied royal residence, it is frequently used today by the Royal Family for private entertaining. We then continue to the city of London for free time perhaps to do some last-minute shopping or sightseeing at your own leisure. Later we are transferred to Heathrow Airport for our over-night flight back to Australia.
DAY 17 Sunday 18 August, 2019 In flight
DAY 18 Monday 19 August, 2019 Australia
We arrive back in Australia today and the tour ends.