Day 1 Wednesday 12 June, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to Amsterdam.
Day 2 Thursday 13 June, 2019 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This morning we arrive at Amsterdam airport. After clearing Customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred to Amsterdam for our sightseeing tour where we will enjoy a city canal cruise with fantastic views of the 17th-century buildings lining the canals. We will then transfer to our hotel.
Day 3 Friday 14 June, 2019 Amsterdam
A free day in Amsterdam. You may want to visit the wonderful Van Gogh museum or the famous Rijksmuseum.
Day 4 Saturday 15 June, 2019 Embarkation
We will have free time this morning for last minute sightseeing and shopping. Early afternoon we transfer to the port in Rotterdam to board MS Rotterdam for our voyage to Iceland, Norway, the Faroe and Shetland Islands and Scotland.
Day 5 Sunday 16 June, 2019 At sea
The morning will be free to explore the wonderful facilities of the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun group game of bingo, with prizes for the winners.
Day 6 Monday 17 June, 2019 Eidfjord, Norway
The village of Eidfjord has only around 1,000 inhabitants; however, due to its production of hydroelectric power, it is one of Norway’s wealthiest communities. Our tour today starts with a drive through the spectacular and steep Måbødalen Valley. The road takes us to the huge Hardanger Mountain Plateau located in of Norway’s largest National Park – the largest mountain plateau in Northern Europe. We will stop at the Vøringsfossen Waterfall, which cascades almost 600 feet into the wild Måbø Valley below. We will also visit the Sysen Dam, the main reservoir for the Sima Power Station and one of Norway’s largest embankment dams.
Day 7 Tuesday 18 June, 2019 Alesund, Norway
Today we arrive at Alesund, probably the most beautiful city in Norway, situated on islands and a peninsula, and with a unique architecture. Alesund is a beautiful traditional fishing town with an Art Nouveau influence. Built on a string of islands 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 to see its architecture. There will also be some free time for exploration and shopping.
Day 8 Wednesday 19 June, 2019 Geiranger, Norway
Geiranger is a small village in western Norway, at the head of the spectacular Geirangerfjord. Upon arrival we will enjoy a coach tour to some of Geiranger’s famous viewpoints, including Flydalsjuvet, one of the most popular photo motifes of Norway, and Eagle Bend with view to the waterfall “The Seven Sisters”.
Day 9 Thursday 20 June, 2019 Bergen, Norway
Today we arrive in Bergen, a city surrounded by mountains and known as “The City of Seven Mountains”. We have a guided tour of the picturesque Hanseatic Quarter and walk through the alleyways and colourful, picturesque warehouses lining the street and waterfront of Bergen. These once housed German merchants belonging to the Hanseatic League who settled in Bergen around 1350. We will also ride the funicular from the city centre up to the top of Mount Floyen providing us with magnificent views of the surrounding islands from 320 metres above sea level.
Day 10 Friday 21 June, 2019 At sea
Today will be free to explore the wonderful facilities of the ship.
Day 11 Saturday 22 June, 2019 Seydisfjordur, Iceland
Today we arrive in Seydisfjordur, which lies at the head of a narrow fjord flanked by high mountains and is considered the cultural capital of Eastern Iceland with many well preserved 19th century buildings. We will enjoy a walking sightseeing tour of Seydisfjordur with a local guide, visit the Skatfell Cultural Centre and see one of Iceland’s tallest and most beautiful waterfalls, Hengifoss Waterfall.
Day 12 Sunday 23 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 specialise in Artic plants before spending some time in the centre of the town.
Day 13 Monday 24 June, 2019 Isafjordur, Iceland
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 also 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 breath-taking scenery make this a memorable day. Make sure you have your camera ready!
Day 14 Tuesday 25 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 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 name Geyser originated. We see the nearby spectacular 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 the place where you can see the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart at the rate of a few centimetres per year.
Day 15 Wednesday 26 June, 2019 At sea
This morning, enjoy the facilities and activities available on the ship. This afternoon, test your knowledge with other group members as we play Trivia.
Day 16 Thursday 27 June, 2019 Torshavn, Faroe Islands
The Faroe Islands lay 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 extraordinary Vestermanna cliffs. We will see these dramatic formations and the puffin birds that the inhabitants used to climb the cliffs to capture eggs. One of the highlights of the tour! We then have some time in the capital city Torshavn.
Day 17 Friday 28 June, 2019 Lerwick, Shetland Islands
This morning we arrive in Lerwick, the only town in Shetland and we begin our tour with a brief panoramic orientation drive of this tiny capital dating from the 1600s. From there, we’ll head to the Central and West Mainland visiting Scalloway, the former Shetland capital. Here we will visit Scalloway Castle built in 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart, using forced labour. We will also visit the Scalloway Museum, which houses a special Shetland Bus exhibit, depicting the village’s unique role in World War II when German occupation of Norway resulted in a stream of refugees heading to Shetland. We continue through the Tingwall Valley with its Norse heritage and we will stop and see the famous Shetland ponies.
Day 18 Saturday 29 June, 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 visit the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre in the pleasant village of Drumnadrochit. Next we 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!
Day 19 Sunday 30 June, 2019 At sea
Today we will continue to enjoy the facilities and activities available on the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun group game of bingo, with prizes for the winners.
Day 20 Monday 1 July, 2019 Departure
Early this morning we arrive back in Amsterdam. After breakfast and clearing customs we are transferred to Amsterdam Airport for our flights back to Australia.
Day 21 Tuesday 2 July, 2019 Arrive Australia
Tour members arrive back in Australia. The tour concludes.