Greenland Expedition Voyage

25
Nights
2019
Jul 19
From
$6499
Marco
Polo
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Discover the best of the Arctic and Greenland. We hope you can join us!

Visiting London, Kirkwall Orkney Islands, Lerwick Shetland Islands UK; Reykjavik, Iceland; Qaqortoq, Narsarsuaq, Sisimiut, Uummannaq, Ilulissat, Qeqertarsuaq, Nanortalik, Greenland;

Tour highlights

  • Discover the best of the Arctic and Greenland
  • Luxury cruising onboard Marco Polo and enjoy the fabulous facilities on the ship
  • See mountains rising from the sea with breath-taking scenery
  • Option to see spectacular waterfalls and Iceland’s best-loved National Park
  • Option to visit the world-famous high-temperature Geyser geothermal area with spouting springs
  • Option to see vast tundras and immense glaciers
  • Option to visit the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik and swim in the hot springs
Greenland Expedition Voyage Map

Includes

  • Economy-class return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to London
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation in a three or four-star centrally located hotel in London including daily breakfast
  • 22-night cruise on the Marco Polo
  • All meals, entertainment, and service charges aboard the Marco Polo
  • Enjoy 66 meals including daily breakfast
  • Port and handling charges on Marco Polo
  • Cruise taxes & air taxes and surcharges
  • Transfers to/from hotel and to/from ship

 

Marco Polo Deck plans

Marco Polo

The Marco Polo cruise ship offers a wide range of public facilities including the impressive Waldorf Restaurant offering a traditional dining option and, as an alternative for those wishing for the more informal experience, the stylish Marco’s Bistro. There are five main lounge areas. The Magellan Deck offers the theatre-style Marco Polo Lounge while the elegant Captain’s Club is a perfect venue for predinner cocktails with the resident pianist. Relaxing in the Palm Garden, with wonderful panoramic ocean views, is a fantastic way to make the most of your time and the stylish Columbus Lounge is an intimate spot where the head barman will soon get to know your favourite drink. Completing the quintet is Scott’s Bar, located on Amundsen Deck, an ideal haunt for night owls. There is an outdoor swimming pool plus three whirlpools and, in keeping with her heritage, the Amundsen Deck offers a traditional walk around promenade for that daily exercise or an evening stroll.

Day 1 Friday 19 July 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board your flight to London, UK Meals included: In-flight

Day 2 Saturday 20 July 2019 Arrive London, UK
This morning you arrive in London. After clearing customs, you will be met by your private coach and transferred into the city. You will have an overview sightseeing tour of the city before being transferred to your hotel. You will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and much more. Meals included: In-flight

Day 3 Sunday 21 July 2019 London, Tilbury
Embarkation This afternoon we depart London and transfer by coach to Tilbury to board Marco Polo for your cruise to the Arctic and Greenland. Meals included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 4 Monday 22 July 2019 At sea
A day at sea exploring the ships fantastic facilities. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 Tuesday 23 July 2019 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Orkney’s ancient capital can be traced back to Norse times in the 11th century when it was called Kirkjuvagr - the church of the bay. The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. At the heart stands the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage. Close by, Earl’s and Bishop’s palaces provide a chilling reminder of Orkney’s turbulent past, while at the Orkney Museum in Tankerness House you’ll learn much more about the islands’ history and its delightful walled gardens. Take a shore excursion to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney to see its most visited sites the Ring of Brogadar, Skara Brae and Skaill House. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Wednesday 24 July 2019 At sea
A day at sea exploring the ships fantastic facilities. Perhaps indulge in a spa treatment at the Jade Wellness Centre. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 Thursday 25 July 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. Take a tour of the Golden Circle allowing you to experience the thrill of an erupting geyser where the name Geyser came from, one of the country´s most spectacular waterfalls and Iceland´s best-loved National Park. Visit the world-famous high-temperature Geyser geothermal area with spouting springs of various formations and the nearby Gullfoss waterfall (Golden Falls) where you can watch its enormous quantities of water tumble violently into a deep, meandering gorge. An unbelievable experience. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 Friday 26 July 2019 At sea
A day at sea exploring the ships fantastic facilities. Why not settle down and enjoy wonderful panoramic ocean views in the relaxing Palm Garden. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 9 Saturday 27 July 201 Cruising Passage Prince Christian Sound
A journey along one of Greenland’s most scenic inland passages the Prince Christian Sound; offers an up-close look at glaciers, icebergs and the imposing mountains that dominate Greenland’s landscape, towering over the narrow channel with their spires and jagged ridges. The 105-kilometre-long fjord separates Greenland’s mainland from the Cape Farewell Archipelago, a group of islands off of Greenland’s southern tip. Aappilattoq, an Inuit town with about 100 residents, is the only settlement; the only other sign of a human presence is a remote weather station constructed by the United States during the Cold War, at the eastern end of the fjord. A truly memorable day. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 Sunday 28 July 2019 Qaqortog, Greenland
The largest town in South Greenland, Qaqortoq was founded in 1775 and still reveals some examples of colonial-period architecture. It is known as one of the most charming towns in all of Greenland with a pleasant town centre and a small square with Greenland’s oldest fountain. Qaqortoq, formerly known as Julianehåb in honour of Queen Juliana Maria of Denmark, was officially founded by Anders Olsen, a merchant from Norway in 1755 however it has been populated continuously for many years dating back to the Saqqaq people with tools and artefacts discovered that were over 4300 years old. You may choose to take a pleasant town walk to explore the history and culture or visit a local family in their home. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 Monday 29 July 2019 Narsarsaug
This morning we arrive in Narsarsuaq the gateway to South Greenland. Its name means ‘the large plain’, after its natural surroundings. Significant in Norse history as being near to the location of famed explorer Erik the Red’s farm Brattahlið, Narsarsaug is today a destination for those keen to see and learn more about the Eastern Settlement of the Norsemen which is nearby. Containing an airport, converted from the airbase built during World War II by the Americans, Narsarsuag also features the unique Arboretum Groenlandicum, an Arctic botanical garden that is home to more than 110 species of trees stretching across 15 hectares. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 Tuesday 30 July 2019 At sea
A day at sea exploring the ships fantastic facilities. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 13 Wednesday 31 July 2019 Sisimiut
Sisimiut is Greenland’s second-largest town, and large by Greenland standards, housing some 6,000 people. It is located just north of the Arctic Circle, and is a popular base for visitors seeking adventurous pastimes in the surrounding country. Watch for the stocky little Icelandic horses trotting along the highways and keep an eye out for sea eagles often seen perched on the surrounding mountains. Whales are also often seen in the sea nearby. On the hill above the harbour, there is an artisan’s workshop where they create and sell Inuit crafts, and nearby is the town museum, which has examples of colonial period houses, peat houses and other early buildings. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 14 Thursday 1 August 2019 Uummannaq
Today we arrive in Uummannaq with its breath-taking scenery, impressive ice fields, and Uummannaq Mountain, which rises to 1170m. It is noted for its remarkable colouring that changes dramatically with the time of the day. The museum tells fantastic stories from the region. Particularly interesting is the museum’s exhibition of the extensive polar exploration that took place and Alfred Wegener’s expedition on a propeller-driven sled on the Ice Sheet. Wegener became world-famous due to his theory of continental drift. His aim was to build a scientific station in the middle of the Ice Sheet. The museum also houses copies of the famous Qilaktisog mummies, which were discovered in this area in 1972. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 15 Friday 2 August 2019 Ilulissat
Ilulissat is a very special and unique place in Greenland. Located right next to the world’s most active glacier with a stunning view over the Disko Bay area and Viagat Strait. This world famous Ilulissat Ice-fjord is just few minutes’ walk from the city, moving at an amazing speed of 20-30 meters per day and breaking off into to the fjord. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 16 Saturday 3 August 2019 Ilulissat
Another day to explore Ilulissat. You may choose to do the Unesco Hike to Sermermiut or visit the two interesting museums: Ilulissat Museum, the birthplace of famous arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen and the Art museum, which displays some beautiful watercolour paintings of the local painter Emmanuel A. Pedersen. The town also provides a well-stocked supply of shops selling beautiful crafts, giving you every chance of buying a unique souvenir. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 17 Sunday 4 August 2019 Qeqertarsuaq
Qeqertarsuaq is beautifully located with a fantastic view of the glaciers on top of the Basalt Mountains, and the waterfalls splashing down the mountains. The sea, just in front of Qeqertarsuaq, is a favourite foraging spot for the humpback whales in the summer and we may spot the whales, from the boat as well as from the land. A lot is to be seen walking around the town and the surroundings. The colourful Greenlandic houses contrast the huge basalt mountains outside town perfectly. The town museum is definitely worth a visit. The museum displays a magnificent collection of paintings by the artist Jakob Danielsen as well as portraying the interesting history of the town. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 18 Monday 5 August 2019 At sea
A day at sea exploring the ships fantastic facilities. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 19 Tuesday 6 August 2019 Nanortalik
Today we arrive in Nanortalik; whose name translates to ‘Place of the Polar Bears’. Its vertical walls that flank an intricate fjord system hint at a nature more akin to Greenland’s east coast. Visit the open air Nanortalik Museum, situated in the old port area, you can see well-preserved houses, huts, boats, and other items that showcase Nanortalik’s past. The old wooden Danish Nanortalik Church has enjoyed protected status since 2004 for its cultural significance. The Knud Rasmussen Stone, a landmark boulder, sits next to the church. You will find that Nanortalik is quite unique for South Greenland. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 20 Wednesday 7 August 2019 At sea
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 21 Thursday 8 August 2019 At sea
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 22 Friday 9 August 2019 At sea
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 23 Saturday 10 August 2019 Lerwick, Shetland Islands
UK Spectacular vertical stacks coated with seabird colonies, cliffs and coves curtained with wild flowers, hidden white beaches on an endless coast, small crofts and settlements sheltering by the sea edge are typical Shetland scenes. Seals and otters are plentiful in the sea surrounding the islands, and it is not unusual to spot different species of whales and dolphins. Originally settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century, Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. The core of the town is a maze of narrow, flagstone streets set behind 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the busy harbour. Marco Polo offers various shore excursions. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 24 Sunday 11 August 2019 At sea
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 25 Monday 12 August 2019 London, Tilbury
Disembarkation This morning we arrive back in Tilbury, and after disembarking the ship we will transfer to the airport for your flight home after a spectacular trip-of-a-lifetime. Meals included: Breakfast & In-flight

Day 26 Tuesday 13 August 2019 Arrive Australia
We arrive in Australia, where your tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
3 Superior Inside Twin Pacific, Amundsen $6,499 $10,759
4 Premium Inside Twin Pacific, Amundsen, Columbus $6,999 $11,709
7 Standard Ocean View Twin Caribic, Baltic, Atlantic $7,150 $11,980
9 Superior Ocean View Twin Amundsen, Columbus $7,950 $13,580
12 Premium Ocean View Twin Pacific, Amundsen, Columbus, Navigator $8,899 $15,439
Included port & handling charges $375 $375
Included air taxes as at 30/4/18 $300 $300

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to London
  • 1 night’s hotel accommodation in a three or four-star centrally located hotel in London including daily breakfast
  • 22-night cruise on the Marco Polo
  • All meals, entertainment, and service charges aboard the Marco Polo
  • Enjoy 66 meals including daily breakfast
  • Port and handling charges on Marco Polo
  • Cruise taxes & air taxes and surcharges
  • Transfers to/from hotel and to/from ship

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Shore excusions in ports of call
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary including sightseeing tours while on the ship.
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches and dinners when not on the ship
  • Tips for local guides and escorts and hotel city taxes

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd – ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The Oriana is operated by P&O Cruises and the Oriana fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed on the P&O website. All passengers must complete an on-line P&O online cruise personaliser and sign a Cruise Offers booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
All Cruise Offers Value Holidays are heavily discounted and available for a limited time only. For this reason, we require a deposit of $2000 per person at the time of booking. This payment is non-refundable. The deposit should be sent with a completed Cruise Offers 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. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete the online P&O Cruise Line cruise personaliser at www.pocruises.com. Final payments are due to be paid to Cruise Offers 90 days prior to the commencement of the P&O fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3% for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards. Any changes made to a booking after purchase may incur fees.

AIRLINES USED:
Etihad Airways, Emirates, Singapore Airlines, Qatar Airways, Qantas Airways, Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific, Malaysian Airlines plus, any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

ACCOMMODATION:
Accommodation has been booked at the following hotel: London – Hilton London Metropole Hotel – 4-star

EXTENDING:
You can stay longer in Europe for minimal cost. Please contact Travelrite on 1800 630 343 for more information.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

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

REFUNDS:
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.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
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.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is required 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.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 20kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
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, Cruise Offers 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.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd, ATAS A10538) is the tour organiser. Cruise Offers, its agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to, or in connection with these fly/cruises, shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation, including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/cruises, or by act of God. Further, no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners’ risk throughout the fly/cruise. The passage contract between the carriers concerned, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of this fly/cruise and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise and/or make such changes in the fly/cruises as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruise. This contract shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be undertaken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the P&O fly/cruise passage contract with P&O, detailed on their website www.pocruises.com. If you do not have a copy of P&O Cruises terms and conditions please contact Cruise Offers and we will send one to you.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $2000 per person to:

CRUISE OFFERS
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Telephone: (03) 9836 2522
Fax: (03) 9836 8068
Email: sales@cruiseoffers.com.au

ABOUT CRUISE OFFERS:
Cruise Offers (a division of Travelrite International Pty Ltd), (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years. It has two fully ATAS accredited (No. A10538) offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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