Cruising the British Isles

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Overnight flight

Sit back and relax as your Hanover Holidays’ shuttle takes you to Pearson Airport, where you meet your Tour Director and board your overnight flight for London Heathrow!

Day 2 London, England

Upon arrival in London, we meet the local motor coach and drive into the city for an included Lunch. This afternoon a casual tour of the city viewing sights such as Buckingham Palace, St. James Park and Big Ben. After the tour we check into our hotel for 3 nights. (L)

Day 3 London, England

A full Breakfast is included each morning at this hotel. Then we board the motor coach to the Tower of London for a guided tour. This is followed by a fabulous Thames River Cruise that departs from the Tower Pier and cruises under London Bridge, and past Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to the Pier at Westminster. From here you have a free afternoon with tour ideas available from your Tour Director. (B)

Day 4 Bath & Windsor, England

Today we journey out of London first to Bath, a city forever changed during the Roman occupation. Here we tour the Baths and Pump House that they built to take advantage of the natural hot springs that are found here. Later we continue on to Windsor, where we have a tour of Windsor Castle, one of the Royal Family’s Residences. Return to London for overnight. (B)

Day 5 Southampton and the Crown Princess

A casual morning and time for a short stroll before we load the motor coach and travel south to the Port of Southampton. Here we board the Crown Princess and begin our 12 night cruise around the U.K. Settle into your selected cabin and relax before meeting the rest of our group for dinner. Your Tour Director will be travelling with you on board and providing assistance as required. Ship sets sail at 5:30 p.m. (B,D)

Day 6 Portland

As we awake this morning, we find ourselves situated along the southernmost part of the Dorset Coast site at the fabled island of Portland. Take in the nearby magnificent Salisbury Cathedral, and experience the ancient mystery of the somber plinths of Stonehenge. Just four miles long by a mile and a half wide, Portland is ruggedly beautiful, with endless vistas and wild, natural landscapes. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Guernsey (St. Peter Port)

This morning, we find ourselves in the Port of St. Peter on the island of Guernsey (water shuttle required). Once a haven for pirates, the island’s mild climate and breathtaking scenery make your first port of call a great one! You could choose to tour the 13th Century Castle Cornet or stroll the German Occupation Museum along with many other choices. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Cork, Ireland (Cobn - For Blarney Castle)

Ireland is such a beautiful country and the romance comes alive when we first set to port in Cork. Home to one of the highest concentrations of prehistoric monuments, this is a land of great folklore and mesmerizing stories. Choose to tour Blarney Castle, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral or the House of Waterford Crystal. (B,L,D)

Day 9 Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is such a beautiful country and the romance comes alive when we first set to port in Cork. Home to one of the highest concentrations of prehistoric monuments, this is a land of great folklore and mesmerizing stories. Choose to tour Blarney Castle, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral or the House of Waterford Crystal. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital of Northern Ireland, Belfast is a city that experienced a true renaissance after tensions eased following the signing of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 by both Catholics and Protestants. Here you will find the amazing Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Titanic Memorial and the incredible Botanic Gardens which celebrates Belfast’s Victorian heritage. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Glasgow, Scotland

The city of Glasgow is a great commercial center as well as the cultural capital of the Scottish Lowlands! Amazing architecture, great shopping and a host of museums and galleries will keep everyone busy while the Ship is in Port. Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Inveraray Castle or a day trip to Loch Lomond, are just some of the fabulous activities from which you can choose! (B,L,D)

Day 12 At Sea

Today the Ship cruises North past hundreds of islands as it follows the Scottish coast towards the North Atlantic. Relax on board and take advantage of some of the many on board facilities of this beautiful Ship. This is also a great opportunity to gather with your fellow Hanover Holidays’ travellers in one of the lounges and share your adventures from the first half of the cruise! (B,L,D)

Day 13 Invergordon, Scotland

This cruise begins winding its way south again and today’s Port will be Invergordon, located a short distance from the city of Inverness. Here the most famous resident, the Loch Ness Monster, attracts thousands of visitors every year. Choose to take a boat cruise on Loch Ness, or tour Castle of Mey, residence of the late Queen Mother until 1996, or delve into history with a tour of Culloden Moor, where British Troops defeated Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Highland Clans in 1746. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Edinburgh, Scotland

Here we discover the cultural heart of Scotland as you stroll this important commercial and political center. In the center of the city you will find the Royal Mile and famous Edinburgh Castle, a must if you have never been here before. Other great sightseeing options include Glamis Castle, a royal residence since 1372 or a day trip out of the city to St. Andrews, the birthplace of the game of golf! Tender required. (B,L,D)

Day 15 At Sea

Continuing our Cruise southward, we enjoy a second day to relax with the many onboard facilities of this fabulous Ship.

Day 16 Paris/Normandy, France

June 6, 1944, a date that lives in Infamy comes to mind as we arrive in the Port of Le Havre, on the eastern side of Normandy. From this location you can tour the Normandy region and visit any number of the D-Day historical sites. You could also choose to travel into Paris and visit some of this amazing city’s great sites—The Eiffel Tower, Versailles Palace & Gardens or even the famous Champs Elysees. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Home

This morning we find ourselves returned to Southampton after having crossed the English Channel during the night. A waiting motor coach takes us through the English country-side to Heathrow where we board our return flight to Canada, holding on to many wonderful memories of Cruising the British Isles! (B)