Referred to by Shakespeare as “this scepter'd isle”, the name remains highly fitting for the beautiful main island of Britain, where “Great” refers to its place as the largest of the British archipelago. In the 17th-century the three nations of England, Scotland and Wales came together to become known as the United Kingdom, with Britain’s close neighbour of Eire then joining, before diverging into Northern Ireland and the larger Republic. These distinctive historic countries each have an extraordinary legacy to discover, stretching far back into the midst of time.
Enjoy the historic Malaysia and spiritual Sri Lanka, with two nights in the heart of Rangoon, a place described by Rudyard Kipling as “quite unlike any land you know about,” an observation that still rings true today.
A remarkable journey from the summer sunshine of South Africa’s Cape Town to the wild coast of Namibia, the warm Atlantic Bom Bom Island, Praia in Cape Verde and Las Palmas in the Canaries, followed by the incredible sights, sounds and atmosphere of Morocco.
Cruise from Seville to the great Portuguese cities of Lisbon and Oporto, and the inspiring cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in Spain. You will also have the opportunity to taste wine in Bordeaux, visit the old quarter of La Rochelle, St Catherine's Church in Honfleur and the charming Channel Island of Guernsey.
Discover the dramatic and unique landscape of Iceland, a place of gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. Not only is this legendary island home to some spectacular geological features, it is also blessed with fantastic bird and animal life. The equally remote and beautiful Shetland Islands also feature in this itinerary.