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Bridge with Will & Sylvia Parsons

London to London

16 days

from £2,750 pp

30 Jul, 2019

Hosted by Will and Sylvia Parsons

Saver fares are limited in availability and can be removed at any time. Details of our Shore Excursions Programme are being finalised. Therefore, shore excursions may be subject to change. Please contact us for more details.

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Discover the dramatic and unique landscape of Iceland, a place of gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. Visit the small volcanic island of Heimaey, in the remote Westmann archipelago, followed by the island’s cosmopolitan capital Reykjavik and the dramatic landscapes of Thingvellir National Park.

Sail to the port of Isafjordur on the edge of the Arctic Circle and the magnificent green pastures, waterfalls and whale-filled bays of Akureyri. Call at the charming harbour of Husavik which is surrounded by snow-covered mountains and full of colourful houses, then relax in the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths. On this trip you will also visit Scottish castles, the Viking settlements of the Faroe Islands and the remote Shetland Islands.

Date
Port
Depart
Arrive
Jul 30
Tue
London (Tilbury), England
  • Arts & culture
London (Tilbury), England , United Kingdom
Embark Aegean Odyssey in Tilbury near London.
7.00pm
Jul 31
Wed
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Lectures and activities at sea.
Aug 01
Thu
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Lectures and activities at sea.
Aug 02
Fri
Lerwick, Shetland Islands
  • Wildlife
Lerwick, Shetland Islands , United Kingdom
A choice of tours: Lewick walking tour, Archaeological site of Jarlshof or visit Lewick Castle.
1.00pm
8.00am
Aug 03
Sat
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Lectures and activities at sea.
Aug 04
Sun
Heimaey
  • Natural Wonders
Heimaey , Iceland
Afternoon walking tour and visit to Eldfell, the 'mountain of fire', or visit the island's sheer cliffs and puffin colonies with a highlights of Heimaey tour or take a tour of Heimaey by boat.
7.00pm
2.00pm
Aug 05
Mon
Reykjavik
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
  • Natural Wonders
Reykjavik , Iceland
Choice of included tours: Blue Lagoon or discover Reykjavik's culture. Optional full day tour to The Golden Circle Route.
6.00pm
9.00am
Aug 06
Tue
Isafjordur
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
  • Natural Wonders
Isafjordur , Iceland
Visit the maritime museum or take a optional boat trip tour to nearby Vigur Island.
7.00pm
noon
Aug 07
Wed
Akureyri
  • Wildlife
  • Natural Wonders
Akureyri , Iceland
Discover the landscape of pseudo-craters, lava and geothermal fields.
8.00pm
noon
Aug 08
Thu
Husavik
  • Wildlife
  • Natural Wonders
Husavik , Iceland
Ideal chance to take a whale watching boat trip.
6.00pm
7.00am
Aug 09
Fri
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Lectures and activities at sea.
Aug 10
Sat
Torshavn
  • Wildlife
  • Natural Wonders
Torshavn , Faroe Islands
Visit the capital of the Danish Faroe Islands, discover the prolific birdlife and colourful turf roofed villages.
1.00pm
8.00am
Aug 11
Sun
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
  • Wildlife
  • Arts & culture
  • Natural Wonders
Kirkwall, Orkney Islands , United Kingdom
See the rolling landscape and remarkable dwellings of Kirkwall or visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel of the South Isles.
2.00pm
9.00am
Aug 12
Mon
Rosyth, Scotland
  • Arts & culture
Rosyth, Scotland , United Kingdom
Take a city tour of Edinburgh or visit Stirling castle.
6.00pm
9.00am
Aug 13
Tue
At sea
  • Sea Days
At sea
Lectures and activities at sea.
Aug 14
Wed
London (Tilbury), England
  • Arts & culture
London (Tilbury), England , United Kingdom
Disembark Aegean Odyssey at Tilbury, London
7.00am
Castles and Ponies

Castles and Ponies

2 Aug Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Half Day
The fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century, is full of character, especially along the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated.  As we drive through the town, we will see the Town Hall, before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island. 

The fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century, is full of character, especially along the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated.  As we drive through the town, we will see the Town Hall, before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island. 

On arrival in Scalloway, we will stop to visit the now roofless castle, which was built around 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart, who used forced labour to build his residence and was executed in Edinburgh in 1615. You will then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the “Shetland Bus” boats which travelled between Shetland and Norway to help the Norwegian Resistance during World War II. Or if you prefer, you may wander through Scalloway’s Main Street and view the waterfront at your leisure.

Leaving Scalloway, we will travel through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, pausing for a photo stop to view a small herd of Shetland ponies, hearing more of Shetland`s culture and heritage from our experienced local guide, on our way back to Lerwick.

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Archaeological site of Jarlshof

Archaeological site of Jarlshof

2 Aug Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Half Day Archaeological Site
The remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, located near Shetland’s southern tip, was first uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement embracing at least 5,000 years of human history.

The remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof, located near Shetland’s southern tip, was first uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement embracing at least 5,000 years of human history. The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch or circular stone tower, wheelhouses, several Norse longhouses, a medieval farmstead, and the 16th-century laird’s house, which our guide will take you around.

On the way to Jarlshof we shall also pass through the rural townships of Fladdabister and, conditions permitting, pause to admire the view of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best preserved broch in the world. We will then continue south down the west coast of the island, passing St Ninian’s Isle, where the famous Pictish horde of silver dating from the 9th century was found in 1958.

Following your tour of the Shetland’s the best known prehistoric archaeological site, we will return to Lerwick, with your guide explaining more about the islands as we look out for Shetland’s famous ponies grazing in the grasslands of the island.

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Lerwick Walking tour and Shetland Museum

Lerwick Walking tour and Shetland Museum

2 Aug Lerwick, Shetland Islands, United Kingdom
Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursUphill Sections
For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick, take a step back in time on this walking tour that will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of this historic port.

For a wonderful insight into the lives and history of the people of Lerwick, take a step back in time on this walking tour that will take you through the colourful and cosmopolitan history of this historic port.

Starting from Victoria Pier, in the heart of the Old Town, you will be transported through the centuries with lively tales of Lerwick's growth, merchant trading, fishing and shipping fleets, and smugglers. Visit the Old Tollbooth, built in 1770 and recently restored; it is used today as the RNLI station. Then see one of Shetland’s famous Lodberries – houses and warehouses on piers that were designed to allow the loading and unloading of goods from boats. In the 18th century, when Lerwick was the premier herring town in Northern Europe, these unique structures would have filled the shoreline. Today, we will visit one of the most picturesque left in the town, with its thick sea-battered walls, slipway, pier and fish-drying shed.

You will then continue along the Hillhead to see the town’s narrow lanes (or ‘closses’) which run down to the waterfront and, subject to availability, visit Lerwick Town Hall, built in 1883, with its beautiful stained glass windows representing a pictorial narrative of Shetland’s history since Viking times.

Finally, you will visit the Shetland Museum to learn more about the island’s heritage and culture. This award-winning museum has over 3,000 artefacts on two floors featuring a wealth of beautifully displayed exhibits, making it a visit not to be missed.

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Circumnavigation of Heimaey by Boat

Circumnavigation of Heimaey by Boat

4 Aug Heimaey, Iceland
Half Day Boat Ride
During the 1973 volcanic eruption that occurred on Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Westman Islands) molten hot lava poured across the landscape, burying houses in its wake and extending the length of the island forever.

During the 1973 volcanic eruption that occurred on Heimaey in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Westman Islands) molten hot lava poured across the landscape, burying houses in its wake and extending the length of the island forever. Thankfully the flow was cooled by an enormous effort of seawater-spraying that remains one of the most successful disaster strategies of its kind in history. In the years since, scientists from around the world have come to observe the island’s unique geology, while also maintaining a close eye on the volcano to ensure it is always safe.

 

Circumnavigating this “Pompeii of the North” on-board a comfortable boat, you will also get to see some of the other Westman Islands, of which there are fifteen in total, all of which are uninhabited, plus about thirty rock stacks and skerries. Heimaey has a rich variety of birdlife to observe, including the world’s largest puffin colony, which remains an important source of food for the people of the island. If conditions are suitable you may be lucky enough to spot a whale or some dolphins, before the boat enters the remote Klettshellir Cave. This remarkable cavern, which is only accessible from the water, has wonderful acoustics and is often used for live performances, as your guide will demonstrate by playing some instrumental music. The boat will then return to open water and gently cruise back to the main harbour.

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Heimaey Highlights
UNESCO World Heritage Site

Heimaey Highlights

4 Aug Heimaey, Iceland
Half Day
Vestmannaeyjar might be a small archipelago in the North Atlantic but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and natural beauty. The tall cliffs surrounding the perfectly formed natural harbour are inhabited by a multitude of birds, whose eggs are an important source of food for the islanders, as are the birds themselves.

Vestmannaeyjar might be a small archipelago in the North Atlantic but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and natural beauty. The tall cliffs surrounding the perfectly formed natural harbour are inhabited by a multitude of birds, whose eggs are an important source of food for the islanders, as are the birds themselves. This is where our island highlights tour begins, from where you will journey past the ruins of some old farmhouses in the Herjólfsdalur Valley to the scenic western part of the island, for an opportunity to view some of the outer islands of the archipelagos, including the youngest of them all, Surtsey, formed during a volcanic eruption in 1963 and now a UNSECO World Heritage Site.

The peninsula of Stórhöfði offers magnificent views whatever the weather, but on a clear day you may also catch a glimpse of some glaciers on the Icelandic mainland. We will also explore both of the island’s volcanoes: the five thousand-year-old Helgafell or “Holy Mountain”, and the considerably younger Eldfell or “Fire Mountain”, which erupted in 1973 making it necessary to evacuate the islanders to the mainland. A drive over the Eldfell lava field to the fort of Skansinn includes a traditional wooden stave church, donated to the people of Vestmannaeyjar by the state of Norway, to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland. The tour then concludes with a drive through the harbour town on your way back to the ship.

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Skansinn and the Lava of Eldfell on Foot

Skansinn and the Lava of Eldfell on Foot

4 Aug Heimaey, Iceland
Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hoursUneven or Volcanic Ground
Heimaey is the largest and only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, but its modest size makes a walking tour an ideal way to explore its rich history and natural beauty.

Heimaey is the largest and only populated island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, but its modest size makes a walking tour an ideal way to explore its rich history and natural beauty.

The island’s recent past is especially notable for the enormous volcanic eruption of January 1973, which almost destroyed the naturally formed harbour (where our tour begins) forcing almost all of its 5,000 inhabitants to be evacuated to the mainland. From the harbour it’s just a short walk to Skansinn, site of an old fort built by orders of the Danish king in the 17th century to protect the Vestmannaeyjar islands from theft and foreign trade.

Near to the fort is a traditional wooden stave church donated by Norway to commemorate the millennium of Christianity in Iceland. From here the walk continues across the lava fields of Eldfell (‘Fire Mountain’) formed a little over 40 years ago by the dramatic volcanic eruption. The edge of Eldfell provides a wonderful view over the harbour town, including the remains of some of the houses buried under lava and ash. Finally, the crater is the perfect place to learn more about how the power of nature has influenced the fate of this picturesque island over the millennia, before we walk back through the town for a return to Aegean Odyssey.

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The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon

5 Aug Reykjavik, Iceland
Half Day
It’s not hard to see why National Geographic named the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon one of the top 25 wonders in the world, or why in recent years it has become the most popular attraction in Iceland.

It’s not hard to see why National Geographic named the healing, tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon one of the top 25 wonders in the world, or why in recent years it has become the most popular attraction in Iceland.

On the way to this relaxing destination, however, the day will begin with a drive through Reykjavík, for some views of the city’s landmarks, including the domed-glass Perlan, known as the Pearl, and the more recently built concert and conference centre of Harpa. Then, leaving Reykjavik behind, the ride will continue through the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula to the Blue Lagoon, located amidst a beautiful lava field, seemingly in the middle of nowhere in an otherworldly landscape.

The Blue Lagoon owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant that makes use of geothermal seawater replenished every 40 hours from a mile beneath the earth’s surface. The water is warm, mineral rich and is known to soothe and rejuvenate the skin. The aquamarine colour of the water, the steam and the lava landscape surrounding the Lagoon combine to create a unique and memorable atmosphere.

The facilities at the Blue Lagoon include a tax-free shop – with a range of mineral-rich Blue Lagoon skin products – a café and restaurant, and excellent changing-room facilities. The Blue Lagoon spa is completely powered by clean geothermal energy and is environmentally certified.

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Discover Reykjavik's Culture

Discover Reykjavik's Culture

5 Aug Reykjavik, Iceland
Half Day
With less than 120,000 inhabitants to its name, Reykjavík is certainly one of the smaller capital cities in the world, but it is also one of the most stimulating. This sightseeing tour will take you on a journey to some of its most noteworthy sites, beginning with Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area, where the Olympic sized open-air swimming pool is filled with geothermal water.

With less than 120,000 inhabitants to its name, Reykjavík is certainly one of the smaller capital cities in the world, but it is also one of the most stimulating. This sightseeing tour will take you on a journey to some of its most noteworthy sites, beginning with Laugardalur Valley, the city’s main sports and recreational area, where the Olympic sized open-air swimming pool is filled with geothermal water.

The Árbær open-air museum boasts more than 20 historic buildings, most of which have been relocated from central Reykjavik to form a town square, a village and a farm, making it a pleasant place to enjoy a walk. The museum was founded due to growing concern that “old Reykjavik” was disappearing forever, prompting the city council to create this public park.

After the Árbær Museum we will move onwards to one of the city’s most architecturally interesting buildings, Perlan (“The Pearl”) which features a huge dome of reflecting glass panels on a hollow steel frame. Perlan has a viewing platform on top of its hot-water tanks that extends full circle, offering splendid views over the city.

The National Museum is dedicated to preserving Iceland’s cultural heritage from the time of its pioneering settlement right up to the present day. From here we will drive to the old quarter of Reykjavík to see some of its charming colourful houses, on our way to Hallgrímskirkja Church, one of the city’s most recognised landmarks.

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Golden Circle

Golden Circle

5 Aug Reykjavik, Iceland
Full Day
This full day journey begins with a drive across the ancient undulating lava fields of Mosfellsheið on the way to one of Iceland’s top attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, situated in a rift valley with incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where any part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, separating the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level.

This full day journey begins with a drive across the ancient undulating lava fields of Mosfellsheið on the way to one of Iceland’s top attractions, the UNESCO World Heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, situated in a rift valley with incredible views of the Reykjanes Ridge. Thingvellir is the only place in the world where any part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, separating the Eurasian and North American plates, is above sea-level.

As well as being geologically important, Thingvellir is also where some of the country’s most important historical events have unfolded, making it a sacred place to the people of Iceland. This was where the settlers of Iceland first became a unified nation when its legislative parliament, the Althing, was founded there in the year 930.

In a country renowned for its numerous waterfalls, the Gullfoss Waterfall, or “Golden Waterfall”, is certainly the most famous. Here, a huge amount of water can be seen cascading down the rocks into a deep ravine, creating a powerful spectacle.

Finally, the last of the “big three” attractions of the day will be the Geysir geothermal area, from where the word “geyser” originates. Strokkur is an explosive geyser that erupts every few minutes and is another of Iceland’s world famous landmarks.

Then finally, back in Reykjavík, there will just be time for one last stop at the Perlan, or the Pearl, which has a viewing deck offering great panoramic views over Reykjavik, perfect for taking photos or just relaxing and enjoying the view.

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Culture in the Westfjords

Culture in the Westfjords

6 Aug Isafjordur, Iceland
Half Day Uneven or Volcanic Ground
This tour of the isolated Westfjords of Iceland offers a comprehensive view of life and culture in the region, emphasising the human struggle to survive in such a beautiful but unforgiving landscape. Bolungarvík and Ósvör Fisherman’s Hut is our first destination. This museum is housed in a series of traditional turf-and-stone shacks where the guide, dressed in a typical sheepskin outfit, will explain the history of the area and local methods for salting fish.

This tour of the isolated Westfjords of Iceland offers a comprehensive view of life and culture in the region, emphasising the human struggle to survive in such a beautiful but unforgiving landscape.

Bolungarvík and Ósvör Fisherman’s Hut is our first destination. This museum is housed in a series of traditional turf-and-stone shacks where the guide, dressed in a typical sheepskin outfit, will explain the history of the area and local methods for salting fish.

Not far from the museum is the church of Hólskirkja or “the church on the hill”, built in 1908 and containing several interesting pieces, including two grand bells used to drive away the phantoms that supposedly still reside on the nearby heath.

Tungudalur Valley is home to a beautiful waterfall and meadow where we will stop for some photo opportunities on our way to the town of Ísafjörður, the largest settlement in the Westfjords and one of the main cultural and trading centres in Iceland.

After a leisurely stroll around the town’s historic buildings, our last destination will be the Maritime Museum, which features an array of artefacts and information about the region’s fishing industry throughout the centuries. Here you will be able enjoy a snack of Icelandic refreshment – schnapps, dried fish or shark – whilst browsing the exhibits.

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Vigur Island boat tour

Vigur Island boat tour

6 Aug Isafjordur, Iceland
Half Day
At only two kilometres long and four hundred metres wide, it’s no surprise that Vigur has been home to the same family of farmers for generations. This tour begins with a forty-minute boat ride around the coast of the island for an opportunity to see some of its abundant birdlife in their natural environment, before switching to a walking tour around some impressive man-made relics from Vigur’s traditional farming past.

At only two kilometres long and four hundred metres wide, it’s no surprise that Vigur has been home to the same family of farmers for generations. This tour begins with a forty-minute boat ride around the coast of the island for an opportunity to see some of its abundant birdlife in their natural environment, before switching to a walking tour around some impressive man-made relics from Vigur’s traditional farming past.

The island is home to Iceland’s oldest windmill, which was built in 1840 and used for the grinding of wheat imported from Denmark. Despite being decommissioned in 1917 the windmill has been carefully maintained – as has another extraordinary attraction, a two hundred-year-old, eight-oared rowing boat, which is still being used to ferry sheep to the mainland today.

 Many of the houses on Vigur date back to the last century, including Viktoria House, which was erected in 1862 from pre-cut Norwegian wood and subsequently restored in 1993 by the National Museum of Iceland. Another notable house was built in 1884 by a young priest, the descendants of whom still populate the island.

After finishing the tour, prior to returning to the mainland, coffee and cakes will then be served in a mid-19th century cowshed that has been restored into a beautiful and welcoming reception area.

Please note that after mid-August the sighting of sea birds cannot be guaranteed, due to fluctuations in seasonal weather.

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Jewels of the North - Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall

Jewels of the North - Lake Myvatn and Godafoss Waterfall

7 Aug Akureyri, Iceland
Full Day Lunch IncludedUneven or Volcanic Ground
A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.

A popular tour encompassing the highlights of Northern Iceland, this journey begins with a drive along the picturesque coastline of Eyjafjörður Fjord to the Goðafoss Waterfall or “Waterfall of the Gods”, referring to an important historical event in the year 1000, when Iceland officially became a Christian nation.

Lake Mývatn is a magical location that is home to tens of thousands of birds, including, most notably, thirteen species of ducks. The area surrounding Mývatn is of tremendous geological interest and is one of the few places in the world where Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, grows.

The bubbling mud-pots and fumaroles of Námaskarð are a striking geothermal field full of sulphur deposits and boiling springs. With its incredible colours, vents blasting steam from the earth and the loud popping of air bubbles in the mud-pots, the experience is truly otherworldly.

A short ride onwards is the mystical lava landscape of Dimmuborgir, a dramatic place where the strange formations of volcanic rock have provided inspiration for many Icelandic folktales. The name itself means “dark fortress”, an appropriately mystical epithet for this peculiar terrain.

Finally, before heading back to Akureyri, we will visit the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðir, formed by explosions of gas during the cooling of boiling lava over the wetlands near the lake. These craters are a popular site for birdwatchers and are protected as a natural conservation area.

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Whale watching

Whale watching

8 Aug Husavik, Iceland
Half Day Boat Ride
Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. Indeed, due to its wide-open bay and rich marine life, there is a higher chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals in Húsavík than anywhere else in Iceland.

Nestled on the edge of Shaky Bay, the town of Húsavík is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world to watch whales. Indeed, due to its wide-open bay and rich marine life, there is a higher chance of spotting these incredible marine mammals in Húsavík than anywhere else in Iceland.

Before heading onto the water, we will have time to visit the Húsavík Whale Museum for more information on the history, biology and habitat of these remarkable creatures. This popular non-profit attraction opened in 1997 as a trial exhibition, but has since been transferred to a permanent location inside an old slaughterhouse, providing 1,600 square metres of space for its displays, including the complete skeletons of several species of whale.

After finishing at the Museum, we will join our friendly whale-spotting crew who will be able to provide many more details on the various species of whales and dolphins that we hope to be able to spot during our boat trip into the wide waters of Skjálfandi Bay. Like all wild-nature experiences, sightings cannot be guaranteed, but given Húsavík’s reputation, the potential here is always excellent.

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Kirkjubour

Kirkjubour

10 Aug Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Half Day
Lying on the southern tip of Streymoy is the tiny village of Kirkjubour, where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape of what was, during the Middle Ages, the island’s ecclesiastical and cultural centre.

Lying on the southern tip of Streymoy is the tiny village of Kirkjubour, where the imposing ruins of Saint Magnus Cathedral dominate the landscape of what was, during the Middle Ages, the island’s ecclesiastical and cultural centre.

Construction of the Cathedral began in the late-thirteenth century, using a Gothic architectural style that was common to West Norwegian church-building of the period. Its lack of roof once suggested that it was never completed, but recent research has shown that it was likely to have been roofed at some point after all.

Until the island’s Catholic diocese was abolished, Kirkjubour was also the site of the Bishop’s palace, but in the centuries since its demise, the remaining foundations have provided the wide stone base for the Roykstovan, a farmstead home to the same Faroese family for seventeen generations.

The rest of this large building was constructed from logs believed to have drifted to the island from Norway some 700 years ago, while its turf roof and interior reflect the traditional lifestyle of a Faroese farm.

Looking out from Kirkjubour, to the west of the island, we will also have magnificent views of Koltur, Hestur, Sandoy and Vagar, on our way to and from this important historical site.

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Torshavn

Torshavn

10 Aug Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Half Day Cobbled Streets
The origins of Torshavn can be traced back to approximately AD850, when it first became the site of a Viking “Ting”, a term that has etymological connections with the Scandinavian “Althing” or “Thing” and the British “Husting”, denoting the site of a parliamentary gathering.

The origins of Torshavn can be traced back to approximately AD850, when it first became the site of a Viking “Ting”, a term that has etymological connections with the Scandinavian “Althing” or “Thing” and the British “Husting”, denoting the site of a parliamentary gathering.

The Viking Thing was followed by a marketplace and later a town. When free trade came to the Faroe Islands in 1856, the islands were finally opened up to the rest of the world, marking the beginning of a transformation in Tórshavn’s economy. Today it is one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world.

This tour will take you to a scenic viewpoint overlooking the city, before a visit to the Historical Museum to learn more about the Faroes over the last millennium, from Viking to modern times.

You will also take a stroll around the beautiful open-air museum "Hoyviksgardur" which includes a traditional farmhouse and outbuildings, before taking a walk through the colourful warehouses, 18th century cathedral and iconic turf-roofed homes of the old town, Tinganes.

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Ancient Treasures

Ancient Treasures

11 Aug Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, United Kingdom
Half Day Archaeological Site
To the west of Kirkwall, on Orkney’s largest island, the gentle rolling landscape gives way to Mainland’s Neolithic heartland as you travel into an area with a wealth of pre-historic archaeology that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To the west of Kirkwall, on Orkney’s largest island, the gentle rolling landscape gives way to Mainland’s Neolithic heartland as you travel into an area with a wealth of pre-historic archaeology that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness, we will stop at the Ring of Brodgar – a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years – before continuing to the similarly ancient village of Skara Brae, which was occupied from roughly 3180 BC to about 2500 BC.

Here you will see the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath sand dunes by storms only 150 years-ago. There are eight in all, making it the most complete Neolithic village in Europe that also has a beautifully interpreted visitor centre for you to explore.

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The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile

12 Aug Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
Half Day Extensive Walking 1 to 2 miles within a period of 2-3 hours
Alive with culture and history, the capital of Scotland is a thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's oldest and most historic street, will take you from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a route rich with medieval buildings, statues and monuments lining both sides of the street.

Alive with culture and history, the capital of Scotland is a thriving UNESCO World Heritage Site. This walking tour of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh's oldest and most historic street, will take you from the Edinburgh Castle Esplanade to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, a route rich with medieval buildings, statues and monuments lining both sides of the street.

The city's dominant landmark is the 12th-century castle atop its rocky, extinct volcanic perch, which affords magnificent views of the city. From here we will walk to Castle Hill, which has a unique collection of ruins, before continuing down Royal Mile to see beautiful Gladstone's Land, a superb example of early 17th-century architecture featuring an outside staircase, arcaded ground floor, oak shutters, leaded glass windows and crow-stepped gables.

The charming Lady Stair's House, also constructed in the 17th century, was once a private home, but today houses a literary museum devoted to the works of Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson.

We will then walk through the elegant district of Cannongate, with its quaint Tollbooth that is now a museum detailing life in 18th-century Edinburgh. The design on this building has a delightful series of small, delicate turrets. Finally, standing proudly at the end of Royal Mile, is the magnificent Palace of Holyroodhouse, the official residence of Her Majesty the Queen while in Scotland. This ornate, baroque palace is famously known as the home of Mary Queen of Scots and within its walls many dramatic episodes of her turbulent reign unfolded.

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Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

12 Aug Rosyth, Scotland, United Kingdom
Half Day Significant Steps
Dramatically perched atop a 250-foot extinct volcano, Stirling Castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the principal residence for Scotland's monarchs. The castle's turbulent history is populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland's history, such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots.

Dramatically perched atop a 250-foot extinct volcano, Stirling Castle dates from the 15th and 16th centuries, when it was the principal residence for Scotland's monarchs. The castle's turbulent history is populated with a host of celebrated figures in Scotland's history, such as Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots. A great symbol of Scottish independence, this royal residence and fortress affords magnificent views from its rocky cliff. A self-guided tour takes you into the vast Great Hall, which dates to the Middle Ages and has been restored to its former glory. See the central turreted gatehouse, the great Parliament Hall, and the Royal Chapel, one of the earliest Renaissance buildings in Scotland. Photo opportunities abound as you immerse yourself in Scotland’s history; there are excellent views of the town of Stirling and the site of the battle of Bannockburn. After your tour, you will then have time to browse for souvenirs in the castle's gift shop before returning to Aegean Odyssey.

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Dr Sarah Baccianti

Dr Sarah Baccianti

Dr Sarah Baccianti, Queen’s University Belfast
Dr. Sarah Baccianti graduated with a master in English Philology, English and American Literature, and Sociology of Communication and Mass Media, from the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Old English and Old Norse literature at the University of Oxford.

Dr. Sarah Baccianti graduated with a master in English Philology, English and American Literature, and Sociology of Communication and Mass Media, from the Université de Fribourg in Switzerland. In 2010, she completed her PhD in Old English and Old Norse literature at the University of Oxford.

Dr Baccianti’s doctoral research focused on the narrative structure of  historical writings in Old English, Old Norse and Anglo-Latin. She was a visiting researcher at the University of  California, Los Angeles, and taught Old English, Middle English and Old Norse at the universities of Oxford, Lausanne and Cork, before recently being awarded the prestigious Royal Society Newton International Fellowship at Queen’s University Belfast. Sarah’s current research, "Scientific Knowledge in Medieval Scandinavia"  is a study of  the transmission and reception of scientific and medical knowledge in the medieval North, from the 12th to the 14th-centuries, with a particular focus given on texts produced in Iceland and Norway.

In addition to her primary research, Sarah has started a community-engagement project in Cork, which aims to communicate to students and teachers in County Cork (while extending communication to the general public, media and heritage professionals) a greater knowledge of Viking Age culture in Ireland and more specifically Cork.

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Andy Bunten BSc, MSc, DIC

Andy Bunten

Andy Bunten BSc, MSc, DIC, Ecologist
Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB. 

Andy has been an obsessive enthusiast about wildlife ever since he can remember. Educated at Cambridge, Newcastle and Imperial College, he then embarked on a career in nature conservation.  He has worked for local government, wildlife trusts, and, for 26 years, the RSPB.

He initially worked in RSPB Scotland then headed south to be the Regional Director for the South East of England for 5 years before, in 1991, moving to the North of England to take up the reins of Director there. A highly experienced lecturer, Andy has cruised extensively completing over 20 trips ranging from Costa Rica to the Philippines and from Argentina to Svalbard

Now an Environmental Consultant, Andy is an enthusiastic traveller and has led wildlife groups to numerous places around the world including the Seychelles, France, Egypt, Brazil, Costa Rica, Panama, Borneo, Norway and Spitzbergen.
 

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Sue King M Phil History of Art, BA Hons Phil/Pol, PGCE, MITG

Sue King

Sue King M Phil History of Art, BA Hons Phil/Pol, PGCE, MITG, Art Historian
Born a Londoner (with Scottish and Irish roots), Sue then travelled the world with a military and diplomatic father and husband. A degree in Philosophy and Politics, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Master’s in History of Art led to a teaching and lecturing career for students from four-years-old to undergraduates.

Born a Londoner (with Scottish and Irish roots), Sue then travelled the world with a military and diplomatic father and husband. A degree in Philosophy and Politics, a Post Graduate teaching qualification and a Master’s in History of Art led to a teaching and lecturing career for students from four-years-old to undergraduates.

Now based in London, and qualified as a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for six areas of Britain from London to the South Coast and North to Yorkshire Sue has a broad knowledge of both art and history.

She now works as a Tourist Guide, Art History Lecturer and Guide Trainer. She has given a series of Art History lectures for American University students studying in London, and for the London Blue Badge course for which she has been Course Director for five years, as well as guiding groups in London galleries and lecturing to various groups interested in art, architecture and heritage subjects.

Sue is one of the few official guides for the Lord Mayor’s Mansion House, the Foundling Museum and Middle Temple Hall and as a member of the Guild of Freeman of the City of London, and of the Basketmakers Livery Company she is able to participate in the splendid pageantry of their official events and in their charitable activities. Sue is past Chairman of both the City of London Guide Lecturers Association and the British Guild of Tourist Guides.

Four years of extensive travel in the United States whilst based in Pennsylvania and Washington DC, and visits to Australian relatives ensure that she can make effective links to our passengers who hail from these countries.

Sue’s illustrated talks on board will bring to life the fascinating art and culture of Iceland and other countries we visit.

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No-Fly Cruises

Please note that free domestic flight connections are not included on this cruise.

Car Parking is available at the Port of Tilbury for cruises departing from London Tilbury or Tower Bridge. Please visit our Port & Car Parking page for more details.

 

Owner's SuitesA
Owner's Suites
BALCONY
Owner's Suites, BALCONY
Layout
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550 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, dressing area, separate sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£7,395*pp
Lido
Lido
Junior SuitesB
Junior Suites
BALCONY
Junior Suites, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

310 sq ft staterooms located on Lido Deck. Marble bathrooms, walk-in closet, sitting area and private balcony. Convertible twin beds.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£6,750*pp
Lido
Lido
Deluxe BalconyC
Deluxe Balcony
BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

275 sq ft staterooms located on Lido & Bridge Decks. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected. Cabins 807, 808 on Lido Deck are smaller and do not have a sitting area.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£5,595*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Deluxe BalconyD
Deluxe Balcony
BALCONY
Deluxe Balcony, BALCONY
Layout
virtual

275 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Bath/shower or walk-in shower, sitting area and private balcony. Fixed double bed, separate twins or convertible twins depending on cabin selected.

Guests in Balcony Class will also enjoy a welcome bottle of champagne & Petit Fours, refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, complimentary bottled water, robe and slippers and Molton brown bathroom amenities.

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£5,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Deluxe OutsideE
Deluxe Outside
PREMIUM
Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
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215 sq ft staterooms located on Belvedere Deck. Private bath/ shower or walk-in shower. Convertible twin beds. Cabins 556 and 563 are smaller but have a fixed double bed and a balcony.

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£4,850*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Deluxe OutsideF
Deluxe Outside
PREMIUM
Deluxe Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

170-200sq ft staterooms located on Bridge and Belvedere Decks. Bath/Shower or walk-in shower.
Convertible twin beds or Fixed Double Bed. Cabins 535 and 536 have fixed twin beds only.

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£4,595*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideG
Premium Outside
PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
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130-150 sq ft staterooms located on Bridge & Lido Decks. Private shower, fixed twin beds, convertible twin beds or fixed double bed.

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£4,295*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideH
Premium Outside
PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
virtual

Premium Outside 130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£3,995*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
Premium OutsideI*
Premium Outside
PREMIUM
Premium Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
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130 sq ft cabins located on Bridge Deck. Private shower. Fixed twin beds or fixed double bed.
Views in some cabins partially obstructed by Life Boats.

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£3,750*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Standard OutsideJ
Standard Outside
PREMIUM
Standard Outside, PREMIUM
Layout
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130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.
* Please note the photo shows a Category H premium outside cabin. Category J standard outside cabins feature portholes instead of windows.

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£3,450*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Premium InsideK
Premium Inside
PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
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130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere Deck. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£3,195*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium InsideL
Premium Inside
PREMIUM
Premium Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
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130 sq ft cabins located on Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£2,950*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Standard InsideM
Standard Inside
PREMIUM
Standard Inside, PREMIUM
Layout
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130 sq ft cabins located on Belvedere and Columbus Decks. Fixed twin beds with private shower.

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£2,750*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Columbus
Columbus
Deluxe BalconyCC
Deluxe Balcony
SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Balcony, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
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135 sq ft single occupancy stateroom located on Lido Deck (Cabins 809, 810). Walk-in shower and private balcony. Fixed small double bed.

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£6,850*pp
Lido
Lido
Deluxe OutsideEE
Deluxe Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Deluxe Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
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135 sq ft single occupancy Deluxe staterooms located on Belvedere Deck(554, 561). Shower, European full-size bed and a small balcony.

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£5,895*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium OutsideGG*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
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Single occupancy Premium outside staterooms located on Bridge and Lido Deck. Private shower and a European full-size bed. Views in cabins 726, 724 on Belvedere deck are partially obstructed by lifeboats.

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£5,195*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Lido
Lido
Premium OutsideHH*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Premium outside single occupancy staterooms located on Bridge & Belvedere decks, featuring a European full-size bed and a private shower.
 * Please note the cabin plan and photo shows the Category H double occupancy stateroom. Category HH single staterooms are smaller and feature one European full-size bed. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats in the cabins on Bridge deck.

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£4,850*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Bridge
Bridge
Premium OutsideII*
Premium Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

130 sq ft Premuim Outside staterooms located on Bridge Deck, featuring a double window and a European full-size bed with private shower. Views are partially obstructed by lifeboats.
*Please note the photo & cabin plan show a double occupancy I cabin. Cabins 710 and 712 (Category II, single occupancy) are smaller in size and feature a single European size bed.

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£4,495*pp
Bridge
Bridge
Standard OutsideJJ
Standard Outside
SINGLE CABINS
Standard Outside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

Single occupancy standard outside cabins located on Columbus Deck, featuring portholes in place of windows. A single European size bed with private shower.
*Please note the picture shows a standard outside double occupancy cabin. Single occupancy cabins are smaller and feature a single European size bed and portholes instead of windows.

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£4,150*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Premium InsideKK
Premium Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
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£3,795*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Premium InsideLL
Premium Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Premium Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
virtual

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£3,550*pp
Columbus
Columbus
Standard InsideMM
Standard Inside
SINGLE CABINS
Standard Inside, SINGLE CABINS
Layout
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130 sq ft Standard inside single occupancy cabins located on Belvedere Decks. A small double bed with private shower.
*Please note the picture shows a double occupancy inside cabin. Cabins MM are smaller and feature a small double bed.

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£3,250*pp
Belvedere
Belvedere
Third/forth person
£1,850

MV AEGEAN ODYSSEY

There is a particular pleasure that comes with cruising aboard a smaller ship. Hosting an average of just 350 passengers, Aegean Odyssey is no ‘floating city’. She is small enough to sail rivers and put into the more characterful ports inaccessible to the ‘mega-ships’, the service is more personal and you get plenty of time to interact with the onboard experts.

Yet on the other hand, she is large enough to offer a superb selection of amenities, including two dining venues, several comfortable lounges and bars, a relaxing spa centre and well-stocked library. Cabins are spacious, modern and intelligently designed, and 39 cabins across a range of categories (including balcony) are set aside for solo travellers at low supplement.  

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