From Southampton, sail to Ireland where a late-night stay in Dublin leaves time to visit elegant shops and galleries, historical sights and pubs. In Belfast learn about the legendary ocean liner and enjoy a museum experience unlike any other at Titanic Belfast. Then on to Glasgow, where shoppers will be amazed at cutting-edge fashion designs, and those who admire Victorian architecture can snap stunning photos. For Scotch drinkers, sample a wee dram in the Scottish Highlands during a tour of the famed Glenmorangie distillery, a favourite whiskey of the Scots.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to London and return Edinburgh to Vancouver
- 13 night cruise aboard Azamara Journey
- Round trip transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
- Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
- Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
- Self-service laundry
- Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available
- Concierge services for personal guidance and reservations
- Travel Best Bets Exclusive: book Outside or higher by February 28 and receive from $200 per cabin onboard credit!
July 10 – 24, 2018
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|Date||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|July 11||Southampton, England||-||6:00pm|
|July 12||St Peter Port, Channel Islands||8:00am||1:00pm|
|July 13||Cork (Cobh), Ireland||8:30am||7:30pm|
|July 14||Dublin, Ireland||8:00am||11:00pm|
|July 15||Douglas, Isle of Man||9:00am||9:00pm|
|July 16||Belfast, Northern Ireland||6:30am||10:30pm|
|July 17||Greenock, Scotland||8:30am||9:30pm|
|July 18||At Sea||-||-|
|July 19||Kirkwall, Scotland||8:00am||6:00pm|
|July 20||The Scottish Highlands, Shrouded In
Myth and Folklore, and a Treat to Explore
|July 21||Dundee, Scotland||9:30am||-|
|July 22||Dundee, Scotland||-||9:00pm|
|July 23||Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland||12:45pm||-|
|July 24||Edinburgh (Leith), Scotland||-||-|
Muse on voyages past as you sail in or out of Southampton, long a maritime center, its yards turning out warships for king and country from the Hundred Years War in the 14-15th centuries, to two world wars in the 20th. It was the departure point for the Mayflower in 1620, and for the ill-fated Titanic in 1912. The charms of London are not far away, but pray tarry in the south to explore other wonders, including Bath, with its natural hot springs and stunning architecture and the mysterious megaliths of Stonehenge, or venture all the way west to Lands End, and the wild moorlands and pirate haunts of Cornwall.
St Peter Port
Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown Dependency off the coast of France, British by virtue of the Norman invasion of England in 1066, and the subsequent merging of the two territories. St. Peter Port overlooks the harbor, with rows of brightly painted houses, and terraced gardens. The island is ideal for rambles along cliffside paths and through the bucolic interior. While traditional fishing, flower growing, and dairy farming are still important, Guernsey’s favorable tax climate has of late brought an influx of offshore banks and insurance companies, with their attendant bistros and boutiques.
Located on the south coast of County Cork, Ireland, the quaint seaside town of Cobh is known for its great maritime heritage and seafaring history. As Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal, Cobh was the departure point for 2.5 million of the six million Irish people that immigrated to North America between 1848 and 1950, and to this day, it remains a popular port of call for cruise liners from all over the world. Perhaps this is due in part to the fact that Cobh, formerly known as Queenstown, is renowned as the last port of call for RMS Titanic—and since that fateful day in 1912, Cobh has remained largely unchanged, with the piers and streetscape appearing the much the same as it did over 100 years ago. Many of Cobh’s sites focus on its maritime history, including the Titanic Experience, Titanic Trail walking tour, the Queenstown Story Heritage Centre, and tours to Spike Island. There are also hourly rail connections to the lovely town of Cork, situated just 20 minutes away from Cobh.
Dublin offers a wealth of historic sites dating back to a 1000-year-old Viking village, and as one might expect of the Irish, there is a tale to be told about every one. St. Patrick’s Cathedral is said to have been erected on the site where the saint himself converted pagans in AD 450. From Dublin Castle the crown jewels were stolen in 1907; an unsolved mystery left to the fictional Sherlock Holmes to decipher. Some pubs, great sources of stories, are almost as old – you can sample a Guinness and the latest lore at The Brazen head, serving up drink and daydreams for 800 years. Then for a contrast, ride to a stunning view of contemporary Dublin atop a brand new observation wheel.
The tiny Isle of Man has quite a lot to offer for its size. Douglas’ lovely sea front is lined with picturesque hotels and restaurants, and can be traversed by horse-drawn trams as it has been since 1876. There’s a medieval fortress in Castletown; a ruined castle on the Isle of St. Patrick where tales of Vikings, monks, and a ghost dog abound; and the village of Cregneash, where people live in thatched cottages, speak the native Manx language, and practice traditional trades and crafts. Front gardens on residential streets are a standout – awash in color and scent.
Belfast in the early 20th century had the largest and most productive shipyard in the world, gaining global renown with the launch of the RMS Titanic. Located on the slipways where she was built is a stunning new museum, opened in time for the 100th anniversary of Titanic’s only voyage and tragic demise. Today the city and riverfront are undergoing a 21st century transformation, but many exuberant Victorian and Edwardian buildings still sport the carved heads of kings and queens. As you explore the city, keep an eye out for “the murals.” These somewhat troubling freelance works appearing on building walls provide insight into the period known simply as “The Troubles.”
Glasgow is a lively and cosmopolitan city, making a name as a vibrant center of 21st century design, set against a background of exceptional Victorian architecture. The city’s evolution is ongoing, as state-of-the-art glass towers sprout up to house a growing financial services industry. The real Glasgow can be found in the pubs, where lively discussions about everything from the weather to solving the world’s problems are had over a pint or two. Visitors are welcome, so do join in. And take note: no trip to Scotland is complete without sampling ‘the water of life’” – a wee dram of Scotch whisky.
The 70 islands of Orkney are low lying, a pleasing, gently rolling panorama of fertile fields, heather cloaked moors, and lakes. The red sandstone walls of the imposing St. Magnus Cathedral dominate Kirkwall, the main town, capital, and hub for roads linking east and west. In summer whales and dolphins sport in coastal waters, and tens of thousands of breeding seabirds congregate on sharp seaside cliffs. The early arrival of mankind on this scene can be investigated at Skara Brae, an amazingly well preserved Neolithic village that was inhabited and already abandoned more than 5,000 years ago.
Take a superb natural setting of mountains, tumbling waterfalls, rushing rivers, and serene lochs (and add one sea monster); pepper the landscape with amazing castles (such as Cawdor, setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth). Plant a crop of magnificent gardens; incorporate a pretty village or two (surely Beauly, with its lovely flower displays and 13th century ruined priory); toss in a trail of whiskey distilleries, and there you have it: the Scottish Highlands, shrouded in myth and folklore, and a treat to explore.
Once most famous for its industrial grime, Dundee has evolved into a vibrant art, design, music and theatre scene. It’s the UK’s first designated UNESCO City of Design and now has the first design museum outside of London. The new V&A Museum Of Design is housed in a world-class building at the heart of the newly transformed waterfront. Visit and learn the story of Scotland’s outstanding design heritage. McManus is Dundee’s major museum, but don’t miss the Dundee Contemporary Arts. A focal point for the arts and design crowd, the building serves as a design shop, hip café, gallery and arts cinema. Just as must-see is the Dundee Science Centre (formerly known as Sensation), a museum devoted to the senses: slide through a cut-away head on a pink tongue, before exiting through a nostril. Sensational, indeed. Down by the waterfront you can explore the Royal Research Ship Discovery, launched in 1901 to explore the South Pole. In the evening the west side of Perth offers great bars and a wonderful view over Britain’s most powerful river, the Tay. After a pint of deuchars, find a bench and just watch the river go by. No longer just Scotland’s fourth city, Dundee is an absolute delight.
To discover Edinburgh begin at its historic heart, with a walk down The Royal Mile. Take it from the top, at Edinburgh Castle perched above the city, for a look at the view, the crown jewels, and the Stone of Destiny on which Scottish monarchs were crowned. At the far end of the mile is the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official residence when in Scotland. Buildings steeped in history, with fascinating stories to tell, line the route between them. Outside the city are numerous impressive stately homes with beautiful grounds and gardens. And for those itching to get out on the links, there is no better place than this, the land where golf was born.
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