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DeNure Tours / Celtic Explorer Cruise with Holland America Line – 18 Days
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Celtic Explorer Cruise with Holland America Line – 18 Days

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May 3, 2019 Double: $10,795, Single: $15,595 Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $150 pp. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.     Cruise the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, and the Irish Sea to ten picturesque Celtic ports. Fly to London for a…

May 3, 2019

Double: $10,795, Single: $15,595

Book by December 14, 2018 and SAVE $150 pp.

If booking your own airfare reduce price by $600.

 

 

Cruise the English Channel, the Celtic Sea, and the Irish Sea to ten picturesque Celtic ports. Fly to London for a guided tour and a day to explore the top spots, then cast off from Dover aboard Holland America’s ms Prinsendam. Immerse yourself in the hubs of an ancient culture that spread throughout western Europe in the Iron Age cultivating distinct variations in language, cuisine, music, literature, and art.

Walk about St. Helier’s Liberation Square in tiny Jersey. Admire the towering cliffs of Fishguard, Wales. In Scotland, Greenock has gorgeous mountain views, Portree is a lively seaside town with brightly painted buildings, and Tobermory is a bustling burgh surrounded by thick woodlands. Vibrant Dublin explodes with Irish character! Tin whistles lift spirits in pubs drowning in Guinness, Celtic knots weave into jewellery and stone, and 13-century Georgian buildings soar from cobbled streets.

Antwerp is a cultural epicentre of diamonds, fashion, and chocolate, packed with art exhibits, cafés and fortresses built in the baroque style. Our last stop is Amsterdam! Tulips burst from stalls, ornate buildings stretch along 17th-century tree-lined canals, and museums display Van Gogh and Rembrandt masterpieces. Dive into Celtic culture on this unforgettable cruise!

 

London Hop-on Hop-off Pass

The cultural heart of Britain, splendid London is as diverse as it is historic. Iconic landmarks such as the London Eye, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace intermingle with modern art galleries and museums, all set against the River Thames.

Your hop-on bus pass lets you explore at your own pace, creating the London getaway of your dreams.

So much to do! London is an endless stretch of antiquities, architecture, fashion, and commerce. Catch a Thames Clipper from the London Bridge pier and head for the vibrant stalls of Greenwich Market, est. 1737 or stroll the South Bank’s promenade. See contemporary works inside the Tate Modern, London’s most impressive monument and the world’s largest art gallery, or stop for a pint in the West End’s historical pubs!

 

 

Price Includes

Return flight from Toronto, airport transfers overseas, motor coach transportation, 16 nights accommodation, 16 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 16 dinners, 14-day cruise on Holland America Line’s ms Prinsendam (outside cabin, Category C), shipboard meals and gratuities, all highlights listed, DeNureTours Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.

Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. Other cabin types may be available, ask for rates.

 

Highlights

• London: 2 nights in a centrally located hotel, guided city tour, Hop-on Hop-off pass – perfect for exploring the city!
• 14-day Celtic Explorer Cruise including scenic Sheldt River Cruise

 

Ports of Call

• St. Helier, Jersey
• Falmouth, England
• Fishguard, Wales
• Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
• Portree (Isle of Skye), Scotland
• Tobermory (Isle of Mull), Scotland
• Dublin, Ireland
• Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium
• Antwerp, Belgium
• Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

Accommodation

• London: Mercure London Kensington Hotel* (2 nights)
• Holland America Line: ms Prinsendam (14 nights)

*or similar

 

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Celtic Explorer Cruise – 18 Days

Day 1-2: Fly to London

Fly to London and upon arrival enjoy a guided city tour followed by dinner at your hotel.

Stay: Mercure London Kensington Hotel, London (or similar)
Nights: 2
Meals: L, D

Day 3: London Sightseeing

A free day to explore the glorious nooks and crannies of Britain’s ancient city. Use your included Hop-on Hop-off bus pass! We’ll get back together for dinner at a restaurant within walking distance of our hotel.

Meals: B, D

Day 4: Board Cruise

Today we’ll have breakfast at the hotel and head to Dover to set sail (a pub lunch en route)!

Stay: ms Prinsendam, Holland America Line
Nights: 14
Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: St. Helier, Jersey

Our first port of call is St. Helier in Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. Take the opportunity to walk about Liberation Square!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 6: Falmouth, England

We dock in Falmouth today, a town on the River Fal on the south coast of Cornwall. Falmouth’s charming maritime heritage is a lovely way to spend a day.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Fishguard, Wales

Remote and idyllic Fishguard! A port of towering cliffs and tiny shops.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland

To Scotland where we tie in Greenock, a burgh of the central Lowlands. Just 25 miles west of Glasgow, Greenock is a pretty historic town by the Firth of Clyde filled with Victorian buildings, museums, and galleries.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 9: At Sea

The big wide ocean is all ours today as we spend a day exploring the ms Prisendam’s wonderful amenities.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10: Portree (Isle of Skye), Scotland

After a day at sea, we are greeted by brightly painted Portree, a port on the Inner Hebrides on the Isle of Skye. Explore its Gaelic heritage!

Meals: B, L, D

Day 11: Tobermory (Isle of Mull), Scotland

Tobermory is the main town on the Isle of Mull. Bustling and busy despite its small population, there are many shops, galleries, and eateries to keep you busy! Don’t miss the whisky distillery, est. 1798.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 12-13: Dublin, Ireland

To Dublin, capital of the Republic of Ireland, at the mouth of the River Liffey. There’s so much to see here that we have two days to explore Dublin’s many 13th-century buildings, Irish pubs, towering cathedrals, and medieval castles, brought to life by the earthy charisma of proud Dubliners!

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day 14: At Sea

Another day at sea to relax and breathe the ocean air under miles of blue sky.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 15: Zeebrugge (Brussels), Belgium

Today we arrive in Zeebrugge to explore a fairytale place interconnected by gorgeous bridges. Medieval Brussels is historic and modern, a grand mix of architectural styles with endless attractions.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 16-17: Brussels (Antwerp), Belgium

The history of Antwerp, on the River Scheldt, dates back to the middle ages. Quaint and charming, it is also the place to visit for diamonds, fashion, art exhibits, and fortresses built in the baroque style. Antwerp impresses with its contrast of culture and entertainment options. While here, we’ll enjoy a scenic cruise along the Scheldt River.

Meals: B x 2, L x 2, D x 2

Day 18: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Tulips, yes. Canals, check! But Amsterdam is lovely in so many more ways! Take in Van Gogh and Rembrandt masterpieces under gabled facades. Walk into world-class museums, vintage shops, and innumerable art galleries. Sample Netherlands’ cuisine in Amsterdam’s niche markets and eateries before transferring to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: B, L, D

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