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The Beauty of the British Isles - 2021

London • 10-night expedition cruise with Poole, Isles of Scilly, Fishguard, Holyhead, Isle of Man, Belfast, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides (Stornoway), Orkney Islands (Stromness), Invergordon • Edinburgh
  • JOIN THE INAUGURAL SAILING SEASON OF THE 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, VANTAGE'S FIRST SMALL SHIP OCEAN GOING EXPEDITION VESSEL
  • DISCOVER THE ISLE OF MAN, A UNIQUE BRITISH PROTECTORATE THAT IS ALSO A UNESCO WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE
  • EXPLORE THE ARBOREAL BEAUTY OF THE TRESCO ABBEY GARDENS ON THE ISLES OF SCILLY
  • DISCOVER THE UNESCO-LISTED GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, A SERIES OF OTHERWORLDLY BASALT COLUMNS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
  • VISIT SCOTLAND'S INNER HEBRIDES, INCLUDING THE ISLE OF MULL, AND DISCOVER ITS UNIQUE WILDLIFE
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Pre-Trip)

3 DAYS FROM $1,349

London, England (Pre-Trip)

3 DAYS FROM $1,099

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London, England (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,099 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $366 PER DAY

London beckons with more than 300 museums, some of the world’s best theaters, dozens of palaces and monuments, legendary shopping, exquisite parks, charming pubs, top-notch dining and so much more! No wonder Samuel Johnson said, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Since London is already on your route, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of its many gems. Everything will be within reach from your centrally located, Deluxe hotel, and your itinerary balances carefully curated included activities with free time to discover the London of your dreams.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 nights accommodations at the Deluxe Kimpton Fitzroy London (or similar)
  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Half-day visit to the British Museum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Leisure in London

After a guided sightseeing tour on your base tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Admire traditional portraiture at the National Gallery, modern masterpieces at the Tate, or the diverse art and design collections of the Victoria & Albert. Shop at famous department stores like Harrods or Marks & Spencer, or scoop up antiques and collectibles at the flea markets at Portobello Road, Camden Passage, or Old Spitalfields. You may also join our full-day optional tour to Oxford and Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Churchills.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Oxford & Blenheim Palace

Oxford & Blenheim Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $199 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
  • When: Full-day tour

A day of visual riches awaits on this all-day combination tour to Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires,” home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, as well as stunning Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Starting in Oxford, take a tour through the medieval center and the university, including the Old Covered Market, the Radcliff Camera, the Bodlean Library, Christchurch Chapel, and the quad and interior of one of the colleges. (Note that interior visits to the college are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before.) Stop for lunch on your own and leisure time in Oxford. Then, just a short drive away is Blenheim Palace, set among some of the most famous gardens in England. Your visit includes a tour of the palace interior, the Winston Churchill Museum, the palace’s painting and tapestry collection, and more. You’ll also have time to stroll the grounds, with lakes, lawns, and gardens that are considered some of the finest works of Capability Brown, the English landscaping pioneer.


DAY 17:

Explore the British Museum

After breakfast you’ll head to the historic Bloomsbury neighborhood to visit the British Museum. With more than eight million works from the beginning of humankind to the present, it is one of the largest museums on the planet. Here you will find everything from Egyptian mummies to Mesopotamian cuneiforms to daVinci drawings and beyond. Among the most famous treasures are the Parthenon Marbles (formerly known as the Elgin Marbles.)

The balance your day is free until this evening’s Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 18:

Return flight home

After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
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London, England (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,099 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $366 PER DAY

London beckons with more than 300 museums, some of the world’s best theatesr, dozens of palaces and monuments, legendary shopping, exquisite parks, charming pubs, top-notch dining and so much more! No wonder Samuel Johnson said, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Since London is already on your route, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of its many gems. Everything will be within reach from your centrally located, Deluxe hotel, and your itinerary balances carefully curated included activities with free time to discover the London of your dreams.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 additional nights accommodations at the Deluxe Kimpton Fitzroy London (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Half-day visit to the British Museum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com

Please note: The day-to-day itinerary for this extension blends in some features that would otherwise occur during the London land portion of your main cruise tour program. This is done merely to ensure the most logical, relaxed, and efficient pacing. By the time you embark ship on the main cruiset our itinerary, you will have experienced all the main tour inclusions as well as your two extra extension days.
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DAY 1:

London calling!

You’ll board an overnight flight to England today, arriving on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrive in London

Arrive in London today. If you purchased Vantage air, you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel from the airport. Remember also to take advantage of the hospitality desk during your stay, where you can plan activities; or use our complimentary Concierge service to do so in advance. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

See London’s landmarks

Today’s half-day, guided panoramic city tour takes you by coach and by foot to view some of London’s most notable landmarks: Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Big Ben, Parliament, Buckingham Palace, and more. You’ll also enjoy an unforgettable visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center where Winston Churchill and his inner circle planned and executed Britain’s WWII strategy. Lunch and dinner are on your own — ask your Concierge for suggestions, or do as the locals do and head to a nearby pub!

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Leisure in London

Enjoy a day to explore on your own. Admire traditional portraiture at the National Gallery, modern masterpieces at the Tate, or the diverse art and design collections of the Victoria & Albert. Shop at famous department stores like Harrods or Marks & Spencer, or scoop up antiques and collectibles at the flea markets at Portobello Road, Camden Passage, or Old Spitalfields. You may also join our full-day optional tour to Oxford and Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Churchills.

Throughout the day, your fellow cruise tour travelers will be arriving. You’ll meet them this evening at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner. Tomorrow, as they acclimate with a city tour, you still have one more included feature of your pre-trip extension to enjoy: your excursion to the British Museum.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Oxford & Blenheim Palace

Oxford & Blenheim Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $199 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
  • When: Full-day tour

A day of visual riches awaits on this all-day combination tour to Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires,” home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, as well as stunning Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Starting in Oxford, take a tour through the medieval center and the university, including the Old Covered Market, the Radcliff Camera, the Bodlean Library, Christchurch Chapel, and the quad and interior of one of the colleges. (Note that interior visits to the college are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before.) Stop for lunch on your own and leisure time in Oxford. Then, just a short drive away is Blenheim Palace, set among some of the most famous gardens in England. Your visit includes a tour of the palace interior, the Winston Churchill Museum, the palace’s painting and tapestry collection, and more. You’ll also have time to stroll the grounds, with lakes, lawns, and gardens that are considered some of the finest works of Capability Brown, the English landscaping pioneer.


DAY 5:

Explore the British Museum

After breakfast you’ll head to the historic Bloomsbury neighborhood to visit the British Museum. With more than eight million works from the beginning of humankind to the present, it is one of the largest museums on the planet. Here you will find everything from Egyptian mummies to Mesopotamian cuneiforms to daVinci drawings and beyond. Among the most famous treasures are the Parthenon Marbles (formerly known as the Elgin Marbles.) The balance the day is free for you to relax and enjoy dinner on your own. Tomorrow, by the time you embark ship it will be Day 4 of your main cruise tour itinerary, and you will have experienced all the main tour inclusions to this point as well as your extra extension days.

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Edinburgh, Scotland (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,149 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $383 PER DAY

Edinburgh’s imposing profile of black rock hills and rugged medieval fortifications stands in stark contrast to its cultured, quirky, and playful spirit. Why not add extra time to delve deeper into the U.K.’s second-most popular destination after London? Revisit Scotland’s dramatic history at Edinburgh Castle. Wander the tangle of medieval Old Town, and the neoclassical district of New Town, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dart into the quaint shops, inviting pubs, and fascinating museums that line the Royal Mile. A highlight will be your included excursion to the fabled fairways of St. Andrew’s, the home of golf. Our perfect mix of included touring and leisure time allows you to discover the best Edinburgh has to offer.

On our August 19, 2021 departure, enjoy an unforgettable Cultural Connection when you are our guest at the historic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an artistic extravaganza set against the backdrop of imposing Edinburgh Castle. It’s a pageant like none other featuring parades, fireworks, dancing, military bands, and opera and classical music performances—all part of your exclusive ticket specially arranged by Vantage.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 additional nights accommodations at the Principal Edinburgh George Street (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Optional Stirling Castle tour, or explore the capital city on your own

Today is at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll explore Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, or check out rare species of plants and trees at the Royal Botanic Garden. If you love history and great architecture, join our optional tour to Stirling Castle. Dramatically set on a craggy promontory, it was a favored home of the Stewart kings and queens and an important defense during Scotland’s Wars of Independence.

Optional Tour: Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • When: Morning tour (Extension only)

Spend a memorable half day visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most historically significant manors, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Stirling Castle was a hotbed of Scottish history — this was the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the site of her coronation. Learn about the history of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and the battles fought here during the Game of Thrones-esque Wars of Independence. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland.


DAY 17:

The home of golfing: St. Andrews

Today you’ll enjoy an included morning excursion to St. Andrews, the delightful seaside “home of golf” and site of Scotland’s first university. Admire the charming cobbled streets and green cathedral grounds during a leisurely lunch on your own before returning for a free afternoon in Edinburgh. Back at your hotel in the evening, raise your glass to toast a successful journey at our Farewell Dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 18:

Return flight home

After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home

Included Meals:

Breakfast
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,349 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $449 PER DAY

Edinburgh’s imposing profile of black rock hills and rugged medieval fortifications stands in stark contrast to its cultured, quirky, and playful spirit. Since you’ll be passing through, why not add three nights to experience the U.K.’s second-most popular destination after London? Revisit Scotland’s dramatic history at Edinburgh Castle. Wander the tangle of medieval Old Town, and the neoclassical district of New Town, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. See the fabled fairways of St. Andrew’s. Dart into the quaint shops, inviting pubs, and fascinating museums that line the Royal Mile. Our perfect mix of included touring and leisure time allows you to discover the best Edinburgh has to offer.

On our August 19, 2021 departure, enjoy an unforgettable Cultural Connection when you are our guest at the historic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an artistic extravaganza set against the backdrop of imposing Edinburgh Castle. It’s a pageant like none other featuring parades, fireworks, dancing, military bands, and opera and classical music performances — all part of your exclusive ticket specially arranged by Vantage.

Your Price Includes:
  • 3 additional nights accommodations at the Principal Edinburgh George Street (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com

Please note: The day-to-day itinerary for this extension blends in some features that would otherwise occur during the Edinburgh land portion of your main cruise tour program. This is done merely to ensure the most logical, relaxed, and efficient pacing. By the time you embark ship on the main cruise tour itinerary, you will have experienced all the main tour inclusions as well as your two extra extension days.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Scotland

You’ll board an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland today, arriving on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrival in Edinburgh

Upon arrival, if you purchased Vantage air, you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel from the airport. Remember also to take advantage of the hospitality desk during your stay, where you can plan activities; or use our complimentary Concierge service to do so in advance. A Welcome Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Edinburgh, and come aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

The unforgettable city of Edinburgh unfolds before you as we ride and walk on a half-day city tour. Highlights of the Old Town include Edinburgh Castle, set high above the city on Castle Rock, and St. Margaret’s Chapel. Built around 1130, it is the oldest surviving building in town. Fast-forward to 18th-century as you explore the New Town, with its elegant neoclassical and Georgian architecture. Both districts are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip set sail to visit their far-flung dominion, they did it on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. You'll come aboard to inspect this elegant vessel, which often a hosted a retinue of more than 45 guests. It still features the furnishings and décor favored by the Queen when the ship was launched in 1953. The balance of your day is free. Your Vantage City Host will be happy to assist with tips, directions, and making reservations.

Please note that tonight, only on our August 19, 2021 departure, you’ll enjoy a Vantage exclusive: tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Staged on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, it is the capstone of the famous Edinburgh Festival and a spectacle of pageantry, music, fireworks and more. Your exclusive Vantage program includes admission, transfers, and a local guide. Enjoy the festivities!

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Optional Stirling Castle tour, or explore the capital city on your own

Today is at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll explore Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, or check out rare species of plants and trees at the Royal Botanic Garden. If you love history and great architecture, join our optional tour to Stirling Castle. Dramatically set on a craggy promontory, it was a favored home of the Stewart kings and queens and an important defense during Scotland’s Wars of Independence.

Throughout the day, your fellow cruise tour travelers will be arriving. You’ll meet them this evening at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner. Tomorrow, as they acclimate with a city tour, you still have one more included feature of your pre-trip extension to enjoy: your excursion to St. Andrews.

Included Meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • When: Morning tour (Extension only)

Spend a memorable half day visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most historically significant manors, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Stirling Castle was a hotbed of Scottish history — this was the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the site of her coronation. Learn about the history of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and the battles fought here during the Game of Thrones-esque Wars of Independence. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland.


DAY 5:

The home of golfing: St. Andrews

Today you’ll enjoy an included morning excursion to St. Andrews, the delightful seaside “home of golf” and site of Scotland’s first university. Admire the charming cobbled streets and green cathedral grounds before returning for a leisurely afternoon in Edinburgh. Back at your hotel in the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner on your own, and then commence your base tour.

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