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Route of the Vikings: Expedition to the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland & Beyond - 2021

Edinburgh • 18-night expedition cruise with Kirkwall (Orkney Islands); Shetland Islands; Tórshavn (Faroe Islands); Heimaey Island, Reykjavík, Stykkishólmur (Iceland); Kulusuk, Isortoq, Nanortalik (Greenland); Norris Point (Newfoundland and Labrador); Québec • Montreal
  • JOIN THE INAUGURAL SAILING SEASON OF THE 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, VANTAGE'S FIRST SMALL SHIP OCEAN-CRUISING EXPEDITION VESSEL
  • SET FOOT ON SOME OF THE PLANET’S MOST RUGGED AND REMOTELY BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPES OF ICELAND AND GREENLAND
  • SEE A CACHE OF NEOLITHIC RUINS AND LEARN THE IMPORTANT ROLE THE KIRKWALL AND THE ORKNEY ISLANDS PLAYED DURING WORLD WAR II
  • DISCOVER DENMARK'S AUTONOMOUS FAROE ISLANDS, AN ORNITHOLOGICAL PARADISE WITH WAVE-CRASHED CLIFFS AND CHARMING TOWNS
  • EXPLORE THE SHETLAND ISLANDS, SCOTLAND’S NORTHERNMOST ISLES BRIMMING WITH SPECTACULAR SCENERY, BRONZE AGE AND VIKING RUINS, AND WORLD WAR II INTRIGUE
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  • 23
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  • 21
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Edinburgh, Scotland

3 DAYS FROM $1,049

Ottawa, Canada

3 DAYS FROM $2,999

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Edinburgh, Scotland

FROM $1,049 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $349 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.

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 additional nights accommodations at the Moderate Deluxe Principal Edinburgh George Street Hotel (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • 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 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. After settling in you may join our orientation walk to get acclimated to the immediate vicinity around your hotel. 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:

Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns, 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 Price 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.

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 the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, or check out rare species of plants and trees at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Travelers joining you on your base tour will be arriving throughout the day. You’ll meet them this evening during your Welcome Reception and Dinner. (See Day 2 of your base cruise tour itinerary)

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 5:

The home of golfing: St. Andrews

Later this afternoon you’ll join your larger base tour group and proceed with Day 3 of your expedition cruise tour. But first, you have one more adventure to enjoy as part of your optional pre-trip extension: 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. By the time you return to your hotel this afternoon, you will have experienced all the main tour inclusions as well as your two extra extension days. Enjoy the balance of the day free.

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Ottawa, Canada

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $433 PER DAY

Canada’s capital, stunning Ottawa, is the nation’s most prosperous and educated city, a showcase of fine architecture, beautiful outdoor spaces, and a cultural hub that boasts seven national museums and a plethora of shops, restaurants, universities, theaters, and so much more. Set at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineau, and Rideau rivers, its setting is as gracious as its welcoming, easygoing vibe. The city invites outdoor exploration with its lovely parks and gardens, including the wildlife-rich Parc Omega, and the central Rideau Canal, which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its unique design and cultural significance. Along the way to Ottawa, you’ll enjoy a delicious taste of Canada when you lunch at Fairmont Le Château Montebello for a true Québécois feast.

Your Price Includes:

  • 2 nights accommodations in Ottawa at the Fairmont Château Laurier (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • Lunch at Fairmont Le Château Montebello, along the Ottawa River
  • Guided Visit to Parc Omega
  • Half-day Ottawa city tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • 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 24:

Travel overland to Ottawa, visit Parc Omega

Depart for Montreal and enjoy a unique experience in the heart of nature in Montebello. Visit Parc Omega and discover Canada’s wildlife such as moose, elk, bison, wolves, bears, and many more, all within their natural environment. Upon arrival at the park, you will board the Omega bus and drive around the 15-kilometer
marked path with an animal guide, specifically trained for sharing their knowledges about the beautiful species and quickly spot the ones that are usually difficult to see. Some animals will greet you at the bus, open the windows and feed them with carrots if you’d like! Enjoy the ride and admire Canada’s wildlife … you will certainly come back with unperishable memories. Next, you will transfer to the luxury Fairmont Le Château Montebello, the world’s largest log cabin. After a delightful lunch, you will have some time to walk around the resort before traveling to Montreal to check in at your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 25:

Celebrate Canada’s beauty and history in Ottawa

Ottawa may well be one of the world’s most beautiful capitals, with its monumental Parliament Hill overlooking a mantle of gorgeous waterways, parks and falls. You’ll discover its highlights on this morning’s city tour.

Unforgettable Moment: Your city tour brings you past the War Memorial that stands on Confederation Square, one of Canada’s national historic sites. Then, at the ByWard Market, Ottawa’s oldest and largest open-air farmers’ market, you’ll be tempted by more than 260 stalls selling fresh local fare and gifts. Maybe you’ll sample a BeaverTails pastry, a scrumptious cinnamon and sugar-dusted fritter that got its start in Ottawa. Traveling along Sussex Drive, you’ll see the Prime Minister’s residence, then continue to stately Rockcliffe Park and the adjoining city of Gatineau, with its impressive Museum of Civilization. Heading back to town, you’ll cross the historic Rideau Canal, which slices through the heart of downtown and is a popular recreation area always filled with bikers or skaters. You’ll also see Major’s Hill Park, a peaceful green oasis in the heart of downtown Ottawa, and the city’s crowning glory, Parliament Hill, a collection of enormous sandstone, Gothic Revival buildings including the iconic, 302-foot-high Peace Tower.

The afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps you’ll return to the ByWard Market for some last-minute shopping, take a sightseeing cruise along the Ottawa River, or browse the National Gallery of Canada. Be back in time to bid adieu to your new travel friends at this evening’s Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 26:

Depart for home

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport and fly home.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

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