Bagpipes & Blue Fjords - Europe`s North Like You`ve Never Done It Before...

This amazing 23 night Fly, Expedition Cruise & Small Group Tour package is a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover the wonders of Scotland and Norway....

Date: 27 Apr–22 May 2019

Ship: G Expedition

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AU $15,995

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Enjoy private tours of some of Scotland`s most enigmatic castles
  • Indulge in a whisky tasting
  • Stay on the stunning Isle of Skye and the striking Isle of Mull
  • Take an ancient ruins guided tour in the Orkney Islands
  • Bergen city tour
  • The famous Flam Railway excursion
  • A visit to Olden and Geirangerfjord
  • Meet some locals of the Lofoten Islands

and much more...

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PRICES: per person in AUD from*

Twin Category 3 Ocean View (twin beds) from $15,995*pp

Twin Category 4 Ocean View (twin beds) from $17,995*pp

Twin Category 5 Ocean View (double beds) from $19,215*pp

Single Category 3 sole use from $23,395*

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BAGPIPES & BLUE FJORDS Fly, Expedition Cruise & Tour package includes:

  • Return economy airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Edinburgh and ex Oslo on return inc tax
  • One way transfer from Edinburgh airport to hotel
  • 1 nights accommodation pre-tour in Edinburgh with breakfast
  • 7 night small group tour (18 guests max) round trip from Edinburgh including: 7 nights in boutique accommodation (1nt Ballater, 2nt Inverness, 2nt Isle of Skye, 2nt Isle of Mull) | Experienced Back-Roads Driver and Tour Leader | Premium mini-coach transportation | 7 daily full Scottish breakfasts, 1 seafood lunch, 4 evening meals | Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary (see below), including: Culloden, Duart Castle and Stirling Castle
  • 1 nights accommodation post-tour in Edinburgh with breakfast
  • One way transfer from Edinburgh hotel to meeting point for cruise in Edinburgh
  • Cruise operated transfer from Edinburgh city to port
  • 13 night `Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords` Expedition cruise with G-Expedition from Edinburgh to Tromso including: All shipboard main meals | Zodiac and land excursions as listed below | Complimentary expedition parka | Loan of insulated waterproof boots (size 6-16 US only) | Port/Govt taxes
  • Cruise operated transfer from Tromso port to airport
  • One way economy class airfare from Tromso to Oslo
  • 1 nights accommodation at the Radisson Blu Airport Hotel Gardermoen Oslo (hotel is connected to airport via a walkway) with breakfast

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TOUR - day to day itinerary

(subject to local conditions)

Day 1 EDINBURGH – ST ANDREWS – BALLATER

Old seafaring villages, mysterious ruins and a royal love story will welcome us to Scotland. We`ll begin by travelling past towering mountains and East Neuk fishing villages before arriving in St Andrews, a tiny town with a big reputation for world-class golf. Our day will end with a delicious welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2 BALLATER – CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK – CULLODEN – INVERNESS

Our day will begin in dramatic fashion as we travel through the awe-inspiring scenery of Cairngorms National Park on the way to the historic tombs of Clava Cairns. After exploring the Visitor Centre at the Culloden Battlefield, our final stop of the day is Inverness, the heart of the Highlands. (B,D)

Day 3 INVERNESS

This morning, we`ll embark on a walking tour of Inverness. Then, the rest of the day is yours to enjoy. (B)

Day 4 INVERNESS – LOCH NESS – PLOCKTON – ISLE OF SKYE

First today: a short stop at Loch Ness. Our pre-lunch entertainment will come in the form of a visit to Plockton, where painted cottages cluster around a little harbour. With our appetites for the outdoors whetted, we`ll sit down to a seafood lunch. Today`s final drive is to the Isle of Skye, where we`ll stay for two nights. (B,L)

Day 5 ISLE OF SKYE

Sensational landscapes, rare wildlife and imagination-firing history – the Isle of Skye delivers on every level. This is North Highland scenery on a grand scale! While here, we`ll immerse ourselves in the island`s unique geology, including the extraordinary Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Old Man of Storr. (B,D)

Day 6 ISLE OF SKYE – FORT WILLIAM – ISLE OF MULL

Continuing our journey through soul-stirring Scottish scenery, we`ll pass Fort William – a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts. Next, there`s a short ferry ride over to the Isle of Mull. (B)

Day 7 ISLE OF MULL – ISLE OF IONA – ISLE OF MULL

The best way to see the Hebrides is by island hopping. Today, we’ll do just that. From Mull`s little village of Fionnphort, we`ll set sail to Iona, where we`ll wander to Iona Abbey and Nunnery. When we return to Mull, we`ll pop our history hats on and peek inside Duart Castle, which offers grand staterooms and empty dungeons. This craggy fortress, clinging to a coastal cliff, is the oldest inhabited castle on the island. Later, we’ll return to our hotel to share a final group dinner together. (B,D)

Day 8 ISLE OF MULL – STIRLING – EDINBURGH

Taking to the sea once again, we`ll return to the mainland. It`s been a tour that`s delved deep into Scotland`s heritage, so it`s only right that we finish with a stop in Stirling. A drive through the Old Town will bring us to the magnificent hilltop castle. As one of Scotland`s most impressive and important monuments, it`s the perfect way to round off our tour before we make our way back to Edinburgh. (B)

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CRUISE - day to day itinerary

(subject to local conditions)

Day 1 - Edinburgh/Kirkwall

The G Expedition departs in the late afternoon, sailing towards Kirkwall.

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 - Kirkwall/Orkney

Visit historic and mystical sites by coach on this remote island. Explore the Standing Stones of Stenness, the intriguing Ring of Brodgar, and the village of Skara Brae.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3 - Shetland Islands

Continue northwards to the remote Shetland Islands. Opt to visit Jarlshof or join the Puffin Bus to focus on puffins and seabird photography at Sumbrugh Head (weather dependent). Enjoy additional time to explore Lerwick.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4 - Bergen

Cross the famous North Sea to reach Norway. Enjoy an afternoon city tour of Bergen, including a stop at the Edvard Grieg Museum, a visit to the historical seaport district and the fish market. Alternatively, opt for a historical walking tour or the city that ends at the Hanseatic Museum, or explore Bergen on your own for the afternoon.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5 - Flam

Hop on the Flam Railway, travelling through valleys and mountain passes to reach the scenic fjord of the Flam district.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6 - Olden Fjord/Birksdal

Cruise into the Olden Fjord before a short bus ride to the Birksdal area. Enjoy a moderate walk to Briksdalbreen glacier, or, for an easier option, take a trolley ride with a shorter walk to make it to the glacier lake.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7 - Geirangerfjord

Sail deep into one of Norway`s most beautiful, and most visited, fjords. Enjoy a coach tour to Dalnibba, soaking in the views at this UNESCO World Heritage site. For the more adventurous, opt for a 10km mountain hike exploring the area and taking in amazing views of the fjord from above.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8 - Trondheim

Continue on to Trondheim. Choose between hiking in Bymarka Nature Reserve before visiting the Sverresborg Folk Museum, or enjoying a city tour including the Folk Museum and the elaborate Nidaros Cathedral, built between 1070 and 1300. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore the area on your own.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9 - Torghatten/Vega

The rugged coastline of central Norway features some of the world`s most beautiful scenery. The captain will negotiate with local Norwegian pilots to determine our best Zodiac landing options. Hike up to the famous hole in the mountain, with fantastic views of the region. Keep an eye out for Norway`s mythical trolls. In the afternoon, head to the quaint and picturesque Vega Island, a UNESCO site. Wander the fishing villages, go on a guided nature hike, and appreciate the slow pace of life.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10 - Svartisen/Lovund/Vikingen

Visit Svartisen, Lovund, and Vikingen, to see beautiful glaciers and a globe sculpture which marks Vikingen as a point directly on the Arctic Circle.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11 - Lofoten

The Lofoten archipelago is an enchanting area of picturesque villages by the sea backed with jagged peaks. Go ashore by Zodiac for a day trip of the area. Start by visiting the Torrfiskmuseum to learn about traditional work of the islands before visiting Nusfjord, one of Norway's oldest and best-preserved fishing villages for lunch at a local restaurant. After, stop in Henningsar for time to see local art or explore the quaint fishing village. In the evening, stay on deck as you cruise into one of Norway`s most famous fjords, the short yet dramatic Trollfjord. Search the cliffs on your continuing quest to spot trolls.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12 - At Sea

Enjoy a day off the coast with Zodiac excursions to search out the local marine life, including sperm whales.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 13 - Nordkapp

Head back to the coast and visit Nordkapp in the Finnmark region. Take a scenic drive of this high rugged, coastal plateau, keeping an eye out for wild reindeer. This will be the most northerly point of the trip at 71 degrees N.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 14 - Tromso

Tromso, the capital of northern Norway, is known as the `Gateway to the Arctic` as it was the embarkation point for many Arctic expeditions. Disembark in the morning. We recommend booking some extra time in Tromso to explore.

Meals included: Breakfast

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (14Jun18). All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. All airfares/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and strict cancellation/change fees apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 31Aug18 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty.

25 nights From AU $15,995 per person, twin share