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England and Baltic Coach & Cruise

Tour departs: 17 July 2017
Tour length: 30 Days

For 2017 we are repeating this wonderful itinerary of England and combined it with a brand new cruise.  We know you will love it!

Overview

Tour Departs: 17 July 2017.

Tour Length:  30 Days.

For 2017 we have given this tour a new look. The itinerary combines both coach touring and cruising. Our starting point is the great city of London, a city immersed in history yet full of innovation and diversity, before we travel to the southwest of England and the counties of Devon and Cornwall. Waiting for us is breath-taking scenery featuring a magnificent coastline, idyllic fishing villages, desolate moorland and so much more.  We continue our journey into the heart of England visiting the historic city of Bath before touring the Cotswold region where nature seems to be displayed at its very best – lush rolling hills, quaint villages, bustling market towns, and gently flowing rivers. Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the university city of Oxford are on our itinerary before we start the next stage of the tour.

All aboard the magnificent “Celebrity Eclipse” for the 14 night cruise showcasing Scandinavia and the Baltic, with a special highlight being 3 full days in St Petersburg. Unpack your bags for a wonderful exploration in absolute comfort.

Highlights:

  • London, the “grand old lady” – there is just something special about the place, no matter how many times you may have visited. A special included treat is a luncheon cruise on the River Thames as part of our full day of touring.
  • Enjoy 7 days touring Devon and Cornwall as well as the historic city of Bath, the Cotswolds and Oxford. Wonderful coastal scenery contrasting with the lush rolling rural landscapes. Plymouth, Penzance, Lands End, St Ives, Glastonbury, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon and Oxford.
  • Special Highlight – a visit to the “Eden Project” where the largest greenhouses in the world have been built to create tropical, temperate and desert-like environments
  • Special Highlight Meal – we enjoy lunch at Rick Stein’s signature restaurant, The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow
  • 14 night cruise of Scandinavia and the Baltic with Balcony Staterooms.

 

Itinerary

Monday 17 July    

Home – Hong Kong

Time this morning for connecting flights before the early afternoon flight to Hong Kong.  On arrival into Hong Kong early this evening, we are met and transferred to our hotel for an overnight stay.


Tuesday 18 July

Hong Kong (B, D)

This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Hong Kong Island. We take the tram to Victoria Peak for panoramic views over Hong Kong. Then visit Repulse Bay and the fishing village of Aberdeen for a short cruise around the harbour by sampan. We conclude with a visit to Stanley Markets. The afternoon is at leisure. This evening, we get together for a Chinese banquet dinner.


Wednesday 19 July

Hong Kong – London (B, D)

Early this morning, we transfer back to Hong Kong Airport in time to report for our daylight flight to London. On arrival into Heathrow Airport mid-afternoon (local time), we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 3 night stay. This evening, we enjoy dinner together at the hotel.


Thursday 20 July

London (B, L)

You may have been to London before, but let’s refresh your memory with a full day sightseeing around the ‘grand old lady’.  We view many of the sights for which London is famous – Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square to name but a few. And to break the day we enjoy a luncheon cruise on the River Thames where we see a different view of the city from the water.


Friday 21 July

London (B)

A free day today. There is so much to see and do so this is the opportunity for you to do things that are of particular interest to yourself.


Saturday 22 July

London – Newquay, Cornwall (B, D)

This morning, we depart London for a delightful 9 days of touring through the south and west of England and travel to the Salisbury Plains. We visit Salisbury Cathedral dating back to the 13th century. For over 700 years, this majestic and awe inspiring edifice built in stone and glass to reflect the glory of God has been a setting for magnificent occasions and processions. We then skirt the edge of Dartmoor National Park as we drive to the town of Newquay, a delightful Cornish seaside town located on the Atlantic coast, for a 3 night stay.


Sunday 23 July

Newquay – Cornwall Excursion (B, D)

From Newquay, we explore the Cornish Peninsula enjoying stunning coastal views on a scenic drive to Penzance where we view St Michael’s Mount. Down to Land’s End, one of England’s most famous landmarks and a place of stunning natural beauty, before we reach the picturesque village and artist colony of St Ives on the Atlantic Coast. We return to Newquay later this afternoon.  


 

Monday 24 July

Newquay – Padstow Excursion (B, L)

Something different again today. Our first visit today is to the Eden Project located near the village of St Austell. Its giant biomes – the largest greenhouses in the world – have become one of Cornwall’s most celebrated landmarks. Tropical, temperate and desert environments have been recreated inside the biomes, so a single visit can carry you from the steaming rainforests of South America to the dry deserts of Northern Africa. Afterwards, our next visit is to the olde world fishing port of Padstow on the North Cornish coast. Here, we enjoy a very special luncheon at Rick Stein’s original and signature restaurant, “The Seafood Restaurant” established way back in 1975.

NB: We are unable to confirm the restaurant booking until late December so if The Seafood Restaurant is unavailable, a suitable alternative will be booked.


Tuesday 25 July

Newquay – Glastonbury – Bath (B,D)

Leaving Newquay, we travel across Dartmoor National Park to Princetown, home to the infamous prison originally built to house the captives from the Napoleonic wars. Then to Glastonbury with a history all of its own but more recently famous for its 5 day music festival . Next up is the “city” of Wells with its magnificent cathedral and moated Bishop’s palace. Medieval buildings and cobbled streets  radiate out to the main marketplace which has been the bustling heart of the city for nine centuries. And finally to our overnight stay at the Roman city of Bath


Wednesday 26 July

Bath – Cotswolds – Stratford-Upon-Avon (B,D)

Bath is a UNESCO World Heritage site and certainly one of the most interesting cities in the UK with a history dating back to Roman times.  We spend the morning exploring the city and visit the restored Roman baths and the 15th century Abbey. Other highlights include the Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge. This afternoon, we drive north through the gentle rolling hill country of the Cotswold region. We pass through the market town of Cirencester and places with such interesting names as Bourton-On-Water, Stow-On- Wold and Moreton-On-Marsh. It is a beautiful part of England. Our destination today is Stratford-Upon-Avon where we stay for 2 nights.


Thursday 27 July

Stratford-Upon-Avon (B)

The town is known as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, perhaps the world’s greatest ever playwright. During our morning tour we will visit many of the places of interest including Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Halls Croft, Holy Trinity Church where the “bard” is buried along with his wife, and Anne Hathaway’s Cottage where Anne was raised as a child. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the town.  Maybe later, you may wish to enjoy some Shakespearean Theatre at the RSC.



Friday 28 July

Stratford-Upon-Avon – Oxford (B,D)

Leaving Stratford, we travel to the town of Woodstock for a visit to one of the most impressive of all English palaces and estates, Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. It is a truly remarkable masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture and sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary landscaped parkland and formal gardens designed by “Capability Brown”. Keeping with today’s aristocratic theme, we will also try to schedule a stop at the town of Bampton where many of the outdoor scenes of “Downtown Abbey” were filmed.  Our home for the next 2 nights is the ancient university city of Oxford


Saturday 29 July

Oxford (B)

Oxford University has a history of teaching that dates back to the 11th century making it the oldest university in the English speaking world. This morning, we enjoy a walking tour of the university area during which we learn about the collegiate system which is unique to Oxford and Cambridge. We visit Christ Church College, affectionately known as “the house” and originally founded by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529. Even today, its operation is a combination of church and college and boasts an internationally renowned cathedral choir as well as an important collection of Old Masters paintings. The remainder of the day is free. Maybe stroll the streets and lanes which have been brought to life in our living rooms through the television series of “Morse” and “Lewis”.


Sunday 30 July

Oxford – Southampton (B,D)

Late this morning, we transfer by coach to the port of Southampton where we join our floating home for the next 14 nights, the magnificent “Celebrity Eclipse”. Our ship departs at 4.30pm.

 


Monday 31 July

Bruges, Belgium (B,L,D)

Gracefully combining past and present, as well as Flemish and French, this city offers a little something for everyone. Don’t miss the numerous museums, canals and chocolate boutiques or the stunning historic architecture. The ship arrives at 7:00am and departs at 3:00pm.


Tuesday 01 August

At Sea (B,L,D)

This day is yours to do as much or as little as you like. Take a Celebrity iLearn class and bring your vacation photos to life. Catch some sun at the pool where butlers keep you refreshed with chilled towels and sorbets. Schedule a stone massage at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub®. Join a yoga class in the fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea. Take a food-and-wine-pairing workshop to step up your culinary game. Check your Celebrity Today daily newsletter for a list of what’s going on each day.


Wednesday 02 August

Copenhagen, Denmark (B,L,D)

Whether strolling through blooming flowers in Tivoli Gardens, witnessing the changing of the guard at Amalienborg Palace or touring Kronborg Castle—the setting of Shakespeare’s Hamlet— it’s easy to see why this once-humble fishing village grew to become the capital of Denmark.  Arrive at 7:00am and depart at 5:00pm.


 Thursday 03 August

At Sea (B,L,D)

Another relaxing day at sea today.


Friday 04 August

Stockholm, Sweden (B,L,D)

No fewer than 50 bridges connect this Swedish capital’s 14 islands to its mainland. Visit the many parks, museums, and palaces or make your way through Gamla Stan, or Old Town, packed with historic buildings, shops, and cafés.  The ship arrives at 10:00 this morning and departs at 6:00pm.


Saturday 05 August

Tallin, Estonia (B,L,D)

Tallinn has remained remarkably unchanged since its founding in 1154 A.D. The preservation of this city’s Old World charm enables visitors to enjoy architectural marvels of centuries past, such as the soaring towers of Toompea Castle and the exquisite Russian Orthodox Cathedral. The exception is the delightfully modern pink Parliament building, visible from Palace Square.  Arrive at 11:00am and depart at 7:00pm.


Sunday 06 August

St Petersburg (B,L,D)

The city is a treasure chest of glittering domes, baroque palaces, and elaborate churches. You have almost 3 full days to immerse yourself in the city’s cultural immensity. The ship arrives at 7.00am on Sunday and departs at 6.00pm on Tuesday.


Monday 07 August

St Petersburg (B,L,D)

Why not take part in one of the organised Ship excursions today? The Hermitage alone could overwhelm you. One of the world’s great museums, it houses works by Titian, Dutch and Flemish masters, Michelangelo and Matisse, and the Peacock Clock. Ensconced in Catherine the Great’s Winter Palace, the museum is as evocative as its collection. Then there’s the Peterhof Palace, and the Catherine Palace at Pushkin and … there is just so much to see.


Tuesday 08 August

St Petersburg (B,L,D)

There is plenty of time today to enjoy another tour of the city, or maybe go back to some of the places you enjoyed the most.  The ship departs at 6:00pm.


Wednesday 09 August

At Sea (B,L,D)


Thursday 10 August

Rostock ( Berlin) (B,L,D)

At one time sequestered behind the Iron Curtain, Rostock has now opened its arms to visitors from throughout the world, making it the perfect access point for the excitement and cosmopolitan feel of Berlin. Arrive at 9:00am and depart at 10:00pm.



Friday 11 August

At Sea (B,L,D)


Saturday 12 August

At Sea (B,L,D)

Sadly, it is our last day onboard today.


Sunday 13 August

Southampton – Hong Kong (B)

Our wonderful cruise comes to an end this morning when we dock at Southampton.  We are transferred back to London’s Heathrow Airport in time to join our flight departing for Hong Kong around midday.

If you would like to stay on in Europe and return home later please let us know and we can assist with your travel plans.


Monday 14 August

Hong Kong – Home

We arrive into Hong Kong early this morning. For the day’s stay in Hong Kong, accommodation is reserved at a hotel which is connected to the airport by a walkway. Early this afternoon or evening, it is time to return to the airport and report for your overnight homeward flight.


Tuesday 15 August

Home

The tour concludes with arrival home mid-morning.


 

 

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Prices

Tour Costs

Sharing Twin or Double Room & Balcony Stateroom: $17,850
Supplement for Single Room /Balcony Stateroom: $6,200

Tour Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point – additional cost to upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class available on request.
  • All prepaid airline fees/fuel surcharges/government taxes/security charges as known at September 2016.
  • First Class or Superior Grade accommodation throughout.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Tips and gratuities to coach driver, guides and cruise staff.
  • Baggage handling of one piece per person.
  • Local guides.
  • Services of our own Maher Tours Leader.

 

Costs Exclude
  • Shore excursions available on cruise.
  • Any meals and sightseeing not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance (advice and assistance supplied if required).
  • Items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, drinks, telephone charges etc.

This was our first time travelling with Maher Tours.  Conducted tours are not normally our thing, but we have now changed our mind. Everything was taken care of and the trip was trouble free.  We would certainly travel with Maher Tours again, and fully recommend them.

D & J Pyle.

 

We have always enjoyed travelling with Maher Tours – everything is well organised for you, so you can just relax and enjoy.

I & P

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