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Trans Atlantic Crossing Tour

Tour departs: 14 August 2017
Tour length: 32 Days

Overview

Tour Departs – 14 August 2017.

Tour Length – 32 Days.

We are repeating the tour which has been so successful for the past five years. As well as encompassing some of the great cities of the world, we visit some of the most remote locations on the planet – little known and rarely visited but some of the most beautiful places on Earth. The tour commences with a stopover in Los Angeles, before heading to London for a 3 night stay. Travel via the “Chunnel” and Eurostar to Paris, the “City of Light“ and romance for a further 3 night stay. We take a short flight to Copenhagen for an overnight stay before joining our cruise which will take us via Norway, Shetland Islands, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland across the North Atlantic to New York. To compliment the wonderful scenery on this tour our cruise ship home for 17 nights is Holland America’s “MS Zuiderdam”.

Highlights Include

 

  • London.
  • Paris.
  • Copenhagen.
  • Bergen.
  • Akureyri (Iceland).
  • Reykjavik (Iceland).
  • Prince Christian Sound.
  • Nanortalik (Greenland).
  • St Johns, Newfoundland.
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • New York.
  • Los Angeles.

Itinerary

Monday 14 August     

Home – Los Angeles (D)

This evening, we join our flight to Los Angeles.  We arrive early afternoon and we are met and transferred to our hotel for an overnight stay.  This evening we get together for a welcome dinner.


Tuesday 15 August

Los Angeles – London (B)

The morning is free to relax before we transfer to the airport for our late afternoon flight to London.

 


Wednesday 16 August

London (B)

We arrive at Heathrow airport late this morning and after completing arrival formalities we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 3 night stay.   Remainder of the day free to rest or explore.


Thursday 17 August

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 relaxing luncheon cruise on the River Thames where we see a different view of the city from the water.


Friday 18 August

London (B,D)

We have left this day totally free to allow you to visit the places that are of particular interest to you.  There are so many museums, monuments and attractions deserving of a visit. This evening, we get together for dinner at a local restaurant.


Saturday 19 August

London – Paris (B,L)

Now for something different today, we transfer to London’s St. Pancras Station.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride in Standard Premier Class comfort on board Eurostar for the 2 hours 30 minutes train journey under the English Channel to Paris Gare du Nord Station.  Lunch is served on board. On arrival, we are met and transferred to our hotel for a 3 night stay.


Sunday 20 August

Paris (B)

The famous sights of Paris are a living history.  Our full day city sightseeing tour shows us magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, the unique Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, Opera Madeleine, Champs Elysees and the Eiffel Tower, a structural miracle of its age.  We follow this up with a cruise on the River Seine were you can appreciate the beauty of Paris from the water.  Later in the day we visit the Montmartre area and the wonderful Sacré Coeur Basilica which offers panoramic views over Paris.


Monday 21 August     

Paris (B.D)

A full day free to explore the things in Paris that interest you.  Maybe spend time at the Louvre in the company of the Mona Lisa or one of the many other museums and galleries, stroll the banks of the River Seine or enjoy the shops of Galleries Lafayette. This evening, we enjoy dinner together at a local Parisienne café.


Tuesday 22 August

Paris – Copenhagen (B.D)

This morning we join our short flight to Copenhagen. We will have time this afternoon to rest and relax, or explore this city before we enjoy dinner together this evening at the hotel.


 Wednesday 23 August

Copenhagen (B.D)

Meet Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘Little Mermaid’ gazing wistfully across the harbour, followed by a highlight visit inside the Danish Parliament Building to marvel at the opulent interior.  See the Rosenborg and Amalienborg Palaces, the Cathedral and the 19th century Theatre Royal, Tivoli Gardens; we may see the changing of the guard!

 

Commence Trans Atlantic Cruise

This afternoon, we embark on board the Holland America ship “MS Zuiderdam” as we commence our Viking Passage across the northern Atlantic to New York. Accommodation is in either Deluxe Ocean View Staterooms, or Staterooms with Balcony. Our luxury home-away-from-home for the next 17 nights sets sail at 4.00pm.


Thursday 24 August  

At Sea (B.L.D)

A chance to settle into the cruising regime with a full day at sea. Maybe take part in some of the activities available on sea-days – there are a range of activities offered in the course of the cruise which may include cooking demonstrations, destination lectures, dancing lessons, health spa treatments, quiz shows, movies, photography sessions and much more. Or maybe you just want to take time to relax with a good book in the library or in the privacy of your outdoor balcony watching the world go by.


Friday 25 August                    

Bergen, Norway (B.L.D)

Once the very seat of the medieval kingdom of Norway, Bergen is a former Viking stronghold encircled by deep fjords, towering mountains, and sweeping glaciers. Today’s Bergen is very welcoming, with much of the medieval flavour remaining in its harbour. Strike a bargain in one of the many artisans’ workshops, take the cable car to the top of Mt Florien or visit the famous and always entertaining Fish Market. Arrive 8.00am depart 5.00pm


Saturday 26 August

At Sea (B.L.D)

A day at sea as we sail across the North Sea and North Atlantic to Iceland. Lots of activities aboard to participate in.


Sunday 27 August

At Sea (B.L.D)


Monday 28 August

Akureyri, Iceland (B.L.D)

Iceland’s second-largest city offers a picturesque harbor as well as numerous artists’ workshops and galleries. Explore the lunar landscape near Lake Myvatn, marveling at its tumultuous volcanic crater lake, boiling mud pools and steaming earth.


Tuesday 29 August

Isafjordur, Iceland (B.L.D)

This busy fishing port runs to sizable shipyards as well as shrimp and fish factories all ready to handle the catch of the day from the icy waters of the Denmark Strait. Perfect jumping-off place for hiking, biking and kayaking.


Wednesday 30 August

Reykjavik, Iceland (B.L.D)

Almost every visitor to Iceland spends some time in the vibrant capital Reykjavik. The world’s northern most city is just as much a part of Icelandic experience as the ‘Midnight Sun’ or the magical moonlike landscapes. Reykjavik, meaning “smoky bay”, gets its name from the misty geothermal steam rising from the ground. It heats homes throughout the city and provides a pollution-free energy source that leaves the air outstandingly free, clean and clear. Arrive 8.00am


Thursday 31 August

Reykjavik, Iceland (B.L.D)

Another full day in Reykjavik to explore more of this interesting countryside.  The ship departs at 5pm today.


Friday 01 September             

At Sea (B.L.D)


Saturday 02 September

Cruising Prince Christian Sound, Greenland  (B.L.D)

Prince Christian Sound is located on the south eastern tip of Greenland, a 55 mile long glacial cut channel that spans up to a mile across with mountains rising out of the water to a staggering 6000 feet above sea level. The ship spends much of the day cruising the sound. The views are spectacular with large glaciers and wonderful mountain peaks and maybe large icebergs.


Sunday 03 September

Qaqortoq  (B.L.D)

Qaqortoq, with its 3000 or so inhabitants is South Greenland’s largest town and known as one of the most charming and beautiful towns in all of Greenland. It has a pleasant town centre with a small square and Greenland’s oldest fountain. There are also strikingly beautiful colonial buildings, dating from the establishment of the town in 1775. Arrive at 8:00am and depart at 5:00pm.


Monday 04 September

Nanortalik, Greenland (B.L.D)

Nanortalik is Greenland’s most southerly town and lies in a scenic area consisting of picturesque fjords and steep mountains.  The towns name means ‘place of polar bears’ and on occasions they pass near the town in conjunction with fields of ice from the Arctic Ocean.  The old town around the colonial harbour is home to the museum with exhibits of rare Norse clothing and the harbour is thought to be the departure point for Norse voyagers when they sailed to and from Greenland. Arrive 7.00am Depart 1.00pm.

 

At the conclusion of this wonderful day we cruise the Julianehabs Fjord and spend time soaking up the breathtaking scenery of spectacular mountains whose distinctive peaks carve a jagged path to the skyline. Lying at its feet is the pretty harbour with its colourful wooden houses.


Tuesday 05 September

Cruising at Sea (B.L.D)


Wednesday 06 September     

St. Johns, Newfoundland (B.L.D)

North America’s oldest city located in the northeast of the Canadian Maritime Province of Newfoundland, St John’s is a mixture of colourful wooden houses, stately brick churches and colonial buildings. A visit to St Johns is said to “experience a love affair with the past, a happy marriage with the present and a flirtation with the future”.  Arrive 12.00pm Depart 8.00pm


Thursday 07 September         

At Sea (B.L.D)


Friday 08 September

Halifax, Nova Scotia (B.L.D)

For ocean scenery at its best, nothing rivals Nova Scotia’s south shore. Atlantic Canada’s largest city, Halifax offers the vivacity of city living but with the charms of a small town life and the pristine beauty of nature.  The Halifax Citadel National Historic site is the most visited historic site in Canada. Out of the city, the fishing village of Peggys Cove and Canada’s prettiest town, Lunenburg, are both worthy of visits. Arrive 8.00am Depart 4.00pm


Saturday 09 September                     

At Sea (B.L.D)

Our final sea day as our Trans-Atlantic cruise nears its conclusion.


Sunday 10 September

New York (B)

Ponder the thoughts of the immigrants of last century as we sail under the Verrazano Bridge and enter New York Harbour sailing past the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island up the Hudson River. Sadly our cruise is complete but there are still more highlights in store as we join our coach for a full day tour of “The Big Apple”. There is plenty to see – Times Square, Central Park, Harlem, lower Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Wall Street, Empire State building and the United Nations. At the end of our tour, we check-in to our hotel for a 2 night stay in the heart of Manhattan.


Monday 11 September           

New York (B)

The day is left totally free to allow you to pursue your own interests.  There are museums and galleries galore, Fifth Avenue for shopping, horse-drawn carriage rides in Central Park etc …   For the night owls, what about a Broadway show this evening..


Tuesday 12 September

New York – Los Angeles (B.D)

This morning, its time to farewell New York as we transfer to the airport for our cross country flight to Los Angeles. We enjoy an overnight stay in Los Angeles and a farewell dinner together.


Wednesday 13 September     

Los Angeles -Home

The day is free for last minute shopping or sightseeing before we are transferred back to the airport in time to join our overnight homeward flight. Cross International Dateline en route.


Friday 15 September

Home

Arrival time is early morning.


Map

Accommodation

Our Floating Hotel for 17 nights – “MS Zuiderdam”

With her maiden voyage in 2002, the MS Zuiderdam marked Holland America Line’s new Vista class ships. Accommodation available on board ranges from Ocean View to Staterooms with Balcony. Sit back, relax and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere as you sail across the planet in absolute comfort.

Prices

Tour Costs

Sharing Twin or Double Room & Ocean View Stateroom – $17,250
Supplement for Single Room/Oceanview Stateroom – $ 5,700

Additional Cost to Upgrade to Balcony Stateroom

Sharing Twin or Double Room & Ocean View Stateroom – $750
Supplement for Single Room/Oceanview Stateroom – $1,900

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from the tours international departure point
  • Prepaid government and airport taxes, security and fuel surcharges as at 01.09.16.
  • First Class/Superior grade hotel accommodation.
  • Ocean View or Verandah Staterooms on “MS Zuiderdam”.
  • First Class air-conditioned coach transportation.
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner).
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Baggage handling at hotels.
  • All tips and gratuities to coach drivers, guides and cruise staff.
  • Fully escorted by a Maher Tour leader.

Costs Exclude
  • Any meals not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Shore excursions available during the cruise – these can be pre-booked.
  • Travel insurance – advice and assistance offered.
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, room service, laundry, telephone calls etc.

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