Tours

Trans Atlantic Crossing Tour

Tour departs: 15 August 2018
Tour length: 35 Days

Overview

Tour Departs – 15 August 2018.

Tour Length – 35 Days.

We are repeating the tour which has been so successful for the past six 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 a two night stay before joining our cruise which will take us via Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland across the North Atlantic to New York. To compliment the wonderful scenery on this tour our cruise ship home for 20 nights is Holland America’s “MS Zuiderdam”.

Highlights Include

 

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

Itinerary

Wednesday 15 August

Auckland – 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.


Thursday 16 August

Los Angeles – London   (B)

This afternoon, we return to Los Angeles airport in time to join our overnight flight to London.


Friday 17 August

London   (D)

Arrival time is late morning and we are met and transferred to our hotel for a three night stay. Remainder of the day free to rest or explore before we get together for dinner this evening.


Saturday 18 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.


Sunday 19 August

London   (B)

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.  The evening has been left free – perhaps enjoy a show or concert this evening.


Monday 20 August

London – Paris    (B.L)

This morning 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 three night stay.


Tuesday 21 August

Paris    (B.D)

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 where 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.


Wednesday 22 August

Paris     (B)

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.


Thursday 23 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.


Friday 24 August

Copenhagen – Holland America Viking Passage Cruise       (B.LD)

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!   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 20 nights sets sail at 5.00pm.



 Saturday 25 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.


Sunday 26 August

Alesund, Norway    (B.L.D)

Ålesund is a port town on the west coast of Norway, at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord. It’s known for the art nouveau architectural style in which most of the town was rebuilt after a fire in 1904. There are panoramic views of Ålesund’s architecture, the surrounding archipelago and fjords from the Mount Aksla lookout.

Arrive 8.00am, depart 5.00pm


Monday 27 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.


Tuesday 28 August 

Seydisfjordur, Iceland   (B.L.D)

A place of singing waterfalls and peculiar characters, Seydisfjordur is a welcoming town booming with creativity and rich in history. Inhabited by about 700 people the town acts as one big family, and a friendly one at that.

Seydisfjordur has a flourishing art scene and delightful hiking trails.

Arrive 8.00am, depart 5.00pm


Wednesday 29 August

Scenic Cruising, Iceland       (B.L.D)


Thursday 30 August

Akureyri, Iceland     (B.L.D)

Iceland’s second-largest city offers a picturesque harbour 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.

Arrive 8.00am, depart 5.00pm


Friday 31 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.

Arrive 8.00am, depart 5.00pm


Saturday 01 September

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


Sunday 02 September

Reykjavik, Iceland   (B.L.D)

Another full day in Reykjavik to explore more of this interesting countryside.

Depart 5.00pm


Monday 03 September

At Sea      (B.L.D)


Tuesday 04 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.


Wednesday 05 September

Paamiut, Greenland    (B.L.D)

Paamiut is a colourful fishing village rich with Inuit culture and a strong connection to the sea. Tour the old neighborhood to observe picturesque buildings and see where women turned thousands of tiny beads and pieces of sealskin into extraordinary national costumes, still worn today.

Explore the stunning coastline on a ferry and perhaps catch a glimpse of the minke whales, fin whales, humpback whales and orcas that swim in pods in the surrounding waters.

Arrive 8.00am, depart 5.00 pm


Thursday 06 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.


Friday 07 September

Nanortalik, Greenland    (B.L.D)

Nanortalik, which means “the place with polar bears,” is the southernmost town in Greenland, located on an island of the same name. Founded in 1797 as a trading depot at the mouth of Tasermiut Fjord, the town is currently home to approximately 1,000 people.  For history buffs, the Nanortalik Museum explores native, Old Norse and European colonial history as it shaped Greenland, with nine historic buildings and the world’s oldest umiak (sealskin boat). To appreciate the richness of Greenland’s traditions, be sure to attend a local choral concert where you’ll hear a unique blend of musical disciplines unlike any you’ve heard before.

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.


Saturday 08 September

At Sea    (B.L.D)


Sunday 09 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 11.00am, depart 11.00pm

 


Monday 10 September

 At Sea       (B.L.D)


Tuesday 11 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 6.00pm


Wednesday 12 September

At Sea     (B.L.D)

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


Thursday 13 September 

New York     (B,L)

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 two night stay in the heart of Manhattan.

Arrive 7.00am


Friday 14 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.


Saturday 15 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. This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together.


Sunday 16 September

Los Angeles -Auckland     (B)

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.


Tuesday 18 September 

Auckland

Arrival time is early morning.

 

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Accommodation

Our Floating Hotel for 20 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 – $18,950
Supplement for Single Room/Oceanview Stateroom – $ 7,000

Sharing Twin or Double Room & Balcony View Stateroom – $19,950
Supplement for Single Room/Balcony Stateroom – $9,350

Costs Include
  • Economy class air travel from Auckland
  • Prepaid government and airport taxes, security and fuel surcharges as at 01.09.17.
  • First Class/Superior grade hotel accommodation.
  • Ocean View or Balcony 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.
  • USA Entry Fees and Travel insurance – advice and assistance offered.
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, room service, laundry, telephone calls etc.

Testimonials

“Those who don’t have a partner or friend to travel with should not hesitate to book a trip. Travellers in the same group are very friendly and help each other – I know from experience with Maher Tours.

Personal tour highlights were seeing how small indigenous foxes are in Iceland and a complete red sun over the sea in Greenland.”
– Helen Balder

“Many little scenes on tour, but cruising through the sound in Greenland and the two shore stops to walk through the towns was a highlight.”

“Excellent – good mix of sightseeing – appreciated not starting too early in the morning and also having more than 1 night at each city.

May seem more expensive than other tours but stay at excellent central hotels and are very well looked after with everything included.”
– B&W S

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