London, Dublin & Amsterdam Pilgrimage Cruise
Moderate – High
Join us on a pilgrimage cruise to London, Dublin & Amsterdam! Explore the home of Big Ben as you tour the main sites in London and the countryside. Continue to Ireland where we explore some of the most beautiful rolling green there is to offer before we continue to Scotland, the Home of the Loch Ness Monster. Finally, we end our pilgrimage in Amsterdam where we will explore it’s tragic history as we tour the Anne Frank House.
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Following a full breakfast at the hotel, you will explore the magnificent city of London by enjoying a full day sightseeing tour. Your tour will begin at one of the world’s great churches. Westminster Abbey. Inspired by Gothic architecture, it contains numerous paintings, stained glass, pavements, textiles and artefacts. The tour will continue to Buckingham Palace. Here we will watch the Changing of the Guard. Following this event, your group will have some free time to eat lunch on your own before attending a private Mass at Westminster Abbey. Following Mass, you will visit the Anglican cathedral dedicated to the great spreader of the Gospel, Paul the apostle. St. Paul’s Cathedral is the highest point in the City of London, and was re-constructed after the Great Fire of London (1666). Experience the crypt in the lower level of the Cathedral where is the resting place of many noteworthy figures such as, Lord Nelson, Arthur Wellesley (First Duke of Wellington), and architect of St. Paul’s, Sir Christopher Wren. See the numerous chapels and monuments constructed in memory of the notable of England. The last component of your tour will include Piccadilly Square, Regent Street, and Trafalgar Square. After the fun-filled, busy day, you will proceed to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: London (B, D)
This morning we depart to Stonehenge to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site (Time permitting) before continue to Southampton to board our cruise ship for embarkation and a welcome dinner. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Enjoy a scenic drive through the delightful countryside of Dorset County to the village of Corfe. Nearly all periods of history are celebrated in and around the village, which is unequalled in the UK. Visit the ruins of Corfe Castle – the structure has been an important stronghold since before the time of William the Conqueror and was a royal castle during the medieval period. The dramatic ruins stand on a natural hill guarding the principal route through the Purbeck hills where marble was once quarried. Discover 1,000 years of history as a royal palace and fortress. With fallen walls and secret places, there are tales of treachery and treason around every corner. After visiting the castle you’ll have time at leisure to explore the lovely little village. You’ll find small shops and pubs around the square. Much of the present-day village was built in the 1700’s to a consistently high standard of craftsmanship and has been used as the backdrop for several historical films. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Take a scenic railtour on the old Victorian Cobh Railway Station. Your train ride will cross onto the island of Fota, before finally reaching the mainland and the outskirts of Cork City and finally Cork Kent Station. We will then transfer by road to the magnificent Blarney Castle and Gardens. We will have time for shopping, lunch and exploring at Blarney Village. We will then enjoy Cork City tour to visit Cobh Cathedral-St. Colman’s. Our final stop is the Cobh Heritage Center to explore the themes of famine and emigrations, as well as maritime histories of the Lusitania and the Titanic. Return to your ship at your leisure after your visit to the Heritage Centre as the pier is only a stroll away. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we go on a sightseeing tour of Dublin including the statues lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. This Gothic Cathedral has a splendid interior, with some beautiful tombs and monuments. We also visit Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College famous for the 1200 years old Book of Kells and magnificent Old Library. We then enjoy free time in Dublin for dinner where we can enjoy a few pints before returning to our cruise ship for overnight. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D* if on cruise ship)
Belfast Northern Ireland
In the Steps of St. Patrick: Follow the footsteps of one of the world’s most celebrated saints through the beautiful countryside to his spiritual heartland and where he based his mission to convert Celtic Ireland to Christianity. You’ll head to the city of Downpatrick – burial site of the patron saint and medieval capital of County Down. You’ll visit the Saint Patrick Centre, a new and exciting 21st century interactive experience which tells the fascinating story of Ireland’s patron saint. This 20-minute audio visual presentation will take you across Ireland with some stunning aerial photography on a 180-degree virtual helicopter ride. You’ll then transfer the short distance to Down Cathedral. Your guide will explain the origins of the building and its history which has taken it from a monastery established in the early Christian period to its present status as a memorial to its historic past. Outside, you’ll visit Saint Patrick’s grave. After lunch, travel to nearby Saul, the first ecclesiastical site in Ireland given to Patrick by the local ruler Dichu, one of his first converts. After a short visit to the church, journey across to Strangford, by ferry. Stop to visit the ruins of Grey Abbey before heading back to the port. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Head to the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. En-route, you will pass through the gentle rolling landscape of Orkney and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness (photo-stop if time permits), you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years. Next, continue on to the 5,000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the new visitor center. See the remarkable dwellings that were revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago. There will also be time to visit the nearby manor house of Skaill House, built in 1620 on top of an ancient graveyard. Your excursion has you following the coast of Scapa Flow, where you will hear some of the wartime stories, which make this one of the best-known stretches of water in the world – the site where the interned German naval fleet scuttled itself in the month of June 1919. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Travel alongside the Cromarty Firth and reach the splendid Cawdor Castle, dating from the 14th century. Originally the fortress home of the Thanes of Cawdor, nowadays the castle feels like a living home, rather than a museum. You’ll learn of its rich history as you walk through rooms filled with exquisite furnishings and family keepsakes. Drive through Inverness, the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, sitting astride the tranquil River Ness. Get acquainted with this bustling town on your way to lunch. Head towards Loch Ness, made famous by the fables of Nessie. You’ll travel through the village of Drumnadrochit and on to visit Urquhart Castle, built both as a fortress and as a residence on the shores of the famous loch. Today, a jagged keep rises from crumbling walls against a lovely backdrop of loch and hills beyond. Enjoy the lovely scenery of the Scottish glens, as you continue towards Beauly, noted for its salmon river. Highland Hills form the backdrop on the last part of your journey. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Newhaven Edinburgh Scotland
You first visit the Royal Yacht Britannia – once home to the Queen and the Royal Family, and host to glittering state and official occasions. Stop in the shore side Visitor’s Centre where you’ll be given an audio-phone which allows you to make your way through the various sections of the yacht on a self-conducted tour. Returning to the exhibition center, you can browse in the gift shop selling tasteful souvenirs and products connected with the yacht, now berthed as a permanent exhibition. Visit Holyrood house Palace, which today remains a royal residence and is the official home of the Queen when she visits Scotland. During your tour, drive to the top of Arthur’s Seat where you’ll enjoy a marvelous view of Edinburgh Castle, with the old and new town. To fulfill your shopping needs you’ll enjoy some free time to browse the fashionable stores on Princes Street or the smaller specialty shops on Royal Mile. In Edinburgh you’ll enjoy lunch at a traditional Scottish hotel. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Day at Sea
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Brussels with its diverse architecture. See the Grand Place, the main attraction in the city center. The square is dominated by the Flamboyant Town Hall, the Neo-Gothic Bread house and the Baroque Guildhalls of the Guilds of Brussels and the famous Mannikin Pis (exterior views only). Free time before we return to our cruise ship for overnight. Overnight: Cruise Ship (B, D)
Today we disembark our cruise ship in Amsterdam and enjoy a visit to Anne Frank’s House which is one of the 20th century’s most compelling stories: a young Jewish girl forced into hiding with her family and their friends to escape deportation by the Nazis. The house Otto Frank used as a hideaway for his family kept them safe until close to the end of World War II. We spend the rest of the day visiting some of Amsterdam’s outstanding art, culture and scenery and take a canal cruise. We will avoid the lines and gain skip-the-line entry into the Rijksmuseum where we will take a narrated tour with an art historian guide. Overnight: Amsterdam (B, D)