Like the near endless glow of daylight, the stream of mineral rich waters is unfailing, bubbling up from the depths of the earth the colour of the heavens. Cocooned in white mud, you slide amid the shallows watching steam spiral against a backdrop of volcanic peaks. More than an antidote for the Icelandic chill, the Blue Lagoon provides a once in a lifetime bath you’ll never forget.
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Maria Townsend, Trans-Siberian Express by Private Train
Prepare for that frisson of excitement this evening as we take to the skies with Emirates, bound for Denmark via Dubai. Soon, we’ll be laying chase to the land of the midnight sun along the shores of the far north.
Arriving in Copenhagen on a summer’s afternoon, let’s hope this sleek and supremely chic Danish capital is basking in life al fresco. We check into our hotel, D’Angleterre, a grand dame of Copenhagen society, with its generous dash of heritage and panache. Later we relax over a superb dinner of cutting edge cuisine.
Our fairytale theme takes us to the turreted idyll of Rosenborg Castle and its dazzling Royal Treasury. There is time to stretch our legs around the enchanting Tivoli Gardens whose theme park is home to the world’s oldest roller coaster. Don’t worry, there is no obligation to take a ride! Tonight’s Welcome Dinner rounds off a regal day.
After an early breakfast, we fly to what may feel like the ends of the earth, touching down in Kangerlussuaq, gateway to Greenland. An onward flight then takes us straight on to the ‘town of icebergs’, Ilulissat. Once known as Jackobhaven, this port town is flanked by the UNESCO listed fjord in Disko Bay, the sea mouth repository for one of the world’s most productive glaciers. On arrival, we are welcomed into the warm embrace of the Arctic Hotel.
Your eyes are not deceiving you today, as you board a tuk tuk and tour Ilulissat’s centre, visiting the Zion Church and native polar explorer Knud Rasmussen’s birthplace. Enjoy a guided walk to meet working Greenlandic dogs – not your average lap dogs! After developing your taste for Greenland’s flavours at Hvide Falk Restaurant over dinner tonight, the best is saved for last as we board a midnight cruise amid Ilulissat Icefjord’s chiselled peaks. With the midnight sun’s molten glow invigorating the soul, we listen for the eerie echoes of ice as it shifts and cracks in the surreal Greenlandic landscape.
Tuck into a hearty breakfast, before choosing one of the two thrilling polar adventures on offer today!
Later we admire the tenacity and traditions of the Inuit during a dinner and cultural evening, before returning to our hotel.
With time to absorb the views once more this morning from the luxury of our hotel, why not relax into the glacial pace of the region’s ice floes that surround you? For after lunch it’s time to take to the skies on a brief flight to Nuuk, Greenland’s capital city. Nuuk means ‘heart’ and this evening we head straight for the city centre to the Hotel Hans Egede.
We’re bound for the ‘Land of Ice and Snow’ on our morning flight today, but nothing quite prepares us for Iceland’s mist skeined canvas of ice capped volcanoes and glaciers. When in Iceland, we will do as the Icelanders do on the way to Reykjavik. We take the plunge into the alabaster waters of the Blue Lagoon – the country’s most famous mineral rich geothermal spa. This evening, we’re welcomed aboard our ship, Silver Wind, and the luxury is immediately apparent.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 6.00pm
Hugging Iceland’s roughhewn shores we appreciate our ship’s ability to reach locations less travelled. Soon, we go ashore on our chosen adventure.
This close to the Arctic Circle, the sun takes only a quick overnight catnap, so daybreak is a step ahead of us early this morning. Whispers of myth and legend lure us ashore today to Akureyri in Iceland’s northeasterly Diamond Circle. It’s your choice as to which excursion you’ll embark on.
Sail 6.00am – Arrive 12.00pm – Sail 7.00pm
Blustery breezes buoy our anticipation as we set sail for the seaport of Husavik. Our tour here reveals that Husavik and its coastline harbour mouth watering culinary traditions. On a boat trip to Hrisey Island, we experience the gastronomic know how of brewers and fishermen, and savour a taste of North Iceland.
A day at sea offers the chance to make the most of the ship’s facilities, attend a lecture or just relax, cocooned in the discreet sophistication of Silver Wind.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 4.00pm
This morning we’re on course for the Faroe Islands, marooned between Iceland and Norway and part of the Kingdom of Denmark. Docking in the town of Torshavn, our Select options offer you a fine choice of exploration.
Arrive 9.00am – Sail 11.00pm
Lerwick, the ‘mainland’ capital of the Shetland Islands, is today’s gateway to discovery!
Arrive 9.00am – Sail 6.00pm
It’s all ashore in Orkney’s capital of Kirkwall today. We’re off to explore the isles’ Neolithic heart, heading first for the Stone Age settlement of Skara Brae, before contemplating the Ring of Brodgar, where we roam freely amid its ancient stone circle. After sampling some typical Orcadian fare, taste the aromatic notes of fine single malts at the Highland Park Distillery. For our final stop we visit the Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war confined to the islands during World War II.
Arrive 8.00am – Sail 10.00pm
The choice is yours today in Dundee.
We alight in Edinburgh at its most effervescent with the world’s largest arts festival in full swing. See the Scottish capital in a day, starting in Leith aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for a tour of the Queen’s former floating holiday retreat. A city tour then takes in the Royal Mile, the National Gallery, the Museum of Scotland and Edinburgh Castle, which vies for our attention atop its lofty Castle Rock. We dine on the Royal Mile tonight, before enjoying an evening of Scottish pomp and ceremony from the best seats in the house at the iconic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
We take to the cobbled wynds and closes of this grand Gothic city to explore once more. The Palace of Holyroodhouse opens its doors to us this morning before we peek into the world of Scottish politics with a tour of Scottish Parliament’s Debating Chamber. This afternoon, our ship cuts across the Firth of Forth bound for the North Sea.
Arrive 10.00pmIt’s our last day out on the ocean and time to reflect in the wake of all we’ve discovered. Tonight brings the unique privilege of gliding up the famous River Thames. Watch in awe as the bright lights of the British capital draw closer, before our ship drifts beneath the London Tower Bridge.
What a sight awaits as day breaks over the London Town. Replete, we bid our ship farewell, downsizing vessels for a cruise up the Thames to the Savoy Hotel, etched on London’s who’s who of accommodation for over a century. Here, delight in the fine British tradition of tea and sandwiches before time at leisure this afternoon.
Afterwards, a West End show caps off what has been a truly remarkable journey.
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our afternoon flight home via Dubai.
It’s always good to be home but this time we arrive with mementos of Arctic frontiers and salty sea breezes to keep close to our hearts.
Imagine a trip where you won’t have to lift a finger, or worry about bringing your wallet.
Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.
Relax by the Pool
There is nothing better after a long day of touring than to soak your worries away in the pool while discussing the days events with new friends.
Your accommodation aboard Silver Wind is a Vista Suite (included in the tour price), however you may choose to upgrade for the duration of the tour. Aboard Silversea there are no cabins – just spacious suites. Each suite is elegantly appointed, incorporating every home comfort imaginable, including twin or queen size beds, sitting area, writing desk with personalised stationery, walk-in robes, fine bed linens and plush robes, personal safe, flatscreen TV with in suite movies and DVD player, iPod docking station, dressing table and hair dryer, marble bathroom with full size bathtub (not available in all suites), beverage cabinet stocked to your preference and individual climate control.
Set in a refined building dating from 1755, this luxury hotel is not only visually stunning but is close to both Tivoli Gardens and the Little Mermaid statue.
Based on per person, twin share in a Vista Suite – from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Emirates. Prices from other cities are available on request.
Cruise & Land Only guests join in Copenhagen for dinner on Day 2 and depart London after breakfast on Day 21.
Supplements (add to base tour cost, per person, twin share)
Veranda Suite $2,200
Midship Veranda Suite $2,700
For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.
Single Suite Supplements including hotels (add to base tour cost)
Vista Suite $7,340
Veranda Suite $10,130
Midship Veranda Suite $10,470
Single suites at above prices are limited. For details of other suite upgrades, please contact one of our Tour Sales Consultants.