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Highlights

  • We’ve reserved you a room at Eriska Hotel and Spa, sited on a private island in Scotland Climb aboard a helicopter for an aerial tour of the islands of the Inner Hebrides
  • Be welcomed to Duart Castle by Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th Chief of the Clan Mclean and castle lord
  • Travel back in time aboard The Jacobite steam train along the world famous West Highland line
  • Enjoy a private cruise of Loch Ness
  • Cruise through deep Norwegian fjords and marvel at Geirangerfjord
  • Board Zodiac vessels to explore the isolated shores of Bear Island
  • Look for polar bears and walrus amid glaciers and icebergs of the remote Svalbard archipelago
Whiskey Barrel, Glass

Please note, the train is never on time, but most importantly meals and drinks always will be.

Rohan Vos, CEO of Rovos Rail

Where we visit

Please note: on this expedition cruise, all landings will require guests to board the ship’s Zodiacs, subject to weather conditions. Due to the spontaneous nature of a Silversea Expeditions cruise with Captain’s Choice, this itinerary should be considered a guide only. This tour requires a moderate degree of physical fitness.

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Full Itinerary


Depart Australia

Day 1: Tuesday 5 June

Bound for days that never end, we settle in on our Emirates flight to Glasgow via Dubai.

Over the next three weeks, there are memories to be made under the glow of the midnight sun. 

Arrive Glasgow, Isle of Eriska (Scotland)

Day 2: Wednesday 6 June

Touching down in Glasgow, we begin a scenic journey north, coasting along the mysterious shores of Loch Lomond and the wind-beaten west coast to our hotel.

The peaceful Isle of Eriska Hotel and Spa hides in still waters and emerald grasslands on a private island. At our home for the next three nights, tasteful guest rooms beckon and Michelin-starred cuisine delights curious diners. You won’t find a residence more intrinsically Scottish. 

Bagpipes, Kilt, Scotland

Isle of Jura, Islay

Day 3: Thursday 7 June

We board a high-speed boat to visit the reckless waves and swirls of the Corryvreckan whirlpool. Dramatic and daring, the ocean swells beneath us.

Past the Isle of Jura, we follow the only road on Islay, the ‘Whisky Isle’. As the name suggests, we’re in search of its world-famous whiskies. Trial the finest as we wander through a distillery.

Lunch awaits us within the walls of Islay House. From our table, sprawling lawns reach out to protected woodland.

The wild waters of Loch Indaal rumble beyond. Afterwards, a thrilling Your World experience reveals the dramatic landscapes of the Inner Hebrides.

  • Be met by a helicopter and whisked over the Sound of Jura. Peaceful waters stir below us. We land back on the Isle of Eriska in time for dinner at our hotel.

Isle of Mull, Iona, Isle of Staffa

Day 4: Friday 8 June

Our day begins over on the Isle of Mull. Sculpted by fire and ice, the second largest-island of the Inner Hebrides presents wind-beaten ridges, black basalt hills, beaches stark white in colour and the stately Duart Castle - our first stop this morning. Almost stern, the stone building stands on a grassy peak surveying the waters below. We are welcomed by Sir Lachlan Maclean, 28th Chief of the Clan Maclean and castle lord, if he is in residence.

An impromptu lunch is served from bountiful hampers as we recline on picnic rugs on the shores of the Sound of Mull. We then glide over the water to historic Iona for a spell, then to the uninhabited Isle of Staffa, the ‘Pillar Island’. With hexagonal columns and remarkable symmetry, Fingal’s Cave has been gifted by nature. Peek at the wonder this afternoon, taking in each stone - a unique structure that cannot be rivalled elsewhere. 

Isle of Eriska, Isle of Skye

Day 5: Saturday 9 June

From our post on the Isle of Eriska, we venture further afield. Design the morning with a Your World discovery.

  • Take a kayak out to the clear blue waters near Oban. Along one of Europe’s best sea kayaking trails, look for seals, porpoises, whales, otters and eagles.
  • Trial traditional highland longbow archery with a world champion instructor. It’s not as easy as it looks.
  • Learn about falconry during a private session. Birds of prey swoop and dive in a majestic display.

After, The Jacobite steam train awaits. Across the West Highland Line, the turn of ancient wheels takes us back in time. We then check in to the Kinloch Lodge, our new home on the Isle of Skye for the next two nights. 

Isle of Skye, Hiking, Scotland

Isle of Skye

Day 6: Sunday 10 June

Tucked away on a remote coastal location is the world-renowned restaurant, Three Chimneys. We enjoy lunch here among the white stone walls and gentle waves on the shore. We then visit Dunvegan Castle and Gardens with a boat trip followed by a tour of the castle’s interior.

This evening, a formal dinner is hosted at our hotel by the gracious owners of Kinloch Lodge, if they are home. 

Scottish Highland, Red Deer, Scotland

Inverness, Loch Ness, Edinburgh

Day 7: Monday 11 June

We depart the Isle of Skye and head towards Loch Ness. Upon arrival, Jacobite and government soldiers escort us to Loch Ness where we peruse the ripples on the mysterious waters during a private cruise. Enjoy a seafood lunch on board before visiting Culloden battlefield.

At Inverness, we board a private plane and fly towards Scotland’s proud capital, Edinburgh. Rest your head in luxury at The Balmoral Hotel for one night. 

Edinburgh

Day 8: Tuesday 12 June

Embark Ship

We get our bearings on a guided tour and enjoy some time to shop and wander on our own. Meanwhile, Silver Cloud is moored on Edinburgh’s calm waters. This afternoon, we will be welcomed on board by the gentle waves of the shore and our knowledgeable Expedition Team.

On our first evening, we dine at any one of the ship’s fine restaurants. Champagne flows and courses are devoured as we pull away from the shore.

John O’Groats

Day 9: Wednesday 13 June

Our adventure begins at the ‘End of the Road’. The tiny village of John O’Groats is the most northerly settlement of mainland Britain.

On a Zodiac cruise, we take in nesting sea birds and star-shaped spring squill flowers adorning the sea cliffs. Coastal heathland and grassland habitats hide a plethora of wildlife. It’s a rare joy to see Atlantic puffins during their breeding season. With every tug of the waves, we find another feathered friend in the inlets and ledges, and a sleek seal or dolphin dipping in and out of the water. Orcas may even accompany our discovery along the Caithness coast.

Back on board, perhaps warm up before dinner with a glass of your favourite single malt.

Shetland Islands

Day 10: Thursday 14 June

An intrepid adventure south reveals the fascinating history of Scotland. Under Norse rule until 1469, the Shetland Islands are steeped in legends and the whisper of Viking ghosts.

Charming sandstone buildings stand side-by-side on the waterfront of Lerwick, the region’s main port. Shetland ponies graze in lime-green meadows near the town centre. Sheep meander off course onto the roadside.

We uncover the Broch of Mousa, ancient Neolithic houses and a settlement site revealed by a violent winter storm. From the remains of villages, we journey to the southernmost tip of mainland Shetland in search of white-beaked dolphins and humpback whales. 

Geirangerfjord (Norway)

Day 11: Friday 15 June

A day in deep Norwegian fjords, we marvel at one of the most beautiful, Geirangerfjord.

Sheer granite cliffs shimmer with plunging waterfalls that seem to descend from the clouds. Farms balance on steep cliffsides, and the mountain road, which twists like a charcoal ribbon, leads us to the village of Geiranger.

Our expedition takes in panoramic vistas of mountains, waterfalls and lakes at the summit of Mt Dalsnibba.Standing beneath a twinkling blue sky, the view from here is like nothing else. Alternatively, we have an exciting Your World experience on offer for those feeling energetic.

  • A very unique perspective of World Heritage-listed Geirangerfjord can be discovered by kayak. See the cascading waterfalls and steep mountain walls that rise as high as 1,500 metres.
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At Sea

Day 12: Saturday 16 June

We cruise by mountainous islands, through Norway’s fjords and down narrow channels today. Relax and ponder the Arctic scenery as it glides by, Champagne in hand.

Later in the day, we enjoy an al fresco lunch. Norway’s landscapes are all around us. Sample exquisite food, prepared by a team of international chefs on board. 

Lofoten Islands

Day 13: Sunday 17 June

It’s early morning as our ship docks on the central Lofoten Island of Vestvagoy. Once ashore, choose from these Your World experiences.

  • Discover rare bird species during an expedition along the western side of the island. Look for eider ducks, shags, great skuas and black-throated divers.
  • Visit Nusfjord fishing village where ochre rorbu dwellings line the fjord. Explore the Lofotr Viking Museum, gaining ancient insight into the region.

Tromso

Day 14: Monday 18 June

The streets of Tromso are dusted with soft snow, dotted with tiny pinpricks of light. The music of buskers drifts with the icy furls, and the sun is ever-hanging overhead.

This morning, the ‘Gateway to the Arctic’ tempts the traveller. Icy peaks frame the polar town, the starting point for many explorations to the Arctic. Along its charming streets there
is a distinct air of adventure. Our selection of Your World experiences help uncover Tromso’s many rarities today.

  • Learn about Norway’s hunters and most famous explorers at the Polar Museum. Later at the Polaria, we are privy to information on polar travel, Arctic research and a variety of sea mammals. We then cherish the unique wooden Lutheran church and the Arctic Cathedral, with its iconic triangular roof and glass facade said to represent a traditional Sami tent.
  •  Ride a cable car to the peak of Storsteinen, exploring the summit. At 1,238 metres above sea level, the view over Tromso is legendary.

In the afternoon, Silver Cloud will head out onto the Norwegian Sea. Due north, Bear Island awaits us on a new dawn. Lecturers will take the opportunity to prepare you for our next few days.

Puffin, Scotland

Bear island

Day 15: Tuesday 19 June

Common guillemots, Brunnich’s guillemots, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, and glaucous gulls - uninhabited Bear Island is a paradise for birdwatchers, though its name suggests otherwise. We won’t find any bears on our discovery today.

Our Zodiac awaits and we set out to explore the wild and remote southernmost island of the Svalbard archipelago. With our Expedition Team guiding the way, we watch for white-beaked dolphins and graze the cliffs in search of feathered friends. Puffins and gannets parade along the rugged coastline. A keen eye may even glimpse minke whales.

This evening, back on board our ship, we head onto the deck and watch for whales and white-beaked dolphins known to frequently visit the area.

Svalbard, Bearded Seal, Norway

Svalbard

Day 16-19: Wednesday 20 June - Saturday 23 June

We have reached the Svalbard archipelago, submerged between mainland Norway and the North Pole. For the following four days, weather and ice conditions determine our best course. We may jump aboard our nimble Zodiacs or head ashore for guided walks amongst nature.

Cruising amidst floating icebergs at Hornsund on the rugged west coast of Spitsbergen Island, we look for bearded seals, beluga whales, walrus and polar bears. Disembark ashore and hike the Fjortende Julibreen glacier. Or, stroll through a plant oasis, the Hanging Gardens. Encounter the polar bears on ice and ashore at the Duck Islands. We may also circumnavigate several of the islands by Zodiac. Cruise past red sandstone mountains and to the front of two glaciers, Monacobreen and Seligerbreen. Here you can see seals, black-legged kittiwakes and ivory gulls.

Thanks to the ice-strengthened hull of Silver Cloud, we devote at least one day to exploring the pack ice north of Spitsbergen, searching for walrus and polar bears. Our Expedition Leader may choose to take us out in the Zodiacs for an even closer look.

Svalbard, Frozen River, Norway

Depart Longyearbyen

Day 20: Sunday 24 June

Disembark Ship

We disembark Silver Cloud this morning in the main town of the Svalbard archipelago, Longyearbyen. Our next stop is home soil via Oslo on a flight with Emirates.

When you Extend Your World with Captain’s Choice our dedicated World Hosts accompany you every step of the way. As with every journey, there will be a minimum of one staff member to every 15 guests.

Longyearbyen (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark)

Sunday 24 June

Disembark Ship

Disembark Silver Cloud in Longyearbyen. We fly to Copenhagen this afternoon and transfer to Hotel d’Angleterre. Hand-picked artwork and crystal chandeliers decorate the fine interior. As we arrive, be greeted by warm smiles.

This evening we dine at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant, Marchal. One of the city’s finest luxury eateries, we’re dazzled by an array of modern creations by Danish chef, Andreas Bagh.

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Copenhagen

Monday 25 June

Today’s touring in and around Copenhagen reminisces childhood dreams. Discover the Little Mermaid statue and Tivoli Gardens, a charming theme park with a unique wooden roller coaster and glittering fairy lights.

We travel north to Kronborg Castle, the inspiration for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and enjoy a leisurely ramble along the cobblestones of Helsingor. We arrive back in Copenhagen in time for dinner.

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen

Tuesday 26 June

Spend a final day in Denmark as you please or on one of our Your World experiences.

  • Visit museums within the city centre. Local food markets provide a tasty lunch.
  • You’re in the design capital of the world. Make the most of it. Peek in boutique windows, a personal shopper at your side.

Tonight’s Your World dinner is a particularly special affair. We’ve secured a table at one of the world’s best restaurants.

  • It’s a privilege to taste the famous potions and foams, liquids and new fermented flavours from the inspired kitchen of Noma. The two-Michelin-starred restaurant run by legendary chef René Redzepi presents a culinary experience that defies belief.

Depart Copenhagen

Wednesday 27 June

We farewell Copenhagen this morning. 

Arrive Australia

Day 21: Monday 25 June

On our final flight, reflect upon the journey. We hope to see you again on your next Captain’s Choice adventure.


Everything has been Considered & Included

Reaching the world’s frontiers is no easy feat. And let’s face it, adventure and roughing it is so last century. That’s why all the legwork has been done for you; everything mundane sits behind the scenes. We’ve searched the seven seas for the finest expedition ships to usher you to the edges of the planet, where you’ll never have to carry a map. Or your luggage. You’ll certainly never have to find small change for tips.

Travel without the hassles

Everything is included – international flights to and from Australia, your Silversea cruise, luxurious accommodation, all dining and drinks, travel insurance and every sightseeing trip including Your World experiences. Yes, even taxes and transfers.

Our Luggage Valet service is also included. Simply pack your bags (or ask your butler to pack them for you) and leave them in your suite. We pick them up and make sure that they arrive safely at your next hotel. We also provide home-to-airport-to-home transfers. And just in case, a doctor travels with us too.

As you’d expect, Silversea expedition vessels include plenty of luxe touches beneath their tough exteriors. You’d be right in thinking the food and wine offering is pretty special. A fully stocked in-suite mini-bar, plush bed linen and a choice of mattress comes as standard. While a snug parka for polar expeditions, Wi-Fi and an included laundry service is all part of the package.

We go even further to include exclusive travel and touring arrangements prior to your cruise – and often at it's conclusion too.

With Captain’s Choice, there are no hidden costs, or optional extras. Because that would be breaking our promise of travel without the hassles.

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Your World Experiences

Making landfall in a new and exciting destination is one thing. But getting under its skin to see its true colours is something altogether different – something very few of us will ever experience. Which is why we’ve curated an exclusive collection of included experiences called Your World. It’s your invitation to take part in rare and amazing events other travellers could only ever dare dream of.

Though you may have visited a destination previously, a Your World experience is likely to surprise you with an aspect of the location you’ve never considered before.

It's not what you know

Your World Hosts are made up of a Tour Manager, Tour Hosts and a doctor, who will accompany you from the moment you leave Australia until your return home. Additionally, English-speaking local guides join you in many locations. Aboard your cruise, a dedicated Silversea Expedition Team will escort all excursions, while onboard experts give immersive talks about the regions you visit and niche topics that may spark your interest.

A place to call home

Away from your fine ship, Captain’s Choice has chosen only the very best purveyors of hospitality each destination has to offer. Residences are benchmarks of luxury, usually in a central location. More often than not, they have a history to tell. You might find yourself, on one night, in a magnificent castle turned luxury hotel, standing proudly on its own island. The next, tucked away in a private residence favoured by royals and dignitaries alike.

Local Flavours

Every meal is a chance to discover something new and delicious. When you’re not on board your ship, you’ll often be dining among locals, where the ambience, as much as the flavours, makes meals memorable. And on special nights, you can expect gala dinners at spectacular locations closed off exclusively for us. There’s not a boring meal to be found.

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Where Adventure & Luxury Meet

In a class all of their own, Silversea’s purpose-built expedition ships make far-flung regions accessible. Your days sweep between two very different worlds: the refinement of your vessel, and destinations where human footprints are scarce. A strong espresso and croissant delivered to your suite before landing on a remote island. Champagne or a nip of scotch out on deck after returning from a Zodiac expedition. Unadulterated indulgences and the rush of adventure – it’s all part of life aboard a Silversea expedition cruise.

After unpacking once – or letting your butler do it for you – your suite will become a delightful haven for the duration of the voyage. And with almost one staff member to every guest, the standard of personalised service goes beyond all expectation.

Wild at Heart

You won’t just be watching coastlines through binoculars from the deck. Our ships and Zodiacs put you on that coast, smack-bang in the middle of the wilderness with an experienced Expedition Team at the helm. You’ll set out on gentle hikes, learn about the land from locals and follow wildlife along remote shores. Thanks to the flexible nature of our itineraries, we’re always at liberty to change course or linger awhile longer. And most importantly, you can always set your own pace depending on how active you’re feeling. Sightseeing opportunities are as boundless as our new horizons.

Silver Cloud

Welcome aboard the most spacious and luxurious ice-class vessel of its kind, Silver Cloud. An extensive refurbishment will see the ship move to Silversea’s expedition fleet in 2017, bound for polar waters thanks to its newly ice-strengthened hull. The multi-million dollar vision blends the raw beauty of remote destinations with luxuries you’d expect to find at the world’s greatest hotels. It now presents five gourmet dining options, expansive decks and a swimming pool. Most suites include a veranda, and all benefit from the services of a butler.

Vista Suite Silver Cloud
Vista Suite

Vista Suite

Large picture windows frame panoramic views, the perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. Vista Suites feature a sitting area and a marbled bathroom with a shower (some with bath/shower combination).

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Fares are based on a Vista Suite aboard Silver Cloud per person, twin share. Fares include Emirates flights from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Prices from other cities available on request.

Cruise and Land Only guests join the tour in Isle of Eriska for dinner on Day 2 and depart Longyearbyen after breakfast on Day 20.

Suite Upgrades
Veranda Suite $2,890
Deluxe Veranda Suite $3,380

Solo Suite Supplements
Vista Suite $14,810
Veranda Suite $22,160
Deluxe Veranda Suite $23,130
Includes supplements for single hotel rooms. Solo suites at above prices are limited. Contact our Tour Sales Consultants for details on other suite upgrades.

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