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British Isles Quest - 15 Night Fly, Stay, Cruise Package - London to London (APT13718)

Cruise aboard the intimate Hebridean Sky and enjoy less time waiting to disembark and direct access to smaller ports and towns.

Tour Departure: May 3, 2020


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Experience the luxury of ocean cruising with APT as you set sail aboard an exclusively chartered Luxury Mega-Yacht!

Inclusions:

15 Night Package Includes:

  • Return Economy class airfare from Australia to London (business class upgrade available on request).
  • 1 night stay at the Mayfair Hotel (or similar) in London, breakfast included (hotel is a part of cruise package and is at the discretion of APT)
  • 8 night cruise from Plymouth to Oban aboard Hebridean Sky
  • 3 night stay at the 5-star Radisson Collection Hotel, Edinburgh Royal Mile, breakfast included
  • Full Day Tour to Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Scottish Highlands
  • First Class rail journey from Edinburgh to London
  • 3 night stay at the 5-star Mayfair Hotel London, breakfast included
  • Belmond British Pullman luxury rail excursion to the English seaside resort of Folkestone
  • Private transfers throughout (day tours in Edinburgh & London excepted)
  • Port charges, government fees & air taxes

* Please note that the pre-cruise hotel night in London (with transfer from Heathrow airport); the transfer between London and Plymouth and between Oban and Edinburgh are a part of your cruise fare and are provided courtesy of APT.


 Qantas Frequent Flyer points are not applied on this package

  • 8 night cruise from Portsmouth to Oban aboard Hebridean Sky
  • Plus return airfares, 4 nights in London & 3 nights in Edinburgh, day-tour to Loch Ness & Scottish Highlands, 1st class rail from Edinburgh to London, British Pullman luxury rail excursion from London & transfers throughout
  • Visit the Isles of Scilly, Waterford, Dublin, Isle of Man, Belfast, Londonderry & more!

Cruise aboard the intimate Hebridean Sky -  your mega-yacht with only 110 guests. Get up close to the smaller ports!

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Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Cathay Pacific SALE FARE Qcls EX SYD MEL BNE ADL PER RT to LON

Depart from either: Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth

To: Europe


SPECIAL FARE

SALES VALIDITY: 31Jan20

FARE TYPE: Economy Booking Class Q

CHANGES/CANCELLATIONS/FEES: For further information refer to the Terms & Conditions located on our website.

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Sun 3 May 2020
Day 2: Arrive London
Welcome to London! We meet you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. Your first night is left open for you to explore this iconic city at your own pace.Mayfair London or similar
Mon 4 May 2020
Day 3: London, Plymouth, Embark Ship
The morning is off to an exciting start. Fuel up on breakfast before we transfer you to your ship, the MS Hebridean Sky, in Plymouth. Take some time to settle in to your spacious suite, or head out on deck to watch the scenery drift by. Tonight, gather with your crew and fellow travellers to celebrate the journey ahead with a welcome dinner.Eight Nights, MS Hebridean Sky
Tue 5 May 2020
Day 4: Isles of Scilly
Wake up to the aquamarine waters and white sand beaches of the Isles of Scilly, an unexpected tropical delight in the middle of the Celtic Sea. It's within this archipelago off the coast of Cornwall that you discover Tresco Island. Here, you'll have the chance to disembark and explore. There's no shortage of picture-perfect landscapes; see rocky outcrops and pristine beaches while you're here. It's then time for your first Signature Experience of the trip.
Wed 6 May 2020
Day 5: Waterford, Kilkenny
Set your sights on the southeastern coast of Ireland this morning. We drop anchor in Waterford, a city famous for Waterford Crystal, world-renowned flint glass. Set your feet on solid ground and hop on a coach to Kilkenny. This is the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, and it's yours to enjoy with free time. Walk along cobbled lanes and discover hidden passages, perhaps explore Kilkenny Castle, built over a millennia ago. Or, delve into the town's famous craft scene and peruse ceramics, jewellery, candles, stone carvings and more, all lovingly made by hand. Return to your ship for lunch, before your exploration continues. It's time to visit the House of Waterford Crystal, and learn about the process and history of glass making which began in 1783.
Thu 7 May 2020
Day 6: Dublin (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Discover cobbled streets, classic pubs, medieval castles and cathedrals. Dublin has it all, and we're making a beeline for it. The morning is yours to shape with your choice of sightseeing.
Fri 8 May 2020
Day 7: Isle of Man
Arrive on the Isle of Man. Travel to Tynwald Hill in the little village of St John’s, and onwards to the west coast town of Peel. Discover castle ruins while exploring on your own. This afternoon, perhaps enjoy time to explore Douglas. Or, take the electric mountain railway to Snaefell, the highest point on the island. On a clear day, you might see the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Sat 9 May 2020
Day 8: Belfast
Northern Ireland calls. In Belfast, step back in time with a visit to the Titanic Museum, to learn the story of this famous ship's creation in the early 1900s. The afternoon presents the freedom to spend it how you wish.
Sun 10 May 2020
Day 9: Londonderry (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Officially named Londonderry, coined by locals as Derry, we berth here this morning. See the famous walls which wrap around the city. These are the only ones in Ireland which still remain intact. Head out to the Giant's Causeway, a World Heritage-listed natural wonder. Over 40,000 basalt columns create rugged stepping stones into the Atlantic Sea. You are then free to craft your own afternoon with your choice of sightseeing.
Mon 11 May 2020
Day 10: Iona, Staffa & Lunga (Evening Departure/Overnight)
Our adventure brings us to the Isle of Iona, off the western coast of Scotland. More than 40 Scottish kings, as well as kings from around the world, are buried here amid the island's tranquillity and natural beauty. With time to explore, you might like to visit Iona Abbey, one of the oldest Christian religious centres in western Europe. Or take things slow and go for a wander along the beach. It's back on board and onwards to the striking Isle of Staffa. Here, you’ll enjoy a Signature Experience. Your final stop today is Lunga, home to grey seals, razorbills, kittiwakes and puffins.
Tue 12 May 2020
Day 11: Oban, Disembark Ship, Depart Edinburgh
Your ship draws closer to the horseshoe bay of Oban, where you will disembark after breakfast. We transfer you to Edinburgh airport for your onward flight.
Wed 13 May 2020
Day 11 - 14: Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh

Explore Edinburgh's beguiling Old Town from the Radisson Collection Hotel, Royal Mile Edinburgh. Sat amongst the Scottish capital's most historic streets, this five-star boutique hotel is walking distance from world-famous attractions like Edinburgh Castle. The classic Scottish design, striking views, attentive service, and premium facilities make it the perfect hotel for an Edinburgh break. Stylish and inviting, each room has a stunning view of the city to enjoy. All rooms boast high speed Wi-Fi and energizing natural light. Elegance takes many different forms, which is why each suite is entirely unique, designed by the brightest creative talents Scotland has to offer.

Wed 13 May 2020
Day 12: Loch Ness, Glencoe & the Highlands

Departing from Edinburgh our Loch Ness tour travels northwest, passing the imposing Stirling Castle, before making our first stop at Kilmahog. Here we stop for some light refreshments and the chance to see some Highland cattle up close. We travel on through Rob Roy Country of Clans MacGregor and Campbell then over the dramatic landscape of Rannoch Moor and the Black Mount to Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most famous glens, site of the 1692 massacre of the Clan MacDonald. Here we pause for a photo stop, and to soak up the atmosphere in this haunting glen.

Continuing via Loch Linnhe, our tour will stop in the Fort William area for lunch then continue into the natural beauty of the Great Glen as we pass beneath Britain’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis. Travelling on, we admire the Caledonian Canal and the pretty village of Fort Augustus, enjoying spectacular views of Loch Ness, as we drive along the shoreline to Urquhart Castle.

Loch Ness, 24 miles long and over 700 feet deep, is most famous for its sightings of the Loch Ness monster, affectionately known as “Nessie”. Spend approximately 2 hours at Loch Ness, where you can choose to take a wonderful 5 star 'Loch Ness by Jacobite' cruise and explore the ruins of Urquhart Castle, and learn of its history inside the modern visitor centre.

Passing through Inverness, Capital of the Highlands, the Loch Ness tour will start its return for home, crossing the Grampian Mountains and the woodland scenery of Perthshire, including the Forest of Atholl, with an evening refreshment stop at the Victorian resort town of Pitlochry, en route back to Edinburgh, where the tour ends.

Thu 14 May 2020
Day 14: Private Car Transfer Hotel to Train Station

Private Car Transfer from Hotel to Edinburgh Waverley Train Station

Sat 16 May 2020
Day 14: First Class Train - Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross

Rail Service Edinburgh Waverley to London Kings Cross

Sat 16 May 2020
Day 14: Private Car Transfer from London Kings Cross Station to Hotel

Private Car Transfer from London Kings Cross Station to Hotel

Sat 16 May 2020
Day 14 - 16: The May Fair Hotel

Opened in 1927, the May Fair London, A Radisson Collection Hotel was the first new hotel to open in the British capital in over 20 years. Inaugurated by King George V and Queen Mary, the hotel quickly became a playground for London's high society. Today, while eminent spaces and glimmering Baccarat chandeliers remain, the hotel has transformed into a contemporary boutique getaway, known for its timeless elegance and charm.

Sat 16 May 2020
Day 15: Belmond British Pullman - Discover Folkestone

Your initial glance heightens the anticipation: carriages gleaming in umber and cream livery, stewards resplendent in their immaculate uniforms, while they wait for you to board the train. This is the Belmond British Pullman (sister train of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express), the most stately of trains.


Enjoy a delicious sparkling Bellini brunch on your journey to the traditional English seaside town of Folkestone. After skirting the Kent coast, the train stops at Folkestone West where you are met by your guide who will accompany you on the coach transfer to 'The Leas' at Folkestone. On arrival you will have some free time (approximately 90 minutes) to stretch your legs. The famous mile long cliff-top promenade demonstrates how the Edwardian elegance of the town lives on. On your return journey, an afternoon tea with a glass of champagne will be served.


Outward Journey departs London Victoria Station at 10.00am, arriving Folkestone at 12.50. Your return journey departs Folkestone at 3.30pm, arriving back at London Victoria at 5.45pm*


* Please note: the return journey to London may be delayed as the train also carries passengers returning from the continent on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Passengers should bear this in mind when making plans for the evening or onward connections.



Sun 17 May 2020
Day 16 - 17: The May Fair Hotel

Opened in 1927, the May Fair London, A Radisson Collection Hotel was the first new hotel to open in the British capital in over 20 years. Inaugurated by King George V and Queen Mary, the hotel quickly became a playground for London's high society. Today, while eminent spaces and glimmering Baccarat chandeliers remain, the hotel has transformed into a contemporary boutique getaway, known for its timeless elegance and charm.

Mon 18 May 2020
Day 17: Private transfer London hotel to London Heathrow
Tue 19 May 2020
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*Prices are per adult in AUD, based on lowest available twin-share accommodation in each of the specified categories, inclusive of Economy Class flights ex Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth) and air taxes, port charges, government fees and gratuities (excluding onboard purchases). Offers are valid for a limited time only, are for new bookings, subject to availability/change and can be withdrawn or varied at any time without notice. Single passengers must pay a single supplement. Any additional accommodation and transfers made necessary due to flight schedule are the sole responsibility of the passengers. Some Staterooms may have an obstructed view. Qantas Frequent Flyer points are not applied on this package. To be read in conjunction with the Terms and Conditions of APT, which passengers will be bound by. Agents may charge fees and/or fees for credit card payment which vary. Cancellation penalties and conditions apply.