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The distance between Lands End in England and John o’ Groats in Scotland is around 1,400km and would take you 14 hours to drive. However, in between these two landmarks is thousands of years of history, culture and traditions. Not to mentions churches, castles and rather a lot of great pubs! Many people have completed the journey, some by car, pushbike and walking, some even by skateboard and wheelchair. Its one of the great journeys of the world.
For this weeks Cruise Deal of the Week, we are going to sail from the bottom of England (Southampton) to the top of Scotland (The Shetland Islands) and further up still, all on the wonderful Norwegian Jade…
On the 23rd May you will fly to London and enjoy two nights at the perfectly placed Lancaster Gate Hotel, just a stones throw from Hyde Park. Breakfast is included, and the crew at Travel Masters can also help you if you would like to add on any sightseeing, tours, theatre tickets or restaurant reservations.
You make your own way down to the Port of Southampton, and on to the Norwegian Jade. Norwegian Cruise Lines pioneered the casual, ”Freestyle Cruising” way, which means no set dining or dress codes on their cruises. And with 12 restaurants on board the 91,000 tonne Norwegian Jade you can almost enjoy a different one every night of your cruise (tip – the Teppenyaki Restaurant is amazing!)
You sail out of Southampton and across the North Sea to Norway. Bergen is called the “Gateway to the Fjords,” as it is a great launching point for a tour of nature’s Hardangerfjord, Sognefjord and Geirangerfjord. This city has a wonderful mix of architectural styles that add to its 18th-century charm. And as birthplace of virtuoso violinist Ole Bull and pianist Edvard Grieg, Bergen is considered the cultural capital of Norway.
Ålesund is a beautiful city surrounded by high mountains and deep fjords. It is situated in the middle of Norway’s most spectacular places like Trollveggen, Trollstigen, Geiranger and Runde with this city as your base. They are all only a couple of hours travel from Ålesund city. It is a popular stop for cruise liners exploring the Norwegian fjordlands.
Back across the North Sea and in to Bonnie Scotland you go. Lerwick is the main port of the Shetland Islands, Scotland, located more than 160 km off the north coast of mainland Scotland on the east coast of the Shetland Mainland. Lerwick’s main attractions are the Shetland Museum and the fascinating Broch of Clickimin, dating back to the 5th Century BC.
Travelling further north and a rare opportunity to enjoy an overnight stay in the Capital of Iceland; Reykjavik. Reykjavik is the gateway to Iceland’s stunning natural wonders, which range from ice fields to boiling thermal pools. The landscape on the island seems to be in a continual process of transformation much like its society, which blends Nordic tradition with sophisticated technology.
Iceland is a place of delightful contradictions where flowers flourish amid ice and snow. Some of nature’s most powerful antics, from active volcanoes to geothermal phenomena, exist only a few miles from charming towns and major cultural centres. For those in search of the unexpected, the surprises begin in your next Icelandic port, Akureyri — Iceland’s second-largest city.
Heading south now, and back into Scotland. An archipelago of more than 70 islands the Orkney Islands feature some of the most dramatic coastal scenery anywhere, from 1,000-foot sea cliffs to soothing white-sand beaches. Your day in Kirkwall will give you time to visit key sights such the remains of the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae – A UNESCO World Heritage Site that is older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramids. It has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because of its excellent preservation. Coupled with a visit to the Ring O’Brodgar, Kirkwell and the Orkney Islands are a fascinating port of call.
Invergordon is next and is the gateway to the heart of the Highlands, Scotland’s northernmost district, including Loch Ness and the town of Inverness. This area of Scotland is famous for its myths and legends with the famous Loch Ness monster calling it home – will you spot Nessie???
Your final call is the suburb of Newhaven, the gateway to Edinburgh. Scotland’s capital of Edinburgh has a magnificent geographical location fitting of a fairy tale kingdom, dramatically set above the flatlands with a commanding vantage point. Both a historic and modern city, this metropolis is home to the largest arts festival in the world.
You arrive finally back into Southampton and prepare for your flight back to Australia. You can of coarse stay longer if you wish, I’m sure the crew at Travel Masters have many wonderful ideas to extend and enhance your stay.
Flights from Australia – 2 nights in a London Hotel, with Breakfast – 14 nights on the Norwegian Jade (including meals, all tips AND THE ULTIMATE BEVERAGE PACKAGE INCLUDED!) all for a sensationally low fare of $5,499 per person!!
Don’t miss out, this is a TOP offer! Call Travel Masters or The Travel Studio on 1800 672 988 to grab that cabin!!!