ICELAND & IRELAND CRUISE

ICELAND & IRELAND CRUISE

After an overnight stay and a tour in London, you will transfer to the Celebrity Silhouette, and enjoy modern luxury for the next 14 nights.
 
Once onboard indulge in exceptional cuisine, comfortable accommodation, and stellar service that Celebrity Cruises is known for. Cruise to the Emerald Isle of Ireland, indulging in the warmth of Irish hospitality in Dublin, before cruising past rugged Atlantic coastlines and to the unparalleled beauty of the Nordic island of Iceland, before returning to London.

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Highlights:

England: London, St. Peter Port, Channel Isl - Ireland: Cork (Cobh), Waterford (Dunmore East), Dublin - Iceland: Akureyri, Reykjavík - Northern Ireland: Belfast

Includes:

* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• London: one night 4-star hotel accommodation with breakfast
• Half-day city tour of London including entrance to the Tower of London
• Celebrity cruise: 14 nights sailing onboard Celebrity Silhouette with meals (onboard the cruise only)
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All transfers, taxes and gratuities***

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Merit Travel Hosted

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15 nights

$6,595* p.p.


Activity Level:
Sight-seeing

Group size: 30 maximum

15 night cruise onboard Celebrity Silhouette

Departs: Sept. 3, 2020

Toronto - $6,595* p.p.
Vancouver - $6,995* p.p.

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DAY 1 | Sept. 3, 2020 | Toronto/Vancouver - London
Board your overnight flight to London, England.



DAY 2 | Sept. 4, 2020 | London
Arrive in the city and enjoy an introductory tour showcasing the highlights of London, including the River Thames, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly
Circus and entrance to the Tower of London.
Accommodation at Arbor City Hotel (1 night)



DAY 3 | Sept. 5, 2020 | London - Southampton (B, D)
Breakfast at hotel. Enjoy your morning at leisure in London for
shopping or exploring. In the afternoon, transfer to the Southampton port terminal to board your cruise ship.
Cruise departs at 4:00 p.m.
Southampton is a bustling port city bursting with history, as well as shopping opportunities, great restaurants, and superb pubs. Located on England’s southern coast, the area has a deep connection with WWII, having been used as a staging area for the attack on D-Day. It’s also well-known to be the home port of the Queen Mary 2. Today, the city is largely defined by its universities and retail shopping. The real sightseeing, however, happens when you use this port as a jumping off point for attractions found outside, yet relatively close to the city. You can take a ferry to the Isle of Wight, an English holiday favourite with 25 miles of coastline, sand dunes and dramatic white cliffs. While on your Southampton cruise you can also visit the nearby, quaint town of Windsor where you can visit the many boutiques of High Street or enjoy a tour of historic Windsor Castle.
Accommodation onboard Celebrity Silhouette (14 nights)
Below is the cruise itinerary and ports of call you will be visiting.
Meals onboard cruise are included. Shore excursions are not included, unless stated.



DAY 4 | Sept. 6, 2020 | St. Peter Port, Channel Isl. (B,L,D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 5:00 p.m.
Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey in the Channel Islands.
The city overlooks a picturesque harbour and offers visitors the chance to stroll along cliffside paths and through the rustic interior.
The breathtaking scenery and peaceful ambiance of this city, makes this port stop, a vacationer's paradise.



DAY 5 | Sept. 7, 2020 | Cork "Cobh" (B, L, D)
Arrive 10:30 a.m. Depart 7:00 p.m.
Affectionately referred to as ‘The real capital of Ireland’, Cork is a musical and resilient place where tradition and modernity often meld and where live music and local pride are the order of the day. Navigate Cork's hilly streets and discover the melody of Ireland's most talkative citizenry with their signature gift of the gab.
The seaside town of Cobh is located on the south coast of Ireland in County Cork and is considered one of the world’s most noteworthy, natural harbours. For history buffs, Cork is also a great find. Ring the Shandon Bells inside the 300-year old tower of St. Anne’s Church. Admire the French Gothic spires of St. Finbarre’s Cathedral and stroll through 17th-century alleys surrounded by the River Lee. Ireland’s second city is fast becoming one of Europe’s most playful destinations.
You’ll easily find yourself downing a pint of stout in a cozy pub or enjoying hearty Irish favourites at a corner bistro on your Cork cruise. The town also boasts an array of market-source international restaurants serving French, Spanish, and American cuisine. Visit local artisans and witness their skills in the arts of weaving and cutting crystal. Cork is filled with the lore, tradition, and good cheer of Ireland at its best.



DAY 6 | Sept. 8, 2020 | Waterford "Dunmore East" (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:00 a.m. Depart 7:00 p.m.
Ireland's oldest city, Waterford, was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient walled core still stand. Explore the area’s history and heritage with a visit to the archaeological finds on display at the Waterford Museum of Treasures.
The Waterford Crystal factory is another must-see on your Waterford cruise, where craftsmen, glass blowers, cutters and engravers have been crafting elegant crystal creations since 1783. Another way to come face to face with Waterford’s Viking and Norman past is to head to the Viking Triangle where you’ll find the best museums in all the country.
Reginald’s Tower, the oldest standing building in the city, dates back to the 13th century and is the first structure to use mortar in its construction. The tower once served as a prison, an arsenal, and a mint. Almost 300 years of Waterford’s history can be found under the single roof of an old Georgian mansion known as Bishop’s Palace. All sorts of period flatware, furniture and other items can be found here, including a Waterford crystal decanter from the late 1700's.



DAY 7 | Sept. 9, 2020 | Dublin (B, L, D)
Arrive 4:45 a.m.
Dublin, Ireland is thought to be almost a thousand years old, but the city has transitioned well into the 21st century. Easily navigated by foot, the city’s 44 square miles and cobblestoned streets speak to its storied history of patriots and writers, the latter of which includes Joyce, Yeats, Wilde, and Beckett. Must-sees include Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green Park, Newgrange, Dublin Castle, the National Museum of Ireland and the James Joyce Cultural Centre.
However, your Dublin cruise is not complete without a pint (or two) of Guinness and an afternoon-into-evening spent in one of the city’s many pubs. Travel to the seaside town of Malahide to enter its grand castle set amid 250 acres of breathtaking grounds. Climb the stone stairway and explore the castle’s Great Hall and intricately carved Oak Room. Afterwards, head to Malahide Village and stop in a local pub for an Irish Coffee and some good cheer. Delve into Ireland’s past with visits to a pair of storied landmarks. First, enter Dublin Castle, symbol of English rule since the 13th century. Tour its apartments adorned with Killybegs carpets and Waterford chandeliers then visit the Old Library at Trinity Collage to view the mysterious Book of Kells, Ireland’s most treasured medieval manuscript.



DAY 8 | Sept. 10, 2020 | Dublin (B, L, D)
Depart 5:30 p.m.



DAYS 9-10 | Sept. 11 to 12, 2020 | At Sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 11 | Sept. 13, 2020 | Akureyri (B, L, D)
Arrive 7:30 a.m. Depart 4:00 p.m.
Akureyri, Iceland is the country’s second-largest city and one of the country’s most important ports and fishing centres. Known as the Capital of North Iceland, it has a cool café scene, a growing gourmet movement, and a bustling nightlife that proves this city is more than meets the eye. From fabulous summer festivals fueled by the Midnight Sun, to some of the best skiing this side of the arctic circle, Akureyri is a laid-back Nordic city and a study in contrasts. Soar into the blue sky to discover Grimsey Island, home to only 92 residents and thousands of sea birds.
The city’s Botanical Gardens is famed for its collection of highlatitude plants and well worth a visit.
Explore the ancient lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal landscape of bubbling mud and hissing fumaroles at Namafjall Mountain. The Great Fish Day of Dalvik, on the second Saturday in August, where revelers feast for free on the North Atlantic’s bounty is a paradise for seafood lovers.
The city is best known as the gateway to Iceland’s natural wonders – thundering waterfalls, gurgling lava fields, snow-capped mountains, sweeping fjords, and robust folk culture.



DAY 12 | Sept. 14, 2020 | Reykjavík (B, L, D)
Arrive 11:00 a.m.
Iceland's capital and largest city is located on the country's southwest coast at the head of Faxafloi Bay. Settled in 877 A.D., Reykjavík has grown into an important seaport and centre of government and education with theatres, museums and observatories. Interestingly, this modern city still chooses to use water from nearby hot springs to heat all of its buildings.
And you’ll find on your cruise to Reykjavík that the culinary scene is eclectic and awesome. The seafood is amazing just about anywhere throughout the city and traditional Nordic salt cod or fish stews are readily available. But there is no shortage of international culinary favourites like French and all sorts of new Nordic fusion-style options as well. Explore the city’s artistic boutiques for authentic Icelandic souvenirs and trinkets, like music boxes, unique clothing, driftwood furniture and fish-skin handbags.



DAY 13 | Sept. 15, 2020 | Reykjavík (B, L, D)
Depart 3:00 p.m.



DAY 14 | Sept. 16, 2020 | At Sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 15 | Sept. 17, 2020 | Glasgow "Greenock" (B, L, D)
Arrive 1:00 p.m. Depart 9:00 p.m.



DAY 16 | Sept. 18, 2020 | At Sea (B, L, D)
Enjoy the amenities onboard your cruise ship as you cruise at sea.



DAY 17 | Sept. 19, 2020 | Southampton - London - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
Cruise arrives at 6:00 a.m.
Breakfast onboard then disembark and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Based on an interior stateroom cat. 12 or similar. Upgrade to an ocean view stateroom cat. 8 or similar: $870. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom cat. 2B or similar: $1,760. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 16 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host. ***Gratuities are included onboard the cruise. Shore excursions not included.

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