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Route of the Vikings

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Including Greenland, Iceland, Newfoundland and Eastern Canada

16 August – 19 September 2017

Semi-mythical, contrasting natural landscapes - remote and usually inaccessible best describe this region of silent beauty.
An entrée of the Welsh and Scottish Islands plus Belfast in Northern Island will set the scene before heading north. This rare opportunity to cruise the Arctic oceans on board the luxurious ‘Seabourn Quest’, stepping ashore on the Scottish Island of Mull, Iceland and Greenland before entering the St Lawrence Seaway in Canada. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The islands of Iceland and Greenland were part of the Kingdom of Denmark with Danish being the alternative language.
Visit three ports in Iceland - a country that eats and breathes geology with round-the-clock daylight (the antithesis of winter) and two ports in Greenland (the largest island in the world) - all in six-star comfort.
Newfoundland is largely a wilderness area with very independent people. Crossing the Labrador Sea and sailing up the St Lawrence Seaway to Quebec City and Montreal is a fascinating experience.
As a bonus we have an optional five night extension in Montreal, Ottawa and the Niagara Falls.  

The 'Seabourn Quest'

An all-suite six star experience with no more than 450 passengers.
Dine at leisure in a choice of four award-winning restaurants – casual or elegant – no surcharge
A day at sea is a day to savour – perhaps attend a Seabourn Conservation presentation, join in a card game, take a Pilates class or visit the spa.
In port, tailor-made excursions will be offered or explore independently

Itinerary

2017
August
Wednesday 16

Depart Auckland on Air New Zealand via Los Angeles.

Thursday 17
Arrive London Heathrow and transfer to a central hotel for a two-night stay.

Friday 18                     London B
A free day to follow your interests in the most-visited city in Europe.

Saturday 19    London – Dover - Embark ‘Seabourn Quest’ B L D
This morning travel by coach to the port city of Dover. On arrival, board ‘Seabourn Quest’ in time for lunch. (Sail at 5pm).

Sunday 20                   Portland (UK) B L D
Portland is located off the Dorset Coast. An explorer's Island with curiosities of history and folklore just waiting to be discovered. Portland's unique geology and its position are ideal for a wide variety of birds, animals and plant life. 
 
Monday 21                 At sea B L D
A day to settle into your 5 star stateroom and familiarise yourself with the myriad of amenities ‘Seabourn Quest’ has to offer – five restaurants, spa, gym and of course the stateroom.

Tuesday 22                 Fishguard, Wales B L D (8am – 5pm)
A day to visit the small town of Fishguard. Enjoy the typical fishing village offering quaint high street shops and Norman ruins.

Wednesday 23           Belfast ( Northern Ireland ) B L D (8am – 6pm)
Explore the culture and history of Belfast. From its mighty shipbuilding past to the dynamic arts scene that swirls around the Cathedral Quarter.

Thursday 24               Staffa – Tobermory, Island of Mull ( Scotland ) B L D
A short stop at Staffa before arriving at Tobermory, the quaint Island Capital. The town has colourful houses and a sheltered bay.

Friday 25                     Stornoway (Isle of Lewis) B L D (8am – 5pm)
A bustling harbour town with hand-crafted goods from the Outer Hebrides, a castle, museum and art gallery. Be sure to try the famous Black Pudding.

Saturday 26                At Sea B L D

Sunday 27                   Heimaey - Westman Islands (Iceland) B L D (8am – 5pm)
Much of the town was swallowed by lava in 1973, but is now all restored. Millions of puffins migrate here in the summer.

Monday 28                 Reykjavik (Iceland) B L D (8am – 6pm)
A day of contrasts to explore the world’s most northerly capital. See the quirky artistic city or visit the wild geysers and special waterfalls on the ‘Golden Circle.’

Tuesday 29                 Isafjordur (Iceland) B L D (8am – 5pm)
A town on the NW coast of Iceland (pop 2,600). Bird watchers will venture out of town, others can walk in town or hire a bike.

Wednesday 30                       At Sea B L D

Thursday 31   Cruising Prince Christian Sound (Greenland) B L D
A day of glaciers and mountain peaks as the ship cruises slowly along the narrow 70km channel at the southern end of Greenland.

September
Friday 01                     Qaqortoq
(Greenland) B L D (8am – 11pm)
A day to walk and explore the most beautiful town in Greenland with a population of 3230 and colourful houses situated between fjords and lakes.

Saturday 02                Nanortalik (Greenland) (8am – 6pm)
The southernmost town in Greenland and is located on a small island. Its name means ‘Place where the polar bears go.’ Its vertical walls flank an intricate fjord system – more akin to Greenland’s East Coast.

Sunday 03                   At Sea B L D

Monday 04                 At Sea B L D

Tuesday 05                 St Johns (Newfoundland – Canada) B L D (8am – 6pm)
St. John's, the province's capital, is the perfect combination of big-city facilities and small-town charm. Explore the oldest and most easterly city in North America where heritage lives.

Wednesday 06           St Pierre and Miquelon  B L D ( 10am – 6pm )
Step off the ship onto the “rock” as the locals call it and see the French flag fly high and hear the people speak with an authentic French accent. Enjoy the maritime heritage and culture.

Thursday  07              At sea B L D

Friday  08                    At sea B L D

Saturday 09                Saguenay (Canada) B L D (8am – 6pm)
Located 200km north of Quebec city on the Saguenay Fjord that is fed by Lac St-Jean and surrounded by inspiring natural scenery.
Sunday 10                   Quebec City B L D (8am – 11pm )
Sail up the St Lawrence River to Quebec City, one of the oldest cities of North America and the crown jewel of French Canada. Explore the ‘Old Town’ with its narrow cobble-stone streets, 17th and 18th century houses and church spires - all overlooked by Chateau Frontenac, an historic grand hotel with magnificent views of the fortified city and St Lawrence River.

Monday 11                 Trois-Rivieres B L D (8am – 6pm)
North America’s oldest city north of Mexico (1634) and located at the confluence of the St Maurice and St Lawrence rivers. Almost razed by fire in 1908.

Tuesday 12                 Montreal – Vancouver – Auckland B
Disembark ‘Seabourn Quest’ at 7am after a unique experience. Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.


Thursday  14              Auckland  

Optional Extension - Montreal to Toronto

 Optional Extension
Tuesday 12

Disembark ‘Seabourn Quest’ at 7am after a unique experience. The morning features a visit past Montreal’s Olympic Park complex with entrance to the bio-dome, Botanical Gardens and Insectarium. Later head downtown to our five star hotel in Old Montreal.

Wednesday 13           Montreal B
Enjoy a day at leisure in the largest French-speaking city outside Paris. Sights to see include Mont Royal, the markets and St Joseph’s Oratory. The evening is free to perhaps visit Notre Dame Cathedral to see the lights show and presentation.

Thursday 14               Montreal – Ottawa B
Travel by rail to Ottawa – capital of Canada. Stop at the eclectic Byward Market followed by a city tour exploring the past and present. The coach tour will include Parliament Buildings, Rideau Canal and Notre Dame Basilica plus the Museum of Civilisation – Canada’s top history and cultural museum.

Friday 15                     Ottawa – Toronto B
This morning travel by first class train from Ottawa to Toronto the capital of the province of Ontario. Enjoy an afternoon city sights tour of the dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park.

Saturday 16    Niagara Falls B
Depart for Niagara Falls via Barrie. Bypass Toronto and travel along the Niagara Escarpment to Niagara Falls, one of the world’s seven natural wonders. Stop en-route at the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Other highlights include the Floral Clock, the Whirlpool rapids and a thrilling boat ride on the ‘Voyage the Falls’ (previously ‘Maid of the Mist’ Overnight at a five star hotel overlooking the Falls. Farewell Dinner tonight.

Sunday 17                   Toronto – Vancouver – Auckland
Mid-morning transfer to Toronto Airport for an afternoon flight to Vancouver. Change planes and depart for Auckland on Air New Zealand.


Tuesday 19                 Arrive Auckland
 

Cost

Cost Per Person * NZD

  Oceanview A1 Veranda V2 Veranda Suite V6
Twin / Double $26,683 $30,578 $34,941
Single Supplement $14,253 $16,772 $22,728
Premium Economy supplement
(Air New Zealand only)
$2,988
Business Class supplement
(Air New Zealand only)
  $7,547
Early Booking Discount
(if paid by 31 January 2017)
  $100

Inclusions

  • Economy Class Airfares as specified in itinerary
  • Two nights in a central London hotel including breakfast
  • Transfers London to Dover
  • Spacious suite of your choice on board ‘Seabourn Quest’
  • 24 days on board ‘Seabourn Quest’
  • Gratuities on board ‘Seabourn Quest’ are neither required or expected
  • All government taxes and port charges
  • All open dining in specialty-restaurants plus entertainment on board ‘Seabourn Quest’
  • Open bar throughout the ship plus complimentary mini bar in your suite
  • Gratuities are not expected on ‘Seabourn Quest’
 Exclusions
  • Airport and security taxes (approx NZD250 pp)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)

Booking Conditions

  • A non–refundable deposit of $5000 per person will confirm a suite of your choice
  • This is refundable less $500 up to 20 days from date of departure
  • Full payment is due by 07 April 2017
  • No refund after 07 April 2017
Documentation
  • A current passport is required, valid six months beyond the date of travel
  • No Visas are required for NZ passport holders
  • All other passport holders please ask

General Information

August / September is a perfect time to visit with many days of clear skies, moderate temperatures and little rain.
Temperatures ˚c         Max                 Min                                        
London                         22                    14           Reykjavik                   14                    09
Qaqortoq                      11                    05           Newfoundland            21                    08
Saguenay                     19                    12          Quebec                      22                    12
Toronto                        24                   16

Clothing
Good walking shoes are a must along with a windproof, waterproof jacket.
Warm layers of merino are recommended as well as gloves, hat and scarf.
The ship will be ‘toasty’ warm so every day wear will be fine. Casual for daytime and country-club smart for the evenings - ie long-sleeved collared shirts and a jacket for men. There is no need for dinner suits, ties and the like.

Health
No mandatory inoculations are required.
Walking tours are an important part of the tour and a reasonable standard of fitness is required.
Surfaces are often uneven and there can be a lot of stairs, uneven streets and rocky walkways
Currency / Money
Currency on ‘Seabourn Quest’ - USD
Ireland and Scotland – Pound Sterling
Greenland - Danish Krone
Iceland - Icelandic Krone
Canada - Canadian Dollar   

Note
Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions contained within this website without recourse

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