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An Extended Journey to Scotland, Greenland and the New World

An Extended Journey to Scotland, Greenland and the New World

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23 nights

Luxury Holiday
Portree, Isle Of Skye
St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall
Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik
Canada in the Autumn

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An Extended Journey to Scotland, Greenland and the New World Itinerary

Day 1 - Greenock

Arrive in style to the haunting hum of a piper. Bursting with colourful character and a cutting-edge arts scene, this vibrant city merges history and heritage with architecture and design. Visit Medieval spires, Victorian gems, Art Nouveau icons at art galleries and the museum at Kelvingrove. Set forth out of town to experience mythical landscapes; romantic yet rugged countryside where glacial lochs rest, small islands skirt and wildlife runs free. Known for courage, Glaswegians welcome with wee tales of clans, kilts and crests.

Day 2 - Fort William

Ben Nevis awaits you, whilst Fort William sits safely within the shadows. Boldly hike up the 2,000-foot heights or rise up aboard the Nevis gondola for eye-watering panoramic views; miles of rolling hills dressed with dramatic mountain peaks that sink into the darkest depths of Loch Leven. Discover the town’s life and history through the Commando Monument, fresh seafood, distilleries, cosy pubs and more ducks than you can imagine. And as you face the powerful vision that is Loch Ness, you’ll understand why this location ruled for Bond and Braveheart.

Day 3 - Portree, Isle of Skye

Arrive at the sloping port of Portree, into the lands of the MacDonald clan. Wander through this wildlife haven where waterfalls tumble under shifting skies, wide-eyed deer stand alert, sheep lazily graze and sea eagles swoop. Explore the painted buildings of the charming fishing town, the Talisker distillery and relax in the comfort of a cosy local pub. Capture all the visual treats of this little piece of paradise, for a whole host of new memories.

Day 4 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

Orkney’s capital and most southern isle is blessed with architectural wonders. Capture the true Viking spirit in the ‘Church on the Bay’; visit grand sandstone seafront buildings, visit St Magnus Cathedral and smaller churches, the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness and other ancient sites. Play Ba, eat cream teas, shop local boutiques and watch fishing fleets depart the bay. Previously claimed to be the most beautiful Scottish high street, soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere and splendour of this royal Scottish Burgh.

Day 5 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Slowly explore this tiny harbour town surrounded by rugged Scottish terrain and native wildflowers. Wander to historical ruins, archaeological sites, the Shetland Croft House Museum and step back in time in the ancient capital, Scalloway. Amble along Da Street for local boutiques and listen to Celtic music where fiddlers tell tuneful tales. View the stunning Shetland archipelago as you spot porpoises, otters and seals. And then there’s the ponies – animated short-legged, long fringed caricatures – like Lerwick, they’re hardy yet gentle.

Day 6 - Thorshavn

Relax into the peaceful ambiance of this small capital city (named after Thor, God of Thunder), where neighbouring volcanic islands lie dormant, the sheep supply shops with jumpers. Discover churches, museums, rows of turf roofed houses and Faroese culinary delights. Hike out of the city or set off by boat to glimpse whales, dolphins and a real-life puffin paradise. With over 300 rainy days per year, and more ewes than people, you will return warm, but perhaps not dry.

Day 8 - Reykjavík

Feel the magnetic lure of adventure at the world’s northernmost capital. Mystical landscapes promise dramatic snow-capped volcanoes, ice fields and mountains for thrilling quests; explore by helicopter, ride Icelandic horses, zip through lava tunnels on super trucks and rocket across glaciers on snow scooters. Then slow down to visit a geothermal-fired bakery and greenhouse, soak in wellbeing springs, the blue lagoon or refresh at the nearby face mask bar. And as the nightlife beckons under the sun that barely sets, drink black death schnapps as a poetic reminder of Reykjavik’s exhilarating activities.

Day 9 - Reykjavík

Feel the magnetic lure of adventure at the world’s northernmost capital. Mystical landscapes promise dramatic snow-capped volcanoes, ice fields and mountains for thrilling quests; explore by helicopter, ride Icelandic horses, zip through lava tunnels on super trucks and rocket across glaciers on snow scooters. Then slow down to visit a geothermal-fired bakery and greenhouse, soak in wellbeing springs, the blue lagoon or refresh at the nearby face mask bar. And as the nightlife beckons under the sun that barely sets, drink black death schnapps as a poetic reminder of Reykjavik’s exhilarating activities.

Day 10 - Akureyri

Quiet and unassuming, this charming town offers an abundance of authentic experiences. Located along one of the region’s largest fjords, discover museums, galleries, the northernmost botanical garden and nearly- northernmost golf course. Take to the skies for the ultimate view or watch the scenery unfold as you raft down a glacial canyon. Sink into a beer bath, ride Icelandic horses or visit the waterfall of Gods. Something of a bathing mecca, refresh in the town’s geothermal swimming pool, soak up hot spring minerals within My’vatn Nature Baths and encounter incredible views as you let the warm sea work miracles at the restorative GeoSea baths. Wellbeing personified.

Day 11 - Isafjørdur

Feel free within the peaceful, beautiful countryside that surrounds a handful of tin-roofed towns. Roam the wild Westfjords territory; whale watch, bird watch, kayak, horseback ride, hike, cycle or play golf – the options are endless. Learn of maritime heritage at the Westfjords Museum, travel by boat to the remote Hornstrandir peninsula, visit friendly fishing villages, spot Arctic foxes and experience life as a Viking at Skalinn Viking Centre. Small and unspoilt, Isafjordur exhibits a largely uninhabited Icelandic wonderland.

Day 13 - Cruising Prince Christian Sound

Day 14 - Paamiut (Fredrikshaab)

Keep quiet about Paamiut – it’s the best kept secret in the region. Head off the well-trodden path and be welcomed with mugs of kaffemik coffee and many a story. Noble and colonial-style, the harbourside gives way to brightly coloured, protected buildings - a church, museum and just a few residents. Hike trails through untouched landscapes, spot spiritual white-tailed eagles and find peace in this natural habitat at the entrance to the Kuanersooq Fjord. This place is good for the soul but remember not to tell a soul.

Day 15 - Nuuk (Godthaab)

Absorb rich Inuit tradition and history amid gourmet restaurants, fashion boutiques and hump-back whales. Against the backdrop of the majestic Sermitsiaq mountain, discover rainbow-coloured houses, mummies at the National Museum, drum dance shows and local craft beer at Greenland’s largest microbrewery. And then explore untouched wilderness; hover by helicopter over the world’s second largest fjord, get acquainted with marine life by boat or gently kayak through creeks. For such a tiny capital, Nuuk goes big on Greenlandic experiences, combined with hordes of fresh air.

Day 17 - Qaqortoq (Julianehaab)

Step into the boots of Eric the Red and into a city that means white, with green land and colourful houses. Unfold layers of Norse culture, history and nature within Stone & Man carvings and sculptures and explore local fish markets and homebrewed beer. Witness amazing arctic sights of icebergs, glaciers and tundra by boat or helicopter, within the warm waters at Uunartoq Hot Spring, or at your own pace by kayak. Feel your mind and body warmed - from the standard Inuit welcome, to the perfectly balanced climate.

Day 20 - Sydney, Nova Scotia

Embrace the perfect blend of urban charm, historic sites, captivating scenery and warm hospitality in Cape Breton. Applaud buskers along the charming waterfront, capture a moment beside the world’s largest fiddle and drop into eclectic boutiques. Hike along part of the far-reaching Cabot Trail – a must for anyone wishing to absorb the spectacular scenery. Immerse yourself in Nova Scotian culture as you engage in the works of local artisans – from painters to carpenters and glass blowers to chocolatiers, this truly is a handicraft haven.

Day 22 - Saint-John, New Brunswick

Immerse yourself in Canada’s oldest incorporated city. Learn about the province’s heritage and stunning Beaux-Arts architecture. Zip Wire over lush landscapes and discover freshwater lakes, miles of nature trails, sandy beaches, salt marshes and waterfalls. Admire the thriving sea bird population in the Bay of Fundy ecosystem, enjoy seafood and caviar, attend a wine-tasting or simply drift gently through remote and calming fishing villages.

Day 24 - New York, New York

Wake up to be part of a city that never sleeps. Fly by helicopter over the Manhattan Skyline for flawless images of the Statue of Liberty, neon-lit Times Square, sprawling Central Park, the skyscraping Empire State Building and Brooklyn Bridge. Explore Picasso, Pollock and others at the Museum of Modern Art. Then create your own kitsch masterpiece from a blank canvas at a painting party in Havana’s emporium. Pay your respects and honour gallant heroes at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum mission. Listen to backstage stories in the Broadway theatre district, shop in the East Village, eat streetside hotdogs, sip cocktails in elegant bars, take in a show. And as evening falls, take a walk with your loved one over Brooklyn Bridge. Big, bold and brash – there's a lot to bite off in the Big Apple.

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