Includes exclusive shore tours, luxurious stay in a palace and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo - August 2017
The geysers, glaciers and waterfalls of Iceland, the fjords of Norway and the castles of Scotland and The Netherlands combine as part of a new cruise tour to be hosted by Cruise Express this August.
The 19-night 'Voyage of the Kings' fly, cruise and tour itinerary includes exclusive shore tours during a two-week cruise from The Netherlands to Scotland, Iceland and Norway aboard the new 2650-passenger Holland America Line ship, ms Koningsdam, launched in 2016.
The cruise tour begins on August 3, 2017, with a flight from Australia to Amsterdam for a two-night stay at the baroque-style Engelenburg Castle, a five-star Relaix & Chateaux property surrounded by manicured gardens in the heart of The Netherlands. A visit is also included to another grand, baroque castle at Apeldorn – Paleis Het Loo, also nestled in spectacular parklands.
Cruise Express guests then board the elegant ms Koningsdam in Amsterdam for a 14-night cruise via seven ports in Scotland, Iceland and Norway, with shore tours included at each of the destinations. In Edinburgh, visits include the Queen's official Scottish residence, the regal Holyrood Palace, and the monarch's own, one-time yacht, Royal Yacht Britannia, as well as tickets to see the world-famous Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo at Edinburgh Castle. At Invergordon, Cruise Express guests will be taken on an exclusive tour into the legendary Scottish Highlands to see the fairytale, turreted castle of Cawdor and the ghostly ruins of Urquhart Castle nestled beside the mythical depths of Loch Ness.
Calls are made at three ports in Iceland – the quirky capital of Reykjavik and the towns of Isafjordur and Akureyri with included tours taking in the tiny country's mighty volcanoes and glaciers, thundering waterfalls, exploding geysers, boiling mud pits and 40-degree, geothermal pools.
The cruise then heads east to Norway for visits to the Art Nouveau town of Alesund and the colourful, wooden houses of Bergen. Cruise Express' exclusive shore tours in Norway will take guests on a cruise along the spectacular, blue-sapphire waters of Hardangerfjord – the world's third longest fjord - and also for a panoramic ride on the Rauma Railway through the alps and below Europe's tallest rock face, the 1000m-high Troll Wall.
After disembarking back in Amsterdam, a final night is spent at the deluxe Sofitel Legend The Grand Hotel with a cruise included along the famous canals.
Including return flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth and 12 full or half-day tours, the escorted, 19-night 'Voyage of the Kings' cruise tour is available from $9990 per person, twin-share.
Call Cruise Express on 1300 764 509 or visit www.cruiseexpress.com.au