Vacations To Go


RORY'S GRAND ADVENTURE
(Revised)

 

Day 1 Friday August 12th  
  Depart: Spokane  
  Do:    
  Arrive: Portland  

 

Day 2 Saturday August 13th  
  Depart: Portland  
  Do: Delta Flight  
  Arrive:    
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  Depart: Delta Flight  
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Day 3 Sunday August 14th  
  Arrive: Copenhagen  
  Do: Train to town  
    Copenhagen Card 72 hr $121.38/102 Eur  
  See: Amalienborg Castle 95DKK/$23-Combo Ticket 140Kr (Sat & Sun only)
Changing of the guard at noon
 
    Frederiks Kirke (12:30-5)
See if dome is open
 
  Lodge: Cabinn City
Cabinn City, Mitchellsgade 14, 1568 København, Denmark
 



Day 4 Monday August 15th  
  Do: Breakfast:
We offer a daily breakfast buffet in our breakfast cafés. The buffet consists of coffee / tea, juice, milk, ice water, bread, scrambled eggs, cold cuts, cheese, jam, yogurt, muesli, oatmeal, corn flakes and fruit. Breakfast cafés have individual opening hours. Find more hotel information under each hotel.
 
  See: Rosenborg Castle 120DKK/$19.20 (10-6)
Built 1606-1607
(Reserve a space in advance)
 
    Tivoli Gardens 245DKK/$41 (11-mid)
Tivoli Food Hall (11-9)
 
  Lodge: Cabinn City
Cabinn City, Mitchellsgade 14, 1568 København, Denmark
 

 

 

Day 5 Tuesday August 16th  
  See: Christiansborg Palace 160DKK/$25.60 (closed Monday)
Reception Rooms, kitchen, palace chapel and ruins (10-5)
Stables (1:30-4)
Tarnet and cafe restaurants
 
    Walk the town-Little Mermaid  
  Lodge: Cabinn City
Cabinn City, Mitchellsgade 14, 1568 København, Denmark
 

 

Day 6 Wednesday August 17th  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

Day 7 Thursday August 18th  
  Do: Day at Sea  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

Day 8 Friday August 19th  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
8:30 a.m. Arrive: Olden, Norway  
  See:
Briksdal Glacier
- Adult Only $99 (4-4.5 hrs)

View waterfalls and wildlife as you take a leisurely hike to the glacier, an arm of the Jostedal Glacier.

On this adventure you will...

  • Board an air-conditioned motorcoach for an approximately 45-minute journey through the village of Olden, along Olden Lake and up to Briksdal Mountain.
  • Ride along the shore of the Nordfjord, Olden River and Olden Lake arriving at the valley, home to the Briksdal Mountain Lodge.
  • On arrival, begin an approximately 45-minute self-guided active uphill hike to the glacier, an arm of the Jostedal Glacier, viewing gorgeous scenery including waterfalls and wildlife. Note: Guests requiring assistance on the trip up to the glacier can get a ride in one of the “troll cars” (electrical cars) at an additional cost on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Walk down from the viewpoint passing a magnificent waterfall and return to the lodge for an approximately 45-minute refreshment break including homemade cakes, juices, coffee or tea.
  • Reboard your coach and travel approximately 45-minutes back to the ship.
 
   


Fjerland & Norwegian Glacier Center
-Adult Only$189 (7-7.5 hrs)

Drive through the 4-mile tunnel that runs under the largest glacier on the European mainland.

  • Board a motorcoach for an approximately 2-hour scenic, 58-mile journey through Olden, and head south through Skei and Utvik on your way to Fjaerland. This route, traveling along the innermost arm of Nordfjord, concludes with a 4-mile tunnel under Jostedal Glacier, the largest glacier on the European mainland.
  • Arrive at the Bøyabreen Glacier viewpoint for an approximately 15-minute photo stop.
  • Reboard your motorcoach for an approximately 15-minute drive to the Norwegian Glacier Museum, where you will have approximately 45 minutes of free time to explore the ice, snow and glaciers and enjoy a film about glacier trekking, walk through a faux-glacier maze and see the exhibits.
  • Take the motorcoach to the Skei Hotel for a traditional Norwegian lunch situated at the end of Lake Jolster. During your approximately 90-minute visit, enjoy some time to explore the village of Skei.
  • Reboard your coach for the approximately 2-hour scenic journey back to Olden.
 
   
Glacier Safari & Barbecue
$169 (4-4.5 hrs)

Board “troll cars” from the lodge for the ride up the mountain, passing waterfalls and majestic scenery along the way.

  • Board an air-conditioned motorcoach for an approximately 45-minute scenic journey along the shore of the Olden River and up to Olden Lake—owing its beautiful teal-blue color to the melting glacier water—before arriving at the Briksdal Mountain Lodge.
  • Board “troll cars” from the lodge for the approximately 15-minute ride up the mountain to the base of the Briksdal Glacier and its lake, passing waterfalls and majestic scenery along the way.
  • Arrive at the glacial lake, speckled with ice flows, and join other Guests for a paddle-boating experience. Receive a safety briefing, rubber boots and a life jacket before boarding the boats to paddle around the lake and its ice flows for approximately an hour.
  • Travel back via troll car to the lodge for an outdoor Norwegian barbecue on the shores of the river. Lunch will include hamburgers, sausage, bread and salad.
  • Finish your delicious meal and peruse the shops for souvenirs for a short while before reboarding the motorcoach for the scenic journey back to Olden.
 
   


Kjenndal Glacier
$139 (3-3.5 hrs)
The glacier is part of the Jostedalsbreen ice field, the largest in Europe, covering approximately 300 square miles.

  • Drive for an approximately one-hour scenic journey through the Kjellandal Valley, winding around the steep hills of the mountains, waterfalls and lush green valley on your way to the viewing area of the Kjenndal Glacier.
  • As you approach your destination, the emerald-green Lake Loen comes into view before you disembark your coach and walk up to the spectacular glacier. Explore the glacier and its natural surroundings on your own for approximately one hour.
  • Reboard your coach for the approximately hour-long drive back to the port.
 
   
Lake Loen and Kjenndalen Glacier
-Adult Only $109 (4-4.5 hrs)

Sail down a 9-mile finger of the lake, under protruding glacier arms and ancient mountains scarred by rockslides..

  • Board an air-conditioned motorcoach for an approximately hour-long journey from Olden to Kjenndalen. This scenic journey travels from the branches of the Kjenndal Valley, with its high mountain walls and emerald-green Lake Loen, to the heart of Europe’s largest glacier—Jostedalsbreen.
  • Head off the motorcoach to walk for approximately 10 minutes to the glacier overlook point.
  • Return to the motorcoach for a brief 15-minute transfer to the Kjenndalen Lodge for an approximately 45-minute refreshment break including Norwegian waffles and coffee, tea, fruit juice and soft drinks.
  • Conclude your relaxing time at the lodge and board a boat for a scenic journey around the beautiful Lake Loen.
  • During your approximately hour-long boat ride, sail down a 9-mile finger of the lake under protruding glacier arms and ancient mountains scarred by rockslides. Have a chance to see the landscape from below as you journey from Kjenndalen to Sande.
  • Reboard your motorcoach for an approximately 15-minute scenic journey back to Olden.
 
   
Scenic Lake Stryn $84
(3.5-4 hrs)

Be sure to bring your camera to capture the postcard-perfect views of glaciers, greenery and towering mountains.

On this adventure you will...

  • Board your motorcoach drive for approximately
    75 minutes to the village of Stryn.
  • Travel along the shore in Olden at the innermost arm of the Nordfjord, along the Stryn River—known for its fantastic salmon fishing—to the calm waters of Lake Stryn. Along the way, you will encounter Hjelle, known for its Viking graveyards, before heading upward on a winding road with beautiful views of the Stryn Mountains and the valley below.
  • Stop for a brief photo stop before heading down to the Jostedal National Park Center on the shores of Lake Stryn.
  • Spend approximately 90 minutes at the center to explore on your own, watch a film focused on the area, view exhibitions about the glaciers, flora and fauna.
  • Enjoy a Norwegian pastry and some coffee, tea, bottled water or juice.
  • Reboard your motorcoach and return to the ship via an approximately 45-minute scenic drive.
 
10 p.m. Depart: Olden  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

Day 9 Saturday August 20th  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
7:00 a.m. Arrive: Maloy, Norway  
  Do:    
4 p.m. Depart: Maloy  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  




Day 10 Sunday August 21st  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
    Day at Sea  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

 

Day 11 Monday August 22nd  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
12:00 p.m. Arrive: Reykjavek, Iceland  
  Do: Bathing at the Blue Lagoon $189 (4-4.5 hrs)

Rich in minerals and pumped straight from underground, this saltwater lagoon is known for its healing properties.

  • Board a motorcoach and travel approximately 45 minutes on a scenic drive to The Blue Lagoon, which owes its existence to the nearby geothermal power plant.
  • Soak in its pool of pure, mineral-rich geothermal seawater located in the middle of a lava field. It attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year in search of health, relaxation and recreation.
  • Indulge in the warm waters of the lagoon for approximately 90 minutes. The waters are approximately 98.6° to 102.2°F (37-39°C) and reputed for their healing properties. The blue color of the water, steam and high lava wall surrounding the lagoon succeed in creating a unique atmosphere. 
  • Note: For hygienic purposes, it is required (in line with local customs) to take a shower without swimwear before entering the lagoon. Separate communal dressing rooms and showers are provided for men and women. Swimwear is required in the lagoon.
  • You’ll receive a Silica Mud Mask, Algae Mask, a towel and the first drink of your choice. Additional beverages and snacks are also available for purchase.
  • Conclude your time in the water and visit the cafe for refreshments, or browse for souvenirs in the tax-free gift shop before traveling back to the ship.
 
   

Krysuvik Geotheral Field & Viking World Museum $89 (4-4.5 hrs)
ncludes a stop at the Viking World Museum, where you can see the Icelander, a seaworthy replica of a Viking ship.

  • Board a motorcoach and travel approximately 45 minutes on a scenic drive to Krysuvik, passing through the town of Hafnarfjordur, the site of an ancient lava flow, and the enchanting Kleifarvatn Lake.
  • During your approximately 30-minute stop, witness the area’s powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth’s crust and check out the multicolored pools of boiling mud.
  • Drive across the lava-covered Reykjanes Peninsula to the little town of Njardvik. There, have approximately 40-minutes to explore the Viking World Museum and the Icelander, a seaworthy replica of a Viking vessel.
  • Conclude the tour with an approximately 15-minute drive back through the Reykjanes lava fields, before arriving at the pier.
 
    Lunar Landscapes & Hot Springs $99 (5-5.5 hrs)

Witness Iceland’s seemingly endless lunar landscape and have an opportunity to view nesting sea birds.

  • Board a motorcoach and travel approximately 45 minutes to the Reykjanes Peninsula, where an abundance of volcanic phenomena awaits.
  • Along the way, enjoy several stops, including “The Bridge Between Continents,” where visitors can literally walk from one continent to another (North America to Europe) by way of a foot bridge.
  • Experience the powerful forces of nature from all sides and senses—be it in the sheer rugged beauty of the North Atlantic, the savage bleakness of the seemingly endless lunar landscape or in the hardiness of the region’s flora and fauna.
  • Visit the bird cliffs near the Reykjanes Lighthouse, where bracing Icelandic sea air awaits, along with possible opportunities to view the nesting sea birds (season runs from early June through mid-August).
  • Visit an imposing crater row, complete with hot springs that hiss and expel a pungent sulfur scent as proof.
  • Continue to the small fishing village of Grindavík where you’ll visit Kvikan Culture House. Kvikan houses the museum Magma – House of Culture and Natural Resources and here you will learn about the fundamentals of Iceland’s geological nature; earthquakes, volcanoes, geothermal energy, to name just a few.
  • Continue to your final stop, one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Pearl. The Pearl Dome sits on top of old hot water tanks that were originally built to heat the city in the 1930’s. The Pearl Dome has been going through some extensive renovations and now houses some impressive museums and exhibitions depicting Iceland’s settlement, its geological forces of nature, high tech planetarium and even has an ice cave in the building. It also has an elegant revolving restaurant, lovely café and a souvenir shop. Here you’ll visit the observation deck where you can enjoy the fantastic 360° view of the city and the mountains. During your approximately 30-minute stop, you can choose to shop, purchase a snack or just enjoy the panoramic views.
  • Reboard your motorcoach and travel back to the ship.
 
    Panoramic Reykjavik $44 (2.5-3 hrs)

Listen to tales of Viking settlers, learn the basics of geothermal energy, enjoy the varied landscapes and much more!.

  • This tour includes only one stop, so it is perfect for Guests with limited mobility or wanting a quick overview of the area. The Reykjavik capital area consists of 7 municipalities with approximately 190,000 inhabitants. With plenty of space, clean air and natural green energy, Reykjavik clearly earns its reputation as one of the most modern, forward-thinking societies in Europe.
  • See landmarks such as the open-air geothermal swimming pool at Laugardalur Sports Park, Kjarvalsstadir Art Museum, Miklatun Park, the city’s university area, Reykjavik’s colorful old quarter (with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets), the spectacular coastline and harbor area, the New Harpa Concert Hall and the Hofdi (the early 20th-house where President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev met in 1986 to begin talks to end the Cold War).
  • Stop at the Pearl vantage point, where you’ll have a panoramic view of the city. During your approximately 40-minute stop, you may peruse for souvenirs or enjoy a snack.
  • Expect to hear tales of Viking settlers, learn the basics of geothermal energy, observe a little of Iceland’s geological phenomena, enjoy the varied landscapes and learn something of the country’s historical and cultural origins. The many faces of Iceland’s amazing architecture, both past and present, are prolific throughout the tour.
  • Conclude your tour back at the port.
 
    Reykjavik Highlights-Adult Only Departure $79 (3-3.5 hrs)

Drive through Reykjavik’s colorful old quarter and enjoy panoramic city views from the Pearl Vantage Point.

  • Board a motorcoach for a great overview of the city of Reykjavik and its surroundings. Reykjavik’s capital area consists of 7 municipalities with approximately 190,000 inhabitants. With plenty of space, clean air and natural green energy, Reykjavik clearly revels in its reputation as being one of the most modern, forward-thinking societies in Europe.
  • Stop for a visit at the Arbaer Open Air Museum, where more than 20 buildings have been relocated from around Iceland to represent a town square, village and farm. During an approximately one-hour visit, you'll receive insight on Icelandic living conditions, work, recreation and architecture of the Reykjavik people in earlier times.
  • Next, stop for approximately 30 minutes at the Pearl Vantage Point. Built in 1988, the Pearl is a remarkable building, unique in Iceland and probably the whole world. With a glass dome constructed atop huge tanks in which natural hot water was stored for heating the city pre WWII, the Pearl offers the visitor great views of the capital area and beyond.
  • Drive by Reykjavik's colorful old quarter, with its quaint wooden houses and narrow streets. Continue passing by the city's university area before an approximately 45-minute visit to the National Museum of Iceland, which displays objects that provide insight into country’s cultural history.
  • Conclude your tour by driving by the New Harpa Concert Hall and drive past the Hofdi House, the landmark site of the "end of the cold war" meeting in 1986 between President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev.
  • End your time exploring Reykjavik back at the pier.
 
    Ring of Fire - Adult Only Departure $124 (5-5.5 hrs)

Stop in Hveragerdi, located on top of an old magma chamber, where an abundance of hot springs bubble and hiss.

  • Board a motorcoach and travel approximately 30 minutes as your guide elaborates on the active volcano Hengill, located just a few miles from Reykjavik. Despite having last erupted approximately 2,000 years ago, Hengill is still active—a fact made evident by the numerous natural hot springs, colorful steam vents and fumaroles that dot the surrounding landscape. The 2,635 feet high (803 m) volcano also produces impressive amounts of energy by way of hydro and geothermal power—both of which are utilized to provide the capital and nearby municipalities with plentiful supplies of hot water and electricity.
  • Arrive at the Hellisheidi geothermal plant, where you’ll spend approximately 30 minutes at the visitor center learning about geosciences, geothermal technology, the environment and the history of the area.
  • Continue to the town of Hveragerdi, located on top of an old magma chamber, which accounts for the abundance of hot springs that bubble and hiss all around this unique little community.
  • Stop at the geothermal area, in the center of the town, where you’ll be able to stroll among the hot springs for approximately 20 minutes. The area also has a small greenhouse where visitors can view a small variety of plants and vegetables.
  • Next, take the short walk from the geothermal area to a local restaurant where refreshments will be served.
  • Reboard your motorcoach and ride on along the river Sogid, passing the hydropower station Ljósafoss, for an approximately 50-minute scenic drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. As you approach Thingvellir, you’ll literally drive from one continent to another as you cross the neovolcanic rift zone that slices through Iceland from northeast to southwest.
  • Stop at the viewpoint for approximately 20 minutes to hear a little of the nation’s history—for it is here that the world’s first parliament was formed in 930.
  • Continue on for approximately 40 minutes, passing Iceland’s largest natural lake, Thingvallavatn. Gaze over the countless hot springs that continuously expel their sulphur-rich deposits over amazing scenery.
  • Head back to Reykjavik through a lunar-like landscape of volcanic phenomena and other geological wonders before arriving at the ship.
 
    The Golden Circle-Adult Departure Only $174 (8-8.5 hrs).
  • Board a motorcoach and travel approximately 45 minutes inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the nation’s most sacred historic shrine.
  • See artifacts from the ancient Althing people’s legislative meeting place, such as the speaker’s rock and turf dwellings from 930 AD.
  • During your approximately one-hour visit, discover Thingvellir’s stunning lake, lava-flow landscape and rugged chasm walls on the rift where Europe meets America at the Continental Divide.
  • Travel approximately 45 minutes on a scenic road to Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland’s most magnificent waterfall.
  • Delight in its thundering waters and perpetual rainbow over an otherworldly landscape, and then behold the River Hvita as it dramatically drops 96 feet, splitting into 2 falls to create an awesome spectacle.
  • Take a short drive to the Geysir area, where hot springs are in abundance. The most active one, Strokkur, is likely to spout a high column of boiling water up to 60 feet high every few minutes.
  • Enjoy lunch at the Geysir area. You’ll have an approximately 90-minute lunch break.
  • Travel to your last stop at Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant. During this approximate 30-minute stop, learn how more than 90% of all houses in Iceland are heated with geothermal energy.
  • See a high-tech exhibit and get a guided tour for a look into this aspect of daily life in Iceland. This impressive building also offers sweeping views of the surrounding lava fields as white plumes of geothermal steam reach skyward.
  • Drive through Reykjavik´s city center before arriving back at the pier.
  • Lunch is included on this tour and many include soup of the day with bread, steamed salmon with vegetables, coffee, tea, water and a piece of chocolate. A children’s menu of spaghetti bolognese is also available.
  • Guests should dress in warm layers and carry rain gear. Additionally, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
 
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

Day 12 Tuesday August 23rd  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
  See:    
4:45 p.m. Depart: Reykjavek  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  



Day 13 Wednesday August 24th  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
    Day at Sea  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  



Day 14 Thursday August 25th  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
9:00 a.m. Arrive: Orkney Island, Scotland  
  See: Absolute Orkney $194 ( 7.5-8 hrs)

our the world-famous Highland Park Distillery, followed by a tasting of 3 exceptional single malt whiskies.

  • Board a motorcoach and enjoy a scenic 35-minute drive along the shore of historic Scapa Flow, the base of the British naval fleet in World War I and II. Cross the first of 4 Churchill Barriers, built during WWII to protect the eastern approaches from German attack.
  • Arrive on the tiny island of Lamb Holm and take a 20-minute guided tour of the hand-painted Italian Chapel. Built by Italian prisoners during WWII, the chapel has been preserved as a symbol of peace and hope.
  • Travel to Highland Park, the northernmost Scotch whisky distillery in the world, for a 90-minute guided VIP tour, film presentation and a single malt tasting. (3 varieties will be offered.) With its twin pagodas, the distillery is set in an elevated position, offering stunning views of Kirkwall, Scapa Flow and the North Sea in the distance.
  • Enjoy a panoramic drive along the scenic North Sea to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and pass by the Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the earliest stone circles in Britain, dating back 5,000 years.
  • Continue on to the great ceremonial stone circle known as the Ring of Brodgar. This is the third largest monument in the British Isles, only 27 stones remain of what is believed to have been a perfect circle when it was formed about 4,500 years ago.
  • Make a photo stop at the sandstone Cliffs of Yesnaby. Located above the rugged Atlantic coast, the cliffs offer a breathtaking view of the surrounding isles. On a clear day you can also see the famous Old Man of Hoy sea stack as well as the Scottish mainland.
  • Next stop is Skara Brae, the best-preserved Neolithic village in northern Europe, for a 45-minute guided tour.
  • Visit nearby Skaill House, Orkney’s finest manor house.
  • Conclude your immersive tour of Orkney with a ride back to the pier.
 
    Ancient Standing Stone and Dramatic Cliffs-Adult Only Departure $74 (2.5-3 hrs)

Encounter the isle’s rugged coastline and dramatic views of the Atlantic—on a clear day, you can see the mainland too.

  • Depart Kirkwall for an approximately 45-minute panoramic drive through the pastoral landscape of Orkney’s west mainland to the magnificent sandstone cliffs at Yesnaby. At this photo stop, you will encounter stunning views of the rugged coastline and the Atlantic Ocean. On a clear day, you can also see the Scottish mainland and Old Man of Hoy, a 250-year-old sea stack off the isle of Hoy that stands nearly 450 feet tall.
  • Continue to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. Here, you will see Scotland’s largest henge monument, the great Neolithic stone circle known as Ring of Brodgar. Built about 4,500 years ago, the ancient stone circle has retained 27 of its original 60 stones.
  • On the return drive to Kirkwall, you’ll pass the imposing Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the earliest stone circles in Great Britain dating back 5,000 years.
 
    Kirkwall Walking Tour $55 (2.5-3 hrs)

Visit the 12th-century Cathedral of St. Magnus, considered one of the finest medieval structures in the country.

  • Meet your guide and board your shuttle for the transfer to Kirkwall town center, where your walking tour will begin.
  • Your first stop on this approximately 1-mile walk is the magnificent 12th-century, red sandstone Cathedral of St. Magnus. Known locally as the “Light of the North,” this cathedral is the finest medieval building in northern Scotland. Enjoy an approximately 60-minute guided tour of the cathedral. Nearby there are many narrow, winding streets and lanes, which seem to have stood still over the centuries.
  • Continue by foot to the ruins of Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace. Both palaces lie in the heart of modern Kirkwall, and throughout the buildings you can see evidence of the colorful tales of the tyrannical Earls. Your guide will give tours of both palaces.
  • Have a brief amount of free time in Kirkwall before taking the return shuttle to the pier. Guests can choose to return the pier or choose to stay in Kirkwall and make your way back to the pier on your own.
 
    Orkney Island Drive $79 2.5-3 hrs)

Marvel at the 5,000-year-old henge, one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.

  • Board your motorcoach and drive approximately 30 minutes through the pastoral landscape of Orkney’s east mainland and along the southeast shore of historic Scapa Flow.
  • Cross the first of the 4 Churchill Barriers, causeways built during World War II to protect the eastern approaches of Scapa Flow.
  • Arrive on the tiny island of Lamb Holm, and enjoy a guided tour of the Italian Chapel. Built by Italian POWs during World War II, the chapel has been preserved as a symbol of peace and hope in times of strife, and Orkney’s enduring friendship with the soldiers from Italy. The chapel features delicate wrought-iron tracery and frescoes painted by artist Dominico Chiocchetti, who later returned to restore his improvised fresco work. The chapel remains one of most visited spots in Orkney.
  • Continue to the West Mainland and into the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and pass by the imposing Standing Stones of Stenness. Dating back more than 5,000 years, this archaeological treasure is one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.
  • Follow the northwest coastline of historic Scapa Flow and pause for a photo stop while your guide regales you with dramatic wartime stories which make this one of the best known natural harbors in the world.
  • Reboard your motorcoach and return to the pier.
 
    Orkney Island's Nature Photography $379 (3-3.5 hrs)

Bring your camera and explore the Orkney Isles, with its changing light, rugged coastlines and mysterious beauty.

  • From the pier, you will meet your guide and professional photographer, Mark Ferguson.
  • Mark will take you to some of his favorite photography locations where he will provide insights into various photographic techniques for beginners and experts. You will be able to capture truly stunning photos and learn about outdoor photography in beautiful settings.
  • The Orkney Isles are a photographer’s paradise, providing unique opportunities for stunning shots of dramatic scenery, wildlife and ancient heritage. You may visit different landscaped beaches (sandy or rocky), spectacular cliff or landscape viewpoints, bird reserves, the Churchill Barriers or historic sites. Sites are chosen based on weather conditions for the day./li>
  • After your approximately 2.5 hours of Orkney photography, return to Kirkwall.
 
    Orkney Seaside Towns & Cream Tea $89 (4-4.5 hrs)

Top off your day exploring ancient stone circles and strolling charming streets with some cream tea at a local hotel.

  • Board a motorcoach and travel 60 minutes through Orkney’s ancient capital of Kirkwall, making a short photo stop along the way at the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, one of the finest medieval buildings in northern Scotland.
  • Continue traveling through the stunning countryside of Orkney’s West Mainland to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Pass the ceremonial stone circle known as the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the earliest stone circles in Britain.
  • Make your way to Orkney’s second main town, Stromness, nestled beneath the hill of Brinkies Brae near Scapa Flow. Stop for photos along the way at a hilltop viewpoint, where you can take in panoramic views of the area, including the harbor and some of the smaller Orkney Islands.
  • Arrive in Stromness and enjoy 45 minutes of free time to stroll the winding main street, take in the atmosphere of this charming seaside town or visit the fascinating Pier Arts Center, which houses a stunning collection of 20th-century British fine art.
  • Visit a local hotel where you’ll have 30 minutes to enjoy a delicious cream tea.
  • Conclude your fun and informative tour with a 45-minute ride along the coastline back to the pier.
 
    Orkney Southern Isles $69 (2.5-3 hrs)

Visit the Italian Chapel on Lamb Holm—then the pretty village of St. Margaret's Hope on South Ronaldsay.

  • Depart Kirkwall and travel approximately 30 minutes along Scapa Flow, one of the British Royal Navy's main harbor bases during World War I and II. As you travel the Churchill Barriers, a series of causeways linking the South Isles, hear wartime stories that make this one of the most renowned stretches of water in world.
  • The Churchill Barriers were originally built from cement blocks to protect the eastern approaches of Scapa Flow following the sinking of HMS Royal Oak in 1939. Now surfaced with a roadway, they provide a service to the islands which were previously connected by ferry.
  • Continue to the isle of Lamb Holm for a guided tour of the Italian Chapel, built by Italian POWs brought to Scapa Flow to work on harbor defenses during World War II. The prisoners built this exquisite chapel out of leftover Quonset huts. The chapel features delicate wrought-iron tracery and frescoes painted by artist Dominico Chiocchetti, who later returned to restore his improvised fresco work. The Chapel remains one of the most visited spots in Orkney.
  • Travel south to the isle of South Ronaldsay and to the pretty village of St. Margaret's Hope. Local legend has it that the village is named after Margaret, Maid of Norway, who died near here on her way to marry King Edward II of England. There is also a chapel here dedicated to the real St. Margaret, second wife of King Malcolm III Canmore. Have approximately 20 minutes of free time to explore the excellent craft workshop or take a walk through the old street.
  • Depart St. Margaret’s Hope for the return drive to Kirkwall and the pier.
 
    Orkney's Neolithic Heartland- Adult Departure Only $94 (3-3.5 hrs)

After touring the 5,000-year-old Neolithic village, visit Orkney’s finest mansion, the 400-year-old Skaill House.

  • Board your motorcoach for an approximately 45-minute drive to Skara Brae, the most exciting and best-preserved Neolithic village in Northern Europe. The remains of this 5,000-year-old Neolithic village are beautifully preserved and interpreted in a modern visitor center. Along the way, pass Maeshowe Tomb, a circa 2800 B.C. ceremonial cairn.
  • Be guided on an approximately 45-minute tour of this Stone Age settlement that lies beside the sandy crescent of the Bay of Skaill. Skara Brae was completely buried for thousands of years, until suddenly revealed during a fierce storm in 1850. Among the fascinating relics found here were tools, beads, pottery and whalebone artifacts. Close inspection of the houses provides a glimpse into how our ancient ancestors may have lived. Note: This tour involves approximately one mile of walking on dirt and stone footpaths that are exposed to harsh weather. Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Continue to Skaill House, one of Orkney’s finest manors and a complete contrast to the hardship of life found in Skara Brae. A powerful bishop built Skaill House on an ancient graveyard in 1620. Enjoy a guided tour of the manor with time on our own for browsing the visitors center or relaxing in the cafe.
  • Take the short drive passing the Ring of Brodgar and the ancient Standing Stones of Stenness. These sights, along with Maeshowe Tomb and Skara Brae, comprise Orkney’s Neolithic Heartland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Reboard your motorcoach and return to Kirkwall via the historic Scapa Flow while listening to stories of dramatic wartime experiences that make this one of the most renowned stretches of water in world.
 
    Sea Caves & Majestic Cliffs of Deerness $84 (3-3.5 hrs)

View the ancient remains of a monastic site and the medieval ruins of a chapel and several buildings.

  • Board your motorcoach and drive for the approximately 30 minutes to the Deerness Peninsula, located within the Mull Head Nature Reserve.
  • Upon arrival, take a leisurely walk along the clifftops to the dramatic Gloup Sea Cave. The Gloup is separated from the sea by a land bridge about 80 yards wide. Here, you can see the tide roll in and out.
  • Along the cliffs is a viewpoint overlooking the Brough of Deerness, a grassy promontory with the remnants of an ancient monastic site as well as the medieval ruins of close to 30 buildings and a chapel that has been partially reconstructed.
  • Continue to the sea cliffs of Mull Head, which offer spectacular views of the small islands of Auskerry and Stronsay—and admire the sight and sounds of the thousands of seabirds nesting in the cliffs.
  • Follow the path back to your motorcoach and ride back to Kirkwall.
 
    Traditional Orkney Farm Experience & Ancient Standing Stones $149 (3.5-4 hrs)

Experience rural 19th-century Orkney—sample farm fresh bread and cheese, as well as enjoy a musical performance.  

  • Take a 25-minute panoramic drive along the North Sea coastline, overlooking some of the smaller Orkney Islands, and through the stunning countryside of Orkney’s West Mainland.
  • Enjoy a captivating guided tour of Corrigall Farm Museum, a Victorian-era Orcadian farmstead with barn, grain kiln, horse-drawn machinery and livestock.
  • Experience 19th-century Orcadian farm life by taking part in hands-on activities such as grinding barley with a quernstone, churning butter and making straw ropes.
  • Listen to traditional live music and sample delicious Orkney Cheese with fresh-baked bere bannock, a round bread loaf cooked on a griddle made with beremeal flour, an ancient form of barley.
  • After the approximately 2-hour farm experience, board your motorcoach for a drive past the great stone circle known as the Ring of Brodgar.
  • Stop at the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the oldest stone circles in Britain, where you’ll be regaled with tales of pirates and ancient rituals before returning to the ship.
 
    World Heritage Archaelogical Adventure $179 (4-4.5 hrs)

See the ancient Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar and the well-preserved village of Skara Brae.

  • Board a motorcoach and take a 20-minute ride with your archaeologist guide along the scenic North Sea coastline to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney, a UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of a collection of ancient monuments, some dating back 5,000 years.
  • Pass by the imposing Standing Stones of Stenness, one of the earliest stone circles in Britian.
  • Continue on to the Ness of Brodgar, a narrow strip of land situated between the lochs of Harray and Stenness. Here, you’ll get to explore the ongoing excavations of a Neolithic temple complex during an exclusive 60-minute guided tour by the chief archaeologist of the Orkney Research Center for Archaeology.
  • Visit the Ring of Brodgar, the third largest Neolithic stone circle in Britain.
  • Proceed to Skara Brae, an incredibly well-preserved Neolithic village, for a 60-minute guided tour. Follow a path overlooking the village and view 8 of the surviving Neolithic houses, furnished with 5,000-year-old stone dressers and box beds.
  • Enjoy some free time to browse the artifacts on display at the visitors center.
  • Conclude your tour of Scotland’s Neolithic past and reboard the motorcoach for the return drive back to the pier.
 
       
5:15 p.m. Depart: Orkney  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  


 

Day 15 Friday August 26th  
8:30 a.m. Arrive: Invergordon, Scotland  
  See:    
4:45 p.m. Depart: Invergordon  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

Day 16 Saturday August 27th  
  Do: Disney Cruise  
    Day at Sea  
  Lodge: Disney Magic  

 

Day 17 Sunday August 28th  
7:30 a.m. Depart: Disney Magic  
  Do: Bus  
  Arrive: London  
    (Take the District-Upminster or Central-Hammersmith two stops to Westminster.)  
  See: Walking Tour-Parliament and Big Ben  
    Westminster Abbey (9:30-3:30) $26  
    (District-Upminster or Central-Hammersmith one stop to Embankment. Take the Northern-High Barnet/Edgware three stops to Tottenham Court Rd. Turn right on the A40. Go left on Bloomsbury. Turn right at Great Russell.)  
  Do: British Museum (9-6) Free
Court Cafe (9-5:30), Pizzaria (11-3)
 
    (Take the Ealing Broadway or West Ruislip one stop to Oxford Circus. Take the Brixton two stops to Victoria Station.)  
  Lodge: Cherry Court
Rory and Zelda $75
Autumn, Mark & Paul $110
Ray and Sherry $75
(AC, Free Wifi)
 

 

Day 18 Monday August 29th  
    (Central-Hammersmith or District-Upminster 9 stops to Tower Hill.)  
    Tower of London (9-6) $42/$34  
    (Take the Central-Edgware Rd or District-Edgware Rd/Ealing Broadway west 7 stops to Embankment. Catch the Edgware/High Barnet one stop to Charing Cross..)  
    National Gallery (10-6) Free  
    (Go left out of the Tower of London on Byward St. Turn right on Mark Ln. Go right one block on Fenchurch. Turn left on Billiter. Take the 1st left. Go left on Lime one block. Go right at Leadenhall Pl.)  
    Dinner- Leadenhall Market (Until 10)  
    (Go back left on Lime Street Passage. Turn right on Bull's Head Passage. Go left up Gracechurch St. Go right to Monument Station. Take the Central-Edgware Rd or District-Edgware Rd/Ealing Broadway west 8 stops to Victoria Station.)  
  Lodge: Cherry Court
Rory and Zelda $75
Autumn, Mark & Paul $110
Ray and Sherry $75
(AC, Free Wifi)
 

 

Day 19 Tuesday August 30th  
8 a.m. Do: Rent a Car  
       
9:00 a.m. Depart: London  
    (Go right on Belgrave. Turn left on A3217. Go left at Sloane Square and an immediate right on A3216/Kings Rd. It will become A308 and become New Kings Rd. Turn left on A219. At a roundabout go left on A3. At Guildford continue on A3. At the lake go west on A27. At a junction go left on M275. It is still A3. At a roundabout go left/west on St. George's Rd/B2154.)  
10:40 a.m. Arrive: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (10-5)
Ultimate $55/$54 Sr - Full access to all Portsmouth Historic Dockyard's attractions and exhibitions including the Mary Rose Museum, Harbour Tours, Submarine Museum, Explosion Museum, Boathouse 4, and more.
Attractions $48/$47 Sr -Any THREE attractions plus Boathouse 4 boatbuilding centre and exhibition. The attraction choices include HMS Victory, Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior, Submarine Museum, and more. Does not include Harbour Tour
75
  Lodge:   (75)

 

Day 20 Wednesday August 31st  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Portsmouth  
    (Go back on Queen St. At the roundabout go left on A3/Alfred Rd. It will become M275. At the intersection continue left on M27. Go left on the M3. At Winchester continue left on A34. Go right on the A303. Go right on A342/Andover Rd. Go right on High St. The road will go left on Butt St. Go right on A346. It will be come A338, then A346 again. At Marlborough go left on George Ln. At the roundabout go right on Pewsey Rd. It will become A4/Bath Rd. Go right on B4003.)  
10:35 a.m. Arrive: Avebury (74)
  See: Avebury- Dawn to Dusk (Free)  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Avebury  
    (Go east on Beckhampton Rd. At the roundabout go left on A4. In town it will become London Rd. At a roundabout go left on New Rd. It will become Curzon St, still A4. After a long time go left on Pewsham Way. At a school go left on Ave La Fleche, still A4. Go left on Bath Rd/A4. At a large roundabout take the 1st left on London Rd. Go left on Cleveland Pl. Continue on A36. Go right on Parade Rd. At the Parade Ground go right on A3039.)  
12:50 p.m. Arrive: Bath (27)
  See: Roman Bath (10-5) $35/$34 65+  
    Bath Abbey (12-2) $7  
  Lodge:   (101)

 

Day 21 Thursday September 1st  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Bath  
   

(Go north on A4. At a roundabout go left/north on A46. Go left on M4. Take the 3rd left on the M5. Take the 2nd lefty on A41/Black Country New Rd. At Wednesbury take the 3rd left on Dudley St. Take the 2nd left on A461/High Bullen. It will become Walsall St, then Wood Green Rd. At a large roundabout take the 1st left on the M6-toll road. Go left on the M56/Cheshire Motorway. Go left on Welsh Rd./A494. Go right onto A55/N Wales Expy. After you cross the river go right on A5. At Menai Bridge go left on Cadnant Rd/A545 Beaumaris Rd. Parking is past the castle.)

 
1:25 p.m. Arrive: Beaumaris, Wales 232
    Wales Explorer Pass (3 Days) $32.60  
  See: Beaumaris Castle (10-6) $10/$9 65+/EH or WEP free
Castle Gardens (10-4:30)
 
4:30 p.m. Depart: Beaumaris  
    (Go back south on A545 Beaumaris Rd. After crossing the river go right on A487. Go left on the A55 Wales Expressway. Turn right on Bangor Rd/A547. Go left on Town Ditch Rd and right on Castle St. Go right on Rose Hill.)  
5:00 p.m. Arrive: Conwy 23
  Lodge:   (255)

 

 

Day 22 Friday September 2nd  
9:30 a.m. See: Conway Castle (9:30-5) $13/$12.50 65+/EH or WEP free  
    Shops  
2:00 p.m. Depart: Conwy  
    (Cross the river on the A547. At the roundabout take the 3rd left on A546. At the 2nd roudnabout take the 1st left on A55/Wales Expy. Go straight ahead on A494. It will become M56/Cheshire Motorway. Go left onthe M6. Go left on M62. Go left on the M60. It will become M62. Take the 1st left to the M1. Go right on the M64. At York go left on Selby Rd/A19. It will go right. At the A1036 go right on Fossel Island Rd. It will become Jewbury. Go left on Monkeygate, which become Goodramgate. go right on Ogleforth. It will go left. Turn right on Minster Yard.)  
4:40 p.m. Arrive: York 151
  Lodge:   (255)

 

Day 23 Saturday September 3rd  
  See: Shops  
    Jorvik Viking Museum (9-6) $18/$15  
  Do: York Minster (10-4:30) $17  
5:30 p.m.   Evensong  
  Lodge:    

 

Day 24 Sunday September 4th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: York  
    (Take A19/Clifton north. At a roundabout take the 1st left on A1237. At the 2nd roundabout take the 3rd left on A59/Roman Rd. At the A1 take the last exit going north. Go left on the A1. Take the last exit onto A184.)  
10:40 a.m. Arrive: Newcastle upon Tyne 90
    (Take the A167. Go left on Stamfordham Rd/B6324. At the roundabout take the 1st left on A191. At the next roundabout take the 3rd left on A186. Go through the A1 on A69. Go right to B6318. Go left. Go throught the roundabout. Cross the river North Tyne. Take the 1st left on B6318. On the left.)  
11:10 a.m. Arrive: Chollerford 23
  See: Chesters Roman Fort $11/$10/EH  
  Depart: Chollerford  
    (Continue left on B6318. On the right.)  
10 min Arrive: Once Brewed 8
  See: Housesteads Roman Fort $11/$10/EH  
  Lodge:
Twice Brewed
Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland NE47 7AN
Phone: 01434 344534
99-110 pounds- wifi, breakfast, tea & coffeemakers, ensuite
(121)

 

Day 25 Monday September 5th  
7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Do: Breakfast  
9:30 a.m. Depart: Twice Brewed  
    (Turn right and take the 1st right. Take the 2nd left. Turn right and jog left on Park Ln. Go left on A69. Go left on A1. Go right at Lindisfarme Inn. It will become Chare Ends. Jog right on Marygate and left on Crossgate Lane. Go left on Prior Ln.)  
11:15 a.m. Arrive: Holy Island 51
    Times to cross 11:30-7:45  
  See: Lindisfarne Priory- Heritage Pass free/$11.15/$10 Sr
No restroom, picnic area
 
1:30 p.m. Depart: Holy Island  
    Go back on Prior Ln. Go right on Crossgate Ln. Jog right and left on Chare Ends. Go right on A1.)  
3:00 p.m. Arrive: Edinburgh 48
    Scottish Heritage Pass £55.00/£45.00  
  See: Holyrood Palace (9:30-6) $23.30/$21 Sr
1128-1503 AD
Cafe at the Palace, Royal Collection Shop, Afternoon Tea $30 pre-book
 
  Lodge: Braveheart Guesthouse
26 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh, West Lothian, EH3 9NQ
00441312219192
 

 

Day 2\6 Tuesday September 6th  
  See: Edinburgh Castle (9:30-5) $25/$20 (60+)/SHP  
    Royal Mile  
  Lodge: Braveheart Guesthouse
26 Gilmore Place
Edinburgh, West Lothian, EH3 9NQ
00441312219192
 

 

Day 27 Wednesday September 7th  
  Do: Return rental Car  
  Depart: Edinburgh  
  Do: Flight  
  Arrive:    
  Depart:    
  Do: Flight  
  Arrive: Spokane