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We meet the Tour Leader at the Airport at 10:35 to check-in for our 12:35 flight to Munich with Lufthansa, where we will arrive at 15:15. At 17:00 we will then fly from Munich to Hamburg on our Lufthansa flight. Upon arrival, our coach will transfer us immediately to our 4* hotel for our overnight stay – Courtyard by Marriott Hamburg Airport Hotel. Assignment of rooms.
Breakfast! Today we will be transferred to Hamburg from where we will embark on board the cruise liner MSC Preziosa. During the cruise we will be on full board basis with daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and midnight snack. The ship sets sail at 7:00 pm. The ship offers a program of activities and entertainment and a detailed list of these will be left daily, in the form of a journal, in each cabin. After dinner, the cruise director opens up the evening entertainment with a show. The casino, discotheque and all bars open till the early hours of the morning.
Breakfast on board. Today is a relaxing day since the ship will spend a day at sea, therefore you will have ample time to explore the ship and take part in the many activities that are organized.
First stop for this cruise will be at the port of Invergordon (Scotland). We are offering an optional excursion to;
LOCH NESS PANORAMIC – IVG07 [Duration 3:30 h]
Take a trip to Loch Ness, one of Scotlands most popular destinations and the site of an abiding modern monster mystery. After leaving Invergordon, a comfortable coach will take you along the Cromarty Firth, a North Sea inlet, for a first brief stop at Beauly en route to the village of Drumnadrochit, whose elevated position affords spectacular views of Loch Ness, the UKs largest body of freshwater by volume. However, the lochs greatest claim to fame is its alleged star resident: the Loch Ness Monster, aka Nessie. Thought by some to be one of a small group of otherwise extinct plesiosaurs, Nessie has fuelled the imagination of countless explorers ever since the story broke in the early 1930s. Have your zoom-lens camera ready for a shot of the elusive creature you would make history if your photo proved Nessies existence. The route then continues along the main road flanking the loch, with more stunning scenery before you reach the loch-side Clansman Hotel about as close as you can get to the water without needing a boat. As one of the prettiest spots Loch Ness has to offer, this is the perfect place to take some more photos before you return to Invergordon.
Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only.
This tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair; to reach the panoramic viewpoint at Clansman Hotel it is necessary to climb steps.
Ship set sail at 20:00
Breakfast on board. Another relaxing day since the ship will spend a day at sea. More time to explore the ship and take part in the many daily activities that are organized.
Our next stop for this tour will be at the port of Greenock (Scotland). For today, we are suggesting the following excursion:
GLASGOW SIGHTSEEING TOUR – GRK01 [ Duration 4hr]
British Empire for much of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Nowadays, Glasgow is a vibrant multi-cultural locale and one of Europes top financial centres. Your city tour begins at the heart of Glasgow in George Square, the site of various statues, before continuing for an external viewing of the impressive Gothic-style St. Mungos Cathedral, which is said to have been built on the spot where Saint Mungo, the patron saint of Glasgow, once built a church. A stop will be made in the area known as Townhead for a short walking tour that will give you an outside look at the medieval Provands Lordship, Glasgows oldest building dating back to 1471, and the Museum of Religious Life and Art. En route to the beautiful district known as Kelvingrove, home also of the gorgeous red-brick palace housing the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, you can admire several examples of Charles Rennie Mackintoshs inspired architecture. Continuing with a drive through the citys main park, your tour of Kelvingrove will culminate at the university for an outside viewing of the wonderful historical buildings, which lend this venerable seat of learning a distinctly medieval flavour.
Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
Ship set sails at around 19:00
Ship ports at the city of Dublin (Ireland) at around 08:00. For today we suggest the following excursion:
DUBLIN HIGHLIGHTS – DBL01 [Duration 3:30 h]
Enjoy the highlights of Dublin on this panoramic sightseeing tour, whose route will take you past the old Parliament House (now the Bank of Ireland), St. Patricks Cathedral Irelands largest church and Dublin Castle. The tour also provides views of the Four Courts, a majestic structure dating back to 1785 and now the home of the Irish Law Courts. You will then pass by Customs House, which was built between 1781-1791 and epitomises the great era of prosperity and elegance that Dublin experienced in the latter half of the 18th century. The tour continues over the River Liffey via OConnell Bridge, takes in the splendour of OConnell Street and then heads for Leinster House, the stately mansion now housing the two chambers of the Irish Parliament. Originally erected for the Duke of Leinster in 1745, the building oddly features two very different façades: the Kildare Street side resembles a large town house, whereas the rear, looking on to Merrion Square, is styled in the manner of a country mansion complete with sweeping lawns.
Please note: limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. All the sites will be visited from outside. Guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made.
Ship set sails at 19:00
At 08:00 we arrive to Cork (Ireland). Today you can join us at the following optional excursion;
INTRODUCTION TO CORK & BLARNEY CASTLE – ORK01 [Duration 4 h]
Leave the port for a panoramic sightseeing tour of Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. The busy city is just as much an industrial centre as it is a major shopping destination. The principal streets are lined with fashion houses and department stores stocking top-quality Irish goods. After passing the citys principal sights including the University, the Opera House and St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the tour continues with a visit to the lovely village of Blarney and Blarney Castle for a step back in time. Those who wish to be blessed with the gift of the gab should not miss this great opportunity to kiss the Blarney Stone, which is just one of the castles attractions.
Please note: this tour involves a lot of walking at Blarney Castle and is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair. Please also be aware that the steps leading to the Blarney Stone are narrow and steep. There can be a long wait in line to kiss the Blarney Stone. Limited number of guides in languages other than English. Should a tour guide for your language be unavailable, the tour will be in English only. All visits on the sightseeing tour of Cork are external.
Ship set sails at around 18:00
At 8:00, ship will enter the town of Southampton,England. For today, we will suggest the following optional excursion;
A DAY IN THE BRITISH CAPITAL – SOU18 [Duration 7 h]
Get off the ship, meet your guide at the pier, leave the port and prepare to spend a day in one of the most iconic and important cities of the world: London, The Big Smoke. An enjoyable 2.5-hour coach drive will take you to the British capital city. Next, you will start on an itinerary covering the main attractions and giving you the opportunity to see some of the most iconic symbols of London: the friendly bobbies and the red buses, only to mention a few. Take your camera ready to catch snapshots of the Tower of London, founded in 1066 and playing a prominent role in English history, and of Westminster Parliament with the landmark clock tower of Big Ben. During your sightseeing tour will admire most of London key attractions before having some free time for individual exploration or for lunch (not included) in a centrally-located area with shopping opportunities. Your day in London will conclude with a relaxed unguided coach drive to the port of Southampton.
Please note: guests using a wheelchair are advised that they must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach and that wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Guests using a wheelchair who would like to participate in this tour are requested to contact the Shore Excursions Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. Wheelchair and disabled-friendly tour Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
At 07:00 we will be back to the port of Hamburg. Disembarkation, and we will proceed to the city of Hamburg. We will have some free time to hove around the city center. We will then proceed to our Hotel – Coutryard by Marriot Hamburg Airport (4*) for our last night for this tour.
Breakfast and transfer to Hamburg Airport for our 11:00 Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. Then, our final flight to Malta which will depart from Frankfurt at 13:20. We will arrive back to Malta at around 15:45.
|Cabin Type||Quad||Triple||Twin||Single||Children (2-11 yrs)||Youths (12-17 yrs)|
*Rooms for 3/4 persons are not available at the hotel – 2 adjacent rooms will be provided. Triple room is only available for 2 adults and one child till 17 years of age.
*Size layout and furniture of the cabin may vary from that shown ( within the same cabin category). For further information please visit www.msccruises.com
*Balcony Bella Cabins might have obstructed views. For further information please refer to the MSC Preziosa deck plan or visit www.msccruises.com
*Clients using a wheelchair are advised to be accompanied from another relative/helper since assistance would be needed with getting on and off the coaches. We suggest that wheelchairs are collapsible/foldable.
|Loch Ness Panoramic||€45||€32|
|Glasgow Sightseeing Tour||€52||€39|
|Introduction to Cork & Blarney Castle||€69||€52|
|A day in the British Capital||€99||€72|
|Service Charge (paid on board) - €10 per person per day ( 12yrs onwards) - Total €100.00. €5 per child per day (2-11yrs) - Total €50.00|
|Children under the age of 2 pay the total of €210.00 each|
|Insurance - €25 per adult (16-69yrs) and €17 per child (2-15yrs)|
|All Inclusive Restaurant & Bar Drink Package - €26 per person per night - Total €260. And €12 per child (3-17yrs) - Total €120|
It is suggested that you wear comfortable walking shoes, since certain excursions do involve long walking distances.
The excursions mentioned above are just our suggestions. MSC offers a wide selection of excursions in each port of call. Full list of excursions (as at 15.11.2016. List can be also downloaded from www.msccruises.com):
Should you need a price for any particular excursion kindly get in touch with us and we will gladly provide them. You can pre-book any excursion through our agency. However, please note that the Tour Leader will only be present on the excursions suggested by us, provided that there is a minimum of 25 participants. MSC RESERVE THE RIGHT TO CHANGE EXCURSION PRICES AT ANY GIVEN TIME. THE FINAL APPLICABLE PRICE WILL BE THE ONE AT TIME OF FINAL SETTLEMENT.
IN ORDER TO BOOK
* It is important that the names given to us are exactly as those shown on your passport
* We need to have the dates of birth, the passport number, the date of issue and the date of expiry for each participant in order to block a cabin
* When booking kindly provide us with your preferred dinner seating so that we can REQUEST it accordingly. THE DINNER SEATING IS JUST A REQUEST AND CANNOT BE GUARANTEED. IT IS SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY DURING THE PARTICULAR SAILING WEEK AND SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION ONCE ON BOARD.
The First seating is generally some time between 1830 and 1930 hours whilst the Second Seating is generally some time between 2030 and 2200 hrs.
All excursions are guided by an English speaking local guide. If the minimum number of participants required per excursion is not reached the excursion is cancelled. Neither MSC nor Hamilton Travel are responsible for any changes in the excursions due to local activities, events, holidays etc that prevent part of the excursion or the entire excursion from being carried out.
This tour is subject to our general conditions. Please read them carefully before booking
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