THE GRAND TOUR OF UK AND ICELAND – MSC PREZIOSA 2020

Visiting: Akureyri, Hamburg, Invergordon, Isafjordur, Kirkwall, Reykjavik

  • Tour 1: 24 July - 4 August 2020
From € 1760 per person

FRIDAY - FIRST DAY

You will meet our tour leader at the airport at 04.30AM so at 06.25AM you will take the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt where you will arrive at 09.05AM. At 11.00AM you will take another flight to Hamburg which is expected to arrive at 12.05PM. Upon your arrival you will be transferred to the Port of Hamburg for embarkation on board the MSC PREZIOSA.

SATURDAY - DAY AT SEA

AT SEA

SUNDAY - INVERGORDON, SCOTLAND (UK)

IVG02 – LOCH NESS BY BOAT PRICE
Duration: 8hrs
Adults €75 Children €55

Satisfy your inner Nessie hunter on this half-day tour to what is arguably the most famous of Scotland’s lakes: Loch Ness. Heading south-west from Invergordon, you will travel along the banks of the beautiful Cromarty Firth via Muir of Ord and pass the ruins of the abbey at Beauly (French for beautiful place) before reaching the wonderful Loch Ness. As Britain’s largest inland body of freshwater, the loch’s murky depths have spawned many lurid tales and sightings of weird creatures, including its most famous legendary inhabitant Nessie, the Loch Ness monster. You can find out all about the loch’s geology, history and Nessie mythology during a boat trip on the water. Make sure to have cameras at the ready for any monster sightings and to capture the dramatic mountains surrounding the loch. The coach drive to the port will conclude the excursion.

 

Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests using a wheelchair.

 

MONDAY - DAY AT SEA

AT SEA

TUESDAY - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

DAY 1: KEF46 – THE GOLDEN CIRCLE
Duration: 8hrs / Dinner Included
Adults €172 Children €125

Join this tour and prepare to spend time enjoying some of the natural splendours that have helped make Iceland famous. We will leave the port for a bus transfer to the lovely Thingvellir National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated 30 miles from Reykjavik. This park is a must during any visit to Iceland; we will experience one of the most outstanding scenery in the Country, a vast lava plain of green moss and wild flowers. Icelanders regard this site as a sacred place and the world’s oldest legislative parliament was founded here. Next stop will be the huge Gullfoss or “golden” Waterfall; this twin cascade is one of the most powerful in Europe and there are some amazing views from here. Our third visit takes in the Iceland Geysers, which, together with Thingvellir Park and Gullfoss, form the “Golden Circle” tourist route. Here we will see nature in all her glory as we marvel at the hissing hot springs and other geothermal phenomena and it is in this surreal environment that we will have a 2-course lunch. Return to the port.

 

Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven ground but most of the sights can be seen from the coach. This tour is not recommended for guests using a wheelchair. Only water is included in the dinner; additional drinks to be paid for on site. Due to local rules in Iceland every guests must be properly sitting on the excursion coach. This includes also children aged from 0 up to three years old. If you travel with children in this age please contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk in order to have a baby chair on the excursion coach and for any additional information. Please be aware that the cost of the baby chair will be debited to you.

WEDNESDAY - REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

KEF16 – PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK
Duration: 2.5hrs
Adults €62 Children €49

This comprehensive sightseeing excursion takes in all the highlights of Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world. We will leave the pier and head to the conservation area of Heidmork, crossing the Ellidaar River, which is one of the cleanest metropolitan salmon rivers in the world. En route, we will pass the Arbaer Open Air Folk Museum where historic homes from Reykjavik and other parts of Iceland have been recreated in a display of Icelandic life. Our first stop will be at Heidmork to see the Raudholar craters and from where we can admire the surrounding lava fields and the imposing mountain ranges. We will board the bus again and follow the coast road, past Hofdi House where President Reagan and Secretary General Gorbachev held a key summit in 1986. The pretty harbour area will be the site of our main photo stop before we drive past the Hallgrimskirkja Church and the charming old quarter of Reykjavik with its colourful wooden houses and narrow streets. We will stop at the famous landmark “Pearl” for a fantastic panorama of the city from the building’s viewing platform. Return to the port.

 

 

Please note: wheelchair users must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach; wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Wheelchair users wishing to take part in this are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. The tour may have multiple departures during the day. Once on board, please contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk for information about the precise departure time. Guests are requested to wear appropriate attire for religious visits. Due to local rules in Iceland every guests must be properly sitting on the excursion coach. This includes also children aged from 0 up to three years old. If you travel with children in this age please contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk in order to have a baby chair on the excursion coach and for any additional information. Please be aware that the cost of the baby chair will be debited to you.

THURSDAY - ISAFJORDUR, ICELAND

IFJ03 – GLACIER FJORDS & HESTEYRI BOAT
Duration: 4.5hrs / Snack Included
Adults €152 Children €122

Leave the pier and board a boat to one of the most beautiful and remote areas of Iceland, the
beaches of Hornstrandir. An hour-long cruise takes us to Hesteyri, the westernmost bay of the Glacier Fjords. With very limited lowland, this isolated spit of land is framed by steep cliffs and is set against a backdrop of two beautiful mountains. Until 1950s, Hesteyri only had a small and scattered community centered around a whaling station and a herring processing factory. By joining this tour, you will gain insight into the difficult lives of those living in this remote place and learn how these communities were obliged to leave when herring fisheries closed. Now a beautiful nature reserve, this is one of the wildest spots in Iceland and we can enjoy the area in all its glory during a walking tour before stopping for a light snack of Icelandic pancake, rye bread with smoked lamb and coffee.

 

 

Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests having walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. Not all seats are inside and some seats are also outside; this tour will run in all weather conditions so you are advised to take suitable rainwear.

FRIDAY -AKUREYRI, ICELAND

AKU05 – AKUREYRI & SANTA’S HOUSE
Duration: 3hrs
Adults €82 Children €62

The theme of childhood runs through this tour, so whether you want to relive your past or
introduce younger passengers to some traditional folklore, this excursion to the home of a children’s author and to Santa’s House offers a lovely trip down memory lane! Akureyri is the cultural and commercial centre of northern Iceland; this small city boasts a flourishing art scene and a fascinating past. Iceland’s influence under the Danish Crown is clearly present here, displayed in the architecture and in some of the town’s more unusual cultural artefacts. Our first stop will be the Botanic Gardens with examples of indigenous Icelandic plants as well
as high latitude and high altitude flora from around the world. We will then proceed to Nonni’s Museum, the childhood home of the renowned Icelandic writer and Jesuit priest Jon “Nonni” Sveinsson. A children’s author, Sveinsson left Iceland aged just 12 and went on to give 5000 lectures around the world and pen 12 books about a character called “Nonni”, translated into 40 languages. Our trip continues the child-friendly theme with a stop at Santa’s House, a Christmas store selling festive items, open year round. We will end the tour with a short visit to
Akureyri Church, the symbol of the town. Return to the port by bus or a walk through the town centre.

 

 

Please note: Due to local rules in Iceland every guests must be properly sitting on the excursion
coach. This includes also children aged from 0 up to three years old. If you travel with children in this age please contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk in order to have a baby chair on the  excursion coach and for any additional information. Please be aware that the cost of the baby chair will be debited to you.

SATURDAY- DAY AT SEA

DAY AT SEA

SUNDAY - KIRKWALL, SCOTLAND (UK)

KWL09 – ISLAND DRIVE
Duration: 2.5hrs
Adults €52 Children €39

This scenic drive takes us on leisurely exploration of Orkney, from fascinating First World War and Second World War relics on the South Isles to remarkable West Mainland World Heritage. Discover an island haven abounding with breathtaking vistas, captivating history and astonishing ancient wonders. Departing quayside Kirkwall we travel through the pastoral landscape of Orkney’s East Mainland and along the southeast shore of historic Scapa Flow, the chief base of the British naval fleet in World War I and World War II. We cross the first of the four Churchill Barriers, causeways built during World War II to protect the eastern approaches of Scapa Flow and to connect the South Isles to the Orkney Mainland. On the tiny island of Lamb Holm, we visit the beautifully hand-painted Italian Chapel. Built by Italian prisoners of war 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. We continue to the West Mainland and into the Heart of Neolithic Orkney designated a World Heritage
Site by UNESCO in 1999, passing 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. We then follow the northwest coastline of historic Scapa Flow while our guide regales us with dramatic wartime stories which make this one of the best known natural harbours in the world. Finally, we return to our ship at Kirkwall.

 

 

Please note: Wheelchair users must be accompanied by a paying helper to provide assistance with getting on and off the coach; wheelchairs must be collapsible/foldable since the coach has neither a ramp nor a lift. Wheelchair users wishing to take part in this are requested to contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk promptly once they are on board so that arrangements can be made. The tour may have multiple departures during the day. Once on board, please contact the Shore Excursions’ Desk for information about the precise departure time.

MONDAY - DAY AT SEA

TUESDAY - LAST DAY

Disembarkation from the ship. You will proceed to Hamburg Airport where you will take the Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt departing at 6PM and arriving at 7.10PM. From Frankfurt you will take another flight to Malta departing at 8.10PM and arriving at 10.35PM.

PRICE per person

Tour 1
Cabin Type Quad Triple Twin Single Children (2-11 yrs) Youths (12-17 yrs)
Inside Bella (I1) €1760 €1840 €2000 N/A €799 €879
Inside Fantastica (I2) €1810 €1900 €2065 N/A €799 €879
Outside Bella (O1) €1905 €2035 €2285 N/A €799 €879
Outside Fantastica (O2) €1955 €2090 €2350 N/A €799 €879
Balcony Bella (B1) €2005 €2165 €2490 N/A €799 €879
Balcony Fantastica (B2) €2065 €2235 €2570 N/A €799 €879

Price indicated are per person. Children and Youth prices are applicable with a minimum of two paying adults.

 

For booking purposes clients must bring a valid passport at time of booking. Tickets will not be issued unless we have all details in order. Also, it is your
responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a valid passport or other valid travel document, and any appropriate visas.

It is highly recommended that every passenger must be in possession of a valid comprehensive Insurance Policy.

 

DINNER SEATING preference is on request at booking stage and subject to confirmation once on board since it all depends on that week’s availability.
• Early dining will be anytime between 5.30pm / 7.30pm
• Late dining will be anytime between 7.45pm / 10.15pm

Above dining timings can be subject to changes.
The Buffet Restaurant is open till late but MSC reserves the right to change hours at their own discretion.

 

MSC EXCURSIONS:
MSC reserves the right to change excursion prices after publication of this brochure. Should this occur, you will be charged the difference. Our Maltese
Tour Leader will only be present if a minimum of 25 persons is reached. These featured excursions are our suggested ones. Should you want to view the
other excursions offered by MSC in each port, please visit their website www.msccruises.com and contact us for prices and bookings.

 

CABINS:
The style, dimension and furniture in same cabin categories can vary from those featured on the Fly&Cruise brochure and the MSC website. Triple and quadruple cabins in all categories can have bunk beds. Some cabins may have a metal balcony front rather than a glass front. Certain cabins in Outside Bella and Balcony Bella may have restricted views.

 

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

Anyone who books a cruise/tour with Hamilton Travel will be subject to these conditions and it is assumed that everyone has read them before booking.

Price Includes

• Flights with Lufthansa – Malta/Frankfurt/Hamburg/ Frankfurt/Malta
• Airline taxes, port taxes, fuel surcharge and service charge
• Transfers as indicated in the programme
• 11 nights on MSC Preziosa
• Tour Leader service
• Insolvency Fund

EXCURSIONS

Adults Children (2-11)
IVG02 - LOCH NESS BY BOAT PRICE €75 €55
KEF46 - THE GOLDEN CIRCLE €172 €125
KEF16 - PANORAMIC OF REYKJAVIK €62 €49
IFJ03 - GLACIER FJORDS & HESTEYRI BOAT €152 €122
AKU05 - AKUREYRI & SANTA’S HOUSE €82 €62
KWL09 - ISLAND DRIVE €52 €39

EXTRAS

Excursions
Service Charge - €10 per person per day (12 years and over) - Total €120 and €5 per person per day (2-11years) - Total €75
Insurance - 2-15yrs: €20, 16-69yrs: €28, 70-75yrs: €56, 76-80yrs: €70
Children under 2 years pay - €330
Drinks Package

MSC DRINKS PACKAGES:

EASY PACKAGE (471S20) -€29 Daily
UNLIMITED CONSUMPTION of ALL DRINKS priced up to €6!
Savour the freedom to satisfy your thirst at any moment with a dedicated selection of house wines by the glass, draught beer (Heineken*), selected spirits and cocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails, soft drinks and fruit juices by the glass, bottled mineral
water, classic hot drink (espresso, cappuccino, cafe latte, hot tea) and coffee and chocolate delights. You can take advantage of this offer in all onboard bars, as well as the self-service buffet and restaurants, excluding speciality restaurants. The following items are not included in the package: tobacco, souvenir glasses, ice cream menu, retail items, minibar and room service.
*the brand of beer may vary overtime.

PREMIUM PACKAGE (472S20) €39 Daily
UNLIMITED CONSUMPTION of ALL DRINKS priced up to €10!
Give yourself an almost endless choice of ways to refresh yourself anytime you want. this offer includes a wide range of cocktails, spirits, liqueurs, aperitifs, wines by the glass, draught and bottled beers, sodas, fruit juices, bottled mineral water,
energy drinks, classic and special coffee drinks, hot chocolate delights and organic tea. The offer is valid in all on-board bars, as well as the selfservice buffet and restaurants, including speciality restaurants. The following items are not included in
the package: tobacco, souvenir glasses, ice cream menu, retail items, minibar and room service

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC PACKAGE (474S20) -€19 Daily
UNLIMITED SOFT DRINKS and more!
Refresh yourself whenever you like with a choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, bottled mineral water, flavored water, fruit juices, a wide range of premium coffee drinks, hot chocolate delights, organic tea and soft ice cream.
The drinks included can be ordered in all onboard bars, as well as the self-service buffet and restaurants, excluding specialty restaurants. This offer is only available to adults over 18 years of age. The following items are not included in the
package: tobacco, souvenir glasses, ice cream menu, retail items, minibar and room service

 

NON-ALCOHOLIC PACKAGE CHILD (475S20) – €14 Daily
UNLIMITED SOFT DRINKS and more!
Give your kids the freedom to enjoy their choice of alcohol-free cocktails, sodas, energy drinks, bottled mineral water, flavoured water, fruit juices, a wide range of premium coffee drinks, hot chocolate delights, organic tea and soft ice cream. These
can be consumed in all on-board bars, as well as the self-service buffet and restaurants, excluding speciality restaurants. This offer is only available to children aged 3-17 years who are part of a group/ family purchasing an adult package. The following
items are not included in the package: tobacco, souvenir glasses, ice cream menu, retail items, minibar and room service.

 

Terms & conditions: these packages are for personal use only and valid for one order at a time. The ID card issued with the package is non-transferable. Abusing the terms of the package may result in the service being withdrawn and the remaining days not being refunded. The price of the package applies to each day of the cruise except for the day of disembarkation;
the package cannot be purchased on a daily basis. Once activated on board, the package cannot be terminated and refunded. The package must be booked by all guests occupying the same cabin, or travelling together and wishing to eat at the same
table, including minors who must book the child  version of the package. The package is not obligatory for infants under 3 years old (i.e. who have not yet reached their 3rd birthday). The contents of these packages and their prices may vary and are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. New offers not currently listed in the brochure may be added, while some listed packages may be removed.

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