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Set sail aboard a luxurious small ship cruise as you make your way from charming Edinburgh to exciting London, exploring several lovely seaports along the way.
Beginning in Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll make your way to Germany and the quaint seaside village of Emden, which dates back to the 8th century, before heading to Amsterdam and Ostend. Explore the picturesque Normandy region of France in Dieppe and Cherbourg, before visiting the UNESCO-listed Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel. Round out your European discoveries in London, where a guided sightseeing tour will give you the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle, the oldest continuously occupied castle in the United Kingdom. In all, 9 included features ensure you'll enjoy a well-rounded itinerary full of fascinating discoveries, plus free time to explore on your own. Extended stays in Edinburgh and London bookend this incredible journey.
All throughout your small ship cruise, you’ll enjoy the personalized service and world-class amenities found aboard a voyage. Treat yourself to a pampering massage at the onboard spa, visit the onboard gym for a heart-pumping workout, and savor delicious gourmet dining at several shipboard restaurants. Best of all, with just 77 spacious cabins — including a landmark 15 solo cabins — you’ll enjoy a truly intimate cruising experience and more meaningful interactions, both on board and ashore.
Fly to Edinburgh, Scotland
Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. Or, depart earlier for your optional pre-trip extension.
Arrive in Edinburgh
Welcome to Scotland! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you at the airport to assist with transfers to your centrally located hotel. You’ll have time to settle in before joining your fellow travelers for a Welcome Briefing, followed by dinner and a traditional bagpipe performance.
Discover Edinburgh and come aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia
The unforgettable city of Edinburgh unfolds before you as we set out on a guided panoramic tour. Highlights of the Old Town include Edinburgh Castle, set high above the city on Castle Rock, and St. Margaret’s Chapel. Built around AD 1130, it is the oldest surviving building in town. Fast-forward to the 18th-century as you explore the New Town, with its elegant neoclassical and Georgian architecture. Both districts are jointly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip set sail to visit their far-flung dominion, they did so aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. You'll come aboard to inspect this elegant vessel, which still features the furnishings and décor favored by the Queen when the ship was launched in 1953.
Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Head out on a full-day excursion to St. Andrews, the home of golfing. Learn more
Set out on a full-day excursion of the beautiful Scottish town of St. Andrews, the delightful seaside “home of golf.” St Andrews Links, much like the game of golf itself, has evolved for more than 600 years. Today, more than 230,000 rounds are played over seven public courses. St Andrews Links Trust also manages a number of additional facilities including a golf academy, three clubhouses and four shops. St. Andrews is also the site of Scotland’s first university, which boasts notable alumni such as Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. During your optional tour, you’ll admire the charming, cobbled streets and green cathedral grounds before returning to Edinburgh.
Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!
Transfer to Aberdeen and embark the Ocean Odyssey
Welcome to the United Kingdom! Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a Vantage representative who will assist you with transfers to the pier. There, you will board the Ocean Odyssey to begin your small ship cruise.
Delight in your ship’s amenities during a day at sea
One of the true pleasures of a luxurious, small ship cruise is the onboard experience as you sail from one incredible destination to another. You’ll find everything you need to feel relaxed, pampered, and entertained today.
Onboard Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional onboard experience. Enhance your time on board with one of our Vantage-exclusive activities, including wine and whiskey tastings, a multicourse Chef’s Table Dinner, or an exclusive wine-pairing dinner. Learn more
Explore Emden, Germany, today
Today you’ll get to know the tiny seaport of Emden, one of Germany’s lesser-known gems. Dating back to approximately the 8th century, this East Frisian destination is home to an important harbor and a large Volkswagen factory. Emden, along with Geneva and Wittenberg, was also an important site during Germany’s 16th-century Reformation, a religious reform movement that swept through Europe in the 1500s, resulting in the creation of Protestant Christianity. Today the city boasts many unique cultural attractions, such as the Kunsthalle Emden, a modern art museum displaying over 1,500 works, including a collection of German Expressionist pieces by Nolde, Macke, and Kokoschka.
Discover Amsterdam’s Jewish cultural history
Today we wake up in Amsterdam to discover the city’s WWII history on a walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Hollandsche Schouwburg National Holocaust Memorial, which was used by the German occupying forces as a collection center for Jews. From here, tens of thousands of women and men were deported to concentration and extermination camps. It is now a place of commemoration. We’ll also view the Portuguese Synagogue and Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed 17th century canal ring. You’ll return to the ship for lunch, and have the remainder of the day at leisure to spend as you wish.
Uncover Belgian history in Ostend
Located in the Belgian province of West Flanders, you'll find the coastal village of Ostend. Built in the early Middle Ages, Ostend is located on east coast of what was once known as Testerep Island. In the 13th century, the village became well-known for its market hall. During World War I, Ostend fell under German occupation due to its seaside setting, which served as an access point for submarines and other naval forces. Later, during World War II, Nazi forces constructed the Atlantic Wall, an extensive defense system along coastal Europe, which included Ostend. Today, the Atlantic Wall serves as an open-air military museum, featuring some of the most well-preserved sections of Europe's defensive line, including bunkers, gun emplacements, trenches, and more.
Get to know delightful Dieppe
The fishing village of Dieppe, located on the scenic Alabaster Coast of France’s Normandy region, is your destination for today. Dating back to the Viking era, Dieppe has a long and fascinating seafaring history, due to its deep harbor. Beloved by visitors, in the early 19th century Dieppe came to be known as France's first seaside resort, attracting artists and other creatives with its chic Bohemian allure. Today, Dieppe's deep harbor, pebble beach, and historic attractions draw visitors from around the world. Spend time getting to know this charming seaside haven, perhaps stopping to enjoy an authentic seafood dish at one of the many local dining venues.
Explore the historical maritime port of Cherbourg
Today you’ll explore Cherbourg, one of France’s great Channel ports. Located at the top of Normandy’s western Cotentin peninsula, Cherbourg’s deep natural harbor, backed by steep wooded hillsides, make it one the region’s most picturesque historical areas, and is closely linked to French naval history. The town prides itself on its vibrant cultural scene that includes an Italian-style theater, Ravalet Castle, and the Cité de la Mer Maritime Museum, France’s largest Art Deco monument and home to over 50 recovered artefacts from the RMS Titanic.
Visit Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel
You’ll be transported back to medieval times when you arrive in Saint-Malo, France, today. This walled city has a long seafaring history and is the birthplace of Jacques Cartier, the first European man to discover Canada. Inside its walls, Saint-Malo’s streets overflow with cafés and restaurants — the modern mixing with the medieval.
A full-day tour unveils a true gem of France: Mont-Saint-Michel. Since your ship will berth here, you’ll be able to stroll right off the ship to begin your tour. You'll transfer to this Benedictine abbey, which is dramatically situated on a hulking granite island surrounded by granite walls. It is so iconic that UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Site! On a guided tour, learn about the history of this legendary place while wandering the tangle of lanes within. Afterward, seek out a classic French meal at a nearby brasserie with provided lunch money.
Disembark the Ocean Odyssey and make your way to London
The cruise portion of your itinerary will conclude in Portsmouth today. You’ll disembark the Ocean Odyssey and transfer to your hotel in London, enjoying a scenic drive and a visit to Windsor Castle along the way. Built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century, Windsor is the world’s oldest continuously occupied castle, serving as a royal residence since then. In fact, the current royal family, the House of Windsor, took their dynastic name from this beloved site. After your tour, you’ll proceed to London and check in to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure, with lunch and dinner on your own.
London’s landmarks and UNESCO Sites
Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll set off on a half-day panoramic city tour of several notable London landmarks. Notable sites include Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and Buckingham Palace. You’ll also stop at the British Museum and enjoy an interesting visit there. You’ll have the rest of the afternoon to spend at your leisure with lunch on your own.
Return home today
Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Or, continue on to Dublin, Ireland, for your post-trip extension.
Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.