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Treasures of the Kingdom: A Circumnavigation of Great Britain Aboard Minerva

Program Number: 21466RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/28/2014 - 7/15/2014;
Duration: 17 nights
Location: England/Scotland/Wales
Price starting at: $4,499.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 44; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 15 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Beginning and ending in historic Portsmouth, circumnavigate Great Britain to experience fascinating places: energetic Edinburgh, the Highlands and islands of Scotland, the docks of Liverpool, the enchanting environments of Wales and Cornwall and more. Renowned British speakers join you aboard Minerva to relate the colorful stories their island holds.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile per day; some uneven, hilly terrain and stairs without railings.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

London (England), 2 nights; aboard Minerva, 14 nights.



Day 1: Overnight flight from the U.S.A.


Days 2-4: Arrival London (England) / coach to Portsmouth to embark Minerva:

Discover England’s grand capital city including the Royal Mews, where the Royal Family’s horses are kept, and the Queen's Gallery. Lodging: Hotel in Kensington.



Days 5-6: At Sea / Port of Tyne:

There has been a port where the River Tyne meets the sea since Roman times. Wool, timber and coal have been shipped from these docks through the centuries.



Day 7: Edinburgh (Scotland):

Sail into the Firth of Forth to reach Scotland’s dynamic capital. Explore Old Town, which surrounds imposing Edinburgh Castle, and New Town.



Day 8: Scrabster:

Continue to the northern tip of Great Britain to visit the remote Castle of Mey, which fell into disrepair before Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother restored it to be her holiday home.



Days 9-10: Isle of Skye:

On this mountainous island, visit Dunvegan Castle, the loch-side seat of Clan MacLeod for eight centuries. Learn the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s escape to Skye after the Jacobite uprising was quashed.



Day 11: Oban:

Absorb magnificent scenery as you sail through the Inner Hebrides. Go ashore for an excursion to Glencoe, a picturesque Highlands glen with a bloody history. Enjoy some free time in the town of Oban.



Days 12-13: At Sea / Liverpool (England):

This historic maritime city was one of the world’s major trading centers in the 18th and 19th centuries. Explore the waterfront and docks including the iconic Pier Head.



Day 14: Holyhead (Wales):

Take a field trip to Plas Newydd, the seat of the Marquess of Anglesey. The house is in a spectacular setting beside the strait which separates Anglesey Island from mainland Wales.



Day 15: Isles of Scilly (United Kingdom):

These small islands off the southwest coast of Britain boast a mild subtropical climate. Walk among the palm trees, vivid flowers and exotic plants of Tresco Abbey Gardens.



Day 16: Falmouth (England):

Next the ship sails into Falmouth harbor in Cornwall. Stroll through the Lost Gardens of Heligan and enjoy some time in Falmouth.



Day 17: Sark (Channel Islands):

Delight in discovering this small, car-free island off the coast of Normandy. You’ll hear both English and French spoken by Sark’s residents.



Day 18: Portsmouth / disembark / coach to London for departure


MV Minerva

This stylish, newly upgraded vessel is operated by a long-established British company and boasts a loyal following of British travelers. It offers its 350 passengers two restaurants plus al fresco dining, a cinema, two bars, a library/card room, a swimming pool, a gym and a sauna. The spectacular Orpheus Lounge provides panoramic views of your surroundings.


Meals and Lodgings
   Millennium Gloucester Hotel
  London, UK:England 2 nights
   MV Minvera
  Aboard the MV Minerva, UK:England 14 nights
 Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: A modern hotel in fashionalbe Kensington, next to Gloucester Road underground station.
  Contact info: 4-18 Harrington Street
London,  SW7 4LH UK:England
phone: +44 (0) 20 7373 6030
web: www.millenniumhotels.co.uk
  Room amenities: Air-conditioning. In-room amenities include: satellite television, pay per view movies, direct dial telephone, broadband internet connection (chargeable), tea and coffee making facilities, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, mini bar and use of the hotel's fitness centre and Business Centre.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. •24 hour Concierge •24 hour room service •Multilingual staff •Theatre and tour reservations •Laundry and dry cleaning services •Foreign exchange •Postal/parcel service •Maid service •Air conditioning •Safety deposit boxes (available in rooms and at reception) •Shoeshine and valet services •Car rental •Doctor on call •Car park •Wifi Gym.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBC. For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MV Minvera
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: No matter which corner of the globe you choose to discover, after exploring ashore, you will always appreciate Minerva’s stately comforts: a relaxed lounge with entertainment, well-stocked library, restaurants, gym, Wheeler bar and Shackleton's bar. An elegant environment in which polished wood and gleaming brass are complemented by works of art and fresh flowers. With over 50 years experience in discovery cruising, Swan Hellenic knows all the ingredients for the perfect cruise. From the on board environment to inspiring itineraries, and from our knowledgeable reservations team to our European ship's officers and attentive crew, we are committed to providing you with the ultimate discovery cruise experience. You will travel with like-minded people and as you share the experiences of your voyage, you may find acquaintances turn into lasting friendships. Your cruise will be further enriched by the presence of distinguished speakers drawn from the academic, diplomatic and media worlds. Their presentations and the more informal conversations you can enjoy in the Darwin Lounge will really bring our destinations to life.
  Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449 Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin Registration - Bahamas Passengers - 350 Crew - 160; mainly Filipino and Ukrainian Officers - British and European Entered Service - 29th April 1996
  Contact info: Swan Hellenic - North America
1800 S.E. 10th Avenue, Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 USA
phone: 866-923-9182
web: us.swanhellenic.com/homeus.html
  Room amenities: TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin
  Facility amenities: Facilities include: 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars Cinema Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
This program begins in the late afternoon on Day 2 in London, England at the program hotel. You will be staying at Millennium Gloucester Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
This program ends after breakfast on board the MV Minerva. You will be staying at MV Minvera the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. **IMPORTANT: REGISTERING FOR YOUR CRUISE ONLINE** Swan Hellenic requires all guests to provide full passport details, including address and telephone number. They also require next of kin contact information in case of an emergency. This information must be received no later than 60 days prior to departure. Passengers must visit the website at www.swanhellenic.com - click on "Already Booked" then "Required Passenger Information" to enter your details. The embarkation date is the date you board the ship. Furnished data will be provided to foreign government immigration officials and is required for on-board administration. PLEASE NOTE: Your cruise documents will not be issued prior to your online registration, and embarkation onto the ship may be denied.
  Parking availability:
N/A.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: The Heathrow Express departs the airport every 15 minutes and takes 15 minutes add 6 minutes from T5.) to London Paddington which situated in the west end of central London. The hotel is adjacent to the Gloucester Road.
To Start of Program
  Location:  London
  Transportation to site: If arriving and departing on group travel days. Complete the Participant Information Form on-line. Or complete the form in the preparatory materials and return to Road Scholar in the UK Please include departure and arrival date, departure airport, airline, flight number, arrival airport, date and time. We recommend completing the form on-line as information will be kept for future programmes
  From End of Program
  Location:  Aboard the MV Minerva
  Transportation from site: All participants who arranged their air travel through Road Scholar will be transfer from the ship to London Heathrow Airport (LHR) airport at the end of the program. Please note that it is approximately a 2 hour transfer from the ship's docking location in Portsmouth. If you did not purchase your air through Road Scholar, you may join the designated group transfer as long as your flight departs at the same time or after the group flight. The designated group transfer time will be sent with your final program materials, approximately 5 weeks prior to the start of your program. We do not recommend booking flights that depart London before 2:00 pm.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departures from the US
(Saturday, June 28)
   
 In Transit: Flights depart from various US gateways

Day 2: Flights arrive in London, England
(Sunday, June 29)
   
 Arrive To: London, England. Transfers by private car to the London hotel.
 Afternoon: Join your group leader and course director,Geoff Morgan, for your welcome meeting at 5:30pm in the hotel.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel
 Evening: At leisure.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Queen's Gallery and Royal Mews.
(Monday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: The Queens Gallery and overview of London: Coach departs hotel for a panoramic overview of London's monuments and most famous sights. Your London Expert continues a discussion of the city's history, as well as its architecture throughout the ages. Next, visit the the Royal Mews. Hear how the Mews serves The Queen in the performance of her official duties and prepares for major State and ceremonial occasions, from the State Opening of Parliament to royal weddings.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local pub such as the Bag O' Nails in Buckingham Palace Road.
 Afternoon: Your afternoon is free for independent exploration. Your group leader will be available to make suggestions or please join a discovery walk to continue exploring London, walk through St James' Gardens , the Royal Horseguards, Whitehall, Embankment. We take public transport back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own. There are many restaurants conveniently located near the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Millennium Gloucester Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: London / Portsmouth / Embark MV Minerva
(Tuesday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Hampton Court Palace: Discover the History of Hampton Court Palace and Explore the wonders of this majestic building, and the stories behind it, enjoy Henry VIII's Apartments and the display in the Council Chamber Take a walk through the Tudor Kitchens Enjoy Young Henry VIII exhibition Visit William III's Apartments Discover the Georgian Private Apartments
 Lunch: Lunch on your own. Cafe and restaurant open at the Palace.
 Afternoon: The coach will leave the Palace for the coach transfer to Portsmouth (approx. 2 hours). Board the Minerva. The ship is scheuled to set sail at 4:00 pm.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: At Sea
(Wednesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship. Breakfast - with a wide range of options - can be enjoyed in the Swan Restaurant, the Veranda or out on the open deck around the pool. Morning coffee and pastries are served in the Veranda and afternoon tea in the Swan Restaurant. Both restaurants offer the same wide choice of menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail on the Minerva. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship. Lunch is served in the Swan Restaurant or the Veranda.
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Geoff Morgan will lecture today on Wildlife at Sea.
 Dinner: Group dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hadrian's Wall, England
(Thursday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Port of Tyne at 8:00 am. Hadrian's Wall has been designated as a World Heritage site and is an outstanding feat of military engineering. Drive to Heddon for a photo stop at the longest visible stretch of broad wall, 10 feet thick. Continue to visit Chesters Fort, one of the best preserved examples of a Roman calvary fort in Britian, built astride the Wall and set amongst the wooded valleys of Northumberland. View the bath houses, outside the fort, where the underground heating system can be seen. Visit the museum, displaying a collection of Roman artefacts found along the Wall, before continuing along the scenic road towards Housesteads where, in the distance, you can view the fort perched high on its ridge.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Port of Tyne at 7:00 pm. Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: On board the ship
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Edinburgh, Scotland
(Friday, July 4)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Edinburgh at 8:00 am. Discover the highlights of historic Edinburgh and explore its splendid castle, set atop a volcanic crag in the heart of the city. The castle has a rich history and within its impressive structure can be seen the Scottish Crown Jewels, ancient St. Margaret's Chapel, the massive siege gun "Mons Meg", the Palace rooms and the Scottish National War Memorial. You'll enjoy a guided tour of the castle and a sightseeing drive that will reveal many of the interesting sights of this magnificent city with it's 16,000 listed buildings. Sights will include parts of the New Town and the Old Town, where you can see St Giles Cathedral, Princes Street and Greyfriar's Kirk.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Edinburgh at 1:30 pm
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
 Evening: Shipboard activities.
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Scrabster, Scotland
(Saturday, July 5)

Note: Castle Mey has limited capacity. The field trip described may take place in the afternoon.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Scrabster at 9:00 am. Enjoy a visit to the Castle of Mey, the Scottish home of the late Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. The Queen Mother bought the castle in 1952 while mourning the death of her husband, George VI. The castle - situated on the north coast of Caithness, overlooking the Pentland Firth and the Orkney Islands - was then in a poor state of repair. Over the next 50 or so years Queen Elizabeth restored the castle and gardens and spent many happy summers there, often being visited by other members of the Royal Family when cruising the Western Isles on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. The castle is first and foremost a family home and remains very much as it was when The Queen Mother was in residence. During your guided visit you will not only see where the Queen Mother received visitors and entertained family and friends, but also some of her private rooms and, within the shelter of The Great Wall of Mey, a lovingly recreated traditional Scottish kitchen garden. You may visit the gardens independently.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva departs Scrabster at 7:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Portree, Isle of Skye
(Sunday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Morning at leisure as you sail toward the Isle of Skye. Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Portree at 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Enjoy a scenic drive across the Isle of Skye, through spectacular scenery, to Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the Chiefs of Macleod, magnificently situated at the head of the sea loch of the same name. The present castle, which demonstrates almost every architectural style from the 15th - 19th centuries, was once only accessible from the sea by a small gateway with a portcullis opening onto the rocks; it is now entered via a bridge across a ravine that once served as a dry moat. The interior visit includes the Fairy Tower, the Dungeon and the Dining Room where you can see the fabled Fairy Flag - a silk banner of Middle Eastern origin said to possess the power to save the clan from danger. You are also welcome to stroll in the gardens where you might catch sight of a white-tailed sea eagle.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
 Evening: Minerva will remain in port overnight.
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: At Sea
(Monday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva will depart Portree at 7:00 am. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Geoff Morgan lectures exclusively for Road Scholar on Scottish Wildlife.
 Dinner: On board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Oban, Scotland
(Tuesday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Oban at 8:00 am. Enjoy a scenic highland circular drive through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. Leave Oban and drive via Connell, Clifton and across the natural heritage site of Rannoch Moor, a vast area of peat and lochans to the west of Loch Rannoch, and down through scenic Glencoe. Glencoe is a steep sided valley, surrounded by wild and precipitous craggy peaks, affording some of the best mountain scenery in Scotland. You will have time to visit the Glencoe visitor center where you can learn about the geology of the area as well as the bloody events of 1692, which reverberate through Scottish history. Return to Oban via South Ballachulish and Connel.
 Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch.
 Afternoon: Afternoon is at leisure to explore independently. Minerva is scheduled to depart Oban at 11:00 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: At Sea
(Wednesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Relax on board the ship as you sail on the Minerva. On board presentations from the shipboard lecturers will offer an in-depth look at the locations you will be visiting.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue cruising. Geoff Morgan lectures on An Island Medley.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Liverpool, England
(Thursday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva arrives in Liverpool at 8:00 am. Depart Minerva for a slightseeing drive through Liverpool. Pass by the Liverpool waterfront, the Liverbird Building and visit Port Sunlight.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva is scheduled to depart Liverpool at 10:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales
(Friday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Holyhead at 7:00 am. Visit Plas Newydd House, set on the shores of the Menai Strait, amidst breathtakingly beautiful scenery, this elegant house was redesigned by James Wyatt in the 18th century. The 1930s restyled interior is famous for its Rex Whistler association, containing his largest painting and exhibition. A military museum contains relics from the 1st Marquess of Anglesey's tenure, who commanded the calvary at the Battle of Waterloo. Visit the house with a local guide before exploring the spring garden, rhododendron garden and Australiasian aroboretum independently before returning to Minerva.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva will depart Holyhead at 2:00 pm. Afternoon at leisure.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly.
(Saturday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive to the Isles of Scilly at 9:00 am. Tresco Abbey Garden is known throughout the world for the remarkable variety and beauty of the sub-tropical plants and flowers that flourish in the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Protected by walls and shelter belts the garden features plants from the Mediterranean to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Cacti, date plams and flame trees flourish as do Bird of Paradise, Echium, Aeoniums and Strelitzia.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart at 6:00 pm.
 Dinner: On board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: Lost Gardens of Heligan.
(Sunday, July 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship.
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Falmouth at 8:00 am. Heligan, the seat of the Tremayne family for 400 years, was at its zenith at the end of the 19th century, but - with the coming of the war n 1914 - the 1,000 acre estate fell into decline and became a wilderness. In the late 1900s Tim Smit was inspired to recover these Lost Gardens and today two hundred acres have been restored, offering Victorian Production Gardens, romantic pleasure grounds, lush sub-tropical jungle, wildlife projects and ancient woodlands. Enjoy an independent visit to these delightful gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Minerva will berth within walking distance from town for independent exploration. Minerva is scheduled to depart Falmouth at 5:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17: Sark, Channel Islands
(Monday, July 14)

Note: There are no guided activities today. You will have the opportunity to explore the small island of Sark independently.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure on board the ship
 Morning: Minerva is scheduled to arrive in Sark at 8:00 am. Enjoy an independent visit to this tranquil island where cars are banned and horse and carriage or bicycles are the local transport. Explore this tiny island, just 3 miles long and a mile and a half wide, discovering its rural landscape and its scenic 40 miles of coastline.
 Lunch: Lunch at leisure on board the ship
 Afternoon: Minerva is scheduled to depart Sark at 2:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship
   
Accommodations: MV Minvera
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18: Portsmouth / Disembark / Departures
(Tuesday, July 15)
   
 Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to the London Heathrow Airport for flights returning to North America. The transfer from Portsmouth to the airport is approximately 2 hours. There will be one transfer in the morning.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Song of the Rolling Earth: A Highland Odyssey


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