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Your journey begins in the Scottish capital where you’ll enjoy a three-night hotel stay. Be sure to walk up to Edinburgh Castle and explore the shops along the Royal Mile. Enjoy a wealth of grand architecture in a stunning natural setting, and stop for refreshment in one of the city’s lively bars. Edinburgh won’t disappoint in giving you a taste of Scotland’s proud history and infectious enthusiasm for life.
Edinburgh Military Tattoo Experience
This evening you’ll enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. As the unmistakeable sound of bagpipes fill the air, and the crowds stamp along to the beat of the highland dancers, you’ll be swept away by a true sense of Scottish magic.
You’ll have today at your leisure to enjoy this fantastic city. Explore the trendy bars in New Town and the ‘haunted’ vaults of Old Town. Hike to Arthur’s Seat with its beautiful views across the city. Visit the many national galleries and museums, and seek out restaurants and cafés to sample rich and hearty Scottish fare, such as smoked salmon, haggis and tatties, shortbread and sweet Scottish tablet.
Arrive in London for a two-night hotel stay. It’s a city with something for everyone. Lovers of art and culture can choose from any number of museums and galleries. For outdoor enthusiasts there’s the tranquillity of one of London’s Royal Parks, or the rugged wilds of Hampstead Heath or Wimbledon Common. In the evening, you could take in a show at one the theatres in London’s legendary West End.
Southampton - Embark P&O Ventura
Today you’ll embark the visually stunning Ventura for your 7-night Norwegian fjords cruise. On-board you’ll enjoy all the refined cruise features you’d expect, with imaginative and exciting innovations. You’ll dine in the remarkable White Room restaurant, inspired by celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, and meet new friends for drinks in the Metropolis bar with its amazing floor-to-ceiling video. This will be a cruise adventure to remember.
Take time to relax on board the Ventura as you cruise north towards the mystical Norwegian fjords. Allow yourself some serious pampering in the Oasis Spa, unwind in a whirlpool, and keep up your fitness levels in the well-equipped gym. Then visit the Arena Theatre for a performance of British comedy, singing and dance. And look out for guest bands by the poolside.
Stavanger is a coastal city in southwestern Norway. Explore the pretty old centre of beautifully preserved 18th-century wooden buildings, and stroll along the waterfront. In recent years, Stavanger has been the centre for Norway’s oil exploration in the North Sea. Visit the Norsk Oljemuseum, a state of the art oil museum, where you’ll get an insight into the fortunes black gold can bring a community.
This picturesque village sits on the Aurlandsfjord, a branch of the vast Sognefjord. You’ll be mesmerised by the dramatic views from the viewing platform, which protrudes high over the fjord. Not for the faint-hearted! As you continue your breathtaking journey on the Ventura, you’ll already be realising that the only way to soak up the vastness and majesty of this unique landscape is to sail through it.
Located at the mouth of the Oldeelva River, Olden is a small, peaceful town at the end of the Nordfjord. It’s surrounded by the stunning silence of emerald lakes and the awesome thunder of tonnes of water cascading down one of the many striking waterfalls. Olden also acts as a gateway to numerous activities, including boating in the glacier-fed waters of Oldevatnet Lake.
Highlights of this a pretty medieval city include the beautifully preserved, multi-coloured wooden houses of Bryggen; the picturesque fish market located between the fjords and mountains, and the Fløibanen funicular for amazing views of Bergen from the top of Mount Fløyen. You could also visit the home of Norway’s most famous composer Edvard Grieg, or admire the ice sculptures at the Magic Ice Bar.
Spend another day enjoying the cutting edge facilities on board the Ventura. This will be your last chance to sample the exquisite cuisine of one of the ship’s three main restaurants. Take in a performance in the Havana Show Lounge with its Latin American atmosphere and salsa dancing, or just stand on deck for a final romantic farewell to the sun as it disappears into the sea.
Southampton - Disembark P&O Ventura
Today you’ll arrive back in Southampton when you’ll disembark the Ventura for your flight home.
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