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British Isles Explorer – London to Bergen

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  • 20 Apr ‘25
  • 14 nights
  • London (Greenwich), England
  • Viking Vela
Price From $12,695*/pp

*Based on Balcony Stateroom.

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What's Included

Traverse the isles, north to south on this 14 night small ship cruise.

Immerse yourself in the British Isles with overnight stays in Bergen, Norway, and Greenwich, England. Discover the legendary Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland and its capital, Edinburgh. Visit the Shetland and Orkney Islands, and contrast modern Belfast with traditional Dublin. Witness Welsh culture in Snowdonia. In England, visit maritime Liverpool, see historic Dover and enjoy a tour of London.

With only 998 guests onboard, Viking Vela is an all-veranda small ship able to dock where larger ships cannot and with Viking inclusive value, all you need is included.

⚓ One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
⚓ Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
⚓ Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
⚓ 24-hour specialty coffees, teas & bottled water
⚓ Port taxes & fees
⚓ Visits to UNESCO Sites
⚓ Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
⚓ Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
⚓ Self-service launderettes
⚓ Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
⚓ 24-hour room service
⚓ Onboard gratuities

Book now and save $1,000 per person!

This cruise operates from March to September each year, pricing will vary by departure date. Ask your Cruiseabout Travel Advisor for your preferred travel dates.

YOUR ITINERARY

Date
Port
Info
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Depart
Day 1
20th Apr 2025
London (Greenwich), England

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Greenwi ...

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Greenwich, a borough of London, is home to the Royal Observatory. From here, the world’s longitude is measured from the prime meridian, and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port, the clipper ship Cutty Sark, one of Greenwich’s renowned historic landmarks, is preserved as a fascinating museum. Upriver, London is home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. In addition, this major economic and cultural hub boasts a long tradition of arts and architectural innovation—from Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre to West End musicals.

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Day 2
21st Apr 2025
London (Greenwich), England

Greenwich is home to several iconic maritime insti ...

Greenwich is home to several iconic maritime institutions. Royal Naval College is a major symbol of Britain’s seafaring heritage and the architectural centrepiece of Greenwich. It opened as a hospital for sailors in 1712 and served as the Royal Navy’s educational institution from 1873 to 1998. Today, its hallowed halls whisper of the days when Britannia ruled the waves. The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest, chronicling England’s seafaring endeavours in its compelling collection of art, maps and countless memorabilia, including the first marine chronometer.

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Day 3
22nd Apr 2025
Dover, United Kingdom

Most famously known for its dramatic white-chalk towering ...

Most famously known for its dramatic white-chalk towering cliffs, Dover is the nearest city to France across the English Channel. Its strategic location as a doorway into England has earned it the moniker “Key to England.” As the port was under constant threat because of its location, the massive Dover Castle overlooking the channel grew over the centuries to become the nation’s largest edifice and remains so today. Dover also served as a bastion and command centre during World War II.

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Day 4
23rd Apr 2025
Scenic Sailing: English Channel

About 350 miles long, the English Channel separate ...

About 350 miles long, the English Channel separates southern England from northern France. William the Conqueror crossed these waters to become king of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The most triumphant crossing unfolded on D-Day, when Allied troops landed on Normandy’s shores. The channel’s narrowest point stretches about 20 miles between Dover and Calais. Dover’s famed cliffs can be seen from a distance as a long white strip resting on the horizon.

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Day 5
24th Apr 2025
Dublin, Ireland

Dún Laoghaire is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland’s UNESCO City ...

Dún Laoghaire is a suburb of Dublin, Ireland’s UNESCO City of Literature. Famed as the birthplace of many of Ireland’s finest writers, from James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to Samuel Beckett, Dublin and its people have long celebrated the written word. The library of Trinity College is the hallowed home of the inspiring 9th-century illuminated Book of Kells, yet there is much more to explore. From the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the nation’s spiritual touchstone, to Dublin Castle, the city is a vibrant hub of cultural gems.

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Day 6
25th Apr 2025
Holyhead, Wales

Holyhead is a cozy coastal enclave on the isle of Anglesey of ...

Holyhead is a cozy coastal enclave on the isle of Anglesey off the northwestern tip of Wales. This region boasts the greatest concentration of ancient burial chambers and standing stones in Britain. Holyhead is contained within one of the few three-walled Roman forts in Europe, protected on the fourth side by the sea. The historic St. Cybi’s Church lies at the fortress’s centre and the excellent Maritime Museum chronicles local seafaring history. Locals are as likely to speak Welsh as English; almost two-thirds of the youth speak this fascinating tongue.

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Day 7
26th Apr 2025
Liverpool

Liverpool is celebrated as the “World Capital of Pop;” 56 mus ...

Liverpool is celebrated as the “World Capital of Pop;” 56 musicians born and bred here have had #1 singles. Most notably, the legendary Beatles—John, Paul, George and Ringo—hailed from this port city. But it is more than music that has put Liverpool on England’s cultural map. Long an important centre for maritime commerce, its storied waterfront is home to many buildings of historic, architectural and cultural significance, including a spectacular trio of palatial, early 20th-century buildings known as the “Three Graces,” and the revitalized Royal Albert Dock.

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Depart
Day 8
27th Apr 2025
Belfast

A major port heralded for its shipbuilding heritage, Bel ...

A major port heralded for its shipbuilding heritage, Belfast has undergone a cultural and architectural renaissance unrivalled in the rest of Europe. The influence of Britain is everywhere in this polished capital of Northern Ireland. Some of its most striking buildings exude Victorian flair and cosmopolitan elegance amid its famous Irish charm. Along the Golden Mile, high-end boutiques are reminiscent of those found in Paris, and the opulent Grand Opera House stands as a hub of Belfast culture.

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Depart
Day 9
28th Apr 2025
The Highlands (Ullapool), Scotland

Ullapool enjoys one of the most remote settings in th ...

Ullapool enjoys one of the most remote settings in the United Kingdom on the pristine shores of Loch Broom. This tiny town, dotted with distinctive New Zealand cabbage trees, is the largest community for miles surrounded by the stunningly scenic Western Isles, dramatic mountain peaks piercing the sky and unspoiled wilderness. Ullapool’s beauty lies in its tranquillity. A launchpad for ferries to the stunning Western Isles, this former herring port village is also a popular gateway for walkers, adventurers and nature lovers.

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Day 10
29th Apr 2025
Orkney Islands (Kirkwall), Scotland

The history of the Scottish Orkney Islands dates back millenni ...

The history of the Scottish Orkney Islands dates back millennia. Neolithic remains, including the ancient site of Brodgar, predate Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. The 13th-century Norse Orkneyinga Saga told of Vikings who ruled here. Later, the earls took over, and the French Renaissance palace that remains is a legacy to their grandeur. Another castle, Balfour, stands regally in a stark landscape. While the northern Europeans greatly influenced this hauntingly beautiful archipelago, consider the Italian Chapel, built by the hands of Italian prisoners during wartime.

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Day 11
30th Apr 2025
Edinburgh (NewHaven Harbor), Scotland

Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since the 15th centur ...

Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since the 15th century, despite the fact that the Union of the Crowns moved it to London in 1603. There is no capital quite like Edinburgh, with its gorgeous setting on green rocky hillocks and splendid views of the sea. Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and countless medieval treasures, overlooks the city from Castle Rock. The Royal Mile unfurls Edinburgh’s architectural gems in all their finery, from the Canongate to St. Giles’s Cathedral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish residence of British royalty.

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Depart
Day 12
1st May 2025
Invergorden (The Highlands)

Invergordon lies in the mountainous, heather-covered Scottish H ...

Invergordon lies in the mountainous, heather-covered Scottish Highlands amid a patchwork of farmland. The small community celebrates itself with a series of stunning murals painted by local artists; a walking trail leads visitors to them all, passing colourful window flowerboxes along the way. Whisky is another mainstay here, produced in a local grain distillery. This charming port is the gateway to a breathtaking region that provides a fascinating glimpse into the days of warring clans, and into the legend of “Nessie,” the fabled monster of Loch Ness.

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Depart
Day 13
2nd May 2025
Shetland Islands (Lerwick), Scotland

The Shetland Islands are characterized by cultura ...

The Shetland Islands are characterized by cultural traditions and dramatic landscapes. An incredibly scenic land, this archipelago is one of Scotland’s most remote island outposts. Lerwick is a gateway to some of the Shetland Islands’ most beloved residents—the Shetland pony. These diminutive equines can grow up to 46 inches in height and are distinguished by their short, shiny coat in the summer, and thick double coat in the winter, with a long mane and tail. These delightful ponies can be seen grazing and roaming freely throughout the archipelago.

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Depart
Day 14
3rd May 2025
Bergen, Norway

Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading ...

Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading enclave) still in existence. Bryggen wharf, a row of timbered Hanseatic warehouses along a quaint quay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow wooden walkways are flanked by parallel rows of small, vibrantly painted buildings overlooking the picturesque Vågen Harbor. This is perhaps the most charming district of Bergen and a delight to explore, from its tight-knit community of workshops where artisans sell their wares to its cafés where freshly prepared smørbrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are on the menu.

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Depart
Day 15
4th May 2025
Bergen, Norway

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is located in ...

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is located in the heart of western Norway, nestled between seven gargantuan mountain peaks. It is also the gateway to the country’s magnificent fjords, including the Hardangerfjord and Sognefjord. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen was Norway’s capital during the 13th century; today, it is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the picturesque outdoor fish market, Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home. Alternatively, ask your Cruiseabout Travel Advisor about our incredible range of accommodation packages, touring and cruise extensions.

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YOUR SHIP - The Viking Vela

Expand your horizons on our award-winning, all-veranda small ship, with just 998 guests, allowing us to dock where larger ships cannot.

Description

Expand your horizons on our award-winning, all-veranda small ship, with just 998 guests, allowing us to dock where larger ships cannot.

STATEROOMS

    Suite

    Stateroom size: 808–1,215 sq ft (includes private veranda) Ocean-view two-room suite with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a generous veranda (layout varies) Well-appointed living area & dining area that seats 4 11 AM Embarkation 11 AM priority stateroom access Priority shore excursion reservations 97 days prior to departure 3 priority reservations at each alternative restaurant 90 days prior to departure Priority spa treatment bookings 90 days prior to departure King-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary) 42″ flat-screen TV featuring MSNBC, FOX News, National Geographic and more Additional 42″ flat-screen interactive LCD TVs in living area 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, bathtub, double-sink vanity, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer Premium Freyja® toiletries Plush robes & slippers Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service Security safe Individual climate control Purified water refilled daily Welcome bottle of champagne Mini-bar with alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, water & snacks (replenished once daily) Binoculars Traditional Norwegian Marius-weave blanket Personal coffee machine with premium coffee & tea selections Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping 24-hour room service Complimentary laundry, dry cleaning, pressing & shoe shine services Under-bed suitcase storage space Spacious drawers & closet with wooden hangers

    Balcony Stateroom

    Stateroom size: 288 sq ft (includes private veranda) Ocean-view stateroom with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door opening to full-size veranda 11 AM Embarkation 2 PM stateroom access Priority shore excursion reservations 67 days prior to departure 1 priority reservation at each alternative restaurant 60 days prior to departure Priority spa treatment bookings 60 days prior to departure King-size Viking Explorer Bed (optional twin-bed configuration) with luxury linens & pillows Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary) 42″ flat-screen TV featuring MSNBC, FOX News, National Geographic and more 110/220 volt outlets & USB ports Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer Premium Freyja® toiletries Plush robes & slippers Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service Security safe Individual climate control Purified water refilled daily Mini-bar with soft drinks, water & snacks (replenished once daily) Binoculars Traditional Norwegian Marius-weave blanket Personal coffee machine with premium coffee & tea selections Stateroom steward & twice-daily housekeeping 24-hour room service Under-bed suitcase storage space Spacious drawers & closet with wooden hangers

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The following product terms and conditions apply in addition to our Booking Terms and Conditions (available on our website) and terms and conditions of the relevant travel service provider. Prices quoted are valid for sale until 31 July 2024 for travel during the period specified (if applicable) unless otherwise stated or sold out prior. All prices are per person, twin share (unless otherwise stated), subject to availability and may be withdrawn or varied without notice. Prices shown are fully inclusive of taxes, levies and government charges current at the time of publication. Additional supplier conditions and travel restrictions may apply. Prices shown are for payments made by cash in store or by BPAY. Payments made in store by credit card will incur a surcharge (see Booking Terms and Conditions for further details). Prices quoted are accurate as of 3 June 2024 and may be higher depending on date of purchase and date of travel. Cruiseabout cannot guarantee that any particular product will still be available at the following prices, or for your exact dates of travel.  At the time of making your booking, prices may differ to the price displayed on the website.  Save up to $3,600 per couple on ocean cruise, save up to $4,600 per couple on river cruise and save up to $4,000 per couple on expedition cruises with Viking. All savings are included in the advertised price. Please contact your Cruiseabout Travel Advisor to obtain the latest up to date information regarding applicable prices, fees and charges, taxes, availability, blackout dates (such as school holidays), seasonal surcharges and other terms and conditions which may apply.

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