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From Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast to The Shard; from sailing on the Norfolk Broads to hiking in the Highlands, cream teas in the Cotswolds or literary trails in the Lake District… the British Isles offer an incredible diversity of landscapes and experiences.

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Unwind during a relaxing short break on the Cornish coast at this family-run hotel near St Ives.

Carbis Bay is a beautiful sandy cove in a sheltered position near the pretty seaside town of St Ives. Ideal for the more independent traveller, these bright, modern apartments are built into the hillside behind the Carbis Bay Hotel and are equipped with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday.

Discover the history and charms of Chester, from the ancient city walls to the medieval half-timbered houses and famous Rows.

Stay in a historic hotel minutes away from Shakespeare's World

From Chaucer's Tales to Thomas Becket's tomb, Canterbury offers a wealth of history against the beautiful backdrop of the 'Garden of England'.

Market town charm and the beauty of the Cotswolds await at this historic hotel

Explore the scenic Cornish coast or simply relax and enjoy the fresh sea air from this family-run hotel in the heart of Looe.

Discover the hidden history of Knaresborough amid north Yorkshire's rolling countryside

Explore inside the ancient city walls of York and discover the story of England.

Stay in an ancient spa town in the heart of Wales and explore the great outdoors.

Sandbanks Hotel QQQQ

Stay and Relax

Explore the dramatic Dorset coast and the seaside towns of Poole, Bournemouth and Lyme Regis from the Sandbanks Hotel.

This Sidmouth hotel offers views of the Jurassic Coast in East Devon and the red cliffs of Sid Valley, and it's perfect for seaside strolls and clifftop walks.

Experience the buzz of Bournemouth from the Durley Dean Hotel.

Experience Mantovani's famous cascading string sound during a concert by the Magic of Mantovani Orchestra.

A concert by the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, plus an expert host, talks and in-house recitals make this a music holiday to remember

Explore the stunning and romantic west coast of Wales.

From the Pre-Raphaelites to Epstein, explore some of the important art collections in and around Birmingham.

Overlooking the the beach in the quiet North Shore area of Blackpool, this vintage-style hotel is the perfect place from which to discover the seaside delights of the town.

Combines three concerts in the historic city of Bath, with free time to explore. Plus a special recital on Schantz Fortepiano.

Enjoy art-related visits and three talks by your expert art host, as you explore some of the country's great collections – including the Liverpool Tate and The Lowry.

Seek out the important artistic collections of Dorset's grand houses, country estates and historic galleries.

The Royal Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

Savour the wonderful location of the Royal Hotel in Bideford, Devon, on this relaxing holiday.

Enjoy a relaxing stay in this graceful spa town surrounded by the natural grandeur of the Peak District.

Harrogate is an elegant spa town distinguished by exclusive boutiques, galleries and shops, where tree-lined boulevards give way to exquisite parks and gardens.

Explore southern England's hidden gem. Age-old forest, sun-dappled clearings and rolling heaths – there's a wealth of beautiful scenery for you to discover.

Enjoy a traditional seaside holiday and explore the South Downs from The View Hotel in Eastbourne.

From Chopin and Beethoven, to the gems of the music salon, celebrate some of the finest music written for the piano.

Savour the country house experience in the charming Cotswolds at the Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel in Wotton-Under-Edge.

Recapture the magical music of Vienna with live music sessions, talks and original recordings …

Have a sparkling Christmas with time to explore Shakespeare's birthplace

Thrill to Strauss's 'Die Fledermaus' and Bizet's 'Carmen', plus an exclusive talk from opera producer, Ellen Kent, on this musical holiday for opera lovers

Isn't it romantic ..... this brand new special interests holiday celebrates the greatest love songs from the twentieth century.

With a picturesque seafront location, overlooking the English Riviera, this elegant hotel is the perfect base from which to explore Torquay.

The Gisborough Hall Hotel offers stunning views of the North Yorkshire Moors and is a short drive from the harbour town of Whitby.

If you'd love to learn more about the life and music of the celebrated 'Rat Pack', then you'll enjoy this light-hearted holiday with charismatic crooner Robert Habermann

Explore the ancient West Saxon kingdom and venture further back into antiquity with visits to Stonehenge, Maiden Castle and Maumbury Rings.

Take time out to explore the picturesque Cornish coast or just relax and enjoy the views from the spa at this family-run hotel close to charming St Ives

Taste real ales and whiskies, try your hand in a smokehouse and learn to cook Cumbrian-style from this rustic inn in the Lake District.

Embrace the seaside nostalgia and dancing heritage of Blackpool on this lively stay at a charming Victorian-style hotel.

In this brand new programme you'll look at the lives and music of three 'Great American Songbook' composers.

Merton Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

Enjoy an island escape as you explore the beautiful bays and beaches of Jersey from the Merton Hotel in St Helier

The Dunoon Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

The Dunoon Hotel in Llandudno is the perfect retreat for exploring the wonderful coast of North Wales

Discover the history and heritage of South Wales, from an Iron Age 'village' to a Tudor merchant's house

Look forward to a traditional festive break in a picturesque English village.

Enjoy four evenings of live jazz sessions from four talented jazz bands…

On this memorable holiday look forward to a recital by remarkable violinist Augustin Hadelich, pianist Sunwook Kim, and more.

See in the New Year at the Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa, at a luxurious beachside hotel near St Ives.

Queens Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

Explore the beautiful Dorset countryside with visits to the New Forest, local villages, and gardens at Compton Acres on this holiday which is exclusively for solo travellers.

See Dorset in full bloom during visits to six exquisite gardens.

Visit a selection of horticultural gems on three full-day excursions with five visits to a variety of gardens, from restored masterpieces to national collections. The glorious gardens of south Wales beckon on this lovely holiday to Llanelli.

Forest, moorland, coast – you'll walk them all with expert guides on this wonderful holiday. Discover more about the legends and landscapes of this fascinating corner of England.

Enjoy four evenings of live jazz sessions from four very different jazz bands...

Enjoy four evenings of live jazz sessions from four very different jazz bands…

Enjoy two opera performances by the Welsh National Opera amid the splendid setting of the Wales Millennium Centre.

Queens Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

Set on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty, Bournemouth provides every facility you would expect from a leading seaside resort. The 3-star Queens Hotel is ideally situated in the elegant East Cliff area.

Look forward to a range of festive activities and entertainment in Sheffield, exclusively for solo travellers.

Enjoy a festive stay in a country house style setting in Devon.

Discover the history of St Helier and peaceful beauty of Jersey to a soundtrack of cool jazz…

Celebrate Christmas at the vibrant seaside town of Blackpool in a Victorian 4-star hotel.

If you're crazy about stage and film musicals you'll love this light-hearted holiday featuring live music, film screenings and lively anecdotes.

Step back in time on visits to five imposing castles, including Carreg Cennan, Kidwelly and Llansteffan.

Enjoy a festive stay in a magnificent former Victorian country mansion set within the beautiful Derbyshire countryside.

Enjoy the many excellent facilities and the company of other solo travellers at this sociable hotel, which is close to the beach and the centre of St Helier.

Experience the magnificent Welsh National Opera performing Carmen and William Tell in Llandudno

A scintillating concert performance by the Royal Northern Sinfonia is just one highlight of this marvellous music holiday.

Delve into the fascinating world of antiques with special guest Eric Knowles, from BBC1's Antiques Roadshow

Discover the treasures of some of Scotland's great art collections during included visits and three talks by your expert art host.

Standing on the shore of a stunning loch in Perthshire, the Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the Scottish Highlands.

Celebrate the old-fashioned fun of a traditional Christmas with other solo travellers in the county town of Bedfordshire.

Art in the North East

Art Appreciation

View important collections during visits to the Laing and Baltic galleries as well as the Bowes Museum.

Enjoy a traditional Christmas beside the seaside at the charming Durley Dean Hotel, and look forward to a delicious Christmas lunch plus a trip Beaulieu.

Celebrate a traditional Christmas in the setting of the Welsh valleys, with a delicious Christmas lunch, and an included excursion to medieval Cardiff Castle.

Based in the spa town of Harrogate, this holiday includes some of Yorkshire's most beautiful gardens.

Enjoy the festive season at this traditional Jacobean hotel in County Durham – the perfect rural retreat.

Discover six of the region's delightful gardens during three full-day excursions.

Enjoy four evenings of live jazz sessions from four popular jazz bands.

Fascinating antique-related talks and visits, plus an exclusive 'mini antiques roadshow' with expert Eric Knowles are just some of the highlights of this exciting holiday.

Antique-related talks and visits, plus an exclusive valuation from BBC's expert Eric Knowles make this a holiday to remember

Seek out artistic treasures across a range of galleries and tour the mighty Gloucester Cathedral.

Enjoy Christmas by the sea as you stay on a full board basis with traditional fare and entertainment at this 4-star seafront hotel

Celebrate a stylish and contemporary Christmas in the heart of the Cheshire countryside

Have a sparkling Christmas in the company of crooner Robert Habermann, and celebrate the best of popular music from The Great American Songbook.

Explore the charming half-timbered shops and winding streets of Salisbury during this festive break in one of the UK's most famous cathedral cities.

Spend Christmas within reach of historic cities and beautiful countryside, all the while enjoying scrumptious Christmas treats and relaxing in luxurious surroundings.

Enjoy a musical Christmas holiday with classical piano and song performances, recitals and concerts, plus expert host and guest performer

Celebrate a traditional Christmas in the British seaside town of Brighton.

Cruise the Thames

Escorted Tour Pace 1

Cruise through the heart of English countryside in the company of a small group of like-minded travellers aboard the 12-berth African Queen.

Explore the scenic Cornish coast or simply relax and enjoy the fresh sea air from this family-run hotel in the heart of Looe.

Isles of Scilly Adventure QQQ

Active Explorer Pace 2

Discover the Isles of Scilly, five beautiful islands 28 miles from Land's End, on this Active Explorer adventure.

Enjoy a Christmas full of sparkling piano music and festive celebrations

Explore the attractions of Dorset's Jurassic Coast with Brittany and Normandy in France on this mini cruise.

Enjoy Christmas in the countryside, close to ancient York, the spiritual capital of the North.

Some of England's finest gardens await your discovery in the glorious Cotswolds…

Have a boogie woogie Christmas with four lively jazz performances on this festive break

Road of Remembrance

Escorted Tour Pace 2

Explore sites associated with The Great War, visit some of Europe's most fascinating war museums and enjoy two relaxing days in Bruges.

Enjoy a taste of the Continent on this six-night jaunt to France and Spain aboard Balmoral.

A Channel Island Sojourn

Active Explorer Pace 2

Discover a unique combination of British and French traditions on this lively escorted tour, which includes opportunities to visit idyllic Sark and tour Guernsey's highlights.

Discover the festive charms of the Channel Islands during this seasonal break in stylish St Helier.

Enjoy a sparkling festive stay at the Carbis Bay Hotel and Spa, near the pretty town of St Ives.

Step aboard Saga Pearl II for this mini cruise to the continent, calling at Boulogne-sur-Mer and the cities of Amsterdam and Bruges.

Contrast the historical and cultural attractions of Bruges, Amsterdam and Bremen on this mini cruise.

Legends of the Emerald Isle

Escorted Tour Pace 1

Historic castles, towering cliffs, pretty towns and exciting cities - this tour of Ireland has it all and more...

Discover Norway's fjords on this five-night cruise calling at Bergen and Eidfjord before sailing through the breathtaking Hardangerfjord.

Contrast two cosmopolitan cities: Amsterdam and Antwerp, before calling at the pretty port of Honfleur in France, on this six-night cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar.

Five-night Fjords

Cruise World

Cruise to the land of the Vikings aboard Black Watch. Leaving Edinburgh for Norway, sail through the Karmsund channel and deep into fjordland, through stunning Sognefjord, breathtaking Aurlandsfjord and famous Nordfjord.

Christmas Markets

Saga Cruises

Soak up the festive atmosphere as you enjoy included transfers to the Christmas markets of Bremen and Bruges, filled with the aromas of freshly-baked gingerbread and hot Glühwein, to peruse the stalls for unique handmade gifts and decorations to take back<nbs/>home.

Discover the history of Antwerp, maritime attractions in Hamburg and cruise the River Elbe to browse museums in Amsterdam.

Skirt the coast of England en route to Dublin, where an overnight stay provides the perfect opportunity to join in the celebrations and merriment of St Patrick's Day, when processions fill the city's streets. Cross the Irish Sea to discover Liverpool's grand waterfront before exploring the city, then cruise back to Ireland and uncover the fascinating heritage of Cobh.

Combine Asturias and Cantabria on this two-centre holiday in Spain.

Cruise to medieval Bruges before visiting the maritime port of Hamburg – the city of a thousand bridges. Cruise the scenic River Elbe and then the North Sea Canal towards Amsterdam, where you can visit Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

Soak up the festive atmosphere as you enjoy included transfers to the Christmas markets of Bremen and Bruges, filled with the aromas of freshly-baked gingerbread and hot Glühwein, to peruse the stalls for unique handmade gifts and decorations to take back home.

Join Saga Sapphire as she visits three French ports and St Peters Port in Guernsey, visiting poignant memorials and sites associated with the tragic events of the World Wars.

Discover Fred. Olsen's pick of the fjords and see some of the most scenic sights of Norway, from lofty mountains to tumbling waterfalls.

Take part in Norway's Constitution Day celebrations before visiting the stunning village of Eidfjord and riding the Flåmsbana Railway – one of the steepest train journeys in the world.

Discover a handful of the most beautiful fjords of Norway as you head to three settlements that line their shores, admiring all the wonderful scenery along the way.

Enjoy a five-night cruise across the Channel to discover a taste of France, Guernsey, the Scilly Isles and Cornish coast.

Discover Norway's stunning southern fjords as you cruise to the picture-postcard ports of Geiranger, Hellesylt, Olden and Bergen.

Lochs of Scotland

Cruise World

See the scenery of the Isle of Skye, visit the Orkney Islands and uncover Kirkwall's Viking heritage, you'll also be able to stroll along the colourful waterfront of Tobermory, and explore the mountain landscapes of HolyLoch.

Discover the maritime heritage of Bergen, spot rumbling waterfalls and cloud-covered mountain tops, and visit the sleepy towns and villages that call this magical place home.

Visit a 12th-century cathedral in Stavanger, ride the Flåm Railway and see Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' on this scenic tour of the Norwegian fjords.

Explore the riverside cities of Bordeaux and Rouen, enjoy the country's laid-back cafe culture and discover some of the world-class art and architecture that France is renowned for during this delightful cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar.

Visit Norway's most popular fjords, admire the beautiful village of Eidfjord, stroll along Bryggen Wharf in Bergen and behold one of the biggest glaciers in Europe – Jostedalsbreen.

Discover a handful of the most beautiful fjords of Norway as you head to three settlements that line their shores, admiring all the wonderful scenery along the way.

See the highlights of Norway as you cruise the serene Lysefjord, ride the world's steepest railway in Flåm, smell the flowers of Olden and stand agog before the vertical cliffs of Geiranger.

Uncover the rich history and impressive scenery of our own shores on this fascinating cruise around the coasts of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Experience the magnetic appeal of Norway's tremendous fjords on this riveting cruise.

Sail to the spellbinding shores of Norway where you'll cruise beautiful fjords, admire snow-capped mountains reflected in glassy waters and explore remote maritime ports.

From one tip of the British Isles to the other, cruise the scenic west coast round to Scrabster, one of Scotland’s northernmost towns, before returning via vibrant Belfast.

Discover the unparalleled beauty of Norway and fascinating heritage of Kirkwall on this scenic, eight-night cruise aboard Boudicca.

Discover the unparalleled beauty of Norway and fascinating heritage of Kirkwall on this scenic, eight-night cruise aboard Boudicca.

Smell the flowers of Funchal, sunbathe on the beaches of Arrecife and admire the bridges of Lisbon.

Join Braemar as she cruises along a stunning section of the Iberian peninsula visiting some of Spain and Portugal's most vibrant cities, including the capital Lisbon.

Rule Britannia!

Saga Cruises

Step aboard Saga Pearl II for a non-stop journey around the British Isles and along the Irish coast.

Fjords of Denmark

Cruise World

See a different kind of fjord on this summer cruise around the coast of Denmark. You'll visit small and charming Danish towns, and cruise past Hamlet's castle en route to Copenhagen.

Peruse the boutiques and galleries of Gothenburg, explore the lively streets of Copenhagen, and uncover Oslo's artistic heritage.

See the highlights of the Norwegian fjords on this summertime cruise, including Geirangerfjord and Bergen

German Waterways

Cruise World

Contrast the modern and the medieval at some of Germany's brightest seaside cities, including vibrant Hamburg.

Celebrate the springtime colours of Norway on this cruise through its mighty fjords.

Fjordland Gems

Saga Cruises

Discover Norway's natural treasures and explore the charming villages along its shores, on this seven-night cruise.

Embark Black Watch and set sail for three of the sunny Canary islands, also calling at the floral island of Madeira and Portugal's historic capital, Lisbon.

Discover fine galleries, impressive amphitheatres, stunning mosques and picturesque palaces as you cruise to southern Spain, Morocco and Algeria.

UK Castles

Cruise World

Join Fred. Olsen's Balmoral for a 10-night sightseeing cruise around the British Isles where the castles built to defend them still stand proud to this day.

Contrast the modern and the medieval at some of Germany's brightest seaside cities, including vibrant Hamburg.

Cruise the beautiful waters of the UK, discovering cities, remote islands and coastal charms along the way.

The title says it all on this festive-themed cruise around Great Britain and Ireland. Cross the Irish<nbs/>Sea to Dublin and Belfast, visit the northerly city of Kirkwall and celebrate Hogmanay in Edinburgh.

Embark on an Iberian adventure on this fabulous cruise that follows the Atlantic coasts of France, Spain and Portugal.

Follow the winter sun south to Morocco and a trio of the Atlantic's subtropical islands.

Discover the springtime flowers of the Canary Islands and Madeira on this cruise that also visits Portugal and Spain.

Get a taste of the Caribbean on this fabulous fly cruise from Barbados, explore the islands of Antigua and St Maarten and embark on a transatlantic voyage to the Azores.

Discover the best of Iceland - hot springs in Reykjavik, whale-watching in Akureyri, the thundering waterfalls of Seydisfjordur and crossing the Arctic Circle.

Explore the scenic riverscapes of Spain and France as Fred. Olsen's Braemar ventures along the Guadalquivir, Garonne and Seine rivers exploring a host of fascinating cities along the way.

Celebrate the best of Britain on this circumnavigation of our home shores…

Secret Norway

Saga Cruises

Discover the scenic sights of southern Norway on a relaxing week-long voyage.

Meet huskies in Tromsø, cross the Arctic Circle to Alta – where you can chart the wilderness by dogsled – and unravel the rich heritage of Bergen and Stavanger.

Discover the incredible natural beauty of Norway's fjordlands on this seven-night cruise

Enjoy the winter sun as you explore the capital cities of Portugal and Madeira, and discover the unusual landscapes of the Canary Islands.

Contrast Morocco's ancient medinas and exotic souks with the historic cities of Spain on this exciting cruise.

Arctic Norway

Cruise World

Sail north to the entrancing fjords of Norway and a realm of maritime heritage and epic scenery on the very northern edge of the continent.

Tour the islands of Stockholm, the fairytale city of Tallinn and the elegant buildings of St Petersburg before browsing Riga's medieval Old Town and Copenhagen's colourful waterfront.

Skirt the Bay of Biscay to Avilés where old and new mingle seamlessly, spend two days in seductive Seville, and explore Malaga, where the Moorish Alcazaba and sweeping beaches await.

Experience the magic of the midnight sun and summer solstice as you explore Norway's island-studded coast.

Cross the Arctic Circle to Alta, chart the wilderness by dogsled and cruise the Lofoten archipelago. Discover the fascinating history of Alesund, Trømso, and Bergen and wonder at the beauty of the Arctic landscape.

Get a taste of the Caribbean on this fabulous fly cruise to Barbados and embark on a transatlantic voyage to the Azores.

Compare the beautiful Atlantic isles of the Azores, Madeira and the Canaries on this enchanting cruise.

Cruise through Sweden's fjords, step ashore in Denmark and journey across the Baltic to St Petersburg…

Discover the many attractions of four Scandinavian capital cities and enjoy two full days exploring the oppulent attractions of elegant St Petersburg, all in one cruise.

Head to the sun-drenched Canary Islands on this relaxing 15-night cruise that visits vibrant ports in Spain and Portugal too.

Discover the vibrant culture of some of Spain's liveliest ports, as well as calling at glamourous Monte Carlo. Visit Portoferraio on the island of Elba and Sète, the ‘Little Venice of Languedoc’ – ports that are only accessible to smaller ships like Braemar.

Ride a vintage tram in Lisbon, relax on the beaches of Arrecife, see Mount Teide in Tenerife then inhale the floral scent of Funchal before winding down with a glass of port in Oporto's vineyards.

Enjoy the festivities on board as you celebrate Christmas at sea, and see spectacular New Year fireworks over Funchal.

This cruise along the breathtaking Norwegian fjords leads you to astounding waterfalls, glaciers and mountains. You'll also cross the Arctic Circle and enter the wilderness of Spitsbergen.

Look forward to a slice of life in the fast lane on this cruise of the western Mediterranean, which includes the chance to watch the glitzy Monaco Grand Prix.

See the best of the western Mediterranean and Adriatic, with calls in Spain and Sicily, as you round the Italian peninsula towards Venice.

Discover the majestic icebergs and glaciers of Greenland and the hot springs of Iceland on this exciting cruise aboard Fred. Olsen's Boudicca.

Discover inspiring landscapes, colourful cultures and cities brimming with history on this charming cruise to the Canary Islands aboard Saga Pearl II.

Sail away with Fred. Olsen this Yuletide season to the warmer climes of the Canary Islands, and celebrate New Year in Lisbon.

Take a thrilling transatlantic voyage to the breathtaking Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Labrador, aboard Boudicca

Island hop from Madeira to Cape Verde and back via the sunny Canaries on this three-week winter warmer.

Take a thrilling transatlantic voyage to the breathtaking Canadian provinces of Newfoundland, Nova<nbs/>Scotia and Labrador, aboard Boudicca

Circumnavigate the United Kingdom exploring fascinating ports in Jersey, England and the Outer Hebrides.

Relish this dose of winter sun and contrast the wildly diverse scenery of the Canary Islands with the Moorish vibe of Morocco.

Famed for their world-class wines, delicious cuisine and vivid cultural heritages, France and Spain have so much to discover.

See the lush volcanic landscapes of the Azores, experience the colonial Portuguese vibe of Cape Verde, soak up the sun in the Canary Islands and drink Madeira in Madeira.

Contrast each of the Atlantic's pretty archipelagos on this springtime voyage aboard Fred. Olsen's Boudicca.

Visit alluring Casablanca and the beaches of Arrecife, then see fireworks in Tenerife and the flowers of Funchal, before experiencing the best of Lisbon.

The enchanting Northern Lights are at their most active during the equinox, and a two-night stay in Alta gives you the perfect opportunity to see them. You can also look forward to crossing the magical Arctic Circle and seeing some of Norway's stunning scenery during this 15-night cruise.

Cruise to the winter sun on this Canary Island voyage which also visits Madeira and Portugal's mainland.

Explore six fabulous islands on this new year voyage.

Join this special cruise reserved exclusively for past Saga cruisegoers and celebrate 18 years of Saga cruising as Saga Sapphire traces the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal, visiting a host of destinations including Lisbon and Santander. An overnight stay in beautiful Bordeaux is bound to be a highlight.

Spanish Adventure

Saga Cruises

Uncover the centuries of history and fascinating cultures at the heart of some of the most famous cities of the Iberian Peninsula.

Discover the contrasting landscapes of five Canary Islands

Visit five capital cities on this cruise to the Baltic, including Helsinki and Tallinn, and enjoy overnight moorings in the magical cities of St Petersburg, Amsterdam and Stockholm – alive with the colours of summer.

Bid farewell to the cold British weather on this cruise bound for the sunny Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

On this springtime cruise pause at Cornwall before making your way along the Atlantic coast of France, Spain and Portugal, and discover a new port for Saga – Pasajes.

Explore the classic cities of the Baltic

Discover the beautiful islands of the Azores and Canaries in spring, when their colourful flowers are in full bloom. Contrast the sand dunes of Fuerteventura with the laurel forests of La Gomera and admire the dramatic coastline of Brittany.

Discover the unusual landscapes of the Canaries as you island hop to Tenerife and Lanzarote, El Hierro and La Gomera.

Experience the Adriatic's enthralling heritage and enchanting Venice on this epic voyage aboard Boudicca.

Baltic Capitals

Saga Cruises

Sail the shores of the Baltic, with visits to Stockholm, Tallinn, St Petersburg and more

Take to the seas and sail south to the Canaries, the Cape Verde islands and Portugal.

See the best of the Baltic in the summer as you skirt the coast of this historic region, with visits to the grand capital cities of Sweden, Finland and Denmark

Discover the best of Britain and Ireland, and see the Bournemouth airshow and Highland Games, all on this summertime cruise.

Discover the charms of Gibraltar and Malta before heading to the furthest reaches of Eastern Europe, exploring Varna, Constanta and Odessa, and ending up on Russian shores. Enjoy an overnight stay in Turkey's capital, with a grand finale in Iberia.

Discover some of the Baltic's most beautiful cities

Enjoy a host of Arctic activities in this winter wonderland.

Uncover the heritage of the western Mediterranean's ancient civilisations on this cruise to Spain and France aboard Saga Pearl II.

Escape the chill and cruise to the Canaries with this fantastic Christmas cruise aboard Saga Pearl II

Cruise along the stunning shores of Croatia, soaking up the history and culture of some of its most fascinating cities. Enjoy an overnight stay in the timeless city of Venice and explore vibrant ports in Spain, Sardinia, Slovenia and more.

See the colours of the western Mediterranean on this cruise that ends the summer in style.

Visit ancient capitals such as Rome and Lisbon, avant-garde Barcelona and sophisticated San Remo on a glorious summer cruise of the Mediterranean.

Join Fred. Olsen on this Caribbean adventure with a South American twist and spend 43 magical nights on board Braemar.

Discover the beauty of Norway, while following the ethereal glow of the midnight sun

A Grecian Odyssey

Saga Cruises

Immerse yourself in classic mythology and Mediterranean sunshine on this voyage to Greece.

This fascinating cruise calls at Norway and the northerly archipelago of Svalbard, aglow with midnight sun and home to intriguing Russian towns and rugged landscapes.

Combine relaxing days at sea, enjoying Balmoral's facilities, with lively days ashore exploring the world-famous attractions of some of America's most iconic cities.

Seek out the white nights of summer on this cruise to the Baltic's Gulf of Bothnia.

Cruise to extraordinary Iceland, where mountains soar and volcanoes rumble. Explore mighty fjords and working fishing villages and spend a day in the vibrant capital, Reykjavik.

Combine a classic Mediterranean cruise with the festive magic of Christmas aboard Saga Sapphire…

Step aboard Fred. Olsen's newest ship, Balmoral, for this cruise across the North Atlantic Ocean to the coasts of Canada and the USA.

Join Black Watch on this leisurely transatlantic crossing before discovering a host of beautiful Caribbean islands.

Join this springtime cruise to the Adriatic and discover a host of historic cities and idyllic islands…

Discover the hidden gems of the Caribbean Islands, from Martinique to Montserrat, and explore the colourful capitals of the more frequented islands of Barbados, St Maarten and Tortola.

The Canary Islands – famous for their unique volcanic landscapes, lush green valleys and historic architecture – will be revealed on this island-hopping voyage aboard Saga Pearl II.

Experience the colourful Rio Carnival on this memorable South American voyage visiting Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina.

Delve into the fascinating cultures of the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas on this month-long cruise.

Spend a memorable Christmas at sea as Saga Sapphire makes her way from pretty Tortola to the tropical Turks and Caicos Islands, and you can begin 2016 in style after spending some time in beautiful Bermuda.

See the vast grandeur and vibrant autumnal colours of Canada's Atlantic Coast with visits to historic cities too...

Join Captain Rentell's final mystery cruise and Saga's longest to date…

Escape the British winter on this month-long voyage to the Caribbean.

Enjoy the Caribbean sunshine while visiting a string of paradisiacal islands on this epic 42-night cruise

This voyage aboard Saga Sapphire takes in the best of the Med – from the eye-catching architecture of Valencia, to the ancient ruins of Carthage.

Board Fred. Olsen's Boudicca and circumnavigate the African continent – only made possible by the Suez Canal – visiting 16 countries and four fascinating island nations.

Board Fred. Olsen's Boudicca for this thrilling cruise exploring South American.

Cross three oceans and visit six continents with new discoveries to make every day, from lost cities in Peru to serene sounds in New Zealand, sparkling skyscrapers in Singapore to ancient ruins on the edge of the Red Sea.

Around the World

Cruise World

For the ultimate cruise, join this full circumnavigation of the globe to discover a world of variety and contrasts...

Join Saga Sapphire on a grand Central American voyage to uncover Mayan ruins and colonial cities, beautiful beaches and rainforests.

Set sail for the southern hemisphere on this grand voyage encompassing great cities, great landscapes and the Panama Canal.

Language

English -

English is generally spoken in England, although being a cultural melting pot it is possible you will also hear Polish, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Arabic, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Italian, Somali, Lithuanian, German and Romanian.

There are also many regional dialects, including Cockney in London, Geordie in Newcastle, Scouse in Liverpool and West Country in the, er, West Country. Additionally, there’s Welsh English and Scottish English.

Tipping

Leaving around 10% of the bill is normal in British restaurants where a service charge has not been added to the bill. Taxi drivers also expect a small tip, especially in London.

Population and size

The population is 63 million, slightly less than France’s 65 million.

At 24,2900 square kilometres, the United Kingdom is half the size of Spain.

Currency

Pound -

Despite being part of the European Union, Britain has resisted adoption of the Euro and still retains Sterling as its currency.

Culture

The United Kingdom is proud of its multi-cultural society, so you’ll find a diverse mix of cultural influences. Each country has its own set of customs and national pride.

Britain is, of course, a cultural superpower and has given the world:

  • Chaucer
  • Shakespeare
  • Mr Darcy
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Heartbeat
  • Susan Boyle
  • The Beatles
  • Tom Jones
  • Aled Jones
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber
  • nursery rhymes
  • Christmas carols
  • Winston Churchill
  • roast dinners
  • fish and chips
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Britain’s Got Talent
  • Tommy Cooper
  • John Constable
  • Bobby Moore
  • the BBC
  • Sean Connery
  • The Krankies
  • Helen Mirren
  • Judi Dench
  • James Bond
  • Harry Potter
  • Wallace and Gromit
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Mr Kipling
  • Bridget Jones
  • Andy Murray
  • Alan Partridge

Phrases

Travellers to London may wish to brush up on their Cockney rhyming slang…

Baked bean – Queen

Ache and pain – rain

Near and far – bar

Bees and honey – money

Currant bun – sun

Dog and bone – phone

Bob Hope – soap

Hank Marvin – starving

Ruby Murray – curry

Scotch mist – drunk

Timezone

Clocks read the same in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands.

Electricity

Mains voltage is 230 volts AC (50 cycles) and sockets take 13-amp plugs with three rectangular pins.

Climate

Brits are obsessed with the weather – but when it changes as often as it does it’s not surprising!

Climates are influenced by the Atlantic, so regions closest to the Atlantic Ocean, such as Northern Ireland, Wales and the western areas of England and Scotland will be milder, and experience wetter and windier weather.

To the east the climate is drier and cooler. There is a north/south divide when it comes to weather, with the south enjoying generally warmer temperatures, thanks to the continental tropical air mass from the European mainland.

Health

There are no serious health threats to people holidaying in the UK, although it has been known for women to catch a slight cold and men suffer from the male equivalent, a condition known as ‘man-flu’.

Passports and visas

You can enter the UK with either a valid passport or national identity card issued by a EEA (European Economic Area) country.

Travellers from other countries must have a valid passport for the duration of their stay and will require a visa.

Smoking

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places and if you are caught you can expect a minimum of six months in the Tower of London.

Flight time

Flying is a great time-saving alternative to road or rail when travelling around Britain, and aeroplanes are particularly useful if you want to reach the more remote parts of Scotland and the Channel Islands.

For instance, it takes just one-and-a-half hours to fly from Gatwick to Inverness, a journey of 468 miles.



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