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From Stonehenge and the Jurassic Coast to The Shard and Dublin’s revitalised Docklands; 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.

Discover medieval charm, diverse architecture and visit the Norfolk Broads from this historic city.

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

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.

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

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

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

Set on a coastline of outstanding natural beauty, Bournemouth provides all you'd expect from a leading seaside resort. The 3-star Queens Hotel is in the elegant East Cliff area.

Experience the elegance of the royal borough, visit castles and country houses, and take a cruise on the Thames.

A concert by the renowned Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, plus an expert host, talks and piano recital make this a music holiday to remember

Explore the stunning and romantic west coast of Wales.

Celebrate 41 years of the Dorset Opera with a unique performance of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love)

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

The Dunoon Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

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

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

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

Thrill to Rossini's 'The Barber of Seville' and Bizet's 'Carmen', plus an exclusive talk from opera producer, Ellen Kent, on this musical holiday for opera lovers

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

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

From Conwy's harbour headland to Dolbardan's mountain hideaway, some of Wales’s finest citadels are set in magnificent locations.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy professional operetta performances in the stunning town of Harrogate.

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.

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.

Be uplifted on this fun singing holiday, no matter what your ability, joining your expert singing host and vocal coach

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

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

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.

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

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

Discover the floral delights of North Wales as you explore a variety of well-known grounds and secret gardens on three included excursions.

Enjoy unforgettable operetta performances in the stunning venue of Harrogate's Royal Hall.

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

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.

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

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.

Art in the North East

Art Appreciation

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

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.

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

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.

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

Merton Hotel QQQ

Stay and Relax

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

Combine three evening concerts in Hereford Cathedral with free time to explore the local area, plus an included piano recital at Elgar's birthplace museum.

Enjoy a Christmas full of sparkling piano music and festive celebrations

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

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

Enjoy a Christmas holiday filled with music including live performances, concerts and festive entertainment, plus traditional Christmas fare!

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

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

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...

A Channel Island Sojourn

Active Explorer Footprint 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.

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.

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.

Isles of Scilly Adventure QQQ

Active Explorer Footprint 2

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

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

Enjoy a taste of the Continent on this mini cruise to Guernsey and France.

Enjoy a short cruise tracing the curve of the Bay of Biscay and calling at three historic and cultural cities – La Coruña, Bilbao and La Rochelle.

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.

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

Embark on a Viking adventure to the glorious fjords, peaks and pinnacles of Norway, discovering its capital, charming towns and maritime history.

Head for the Highlands with Boudicca and explore the tucked-away towns, distant islands and Gaelic heritage of Scotland.

Head for the horizon with Boudicca on an incredible Norwegian voyage, discovering picturesque pockets of unspoilt fjords and the peaks of lush mountains.

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

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

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

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.

Norwegian Fjords

Cruise World

Discover the best of Norway on this cruise to the fjords, which will be ablaze with the colours of summer.

This tour brings home the momentous events of June 6, 1944 with visits to the key sites of Operation Overlord accompanied by expert guides. You can also enjoy time to relax and discover the cultural and gastronomic delights of Normandy, including historic Bayeux, Honfleur and Rouen.

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.

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.

Rule Britannia!

Saga Cruises

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

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.

Fjordland Gems

Saga Cruises

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

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.

Discover glorious scenery and delightful towns on this cruise to the fjords, which will be alive with the colours of summer.

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.

Discover beautiful Norwegian scenery on this 8-night cruise aboard Balmoral.

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.

Cruise the coastal waters of Great Britain and visit some of Scotland and England's most beautiful gardens and impressive castles. There'll also be a devious murder mystery to solve during your voyage…

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

Look forward to the lavish pomp and ceremony of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo and take the chance to see the Highland Games in action on this Gaelic-themed cruise.

Discover Norway's charming villages full of history, flower-strewn meadows, roaring waterfalls and awe-inspiring fjords framed by snow-capped cliffs.

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.

Discover the glistening geysers, impressive fjords and towering snow-capped peaks on this unforgettable voyage of Iceland.

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

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.

Nordic Delights

Saga Cruises

Breathtaking fjords, soaring snow-capped mountains and quaint villages rich in maritime history… it's easy to see why Norway is a top cruise destination.

The incredible natural wonders and picturesque towns of Norway will unfold on this week-long cruise aboard Saga Pearl II.

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.

Join Braemar on this scenic Norwegian fjords cruise and cross the remote Arctic Circle. Discover frozen landscapes bathed in the ethereal midnight sun as you cruise Norway's spellbinding fjords on a course to the ‘top of the world’.

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

Experience the magic of the midnight sun as you cross the Arctic Circle. Explore ancient seaports and see spectacular fjords, mountains and glacial scenery.

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…

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.

Combine the natural beauty and scenic charm of the Azores with an overnight mooring in the 'floating garden' that is Madeira.

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.

Revel in the romance of Casablanca as you sail south to the Canaries, alive with the colours of summer.

Follow in the wake of New World explorers on this voyage to the sun-drenched shores of the Azores, Madeira and Portugal.

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.

On this summer voyage aboard Boudicca, sail to the Baltic to experience the white nights of St Petersburg and visit Denmark, Estonia, Sweden and Norway.

Cruise across the centuries aboard Boudicca on this voyage around the Baltic where elegant maritime cities recount tales of the past in full technicolour glory.

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

Step aboard Fred. Olsen's Braemar to the unique cities of the Baltic in Denmark, Finland, Russia, Latvia and Germany.

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.

Step aboard Fred. Olsen's Balmoral for an enchanting cruise to the magical islands and archipelagos of Scandinavia.

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

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.

Contrast the varied scenery of the Canary Islands and North Africa on this island-hopping cruise.

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.

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.

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

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

Explore the fascinating Viking heritage of the Jutland peninsula on this memorable voyage.

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

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

Baltic Gems

Saga Cruises

Admire the opulent architecture of St Petersburg, the fairytale skyline of Tallinn and the cultural delights of Riga on this breathtaking cruise.

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

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

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.

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

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

Step aboard Saga Sapphire as she heads to the Mediterranean Sea and traces the coast of the Iberian Peninsula.

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

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.

Voyage across the Arctic Circle with Saga Pearl II

Combine classic Baltic sights with lesser-known destinations on this summertime cruise.

Discover the contrasting landscapes of five Canary Islands

Explore six fabulous islands on this new year voyage.

Explore the classic cities of the Baltic

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.

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

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

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.

Cruise to Iceland and discover dramatic landscapes sculpted by ice and fire.

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.

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

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

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.

Enjoy a host of Arctic activities in this winter wonderland.

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.

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

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.

Adriatic Explorer

Saga Cruises

Uncover the fascinating history surrounding the Mediterranean and the Adriatic Sea as you explore the UNESCO-protected cities of Valletta and Dubrovnik, and visit timeless Venice.

Mystery abounds on this fun and adventurous cruise aboard Saga Pearl II! You'll be left guessing right up until the last minute as your itinerary is revealed day by day, with destinations disclosed only as the ship docks.

Swap the British winter for the sun-blessed shores of the Canaries for a Christmas with a difference.

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

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

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.

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.

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

A Grecian Odyssey

Saga Cruises

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

Join Black Watch on this exotic adventure to the Caribbean, South America, the Polynesian islands and beyond.

Join Black Watch for a two-month cruise around Australia then on to Indonesia, the Far East, India and the Mediterranean.

Around the World

Cruise World

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

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


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.


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.


Pound -

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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 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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