BRITISH ISLES • JUNE 13th – 23rd 2014
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Join us visiting two timeless treasures in a day designed to bring British history to life. Enhance your knowledge of Britain’s history with an idyllic day trip to Windsor Castle and Hampton Court Palace. They are related yet differing demonstrations of British monarchy, nationhood, and domesticity.
It’s good to be Queen, and the evidence is all about you at 1,000 year old Windsor Castle. Rubens, Rembrandt, and a remarkable collection of fine art envelope you in history — rich chambers and corridors. Go behind the scenes at the legendary seat of the House of Windsor.
Hampton Court (also known as King Henry VIII’s summer palace) is a place of royal passions and competing interests. Pomp and consequence, subterfuge and service inform the history of the palace. Our visit will put the juxtaposed Tudor and Baroque architecture, larger than life personalities, exquisite Chapel Royal, and magnificent gardens in historical context for you.
Pass a day in southern England on the Salisbury Plains and Somerset Hills, absorbing the history of two spots with ancient cultural roots.
Mute, mysterious, and megalithic, Stonehenge calls to us across the millennia. We’ll respond, and walk the site in its details. Learn the significant geography, the archaeological and astronomical background, and the key stone names. But those are just the facts — the memories and true meaning of Stonehenge will be up to you.
Visit Salisbury Cathedral, an exemplar of Early English architecture. Yes, it’s a religious monument, embodying the tensions of belief and possibility versus domination and power. But it is also home of the best-preserved Magna Carta 1215, Europe’s oldest working clock (AD 1386), and the largest and earliest complete choir stalls in Britain. Salisbury Cathedral sits in the largest (and very charming) Cathedral Close in Britain. Over just 38 years, 70,000 tons of local stone, 28,000 tons of oak, and 420 tons of lead roofing were used to build the Cathedral. Join us for a trip through English countryside to visit this historic and architecturally engaging site.
Take the road less traveled in London, visiting two less well known gems of the City, both uniquely fascinating and inspiring.
Courage, duty, shared sacrifice, and conviction are the foundation of the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms. Hidden in plain sight in the heart of London, a scant 600 miles from Berlin. Step back in time and discover how Churchill and Britain’s government functioned in secrecy in these quarters, from the Blitz to VE Day. The furnishings, maps, and ephemera are as they were on VE day, May 8, 1945. Hear the stories and imagine life under bombardment in the simple and inspiring environment of the Cabinet War Rooms.
Are you the precise type? Are you a fan of Google maps or GPS? Or Cutty Sark? Join us on a tour of maritime Greenwich, where our prime objective is visiting the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, home of the Prime Meridian of the World and Greenwich Mean Time. Stroll a deeply historic corner of London significant in local, national, and international culture. See the Royal Observatory and master the lingo of time — UT0, UT1, UTC, and GMT. Stand astride two hemisperes on the Prime Meridian, a moment sure to be recorded on your timeline.
*NOTE: Price quoted in British Pounds. All transportation, entrance fees, lunch, and licensed guides are included.
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Find out how barley, water, and time transform into the water of life, Scotch whisky, with Insight Cruises on a 6-night whisky-themed tour of Speyside in the Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh. Insight Cruises knows you believe in the magic of Scotch but want the details, so we’re going way off the beaten path into the Highlands’ timeless landscape, rich in beauty, history, geology, and whisky distilleries to absorb the lore and science of Scotch.
Accompanied by Stephen Cribb, whisky geologist and Scottish Blue Badge guide, we will visit five renown Speyside distilleries, enjoy tastings at three Speyside insider bars, and tour Edinburgh’s “Scotch Whisky Experience”.
In Speyside we will lodge and dine in traditional village style. This means we’ll eat in simple, small restaurants, and stay in a hotel (Craigellachie Hotel or comparable) (SLIDE SHOW) that does not have an elevator.
Next we’re off to take in Scottish big city culture in Edinburgh with planned visits to mighty Edinburgh Castle and either the Palace of Holyroodhouse (parts of “Old and New Towns of Edinburgh” UNESCO World Heritage Site) or the Royal Yacht Britannia.
You have time for your individual exploration of the art and science museums, music scene, historic sites, and epic whisky bars of the city.
Join Insight Cruises on a visit to the legendary Highlands for a thoughtful look at the tradition and science of Scotch whisky on a trip sure to linger in the memory like mist in the glen.
Activity levels: There are no elevators in our Speyside hotel, nor in distilleries. You must be able to climb stairs and step up on curbs. You must be able to walk half a mile uphill to visit Edinburgh Castle and the Scotch Whisky Experience. You must be able to walk on uneven, slick, gravel, cobblestone, and unpaved surfaces.
The conference fee is $1,275 and includes fourteen (14) 60- to 90-minute seminars. Seminars are only offered when we’re at sea between the hours of 8:30am and 7:30pm.
Cruise prices vary from $1,899 for an Interior Stateroom to $6,499 for a Royal Suite, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change.) For those attending our PROGRAM, there is a $1,275 fee. For detailed information and pictures of our ship and the cabins, please visit CABIN & SHIP INFO page. Port charges are $299. Gratuities are $150 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.
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