Vineyards & Vistas
- Departs from London, (London Bridge) England
- On 29th Jul 2018 for nights
- Onboard Crystal Serenity
- Prices from AU $8,889*
Pricing per person
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BONUS OFFER - Make a booking before 30Sep17 and receive:
- BONUS 2 nights accommodation in London
- BONUS Tour in London
- BONUS 2 nights accommodation in Monte Carlo
- BONUS Tour in Monte Carlo
VINEYARDS & VISTAS Cruise & Stay package includes:
- 2 nights 5 star accommodation in London including breakfast
- Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotswolds - Blenheim Palace is a masterpiece of English Baroque architecture and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill. The stunning State Rooms are brimming with priceless works of art and magnificent tapestries. The Palace is still inhabited today by the Duke of Marlborough. The Gardens are set in over 754 hectares of land with an exquisite water garden. The Cotswolds, this region of outstanding natural beauty is characterised by attractive small towns and thatched villages of yellow Cotswolds stone made prosperous by the historic wool trade. We will make a short stop in the village of Bibury, once described by William Morris as "the most beautiful village in England" and see Arlington Row, a row of weavers cottages build of local stone. Then on to Bourton-on-the-Water, the "Little Venice" of the Cotswolds. Its picturesque High Street is flanked by shaded greens and the River Windrush, spanned by several arched stone bridges, runs alongside. Finally on to the village of Bampton, we visit the street where many scenes from the "Downton Abbey" TV series were filmed. You can see the Church where a number of "Downton" events were hosted, from weddings and funerals to the Crawley family home, and the old Grammar School which now houses the Bampton Library and Community Archive and served as the Downton Cottage Hospital. The street is also the location for two local pubs, "The Grantham Arms" and "The Dog & Duck".
- 14 night Crystal Serenity cruise from London to Monte Carlo
- All Shipboard Meals & Entertainment (excluding specialty restaurants)
- Port Charges
- 2 nights 5 star accommodation in Monte Carlo including breakfast
- French Riviera Tour via Le "Trophee des Alpes" - During this beautiful day, you'll have the chance to visit all the following places; The incredible medieval village of Eze with paved streets overlooking the French Riviera, and learn how to make perfume in an old factory. La Turbie where you'll have the chance to see the nicest Panorama of Monaco and the Trophy of the Alps (Roman monument from 6 and 7 BC). Then reach the luxurious principality of Monaco where we'll be pleased to be the only one to drop you by the Prince palace. Visit the Cathedral, the Monte Carlo Casino, the gardens, and the Formula 1 grand prix circuit. St Paul de Vence made famous by actors and artists living there, Its cabled stone streets, many galleries and nice view overlooking the sea make it a unique place. Antibes with a stop on the 13th century remparts by the sea, and Cannes with the Croisette boulevard and the Film Festival palace to feel as a star walking up the famous steps. Please note passport and visa are required for this tour.
******** WHY CRUISE WITH CRYSTAL CRUISE LINE ********
- Complimentary select fine wines, champagne and premium spirits throughout the ship
- Complimentary evening of specialty restaurant dining in Prego and at least once in Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road or The Sushi Bar (additional reservations or visits available for a modest fee.)
- Gratuities for housekeeping, bar and dining staff throughout the ship
14 Night Cruise sailing from London to Monte Carlo aboard Crystal Serenity.
The exquisite ambience of the Crystal Serenity leads to an extraordinary experience. Unwind in luxurious and spacious accommodations -- 85% of the staterooms feature private verandahs. Spectacular international fare can be found in elegant restaurants throughout the ship, including celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa's Silk Road. The delightful cuisine is complemented by an extensive wine cellar that features over 150 vintages. And the activities onboard will delight you. Rejuvenate your soul in the Feng Shui-designed Crystal Spa or swing Callaway clubs at the driving range. Glamour and excitement await at the Caesars Palace at Sea casino.
Savor three delicious days in Bordeaux, the heart of France's famed wine region, sample ports in Lisbon and riojoas in Barcelona while en route to the South of France.
Highlights of this cruise:
With a history thought to date to Roman times, Tilbury has long been a center of politics, travel and trade. In 1588, Queen Elizabeth I came ashore on official army-related business, and in 1852, an Act of Parliament initiated the construction of the Tilbury Docks. Four years later, the docks welcomed their first vessel, making Tilbury the main port for London. Indeed, Tilbury is part of the wider Port of London, with the great city itself just 25 miles away. You might take in Tilbury sights such as the Tilbury Fort, originally built by Henry VIII, and the Tilbury Docks, used as a location for the films Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Batman Begins, before heading off to explore London. Legendary landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall, the Tower of London and the fashionable West End will prove exceedingly fascinating, whether this is your first trip or a long-anticipated reprise.
Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands
Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated.
Bordeaux was at one time France's richest community and largest port. It is second only to Paris as the country's most densely populated city. Today it is best-known for its glorious châteaux, mouth-watering cuisine and incomparable wines. It is surrounded by the world's most famous vineyards including Médoc, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes. Crystal's sojourn in this world-renowned wine capital is bound to please even the most discerning bon vivant.
Ideally placed where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, Oporto brings together the best of Portugal: warm sunshine, a relaxed riverside setting, grand churches, winding medieval streets, houses garnished with wrought iron, courtyards filled with geraniums.
Perhaps what Oporto is most famous for, however, is its port wine. Crafted in the neighboring Vila Nova da Gaia district, ports from all over the region can be sampled in the lodges just across the river or at Solar Vinho do Porto, an Oporto tasting room housed in a gracious, rose-clad villa. After your wine tasting, wander through historic Ribeira, the recently restored riverside district and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.
Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.
Take a picture of Cassis and you have an instant work of art, colorful and painterly in the manner of the French Impressionists. Certainly, the lively fishing port has all the elements to inspire a timeless composition: vibrantly hued boats bobbing in the harbor, rugged hills carpeted with luxuriant shrubbery, a headland crowned by a rocky plateau (called Cap Canaille), and a 14th-century castle, today a privately owned hotel, overlooking it all. Take a walk from town or board a boat to discover Cassis’s renowned calanques, steep-walled inlets with turquoise waters and small beaches. Naturally, you will want to have your camera ready to memorialize these and other sights, including the old fountains and open-air markets of the village and, farther afield, acres of vineyards and pine groves.
Monte Carlo, Monaco
Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.
Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy.
Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.
|27/07/18||Own arrangments to London hotel, rest of day at leisure|
|28/07/18||Blenheim Palace, Downton Abbey Village & Cotsolds Tour|
|29/07/18||Own way to port, embark Crystal Serenity|
|29/07/18||London, (London Bridge) England||06:00PM|
|30/07/18||Guernsey, Channel Islands||12:00PM||06:00PM|
|04/08/18||Oporto (Porto), Portugal||01:00PM||10:00PM|
|11/08/18||Monte Carlo, Monaco||08:00AM|
|12/08/18||Monte Carlo, Monaco||Disembark pm|
|12/08/18||Own way to Monte Carlo hotel, rest of day at leisure|
|13/08/18||French Riviera Tour via Le Trophee des Alpes|