Price from £2,305pp
All prices include: accommodation, guided activities and meals; all as listed.
VISITING: Iceland
BROCHURE CODE: 5307

Key facts

  • Duration:9 nights
  • Pace:Set your own
  • Suitable for: Anybody over the age of 18. See our terms for further information.
  • Midnight Sun Dates: 11th June to 2nd July (the sun does set for a short time)
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  • Accommodation: 9 nights en suite cabin Type P – Outside cabin with porthole
  • Agenda: Cruise itinerary as per agenda (subject to change)
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners and late evening snack each evening
  • Apple juice, orange juice, still water, tea and coffee are included
  • Wind jacket
  • On board entertainment programme including talks on Icelandic culture, history and wildlife throughout
  • Use of gym and sauna facilities on board the ship
  • Fully qualified wilderness guides and instructors during activities

Please note: the itineraries and excursions are subject to change due to weather, sea and ice conditions and may be changed without prior notice


This cruise provides a complete circumnavigation of the wild and spectacular island of Iceland, staying on board a comfortable ship with all of your needs taken care of.

This is not a cruise where you will be herded around with thousands of others; the MS Ocean Diamond is designed as an expedition vessel and sleeps a maximum of 224 guests meaning that you see Iceland at its remote and untouched best.

Your ports of call have been determined by experts to ensure that those on board get to experience the variety of landscapes and experiences which Iceland offers. At each point, there are some exceptional shore excursions to choose from (see the ‘personalise’ section for details) which mean that you can fully tailor your holiday. There are leisurely trips focused on wildlife, heritage and nature alongside more active excursions to get you up close to the wilderness of this remote island.

During your nine nights on board the MS Ocean Diamond, you will be treated to exceptional service and a great deal of comfort. The experienced crew and expedition team will be on hand throughout as you cruise the coastline. Ocean Diamond was designed for the Arctic and has a strengthened hull for travelling in these icy climes. The ship’s smaller size means that she can dock at ports which elude larger vessels and this means that her passengers get to see a great deal more of Iceland’s coastline.

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There is no compromise on comfort as there are well-equipped and comfortable cabins for guests to relax in and the ship’s many facilities include a restaurant where all of your meals are served with panoramic views, a lounge bar area and a very popular Arctic library.

The Iceland cruise departs from and returns to Reykjavik, the most northerly capital in the world and we can arrange for you to extend your stay and explore the city either before or after your trip.

The ports of call are outlined below:

  • Stykkishólmur – Gateway to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the spectacular national park
  • Isafjördur – The largest town in the West Fjords, situated on a spectacular peninsula
  • Siglufjörður – A fishing village with a rich and varied history
  • Akureyri – The capital of the north and a delightful city from which to explore the Myvatn area
  • Husavik– Iceland’s whale watching capital
  • Seydisfjördur – Explore the East Fjords in a variety of unforgettable ways
  • Djupivogur – a brilliant starting point for exploring the world famous Vatnajökull Glacier and the famous Glacier Lagoon
  • Vestmannaeyjar – The Westman Islands are a volcanic archipelago off the south coast of Iceland

Iceland has more natural wonders than we can list here – waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and beaches to name just a few. This voyage is a wonderful way to appreciate the breathtaking beauty and many highlights of the island.

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  • Stykkishólmur: Bus tour around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    This area is often called ‘Iceland in miniature’ due to its diverse landscapes. This trip will show you views of the Snaefellsjokull Glacier and the exceptional rock formations and pinnacles which the region is known for. You’ll also stop off in the small village of Arnarstapi and visit the Shark Museum in Bjarnarhofn.

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    A packed lunch is included.

    This tour involves walking (ca. 45 min.) on a rugged terrain. It is also possible to stay in the coach

    Approximate duration: 8 hours

    Min/Max participants: 20/45

    Available: Day 2

    Price from: USD 99 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

    Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

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  • Stykkishólmur: Snæfellsjökull Glacier tour

    A snowcat will take you up to 4600ft on the glacier! The views from here on a clear day can be exceptional and you may even see the distance Westfjords.

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    A packed lunch is included. Warm clothing required.


    Approximate duration: 6-7 hours

    Min/Max participants: 20/30

    Available: Day 2

    Price from: USD 189 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Stykkisholmur - Viking Sushi adventure by boat

    This boat tour highlights Breidafjordur’s countless islands, exceptional birdlife and stunning rock formations. You’ll also try the freshest seafood available as you enjoy a scallop straight from the sea – serious Viking sushi.

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    Approximate duration: 2 hours 15 mins

    Min/Max participants: 1/30

    Available: Day 2

    Price from: USD 67pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Isafjordur - kayaking in Flateyri

    If you fancy something active then this kayaking trip is ideal. You can look back at the mountains and watch birds in flight from your wonderful viewpoint on the water. Flateyri is around 25 mins from the port. Full instruction included but you will need to take warm clothes, waterproof trousers and jacket.

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    Approximate duration: 4 hours

    Min/Max participants: 8/20

    Available: Day 3

    Price from: USD 159pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Isafjördur: Sea angling from Flateyri/Sudureyri

    This sea angling trip can be fairly full-on as you take to the waters of the Westfjords to try and land some of the bounty that inhabit the waters. Cod, haddock and rather large halibut can be caught as you fish on a sandbank off the coast. You’ll depart from either Flateyri or Sudureyri (25 mins from Isafjordur).

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    Warm clothing and drinking water required.

    Approximate duration: 4 hours

    Min/Max participants: 5/10

    Available: Day 3

    Price from: USD 175pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Isafjördur: Boat trip to Vigur Island

    The serene island of Vigur has only five inhabitants and is the perfect place for observing birds. Whilst on the island you may see eider ducks, puffins, Arctic terns and guillemots. You can also visit an historic windmill. The boat trip takes around 35 minutes each way.

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    Warm drinks included


    Approximate duration: 3 hours

    Min/Max participants: 25/35

    Available: Day 3

    Price from: USD 99 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

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  • Isafjördur: Thingeyri and Dynjandi Waterfall

    This tour leads you through one of Iceland’s most sparsely populated areas. You will drive across mountains and take in the extreme landscape around the Westfjords before arriving at the highest and most impressive waterfall in the area, Dynjandi. Here you have a choice of whether to take the moderate 45-minute walk to get really close to the powerful waterfall or not, it can be seen clearly from the parking space if you prefer not to walk.

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    Lunch box included.

    Approximate duration: 6-7 hours

    Min/Max participants: 20/45

    Available: Day 3

    Price from: USD 145 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

  • Siglufjörður: Herring Museum

    This trip highlights the history of the herring fishing industry in Iceland and how it this modern country has evolved. The exhibits at the museum are fascinating and explore all elements of the herring industry including herring salting. There are traditional songs and dances performed during the summer.

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    Approximate duration: As long as you wish

    Min/Max participants: No min/max

    Available: Day 4

    Price from: USD 39pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

  • Akureyri - bus tour around the Diamond Circle

    A number of Iceland’s highlights are visited during this tour. The Asbyrgi Canyon and the Jokulsargljufar Glacial Canyon are spectacular and the ‘echoing’ cliffs at Hljodaklettar offer some wonderful basalt formations. The most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss, is also on the route today before you explore the Myvatn area, renowned for its waterfowl.

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    Packed lunch provided.

    Involves moderate walking on uneven terrain (2.5-3 km)


    Approximate duration: 7-8 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/-

    Available: Day 5

    Price from: USD 95 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

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  • Akureyri: Classic Lake Myvatn

    Enjoy one of the most spectacular spots in the island’s North; Myvatn is teeming with fauna. You will stop at the Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland and explore the small settlement of Skutustadagigar. You’ll witness lava formations which are said to connect the earth with the infernal regions before relaxing in the geothermal pools at the Myvatn Nature Baths. This is an amazing trip through a land of contrasts.

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    Packed lunch is included. Bathing suit and towel needed.


    Approximate duration: 8 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/-

    Available: Day 5

    Price from: USD 130 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

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  • Husavik - whale watching by RIB boat

    Travelling by RIB (rigid inflatable boat) speed boat you will set off in search of these gentle giants. You will pass by the puffin island of Lundey before you hopefully encounter some of the world’s biggest animals.

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    Warm clothes recommended. Safety overalls provided.

    Approximate duration: 2 hours

    Min/Max participants: 6/40

    Available: Day 6

    Price from: USD 185pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Husavik: Super jeep tour off-the-beaten-track

    Visit the hidden treasures of the North of Iceland during this super jeep tour which takes you way off the beaten track. This is a seven-hour trip which shows you areas that are only accessible by 4x4. You’ll enjoy spectacular views and dramatic landscapes throughout and your local guide will provide information about the area as you go. There may be some gentle walks to reach the best viewpoints. The final route will always be adapted to the weather conditions in order to maximise the experience.

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    Packed lunch is included.


    Approximate duration: 7 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/20

    Available: Day 6

    Price from: USD 360 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

  • Seydisfjördur: Horse-back wildlife tour in Husey

    The history of the Icelandic horse reaches back to the 9th Century. This smaller sized horse is considered to be intelligent, well-tempered and versatile. The farm at Husey is located between two glacial rivers, 37 miles north of Egilsstadir. The two-hour horseback ride offers a wonderful way to appreciate the beauty of the coast and the mountains nearby. This tour provides endless opportunities for spotting birds and seals.

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    Packed lunch provided. Max weight 220lbs


    Approximate duration: 6 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/16

    Available: Day 7

    Price from: USD 168pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

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  • Seydisfjördur: Skalanes Nature Reserve

    There are very few Icelanders who have visited this secluded and remote area and they are missing out on a real treat. You will explore fascinating archaeological sites with relics from the Viking era. You’ll then head along the fjord surrounded by mountains. At Skalanes Nature Reserve you will visit the heritage and nature centre and learn about the efforts to conserve this wild area for future generations. Around 50 different bird species live here in the summer and so the bird watching can be excellent.

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    A 45-minute hike to the 1920 ft high sea cliffs is a great way to gain a sense of the scale of the formations. Drinks will be served at Skalanes before a visit to the technological museum.

    Approximate duration: 4 hours

    Min/Max participants: 25/39

    Available: Day 7

    Price from: USD 149pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

  • Seydisfjördur: Mineral and wartime history of the East Fjords

    Narrow fjords, jagged mountains, remote settlements and small fishing villages characterise this region. This coach trip will take you from Seydisfjordur and inland via mountain roads. You will then visit a lady called Petra in order to see her ‘Stone and Mineral Collection’. You can walk through the remarkable gardens and see the amazing stones which she has collected during her life. It’s then on to the Wartime Museum, which is located in an old barracks. Life in 1940’s Iceland is depicted here and you’ll get an insight into the lives of the soldiers and the lives of the local residents during this time.

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    A packed lunch is included.

    Approximate duration: 7 hours

    Min/Max participants: 20/45

    Available: Day 7

    Price from: USD 95 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD

  • Djupivogur - Vatnajokull snowmobile tour

    A 4x4 super jeep will take you up to Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. There are stunning mountain views to be had from up here and the glacier has been used in many films and TV shows, including Games of Thrones. Upon the ice, you will meet with your guide for full instruction and a safety briefing before setting off to explore for a one-hour snowmobile safari. You will travel two people per machine.

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    As you will be away from the boat for the whole day, you will also enjoy a delicious Icelandic lobster lunch at a local restaurant.

    You need to be in good physical health for this excursion.


    Approximate duration: 9-10 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/20

    Available: Day 8

    Price from: USD 395 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Djupivogur - Glacier Lagoon

    This tour takes you to the magnificent Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon. Huge blocks of ice regularly break off from the vast Vatnajokull glacier and float as icebergs in the lagoon. You will board a specially equipped boat for a cruise amongst the ice.

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    A packed lunch is included.


    Approximate duration: 9-10 hours

    Min/Max participants: 20/45

    Available: Day 8

    Price from: USD 189 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Djupivogur - Adventurous super jeep tour and hike

    Enjoy a super jeep tour from Djupivogur and head towards the largest glacier in Europe. You will then set off on foot for a challenging hike to Mulaskali which is set in exceptionally wild and remote mountain valley scenery. The challenging hike itself lasts for around two hours.

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    Back in the jeep, you will tour the area, crossing glacial rivers and driving through spectacular mountain scenery.

    Packed lunch is included, you will need appropriate hiking gear and wet weather clothing.


    Approximate duration: 5-6 hours

    Min/Max participants: 4/6

    Available: Day 8

    Price from: USD 289 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Vestmannaeyjar: Golf in the volcano

    This is a truly unique experience as you have the chance to play just over four hours of golf in the famous golf course, located beside the sea in a sunken volcanic crater. You can take in the stunning views and the rugged coast while playing 18 holes. The course is ranked as one of the best 200 courses in Europe.

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    Course fee and equipment included golf balls are extra (around USD 5 each).

    Approximate duration: 6 hours

    Min/Max participants: 4/20

    Available: Day 9

    Price from: USD 190 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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  • Vestmannaeyjar: Lava Tour (Pompeii of the North)

    In the Westman Islands, you can enjoy a guided tour of Heimaey by bus. This excursion will highlight the power of nature as you witness the semi-buried homes and the volcanic crater which have been caused by recent eruptions. A museum visit gives an insight into the geology of the island and an account of both the 1973 eruption, which damaged the homes and the 1963 eruption which created the island of Surtsey (entrance to the museum is included).

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    Approximate duration: 2 hours

    Min/Max participants: 10/45

    Available: Day 9

    Price from: USD 90 pp

    Please note: Clients have to pay for the excursion on board in USD.

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We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Dates
Wed 21 Jun 2017
to Sun 30 Jul 2017
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Adults£ 2,325 Single Adult£ 4,065
Tue 18 Jul 2017
to Thu 27 Jul 2017
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Adults£ 2,325 Single Adult£ 4,065

Next year's provisional dates and prices

You can secure places on your chosen holiday for next year by making a ‘pre-reservation’ and paying a deposit. All departure dates, prices and itineraries for next season are provisional and subject to change. We will contact you when the final details are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. If you decide not to travel we will refund your deposit in full. Our travel experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

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Tue 15 May 2018
to Thu 24 May 2018
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Adults£ 2,305 Single Adult£ 4,040
Thu 24 May 2018
to Sat 02 Jun 2018
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Adults£ 2,305 Single Adult£ 4,040
Mon 11 Jun 2018
to Wed 20 Jun 2018
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Adults£ 2,445 Single Adult£ 4,275
Wed 20 Jun 2018
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Fri 29 Jun 2018
to Sun 08 Jul 2018
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Sun 08 Jul 2018
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Tue 17 Jul 2018
to Thu 26 Jul 2018
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Adults£ 2,445 Single Adult£ 4,275

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Holiday group size (approximate)

Approximately 150 - 220 on board the ship but for activities the group size will be much smaller.

Group sizes
Most of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate. Minimum numbers are detailed on each holiday page and are always approximate. Group sizes for tailor made holidays will vary for each of the activities. For private departures you may also be joined by other guests during the activities unless you have discussed specific private activities with us.

If your selected date has not yet reached minimum numbers you will be informed at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date has not reached the required minimum numbers nine weeks before your scheduled departure date we will contact you and discuss the various options available to you. We will always do all we can to operate a holiday and in some cases we may be able to operate the holiday by combining your itinerary with that of other guests for some activities (this may mean that the maximum group size is increased but this will be discussed in full with you).

If we are unable to operate the holiday then you will be offered the chance to transfer to an alternative holiday or date (subject to availability). If the alternative is more expensive you will be asked to pay the difference, if it is cheaper then you will be reimbursed. You will also be offered the option to cancel and receive a full refund of all monies paid.

Minimum age

Whilst Artisan Travel only sells holidays to those aged 18 years and over on a small selection of holidays there may be those under the age of 18 who have booked with other companies and where our local supplier also allow those under 18 to participate (additional activities during tailor made holidays for example). Our travel experts will answer any concerns you may have in this regard.

Medical History and advice

You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

We cannot be held responsible for any incident or event arising from your failure to do so.

Experience and fitness

Any activities included in your itinerary are all designed for beginners. Full instruction and tuition is provided for all activities and you do not need to have any previous experience. For example you need never have set foot on a pair of skis of any kind before a cross-country ski tour. We have adults of all ages and fitness levels taking part in our holidays.

We do highlight certain itineraries where an increased level of fitness is required.If you have any questions at all with regards to fitness levels please get in touch and talk to one of our experts. You can find further details in our trip preparation section online. You must inform us at the time of booking if any of your party has a disability, medical or behavioural conditions which could affect their own participation in the holiday or indeed that of the other people on the holiday.

Guides and safety
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided. Nobody knows the environment better than our activity providers who work here almost everyday.

Consequently, their knowledge and experience is unsurpassed. If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.

There may be rare occasions when our guides consider local conditions unsuitable for a certain activity. Hence, your itinerary may be subject to change at short notice but we will always endeavour to firstly find a replacement on the day and secondly, to provide the cancelled activity later in your stay whenever possible. Very occasionally it proves impossible to provide the activity in which case you will be refunded when you return home.

Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.

You must inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your participation in an activity at the time of booking.

Booking activities locally
In almost all of our destinations you can book and pay for additional activities locally. Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss that occurs through any activities that are booked in your destination (see our terms and conditions for further details).

Please always ensure that your safety is your primary concern when arranging any such activity.

Car Hire

If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card.  Please see your trip dossier for full details.

Payment and cancellation terms:

Please note that the following payment and cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in sections 2 and 6 of our general booking terms and conditions.

Payment terms

A deposit of 20% of the total holiday cost is required at the time of booking. Full payment is required 90 days prior to departure.

Cancellation terms

After booking and more than 62 days prior to departure = loss of deposit

61-43 days prior to departure = 30%

42-29 days prior to departure = 60%

28-15 days prior to departure = 90%

14 days or less prior departure = 100%


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