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Uncover the delights of Iceland over eleven nights as you circumnavigate the ‘land of fire and ice’. Voyaging on this smaller expedition vessel offers a unique way to take in this land of spectacular natural wonders. Meet the welcoming local people and tailor your holiday with a range of onshore excursions.

What's included?

  • Transfers: return airport transfers and return harbour transfers
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik and 9 nights en-suite cabin Type P (outside cabin with porthole) (upgrades available)
  • Agenda: cruise itinerary as per agenda (subject to change)
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts in Reykjavik; 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners 
  • Juice, water, tea and coffee are included
  • Wind jacket
  • Onboard entertainment programme including talks on Icelandic culture, history and wildlife throughout
  • Zodiac excursions (weather dependent)
  • Use of gym 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

A note on flights: flights are not included in the holiday price so that the best available fares and most appropriate schedules can be found for you at the time of booking. This route is served by both low cost and scheduled airlines and our Travel Experts will happily provide you with a quote and arrange flights on your behalf.

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. You will have time to explore the city before and 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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Key facts

Duration: 11 nights
Pace: Set your own
Midnight Sun Dates: 11th June to 2nd July (the sun does set for a short time)
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  • Upon arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. Depending on your arrival time you can stroll around the most northerly capital in the world or just relax in your room. However, if you love seafood then we recommend trying some of the fish dishes in the Restaurant Reykjavik tonight (payable locally).

    Included Meals:  None
  • Your exciting cruise will set sail at approximately 8pm tonight so, you will have the day at leisure in this charming city. There is so much to see and do in this vibrant city and we would be happy to suggest some suitable itineraries for you. 

    Your ship, the MS Ocean Diamond will be waiting for you in the old harbour, just five minutes from the city centre.

    Embarkation will be completed in time for an 8pm sailing.

    On board the ship you can settle into your cabin before and explore the ship that will be your base for the next nine nights. A welcome drink and dinner will be served and you can relax in the knowledge that you are in the hands of the expert expedition team - so switch off and enjoy your holiday.

    Throughout your cruise the expedition crew will endeavour to take you in Zodiac boat trips to explore certain areas, they will do so as often as they are able. The use of Zodiacs is entirely subject to the weather and so any excursions which are confirmed whilst on board will be an added bonus during your holiday. They will also provide you with factual talks in the auditorium throughout your stay on board, should you wish to attend them.

    Included Meals:  Dinner
  • This morning you will arrive in Stykkishólmur which is the starting point for your exploration of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the incredibly scenic west coast of Iceland. The peninsula is known as ‘Iceland in miniature’ as here you can find a beautiful array of landscapes from volcanoes to sandy beaches to lagoons.

    There are also activities which can be arranged and these can all be found in the ‘Personalise’ section of the holiday page. Options for today include a wildlife and seafood tasting trip, a bus tour around the peninsula and a trip onto the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today's destination is the idyllic town of Isafjördur, the honorary capital of the Westfjords' region. This secluded peninsula is connected to the mainland of Iceland via a small strip of land and even by Icelandic standards, it remains exceptionally untouched.

    The scenery here though is some of the most dramatic on the island, characterised by mountainous peaks and fjords cut deep into the landscape. Here you can enjoy the peaceful silence and the nature that calls the peninsula its home.

    Optional tours on this day include sea fishing or a bird watching safari. You can also include a tour to Dynjandi waterfall, the highest (and most impressive) waterfall in the Westfjords or a kayaking trip for something more active.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This morning you will reach the town of Siglufjörður, a town that was once the centre of the Icelandic herring industry. Here you can learn about the golden age of Icelandic fishing and visit the award-winning herring museum (see ‘Personalise’ section for details).

    In the early afternoon, you will be heading towards Grimsey Island – Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island. You will enjoy a two hour walk around the island, which will take you to the spot where the Arctic Circle crosses Iceland.

    In the early evening, you will arrive in Akureyri, the capital of the north. Here you can take a stroll through the quaint and friendly town. A highlight of the city is the botanical garden where you can see an impressive variety of native Icelandic flowers, which thrive here despite the location close to the Arctic Circle.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Today the Ocean Diamond will remain in the port of Akureyri, allowing you the opportunity to explore Iceland's north shore. The city itself is home to an exciting array of shops, museums and restaurants, whilst just a short transfer away lies the starkly beautiful wilderness.

    The Lake Myvatn region is around 90 minutes away and has a wonderfully contrasting landscape – on one side the rugged remnants of volcanic activity, on the other, fertile plains with lush greenery and varied birdlife.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Early in the morning your will arrive in Husavik, known as Iceland’s whale capital. There can be up to 15 species of whale visible here as well as dolphins and an array of birdlife.

    There are a couple of activities which can be added today; a whale watching trip and a super jeep tour.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • For your explorations of the East Fjords, the ship will dock in the port of Seydisfjördur, an almost impossibly beautiful region characterised by picturesque fishing villages, steep slopes and panoramic sea views.

    Here you can enjoy a delightful variety of optional activities: take a horseback tour along the coast where you will hopefully spot seals and wild reindeer, visit Skalanes Nature Reserve or delve into the region’s past with a visit to the wartime museum.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • The fishing village of Djupivogur is the starting point for exploration of the Vatnajokull Glacier, an expanse of ice so vast that it is larger than all of the other glaciers in Europe combined.

    There are two very special shore excursions available for you today which get you up close to this wonderful land of ice. For those who want a seriously close encounter then a snowmobile tour on the ice is the way to go, there’s also an adventurous super jeep and hiking trip which offers views from further afield.

    One of the most spectacular sights in the area is the famous Glacier Lagoon where icebergs which have been formed by chunks of ice breaking free of the glacier float in the water. Our shore options include a boat trip through the icebergs.

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Located around five miles from the coast of Southern Iceland, Vestmannaeyjar is a cluster of small islands first formed by volcanic eruptions around 10,000 years ago, with the youngest island, Surtsey, only emerging from the sea in 1963.

    You will go ashore at Heimaey, the only inhabited island of the group, for a firsthand look at the destructive power of nature. In 1973 the Helgafell volcano erupted here and in many places you will see houses half buried in lava and ash.

    Weather permitting, you will explore in Zodiac boats and circumnavigate the island, and stop at places of interest where you can see local bird life, visit caves and hopefully spot whales.

    Optional excursions include a bus tour of the island and the unique chance to play golf in a sunken volcanic crater!

    Included Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • This morning you will return to the port of Reykjavik where it's time for you to bid farewell to the ship.

    After your last breakfast on board, you will be transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik. There is so much to see and do and our travel experts will happily create an itinerary for you so you can explore further.


    Included Meals:  Breakfast
  • After a final breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flights back home.

    Included Meals:  None

Included in price

Skuggi Hotel

Nights: 1,11

This hotel is located in Reykjavik’s city centre, close to Laugavegur (which is the main shopping street), and an array of restaurants and bars. ‘Skuggi’ is the Icelandic word for ‘shade’, and the hotel has a fitting interior design of cool greys and calming white. The Skuggi Hotel has 100 rooms, designed with inspiration from the sublime black-and-white nature photography of Icelander Ragnar Axelsson.

Hotel facilities

  • Pick up a drink from the hotel’s stylish on-site bar
  • Free Wi-Fi means you can keep friends and family up to date
  • Wake up to a spread of hot and cold options at the breakfast buffet

Hotel Rooms

The hotel offers both double (with king size bed) and twin rooms. All have an en-suite bathroom with a shower, toilet, hairdryer, and toiletries, free Wi-Fi, a satellite television, a telephone, a tea and coffee set, clothes rack, a desk and chair.

Please note: the inclusion of this hotel is dependent on availability. If changes become necessary for any reason, a substitute hotel may be required.

 Image credits: Skuggi Hotel

MS Ocean Diamond

Nights: 2-10

MS Ocean Diamond is a wonderful and modern vessel that has been specially equipped for Arctic voyages with ice-strengthened hull and stabilisers that help to reduce roll. She is an ideal expedition vessel but that does not mean that there is any need to compromise on comfort as the facilities on board are excellent. The experienced and expert crew works with the expedition team to ensure that guests have the best possible experience whilst on board.

She is compact and carries a maximum of 224 passengers, meaning that she can explore further than larger ships. This means that her passengers can take in highlights which may elude larger vessels.

Her average cruising speed is around 15.5 knots and she is the first ever polar passenger ship to be carbon neutral, with all emissions offset.

On board facilities

The ship has some fantastic facilities that make it both welcoming and comfortable.

  • All meals as listed are included in your stay and they are prepared by the ship’s team of chefs. You are sure to experience a wealth of delicious specialities during your voyage. The restaurant offers panoramic views of your surroundings. Breakfast and lunch are a buffet and your evening meal will be à la carte. The dress code is casual and so you can leave your black tie at home and simply come equipped for the variable weather
  • Coffee, tea, water, apple and orange juice are included throughout and the lounge on deck 4 serves a late evening snack
  • The various deck and observation areas provide ideal viewpoints from which passengers can enjoy the surrounding scenery
  • The on board shop is a great place to pick up some souvenirs
  • Passengers can browse the books and DVDs in the well-stocked Polar library, sit back in the panorama salon or take advantage of the wellness programmes that are offered, such as yoga classes, massage therapy and aromatherapy treatments
  • There will be a range of talks held in the auditorium by local experts on the heritage and wildlife of the regions you are visiting and the ship’s Zodiac boats are on hand (when conditions are favourable) to give guests the chance to explore further afield
  • Wi-Fi is available on board for an extra charge

Cabin Types

There are many types of cabin to choose from during your stay. Our holidays are based on Category P but we can arrange for guests to upgrade or downgrade to any of the other options subject to availability. Simply contact our Travel Experts for a quotation.

Cabin Type P - Outside Cabin with porthole: These cabins are 19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and two portholes. Please note that some views can be restricted by lifeboats, etc on deck.

Additional Cabin Options

Cabin Type O – Outside cabin with obstructed view: These cabins are 19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window. Please note that the view will be restricted by lifeboats or similar.

Cabin Type D – Outside cabin with picture window: These cabins are between 17-19m² and contain double/twin beds, en-suite shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window.

Cabin Type A - Balcony suite: These cabins are 30m² and contain a double bed, en-suite bathroom with bath and shower, sitting area, TV with DVD, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer, full-size window with sliding glass door and a balcony.

Cabin Type B – Suite: The suites are spacious at 37m² and feature either two twins or a double bed as well as an additional two twin beds, two private bathrooms with shower or bathtub, sitting area, TV with DVD-player, wardrobe, safe, refrigerator, individual temperature controls, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and picture window.

Cabin Type T – Triple cabin with porthole: These cabins are 19m² and contain two twin beds and one upper bed. They are en-suite with shower room, TV with DVD, safe, wardrobe, refrigerator, individual temperature control, satellite telephone access, hairdryer and two portholes. Please note that the view may be obstructed.

 Image Credits: MS Ocean Diamond

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Our pick

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 rugged terrain. It is also possible to stay in the coach

Approximate duration: 7 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/45

Available: Day 3

Price: 125 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel 

Other options


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 3

Price: 165 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD.

Image credits: Iceland Pro Travel 

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 delicious Viking sushi.

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Approximate duration: 2 hours 15 mins

Min/Max participants: 1/30

Available: Day 3

Price: 75USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

Isafjördur - 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.

Lunchbox included.

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Approximate duration: 6 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/45

Available: Day 4

Price: 130USD per person

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

Image Credit: Iceland Pro Travel

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: 2 hours

Min/Max participants: No min/max

Available: Day 5

Price: 45 USD per Person

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

 Image Credit: Iceland Pro Travel

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: 10/45

Available: Day 6

Price: 195 USD per person

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

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Akureyri - Icelandic nature and culture

During this excursion, you will have the chance to see Iceland’s beautiful nature as you drive along Eyjafjord, the longest fjord in Iceland and across the mountain pass of Vikurskard. You will also stop at the spectacular Goðafoss Waterfall, which is known as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Afterwards, it is time for some Icelandic culture - the Laufas farm which dates from 1850. The farm is now a museum and gives you an insight into life during that time. 

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 Approximate duration: 4 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 6

Price: 85 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland Pro Travel

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: 6/48

Available: Day 7

price: 185USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD. This excursion is not suitable for clients with knee and back problems.

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel 

Husavik - 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.

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Packed lunch provided.

Involves moderate walking on uneven terrain (approx. 1.5 miles)

Approximate duration: 8 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 7

Price: 140USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

Seydisfjördur - Horseback 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.

Approximate duration: 6 hours

Max weight: 220lbs

Min/Max participants: 10/18

Available: Day 8

Price: 180 USD per person

Please note: clients 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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Approximate duration: 3.5 hours

Min/Max participants: 25/37

Available: Day 8

Price: 155USD per person

Please note: clients 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 Breidamerkurjökull 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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Soup lunch is included.

Approximate duration: 9 hours

Min/Max participants: 20/45

Available: Day 9

Price: 189USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

Djupivogur - Adventurous super jeep tour

Enjoy a super jeep tour from Djupivogur and head towards the Vatnajökull National Park with its hidden nature gems. You will tour the area, crossing glacial rivers and driving through spectacular mountain scenery.

A packed lunch is included. 

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Approximate duration: 3-4 hours

Min/Max participants: 4/18

Available: Day 9

Price: 295USD Per Person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credits: Iceland ProTravel

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: 3 hours

Min/Max participants: 10/45

Available: Day 10

Price: 110 USD per person

Please note: clients pay for the excursion on board in USD

Image credit: Iceland ProTravel

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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Thu 23 Jun 2022
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Adults£ 5,380
Mon 11 Jul 2022
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Adults£ 5,380
Wed 20 Jul 2022
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Adults£ 5,380
Fri 29 Jul 2022
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Adults£ 5,380
Mon 29 Aug 2022
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Adults£ 5,145

Next season’s dates and prices

To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £250pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.

Mon 08 May 2023
to Fri 19 May 2023
Adults£ 5,765
Wed 17 May 2023
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Adults£ 5,765
Sun 04 Jun 2023
to Thu 15 Jun 2023
Adults£ 6,030
Tue 13 Jun 2023
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Adults£ 6,030
Thu 22 Jun 2023
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Adults£ 6,030
Mon 10 Jul 2023
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Adults£ 6,030
Wed 19 Jul 2023
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Adults£ 6,030
Fri 28 Jul 2023
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Adults£ 6,030

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The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

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

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum and maximum age

If a specific minimum age applies to this holiday, it can be found in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page.

Unless otherwise stated in the in the Key Facts box on the holiday Overview page, the minimum age for participation in an Artisan holiday is typically 8 years old (there may be younger children in some destinations who have booked with other companies). If an adult-only environment is important to you, then please contact our Travel Experts and they will advise on the best dates and destinations for you. If you are looking for a holiday designed specifically for families then please see our sister company www.activitiesabroad.com

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.


Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Brexit information for British Passport holders

For the most up to date information on how the UK’s departure from the EU may affect your holiday please click here to view our Brexit information for British Passport holders.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights - cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website: https://www.artisantravel.co.uk/booking-conditions

Additional Cancellation Terms and Conditions

Please note that the following cancellation terms supersede those mentioned in section 7 of our general booking terms and conditions.

- More than 63 days prior to departure - loss of deposit or 20% (whichever is higher)

- 63 to 42 days prior to departure - 40%

- 41 to 28 days prior to departure - 60%

- 27 to 14 days prior to departure – 90%

- 13 days or less – 100%

Additional Payment 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.


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