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Black Watch
Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Black Watch, Norwegian Christmas ex Southampton Return
Selected Sailing Date: 21 Dec 2017
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Inside Cabin: AU $12,699.00
Outside Cabin: AU $12,799.00
Balcony: AU $15,259.00
Suite: AU $15,459.00
Prices displayed are retail per person, twin share, to the Australian Travel Trade. Consumers please contact your local cruise agent to request this Cruise Abroad package. At time of booking please check current cruise fare and any inclusions. Prices are indicative only, subject to currency fluctuations and may change at any time without notice.

Itinerary
Pre-Cruise Itinerary
    • 06/12
    • Fly Australia to Paris
    • 07/12
    • Arrive Paris, transfer to hotel, Welcome Drink & Dinner
    • 08/12
    • Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe
    • 09/12
    • Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles
    • 10/12
    • Travel south from Paris to Beaune, then on to Lyon
    • 11/12
    • Explore the sights of Lyon
    • 12/12
    • Megeve in the French Alps, visting Haute Savoie region
    • 13/12
    • Explore the sights of Chamonix
    • 14/12
    • Megeve in the French Alps
    • 15/12
    • Megeve in the French Alps, visit Courchevel 1850
    • 16/12
    • Travel from Megeve - Italian Alps - Milan
    • 17/12
    • Tour ends after breakfast in Milan, transfer to airport
    • 17/12
    • Flight from Milan to London, Transfer from airport to hotel
    • 18/12
    • Day at leisure to explore London
    • 19/12
    • Coca Cola London Eye & River Cruise Tour
    • 20/12
    • Day at leisure to explore London
    • 21/12
    • Check out of hotel. Transfer from hotel to Southampton
    • 21/12
    • Embark on your Fred Olsen Christmas cruise
Cruise Itinerary
Post-Cruise Itinerary
    • 05/01
    • Disembark your cruise. Transfer to London airport
    • 05/01
    • Fly London to Australia
    • 07/01
    • Arrive Australia
Itinerary may vary by sailing date and itineraries may be changed at the cruise lines discretion. Please check itinerary details at time of booking and before booking other travel services such as airline tickets.
Special Inclusions

CHRISTMAS MARKETS & NORTHERN LIGHTS - Fly, Cruise & Tour package includes:
- Return economy class airfares with a full service carrier from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Paris, return from London
- Transfer from Paris Airport to Hotel
- 10 Night/11 Day French & Italian Christmas Markets Tour
** Fully escorted by our experienced Tour Manager
** Travel in a first class air conditioned touring coach
** 10 nights authentic, specially selected hotel accommodation
** Hotel porterage (1 suitcase pp)
** Welcome drink Paris
** 16 Meals – Buffet breakfast daily (B) and 6 evening dinners (D)
** A complimentary wine, beer or soft drink with all included dinners
** Tea and coffee with all included dinners
** All excursions, scenic drives, sightseeing and entrances as described
** Local guides as described
** Free WiFi on most coaches and at hotels
** End of tour tips to Tour Manager and Driver, tips for local guides
- Transfer from Milan Hotel to Airport
- One-way economy class airfare with a full service carrier from Milan to London
- Transfer from London Heathrow Airport to Hotel
- 4 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel in London
- London Eye & River Cruise Combo - Coca Cola London Eye is centrally located in the heart of the capital, gracefully rotating over the River Thames opposite the Houses of Parliment and Big Ben. At 135 metres, it is the world's tallest cantilevered observation wheel, offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the capital and it's famous landmarks. An experience on Coca Cola London Eye will lift you high enough to see up to 40 kilometres on a clear day and keep you close enough to see the spectacular details of the city unfolding beneath you. Admission to the London Eye 4D Cinema Experience will only be valid on the day of your London Eye visit. The London Eye 4D experience opens at 10am and closes 15 minutes prior to the last flight of the day. Ticket holders for the 10am ride may visit the 4D Experience from 9.30am, alternatively all ticket holders may visit at their leisure once they have disembarked the London Eye.
- Transfer from London Hotel to Southampton Port
- 15 night Christmas & New Year Norwegian cruise aboard Fred. Olsen Black Watch round trip from Southampton
- All shipboard main meals (excluding specialty restaurants)
- All port/govt charges
- Transfer from Southampton Port to London Heathrow Airport
- Air Taxes

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Your Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: 7 December - Paris
Your tour commences this evening in Paris. Dinner tonight is included, but first enjoy a welcome drink. This is an ideal opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
Meals: D
Hotel: Crowne Plaza Paris République

Day 2: 8 December - Paris
This morning we enjoy a guided panoramic tour which will bring alive the city from the Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysées and Arc de Triomphe, to the Louvre and Notre Dame. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore the broad boulevards and myriad of shops and museums. Make sure you wander through the largest Christmas markets in Paris which stretch down the Champs Elysées. Christmas decorations abound!
Meals: B

Day 3: 9 December - Paris
Today begins with a guided tour through Louis XIV’s magnificent Palace of Versailles. The sheer size and opulence of this incredible palace is quite amazing. The royal state rooms, the golden Queen’s bedrooms and the ‘Sun Kings’ classic Hall of Mirrors, are quite extraordinary. Your afternoon is at leisure to immerse yourself in Paris’ wealth of museums or perhaps do some serious Christmas shopping! This evening we have included a ‘Paris by Night’ illuminations drive. You will be enchanted by the grand monuments, boulevards and palaces all bathed in glorious light. In addition, department stores around the Opera set up gigantic Christmas trees and light shows in competition with the extravagant, festive street displays. Tonight, dinner will be in a local restaurant. C’est Magnifique!
Meals: B & D

Day 4: 10 December - Lyon
Travelling south we reach Beaune, capital of the Burgundy wine region. On arrival we have included a visit to the fascinating Hospices de Beaune (audio guide included). Covered with multi-coloured, glazed roof tiles the ‘Hotel Dieu’ was built over 550 years ago to help the town’s folk in a time of poverty and famine. You will then enjoy lunchtime at leisure amongst the quaint medieval streets and squares. Later we continue to France’s gastronomic capital, Lyon, where we stay two nights.
Meals: B & D
Hotel: Mercure Lyon

Day 5: 11 December - Lyon
A wonderful day in Lyon! This morning we explore the historic Roman area to visit the ancient amphitheatre and the hilltop Basilica of Fourvière which dominates the whole town. The views from its terrace are splendid. Your afternoon and evening are at leisure. Perhaps stroll through the cobbled stone streets of Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), stop at a riverside café for white wine and oysters, or shop along the pedestrianised shopping mall from Place de la Republique to Place des Terreaux. The Christmas markets on Place Carnot are excellent, and at night the hilltop Basilica is beautifully illuminated. Lyon is famous as a culinary capital, so this evening explore the old town and discover your own cosy ‘Bouchon’ – a typical, Lyonnais style restaurant.
Meals: B

Day 6: 12 December - Megeve in the French Alps
After a leisurely start we enter the Haute Savoie region to enjoy lunchtime exploring the pretty lakeside town Annecy. Here, cobbled stone streets, half-timbered and beautifully painted houses sit beside picturesque canals which are criss-crossed with stone bridges. With its Château d’Annecy, once castle home to the Counts of Geneva, and a back drop of mountains and the turquoise lake, the Vieille Ville (Old Town) is incredibly pretty and the Christmas Markets add to the picture.

Later this afternoon we drive deep into the heart of the mighty French Alps to the chic ski resort of Megève. Surrounded by a dozen world class ski resorts, and the enormous mountains of the Mont Blanc massif, Megève’s chalets and ancient rustic buildings date back as far as the 1300’s. At night time the horse and carriages sitting in the pretty town square in front of the illuminated church and enormous Christmas tree, decorated with Swarovski crystals, create one of the most gorgeous festive settings you will ever see. Designer boutiques, restaurants and après ski bars makes this the perfect base to stay the next four nights.
Meals: B & D
Hotel: Aux Vieux Moulin

Day 7: 13 December - Megeve in the French Alps
Today we visit the world famous resort of Chamonix. Here we board the historic ‘Red Train’ which winds its up through the forests and valleys to Montenvers station. From the café terrace you have spectacular views onto some of Chamonix’s highest and most dramatic peaks. At 1,913 meters you will also be able to look down onto the largest glacier in France, the spectacular Mer du Glace – the ‘Sea of Ice’. For the more energetic, your ticket also includes the cable car down to the top of the 430 steel steps that lead to the glacier. Here you can enter the labyrinth of a manmade ice grotto, complete with ice sculptures, a throne room and beautifully illuminated, carved tunnels. Your afternoon is at leisure in Chamonix town. Time to stroll amongst the cafés, restaurants, shops, boutiques and Christmas markets set under the shadow of the Mont Blanc massif.
Meals: B

Day 8: 14 December - Megeve in the French Alps
To start the day we have included a game of Ice Curling. A local instructor will teach us the rules and then a game… Watching will be as amusing as playing! The rest of the day is completely at leisure. From Megève you have access to all the main peaks by cable cars and chair lifts. All over the mountains are large restaurants, cafés and rest facilities all with spectacular views over the mighty French Alps. You can try your hand at winter sports or maybe take a winter walk. A famous walk called the Calvary of Megève starts from near the ice skating rink. There are a series of 14 chapels along the way representing the Passion of Christ – the Way of the Cross. Otherwise simply relax, shop and explore Megève, one of the prettiest ski resort towns you will ever see.
Meals: B

Day 9: 15 December - Megeve in the French Alps
Time for a superb mountain drive – to visit Courchevel 1850. Whereas Megève is located in a valley, this superb ultra-chic, modern ski resort is set at 1850 metres altitude. Part of Les Trois Vallées, the largest linked ski area in the world, Courchevel 1850 is a massive ski complex with 8 lifts and gondolas running directly in and out of the central ski station, surrounded by dozens of shops, bars and restaurants of all kinds, tastes and styles, with a constant bustle of colourful sport enthusiasts and elegant sightseers. The surrounding scenery is breathtaking and the wood cabin villages so picturesque. Intriguingly, elegant mountain restaurants have tables with wine lists, fine tableware and crisp white linen, whilst underneath you will see clunky, snow covered ski boots! A terrific experience!
Meals: B & D

Day 10: 16 December - Milan
Driving through the Mont Blanc Tunnel which passes under Europe’s highest mountains, we enter the Italian Alps near Courmayeur. We soon reach the stylish city of Milan where we enjoy a guided panoramic tour followed by time at leisure amongst the fashion shops of the luxurious ‘Golden Triangle’ and the Christmas Markets by the elaborate Duomo. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner in a local Milanese restaurant.
Meals: B & D
Hotel: Michelangelo Hotel

Day 11: 17 December - Milan
This morning it is time to say farewell as your tour ends.
Meals: B


Special Conditions

*Conditions Apply: Please note that the prices shown here are not shown in real time. Offer correct as at 28Jun17 and subject to live availability at time of booking. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the live prices in our booking system. Offer subject to live availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available cruise fare, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Outside and Balcony cabins may have obstructed views and Suite cabins comprises Junior Suites, Mini Suites and any other type of suite that represents the best value for each cruise. Unless otherwise stated, gratuities are NOT included. All prices based on cash or cheque payment - credit card fees may apply. Unless otherwise stated, all packages containing airfare will require full airfare and taxes within 24 hours of reservation and cancellation/amendment conditions apply. Airfare valid ex Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth however airline schedules are based ex Sydney and other departure cities may require more or less accommodation due to airline schedules. Air taxes of $1126pp based ex Sydney are included in package price and are subject to change. Some cruise lines reserve the right to impose a fuel levy if the NMEX price reaches a certain level - please check with your consultant at time of booking. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. Some transfers have local speaking drivers only. Offer ends 30Sep17 or until sold out/withdrawn from sale. This cruise package is provided by Cruise Abroad, please ask your travel agent to contact us for more information.


Cruise Description

15 Night Norwegian Christmas cruise departing roundtrip from Southampton onboard Black Watch.

Combine the breathtaking natural wonders of Arctic Norway with a sprinkling of festive fun on this wonderful winter adventure aboard Black Watch. Stepping ashore in unique and beautiful ports of call, you’ll discover a diverse range of experiences – all complimented by a Christmas with all the trimmings on board Black Watch.

Calling into stylish Stavanger just before Christmas, you could pick up last minute gifts for your friends and loved ones on board at Norway’s fourth largest shopping mall, or at charming stores in the historic Gamle Stavanger district. Then after enjoying a relaxing Christmas at sea, you’ll spend four unforgettable days in Arctic Norway. An overnight stay in Alta – one of the best places to see the extraordinary Northern Lights – gives you the best chance to see Mother Nature’s multi-coloured light display in action; while two days in Tromsø allows plenty of time to discover the must-visit Arctic Cathedral, or even visit a traditional Sami camp. From both ports you can venture into the Arctic wilderness on exciting dog sledding excursions.

A full-day in Trondheim follows your Arctic adventure, with Black Watch docking in this charming, historic city on New Year’s Eve. You could spend the day exploring to discover highlights such as the Gothic-style Nidarosdomen Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace; sip champagne with the friendly locals at the busy bar in the evening; then step back on board the ship to watch the fantastic fireworks display as the clock strikes midnight. Next you’ll have the chance to enjoy breathtaking views from the top of Mount Aksla during a short stop in Alesund before continuing on to Bergen, the final port of call. Make the most of your full-day in this beautiful city to explore the world-famous, UNESCO-listed Bryggen Wharf; ride the funicular to the top of Mount Floyen; or perhaps join a tour to the scenic Hardangerfjord.

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