In Search of the Northern Lights

15
Nights
2019
FEB 25
From
$6790
P&O
Aurora
Including flights, accommodation, guided
sightseeing, tours, meals

Northern Norway is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights appear only at high latitudes on dark nights from September to March. There are few phenomena that capture the imagination like the Aurora Borealis and lucky star-gazers can witness anything from an ethereal green glow on the horizon to pulsating scarlet streaks across the sky. The lights come at night when the sky is dark. It’s like a celestial ballet of light dancing across the night sky – one of the most spectacular sights in the world.

Visiting London, UK; Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta, Stavanger, Norway.

Tour highlights

  • Sightseeing tours in London; Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta, Stavanger, Norway
  • Breath-taking views from the Trollstigen viewpoints
  • Embrace the sights and the magic of the Trollveggen Mountains
  • Venture into northern Norway’s countryside to seek out the dark skies most conducive to Northern Lights sightings
  • Alta Fjord - known for views of the Northern Lights
  • Learn about the history of the indigenous people, the Sami, as they take us on a reindeer sledding tour
  • Venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights
  • Visit ‘Old Stavanger’ which consists of 173 listed and restored wooden houses, built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries
  • The highest point in Stavanger, with a great 360 degree view
  • Luxury Cruising onboard P&O Aurora
In Search of the Northern Lights Map

Includes

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth to London
  • Travel on the P&O Aurora in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on the Aurora
  • 13 days/12 nights on the luxurious P&O Aurora
  • Tour leadership by a Travelrite Tour Manager
  • One nights 4-star centrally located accommodation in London including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in London; Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta, Stavanger, Norway
  • Port and handling charges & cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities
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P&O Aurora

Mid-sized ship Aurora cuts a fine figure at sea with her elegant tiered stern, long bow and sleek funnel. She is best known for her world cruises and has everything you could want, including world class dining, spa, salon, cinema and theatre. At Aurora’s heart you’ll find a four-deck atrium with a stunning 35ft Lalique sculpture of two figures veiled in water. Relaxation is easy in the comfortable surroundings of Anderson’s, a mahogany- paneled lounge that has a fireplace. From the vantage point of the Crow’s Nest, enjoy spectacular sunsets. Head to upper decks for a tennis court, golf simulator, and third pool with sky dome. Other facilities include a virtual reality arcade, broad teak promenade deck, 12 lounges/bars, and a comfortable cinema that doubles as a concert and lecture hall.

Don’t worry about coming alone

About a third of people on the cruise are travelling alone. We will match people in twin-share cabins when available, saving you the single supplement. You won’t be left alone; the Travelrite tour manager will be looking after you and there will be group activities almost every day.

Clothing on board

During the day casual clothing is typical, although shorts and swimwear are not permitted in the main restaurants. The more formal Gala nights attire is for men a jacket and tie and dresses, skirts or slacks for women. There will be two Gala nights on the cruise. Other nights are classified as smart casual, which suggests a collared shirt and slacks for men and casual dresses or trousers and a blouse for women. Warm clothing is recommended for shore excursions.

Day 1 Monday February 25, 2019 Depart Australia
Today we board our overnight flight to London.

Day 2 Tuesday February 26, 2019 London, England
This morning we arrive at London’s Heathrow Airport. After clearing customs, we will be met by our private coach and transferred into the city. We will have an overview sightseeing tour of the city before we transfer to our hotel. We will see Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. After checking in to our city hotel the rest of the day will be free for independent sightseeing.

Day 3 Wednesday February 27, 2019 Embarkation
This morning we will depart London and travel to Southampton to board P&O Aurora for our cruise to northern Norway, inside the Arctic Circle to see the Northern Lights.

Day 4 Thursday February 28, 2019 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship. This evening join the group for a welcome drinks party to celebrate the start of our cruise.

Day 5 Friday March 1, 2019 At sea
A day to explore the facilities of the ship. This afternoon test your knowledge with fellow group members as we play a fun game of Trivia.

Day 6 Saturday March 2, 2019 Andalsnes, Norway
Today we arrive at Åndalsnes, a young city situated on the shores of the Romsdalsfjord, close to where the Isfjord begins and where the Rauma River, famous for its salmon, ends. It is one of the most beautiful areas of scenic Norway. On our sightseeing tour we will see the highlights in the region. We will enjoy breath-taking views from the Trollstigen viewpoints, and embrace the sights and the magic of the Trollveggen Mountains. We will explore the secrets of the beautiful valley, with cascading waterfalls, raging rivers and lush vegetation reflecting in tranquil waters.

Day 7 Sunday March 3, 2019 At sea
A day to explore the ship.

Day 8 Monday March 4, 2019 Tromso, Norway
We are well inside the Arctic Circle when we arrive in Tromso, and where our Arctic adventure begins. Tromso is famed as a viewing point for colourful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the night-time sky. The city’s historic centre, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. This evening we will venture into northern Norway’s countryside to seek out the dark skies most conducive to sightings. We visit different lookout locations; scan the skies, and make use of supplied tripods and the know-how of an expert guide to photograph the lights at their best. Later we return to the ship and overnight in Tromso.

Day 9 Tuesday March 5, 2019 Alta, Norway
Today we depart Tromso and head deeper into the Arctic Circle. The morning will be free to enjoy the facilities of the ship before we arrive in Alta in the early afternoon. Alta is located at latitude 70ºN, a town on Norway’s northern coast, at the head of Alta Fjord and known for views of the Northern Lights. It is also where the world’s first Northern Lights observatory was built in 1899 which earnt Alto the title of ‘the town of the Northern Lights’. There is no better place to see this spectacular natural phenomenon if luck is on our side. This afternoon we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city and learn about the history of the region. This evening we will again venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.

Day 10 Wednesday March 6, 2019 Alta
On our sightseeing tour today we will visit the UNESCO listed Alta Museum with its ancient petroglyphs, the Northern Lights Cathedral and travel to the lush green Sautso-Alta canyon. Later we have a wonderful experience as we learn about the history of the indigenous people, the Sami, as they take us on a reindeer sledding tour. Later we will again venture into the Norwegian countryside in search of the Northern Lights.

Day 11 Thursday March 7, 2019 At sea
Today the Aurora travels south on our route to Stavanger. A day to explore the ship.

Day 12 Friday March 8, 2019 At sea
A day to explore the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun game of Bingo with prizes for the winners.

Day 13 Saturday March 9, 2019 Stavanger, Norway
The gateway to Norway’s spectacularly scenic fjordland, Stavanger is a town with its own rich heritage and is regarded as the ‘Cradle of the Vikings’. On our sightseeing tour today we will visit ‘Old Stavanger’ which consists of 173 listed and restored wooden houses, built in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It is one of Northern Europe’s best preserved collections of wooden houses and the city has received several awards for its preservation efforts. We will walk through the picturesque Old Town with its cobblestone streets and small, charming wooden houses and learn of the early history of the city. Situated in the heart of the city is Stavanger’s 12th-century cathedral, the only church to have retained all its original features since its construction in the Middle Ages. A short drive further along the sea, will take us to the highest point in Stavanger, with a great 360 degree view. The scenery opens up with fjords and mountains surrounding us.

Day 14 Sunday March 10, 2019 At sea
A day to explore the ship. This afternoon join us for a fun game of Scattergories.

Day 15 Monday March 11, 2019 Southampton, England
This morning we arrive back in Southampton. After disembarking, we will have a few hours to stroll around the city before being transferred to the airport for our flights back to Australia.

Day 16 Tuesday March 12, 2019 Arrival Australia
Today the group arrives back in Australia and the tour concludes.

Cabin Cabin Category Deck Twin Fare Single Fare
PE Interior A,B,C $6,790 $7,990
PC Interior A,D,E,F $6,890 $8,150
PB Interior A,B,C,F $6,990 $8,290
LC Outside D,E,F $7,690 $9,290
LB Outside D,E,F $7,790 $9,390
GE Balcony A,C $8,390 $10,290
GC Balcony Lido, A $8,490 $10,450
GB Balcony A,C $8,590 $10,550
ED Deluxe Balcony B $8,990 $11,090
Included port & handling charges & taxes $420 $672
Included air taxes as at 1/3/2018 $700 $700
Included cruise gratuities $195 $195

Availability

All cabins are subject to availability. Please call for fares and information on other cabin categories. Please call for details on 1800 630 343.

Extending:

You can stay longer in Europe for minimal additional cost. Please contact 1800 630 343 for more information.

INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE

  • Economy-class return air travel from Melbourne/Sydney/Brisbane/Perth to London
  • Travel on the P&O Aurora in the selected cabin category
  • All meals, entertainment and service charges on the Aurora
  • 13 days/12 nights on the luxurious P&O Aurora
  • Tour leadership by a Travelrite Tour Manager
  • One nights 4-star centrally located accommodation in London including breakfast
  • Sightseeing tours in London; Andalsnes, Tromso, Alta, Stavanger, Norway
  • Port and handling charges & cruise taxes
  • Onboard gratuities

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Travel insurance
  • Additional travel arrangements not detailed in the itinerary; these will be quoted for separately
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Drinks on board
  • Lunches when not on the ship

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TOUR OPERATOR:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. The Aurora is operated by P&O Cruises and the Aurora fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the P&O website. All passengers must complete an on-line P&O online cruise personaliser and sign a Travelrite International booking form.

DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT:
A deposit of $1,000 per passenger should be sent with a completed Travelrite International booking form that lists your requested cabin category. As soon as the booking is confirmed, (usually within 24 hours), a cruise confirmation advice will be posted to the client. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the cruise package. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.

CANCELLATION CHARGES:

Days prior to Departure Cancellation Fee
Over 90 days Loss of deposit
90 - 61 days 50% of full fare
60 days or less 100% of full fare
Non appearance/no written notice 100% of full fare

REFUNDS:
The cruise is based on arrangements which do not allow for any refunds in respect to sightseeing, accommodation, meals or other services not utilised after the tour has commenced.

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
All passengers will require a valid passport. No visas are required for Australian, NZ or UK passport holders. If not an Australian NZ or UK passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:
Adequate travel insurance is highly recommended to cover cruise members for the consequences of unforeseen events during the cruise and for cancellation fees which could result from events such as illness, accident, death etc.

BAGGAGE:
Passengers qualify for a 30kg free baggage allowance on flights to join or return from the cruise.

MINIMUM TOUR NUMBERS:
The fly/cruise arrangements have been made on the basis of a minimum number of passengers travelling. In the event that less than the required number of passengers have confirmed their booking 90 days from the date of departure, Travelrite International reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving a full refund of monies paid, or offer arrangements to proceed with the tour at a modified fare.

TOUR PARTICIPATION:
Children under 5 years of age are ineligible on coach & cruise tours. Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Passengers with disabilities are welcome on Travelrite & Cruise Offers tours provided they are accompanied by a companion capable of providing all necessary assistance, and do not require special assistance from Travelrite & Cruise Offers personnel. Travelrite and Cruise Offers reserves the right to refuse to carry anyone if it is felt the individual cannot cope with the requirements of coach & cruise tour travel and who may require services and facilities that Travelrite & Cruise Offers cannot guarantee will be available. You agree to not hold the Travelrite & Cruise Offers responsible for any decision made by any of them or any service provider to refuse to carry you, provide any facilities or accommodation to you or to provide any service to you.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ATAS 10538) is the tour organiser Travelrite International Pty Ltd, it’s agents, officers, affiliates, and/or suppliers of services pursuant to or in connection with these fly/cruise/stay holidays shall act only as agents in making arrangements for hotels, transportation including transportation by ship, restaurants, or any other service and do not assume any liability whatsoever for any injury, damage, death, loss, accident or delay to person or property due to an act of negligence or a default of any hotel, carrier restaurant company or person rendering any services included in fly/ cruises, or by act of God. Further no responsibilities are accepted for any damage or delay due to sickness, pilferage, labour disputes, machinery break-down, quarantine, government restraints, weather, terrorism or other causes beyond their control. No responsibility is accepted for any additional expense, omission, delays, re-routing or acts of any government authority. Baggage is at owners risk throughout the fly/cruise/stay holiday. The passage contract between the carriers concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the carriers and the purchasers of these fly/cruise/stay holidays and/or the passengers. The right is reserved to withdraw any fly/cruise/ stay holiday and/ or make such changes in the fly/cruise/ stay holidays as may be found desirable or necessary for the convenience of the parties and the proper carrying out of the fly/cruises. This contract shall be construed in accordance of the laws of the State of Victoria, Australia and any legal action must be taken in the State of Victoria. Attention is also directed to the terms and conditions of the P&O cruise passage contract with P&O, detailed on their website. www.pocruises.com If you not have access to this site please contact Travelrite International and we will send details to you.

HOW TO BOOK:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $1,000 per person to:

Travelrite International Pty Ltd
423 Whitehorse Road Balwyn, Victoria 3103
Telephone: (03) 8803 6868
Fax: (03) 9836 8068

Further information can be obtained by telephoning
Toll Free: 1800 630 343
Email: balwyn@travelrite.com.au

ABOUT TRAVELRITE INTERNATIONAL:
Travelrite International Pty is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 25 years and operating in Victoria for more than 30 years. It has two offices at Balwyn and Heathmont which are also accredited with IATA. As such they directly represent the major airlines of the world and all major domestic and international hotel, tour and transport operators. Travelrite International Pty Ltd is a full member of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.

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