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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe destination enhancements, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!
Named after the public baths constructed during Britannia’s time as a Roman province, the UNESCO-designated English city of Bath has a long history dating back to the 1st century. Today, these same baths remain one of Great Britain’s best-preserved Roman ruins. This optional excursion includes a tour of the grand temple complex, originally called Aquae Sulis (Waters of Sulis), that houses these historic ruins. You’ll also have time to browse the interactive exhibits included in the onsite museum before heading over to the nearby natural hot spring, the only one of its kind remaining in England today. This spring was used by the Celtic Britons as a shrine to their goddess, Sulis Minerva, who was venerated as a healer and giver of life. Round out your tour with lunch at a local restaurant before returning to Cardiff.
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This optional tour begins with visit to Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring thousands of hexagonal basalt columns, locals will tell you that Giant’s Causeway was formed when the giant Finn McCool tossed massive boulders in the water in order to battle another giant across the way in Scotland. However, scientists will tell you that this amazing natural phenomenon was created when basaltic lava from an ancient volcanic eruption solidified into thousands of hexagonal columns. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the Titanic Belfast museum, where you can learn the history of the RMS Titanic, from her conception and construction in the early 1900s to her ill-fated maiden voyage.
Set off for a tour of Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s most charming cities and home to several historic buildings. You’ll start your tour with a photo stop at the 13th-century Black Abbey before boarding a mini-train to Kilkenny Castle. This sprawling, 800-year-old manor once served as the residence of several royal families. Afterwards, you’ll explore modern Kilkenny with a visit to the Kilkenny Design Centre, home of the National Design & Craft Gallery. This is the perfect place to pick up gifts and specialty items before returning to the village for lunch on your own.
Head to Blarney Castle and see the famous Blarney Stone, where lore holds that kissing this 600-year-old landmark will bestow you with the “gift of gab” and the characteristic Irish wit. Next you’ll visit nearby Kinsale and Charles Fort, which overlooks the town’s handsome natural harbor. You’ll definitely want to capture these spectacular views, so remember to bring your camera. This fort also played a part in some of Ireland’s most momentous events, including the Civil War of the early 1920s. Its massive star-shaped structure is still well-preserved, despite its long history.
Jutting out from north Dublin, the Howth Peninsula connects to the mainland via a tombola that is home to the neighboring town of Sutton. This imposing landmass boasts endless options for adventurers and day-trippers looking for a scenic way to spend the day. One of Ireland’s most unforgettable experiences is the Howth Cliff Walk, a perfect hike for nature lovers. Set off down one of several walking routes and be rewarded with breathtaking views of remote beaches, towering cliffs, and the Irish Sea.
Our onboard wine tastings are a guest favorite while sailing and have become a staple of both our ocean journeys and river cruises. Savor rich global flavors from varietals that span the best wine regions on earth, as our onboard expert explains the notes and flavors of each one. Whether you are a connoisseur or a novice, wine tastings offer the perfect balance of indulgence and fun, and are a fantastic way to expand your palate.
The optional activity is available on board your vessel.
Join our onboard expert as they guide you on a journey for the palate as you sample delicious, full-bodied whiskeys from all over the world. Taste the intricate barrel-aged flavors of your favorite small-batch Kentucky bourbon, try a classic 25-year-old Scotch, and enjoy local whiskeys from many of the regions we cruise to, all hand-selected from our private collection.
Our exclusive, onboard Chef’s Table Dinner is must-do for any traveler looking for an indulgent dining experience. Hosted by our highly-trained Master Chef, you’ll savor an expertly-prepared, multicourse meal that is sure to be a feast for the senses. This memorable, highly sought-after experience is only available on a limited basis, and you certainly won’t want to miss out.
A wine pairing dinner involves the delicate process of combining a meal with select wines with the purpose of elevating the flavors of each dish and providing a wholly unforgettable dining experience. Our skilled onboard chefs will create an exceptional multicourse dinner, with each course designed to pair perfectly with a chosen wine from our private collection. This incredible dining experience is available on a limited basis on every journey.
This optional onboard experience combines Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s indulgent Chef’s Table Dinner with our exclusive Wine-Pairing Dinner for a truly elevated dining event. Hosted by our highly-trained Master Chef and our onboard wine expert, you’ll savor a skillfully-prepared, multicourse meal where each dish is perfectly paired with a select wine chosen from Vantage’s private collection. This is sure to be a truly unparalleled feast for the senses, but it is only available on a limited basis. Reserve now so you don’t miss out.
Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.