Set to explore the best of Paris including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Arc de Triomphe. Step back in time at the ruins of Pampiee or the museums of Paris – then on to London, where Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace await.
The stark beauty, geography and history of the British Isles and Northern Europe make for an unforgettable experience. Cruise to such popular places in United Kingdom, as London, Dublin, Edinburg and Cornwall. Or, explore the fjords and cities of Norway, Iceland and Greenland on voyages to Northern Europe.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Belfast is a thriving city that has regained some of its old charm and industry, and has begun to lure the curious traveler.
Cork is vibrant and cheerful, with music, theatre and film all playing a major role in city life, while world-renowned annual festivals add to the lively atmosphere, making it the European Capital of Culture 2005.
Cosmopolitan, colorful and over a thousand years old, Dublin presents a fine starting point for visitors to Ireland.
Edinburgh has a rich, cultural heritage and is home to many of Scotland’s museums and galleries.
Whether you arrive in London via the underground or inside the taxicabs, you will immediately be greeted by a deep sense of history and met with the vibrancy of this incredible destination.
The people of Paris are stylish and flirtatious, its architecture seductive, its restaurants and nightlife devoted to the pursuit of pleasure and its streets are scattered with dreams.
Best Time to Go
June, July, August and September are the best times to visit the U.K. and Ireland. These are the times generally with the warmest temperatures and the least rainfall. February is the worst!
Canadian and U.S. citizens need passports but not visas.
The Pounds Sterling (or just Pound) is the main stream currency in the United Kingdom.
The Euro is also accepted but change will always be given in Pounds.
Credit cards are widely accepted in shops, filling stations, hotels and restaurants but not, alas, by most bed-and-breakfast establishments.
Do’s & Don’ts
Do avoid conversations about the political situation unless you know someone fairly well. The Troubles, reunification and other political topics can be highly sensitive and emotional.
Don’t forget to take along an umbrella and raincoat.
Do seek out a traditional pub music session where you will hear some of the finest Celtic music played. Some are advertised and are organized for tourists, but for the best of them you’ll need to search. Locals will be able to point you to some of the best performances.
Do try some delicious, freshly baked soda bread.
Don’t be surprised if you find it difficult to understand the accents in different parts of the country. Most of the British can tell which region their countrymen come from after a few words. Even towns and cities a short distance apart can have different accents.
Do be aware that some upscale hotels and restaurants have a dress code in the evenings, requiring men to wear a jacket and tie in the public rooms.
Do join the queue (or line). Whether waiting for a bus, an ATM or bar service, Brits are quick to form an orderly queue and politely wait their turn—jumping the queue is a faux pas.
Do be prepared to pay in cash in the more remote areas of Scotland. Although credit cards are now widely accepted, there are still exceptions.