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Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, has packaged a unique canal cruise through the Scottish Highland with one of the world’s smallest cruise lines, Lord of the Glens, and added a spring land tour through England to create a 20-night land and sea holiday in the UK in 2025 that showcases Britain’s wildest scenery.

The tiny cruise line’s 52-guest boutique vessel, Lord of the Glens, was purpose-built to explore the pristine and intricate waterways and lochs of the Scottish Highlands, including the historic Caledonian Canal, the famous, hauntingly deep waters of Loch Ness and Scotland’s many pristine islands and dramatic coastlines, dotted with castles and quaint, storybook hamlets.

The stylish Lord of the Glens boasts a rich, traditional ambience with polished wood, teak decks, personal service and gourmet dinners sourced from fresh Scottish produce. Fares include shore excursions and all cabins boast water views of Scotland’s ruggedly spectacular coastline.

Cruise Traveller’s new 20-night ‘Neptune’s Staircase to Old  London Town’ cruise tour package begins on April 16, 2025, with a night in Glasgow followed by a six-night cruise aboard Lord of the Glens from Oban to Inverness through the Scotland Highlands including a spectacular passage through the historic, 100km-long Caledonian Canal which connects Scotland’s east and west coasts and takes guests through the Scottish Highlands via 29 lochs and four lakes including Loch Ness, home to the myth of ‘Nessie’, the monster. The journey includes a series of eight lochs called Neptune’s Staircase.

    The route from Oban to Inverness passes the breathtaking ruins of 800-year-old Urquhart Castle and through Loch Ness and other brooding lakes that lie in the shadow of mighty Ben Nevis, Scotland’s highest peak. As a side tour, guests will take a train ride across the beautiful Glenfinnan Rail Viaduct which starred in the Harry Potter films. The journey takes in the tower house of Castle Stalker where the hit film, ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’, was filmed and heads to the storybook towns of the Isle of Mull in the Inner Hebrides.

After the cruise, guests will spend two nights in Inverness and two in Edinburgh before joining a nine-night small coach tour through England from Edinburgh to London, featuring visits to the sweeping moorlands, ancient woods and timeless villages of the North York Moors and Peak District and also the Royal Family’s Sandringham Estate and the old-world pubs and picturesque waterways of Cambridge.

The 20-night cruise tour package is priced from A$10,995 person, twin-share, including excursions and meals on the cruise and 14 meals during the land tour. Flights from Australia are additional. Book by June 29, 2024.

Call Cruise Traveller, on 1800 507 777 or visit www.CruiseTraveller.com.au/neptune (direct link) or www.cruisetraveller.com.au .

Cruise Traveller is Australia’s premier, small ship cruise specialist, representing 63 boutique, luxury and expedition cruising operators around the world., including Hebridean Island Cruises.