Ita Buttrose is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities having worked in print, radio and television. The 2013 Australian of the Year, her distinguished media career includes several notable achievements. She was the founding editor of Cleo magazine, the youngest-ever editor of The Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Sydney Daily & Sunday Telegraphs, and the first woman director of News Ltd Australia. She started her own publishing company, Capricorn Publishing before going on to launch, ITA Magazine which included the ITA Travel Club. Ita helped organise and travelled with the readers of her magazine on tours to the Caribbean, Vancouver and Alaska, Los Angeles and New York. ”I love travelling and seeing new places, trying different cuisines and of course shopping,” Ita says. “I particularly like cruising because it’s so relaxing. It’s the ideal way to travel.”
In 2011, her early career was celebrated in the ABC mini-series Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo. She has twice been voted Australia’s most admired woman. She’s the mother of two and a grandmother of five and has even been immortalised in the 1980 Cold Chisel song, Ita. Outside her impressive career in journalism, she’s a best-selling author of 11 books including her autobiography, A Passionate Life, and is hard at work on her 12th book. Her current charitable responsibilities include serving as Chair of the Australian Mental Health Prize Advisory Group and as National Ambassador of Dementia Australia following her term as National President from 2011-2014. She is also Patron of the Macular Disease Foundation, Emeritus Director of Arthritis Australia and Ambassador for Breast Cancer Network Australia. She received an AO for her services to the community especially in the field of public health education when she spearheaded Australia’s HIV/AIDS Education Program, an OBE for her services to journalism, and a Centenary Medal for business leadership. In 2014 Sydney’s Macquarie University conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters on Ita in recognition of her contribution to the arts. In 2015, Ita was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the University of Wollongong, for her contribution to mental health and ageing.
Day 1 Sunday 14 July 2019 Melbourne – Paris
We depart Australia today on our international flight to Paris – the City of Light, covering 105km2 with a population of around 12 million. Jean Cocteau said of Parisians, “everybody wants to be an actor; nobody is content to be a spectator”. Yes, we could be in for an entertaining time!
Day 2 Monday 15 July 2019 Paris
On arrival at Charles De Gaulle airport we will be met by our private coach and guide for our sightseeing tour and transfer to our hotel. We will see Parisienne sites including the Eiffel Tower, Arc De Triomphe, Seine River, Notre Dame, La Madeleine, Sacre-Coeur and drive down the famous Champs Elysees. The afternoon is at leisure to rest before our Welcome Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant for truly magnificent city views and a spectacular dinner featuring fresh French cuisine.
Day 3 Tuesday 16 July 2019 Paris
This morning with our guide and coach we travel into the French countryside to visit the charming town of Giverny, home of the world-famous impressionist painter, Claude Monet. Strolling around the lake immortalised in his water-lily series of paintings will be a marvellous experience followed by free time to enjoy a local lunch, prior to returning to our hotel. This evening we attend the absolutely stunning Moulin Rouge for the world renowned stage show.
Day 4 Wednesday 17 July 2019 Paris – London
Today we will be escorted by our guide to the exhilarating high-speed Eurostar for our transfer to London. Taking less than 2.5 hours, it spends 20 minutes under the English Channel. Following our arrival in London we have a leisurely guided sightseeing coach tour including the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, where in 1945 a flock of birds landed on the minute hand and put the time back by 5 minutes! We will also see St. Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and much more.
Day 5 Thursday 18 July 2019 London
Today is at leisure to experience authentic London culture, style and city ambience. You may enjoy a visit to one of the many internationally renowned art galleries or museums or simply relax in a local “pub” to soak-up some quaint “cockney” atmosphere. In the evening we have organised an exciting optional extra that enables you to attend the “Opera with Ita” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, which has his HRH, The Prince of Wales as patron. Its original construction was in 1732 and is now in magnificent condition after two disastrous fires in 1808 and 1856.
Day 6 Friday 19 July 2019 London
After a casual start to the day we take a ride on the spectacular London Eye to get a bird’s eye view of this lively and sophisticated city. It is the world’s second-largest ferris wheel and most popular paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom, with over 3.75 million visitors annually. Our evening will prove to be truly memorable and very British when, as an optional extra, we see a theatrical performance in the world renowned West End, home to brilliant and captivating live theatre.
Day 7 Saturday 20 July 2019 Southampton – Embarkation
We depart London this morning and travel to Southampton to board the adult only P&O Arcadia for our Norwegian Fjords, Iceland and Ireland cruise.
Day 8 Sunday 21 July 2019 At sea
Our first day is at leisure to explore Arcadia’s wonderful facilities and activities designed to pamper, relax and spoil you. The culture combines chic with classic at a relaxed pace in stylish surroundings with a hint of extravagance.
Day 9 Monday 22 July 2019 At sea
It will be a fascinating and insightful session today when Ita delivers Part 1 of My Life and the Media complete with refreshments and tea/coffee. In addition to many topics she will chart the changes that have occurred in the media – and Australia – since the days when she was the founding editor of Cleo magazine, the youngest ever editor of the Australian Women’s Weekly, the first woman to ever edit a major metropolitan newspaper in Australia as Editor-in-Chief of the Sydney Daily & Sunday Telegraphs.
Day 10 Tuesday 23 July 2019 Olden / Nordfjord – Norway
This morning our local guide will introduce us to the history and culture of picturesque Olden, located at the head of Nordfjord, the 6th-longest fjord in the country. It has a population of around 500 and its two churches date from approximately 1300. Scenic and serene Nordfjord is situated between the biggest glacier in mainland Europe and Norway’s wildest stretch of coast at Stad. This 150-km-long area from west to east and ocean to glacier, offers lots of great and readily accessible scenic and cultural experiences.
Day 11 Wednesday 24 July 2019 Andalsnes / Romsdalsfjord– Norway
After meeting our local guide we will learn about the famous fly-fishing in the Rauma River and the history and customs of Andalsnes including the landing of British troops in April 1940 as part of the pincer movement to take Trondheim. Remember to bring your camera to capture the spectacular and dramatic scenery surrounding this charming and friendly town at the base of the towering Romsdal Alps with its majestic mountain peaks.
Day 12 Thursday 25 July 2019 At sea
Today Ita will present Part 2 of My Life and the Media complete with refreshments and tea/coffee. It will be exciting to hear Ita, who has twice been voted Australia’s most admired woman discuss, among many other topics, her role as Ambassador of Breast Cancer Network Australia, her AO for spearheading Australia’s HIV/AIDS Program and her Centenary Medal for Business Leadership.
Day 13 Friday 26 July 2019 Akureyri – Iceland
This morning we dock in Akureyri, the unofficial capital of northern Iceland. During our guided tour we will visit one of Iceland’s most famous 19th-century turf houses at Laufas, constructed in the traditional Icelandic style of stone and turf. It is one of the few remaining in the country. Our visit will also include the fascinating regional museum and charming local country church built in 1865. On our return to Akureyri, we will visit the Botanical Gardens, with its specialty in Arctic plants.
Day 14 Saturday 27 July 2019 Isafjordur – Iceland
During our guided tour of the town it will be interesting to view Osvor, the 19th-century fisherman’s hut that was restored in 1988. The drive onto Bolungarvik village will reveal spectacular mountain views and Westfjord’s beautiful but sometimes harsh landscape. Our coach will then move on to the Buna Tungua River and Tunguskogur waterfall where we can sip the indescribably pure and crystal clear mountain water. The fjords on the northwest coast and mountains rising from the sea combine to produce breathtaking scenery. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Day 15 Sunday 28 July 2019 Reykjavik – Iceland
This morning Arcadia docks at Reykjavik, the capital and largest city in Iceland and gateway to the country’s stunning natural wonders, ranging from icefields to boiling thermal pools. Our coach and guide will introduce us to the ‘Golden Circle’, where we see the world-famous high-temperature Geyser geothermal area with amazing spouting springs in varying formations. Interestingly, this is where the name geyser originated. The nearby spectacular Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) sends massive quantities of water smashing violently into a deep meandering gorge. Our tour concludes when we visit the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament and the place where we can view the American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart at the rate of a few centimetres per annum.
Day 16 Monday 29 July 2019 Reykjavik – Iceland
Today will be a quite different and unique experience when we visit the world renowned Blue Lagoon and have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in its beautiful milky-turquoise opaque water (optional) – remember to bring your swimming gear! Formed in 1976, it’s warm and soothing, mineral enriched seawater renews every 48 hours. You are free to enjoy entering the cave where an audio guide provides fascinating information about the lagoon. Following lunch and perhaps a visit to the gift shop for some healthcare and skin products we return to the Arcadia.
Day 17 Tuesday 30 July 2019 At sea
A relaxing day on the Arcadia lies in wait for you to perhaps visit the fully equipped, state of the art gym, whirlpool spa, sauna or steam room. It also maybe an opportune time to attend bridge, dance or watercolour classes or indulge your tastebuds at Sindhu restaurant that showcases the cuisine of trice Michelin-starred Atul Kochar in spectacular style.
Day 18 Wednesday 31 July 2019 At sea
This afternoon is a unique opportunity to share a relaxed tea/coffee and refreshments with Ita and chat about her extraordinary range of achievements including perhaps her portrayal in the ABC mini-series Paper Giants, her contribution to mental health and ageing or her autobiography A Passionate Life.
Day 19 Thursday 1 August 2019 Dublin
Today we arrive in Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland and well-known as being a place of friendliness and ‘craic’. Our sightseeing tour will include visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College where we can see the famous Book of Kells believed to have been created in 800AD, the Ha’penny Bridge, GPO in O’Connell Street, St Stephen’s Green and Grafton Street, the fifth-most expensive main shopping street in the world.
Day 20 Friday 2 August 2019 At sea
Today is at leisure to continue to enjoy the wonderful facilities and activities on this adult only ocean cruiser. In the evening we will enjoy an included Farewell Drinks party to celebrate our time in Iceland, Norway and Ireland – yes, some great memories will be shared.
Day 21 Saturday 3 August 2019 Southampton – Disembarkation
This morning we disembark and transfer to Heathrow airport for our return flight to Australia.
Day 22 Sunday 4 August 2019 In–flight
Day 23 Monday 5 August 2019 Australia
We arrive back in Australia and tour arrangements conclude.
|CABIN||CATEGORY||DECK||TWIN FARE PP||SINGLE FARE|
|OC||Large Inside Stateroom||Sun,A,G||$9,250||$11,630|
|NB||Outside Obstructed View||E||$9,495||$11,945|
|Included port & handling charges||$490||$784|
|Air taxes & surcharges to be added to invoice||$355||$355|
Large Inside Stateroom
Outside Obstructed View
Included port and handling charges
Air taxes amd surcharges to be added to invoice
You can stay longer in Europe for minimal extra cost. Please contact 1800 033 436 for more information.
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is the tour organiser. P&O Arcadia is operated by P&O Cruises and the fly/cruise arrangements are subject to the terms and conditions and general information detailed in the P&O Cruises brochure 2019. All passengers must complete and sign a Travelrite International booking form.
Deposit and Payment:
A deposit of $900 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. The confirmation advice will contain all details. The passenger must also complete P&O Cruises online cruise personaliser at www.pocruises.com. Final payments are due to be paid to Travelrite International 90 days prior to the commencement of the fly/cruise. A 1.5% administration fee will be added to payments by Visa or Mastercard and 3 % for payment by AMEX or Diners Club cards.
|Days prior to Departure||Cancellation Fee|
|Over 90 days||Loss of deposit|
|90 - 61 days||75% of full fare|
|60 days or less||100% of full fare|
|Non appearance/no written notice||100% of full fare|
All passengers will require a valid passport with six month validity. If not an Australian passport holder check with Travelrite International for visa requirements.
Adequate travel insurance is highly recom-mended 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.
Passengers qualify for a 20kg free baggage allow-ance 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 91 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.
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How to Book:
Bookings can be made by completing a booking form and sending it with a deposit of $900 per person to:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd 182 Canterbury Road Heathmont, Victoria 3135
About Travelrite International:
Travelrite International Pty Ltd (ABN 64 005 817 078) is a well-established travel company which has been marketing throughout Australia for over 30 years and operating in Victoria for more than 35 years. It has two fully ATAS (no. A10538) and IATA accredited offices at Balwyn and Heathmont. 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 Australian Federation of Travel Agents – AFTA.
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