Itinerary

Journey to Europe August 2022
Date:
August 25, 2022 - September 12, 2022
Meeting point:
Quebec City, Canada
Length:
19 days / 18 nights
Mileage:
7,693 NM
Day 1 - Thursday, August 25: Home → Quebec City, Canada

Air Journey staff will welcome you at the Chateau de Frontenac for introductions and to attend a detailed briefing and flight safety demonstration. We’ll cover the route, regulations, flight plans, safety, etc.

Afterwards we’ll meet for a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Hotel : Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Welcome cocktail and Dinner included
Day 2 - Friday, August 26: Quebec City (CYQB) → Kuujjuaq, Canada (CYVP) → Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (BGSF) → Reykjavik, Iceland (BIRK) (690 + 725 + 730 NM)

We will fly over the immense forests and numerous lakes of Canada on our way to Kangerlussuaq for a technical stop. Then continue over fly over ice-covered Greenland before landing at Reykjavik.

Upon arrival, we’ll transfer to the Hotel Borg where we will enjoy luxury accommodations in the very center of Reykjavik. The Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvollur, and is situated across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral.

After dinner at the hotel, you may want to venture into town on your own to experience the nightlife.

Hotel : Sand Hotel
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 3 - Saturday, August 27: Reykjavik, Iceland

Today we will witness Iceland’s most exciting natural attractions; we will see the one and only original Geysir, the magnificent Gull-foss Waterfall, the volcanic crater Kerid and across Gjabakkave-gur.

We will spend some time here observing the eruptions and exploring the hot springs before moving on to the Thingvellir Na-tional Park – a unique place of beauty with its interesting geology and history.

After lunch, we will head to the Sky Lagoon, located in the downtown Reykjavik for a swim in its naturally warm waters.

Hotel : Sand Hotel
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 4 - Sunday, August 28: Reykjavik, Iceland (BIRK) → Glasgow, Scotland (EGPK) → Colmar, France (LFGA) → Illhaeusern, France (735 + 625 NM)

Fly to Colmar. Upon arrival, we will transfer to Hotel des Berges situated in the heart of a small village of Illhausern, in Alsace between Colmar and Strasbourg, in the garden of the Auberge de l'Ill.

The hotel’s restaurant, L’Auberge de I’lll is a famous two-Michelin starred gourmet restaurant that serves local French cuisine. We will enjoy a culinary Journey during our stay at Relais & Chateaux.

Hotel : Relais & Chateaux Maison Des Tetes
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 5 - Monday, August 29: Illhaeusern, France

Today we will take a winery tour on the route des Vins d’Alsace. Meet the local wine makers and learn about Alsace’s history and sample grape varieties at the vineyard.

The Alsatian wine route offers a true picture-postcard image; fresh vines climbing to the forests of the Vosges, ruins of castles dating back to the Middle Ages, villages with old ramparts and lively cellars. We will also enjoy a picnic style lunch at the vineyard.

Hotel : Relais & Chateaux Maison Des Tetes
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 6 - Tuesday, August 30: Illhaeusern, France

Today is free to relax and explore on your own. Experience the beauty and benefits of nature, by discovering the Spa des Saules or the heated swimming pool at the hotel. Bike rentals are also available to explore the local neighborhood.

Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 7 - Wednesday, August 31: Illhaeusern, France → Colmar, France (LFGA) → Olbia, Italy (LIEO). (590 NM)

Overlooking one of the most beautiful bays of the Costa Smeralda, the Hotel Cala di Volpe was built to resemble an ancient fishing village, with porches, granite flooring, arches and stairs.

A wooden bridge plunges into the crystalline waters of the sea while the beach is surrounded by juniper and myrtle bushes,
typical Sardinian rocks span the bay, helping to create the unique atmosphere for one of the most beautiful landscapes in the
Mediterranean.

Hotel : Cala di Volpe Cota Smeralda
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 8 - Thursday, September 01: Olbia, Sardinia, Italy

Today we will enjoy an unforgettable full-day boat trip to the islands of the La Maddalena Archipelago. We will visit all the most beautiful islands: Spargi, Budelli, Santa Maria and La Maddalena in a unique setting, and we will have plenty of time to swim in crystal clear waters, and check out some local souvenir shops.

Hotel : Cala di Volpe Cota Smeralda
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 9 - Friday, September 2: Olbia, Sardinia, Italy

Today is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Hotel : Cala di Volpe Cota Smeralda
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 10 - Saturday, September 03: Olbia, Italy (LIEO) → Menorca, Spain (LEMH) (289 NM)

Fly to Menorca - one of the Balearic Islands located in the western Mediterranean Sea.

Upon arrival, we will transfer to Menorca Experimental Hotel, inspired by the 19th century, finca, the hotel is designed in the spirit of an artists vacation cottage.

Hotel : Menorca Experimental
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 11 - Sunday, September 4: Menorca, Spain

Today we will cruise the local waters by private boat (weather permitting) as we explore the island by sea.

There will be plenty of time for swimming as we explore the many “calas” or bays of the area, some only accessible by boat. Along the way, we will stop at a local restaurant for lunch.

Hotel : Menorca Experimental
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 12 - Monday, September 5: Menorca, Spain

Today is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Hotel : Menorca Experimental
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 13 - Tuesday, September 6: Menorca, Spain (LEMH) → Bordeaux, France (LFBD). (370 NM)

Today we will fly to Bordeaux, the wine country of France. Les Sources de Caudalie, set among the prestigious vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Grand Cru Classé de Graves, is located on the outskirts of Bordeaux. During our stay you will tour wineries and visit the medieval St Emilion village.

The afternoon is free to relax.

Hotel : Les Sources de Caudalie
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 14 - Wednesday, September 07: Bordeaux, France

A full day tour will give you the opportunity to meet and share the life of a winery family, enjoy breathtaking scenery, discover with your private tour guide the fascinating history of the medieval village of St Emilion.

Hotel : Les Sources de Caudalie
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 15 - Thursday, September 08: Bordeaux, France

Today is at your leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Hotel : Les Sources de Caudalie
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 16 - Friday, September 09: Bordeaux, France (LFBD) → Aberdeen, Scotland (EGPD) → Braemar, Scotland (745 NM)

Fly to Aberdeen where we will transfer to The Fife Arms Hotel. The hotel is located in the historic Scottish village of Braemar amidst the majestic landscape of the Cairngorms National Park. Built in the 19th century, the hotel is evidence of Queen Victoria’s visits and her purchase of Balmoral.

Hotel : The Fife Arms
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 17 - Saturday, September 10: Braemar, Scotland

Throughout Scotland there are many different castles with varying architecture and stories. Braemar is home to two castles, Braemar Castle and Kindrochit castle (ruin).

Dating as far back as 1628, Braemar castle has a colorful history including the first and second Jacobite uprising. With our local guide we will visit these castles including the Balmoral Castle.

Known as the Scottish home to the Royal Family, Balmoral castle was originally purchased by Prince Albert for Queen Victoria in 1852.

Hotel : The Fife Arms
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included
Day 18 - Sunday, September 11: Aberdeen, Scotland (EGPD) → Reykjavik, Iceland (BIRK) (710 NM)

After breakfast and an in-depth briefing, we will launch for our over-water crossing to Iceland and spend the night at Hotel Borg.

Hotel : Sand Hotel
Breakfast and Dinner included
Day 19 - Monday, September 12: Kangerlussuaq, Greenland (BGSF) → Goose Bay, Canada (CYYR) → Home. (730 + 870 NM)

After breakfast and another in-depth briefing, we will fly to Goose Bay for a technical stop to refuel before flying our separate ways as we head home.

Breakfast included