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Prince Philip: His most memorable adventures across the globe – from Venice to Canada

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Prince Philip: His most memorable adventures across the globe - from Venice to Canada
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was a jet setter during his life. Not only did he travel to 119 countries representing the UK alongside Queen Elizabeth II, but he also travelled widely in his younger years amid something of an unconventional childhood and a former navy career. Express.co.uk looks back at some of his most monumental travel experiences and how you can visit these global hotspots.

Venice

Prince Philip first visited Venice during one of his school holidays from Gordonstoun as a 17-year-old, a year before his first meeting Princess Elizabeth.

During his visit, he stayed with his aunt Aspasia.

That summer experts say the young Philip frequented the famed Harry’s Bar and enjoyed some romances against the backdrop of the gondolas, islands and beaches of the city’s lagoon.

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He would return again in May 1961 with the Queen as part of a four-day state visit to Italy, with a highlight being a moonlit gondolier ride along the Grand Canal serenaded by guitarists singing Italian love songs.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offers an immersive ‘city-break on the water’ Venice and the Gems of Northern Italy cruise which may well have appealed to the Duke’s love of sailing. Staying in style aboard Uniworld’s stunning new ship – the Super Ship La Venezia – the cruise sails around Venice and her islands, and down the River Po.

A lead-in price for this summer is £1,959 (departing 13 June) for an all-inclusive seven-night cruise with a full programmed itinerary staying in luxury accommodation on the SS La Venezia, and return flights from London Heathrow.

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Australia

Prince Philip visited Australia for the first time during military service in 1940, travelling onboard the battleship Ramilles.

He was aged just 90 years old at the time.

This marked the beginning of a love affair with the country that would see him return 23 times.

The Duke of Edinburgh made his final visit down under in 2011 and was knighted for his services to Australia in 2015.

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How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Explore Australia with Travelmarvel’s Treasures of Australia itinerary, which takes guests from Sydney to Melbourne to explore many of the cities and natural wonders that Prince Philip marvelled at during his visits.

Travelmarvel’s 17-day Treasures of Australia itinerary costs from £4,145 per person, twin share, and includes return scheduled flights from London Heathrow, all flights within Australia, 16 nights of accommodation, 14 breakfasts, five meals, overseas transfers, luggage porterage, a Travelmarvel Tour Director, and local guides in select locations.

Malta

Shortly after embarking on young married life, Prince Philip and Princess Elizabeth spent a couple of years living in Malta where the Duke of Edinburgh was deployed following their royal wedding in 1947.

The young royal couple lived in a villa outside the capital of Valletta from 1949 to 1951, and it was said to have been amongst the happiest periods of their lives.

This was most likely due to being able to live in relative freedom before the Queen’s ascension to the throne.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Insight Vacations’ 6-days Easy Pace Malta trip is based just outside Valletta at the Waterfront Hotel in the resort of Sliema and includes expert guided explorations of Valletta and Mdina.

Valletta is known as The Fortress City, with highlights including the Upper Barrakka Gardens and the baroque St. John’s Cathedral, while Mdina is known as the Silent City for its shady streets and peaceful atmosphere.

Price start from £1,631 per person sharing (departing 22 April 2022) and include five nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation, transportation in luxury coaches, all experiences as per the itinerary and three additional meals with wine.

Kenya

Princess Elizabeth was just 25 years old when her husband Prince Philip had to break the news to her that her father, King George VI, had died making her Queen of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

They were in Kenya as part of an official visit representing the King, who was too ill to travel himself.

On the night he died were staying at a game lodge in Aberdare National Park, where they had been enjoying watching the elephants at their watering hole.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Trafalgar’s nine-day Wonders of Kenya itinerary spends a night in Aberdare National Park at the beautiful Ark Lodge which offers spectacular opportunities to watch the resident birdlife and wildlife from four viewing galleries.

Guests will also enjoy a number of safaris, including game drives in the Maasai Mara and the Samburu National Reserve, and stays in tented camps and lodges.

This trip leads in at £3,275 per person sharing (for a departure in November 2021) and the price includes eight nights’ accommodation, 23 meals, all transportation in luxury coaches and a full programme itinerary.

South America

Prince Philip went on a two-month royal flying tour of South America in 1962, taking in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Argentina, among other destinations.

He later accompanied the Queen on a state visit to Chile and Brazil in November 1968, which represented the first time a serving British monarch had visited South America.

During the trip, the couple also visited Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile and Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

Prince Philip even met footballing legend Pelé and saw him score the 900th goal of his career at Rio’s Maracanã Stadium.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Costsaver Tours’ South America Discovery visits Rio de Janeiro, Iguazu Falls, Buenos Aires and the highlights of Peru in a 15-day trip.

The trip leads in at £2,644 per person sharing (departing from June 2021 onwards) and includes 14 nights of B&B accommodation, seven further meals, orientation tours in Rio, Buenos Aires, Iguassu Falls, Lima, Machu Picchu, Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and transportation on the trip.

Canada

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh made 12 official visits to the west coast province of British Colombia.

This included a visit in 1971 that marked B.C.’s centennial celebration of joining the Confederation.

How you can share Prince Philip’s travel experience.

Travellers can follow a similar journey to Prince Philip with APT’s luxury Rockies Explorer itinerary.

From Vancouver to Victoria, travellers will take in highlights including an exclusive breakfast at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park’s Cliff House Restaurant, meeting a Mountie in Banff and hearing tales of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

APT’s luxurious 13-day Rockies Explorer itinerary cost starts at £5,245 per person.

This includes return scheduled flights from London Heathrow, 11 nights of handpicked accommodation, a two-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in GoldLeaf Service, a total of 19 meals, the services of an APT Tour Director and local guides in select locations. Price is based on a 23 April 2022 departure.

This article originally appeared on Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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