Summary : The windswept shores of England and Wales showcase stunning and rugged landscapes teeming with diverse wildlife and scattered with charming villages. Journey aboard the National Geographic Orion from Portsmouth—once one of the world’s most important seaports—to the nearly forgotten isles of the English Channel and the Celtic Sea. Explore remote waters and coastlines by kayak and Zodiac, immersing yourself in a world of marine animals and migratory seabirds. In the seaside towns of Dartmouth and Fishguard, experience maritime culture amid festive marinas.
Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins
New in 2017: Most beverages and crew tips included
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$7,990 to $16,610
Arrive in Dublin and embark National Geographic Orion. (L,D)
Dock at Holyhead and take a scenic drive to Snowdonia National Park. There are river gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and valleys to explore. Continue to Angelsey, a recognized GeoPark, to hike or cycle past intriguing rock formations. Tonight enjoy a festive musical celebration. (B,L,D)
Beautiful Skomer Island overflows with wildlife. Hop on a Zodiac to spot whales, dolphins, seals, and nesting seabirds. This afternoon stretch your legs along the scenic Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. Or discover the prehistoric archaeology of Pembrokeshire, the area that yielded the stones for Stonehenge. Opt to take a guided walk around the lovely little town of St. David’s Cathedral. (B,L,D)
According to Arthurian legend, the Isles of Scilly are all that remain of Lyonnesse, a lost land said to have vanished into the Atlantic. Join a naturalist in spotting the flora and fauna of these mythical islands, Or stroll the village of Tresco and meander the world-class Tresco Abbey Gardens, where a surprising variety of tropical plants flourishes. (B,L,D)
Enjoy breakfast on deck as the vessel navigates the River Dart en route to Dartmouth, a colorful town that cascades across a steep riverside hill. In small groups, discover the guardrooms, battlements, and winding passages of the 14th-century Dartmouth Castle. Explore Dartmouth’s lively lanes on your own. Or, if you're a mystery book fan, don't miss a visit to Greenway House for a look at Agatha Christie's house and gardens. (B,L,D)
Anchor of the coast of Alderney and walk around the island with naturalist to discover local wildlife. Or head off on your own by bike. Weather permitting, you may kayak in search of seabirds: puffins, gannets, and lesser black-backed gulls. After lunch, we sail to nearby Sark. Take in the colorful sights and intoxicating scents of La Seigneurie Gardens, or traverse La Coupée - an isthmus joining Great Sark and Little Sark, for incredible views over the island. (B,L,D)
Delve into Great Britain’s nautical history with at the perfectly preserved historic HMS Victory. Wander the city’s atmospheric waterfront, and stop for a pint at a traditional pub. Visit the Titchfield Haven birding reserve to see migratory land and water birds. (B,L,D)
As you sail up the River Thames, take in views of the city's iconic landmarks before disembarking in the city center. (B)
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Special Photo Expedition:
Join National Geographic photographer Susan Seubert on board for this special photo expedition. Her work has been recognized by the department of journalism at Columbia University with an Alfred Eisenstadt Award and most recently by the North American Travel Journalists Association for excellence in photography. In addition to being widely published and exhibited, she also lectures regularly about her work at such institutions as Harvard University and the Portland Art Museum.
Lindblad-National Geographic Certified Photo Instructor:
On all departures, a certified photo instructor will be at your side and at your service to inspire and assist you. Take advantage of talks, presentations, slideshows and “laptop gallery” sharing events. All skill and interest levels are welcome; the instructors can meet you wherever you are on your journey. All you need to participate is a camera— point-and-shoot, smartphone, DSLR, whatever—and a sense of adventure. And you’re sure to return home with amazing photos.
Accommodations aboard ship; meals aboard ship; alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks; services of expedition leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guide; services of a ship physician; gratuities; port charges and service taxes. Subject to change without notice.
Air transportation; extensions; passport and visa fees; immigration fees; travel protection plan; items of a personal nature including internet, laundry, etc; fuel surcharge may apply.
Photo Credit: © Michael S. Nolan, © Jim Richardson