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Wild and Windswept: Coasts of England & Wales

British Isles Cruise

  • National Geographic Orion
  • Luxury Expedition Ship
  • 102 Capacity
  • 8 Days
  • 2016 View Departure>
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  • Price from
  • $7,199

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


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Day 1
London, England / Embark

Embark on the Orion near the famous Tower Bridge on the Thames River for lunch on board. Set sail on the Thames River, passing through East London as you make your way toward Portsmouth. Tonight, there will be a briefing on the week to come by the expedition staff as you set sail for Portsmouth.

Day 2

This morning, sail by southern England, with a mid-day arrival into Portsmouth, England, known for its maritime heritage and famous collection of historic ships. Spend the afternoon exploring its cobbled streets and century-old pubs, or enjoy a guided exploration of the countryside.

Day 3
Alderney and Sak, Channel Islands

This morning, stretch your legs with a historical walking tour of Alderney, the northernmost Channel Island, known for its wealth of bird species and other wildlife. After the tour and weather permitting, extend your active discovery with a kayak outing of the island where you will see bustling colonies of seabirds and other flora and fauna.

In the afternoon, proceed to the Channel Island of Sark where you can visit the whimsical La Seigneurie Gardens, or join a guided hike to the Gouliot Caves and headlands to see the island’s designated Wetland of International Importance. If the skies are clear in the evening, take a short trip to Sark’s Astronomical Society for a stargazing session with a local astronomer. Enjoy a special dining experience ashore this evening before continuing your journey to Portsmouth.

Day 4

This morning, enter the River Dart bound for Dartmouth, England. This colorful town, perched atop a steep hill above the River Dart, is full of charming narrow lanes bustling with sea farers. Visit Dartmouth Castle, see the guardrooms and winding passages, and enjoy great photo opportunities from the castle’s battlements. Then experience an open table tasting of wines and tapas before continuing your exploration of the region. The afternoon will provide you with free time to stroll through Dartmouth’s shops and pubs.

Day 5
Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

Begin your day with a Zodiac cruise around the Isles of Scilly, while a naturalist points out the local flora and fauna. Or, take a short boat trip over to Tresco Island, where you can visit the Abbey Gardens, or bike or hike the island’s trails. Other opportunities include saltwater fishing or the chance to ride horseback on the island’s deserted beaches.

Day 6
Skomer Island and Ramsey Island, Wales / Fishguard

Awaken to the beautiful view of Skomer Island, and spend the day between Skomer Island and nearby Ramsey Island, both overflowing with sea life and seabird colonies. Join a Zodiac excursion to spot offshore sealife and nesting seabirds, or take a trail walk where you will see wildflowers in bloom and afford incredible views of the Pembrokeshire Coast. This evening the ship sails to the town of Fishguard. After dinner, disembark and immerse yourself in the local nightlife.

Day 7

Perched on a headland in North Pembrokeshire, Fishguard is a wonderful and often overlooked destination. Spend the day hiking the rugged Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, or visit St. David’s Cathedral with a knowledgeable guide. Alternatively, stroll the Fishguard marina and explore the downtown area where you can shop and relax.

Day 8
Dublin, Ireland / Disembark

Disembark and head to the airport for your flight home, or remain in Dublin for further exploration.


This itinerary is subject to change. ExpeditionTrips.com is not responsible for itinerary changes.

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Expedition Photography:
The photo team, a National Geographic Photographer and a Photo Specialist, will enhance your voyage by working with you on photo composition and exposure; helping you develop your own unique vision; showing you how professionals edit and store images while on the go; and sharing the stories behind some of their greatest images. Whether expert or interested beginner, you'll find added benefits such as walks ashore and Zodiac cruises dedicated to photography, presentations on the creative and technical aspects of photography, and one-on-one mentoring and coaching in the field.

All accommodations aboard ship; all meals aboard ship; alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship; excursions; sightseeing and entrance fees; special access permits; transfers to and from group flights; use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment; services of expedition leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guide; services of a ship physician; all gratuities; all port charges and service taxes.

Not Included:
Air transportation; passport; visa; immigration fees; travel protection plan; items of a personal nature including internet, laundry, etc.