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Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

British Isles Ireland Cruise

Summary : Embark on a journey that encompasses Britain, Ireland, and Scotland. Discover the wild, rugged, seldom-seen islands of the west, as well as historic Portsmouth, and dramatic Iona and Skellig Michael. Walk through Stone Age village ruins 5,000-years-old, Zodiac cruise around the stunning island of Staffa, and hoist a pint or two with spirited natives in cozy pubs throughout the land. You’ll explore ancient sites in moody landscapes to learn about culture and history in lands that have been continuously inhabited since Stone Age times.

Activities : Birding, Child-Friendly, Culture, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Dedicated Solo Cabins, Triple/Quad Cabins


Bar tab onboard ship and crew tips now included. Subject to change.

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$14,890 to $27,180

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Day 1
U.S. / London, U.K

Fly overnight to London.

Day 2
London, U.K

Arrive at the airport in London. Embark in the city center in time for lunch as you set sail down the Thames.

Day 3

Visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and climb inside the HMS Victory, and visit the partially restored Tudor warship Mary Rose, deployed by King Henry VIII. Alternatively, join the naturalists for a drive to the lively estuary at Titchfield Haven to walk the trails and look for visiting birds.

Day 4

Stroll the medieval streets of Fowey before visiting the Eden Project, a botanical garden with vast biomes. In the afternoon, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, left derelict after WWI and recently restored, or choose to explore the quaint town center.

Day 5
Isles of Scilly

According to Arthurian legend, the Isles of Scilly are all that remain of Lyonnesse, a land off Cornwall that vanished beneath the Atlantic. Meander through Tresco Abbey Gardens, where an astounding variety of subtropical plants flourish.

Day 6
Cobh, Ireland

Arrive in colorful Cobh, a place steeped in Maritime history. Visit the fascinating Heritage Centre and walk in the footsteps of the many Irish who fled the hardships of the 19th century Ireland and immigrated to America.

Day 7
The Skelligs / Valentia Island / Dingle

Sail by Skellig Michael, a Celtic Christian hermitage where beehive huts and remains of a 7th-century monastery still stand. Visit Valentia Island for its dramatic cliffs and a visit to The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. Spend the afternoon discovering the picturesque seaside town of Dingle.

Day 8
Inishmore / Exploring Aran Islands

Visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Known for its religious and cultural heritage. Make a visit to Dun Aengus, a Celtic stone fort perched on a cliff’s edge.

Day 9
Exploring Northwestern Ireland

Discover northwestern Ireland—a wild and windswept region where Gaelic is still spoken. Steeped in history and folklore,
the dramatic landscape of counties Sligo and Donegal inspired the works of W.B. Yeats.

Day 10
Iona and Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

Visit the sacred island of Iona and its 12th Century abbey, believed to be the origin of the Book of Kells. Explore Staffa Island, famed for its geometric basalt columns, and Zodiac into dramatic Fingal’s Cave.

Day 11
St. Kilda & Callanish, Scotland

Visit the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, boasting incredible seabird colonies. Conditions permitting, you may make a landing at uninhabited St. Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, see the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis.

Day 12

Discover the Stone Age megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stoneslab village of Skara Brae. Step into medieval St. Magnus Cathedral, crafted from local red and yellow sandstone.

Day 13
Exploring the Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands archipelago is characterized by incredible cultural traditions and dramatic landscapes. Experience this for yourself as you step ashore at one of the many remote islands in the region.

Day 14

Drive through a rolling landscape with Shetland ponies. Explore the ruins at Jarlshof, which reveal 4,000 years of near continuous settlement.

Day 15
Bergen, Norway

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to airport for your flight home.


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

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.
Transfer to/from ship if booked on group flights; accommodations aboard ship per itinerary; meals onboard ship; most beverages onboard ship; crew gratuities; shore excursions as per itinerary; services of expedition leader, naturalist staff, and expert guides; use of kayaks; port charges and service taxes. Subject to change without notice.

Not Included:
Airfare; passport, visa, and immigration fees; baggage/accident/travel protection plan; premium alcoholic beverages; items of a personal nature, such as e-mail, laundry, etc.; fuel surcharge may apply.

Photos ©: Stewart Cohen Pictures, Jim Richardson, Michael S. Nolan, Sven-Olof Lindblad

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