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Experience the luck o' the Irish on the "Emerald Isle," where green pastures, rocky cliffs, & proud castles of yore adorn the verdant landscapes. Get to know the true Irish culture in the Aran Islands, where authentic Gaelic language and culture are not only preserved but still alive! Explore the ghostly archaeological sites of Dingle in the Skellig Islands or stop into one of the many pubs for a draught of Ireland's famous beer or whisky. In Belfast, Northern Ireland, you will see the birthplace of the fated Titanic. See the Giant's Causeway, where Irish myth holds that these interlocking stones were left when giant Fionn macCumhaill built a stone path across to Scotland to fight a Scottish giant. From Dublin, you can visit the 6th century monastic ruins in nearby Glendalough or tour the beautiful capital city itself.
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Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Wild and Windswept: The Coasts of England and Wales

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Zodiac and kayak for scenic views
  • Visit historic Portsmouth dockyards
  • See Dartmouth Castle in Fishguard
  • Stargaze with a local astronomer
Sail from London to historic Portsmouth and the battlements of Dartmouth Castle. Zodiac, kayak, and hike with naturalists; see historic Alderney and Skomer Island’s wealth of seabirds, and the Isles of Scilly or Tresco. Hike the rugged Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. On Sark Island, visit La Seigneurie Gardens or hike to the Gouliot Caves.
Activities: Biking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Places: Europe, Ireland, United Kingdom, United Kingdom & Ireland, Western Europe, Dartmouth, Dublin, Fishgard, Holyhead, Isles of Scilly, London, Portsmouth, Sark, Tresco
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Isle of Iona, Scotland

Norway and Scotland: Fjordlands and the Inner Hebrides

8 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • Kayak and Zodiac cruise inlets
  • See ancient dwellings
  • View spectacular wildlife
  • Hike to Sumburgh Head lighthouse
Voyage from the vibrant cultural center of Dublin to the stunning landscapes and ancient ruins of Scotland and beyond. Visit a Shetland pony farm, a Fair Isle seabird research station, the Stone Age megaliths of the Orkneys, and sacred Christian sites of Iona. Then sail through fjord country and hike and kayak the dramatic Sognefjorden.
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise
Places: Bergen, Dublin, Fair Isle, Isle of Iona, Kirkwall, Shetland Islands, Staffa, Stornoway
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Ireland Travel Guide

Despite its small size, Ireland is home to beautiful landscapes and centuries of rich Gaelic culture that will come alive as you navigate around this charming island. Castles, ruins, and stunning architecture highlight the human story of the Emerald Isle, while diverse bird species and a sweeping green countryside underline Ireland's abundant natural diversity. 
  • Tour Dublin (the capital city), home to St. Patrick's Cathedral, the Dublin Castle, and a mix of modern & ancient culture.
  • Belfast & Galway and the pristine Connemara district are also scenic stops along many cruises.
  • Visit Cork, a quaint city on the River Lee with a university atmosphere and some excellent traditional Irish pubs.
  • Explore ancient ruins, like the ancient monastery at Glendalough, Dingle, or the volcanic site known as the Giant's Causeway.
  • Go birding in the Aran Islands, where you'll see shocking numbers of diverse endemic birds.
Most tours through Ireland also visit the United Kingdom, where the neighboring countries of England, Scotland, and Wales will delight you with their tradtional atmosphere and noble castles. Some cruises even include navigations through European countries like Norway, Spain, and Portugal.

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