Arrive in London and transfer to Poole to embark on the Corinthian.
The Isles of Scilly lie off the southwest coast of Cornwall and are believed to have been visited by the ancient Phoenicians. Walk from the port to the Tresco Abbey Gardens for a guided visit. Due to a combination of the region's mild winter climate, the long hours of summer sunshine, and the high walls and hedges around the carding, the Abbey is home to exotic plants from all over the world. Tresco is also known for its wonderful birding opportunities.
Travel to St. Davids to tour the magnificent cathedral in this village-sized city. Continue to the adjacent Bishop's Palace, once one of three fortified residences of the Bishops of St. Davids.
Arrive in Holyhead in the morning, which is separated from mainland Wales by the narrow Menai Strait. Visit the Bodnant Garden, one of the finest in Britain. After a lunch of Welsh specialties, drive along the Vale of Conwy through the spectacular scenery of Snowdonia to Caernarfon Castle, where Price Charles was invested as Price of Wales.
Dublin, a lively city on the banks of the Liffey River, is famous for its historic sites, handsome Georgian architecture, and friendly locals. View the 13th century Gothic cathedral of St. Patrick and continue on to Dublin Castle to see newly discovered Viking excavations as well as the Chester Beatty Library, which features a fine collection of Oriental art and artifacts. In the afternoon, tour Trinity College and its famed library, which houses the Book of Kells and other national treasures.
Iona, the site of the first Christian settlement in Scotland, is lovely and verdant. It enjoys a reputation as a seat of spiritual power. "The Graves of Kings" contains 48 Scottish monarchs, including Macbeth and his victim Duncan. Enjoy a walking tour and a visit to the Abbey.
Call in Portree to explore the castles found on the Isle of Skye. Visit the Eilean Donan Castle, which was initially built in 1214 and was later restored in the 20th century. Also visit Dunvegan Castle, which is said to be the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. Spend some time at the Museum of the Isles to learn about the 1,500-year history of the island. In the evening, visit the Talisker Distillery and enjoy a tour and Scotch tasting.
The largest town in the Western Isles, Stornoway is the home to the Standing Stones of Callenish, an arrangement of stones which are reminiscent of a Celtic Cross and built almost 5,000 years ago. Next, visit Carloway Broch, a dry-stone circular fort which was built in the 1st century A.D. and remained in use until the 14th century.
From Kirkwall, enjoy an excursion to the Heart of Neolithic Orkneym, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore Maes Howe, a chambered cairn, the Standing Stones of Stennes, the hence and stone circle of the Ring of Brodgar, and the ruins of a Neolithic village at Skara Brae. Return to Kirkwall for a tour of the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral, the most northerly cathedral in the British Isles.
From Aberdeen, enjoy an excursion to Balmoral, the Scottish home of the British Royal Family since it was purchased by Queen Victoria in 1848. The estate extends over 50,000 acres of heather-clad hills and ancient woodlands. In the afternoon, continue to Crathes Castle, which is known for its Scottish renaissance painted ceilings and an exceptional walled garden which encompasses nearly four acres.
In the morning, disembark the ship in Leigh and transfer to Edinburgh for your continued flights.