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England, Scotland, Wales, & Northern Ireland make up the United Kingdom, known for its ancient castles & regal atmosphere. Your expedition will take you on zodiac rides around picturesque islands, treks in the lush countryside & highlands, and walking tours through medieval & contemporary cities. See the famous Loch Ness, where the mysterious green monster is rumored to live, or the Orkney & Shetland Islands, where you'll explore fascinating archaeology & Neolithic history. In the metropolitan captial of London, you'll see Tower Bridge & the majestic Buckingham Palace, watched over by the monumental London Eye Millennium Wheel. The shores of Wales host quaint fishing villages & beautiful scenery. The UK is also a key part of tours through the rest of Europe, including Ireland, France & Portugal, & Scandinavia.
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Walk the scenic coast of Great Britian

Wild & Ancient Britain

15 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (ZE)
  • Witness large seabird colonies
  • Visit remarkable Giant's Causeway
  • Discover important Neolithic sites
  • Explore architectural wonders
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Explore the remote and isolated coastlines of the British Isles on this 15-day cruise, where windswept cliffs and promontories teem with some of the largest seabird colonies in Europe. Walk through heather-clad moorlands and among the ruins of fortress-castles which echo the lore of the Celts and …
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Tresco, Isles of Scilly
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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
Activities: Biking, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
With an active itinerary full of breathtaking natural beauty, sail from London’s iconic Tower Bridge to the historic port of Portsmouth and the battlements of Dartmouth Castle. Zodiac, kayak, and hike with naturalists, tour historic Alderney with its wealth of seabirds and wildlife, and the …
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.

Scotland's Highlands and Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Lord of the Glens
  • Sail through Loch Ness
  • Visit medieval abbey ruins
  • Hike in spectacular Cuillin Hills
  • Discover ancient standing stones
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Biking, Hiking, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
The only expedition of its kind, explore Scotland as few people have on an encompassing and enchanting Scotland voyage. Walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the …
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Travelers hiking through the Norwegian arctic.

Orkney & Shetland Islands

12 Day Itinerary aboard M/S Stockholm
  • Encounter dramatic landscapes
  • See a 5,000-year-old village
  • View rare birds on Fair Isle
  • Explore the hanseatic city of Bergen
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Embark on an adventure on board the M/S Stockholm! The Orkney and Shetland Islands offer their visitors spectacular nature, remarkable bird life, and fascinating history. Depart from Oban, Scotland and sail north, concluding in Bergen, Norway. This is a unique opportunity to reach several remote …
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Isle of Iona, Scotland
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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
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Kayaking, Scuba Diving, Small Ship Cruise
Activity Level: Relaxed
Sail through the heart of fjord country and experience the unforgettable beauty of western Norway’s stark cliffs and the windswept isles of Scotland on this 8-day voyage. Kayak below emerald mountains in the dramatic Sognefjorden, and step ashore at Undredal to explore its 12th-century stave …
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The Ring of Brodgar on the Orkney Islands.
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Wild Scotland

11 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Explore Scotland's wild islands
  • Uncover stories of Scotland's past
  • Discover Neolithic sites and ruins
  • Kayak through sea caves and lochs
  • Observe magnificent marine wildlife
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
From the Hebrides in the west, to inhospitable windswept specks of land like St Kilda and Foula, and to the Orkney and Shetland islands in the north, explore the intriguing diversity of these wild islands on this unique 11-day cruise aboard the Polar Pioneer. Plan to take in Neolithic sites …
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Explore the charming coastal city of Bergen

Norway & Great Britain: Leith to Travemünde

11 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Visit Crathes Castle
  • Discover Skara Brae's ruins
  • See the 612m Månafossen waterfall
  • Tour the streets of Copenhagen
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Sailing Schooner, Urban Exploration
Activity Level: Relaxed
Sail in the wake of the Vikings to places of worship, fairytale castles, and stylish cities on this exclusive 11-day cruise on the Sea Cloud II. Discover the many facets of the North. Rock faces that plunge into the sea, picturesque coastal villages, romantic castles – on the journey from …
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Coastal village in the arctic

Remote Isles On the Way to Iceland

12 Day Itinerary aboard Silver Explorer
  • Observe various seabird species
  • Visit Neolithic and medieval sites
  • Experience the unique Faroe Islands
  • See dolphins, seals and porpoises
  • See Neolithic Heartland of Ork
  • See Europe’s largest bird cliff
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The captivating history of these remote islands will astound, as you discover Neolithic sites, medieval ruins, and historic homes. Perhaps spot puffins, Grey seals, or even Orcas as you travel northwards to the Faroe Islands. Zodiac cruises, stunning natural parks and delicious local cuisine are …
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Puffins hang out on the rocks.
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Across the Arctic Circle: Scotland, Norway & Spitsbergen

14 Day Itinerary aboard Polar Pioneer
  • Follow along the Vikings' route
  • Explore World Heritage Sites
  • Delight in majestic scenery
  • Search for Arctic wildlife
  • Enjoy magnificent bird watching
Activities: Adventure Options, Kayaking, Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Follow the Vikings’ way from northeast Scotland to the land of the midnight sun on this 14-day Arctic voyage. Enthusiastic historians and expert naturalists reveal the Orkney and Shetland islands, from Stone Age villages and Viking relics, to world class distilleries and spectacular birdlife, …
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
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Nordic Passages: Shetlands, Orkney, Faroes, and Iceland

13 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Orion
  • See Iceland’s Vatnajökull icecap
  • Sail under the bird cliffs of Noss
  • Discover living geology
  • Meet welcoming locals
  • See dramatic cliffs and sea stacks
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Sail the route of legendary Vikings on a voyage to explore Stone Age sites, a vast icecap, and dynamic coastal Iceland. Discover the seldom-visited Orkney and Faroes and walk through a 500-year-old village and the mysterious standing stones of the Ring of Brodgar. See towering cliffs alive with …
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Locals of Poland wearing colorful traditional clothing.

North Sea & the Baltic

9 Day Itinerary aboard Le Soleal
  • Explore cities along the Baltic Sea
  • Discover the canals of Bruges
  • Sightsee in Amsterdam
  • Visit Copenhagen's royal palaces
Activities: Expedition Cruises, Urban Exploration
Activity Level: Relaxed
Discover the natural sites and history-laden cities of the Baltic Sea aboard Le Soleal on this 9-day cruise around Northern Europe. Explorethe UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Poland and Sweden aboard your luxurious 224-passenger luxury vessel.
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Lerwick, Shetlands

In the Wake of the Vikings

10 Day Itinerary aboard MS Spitsbergen
  • Explore archaeological sites
  • Visit Tórshavn
  • Hear exciting Viking stories
  • Enjoy a hike on Mykines
  • Tour Surtsey and Heimaey
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
The Vikings did colonize a lot of land and their heritage is still visible today. Explore some of the most interesting sites as you journey through the history of the Vikings. Follow the Vikings’ route, from Bergen in Norway to the beautiful Shetland and Orkney Islands, both of which are rich …
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Spot the Minke whale

Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen

10 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Whale watch in the Scottish waters
  • Visit ancient circular stone towers
  • Tour the volcanic Jan Mayen Island
  • Sail along the edge of sea-ice
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Set sail for an 10-day whale safari on the Ortelius. This Arctic expedition cruise offers countless possibilities to spot whales including minke, blue, fin, and orca. Harbour porpoise and white-beaked dolphin can also be spotted in the icy waters. Taking your eyes away from the sea, the …
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St. Petersburg's Hermitage, the former home of the Russian imperial family
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Best of the Baltic

16 Day Itinerary aboard Island Sky (ZE)
  • Discover scenic Bornholm Island
  • Visit Visby, a World Heritage Site
  • Tour Gdansk, Riga, and Tallinn
  • Spend two days in St. Petersburg
  • Transit the 61-mile Kiel Canal
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Small Ship Cruise, Urban Exploration
Activity Level: Relaxed
Follow in the historic footsteps of explorers as you cruise down the legendary Thames River to the North Sea on this 16-day Baltic Odyssey on the Island Sky. Discover the scenic beauty of Bornholm Island, graced with rolling countryside, charming villages, unique round churches, and the impressive …
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Visit charming Passau

Western Europe: Hamburg to Bilbao

10 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud II
  • Catch the charm of the Elbe
  • Stroll along Ostende's beach
  • Visit San Sebastián, a food mecca
  • Join optional guided cycling tours
Activities: Biking, Sailing Schooner
Activity Level: Relaxed
Discover the Channel Islands, Brittany, and the Basque Country on this incredible 10-day summer cruise through the most distinctive landscapes of Europe. Stroll around Bruges past ramparts, windmills and romantic canals. Enjoy thejewel of the Atlantic, Belle-Île-en-Me - as soon as the sun …
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A humpback whale breaches the polar waters

Whale Safari: Fair Isle - Jan Mayen - Spitsbergen

12 Day Itinerary aboard Ortelius
  • Cruise along the edge of sea-ice
  • Visit the volcanic Jan Mayen island
  • Observe orca and minke whales
  • Tour ancient circular stone towers
Activities: Small Ship Cruise, Whale Watching, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
Experience all the Arctic has to offer on this one-in-a-lifetime expedition cruise. Board the Ortelius for a 12-day whale safari from Vlissingen to Longyearbyen. This Arctic expedition cruise offers countless possibilities to spot whales including minke, blue, fin, and orca. Harbour porpoise and …
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Porto, Portugal Old Town

Discoveries of Coastal Europe

13 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Adventurer (ZE)
  • Explore medieval UNESCO Sites
  • Sample wine in Bordeaux
  • Visit three of the Channel Islands
  • Immerse yourself in WWII history
  • Search for resident & migrant birds
Activities: Local Market, Small Ship Cruise, Wildlife Viewing, Wine Tasting
Activity Level: Relaxed
From mighty seafaring capitals to sleepy fishing villages, trace the coast of Western Europe on this sweeping journey that highlights the region’s great art, fine food, and important historic sites. Browse local markets for a taste of daily life and stroll along scenic waterfronts that echo …
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Epic Crossing of the Arctic North

14 Day Itinerary aboard MS Spitsbergen
  • Join optional excursions
  • Visit Ilulissat and Sisimiut
  • Explore Qassiarsuk
  • Discover Iron Age sites
Activities: Archaeological Sites, Hiking, Village Visit, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level: Relaxed
This expedition takes you to Greenland, the biggest island in the Arctic; the mythical Iceland; and the smaller Faroe and Shetland Islands. This is an adventure that cannot be compared to anything else in the Northern Hemisphere. Explore Greenland, the largest island on the planet, and observe the …
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United Kingdom Travel Guide

Highlights of the British Isles
Although it is one unified nation, the four countries that comprise this island kingdom are very distinct. They all have beautiful, green landscapes and rocky cliffs, but that’s just about where the similarities end. As you tour each country, you’ll get to know their unique histories, legends, and lifestyles:
  • Scotland: The northernmost territory, you can visit interesting sites like the Hebrides (a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where Scotish-Gaelic culture is still alive and a 13th century abbey & nunnery can be found); the Shetland & Orkney Islands; or the famous Edinburgh, which maintains its medieval feeling even today.
  • England: Home to the capital city of London, you will tour this prominent nation via the proud Thames River. You will see the Isle of Wight, where the Royal Osborne House served as one of Queen Victoria's favorite residences.
  • Wales: Tucked in the corner, just across from Ireland, Wales is home to beautiful scenery, tranquil coastal villages, and the site where the stones from Stonehenge were taken. Stroll along the beach or board a Zodiac to see whales, seals, and dolphins. You can also buy some of the softest Welsh wool.
  • Northern Ireland: Here, you will see Belfast, perhaps most famous as the birthplace of the HMS Titanic. Here, you can explore the streets fo this traditional town, visit the local ship-building & Titanic museums, or check out the mythical Giant's Causeway on the Antrim plateau.

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