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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 Anglo-Saxons. From the lovely sub-tropical gardens on the Isles of Scilly and the geological wonders of Giant’s Causeway, the British Isles entrance and entice travelers with their immense beauty.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : London, England
Day 2 : Portsmouth | Embark Ocean Adventurer
Day 3 : Falmouth | Penzance
Day 4 : Isles of Scilly
Day 5 : Skellig Islands, Ireland
Day 6 : Dunmore East | Waterford | Saltee Islands
Day 7 : Port St. Mary, Isle of Man
Day 8 : Portrush, Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland | Isle of Islay
Day 9 : Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland | Iona
Day 10 : St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides | Flannan Islands
Day 11 : Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Day 12 : Lerwick, Shetland Islands | Isle of Noss | Mousa
Day 13 : Fair Isle
Day 14 : Aberdeen | Disembark | Edinburgh
Day 15 : Edinburgh

Highlights

  • Witness some of Europe’s largest seabird colonies
  • Visit Giant’s Causeway, with its 40,000 closely-packed hexagonal columns
  • Discover important Neolithic sites, such as the Standing Stones of Stenness
  • Explore a variety of architectural wonders, including 12th-c. Iona Abbey

Ship

Ocean Adventurer (ZE)

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • Ireland
  • Scotland
  • United Kingdom
  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • England
  • Fair Isle
  • Falmouth
  • Isle of Man
  • Isles of Scilly
  • Kirkwall
  • London
  • Portrush
  • Portsmouth
  • Saltee Islands
  • Shetland Islands
  • St. Kilda
  • Staffa
  • The Skelligs

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Walk the scenic coast of Great Britian Learn about the history of the British Isles Ancient dwellings View puffins on your Europe cruise The unique rock formations of Giant's Causeway

Day 1 London, England

Check in to the Hilton London Paddington Hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.       

Day 2 Portsmouth | Embark Ocean Adventurer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast, depart via train for Portsmouth. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of this famous port city. This afternoon board the Ocean Adventurer.   

Day 3 Falmouth | Penzance

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning take a stroll through Trebah Garden, a beautiful subtropical garden with a stunning coastal backdrop. After lunch on board, take a tour of the Eden Project in Penzance. This innovative complex of domes houses plants from around the world, with each emulating a natural biome. Or, take a walk through the expansive Trelissick Garden, noted for its impressive collection of camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas. The garden also offers glorious views of the Fal River and distant rolling hills. 

Day 4 Isles of Scilly

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, the Isles of Scilly have given their fortunate inhabitants the luxury of turning a passion for growing flowers into a major industry. This morning board local boats and cruise to Tresco to visit the ruins and exquisite subtropical gardens at the medieval Tresco Abbey.

Day 5 Skellig Islands, Ireland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The wonderfully remote Skellig Islands are one of Europe’s most impressive seabird citadels; Little Skellig is home to the second-largest colony of gannets in the world. Other seabirds found here include kittiwakes, razorbills, Manx shearwaters, and nesting puffins. Dependent on weather and permission to access, visit nearby Skellig Michael—the site of an important 6th-century Anchorite monastery and now a World Heritage Site.

Day 6 Dunmore East | Waterford | Saltee Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From the port city of Dunmore East, drive through scenic countryside to Waterford. Options today include a visit to the renowned Waterford Crystal glassworks to watch master craftsmen at work, or enjoy a tour of Mount Congreve, a magnificent estate with exquisite gardens. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise toward the privately-owned Saltee Islands. These islands attract a variety of birds to their craggy masses; on Great Saltee Island search for puffins, murres, razorbills, gannets, and more of the 47 bird species recorded here.

Day 7 Port St. Mary, Isle of Man

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy a leisurely morning on board as the ship cruises to Port St. Mary on the Isle of Man. Board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the single remnant from the extensive Victorian system that served the main centers on the island. Ride through quaint and picturesque villages to the southern resort of Port Erin.   

Day 8 Portrush, Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland | Isle of Islay

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark at Portrush and travel overland to the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway. This three-mile section of coastline is a geological masterpiece—some 40,000 closely-packed hexagonal columns of varying heights line the coast and descend like a staircase into the sea. In the afternoon visit the rugged cliffs of Rathlin Island, where you are greeted by colonies of guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, and puffins. After lunch, go ashore on the Isle of Islay for a tour of the world-famous Lagavulin Distillery.     

Day 9 Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland | Iona

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Weather permitting, spend the morning exploring the uninhabited island of Staffa by Zodiac and its most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave. The cave’s peculiar rock formations and unusual coloring are a delight to behold, and the wonderful echo of the sea from within served as the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. In 563 AD the Christian missionary St. Columba built a monastery on Iona and spread Christianity throughout Scotland. Though it suffered repeated attacks by Vikings over the centuries and the original was destroyed, the monastery was rebuilt each time, and some of these later buildings still stand. Visit the monastery site, the nearby cemetery of St. Oran, where numerous Scottish kings are buried, and the 12th-century Iona Abbey. 

Day 10 St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides | Flannan Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the morning at St. Kilda, once home to a small community, evidenced by abandoned houses and cleits, beehive-shaped cells where goods were stored. Cruising among the Flannan Islands this afternoon, puffins, fulmars, murres, and kittiwakes should be plentiful. Of special interest to birders is the Leach’s petrel colony on the grassy slopes of Eilean Mor beneath the lighthouse.

Day 11 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in the capital city of Kirkwall on Mainland Island in the Orkneys today for visits to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral and some of the island’s major archaeological sites. Maes Howe, a chambered tomb dating from 3500 BC, is known for its runic hieroglyphs left by visiting 12th-century Vikings. Then visit the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae, a remarkably well-preserved Stone Age village buried in sand some 4,500 years ago. Return to Kirkwall for an afternoon walking tour of this charming city.

Day 12 Lerwick, Shetland Islands | Isle of Noss | Mousa

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, which are steeped in Norse heritage. After the tour there is free time to stroll the narrow streets and browse the many shops, or raise a pint at the local pub. After lunch on board, cruise by Zodiac to the Isle of Noss, where spectacular cliffs support a large and diverse seabird colony, home to 80,000 seabirds—guillemots, razorbills, gannets, shags, and more. This evening go ashore at Mousa to view one of Britain’s finest Iron Age ruins, an unusually well-preserved 40-foot broch, a dry stone structure, dating from about 200 AD.

Day 13 Fair Isle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
One of the most isolated settlements in the British Isles, this island is renowned for the quality and intricacy of its handmade sweaters using local wool. It is also famous as a haven for seabirds including gannets, murres, black-legged kittiwakes, numerous gull species, and a large colony of puffins. After a short walk, join some of the 70 islanders at their community center for tea and cakes, and a visit to the local museum. 

Day 14 Aberdeen | Disembark | Edinburgh

Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Edinburgh. Check in to the Balmoral Hotel for a special farewell dinner and overnight.  

Day 15 Edinburgh

  • 1 Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

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Solo Traveler Savings - Book by January 31, 2017 and receive a waived single supplement.
Applies to May 10, 2018 departure
Per person starting at
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 119-143 sq. ft
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 117-153 sq. ft.
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Two twin beds, shower, two lower berths, double window, 115-142 sq. ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 121-161 sq. ft.
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Suite, two lower twin beds, bath with shower, four windows, sitting area, 221 sq. ft.
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Owner’s Suite, two lower berth twin beds, shower/ bathtub, four windows, sitting area, 273 sq ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 117-153 sq. ft.
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Two twin beds, shower, two lower berths, double window, 115-142 sq. ft.
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Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, double window, 121-161 sq.ft.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you whenever possible.
- Additional singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.

For most activities, a relatively moderate level of exertion is required. You will need to climb into and out of Zodiacs for excursions ashore and walk one to three miles over sometimes rough terrain such as cobblestones and uneven, rocky beaches. We have designed shore excursions to accommodate both those who wish for moderate strolls and those who prefer more active hikes. In May, temperatures will range from the low 50sºF– mid-60sºF, cooling slightly as you travel north. Flexibility is a must, as itineraries are subject to change, and landings may be tidal or weather dependent. 

Included:
  • Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac cruises
  • All gratuities
  • All accommodations
  • World-class lecture and expedition team
  • All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and wine with lunch and dinner
  • All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
  • Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
  • Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear and reading materials
  • Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

Excluded:
  • Airfare from your home city/London and Edinburgh/home city
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Airport arrival and departure taxes
  • Transfers for independent arrivals and departures
  • Passport and/or visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages (other than listed at left), and other incidentals
  • Email/Internet/fax/telephone charges

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  • 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 14 Dinners
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