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Tresco, Isles of Scilly

Wild and Windswept: The Coasts of England and Wales

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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 Isles of Scilly or Tresco where you can go freshwater fishing or horseback riding on the deserted beaches. Skomer and Ramsay Islands overflow with seabird colonies and colorful wildflowers. You may hike the rugged Pembrokeshire Coastal Path or visit St. David’s Cathedral in Fishguard. On Sark Island, visit whimsical La Seigneurie Gardens or hike to the Gouliot Caves. You can even go stargazing with a local astronomer.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : London, England | Embark
Day 2 : Portsmouth
Day 3 : Alderney | Sark, Channel Islands
Day 4 : Dartmouth
Day 5 : Isles of Scilly | Tresco
Day 6 : Skomer Island, Wales | Fishguard
Day 7 : Snowdonia | Angelsey Island
Day 8 : Dublin, Ireland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Zodiac around the Isles of Scilly and the Welsh isle of Ramsey
  • Visit the historic dockyards at Portsmouth and see the 18th-c. HMS Victory
  • See Dartmouth Castle and St. David’s Cathedral in Fishguard
  • Stargaze with a local astronomer from the island’s Astronomical Society

Ship

National Geographic Orion

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Tresco, Isles of Scilly Snowdonia National Park sheep Puffin Birds relaxing in the sunlight Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin Tresco - part of the British Scilly Isles

Day 1 London, England | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in London, and embark National Geographic Orion, docked on the Thames. As the ship sets sail, take in views of the city's iconic landmarks and hear a presentation from a maritime expert on the importance of Portsmouth as a seaport.

Day 2 Portsmouth

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first anchoring is England's maritime capital of Portsmouth. Delve into Great Britain's nautical history with a behind-the-scenes look at the perfectly preserved historic ships docked in the harbor, including the HMS Victory. Wander the city's atmospheric waterfront this afternoon, and perhaps stop for a pint at a traditional pub. Opt to venture through the English countryside to Southwick House, the Allied headquarters during the D-Day landings. You have exclusive permission to enter the fascinating D-Day Map room.

Day 3 Alderney | Sark, Channel Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock at Alderney and take a walking tour of the island to learn about its important role in WWII under German occupation. Then, weather permitting, kayak across surrounding waters in search of migratory seabirds: puffins, gannets, and lesser black-backed gulls. After lunch, sail to nearby Sark. Take in the colorful sights and intoxicating scents of La Seigneurie Gardens. The coastal paths of Alderney are perfect for heading off on your own to cycle or hike with stops at must-see viewpoints. On Sark, explore the blooming headland of the Gouliot Caves.

Day 4 Dartmouth

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy breakfast on deck as your vessel navigates the River Dart en route to Dartmouth, a colorful town that cascades across a steep riverside hill. In small groups, discover the guardrooms, battlements, and winding passages of the 14th-century Dartmouth Castle. Spend the rest of the day exploring Dartmouth’s lively lanes on your own. If you’re a mystery book fan, don’t miss a visit to Greenway House for a curator-led look at Agatha Christie’s house and gardens.

Day 5 Isles of Scilly | Tresco

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
According to Arthurian legend, the Isles of Scilly are all that remain of Lyonnesse, a lost land off Cornwall's coast that is said to have vanished into the Atlantic. Discover Tresco Island and the world-class Tresco Abbey Gardens, where a surprising variety of tropical plants flourishes. Then stroll the village of Tresco, or join naturalists for a nature walk, spotting the flora and fauna of these mythical islands.

Day 6 Skomer Island, Wales | Fishguard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Beautiful Skomer Island overflows with wildlife. Hop on a Zodiac to spot whales, dolphins, and seals. This afternoon stretch your legs along Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which winds along the cliffs and pristine beaches surrounding Fishguard. Or, spend the afternoon discovering the prehistoric archaeology of Pembrokeshire, the area that yielded the stones for Stonehenge. Or, venture to St. David's Cathedral for a guided walk of the lovely little town, before dinner ashore in Fishguard. This evening enjoy a special dinner in a 13th-century castle in the incredible Pembrokeshire countryside, complete with a private musical performance.

Day 7 Snowdonia | Angelsey Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dock at Holyhead and take a scenic drive to Snowdonia National Park. There are river gorges, waterfalls, lakes, and valleys to explore, whether you are coming for pulse-raising activities or for simply standing and admiring the Snowdonia Mountains. Or, visit Angelsey, a recognized GeoPark, to hike or cycle past intriguing rock formations. Enjoy a festive musical celebration before setting sail to Dublin. 

Day 8 Dublin, Ireland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Wake up in Dublin and disembark after breakfast on-board. Transfer to the airport for flights home.

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Single supplement varies by itinerary. A solo traveler matching program may be available, but is subject to availability.

Please Note: Flexibility is a hallmark of National Geographic expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as you take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Included in Cost:
  • Accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals indicated
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship
  • Excursions
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Services of a ship physician
  • All gratuities
  • All port charges and service taxes
Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Extensions
  • Passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Meals not indicated
  • Travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature such as e-mail, laundry

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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