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Connemara and Treasures of the Celtic Lands

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The city of Galway will offer you a real immersion into the heart of Gaelic culture and will be your gateway to the famous Connemara region. Further north, the ship will take you to Killybegs, a gateway to the city of Donegal. Be captivated by its sheer cliffs, deserted sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery and welcoming pubs. The Inner Hebrides will then welcome you with Tobermory, a charming fishing port with multi-colored houses whose distillery produces a renowned single malt, and Iona, the cradle of Christianity in Scotland where the famous Book of Kells was written. Before you disembark in Glasgow, the ship will call at Belfast, where you can visit the Giant's Causeway. This massive geological formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features over 40,000 basalt columns.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Honfleur, France | Embark
Day 2 : Isles of Scilly
Day 3 : Kinsale, Ireland
Day 4 : Glengarriff
Day 5 : Galway, Ireland
Day 6 : Killybegs
Day 7 : Hebrides | Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day 8 : Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 9 : Glasgow, Scotland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail towards the wild and bewitching landscapes of the Celtic islands
  • Explore the mysterious Giant’s Causeway site, Galway
  • Discover the wonderful landscapes of Connemara
  • View Iona, the sacred island of Scotland

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Charming timber houses of Honfleur Sheep walking on the road in the countryside. Boats at the docks of Honfleur, France Golden light along the cliffs of the Irish coast Explore the windswept Irish countryside
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Day 1 Honfleur, France | Embark

A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. You will no doubt admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbor, you will see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. You can see their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.

Day 2 Isles of Scilly

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the southwest tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Wildlife Boat Tour, Tresco Abbey Gardens, Garrison Walking Tour.

Day 3 Kinsale, Ireland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Considered Ireland’s most beautiful village, Kinsale will captivate you with its sublime natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Located at the mouth of the Bandon River in County Cork, this charming little port is home to picturesque streets lined with colorful houses, art galleries and theatres, as well as to a 17th-century fort. Not far away, perched on a rocky promontory, stands the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse: still in operation today, it has magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Panoramic Cork & Old Jameson Distillery, Panoramic Cork & Blarney Castle.

Day 4 Glengarriff

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In County Cork, discover Glengarriff, a little village set in the heart of intact nature. Located on the Beara Peninsula, renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, the municipality, which owes its name to the Gaelic word Gleann (literally “wild glen”), is surrounded by rugged mountains, wooded spaces — including one of Ireland’s oldest oak forests — and white sandy beaches. In addition to this natural setting, ideal for hiking, the site enjoys a tropical microclimate that favors the development of dense vegetation, composed of superb exotic plants.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Gougane Barra Scenic Drive, Bantry House & Gardens, Walk Through Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

Day 5 Galway, Ireland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Built at the mouth of the Corrib on in the West, Galway is one of the liveliest towns in the country. The cobbled streets in its historical center offer plenty of designer boutiques, artists’ studios and bohemian cafés.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Galway Through The Ages, Scenic Cliffs Of Moher, A Day In Scenic Connemara.

Day 6 Killybegs

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tucked away and sheltered by a large inlet, this charming fishing port is located on Ireland's most northern extremity, in the heart of the southern coast of County Donegal. As your boat glides into the port, soak up the dazzling colors of the trawlers docked in the harbor. You may well have the opportunity to tour the Donegal Carpets Factory, one of the world's oldest handmade carpet manufacturers. You can also take a tour of the Glenveagh National Park and its castle, after having crossed through the wild, untamed beauty of northern Ireland. Donegal is a rambler's paradise, and the Blue Stack Mountains are sure to have you hooked with their peace, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Wild Donegal & Glencolmcille, Glenveagh Castle & Park, Walking The Bluestack Mountains, A Stroll Through Donegal Town.

Day 7 Hebrides | Tobermory, Isle of Mull

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason... it is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the islandメs true spiritual center stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Iona Abbey, Cradle Of Christianity, Isles Of Iona & Mull, Traditional Weaving On The Hebrides.

Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s West Coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. You will definitely be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbor with their vibrant colors. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, a visit to the interesting Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth the time.

Day 8 Belfast, Northern Ireland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is no other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Panoramic Belfast & Titanic, Spectacular Giants Causeway, A Day Along The Antrim Coast.

Day 9 Glasgow, Scotland | Disembark

In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland's biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city's chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Don't miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.
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*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
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  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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