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Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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Experience a luxurious journey exploring the British Isles while aboard the Le Dumont-d'Urville. Discover Celtic lands of legend and romance. Embark in Honfleur, France where you step aboard Le Dumont-d’Urville and enjoy the next 13- days cruising around the British Isles. Visit the Aran Islands, rich in the language, culture, and heritage of Ireland, and the charming fishing port of, Killybegs, located on Ireland's most northern extremity. Before making your way back to Honfleur where you will disembark.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Honfleur, France | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : Kinsale, Ireland
Day 4 : Moher | Kilronan | Aran Islands
Day 5 : Galway, Ireland
Day 6 : Killybegs
Day 7 : Iona Islands | Tobermory
Day 8 : Oban
Day 9 : Belfast
Day 10 : Fishgard
Day 11 : Pensance
Day 12 : Dartmouth
Day 13 : Honfleur | Disembark

Highlights

  • Discover the British Isles and their different coastal regions
  • Explore Iona, the sacred island of Scotland
  • Learn about Irish and Celtic culture and heritage while on-board the ship
  • Visit Belfast, the capital city of Northern Ireland

Ship

Le Dumont-d'Urville

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The Cliffs of Moher. Sheep walking on the road in the countryside. The charming Honfleur old dock The unique rock formations of Giant's Causeway Isle of Iona, Scotland

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 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the onboard photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observer marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 3 Kinsale, Ireland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your first stopover will be the Kinsale, a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.

Day 4 Moher | Kilronan | Aran Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Aran Islands, on the very edge of Europe, are rich in the language, culture, and heritage of Ireland. The most developed island in terms of tourist facilities is Inis Mór and its main village of Kilronan. Here is a place to sense the spirit of Gaelic Ireland, to touch the past, but with all the comforts and facilities of the present. Aran will take you back to an Ireland of Celts and Early Christians. This is an island of great peace and tranquillity. Weathered monuments on breathtaking cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people summarises the islands.

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.

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.

Day 7 Iona Islands | Tobermory

  • 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. 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 Oban

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your stopover in Belfast, 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 9 Belfast

  • Ship
  • 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 non-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.

Day 10 Fishgard

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 11 Pensance

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The gateway to Cornwall, on the south-western tip of England, Penzance, whose Cornish name Pen Sans means “holy headland”, is sure to captivate you with its charm. This seaside town with white-sand beaches is brimming with history. It boasts a small fishing port and is home to magnificent Georgian and Regency buildings, stunning gardens with exotic plants, and thePenlee House Gallery & Museum, which traces the evolution of West Cornwall. Follow the promenade along the water’s edge: on the horizon stands St Michael’s Mount. This mysterious island, which can be reached on foot at low tide, was once a refuge for pilgrims, soldiers, monks, and fishermen. Here you will deep-dive into a history rich with legends. 

Day 12 Dartmouth

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This lovely tour of Devonshire’s “English Riviera coast” will give you a real feel for the village life and delightful countryside in this part of the world. Start with a short walking tour of Dartmouth. This ancient port is perhaps best known for Britannia Royal Naval College which stands imposingly on the hill above. It has been the center of naval training for centuries and so the town itself has a strong maritime history, which is echoed in its ancient taverns and well-preserved shops.

Day 13 Honfleur | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport to begin your journey home. 

Le Dumont-d'Urville

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Notes

*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
  • “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
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • 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).​​​
  • Gratuities to the onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Optional land excursions 
  • 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
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)
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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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