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Ireland, Cornwall and Dorset

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Jacques Cartier
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At the meeting of the Atlantic Ocean and the Celtic Sea, set sail for an 8-day gastronomic cruise off the Irish coast. From Dublin, board Le Jacques-Cartier to discover the charming seaside resort town of Portrush and its magnificent fine-sand beaches before sailing to Killybegs, a gateway to the city of Donegal. Further south, 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. Next, head toward the peninsula of Cornwall. Its rocky coastlines, beautiful rolling countryside and numerous local legends have inspired novelists and filmmakers. Finally, sail to Saint-Malo, the cité corsaire or city of privateers. Explore this captivating walled city, where your trip comes to an enchanting end. 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dublin | Embark
Day 2 : Portrush
Day 3 : Killybegs
Day 4 : Galway
Day 5 : Kinsale
Day 6 : Penzance
Day 7 : Sailing Along Jurassic Coast | Poole
Day 8 : Saint-Malo | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy a gastronomy cruise: gala dinner, cooking classes and wine tasting
  • Explore Celtic shores, between Dublin and Saint-Malo
  • Discover the Jurassic Coast, listed with UNESCO
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Creative Cities of Literature and Film

Ship

Le Jacques Cartier

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Castle ruins overlooking the sea Rocky shores of the Atlantic Blue hour on the French coast White cliffs overlook the rocky shores Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin Golden light along the cliffs of the Irish coast

Day 1 Dublin | Embark

The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centers. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Day 2 Portrush

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Established on the site of an old fishing village in the far north of the island, Portrush is a seaside resort that has been very fashionable since Victorian times. It was built along a peninsular edged by two magnificent golden sandy beaches that have been developed for walking and cycling. Further east lies Whiterocks, one of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful beaches. The romantic ruins of Dunluce Castle are perched on the edge of the white limestone cliffs overlooking the beach. Do not miss the Giant's Causeway geological site a few kilometers further on. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers the surprising sight of a series of hexagonal basalt columns beaten by the waves.

Day 3 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 in awe of their peace, quiet, and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

Day 4 Galway

  • 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 5 Kinsale

  • Ship
  • 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 theaters, 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.

Day 6 Penzance

  • 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 the Penlee 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 dive into a history rich with legends.

Day 7 Sailing Along Jurassic Coast | Poole

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In southern England, discover the coastline of Dorset and East Devon, also called the Jurassic Coast in reference to the many fossils from that period found there. Stretching more than 150 km, the “Pearl of Dorset” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geological interest. Aboard your ship, admire the site’s spectacular white chalk cliffs, home to many sea birds. The scenery, constantly changing with the light, and the different creeks and beaches situated at the feet of these gigantic rock formations will give you the opportunity to take superb photos. Perhaps you will also be able to glimpse Durdle Door, this natural arch carved out of the rock by erosion.

Day 8 Saint-Malo | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to evoke the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When you drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.

After breakfast aboard the ship, disembark at Saint-Malo.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

*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 
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise 
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or optional 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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