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This unique 8-day European Arctic cruise explores the intriguing diversity of Ireland's wild islands. Take in the land's rich history with visits to crofting communities, quaint villages, castles & Neolithic sites. Marvel at marine life such as whales, dolphins and seals and watch some of the world's largest seabird colonies.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Dublin, Ireland
Day 2 : Dublin | Waterford | Cork | Embark
Day 3 : Ballinskelligs, Ireland
Day 4 : Cliffs of Moher
Day 5 : Inishmore, Aran Islands | Killary Fjord
Day 6 : Clew Bay, County Mayo
Day 7 : County Donegal
Day 8 : Portrush | Disembark | Belfast

Highlights

  • Visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher, a UNESCO Global Geopark
  • Watch for a variety of seabirds—puffins, gannets, guillemots & kittiwakes
  • Discover the Ballinskelligs Priory an important archaeological monument
  • Explore Dún Aengus Fort and the heritage village at Glencolmcille

Ship

Greg Mortimer (ZE)

Places Visited

  • Europe
  • Ireland
  • Aran Islands
  • Belfast
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Cork
  • Donegal
  • Dublin
  • Portrush
  • Waterford

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Get a taste of Dublin's nightlife Cross the River Liffey while exploring Dublin Explore Dublin Colorful row houses and the soaring cathedral of Cork View over Belfast

Day 1 Dublin, Ireland

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

Day 2 Dublin | Waterford | Cork | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Take a drive through scenic countryside to Waterford for a visit to the renowned House of Waterford Crystal where you may watch master craftsmen at work. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Cork and embark the Greg Mortimer.

Day 3 Ballinskelligs, Ireland

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Ballinskelligs Priory was founded in the 12th century by monks who moved to the mainland from Skellig Michael after numerous Viking attacks. A number of buildings still remain, including a church, tower house, parts of the cloister, a large domestic hall, and cemetery, most of which dates from the 15th century. On a clear day, views across the bay are simply spectacular.

Day 4 Cliffs of Moher

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The dramatic Cliffs of Moher soar to over 700 feet above the crashing Atlantic and offer some of Ireland’s most stunning scenery. These rugged cliffs are part of a UNESCO Global Geopark and serve as an important nesting site for over 20 species of seabirds, including guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, and Atlantic puffins. Step ashore for walks through this magical landscape, where wildflower-studded meadows give way to wind-whipped clifftops with amazing views of the surf-pounded coast. 

Day 5 Inishmore, Aran Islands | Killary Fjord

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning, arrive at Inishmore, largest of the three Aran Islands, and an outpost of Gaelic culture, where Irish-speaking residents live in traditional stone cottages. Tour the 5th-century Dún Aengus Fort, a prehistoric stone fort dramatically situated at the edge of 300-foot cliffs, the Heritage Museum, and several monastic sites. Permission pending, cruise through Killary Fjord, which extends 10 miles from the Atlantic to the quaint village of Leenane. Keep an eye out for resident bird species such as ringed plovers, mute and whooper swans, tufted ducks, and barnacle geese.

Day 6 Clew Bay, County Mayo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, set out to explore scenic Clew Bay, dotted with 365 low-lying islands—limestone drumlins formed during the last Ice Age. Join naturalists for a walk-in Ballycory National Park, which boasts one of the largest Atlantic blanket bog systems in Europe, keeping an eye out for Greenland white-fronted geese, peregrine falcons, and corncrakes. This evening, cruise among the windswept islands along the jagged Connemara Coast, an area once described as, “a place of savage beauty” by Oscar Wilde.

Day 7 County Donegal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today, visit Malin Head, the most northerly point of the island of Ireland. Here you will find a variety of waterfowl as well as a watchtower built during the Napoleonic Wars and a signal station built-in 1902. Continue to Glencolmcille to view a thatched-roof replica of a rural Irish village with cottages from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, a reconstructed schoolhouse, and a tiny pub.   

Day 8 Portrush | Disembark | Belfast

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in 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. After lunch, continue to Belfast and check in to the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast for dinner and overnight.

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Category 1 suites average 170 - 245 square feet and have a porthole.
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Category 2 suites average 225 - 336 square feet including a private balcony.
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Category 3 suites average 225 - 336 square feet including a private balcony.
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Category 5 suites average 328 - 435 square feet including a private balcony.
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Suites are 418 square feet including a lounge, bedroom, and private balcony.
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The owner’s suite is 478 square feet including a lounge, bedroom, and private balcony.

Notes

Inclusions
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; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Exclusions
Airfare from your home city/Dublin and Belfast/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 above), and other incidentals; email/Internet/fax/telephone charges.
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