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Spirit of Celts

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard SH Diana
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Embark on a captivating 13-day Spirit of Celts cruise aboard SH Diana, exploring the British Isles with a light-hearted spirit. Start in historic Portsmouth, boasting a naval legacy and an enticing Historic Dockyard. Sail to Fowey, a Celtic-inspired Cornish town, and enjoy the wonderful selection of shops and eateries to explore. Discover the Isles of Scilly's breathtaking beauty, Tresco Abbey Garden, and historic landmarks. Explore Bantry's charming harbor, Dingle's rugged cliffs, and Galway's medieval charm. Killybegs offers a glimpse into Ireland's fishing history amidst stunning landscapes. Iona, steeped in spirituality, leads to Loch Ewe's naval history and Oban's scenic allure. Conclude your adventure in vibrant Dublin, delving into its rich cultural tapestry and iconic landmarks.
Iona Abbey on the Isle of IonaStroll through historic Dublin
Highlights
  • Discover Portsmouth's naval heritage and historic dockyard attractions
  • Experience the diverse attractions of the Isles of Scilly
  • Uncover Bantry's ancient history amidst picturesque surroundings
  • Roam through Dingle's craggy cliffs, hidden beaches, and historic sites
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Day 1: Portsmouth, England

Arrive in Portsmouth, relax, and spend the overnight here preparing for your adventure.

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Day 2: Portsmouth, England | Embark

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Your Anglo-French cruise begins in the UK’s only island city and the world’s oldest dry dock. With easy access by rail and road from airports in London and Southampton, Portsmouth has a long and proud naval heritage. Board your boutique ship, following in the footsteps of the likes of Admiral Nelson and Henry VIII as you settle in for your voyage. If time permits, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is definitely worth a visit. The attraction is home to a wonderful collection of famous historical ships including Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory, Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior, and the only surviving ship from the First World War’s Gallipoli campaign, the HMS M.33. A very fitting way to begin your seafaring adventure.

Day 3: Fowey, England

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The picturesque Cornish town of Fowey overlooks its natural harbour, which is flanked by 14th-century blockhouses and overlooked by the ruins of St Catherine’s Castle, built on the orders of Henry VIII. The local museum displays works and items from novelist Daphne du Maurier who was born here. The scenic South West Coast Path passes through, while nearby attractions include the world-famous Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan.

Day 4: Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Reach one of Britain’s most peaceful and beautiful places today. The Isles of Scilly are a low-lying archipelago that lies 45 kilometers off Cornwall. The Gulf Stream provides a mild climate in which flowers and other flora thrive and the Isles’ white-sand beaches and lapping translucent green sea could easily be mistaken for the Caribbean. From the world-famous Tresco Abbey Garden with its 20,000 species from all over the globe and Elizabethan castles to fortresses to Bronze Age sites and illuminating lighthouses, the Isles of Scilly boasts several outstanding attractions to be enjoyed.

Day 5: Bantry, Ireland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The charming harbour town of Bantry lies amid headlands and islands in Ireland's southwest on Bantry Bay. Ancient sites like the Kealkil stone circle, Kilnaruane Pillar Stone and 16th-century Carriganass Castle surround the town, prime for walking. More recent is the grand 18th-century Bantry House with Italianate gardens by the water. Nearby, Seal Island bustles with friendly seals, and the garden paradise Garinish Island graces the bay.

Day 6: Dingle, Ireland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Dingle, a historic Irish fishing village on the Dingle Peninsula's western edge, features craggy cliffs, dramatic waves and hidden beaches. It's guarded by a Victorian lighthouse, reached via a 6 km coastal walk. The surroundings offer diverse hikes, from mountain ridges to secluded shores. The area's rich history encompasses the medieval Garfinny Bridge, 15th-century Gallarus Castle and the ancient Reask monastic site.

Day 7: Galway, Ireland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
A harbour city on Ireland’s west coast, Galway has a little of the air of Dublin, centred on 18th-century Eyre Square. Its architecture ranges across the centuries from widespread medieval creations, to the elegant university and the playful design of the 1960s cathedral. Ireland's national aquarium, the Galway Atlantaquaria, sits on the waterfront with more than 1,000 species from the Atlantic, its lakes and rivers on show.

Day 8: Killybegs, Ireland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Killybegs, a quaint coastal town in County Donegal, is famed for its vibrant fishing industry and holds a rich maritime history. Surrounded by Donegal's natural wonders—mountains, forests, and remote beaches—the Atlantic coastline, adorned with sea stacks, adds to its allure. The Slieve League Cliffs, Europe's tallest sea cliffs at 600m, dominate the skyline. Killybegs also offers Celtic gems like Donegal Castle and the ruins of Donegal Abbey.

Day 9: Portrush | Rathlin Island

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This small town is the gateway to one of Northern Ireland’s most popular destinations - the Causeway Coast with clifftop walks and beaches. Top of the bill is UNESCO-listed Giant’s Causeway with its 40,000 basalt formations. The crashing Atlantic on one side, towering cliffs the other, it is Northern Ireland’s number-one attraction, leaving the question: is this prehistoric volcanic activity or the handiwork of two legendary Celtic giants?

Rathlin Island, a mountainous and sparsely populated island off the Northern Irish coast, is a treasure trove of natural beauty and historic intrigue. Views include the harbour with fishing boats and a lighthouse, which has stood guard for over 150 years.

Day 10: Craignure, Isle of Mull | Cruising Sound of Mull

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gateway to Scotland’s Isle of Mull, a wild, wonderful place that has the fairytale feel of a desert island, ringed by beaches, from little white-sand Calgary to the wide-open swathe of Laggan Sands. Tiny Tobermory with its brightly painted houses is the island’s picture book capital, lovely to wander in. There are six castles in splendid spots, two brochs (drystone Iron Age shelters) and Lochbuie, a Bronze Age standing stone circle and magnificent walks taking in mountains, cliffs and shoreline.

One of Britain’s most beautiful stretches of water, The Sound of Mull, between Mull and the Scottish mainland, is a dreamlike destination with ancient fortifications, beaches and cliffs always on view. The waterway takes in distant peaks often wreathed in mist. Three lighthouses stand guard, while a number of wrecks sit below on the seabed.

Day 11: Stornoway | Loch Ewe

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The capital of the most populous island in the Outer Hebrides, Lewis, is a windswept, rugged place famed for its weavers who make world-famous Harris Tweed. The spellbinding Callanish Stones on the west coast, are standing stones in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. This circle is thought to have been built some 500 years before Stonehenge, in 3,000 BC, making it (along with one on Orkney) the UK’s oldest.

A sheltered deep water loch, Loch Ewe in the Scottish Highlands has a big Naval history. During WWII the Home Fleet stayed here, it was a base for Arctic convoys and a post-war depot for captured German U-boats. NATO still uses the loch as a base for submarine servicing. The loch is a beauty spot , with low-lying Ewe Island in the middle. Sitting on the banks is Inverewe, a Victorian garden rich in exotic plants.

Day 12: Oban

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Oban, a beautiful seaside town on the west coast of Scotland, is the "Seafood Capital of Scotland." Its picturesque harbor, brimming with life, serves as the gateway to the enchanting Hebridean islands. The city is surrounded by miles of dramatic shores and beautiful countryside, and is home to the Oban Distillery, which produces some of Scotland’s finest whisky.

Day 13: Dublin | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise comes to an end today in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s capital. It’s at times gritty and in places, gorgeous – Georgian squares, hidden parks, and tree-lined canals. It’s lively, complex, cosmopolitan, and eminently walkable. So bid farewell to Diana and start exploring, if time allows before your flight home. Come full circle and visit The Long Room in the Old Library in stately Trinity College to inspect the Book of Kells, which was produced on Iona. The Long Room itself is much lauded for its beauty – it’s a stunning, two-story, barrel-vaulted space that houses 200,000 of Trinity’s oldest books and manuscripts. Elsewhere the new Museum of Literature Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland, Christ Church and St Patrick’s Cathedrals, the Guinness Storehouse, Kilmainham Gaol, and Glasnevin Cemetery entice visitors – just be sure to stop into a snug somewhere for a pint.

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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Located on decks 5, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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Located on decks 6, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or a double bed, distinct bedroom and living room areas, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6 sq. m balcony.
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SH Diana’s Junior Suites features a Super King Size bed, separate living room area with homely flame-effect fireplace, private kitchen, luxurious en-suite bathroom and a 7 sq. m private balcony.
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Our Suites features a superking bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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SH Diana’s Premium Suites feature a Super King Size bed, separate living room with homely flame-effect fireplace, luxurious en-suite bathroom, spacious walk-in wardrobe and a 12 sq. m private balcony.
Included
  • 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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