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Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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Join PONANT aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville for a 7-day cruise  on an exceptional itinerary to discover the rich cultural history and stunning landscapes of the Celtic lands. Begin your voyage in Glasgow, Scotland's warm cultural capital with a rich artistic and architectural heritage. Continue along the Hebrides archipelago and call at Tobermory, a charming fishing port on the Isle of Mull with multi-colored houses. Le Dumont-d’Urville then sails for Belfast, Northern Ireland’s dynamic capital and gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway. End your voyage in the quaint seaport of Holyhead, Wales. From here, a drive across the Isle of Anglesey brings you to the mainland and to the medieval Caernarfon Castle. Your cruise comes full circle as you disembark in Fairlie, a quaint village outside Glasgow. 


In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys. This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world.
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Highlights
  • Discover Scotland's warm cultural capital with a rich artistic and architectural heritage
  • Explore charming fishing port on the Isle of Mull with multi-colored houses
  • Experience Northern Ireland’s dynamic capital and gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage listed Giant’s Causeway
  • Visit vibrant capital of Ireland and home to Guinness
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Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Glaslow, Scotland | Embark

In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotlandメs biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The cityメ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メt miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

Day 2: Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Kyle of Lochalsh ("Straits of the Alsh Inlet") is a small port town at the foot of the bridge connecting the mainland to the Isle of Skye. It is set amidst extraordinary natural beauty and serves as a gateway to the Scottish Highlands and to several castles that preserve the history and traditions of the clans who once ruled here. Eilean Donan Castle, on a tiny island overlooking the confluence of three lochs, is one of the most picturesque and most-filmed castles in Scotland.  Armadale Castle and Gardens, historic residence of Clan Donald, is also within easy reach of the town.

Day 3: Tobermory, Isle of Mull | Iona, Hebrides

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, no less interesting are the Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery.


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.

Day 4: 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 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 5: Dublin

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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 6: Holyhead, Wales

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the north of Wales and in the west of the captivating Isle of Anglesey, succumb to the charms of the enchanting small port town of Holyhead. Often called “the mother of Wales” due to its importance in history, Holyhead is a paradise for anyone with a passion for natural landscapes and heritage. They will love exploring the town’s many historical landmarks, among other sites. Among these is Holyhead’s 13th-century church, St Cybi’s Church, nestling right in the middle of the Roman citadel.  Finally, you will be able to admire one of the symbols of the town: South Stack Lighthouse, built in 1809. As you pass near the lighthouse, you might have the chance to marvel at numerous species of seabirds, including guillemots and razorbills.

Day 7: Fairlie, Glaslow Scotlan | Disembark

The village of Fairlie can be found less than an hour away from lively Glasgow. In the north of Ayrshire county, on the western Scottish coast, this charming little town faces the Isle of Arran. The originality of Kelburn Castle, built in the 12th century, stems from its façade covered in graffiti by four famous Brazilian graffiti artists. This artistic statement as well as the castle’s estate and gardens, which can be discovered during a pleasant walk, are well worth a visit.

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Le Dumont-d'Urville Ship
Le Dumont-d'Urville Restaurant
Le Dumont-d'Urville Paint Gallery

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Notes

PONANT has organized the following included program for you, which starts the day of embarkation.
 
Included Features:
  • A program of onboard enrichment provided by Smithsonian Journeys Experts including early British historian Miriam Davis.
  • Transfer and luggage handling from the airport in Glasgow to the ship on the day of embarkation
  • Comprehensive 6-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Dumont-d’Urville, with all the amenities for which PONANT ships are famous
  • One included shore excursion in each port of call (see “Itinerary” for more information and choice of excursions, if applicable)
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Glasgow at the end of the cruise on the morning of disembarkation
 
Not included:
  • Independent meals and beverages ashore
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)
 
Notes:
  • This voyage is offered on a space available basis
  • Program is subject to change without notice
*Shore excursion in each port of call + transfers included

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