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Treasures of the Celtic Sea

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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Start your way at Guernsey, whose green prairies and romantic cliffs welcomed Victor Hugo during his exile, then reach the Isles of Scilly, a little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton's famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery. On the south coast of Ireland, discover Kinsale, a charming port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary. L’Austral will take you then to Liverpool and Dublin, the Irish capital brimming with a convivial atmosphere and authentic charm. In the Isle of Man, see the capital Douglas, a postcard from the United Kingdom of yesteryear with a Victorian atmosphere. Stopover in Belfast and visit the Giant's Causeway. This massive geological formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features over 40,000 basalt columns. Finally, disembark at Glasgow.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Saint Malo | Embark
Day 2 : Guernsey
Day 3 : Isles of Scilly
Day 4 : Kinsale
Day 5 : Liverpool
Day 6 : Dublin
Day 7 : Douglas
Day 8 : Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 9 : Glasgow, Scotland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail into the heart of Celtic shores, lands of magic and legends
  • View the mysterious Giant's Causeway site from Belfast
  • Explore the old port of Liverpool as you continue the way
  • Visit the wild and romantic landscapes of Guernsey, the Isles of Scilly

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Blue hour on the French coast Explore the enchanting city of Glasgow Belfast City Hall and Ferris Wheel View over Belfast Golden light along the cliffs of the Irish coast
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Day 1 Saint Malo | Embark

The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into 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 we 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.

Day 2 Guernsey

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island will delight you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.

Day 3 Isles of Scilly

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the southwest tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Tresco Abbey Gardens, Garrison Walking Tour, Wildlife Boat Tour.

Day 4 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 theatres, 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.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Panoramic Cork & Blarney Castle, Panoramic Cork & Old Jameson Distillery.

Day 5 Liverpool

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles' birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight youメll also love the quality of ᅠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: The Story Of The Beatles, Cathedrals Of Liverpool.

Day 6 Dublin

  • Ship
  • 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 art 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.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: St Patrick's Cathedral & Book Of Kells, Christchurch Cathedral & Dublin Castle, Monastic Ruins Of Glendalough.

Day 7 Douglas

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its grueling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. The stroll along the busy promenade is very popular, as well as the visit of the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. It is possible to take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where medieval castles and pretty villages and farms can be observed.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Scenic Southern Isle Of Man Panorama, Historic Manx, The Great Laxey Wheel.

Day 8 Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • 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 no 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.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Spectacular Giants Causeway, Panoramic Belfast & Titanic, A Day Along The Antrim Coast.

Day 9 Glasgow, Scotland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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't miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.
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Book now and pay no supplement on single occupancy rates. Select departures only. Valid for all cabin types. For new bookings after January 10, 2020. Contact us for details.
Applies to Apr 26, 2021 departure

Flexible New Booking Policy
For all new bookings made from March 9 onward, 2020 departures are fully refundable until 30 days prior to departure and 2021/2022 departures are fully refundable until 90 days prior to departure. A full refund may be made in either cash or future cruise credit. Some restrictions may apply. Contact us for details.
Applies to all departures up to Dec 31, 2022

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8 cabins, 226 sq ft, located on Le Champollion Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area and private bath.
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3 suites, 290 sq ft with 54 sq ft private balcony, located on the Le France Deck. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, desk, minibar, private bath.
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Notes

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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 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
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “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
  • 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).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • 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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