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Treasures of Scotland and Ireland

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard L'Austral
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The Inner Hebrides will welcome you with Tobermory, a charming fishing port with multi-colored houses whose distillery produces a renowned single malt, and Iona, the cradle of Christianity in Scotland where the famous Book of Kells was written. Further south, arrive at Killybegs, a gateway to the city of Donegal. Next, view the city of Galway with a real immersion into the heart of Gaelic culture. Also, make its way to Glengarriff. This village surrounded by nature is blessed with a very mild climate and the temperate waters that bathe the Beara Peninsula allow rhododendrons, azaleas, gorse and fuchsias to thrive in the local gardens. Before making the way to Dublin, L’Austral will take you to Kinsale, a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Fairlie (Glasgow), Scotland | Embark
Day 2 : Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 3 : Tobermory, Isle Of Mull | Iona, Hebrides
Day 4 : Killybegs
Day 5 : Galway
Day 6 : Glengarriff
Day 7 : Kinsale
Day 8 : Dublin | Disembark

Highlights

  • Sail into the heart of Celtic shores, lands of magic and legends
  • View Giant’s Causeway site, Galway and Dublin
  • Explore magnificent Iona, the sacred island of Scotland
  • Discover the wonderful landscapes of Connemara

Ship

L'Austral

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands Highland cow in Scotland Bagpiper in Scotland. Belfast City Hall and Ferris Wheel Golden light along the cliffs of the Irish coast
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Day 1 Fairlie (Glasgow), Scotland | Embark

Embark at beautiful Glasgow and start your amazing voyage.

Day 2 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 nonother 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 3 Tobermory, Isle Of Mull | Iona, Hebrides

  • Ship
  • 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, a visit to the interesting Mull Museum dedicated to the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth the time.

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.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Isles Of Iona & Mull, Traditional Weaving On The Hebrides, Iona Abbey, Cradle Of Christianity.

Day 4 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 hooked with their peace, quiet and breathtakingly beautiful landscapes.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Wild Donegal & Glencolmcille, Glenveagh Castle & Park, Walking The Bluestack Mountains, A Stroll Through Donegal Town.

Day 5 Galway

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  • 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.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Galway Through The Ages, Scenic Cliffs Of Moher, A Day in Scenic Connemara.

Day 6 Glengarriff

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In County Cork, discover Glengarriff, a little village set in the heart of intact nature. Located on the Beara Peninsula, renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, the municipality, which owes its name to the Gaelic word Gleann (literally “wild glen”), is surrounded by rugged mountains, wooded spaces — including one of Ireland’s oldest oak forests — and white sandy beaches. In addition to this natural setting, ideal for hiking, the site enjoys a tropical microclimate that favors the development of dense vegetation, composed of superb exotic plants.

The following optional excursions will be available for an additional charge: Gougane Barra Scenic Drive, Bantry House & Gardens, Walk Through Glengarriff Nature Reserve.

Day 7 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, Killarney & Muckross House and Gardens.

Day 8 Dublin | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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.
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L'Austral

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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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28 cabins, 200 sq ft with private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, private bath.
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Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
200 sq ft with 43 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, seating area, 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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Prestige Suite - Deck 5
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Prestige Suite - Deck 6
398 sq ft with 86 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living area, private bath.
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Owners Suite
484 sq ft with 97 sq ft private balcony. A/C, king or twin beds, communicating cabins available. Separate living, dining areas, private bath with large tub and shower, minibar, 2 flat screen TVs, DVD, CD, and IPOD, Video on demand, Satellite phone

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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