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Edinburgh - Glasgow - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Bellot
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Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Bellot, exploring the enchanting Celtic lands through Scotland's breathtaking archipelagos. Starting from Edinburgh, a city steeped in history and UNESCO's City of Literature, visit Lerwick in the Shetland Islands, known for the ruins of Scalloway Castle. Next, sail to Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands, home to diverse seabird colonies. Explore the Isle of Skye's Gaelic culture and iconic bridge, along with Stornoway in the Hebrides, known for its warmth and charm. Your voyage concludes in Glasgow, Scotland's vibrant cultural hub, boasting rich artistic and architectural treasures.
Glasgow CathedralSt Magnus CathedralStanding Stones of CallanishVisit charming PortreeExplore the enchanting city of GlasgowDiscover the rich history of Edinburgh
Highlights
  • Explore Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyrood for Scottish history
  • Discover well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins in Lerwick, Shetland Islands
  • Explore the colorful town of Portree on the Isle of Skye with stunning views
  • Experience the charm of Kirkwall with its red and gold stone cathedral
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Day 1: Rosyth (Edinburgh), Scotland | Embark

Edinburgh, a city on the southern shore of the Firth of Forth near Rosyth, has been Scotland's capital since the 15th century. It's not the biggest city anymore but is still the center of Scottish politics, religion, and culture. In the city center, Edinburgh Castle marks one end of the famous Royal Mile, which leads to the Palace of Holyrood, where the Queen stays in Scotland. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites and offer great shopping and opportunities to try Scottish food like haggis and famous Scottish whisky.

Day 2: At Sea

During your journey at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to relaxation in the spa or stay in shape at the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This journey without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, depending on the activities offered, shop in the boutique, or meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. It is an enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 3: Lerwick, Shetland Islands

The small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its sea front of old houses and narrow streets, offers travelers its old districts and a warm port atmosphere. Geopark Shetland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located to the north. Incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins prove that the islands’ occupation dates back to the first Neolithic colonies. The Shetland Museum and Archives recounts the Shetlands’ history of heritage and culture: Lerwick’s abundant waters were even fished by the Dutch in the past.

Day 4: Kirkwall, Orkney

Capital of the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay,” is an ideal stopover before continuing to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes visitors with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark. But the true architectural treasure of the aptly named Kirkwall is none other than its remarkable red and gold stone cathedral. And because whisky is inseparable from Scotland’s identity, stop at the Highland Park Distillery for a highly instructive visit.

Day 5: Stornoway, Hebrides

Discover Lewis, the largest island of the Hebrides, is the cradle of Gaelic culture. Here, the peat- and heather-covered valleys and lochs stretch to infinity, and numerous bird colonies have occupied the long, jagged coastlines. Not far from Stornoway, the island’s main town, built by the Vikings in the 9th century, stands one of Scotland’s most prominent prehistoric sites: The Standing Stones of Callanish. Dating back more than 3,000 B.C., these imposing stones were placed in a cruciform pattern and laid out according to the moon and stars. Their primary purpose was to keep track of seasonal cycles, which was essential for farmers then.

Day 6: Portree, Isle of Skye

Nestling in the crux of a gorgeous bay, Portree reflects the magnificence of the grandiose Isle of Skye as well as being its main town. Apart from the charm of its colorful houses, the town’s outstanding location on the banks of a loch makes it a charming place to be. From its colorful harbor bustling with local craftsmen’s shops, you can take a stunning view of the surrounding hills. Before trekking through the wilderness and drinking in the natural beauty of the Isle of Skye, check out some of the beautiful images in the Aros Centre.

Day 7: Fort William | Sailing on Loch Linnhe

A port town on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe, Fort William is sometimes described as the "Outdoor Capital of the UK."  Because it sits at the base of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles, and near Glencoe's dramatic landscape, it is a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers. For those looking for a less adventurous experience, the nearby Ben Nevis Distillery offers tours and tastings, and Old Fort and Old Inverlochy Castle are interesting historical sites.

Loch Linnhe is in the Scottish Highlands, stretching between the Isle of Mull and Fort William. Sail through picturesque landscapes and admire the formations of the magnificent mountains and valleys surrounding the loch, including the famous Ben Nevis. The pure waters of Loch Linnhe are teeming with marine life; harbor seals may be found among its faithful inhabitants.

Day 8: Glasgow, Scotland | Disembark

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In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland's biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city's chequerboard layout makes walking through the significant pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Take advantage of the collections in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

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  • 7 Nights Accommodations
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  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • 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. 
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  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
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