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Embark on a timeless journey through the United Kingdom's rich past with our 10 archaeological site visit tours for 2024. The British Isles are steeped in millennia of history, from the enigmatic standing stones to ancient Celtic fortresses and Viking cultural remnants. These tours offer an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the stories etched into this land, where each stone and ruin whispers tales of bygone eras. Over a range that spans from 8 to 15 days, you will sail aboard small ships like Sea Spirit and Le Lyrial, exploring legendary locales such as Tresco Abbey Garden with its Bronze Age burial sites or Loch Ness with its medieval ruins—all starting at just $4,160 to $39,580. To weave your own tale into the fabric of these ancient isles' storied tapestry, contact one of Adventure Life's tour specialists for help planning your next seamless trip.
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Ring of Brodgar is a unique stone circle in Scotland.
$10,290
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Scotland's Highlands and Islands

8 Day Itinerary aboard Lord of the Glens
  • Sail through Loch Ness
  • Visit medieval abbey ruins
  • Hike in spectacular Cuillin Hills
  • Discover ancient standing stones
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Biking, Hiking, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
The only expedition of its kind, explore Scotland as few people have on an encompassing and enchanting Scotland voyage. Walk among ancient stone monuments, weave your way through ruins of fantastic castles, and stroll through a sacred abbey. Learn the legacy of 1,300-year-old clans and visit the …
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Broch of Mousa, Scotland
$5,995
Savings
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British Isles: Legendary History & Wild Nature

13 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Spirit
  • See Tresco, Bronze Age burial site
  • Discover Tresco Abbey Garden
  • Enjoy bird-watching in Rathlin
  • Step inside the fortress Llanduno
  • Visit the island of Staffa
Starts / Ends:
Portsmouth / Leith
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Take this opportunity to join Sea Spirit on its 13-day cruise to explore and discover the wonderful beaches, ruins and wildlife as you visit different islands. Discover the sand-fringed island of Tresco, Bronze Age burial site and see the 20,000 exotic plants in Tresco Abbey Garden. Enjoy …
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Explore the enchanting city of Glasgow
$7,395
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Scotland Slowly

11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Observe prehistoric structures
  • Appreciate Scotland's shorelines
  • Climb an Iron Age fortification
  • View a large sea bird colony
Starts / Ends:
Glasgow / Aberdeen
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
June is an ideal month to visit Scotland, with birds breeding well underway, there are plenty of opportunities for avian enthusiasts. Photographers are in their glory amid the gorgeous scenery and small-group tutorials can help shutterbugs capture the experience at its finest. Board the Ocean …
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Colorful sunset over the Scottish Highlands
$10,887
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Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland

12 Day Itinerary aboard National Geographic Explorer
  • Explore Celtic and Viking culture
  • Sail around Skellig Michael
  • Zodiac cruise in Scotland
  • Visit giant seabird colonies
Starts / Ends:
Windsor / Edinburgh
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day cruise from Portsmouth to Edinburgh aboard the National Geographic Explorer. Exploring the enduring Celtic and Viking influences in local culture and language. Visit the ancient Fingal's Cave on Staffa Island and observe a thriving puffin colony. Explore the 12th-century Iona …
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Grass covers the houses of the Faroe Islands, blending them into the landscape.
$5,395
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Scotland, The Faroe Islands, & Iceland: North Atlantic Saga

Aberdeen-Reykjavik - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Ocean Endeavour
  • Stand among Neolithic stones
  • Shop for exquisite handicrafts
  • See the volcanic Surtsey island
  • Follow the routes of the Vikings
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Village Visits, Wildlife Viewing
Activity Level:
Relaxed
This 11-day expedition cruise charts a course unlike any other on Earth, from the costaline of Scotland, through the cliffs of the Faroe Islands, to the volcanic plains of Iceland. Explore ancient Neolithic ruins on rugged Celtic islands, and sail into the sagas of Norse explorers bound for …
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Explore Dublin
$4,630
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Journey along Celtic shores

Dublin - Edinburgh - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Lyrial
  • Discover Dublin
  • Visit Scotland's capital, Edinburgh
  • Witness Orkney Island
  • Discover Lewis Island
Starts / Ends:
Dublin / Edinburgh
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Escape to the British archipelago on this 8-day cruise aboard Le Lyrial from Dublin to Edinburgh. Explore the majestic lakes of the Highlands and the cliffs of the Scottish Isles. Visit Belfast and see the Giant's Causeway, then journey to Fort William and the beautiful scenery of Glencoe. …
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Explore the island of Guernsey
$4,160
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British Archipelagos and Celtic Shores

Saint-Malo - Dublin - 8 Day Itinerary aboard Le Boreal
  • Discover Heritage Sites of Dublin
  • Explore Bantry, Fowey, & Herm
  • Enjoy Guernsey & Isles of Scilly
  • Visit little English town Dartmouth
Starts / Ends:
Saint Malo / Dublin
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Hiking, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Aboard Le Boreal for an 8-Day cruise and discover the hidden gems of the British Archipelagos and Celtic Shores.In Saint-Malo, where your voyage will begin, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage and find the famous port city, Route du Rhum. Experience the refreshingly mild climate of …
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Discover the rich history of Edinburgh
$9,690
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For Conoisseurs and Sailing Buffs

Edinburgh - Hamburg - 9 Day Itinerary aboard Sea Cloud Spirit
  • Discover the city of Aberdeen
  • Explore the region of Speyside
  • Experience haute cuisine
  • Sail to Sylt and explore
  • Cruise the Elbe River
Starts / Ends:
Edinburgh / Hamburg
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
On this9-day For Conoisseurs and Sailing Buffs Cruise from Edinburgh to Hamburg aboard Sea Cloud Spirit, sail from Scotland to Norway and Sylt on a culinary voyage that awakens your senses and celebrates fine dining. Begin in Aberdeen, a historic city, and explore Speyside, the renowned whisky …
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Paddlers in the Nyhavn district of Copenhagen
$9,660
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Cultural Treasures and Scandinavian Panoramas

Stockholm - Edinburgh - 12 Day Itinerary aboard Le Bellot
  • Explore exceptional Karlskrona
  • Discover the charming Gudhjem
  • Experience Copenhagen's art
  • Sail along Norway's stunning fjords
Starts / Ends:
Stockholm / Aberdeen
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Small Ship Cruises, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on a 12-day cruise aboard Le Bellot, exploring Scotland and Scandinavia's cultural treasures and panoramas. Visit Visby, a UNESCO Heritage Site with well-preserved historic buildings. Discover Karlskrona's 17th-century architecture. Explore Gudhjem's landscapes on Bornholm …
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Discover ancient cultures of the Orkney islands
$10,880
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Shetland, Faroe, Iceland: wild islands & lands of legends

Bergen - Reykjavík - 11 Day Itinerary aboard Le Champlain
  • Explore Norway
  • Discover Hardangerfjord
  • Explore the Shetland Islands
  • Uncover Viking & Scottish heritage
  • Explore the Faroe Islands
Starts / Ends:
Bergen / Reykjavik
Activities:
Archaeological Site Visits, Land & Sea Exploration, Small Ship Cruises, Spa Relaxation, Village Visits
Activity Level:
Relaxed
Embark on an 11-day cruise from Bergen to Reykjavik aboard Le Champlain, exploring the stunning landscapes of Norway, Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland. Depart from Viking-rich Bergen and sail through the tranquil waters of the Hardangerfjord, adorned with lush fruit orchards. Le Champlain …
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