Wild and Ancient Britain With Ireland (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
London, United Kingdom to Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Dates: 09 May 2018 - 24 May 2018

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09 May 2018
Air travel

Board your independent overnight flight to London.

10 May 2018
London, United Kingdom

Check in to the Hilton London Paddington hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.

11 May 2018
London, United Kingdom
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

After breakfast, depart via train for Portsmouth. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of this famous port city. This afternoon, board the Ocean Adventurer.

12 May 2018
Falmouth, United Kingdom
Trebah Garden, England, United Kingdom
Falmouth, United Kingdom
Eden Project, United Kingdom
Falmouth, United Kingdom

This morning, take a stroll through Trebah Garden, a beautiful subtropical garden with a stunning coastal backdrop. After lunch on board, take a tour of the Eden Project in Penzance. This innovative complex of domes housing plants from around the world, with each emulating a natural biome. Or, take a walk through the expansive Trelissick Garden, noted for its impressive collection of camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas, the garden also offers glorious views of the Fal River and distant rolling hills.

13 May 2018
Hugh Town, United Kingdom
Tresco, United Kingdom
Hugh Town, United Kingdom

Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, the Isles of Scilly have given their fortunate inhabitants the luxury of turning a passion for growing flowers into a major industry. This morning, board local boats and cruise to Tresco to visit the ruins and exquisite subtropical gardens at the medieval Tresco Abbey.

14 May 2018
The Skelligs, Ireland

The wonderfully remote Skellig Islands are one of Europe's most impressive seabird citadels; Little Skellig is home to the second-largest colony of gannets in the world. Other seabirds found here include kittiwakes, razorbills, Manx shearwaters, and nesting puffins. Dependent on weather and permission to access, visit nearby Skellig Michael—the site of an important 6th-century anchorite monastery and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

15 May 2018
Dunmore East, Ireland
Waterford, Ireland
Dunmore East, Ireland
Great Saltee, Ireland

From the port city of Dunmore East, drive through scenic countryside to Waterford. Options today include a visit to the renowned Waterford Crystal glassworks to watch master craftsmen at work, or enjoy a tour of Mount Congreve, a magnificent estate with exquisite gardens. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise toward the privately-owned Saltee Islands. These islands attract a variety of birds to their craggy masses; on Great Saltee Island, search for puffins, murres, razorbills, gannets, and more of the 47 bird species recorded here.

16 May 2018
Port St. Mary, United Kingdom

Enjoy a leisurely morning onboard, as the ship cruises to Port St. Mary on the Isle of Man. Board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the single remnant from the extensive Victorian system that served the main centers on the island. Ride through quaint and picturesque villages to the southern resort of Port Erin.

17 May 2018
Portrush, United Kingdom
Giant's Causeway
Portrush, United Kingdom
Lagavulin, Isle of Islay, Scotland, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Disembark at Portrush and travel overland to the World Heritage Site of Giant's Causeway. This three-mile section of coastline is a geological masterpiece—some 40,000 closely-packed hexagonal columns of varying heights line the coast and descend like a staircase into the sea. After lunch, go ashore on the Isle of Islay for a tour of the world-famous Lagavulin Distillery.

DAY 10
18 May 2018
Staffa, United Kingdom
Iona, United Kingdom

Weather permitting, spend the morning exploring the uninhabited island of Staffa by Zodiac and its most famous feature, Fingal's Cave. The cave's peculiar rock formations and unusual coloring are a delight to behold, and the wonderful echo of the sea from within served as the inspiration for Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. In 563 AD, the Christian missionary St. Columba built a monastery on Iona and spread Christianity throughout Scotland. Though it suffered repeated attacks by Vikings over the centuries and the original structure was destroyed, the monastery was rebuilt each time, and some of these later buildings still stand. Visit the monastery site; the nearby cemetery of St. Oran, where numerous Scottish kings are buried; and the 12th-century Iona Abbey.

DAY 11
19 May 2018
St. Kilda Island, United Kingdom
Flannan Isles, United Kingdom

Spend the morning at St. Kilda, once home to a small community, evidenced by abandoned houses and cleits, beehive-shaped cells where goods were stored. Cruising among the Flannan Islands this afternoon, puffins, fulmars, murres, and kittiwakes should be plentiful. Of special interest to birders is the Leach's petrel colony on the grassy slopes of Eilean Mòr beneath the lighthouse.

DAY 12
20 May 2018
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Standing Stones of Stenness, United Kingdom
Ring of Brodgar, United Kingdom
Skara Brae, United Kingdom
Kirkwall, United Kingdom

Arrive in the capital city of Kirkwall on Mainland island in the Orkney today for visits to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral and some of the island's major archaeological sites. Visit the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae, a remarkably well-preserved Stone Age village buried in sand some 4,500 years ago. Return to Kirkwall for an afternoon walking tour of this charming city.

DAY 13
21 May 2018
Lerwick, United Kingdom
Noss National Nature Reserve, United Kingdom

This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, which are steeped in Norse heritage. After the tour, there will be free time to stroll the narrow streets and browse the many shops, or raise a pint at the local pub. After lunch onboard, cruise by Zodiac to the Isle of Noss, where spectacular cliffs support a large and diverse seabird colony, home to 80,000 seabirds—guillemots, razorbills, gannets, shags, and more. This evening, go ashore at Mousa to view one of Britain's finest Iron Age ruins, an unusually well-preserved 40-foot broch, a dry stone structure, dating from about 200 AD.

DAY 14
22 May 2018
Dunrossness and Fair Isle, United Kingdom

One of the most isolated settlements in the British Isles, this island is renowned for the quality and intricacy of its handmade sweaters using local wool. It is also famous as a haven for seabirds including gannets, murres, black-legged kittiwakes, numerous gull species, and a large colony of puffins. After a short walk, join some of the 70 islanders at their community center for tea and cakes, and a visit to the local museum.

DAY 15
23 May 2018
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Edinburgh. Check in to the Balmoral Hotel for a special farewell dinner and overnight.

DAY 16
24 May 2018
Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

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About the Ship

Ocean Adventurer

The 120-guest Ocean Adventurer will be refurbished in 2017 and is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft allows us to explore at a moment's notice. Each stateroom has an ocean view and en suite bathroom.

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London, United Kingdom

Offered by: The Ritz London
Location: London, United Kingdom
Length: 1 Night
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To a swinging soundtrack provided by Peter O’Donnell and his band, guests can enjoy a four course dinner of indulgent haute cuisine before stepping out and spinning amongst the resplendent décor and timeless glamour of the world’s most beautiful hotel dining room. When the celebrations have ceased guests can simply waltz their way to the comfort of their glamorous guestroom for a night’s rest before returning to The Michelin-starred Ritz Restaurant the following morning to rejuvenate with English breakfast.

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Shore Excursions

London, United Kingdom - 10 May 2018

London, United Kingdom - 11 May 2018

Portsmouth, United Kingdom - 11 May 2018

Dunmore East, Ireland - 15 May 2018

Waterford, Ireland - 15 May 2018

Dunmore East, Ireland - 15 May 2018

Great Saltee, Ireland - 15 May 2018

Edinburgh, United Kingdom - 23 May 2018

Edinburgh, United Kingdom - 24 May 2018

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