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Exploring the British and Irish Isles

Experience a magical blend of deep history & vital present

The Expedition Experience

See the Isles as few, including its inhabitants, have ever seen them—largely because an expedition ship is required. Tropical gardens on the Isles of Scilly. Beehive huts of 6th century Celtic monks. Cliffs thronged with puffins at St Kilda. Macbeth’s (presumed) grave at Iona. Despite centuries of civilization, there is a pervasive wildness still, and a visible pre-history.

What It’s Like/What You’ll Do
What It’s Like/What You’ll Do

In-depth encounters and a balance between daily discovery and reflection. See how

Cultural Experiences
Cultural Experiences

Timing, highlights & variety. We reveal the region’s facets expedition-style

British & Irish Isles Expedition Team
British & Irish Isles Expedition Team

Engaging companions dedicated to delivering unique experiences. See who’s aboard

Pack Your Camera
Pack Your Camera

A National Geographic photographer & a photo instructor aboard to inspire & assist you

Guest Speakers
Guest Speakers

World-class experts add layers of interest. See who’s aboard

Life Aboard
Life Aboard

Camaraderie, amenities, comfort & wellness––see life aboard NG Explorer

British Isles & Families
British Isles & Families

Family unit or entire clan—an expedition is ideal for sharing

Daily Expedition Reports
Daily Expedition Reports

What happens out there? Daily field reports with photos and video

Read Up & Gear Up
Read Up & Gear Up

A selection of the best books & helpful tips on what to pack & more

Top 10 Reasons
Top 10 Reasons

See why exploring the British & Irish Isles with us should be on your must-do list

Overheard

I have had my mother's wing of my genetic ancestry analyzed by the National Geographic tracing service and there it all is: the arrow moving northward from the African savannah, skirting the Mediterranean by way of the Levant, and passing through Eastern and Central Europe before crossing to the British Isles. And all of this knowable by an analysis of the cells on the inside of my mouth.

Christoper Hitchens

Hitch-22: A Memoir

British & Irish Isles Itineraries

Exploring the British & Irish Isles

15 days
Expeditions in: May

British & Irish Isles Weather

 MAY
LOW TEMP 35-40°F
HIGH TEMP 45-55°F