Day-By-Day

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Given that we can only show you a fraction of the history and culture to be experienced in the region, our itinerary designers have worked exceptionally hard to create revealing and enriching experiences. Opportunities for exploration include Zodiac entrances into coastal towns and wild beaches, plus scenic cruises; beguiling walks in charming locations; and even a quiet kayaking foray. If architecture is your bailiwick, gems in places like Iona and London will have tremendous appeal.We’ll see the highlights, and subvert clichés with personal encounters of authentic magic and meaning.

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  • DAY 1-2: U.S./London, U.K.

    Fly overnight to London. Embark in the city center in time for lunch as we set sail down the Thames. (Day 2: L,D)

  • DAY 3: Portsmouth

    Visit the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and climb inside the HMS Victory, and visit the partially restored Tudor warship Mary Rose, deployed by King Henry VIII. Alternatively, join our naturalists for a drive to the lively estuary at Titchfield Haven to walk the trails and look for visiting birds. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Fowey

    Stroll the medieval streets of Fowey (pronounced “Foy”) before visiting the Eden Project, a botanical garden with vast biomes. In the afternoon, visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, left derelict after WWI and recently restored, or choose to explore Fowey’s town center. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Isles of Scilly

    See Tresco Abbey Garden’s flourishing garden, filled with historic ruins and subtropical plants. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Cobh, Ireland

    Arrive in colorful Cobh, a place steeped in maritime history. Visit the fascinating Heritage Centre and walk in the footsteps of the many Irish who fled the hardships of 19th century Ireland and immigrated to America. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: The Skelligs/Valentia Island/Dingle

    Sail by Skellig Michael, a Celtic Christian hermitage where beehive huts and remains of a 7th-century monastery still stand. Visit Valentia Island for its dramatic cliffs and a visit to The Skellig Experience Visitor Centre. Spend the afternoon discovering the picturesque seaside town of Dingle. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Inishmore/Exploring Aran Islands

    Visit Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Known for its religious and cultural heritage, we make a visit to Dun Aengus, a Celtic stone fort perched on a cliff’s edge. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 9: Exploring Northwestern Ireland

    Today we discover northwestern Ireland: a wild and windswept region where Gaelic is still spoken. Steeped in history and folklore,
    the dramatic landscape of counties Sligo and Donegal inspired the works of W.B. Yeats. (B,L,D)
  • DAY 10: Iona and Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

    Visit the sacred island of Iona and its 12th Century abbey, believed to be the origin of the Book of Kells. Explore Staffa Island, famed for its geometric basalt columns, and Zodiac into dramatic Fingal’s Cave. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 11: St. Kilda & Callanish

    Visit the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, boasting incredible seabird colonies. Conditions permitting; we hope to make a landing at uninhabited St. Kilda, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Later, see the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. (B,L,D)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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