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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./Bergen, Norway

    Fly overnight to Bergen. Embark and sail across the North Sea enroute to Shetland. (Day 2: L,D)

  • DAY 3: Lerwick, Shetland, U.K.

    Drive through a rolling landscape with Shetland ponies. Explore the ruins at Jarlshof, which reveal 4,000 years of near-continuous settlement. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4-5: Exploring the Shetland Islands

    The Shetland Islands archipelago is characterized by incredible cultural traditions and dramatic landscapes. Experience this for yourself as we step ashore at one of the many remote islands in the region. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Orkney

    Discover the Stone Age megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stoneslab village of Skara Brae. Step into medieval St. Magnus Cathedral, crafted from local red and yellow sandstone. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Callanish & St. Kilda

    See the Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis. Later, 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. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 8: Iona and Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland

    Visit the sacred island of Iona and its 13th 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 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: 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 11: The Skelligs/Dingle

    Sail by Skellig Michael, a Celtic Christian hermitage where beehive huts and remains of a 7th-century monastery still stand. Spend the afternoon discovering the picturesque seaside town of Dingle. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 12: 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)

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

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