LONDON – TOWER BRIDGE – TO DUBLIN
DATE: 2020 – MAY 19-29
DURATION: 11 DAYS/10 NIGHTS
EMBARK: LONDON, ENGLAND
DISEMBARK: DUBLIN, IRELAND
SHIP: Silver Cloud Expedition
*After 10% Early Booking Savings
Free Economy or Reduced Rate Business Class Airfare.
Pre- and Post-Cruise tours are available.
With London’s gothic landmarks in your wake depart on a 10-day tour of the lesser known British and Irish ports. Outstandingly beautiful, uncrowded and unspoiled, the Scilly Isles are a world apart in every way. From enjoying the music and laughter in Galway to wandering atop the outstandingly beautiful Cliffs of Moher, look into a window of the British Isles and Ireland that is rarely seen.
Join us to experience the British Isles and Ireland on a magic-filled journey that highlights the natural beauty of this region as much as its rich ancient history. We will sail from London’s Tower Bridge to Dublin, over 10 days. Experience the English Channel as it has been travelled for centuries, stopping first at St. Peter’s Port on Guernsey Isle, one of the world’s most beautiful ports. See the incredible Tresco Abbey Gardens at the Isles of Scilly off Cornwall and stop to visit ancient medieval castles in Pembroke, Wales. Most of your time will be spent in Ireland, where we will find the massive and ornate Kylemore Abbey with its 6-acre Victorian Walled Gardens nestled in Druchruach Mountain. This voyage will delight nature-lovers: see for yourself why the Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most popular natural attraction, view thousands of flowers and plants at Tresco Abbey, and observe over 27,000 pairs of Northern Gannets and other birds at Skellig Islands. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
- Tresco, Isles of Scilly –
Visit Tresco Abbey Gardens, an astounding 17-acre sub-tropical paradise with palm trees and brilliant flora nestled amidst the ancient ruins of a Benedictine abbey (964 AD). Thousands of exotic plants thrive here that would not be possible to grow even 30 miles away on the mainland in Cornwall thanks to fingers of warm Gulf Stream water.
- Pembroke, Wales –
Visit the picturesque, history-laden Picton Castle (built in 13th century AD) or Pembroke Castle, the remains of the 11th century medieval castle that housed Henry VII, King of England in the 15th – 16th century AD.
- Skellig Islands, Ireland –
See the stone beehive huts (clochán) at the monastic settlement that dates as early as 6th century AD (and is a UNESCO World Heritage site). Learn why these islands have been dubbed an Important Bird Area, with over 27,000 pairs of Northern Gannets that live here among at least nine other bird species (including the endearing Atlantic Puffin and the stalwart Peregrine Falcon).
- Galway, Ireland –
South of Galway are the dramatic and iconic Cliffs of Moher (UNESCO Global Geopark), one of Ireland’s most often-visited natural attraction.
- Portrush, Northern Ireland –
Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway with its thousands of interlocking basalt columns and see the ruins of iconic Dunluce Castle (used for the filming of Games of Thrones).
- Enjoy ancient castles and various UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Wildlife Watch List:
- Birds of note: Northern Gannets, Manx Shearwaters, Razorbills, Common Guillemots, Great Cormorants, Common Shags, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Atlantic Puffins, European Storm Petrels, Eurasian Oystercatchers, Short-eared Owls, Common Kestrels and Peregrine Falcon
- Sea mammals: Harbor porpoises and grey seals
Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
- All meals
- Beverages, open bar, beer, wine, liquor
- Room service
- Butler service
- All excursions
- Expedition leaders and guest speakers
- Gratuities to ship crew.
Pre- and Post-cruise tours
Air Fare (Unless Free Air is available)
LONDON - TOWER BRIDGE
Arrive a day or two early to avoid travel problems and see something of London and England. Overnight aboard right next to Tower Bridge.
London is an ancient city whose history greets you at every turn. If the city contained only its famous landmarks—the Tower of London or Big Ben—it would still rank as one of the world’s top cities. But London is so much more. The foundations of London’s character and tradition endure. The British bobby is alive and well. The tall, red, double-decker buses (in an updated model) still lumber from stop to stop. Then there’s that greatest living link with the past—the Royal Family with all its attendant pageantry.
ST PETER PORT, GUERNSEY
Cobblestone streets, blooming floral displays, and tiny churches welcome you to this wonderfully pretty harbour. The town of St Peter Port is as pretty as they come, with glowing flower displays painting practically every street corner and window-ledge with colour. As the capital, and main port of Guernsey, St Peter Port puts all of the island’s gorgeous beaches, wonderful history and inspiring stories at your fingertips. Feel the gut punch of the midday gun firing at Castle Cornet, which stands guard over one of the world’s prettiest ports.
ST MARY'S - ISLES OF SCILLY - TRESCO (ISLES OF SCILLY), UNITED KINGDOM
St Mary’s is the Isle of Scilly’s largest island with a population of 1800 residents and an area of 6.58 square Kilometres; this is the gateway to the rest of the magnificent islands. Hugh town – a beautiful Old town with its own beach, nature reserve and church is the main attraction of St Mary’s, with tiny streets brimming with shops to pick up the perfect souvenir. St Mary’s is a hidden gem, with long stretches of white sandy beaches and a breath-taking untouched landscape. The coastline holds many archaeological sites along with miles of splendid walks along the coastal and country paths.
For many visitors Tresco is the most attractive of the Isles of Scilly. This is especially due to its Abbey Garden, which is home to thousands of exotic plant species from around 80 different countries. Plant collector Augustus Smith began the gardens in the 1830s on the site of an old Benedictine Abbey by channeling the weather up
and over a network of walled enclosures built around the Priory ruins. He had three terraces carved from the rocky south slope and maximized Tresco’s mild Gulf Stream climate.
PEMBROKE - WALES
Pembroke is located on the Pembroke Peninsula of Wales amidst long stretches of sandy beaches and stunning coastal scenery. This historic valley settlement features a number of timeless buildings centered along its quaint Main Street that runs inside the original walls of the town. The municipality itself is surrounded by residential estates, farmland and woods along the estuary of the River Cleddau. Pembroke’s rich history dates back to the 11th century when the namesake was little more than a timber fortification on the banks of the Pembroke River.
SKELLIG & VALENTIA ISLANDS
he magnificent Skellig Islands lie 8 miles (12 km) off the coast of Portmagee in South West Kerry. Rising majestically from the sea, Skellig Michael towers 714ft. (218 meters) above sea level. On the summit of this awe-inspiring rock you will find a remarkably well preserved sixth century monastic settlement now designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Small Skellig is equally renowned in matters of ornithology as the home of some 27,000 pairs of gannets – the second largest colony of such seabirds in the world.
Knightstown is the largest settlement on Valentia Island, County Kerry, in Ireland and has a population of 156 people. Knightstown itself is one of the few ‘town-planned’ villages of Ireland. The village of Knightstown was laid out by Alexander Nimmo in 1830-31, but it wasn’t built until the early 1840’s when the local quarry was greatly expanded and the works were moved to Knightstown. The local RNLI lifeboat station moved to Knightstown in 1869 from Reenard Point and has since been known as the Valentia Lifeboat Station.
GALWAY – CLIFFS OF MOHER
Galway is a city in the West of Ireland in the province of Connacht. It lies on the River Corrib between Lough Corrib and Galway Bay and is surrounded by County Galway. It is the fourth most populous urban area in the Republic of Ireland and the sixth most populous city in the island of Ireland. It is both a picturesque and lively city with a wonderful avant-garde culture and a fascinating mixture of locally owned specialty shops, often featuring locally made crafts. Indeed, local handcrafts are a feature of the entire region including hand knits, pottery, glass, jewelry and woodwork.
Stretching for 8km (5 miles), as the crow flies, the Cliffs of Moher have long enjoyed the status of one of Ireland’s most visited tourist attractions – and the visitor center provides the pivotal point to direct lovers of nature, geology and simple beauty in the right direction. The cliffs also form part of the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. They are made up of various types of perpendicular or overhanging rocks including sandstone, siltstone and shale.
KILRONAN (AARAN ISLANDS)
Kilronan is the principal town on the island of Inismore (Inis Mór) in the Aran Islands located in Galway Bay, and is one of them most picturesque spots in Ireland. Once for the sole purpose as a fishing port for the Aran fisherman, today it is the main port for the ferry companies and with its white sandy beach it has a wide selection of first class restaurants serving seafood, and traditional Irish bars, buskers, and accommodation it is a splendid spot to people watch and a base yourself before exploring the island. One of the island’s most famous attractions is Dun Aengus.
The days start early in Killybegs, as this quiet fishing town rumbles to life, and ships with red and blue paint peeling from their hulls quietly depart, ready for a morning’s hard work at sea. Located in a scenic part of County Donegal, Killybegs is Ireland’s fishing capital, and the salty breeze and pretty streets serve as a revitalizing medicine for visitors. The town is also your gateway to some of the country’s most majestic coastal scenery, which is dotted with flashing white lighthouses, keeping watch over invigorating seascapes.
Portrush is adjacent to the stunning North Antrim coastline. Here lies the medieval Dunluce Castle ruins. Perched picturesquely at the edge of a rocky outcropping high above the sea, the castle is dramatically surrounded by terrifyingly steep drops, which the early Christians and Vikings would have considered a very important security feature. The castle and surrounding areas have been frequently used for the filming of “Game of Thrones”. Another attraction reached from Portrush is the Giant’s Causeway – 40,000 hexagonal basalt columns that descend in a kind of pathway to the sea.
DUBLIN - DISEMBARK
Whether or not you’re out to enjoy the old or new Dublin, you’ll find it a colossally entertaining city, all the more astonishing considering its intimate size.
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