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TREASURES OF THE BRITISH / IRISH ISLES

Enjoy isles of delight, your way, on a small ship odyssey in Ireland and Great Britain.

Travel Style

Marine

Start

Dublin

Finish

London

Trip Code

TOTBII114

Countries

3

Number of countries visited

Days

12

Duration of the trip

Pace

2

Pace level 2: Light
$

Price

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Itinerary

TREASURES OF THE BRITISH / IRISH ISLES
Trip Code: TOTBII114

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Tauck
    • Countries: Ireland, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
    • Min/Max: 1-264 passengers
    • Style: Marine (Small Ship Cruising)
    • Duration: 12 days
    • Pace: 2 (Light)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Ship(s):Le Soleal
    • Arrive Dublin
    • Embark Le Soleal
    • Belfast
    • Isle of Man
    • Liverpool
    • Cobh / Cork / Kinsale
    • Isles of Scilly
    • Guernsey
    • Portsmouth
    • Disembark London
    • Depart London
  • Arrive Dublin

    Day 1

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Dublin. A transfer is included from Dublin Airport to your hotel, the Conrad Dublin, The Westbury or The Shelbourne Dublin, all ideally located near St. Stephen's Green, close to Dublin's iconic sites. Join us tonight for a welcome reception and dinner.

     Dinner

  • Dublin City Sights

    Day 2

    A morning tour of Dublin city sights includes St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park, O'Connell Street (the city's main thoroughfare), Georgian Square, the Lord Mayor's Residence, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Trinity College, where you'll see the exquisitely illuminated Book of Kells. The rest of the day is free to explore as you like.

      Breakfast

  • Enniskerry / Dublin / Embark Ship

    Day 3

    Drive to the village of Enniskerry for a visit to Powerscourt Estate and one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Designed in 1731 and inspired by the opulent gardens of Renaissance Italian villas, the gardens stretch over 47 acres in a medley of sweeping terraces, enchanting grottoes, ponds, waterfalls, statuary, and winding wooded paths. Explore them on a self-guided tour followed by lunch. Return to Dublin where you'll embark on Le Soleal for the start of your 7-night cruise. Dine aboard ship tonight as your yacht sets sail for Belfast.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Belfast & The Titanic

    Day 4

    Dock in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, where you will have a choice of sightseeing excursions. You can take a locally guided tour of the city, discovering sights that reflect its past history and future aspirations. View landmarks of modern-day Belfast; the vivid, politically charged murals and infamous streets that divided neighborhoods during "The Troubles"; the famous shipyard of Harland & Wolff, remembered as the birthplace of the ill-fated Titanic; and the Parliament Building of Stormont. Or, follow the Titanic Trail with access to historic places like the Titanic Quarter, the former headquarters of Harland & Wolff, the Titanic's drawing offices where the ship was designed, the pump house, the dock and the acclaimed Titanic Belfast experience in the new Signature Building, ending with a panoramic drive through the city. Your third choice is a scenic coastal drive along the southern shore of Belfast Lough, stopping in Stormont, Greyabbey and seaside Donaghadee. Return to Le Soleal for Lunch aboard ship, then enjoy time to explore Belfast on your own. Hear a lecture by a local historian on 'The Troubles," a period of political strife and violence that plagued the city between 1968 and 1998, late this afternoon.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • A Day on the Isle of Man

    Day 5

    Sail to Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man, located in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. Disembark for a choice of shore excursions. Travel the island's scenic heritage trail through picturesque villages, past plunging cliffs, sandy beaches, rugged glens and wild moors, with a stop at the legendary Fairy Bridge. Or, journey back in time aboard a steam train on a narrow gauge railway that passes through the beautiful countryside of Castletown, with free time to see its medieval castle. Guests interested in more active exploration can take a guided hike that starts at the thatched village of Cregneash, continues along a coastal footpath to the clifftops of Spanish Head, and descendsn to view seals and birds that are found here. Return to the ship for an onboard music and dance performance this afternoon.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Liverpool & "The British Invasion"

    Day 6

    Discover the sights of Liverpool your way today. Choices include a panoramic tour of this architecturally rich city that sees Pier Head and the Town Hall and visits the Anglican and Metropolitan cathedrals; an excursion to the walled town of Chester steeped in a 2,000-year legacy of British heritage; or a pop culture tribute to the Beatles featuring their birthplaces, homes, schools and venues where they played, culminating with a visit to The Beatles Story, an award-winning, interactive museum dedicated to these local musicians. Return to Le Soleal for an afternoon cruise as your yacht charts a course for Ireland.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Cork, Blarney or Kinsale

    Day 7

    Dock in Cobh with your choice of sightseeing. Explore the landmark sights of Cork on a guided tour; visit legendary Blarney Castle for a chance to be blessed with the gift of gab; or enjoy a leisurely drive into the countryside to pretty Kinsale for time to explore as you wish.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • The Isles of Scilly

    Day 8

    Cast anchor between two of the Isles of Scilly, choosing to spend the morning on a hike along the ramparts of St. Mary's Island, dating to the Iron Age, with free time in Hugh Town, or taking a guided tour of the terraced, sub-tropical Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco Island with a gardener. Sail for Guernsey this afternoon.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Island of Guernsey, English Channel

    Day 9

    Your day on Guernsey unfolds according to your interests. You can enjoy an overview of the island's highlights, culminating with a taste of traditional cream tea, on a guided sightseeing drive. Or history buffs might find a locally guided tour of WWII sites, including a visit to the German Occupation Museum and the underground military hospital, of great interest. Outdoor enthusiasts will delight in an opportunity to take a hike from shore to a clifftop trail overlooking the ocean with scenic valley vistas that inspired Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Victor Hugo, ending at a Morman manor house for a gin tasting. Enjoy farewell festivities onboard the ship tonight.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Portsmouth / HMS Victory / London

    Day 10

    Disembark in Portsmouth. An early opening visit to the historic dockyard includes HMS Victory and Henry VIII's flagship under restoration at The Mary Rose Museum. Drive to London after lunch where your hotel accommodations may be at the Hyatt Regency - The Churchill, The Langham, London, or the Royal Horseguards.

      Breakfast

  • A Day Well Spent in London

    Day 11

    Visit the Tower of London before it opens to the public, seeing the Crown Jewels and touring the ancient site. A guided city tour follows and includes the Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Buckingham Palace and more. Lunch at a pub, before time at leisure. join us for a farewell dinner tonight.

      Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Journey Home

    Day 12

    Tour ends: London. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included to the train station, Heathrow Airport, or Gatwick Airport from the Hyatt Regency - The Churchill, The Langham, London or the Royal Horseguards hotel. You should allow at least three hours for your flight check-in at the airport.

      Breakfast

  • What's Included

    Important Information

    • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at CAD $3,980
    • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff aboard Le Soleal, and local guides.
    • Two night stays in Dublin and London at premier city-center hotels, ideally located
    • A choice of included shore excursions in every port of call on this 7-night cruise
    • Tauck exclusive lecture by a local historian on "The Troubles" in Belfast, plus a choice of Titanic inspired tours or a scenic coastal drive
    • Explore the Isle of Man by a steam train, on a guided hike or a panoramic sightseeing tour
    • Visit to Abbey Gardens on Tresco Island or St. Mary's Island in the Isles of Scilly
    • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages available throughout the day aboard ship, including house wines and spirits; premium wines and spirits available at extra cost
    • 28 meals, airport transfers upon arrival and departures as noted, service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes and porterage

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