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 Amsterdam 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. We will also enjoy an evening ashore on Clare Island to experience traditional Irish fare, music, drinks and dancing. 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 geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.
Tresco, Isles of Sicily – 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–16thcentury AD. Skellig Islands, Ireland –See the stone beehive huts (clochain) 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 (Morus bassanus) that live here among at least nine other bird species (including the endearing Atlantic Puffin and the stalwart Peregrine Falcon).
Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens, Ireland –Tour the inside of the majestic waterfront Kylemore Abbey nestled at the base of Druchruach Mountain. View the 6-acre Victorian Walled Gardens, or hike amidst a small portion of the 1,000 acres of awe-inspiring mountainside. Galway, Ireland –Visit the dramatic and iconic Cliffs of Moher (UNESCO Global Geopark), Ireland’s most often-visited natural attraction, or take a full-day excursion into the Connemara countryside.
Enjoy an evening ashore on Clare Island that combines traditional Irish music, delicious seafood and delightful drinks that locals have enjoyed for generations.
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, wildlife activity and ice conditions. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.
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