day 1 Edinburgh, Scotland
From the Firth of Forth, a UNESCO site, to the Royal Mile, Edinburgh is steeped in history. Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Botanic Gardens. The UNESCO site of Old Town. The wonders of Edinburgh are never ending. From one of Europe’s best-preserved castles to the world’s longest herbaceous border, a riot of color and culture pervades. In this city as old as Scotland itself, you’ll find the perfect blend of historic tradition and natural beauty.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 3 Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom
The scenic fishing town of Ullapool is nestled on the shores of Loch Broom and is the gateway to the Northern Highlands. The North Atlantic Drift passes by here bringing moderate temperatures. Described as an outdoor paradise, Ullapool was voted one of the UK’s top 10 outdoor destinations. It offers a delightful choice of varied walks and footpaths. Nearby is the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, home to pine martens, wildcats, and golden eagles and one of the most photographed hills in the area, Stac Pollaidh, with its unique shape.
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
day 4 Tobermory, Scotland
On the beautiful approach to Tobermory, you’ll be hard-pressed to decide if the cheery buildings along the harbor or the fishing boats in front have the brighter palette. Call it a draw, and an appetizer to the day ahead in this charming port off the beaten path. Go whale watching or watch the shadows play in the cloister of magnificent Iona Abbey. Good thing your yacht is so appealing or you might be tempted to stay.
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
The largest city in Scotland is famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. Situated on the River Clyde, Glasgow is proud of the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral, George Square with its 12 statues of famous people including Robbie Burns, Queen Victoria and Walter Scott, and the University of Glasgow, established in 1451.
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
day 6 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Probably best known as the birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast was a hub for not only shipbuilding but also tobacco processing, rope-making and Irish linen in the early 20th century. Today the old shipyards are giving way to luxury apartments in what is known as the Titanic Quarter, home to the Titanic Belfast Centre, a beautiful star-shaped building covering the Titanic’s construction. Other must-sees include the Ulster Folk Museum and the Belfast Cathedral, as well as numerous award-winning restaurants and bars.
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
Dun Laoghaire (Dublin)
day 7 Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland
Dublin is a city of delights and surprises. Stroll across the Ha’Penny Bridge to Trinity College for a glimpse of the Book of Kells. Step inside the 11th century Dublin Castle. Stop by the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery for a taste of Irish history. And embrace the beauty of Dublin Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
Welcome to the Gateway to West Wales and stunning Pembrokeshire National Park. This beautiful area provides breathtaking moments around every bend of the path as you cruise a coastline acclaimed as the world’s best and most beautiful. Don’t miss an optional visit to storybook Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry VII or Picton Castle with its 40 acres of gardens. Or head for the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where extensive waterscapes and the world’s largest single-span greenhouse (larger than a football field) frame a dazzling display of flora.
Located on an island in the middle of the River Lee, Cork is a compact, friendly, laidback city with unique museums, like the Butter Museum, eclectic pubs and aroma-filled coffee houses all easily accessible by walking. The recognizable icon of Cork, St. Anne’s Church and Shandon Steeple offers visitors the unique opportunity to ring the church bells.
9:00 AM TO 3:00 PM
This gem of the Cornish coast invites you to explore the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, St. Michael’s Mount. Built following the Norman conquest of 1066, invaders named this ancient island mount after their own Mont St. Michel and invited Normandy’s monks to build another similar monastery here. Leave some time to shop for a memento in the harbor boutiques and to stroll the lovely seaside town of Marazion, just down the causeway.
day 11 Portsmouth, England
One of the world’s best known ports, Portsmouth is home to the British Royal Navy and some famous ships like Mary Rose, HMS Warrior and the oldest naval ship still in commission, HMS Victory. It is one of the few cities of England with two cathedrals and boasts one of the tallest structures in the United Kingdom, the 560-foot-high Spinnaker Tower.
*Rates shown are per person, based on double occupancy, reflect all discounts and include non-discountable amounts. Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses are additional.