British Isles Explorer – Viking Cruise

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British Isles Explorer – Viking Cruise

Traverse the isles, north to south

Immerse yourself in the British Isles with overnight stays in Bergen, Norway, and Greenwich, England. Discover the legendary Highlands and Western Isles of Scotland and its capital, Edinburgh. Visit the Shetland and Orkney Islands, and contrast modern Belfast with traditional Dublin. Witness Welsh culture in Snowdonia. In England, visit maritime Liverpool, see historic Dover and enjoy a tour of London.
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Day 1: Bergen, Norway

Embark your ship and settle into your stateroom. Bergen is home to the Hanseatic League’s only kontor (trading enclave) still in existence. Bryggen wharf, a row of timbered Hanseatic warehouses along a quaint quay, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Narrow wooden walkways are flanked by parallel rows of small, vibrantly painted buildings overlooking the picturesque Vågen Harbor. This is perhaps the most charming district of Bergen and a delight to explore, from its tight-knit community of workshops where artisans sell their wares to its cafés where freshly prepared smørbrød, or open-faced sandwiches, are on the menu.

Bergen, an ancient city with deep Viking roots, is nestled between gargantuan snowcapped mountains, magnificent fjords and one of Europe’s largest glaciers. Founded in 1070 on what was a Viking settlement, Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway. Not to be missed is a stroll through the Fisketorget, where the fresh catch of the sea awaits—from cod and prawns to local caviar and icy oysters.

Shore Excursions

PANORAMIC BERGEN (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS

EXPLORE NORWEGIAN CITY BY MOTOR COACH AND ON FOOT
Discover the main sights of Bergen during a panoramic drive and a leisurely walk. Founded in 1070 AD, Bergen features many historic sites, including the medieval King Haakon’s Hall, the Rosenkrantz Tower, the bustling fish market and the Nordnes Peninsula, with its 19th-century white painted wooden houses. During a scenic drive, see these and more, pausing to take a photo stop at Nordnes to admire the views over Bergen Harbor. At the National Stage, disembark your motor coach and walk downhill to Festplassen, passing the statue of Ole Bull before arriving in Bryggen. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you admire the picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, you may return to your ship via motor coach, or explore the district and return independently on your own.

A SNAPSHOT OF BERGEN
DURATION: 4 HOURS

SITES AND HEIGHTS
See Bergen both up close and from a bird’s-eye perspective on this expansive tour. With your guide, pass the medieval Bergen Fortress at the entrance to the harbor. See the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bryggen, the picturesque wharf that helped put Bergen at the center of the Hanseatic League. For a wider view of this city, ascend Mt. Fløien via funicular railway. From the summit, enjoy spectacular views of Bergen’s seaside setting. Back in the city, visit the Schøtstuene Museum. Explore its multipurpose rooms in which wealthy Hanseatic merchants gathered during the winter months; the building was once used for meetings, teaching, social events and trials. For a more modern perspective, see the Bergen Theater and Grieg Hall, named for Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. A scenic drive around the Nordnes Peninsula offers sweeping views across the harbor.

GRIEG’S HOUSE & RECITAL & FANTOFT STAVE CHURCH
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE OLD WAYS
Travel south of Bergen to view a remarkable wooden church and visit the home of Norway’s famed composer. Join your local guide on a drive through suburban Bergen to Fana, where the Fantoft Stave Church stands tall, proud and elegant. Built entirely of wood in 1150 in the tradition of Norwegian stave churches, it was moved to its present site in 1883 to save it from demolition and preserve it as part of the nation’s heritage. From spiritual faith to musical brilliance, you will also visit Troldhaugen, where famed Norwegian composer and pianist Edvard Grieg and his wife lived for 22 years. Norway’s most celebrated son, he was inspired by Norwegian folk music and sought to raise its profile in his composing and performances. He is best known for his Piano Concerto in A minor and Peer Gynt. Enjoy an exclusive recital of his music before returning to your ship.

A TASTE OF NORWEGIAN FARM LIFE
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY AND CULTURE OF ØVRE EIDE FARM
Venture into the pristine countryside outside Bergen to witness life on a traditional Norwegian farm. Drive with your guide through vistas of soaring mountains and tranquil lakes to the idyllic working farm at Øvre Eide, nestled on the beautiful Jordal Lake. Here, surrounded by green fields and magnificent scenery, the owner will greet you and lead a relaxed and leisurely guided tour of his tranquil property. Along the way, you will pause with him as he shares the farm’s history and local heritage and provides some insight into the evolving ways of farming in Norway. You will also meet some of the animals typically found on Nordic farms, from Norwegian fjord horses to Norwegian spel sheep. Then you are invited to join him in the beautiful main house for freshly made almond pralines, pastries with berries and cream and natural fruit juice, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

DALE OF NORWAY: A LIVING MUSEUM
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A HISTORIC MILL WEAVES NORWAY’S ICONIC SWEATERS
Visit one of Norway’s few remaining textile centers and see how the iconic Norwegian sweaters are made. Meet your guide at our berth and enjoy a scenic drive to the village of Dale, nestled in a sweeping valley among soaring peaks on the west coast. Here, spend time getting acquainted with the Dale factory, world-renowned for more than just its sweaters. This historic mill harnesses the power of local waterfalls. The community of Dale developed around this ingenuity and the textile industry that it supports. Today, the entire village embraces a culture that centers around knitting and creating traditional designs. Exclusive garments are made here for sports and fashion, too. Your guided tour will weave all the threads of this self-made town together for you, from its history to its sweater production. You will have free time to browse its shop before returning to your ship.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 2 HOURS

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

MT. FLØIEN HIKE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

TREK THROUGH BERGEN’S WOODLAND HILLS
Ascend 1,000 feet above Bergen to the top of Mt. Fløien for magnificent views. Board the Fløibanen funicular for a scenic ride up the mountain, where you will begin your tour with a walk through the woodlands to the idyllic Skomakerdiket lake, then join the main path. As you climb, take in the stunning scenery of the Fløien Hills. The fjord and its multitude of islands are nestled below, and your eyes can follow the coastline all the way to the North Sea. Continue on the path toward Fjellveien while you enjoy sweeping views to the south of Bergen and Store Lundgegårdsvannet, a bay in the city center. Take a break and immerse yourself in nature as you breathe in the fresh mountain air. After time to relax, set off down the hill and through the charming Skuteviken neighborhood en route to your ship.

FLIGHTSEEING OVER DRAMATIC FJORDS
DURATION: 1 HOUR

STUNNING SCENIC VIEWPOINT FROM THE SKY
Take flight on a scenic seaplane journey over the stunning fjords of Bergen and its mountain scenery. You will be picked up for a short transfer to the charming town of Sandviken. Meet your pilot and step on board your four-seater Cessna seaplane to experience the thrill of takeoff from the water. Soar over the picturesque mountains and view the beautiful fjords from above. You will also fly over the striking Hardangerfjord, blue glacier lakes and, weather permitting, Folgefonna—one of the biggest glaciers in Norway. On your return to base, fly over Mt. Ulriken and the city of Bergen, where you will see your cruise ship docked in the harbor. Have your camera ready for this breathtaking excursion over the wild, beautiful landscapes of western Norway.

NORWEGIAN GOLD & SILVERSMITHS
DURATION: 2 HOURS

FACTORY TOUR AND DEMONSTRATION OF BEAUTIFULLY HANDCRAFTED PIECES
Visit one of Norway’s historic gold and silversmiths, and learn about their heritage during a visit to a factory. Take a short ride from the pier to Arven, a Bergen-based company that has been producing fine jewelry and interior design pieces for more than 150 years. You will be welcomed by your host, who will describe the history of the company and its place at the forefront of Norwegian design. As well as its own classic pieces, Arven works in partnership with some of Norway’s most talented designers. Take a tour of the factory and witness the artists at work, creating beautifully crafted jewelry, traditional silver cutlery, accessories and items for the home. After your tour of the production area, you will have the opportunity to browse the on-site gift shop and enjoy a glass of champagne before returning to your ship.

NORDIC WALKING IN BERGEN
DURATION: 2 HOURS

HISTORIC DISTRICT AND SCENIC VISTAS
Lace up your walking shoes and head out for a Nordic walking experience as you take in some of Bergen’s sights. Meet your instructor and grab your poles before heading out into the city to explore. Nordic walking is an all-encompassing version of walking, suitable for all fitness levels and a great way to work out. Your guide will demonstrate the correct way to use the poles, then you will head off to explore. See some of Bergen’s historic districts as you head through Sandviken and scale the hills to view the city’s most picturesque vistas, including sweeping scenes of the fjord below. Discover some of the hidden gems and learn about the fascinating past of the city, which was once the center of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. After your invigorating Nordic walk, you will return to your awaiting ship.

BERGEN AT WAR
DURATION: 6 HOURS

FJELL FORTRESS AND NORTH SEA TRAFFIC MUSEUM
Explore Bergen’s role in World War II as one of Scandinavia’s main bases during the Nazi occupation. Fjell Fortess was constructed as Germany’s biggest stronghold in Norway during the war; it is an impressive underground military base with a labyrinth of tunnels running beneath Fjedla Mountain. The facility housed a complex of dormitories and living quarters, kitchens, medical stations, workshops, a communications center and command bunkers. In addition, the fortress was centered around heavy German artillery, including the triple cannon which was capable of firing three shells from each of its three barrels simultaneously. Afterward, visit the North Sea Traffic Museum, where you will hear powerful stories of the people of Bergen and learn about the members of the Norwegian Resistance who communicated with Allied forces in Scotland to coordinate crucial drops of supplies.

BERGEN BY E-BIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS

SCENIC CYCLE PAST HISTORIC SIGHTS AND LANDMARKS
Pedal with ease as you explore the town of Bergen and its nearby surroundings by electric bicycle. Cycling is an efficient way to view the historic sights and landmarks along the shores of the Byfjorden. Meet your guide at the staging area, don your cycle helmet, and after a short safety briefing, set off to explore the region. Your e-bike will allow you to pedal comfortably along your route, which will take you on a journey admiring the stunning views over Bergen, its harbor and the seafront along the Fjellveien. See the statue of Madam Felle, which commemorates the former proprietor of a popular Sandviken pub and guesthouse. Admire two of Bergen’s oldest buildings as you pedal by the 12th-century St. Mary’s Church and Bergenhus Fortress, which has stood guard over the harbor since the early 16th century. You will finish back at the staging area, then return to your ship.

OLEANA KNITTING FACTORY
DURATION: 3 HOURS

PRODUCTION PROCESS OF WORLD-FAMOUS KNITWEAR DESIGNER
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the production process of an award-winning Norwegian knitwear designer. Founded in 1992, Oleana is a family-owned company that focuses on creating beautiful, high-quality clothes. Embark on a short transfer to the factory, located atop a river with beautiful views of the fjord and housed in a 19th-century building that was western Norway’s first textile mill. Receive a warm welcome from your guide and watch a short film about the history of the company and the factory building. Then, begin your tour on the knitting floor, before continuing to product development and the sewing floor. Along the way, you will stop to talk to the employees and see the garments being made. Stop for a beverage at Oleana’s nearby café, then enjoy free time to browse for the perfect memento to take with you. Afterward, you will board your bus and return to your ship.

BERGEN ON FOOT
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER A HANSEATIC PORT TOWN
Explore Bergen’s historic sights during an invigorating walking excursion. Meet your guide at the pier and set off on foot to Bergenhus Fortress, one of Norway’s best-preserved fortifications. Pass the Rosenkrantz Tower and arrive at Bryygen to admire its picturesque wooden buildings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hear interesting stories from your guide about Bergen’s colorful past as you get acquainted with this Hanseatic town. Formerly the capital of Norway, Norwegian kings once resided here. Bergen owed its wealth and prominence to the fish export trade, which has been at the heart of the town since the Middle Ages. Continue your walk to Festplassen to its music pavilion, and head toward the old financial district, pausing to see the old telegraph, the historic post office and to admire the quaint residences. Afterward, walk back to your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The Shetland Islands may be remote, but history did not overlook them. At the excavation site of Jarlshof, tall, stone roundhouses date to the Iron Age and an ancient Norse longhouse tells of a Viking community. More recent history echoes through the streets of Lerwick, the islands’ sleepy capital founded by Dutch fishermen. The main island, Mainland, gets much of its beauty from its diversity. Farmlands and dreamy meadows unfold toward seal-dotted beaches, rocky cliffs take a beating from the surf, and medieval castles overlook valleys and lakes.

Shore Excursions

SHETLAND PANORAMA & PONIES
DURATION: 1 HOUR 45 MINUTES

DREAMY SEASCAPES AND A RICH ISLAND CULTURE
Gain insight into the Shetland Islands while learning about Shetland ponies and admiring striking landscapes. Enjoy a photo stop from above Scalloway Castle, overlooking the harbor below, before visiting a Shetland pony breeder and enthusiast. Small ponies have existed in the Shetland Islands for more than 2,000 years; the ponies are thought to have been in domestic use since the Bronze Age. Learn more about how these miniature ponies are bred and used today. Travel north through the Tingwall Valley, with its Norse heritage, before heading through the peat- and heather-covered landscape to Girlsta, with its beautiful freshwater lochs and hillside scenery. Drive through Whiteness on the Atlantic coast to Wormadale for the chance to photograph many of the islands of the Shetland archipelago. Hear more about Shetland culture and heritage on the way back to your ship.

ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS OF SHETLAND
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES

PEER INTO AN ISLAND’S ANCIENT PAST
Drive through Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, to the island’s southerly point on a panoramic tour. Pass through the rural townships of Fladdabister and—conditions permitting—admire the magnificent Mousa Broch, the world’s tallest and best-preserved broch, or roundhouse. Continue south, passing St. Ninian’s Isle, where the famous Pictish hoard of silver dating from the 9th century was found in 1958. Explore the prehistoric Norse settlements at Jarlshof, one of the most interesting archaeological sites in Britain. Over 5,000 years old, it features a remarkable sequence of stone structures—a drystone broch indicates an Iron Age settlement, while an ancient Norse longhouse tells of a thriving Viking community. Visit the small historic village of Hoswick. At the visitor center, housed in a former tweed-weaving mill, learn more about the history and culture of Shetland.

WALKING THE NATURE TRAILS OF MOUSA ISLAND
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A LEISURELY HIKE ON AN UNINHABITED ISLAND
Witness the impressive Mousa Broch and stroll Mousa Island’s coastline to see local scenery and birdlife. Embark on a scenic drive through the rolling countryside en route to catching your first glimpse of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best-preserved broch in the world. At the small ferry port, climb on board the Solan IV for a short crossing to the Island of Mousa, an uninhabited island just 1.5 miles long and one mile wide. Accompany your guide on a three-mile, two-hour walk around the perimeter of the island, admiring the beautiful scenery and observing wildlife including common and gray seals, Arctic terns and great skuas. Discover the historic Iron Age Mousa Broch, a drystone Iron Age fortress tower built more than 2,000 years ago without mortar. Incredibly, it stands some 43 feet high. After this invigorating walk, you will journey back to your ship.

SHETLAND SEABIRDS EXPERIENCE BY BOAT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

DISCOVER THE ISLAND’S WILDLIFE AND ADMIRE STUNNING SEASCAPES
Set forth with your highly experienced skipper and wildlife guide to seek Shetland wildlife. Starting from Victoria Pier, stroll past the Old Tolbooth from 1770 and go to the Lodberries. These were houses and warehouses sitting on their own piers so that goods could be loaded and unloaded directly from the boats during the time Lerwick was Northern Europe’s premier herring town. Returning to the pier, board your awaiting vessel and head out. You will enjoy unrivaled natural spectacles and memorable photographic opportunities. With a stunning backdrop of the Noss cliffs, this short cruise will take you around Noss and Bressay to enjoy the Shetlands’ numerous seabirds and seals, scenic views and geology. Keep watch for otters and marine mammals as you travel in comfort on board a twin-engine catamaran, providing the perfect platform to view the island’s wildlife.

LERWICK & THE UP HELLY AA
DURATION: 4 HOURS

TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME TO EXPLORE LERWICK’S VIKING HISTORY
Take a walking tour through the colorful and cosmopolitan history of Lerwick. Hear lively tales of Lerwick’s growth, merchant trading, shipping fleets and smugglers. From Victoria Pier, view the Old Tollbooth from 1770 and the Lodberries, houses and warehouses sitting on their own piers so that goods could be loaded and unloaded directly from the boats during the time when Lerwick was Northern Europe’s premier herring town. Continue along Commercial Street to Fort Charlotte, pausing to admire the views. Visit the Up Helly Aa Exhibition to see a replica Viking galley and an exhibit on the famous fire festival—where every last Tuesday of January, the darkened streets of Lerwick provide a background for a long torchlit procession. Then, head to the Shetland Museum and enjoy free time to discover more about the islands’ heritage and culture.

THE SHETLAND PONY EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A CLOSE-UP ENCOUNTER WITH SHETLAND’S FAMOUS PONIES
Meet the famous four-legged residents of the Shetland Islands and enjoy a close-up encounter. Embark on a scenic drive through Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands. Enjoy a stop at Meal Beach, recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches in Shetland. Arrive in Burra, one of the smaller islands of this group, connected to the mainland by a series of bridges. Here, you will be warmly welcomed by your hosts and their furry companions. Small ponies have existed in the Shetland Islands for more than 2,000 years. Today, you will learn more about how these miniature ponies are bred and used. In small groups, you will have the opportunity to pet, brush and handle the ponies, then lead one down to a beautiful, secluded beach for the perfect photo opportunity. After your pony encounter, you will bid your newfound friend farewell and return to your awaiting ship.

RURAL SHETLAND
DURATION: 4 HOURS

SHEEPDOG DEMONSTRATION AND SHETLAND PONIES AT LOCAL CROFT
Immerse yourself in the crofting culture of the Shetland Islands during a visit with a local breeder. Journey across the heather-covered hills to “Keolka” croft and meet David and Isla, highly regarded sheepdog trainers who will introduce you to crofting life in Shetland. Learn about Shetland sheep, renowned for their warm woolly coats, and meet hardy Shetland ponies. Observe David as he works with his sheepdogs and gain insight into the various stages of training, from playful puppies to accomplished sheepdogs, who demonstrate rounding up the wandering herd with ease. Hear tales and anecdotes of these four-legged companions and greet the stars of the demonstration with a friendly pat. Afterward, warm yourself up with a delicious lunch of homemade soup and traditional oatcakes at a charming guest house, then return to your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Invergordon lies in the mountainous, heather-covered Scottish Highlands amid a patchwork of farmland. The small community celebrates itself with a series of stunning murals painted by local artists; a walking trail leads visitors to them all, passing colorful window flowerboxes along the way. Whisky is another mainstay here, produced in a local grain distillery. This charming port is the gateway to a breathtaking region that provides a fascinating glimpse into the days of warring clans, and into the legend of “Nessie,” the fabled monster of Loch Ness.

Shore Excursions

INVERNESS SCENIC DRIVE (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS’ CULTURAL CAPITAL
Explore "Inversnecky," as Scotland’s northernmost city on the banks of the Ness River is known locally. From Scottish Gaelic, meaning "mouth of the Ness River," Inverness is the largest city and cultural capital of the Scottish Highlands. It sits astride the Ness at the spot where the river meets the Moray Firth, at the northern end of the Great Glen. Take a panoramic tour of the city, featuring a drive by Inverness Cathedral, Eden Court Theater and Inverness Town House—one of the city’s most impressive and historic buildings. Enjoy free time to explore on your own or browse the shops for the perfect memento of your visit. You will also have the chance to admire views of Inverness Castle. Built in the 1830s on the original site of several castles dating as far back as the 11th century, this castle is renowned for its role in the legendary Shakespeare tragedy Macbeth.

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND FOREST WALK
DURATION: 3 HOURS

WATERFALL & WOODLAND WALK
Discover Scotland’s impressive woodlands and enjoy a walk through the forest. From the pier, embark on a scenic drive by motor coach from Invergordon through the beautiful Scottish countryside to enjoy a guided stroll through the thick Highland forests. Set out on foot along the banks of a picturesque river and through mixed woodland which provides varied habitats for a wide range of plants and animals, including the elusive pine marten, the stealthy wildcat and the bushy-tailed red squirrel. Discover the hypnotic flowing torrents and cascading rapids with fantastic vistas of the river and the surrounding landscape; take the opportunity to pause and absorb the peaceful atmosphere of the forest. At the end of your hike, return to your coach and transfer back to your ship.

CAWDOR CASTLE & CULLODEN
DURATION: 5 HOURS

HIGHLANDS HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Experience a romantic, stately Scottish Highlands home, and see the site of the last battle fought on British soil. You will travel first to Cawdor Castle, reputedly Macbeth’s castle, where the murder of Duncan took place. The 14th-century residence of the Thanes of Cawdor is home to the Cawdor family to this day, and features a fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, furniture, as well as lovely gardens and manicured grounds. You will have the chance to tour this ancient castle at your leisure (although your guide and castle stewards are available to answer questions). Then, you will continue on to the famous battlefield of Culloden. Here, you will learn about the 1746 battle that took place between Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland. You can view the informative exhibit and film in the visitor center, and even walk out onto the actual battlefield for a true taste of history.

GLENMORANGIE DISTILLERY
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

SINGLE MALT SCOTCH AND SMALL-TOWN CHARM
Tour the world-renowned Glenmorangie Distillery and enjoy a taste of their esteemed whisky. You will embark on a scenic drive by motor coach to the nearby town of Tain, home of Glenmorangie Distillery for more than 175 years. Crafting the singular taste of Glenmorangie malt whisky is entrusted to the care of just 16 people: the Sixteen Men of Tain. This skilled group of craftsmen continues to produce whisky using centuries-old methods to preserve Glenmorangie’s distinctive flavors. Enjoy a short video introduction to whisky, followed by a museum visit and guided exploration of the distillery, including the warehouses where the whisky rests in wooden casks to mature. You will have the opportunity to attend a tutored tasting and sample the finished product. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

LOCH NESS & HISTORIC URQUHART CASTLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

ICONIC CASTLE AND LEGENDARY LAKE
Visit one of Scotland’s most famed castles and a main site for reported sightings of the Loch Ness Monster. Travel south to Urquhart Castle, a strategic stronghold in the Highlands. It is positioned on the banks of Loch Ness, which would have been a main route through the Great Glen that divides the Highlands. Take a tour with your knowledgeable local guide to discover its dramatic history. Urquhart Castle dates back in written records to the 6th century, but in archaeology and folklore, it dates all the way back to the time of the Picts. The castle’s checkered history came to a dramatic end in 1692, when the castle was blown up to avoid it falling into Jacobite hands. What remains are picturesque and impressive ruins for you to explore, surrounded on three sides by the cold, deep waters of Loch Ness.

PORTMAHOMACK & THE ANCIENT PICTS
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CARVED STONES, PICT MUSEUM AND THE ROYAL BURGH OF TAIN
Discover the sophisticated culture and history of one of Scotland’s earliest civilizations, the Picts. Known for their arcane symbols and masterful metalwork, the Picts settled in Scotland in pre-Roman times. Embark by motor coach for the small fishing village of Portmahomack. En route, you will stop for photos at the Shandwick and Cadboll Stones, two large Pictish stones covered in intricate carvings. Upon arrival in Portmahomack, visit the Tarbat Discovery Centre. Built on the foundation of a Pictish monastery from around 550 AD, this beautifully restored 18th-century church is now a museum. Take a guided tour of the treasury and the ancient, barrel-vaulted crypt. Learn about the infamous local atrocity that took place in the church during the Middle Ages. On your return journey to your ship, you will take a scenic drive through the charming town of Tain. Scotland’s oldest royal burgh, it is full of stunning architecture and beautiful green spaces.

THE ULTIMATE LOCH NESS OUTLANDER EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 8 HOURS

LOCH NESS CRUISE, URQUHART CASTLE, CULLODEN BATTLEFIELD AND CLAVA CAIRNS
Immerse yourself in the history and natural beauty of Scotland during a journey through the majestic Highlands. Travel through rolling hills and farmland to famous Loch Ness for a scenic cruise en route to Urquhart Castle, a strategic stronghold that dates back in archaeology and folklore to the time of the Picts. Take a tour of the remains with your knowledgeable local guide and discover its dramatic history before returning to Inverness for lunch. Afterward, head to the famous battlefield of Culloden, where the armies of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland fought the last pitched battle on British soil in 1746. You can view the informative exhibit and film in the visitor center, and even walk out onto the actual battlefield for a true taste of history. Cap your journey with a visit to one of Scotland’s most evocative prehistoric sites, the Bronze Age cemetery of Clava Cairns.

ROTHIEMURCHUS ESTATE
DURATION: 6 HOURS 30 MINUTES

LIFE IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS
Experience traditional Highland life during a visit to the scenic Scottish estate of Rothiemurchus. Travel to the estate, nestled among Scots pines in the heart of the Caledonian Forest. This jewel of Cairngorms National Park is noted for its natural beauty and has been under the stewardship of the Grant family since the 16th century. At Drumintoul Lodge, meet the estate’s representatives and enjoy refreshments. This traditional Scottish Hunting Lodge, dating back to 1877, is now the family home of Lord and Lady Huntingtower. Admire the views of the loch and learn how Rothiemurchus has held on to its traditions while adapting to ensure the survival of the forest and wildlife. Visit the farm to see the Highland cows, distinguishable by their long fringes, then feed a herd of red deer. Return to the lodge for a delicious lunch before returning to your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Edinburgh has been Scotland’s capital since the 15th century, despite the fact that the Union of the Crowns moved it to London in 1603. There is no capital quite like Edinburgh, with its gorgeous setting on green rocky hillocks and splendid views of the sea. Edinburgh Castle, home of the Scottish Crown Jewels and countless medieval treasures, overlooks the city from Castle Rock. The Royal Mile unfurls Edinburgh’s architectural gems in all their finery, from the Canongate to St. Giles’s Cathedral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish residence of British royalty.

EDINBURGH HIGHLIGHTS (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

PANORAMIC TOUR THROUGH THE HEART OF SCOTLAND'S CAPITAL
See highlights of Scotland’s capital city on this included tour, from gracious architecture to a storied castle. Your journey begins in the historic district of Newhaven, once a thriving fishing village and center for shipbuilding, as you drive toward the heart of the historic city of Edinburgh. On your panoramic tour, you will see the 18th-century New Town with its delightful neoclassical and Georgian period architecture. From a high point, view the dramatic skyline punctuated with church spires and dominated by medieval Edinburgh Castle set on its craggy volcanic rock. Drive through the center of the city and walk down the famous bustling Royal Mile to view the 17th-century Palace of Holyroodhouse. Following your tour, enjoy some free time for shopping and independent exploration in central Edinburgh before returning to your ship.

WALKING TOUR OF EDINBURGH'S HISTORIC ROYAL MILE
DURATION: 3 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF EDINBURGH AND ST. GILES’S CATHEDRAL
Travel by motor coach into the heart of Edinburgh’s vibrant Old Town for a walking tour of its historic sites. Enjoy a guided walk along the cobblestone streets of the Royal Mile, which runs between Edinburgh Castle and the Palace of Holyroodhouse. Wander past many significant buildings both old and new, including John Knox House, the Church of Canongate and the Scottish Parliament. Stop to view the timber buildings built and named after the landowners, a tradition that still lives on today. Peek through the gaps between the buildings, known as closes. During the walk, visit St. Giles’s Cathedral, famed for its impressive crown spire. Admire the magnificent new organ and the restoration work that began in 1977, with a particular focus on the roof of this majestic building that stands midway along the Royal Mile. Transfer back to your ship at the end of the tour.

BRAVEHEART COUNTRY: STIRLING CASTLE & BANNOCKBURN HERITAGE CENTER
DURATION: 7 HOURS

SCOTTISH ROYAL FAMILY AND THE STUNNING STIRLING CASTLE
Explore Stirling Castle, a beautifully furnished 15th-century residence, with a guide or on your own. Home of the Stuart kings and birthplace of James II, Stirling Castle has controlled one of the main routes between the Scottish Highlands and Lowlands for centuries from its spectacular setting high on a volcanic rock above the Forth River, earning its title “Key to the Kingdom.” Uncover its long and bloody past and its place in Scottish history. Learn about the Scottish kings and queens who have been baptized, been crowned or died here. Explore the town and have lunch at your leisure. Rejoin your motor coach and travel the short distance to the Bannockburn Heritage Center, near the site of the 1314 battle in which the Scots under King of the Scots Robert the Bruce defeated the English army of King Edward II during the First War of Scottish Independence.

ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA & EDINBURGH CASTLE
DURATION: 7 HOURS

EMBARK ON A ROYAL FULL-DAY TOUR
Immerse yourself in the history of the Royal Yach Britannia and Edinburgh Castle in one rewarding day. You will drive to the nearby port of Leith with your local guide. This is the home of the elegant Royal Yacht Britannia, once the floating home of the late Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family. Over its 43 years of service, Britannia hosted glittering state and official occasions. Follow your self-guided audiophone to the Queen’s and Duke of Edinburgh’s cabins, impressive formal dining room, admiral’s suite, crew’s quarters and more. After a delicious lunch at an Edinburgh hotel, ascend to the rocky hillside of Edinburgh Castle. This historic structure is one of the oldest fortified places in Europe, and has been used as a royal residence, prison and military fortress. Here, you will enjoy time to explore its royal splendor on your own, before returning to your ship.

THE DA VINCI CODE'S ROSSLYN CHAPEL & GLENKINCHIE DISTILLERY
DURATION: 5 HOURS

HIDDEN CODES AND THE MYSTERIOUS KNIGHTS TEMPLAR
Visit the intimate, fascinating Rosslyn Chapel, then discover the “Edinburgh Malt” and learn about Scottish whisky. Rosslyn Chapel, built in 1446, is a captivating building that became a place of pilgrimage thanks to its strong links with the Knights Templar. Some speculate that its musty, undisturbed vaults may contain fantastic holy relics. Learn the structure’s history from an expert chapel guide and, in particular, hear of the mysterious Knights Templar. Search for hidden codes among the chapel’s multitude of fascinating and intricate carvings. Moving from Edinburgh’s spirituality to its spirits, head to Glenkinchie Distillery, one of Scotland’s Lowland distilleries, to see the production process of Glenkinchie single malt whisky. Following your tour, sample a “wee dram” of Glenkinchie, then choose a second dram for comparison (perhaps a Highland whisky). Afterward, you will return to your ship.

MAGNIFICENT HISTORY OF SCONE PALACE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE CROWNING PALACE OF SCOTTISH KINGS AND QUEENS
Journey north through the Kingdom of Fife and into scenic Perthshire to fascinating Scone Palace. Explore the historic palace at your own pace and enjoy plenty of time to absorb this quintessential Scottish experience. Stewards found throughout the palace, as well as your guide, will be happy to answer any questions as you wander from room to room. Learn how Scone Palace—formerly the crowning place of Scottish kings, including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce—has played a central role throughout the history of Scotland. Discover the fabulous collection of French furniture, clocks, 16th-century needlework (including bed hangings created by Mary, Queen of Scots), ivories and various objets d’art, as well as one of the finest collections of porcelain in the country, within the castle’s 125 rooms. The extensive surrounding grounds and gardens are impressive and well worth exploring. Enjoy this treasure trove of Scottish history before returning to your ship.

HOLYROOD PALACE & EDINBURGH CASTLE
DURATION: 7 HOURS

SEE SCOTLAND’S CROWN JEWELS AND THE HOME OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
Follow the Royal Mile, explore the historic Old and New Towns and take in the views from Edinburgh Castle. Roam corridors once trod by Mary, Queen of Scots, and discover why Edinburgh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the views from bull-nosed Castle Rock, where Scotland began. At 12th-century Edinburgh Castle, marvel at the Crown Jewels and the Stone of Scone, or “Stone of Destiny,” upon which the Scottish (and English) monarchs have been crowned. Next, explore 16th-century Holyrood Palace, an official residence of the late Queen Elizabeth II and home to Mary, Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Enjoy an audio-guided tour of the royal apartments, learn about the intrigues that have taken place here and wander the grounds at your leisure. Afterward, explore Edinburgh independently before your guide brings you to a stunning lookout point and you return to your ship.

BROOMHALL: HOME OF THE FAMILY BRUCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

GAIN PRIVILEGED ACCESS TO THE FAMILY HOME OF KING ROBERT THE BRUCE
Enjoy an exceptionally rare glimpse into Scottish royal history. After remaining closed for centuries, Broomhall House, the ancestral home of the Bruce clan (descended from King Robert the Bruce), will open its doors for your exclusive visit. The Bruce family has been at the heart of Scotland’s history since the 12th century, when Robert the Bruce took the throne and secured Scottish independence from England at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314. A member of the Bruce family will greet you; following a welcome drink, enjoy a fascinating journey through 1,000 years of Scottish history. Broomhall boasts many elegant furnishings, an internationally important collection of fine art and priceless heirlooms such as the Sword of State of King Robert the Bruce. Afterward, you will return to your awaiting ship.

BAGPIPE WORKSHOP & WHISKY TASTING
DURATION: 2 HOURS 45 MINUTES

LEARN ABOUT SCOTLAND’S NATIONAL INSTRUMENT
Enjoy an authentic Scottish experience during a whisky tasting and bagpipe workshop. Though bagpipes have been played since ancient times, they are most closely associated with Scotland, and widely considered to be its national instrument. Let the fun begin with a three-dram whisky tasting hosted by a Scotch Malt Whisky Society ambassador. Then, get welcomed to your workshop with a tune played by your instructor, Louise Marshall. One of Scotland’s best-known female pipers, Marshall has played for many of Scotland’s most luminous visitors, such as the late Queen Elizabeth II. During your workshop, learn basic chanter techniques, how bagpipes work and their history. Marshall will also bring out colorful Scottish attire for you to try on, including glengarries, feather bonnets, plaids and kilts. Afterward, you will receive a small gift to take with you.

OLD COURSE AT HISTORIC ST. ANDREWS
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

GUIDED STROLL AROUND THE WORLD’S OLDEST GOLF COURSE
Tour the famous golf course at St. Andrews and enjoy free time to explore the town on this enriching excursion. Drive with your guide over the River Forth through the rolling countryside and farmland of the Kingdom of Fife to this charming seaside town. Upon arrival, join your Old Course guide at the shrine to the “Home of Golf”—the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews. Founded here in 1754, it has become an utmost authority on the rules of the game and the sight of numerous historic matches. Stroll the stunning, historic course, then enjoy a traditional lunch of locally sourced fish and chips in a pub on the 18th green. Afterward, discover the town of St. Andrews on your own, maybe choosing to stroll the grounds of Scotland’s oldest university or browse the local shops and cafés, before returning to your ship by motor coach.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

The history of the Scottish Orkney Islands dates back millennia. Neolithic remains, including the ancient site of Brodgar, predate Stonehenge and the Pyramids. The 13th-century Norse Orkneyinga Saga told of Vikings who ruled here. Later, the earls took over, and the French Renaissance palace that remains is a legacy to their grandeur. Another castle, Balfour, stands regally in a stark landscape. While the northern Europeans greatly influenced this hauntingly beautiful archipelago, consider the Italian Chapel, built by the hands of Italian prisoners during wartime.

Shore Excursions

HIGHLIGHTS OF HISTORIC ORKNEY (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 2 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN ENLIGHTENING PANORAMIC OVERVIEW OF THE CITY
Pass through gentle rolling landscapes into the Heart of Neolithic Orkney and visit a charming seaside village. Meet your local guide and embark on a scenic drive to the Ring of Brodgar, the finest known circular stone ring from the early Bronze Age. This ceremonial circle of 27 remaining standing stones is almost 5,000 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After time to ponder, continue your journey to the quaint village of Stromness; after a brief orientation, spend free time exploring the picturesque harbor and pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Visit the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Center, with exhibitions by both local and international artists, or explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery and artwork. Return to your motor coach and continue on this circular route, following the coastline of Scapa Flow.

ORKNEY’S STONE AGE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A REMOTE ISLAND’S NEOLITHIC PAST
Witness untold centuries of human settlement during visits to Orkney’s Neolithic and Viking sites. Take a drive through rolling landscapes, passing prehistoric sites such as the Standing Stones of Stenness, dating to the third millennium BC. Stop at the well-preserved Stone Age settlement of Skara Brae, and explore one of Europe’s most complete Neolithic villages. Older than Stonehenge, it has been called the “Scottish Pompeii” because of its remarkably preserved dwellings. Visit the 17th-century Skaill House, built by Bishop George Graham. All 12 of its lairds have been related during its 400-year history, and the house features memorabilia collected from each generation. Return to your motor coach and continue on this circular route, following the coastline of Scapa Flow.

ORKNEY’S WARTIME LEGACY
DURATION: 4 HOURS 15 MINUTES

THE ISLAND'S ROLE IN THE WORLD WARS
Uncover the wartime history of Orkney, starting with the Churchill Barriers, built to protect Scapa Flow. Visit the beautiful Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war interned on the island during the conflict. Continue south, stopping at a scenic viewpoint to see the old block ships sunk in the water to defend Scapa Flow before the barriers were built. Next, enjoy a panoramic drive along the north coast, hearing wartime stories from your guide before arriving at Ness Battery in Stromness. The highlight of the tour is the World War II Ness Battery, which played a crucial role in the defense of Scapa Flow in both world wars. This site is unique in Britain in that it has not only the original gun emplacements, but also the wooden accommodation huts, one of which has a painted mural depicting an English village. Take time to explore before heading back to your ship.

SITES OF THE SOUTH ISLES WITH A TASTE OF ORKNEY
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

DISCOVER ORKNEY'S HISTORY AND SAMPLE LOCAL ARTISAN PRODUCE
View wartime historic sites, sample delicious local cuisine and explore local geology at a fossil museum. Leaving Orkney’s biggest island, follow the coast of Scapa Flow to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers constructed during World War II to protect Scapa Flow. Visit the hand-painted Italian Chapel built by Italian prisoners of war. Continue south across two additional Churchill Barriers and stop to taste local artisan produce, including bere bannocks (local bread) and farmhouse cheese, Orkney fudge, Orkney ice cream, and a glass of wine or beer. Then continue to the Fossil and Heritage Center to learn more about the heritage of Orkney and the history behind the building of the Churchill Barriers. Hear more about the fascinating geological history of the islands from your guide before returning to your ship.

VIKING HISTORY & ANCIENT PASTIMES
DURATION: 3 HOURS

DISCOVER THE NORSE HERITAGE OF ORKNEY
Walk in the footsteps of Vikings as you explore a region once ruled by these fearsome warriors of Northern Europe. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach as you journey along the coast of Scapa Flow to the small hamlet of Orphir. Upon arrival, set out on a hike along the scenic shoreline and see the remains of a Viking home. Settle around a campfire as your guide regales you with stories of old, gaining insight into the history of the islands and their Norse heritage. Try your hand at various Viking pastimes such as rope making, weaving, runic writing or bannock making. Then, enjoy eating a traditional fireside snack on the beach while listening to some stories from Orkney folklore. Cap your Viking experience with traditional Faeroese-style music and dance before rejoining your coach and returning to your ship.

STROMNESS SHORELINE WALK
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

SEASIDE STROLL AND VISIT TO CHARMING FISHING VILLAGE
Discover the rugged natural beauty of Stromness as you take a scenic stroll along its shores. A traditional seaside village where old fishermen’s cottages line the sea wall and fishing boats occupy the harbor, Stromness has an age-old connection to the sea. Transfer through Orkney’s rolling countryside to Warbeth Bay. Set off by foot along a coastal path fronting the sea, passing striking views of the formidable hills of Hoy, Hoy Sound, as well as derelict gun batteries left over from both world wars. Enter the village to admire the picturesque harbor and pretty flagstone street of this seafaring town. Learn about its unique architectural character and its artistic and literary heritage. Afterward, continue with your guide, or enjoy free time for independent exploration of the local cafés, as well as craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery and artwork.

HEART OF NEOLITHIC ORKNEY & ST. MAGNUS CATHEDRAL
DURATION: 3 HOURS

ANCIENT UNESCO SIGHTS AND ROMANESQUE MASTERPIECE
Step back in time, exploring the Heart of Neolithic Orkney and visit a Viking-era cathedral. Head into western Mainland while admiring the rolling landscape to the Heart of Neolithic Orkney. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the area is home to several important prehistoric archaeology sites. You will stop at the Ring of Brodgar, the finest known circular stone ring from the early Bronze Age. This ceremonial circle of 27 remaining standing stones is almost 5,000 years old. Continue to the Standing Stones of Stenness, the oldest known stone circle in Europe, and stroll among the remains of the Barnhouse Settlement, an ancient Neolithic village, as you learn about life here 3,000 years ago. Afterward, return to Kirkwall for a visit to St. Magnus Cathedral; built by the Vikings during the 12th century, this Romanesque-style church dominates the city’s skyline to this day.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Ullapool enjoys one of the most remote settings in the United Kingdom on the pristine shores of Loch Broom. This tiny town, dotted with distinctive New Zealand cabbage trees, is the largest community for miles surrounded by the stunningly scenic Western Isles, dramatic mountain peaks piercing the sky and unspoiled wilderness. Ullapool’s beauty lies in its tranquility. A launchpad for ferries to the stunning Western Isles, this former herring port village is also a popular gateway for walkers, adventurers and nature lovers.

Shore Excursions

EXPLORE PICTURESQUE ULLAPOOL
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

A NORTHERN HIGHLANDS SMALL-TOWN STROLL
Discover the fishing town of Ullapool in the northern reaches of Scotland, nestled on the shores of Loch Broom. Explore the picturesque town on foot with your knowledgeable local guide, who will introduce you to Ullapool and its interesting history regarding commerce and local folklore. Take a stroll through its streets and admire the town’s charming gabled rooftops en route to a local venue. There, nibble on local tablet—or fudge—and shortbread while listening to live music performed by a talented Ullapool artist. Afterward, choose to either return to your ship with your guide or stay to explore the town independently at your leisure. Later, you may make your own way back to your awaiting ship.

KNOCKAN CRAG HIKE
DURATION: 3 HOURS

A GEOLOGICAL WONDER
Journey into the wilds of Scotland for a fascinating chance to learn about the geology of this dramatic region. At Knockan Crag, you can see the internationally famous Moine Thrust (in which enormous forces move rocks sideways), where much older Moine schists have been pushed over the younger Durness limestone so that the older rocks are on top of the younger ones. The theory of this dramatic rock reversal was confirmed here by two brilliant rock mappers of the Geological Survey in Scotland. You will learn about this fascinating natural feature as you hike along the thrust trail, accompanied by an expert in the area’s geology. If you prefer, the quarry trail offers the option to return before the short climb that rises to the thrust. Your guide will share insights along the way, and you will also have the opportunity to explore the trails at your leisure.

CASTLE LEOD
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE SEAT OF CLAN MACKENZIE
Witness one of the most beautiful, romantic and well-preserved castles in the Scottish Highlands. Castle Leod is the home of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, Earl of Cromartie, whose family has lived here for more than 500 years. It is one of the few castles in Scotland still occupied by the original family, and it remains a family home today. The principal part of Castle Leod—the 17th-century castle itself—retains the distinctive charm and historic ambience that you would expect of the seat of such an important Scottish clan. Enjoy the lived-in atmosphere during a Privileged Access visit and learn about the castle’s fascinating history, as well as view the collection of fine portraits, maps, furniture and antique artifacts. Depending on the timing of your visit, you might also get an opportunity to meet Lord Cromartie, if he happens to be at his residence.

SCENIC ASSYNT
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A HISTORIC VISIT
Uncover the remnants of historic monuments set amid some of Scotland’s remote mountain and coastal scenery. Enjoy a picturesque drive north from Ullapool through the dramatic and beautiful mountain landscape of the North West Highlands Geopark. Admire the distinctively shaped mountains, such as Stac Pollaidh and Quinag, rising steeply from the lochan landscape. Keep watch for red deer as you travel farther north, the scenery becoming more rugged and wild as you go. Toward the eastern end of lovely Loch Assynt, you will pass the ruins of Calda House and Ardvreck Castle, then continue along the banks of the loch toward the village of Lochinver. You will have free time to explore this busy fishing port set against a striking mountain backdrop of Suilven and Canisp. After time to explore the village, you will return to your ship via a photo stop at rugged Knockan Crag.

INVEREWE GARDEN
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A COLORFUL DISPLAY OF EXOTIC PLANTS
Visit Inverewe Garden and witness an array of color during a tour of one of the Highlands’ National Trust sites. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach and admire the picturesque landscape of one of Scotland’s most northerly corners. Then, take a stroll around the gardens of Inverewe House, where lovingly cultivated exotic plants form a stunning display for the senses. See Himalayan rhododendrons, Tasmanian eucalyptus and many Chilean and South African plants. Your guide will provide a fascinating account of how the garden was created by a father and daughter team. Take time to explore this oasis of tranquility, including a large collection of New Zealand plants and the National Collection of the genus Olearia as well as impressive towering California redwoods. Learn about how Inverewe’s horticulturalists tend to the garden to ensure a flourishing display of color all year round.

SINGLETON OF GLEN ORD & BEAULY
DURATION: 4 HOURS 45 MINUTES

A CELEBRATION OF CASK WHISKIES AND THE SCOTTISH COUNTRYSIDE
Experience two of Scotland’s hidden treasures during a visit to the Singleton Distillery and the village of Beauly. Embark on a scenic drive along the picturesque shores of Loch Broom toward the Muir of Ord. Arrive at the Singleton Distillery, producer of some of the Highlands’ finest whiskies, including the Singleton of Glen Ord, which is available for purchase only from the distillery itself; the remaining bottles are exported to Asia. Follow your guide as you learn about the whisky-making process and view the large stills and mash tuns used during production. After your tour, savor a taste of Singleton whisky, then travel to the charming village of Beauly. Here, you will enjoy free time for independent exploration, maybe choosing to view the nearby ruins of an old priory. Or choose to stroll the village’s streets and browse its boutiques and cafés, before returning to your ship.

SEAWEED SAFARI ON ISLE MARTIN
DURATION: 4 HOURS

SCENIC CRUISE TO EXPLORE IDYLLIC ISLAND BY FOOT
Explore the shoreline of idyllic Isle Martin and discover the ecological and nutritional value of seaweed. In Ullapool, board the MV Patricia, a former passenger ferry, then embark on a short voyage to uninhabited Isle Martin. An archipelago set at the mouth of Loch Broom and neighboring the Summer Isles, Isle Martin is now an avian sanctuary, previously managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. Upon arrival, follow your marine specialist guide as you set out to investigate the island’s varied ecosystems and discover some edible seaweeds, their nutritional value and how to harvest them using sustainable methods. You will also learn about the reputed monastery that once stood here, as well as the island’s importance as a curing station. Get a glimpse into island life prior to its abandonment in 1950, then board your boat for the return to Ullapool and your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

A major port heralded for its shipbuilding heritage, Belfast has undergone a cultural and architectural renaissance unrivaled in the rest of Europe. The influence of Britain is everywhere in this polished capital of Northern Ireland. Some of its most striking buildings exude Victorian flair and cosmopolitan elegance amid its famous Irish charm. Along the Golden Mile, high-end boutiques are reminiscent of those found in Paris, and the opulent Grand Opera House stands as a hub of Belfast culture.

Shore Excursions

HISTORIC BELFAST CITY (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF NORTHERN IRELAND’S CAPITAL
Enjoy a tour of the main sights of Belfast, including its noteworthy monuments and structures. Take in the highlights of Northern Ireland’s capital, including the Grand Opera House, Albert Memorial Clock, Queen’s University and Botanic Gardens. As you pass the impressive Renaissance-style Belfast City Hall, catch sight of the marble Titanic Memorial, erected to commemorate the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic. You will learn about Northern Ireland’s troubled past from your local guide as you pass by Stormont, seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly. You will also have the chance to see the former Crumlin Road Courthouse, Her Majesty’s Prison Belfast—also known as Crumlin Road Gaol (jail)—and the Peace Line. Be sure to keep watch for Belfast’s political wall murals—a unique cultural touchstone.

GIANT'S CAUSEWAY
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN OF THE ANTRIM COAST
Explore the majesty and mystery of Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will journey inland, through Ballymena and Bushmills, to the dramatic North Antrim Coast. Here, You will discover an aggregation of approximately 40,000 interlocking basalt columns—the result of an ancient volcanic eruption. For millions of years, the unique rock formations of Giant’s Causeway have stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. The rugged symmetry of the columns both intrigues and inspires. You may be astonished by this ancient natural marvel as you scan the mysterious stones for structures that resemble objects, such as the Organ, Giant's Boot, Camel's Hump and Chimney Stacks. Returning to port, You will stop for photographs at the magnificent clifftop Dunluce Castle, and, time permitting, at the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge that spans a chasm 80 feet deep.

CITY DRIVE, CRUMLIN ROAD JAIL & BIRTHPLACE OF THE RMS TITANIC
DURATION: 8 HOURS

BELFAST SIGHTS & HISTORIC JAIL EXPERIENCE
Witness the captivating history and maritime traditions of Northern Ireland’s capital city. Enjoy an informative drive through Belfast, originally named Béal Feirste—Gaelic for “mouth of the sandy fjord.” Pass historic and popular sights, and stop for photos at City Hall. See the Shankill area, which was at the center of the fighting in Northern Ireland during the late 20th century. Here, two conflicting neighborhoods are separated by a series of Peace Walls, on which you can view brightly painted political murals. Then, step back in time as you walk the halls of the Victorian-era Crumlin Road Jail. During a self-guided tour, see what prison life was like throughout the ages and learn about the dark secrets of its eerie past. Enjoy lunch in this storied building, then visit the Titanic Belfast Museum—birthplace of the RMS Titanic—before returning to your ship.

MOUNT STEWART HOUSE & GARDENS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

OPULENT HERITAGE HOME
Learn a gracious, historic home’s fascinating history and admire its renowned gardens. Travel by motor coach to Mount Stewart House, the former estate of Lord Castlereagh, who served as the British foreign secretary from 1812 to 1822. You will have time to explore the impressively large and beautifully adorned mansion at your leisure, with staff stationed throughout the manor to answer your questions. Then, you will have the chance to admire the meticulous planning, heavenly fragrance and vibrant colors of the exquisite garden. The mild climate of Strangford Lough allows astonishing levels of planting experimentation, and the garden reflects a rich tapestry of design and the great planting artistry that was the hallmark of Edith, Lady Londonderry. The formal areas exude a strong Mediterranean feel and resemble an Italian villa landscape, while the wooded areas support a range of plants from all corners of the world, ensuring something to enjoy whatever the season.

COASTAL DRIVE & GLENS OF ANTRIM
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

OUTSTANDING NATURAL BEAUTY
Discover the verdant beauty of Antrim’s world-famous glens, and enjoy a picturesque ride along the coast. Journey by motor coach past views of dramatic headlands and scenic bays. On a clear day, you may even be able to enjoy views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre. From the town of Larne, an 80-mile stretch of cliffs runs north along the coast of County Antrim. Among these cliffs lie nine deep glens. Glenariff, the “Queen of the Glens,” is considered by many to be the most beautiful, with the wild splendor of its waterfalls. The area of Glenariff Forest Park, which has been attracting visitors for over a century, features a trail skirting its sheer, plunging gorge. You will have the chance to enjoy this “gateway to the Glens” at your own pace before continuing on to the famous Glenariff Tea House to enjoy tea, coffee and delicious homemade scones.

BELFAST FOOD TRAIL
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A TASTE OF NORTHERN IRELAND
Experience the flavors of Northern Ireland with this exciting walking tour centered on cuisine. Set out for the city, where you will connect with your experienced local guide. You will have the opportunity to soak in Belfast’s rich heritage and culture as you make your way through historic neighborhoods, all the while enjoying delicious foods with a local food connoisseur who knows and loves Northern Ireland’s specialties, as well as the best spots in town to sample them. Tastings are frequent and generous; you will encounter local producers, learn about the food of Northern Ireland and enjoy sampling favorite foods and drinks from the region along the way.

A DAY IN ST. PATRICK’S COUNTY
DURATION: 8 HOURS

HIGHLIGHTS OF COUNTY DOWN
Delve into the fascinating history of Ireland’s patron saint. Ride by motor coach through the city of Downpatrick, the medieval capital of County Down. You will visit the Saint Patrick Center to enjoy an interactive experience that shares the saint’s intriguing story. Continue to the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity, widely known as Down Cathedral. Here, you will learn about the origins of the building and its history through the ages, and visit St. Patrick’s grave. After lunch you will travel to Saul Church, quite possibly the first ecclesiastical site in Ireland. Then, head back to Belfast via a short ferry crossing at the southern end of the Ards Peninsula, acknowledged as one of the most important conservation sites in Europe. Your drive will also take you through Greyabbey, founded in 1193 by Affreca, the daughter of Godred, Norse King of the Isle of Man, before returning to your ship.

IRISH WHISKEY WALK & TASTING
DURATION: 4 HOURS

HISTORY OF NORTHERN IRELAND’S CONNECTION TO A FAMED DISTILLED SPIRIT
Savor the taste and history of Irish whiskey during a guided walk through Belfast. While the origins of this distilled spirit remain lost to time, stories abound with tales of Irish monks bringing back the “water of life” from Scotland more than a thousand years ago. Northern Ireland is also home to the world’s oldest distilling license, granted to Old Bushmills in 1608. Join a local Irish whiskey reviewer on an exploration of the modern Irish whiskey scene in Belfast. Your walk will lead you to a lively establishment, where you can relax amid its traditional hostelry decor. Test your palate with a whiskey tasting accompanied by a food pairing. Learn about nosing, finish, mouthfeel and more while sampling three different styles, such as single pot still whiskey—a signature Irish whiskey born of ingenuity and innovation.

HILLSBOROUGH CASTLE & GARDENS, A ROYAL RESIDENCE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

EXCLUSIVE VISIT TO A HISTORIC GEORGIAN ESTATE
Explore Hillsborough Castle and Gardens, the official residence of His Majesty King Charles in Northern Ireland. Embark on a scenic drive to the picturesque village of Hillsborough, a delightful hamlet known for its floral blooms. With Privileged Access, you will discover more than 300 years of history. View opulent staterooms that have hosted members of the British royal family for generations as well as visiting dignitaries, including President George W. Bush. Hear about the pivotal role that the castle played in Northern Ireland’s peacebuilding process, resulting in the signing of the Good Friday Agreement that saw the end of the Troubles in 1998. View works of art and fine pieces of furniture in the elegant Throne Room, the ceremonial heart of the castle. Afterward, take a stroll around the ornamental gardens and admire the woodlands and meadows before returning to your ship.

TITANIC BELFAST WALK
DURATION: 4 HOURS

ICONIC SHIPYARD AND STATE-OF-THE-ART MUSEUM
Immerse in the story of the RMS Titanic during a captivating walk through Belfast’s Titanic Quarter. Launched in 1912 from the city’s docks, the Titanic was billed as “unsinkable”; unfortunately, it sank during its maiden voyage, becoming one of history’s biggest maritime disasters. You will travel to the Titanic Quarter, located on Belfast’s iconic waterfront and a showcase for the city’s maritime and industrial legacy. Follow your guide to the former shipyard of Harland & Wolff, now a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to telling the fated ship’s story. See the slipway and pump house before touring the museum. Gain insight into the ship’s design, construction, its infamous voyage and its final resting place. After time to explore the museum, you will board your motor coach for a panoramic drive through Belfast enroute to your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Liverpool is celebrated as the “World Capital of Pop;” 56 musicians born and bred here have had #1 singles. Most notably, the legendary Beatles—John, Paul, George and Ringo—hailed from this port city. But it is more than music that has put Liverpool on England’s cultural map. Long an important center for maritime commerce, its storied waterfront is home to many buildings of historic, architectural and cultural significance, including a spectacular trio of palatial, early 20th-century buildings known as the “Three Graces,” and the revitalized Royal Albert Dock.

Shore Excursions

ICONIC LIVERPOOL (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS

CULTURAL CITY HIGHLIGHTS
Discover some of cosmopolitan Liverpool’s most impressive architectural and cultural sights. Explore the city by motor coach as you learn about Liverpool’s maritime heritage as the home port of RMS Titanic. View the Liverpool Cathedral, dominating the city’s skyline from atop St. James’s Mount, and admire its impressive Gothic arches; it is the largest Anglican cathedral in the UK. In stark architectural contrast, admire the striking style and multicolored glass lantern tower of the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest Catholic cathedral in the UK. Pass through St. George’s Quarter, which boasts some of the country’s finest examples of Victorian architecture, including the imposing St. George’s Hall. As you return to the port, pass the iconic “Three Graces,” Albion House, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and the rejuvenated Royal Albert Dock.

MARITIME CITY OF LIVERPOOL
DURATION: 3 HOURS

EXPLORE THE CITY'S HIGHLIGHTS BY FOOT
Walk your way through the heart of metropolitan Liverpool to discover the city’s sights. Coming ashore, you will have a view of Pier Head and its trio of magnificent buildings, the “Three Graces.” Continue across the road to the Church of Our Lady and St. Nicholas, the Liverpool Parish Church also known as the Sailors’ Church. Stroll along Water Street, one of Liverpool’s oldest, where many law-related buildings are found. Pass the magnificent 18th-century Town Hall and stroll along Mathew Street—the location of the famous Cavern Club, where the Beatles played on numerous occasions early in their career. View the Queen Anne splendor of the Bluecoat, the oldest surviving building in the city center. See the iconic Royal Liver Building, the Cunard Building and the memorial at the historic Pier Head, dedicated to those who lost their lives on the RMS Titanic.

THE BEATLES EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

THE FAB FOUR’S HOMETOWN HIGHLIGHTS
Come together for a “Magical Mystery Tour” of the city that produced the Beatles: Liverpool. To develop a true sense of the Beatles’ home, you will have the chance to visit places that inspired their songwriting, such as Penny Lane, as well as other well-known spots associated with the band’s formative years. Stop by Strawberry Field, immortalized by the 1967 classic “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Stroll through the Peace Garden and view exhibits that offer insight into John Lennon’s childhood and the Beatles’ early years. Learn about the on-site training and work placement center for at-risk youths. Then, make your way to the Beatles Story exhibition for an atmospheric journey into the life, times, culture and music of four young men from Liverpool—John, Paul, George and Ringo—who were propelled to dizzying heights of worldwide fame and fortune to become arguably the greatest band of all time.

ROMAN CITY OF CHESTER
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE HIDDEN JEWEL OF THE NORTHWEST OF ENGLAND
Explore the rich history of one of the best-preserved walled cities in the British Isles. Chester is a classic, contemporary city bursting with treasures and 2,000 years’ worth of history. Journey by motor coach to the city as your knowledgeable local guide provides commentary along the way. Founded as a Roman fortress in the 1st century AD, Chester is known for its extensive Roman walls made of local red sandstone. You will have the chance to explore the city’s unique Tudor-style, half-timbered galleried streets and signature black-and-white buildings. Next, visit Chester Cathedral, the most complete medieval monastic complex still standing in the UK. A place of worship for over 1,000 years, parts of the Norman church dating back to 1092 can still be seen in the present structure. You will have time to explore charming Chester at your leisure before boarding your motor coach and returning to your ship.

PLAS NEWYDD & LLANGOLLEN HERITAGE RAILWAY
DURATION: 7 HOURS 15 MINUTES

WELSH NATURE, HISTORY & HERITAGE EXPERIENCE
Journey along the infamous Horseshoe Pass and experience the heritage home and railway of Llangollen. Ride via motor coach across the border from England into Wales. The road travels in a horseshoe shape around the outskirts of a valley, reaching a maximum height of nearly 1,400 feet, and offers some of the most spectacular views of Wales. Next, visit Plas Newydd, an enchanting mansion with splendid gardens that was once home to the Ladies of Llangollen. Here, you can tour the home and stroll the grounds where Wordsworth, Sir Walter Scott and the Duke of Wellington once stood. Continue to Llangollen’s heritage railway station, where you will board a steam train and enjoy a 30-minute ride through a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A boxed lunch will be provided for you to enjoy on the train, or during the scenic drive back to your ship.

WESTERN APPROACHES & THE MARITIME MUSEUM BY FOOT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

LEARN HOW THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC WAS WON
Delve into Liverpool’s contribution to World War II with extensive visits to two wartime museums. England’s largest western port, Liverpool was a destination for ships bringing supplies from the US and Canada—and for German bombers and U-boats. Western Approaches Command monitored the Atlantic Ocean for enemy convoys and submarines, which allowed necessary supplies to get through to wartime Britain and contributed heavily to winning the Battle of the Atlantic. Your guided tour will take you underground into the bunker, a reinforced-concrete, gas- and bomb-proof basement known as “The Citadel.” Afterward, walk along the waterfront, viewing memorials such as the Titanic Memorial, en route to the Battle of the Atlantic gallery at the Maritime Museum. Learn about the longest continuous military campaign of the war and how victory was achieved, before returning to your ship.

A HIDDEN TREASURE OF LIVERPOOL: THE ATHENAEUM
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

VISIT TO A HALLOWED LIVERPUDLIAN INSTITUTION
Explore one of Liverpool’s best-kept secrets during a Privileged Access tour of the Athenaeum club. A private members-only institution founded in 1797, the Athenaeum provided a library and newsroom in which merchants and professional gentlemen could read and share information, rather than having to frequent crowded coffeehouses or the local library. You will set foot in this hallowed institution, guided by a senior member of the club who will tell you about its history, purpose and importance to the city of Liverpool. Your host will also introduce you to its many treasures, including the extraordinary library. Admire the collection of more than 60,000 volumes of rare and unique books, historic documents, and nautical charts. Conclude your visit with delicious refreshments, prepared by the club’s chefs and served in the newsroom, before returning to your ship.

THE GRAND ESTATE OF THE EARL OF DERBY
DURATION: 4 HOURS

ENJOY A PRIVILEGED ACCESS VISIT AND CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION AT KNOWSLEY HALL
Visit Knowsley Hall, the ancestral home of the Stanley family and one of northern England’s grandest estates. The 19th Earl of Derby inherited the title and estate in 1994. Since then, he and his wife, the Countess of Derby, have made the running of Knowsley Hall their life’s work. The illustrious Stanley family has a fascinating history; you will learn more about their significant influence on the world of English sport and exploits in politics during a private visit. See the State Dining Room that was designed for the royal visit of King George IV. Today, family portraits of the Earls and Countesses of Derby from the late 15th century to the present day adorn the walls. Step inside the grand Walnut Drawing Room for a champagne reception and admire its collection of priceless antiques and silk furnishings. After your Privileged Access visit, you will return to your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Holyhead is a cozy coastal enclave on the isle of Anglesey off the northwestern tip of Wales. This region boasts the greatest concentration of ancient burial chambers and standing stones in Britain. Holyhead is contained within one of the few three-walled Roman forts in Europe, protected on the fourth side by the sea. The historic St. Cybi’s Church lies at the fortress’s center and the excellent Maritime Museum chronicles local seafaring history. Locals are as likely to speak Welsh as English; almost two-thirds of the youth speak this fascinating tongue.

Shore Excursions

SCENIC ANGLESEY (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 15 MINUTES

COASTAL DRIVE, PICTURESQUE VISTAS AND ISLAND HISTORY
Discover the natural beauty and history of the Isle of Anglesey and visit the town with the longest name in Europe. Embark on a scenic drive passing through Valley, where the Prince of Wales was stationed during his time as a helicopter rescue pilot for the RAF. Drive past Cemaes Bay, the most northerly village in Wales, and follow the coastal road through quaint towns and villages as you admire Anglesey’s rugged beauty. Pause by the Menai Strait to admire the Menai Suspension Bridge, the world’s first iron suspension bridge, and Robert Stevenson’s Britannia Bridge, built in 1850. After time for photos at the viewpoint, journey to the town with the longest name in Europe, known as “Llanfair PG” to locals and enjoy a short stop. Its sign features 58 letters, and is the longest railway station sign in the world. After your scenic coastal drive, return to Holyhead and your awaiting ship.

BEAUMARIS ON FOOT (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

A QUAINT WELSH SEASIDE TOWN
Journey across the green pastures of Anglesey to Beaumaris, a delightful coastal town and home to Beaumaris Castle. On arrival in Beaumaris, join your guide for a gentle stroll through the picturesque town, taking in the Victorian pier as well as the stunning views over the Menai Strait. Once acquainted with the town, enjoy free time to explore at your leisure in depth. Perhaps pay a visit to Beaumaris Castle—one of the finest examples of the great medieval castles found in Wales. Although construction was never completed, the castle dominates the town with its concentric defensive walls and surrounding moat. Or wander through the town and stop at one of the many quaint tea shops, and view the work of a local artist at a gallery. Alternatively, take a walk along the pier and see Beaumaris’s own Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) station. After time at leisure, return to your ship.

CASTLES OF WALES
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PENRHYN AND CAERNARFON: A NORMAN MANOR AND A ROYAL FORTRESS
Cross over the Menai Strait to the Welsh mainland to visit two very impressive Welsh castles. Penrhyn Castle was completed in 1837 by Thomas Hopper, and designed in a Gothic style with a Moorish flavor. The extensive grounds, which you can discover after your self-guided tour of the castle, include formal gardens, semi-wooded walks and a Victorian walled garden. Following lunch in the seaside town of Caernarfon, your tour takes you to Caernarfon Castle. Of the four castles in northern Wales built by order of King Edward I, this is the most magnificent. Caernarfon Castle’s symbolic status was reinforced when Edward made sure that his son, the first Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In more recent times, King Charles III was crowned Prince of Wales here in a glittering ceremony in 1969.

BODNANT GARDEN
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

STUNNING LANDSCAPING AND CONTRASTING MOUNTAINOUS BACKDROP
Stroll through the glorious Bodnant Garden and enjoy the stunning views across Snowdonia National Park. The botanical gardens, whose construction began in 1875, are the creation of four generations of the Aberconway family. They feature large Italianate terraces and formal lawns on the upper level, with a wooded valley, stream and wild garden below. You can see dramatic colors throughout the seasons, with herbaceous borders, roses, hydrangeas, water lilies and clematis offering a delicious display throughout the summer. Following your guided walk through the gardens, enjoy free time to take a leisurely stroll on your own. Manicured lawns, grand terraces and verdant woodland provide the perfect retreat, with the stunning backdrop of the Carneddau Mountains of Snowdonia. After your visit, return to your ship via the Britannia Bridge with sweeping views over the Menai Strait.

CAERNARFON CASTLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

THE RICH PAST OF A STUNNING FORTRESS
Immerse yourself in more than 700 years of British royal history on a tour of the stunning Caernarfon Castle. Dating back to 1283, the fortress with its unique polygonal towers, intimidating battlements and color-banded masonry dominates the walled town of Caernarfon. Of the four castles in northern Wales built by order of King Edward I, this is the most magnificent. Caernarfon Castle’s symbolic status was reinforced when Edward made sure that his son, the first Prince of Wales, was born here in 1284. In more recent times, King Charles III was crowned Prince of Wales here in a glittering ceremony in 1969. Explore the castle’s magnificent ruins with your local guide, including the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum housed in two of the castle’s towers, and view exhibits that document the centuries-old history of Wales’s oldest infantry regiment. After free time, return to your ship.

SOUTH STACK BIRD RESERVE
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PROTECTED WILDLIFE AND RARE FLORA AND FAUNA
Discover South Stack RSPB Reserve, an important seabird nesting site with stunning and dramatic coastal vistas. Upon arrival at South Stack, enjoy a guided tour by a local expert who will help identify the birds and other wildlife. During your walk, listen for the distinctive call of the chough, the rarest member of the crow family in the British Isles. During the early part of summer, you are likely to spot fulmars, gulls, guillemots, razorbills and puffins around the stack cliffs. The stack’s heathland is rich in colorful wildflowers in summer. Among the grasses on the clifftop, you might catch a glimpse of the rare silver-studded blue butterfly. Grab your binoculars and enjoy time at your leisure to take in the glorious views over the reserve. After your informative tour, return to your awaiting ship.

FFESTINIOG RAILWAY & LUNCH
DURATION: 8 HOURS

SCENIC JOURNEY THROUGH SNOWDONIA ON VINTAGE TRAIN
Experience old-world charm on a vintage railway while taking in the stunning natural beauty of Snowdonia. Take a scenic drive through the Welsh countryside and over the Menai Strait to the port town of Porthmadog. Here, begin your journey on the Ffestiniog Railway, the oldest of Wales’s narrow gauge railways. Founded in 1832, it brought slate from the quarries of Blaenau to Porthmadog. Relax in your original 19th-century carriage as your steam locomotive begins its climb into the picturesque mountains. Admire the scenic landscape of tranquil pastures, verdant oak forests and stunning waterfalls that comprise Snowdonia National Park. Upon arrival in Blaenau, you will embark by coach for the picturesque village of Betws-y-Coed to enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your awaiting ship.

GWYDIR CASTLE
DURATION: 5 HOURS

THE FINEST TUDOR HOUSE IN WALES
Visit the enchanting Grade 1–listed ancestral home of the Wynn family and enjoy a Privileged Access tour. Embark on a scenic drive by motor coach across the Isle of Anglesey, over the Menai Strait, to the Snowdonia National Park. Set in ten acres of gardens, Gwydir Castle proudly stands after being restored to its original grandeur. Meet the owners and enjoy an exclusive tour of this original Tudor home. Stroll the rooms, admire period furniture and discover the story behind the refurbishment and Gwydir’s “lost” dining room, which spent decades housed in New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art before negotiations allowed the return of the contents to Gwydir. The restored dining room was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1998, now Britain’s King Charles III. After your tour, enjoy traditional Welsh sweet treats served with tea or coffee before returning to your ship.

SNOWDONIA HIKE & THE UGLY HOUSE
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

PICTURESQUE CWM IDWAL NATURE RESERVE AND LEGENDARY HIDEOUT
Journey to the heart of Snowdonia for a scenic hike and visit to a house shrouded in mystery. Your hike will take you through part of the Cwm Idwal Nature Reserve, renowned for its Arctic plants and diverse wildlife. Admire picturesque surroundings as you walk in the shadow of Y Garn mountain and past the clear waters of Llyn Idwal. Afterward, visit the legendary T? Hyll, or Ugly House. Believed to have been built during the 15th century and used as a hiding place for highwaymen, the house is set amid an idyllic environment of ancient woodlands and wildflowers. After a light lunch, follow a local naturalist on a walk through the woods. Learn about the conservation efforts being carried out at Capel Curig and the folklore associated with this charming village on the banks of the Llugwy River in the heart of Snowdonia National Park.

MENAI STRAIT BY RIB
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

NATURE, BRIDGES AND HISTORY OF SCENIC TIDEWATER CHANNEL
Take off on an exhilarating cruise by rigid inflatable boat (RIB) through the picturesque Menai Strait. Separating mainland Wales from the Isle of Anglesey, this narrow stretch of shallow tidewater was carved out by receding glaciers roughly 22,000 years ago. Meet your guide, then board your RIB and set out on a path that will take you under Thomas Telford’s Menai Bridge and into the middle of the strait. Known as the “Swellies,” this portion of the channel is a unique environment with strong tidal flows, swift currents and swirling whirlpools. Keep watch for wildlife as you listen to the local history. Pass Robert Stevenson’s innovative Britannia Bridge and view the statue of British icon Horatio Nelson. See Plas Newydd, the stately home of the Marquesses of Anglesey that is also now part of the National Trust, before returning to shore and transferring back to your ship.

EPICUREAN DELIGHTS AT HALEN MÔN & BRAGDY CYBI BREWERY
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

SAMPLE ANGLESEY SEA SALT AND TASTE ARTISAN BEER
Delve into the culinary specialties of Anglesey during a visit to a salt production facility and local brewery. Take a scenic drive to the banks of the Menai Strait and Halen Môn—an artisan producer and supplier of fine Anglesey sea salt. Halen Môn was established in 1997 as an extension to the family’s food business. With a focus on sustainability, their approach relies on the beautiful, natural environment in which they operate. During a behind-the-scenes tour, you will learn more about the process of bringing salt from tide to table and enjoy a tasting, led by one of Halen Môn’s experts. Afterward, head to the Bragdy Cybi Tap Room & Brewery, where you will sample local craft brews, inspired by the island and its people. Your host will explain the brewing process and lead you on a tasting journey, and even teach you a few Welsh phrases. After your visit, return to your ship.

HOLYHEAD ON FOOT
DURATION: 3 HOURS

DELVE INTO THE FASCINATING HISTORY OF THIS LESSER-KNOWN MARITIME TOWN
Explore historic Holyhead and learn about its origins from the Romans, Celts and Vikings to modern day. Meet your guide and set off on foot along the Victorian promenade to view the breakwater, once the longest in the world, and Holyhead Mountain. Admire the picturesque stone cottages and the lifeboat station that is in operation today. Pass Holyhead’s Maritime Museum, housed in the town’s previous lifeboat station, and hear stories of shipwrecks and rescues, and royal visits. Continue to the ancient St Cybi’s Church, founded in 540 AD, and learn about its history as you view the churchyard’s walls, which are the remains of a Roman fort. Conclude your walk at the Celtic Gateway Bridge; its structure is a representation of Holyhead’s modern-day history, inspired by its Celtic origins and the jawbone remains of a woolly mammoth that are exhibited at the Maritime Museum.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

A UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin is the birthplace of many of Ireland’s finest writers, from James Joyce and Oscar Wilde to Wiliam Butler Yeats. The people of Dublin have long celebrated the written word, nowhere more deeply than at the library of Trinity College, the hallowed home of the inspiring 9th-century illuminated Book of Kells. And there is much more to explore, from the soaring St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the nation’s spiritual touchstone, to Dublin Castle, built after the Norman invasion that unseated the Vikings here.

Shore Excursions

CITY VIEWS OF DUBLIN (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

CHARMING CAPITAL OF THE EMERALD ISLE
Set off on a captivating journey through Dublin’s most famous landmarks and historic buildings. Starting at the Custom House, you will cross the Liffey River to Dublin’s vibrant south side. Pass by Ireland’s oldest university, Trinity College, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I; Trinity’s library is home to the world-famous Book of Kells, a hand-illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Continue to the famous Georgian brightly painted Doors of Dublin, the National Gallery of Ireland, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was dean here from 1713 to 1745. On the way to Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, pass the famous Guinness Storehouse. Back on the north side, your tour concludes at the General Post Office, which was the scene of the 1916 Easter Rising and the birthplace of the Irish nation.

THE GUINNESS CONNOISSEUR EXPERIENCE
DURATION: 4 HOURS 30 MINUTES

THE PERFECT PINT OF THE "BLACK STUFF"
Taste this famous drink’s ruby-black nectar and discover its origin on a visit to Dublin’s Guinness Storehouse. Visitors will learn what goes into making a pint of Ireland’s most famous export on this exclusive Connoisseur Experience. The dramatic story begins over 250 years ago and ends in the Guinness Storehouse’s Connoisseur Bar. “Meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. Spend some time in the advertising gallery, where all Guinness advertising material past and present is displayed. And discover how important good technique is to “pull the perfect pint”—the way to hold the glass, the speed at which the stout enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head. Then sit back, relax and savor your pint of "the black stuff."

HISTORIC DUBLIN ON FOOT
DURATION: 4 HOURS

EXPLORE IRELAND'S CAPITAL CITY
Stroll through this Georgian capital to discover its classical elegance intertwined with chic modernity. The first impressive building you will pass is the National Gallery of Ireland, which contains many fine classical works as well as the more modern portraits of John Butler Yeats. Next are the Government Buildings, the Huguenot Cemetery and St. Stephen’s Green (22 acres of beautifully manicured parkland). After Mansion House, the residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor, stop at a typical Irish pub for a cool glass of Guinness. Your next stop is Trinity College, the oldest university in Ireland. Opened by Queen Elizabeth I in 1592, the college is located on a prime 40-acre site in the heart of the city, where the quiet seclusion of academia contrasts richly with the bustling streets outside. Emerging onto Nassau Street, with shops offering quality Irish goods, you will have some free time for shopping before returning to your ship.

EXPERIENCE TRADITIONAL IRISH ENTERTAINMENT
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

IRISH DANCING CLASS IN A TYPICAL IRISH PUB
See Dublin’s highlights, then put on your dancing shoes for an exciting master class in traditional Irish dance. Begin your excursion with a panoramic tour that will introduce you to the city’s most famous sites, such as the Doors of Dublin, Trinity College, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Government Buildings, St. Stephen’s Green and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Pause here for a photo opportunity before continuing your drive to the Old Storehouse, a traditional Irish pub. Here, your expert teacher will give you a brief introduction to the intricacies of Irish dancing, which is generally characterized by a stiff upper body and quick, precise movements of the feet. It is now an international phenomenon due to the success of world-renowned, Broadway-style shows such as Riverdance and Lord of the Dance. Following your energetic class, quench your thirst with a cool glass of Guinness before returning to your ship.

LOCAL FARM VISIT
DURATION: 5 HOURS 30 MINUTES

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN IRISH COUNTRY LIFE
Embark on a series of exciting activities and experiences that will prove your mettle as an honorary Irish citizen. Visit a local farm and meet the farmers’ extended family before throwing yourself into Irish country life with gusto. Grab a bucket, milk a cow and help a sheepdog work her woolly charges. You can try your hand at the age-old sport of hurling—a game similar to field hockey—and learn of its place in Irish folklore and tradition. Finally, join in a typical Irish cèilidh dance, a highly energetic and fun celebration. Step it out with the best of them on the dance floor, or keep the rhythm with a goatskin bodhrán drum; either way, the spirited festivities will warm your heart and keep you smiling. After working up an appetite, sit down to a hearty, delicious two-course lunch at the farmhouse.

ANCIENT CASTLE VISIT & ABBEY TAVERN
DURATION: 4 HOURS

OLD-WORLD CHARM AND IRISH HOSPITALITY
Explore a 14th-century castle and taste the sweet smell of a real turf fire in a traditional Irish tavern. Malahide Castle and Gardens holds one of the finest collections of Irish period furniture together with a collection of Irish portrait paintings from the National Gallery of Ireland. The castle, seat of the Talbot family, is set in 250 glorious acres of parkland. Recently, the castle has been acquired by Shannon Heritage, which has installed a new exhibition and interpretative center. From here, journey to the quaint fishing port of Howth, stopping at the 11th-century Abbey Tavern to enjoy an Irish coffee. Nestling against the ancient ruins of Howth Abbey, with the lovely fishing harbor and marina below, Abbey Tavern is an ideal spot in which to savor the genuine atmosphere of old Ireland. Old-world charm, blazing turf fires, original stone walls, flagstone floors and gaslights make for a truly warm welcome.

BALLYKNOCKEN FARMHOUSE BAKING
DURATION: 4 HOURS

SCONE-MAKING MASTER CLASS BY ACCLAIMED CHEF
Journey back in time through the “Garden of Ireland” on your way to a delicious culinary treat in County Wicklow. This former glacial land is a harmonious landscape of rolling pastureland, lush forests and mist-shrouded mountains within which sits the Ballyknocken House & Cookery School. A charming four-star bed-and-breakfast, Ballyknocken is home to Catherine Fulvio, a highly acclaimed TV chef and food writer. A regular contributor to Irish Garden magazine, Catherine has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show. In Ballyknocken’s kitchen, you will discover how flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, butter, cream and eggs can create the perfect teatime delicacy – scones. Following the baking demonstration, you are invited to sit and enjoy freshly baked scones served with homemade jam and coffee or a cupán tae (cup of tea). Afterward, explore the picturesque herb garden and stroll around the Victorian farmhouse before heading back to your ship.

THE WATER OF LIFE AT THE JAMESON DISTILLERY
DURATION: 4 HOURS

BECOME A CERTIFIED IRISH WHISKEY TASTER
Discover the beautiful city of Dublin and its famous "water of life," otherwise known as Jameson Irish whiskey. With its medieval, Georgian and modern architecture providing a backdrop to a friendly bustling city, Ireland’s capital is full of history and youthful energy. Traveling through the city, you will see iconic buildings and sites such as Trinity College, founded in 1592; St. Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1190; and the famous Guinness Storehouse. Your destination is the Jameson Distillery, in the very heart of Dublin, where you will discover the "water of life." Sitting in the Jameson Bar, among a wealth of memorabilia dating back to the 1780s, you can savor the smooth aroma of John Jameson's Irish whiskey. Enliven your tastebuds by comparing selected Irish whiskeys against varieties of Scotch and bourbon, and return to your ship with a certificate conferring upon you the grand title of Certified Irish Whiskey Taster.

DISCOVER COUNTY WICKLOW
DURATION: 8 HOURS

MONASTIC RUINS OF GLENDALOUGH AND POWERSCOURT HOUSE AND GARDENS
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Irish countryside during a panoramic excursion through County Wicklow. Called the “Garden of Ireland,” Wicklow is renowned for the rounded summits of its namesake mountains, rugged Irish Sea shoreline and grand country estates which dot the wild heather-covered glens and verdant landscape. Travel to Glendalough, nestled in a tranquil mountain valley, where you will tour the surviving ruins of a 6th-century monastic settlement. Visit the manicured beauty of Powerscourt House and Gardens, a lavish estate set against the backdrop of the Wicklow Hills. Enjoy free time to explore the formal Italian and Japanese gardens, or choose to watch a video on the history of the residence and grounds. During your excursion, you will stop for lunch at a private home. Your host will extend a warm welcome and a Bellini before sitting you down to a delicious home-cooked meal.

THE BEAUTY OF COUNTY WICKLOW
DURATION: 8 HOURS

SCENIC VISTAS, GARDENS AND MONASTIC RUINS
Admire the natural splendor of the “Garden of Ireland” during a panoramic excursion through the Irish countryside. County Wicklow is famous for the rounded summits of its eponymous mountains, rugged Irish Sea shoreline, wild heather-covered glens and verdant landscapes dotted with grand country estates. Visit the manicured beauty of Powerscourt House and Gardens, a lavish estate set against the backdrop of the Wicklow Mountains. Enjoy free time to explore the formal Italian and Japanese gardens or choose to watch a video on the history of the residence and grounds. Then, travel to Glendalough, nestled in a tranquil mountain valley, where you will tour the surviving ruins of a 6th-century monastic settlement, followed by free time for independent exploration. During your excursion, you will stop for a hearty lunch at a local eatery. Afterward, you will return to your ship.

PEARSE LYONS DISTILLERY & HOWTH
DURATION: 8 HOURS

AWARD-WINNING WHISKEYS AND DELICIOUS IRISH FARE
Witness the art of distilling and sample fine whiskeys, then enjoy lunch in a charming seaside village. Take a panoramic drive around Dublin en route to The Liberties, a vibrant neighborhood with deep roots in distillation and brewing. Here, you will visit the award-winning Pearse Lyons Distillery, housed in the renovated St. James’s Church. Breathe in the distinctive aroma of fermented grain mash as you learn about the whiskey-making process; see the copper stills positioned on the altar and admire the stained-glass windows depicting the company’s history. Cap your tour with an expert-led tasting of three whiskeys, perhaps purchasing a bottle to take with you. Then, travel to the fishing village of Howth, where you will enjoy a delicious lunch of Irish fare at an inviting tavern. After free time to explore on your own, embark on a scenic return journey to your ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

About 350 miles long, the English Channel separates southern England from northern France. William the Conqueror crossed these waters to become king of England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The most triumphant crossing unfolded on D-Day, when Allied troops landed on Normandy’s shores. The channel’s narrowest point stretches about 20 miles between Dover and Calais. Dover’s famed cliffs can be seen from a distance as a long white strip resting on the horizon. As you sail, explore our well-curated Library, tucked in a private alcove of the Living Room, and select from a broad range of titles. Read a book by the Main Pool, a calming oasis in any weather with its retractable roof, allowing for year-round swimming.

Most famously known for its dramatic white-chalk towering cliffs, Dover is the nearest city to France across the English Channel. Its strategic location as a doorway into England has earned it the moniker “Key to England.” As the port was under constant threat because of its location, the massive Dover Castle overlooking the channel grew over the centuries to become the nation’s largest edifice and remains so today. Dover also served as a bastion and command center during World War II.

Shore Excursions

HISTORIC CANTERBURY (CENTERBURY)
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

EXPLORE A STUNNING ENGLISH CATHEDRAL CITY AT LEISURE
Take a stroll around the beautiful city of Canterbury and explore its sights at your leisure. Board your motor coach for a short drive to this historic city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Meet your guide and enjoy a short orientation walk that will introduce you to Canterbury’s main sights. View the city’s Roman walls and gates while learning about the origins of the Canterbury Cross. See St. George’s Tower and Canterbury High Street, and stroll the city’s maze of ancient avenues. Your guide will regale you with historic tales from the Anglo-Saxons to the Tudors as you discover more about the city’s fascinating past. You may walk to the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral where you can enjoy free time to explore at your leisure. Or you may continue to discover more of Canterbury, where pilgrim’s inns and weaver’s houses still stand to this day.

CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL & LEEDS CASTLE
DURATION: 8 HOURS 15 MINUTES

A QUINTESSENTIAL MEDIEVAL CORNER OF THE WORLD
Journey through a region known as the “Garden of England” to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Canterbury. This is a quintessential medieval city in one of the most attractive corners of rural England, made famous by Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Pilgrims once flocked to the city to visit the shrine of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket. Spend time exploring the magnificent cathedral, labyrinth of medieval streets and quaint shops before heading off to Leeds Castle. Built on an island in the middle of a lake, Leeds Castle is the oldest and most romantic castle in England. It was built by the Normans in 1119, and its most famous owner, Henry VIII, was responsible for turning Leeds into a truly royal palace. Enjoy free time at the castle during a self-guided visit and explore the beautiful grounds at your leisure.

SISSINGHURST CASTLE GARDENS
DURATION: 4 HOURS 45 MINUTES

SERENE NATURAL BEAUTY
Immerse yourself in natural beauty at Sissinghurst Castle and Garden, showcasing a classic English country garden. Situated in a region known for its outstanding natural beauty are the breathtaking gardens of Sissinghurst Castle. Lovingly created in the 1930's by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, the gardens are today maintained by the National Trust. The castle itself was developed around an Elizabethan mansion with a central red-brick prospect tower, which still survives today. The rooms inside these impressive turrets are intimate and romantic in atmosphere. Explore the remains of the castle and enjoy the well-presented exhibition, which tells the tales of the castle’s history from the Napoleonic wars right through to the popular hop-picking era. Afterward, wander through the spectacular gardens, which are separated into ten areas by beautifully aligned walls and hedges, giving you an impression of peace and seclusion.

BRITAIN AT WAR
DURATION: 7 HOURS 30 MINUTES

VISIT THE FRONT LINES OF WORLD WAR II
Explore important sites from World War II, including the Battle of Britain, a crucial turning point in the war. Listen to your guide tell stories about East Kent’s “Hellfire Corner” as you travel to the Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum at RAF Manston. Take a self-guided tour and view the many artifacts, including iconic Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes. Then, travel to Ramsgate Harbour, where 4,200 “Little Ships” departed to rescue Allied troops stranded in Dunkirk across the English Channel. After a short guided tour, spend time exploring at your leisure. You will stop for lunch a charming local pub. Your tour ends high on the White Cliffs of Dover in the little village of Capel-le-Ferne. Visit the Battle of Britain Memorial and immerse yourself in “The Scramble Experience” to get a better idea of what life was like during the war.

VINEYARD & WINE TASTING WITH LUNCH
DURATION: 7 HOURS

SAMPLE THE AWARD-WINNING WINES OF CHAPEL DOWN
Travel to the beautiful countryside of Kent for an informative tour of England’s leading winemaker. Located among 22 acres of lush vineyards, Chapel Down winery is the supplier to the prime minister and British icon Gordon Ramsay. Learn about the region’s chalk soil—same as in the famed Champagne region in France—during your tour of the vineyards and winery. Discover how this soil in tandem with England’s cool climate enables the production of white and red wines like pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot blanc and bacchus. Cap your tour with a tasting from an extended selection of nine wines. Then head to the vineyard’s Swan restaurant for award-winning British cuisine. Enjoy a two-course lunch made from the region’s finest produce, followed by free time to explore the grounds or shop before returning to your ship via picturesque Tenterden.

VINTAGE RAILWAY & BODIAM CASTLE
DURATION: 6 HOURS

SCENIC COUNTRY TRAIN RIDE AND MEDIEVAL CASTLE
Board a vintage train and travel the verdant countryside of Kent to the well-preserved medieval castle of Bodiam. Embark on a scenic drive to the charming town of Tenterden. Admire its broad and shady High Street, lined by quaint Tudor, Regency and Victorian buildings. Board your vintage 19th-century Kent and East Sussex railway carriage and enjoy a cream tea while journeying through the bucolic Rother Valley countryside. At Bodiam, you will disembark for a tour of its famous castle. Bodiam Castle was built in 1385 to protect England’s southern coast from French raiders. Over the centuries, it fell into disrepair, until efforts to preserve and renovate it began in the 19th century. Today, its exterior is almost complete with its battlements and ramparts rising dramatically above the moat below. Take a guided tour through the interior and get an idea of what castle life was like.

CHARTWELL HOME, GALLERY & GARDEN
DURATION: 7 HOURS

EXPLORE THE LIFE AND HOME OF SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL
Visit the home of one of the most fascinating political figures of the 20th century, Sir Winston Churchill. Journey through the countryside of Kent to Chartwell, the center of Churchill’s world when he was outside of London and where he drew inspiration from 1924 to the end of his life in 1965. Take a tour through the rooms and view the many pictures, maps, photographs and personal mementos on display alongside the wide range of interests and hobbies Churchill enjoyed, such as writing and painting. Then, step outside and stroll through the well-manicured, hillside gardens that descend toward the lake. You can also visit Churchill’s studio, where many of his paintings reside, and Lady Churchill’s rose garden. Enjoy a delicious lunch within the grounds at the Landemare Café, then explore at your leisure or revisit sights from the morning tour before returning to your ship.

WALMER CASTLE & CHARMING SANDWICH
DURATION: 4 HOURS

PAST RESIDENCE OF THE QUEEN MOTHER AND FORMER PORT TOWN
Learn about the history of the county of Kent at medieval Walmer Castle and the charming town of Sandwich. Drive up the coast of the Strait of Dover toward the castle. Built in the 16th century, this former military fortification is now the official residence of the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports—an office once held by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Take a self-guided tour through several of the Queen Mother’s elegant rooms. Examine the residence’s memorabilia, fine furniture and paintings, then stroll the ornamental Queen Mother’s Garden—a gift to mark her 95th birthday in 1997. After, head to historic Sandwich, a small town that was once part of the famed confederation of Cinque Ports. Take a guided tour through the winding streets, gateways, churches and timber-framed houses of the Old Town. Or, you can explore the town at your leisure before returning to your ship.

SHEPHERD NEAME BREWERY
DURATION: 4 HOURS

VISIT BRITAIN’S OLDEST BEER MAKER
Visit the renowned Shepherd Neame Brewery for a behind-the-scenes look at Britain’s oldest brewhouse. Travel by motor coach to the medieval market town of Faversham, whose natural supply of pure water and surrounding fields of hops have made it an ideal location for beer production for at least 850 years. Your tour of this independent family company—originally founded in 1678—will include a visit to the Old Brewery Store, which exhibits historic delivery vehicles, a recreated cooper’s workshop and a collection of pub and harvesting memorabilia. See the mash tuns, in which the handcrafting of Kentish ales commences. Visit the modern Millennium Brewhouse, the starting point in the production of the brewery’s award-winning beers. After, return to the visitor center to enjoy a guided tasting of Shepherd Neame’s Kentish ales and specialty lagers before browsing the store for an opportunity to take back a personal favorite to your ship.

LEEDS CASTLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

A TREASURED GEM IN THE “GARDEN OF ENGLAND”
Visit Leeds Castle and learn about the seven English queens who resided here through the medieval and Tudor times. Situated on a raised island in the middle of a lake and set on 500 acres of beautiful grounds and parkland, Leeds Castle is the oldest and most romantic castle in England. It was built by the Normans in 1119, and its most famous owner, Henry VIII, was responsible for turning Leeds into a truly royal palace. Enjoy a guided tour and explore the beautiful grounds at your leisure. Learn about some of the most famous women in history who were raised to marry English monarchs, including Katherine of Aragon. Discover the castle’s more recent history as you hear about the life of Anglo-American heiress Lady Olive Baillie, who transformed the Castle into one of the most desirable country houses of the 20th century.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Greenwich, a borough of London, is home to the Royal Observatory. From here, the world’s longitude is measured from the prime meridian, and Greenwich Mean Time sets the global time standard. At the port, the clipper ship Cutty Sark, one of Greenwich’s renowned historic landmarks, is preserved as a fascinating museum. Upriver, London is home to Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey. In addition, this major economic and cultural hub boasts a long tradition of arts and architectural innovation—from Shakespeare’s Globe Theater to West End musicals.

Shore Excursions

ROYAL GREENWICH BY FOOT (INCLUDED)
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

TIME & TIDE: GREENWICH’S MARITIME PAST
Discover Greenwich’s maritime and royal history by foot. You will join your guide for a walk that will take you past the famous Cutty Sark, the world’s only surviving tea clipper and the fastest sailing ship in the world when it was built in 1869, and the Greenwich Market, an eclectic mix of arts and crafts, and street food. Continue on to St. Alfege Church, dedicated to the archbishop of Canterbury who was killed on this spot in 1012 and where Henry VIII was baptized. Then, stop for photos at the Queen’s House, the first classical building built in England. See the National Maritime Museum, housed in a former royal palace and the world’s largest seafaring museum, and the iconic Old Royal Naval College, the architectural centerpiece of Maritime Greenwich, before returning to your ship.

CLASSIC MONUMENTS OF LONDON
DURATION: 8 HOURS

SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF LONDON ON A FULL-DAY TOUR
Take a classic tour by some of London’s most famous landmarks, accompanied by a renowned Blue Badge licensed guide. Upon arrival in the city, you will pass Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Parliament Square and Big Ben. See the imposing yet delicate Westminster Abbey and its vast flying buttresses. Drive through Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall, the government district where you will view The Cenotaph war memorial and the gates to 10 Downing Street, home of the prime minister. Enjoy time for lunch and shopping in Covent Garden. A drive along the Thames features the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theater, Tate Modern and the OXO Tower. Stop for exterior photos at Sir Christopher Wren’s greatest masterpiece, St. Paul’s Cathedral. At the famed Tower of London, gaze upon the stunning Crown Jewels and hear tales of the Traitor’s Gate and the White Tower.

THE TOWER OF LONDON
DURATION: 4 HOURS

HOME OF THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE COLLECTION OF CROWN JEWELS
Explore the intriguing past of one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks. Accompanied by your Blue Badge Guide, see the famous Beefeaters—the Yeoman Warders who live in the Tower of London, protecting it and its valuable contents around the clock. Visit the White Tower, in whose dungeons terror once reigned. See Traitors’ Gate, named for the number of prisoners accused of treason rumored to have passed through it, and the Crown Jewels. These priceless symbols of the British monarchy include the 530.2-carat Cullinan I diamond, St. Edward’s Crown—last worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II—and the Crown of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. This stunning piece is set with 2,800 diamonds, including the most famous diamond in the Jewel House: the Koh-i-Noor. Following this fascinating journey through over 1,000 years of royal history, return to your ship.

CEREMONY OF THE KEYS AT THE LONDON TOWER
DURATION: 3 HOURS 30 MINUTES

AN EVENING TOUR WITH EXCLUSIVE ACCESS TO A PIECE OF ROYAL HISTORY
Enjoy a very special after-hours visit of the Tower of London and experience a unique, centuries-old tradition. The Tower of London has been the setting for many great events during its 1000-year history as a royal palace, fortress, prison, place of execution and jewel house. Nobody knows more about the history of the Tower than the Yeoman Warders, more commonly known as the Beefeaters. You will be captivated by the amazing stories of those who have guarded this fortress for centuries, passed on from generation to generation, during your private guided tour of the tower grounds including the White Tower, built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Following your tour, witness the age-old tradition of the Ceremony of the Keys, which has been enacted every night without fail for almost 700 years by the Chief Yeoman Warder of the Tower. This is your chance to witness a piece of royal history that still exists today.

THE KITCHEN TABLE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

JOIN OUR EXECUTIVE CHEF FOR A UNIQUE, MARKET-TO-TABLE EXPERIENCE
Immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as our Executive Chef leads you on an interactive culinary adventure. In the morning, you will travel by mini-coach to the local market to handpick ingredients under the guidance of our Chef. Later this evening, you will dine on regional dishes prepared by our experienced culinary team, using produce from the market. As you and your fellow guests enjoy this delicious creation at The Kitchen Table, you will also observe the art of plating with each dish. From fresh market fare to cooking techniques and elegant presentation, experience firsthand how your ship’s world-class culinary staff brings distinct, local flavors from the market to your taste buds. It is an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind opportunity to shop, interact and dine with the masters.

IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM & CHURCHILL’S WAR ROOMS
DURATION: 7 HOURS

BRITAIN AND ITS ALLIES FROM WORLD WAR I TO MODERN TIMES
Discover the undercover work of Britain’s Special Forces and the Allies, from World War I to conflicts of today. The Imperial War Museum tells exceptional stories of people’s wartime experiences through world-class collections of objects, documents, photography and film. Join your guide for a tour of the exhibits, which tell the tales of those who lived through the Nazi persecution in Europe from 1933 to 1945. Discover the story of World War II through the eyes of the British empire, and gain an understanding of how Britain and the Allies defeated Hitler. Then, uncover the secret world of espionage and the strategies, techniques and bravery of the men and women behind some of the most secret missions of the last century. Learn more about the remarkable life and times of Sir Winston Churchill during your visit to the secret World War II bunker and museum before returning to your ship.

THE ROYAL HOUSEHOLDS OF LONDON
DURATION: 5 HOURS

PANORAMIC DRIVE AND VISIT TO BUCKINGHAM PALACE
Explore the households of England’s royal family during a scenic drive and tour of Buckingham Palace. Embark your coach for a drive past some of the landmarks associated with the House of Windsor. See St. James Palace and Westminster Abbey, and admire the Gothic grandeur of the Houses of Parliament before arriving at Buckingham Palace, the administrative headquarters of the Crown and location of state events. Take a self-guided audio tour at your leisure. Explore the grand staterooms, which have entertained foreign heads of state since the reign of Queen Victoria. Admire fine English and French furniture and the extensive collection of art that adorns the walls, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin. Finish your tour with a stroll through the palace gardens before returning to your ship.

THE WORLD OF SHAKESPEARE
DURATION: 4 HOURS

PRIVATE TOUR OF ICONIC THEATER
Immerse yourself in the world of William Shakespeare during a private tour of the reconstructed Globe Theater. Originally built in Southwark in 1599, this historic theater’s stage entertained audiences with many of the most iconic works created by the “Bard of Avon” before its closing and eventual razing in 1644. Reconstructed and reopened in 1997, this modern incarnation continues the theatrical tradition of its predecessor with productions of works by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and modern playwrights. Upon arrival, begin an exclusive guided exploration of the theater, including its gallery and yard. Gain insight into Shakespeare’s timeless storytelling, from the creation of his works to how they are interpreted today, and how different elements of stagecraft are used to bring these stories to life. After free time to explore on your own, you will return to your awaiting ship.

SOUTHWARK & THE MAYFLOWER TRAIL
DURATION: 5 HOURS

MARITIME TRADITION AND HISTORIC SIGHTS
Discover the London Borough of Southwark’s maritime tradition and ties to the Pilgrims and the Mayflower. The borough was the ship’s home port, from which she set sail for Southampton and then North America in 1620. A guide will take you along Southbank and offer insight into the borough’s role in the famous voyage. View landmarks like Shakespeare’s Globe, a reconstruction of the Elizabethan-era playhouse; Southwark Cathedral, a 12th-century Anglican church; and Borough Market, one of London’s oldest and largest food markets. Visit Rotherhithe, home of Captain Christopher Jones and the place where some of the Pilgrims joined the Mayflower. See St. Mary Church, where the ship’s crew worshipped and were buried. Enjoy a light lunch at the historic Mayflower pub surrounded by cobblestone streets and striking views of the Thames, before returning to your ship.

THAMES RIVER CRUISE
DURATION: 1 HOUR 30 MINUTES

VIEW A WORLD FAMOUS SKYLINE
Witness one of the world’s most iconic skylines during an evening cruise along the River Thames. Depart your ship, board your private clipper and sail through history as you glide past London’s landmarks. Sit back and relax with a glass of prosecco as your guide points out the city’s famous attractions, including the Tower of London that has protected the Crown Jewels of England’s kings and queens for centuries. Cruise under Tower Bridge and trace the Victoria Embankment to Westminster, where you will view the looming London Eye and Elizabeth Tower, known the world over as Big Ben, whose historic clock tower has seen six monarchs and 41 prime ministers since its famous bell first chimed across London. During your panoramic cruise, hear the legendary tales behind the sites as your vessel returns to Greenwich and back to your awaiting ship.

Shore excursions vary by each itinerary and are subject to change.

Greenwich is home to several iconic maritime institutions. Royal Naval College is a major symbol of Britain’s seafaring heritage and the architectural centerpiece of Greenwich. It opened as a hospital for sailors in 1712 and served as the Royal Navy’s educational institution from 1873 to 1998. Today, its hallowed halls whisper of the days when Britannia ruled the waves. The National Maritime Museum is the world’s largest, chronicling England’s seafaring endeavors in its compelling collection of art, maps and countless memorabilia, including the first marine chronometer. After breakfast, disembark your ship and journey home.

2025 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Mar-23

London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$11,895
Apr-06 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$11,495
Apr-20 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$11,995
Jun-02 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$13,095
Jun-25 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-07 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-09 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-15 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$13,095
Jul-21 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$13,095
Jul-29 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$13,095
Aug-04 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$13,095
Aug-11 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Aug-20 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Sep-03 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Sep-17 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$12,995
Sep-18 Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$12,995
2026 DIRECTION FARE
PER PERSON

Mar-28

Bergen to London (Tilbury) FROM
AU$9,995
Mar-30 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$9,995
Apr-11 London (Tilbury) to Bergen FROM
AU$10,995
May-06 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$11,995
May-20 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,495
May-25 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,495
May-30 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Jun-03 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Jun-08 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Jun-13 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-01 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-15 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-15 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Jul-29 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Aug-12 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Aug-18 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Aug-26 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Aug-31 Bergen to London (Greenwich) FROM
AU$12,995
Sep-01 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,995
Sep-14 London (Greenwich) to Bergen FROM
AU$12,495


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MORE FEATURES, SERVICES AND EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

  • One complimentary shore excursion in every port of call
  • Free Wi-Fi (connection speed may vary)
  • Beer, wine & soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • 24-hour specialty coffees, teas  & bottled water
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Ground transfers with Viking Air purchase
  • Visits to UNESCO Sites
  • Enrichment lectures & Destination Performances
  • Complimentary access to The Nordic Spa & Fitness Center.
  • Self-service launderettes
  • Alternative restaurant dining at no extra charge
  • 24-hour room service
  • Onboard gratuities

YOUR STATEROOM INCLUDES:

  • King-size Viking Explorer Bed with luxury linen
  • 42″ flat-screen LCD TV with intuitive remote & complimentary Movies On Demand
  • Large private bathroom with spacious glass-enclosed shower, heated floor, anti-fog mirror & hair dryer
  • Premium Freyja® toiletries
  • Direct-dial satellite phone & cell service
  • Security safe
  • 110/220 volt outlets
  • Ample USB ports

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