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Highlights
  • Learn about the canals and historical architecture of Amsterdam.
  • Thrill in the remarkable landform of Northern Ireland's Giant’s Causeway — a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the Castle of Mey, the northernmost castle on the UK mainland and long time residence of the Queen Mother.

Immerse yourself in the customs and traditions of modern Celtic communities as you journey along the coastlines of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland on board the ms Prinsendam.

Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport
Ship Name
  • MS Prinsendam

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The British Isles by Sea: Ireland, Scotland and England

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Road Scholar Owes My Mom A Huge Apology and Refund. Highly advise AGAINST using them. May 2018

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Let me preface this story with some background about myself: I backpacked through most of Europe by myself when I was studying abroad in Ireland. I suffered through horrendous bus rides, getting kicked out of seats on trains, sleeping in questionable hostels, and going weeks without being able to really do laundry. I know how crappy it can be to actually get from one place to another, and how worth it is to suffer through all of that just to lay eyes on something magnificent.

And yet, Road Scholar has, without a doubt, managed to give me the single worst travel experience I've ever had in my entire life, and we didn't even make it off the ground. I would never, ever, EVER recommend them to anyone looking to go anywhere, and as far as I'm concerned, Road Scholar needs to seriously reconsider their travel-making procedures and give my mother a huge apology and refund. (Also, I'm only in my twenties, so I have a lot of years ahead of me to make referrals.)

It all started with Road Scholar not getting us flights. We claimed our spot on a trip to the Lake region in Northern Italy, but no one ever called us back about any travel arrangements. It appeared we were on the trip IN Italy, but no one had bothered to make any arrangements to get us there. My mother called and left messages, emailed people, and the only response we got was that our flight should be booked at some point in early May (when our trip was set to start on May 22). Road Scholar urges people to book their flights through their preferred travel agency, which is who didn't call us back. Road Scholar, to market themselves as educational tourism rather than shallow "I just want to see things" tourism, partners up with different educational institutions, and ours was through Trinity College. The director of the Italian programs called us asking for our travel information, since she didn't have it yet. Interesting news to us. We were then told that we could make travel arrangements of our own (even though we were paying Road Scholar to do it for us) and then inform the program of our travel plans and how we were getting to our hotel. So we started to investigate making our own plans, when someone finally called us back saying that they were taking care of our travel arrangements, and they "didn't know why we hadn't had them made for us already." The director of the program was happy to hear this, because the Lake region of Italy is not as easily accessible as other areas.

We asked for upgraded seats because my mom has had both of her knees replaced, and while that doesn't inhibit her in the slightest from being active, it limits where she can sit on planes. In a cramped regular economy seat with no leg room on an international flight that was going to last 8-10 hours, she wouldn't have been able to walk off the plane because of how her knees would cramp up. But they said they could make the arrangements (which is also advertised on their website) so that was that. We got our itinerary, accommodations, and were all set. We were booked through United and Lufthansa (neither of which either of us will EVER book through again), so I downloaded the United app onto my iPhone so I could check us in and make sure we had mobile copies of our boarding passes in addition to the paper ones my mom printed out. We were all set to fly from Cincinnati to Washington D.C., from D.C. to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt down to Verona where we would be meeting up with the group -- which, by the way, we never received any information regarding where the group was meeting, the transportation to the lake resort, etc. Nothing. Just "after you get there" stuff.

Then this morning, I woke up to a notification from United Airlines (and a text message alert that I had set up) saying that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled due to weather. Obviously I'm not blaming Road Scholar for that. What I am holding Road Scholar accountable for is what happened next: my mom called the Emergency Hotline (which is a recording -- and I HIGHLY recommend that they change this, because when I studied abroad, we had two emergency hotlines, both of which were always answered by real human beings, one for anything happening in the United States, and the other for the program, which was a different number for each location and a direct line to one of the program directors on the ground in the country you were actually in). We left a voicemail, someone named Mike called us back, and he was an absolute asshole. When you book your flight through a travel agency/group travel organization, if anything happens to your flight, it is the THEIR responsibility to take care of it. We were told by Road Scholar, and it's available on their website: "When you book your airfare through Road Scholar, we're there to help you in case of any emergencies." When Mike called us back and we told him that our flight to D.C. had been cancelled, he told us that he couldn't look up any other flights (on both United and any other airlines) for us to potentially get on to get to D.C for our transatlantic flight. Instead, he told us to call United ourselves and to go to the airport and talk to the desk agent. I then ended up on the phone (and on hold) the entire drive to the airport, which resulted in nothing because tons of flights had been cancelled due to airline politics and weather. We finally got to the desk agent at the airport, had a hell of a time getting rebooked on another flight, and weren't able to get the upgraded seats that we paid extra money for. When we called Road Scholar and Mike back to ask if during the course of our day when we would be traveling (and unable to make phone calls) he would call Lufthansa to at least make the airline aware of our need for better seating due to my mother's knee replacements, he was unhelpful and rude, at first attempting to refuse calling on our behalf and finally agreeing to, but only after repeatedly telling us "there's no guarantee of those seats" (something we definitely understood because we're not stupid).

Our rebooked flight wasn't set to leave until 7:45 PM tonight, putting us in Verona at 4:05 PM the next day (4 hours after the group transfer to the hotel), so we returned home instead of waiting around the airport for 12 hours. We got on both United and Lufthansa's websites and discovered that not only had our original itineraries not been removed, we had been double booked, one for a flight out of North Carolina to Munich through Delta, and another out of D.C. (the 7:45 PM flight) which had a 23 hour layover in Munich. A call to Road Scholar resulted in us being told that we had to contact the airlines. My mother was on the phone, talking to either United representatives or Lufthansa representatives, from about 9:30 AM to 2:00 PM. We were told we had reservations but no tickets, told we had tickets but couldn't see the numbers, told there were seats available for us to get upgraded to but we would have to try to get the desk agent in D.C. to arrange that for us, told that there was no guarantee we could get those seats, and more. It was incredible the amount of bureaucratic bullshit we had to put up with, especially since each airline wouldn't take any responsibility for us getting the seats we paid for and on a new flight, telling us "we'd have to talk to the other company about that." We finally called Road Scholar to see if there was anything more they could do, who encountered the same mess we already had, and all they did was eventually advise us to go back to the airport (a 45 minute drive) and talk to the desk agent to see IF they could put us in the upgraded seats -- ones we had already paid for and my mom couldn't make the trip without!

Then when asked how they would be getting us to our destination in the Lake region (which is not an easy place to get to, as I looked up the train and bus schedules myself, because - remember - I have tons of experience at this point traveling on the ground across Europe), they wouldn't outright say what our plans would be, which could've been anything from picking us up in the airport in a car, giving us a damn rental to drive ourselves, or simply paying for tickets and expecting us to haul all our luggage from the airport to the shuttle to the train station in Verona, take the 2+ hour train to a town an hour away from our destination, have to catch a bus to the actual town we were supposed to be in, and then walk the rest of the way there. Seeing what all happened, I would bet it would've been the latter, which isn't a problem for someone like me, but is an issue for someone like my mom.

The moral of the story here is that my mom and I shouldn't have had to be on the phone with anyone other than Road Scholar, PERIOD. Seeing as we paid well over $10,000 for this trip, the minute the flight was cancelled, Road Scholar should've called us to let us know that they would be making other arrangements for us to get to our trip in the Lake region of Italy. THEY should've been the ones on the phone, dealing with the airline bureaucrats, working their hardest to get us any combination of flights to get us to Italy in the seats that we paid for. Or, if it really came down to it, they should've made arrangements for us to be on this trip at another point in time, offered us another excursion in its place, or simply given us a refund. Instead, they didn't want to do the jobs that we paid them to do, and we were the ones that had to take time out of our day, which was already scheduled to be a hectic and stressful time because traveling is simply just that, to do Road Scholar's job. They didn't look out for us one single bit and completely and utterly RUINED what was supposed to have been a wonderful trip for me and my mom.

My mother has an adventurous and curious soul and hasn't gotten to go to Europe the way she always wanted to. Since I graduated college, my mother suggested taking a mother-daughter trip. This was supposed to be incredibly special for the both of us, getting to go somewhere new together (I hadn't explored Northern Italy much and that's where we decided to go), learning about the food and the culture, and bonding over all the amazing things we were going to be able to do. I think my mom was even more excited about this trip than I was, voraciously reading all the required/recommended reading, practicing Italian in her room so she could order correctly at restaurants, not giving up when we hit little bumps in the road along the way. Instead, we have been nothing but doubtful at best in the entire planning of this trip, and deeply disappointed and angered at worst. I will never again recommend Road Scholars to anyone looking to go on group trips. Instead, I will steer people away and recommend that they either find a better travel agency, book the trip themselves, or go through Rick Steve's program.

Road Scholar should issue my mother a refund and an apology or risk being sued.
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S

Does Not Recommend

They take advantage of the elderly May 2018

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  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
I had high hopes for Road scholar. However, when I was diagnosed with cancer I got no sympathy from Road Scholar. The agents and management kept saying you should have purchased insurance. But the insurance was extremely expensive and would not have covered the cancellation fee either. I ended up attending anyways because I didn't want to lose my money. I felt sick the entire time and could barely complete the activities. The group leader was wonderful. But the program was very strict and I felt that they over charged for everything. They demonstrated shocking behavior for a non profit that is supposed to be all about education and supporting the elderly. Yet they constantly are sending catalogs and pushing expensive programs. I highly recommend taking your money elsewhere. They do not respect their customers and only care about money. They took advantage of a cancer patient and according to the others on my trip this is common.
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S

Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

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  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

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  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

Operator Road Scholar

TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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Itinerary

Day 1: Departure from North America to Amsterdam

In Flight

Day 2: Arrive Amsterdam, Check-in, Orientation, Welcome Dinner

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station

Morning: Arrive in Amsterdam and transfer to the program hotel.

Afternoon: Before dinner, we will gather in our private meeting room where the group leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Join your group and group leader for a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Day 3: Exploring Amsterdam, Embark MS Prinsendam

Meals: Breakfast  and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Explore the rich history of this European capital during a field trip led by a local expert. While our local expert talks about the history, take in sites including the Royal Palace and the National Monument at Dam Square. The Royal Palace on Dam Square was originally built as Amsterdam's town hall. Opened in 1655, it was designed in grand style to reflect the city's economic prosperity. It became a royal residence when the Emperor Napoleon established his brother Louis as King of Holland, who had it elaborately furnished. It reverted back to the city when the French empire crumbled only a few years later. The succeeding Dutch Sovereign, King William I of the House of Orange-Nassau, was given permission to use it, as did other monarchs. The city sold the building to the State of the Netherlands in 1935, when it was offered permanently as the residence of the Royal House. When the palace is not in use by the royal family, it is open to the public. Dam Square is named for an actual dam on the River Amstel that was constructed on this spot about 1270. It later became the city's central marketplace. It's turbulent history is nowhere apparent today and what we see instead is the national monument of The Netherlands commemorating those who died in World War II. We end the morning at the Albert Cuyp street market, the largest in Europe. More than a century old, it features nearly 300 vendors selling nearly everything imaginable. But the emphasis is on food - fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, spices, chocolate, cheese, and more - from local favorites to specialties from around the world.

Lunch: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like at the market. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Afternoon: Transfer by coach to the port in Ijmuiden to embark the MS Prinsendam.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: At leisure. The ship departs Amsterdam this evening.

Day 4: At Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship. The expansive offerings include a variety of hot and cold dishes for every taste.

Morning: We gather for a lecture by our Study Leader Celtic/Scottish history.

Lunch: Aboard ship. The expansive offerings include a variety of hot and cold dishes for every taste.

Afternoon: We will join our study leader for a presentation on the history and culture of the British Isles. As a special highlight, we'll gather for a Road Scholar cocktail party and to share what we may have in common beyond a love of learning.

Dinner: Aboard the ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 5: Arrive Scotland, Port of Rosyth, Explore Edinburgh

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Activity note: The morning field trip to Edinburgh entails walking approximately 500 meters on uneven and cobblestone terrain

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: Enjoy a half day (4 hours) field trip in Royal Edinburgh – Scotland’s vibrant capital. Historic landmarks Holyroodhouse and Edinburgh Castle linked by streets steeped in history – the iconic Royal Mile, tell a captivating story. History and beauty unite in the proud city of Edinburgh where a dramatic balance exists between the high dark buildings of the medieval Old Town and classical architecture of the Georgian New Town. From the moment you arrive in the city centre you will be captivated by the stunning skyline and magnificent architecture. The castle clings dramatically to its rock as the ancient buildings ramble down the spine of the Royal Mile to the splendid Palace of Holyroodhouse. Admire the major sights and a unique vista over beautifully tended gardens to the historic castle, perched on a magnificent, natural rock formed by the core of an extinct volcano. In complete contrast to the warren of ancient buildings in the shadow of castle rock is Edinburgh’s New Town. Built largely in the 18th century, its elegant crescents, squares and gardens are lined with splendid Georgian buildings. Throughout its thousand-year history, Edinburgh Castle has witnessed many tense moments and for centuries it was home to Scotland’s kings and queens. There is much to see within the castle including the 15th century Old Royal Palace, which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels and regalia in the Crown Room with origins from medieval times. See the apartment where Mary Queen of Scots gave birth to the future King James VI of Scotland who also became James I of England. Finally enjoy the historic area known as the ‘Royal Mile.’ Drive across Castle Hill, Lawnmarket, High Street and Canongate past delightful multi-storeyed houses and quaint side streets. See St Giles Cathedral dating from the 14th century and the 15th century Palace of Holyroodhouse – official Scottish residence of the Queen.

Lunch: Lunch on own in Edinburgh or aboard the ship

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Rosyth (Edinburgh), Scotland. The ship is scheduled to depart at 6:00PM.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 6: Arrive Invergordon, Scotland - Cawdor Castle

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: We disembark the ship and board a motorcoach to the parish of Cawdor for an exploration of Cawdor Castle. Set amid gardens in the parish of Cawdor, the castle is built around a 15th-century tower house, with substantial additions in later centuries. Originally a property of the Clan Calder, it passed to the Campbells in the 16th century. It remains in Campbell ownership, and is now home to the Dowager Countess Cawdor, who kindly moves out in the summer so people can visit. The castle is perhaps best known for its literacy connection to William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, in which the title character is made "Thane of Cawdor." However, the story is highly fictionalized, and the castle itself was built many years after the life of the 11th-century King Macbeth. On your way back to the ship, make a quick detour to the village of Dores, for a photostop of Loch Ness.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 7: Scrabster, Scotland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Situated on the north coast of Scotland, Scrabster provides access to Scotland's rugged and spectacular Highlands. Look for Viking heritage in Highland place names; visit three churches in Caithness dating back to the Middle Ages and still in use today; and tour the Castle of Mey, the northernmost castle on the UK mainland and long time residence of the Queen Mother.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Scrabster, Scotland.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 8: At Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Join your study leader for an educational presentation.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: At leisure.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 9: Dublin, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Visit historic Trinity College in the company of current undergraduates. Trinity College builds on its four-hundred year old tradition of scholarship to confirm its position as one of the great universities of the world. It has been the educator of many of Ireland's great writers from Swift to Wilde. Part of the field trip will include Trinity College Library which houses 200,000 antique texts, marble busts of scholars and the oldest surviving harp in Ireland as well as the Book of Kells. This illuminated manuscript of the Gospels was created by Irish monks around the year 800. Meet Dublin historian at Trinity College to commence the 1916 Rebellion Walking Field Trip of Dublin City, visiting the relevant sites of the Rebellion in Dublin, including O'Connell St, Dublin's main thoroughfare with its landmark statue of Daniel O'Connell, the Great Liberator; The General Post Office (GPO headquarters of the 1916 Rising) the Four Courts, Dublin's City Hall and finishing at Dublin Castle.

Lunch: In a Dublin Pub. You will be joined by a duo of young Dublin traditional musicians who will share their knowledge of Irish music with you and play a few jigs, reels and airs!

Afternoon: Depart by coach for a field trip to Glencomlcille, a unique and beautiful place. Glencolmcille was chosen as a base by St. Columba, one of Ireland's three patron saints, along with St. Patrick and St. Brigid. Take an expert led walk of the Turas, a traditional pilgrimage site. On this hike, discover megalithic tombs, cross pillars, and breathtaking scenery.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Return to ship.

Day 10: Liverpool, England

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The Beatles and more: Discover Beatles Liverpool and some of the places associated with John, Paul, George and Ringo as they grew up, met and formed the band that would take the pop world by storm.

Lunch: Aboard the ship.

Afternoon: AFTERNOON AT LEISURE TO EXPLORE Explore Liverpool Heritage: As the birthplace of the Beatles, Liverpool attracts many musical pilgrims, but its fascinating social history is recognised for its importance, Liverpool's Maritime Mercantile City was inscribed onto UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2004 to help preserve one of the world's most recognisable ports as a historic site.. Situated on the River Mersey, Liverpool's former maritime grandeur - in which it garnered a fortune from cotton and slaves during the 17th and 18th centuries - has left a striking architectural legacy. The Albert Dock and the Port of Liverpool Building are two such examples. Its status as European Capital of Culture in 2008 also helped chronicling the city's contribution to British history and culture, including The Beatles Story.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 11: Belfast, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Activity note: NOTE the currency here is the Pound Sterling.

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Today will take you on a journey to Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark and only UNESCO World Heritage Site—the Giant’s Causeway. This remarkable landform takes its name from the legend of the giant Finn MacCool and it draws people from far and wide to this corner of North Antrim. The northern Antrim coastline is renowned for it scenic beauty and the Giant’s Causeway is its unique jewel in the crown, known to the Irish as the Eighth Wonder of the World. You journey along the Donegal coastline through the towns of Moville and Culmore before crossing from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland and the walled city of Londonderry. A short panoramic drive introduces you to this historic city. From here, travel through the towns of Limavady and Coleraine to join the Antrim Coast at Portrush and arriving at the Giant’s Causeway. Marvel at the majesty and mystery of the causeway—a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time to explore Belfast city center before returning by private motorcoach to the ship.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 12: Milford Haven, Wales

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Located in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Wales, Milford Haven has been welcoming ships in it's deep, natural harbor since the Middle Ages. From Milford Haven, enjoy a scenic drive to the city of St. Davids to explore the St. David's Cathedral.

Lunch: Return to the ship for lunch

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Milford Haven independently.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 13: St. Mary's, Isle of Scilly, England

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: Just 28 miles off the southwest tip of Britain lies the small, beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly. Its components include St Mary's, St Agnes, Bryher, Tresco, St Martins, and seemingly countless uninhabited islands and skerries. These beautiful islands exude a timeless peace and natural tranquility seldom found elsewhere.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of St. Mary's.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 14: Portland, England, Llfracombe

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: The Isle of Portland is a limestone island in the English Channel located in the southernmost point of the county of Dorset, England. It is connected to the mainland by the picturesque Chesil Beach. Portland Isle is an integral part of the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Dorset. A tranquil place, it is ideal for birdwatchers, divers, climbers, walkers and paradise for anyone interested in geology and archaeology.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Portland.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 15: St Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Activity note: This is a tender port. The ship will anchor as close to port as possible and you will be transported to the port on smaller boats.

Breakfast: Breakfast onboard

Morning: Guernsey is part of the southernmost group of islands that make up the British Isles. They sit in the Bay of St Malo, less than 30 miles from the French coast. This circular 3 hour drive of the green and beautiful island starts with a visit to a Neolithic Passage Grave and viewing of a Open Loophole Tower, built because of the American War of Independence. You will be able to see the remains of a medieval fishing village on the west coast plus German Fortifications left over from WWII and the Martello Tower. Just inland from the west coast is the only remaining free-standing chantry chapel in Guernsey built in 1392, St. Appolline Chapel. The chapel contains medieval wall paintings. Next, we will drive through the countryside to Bruce Russells and then to Castle Cornet. Those who wish to miss lunch on board have the option to stay with our local expert to visit the Castle. After the visit to the Castle proceed walking through St Peter Port’s back to the port.

Lunch: Aboard ship or on own at the Castle Cornet Cafeteria.

Afternoon: Continue your exploration of St Peter Port, Channel Islands.

Dinner: Aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 16: At Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: MS Prinsendam

Breakfast: Aboard ship.

Morning: This morning is free to enjoy as you wish.

Lunch: Aboard ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon program wrap up with your group leader

Dinner: Farewell dinner aboard ship.

Evening: Enjoy the ship's variety of activities on board.

Day 17: Arrive Amsterdam, Disembark, Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

Activity note: Please see the "Travel Details/Transportation" section for information about transfers.

Breakfast: Aboard ship. Ship is scheduled to arrive in Amsterdam at 7:00AM.

Morning: Transfer to the Amsterdam airport for flights back to the US. If you are booking your own air, avoid scheduling flights prior to 2:00PM. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are trasnferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future.

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MS Prinsendam

Ship Stats
  • Ship's Registry:  The Netherlands
  • Passenger capacity:  835
  • Crew members:  470
  • Gross Tonnage:  37,983 grt.
  • Length:  669 feet
  • Beam:  106 feet
  • Maximum speed:  22 knots
  • Dedicated:  June, 2002, by Rose Abello, Eva Andresen and Linda Ehlenberger, representing all of the employees of Holland America Line.
Ship Description

Explore seldom-visited destinations larger ships can’t reach. With a capacity of just 835 guests, ms Prinsendam is intimate, yet comfortably spacious. Now, freshly refurbished, from the Lido Market and Java Café to her Explorer's Lounge, Spa and Salon, our "Elegant Explorer" shines brighter than ever.

A special signature sculpture dominates the three-story atrium featuring etched fish, turtles and dolphins climbing a stunning cylinder of Bolle glass and lit with state-of-the-art fiber optics. Other works of art include a remarkable abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship by contemporary Norwegian artist Nicholas Widerberg, a series of paintings by impressionist painter Neil Pinkett, and an outstanding collection of Roman Amphorae from 50 - 150 AD. Prinsendam, or "Princes" ship, is truly a classic ship worthy of her name.

Treat yourself to a Grand Voyage aboard the very special Prinsendam and circumnavigate South America, or sail the Mediterranean, visiting iconic cities throughout Europe and the Black Sea, or indulge in the tranquility of the Caribbean.

Trip Includes
  • 15 nights of accommodations
  • 3 expert-led lectures
  • 13 expert-led field trips
  • An experienced Group Leader
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program
  • The Road Scholar Travel Protection Plan, 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance coverage
  • Taxes
Meals Included:

15 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 15 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Accomodations

Doubletree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station: 1 night  Amsterdam

Set in the heart of the historic city, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station places business and leisure guests within reach of Amsterdam’s famous shopping streets, congress centres and cultural heritage sites. Take a train from Amsterdam Central Station and arrive at Schiphol International Airport in just 20 minutes. Every spacious guest room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station hotel boasts floor to ceiling windows, framing views of the Amsterdam old city, courtyard or IJ River. Enjoy an Apple iMac computer and complimentary WiFi access. Refresh with a power shower. Executive rooms and suites offer complimentary breakfast, guaranteed city views, late afternoon drinks and bites in the Executive Lounge. The hotel’s SkyLounge with SkyTerrace is a stylish meeting place featuring baristas, cocktail experts and a live DJ daily. From the top floor, guests have a breath-taking 360° view of the city skyline and historic old town. Choose from a large selection of beers, wines, signature cocktails, snacks and small dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. All meeting rooms are concentrated on the same floor for your convenience. Expect personal assistance, complimentary WiFi, user-friendly equipment and natural daylight through floor to ceiling windows to enhance an energetic event. ‘Wow’ delegates by booking the SkyLounge for an event with a panoramic view. Dine in the City Café and enjoy delicious meals prepared by Master Chef Marcel de Leeuw. Get your daily coffee at the lobby-level Starbucks®!

Start City
Amsterdam
End City
Amsterdam
Guides

Steve Blamires

Steve works as a group leader and historian for National Geographic, and his tenure with them has allowed him to circumnavigate the globe, travel extensively on all seven continents and meet like-minded travelers with a thirst for knowledge and adventure. Steve is especially interested in expedition cruises, and he specializes in the history of polar exploration. When Steve isn’t leading educational travel groups, he’s usually listening to music or writing; he has six books in print!

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