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The Majesty of the British Isles: England, Ireland and Scotland by Sea

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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
From: $ 3,399 $ 227 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Walk through the Lost Gardens of Heligan, a 1,000-acre English estate all but abandoned during World War 1 and recently rediscovered and restored to the glory of its heyday.
  • In Dublin, meet students at historic Trinity College who accompany you around campus, see the famed Book of Kells and eat a pub lunch with traditional musicians who share their talents.
  • Discover medieval Scotland in the Scottish Highlands and in Edinburgh, including an exploration of the interior of Edinburgh Castle.

Short Description

Discover narrow medieval lanes and looming castles straight out of a fairy tale as you ply the North and Irish seas aboard a magnificent ocean liner. In Cornwall, Dublin, Northern Ireland and the Scottish Highlands, walk the same country gardens, city squares and castle battlements trodden by princes and paupers centuries ago. Begin your voyage in Copenhagen, the city of Hans Christian Andersen.

Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Trip Type Small Ship Cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Copenhagen
End City London
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit to Program

In Flight

Day 2: Arrive to Copenhagen, Denmark

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Copenhagen Strand Hotel

Activity note: If your flight lands in the morning, your hotel room may not be available for check in when you arrive.

Afternoon: Check in at your hotel and take the afternoon to unpack and relax. In the early evening you will meet with your group for introductions, a review of the program itinerary and site orientation.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Copenhagen, Denmark

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach, standing and walking through museums and historic sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel for a panoramic introduction to Copenhagen with a local expert. Travel past City Hall and Tivoli Gardens as well as the old Stock Exchange with its spire formed by entwined dragons' tails. Other sights include the colorful harbor of Nyhavn, the fair-tale castle of Rosenborg (home of the Danish Crown Jewels), the Christianborg Palace and the Danish Parliament Building. Stop for a short stroll and photo opportunity at Amalienborg Palace Square, the winter residence of the Danish Royal Family. The spacious octagonal palace square is surrounded by four identical rococo palaces and is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful palace squares in Europe. You will also discover the tranquil and lush area around the Kastellet Citadel - a 17th century bastioned fortification that today serves as a popular public park and home to the Gefion Fountain, and the St. Alban's Angelican Church. Perhaps your warmest memories will be your first sight of the cherished symbol of Copenhagen, the beguiling LIttle Mermaid, a petite bronze figure inspired by the tales of Hans Christian Andersen.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample the local cuisine.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore Copenhagen. Meet back at the hotel to collect your luggage and then transfer to the port to embark the Norwegian Star.

Dinner: Welcome dinner aboard the ship in the Aqua Dining Room at 6:00 pm. You will be dining with your fellow participants at tables reserved for Road Scholar. However, there will be other cruise passengers also dining at the same time.

Day 4: At Sea

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Activity note: While we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, please note that weather conditions and current events may alter the sailing itinerary, often with little advance notice. While we do not expect itinerary alterations, if they are done it is with your safety as the first priority. Each evening there will be a group dining reservation in the Aqua Dining Room. However participants are free to explore other dining options aboard the ship on any evening.

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: Meet with your study leader for an educational presentation.

Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Meet with your study leader for an educational presentation, followed by an exclusive Road Scholar Cocktail Party in the Spinnaker Lounge.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the ship.

Day 5: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Activity note: Please note that days in port can result in congestion getting on and off the ship. Your group leader will arrange a common meeting point prior to disembarkation, but there may be additional standing and waiting due to security and ship factors beyond the control of Road Scholar.

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: Today we will explore one of the Netherlands important water and sea port of Rotterdam aboard a coach with a local expert. The city needed to be rebuilt after World War II. As a result, architects had the opportunity to experiment. We will walk in the area around the cubic houses and also visit the new Market Hall. We will admire the Erasmus Bridge, the new Central Station, the Euromast Tower and skyscrapers like De Rotterdam.

Lunch: Return by for lunch aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Rotterdam on your own. All aboard is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner aboard the ship.

Day 6: Portland, England

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Activity note: Getting on and off a motor coach, walking over uneven surfaces and standing at historical sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.

Morning: After disembarkation, we leave Portland and head we head west along the Jurassic Coast to Lyme Regis with its wonderful harbour, Jurassic Coast and literary connections. We will walk along the seaside to the Cobb which Jane Austin used in her novel "Persuasion," where we will admire the wonderful view.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: We return to Portland along the Jurassic Coast, via Abbotsbury, with its thatched cottages, and back on the Isle of Portland. Drive around Portland looking into quarries where the famous Portland Stone has been quarried for 2,000 years. Visit Portland Bill and its lighthouse for views of the infamous Prisons on the Island

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 7: Falmouth, England

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.

Morning: The Lost Gardens of Heligan: The tale of Heligan, one of the most mysterious estates in England is extraordinary. Beautifully situated at the head of the valley overlooking the charming and historic fishing harbour of Mevagissey, it comprises roughly 1,000 acres and was the seat of the Tremayne family for more than 400 years. In its heyday it was completely self-contained with a number of farms, quarries, woods, the earliest brickworks in Cornwall from 1680, a flourmill, sawmill, brewery and productive orchards, and kitchen gardens. Until 1914 the gardens were tended and cared for by local people, who then departed for the Great War. In 1918 the gardens were locked up and a green veil of bramble and ivy gradually covered the gardens as they gently went to sleep. Rediscovered in 1990 the garden created international attention and volunteers from throughout Europe worked to catalogue and clear gardens and ravines that yielded all manner of botanical surprises. All of the vernacular and garden buildings remain untouched, which is why Heligan has provided a unique time capsule with no major alteration made during what is the largest garden restoration project in Europe. In the northern garden three kilometres of footpaths lead past an Elizabethan mount, rockeries, summer houses, a crystal grotto, an Italianate garden, a fine set of bee-boles, a wishing well and superb collection of walled gardens where quite remarkably much of the original plant selection has survived. To the south lies ‘The Jungle’ – a sub-tropical valley overlooking the picturesque fishing harbour of Mevagissey. It overflows with palms, tree ferns, bamboo, gunnera and numerous exotic trees and shrubs thriving under the benign influence of the Gulf Stream that has created a virtual microclimate in this area. Explore estate at leisure.

Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Free afternoon in Falmouth or spend time at leisure on the ship. Falmouth has inspired countless artists, sailors, explorers, musicians and boatbuilders for centuries. From Robin Knox- Johnston and Remy, to Ellen Macarthur and Henry Moore, many have sought solace, inspiration, sanctuary and escape among the inlets and creeks of the Fal estuary and the coves and cliffs of the stunning Cornish coastline.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 8: Cork, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.

Morning: Built over 600 years ago by a great Irish Chieftain - Cormac Mac Carthy, the legendary Blarney Stone- Stone of Eloquence, is found at the top of the tower and has been attracting visitors to the area for decades. Kiss it and you will never be lost for words again.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 9: Dublin, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the 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 tour 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 1916 Rebellion Walking Tour 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: Enjoy 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: Your afternoon is free to explore Dublin independently.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 10: Belfast, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.

Morning: This morning, board a private motor coach for a brief transfer to the city center. En route, learn about the rich legacy of the Harland and Wolff shipbuilders where the "Titanic" was built. You will stop at Belfast's Jury's Inn for an illistrated lecture on "The Mural Tradition and Political Transformation in Northern Ireland". This will serve as an introduction to Belfast and a basis for understanding the expertly guided field trip of Belfast City later in the morning. Depart by Belfast's taxi cabs who will take you to see the colorful and evocative murals of East and West Belfast. It has been said that a city can be defined by its taxi drivers and nowhere is this more true than in Belfast.

Lunch: Light lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure. Enjoy some free time for independent exploration in Venice. Walk back to the ship, or take a local Vaporetto, or water taxi.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 11: At Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.

Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 12: Invergorden (Inverness), Scotland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast at leisure aboard the ship.

Morning: Cawdor Castle: Disembark the ship and coach to the parish of Cawdor for a visit to 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 literary connection to William Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth, in which the title character is made "Thane of Cawdor". However, the story is highly fictionalised, and the castle itself was built many years after the life of the 11th-century King Macbeth.

Lunch: Lunch at leisure aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 13: South Queensferry (Edinburgh), Scotland

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Norwegian Star

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: Edinburgh Highlights: 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 aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Afternoon at leisure.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 14: At Sea

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.

Afternoon: Join your study leader for an onboard lecture.

Dinner: Group dinner aboard the ship.

Day 15: Dover, England, Transfer to London, Program Concludes

Meals: Breakfast

In Flight

Activity note: Disembarkation on a large ocean liner can be a lengthy process depending on how many other ships are in port. Please pack your passport and flight information in your hand luggage in order to be prepared for check in at the airport.

Breakfast: Breakfast aboard the ship.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to London Heathrow Airport for flights returning to North America. The ship is schduled to arrive in Dover at 8:00 am. We do not recommend booking flights that depart before 1:00pm. If you are extending your stay in England after the program, we recommend taking the group transfer from Dover to London Heathrow Airport. From LHR, you can take a taxi or train into the city.

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Ship Name

Norwegian Star

Ship Stats

  • Gross Register Tonnage: 91,740
  • Guest  Capacity (double occupancy): 2,348
  • Overall  Length: 965ft
  • Max Beam: 125ft
  • Refurbished Year Built 2001: 2015
  • Ship Crew Best from the Northeast (2013): 1,031

Ship Description

Norwegian Star blends the relaxed Freestyle Cruising concept with cruises to the Baltic capitals, The Caribbean and Transatlantic. Onboard Norwegian Star features 15 delicious dining options, 11 bars and lounges, a sprawling spa, an always-exciting casino, plus tons of fun for kids of every age. So whether you're exploring Northern Europe sipping Piña Coladas in The Caribbean, or cruising across the Atlantic, this ship offers it all.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

Copenhagen Strand Hotel: 1 night  Copenhagen

Copenhagen Strand Hotel is a three star hotel located in one of the original warehouses on the Copenhagen harbor front. The historic buildings have been restored and the hotel’s interior design offers a rustic style with a maritime touch, some bedrooms have view of the harbor and the promenade.

 

Norwegian Star: 11 nights  Miami

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