12 Day Treasures of the British / Irish Isles - Westbound

Tauck Small Ship Cruise starting in London and finishing in Dublin

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Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 12 Day Treasures of the British / Irish Isles - Westbound. This 12-day cruise from London to Dublin aboard a luxury small ship takes you to major cities in Britain and Ireland, as well as captivating islands off the beaten path, from the Isles of Scilly to the Isle of Man...read more


Operator: Tauck
Type: Small Ship Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 12 Days
From: London to Dublin
Tour Code: XLW
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: England, Northern Ireland, Ireland
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Day By Day


Arrive London, England

Tour begins London 6:00 pm. A transfer is included from all major London airports to The Langham London on Regent Street in the city's West End. This palatial hotel has been a favorite of royalty and celebrities since it opened in 1865; The Langham's historic guest list has included Oscar Wilde, Napoleon III, Mark Twain, Prince Charles and Lady Diana, Noël Coward, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who set several of his Sherlock Holmes stories here. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel. Stay Two Nights: The Langham, London (D)

London, England

This morning you'll visit Henry VIII's Hampton Court Palace in the borough of Richmond upon Thames. The palace was built in 1510 by Thomas Wolsey, who wanted a lavish home worthy of his status as the most powerful player in Henry's court; when Wolsey fell out of favor, Henry "acquired" it for himself. Its impressive features include a royal art collection, the famous garden maze, a tennis court, and a massive kitchen equipped to feed as many as 1000 members of Henry's court. Enjoy lunch at the café before returning to the hotel. The evening is free for you to explore London as you please. (B/L)

London, England

Your first stop today is the Tower of London, where you'll get in ahead of the crowds; see the Crown Jewels, and experience the labyrinthine wonders of this storied fortress, the ancient heart of the city. Next, you're off on a guided tour of London which includes the Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall, Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, and more. Enjoy lunch at an historic English pub, then depart London for Portsmouth; arrive in the afternoon and embark your luxury small ship, Le Soléal. Settle in and dine aboard ship this evening as you sail for the island of Guernsey, in the English Channel. Stay Seven Nights: Le Soléal (B/L/D)

Guernsey In The Channel Islands

In the Middle Ages Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands, was a notorious haven for pirates, and often a strategic prize in England's wars with Spain and France. By the 19th century it was famous as a summer resort for wealthy Victorians. But its easy reach from Normandy made it a strategic prize again when it was seized by the Nazis during World War II. Fortifications, bunkers, and an observation tower built by the Germans are still present on the island, many of them restored as tourist attractions. Visit the German Occupation Museum, where imaginative exhibits recreate life in Guernsey during the war. Take a walking tour of St. Peter's Port, a town of colorful row houses, winding lanes and alleys, and experience the charm and beauty of the island's beaches, seascapes, and village communities. You'll also visit the Little Chapel, a miniature version of the grotto and basilica at Lourdes, France, "the world's smallest consecrated church," built by a French monk in 1914 as a labor of love. (B/L/D)

The Isles Of Scilly, Great Britain

Cruise to the Isles of Scilly, an archipelago off the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. Only a handful of the tiny islands are inhabited, and their temperate climate, turquoise seas, and white sand beaches offer an idyllic retreat far from the madding crowds of the mainland. Visit Tresco Island where lush Abbey Gardens, established in the 19th century, wander over 17 colorful acres. This horticultural paradise is sometimes referred to as "Kew with the roof off," full of exotic flowers and plants from 80 countries, many of sub-tropical varieties that flourish here in the warm breezes of the Gulf Stream. Tour the gardens with a local guide, then you may return to the ship or visit the island of St. Mary's. The story of St. Mary's reaches back to the Iron Age and the Romans, who colonized it later, so there are ample historical sites on this small island. Dine aboard ship this evening, and sail for Cobh, Ireland. (B/L/D)

Cork, Ireland

Dock this afternoon in the colorful seaport village of Cobh with your choice of sightseeing. Get an overview of Cork city, then visit Blarney Castle, where a kiss upon its Stone of Eloquence, high up on the battlements, may grant you the gift of gab; or you can take an excursion to the village of Kinsale, a picturesque resort town of brightly colored houses and shops, known for its art galleries and gourmet restaurants, where a walking tour along its winding cobbled streets is a delight. Return to Le Soléal for lunch then enjoy time to explore Cobh on your own. Dine aboard ship this evening. (B/L/D)

Liverpool, England

Arrive in Liverpool, an historic shipping and trading port known as "England's finest Victorian city." Wealth from transatlantic trades going back to the 18th century produced an abundance of mansions, elegant townhouses and landmark buildings rich in architectural splendor. This morning's sightseeing tour includes the Museum of Liverpool, St. Nicholas Church, the Victoria Monument, the World Museum, the Walker Art Museum, the Cavern Club, St. George's Quarter and St. James Park; visit the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. You'll also see the Mersey Ferry, a cultural icon celebrated in song, and The Beatles Story, a museum dedicated to the local band that started a musical revolution and launched the "British Invasion" of the 1960s. Return to Le Soléal and dine aboard ship tonight. (B/L/D)

Isle Of Man, British Isles

Sail to the Isle of Man, a tiny nation of rugged coastlines, charming villages, medieval castles, and ancient mythologies in the Irish Sea. A self-governing dependency of Britain, the island's heritage is a mix of British, Irish and Norse influences. Celtic and Viking burial grounds and relics abound, as do legends of giants and fairies. Dock in the town of Douglas, the island's capital and commercial hub, then depart for the village of Cregneash, where a living museum featuring thatched cottages offers you a look at the island's traditional way of life. Visit Castletown, with its picturesque streets and fishing cottages, and a medieval castle that towers beside the harbor; built for a Norse king in the 13th century, Castle Rushen is outstandingly well-preserved, and a tour reveals much about the island's turbulent history. Take a scenic ride through the countryside on a narrow-gauge steam railway for the return trip to Douglas, then lunch aboard ship. The afternoon is free for you to explore the town as you please. Douglas has kept much of its charm from its days as a popular Victorian holiday retreat, with 19th century hotels and mansions lining the great bayside promenade alongside shops, restaurants, museums and gardens. Dine aboard ship; this evening, enjoy a performance of Manxian music and dance. (B/L/D)


Dock in Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, once famous for linens, shipbuilding and political unrest, now a rising star of commerce, tourism and hip urban culture. A tour of historic sights includes Queens University (established in 1845 by Queen Victoria), the magnificent Baroque Revival-style City Hall, and the Parliament buildings at Stormont Estate. Signs of past sectarian conflict remain in the "peace walls" that crisscross the city landscape, dividing Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods, and emblazoned with colorful street art and politically-themed murals; the longest and highest of the walls, along Cupar Way, is a open-air gallery of graffiti and publicly commissioned paintings that echo the history, hopes, and sentiments of the people who live within its boundaries. Pause for tea and refreshments at the Merchant Hotel, an oasis of Victorian grandeur. Next stop is the Titanic Experience, a state of the art, multi-media museum on the site where the great oceanliner was built. Interactive exhibits trace the story of the Titanic from its construction to its doomed maiden voyage, designed to place you in the midst of its history and drama. Return to Le Soleal for lunch, then enjoy free time to explore Belfast on your own. This evening, hear a lecture by a local historian on "The Troubles", a period of political strife and violence that killed more than 3,500 people between 1968 and 1998; the power-sharing agreement that ended the violence is considered a model of conflict resolution. Dine aboard ship as you sail for Dublin. (B/L/D)


Disembark your yacht in Dublin. Travel to Enniskerry for a visit to Powerscourt Estate, site of one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. Set on an estate that encompasses a Palladian manor house, a golf course, and stunning views of the Wicklow hills, the gardens were originally designed in 1731, inspired by the opulent formal gardens of Renaissance-era Italian villas. Enjoy a guided tour of enchanting grottoes, terraces, ponds, waterfalls, statuary, tree-lined avenues, winding wooded paths, Japanese gardens, and unique ornamental features such as a medieval tower adorned with ivy and surrounded by cannon; the tower was added in the 19th century, modeled after a pepperpot belonging to the 8th Viscount Lord Powerscourt! Enjoy lunch at Powerscourt before returning to Dublin. Check into the Conrad Dublin in the heart of the city, near St. Stephen's Green and the National Concert Hall. Your award-winning 5-star luxury hotel is in easy walking distance of Temple Bar and the shops of Grafton Street, and has been rated by Condé Nast as one of the top ten hotels in Ireland. Stay Two Nights: Conrad Dublin (B/L)


A morning tour of Dublin city sights includes St. Stephen's Square, Phoenix Park, O'Connell Street (the city's main thoroughfare), Georgian Square, the Lord Mayor's Residence, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Trinity College, where you'll see the exquisitely illuminated Book of Kells. The afternoon is then yours to explore this great city on your own. Join us this evening for a farewell reception and dinner in the ballroom of the hotel, with traditional Irish entertainment. (B/D)

Journey Home

Tour ends Dublin, 10:30 AM. Fly home anytime. Transfers are included to Dublin International Airport. All three hours for flight check-in. (B)

Trip Inclusions

Travelling Well Includes...

  • Two nights in the heart of Dublin at the award-winning Conrad Hotel
  • Two nights in London's West End at the historic Langham Hotel
  • Seven nights aboard the luxury small ship Le Soléal, cruising to islands and major cities in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Great Britain
  • Shore excursions in Belfast, the Isle of Man, Liverpool, Cork, Kinsale, the Isles of Scilly, Guernsey, and Portsmouth
  • Visit to the state-of-the-art Titanic Museum in Belfast
  • Early entry to the Tower of London, before the crowds
  • Tauck-exclusive lecturer on the history of "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland
  • Visit to The Beatles museum in Liverpool
  • Visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens on Tresco Island in the Isles of Scilly

Tauck Inclusions

  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Your tour is conducted by a professional, fully trained Tauck Director who remains with the group throughout the tour.
  • Complimentary internet service and WIFI are available for your use while travelling on board the cruise ship.
  • Air conditioned cruise ship and motor coaches for your comfort.
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted in the itinerary.
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges.
  • All gratuities to Tauck Directors, local guides and ship staff.

Tauck Dining

  • Complimentary soft drinks, coffee and tea service are available throughout the day and complimentary open bar is available while bars are open.
  • 28 meals (9 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 8 dinners)

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.


Operator Details

Region: Europe
Type: Small Ship Cruise
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Gratuities: N/A
Shore Excursions: N/A
Flights: N/A
Airport Transfers: N/A
Free WiFi: N/A
Drinks: Various
Accommodation: N/A
* Source: Tauck for river cruises in Europe. Some variances may occur on individual trips and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

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