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Cruising the British Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England

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 Trip Length
14 Days
 Trip Starts
Edinburgh
 Trip Finishes
London
14 Day Cruising the British Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England Itinerary (Abercrombie & Kent)
Countries Explored: Scotland, Ireland, England
Trip Operator
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Trip Style
Luxury Expedition Cruise
Departures
Trip Code
AKCBISIE
Cruise Line
Ponant
Ship
Ship Class
Ponant Explorers
Passengers
184
Crew
118
Launched
2019

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Abercrombie & Kent's 14 Day Cruising the British Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England. Voyage beyond mainland Scotland, Ireland and England for a completely unique experience exploring spectacular coastlines, natural landscapes and historic treasures. Joined by A&K’s famed Expedition Team, discover the velvet-green Orkney archipelago, wild Hebrides, UNESCO-designated St. Kilda and ravishing cliffs of Donegal and Moher. Enjoy luxury pre- and post-cruise stays with one night in Edinburgh and two nights in London.

Itinerary

Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer to your landmark luxury hotel, The Balmoral. This evening, gather for a welcome briefing and themed dinner at your hotel. Stay: The Balmoral (D)

Edinburgh embodies the Scottish national heritage like few other places. After a morning at leisure, tour Scotland's vibrant capital, taking in Edinburgh Castle and inspiring city views. Later, board your expedition vessel and set sail on the Firth of Forth. Conditions permitting, view Bass Rock, home to the world's largest gannet colony. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Northern Scotland is legendary for its dramatic, windswept mountains, wooded hills and rich history. Today, explore the magnificent Highlands, choosing from excursions that may include a visit to Inverness, a private cruise on mythic Loch Ness and stop at Urquhart Castle, an exploration of Culloden's battlefield, or a whisky tasting at Glenmorangie Distillery. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Rich in Viking heritage, the landscapes of the Orkneys span rolling hills, dramatic cliffs and wave-swept sea caves. Today, you might explore historic Kirkwall; Skara Brae, one of the best-preserved Stone Age settlements in Western Europe; or the spine-tingling Ring of Brodgar, a circle of standing stones dating to 2700 BC. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Framed by wild, windswept beaches, Scotland's Western Isles span the rolling moorlands of Lewis and the towering mountains of Harris. Today, you might opt for a drive through the moorlands, stopping to explore the Calanais Standing Stones and the island's crofting traditions, or drive the Golden Road, pausing to visit a Harris tweed weaver and a local distillery. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Inhabited for over 2,000 years, Hirta, the largest of the St. Kilda islands, harboured an isolated, hardscrabble agricultural community until 1930. Conditions permitting, pass the island's staggering sea stacks and come ashore to explore the deserted stonework settlement, the highest cliffs in all of Britain, and a vital seabird habitat. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

The approach to Staffa by sea is breathtaking, with great basalt columns flanking the deep caves of the island. Conditions allowing, enjoy a Zodiac experience near Fingal, a sea cave formed by hexagonally jointed basalt. Continue cruising to the tranquil island of Iona, where you might discover Iona Abbey, an ancient centre of Gaelic monasticism. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Today, your Captain charts a course past Ireland's Killybegs to County Donegal, a rugged enclave of deep-sea inlets, sandy beaches and spectacular mountains. Once ashore, you may opt for a scenic tour of Donegal Town; drive through the countryside to the Slieve League Mountains; visit Sligo, the mecca of “Yeats Country”; or cross into Northern Ireland's walled city of Londonderry to reflect on the legacy of “Bloody Sunday” and “The Troubles.”  Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Today, arrive in Galway, a lively cultural enclave renowned for its vibrant lanes, colourful houses and thriving arts scene. You might enjoy a culinary walking tour and Irish whiskey tasting, explore the Burren's vast karst landscape with a botanist and visit a local sheep farm, or spend the day amid Connemara's jagged, filigreed shoreline. Later, take in iconic vistas from the atmospheric Cliffs of Moher. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Relish a day at sea, relaxing with new friends and attending lectures to enrich your discoveries. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Come ashore in Plymouth, a Devon port city renowned for its rich maritime heritage. Here, you might choose to tour the city's Mayflower Museum, Barbican architecture, Plymouth Hoe and Royal William Yard. Alternatively, head out to Dartmoor National Park, pausing in Princetown for a Devonshire cream tea, or savour tea and cake at Cornwall's Mount Edgcumbe House, former seat of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Stay: Le Dumont d'Urville (B/L/D)

Bid farewell to your Captain and crew as you approach the White Cliffs of Dover and disembark. Once ashore, you might visit Canterbury's prestigious cathedral; tour Leeds Castle, home to six English queens; or opt for a stop at Chartwell, the former residence of Winston Churchill. Your excursion ends at the Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, where you dine this evening. Stay: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square (B/L/D)

Today, explore a city that defies all introductions — a global hub of commerce, culture and empire dating back to Roman times. Your excursions might include a tour featuring the Tower of London, Kensington Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye; a visit to Buckingham Palace; a culinary experience with a former executive chef to the Royal Family; or a visit to the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museums. Stay: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square (B/L/D)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on a group extension to the Cotswolds. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Cruise for 10 nights on luxury, all-balcony ‘Le Dumont d'Urville,' with a capacity limited to just 148 guests
  • Explore alongside A&K's captivating Expedition Team for an unforgettable enrichment program
  • Experience a choice of included, immersive, A&K-only excursions in every port, spanning everything from visits to legendary historic sites and jaw-dropping coastal landscapes to hyper-local culinary and cultural experiences
  • Explore dramatic and wild coastal landscapes from Scotland to Ireland, including stunning seabird habitats in the Inner and Outer Hebrides and Galway's spectacular Connemara
  • Experience the fantastic history of the British Isles, visiting Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands, the thrilling Ring of Brogdar in the Orkney Islands, UNESCO-designated St. Kilda Islands, and Sligo in Ireland, hometown of poet William Butler Yeats
  • Savour culinary excursions, opting for experiences that include guided whisky tasting at the legendary Glenmorangie distillery in the Scottish Highlands and lunch with a former executive chef to the Royal family in London
  • Before and after your cruise, experience a night in Edinburgh with a welcome dinner and two nights in London, each complete with luxury hotel stays and guided A&K-excursions

  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K's Expedition Team and Local Guides
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport Meet and Greet and Transfers
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3 and ship occupancy limited to 80 percent
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
  • Choice of Curated, All-Inclusive Shore Excursions
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Traveller's Valet Laundry Service on board
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.
  • Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K's control at the sole discretion of the Captain
  • This journey contains some active elements, including walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.
  • Minimum age is 7 years.
  • Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotels and butler service aboard the ship.
  • First group event: welcome briefing on Sep 10.
  • Last group event: excursions on Sep 22.
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Deck Plans

DEL
Deluxe Stateroom
DS3
Deluxe Suite
Deck 3
PR4
Prestige Stateroom
DS4
Deluxe Suite
Deck 4
PR5
Prestige Stateroom
DS5
Deluxe Suite
PS5
Prestige Suite
PV5
Privilege Suite
SA
Owner's Suite
Deck 5
PR6
Prestige Stateroom
DS6
Deluxe Suite
PS6
Prestige Suite
PV6
Privilege Suite
GD6
Grand Deluxe Suite
Deck 6
Deck 7

Cabins

Balcony

Deluxe Stateroom

One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm) and TV. A bathroom with shower. A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs. A glazed panoramic swing door and rectangular window. Additional services provided include 24-hour room service, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

Balcony

Prestige Stateroom

One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm). One chaise longue. A bathroom with shower. A private 4 m² balcony with two armchairs. A panoramic sliding bay window or glazed panoramic swing door. Additional services provided include 24-hour room service, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

Suite

Deluxe Suite

One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm). An armchair and sofa (90 x 190 cm). A bathroom with shower. A private 6 m² balcony with two armchairs. A glazed panoramic swing door and panoramic window. Additional services provided include 24-hour room service, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

Suite

Prestige Suite

A bedroom with king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm). A lounge with convertible sofa to a king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm), armchair, second TV, and sliding courtesy door. Two bathrooms with shower. A private 8 m² balcony with four armchairs. Additional services provided include priority boarding, butler service, champagne and fruit basket on arrival, an assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

Suite

Privilege Suite

One king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm). A lounge area with chaise longue and armchair. A bathroom with shower. A private 8 m² balcony with two armchairs. A panoramic sliding bay window. Additional services provided include priority boarding, butler service, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

Suite

Grand Deluxe Suite

A bedroom with one king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm). A lounge with sofa convetible to a double bed (160 x 190 cm), armchair, and second TV. A bathroom with shower and Balneo bathtub. A private 32 m² terrace with two deckchairs and four-seater dining table. 2 panoramic sliding bay windows. Additional services provided include priority boarding, butler service, champagne and fruit basket on arrival, an assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

Suite

Owner's Suite

A lounge with armchair, double sofa bed (160 x 190 cm), and second TV. A bedroom with king-size bed (180 x 200 cm) or two single beds (90 x 200 cm). A bathroom with shower, Balneo bathtub and smart mirror. A private 40 m² terrace: 2 deckchairs, jacuzzi, and outdoor lounge area with sofa and armchair. Two panoramic sliding bay windows. Additional services provided include concierge service from your reservation until you return from your trip, priority boarding, butler service, a one-hour spa treatment per person (for 2 people) in the well-being space, chosen from the facial and body treatments on offer, premium drinks at the bar, champagne and fruit basket on arrival, an assortment of sweet or savoury canapés and fruit basket every day, inclusive Wifi internet access, individually-controlled air conditioning, dressing room with shelves and closet, dressing table and hairdryer, Dyptique Paris top-of-the-line bath products, minibar, Nespresso coffee maker, Bose Bluetooth speaker and Flat screen TV.

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