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Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea - with Smithsonian Journeys

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9 Day Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea - with Smithsonian Journeys Itinerary (Ponant)
Countries Explored: England, Ireland, Scotland
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In alliance with Smithsonian Journeys. This cruise is part of a collection of Ponant voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the Ponant experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.

Join us for this 9-day cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville...read more exploring the rich history and culture that thrives on either side of the Irish Sea. Begin with a night aboard ship docked near London Bridge, then set sail in the early morning down the Thames to discover historic Dover Castle, perched high on the emblematic White Cliffs, and perhaps visit the nearby UNESCO Heritage site of Canterbury Cathedral. Enjoy a morning on the Isle of Wight visiting Osborne House, Queen Victoria's favorite residence, before a relaxing afternoon cruising along the shores of the English Channel.

Arrive the following day some 30 miles off the southwest coast of Cornwall in the Isles of Scilly, where you visit the world-famous Tresco Gardens. Crossing the Irish Sea, you call in Kinsale, Ireland, your gateway to proudly Irish Cork and its iconic Jameson Distillery. Holyhead, Wales, on the Isle of Anglesey, is where you may visit medieval Caernarfon Castle, built in the late 13th century by Edward I as the architectural capstone to the English conquest of Wales, or you may choose to explore the National Trust's Bodnant Garden.

Belfast, Northern Ireland's dynamic capital, is home to Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art museum on the site of the yard where the ill-fated ship was built. It is also your opportunity to experience the spectacular unspoiled scenery of the Antrim Coast and the famed Giant's Causeway of over 40,000 interlocking, hexagonal columns, formed by the cooling of molten lava some six million years ago.

Your final full day is spent exploring the fabled Hebrides, beginning with the mystical abbey of the Isle of Iona, home to the first Christian settlement in Scotland, proceeding to Duart Castle, ancestral home of Clan Maclean on the Isle of Mull, and ending in the charming fishing port of Tobermory, whose distillery produces a renowned single malt scotch whisky. Your voyage comes to an end in Glasgow, Scotland's modern cultural capital.

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Day 1: London
Day 2: London (Dover)
Day 3: Cowes
Day 4: Isles Of Scilly
Day 5: Kinsale
Day 6: Holyhead, Wales
Day 7: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 8: Iona, Hebrides
Day 8: Tobermory, Isle Of Mull
Day 9: Glasgow, Scotland
Note: Ship ports may not be located in the starting & ending cities listed. Transfers to and/or from the ship port may be required.

Life Onboard Le Dumont d’Urville

Le Dumont-D'Urville
Le Dumont-D'Urville

Voyage in complete luxury and dine on French gastronomy as you enjoy an expedition cruise on Le Dumont-D'Urville. Read more

Expedition Comfort
Expedition Comfort

Your ocean facing stateroom or suite offers chic decor, luxurious amenities and 24 hour room service. Read more

Infinity Pool Days
Infinity Pool Days

Watch the ocean pass by as you take a dip in the glass walled infinity pool. Read more

Inside The Blue Eye
Inside The Blue Eye

The sophistication and innovation of this underwater lounge will be a highlight of onboard life. Read more

The Adjustable Marina
The Adjustable Marina

Making embarking and disembarking easy, the marina also serves as a sun deck or watersports platform. Read more

Relaxed Dining Settings
Relaxed Dining Settings

Dine al fresco at the grill or enjoy buffet and table service in the main restaurant. Read more

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