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Wild Isles: Rugged Coasts of Scotland & Ireland

Evocative ruins and historic sites set among spectacular landscapes

The archipelagos of Scotland tell an intriguing story of ancient kings, early Christians, and prehistoric peoples making a life on Europe’s farthest frontiers. Beginning in lively Dublin, venture to the islands of the Inner Hebrides, Orkney, and Shetland, discovering evocative ruins and historic sites set among spectacular landscapes. Delve deep into the significance of important sites from Iona to Skara Brae.

  • Discover Viking longhouses, Stone Age megaliths, Iron Age fortifications, and a whisky distillery

  • Get up close to spectacular wildlife—puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, and minke whales, to name a few. Plus, see the famous Shetland ponies that have acclimated to the unique conditions of these islands

  • Hike to the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, an iconic pinnacle that can be seen for miles

  • Explore the Stone Age sites of Orkney, from the Ring of Brodgar to the Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae

  • Experience the windswept beauty of the Shetland Islands, and visit the 4,000-year-old seaside ruins of Jarlshof

Cruise Details

Clock7 Days & 6 Nights

Double Occupancy from $7,340 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $11,540 pp

CalendarApril 18, 2022

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Your Itinerary

    1Depart U.S./Dublin, Ireland/Embark
    DAY 1-2: Depart U.S./Dublin, Ireland/Embark Arrive in Dublin on an overnight flight. More living museum than city, traces of Dublin’s past are on display at every turn. Discover the city’s medieval castles and cathedrals, one of the oldest universities in Europe, Trinity College, and perhaps enjoy a sip of Ireland’s famous brew, Guinness. Tour the city and have a traditional Irish meal before embarking National Geographic Resolution in the late afternoon. Settle into life on board as we set sail for Iona. (L,D)

    2Iona, Scotland/Staffa
    DAY 3: Iona, Scotland/Staffa Sail through the Sea of the Hebrides to the isle of Iona, the site of Scotland’s first Christian settlement. Venture into an ancient nunnery and a 13th-century abbey and explore St. Oran’s Chapel with its royal burial grounds, where Celtic high crosses mark the graves of generations of Scottish kings. In the afternoon, continue to Staffa, famed for its geometric basalt columns and deep-sea caves. Conditions permitting, zodiac into the aweinspiring Fingal’s Cave, where Felix Mendelssohn was inspired to write his "Hebrides Overture." Atop the island, look for Atlantic puffins coming to and from their burrows as they search for fish in the surrounding waters. (B,L,D)

    3Isle of Skye
    DAY 4: Isle of Skye With its jagged Cuillin Mountains habitually shrouded in mist, the Isle of Skye takes its name from the old Norse sky-a , translated to ‘cloud island.’ From its captivating history and dramatic mountain ranges, we’ll explore this fascinating island from high to low. Step back in time and discover an old Highland village and gain some insight into island life as it would have been a century ago. Visit Talisker Distillery and taste the island’s famed whisky. Stretch your legs on a hike to the Quiraing and photograph the stoic Old Man of Storr on one of Skye’s most iconic hikes. As we set sail for Orkney, be on the look out for white tailed sea eagles, minke whales and dolphins along the coast. (B,L,D)

    4 Orkney
    DAY 5: Orkney The Vikings held a strategic foothold in the Orkney Islands for hundreds of years, and their Norse heritage is apparent in local legends and traditions that endure today. Explore a treasure trove of Stone Age sites, including the megaliths of the Ring of Brodgar and the 5,000-year-old stone-slab village of Skara Brae. Step inside the medieval St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, which took nearly 300 years to complete. (B,L,D)

    5Shetland
    DAY 6: Shetland Far from the hustle and bustle of the mainland, the Shetland Islands exude a languid remoteness that begs to be discovered. Explore Lerwick, a town where Norse and Gaelic cultures intermingle, and see the countryside dotted with Shetland ponies. Then examine Bronze Age ruins at the extraordinary prehistoric settlement of Jarlshof, a UNESCO candidate which is part of "The Crucible of Iron Age Shetland." Later, take in a cacophony of puffins, guillemots, and razorbills as we walk to the lighthouse at Sumburgh Head. (B,L,D)

    6Bergen, Norway/Disembark/U.S.
    DAY 7: Bergen, Norway/Disembark/U.S. A once bustling seaport town nestled amongst the fjords of southwestern Norway, Bergen has been revitalized as an amazing look back into the medieval times and the Hanseatic League that once dominated this harbor town. The colorful wooden clapboard commercial buildings that line the old wharf are just one of many picturesque backdrops to this historic city. Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B

Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Category 1$7,340 pp
Category 2$7,590 pp
Category 3$9,230 pp
Category 4$10,220 pp
Category 5$11,240 pp
Category 6$13,030 pp
Category 7$14,470 pp
Category SA$11,540
Category SB$12,780

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