day 1 Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
From the Firth of Forth, a UNESCO site, to the Royal Mile, Edinburgh is steeped in history. Edinburgh Castle. The Royal Botanic Gardens. The UNESCO site of Old Town. The wonders of Edinburgh are never ending. From one of Europe’s best-preserved castles to the world’s longest herbaceous border, a riot of color and culture pervades. In this city as old as Scotland itself, you’ll find the perfect blend of historic tradition and natural beauty.
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
day 3 Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom
The scenic fishing town of Ullapool is nestled on the shores of Loch Broom and is the gateway to the Northern Highlands. The North Atlantic Drift passes by here bringing moderate temperatures. Described as an outdoor paradise, Ullapool was voted one of the UK’s top 10 outdoor destinations. It offers a delightful choice of varied walks and footpaths. Nearby is the Inverpolly National Nature Reserve, home to pine martens, wildcats, and golden eagles and one of the most photographed hills in the area, Stac Pollaidh, with its unique shape.
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM
Oban has developed into Scotland's most popular West-Coast holiday town. Just outside the town stands Dunollie Castle, on a site that overlooks the bay and has been fortified since the Bronze Age. The charm of its Victorian harbor offers an excellent seafood scene, and is also a major gateway to the Hebrides.
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
The largest city in Scotland is famed for its Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture. Situated on the River Clyde, Glasgow is proud of the 12th century Glasgow Cathedral, George Square with its 12 statues of famous people including Robbie Burns, Queen Victoria and Walter Scott, and the University of Glasgow, established in 1451.
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
day 6 Belfast, Northern Ireland
Probably best known as the birthplace of the Titanic, Belfast was a hub for not only shipbuilding but also tobacco processing, rope-making and Irish linen in the early 20th century. Today the old shipyards are giving way to luxury apartments in what is known as the Titanic Quarter, home to the Titanic Belfast Centre, a beautiful star-shaped building covering the Titanic’s construction. Other must-sees include the Ulster Folk Museum and the Belfast Cathedral, as well as numerous award-winning restaurants and bars.
9:00 AM TO 10:00 PM
Dublin is a city of delights and surprises. Stroll across the Ha’Penny Bridge to Trinity College for a glimpse of the Book of Kells. Step inside the 11th century Dublin Castle. Stop by the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery for a taste of Irish history. And embrace the beauty of Dublin Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
Welcome to the Gateway to West Wales and stunning Pembrokeshire National Park. This beautiful area provides breathtaking moments around every bend of the path as you cruise a coastline acclaimed as the world’s best and most beautiful. Don’t miss an optional visit to storybook Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry VII or Picton Castle with its 40 acres of gardens. Or head for the National Botanic Garden of Wales, where extensive waterscapes and the world’s largest single-span greenhouse (larger than a football field) frame a dazzling display of flora.
8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
day 9 Cork (Cobh), Ireland
Home to Ireland’s only dedicated cruise terminal, Cobh (pronounced Cove) is a charming seaport that was the exit port for 3 million immigrants between 1848 and 1950. Visit the famous St. Colman’s Cathedral with its 49-bell carillon and Fota Wildlife Park where wallabys roam free. Cork, just inland from here, is a university city with a unique 1824 castle-style Gaol which once held prisoners bound for Australia. The hilltop steeple of 18th century Church of Saint Anne is the landmark of the city.
9:00 AM TO 4:40 PM
This gem of the Cornish coast invites you to explore the jewel in Cornwall’s crown, St. Michael’s Mount. Built following the Norman conquest of 1066, invaders named this ancient island mount after their own Mont St. Michel and invited Normandy’s monks to build another similar monastery here. Leave some time to shop for a memento in the harbor boutiques and to stroll the lovely seaside town of Marazion, just down the causeway.
London, one of the world's top destinations, is a city begging to be explored. Steeped in history, the well-known sites of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square beckon, or get a modern perspective from the top of the London Eye. This cosmopolitan city offers all the world cuisines you’re used to, but there are still places to find traditional British fare like bangers and mash or shepherds’ pie.
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