BELLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES

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Belles of the British Isles

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Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom

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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

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Ullapool, Castle Leod
Castle Leod is the home of the Chief of the Clan Mackenzie, the Earl of Cromarty, whose family has lived there for 500 years. It is one of the few castles in Scotland still to be occupied by the original family and remains very much a family home today. Occupying a magnificent setting below Ben Wyvis and just outside the Victorian spa town of Strathpeffer, Castle Leod's parkland boasts some of the finest trees in Scotland, the star attractions being the largest tree in the UK, a Wellingtonia, and a Spanish chestnut which was planted for a visit by Mary of Guise in 1550, the earliest known planting date of any tree in Britain. The Earl of Cromarty himself will personally welcome you to his ancestral home and conduct your private tour today. Enjoy the lived-in atmosphere and the fascinating history of the castle as well as the collection of fine portraits, maps and furniture and the Mackenzie Room situated in the old kitchen. A dram of fine malt or a soft drink will be included in this tour.
 
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $299
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

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Ullapool, Inverewe Gardens
Journey south to Inverewe Gardens, designed in the 19th  century by Osgood MacKenzie. First opened to the public during WWII by Osgood’s daughter Mairi, Inverewe Gardens was adopted by the National Trust for Scotland in 1953 when she passed away. You’ll be meet by a knowledgeable garden guide on arrival who’ll help you explore these wonderful gardens. The warm currents from the North Atlantic Drift help to create an oasis of color and fertility where exotic plants from many countries flourish on a latitude more northerly than Moscow, giving an almost continual display of color throughout the year. Himalayan rhododendrons, Tasmanian eucalyptus and many Chilean and South African plants are featured, together with a large collection of New Zealand plants including the National Collection of the genus Olearia.  Enjoy the scenic coastal drive back to Ullapool.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera. If visiting later in the summer some of the plants might not be in full bloom but there will still be lots of color and variety.


price $179
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing

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Ullapool, Knocking Crag - Heart of the Geopark
Head north with your knowledgeable guide into the wilds of Scotland for a fascinating opportunity to learn more about the geology of this dramatic and beautiful area.  At Knockan Crag you will have the opportunity to see the geological feature first identified right here – the ‘Thrust’ (in which enormous forces move rocks sideways) has since been recognized in rocks around the world, including the Himalayas and Alps. At Knockan Crag, the Moine thrust has resulted in an unusual situation where older Moine rocks have come to rest over much younger rocks.  The rocks at and around Knockan Crag also record the last 3,000 million years of history for the landmass we now know as Scotland. Accompanied by an expert in the area’s geology, you will learn about this fascinating natural feature, spend some time in the excellent visitor center and walk along the Thrust Trail where you can bridge 500 million years with your bare hands. For the less energetic, the ‘Quarry Trail’ allows a return before the short climb that rises to the thrust.  There will be plenty of time for independent exploration on any of the trails. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing.


price $159
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

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Ullapool, Scenic Assynt
Take a scenic drive north from Ullapool through the dramatic and beautiful mountain scenery of the Northwest of Scotland Geopark.  On reaching Loch Assynt you will pass the atmospheric ruins of Calda House and Ardvreck Castle where you’ll have a photo stop, before continuing along the banks of the Loch towards Lochinver. Lochinver is a busy little fishing port and boasts a truly stunning setting on Loch Inver with a backdrop of the dramatic mountains of Suilven and Canisp.   Some free time here will give you the opportunity to explore at your leisure.  Return through the beautiful countryside to Ullapool, stopping briefly at Knockan Crag for a photo opportunity.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera.


price $149
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Belfast, Northern Ireland



8.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Belfast, Antrim Coast & Giants Causeway
Depart the port of Belfast and drive 75 minutes inland through the Northern Counties of Down and Antrim. Stop to photograph Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland. Next,you will arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage Giant’s Causeway Site. The Interpretative Centre  there will allow you to decide for yourself which explanation of how the causeway’s 40,000 basalt stones were formed is most likely (or simply most interesting!). To stroll the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time. Your imagination will travel along stepping-stones that lead to either the creative turbulence of a bygone volcanic age or into the myths and legends of the past. You can board the “Causeway Coaster” minibus to bring you to the causeway itself.  Enjoy lunch at a nearby hotel.  Your return journey will take you along Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast  Some of the worlds most spectacular and unspoiled scenery is to be found in the county of Antrim. A stop will be made for you to view Carrick A Rede Rope Bridge. Spanning a chasm some 80 feet deep, its construction once consisted of a single rope handrail and widely spaced slats. The single handrail was subsequently replaced by a two-hand railed bridge, the current cage bridge was installed during Easter 2000.  Travel via the Coast Road to reveal an unrivaled seascape, towering cliffs, white sandy beaches, tranquil glens and lush forest parks. From the magnificent vantage point at Fair Head and Murlough Bay, on a clear day you can enjoy uninterrupted views of Scotland’s Mull of Kintyre, as well as the wild and mysterious island of Rathlin just seven miles off the coast. 

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $249
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Belfast, Belfast Panoramic & Titanic
This panoramic tour of Belfast will introduce you to the many varied features of Northern Ireland’s largest city. Built with 19th century industrial money, many fine buildings from this era grace the city still and are reminders of its prosperous past.  Your guide will provide insights as you see the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial before passing Queen’s University, home to the Botanic Gardens.  Located in these gardens is the Palm House – a superb structure of cast iron and curved glass panels. You will drive past Belfast City Hall – an impressive building with a 300-ft.-long façade of Portland stone. A stop here will allow you to photograph what is perhaps the most noteworthy of the statues here - the marble figure of "Thane,” commemorating the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Visit the Titanic Belfast, the signature building telling the story of Titanic  that contains nine galleries with a variety of interpretative materials and media. Take a ride though the visual gantries where the Titanic was under construction. The adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building's giant atrium surrounded by the four high impact ‘hull’ shaped sections which house the experience.  You will experience a thrilling ride through the re-construction of the shipyards and the Titanic under construction. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting and modern way. At the conclusion, you can visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to the port and your awaiting ship.

Please note:  Wear flat, comfortable shoes preferably with non-slip soles. Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket.


price $139
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3 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

concierge
Belfast, Concierge Collection: Black Taxi Tour Belfast
You will be taken on a tour by a local Black Taxi. These drivers are a gold mine of historical and anecdotal information related to the history of Northern Ireland and will give you a personalized tour that will both inform and entertain. Belfast is a city best explored with those who have lived through its ups and downs and can share with you its wonderful secrets. Your excellent and informative driver takes you deep into the underbelly of the streets of Belfast with an exciting ride in the world famous Black Taxi. Arrive at Stormont and drive through the iron gates, up the long drive to this historic edifice where a photo opportunity will be provided. Stop at a local pub for an Irish Coffee.

Please note:   Order of sights visited may vary. Bring your camera, local currency and a  waterproof jacket. Tour is conducted by a local English-speaking taxi driver.  4 guests max per taxi. When 4 guests in 1 taxi, 2 guests are required to sit facing backwards on fold down seats. Stormont may close unexpectedly due to government events.



price $399
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1149
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1249
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $849
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. Sites to see include  the Giants Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Crumlin Road Gaol, Bushmills Distillery and Georges Market.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $949
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Belfast, Hillsborough Castle & Belfast City
The North’s largest city is an eclectic mix of charming Victorian and Edwardian buildings, engaging attractions and a grand history that’s on display around every corner. Your tour will begin as your coach travels through stately Donegall Square in the heart of Belfast.  Among the square’s architectural treasures is City Hall. Completed in 1906, the 300-foot long main façade is topped with a copper dome that rises 173 feet. As you make your way around the city you’ll see many more Victorian buildings with the same distinctive verdigris green domes. Also in the square stands Belfast’s oldest library, the Linen Hall Library, which was established in 1788. Continuing on, you’ll journey past Queen’s University, renowned for its world-class achievements in cancer research and environmental research. Marvel at the thoroughly modern Waterfront Hall, a concert venue , housing development and hotel. Just 12 miles from Belfast in the historic village of Hillsborough sits the distinguished Hillsborough Castle. Built in the 1770s, the mansion is the official residence of the British Royal Family when they’re visiting Northern Ireland. You’ll set out on a guided tour through this lovely 2-story late Georgian manor adorned with beautiful furniture and master pieces of art.  Visit the State Room, where all visiting dignitaries are formally welcomed.  Next door is Candlestick Hall where the panels around the room, made in the early 19th century, are made from hand-painted wallpaper and depict scenes from Cervantes’ Don Quixote. Visit the castle’s two dining rooms: the Red Dining Room, which looks out over what is claimed to be the largest rhododendron bush in Europe, and the State Dining Room where official state dinners are served. You will also visit the Throne Room, where citizenship ceremonies are held; the State Drawing Room, which overlooks the Jubilee garden; and Lady Grey’s Sitting Room. At the conclusion of the tour, feel free to meander through the lovely gardens or stroll to Hillsborough village before rejoining your coach for the ride back to your ship.

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes.

price $115
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Belfast, Ulster Whiskey
You will depart from Belfast port drive to Belfast City Centre. The history of Whiskey is both fascinating and elusive. Ulster occupies a unique place in the history of Whiskey. From having the world’s oldest distilling license, granted in 1608, to the stories of Irish monks crossing the “Narrow sea” to Scotland and taking with them the water of life, the most northern part of Ireland has always played a part in the story of Whiskey. “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough” – Mark Twain. Join local Irish whiskey reviewer Marty McAuley for this whiskey walking tour of Belfast city and a visit to a local whiskey retailer.  After your walking tour enjoy a whiskey tasting in one of Belfast’s oldest pubs where an array of whiskeys will available for tasting (3 tastings included in this tour). There are also food pairings that might surprise you during your private whiskey tasting. It isn’t just wine and beer that can be taken with food!

Please note:  Bring your camera, cruise card, local currency, and wear flat non-slip soles and a waterproof jack.


price $169
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Glasgow, Scotland



7.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

essentials
Glasgow, Bannockburn, Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument
Your route towards Stirling Castle today will take you across the mighty River Clyde and through the city of Glasgow.  Your first visit of the day will be to the Bannockburn Visitor Centre which brings to life the 1314 battle fought and won on this site by Robert the Bruce against the English. From here you will continue to one of the most critical strongholds of Scotland’s history.  From its spectacular setting, high on a volcanic rock above the River Forth, Stirling Castle has controlled one of the main routes between the Scottish highlands and the lowlands for centuries, earning the title “key to the kingdom.”  In total, 7 battlefields can be seen from the Castle. Today it serves no military purpose. Your guide will recall the history of this castle for you today while showing you the key areas that include the Palace, the Chapel Royal, Prince’s Tower, the King’s Old Building (now a regimental museum) and the Great Hall.  Enjoy some time to explore and lunch at your leisure and your own expense.  Continue your exploration of this history-laden area with a visit to the Wallace Monument.  Built in 1869, it commemorates the life of Sir William Wallace, who led the struggle for Scottish independence at the end of the 13th  century, and whose place in history was secured after his nearby conquest of the English at The Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297. There are various exhibitions within The Monument, and outstanding views from the top you will have to climb 246 steps to reach.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and you will be walking and standing much of this tour. The order of the tour may vary. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders’ Regimental Museum in the King’s Old Building is currently closed for a major refurbishment. It possibly will not re-open for visitors until the autumn of this year.


price $219
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Glasgow, Glasgow & Pollok House
Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city, a European City of Culture and City of Architecture and Design, is renowned for the warmth and humor of its residents.  Enjoy a panoramic 45-minute drive and  tour before going on to visit a stunning historic house within the city boundary.  Glasgow’s origins reach back to the Middle Ages and the University of Glasgow was founded in 1451.  In the 18th  century the city became a major center for trade with the new world and the city’s merchants left their mark with their elegant buildings. In Victorian times, Glasgow was known as the Second City of the British Empire and as the industrial revolution unfolded, the city and neighboring ports on the River Clyde developed a world-wide reputation for high quality ship-building. You will be driven to Pollok House, an elegant country residence which dates from around 1750.  Only a few miles from the bustle of the city center, the house has formal gardens and is set in vast parkland.  The fabulous interiors are immaculately presented with furniture and furnishings appropriate to an Edwardian country house.  Pollok is home to one of the finest collections of Spanish art in the United Kingdom, including paintings by El Greco and Blake. You will also see the extensive servants’ areas which are usually closed to the public, giving a real insight into life “below stairs.” Enjoy a guided tour of the house and refreshments taken in the Servants’ Hall which is exclusively reserved for your group today.  After your visit you will return to the ship.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Several of the higher value Spanish paintings have been removed to store for conservation reasons, so these paintings are not currently on display.   The servant’s level is open to the public as the café is on this level, but there are several rooms in this area that are not – these are the exclusive rooms your group will be led through. The Servant’s Hall will be exclusive for your group’s catering.


price $179
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Glasgow, Glasgow City Highlights
Depart Greenock today for a visit to the center of the city of Glasgow – rich in architectural heritage and history.  Your guide will accompany you on a tour of the Cathedral.  Dating back to the 13th century, the present Cathedral sits on the site of the traditional burial place of St Kentigern (or Mungo, as he is more popularly known), Patron Saint of Glasgow.  His tomb became a place of pilgrimage and the building around it grew and was beautified as the City grew in importance.  Part of the stone base of the shrine survives and can be seen in the Lower Church.  The crowning glory of the cathedral is the Lower Church – a splendid example of 13th  century Gothic Architecture.  Enjoy the panoramic drive into the center of the city as your guide points out the key areas of interest from the coach.  During your panoramic overview see the historic Tolbooth Steeple and magnificent University buildings. Also see the impressive façade of the University of Glasgow before arriving at Kelvingrove Museum. Located in picturesque Kelvin Park in the popular West End of the city Kelvingrove Museum is the largest civic museum and art gallery in the UK, with collections of international importance.  Later, rejoin your coach to return to your ship in Greenock.

Please note: This tour is wheelchair accessible but please note not all parts of the Cathedral are accessible for wheelchairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $109
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Glasgow, Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Distillery
Depart Greenock and drive north through beautiful countryside to Loch Lomond.  As you approach Loch Lomond it will soon become apparent why the area is renowned for its wild beauty and mysterious lochs. There will be plenty of opportunity for photo stops as you pass Loch Lomond, the largest fresh water lake in Britain. Your knowledgeable guide will also recount tales of Rob Roy, the famous 17th  century Scottish hero who led the Clan MacGregor into many battles around these valleys. Your panoramic tour will continue to Glengoyne Distillery, which enjoys excellent views over the Campsie Fells and a delightful waterfall. At the distillery you will learn about the history and distilling process of Glengoyne Whisky, with the opportunity to sample a wee dram of the final product. There will time after the tour to browse the whisky and souvenirs in the Distillery’s shop. Your drive back to Greenock will further explore this delightful area, with its serene landscape and pretty villages.

Please note: This tour is wheelchair accessible. Parts of the distillery are inaccessible to wheelchairs, but much can be seen from the lower floor if prior arrangements are made. Do not wear high heels as some flooring is metal grid work. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing

essentials
Glasgow, Robert Burns - Behind the Scenes Exclusive
Here is your opportunity to discover the rich heritage of Robert Burns.  You will depart Greenock and drive 90 mintues south to Ayrshire through the landscape that inspired Scotland’s national bard.  Alloway is the birthplace of world-renowned poet Robert Burns and today you will see plentiful reminders of the man and his world.  Robert Burns Birthplace Museum will give you the opportunity to experience the environment that inspired him. On arrival, you will have a private guided tour of the vault in Burns Museum. The museum houses not only an original manuscript of the famous song “Auld Lang Syne” but also the world’s most important collection of manuscripts, artifacts and memorabilia. You will experience a behind-the-scenes experience in the artifact vaults. The Tam O’Shanter Experience uses laser disc technology and special effects to bring Burns best loved tales to life with an audio visual presentation.The little cottage where Burns was born has been fully restored and shows what life was like throughout his childhood.  You will see an exclusive costumed tour of the Birthplace Cottage and Poet’s Path. Wander around the remainder of the park at leisure and see the Auld Kirk Alloway where Burns’ father is buried and Brig O’Doon.  The bridge is the setting for the climax of the tale Tam O’Shanter. Spend time at Statue House where you can see statues of Robert Burns’ cronies created by the self taught sculptor James Thom.  From the viewing platform of the Burns monument you get a spectacular view of Burns’ beloved Alloway.  The monument opened in 1823 and has since become a place of pilgrimage of Scotland’s National Poet.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible everywhere except  Kirk Alloway and Burns Monument.


price $189
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Dun Laoghaire (Dublin), Ireland



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Dublin, A Taste of Dublin & Guinness
Your tour today  will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city takes you past Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral before a visit the Guinness Storehouse, located in the heart of the Guinness brewery in Dublin city. The tour of the Storehouse will be followed by an opportunity to taste the world famous stout.  In the Guinness Storehouse, you will discover what goes into making a pint of the “blackstuff” – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago and will end in Gravity, the sky bar, which has astonishing views of Dublin.  Often surprising, always entertaining, the adventure begins the moment you walk through the door and into the building’s giant, pint shaped heart of glass.  You’ll “meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in the Advertising Gallery in the Storehouse, where you will find a display of all Guinness advertising material past and present.  At the end of the tour, discover how important it is to “pull the perfect pint “ the way to hold the glass, the speed it enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head.   Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Guinness and the view.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera and  sunscreen when necessary. Guests must be 18 or older to consume alcohol.


price $129
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3.25 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

sightseeing

boating

concierge
Dublin, Concierge Collection: Sail Through Dublin Bay
Welcome to Dublin’s Fair City. Bustling, cosmopolitan, ancient but young at heart, Dublin is one of Europe’s liveliest cities, where medieval and 17th  century buildings stand comfortably amid all the trappings of a 21st century city.  Take a short walk from the pier to your embarkation point where you will get fitted with your life jacket and board Explorer, your exclusive 53.5-foot yacht. Following an introduction, the skipper will brief you and give a short tour of Explorer. Then you will depart for Dublin Bay, a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea on the east coast of Ireland.  You will see Dublin from a new perspective where you will gain new knowledge of Dublin that you didn’t know before. See Killiney Hill, the most southern of two hills which form the southern boundary of Dublin Bay. The hill is 502 feet high and presents beautiful views over the surrounding areas. If time permits, you will sail around Dalkey. Dalkey is one of the most affluent suburbs of Dublin and a seaside resort just south of Dublin City. It was founded as a Viking settlement and became an active port during the Middles Ages.During your journey you will learn about how Explorer sails, nautical terminology, ropes, rigging and knots. You will get the opportunity to steer, tack and gibe Explorer on the bay. After your 3-hour sail you will return to the dock and your awaiting ship.

Please note:  Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. Sailing is weather dependent and this tour is only suitable for guest who are physically fit. It is not suitable for pregnant women or people with mobility issues.


price $189
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4.25 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Dublin, Dublin Castle & Saint Patricks Cathedral
Dublin's official date of establishment was in 988 A.D. although evidence of its existence dates back to the second century in which it was named Eblana. Norman Vikings were the first settlers of the city, and many artifacts, old walls and buildings are still present today.  Departing from the pier, you will soon reach St. Patrick's Cathedral. A stop will be made to visit the Cathedral - founded in 1190. St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745.  The pulpit from which he preached can still be seen. A short drive will take you to Dublin Castle. Upon arriving at the Dublin Castle complex, you'll marvel at this imposing structure. A symbol of British rule over Ireland for seven centuries, the castle began as a 13th century Anglo-Norman fortress. Your guided tour takes you through State Apartments adorned with Killybeg carpets and Waterford chandeliers. Once home to the Viceroy, the apartments are now used for important state functions. Rejoin your coach and guide for return journey to port.

Please note: Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. 


price $129
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Dublin, Dublin Highlights
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.” Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Located in its library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels.  Time will be permitted to view this masterpiece.Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to an inside visit  toSt. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. 

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.


price $129
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Fishguard, Wales



2.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking

sightseeing
Fishguard, Coastal Walk
Your walking tour this afternoon will take you along part of the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path that runs from Amroth in the south to Dogmaels in the north. You will begin your circular walk with your experienced guide close to the main Fishguard to Cardigan Road. From here the well-defined path skirts several fields before joining a quiet country lane that leads downhill to Aberbach which is a small, beautifully secluded pebble beach surrounded by low cliffs that are packed with tiny coves and caverns. The area is widely used by kayakers and there are spectacular views out to the sea and inland to the tors of Carn Bica and Carn Gelli rising above the village of Penrhyn. This stretch of coast is great for sea birds and you may be able to spot gulls, ravens, choughs and peregrines on the cliffs. You will also find buckshorn plantain, vetch and thyme which are some of the plants that are able to grow well in the thin soil on top of the cliff.

Please note: Walking gear is required and sturdy walking shoes that support the ankle. Bring along water and a snack (a piece of fruit or chocolate) as there will be no place to buy refreshments along the route.


price $119
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

walking

sightseeing

concierge
Fishguard, Concierge Collection: Picton Castle , Directors Tour
Depart the pier and drive through the glorious Welsh countryside to Picton Castle. Set in 40 acres of magnificent gardens, Picton Castle is perhaps the most unusual ancient building in Britain with half of the building designed as a fortified manor house and the other half a fully developed medieval castle. Built in the 13th century by Sir John Wogan, the castle is still the family home of his descendants, carrying the name of Philipps since the 15th  century, although they no longer reside here. Arriving at the castle you will drive down the main drive (used by her Majesty the Queen & his Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on their 2014 visit) and enjoy an exclusive “Director’s Tour” which will include the history of the castle, family and a detailed look at their collections.  You will also have a rare opportunity to visit areas of the castle not normally open to visitors.  Following your “Director’s Tour” delight in morning tea served on vintage china in one of the state rooms of the Castle.  Picton Castle is also home to some of the most beautiful woodland gardens and grounds in West Wales. There will be some free time for you to admire the rare species of rhododendrons and visit the Walled Garden which is an enchanting riot of color in the summer months with its elegant fountain, rose strewn arches and medicinal herbs all labelled with their remedies.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $169
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4.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing
Fishguard, Pembroke Castle & Tenby
Depart your ship and head toward the second largest castle in Wales. Pembroke Castle was built in the 12th century by the Normans and was the birthplace of Henry Tudor (Henry VII).  Set on a limestone hill, it guarded the strategically important town of Pembroke. The castle proved so impregnable to cannon fire during the Civil War that Cromwell’s men had to starve out the castle’s Royalist defenders! Visit the impressive castle and enjoy the guided tour that will bring this ancient castle to life.You will enjoy a short drive to the ancient town of Tenby, a picturesque walled medieval town with a historic harbor.  The old walls are almost completely intact and have served well to preserve the old town from the effects of modernization and development.  The narrow lanes and small squares remain much as they were 500 years ago.  Walk with your guide and discover the fascinating history behind this delightful ancient town, before enjoying free time to stroll along the scenic coast and through the charming town center. Leaving Tenby, your drive back to the ship will take you through some of Pembrokeshire’s prettiest countryside before arriving at the pier.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress in layers.


price $109
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Fishguard, Scenic Pembrokeshire
Departing the pier, begin your scenic drive heading south through the rolling farmland of Pembrokeshire and through the Valley of the Western Cleddau and the town of Haverfordwest, toward Newgale for a breathtaking view of the coastline. Your scenic drive will continue skirting the National Park, through prosperous farmland to St David’s – Britain’s smallest city. St David’s would be no more than a village were it not for the fabulous cathedral that lies at its heart. Join your guide for a brief stroll around the city and admire the exterior of the cathedral before returning to Fishguard, once a bustling port to the west of the pretty Preseli Hills.  You will enjoy a short stop at Goodwick which was just a cluster of fishermen’s cottages until the arrival of the railway a century ago for a photo opportunity with views up the coast towards Dinas Head before returning to your ship.

Please note: Bring your camera and wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing.


price $105
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Fishguard, St. Davids - Smallest City in Britain
Depart the pier and drive through the beautiful natural landscape that Wales is so famous for, and arrive at the city of St David’s with its fabulous cathedral that lies at its heart. Built hidden in a depression below the town square in the hope that Norse invaders would pass without noticing it, this 12th century cathedral is magnificent and steeped in antiquity. The floor slopes three feet upwards and the pillars lean drunkenly (though not precariously!) as the result of an earthquake in 1248.  This cathedral is the only one in the United Kingdom in which the reigning monarch has a permanently reserved pew.  You will enjoy time with your guide exploring this delightful city and see the extensive ruins of the 12th century Bishop’s Palace (outside view only), before returning through the scenic Welsh landscape back to the ship.

Please note: St David’s Cathedral is still in use today, therefore closures are possible at short notice due to funeral ceremonies, christenings etc. St David’s is steep with uneven surfaces and some steps. There is a long hill and/or steps down to the cathedral which some people may find difficult. Wheelchair guests will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour.


price $119
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Falmouth, England



4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

essentials
Falmouth, Hike the Beautiful Lizard Peninsula
Head off the beaten track to the most southerly point of mainland Britain, the stunningly beautiful Lizard Peninsula. Depart the pier on a drive through Cornwall’s countryside before arriving at the Lizard, an area of designated Outstanding Natural Beauty and of scientific interest, thanks to its presence of a rare rock type, Serpantine. A unique metamorphic rock, dark green in color and veined with red and white, it rivals marble in its beauty when cut and polished. Set-off on foot from Lizard village along country lanes to Lizard Point, notorious in early times as a site for shipwrecks due to the currents and strong winds produced as the Atlantic meets the English Channel. Enjoy panoramic views of the rugged Lizard coastline as the coastal path continues past the Lizard Lighthouse. Discover how the cliff tops and surrounding areas are rich in wildlife and boast rare and unusual flora, thanks to the mild maritime climate. Learn how The Lizard peninsula played an important role in the history of modern communications, with Marconi’s famous wireless experiments taking place here in 1901. Follow country lanes inland to return to Lizard village for free time to relax or explore before re-boarding the coach for the return journey to Falmouth, via the rolling Cornish countryside.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along wet weather clothes.





price $139
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Falmouth, Picturesque Poldark
Poldark is based on the historical novel series by Winston Graham, set in the days of Cornwall’s 18th century  mining industry and was one of the most successful TV adaptations in the 1970’s. The famous novel was recently re-made in 2015 into a new TV series, which was hugely popular. You will take a walk in the author’s shoes and enjoy an intriguing tour visiting the places that inspired the author and  see locations where the recent Poldark TV series was filmed. Your first stop will be Portreath, a small resort with a very narrow harbor located about 5 miles north of Redruth. Re-board your vehicle and travel to St Agnes Beacon, view the cliffs as they take your breath away and you imagine Ross Poldark famously galloping across them on his horse. View the delights of Chapel Porth beach and recognize the engine house. if you were to imagine the landscape in which Ross Poldark and Demelza lived out their dramatic lives, you wouldn’t go far wrong in St Agnes Parish. View the Stippy Stappy cottages which feature in Poldark and marvel at the quirky, steep row of terraced cottages. Continue to your final stop in Perranporth where Winston Graham lived. The 13 Poldark novels in particular were significantly affected by Graham’s relationship with the St Agnes landscape and the characters he met as a young man. Step on the golden sands of Perranporth Beach and let your imagination go, as you’ll be following in Winston Graham’s very own footsteps. Hunt down the memorial bench nestled among the dunes and with your eye cast out to sea, let your mind fill with plots and character. After a fascinating tour re-board your coach and return to the ship via Truro which featured heavily in the Poldark Novels.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $119
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing

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Falmouth, Saint Michaels Mount
Board your motor coach for the 75-minute drive to St Michael’s Mount, described as the jewel in Cornwall’s crown. Separated from the mainland by a causeway covered by sea at high water, St Michael's Mount has a pace of life ruled by weather and tides. Lapped by crystal waters or lashed by winter storms, the craggy island is home to a living island community. You will follow in the footsteps of pilgrims over the ages who have looked out over the rocky ledge on the western side of the island. It was here where an ancient stone chair stands at the entrance to the castle and that according to legend, a vision of the Archangel St. Michael appeared to some fishermen in the year 495. A place drenched in spiritual energy and religious roots, St Michael's Mount has been an important pilgrimage destination throughout the ages.  In 1659, the Mount was purchased by Sir John St Aubyn whose descendants turned the fortress into a magnificent residence and still reside in this ancestral home today. You will enjoy a self-guided tour of the Castle on St. Michael’s Mount followed by some free time to take photographs and soak up the scenery.  There are also some wonderful shops around the harbor area – the perfect place to buy a memento of your day.  Cross back over to Marazion and spend some free time in this tranquil beautiful coastal town. Enjoy stunning views toward the Lizard Peninsula and Land's End as you marvel at its clean, sandy beaches before re-boarding your coach for the return journey back to Falmouth.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear.


price $149
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3.75 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Falmouth, Scenic Cornish Drive
Enjoy a delightful scenic trip that will show you the highlights of Cornwall’s romantic landscape. Begin by traveling up the pretty Fal Estuary through the rugged Cornish countryside and to the Georgian city of Truro, Cornwall’s county administration center. See Truro’s impressive Cathedral and enjoy panoramic views before continuing toward Redruth and Camborne. Here your journey will take you through a countryside of lanes, hamlets, granite cottages and Methodist chapels and then back in time to the age of Poldark and tin–mining. Looming high above Camborne and Redruth is the spectacular granite tor of CarnBrea, crowned by its stark memorial to mine owner Francis Bassett. The south coast is reached at Marazion where there are splendid views of St. Michael's Mount and Penzance. Enjoy some free time here before returning to Falmouth via Helston and arriving back at the pier.

Please note: Wheelchair guests must be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them during the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $105
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5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Falmouth, The Lost Gardens of Heligan
Depart Falmouth this morning for the 1-hour journey to the magical Lost Gardens of Heligan. You will drive up through the countryside and enjoy panoramic views as you journey towards Truro, the county capital and home to an impressive 3-spired cathedral.  Your route then will cross a peaceful countryside of small villages and granite farmhouses, giving you glimpses of life here in days gone by and hedged fields that give way to rolling downs as you approach Heligan, which is the Cornish name for the willow tree. The Lost Gardens, situated near the fishing village of Mevagissey, are made up of 80 acres of land plus a complex of walled gardens, greenhouses and a huge vegetable garden. They are claimed to be the site of the largest garden restoration in Europe.  As if from a fairy tale, the 57-acre gardens were lost for 70 years beneath a mass of ivy, brambles and fallen timber.  In 1991 they were “rediscovered” and have been beautifully restored to incorporate rockeries, summerhouses and a crystal grotto. Explore the gardens on your own. Plans of the site will be provided. There are benches throughout the gardens which will allow you to enjoy the tranquil environment offered by the garden and  watch the birdlife. At the end of your visit re-board the coach for your scenic return journey through the Cornish countryside to Falmouth..

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring rain gear.


price $149
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