BELLES OF THE BRITISH ISLES

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Belles of the British Isles

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Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
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
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.


price $179
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

walking

sightseeing
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 $149
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
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.   The visitor centre houses a display of the history, geology and wildlife of the area while the Highland Stoneware pottery is based here with workshops open to the public.  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 $139
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Oban, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Oban, Inverary Castle
You will board your motor coach for the 70-minute  scenic drive from Oban to Inverary, travelling along the shores of the narrow Loch Etive to Taynuilt, with its fine views.  Drive over the Pass of Brander past Loch Awe and see the striking ruins of Kilchurn Castle before arriving at Inverary in the wooded Glen of Aray on the shores of Loch Fyne.  A short distance from the picturesque town of Inverary stands the imposing castle.  Enjoy a brief historic overview of the small town and local area before heading to the castle. Located in 16 acres of parkland, the imposing castle combines Baroque, Palladian and Gothic architecture and has been home to the Dukes of Argyll since it was built in the 18th  century.  Beautifully presented, the castle is home to a fine collection of family portraits and tapestries, French 18th century furniture and an impressive collection of arms and armor.  The formal gardens have been recently opened to visitors and you may also visit these during your time at the castle.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and bring currency/credit cards and your camera.

price $155
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking

sightseeing
Oban, Kilmartin Glen - Scotlands Stonehenge
The area surrounding the village of Kilmartin in Argyll is incredibly rich in ancient monuments and can justifiably be called Scotland’s Stonehenge.  The area is home to hundreds of monuments including cairns, megaliths, inscribed stones and hill-top forts.  Their origins and meanings remain uncertain although in many cases their orientation and alignment seem to link people with the cycle of the seasons and the movements of the sun, moon and stars. Your journey will take you south along the beautiful coast before heading inland where you will travel back over 5,000 years to discover the mystery of Kilmartin Glen.   You will visit the small Kilmartin House Museum with its excellent displays that will set the scene and give you an insight into the life of the inhabitants of the Glen. On foot, accompanied by your expert guide, visit three of these prehistoric monuments in Kilmartin Glen taking in the Nether Largie Stones, Temple Wood with its stone circles and the Nether Largie South Cairn.  You will hear of the history and theories of these remarkable monuments and their place in this unique landscape.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and bring currency/credit cards and your camera.


price $145
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4 HRS

Moderate

wine

culture

walking

sightseeing
Oban, Oban Walking Tour & Distillery Visit
On arrival at the pier you will be met by your guide who will accompany you to Oban Distillery where you will enjoy a guided tour, allowing you to experience the stages of production of Scotland’s national drink.  No distillery tour would be complete without the opportunity to taste the final product...  Slainte!  After your tour of the distillery, enjoy a guided tour of Oban.  Walk with your guide up the steep hill to McCaig’s Tower, commissioned by a local banker and philanthropist to provide winter work for the local stonemasons.  The steep climb is well worth the effort for the views over the busy harbor and out to the nearby islands.  Returning to the seafront your guide will take you to visit St Columba’s Cathedral, the seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Argyll and the Isles.  The simple interior of the cathedral contrasts with its bold exterior of pink Peterhead and blue Inverawe granite. At the end of the tour you might want to explore this bustling seaside town further or return to the pier with your guide.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and bring currency/credit cards and your camera. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues or using a wheelchair.

price $119
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

walking

sightseeing
Oban, Scottish Highlands & Glencoe with Visitor Center
Departing Oban, your coach will take you through the picturesque scenery of the Pass of Brander and around the tip of Loch Awe with views of Kilchurn Castle before continuing to Tyndrum where a short stop will be made. The route climbs to Rannoch Moor, one of the last remaining wildernesses in Europe.  Your coach will take you into the majestic Glencoe – scene of the infamous 1692 massacre and now a center for serious mountaineering providing some of the finest climbing and walking in Scotland.  A stop will be made at the award-winning Glencoe Visitor Centre to learn more about the history, geology and nature of this region.  Leaving the visitor centre the route will continue along Loch Linnhe.  You will see the islands of Lismore and Mull as you follow the shoreline of this sea loch.  You will pass Castle Stalker, a tower house situated on its own islet set against a dramatic backdrop of mountains before arriving back in the coastal town of Oban.  

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes, warm clothing and bring currency/credit cards and your camera.

price $139
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Glasgow, Scotland



7.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing
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.  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.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Glasgow, Glasgow & Pollock 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 Pollock 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. Pollock 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 private 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.


price $169
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
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. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $95
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing
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. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $109
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Glasgow, Robert Burns - Behind the Scenes Exclusive
Here is your opportunity to discover the rich heritage of Robert Bursn.  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.  Burns National Heritage Park 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 roof 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.


price $179
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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 $239
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Belfast, Ards Peninsula & Grey Abbey Ruins
The Ards Peninsula, an area of immense beauty and spectacular scenery, curls around the western shore of Strangford Lough and at 18 miles long is one of the largest sea inlets in the British Isles. A place of great natural beauty, the peninsula is a bird sanctuary and wildlife reserve, and is home to many species of marine life.  You will  have a 60-minute drive to Newtownards, the principal town of this area situated at the northern top of Strangford Lough. From here, you will drive along the coast road to Grey Abbey. You will stop to view the substantial remains. From Grey Abbey, you will head to Ballywalter. Formally a fishing village, Ballywalter is now typical of the tranquil lifestyle enjoyed by the inhabitants of this area. Local fishermen still lay pots or creels for lobsters and crabs during the summer months. Continue on the coastal route through the town of Millisle before arriving in Donaghadee. A stop will be made here, to visit a local hostelry where you will enjoy an Irish coffee. Afterwards, you will have a little free time to explore this pretty little hamlet independently. From Donaghadee you have the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views across the Irish Sea when, on a clear day, you can see all the way to Scotland. In the harbor is Donaghadee's impressive lighthouse, built in 1836 and the first lighthouse in Ireland to be lit by electricity. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for your return drive to Belfast.

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 $105
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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 $129
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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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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing
Belfast, Experince Game of Thrones
Embark on a journey to the Castle Ward Estate situated on the picturesque Strangford Lough where you will participate in an exciting behind-the-scenes look at many of the locations where the hit television series Game of Thrones is filmed. Upon arrival at the Castle Ward Estate you will be able to test your skills in the medieval sport of archery.  Then you will have the exclusive opportunity to view a big screen clip of the special effects that turn this site into what fans of the show will recognize as the land of Winterfell.   After your introduction to the special effects, you will board a mini-coach and venture to Audley’s Castle where you will visit the famous filming site. Here, you will see where numerous scenes from the series have been filmed.  Your knowledge of the series will also be tested, as you are invited to identify different filming locations from screenshots of the set.   Before departing, you will have a photo opportunity with actual costumes from the series, giving you a great sense of what it is like to be in the Game of Thrones. You will rejoin your motor coach for the return journey to the ship.

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Bring raingear in case of rain. The terrain around various sights may have varying gradations. An inside visit to the Castle Ward House is not included.


price $199
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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 $109
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Dublin, Ireland



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing
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.


price $125
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9 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

sightseeing
Dublin, Delights & Country Life
Travelling in from the surburbs of Dublin’s south side, you will soon pass The Old Parliament House, now the Bank of Ireland and Trinity College. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth 1, it is Ireland’s oldest college. 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 magnificent manuscript. Continue passing the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam (photo stop here), National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings and St. Stephen’s Green.  You will pass Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. 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.  The pulpit from which he preached can still be seen. You will arrive at the wonderful Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School and meet with the Head Chef / Proprietor Catherine Fulvio. Catherine has developed a fine reputation in her cooking school and has been featured on Discovery, The Food Network and in Saveur. Catherine will show you Ballyknocken’s wonderful herb and soft fruit garden and then it is time for you to roll up your sleeves, don your cooking attire and prepare to make their famous Irish brown soda bread scones, fruit scones and plain scones to enjoy with your  3-course lunch, under the guidance of Catherine of course! All too soon, following your excellent lunch, it is time to bid farewell to your charming hostess for the return drive to Dublin  stopping en route for a little shopping at Avoca Handweavers.

Please note: Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. Order of sights  visited may vary.


price $269
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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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4.25 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing
Dublin, Dublin City Skyline
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.  Depart the pier for Croke Park, more commonly known as home to Ireland’s Gaelic Athletics Association or GAA. The GAA is a sporting and cultural organization that extends across the 32 counties of Ireland. It is the world’s largest amateur sporting organization and its influence can be seen across five continents. Today you will visit Croke Park to enjoy Dublin City’s only 360 degree panoramic walk with views over the skyline of the city. Upon arrival you will be brought through a safety briefing and fitted with your own personal safety harness. Making your way through the stadium you will travel up to the top tier of seats where you will then continue up 100 steps to walk along the very top of the stadium. At 144 feet above the ground, it is not for the faint hearted but will definitely give you spectacular views over Dublin City. Your guided tour will take you through Dublin’s interesting facts, walking on a specifically designed platform that spans the circumference of the stadium. After your tour, time will be permitted to browse the GAA museum and gift shop before boarding your coach for your panoramic tour of the city by road. You will get the opportunity to see some of the sights up close that were seen from your skyline walk.  Return to port and your awaiting ship.

Please note: Wear warm comfortable clothing and flat shoes. Bring your camera , local currency and a waterproof jacket. Order of sights  visited may vary. This tour is not suitable for guests with vertigo or who are not comfortable with heights. Guests should be physically fit to take this tour.


price $135
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
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. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. 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 $119
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Dublin, 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.

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
Dublin, 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.

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
Dublin, 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.

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
Dublin, 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.

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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3.25 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

sightseeing

boating

concierge
Dublin, 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 jibe 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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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 $149
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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.Afterwards  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 $99
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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 $85
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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 $99
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Cork (Cobh), Ireland



4 HRS

Strenuous

refreshments

sightseeing
Cork, A Walk Through the Titanic Story
This active half-day tour around the port of Cobh will start with a stroll around the harbor, accompanied by your friendly local guide, who will entertain you with loads of Irish charm, and many fascinating nuggets of information. The harbor at Cobh, (pronounced  cove), is one of the most important industrial areas in Ireland. You will visit the very pier from where many excited passengers boarded the tenders for RMS Titanic which has never been forgotten here as the town itself lost 123 locals. The old buildings of the port have been carefully preserved, including the offices of the White Star and Cunard lines. You will have time to walk and view this historic area, before strolling through the town itself, listening to your guide. Then it's on to beautiful St. Colman's Cathedral, the ornately detailed neo-Gothic building, whose spires you can see from the bay. Built in 1868, and finally completed in 1915, it is made of granite and limestone and boasts 47 bells that ring out on special occasions.  Your next stop will be a traditional pub. Here, you will have the chance to savor an Irish Coffee before  the walk back to Cobh where an inside visit will be made to the newly opened Titanic Experience. Step back in time to April 1912 and check in at the original White Star Line ticket office to join Titanic on her maiden voyage. Share the excitement of boarding the most luxurious liner of her time and experience a taste of life on board. Feel the horror at the unbelievable and “almost” impossible sequence of events that occurred to cause Titanic to sink. 

Please note:   Bring your camera, cruise card and, local currency, and wear flat comfortable walking shoes with  non-slip soles, and a waterproof jacket. Order of sights visited may vary. You must be at least 18 years of age to enjoy the Irish Coffee.


price $89
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

walking

sightseeing
Cork, Corks Countryside & Kinsale
Today, you will board your private motor coach for a tour through Cork’s charming countryside and visit the unique sailing town of Kinsale. A photo stop will be made at Charles Fort, overlooking the bay and the town beyond.  Your 90-minute drive will continue to the town of Kinsale where a stop will be made for refreshments. Kinsale is a town where they have won European Prizes for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, a National Tidy Town and Gourmet Capital awards!  It is a pretty little town, which lies snugly between hills and valley. Kinsale is believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans around 1177.  It was a magnificent naval base in the 17th and 18th centuries, and seemed to have enjoyed a degree of prosperity uncommon in Ireland.  For centuries, it had close European connections, and in 1966 became the first town to be awarded the Flag of the Council of Europe.  During your tour you will see that Kinsale owes its unique character to the fact that it was a garrison town and port of consequence for over 300 years – hence the magnificent Georgian homes and the Dutch influence of its architecture.  It was also the natural landfall for all the great sailing ships from the continent and the Americas. You will have time to walk around, browse in the shops and soak up the local atmosphere.  Re-board your motor coach for your return drive to your ship, passing on the way the towns of Dunderrow and Innishannon where a photo stop will be made overlooking the Bandon River.

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


price $89
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Cork, 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.

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
Cork, 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.

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
Cork, 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.

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
Cork, 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.

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
No longer available online. Please inquire onboard.


4 HRS

Strenuous

wildlife

boating

concierge
Cork, Kinsale by Sea Safari
Experience the thrill of a sea safari boat ride and visit the picturesque sailing town of Kinsale. Don your life jacket and following the instructions from you skipper,  you will climb aboard the safari vessel in Cobh.  Enjoy the magnificent views only possible from the sea.  You will learn of the harbor’s history and enjoy spectacular scenery and wildlife en route to Kinsale.  View Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest Yacht Club in the world. Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of Camden Fort, Carlisle Fort and Roaches Point Lighthouse all of which date from the 1800’s. Travelling past the last pick-up point of the Titanic on her ill fated voyage, continue to hug the coastline enjoying spectacular scenery all the way to the historic town of Kinsale, site of the Battle of Kinsale in 1601. On reaching Kinsale you will make a brief photo stop at Charles Fort before disembarking in the town center to enjoy some free time in this colorful cosmopolitan town. You will rejoin your skipper and board the vessel for your return journey to Cobh.  In recent years Cork animal lovers have been given a rare chance to see one of the nature’s friendliest and peaceful creatures, the dolphin. Your skipper will try to track down these wonderful marine mammals. (sightings not always possible). You will arrive back at  the pier in Cobh.

Please note:  Bring your camera, cruise card and, local currency, and wear flat comfortable walking shoes with  non-slip soles, and waterproof clothing.  Life jackets will be provided. Order of sights visited may vary. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues or physical difficulties.


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Cork, Panoramic Cork & Blarney Castle with Irish Coffee
Climb the 108 stone steps to kiss the world famous Blarney Stone and receive the "gift of the gab." The views from the top are not to be missed. Departing from Cobh, you will have a 45-minute drive to the little village of Blarney, which lies in the protective shadow of historic Blarney Castle. Enjoy a visit to the castle - to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Blarney is also home to Blarney Woollen Mills, a building, which dates back to 1823, and is now one of the finest craft and gift centers in Ireland. Enjoy an Irish Coffee and browse through the wide range of Irish clothing, crystal, linen and handicrafts. Your panoramic tour will take you to Cork, which began life as an island on the swampy estuary of the River Lee just upstream from Cork harbor, one of the world’s largest natural harbors. Today the Lee flows through the city in two main channels, so that you find yourself constantly crossing bridges. In fact, it is this feature of the city that gives it its distinctively continental air. Today, Cork City is a shopping and commercial capital. It is a university city with a unique character, a city of jazz, film, opera and theater. However, it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town.  You will see the spires of  St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the Old Courthouse, City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon. Returning to your ship you will pass Fota Island Resort, an important recreation and amenity park. Fota Island Golf Club has twice played host to the Irish Open.

Please note:  Bring your camera, cruise card and, local currency, and wear flat comfortable walking shoes with  non-slip soles, and a waterproof jacket. Order of sights visited may vary. You must be at least 18 years of age to enjoy the Irish Coffee.


price $99
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3.25 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

boating
Cork, Spike Island
Depart the pier on foot accompanied by your Spike Island guide and board your boat to Spike Island. Spike Island commands a strategic position within the sheltered mouth of the lower reaches of Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbors in the world. During the 18th century the rugged Spike Island shoreline was a hiding place for smugglers. In order to protect the harbor, a series of artillery fortifications were built at strategic locations. In 1847 Spike Island became a convict depot. By 1850 over 2,000 convicts were detained on Spike Island and in 1883 the last of the prisoners were relocated to prisons on the mainland. Almost a century later however, the island became a prison again. Between 1985 and 2004 the fort was used to hold young offenders – mainly ‘joyriders’ convicted of stealing and recklessly driving cars.  Today it plays host to stories and memories that have created such an interesting history of the Island and surrounds. Enjoy a guided tour of the key features of the Island before taking time to explore independently. Rejoin your boat for your return journey to Cobh where you can make your way independently back to your awaiting ship or explore Cobh Town.

Please note:  Bring your camera, cruise card and, local currency, and wear flat comfortable walking shoes with  non-slip soles, and waterproof clothing.  Life jackets will be provided. Order of sights visited may vary. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues or physical difficulties.

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price $55
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Falmouth, England



6.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

dining

wine

walking

sightseeing
Falmouth, Exclusive Visit & Lunch at Boconnoc
Depart the pier in your private coach to Boconnoc, a breath-taking country estate which feels worlds from anywhere. The Estate has a long and fascinating history which dates back to the Domesday role in 1086 but it is the current owners, Anthony and Elizabeth Fortescue who bought the house and restored it back to life over a 12 year restoration project. The project was awarded the Historic Houses Association / Sotheby’s Restoration Award and the Georgian Group Architectural Award for the Restoration of a Country Mansion in 2012. The  house will be opened especially for you so enjoy an exclusive private 1-hour tour as you are greeted with a cup of tea or coffee and then guided around the house, church and grounds. You will meet with the owners of the property (subject to availability) and enjoy listening to a poem written about the previous owners of the house; Boconnoc by AL Rowse. The estate with all its diversity is a popular film location due to its easy access to beautiful locations. It appears untouched by the 21st  century.. The variety of locations on the Estate are endless from Celtic crosses, bridges, long drives, quarries, obelisk, palm trees, lakes, old barns and cottages.After your tour enjoy a light lunch with a glass of wine while you admire the views then take some free time to wander around the estate before making the return journey back to the ship.

Please note: There is a healthy amount of walking, as you will walk from the main house, to the church and on to the gardens. If people do not want to walk they can happily relax in the house in front of the fire or sit on the chairs on the lawns in front of the house. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $199
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking
Falmouth, Hike the Beautiful Lizard Peninsula
Head off the beaten track to the stunningly beautiful Lizard Peninsula. This is the most southerly point of the country and remains relatively tranquil and unspoiled unlike the better known tourist attraction that is Lands’ End. The Lizard Peninsula is unique. Stunningly beautiful at any time of the year, there is nowhere quite like this ancient place anywhere else in Britain. It is recognized as being of international botanical importance - and here you can find 15 of Britain’s rarest plants! The warm local climate has led to the abundant growth of sub-tropical vegetation and a constant profusion of color all year round. For these reasons, the Lizard Peninsula has been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Your walk will start near Lizard Point, walk along a country path toward Lizard Point and continue along the stunning coastline to Kynance Cove. This is possibly the most beautiful cove in Cornwall, its character changes dramatically from winter to summer: In the winter it shows the sea at its fiercest, yet in summer, especially at low tide, the rocks look set like jewels in a jade sea. You do not pass through any villages as this is a coastal walk. The scenery along the coast path is fabulous and on a clear day is even more dynamic. The route is undulating but staying on the coast you pass by a lovely secluded sandy beach but do not see main roads which is part of the beauty as it is quiet, apart from waves and wind noises as well as nature. You end up going past the coach car park and onto Kynance Cove where there will be a chance to sit and enjoy the views of this wondrous cove. Afterwards return to Falmouth via the rolling Cornish countryside.

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


price $135
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
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
book tour


4.5 horus

Strenuous

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
Falmouth, SainMichaels 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 $145
book tour


6.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

walking

sightseeing
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 $139
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