STAR COLLECTOR: CAPTIVATING COASTLINES & FJORDS OF THE NORTH SEA

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Star Collector: Captivating Coastlines & Fjords of the North Sea

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Torshavn, Denmark

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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Torshavn: Coastal Villages
Your first stop will be in Kollafjørður where you will visit an old Faroese church with a traditional, Faroese turf roof. On our way farther north, we head toward the village of Saksun, tucked away at the end of the road. As you get closer to Saksun, surprising vistas will delight you around each twist in the road. Then, there it is – one of the most distinctive villages in the Faroes. The old farm, Dúvugarðar, is now a national heritage museum, and, together with the outbuildings that belong to the museum, it provides an intimate look into past rural life in the Faroes. The round bay below the farm was at one time a natural harbor.  Today, although sand deposits have made its waters shallow and only accessible to small boats at high tide, it is the centerpiece of a spectacular panorama. You will return to Tórshavn via the mountain road and stop at the viewpoint overlooking the capital.

Please note:  There are 3-4 steps to enter the different venues and a small hill up to the museum in Saksun. 


price $95
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

hiking

sightseeing
Torshavn: Hiking in the Mountains
This excursion departs by bus and will take you along the Kaldbak Fjord where you will enjoy the sight of cascading waterfalls and lazy sheep wandering about. Drive through the tunnel to Kollafjørður and further north through the valley and stop at the top of the columnar basalt of Streymoy Sill. Your walk will start from this point, situated 919 feet above sea level. Head up the mountain towards the sill. On the top you can admire the splendid scenery of the rock formation and a beautiful scenery of the island of Vágar. You will pause by the small lakes before heading back down the mountain. After the hike, return to Tórshavn via the mountain road and stop at the viewpoint overlooking the capital.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered clothing.


price $75
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Torshavn: Island Of Vagar
You will leave Streymoy Island via Kaldbakfjord and the Kollafjørdur Valley, then pass through the new underwater tunnel and, 5 minutes later, arrive on Vagar Island. You will appreciate Vagar's ever-changing scenery and will have time explore its villages. Your guide will tell you about the island, its history and about life here today. Drive through the village of Sandavágur, where you'll visit the Midvágur Church, and pass the largest lake in the Faroe Islands before reaching Vatnsoyrar. In Bøur, you'll discover a little village with both old and new houses with green sod roofs and a charming old tar-blackened church. From there take in the spectacular view of Tindholmur and Mykines Islands beyond. You'll leave Bour through the tunnel to Gasadalur-Vagar's westernmost village, then return to Tórshavn via the mountain road to capture the extraordinary panoramic views out over the fjords and the capital.

Please note:  There are small hills and steps on most of the stops. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $85
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Torshavn: Scenic Faroes
From Tórshavn, take a 45-minute drive to the north, past idyllic villages and the old whaling station at Áir. The only bridge over the Atlantic, as it is sometimes called, spans the narrow channel of Sundini to connect Eysturoy with the larger island of Streymoy. Because the channel is so narrow, spectacular eddies form at the base of the bridge when the current is running strongly with the tide. You will pass Eiði and cross the mountains to Gjógv. On the way, you are treated to a view of the Giant and the Hag -two very distinctive sea stacks that your imagination will have fun with. You'll also pass the highest mountain in the Faroe Islands, Slættaratindur (2,983 feet) and see the rather handy Gjógv Gorge which, at 616-feet long, provides a marvelous natural harbor for the local fishing fleet to shelter in. Stop in the village of Gjógv, at the local guesthouse, to enjoy refreshments of coffee and tea with pancakes. The ride back to Tórshavn is via the mountain road and you will stop at the viewpoint overlooking the capital.

Please note:   This tour travels along a scenic mountain road.


price $99
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4 HRS

Easy

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Torshavn: Vestmanna Sea Cliffs
Ride by coach to the village of Vestmanna. Here, you will board a boat and head out to the famous bird cliffs. All your senses will awaken with the sound of sea birds, the salty scent of the sea and its cool spray on your face, the stunning, weather-beaten cliff formations and the raucous riot of squawking birds who call the sea cliffs home. You'll cruise along the cliff wall, into a narrow gorge where sheer rock walls rise vertically on both sides towards the sky. The boat slowly enters one of the many grottoes, and for a moment, daylight disappears. Darkness and the sound of dripping water surround you and then, suddenly, you emerge on the other side. The boat stops for a while so you can enjoy the scenery. Take photographs to help you remember the details. After the boat trip, return to Tórshavn via the mountain road and stop at the viewpoint looking over the capital.

Please note: There are 4-5 steps to board the boat and the tour travels along a winding scenic mountain road.


price $115
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Kirkwall, Scotland



4 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Kirkwall, Distillery & Churches with Connoisseurs Whiskey Experience
You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War II. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace but also to the ingenuity and skill of the prisoners. You will continue your journey to Highland Park to discover Orkney’s highly acclaimed 12-year-old malt whisky at the world’s most northerly whisky distillery. Here there will be an opportunity to tour the distillery and try a wee dram! Returning to Kirkwall you will visit the beautiful 12th  century sandstone St. Magnus Cathedral, built by the Vikings during their 700-year rule over the islands.

Please note: Guests can stay on the motor coach if the tour becomes too strenuous. 


price $229
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4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

unesco
Kirkwall, Orkney Treasures
Depart Kirkwall and head into the west of Mainland, Orkney’s largest island. This tour passes through gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology.  Passing the Standing Stones of Stenness you will stop at the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5,000 years.  You then continue on to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, beautifully interpreted in the visitor center.  See the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.  From here it is only a 656-foot walk to visit Skaill House, Orkney’s finest manor.  Skaill was built by Bishop George Graham in 1620 on the site of a farmstead thought to date to the Norse period.  In its 400 year history all 12 of its Lairds have been related and all have contributed to the history and collection in the house. Return to your coach and continue this circular route following the coastline of Scapa Flow, made famous for its role in both World Wars.

Please note: The ground around the Ring of Brodgar is very soft and not suitable for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and warm clothing.


price $145
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing

essentials
Kirkwall, Sea-Faring Stromness
You will start this tour with a short coach transfer from Kirkwall to Stromness. On arrival in Stromness you will begin a walking tour with your informative guide from the picturesque harbor along the pretty flag-stoned street of this seafaring town. Making your way along the twists and turns of the street, you will explore the narrow lanes and tiny piers which intersect the street along its length. Stromness is a town of quirky architectural character, with many connections to the famous Hudson's Bay Company. You will hear fascinating stories about Stromness’ maritime history as well as learning about its arts and literary heritage. Following your walk you will have the option to visit the Stromness Museum and the beautifully refurbished Pier Arts Centre (time permitting) with exhibitions by both local and international artists. There will be time to explore the craft shops selling local knitwear, pottery, and art work before your coach returns you to Kirkwall

Please note:  This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues as there are cobblestone walkways with steep inclines.


price $149
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3.75 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

sightseeing
Kirkwall, Sites of the South Isles with a Taste of Orkney
This is a wonderful tour for exploring the South Isles of Orkney and sampling some local produce. You will leave Orkney’s biggest island and follow the coast of Scapa Flow on a 30-minute drive to the smaller South Isles. Drive over the first of the Churchill Barriers, built during the Second World War to protect Scapa Flow. You will visit the beautiful, hand-painted Italian Chapel, built by Italian prisoners of war who were interned on this small island during World War Two. The chapel stands as a lasting memorial to peace.  You will then continue south across two further Churchill Barriers to the island of Burray and stop for delicious refreshments in the lovely small fishing town of Burray Village for a taster plate of some local produce including Bere Bannocks (local bread) and local farmhouse cheese, and Orkney Fudge Cheesecake.  The tour will also include a glass of wine or beer. You will then continue to the Fossil and Heritage Centre.  Here you will learn more about the heritage of Orkney and the building of the Churchill Barriers in addition to an opportunity to learn more about Orkney’s geological history before returning to the ship.

Please note: Dress in warm, comfortable clothes and bring along waterproof things like an umbrella or rain poncho. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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Lerwick, Scotland



3 horus

Easy

sightseeing
Lerwick, Castles & Ponies
Your tour starts in the fishing port of Lerwick, founded in the 17th century.  The center is full of character, especially by the water’s edge where the older buildings are situated.  As we drive through the town we will see the Town Hall before turning west to the old town of Scalloway, the original main town and second largest settlement on the island.  En route we will pass Clickimin Broch –a defense tower with surrounding structures dating back 2,000 years. On arrival in Scalloway we will stop to visit the now roofless Castle which was built around 1600 by the tyrant Earl Patrick Stewart.  He used forced labor to build his residence and was executed in Edinburgh in 1615. You will then visit the fascinating local museum, which has a special display devoted to the Shetland Bus, boats which traveled between Shetland and Norway helping the Norwegian Resistance movement during World War II. If you prefer, wander along Scalloway’s Main Street and view the waterfront.  Leaving Scalloway, you will travel through the Tingwall Valley, pausing for a photo stop to view a small herd of Shetland Ponies.

Please note: Scalloway Museum is wheelchair accessible, Scalloway Castle is not.


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Lerwick, Eshanes & North Shetland
You will be driven through Lerwick, the largest town in Shetland, dating from the 1600s, as you travel to the northwest Shetland Mainland.  Pass through Tingwall Valley and on to the picturesque community of Voe with its Scandinavian influence.  The scenery becomes more and more spectacular as you head north through Brae, crossing Mavis Grind where the North Sea almost meets the Atlantic Ocean, passing the Drongs; a sea stack, where we have a photo stop, and on to Tangwick Haa (Hall).  Here, visit the fascinating local museum and learn more about the area’s history of fishing and crofting before continuing to Eshaness Lighthouse. At Eshanes you can view the sea stacks and natural arches formed by the action of volcano and glacier – the black basalts and purple andesites that form the cliffs contain agates and amethysts.  Some of Britain’s oldest rock, at nearly 3 billion years old, is not far away.  A short walk along the cliff top allows you to savor and photograph the spectacular scenery.  After your bracing walk, you will return to the lovely Braewick Café for refreshments with views of the spectacular seascapes, before heading south once more.  On the return journey to Lerwick, look out for famous Shetland Ponies and hear more of Shetland’s culture and heritage from your experienced, local guide, having seen the very best scenery in Shetland.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. There is limited wheelchair access on this tour.


price $145
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3.15 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Lerwick, Jarlshof & Southern Shores
Depart through Lerwick, the capital of Shetland, as you begin your trip to the island’s most southerly point.  En route, you will pass through the rural townships of Fladdabister and, conditions permitting, pause to admire the view of the magnificent Mousa Broch, the tallest and best preserved broch in the world.  You will continue south down the west coast and pass St Ninian’s Isle where the famous Pictish horde of silver dating from the 9th Century was found in 1958. Continue south to visit the remarkable archaeological site of Jarlshof.  The site was uncovered by a violent storm in the winter of 1896/7, revealing an extraordinary settlement site embracing at least 5,000 years of human history.  The site contains a remarkable sequence of stone structures – late Neolithic houses, a Bronze-Age village, an Iron-Age broch and wheelhouses, several Norse longhouse, a medieval farmstead, and the 16th century laird’s house.   Visit the remains of these village settlements with your guide to make the most of your time here. You will then return to Lerwick with your guide telling you more about these islands as we look out for Shetland’s famous ponies on the way back.

Please note:  Jarlshof is not wheelchair accessible.  Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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Alesund, Norway



2.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Alesund: Art Nouveau City on Foot
Alesund, the largest town on the Northwest coast, has a beautiful setting, built on several islands stretching out into the ocean. A large part of Alesund was destroyed by fire in 1904 and rebuilt in the Art Nouveau style.  Today, it is a bustling town where the fish and fish processing industry are the main sources of income.   You will take a stroll through the many rooms in the listed building known as "The Swan Pharmacy," and be mesmerized by the beautiful and authentic décor. The tour continues through the Jugend (Art Nouveau) quarters of the town center and inner harbor, through the attractive park at the foot of  Mount Aksla and back to the pier and your ship.

Please note: This tour is a walking tour with steps, cobblestones and uneven ground and is not recommended for people with mobility issues.  Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $85
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2.5 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

boating

essentials
Alesund: Art Nouveau Kayak
This is the perfect kayak  experience for those interested in a more adventurous introduction of the Art Nouveau town of Ålesund.  After a short 10-minute walk to the kayak center you will be outfitted with the proper equipment and given a brief safety talk before you board your 2-person sea kayak.  This leisurely kayak trip will take you along Ålesund’s Jugend-style architecture where your guides will share stories about the area.  You will be given an interpretation of the history and culture of this Art Nouveau city perched on the Atlantic.  You will also paddle through the scenic maze of islands offering views of Ålesund’s coastline that you can only enjoy from the vantage point of a kayak.

Please note:  Participants must be at least 6 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult.  It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing and wear flat shoes.  You may get wet! Two- person (tandem) sea kayaks will be used. Not suitable for disabled people.  Excursion is dependent on weather.


price $149
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

biking

outdoors

sightseeing
Alesund: Bike & Hike to Sugar Summit
After a short walk to the bicycle center your guide will give a brief safety instruction before you begin your adventurous and scenic ride to Hess Island. You will set off bicycling through Ålesund, riding past delightful stone buildings and churches carved with enchanting art nouveau décor.  Riding over Asp Island and around the outer edge of Hess Island you will see beaches, pasturelands, and historic installations from World War ll.  Arriving at Sugar Summit trailhead you will leave your bicycles and begin your 35-minute hike up to some breathtaking panoramic views of the sea, surrounding islands, Sunnmøre Alps and the city of Ålesund.  The view is worth every step, making this the highlight of your tour.  On your return bicycle ride you will get another chance to enjoy the scenic views that Ålesund has to offer.

Please note:  Participants must be 10 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult.  It is recommended that guests wear layered clothing and flat shoes.  Take a bottle of water and backpack for your belongings.


price $199
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7 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

sightseeing
Alesund: Full Day Trollstigen: Snowy Peaks & Deep Fjords
This scenic drive will take you all the way inland towards Valldal, where you will leave the fjords behind and make your way into the high mountains of the Romsdals Alps. You will make a stop at Gudbrandsjuvet, an 82-foot high ravine through which the Valldøla River has formed a complex of deep potholes and intricate formations. You will continue your drive into the high mountains of the Troll Road. At the 2,625-foot-high plateau, you will make a short stop to enjoy the magnificent view overlooking the valley. You will have an amazing view of the snowy peaks and the steep waterfall. Descending into the valley along the famous 11 hairpin turns you will follow the river towards Trollstigen Guesthouse where a delicious lunch is awaiting you. Surrounded by beautiful nature you will have enough time to enjoy your lunch before continuing your journey to the Troll Wall.  The Troll Wall is the tallest vertical rock face in Europe, measuring over 3,281 feet from its base to the summit of its highest point. At its steepest, the summit ridge overhangs the base of the wall by nearly 164 feet. The ridge is and has been a prestigious goal for rock climbers and its summit was only first climbed in 1965. The Troll Wall is also considered a mecca for base jumpers , but has been  made illegal, although some daredevils still attempt the jump after a 5-hour hike from the Trollstigen Plateau. After having admired the steep mountain ridge you will make your way back to Ålesund and the ship following a scenic drive along the Romsdalfjord and through the valleys and villages of the region.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible and there are many stairs. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $289
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Alesund: 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 $1399
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Alesund: Half Day Private Van & Guides
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 $1499
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing

essentials
Alesund: Panoramic Alesund - Islands of Giske & Godoy
The community of Giske consists of four islands. Two of them will be visited on this tour - the Giske and Godøy Islands, which lie further to the west. The tour to the islands will take you via bridges and underwater tunnels, the longest being 2.6 miles (4.2 km). Giske is known as the Saga Island for the fact that the Viking Chieftain Rollo was born here. This island is fairly flat and fertile. On the island you will visit the old stone church dating back to 1150, originally a chapel belonging to the mighty Giske family. From Giske you will continue over to Godøy Island. On the northwestern side of the island you will drive towards the small but picturesque fishing village of Alnes, situated facing the Atlantic Ocean. Take a closer look at the old lighthouse, climb the stairs to the very top and enjoy refreshments at the visitor center. On the way back to the ship visit the viewpoint Mt. Aksla, with a spectacular view of Ålesund and the islands that have just been visited.

Please note:  Giske church is a working church and due to unforeseen church services, an inside visit to the church cannot be guaranteed. Wear comfortable walking shoes as the ground is uneven in places.


price $245
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2.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

boating
Alesund: Rib Adventure through Alesunds Archipelago
Discover Ålesund’s stunning coastline during an exciting RIB adventure.  A short walk from your ship you will find your captain waiting for you, where he will give you the necessary equipment and a brief safety talk. After boarding the RIB, your adventure beings as your captain takes you to the area’s most scenic spots. Once aboard, prepare to feel the adrenaline rush of the RIB boat’s speed and be awe-inspired by the scenery. You will venture to the island of Runde, with close-up views of Sunmøre’s beautiful coastline en route. Keep an eye out for the Grasøyane and Runde lighthouses, along with natural wonders such as interesting caves and abundant bird life. In fact, Runde is famous for its staggering number of birds, with between 500,000 and 700,000 of the winged creatures inhabiting the isle. Among the species you might  spy are puffins, common guillemot, fulmar and razorbill. 

Please note: Participants must be at least 12 years of age, 4-1/2 feet  tall, and children must be accompanied by an adult. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems.  All participants will be given a weatherproof suit which is also a life jacket.  Wear flat shoes, heels are not permitted.  You may get wet!

 

price $245
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Geiranger, Norway



3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Geiranger Panorama
This tour will show you Geiranger and the spectacular Geirangerfjord from the most famous viewpoints in the area.  You will board your motor coach departing from the pier. From the landing stage in Geiranger the drive goes uphill via the Ørnesvingen (Eagle’s Road) to a viewpoint, where you will see a breathtaking view of the fjord and your ship. After a photo stop, you will return to Geiranger and continue through the wild Flydal Valley along numerous hairpin bends to Lake Djupvatn. Afterwards you will continue along the fascinating road to the summit of Mount Dalsnibba (5,000 ft. elev.). From here you will be able to see far beyond the Geirangerfjord on a clear day. On the way back to Geiranger and to your waiting yacht, there will be a photo stop at Flydalsjuvet viewpoint.

Please note: There are steps to access the motor coach, no wheelchair elevator and wheelchairs must be collapsible.  The ride along Eagle’s Road contains several hairpin turns. 


price $199
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1.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

boating

concierge
Geiranger: Concierge Collection: Geirangerfjord Rib Adventure
Experience the magnificent Geirangerfjord in a safe and comfortable open RIB (rigid inflatable boat). You will be met at your ship to walk to the RIB launch.  You will receive an introduction to the RIB and how to use the waterproof safety suits. In high speed with sea spray in your face you will enjoy a trip through the Geirangerfjord accompanied by your expert guide. You will make photo stops at the famous waterfalls Seven Sisters, the Suitor and the Bridal Veil, and get very close to the falls.  You will view the abandoned farms along the Geirangefjord such as Skageflå, Knivsflå, Blomberg, and Matvik, all of which reveal the life along the fjord many years back.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for children under 14 and written consent must be provided by parent/guardian to participate. For safety reasons, this adventure is not recommended for people with limited mobility.


price $225
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3 HRS

Strenuous

biking

outdoors

refreshments
Geiranger: Electric Bike Adventure to Flydalsjuvet
Join this e-bike adventure taking you past scenic landscape, waterfalls, farms and up to stunning views of Geiranger.  This is cycling made easy to give you the extra push to enjoy one of Geiranger’s most breathtaking overlooks, Flydalsjuvet! After receiving instruction on how to operate your electric bike you will begin your journey to the famous viewpoint, Flydalsjuvet, offering an impressive view of Geiranger, Geirangerfjord and your cruise ship.  You will also have a photo opportunity at the Queen's Chair before making your way to Knuten - The Knot. This unique and scenic road was designed to reduce the incline and crosses itself by a stone bridge. It was taken out of use in the 1970’s and represents an important monument to the road-building pioneers who built Geiranger Road in 1881.  Bicycling on to Dalen Farm you will be served coffee/tea and waffles while you learn about the life in Dalen through storytelling.  Here you can refill drinking bottles and use the service rooms.  Cruising back to Geiranger you will pass the Grindalselva waterfall - the drinking resource to Geiranger.  

Please note: Participants must be at least 15 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult.  It is recommended you  wear sneakers, dress in layers, bring a windbreaker jacket or a rain coat. It can be cold biking downhill.  Bring a bottle of water and a backpack for your belongings.  You need to know how to ride a bike and be physically fit to participate.


price $185
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Geiranger: 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. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-3 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 $1499
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Geiranger: 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. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 5 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 $1699
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3 HRS

Strenuous

boating
Geiranger: Kayak towards Seven Sisters Waterfall
Experience the tranquil beauty of Geirangerfjord from the water as you skim along its pristine surface by kayak. You will take a short bus ride to meet your guide who will give you a safety briefing and paddling instruction.  Don your required life jacket and embark your double sea kayak to begin your adventure. You will pass several small homes along the coastline while you head toward the magnificent Seven Sisters Waterfall. Of its seven cascades, the tallest has a free fall of about 820 feet. Throughout, your guides will share stories and interesting facts about life in the fjord, the high mountains that form its walls and the incredible waterfalls. 

Please note: Participants must be at least 8 years of age and children must be accompanied by an adult. This tour is not recommended for pregnant women or guests with back or neck problems. All participants will be given a life jacket. Dress in warm, layered clothing and bring rain gear. Wear flat shoes, heels are not permitted.  Although you will kayak toward Seven Sisters Waterfall the distance you cover will depend on the group you are traveling with. You may get wet!  


price $169
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3.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

walking
Geiranger: Nordic Walking
Nordic walking began as a summer training exercise for serious ”cross-country” skiers. Fitness walkers in Europe adopted Nordic walking as a time-efficient, low- stress, total body workout and popularity is growing worldwide. Today,you will be invited on this invigorating and exciting walking excursion through the beautiful setting of Geiranger.   You will meet the expert guide at the pier where a briefing on Nordic walking will take place, along with specially designed poles to work the upper body while you walk. Like cross-country skiing, the poles are used by the arms to match each step you take. Beginning the walk, proceed at a casual walking speed, but experience a full body workout as the walking poles raise the heart rate and exercise the arms.  You will tour the hills and admire the mountain sides of Geiranger. Proceed uphill and over uneven terrain; however, the strenuous walk allows for wonderful views of the countryside. During the walk, stop at the village of Westerås, to enjoy a break, before continuing to Hole. After a brief stop, you will begin the Nordic walk back to the pier.

Please note: Guests must be in good physical condition to participate on this excursion. Uphill walking, uneven, gravel and paved terrain will be encountered. 


price $169
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Geiranger: The Unique Mountain Farm Herdalssetra
On this tour you will get the chance to visit one of the few still operative summer mountain farms in Norway. You will start the tour by boarding a motor coach at the pier and driving the famous Ørnesvingen (Eagle’s Road) to a breath-taking viewpoint of the fjord and your ship. After a photo stop, you will continue over the mountain landscape to the fjord on the other side of the mountain, to the village of Eidsdal. From here you will drive up a small narrow road toward the unique farm Herdalssetra. With its 450 goats and 30 farm houses, this is probably the largest farm co-operative for goats in Norway.  You will get a guided tour of the mountain summer farm with introductions to old and modern summer farming methods.  You will have a chance to see inside some of the old houses and will be shown traditional cheese-making which is still undertaken here as a working museum.  Also the special Herdal’s goat caramel is made here and you will be able to try a sample as well as the white and brown cheeses. You will return by the same road back to Geiranger.

Please note: There are steps to access the motor coach, no wheelchair elevator and wheelchairs must be collapsible.  The ride along Eagle’s Road contains several hairpin turns. Cheese and caramel are available for purchase – cash only.


price $239
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Bergen, Norway



3 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

unesco
Bergen, Best of Bergen & Mount Ulriken
On this introduction to lovely Bergen you will board a motor coach to sightsee through downtown Bergen with its old wooden Hanseatic pier, Bryggen, the medieval King Håkon’s Hall, erected during the reign of King Håkon Håkonsson, the Rosenkrantz Tower, St. Mary’s Church, built around 1170, and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Norway, the peninsula Nordnes, Bergen Theater (Den National Scene), and Grieghallen, the modern concert hall named after Norway’s great composer, Edvard Grieg. Your tour will continue over to Kalfaret, the noble residential area of Bergen, and on to the main attraction of the day - Ulriken Mountain. You will be taken by cable car to the highest of Bergen’s famous "Seven Mountains," Ulriken, to spectacular scenery and mountain terrain 2,100 feet above the city streets.  From the summit, at the Sky:skraperen you will be introduced to one  of the local specialties while you enjoy magnificent views of Bergen and the surrounding area - the sea, the islands, fjords, and mountains, before  returning back to the lower station to board your motor coach for a short trip back to the pier.  

Please note:  People can stay on the motor coach if walking becomes too strenuous during the tour. There is a ramp and lift at the Ulriken cable car.


price $175
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1.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

unesco

sightseeing

concierge
Bergen, Concierge Collection: Helicopter Fjord Adventure
Join this exhilarating helicopter flight over Bergen and the surrounding areas. This tour  will combine the beautiful areas around Bergen and the Folgefonna Glacier just next to the Hardangerfjord.  This is Norway's third largest glacier and the highest point is 5,415 feet above sea level. Take in a bird's eye view over Mount Ulriken and Mount Fløyen, the archipelago outside Bergen and of course Bryggen – listed as a UNESCO site.

Please note:  Timings are approximate and subject to modifications. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical/walking disabilities or who suffer from motion sickness and/or vertigo, nor guests who have a fear of heights and enclosed spaces. It is recommended that guests dress in layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes.  Due to flight weight restrictions, guests must register their body weight.


price $649
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Bergen, Walking Tour Of Hanseatic Bergen & Mt. Floyen
Begin your tour with a walk to the UNESCO World Heritage Site - Bryggen. Here you will wander through the narrow streets between the houses dating back to 18th century. Your guide will take you on a journey back in time, where you will learn more about the fascinating development of the old Hanseatic city. Stop and admire St. Mary’s Church dating back to 1170 and one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Norway. Continue your walk to Mount Floyen Funicular station, Bergen’s most famous mountain. At the top of the mountain you can enjoy some free time with a spectacular view of Bergen. On your way back to the ship you will learn more about Bergen in the 20th century and you will make a stop at Fisketorget, the fish market, located at the very heart of Bergen. 

Please note: It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat comfortable walking shoes. This walking tour involves steps, uneven ground, cobble stone paths, gradual slopes, and is therefore not suitable for guests with any walking difficulties.


price $85
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Edinburgh, Scotland



4 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Edinburgh, Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with Airport Transfer
Your tour today begins with a panoramic tour of the city of Edinburgh. See the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street and head out towards the famous Forth Railway Bridge and Forth Road Bridge viewing platform at South Queensferry. The 126-year-old Forth Railway Bridge is considered an iconic structure as well as being voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder. This symbol of Scotland is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have time to take some photographs here before heading back to the city to visit Edinburgh Castle. This majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s long and colorful history, is the best known and most visited of Scotland’s historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognizable fortress is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century. Also take the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. You will be transferred to the airport.

Please note:  Bring local currency,  a light jacket or cardigan as it can be windy at Edinburgh Castle. Any guests with limited mobility wishing to see the Crown Jewels can ask for a guide to take them up in the lift instead of the stairs.  For the June 28, 2019 call, this tour is for guests with flights at 4 p.m. or later. For the August 30th call, this is for guests with flights at 2 p.m. or later.


price $199
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4 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing

essentials
Edinburgh, Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with Windstar Hotel Transfer
Your tour today begins with a panoramic tour of the city of Edinburgh. See the Georgian architecture of the New Town, Princes Street and head out towards the famous Forth Railway Bridge and Forth Road Bridge viewing platform at South Queensferry. The 126-year-old Forth Railway Bridge is considered an iconic structure as well as being voted Scotland's greatest man-made wonder. This symbol of Scotland is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will have time to take some photographs here before heading back to the city to visit Edinburgh Castle. This majestic landmark which dominates the capital city’s skyline just as it has dominated Scotland’s long and colorful history, is the best known and most visited of Scotland’s historic buildings. Perched on an extinct volcano and offering stunning views, this instantly recognizable fortress is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Once inside, you will have the opportunity to see the castle’s many different architectural styles, reflecting its importance throughout the history of Scotland, with the oldest section dating back to the 12th century. Also take the opportunity to view the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny. You will be transferred to the Windstar-appointed hotel.

Please note:  Bring local currency,  a light jacket or cardigan as it can be windy at Edinburgh Castle. Any guests with limited mobility wishing to see the Crown Jewels can ask for a guide to take them up in the lift instead of the stairs.  


price $199
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Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom



4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture

sightseeing

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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

essentials
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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Oban, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Oban, Inverary Castle
You will board your motor coach for the70-minute  scenic drive from Oban to Inveraray, 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 Inveraray in the wooded Glen of Aray on the shores of Loch Fyne.  A short distance from the picturesque town of Inveraray 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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3 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
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.   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 $139
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

essentials
Oban, Oban Walking Tour & Distillery Visit
On arrival at the pier you will be met by your guide for a thrilling 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. Then it’s time to visit 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... Slàinte!  After your tour of the distillery, 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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4.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
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 $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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Ringaskidd (Cork), Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing

essentials
Ringaskiddy, Blarney Castle & Panoramic Cork
Depart the city on a 45-minute drive to Blarney Village. The village lies in the protective shadow of historic Blarney Castle.  The castle was built in two sections and has a massive oblong keep, with battlements that are typically Irish in form.   Below them the famous Blarney Stone is set in the wall, and to kiss it, one has to lean over backwards from the parapet walk of the battlements. Enjoy a visit to the castle - to kiss the famous Blarney Stone which, legend tells us, imparts the gift of eloquence to all those who kiss it. 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 introduce you to Cork, Ireland’s second city (or the “real capital” of Ireland as the inhabitants like to call it!) 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 has become the shopping and commercial capital of the south. It is a university city with a unique character, a city of jazz, film, opera and Theatre. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, 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. 

Please note: Wear flat non-slip shoes and a waterproof jacket and bring your camera and local currency.


price $109
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3.45 HRS

Strenuous

sightseeing

walking

essentials
Ringaskiddy, Cork City Walk
Cork, a city of steeples and bridges, was made for walking. From many vantage points it can all be seen at a glance, as it is a compact city in size yet diverse in its range of activities. Its quays that stretch all the way into the heart of the city welcome ships. The city center presents streets lined with a multiplicity of shops, arcades and boutiques. The city is mildly cosmopolitan yet engagingly Irish.  It is pleasantly spread out among the hills that rise up on both sides of the Lee River. The city center is actually a small island between two channels of the river and a plethora of bridges. Join your coach and guide and travel to Cork to commence your guided walk. Walk along Andersons Quay and across Michael Collions Bridge.  Walk along The Boardwalk on Lapp's Quay before stopping to enjoy views of City Hall and the Spires of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral in the distance. Walking up South Mall and onto Princess Street,  continue to see St. Fin Barre's Cathedral.  Designed and built by William Burgess the city has been given a church full of exuberance.  Its style is all things romantic, ornate and possibly even exotic. Stop for a photo stop of the exterior. Continue through the streets into the heart of the Hugenot area, taking note of the  Hugenot Cemetry on Careys Lane.  Continue your walk back to where your awaiting ship is located and for your exclusive inside visit to the Port of Cork Offices and their historical boardroom. Completed in 1819 at a cost of £70,000 ($99,743), it was the headquarters for Cork Customs and Excise. It is a new Palladian building and is now home to the Port of Cork Company. The reception is located on the "Piano Nobile" which means "noble floor." The white columns are a typical feature of Palladian buildings but it is the boardroom that plays host to some of the most magnificent features that Neo-Palladian buildings display. With chandeliers produced by Waterford glass, mahogany furniture and Palladian-style windows, architecturally this room is a fabulous place to pause and take in the detailed features through your guided tour. Rejoin your coach and guide for your return drive to port.

Please note: Wear flat non-slip shoes and a waterproof jacket and bring your camera and local currency.
Order of sights visited may vary. Shops do not open until noon on Sundays. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.


price $85
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

essentials
Ringaskiddy, Corks Countryside & Kinsale
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. Continue to the town of Kinsale where a stop will be made for refreshments. Kinsale is a town where the quality of the environment itself is a very strong attraction, winning the European prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and gourmet capital awards!  It is a pretty little town, which lies snuggly between hills and valley. Kinsale is believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans in 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. In 1966 it 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 this beautiful town, 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: Wear flat non-slip shoes and a waterproof jacket and bring your camera and local currency.


price $109
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4.15 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Ringaskiddy, Jameson Whiskey & Panoramic Cork
Cork, a city of steeples and bridges, was made for walking. From many vantage points it can all be seen at a glance, as it is a compact city in size yet diverse in its range of activities. Its quays that stretch all the way into the heart of the city welcome ships from the seven seas.  The city center presents streets lined with a multiplicity of shops, arcades and boutiques. The city is mildly cosmopolitan yet engagingly Irish.  It is pleasantly spread out among the hills that rise up on both sides of the river Lee. The city center is actually a small island between two channels of the river and a plethora of bridges. Cork has become the shopping and commercial capital of the south. It is a university city with a unique character – a city of jazz, film, opera and theatre. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, it still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town. We will see the spires of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, the old Courthouse, City Hall and the renowned Bells of Shandon. Leaving the city, you will travel eastwards to the village of Midleton, the place from which the famous Irish whiskey gets its name. A visit to the Jameson Heritage Centre and Old Jameson Distillery in Midleton will take you right into the heart of the cherished whiskey-making tradition. You’ll enjoy a 60-minute guided tour of this beautifully restored 18th century industrial complex, which includes a fully operational waterwheel and a copper still with a capacity of 32,000 gallons – the largest in the world. An audio-visual presentation breathes life into the Irish whiskey legend. After the history comes the tasting! You are invited to relax in the atmosphere of a traditional Irish pub and sample Ireland’s finest whiskey. Afterwards, why not visit the craft shop or the coffee shop at Jameson Heritage Centre where you can lose yourself in the charm of another age.

Please note: Wear flat non-slip shoes and a waterproof jacket and bring your camera and local currency. Must be 21 years of age to participate in the whiskey tasting. The distillery cannot sell alcohol before 12:30 p.m. on Sundays. 


price $125
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing

essentials
Ringaskiddy, Kinsale & Charles Fort
Departing from the pier you will travel to Kinsale, a town where the quality of the environment itself is a very strong attraction, winning the European prize for Tourism and the Environment, Entente Floreale, National Tidy Town and gourmet capital awards!  It is a pretty little town, which lies snuggly between hills and valley. Upon arrival in Kinsale, visit Charles Fort, a classic example of a star-shaped fort.  Constructed in the early 1680s in honor of King Charles II, Charles Fort was in use until 1921 and gives a unique insight into Irish fortifications.  Besieged in 1690 by the Duke of Marlborough and destroyed in 1922 during the Civil War, it reflects the turbulence of Ireland’s past. It was declared a National Monument in 1973. Re-board motor coach for the short journey to Kinsale Town Centre. Kinsale is safely sheltered by the rounded contours of a beautiful harbor and is believed to have been founded by the Anglo Normans in 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 this beautiful town, browse in the shops and soak up the local atmosphere. 
 
Please note: Wear flat non-slip shoes and a waterproof jacket and bring your camera and local currency.
Order of sights visited may vary. Not recommended for guests with mobility issues.


price $99
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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

essentials
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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London, England



4 HRS

Moderately
easy

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London, Panoramic London
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square and return to the ship. 

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

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London, Panoramic London with Transfer to Airport
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square, rejoin the embankment and head to the airport.

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible. Available only to guests with flights 4 pm or later for Heathrow Airport only.  


price $189
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing

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London, Panoramic London with Transfer to Windstar Hotel
This detailed panoramic tour of London will take you past some of London’s most famous landmarks in the comfort of your luxury air-conditioned motor coach. Debark your ship at Tower pier. Driving along the embankment, first enter Trafalgar Square. Travel along to Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park Corner then to Piccadilly Circus. Enter Parliament Square where you will see the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and Westminster Abbey.  Pass Haymarket and the West End.   Enjoy 1 hour of free time at a central location to explore the sights independently or perhaps enjoy some shopping time.  After your free time return to your coach and from the monuments of Trafalgar Square, rejoin the embankment and head to the Windstar hotel.

Please note: This tour is post-cruise and is wheelchair accessible.


price $189
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