STAR COLLECTOR: HIDDEN TREASURES OF THE NORTH SEA

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Star Collector: Hidden Treasures of the North Sea

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Skjolden, Norway



3.75 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

biking

outdoors

refreshments

walking

sightseeing
Skjolden, Bike & Hike Adventure To Drivande Waterfall
Enjoy a biking and hiking adventure through the natural and cultural landscapes of Mørkrid Valley, and get close to the impressive Drivande Waterfall. Begin your adventure by bicycle as you ride through Skjolden and the peaceful Mørkrid valley.  Your guide will share stories from the olden days and how they developed their way of living in the areas around Skjolden and Breheimen National Park.  Arriving at the Drivande Waterfall trailhead you will continue your journey on foot on a well maintained mountain walking trail.  Once you reach the falls you will be treated to some refreshments and a snack while you take in the beautiful views and listen to the sound of the waterfall. On your return bicycle ride you will have a panoramic view of the fjord and the village of Skjolden.

Please note:  Participants must be at least 12 years of age and accompanied by an adult.  The bicycle ride is approximately 4.5 miles one way and the hike is approximately 1 mile each way, uphill, on uneven, rocky terrain.  It is recommended to have proper footwear and dress in layered clothing.


price $139
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Skjolden, Jotunheimen National Park & Sognefjellet Mountain Pass
The Sognefjell Mountain Pass is the highest mountain road in Norway and has been awarded the status of a National Tourist Route because of the spectacular and wild mountain scenery it passes through. The mountain road was first opened for cars in 1938.  Prior to this it was an ancient thoroughfare linking east and west.  The old stone pyramids or kerns, which are still present today, were used to indicate a safe passage to cross on foot.  The breathtaking panorama along the route varies from mountain lakes and traditional Norwegian villages, to jagged peaks, cascading waterfalls and numerous glaciers.  You will pass by Turtagrø known as the mountain climbers center in Norway. At the plateau of Sognefjellet Montain you are in the Jotunheimen National Park, and there will be time to absorb the beautiful scenery and enjoy some refreshments at one of the mountain cafés.  There will be several stops along the way to photograph the diverse and picturesque scenery.

Please note: Wear layered clothing.


price $239
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4.5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Skjolden, Nigards Glacier & National Park Glacier Center
Leaving Skjolden behind, you’ll experience a varied landscape as you take a 75-minute drive along the fjord surrounded by lush green views.  As you make your way to Jostedal Valley enjoy the traditional agricultural scenery on your way to Jostedal Glacier National Park.  Jostedal is the largest icefield in mainland Norway and the remnants from the last ice age some 18,000 years ago. The last part of the road, a private toll road, will bring  you into Nigardsbreen Nature Reserve, where a stop will be made to see the mighty Nigardsbreen Glacier in the distance (approximately 2 miles away). The glacier is one of the ‘arms’ stretching from the Jostedal Glacier into the valley. Continuing on you will visit Breheimsenter, the National Park Glacier Center.  Here you will find interesting exhibitions, a souvenir shop, tourist information and a nice restaurant where you will enjoy refreshments with a beautiful view to the glacier.  On your return drive to the pier you will make a photo stop at Nes from where you’ll have a fantastic view of the impressive 715-foot cascading Feigum Waterfall.

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


price $255
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

hiking

outdoors

refreshments

sightseeing

boating
Skjolden, Sognefjord Rib & Hiking Adventure To Feigum Falls
Combine a RIB experience through Sognefjord with a hike to the stunning Feigum Waterfall. After a safety briefing you will set out for a high-speed boat ride through the Sognefjord, offering picturesque views of the fjords, waterfalls and steep mountains.  Making a stop on land you will go ashore in Feigum, where you will begin your hike along a rocky walking trail to a viewpoint close to the 715-foot-high Feigum Waterfall.  For those more adventurous (time permitting), there is a possibility to go to the base of the waterfall.  At this time you will also be treated to a light snack. Returning to your RIB your adventurous day will conclude with some more amazing views of the Sognefjord.

Please note:  Guests must be able to embark/disembark the RIB boat independently. Participants must be at least 12 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 weatherproof suit and lifejacket.  It is recommended to have proper footwear for the hike and dress in layered clothing.  The hike is approximately 1 mile each way, uphill, on rocky, uneven terrain.  You may get wet!


price $259
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1.75 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

boating
Skjolden, Sognefjord Rib Safari
This RIB safari will give you the chance to experience the magnificent Sognefjord at close range, with it’s steep mountains and waterfalls. After a safety briefing and being outfitted with a weatherproof suit you will set off for your RIB Adventure.  This high speed boat ride will take you up close to waterfalls, in view of fjord farms and to a view point of the spectacular and  stunning 715-foot-high Feigum Waterfall.  You will learn about the people of the Lustrafjord and how they worked and lived a hundred years ago as you take in the magnificent scenery around you.

Please note:  Guests must be able to embark/disembark the RIB boat independently. Participants must be at least 6 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 weatherproof suit and lifejacket.  Wear flat shoes, heels are not permitted.  You may get wet!


price $175
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Flam, Norway



5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Flam, Borgund Stave Church & Salmon Center
On this tour you will visit some of the best sights in this part of Norway; Borgund Stave Church, the Norwegian Salmon center and drive the old Snow Road across the mountains to Aurdal.  From the pier in Flåm you will drive along the Aurlandsfjord, through the tunnel to Lærdal continuing approximately 15 miles to the beautiful Borgund Stave Church, built around 1180 and dedicated to the Apostle Andrew. The church is exceptionally well preserved and is one of the most distinctive stave churches in Norway. Some of the finest features are the lavishly carved portals and the roof carvings of dragons’ heads. The stave churches are Norway's most important contribution to world architecture and Norway's oldest preserved timber buildings. Leaving the church you will make your way towards the idyllic village of Lærdaløyri, at the mouth of the Lærdal River. This river is known as “the Queen of the Salmon Rivers” because of its high quantity of Atlantic salmon. In Lærdal you will visit the Norwegian Salmon Center and learn about the fascinating life and legends of the Atlantic salmon before enjoying some refreshments. On your way back to Flåm you will drive the Snow Road across the mountain to Aurland. The highest point is 4,295 feet above sea level, offering some amazing views.

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


price $245
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Flam, 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 of  Flam 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 Flam 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
Flam, 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 car. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of  Flam 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 Flam area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1799
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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

sightseeing
Flam, Magic White Caves & Undredal Cheese Tasting
In 1988 a road between two tunnels connecting Flåm & Gudvangen was built, leading to the quaint & traditional village of Undredal.  Prior to this date Undredal was only reachable by boat and that’s why its history dating back many centuries has been very well preserved. Along the way towards the village you will notice the goats grazing in the valley. These goats are of particular importance to the villagers as they produce the milk that makes the famous Undredal brown cheese. During your guided tour in Eldhuset you will have the opportunity to visit the production room of maturing goat cheese, and, of course, taste the famous white and brown goat cheese and other local specialties. Continuing on along the Nærøy River and through the Nærøy Valley, you will reach the Magic White Caves hidden away in the mountainside. Your guided tour will take you through a cave-labyrinth full of exciting shadows, lightening Aurora’s, and magic ponds. Here you can also find the world’s second largest deposit of anorthosite.  This type of marble, which contains both gold and aluminum can only be found in a larger quantity on the moon. At the end of the labyrinth you will discover a large mountain room with a green lake. Here you can light a small candle to set on the water or continue towards the stone bar where refreshments are served.  Afterwards you will return along the Nærøy Valley and Gudvangen tunnel back to Flåm.

Please note:  This tour is not wheelchair accessible. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $209
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2.75 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

unesco
Flam, Naeroy Fjord Rib Adventure
With your expert guide speeding close to sheer mountain walls you are sure to have an adrenaline rush on this adventurous RIB ride through the fjords.  Experience the tranquility of an area hard to reach and seldom visited, and learn about the history and geography of this amazing place. Leaving the Aurlandfjord on which Flåm lies you will turn into the Nærøyfjord, which is protected by UNESCO because of its sheer beauty and unique flora and fauna native to Western Norway. On your safari into the fjord you might spot some of the local wildlife like seals or sea eagles, native to this area.  You will see farms that have been abandoned or are used only during the summer months.   Enjoy the breathtaking scenery as your experienced captain navigates close to one of the many waterfalls along the fjord. 

Please note:  Guests must be able to embark/disembark RIB boat independently. Participants must be at least 6 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 weatherproof suit and life jacket.  Wear flat shoes, heels are not permitted.  You may get wet!


price $269
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Flam, The Spectacular Flam Railway
The tour starts from the pier where the railway station is also conveniently located. On this tour you will experience the most dramatic train ride in Europe. The Flam Railway is only 12 miles long but a masterpiece of engineering. The train climbs up from sea level to 2,844 feet above sea level during these 12 miles, crossing back and forth across rivers and through 20 tunnels. To allow you a better view of the magnificent scenery the train will proceed slowly and even stop at the Kjosfossen Waterfall where you may leave the train to take a closer look or take some pictures. At Vatnahalsen you will leave the train and walk from the station to the Mountain Hotel where you will be served coffee, tea and waffles. Here you will have time (approx. 50 minutes) to relax and walk around the beautiful area before re-boarding the train back to Flam.

Please note: There is a ramp for wheelchair accessibility to the train which needs to be booked in advance.  Guests in wheelchairs also need to be accompanied as there is no suitable guide available.


price $205
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

sightseeing
Flam, The Viking Village & Staheims Panoramic Drive
Just a short distance away from Flam you will find the the tiny village of Gudvangen or "place of the gods.".This village has a long history dating back to pre-Christian times when Vikings worshiped their heathen gods. Today some of their ancestors have rebuilt a Viking Village giving you an opportunity to experience how the Vikings lived many centuries ago. Here you will learn about their gods, their traditions and livelihoods and you will be invited to practice some of their ancient crafts.  Afterwards, continue your journey further into the Nærøy valley. Surrounded by steep mountains and some of the tallest waterfalls in Norway, this valley is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Following the Nærøy river you will make your way towards Stalheim Hotel, from where you will have amazing views over the valley. These views and the tranquility of the site have inspired many painters, poets and other artists for decades.  The history of the hotel goes back centuries when it was an important stop on the postal road between Bergen and Oslo. Today it is still an important tourist destination with the hotel’s traditional interior and amazing views. After enjoying a light refreshment at Stalheim you will begin your descent on the famous Stalheimkleiva, the steepest road in Norway with 13 sharp hairpin bends. The road itself is already an experience, made even more exciting by the beautiful views of the two waterfalls on both sides.

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


price $185
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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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2.5 HRS

Moderate

unesco

sightseeing
Bergen, Best Views of Bergen by Segway
Your guide will give you a brief overview on how to operate the Segway before you begin your ride through Bergenhus Fortress and its beautiful park. Continuing on to historical Bryggen (UNESCO World Heritage Site) you will pass the fish market. Your adventure will also take you by Bergen Aquarium and into Nordnes Park, one of Bergen’s most beautiful parks on the farthest end of the town.  Driving along the classic alleyways of Bergen you will head toward the National Norwegian Theater, the Blue Stone, John’s Church and Lille Lungegårdsvannet.  At Fjellveien you will have a wonderful view over the center of Bergen and the surrounding areas before you head back down to the city center to Bergenhus Park.

Please note:  Timings are approximate and subject to modifications. This excursion is not recommended for guests with physical/walking disabilities. It is recommended that guests dress in warm layered clothing and wear flat comfortable shoes.


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 $599
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3.5 HRS

Moderate
Bergen, Fantoft Stave Church & Greigs Home & Garden

This enriching excursion will take you south of Bergen to view a remarkable wooden church and to visit the home of Norway's famed composer, Edvard Grieg. You will drive through the residential areas south of Bergen, towards Fana and the Stave Church. The old Stave Church at Fantoft was originally built in Fortun in Sogn in 1150, and was moved to Fantoft in 1883 to save it from demolition and preserve it as part of the nation’s heritage.  After a destructive 1992 fire, artisans extensively and faithfully restored the church to its former beauty. Inside, you can admire the traditional timber construction and elaborately carved decoration. From spiritual faith to musical brilliance, you'll also visit Troldhaugen, home of Norway's famed composer Edvard Grieg.  Troldhaugen was built in 1885 and Edvard Grieg lived there for 22 years together with his wife Nina. Grieg composed many of his best-known works in the composer’s hut by the shore of Lake Nordås. Enjoy a guided tour of the Villa, museum and the garden and some free time to walk around on your own afterwards. Your visit will end with the highlight of the tour; a private recital in Troldsalen. One of the best interpreters of Grieg’s music will play some of the famous pieces as well as some of the more unknown ones, and tell stories and anecdotes about the composer and his wife.

Please note: It is recommended that you dress in layered clothing and wear flat comfortable walking shoes. This tour involves stone steps, uneven ground and gradual slopes.


price $189
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6 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

refreshments

dining

culture

unesco
Bergen, Moutain Trek to Ovre Eide Farm

You will begin your walk past Bryggen (UNESCO World Heritage Site) where your guide will tell you about the legendary Hanseatic site. You will see the famous Fish Market and continue to the most popular attraction in Bergen, the funicular, that ascends to Mount Fløyen. From its 1,050-foot-height, you will admire the beautiful landscape of the city and the fjords from above, one of the most spectacular views in Norway. At the top of Mount Fløyen you will begin your hike across the mountain to Ovre Eide Farm.  You will discover the unique nature of Norway, passing lakes, wild rivers and breathtaking views.  At the top of Mount Sandviken you will make a brief stop to enjoy some chocolate. Afterward, you will descend into the valley of the old mail route between Trondheim and Bergen to reach our final destination, Øvre-Eide Farm. Øvre-Eide Farm is located in the idyllic surroundings of Lake Jordal. The owner of the farm is also a confectioner and he will lovingly prepare some typical Norwegian specialties for you. Enjoy the pleasure of listening to exciting stories about the traditional farm life in the countryside of Norway while enjoying a traditional meal!

Please note: It is recommended that you dress in layered clothing and wear flat comfortable walking/hiking shoes. This hike covers about 5 miles of easy walking and involves some steps, uneven ground, cobble stones, and gradual slopes.  


price $259
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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 $79
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Stavanger, Norway



2 HRS

Easy

culture

refreshments
Stavanger, At Home in Stavanger
Take this opportunity to gain an insight into the Norwegian way of life with the chance to visit the home of a local.  Your host will give you a tour of the house and tell you about Norwegian home life such as gardening, how they furnish their homes, traditions and more. Feel free to ask questions which will help you understand their way of life. You will be treated to coffee or tea and freshly made Norwegian waffles as you get to know the Norwegian culture up close and personal.  

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $215
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3 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing

beach

boating
Stavanger, Cruise to Pulpit Rock
Directly next to your ship you will embark a boat for a cruise into one of Norway's most stunning fjords, the so called "Fjord of the Light," or Lysefjord in Norwegian. The name comes from the lightly colored granite rock that rises sharply from the deep fjord. During your trip you can relax both outside and inside the vessel, while you marvel at the breathtaking natural wonders of this region. You will start by cruising alongside the many small islands of the Stavanger Archipelago on which many have built holiday homes with their own private piers. Leaving the archipelago, you will enter Lysefjorden with it steep sheer cliffs on both sides. From these steep cliffs many towering waterfalls spill gallons of fresh water from above into the salty fjord beneath. If weather permits you will get an amazing view of the famous Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock, that towers out over 1,969 feet above the fjord. Your cruise will take you directly underneath the Pulpit Rock to gaze at its marveling height.  Before returning to Stavanger, you'll make a short stop at Helleren, an idyllic beach at the mouth of the Lysefjord.  Here you will get to enjoy some of Norway's traditional waffles which are served with sour cream and sweet local fruit jams.

Please note: Life jackets will be provided on board. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $279
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1.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Stavanger, Helicopter Adventure
After a short transfer by van to Stavanger Airport you will join your experienced pilot for an amazing helicopter journey over Stavanger and the famous Lysefjord. Your flight will start over the city of Stavanger before your captain will take you on a journey to the scenic archipelago beyond. On the many islands you will notice the beautiful holiday homes and their private piers. Soon your flight will reach Lysefjord, the so called "Fjord of the Light," where your pilot will skillfully hover above the fjord making his way towards the renowned Pulpit Rock. Once the sheer cliffs of the Lysefjord come in sight the famous Pulpit Rock appears in front of you. Your pilot will first hover beneath the large stone mass before he takes you above the plateau where you can marvel at its amazing flat surface and perhaps wave at some of hikers who have made their way up the cliff on foot. Actual flight time: 30 minutes

Please note: Guests must be able to embark/disembark helicopter independently.


price $399
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2.25 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

wildlife

sightseeing

boating
Stavanger, Lysefjord Rib Boat Safari
Experience the magnificent scenery along the Archipelago and view Pulpit Rock onboard an open-air rigid inflatable boat (RIB). After a short walk to the RIB boat pier you will meet your captain and be given a short safety briefing before being outfitted with a weatherproof suit and life jacket.  You will begin your adventure at a slow pace along the beautiful harbor of Stavanger. Once the harbor is out of sight and you have crossed underneath the Stavanger Bridge, the RIB will speed up to 30-35 knots (37 mph) and cruise along the Archipelago. During  your journey you might spot some of the local wildlife like sea eagles, seals or porpoises. Once you have reached the Lysefjord you will see the narrow gap into the Vagabond Cave and view the magnificence of  Pulpit Rock from sea level.  Your captain will also bring you close to one of the waterfalls falling from the steep, high cliffs above. He will navigate so close that you will be able to feel, smell and even taste the pure water freshness. After a breathtaking ride close to the vertical mountain cliffs, you will head back to Stavanger, where your adventure ends in the very center of Stavanger and only a short walk away from your ship.

Please note: Wear flat, comfortable shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $239
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3 HRS

Moderate

culture
Stavanger, Path of the Rogaland Vikings
This tour will give you the true story about the Vikings and their history. They were fierce warriors, but also talented craftsmen who produced ornaments in metal and wood and wore these outstanding artifacts proudly.  Your guide will tell you all about the history of Rogaland and Stavanger and you will make a stop at the Archeological Museum. Here you will meet the lady of the house, clothed in her traditional Viking dress, embellished with her finest jewelry. She will demonstrate essential tools and present intriguing archaeological finds. The county of Rogaland has a rich historical heritage with numerous visible traces from the Viking Age. You will learn about the everyday life at the Viking farm and enjoy an authentic Viking snack. Your journey will continue to a historically significant location where many brutal battles took place. Here you will learn about the importance of this site and admire the monument, Swords in Rock, which honored a great Viking chieftain who was of major importance to Norway. This scenic drive will also take you close to the prehistoric sites which display a much more diverse culture of the Scandinavian ancestors. Before returning to your ship you will make a stop at the highest point in Stavanger where you have a nice view over the city.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered comfortable clothing


price $169
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3 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

culture

refreshments

sightseeing
Stavanger, Stavanger by Foot: From Fish to Petrol
This walking tour is for those interested in the livelihoods of the people of Stavanger, from past to present.  After a short walk through Old Stavanger you will reach the Canning Museum. Here you will become acquainted with an essential part of the Norwegian diet, the herring.  Learn how canned sprats, a herring-like fish also known as bristling or skipper, were produced in the old days.  Enjoy a sample of this tasty fish in different sauces served on Melba toast.  Continuing on you will stroll past the Fish Market, the local Market and the Stavanger Cathedral. This large stone Cathedral dates back to the 12th  century and is one of the few churches in Scandinavia which has kept its original design. You will pass the shopping streets of Stavanger and see Valbergtårnet, the old watch and fire tower built around 1850 - 1853. From here, you can enjoy the lovely view of the harbor.  You will continue the walk through the old streets of Stavanger and head for the Norwegian Petroleum Museum. Seen from the sea the museum looks like a small oil platform and this unusual architecture has made the museum a landmark in the Port of Stavanger. At the museum you will learn about the discovery of oil in Norway and how this valuable resource changed Norway's economy.Hear about the geology and technology behind this industry and experience the excitement and drama of the oil adventure and the life on board oil rigs. After the visit you will follow your guide back to the ship.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered comfortable clothing. 


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Stavanger, Utstein Monastery & Old Stavanger
An introduction to the celebrated Utstein Monastery, complete with a short organ recital, is a wonderful way to remember your visit to Stavanger. Your motor coach will travel through he world's longest underwater tunnel, 3 miles long,, to  reach Moster Island. Vivid greens of all shades surround you as you continue toward Utstein Kloster, the best-preserved monastery in Norway.  Originally it served as the royal residence for the very first Viking King of Norway, Harald Fairhair.  From the 13th  century onward, Augustine monks lived in this peaceful countryside and a massive restoration project began in 1937 and continued until 1965.  Begin your guided tour of Utstein Monastery and discover the history of this haunting building along with the different  eras the monastery has witnessed and the remains of each of them in the current structure.  A short organ recital will be performed in the chapel, after which you will be served coffee, tea and homemade waffles. Returning to old Stavanger, disembark your motor coach for a short walk through the old town back to the harbor. Stroll along narrow streets and view picturesque, white-painted, wooden houses with small, colorful gardens.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and layered comfortable clothing.


price $219
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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom



4 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing
Edinburgh, Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with drop at Airport
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.  


price $189
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4 HRS

Strenuous

unesco

sightseeing
Edinburgh, Panoramic Tour of Edinburgh & The Castle with drop at Hotel
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 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 $189
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Invergordon, Scotland



5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
Invergordon, Cawdor Castle & Culloden
Depart your ship this morning and take a journey back in time.  Your motor coach will take you on a 75-minute drive to Cawdor Castle; the 14th century home of the Thanes of Cawdor, reputedly Macbeth’s castle and the site of the murder of Duncan. Today it is considered to be one of the Highland’s most romantic stately homes with its fine collection of rare tapestries, portraits, and furniture, and outside its lovely gardens and grounds.  You will tour the beautiful rooms of the castle at your leisure (although your guide and castle stewards will be on hand to answer any of your questions).  Afterwards head to the famous Battlefield of Culloden for a brief stop where your guide will give you a description of the battle and you will have a chance to take photos. This is the site of the last battle to be fought on British soil, namely the bloody Battle of Culloden in 1746 between Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Duke of Cumberland. The desolate fields where the conflict took place have scarcely changed over the past 250 years.  Following your visit return to your ship in time for lunch. 

Please note:  Guests with limited mobility and wheelchairs are not recommended for this tour as there are lots of stairs at the castle including spiral stairs which are unavoidable. 


price $155
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
Invergordon, Dunrobin Castle & Lovely Dornoch
Depart Invergordon to head northwards  on a 60-minute drive through the delightful Highland scenery .  You will arrive at the lovely town of Dornoch with its attractive sandstone buildings and tiny 13th century cathedral which  you will have an opportunity to visit  with your guide. There will be a short stop here to explore Dornoch for yourself. Golfers may wish to take a short stroll to the Royal Golf Hotel (where there is a good golf shop) just a 5-minute walk from the center of town. Then it’ on to Dunrobin Castle, the ancestral home of the Clan Sutherland. Over the centuries there have been many changes to the castle including a 15th century keep, a 17th century courtyard and in the mid-19th century the castle was remodeled and enlarged. The castle interiors are beautifully appointed and the formal gardens are exceptional. Explore the Castle at leisure or with your guide before seeing the castle’s great walled gardens overlooking the sea. Displays of the ancient sport of falconry take place in the gardens.. Finally, enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon and your yacht in time for lunch.

Please note: There are no ruck sacks,large bags or photography allowed in the Castle.There are  flights of stairs and about 1.5 hours of walking so wear comfortable walking shoes. Wheelchair access at Dunrobin is extremely poor and not recommended.


price $135
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture
Invergordon, Glenmorangie Distillery
A visit to Scotland is not complete without tasting some of the fine whisky that the country is so famous for! You will depart the yacht in Invergordon today and head for nearby Tain and the world-renowned home of the Glenmorangie Distillery. Tour the distillery with your guide and learn all about the fascinating process that turns the simplest of raw materials into the most complicated combination of flavors. Your tour today will include a tutored tasting of two drams ( a 10-year-old and a private edition), which is an opportunity for whisky connoisseurs and aficionados alike to experience a rare and intriguing single malt brought to life by the Glenmorangoie Whisky Creation Team. Those wishing to bring home a souvenir will enjoy the mouth-watering shop!  Following your visit, continue north to the lovely small town of Dornoch for some free time to explore and shop, and visit the charming cathedral. Finally, you will enjoy the relaxed drive back to Invergordon and your yacht.                                                   

Please note: No one under the age of 18 will be permitted to participate in the whisky tasting. There is no wheelchair accessibility in the distillery and the interior of the distillery is on two levels. Guests must climb approximately 30 stairs up and down. 


price $135
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Invergordon, Loch Ness & Historic Castle

You will head to the famous Loch Ness by motor coach for a chance to glimpse the Loch Ness Monster (perhaps!). Your first visit will be to the wonderful Urquhart Castle, a critical strategic stronghold in the highlands, positioned on the banks of Loch Ness, which would have been a main route through the Great Glen of the highlands. Its checkered history came to a dramatic demise in 1692 when the castle was blown up to stop it from falling into Jacobite hands! What remains are picturesque and impressive ruins surrounded on three sides by the deep cold waters of Loch Ness. An excellent new visitor’s center offers exhibitions, a film show, shop and restaurant.  Visit the castle today with your guide to learn of its dramatic history that dates back in written records to the 6th century, but in archaeology and folklore right back to the time of the Picts. You will have some time to explore at your leisure. Photo opportunities will be plentiful!  Enjoy your drive back through the scenic Highlands to your awaiting yacht in Invergordon.

Please note: Walking at the castle may be a challenge for those with mobility issues but is purely at the discretion of the individual. 



price $115
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4 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

sightseeing
Invergordon, Mighty Fort George
Depart Invergordon and head south towards Inverness and then west towards Ardersier, a small village on the coast of the Moray Firth. Once through the village you will see the mighty fortress of Fort George. Positioned on a nearby promontory, jutting into the Moray Firth the fort was built in the wake of the Battle of Culloden (1746) as a secure base for King George II’s army and took 22 years to complete, by which time the Jacobite threat had subsided. Fort George is a ‘Registered Historic Monument` and is the only ancient monument in Scotland which is still functioning as a working army barracks.  After 250 years as a military garrison and training depot, it continues to house a Regular Infantry Battalion of the British Army, currently the 3rd  Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland (3SCOTS). Here you will be able to have a look around the fort and the Museum of `The Highlanders` which tells the story of the many Highlanders who served in one of the Regiments that were raised from the Region. After your visit return to your awaiting ship in Invergordon.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a light jacket. Wheelchair guests must be accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour. Grass and concrete access ramps with a gradient of 1:6 lead up onto the ramparts. There is an assistant controlled stair-lift on the back stairs to offer access to the middle floor, but no such facility is afforded to the top floor as the back stairs do not extend to the upper floor.


price $125
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Kirkwall, Scotland



4 HRS

Easy

refreshments

sightseeing
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 $219
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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 $139
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3.5 HRS

Moderate
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 $145
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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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Portree, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Dunvegan Castle & The Cullins
Depart the charming port of Portree via motor coach and drive across the lovely Isle of Skye to its west coast to the castle of Dunvegan, seat of the Clan MacLeod chiefs since the 13th century.  One of the greatest and most renowned among the Hebridean strongholds, Dunvegan Castle is the only one to have been continuously owned and occupied by the same family over a period now spanning 8 centuries. Within the castle are priceless heirlooms, some of which have come down through the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times, including such treasures as the Dunvegan Cup, the mysterious Fairy Flag and Rory Mor’s Horn.  You will explore the lovely gardens that surround the waterfall known as Rory Mor’s Cascade and enjoy the varied landscape including views of the dramatically beautiful Cuillin Mountains as you return to Portree.

Please note: Unfortunately the castle is not wheelchair accessible.  There are two steps into the castle and 18 steps to the first floor plus uneven surfaces in the garden. 


price $145
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan is arguably one of the most recognizable castles in the world.  Located strategically on a little island where three sea lochs meet in the midst of some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery it is no wonder that the castle has been featured in many films.You will travel south from Portree past the majestic Cuillin Mountains and cross the iconic and controversial Skye Bridge to the Scottish mainland and on to Eilean Donan. The Castle is named for the 6th  century Irish saint who set up the first community on the island.There has been a fortified castle on this site since the 13th  century although it has been destroyed and rebuilt several times in its long and turbulent history.The restored castle you will see today was completed in the 1930s. During your visit you will have the opportunity to learn the rich history of the castle and its clansmen and to take in the stunning views.

Please note: The castle is not accessible to wheelchairs. There are three floors of the castle that can be visited and many steps are involved. For those that are not able to tackle the steps a computer-based virtual tour is available in the castle’s visitor centre. There is a gift shop at the castle and free time to shop after the tour. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring currency/credit cards.


price $139
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3.5 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Portree, Northern Skye Scenic Drive
Head north via motor coach from Portree to the Trotternish Peninsula. During your scenic tour you will learn much of the fascinating history of the Isle of Skye and its geography and social history – in particular its crofting history. Passing the curious rock outcrop known as the Old Man of Storr, journey north to Kilt Rock – a dramatic 200-foot-high cliff marked in an almost tartan-like pattern by the rock strata with a waterfall tumbling sheer to the pebbled shore below. Enjoy some time here to absorb the scenery and take photographs. Continuing your journey north, you will pass the crofting township of Staffin which overlooks the sandy Staffin Bay and drive around the northern tip of the island, hearing more of the myths and legends of Skye.  On arrival at the settlement of Kilmuir you will visit the fascinating Skye Museum of Island Life to learn more of the traditional crofting life.  Continue through Uig and back to Portree.

Please note: The Skye Museum of Island Life is not completely wheelchair accessible, involving steps over thresholds with firm ground-packed paths.


price $115
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3.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

hiking

outdoors

sightseeing
Portree, Walkers Dream - Old Man of Storr
Departing Portree your motor coach will take  you  on a 30-minute drive through some beautiful coastal and hilly scenery as you head towards “Old Man of Storr” car park on the Trotternish Peninsula. On arrival at the car park, your guide will give a quick safety brief before setting off.  This very popular walk will take you for a close look at the massive pinnacle “Old Man of Storr,” one of the Isle of Skye’s iconic landmarks.The walk will be challenging in places but is achievable to the average walker.  En-route your guide will talk about the geography and describe what to expect on the next leg of the walk. As you catch your breath, revel in the fresh air and fabulous vistas;  you will have time to get your camera out as snapshots are a must to keep the memories alive. At the top  you will see the Islands of Raasay and Rona and beyond to the mainland, looking south, see “Storr Lochs,”  Portree Harbour and the magnificent Cuillin Hills (described as the hiker’s dream). On completion of your walk,  you will return by coach to Portree.

Please note: This tour will involve walking on some uneven and occasionaly muddy footpaths, steep in places and is recommended for experienced hikers. Wear comfortable shoes for hiking, warm layered clothing and bring your camera and bottled water.

price $145
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Oban, Scotland



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Oban, Inverary Castle
You will board your motor coach for the 70-minute  scenic drive from Oban to <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">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 <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">Inveraray in the wooded Glen of Aray on the shores of Loch Fyne.  A short distance from the picturesque town of <span style="font-size:11.0pt;line-height:115%;font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif";mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA">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 $159
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

walking

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

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


price $155
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3.5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
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

culture

walking

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

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

price $145
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Portrush, Ireland



3.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking
Portrush, Antrim Coast & Causeway
After tendering ashore to Portrush, you will board your motor coach and in the company of your local guide head off along the Antrim Coast. Your first stop will be at Dunluce Castle for an inside visit.  Most of the fortifications date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Dunluce Castle is one of the most extensive ruins in Northern Ireland.  The castle is dramatically surrounded by terrifyingly steep drops on either side. Next, you will visit the Giants’ Causeway, where for centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. The unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of the Atlantic storms. 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. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation and causeway exhibition before boarding the “Causeway Coaster” minibus, which will bring you to the causeway itself.  Rejoin your motor coach for the return drive to Portrush and your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note: Walking at the Causeway is strenuous but there is a shuttle bus service between the center and the actual stones. Cost of this shuttle is included in tour. Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them. 


price $139
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5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Portrush, Bushmills Distillery & The Giants Causeway
After tendering ashore to Portrush, board you motor coach and in the company of your local guide head off along the Antrim coast. Your first stop this morning will be to photograph Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland, dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Next, you will visit the Giant’s Causeway, where for centuries, visitors have marveled at its majesty and mystery. Enjoy the audio-visual presentation and causeway exhibition before boarding the “Causeway Coaster” minibus, which will bring you to the causeway itself.  Rejoin your motor coach and proceed to the world’s oldest licensed whiskey distillery, Old Bushmills. Granted its license in 1608 by King James I, the distillery has continuously produced whiskey for almost 400 years.  During your guided tour, discover the secrets of crafting the renowned whiskey. Rejoin your motor coach and guide for the return drive back to your ship waiting in the bay.

Please note:  On occasions, including weekends, and throughout the year there will be periods when Bushmills distillery is not in full production (Silent Period) due to schedule demands and essential maintenance. This means that the tour of the Distillery will still operate but it will be without laborers and instead displaying the processes on audio visual screens. Guests will still get to walk through the factory itself but will see the story of the distillation through audio visual screens throughout. Occasionally the distillery may have to close without prior notice.  The silent period is determined each year but is usually in July.


price $135
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6.75 HRS

Strenuous

dining

culture

walking
Portrush, Delights of Londonderry
Journey by motor coach to Londonderry. With its history revered and its charm and vivacity still intact after “the Troubles,” Londonderry makes for an interesting visit. Begin your city discovery with a photo stop at St. Columb’s Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece constructed in the early 17th century.You will appreciate the church’s fine exterior, including the spire with 13 bells, before continuing your guided Londonderry introduction by foot. Walk along the city walls, hearing informative commentary as you go. From the top of the walls you will see the Bogside, the Catholic area with the famous mural that announces, “You are now entering free Derry.” Reaching Union Hall Place, enjoy a visit to the Tower Museum, where you will be engaged by “The Story of Derry,” an exhibit that acquaints you with the history of the city. The museum includes an audio-visual component, shedding light on the 1973 civil rights march through Derry that later became known as Bloody Sunday. At the top of the Tower Museum, you will have the chance to access the only open-air viewing facility in the heart of the city, affording panoramas of the inner city and River Foyle. Following your museum experience continue on foot to your lunch location before taking advantage of free time. Then rejoin your guide and return by foot to your awaiting motor coach, which will deliver you to the. pier in Portrush.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes as Derry has uneven surfaces including inclines and declines. This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 


price $225
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8 HRS

Easy

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

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


price $1099
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8 HRS

Easy

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

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


price $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Portrush, 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 $759
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4 HRS

Easy

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

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


price $899
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3.75 HRS

Strenuous

culture

sightseeing
Portrush, Headlands, House, & Temples
There cannot be a more wild and dramatic headland in Northern Ireland than the Downhill Demesne. With fabulous views that stretch over the entire north coast of Ireland and open windswept cliff-top walks it is not surprising that the Demesne is part of the Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a well-known icon. You will see this for yourself. At the heart of the Demesne is the house, which was one of the most renowned in Ireland, containing treasures from throughout Europe. Unfortunately, it is now in ruins. However, its setting and architecture give more than a hint of its former glory. You will see the mausoleum, the Lion’s Gate, which stands beside the remains of a double-walled garden with the dove cote and ice house still intact, and the Bishop’s Gate, a well-known feature with its Gothic gate lodge and garden. Perched on the edge of cliffs is the most spectacular of the buildings, the Mussenden Temple, built as a library and modeled on the Temple of Vesta in Italy. Over the years the erosion of the cliff face at Downhill has brought Mussenden Temple ever closer to the edge. In 1997 The National Trust carried out cliff stabilization work to prevent the loss of the building. At the completion of your tour you will depart for your short return drive to Portrush and your awaiting yacht. 

Please note: This tour is a strenuous hill walking tour  over uneven terrain and inclines and therefore not recommended for physically challenged guests. 

price $129
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture
Portrush, Titanic Belfast & City
Depart from the pier in Portrush and drive to Belfast City, the capital of Northern Ireland. Belfast or 'Hibernian Rio' as one writer once called it.  You will visit the newly constructed Titanic Belfast. Opened in April 2012, the new signature building tells the story of Titanic. It contains 9 galleries offering a variety of interpretative materials and media. A high point will be a ride though the Titanic under construction. The adventure will begin 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. The stories of passengers, crew and the heroes of the day will be told in an exciting way. At the conclusion, you will visit the wreck at her resting place on the floor of the North Atlantic. You will continue to a local establishment where lunch will be served.  Rejoin your motor coach and guide and enjoy a short panoramic tour of the city with commentary on such sites as the Grand Opera House and the Albert Memorial. There will be a drive through the alternative sites of Belfast including the political wall murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and the Catholic Falls Road, which will be a unique cultural experience. Return to port via your motor coach.

Please note: Guests with physical difficulties will need to be accompanied as the guide cannot take responsibility for them. 


price $239
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Isle of Man, United Kingdom



3.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Castle Rushen & Vintage Steam Train
Departing from the pier, take a scenic drive to Castletown and enjoy a visit to the magnificent Castle Rushen which stands alongside the harbor. Castle Rushen is one of the best examples of a medieval castle in Europe and was the former seat of the Kings and Lords of Mann, with the Castle’s oldest part dating back to the time of Magnus, the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date when the Castle was built is unknown, though it is believed to be around 1200. Today, spectacular displays illustrate the Castle at various times in history, with figures in period costume, historical furnishings, wall hangings and medieval speech bringing the Castle's medieval and 17th century periods to life. Following your visit of the Castle,you will enjoy some free time before re-joining your coach for the short transfer to Castletown station. Board the vintage steam train for a delightful and traditional journey to Douglas.  Dating from 1874, the Isle of Man Steam Railway is the Island’s oldest Victorian rail impressive Victorian terminus in Douglas and re-join your coach for the short transfer back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the rooms of the castle can only be accessed by stairs, some of which are narrow and spiral.


price $149
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Cregnaesh & Castle Rushen
Depart your yacht this morning and travel via the “Plains of Heaven,” the magnificently scenic elevated highway that bisects the island running east to west, and the Southern Hills which offer panoramic views of the south of the island down to Cregneash where you will pause for photographs. Cregnaesh is the oldest settlement on the Isle of Man, a hamlet of white-washed, stone-walled thatched cottages, just as they were in 1900.  You will continue along the southeast road to Castletown, which takes its name from the magnificent Castle Rushen standing alongside the harbor.  Castle Rushen is the best example of a medieval castle in the British Isles, and served as the residence of the last Norse King of Mann, who died here in 1266. The exact date it was built is unknown, though it is believed to be around 1200. Enjoy a visit here today with your guide.  Afterwards return to your yacht via the legendary “Fairy Bridge.”  Don’t forget to say Laa Mie (good day) to the fairies!   
                                  
Please note:  This tour is not recommended for wheelchair users as the ground at Cregneash is uneven and sometimes muddy. There is limited access for wheelchairs at Castle Rushen – the inside rooms can only be accessed by staircase and there are lots of steps with some narrow spiral staircases. We request that any wheelchair guests are accompanied as the guide cannot undertake responsibility for them during the tour. 

price $149
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Isle of Man. 

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 $1399
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Isle of Man. 

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 84 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1799
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4 HRS

Moderately
easy

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Isle of Man. 

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 Isle of Man area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $999
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Isle of Man, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary around Isle of Man. 

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 $1099
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4.5 HRS

Strenuous

outdoors

wildlife

walking
Isle of Man, Southern Cliffs Walking Tour
This is one of the most beautiful walks on the island, renowned for its stunning coastal scenery, bird life and seal viewing.  A 45-minute drive by coach will take you along the main route form Douglas on the east coast to Cregneash in the south of the island. You will walk from the Folk Village. There are a couple of short hills which will give you a beautiful view of Port St Mary and the hills and coast to the north.  Next you will stroll through local farmland and up to the local landmark called The Chasms. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty with excellent views of nesting sea birds plus the interesting rock formations giving the area its name. You then take an easy coastal path around Spanish Head to the Sound where you will see and hear the unmistakable calls of the local grey seal population and also have the opportunity to take tea or coffee in the café here (not included). You can also gaze over at the Calf of Man, which is a renowned bird sanctuary for many migrating birds. Inside the café you can observe the running film depicting life as it was through history on the Calf of Man and also an undersea view of marine life in the area. Rejoin your coach for the return journey to Douglas and your ship. 

Please note: Very rarely there can be low lying mist/fog that makes walking along the cliff difficult. When this happens an alternative walking route will be taken. Refreshments are not included so it is recommended that walkers bring along water and a snack and wear comfortable walking shoes.  This  tour is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. 


price $145
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Isle of Man, The Tynwald Parliament
You will be introduced to The High Court of Tynwald, the parliament of the Isle of Man. Tynwald is of Norse origin and has been in continuous existence for over 1,000 years. It is the oldest parliament in the world!  Departing from Douglas you will travel to Tynwald Hill. Located in the little village of St John’s, this grass topped, tiered hill is the ancient meeting place of the Manx Parliamentary Assembly and is believed to be made from stones and soil from each of the islands 17 parishes that comprise the Isle of Man. Each year on  July 5th, Tynwald Day, the laws enacted in the year preceding are promulgated to the gathered government officials and the public at large, both in Manx (Gaelic) and English languages.Return to Douglas to visit the Legislative Buildings, home to the Legislative Council and the House of Keys. Here you will learn about Tynwald which is comprised of two branches, the Legislative Council (upper branch) and the House of Keys (lower branch), which sit separately to consider legislation. They also sit together for parliamentary purposes in Douglas and annually at St Johns. You will see the millennium room, members room and the 3 historical debating chambers and perhaps see politicians at work.

Please note: The Isle of Man Legislative Buildings are official working offices of Government and Parliament. Visits and guided tours may be subject to re-scheduling due to parliamentary matters.   Please be aware that due to the age of the building some parts of the tour are only accessible by stairs. Mobility impaired visitors can be accommodated via an alternative route. In some areas of the Legislative buildings taking photographs may not be permitted. Wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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2 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Isle of Man, World Famous TT Course by Motorbike
The Isle of Man is the home of motorcycle racing and as such draws fans of the sport from all over the world.  If you have been nervous about riding motorbikes but have always wanted to  just have a go, at least once, this tour will let you fulfill this dream as passengers on a specially designed 3-seater Trike. The emphasis of this tour is on enjoyment rather than high speed; though when you are traveling at 30 mph it will feel more like 60 mph on the Trike when the wind is blowing through your hair!  You will experience the course that the world’s most daring riders have experienced, though you will not reach the 200 mph+ that they do. You will travel through some very pretty towns and villages, around tight twisty roads, over the renowned Ballaugh Bridge before riding over the spectacular Mountain area. You will have a short stop at the Creg-ny-Baa, before returning to Douglas.

Please note: The route may be altered due to traffic or weather conditions.  This tour cannot operate in heavy rain/high winds. Helmets, jackets, and gloves will be provided.


price $199
No longer available online. Please contact Vacation Planning at 1-800-258-7245 to inquire about waitlisted space.


2 HRS

Easy

outdoors

sightseeing
Isle of Man, World Famous TT Course by Motorbike
The Isle of Man is the home of motorcycle racing and as such draws fans of the sport from all over the world.  If you have been nervous about riding motorbikes but have always wanted to  just have a go, at least once, this tour will let you fulfill this dream as passengers on a specially designed 3-seater Trike. The emphasis of this tour is on enjoyment rather than high speed; though when you are traveling at 30 mph it will feel more like 60 mph on the Trike when the wind is blowing through your hair!  You will experience the course that the world’s most daring riders have experienced, though you will not reach the 200 mph+ that they do. You will travel through some very pretty towns and villages, around tight twisty roads, over the renowned Ballaugh Bridge before riding over the spectacular Mountain area. You will have a short stop at the Creg-ny-Baa, before returning to Douglas.

Please note: The route may be altered due to traffic or weather conditions.  This tour cannot operate in heavy rain/high winds. Helmets, jackets, and gloves will be provided.


price $199
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Dublin, Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Dublin A Taste of Dublin & Guiness with Hotel Transfer
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city will take you past Merrion Square  and Fitzwilliam Square to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.” Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, and St Stephen’s Green, the Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college. See Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral. You will visit the Guinness Storehouse, which is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.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. Your tour will end in Gravity, the sky bar, with astonishing views of Dublin.  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 with 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 the beer 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. You will have time to shop in the Guinness Store where you will find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness fashions and memorabilia before re-boarding your bus for the hotel.  Along the way you will pass the Four Courts,the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and the Custom House.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. 


price $145
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4 HRS

Moderate

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

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


price $139
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