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Adventures Afloat: Remote Islands and Mystic Shores of Ireland and Britain

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Road Scholar
Program #20989RJ
16 Days | 15 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Aug 15 — Aug 30, 2013

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel close to Portsmouth harbour.

Ship Information: N/A.

Contact info:
Eastern Road
Farlington
Portmouth, PO6 1UN UK:England
phone: +44 23 92 219111
web: www.hilton.com/portsmouth

Room amenities: Plasma television, clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities. High-speed internet access (surcharge). Wake up calls.

Facility amenities: Tradewinds Restaurant and Bar. Gym, Health Club, tennis courts. Hair salon. 24 room service. Safe deposit box at Front Desk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Thursday, August 15 - Arrive UK.
Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: Free time to check in and unpack. Welcome meeting and introductions in the hotel at 5:00pm.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

In Transit: Arrive London. Transfer to Portsmouth.

Lodging: Hilton Portsmouth

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Modern hotel close to Portsmouth harbour.

Ship Information: N/A.

Contact info:
Eastern Road
Farlington
Portmouth, PO6 1UN UK:England
phone: +44 23 92 219111
web: www.hilton.com/portsmouth

Room amenities: Plasma television, clock radio, tea and coffee making facilities. High-speed internet access (surcharge). Wake up calls.

Facility amenities: Tradewinds Restaurant and Bar. Gym, Health Club, tennis courts. Hair salon. 24 room service. Safe deposit box at Front Desk.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Friday, August 16 -
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the Historic Dockyard Portsmouth, home to HMS Victory-Nelson's famous ship from the Battle of Trafalgar, the Mary Rose, HMS Warrior 1860, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Trafalgar Experience and interactive exhibition Bones of Oak and Iron.

Lunch: In the Boathouse No 7 restaurant.

Afternoon: The field trip continues with a boatride around the harbour.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Hilton Portsmouth

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, August 17 - Begin your shipboard adventure as you embark MV M...
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Tapestry. Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. The Museum’s centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery. At 272 feet (83 metres) in length, this is the world’s longest embroidery of its kind, and the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Bayeux Tapestry. The Museum's unique and dramatic film show uses archive film to create a moving experience that captures the wartime atmosphere. Extensive displays of personal memorabilia, maps, uniforms, vehicles and other historic artefacts complete your visit to the D-Day Museum. Full size dioramas include the map room at the Allied headquarters at Southwick House, and a Horsa glider that has landed in Normandy. A real LCVP landing craft is on display, as is a rare Beach Armoured Recovery Vehicle (BARV) tank.

Lunch: On board MV Minerva.

Afternoon: Check into your cabin and relax or join in afternoon shipboard activities.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, August 18 - Lecture on Island Life.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am and 11:30am. Shipboard activities. Perhaps have a quiet read in the Library, hear a guest speaker, use the gym, sauna or spa.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan. Wildlife at Sea-Sea and Shore brids , seals and Dingle's resident dolphin, Fungi. Shipboard activities. Welcome cocktail party.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, August 19 - Skellig Islands, Dingle Peninsula.
Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Cruise past the Skellig Islands.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Once described by the National Geographic Traveller as “the most beautiful place on earth”, the Dingle Peninsula has a plethora of green landscapes, rocky hills, long sandy beaches and staggering cliff edges. Enjoy a scenic drive along the peninsula with a photo stop at Slea Head, from where you can see the remote Blasket Islands, known as the last outposts of Europe. Continue the drive to visit the Gallarus Oratory, standing amid farmland and originally a place of worship for early Christian farmers of the area. Shaped like an upside-down boat, the simple dry-stone structure has remained waterproof and in near-perfect condition to the present day.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 20 - Blasket Islands, Cliffs of Moher and Inishmore of...
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Cruise past the Blasket Islands in the early morning.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Cruise past the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to anchor off Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. Discover independently the unique landscape and ancient heritage of the island and town where the native Gaelic is still spoken. There is limited transport on the island.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 21 - Killybegs and Glencolmcille Folk Park.
Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps. Hot and cold refreshments served.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Lecture TBC.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: From the fishing port of Killybegs, explore the stunning Donegal Peninsula. Enjoy a scenic drive to Glencolmcille folk village with a photostop at Malin Beg, a picturesque cove on the rugged Donegal coastline. The Folk Museum was opened in 1967 as a monument to Fr. James McDyer who came to the village in 1951 and set about promoting industry and providing better facilities in the parish. The museum depicts the lives of the people of south-west Donegal from 1750 to the 1900s, with a tea house, school house, Shebeen and reconstructed thatched cottages. Enjoy a homemade tea while local musicians regale you with some traditional Irish music.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, August 22 - World Heritage Site The Giant's Causeway
Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.

Morning: Located on a mile long peninsula, Portrush offers panoramic views over the Donegal Hills and Antrim Coast. Visit the Giant’s Causeway independently, renowned for its polygonal columns of layered basalt, and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland. View the hexagonal basalt columns that run like giant stepping stones out into the sea – there are estimated to be approximately 40,000 basalt columns here. Also enjoy a photo stop at Dunluce Castle, a dramatic and picturesque ruin on a rocky headland.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: The afternoon is free to explore the pretty town of Portrush. A tender service will operate to Portrush during the afternoon. 5:00pm Road Scholar lecture with Geoff Morgan. Scottish Wildlife-Red deer, Golden Eagle, grouse and salmon. Man's historical influence on the landscape and it's present land use.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, August 23 - Oban and Arduaine Gardens.
Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: The islands of the Inner Hebrides protect the town of Oban, on Scotland’s west coast. Visit Arduaine Gardens, a plantsman’s paradise perched on the sheltered coast overlooking the Sound of Jura. The 20 acre Arduaine Garden lies on the shores of Loch Melfort, dwarfed by the immensity of the landscape in which it is set. The garden was originally planted by James Arthur Campbell at the end of the 19th century and is now owned by the National Trust of Scotland. Delightful paths and trails lead you around the varied woodland areas, gardens and large ponds where you can see many different plants and trees from around the world flourishing in the warmth of the Gulf Stream. You can also enjoy wonderful views up and down the rugged coastline from the viewpoint.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy a free afternoon to stroll through Oban independently before setting sail south past the Isle of Mull.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Set sail past the Isle of Mull.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Saturday, August 24 - Ireland's capital, Dublin.
Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps. Hot or Cold Refreshments Included.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Minerva sails south through the North Channel and into the Irish Sea to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Discover some of Dublin’s magnificent Georgian architecture on a guided walk beginning at Merrion Square. Stroll through the Square’s gardens, then past the National Gallery of Ireland to Leinster Square, past Government buildings to St Stephen’s Green. Continue on foot to Parliament Square, Nassau Street and through the grounds of Trinity College. In fashionable Grafton Street, relax and enjoy a drink in a typical Irish pub before some free time prior to returning to Minerva.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard actiities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Sunday, August 25 - Lundy Island.
Note: Limited and easy walking, involving some steps.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Wander independently in this small village, visit the local Tavern or the small souvenir shop. If feeling a bit more energetic walk to the Old Lighthouse or on one of the many walking footpaths to view the spectacular scenery. Then cruise to the beautiful archipelago of the Isles of Scilly.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Road Scholar lecture by Geoff Morgan at 5:00pm. An Island Medley. A look at the varied islands of Inishmore, Lundy, Tresco and Sark.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Monday, August 26 - Tresco Abbey Gardens, Isles of Scilly.
Note: Moderate activity with more walking, possibly including short steep inclines and steps.

Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Tresco Abbey Garden is known throughout the world for the remarkable variety and beauty of the sub-tropical plants and flowers that flourish in the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Protected by walls and shelter belts the garden features plants from the Mediterranean to South Africa and Australia, New Zealand and South America. Cacti, date palms and flame trees flourish as do Bird of Paradise and Echium, Aeoniums and Strelitzia.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Independent exploration. There will also be the opportunity to explore independently the gentle island of St Mary’s where the Star Castle fortifications were built following the threat of the 1588 Spanish Armada.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Shipboard activities.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: A new wrap-around panoramic Observation Lounge, the Orpheus Lounge and Bar, at the forward end of the Promenade Deck.

Ship Information: Gross Tonnage - 12,449. Length - 437 ft Beam - 66 ft Draft - 19 ft Cruising Speed - 14 knots Passenger Decks - 6 Stabilisers - retractable fin 350 passengers 181 passenger cabin facilities

Contact info:
N/A
N/A, UK:England
phone: +004723675678
web: www.swanhellenic.com

Room amenities: All cabins have private facilities, air-conditioning (centrally controlled), TV and radio, vanity table/writing desk and chair, direct-dial telephone, hair dryer, binoculars and safe.

Facility amenities: Choose to enjoy your Guest Speakers’ talks in the Darwin Lounge, the Orpheus or Livingstone Lounges or in the comfort of your cabin. You might be tempted to remain in the peaceful surrounds of the Orpheus Lounge at the top of the ship to admire panoramic views of passing wildlife, iconic coastlines or Minerva’s arrival in a new port. Relax in the informal Veranda or the conservatory-style Shackleton Bar with its comfortable cane chairs and potted palms, before taking a leisurely stroll around the expansive promenade deck to enjoy the fresh air. Hide away with a good book in the peaceful surrounds of the Library, where you may also enjoy a game of backgammon or fit the last piece in the jigsaw. Play a spot of Bridge in the Card Room, work out in the Gym or indulge yourself in the Salon Centre or with a relaxing dip in the pool on Promenade Deck. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are arranged on an open sitting basis and may be taken in the The Swan Restaurant or the Veranda. 44 Balcony cabins 100 Outside cabins (74% outside cabins including 23% balcony cabins) 2 Restaurants Orpheus Lounge Internet Lounge Livingstone Lounge Darwin Lounge Shackleton & Wheeler Bars 5000-volume Library/Card Room Boutique and Gift Shop Swimming Pool Gymnasium, Sauna and Spa Services Complimentary Launderette with Washers and Dryers Beauty Salon Medical Centre Telephone, Fax and E-mail Facilities TV, Hairdryer and Personal Safe in Every Cabin

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Fourteen: Tuesday, August 27 - The island of Sark.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Swan Hellenic lectures at 9:30am an 11:30am.. Enjoy an independent visit to this tranquil island where cars are banned and horse and carriage or bicycles are the local transport. Explore this tiny island, just 3 miles long and a mile and a half wide, discovering its rural landscape and its scenic 40 miles of coastline.

Lunch: On board ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy your final afternoon on board ship. 5:00pm Road Scholar lectuure with Geoff Morgan. The Attraction of Islands-why islands appeal to us.

Dinner: On board ship.

Evening: Farewell to Minerva.

Lodging: MV Minerva

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Close to Heathrow Airport.

Contact info:
140 Bath Road.
Hayes, Middlesex., UB3 5AW UK:England
phone: +44 20 8759 6311
web: www.radissonedwardian.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning. Direct dial telephone with personal number and voicemail, satllite TV and pay movies, in room safe. In room bar, iron and ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities.

Facility amenities: Restaurant and bar. Complimentary wireless internet access, business centre, newsagents, health spa and fitness centre.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after:
For additional pre and post program accommodations, please contact Road Scholar Travel Services at (800) 241-1404 or via email to travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Fifteen: Wednesday, August 28 - Disembark. Royal Pavilion Brighton.
Breakfast: On board ship.

Morning: Morning transfer to Heathrow hotel via Brighton Royal Pavilion.

Lunch: Taken in Brighton.

Afternoon: The field trip and transfer continues.

Dinner: In the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Sixteen: Thursday, August 29 -
Breakfast: Full English and continental breakfast in the hotel.

Morning: Hoppa bus to Heathrow terminals.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


London Heathrow Airport
Central LondonThere are endless possibilities for an evening in London: The theater, a walk along the South Bank, guided walks, historic pubs, trend-setting restaurants, a stroll through SoHo.
For additional information, visit: www.timeout.com/london/

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