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Program #21678RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for May 9 — May 23, 2015

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Day One: Saturday, May 09 - Flights Depart
Evening: Flights to Edinburgh, Scotland depart North America.

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the stylish West End of Edinburgh’s city center, the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel combines a historical 1860s listed building with a chic and modern interior. Housed over two buildings – the main building and the Townhouse annex - the hotel boasts modern decor, yet retains stunning traditional features such as beautiful coving, ceilings and ornate staircases. Situated only 200 meters from Haymarket train station and a short walk from popular attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, this unique Edinburgh hotel is the perfect base to explore Scotland’s capital.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Grosvenor Street Haymarket
Edinburgh, EH12 5EF UK:Scotland
phone: +441312266001
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-edinburgh-grosvenor-hotel-EDNGRHN/index.html

Room amenities: •Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection •LCD Flat Panel TV •Night Lights in Bathroom •Non-Smoking •On-Demand Movies •TV-Cable •TV-Standard Network •Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp •Automatic Door Closer •Double Locking Doors •Electronic Locks •Electronic Smoke Detector •Safe •Bathroom Amenities •Hairdryer •High Speed Internet Access •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Tea/Coffee Making Facilities •Telephone - Auto Wakeup

Facility amenities: •Audio/Visual Equipment Rental •Express Mail •Fax •Meeting Rooms •Modem •Office Rental •Photo Copying Service •Printer •Secretarial Service •Baggage Storage •Elevators •Florist •Foreign Currency Exchange •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible elevators •Accessible meeting rooms •Braille elevator •Emergency pull cords bedside bed available •Emergency pull cords in bathroom available •Evacuation chair available to help evacuate a disabled person •Induction Loop System available at reception •Induction Loop System available in the meeting rooms •Inflatable chair available to assist in getting in and out of a bath •Level or ramp entrance into the building •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Rooms accessible to wheelchairs (no steps) •Service support animals welcome •Visual alarms for hearing impaired in public areas •Wheelchair ramp for lobby/reception access .

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services to book additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Sunday, May 10 - Arrivals / Edinburgh, Scotland
Arrive To: Flights arrive in Edinburgh, Scotland. Transfer to the program hotel. Check-in time at the hotel is at 3:00. Although we will try to secure an early check-in for participants arriving before 3:00, we cannot guarantee that there will be availability. Luggage storage will be available.

Afternoon: Gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. Review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have.

Dinner: Welcome dinner at the hotel

Lodging: Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor (or similar)

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: Located in the stylish West End of Edinburgh’s city center, the Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor hotel combines a historical 1860s listed building with a chic and modern interior. Housed over two buildings – the main building and the Townhouse annex - the hotel boasts modern decor, yet retains stunning traditional features such as beautiful coving, ceilings and ornate staircases. Situated only 200 meters from Haymarket train station and a short walk from popular attractions including Edinburgh Castle, Princes Street and the Royal Mile, this unique Edinburgh hotel is the perfect base to explore Scotland’s capital.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
Grosvenor Street Haymarket
Edinburgh, EH12 5EF UK:Scotland
phone: +441312266001
web: www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-edinburgh-grosvenor-hotel-EDNGRHN/index.html

Room amenities: •Clock Radio w/ MP3 Connection •LCD Flat Panel TV •Night Lights in Bathroom •Non-Smoking •On-Demand Movies •TV-Cable •TV-Standard Network •Work Desk with Adjustable Lamp •Automatic Door Closer •Double Locking Doors •Electronic Locks •Electronic Smoke Detector •Safe •Bathroom Amenities •Hairdryer •High Speed Internet Access •Iron •Iron/Ironing Board •Tea/Coffee Making Facilities •Telephone - Auto Wakeup

Facility amenities: •Audio/Visual Equipment Rental •Express Mail •Fax •Meeting Rooms •Modem •Office Rental •Photo Copying Service •Printer •Secretarial Service •Baggage Storage •Elevators •Florist •Foreign Currency Exchange •Laundry/Valet Service •Lounge •Luggage Hold •Multi-Lingual Staff •Room Service •Safety Deposit Box For Your Accessibility Needs The Following Features Are Available: •Accessible elevators •Accessible meeting rooms •Braille elevator •Emergency pull cords bedside bed available •Emergency pull cords in bathroom available •Evacuation chair available to help evacuate a disabled person •Induction Loop System available at reception •Induction Loop System available in the meeting rooms •Inflatable chair available to assist in getting in and out of a bath •Level or ramp entrance into the building •Public Areas/Facilities accessible for physically challenged •Rooms accessible to wheelchairs (no steps) •Service support animals welcome •Visual alarms for hearing impaired in public areas •Wheelchair ramp for lobby/reception access .

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services to book additional nights.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Monday, May 11 - Edinburgh, Scotland - The Royal Mile
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Depart the hotel this morning for an exploration of Edinburgh. Start the morning at Edinburgh Castle, perched above the city on Castle Rock. Continue exploring the sites along the Royal Mile ending at the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: After lunch you will have some free time to independently explore the shops, restaurants, and sites of interest along the Royal Mile.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Tuesday, May 12 - Edinburgh / Oban / Embark MV Sea Explorer
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer by coach from Edinburgh to Oban. The driving time is approximately 3 hours, but the views through the Scottish highlands will be well worth it. There will also be rest stops along the way. Upon arrival in Oban visit Oban Distillery, to learn how traditional Scotch whiskey is produced from one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland. Next, drive to the top of Battery Hill to McCraig's tower, with beautiful views of Oban Bay.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive at the MV Sea Explorer. Embarkation begins at 4:00 PM.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Wednesday, May 13 - Migulay & Pabbay, Outer Hebrides
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Explore the remote islands at the tip of the South Uist including Mingulay and Pabbay. Zodiacs will be used to explore and we hope to make some beach landings. Despite there being a continuous population on Mingulay for at least two thousand years, evacuation began in 1907 and the island was completely abandoned by its residents in 1912 and has remained abandoned ever since. The islands are also a nature reserve with important breeding populations of razorbills, guillemots, black guillemots, puffins, fulmars and shags.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Migulay and Pabbay.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Thursday, May 14 - St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Arrive at first light in St. Kilda, a remarkable uninhabited archipelago some fifty miles beyond the Outer Hebrides. The largest island, Hirta, once supported a population of over 200, but the last islanders left in the 1930s. The Medieval village has been restored by the National Trust for Scotland and offers a marvellous link with the past.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Cruise past two of the largest gannetries in the world at Borecay and Stac Lee as you sail to North Rona.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Friday, May 15 - North Rona, Outer Hebrides
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Spend the day around North Rona, an isolated island some fifty miles north of Cape Wrath. The last islanders left North Rona in 1844 and today it is home to thirteen species of breeding seabirds including large colonies of great black-backed gulls, great skuas and puffins. There is also a large population of grey seals which we hope to observe during a Zodiac cruise.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring North Rona.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Saturday, May 16 - Torshavn, Faroe Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Enjoy a morning at sea before we arrive in the Faroe Islands at lunch time.

Brunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: From the berth in Torshavn, join a guided exploration over the hills to Kirkjubour the islands oldest cultural center where you will see the ruins of the 13th century St Magnus Cathedral and the 11th century church, still in use. Also visit the 900-year old "Roykstovan", the old bishopric, considered to be the oldest wooden house in Europe.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Sunday, May 17 - Mykines, Faroe Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: Today we will use the Zodacis to explore the westernmost islands of the Faroes. One of the loveliest of the archipelago, Mykines is wonderfully green and its single village with bright turf roofed houses and turf streets is a delight. One of the best walks in the Faroes can be found here at "Lundaland" (land of the puffin) on the islet of Mtkinesholmur, which is connected to Mykines by a small bridge.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: This afternoon we hope to explore the huge caves of Vagar that have been created by the Atlantic Ocean as you sail back to Scotland.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Monday, May 18 - Papa Stour & Foula, Scotland
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: This morning you will board Zodiacs to explore the stunning cliff scenery, sea stacks, arches, blowholes, and coastal cavers of Papa Stour.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship as you sail to Foula, one of Britain's most remote inhabited islands.

Afternoon: Apart from a narrow coastal strip of more fertile croftland, Foula is an expanse of peat and moorland rising steeply to five dramatic peaks. In the long midsummer days, Foula's wildflowers provide a glorious burst of color. The world's largest colony of Great Skuas compete fiercely with many Parasitic Jaegers for breeding territories.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eleven: Tuesday, May 19 - Lerwick & Mousa, Shetland Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship.

Morning: After breakfast discover the Shetland capital and begin your exploration of this historic port. Wander through the narrow stone lanes, and visit the excellent Shetland Museum, containing artifacts from shipwrecks and the whaling era.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Explore Mousa to see the forty-foot defensive tower built by the Picts more than 2000 years ago, and the tallest, best preserved example of an Iron Age broch (tower) in Britain.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Twelve: Wednesday, May 20 - Fair Isle & North Ronaldsay, Orkney Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: This morning Sea Explorer will call at Fair Isle where you will be met with a warm welcome by the tiny population of sixty or so islanders. Enjoy a walk across the island, perhaps visiting the Bird Observatory, searching out the puffin slopes.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship

Afternoon: North Ronaldsay supports a rich and diverse population of wild flowers, mammals and birds. It lies on the migration crossroads with birds heading north towards Iceland, Greenland and Scandinavia whilst common and grey seals are numerous. Join the naturalists for guided walks cross the island including the lighthouse.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: The deluxe Sea Explorer is an all-suite yacht accommodating up to 114 guests. Built in 1992 and refurbished and redecorated in 2005, it has 57 suites. This small ship offers several advantages that mass cruiseliners cannot match. It can dock or anchor almost anywhere and are not limited to large commercial ports. The Sea Explorer can slip into small towns and tiny fishing villages. The ship's 70 officers and crew ensure personalized service.

Ship Information: Passengers: 110 Crew: 70 Length: 297 feet Beam: 50 feet Draught: 16 feet Gross tonnage: 4200 Speed: 14.5 knots Ice Class: 1C Registered: Marshall Islands Year built: 1992 (refurbished in 2005)

Contact info:
Noble Caledonia
2 Chester Close
Belgravia, London, FL SW1X 7BE UK:England
phone: +2077520000
web: www.noble-caledonia.co.uk/

Room amenities: All suites are outside suites with private facilities. Please note that all suites have a shower, but none have baths. All suites have the following facilities: - Television - CD/DVD Player - Telephone - Electronic Safe - Hair dryer - Shampoo, hand soap, and shower gel - Heating and air-conditioning (individually controlled) - Mini-refridgerator - Bathrobes for use on board. All bathrobes will be collected for laundering the day before disembarkation - Ample closet space

Facility amenities: - Bar - Gym - Library - Lounge - Outdoor Bar - Outdoor Jacuzzi - Sun Deck - Laundry Service

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Thirteen: Thursday, May 21 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Breakfast: Breakfast on board the ship

Morning: This morning, head into the west of Mainland, Orkney's largest island. Pass through the gentle rolling landscape and into the Neolithic Heartland of Orkney; an area designated as a World Heritage Site due to its wealth of pre-historic archaeology. See the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar; a huge ceremonial circle of stones dating back almost 5000 years. Continue to the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae and see the remarkable dwellings revealed from beneath the sand dunes by storms only 150 years ago.

Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.

Afternoon: Continue exploring Kirkwall.

Dinner: Dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: Sea Explorer

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

Description: With its central location in the heart of the Granite City, the Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre hotel is an ideal base for exploring the city's ornate metropolitan architecture, nearby castles, whiskey distilleries and sandy beaches. The hotel is located 20 minutes from Aberdeen Airport, close to local bus and train stations. Prestigious shopping centers and local restaurants are right on our doorstep. Dine in our full-service hotel restaurant, Native by Nick Nairn Restaurant and Bar, serving cooked-to-order breakfast, fine steaks, fresh seafood and evening room service. Enjoy a refreshing drink and bar snack at the bar.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
31 St Andrew St
Aberdeen, AB25 1JA UK:Scotland
phone: +441224451444
web: hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hilton-garden-inn-aberdeen-city-centre-ABZACGI/index.html

Room amenities: Every guest room at the Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Aberdeen offers a range of thoughtful amenities. Keep in touch with complimentary WiFi and get some work done at the ergonomically-designed workspace. Offering the perfect balance between comfort and support, the Garden Sleep System® bed offers a great night’s sleep. Watch a movie on the 32-inch LCD or check out a complimentary Stay Fit Kit® from reception for in-room exercise.

Facility amenities: Discover a range of great hotel features at the Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre hotel, including complimentary WiFi in all guest rooms and public areas, a meeting suite and a 24-hour business center with secretarial services. Workout in the well-equipped fitness center with fully-trained staff on hand. Dining options on-site include Native by Nick Nairn Restaurant and Bar as well as our 24-hour Pavilion Pantry® for guests on the go. Parking is available at the hotel and the local car park.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services to book additional nights.


Day Fourteen: Friday, May 22 - Aberdeen, Scotland / Disembark
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Disembark the ship this morning. Enjoy a morning exploration of Aberdeen

Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore the local fare.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time to explore Aberdeen.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: Hilton Garden Inn Aberdeen City Centre (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Saturday, May 23 - Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights returning to North America.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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