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The British Isles by Sea: Ireland, Scotland and England

Program Number: 20419RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/15/2013 - 7/1/2013; 7/13/2015 - 7/29/2015;
Duration: 16 nights
Location: United Kingdom:England/Ireland/Scotland/Netherlands
Price starting at: $6,146.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Ocean Cruises
Meals: 43; 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Immerse yourself in the customs and traditions of modern Celtic communities as you journey along the coastlines of England, Scotland and Ireland on board the ms Prinsendam.




Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1 night; aboard ms Prinsendam, 14 nights



Days 1-3:
Arrival Amsterdam (Netherlands) / Embark MS Prinsendam

Explore the rich history and architecture of Amsterdam, with a leisurely cruise through the city's labyrinth of canals.



Days 4-5:
At Sea / Rosyth (Scotland)

Climb the Edinburgh Castle for a view of historical city.



Days 6-7:
Invergordon / Kirkwall (Scotland)

Visit Cawdor Castle, known for its literary connection to Shakespeare's MacBeth. Step back in time 5000 years and discover the stone village of Skara Brae.



Days 8-9:
Portree, Isle of Skye / Oban (Scotland)

Learn the story of the Clan Macleod at Dunvegan Castle. Visit Oban Distillery, one of the Scotch Whisky distilleries in Scotland.



Days 10-12:
Londonderry (Ireland) / Belfast (Northern Ireland) / Dublin (Ireland)

From Londonderry, journey to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, and geological marvel, of the Giant's Causeway. Learn about the Titanic in Belfast. Meet with students at Trinity College in Dublin for an exploration of the campus and viewing of the Book of Kells.



Days 13-15:
Holyhead (Wales) / Ilfracombe (England) / St Peter Port (Channel Islands)

In Holyhead, marvel at Beaumaris Castle. Delve into the history of Gastle Cornet ó Guernsey’s ancient royal fortress that stands watch over the harbor of St. Peter Port.



Days 16-17:
At Sea / Amsterdam (the Netherlands) / Disembark

Disembark in Amsterdam



ms Prinsendam

Designed expressly to explore the rare corners of the world, the Prinsendam accommodates fewer than 800 guests, offering the intimate feel of a yacht with the spaciousness of a large cruise ship


Meals and Lodgings
   Tower Hotel
  At Sea., UK:England 1 night
   MS Prinsendam
  At Sea., UK:England
At Sea - Holyhead, UK:Wales
At Sea., UK:England
At Sea-Foynes (Ireland), Ireland
At Sea - Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland
At Sea - Dublin, Ireland
At Sea., UK:England
At Sea - Rosyth, UK:Scotland
At Sea., UK:England
14 nights
 Tower Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located on the River Thams in the heart of London, the Tower Hotel enjoys panoramic views of the Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, the River Thames and St Katherine Docks. Vibrant, contemporary and spacious, this non-smoking hotel feels relaxed and enjoys an abundance of natural daylight.
  Contact info: St Katharine's Way
London,  E1W 1LD UK:England
phone: +44 845 305 8335
web: www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities, flat screen LDC TV, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, mini bar, room safe, trouser press
  Facility amenities: Air conditioning, gym, meeting rooms, restaurant with outdoor terrace, bar, wifi internet (for an additional charge)
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: TBD Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for rates and bookings.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM

 MS Prinsendam
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: Designed to explore the remote corners of the world in elegance and style, the ms Prinsendam is our most intimate ship. Accommodating just 835 passengers, she gives guests the feel of a classic yacht with the spaciousness of a cruise ship. The ms Prinsendam offers many cozy areas in which to find your favorite spot, most of her staterooms feature commanding ocean views and many have private verandahs. A special signature sculpture dominates the three-story atrium featuring etched fish, turtles and dolphins climbing a stunning cylinder of Bolle glass and lit with state-of-the-art fiber optics. Other works of art include a remarkable abstract marble sculpture of a Viking ship by contemporary Norwegian artist Nicholas Widerberg, a series of paintings by impressionist painter Neil Pinkett, and an outstanding collection of Roman Amphorae from 50 - 150 AD. The ms Prinsendam, or "Princes" ship, is truly a classic ship worthy of her name.
  Ship Information: Ship's Registry: The Netherlands Passenger capacity: 835 Crew members: 470 Gross Tonnage: 37,983 grt. Length: 669 feet Beam: 106 feet Maximum speed: 22 knots
  Contact info: 300 Elliott Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119 USA
phone: 206-281-3535
web: www.hollandamerica.com/cruise-vacation-onboard/Prinsendam
  Room amenities: With 25 percent more living space than any other ship in its category, enjoy elegant and refined details such as fine linens, fluffy Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes, massage showerheads and flat-screen televisions.
  Facility amenities: The ms Prinsendam boasts 22 spacious public rooms, features commanding ocean views in 93 percent of her staterooms and private verandahs in 67 percent of her staterooms. The two-tier La Fontaine Dining Room features impeccable service and an extensive wine list, and offers five-course menus, from continental cuisine to vegetarian and low-carb options. The intimate reservations-only Pinnacle Grill offers an elegant, sophisticated dining experience and features premium hand-selected cuts of Sterling Silver beef, inspired seafood dishes and many select wines rated "Excellent" by Wine Spectator - as well as distinctive Bvlgari china, Riedel stemware and Frette linens. The Lido Restaurant offers a relaxed ambiance for all three meals and features a variety of fresh, cooked-to-order specialties. The Culinary Arts Center, presented by Food & Wine magazine, is the setting for gourmet cooking demonstrations and interactive classes. The Queen's Show Lounge features Las Vegas-style productions, talented vocalists, illusionists, comedians and variety acts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
The program begins on day 2 with arrivals in London. You will be staying at Tower Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
The programs ends with disembarkation in Amsterdam You will be staying at MS Prinsendam the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Holland America requires that you register online in order to receive your cruise documents. Please go to www.hollandamerica.com to register and click on the Register button at the top right of the page.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
To Start of Program
  Location:  At Sea.
  Transportation to site: A group arrival transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and arrive on the group date. Independent travelers may take a taxi directly to the ship. There is also a designated group transfer available to independent travelers at no additional cost. This transfer will take place at 11:15 am on June 16th.
  From End of Program
  Location: At Sea.
  Transportation from site: A group departure transfer is organized for all participants who purchased an air inclusive program and depart on the group date. Independent travelers make take a taxi directly to the airport. There is also a designated group transfer available to independent travelers at no additional cost. Departure transfer will take place at 9:00am.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Depature from North America to London
(Saturday, June 15)
   
 In Transit: Overnight flights from North America to London.

Day 2: Arrive in London
(Sunday, June 16)
   
 Morning: Arrive in London. Your group leader will meet the group at the London International Airport. Motorcoach departs the airport for transfer to the program hotel in London.
 Dinner: Join your group and group leader for a welcome dinner at the Tower Hotel
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: Tower Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 3: Tower of London / Embark MS Prinsendam
(Monday, June 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Hotel
 Morning: Enjoy a Road Scholar excursion: The Tower of London. We visit the Crown Jewels first, avoiding the crowds which come later. Then the White Tower, which was completed in 1100, and now houses an exhibition of armour and a range of fascinating artefacts connected with the history of the Tower and the Monarchy
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Depart for Tilbury. Review ship activities en route to ship. Embark the MS Prinsendam
 Dinner: Dinner on board the ship. Ship departs Tillbury this evening.
 Evening: Evening at leisure
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: At Sea
(Tuesday, June 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy a morning lecture by your study leader: Theme Maritime and Celtic History
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Enjoy an Exclusive Road Scholar Welcome Cocktail Party.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: St Peter Port, Channel Islands
(Wednesday, June 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives in St. Peter Port. Coach departs from the ship. Dtailed Excursion Description:- 2.5 hours You will be met by your guide on the pier and enjoy a guided walk from the ship along the massive granite breakwater to the Castle Emplacement where you will enter the castle through the impressive portcullis entrance. Standing like a sentinel guarding the entrance to St Peter Port harbour, this Royal Fortress has witnessed many major events in British history. From protecting the island against invasion from the French in 1204 through to the English Civil War and to the Second World War, the Castle bears the scars of over 800 years of warfare. A short flight of steps leads to the lower gardens with original cannons facing out through the ramparts. Your guide will lead you through the narrow alleyways describing the chequered history of this iconic fortress. Entering the castle, built in the 13th century to defend the surrounding waters, you will begin to understand what life was like for those living in this imposing fortress. The deprivation, the dank stench from the dungeons, the constant danger of invasion and the many deaths within its walls are brought to life by the Guide?s narration. You will re-live the medieval myths, murders and manifestations which took place in this captivating fortress. During the tour there will be the opportunity to visit the museums housed within the castle walls - namely, The Story of Castle Cornet Museum which relates the castle?s role in the English Civil War and its occupation by German forces in 1940, the Maritime Museum which details all the naval history of the castle, from Pirates to the Royal Navy, the 201 Squadron RAF Museum (Guernsey?s adopted squadron and the only affiliated squadron museum of its kind in Britain open to the public,) and the Militia Museum which houses the uniforms and memorabilia of the Guernsey Light Infantry which fought in France in the First World War.
 Lunch: Coach returns to the ship. Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of St Peter Port, Channel Islands.
 Dinner: Ship departs St. Peter Port. Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Falmouth, England
(Thursday, June 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Ship arrives in Falmouth, England. Lying on the southern coast of Cornwall, Falmouth is a seaside gem. Explore Pendennis and St. Mawes Castles, built in the 16th century by Henry VIII. Stop by the National Maritime Museum or visit the cathedral in nearby Truro. Wander the quaint streets to discover local eateries and shops, and walk along the area’s fine beaches.
 Dinner: Ship departs Falmouth, England. Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Bristol (Bath), England
(Friday, June 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: A major seaport and England's sixth largest city, Bristol is famous for its music and film industries, and was a finalist for the 2008 European Capital of Culture. Explore the Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, take in a show, and stroll the streets while getting in your daily quota of sightseeing.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: In the Afternoon continue to enjoy your excursion of Bristol (Bath), England.
 Dinner: Ship departs Bristol, England. Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Dunmore East (Waterford), Ireland
(Saturday, June 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Perched on a cliff edge, Dunmore East is a classic cruise-port gem – a captivating fishing village. Guests may stroll the quaint and narrow streets, sampling local seafood and relaxing with a quiet pint or a bite to eat in one of the many charming restaurants and pubs. The village is steeped in history, as well as music and festivals, and golf, tennis, walking, water sports and more.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Dunmore East.
 Dinner: Motorcoach arrives at the ship. Ship departs Dunmore East. Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Dublin
(Sunday, June 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives in Dublin. Motorcoach departs for excursion. Detailed Excursion Description: - 7.5 hours Dublin offers a fine introduction to Georgian mansions, with its wide streets and spacious squares. You’ll pass the Customs House on the north bank of the River Liffey and many mid-18th-century public buildings back in Dublin’s south side. Your sightseeing tour of the city continues, passing Merrion and Fitzwilliam squares, the National Gallery, St. Stephen’s Green, Dawson Street and the residence of Dublin’s Lord Mayor. You will pass Dublin Castle, City Hall, Christ Church Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral—the latter founded in 1190 and best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was dean here from 1713 to 1745. At Phoenix Park, Europe’s largest enclosed public park, you will pass by the homes of Ireland’s president and the American Ambassador. Along the River Liffey, see the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice. From here you will travel to Trinity College where you will visit the library that holds the famous Book of Kells—a hand-illuminated manuscript of the gospels. Trinity was founded just before the Tudor monarchy had completed the task of extending its authority over the whole of Ireland and the idea of an Irish university had been in the air for some time. Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, it is Ireland's oldest university and is famous for its graduates such as Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett. Your visit to Trinity College will not only include an opportunity to view the Book of Kells, displayed in the Old Library at Trinity College Dublin from the mid 19th century, you will also enjoy an guided tour of the campus and an insight into university life in Dublin and the education system in Ireland.
 Lunch: Enjoy a delicious light lunch in a local Dublin pub.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore Dublin independently
 Dinner: Motorcoach arrives at the ship. Ship departs Dublin. Dinner at leisure onboard.
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Greenock (Glasgow), Scotland
(Monday, June 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives Greenock, Scotland. Motorcoach departs for excursion. Located on the River Clyde, Greenock is on the steep west coast of Scotland, offering spectacular views to the mountains beyond. From the looming Victorian tower in Cathcart Square to the McLean Museum and Art Gallery on Union Street, you?ll find plenty to see and do. Head to Craig's Top for magnificent views from the summit of Lyle Hill, or head to nearby Glasgow to view its fine cathedral and art galleries.On arrival at Brightwater Visitor Centre, meet local rangers who will lead you on a guided walk to explain the local flora and fauna. Depending on final numbers, the group will be split into smaller groups where half will visit Gavin Maxwell's house/museum whilst the other half will visit the lighthouse and hides for watching the otters before rotating. Scottish naturalist and author Gavin Maxwell holds a special place, not only in Scottish literature, but also in the hearts and minds of animal lovers throughout the world. Probably most famous for "Ring of Bright Water" (1960) about how he brought an otter back from Iraq and raised it in Scotland, his book sold more than a million copies and was made into a movie starring Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna in 1969. The island and the surrounding water host a diverse range of wildlife. The flora ranges from coastal plants like sea pinks, to heathland varieties such as heather and tormental. On the island you may see voles, pine martens, rock and meadow pipits, while in the water around, shags and cormorants are regularly seen feeding, and eider ducks have appeared in large numbers. Porpoises and both harbour and grey seals are visitors, not to mention the resident otters!
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: At Sea
(Tuesday, June 25)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy your lecture by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard
 Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture by your study leader.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Killybegs, Donegal, Ireland
(Wednesday, June 26)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship Arrives in Killybegs. Exploration of Donegal TBD.
 Lunch: Lunch aboard the ship.
 Afternoon: Afternoon Exploration of Donegal TBD.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13: Stornoway (Isle of Lewis), UK
(Thursday, June 27)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives in Stornoway.Coach departs from the ship. Inhabited for more than 6,000 years, the Isle of Lewis has a rich history and rugged beauty. Explore the islands varied scenery from fjord-like lochs and dramatic sea-cliffs to barren peat moors and romantic heather covered uplands; marvel at the mysterious Standing Stones at Callanish, the most remarkable piece of antiquity in the Western Isles; and shop for famous Harris Tweed, hand-woven and uniquely dyed using indigenous plants.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Stornoway.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14: Kirkwall, Scotland
(Friday, June 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives in Kirkwall. Coach departs for excursion. Located on the Orkney Islands in the remote northern reaches of Scotland, Kirkwall's history dates from 1046 and includes such characters as Sigurd the Powerful, St. Earl Magnus the Martyr, and Sigurd the Stout. Step back in time 5000 years and discover the stone village of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness, and the Ring of Brodgar.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Kirkwall, Scotland
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15: Rosyth (Edinburgh), Scotland
(Saturday, June 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Ship arrives in Rosyth. Coach departs from the ship. The brute igneous plugs of Scotland's Central Lowlands parted the retreating glaciers of the last ice age and became ideal places to build fortresses, with Castle Rock, and its Edinburgh Castle, premier among them. Cruise travelers can climb to the castle today and look out over a townscape of greenery and stone buildings, clustered tall and thin. Edinburgh's been honored as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the city not only honors its past, it parties with it at an annual festival of festivals that includes the Edinburgh Fringe, the Edinburgh International Festival, the Military Tattoo, the International Book Festival, and more.
 Lunch: Lunch on board the ship.
 Afternoon: Continue your exploration of Rosyth (Edinburgh), Scotland.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16: At Sea
(Sunday, June 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard
 Morning: Enjoy a presentation by your study leader.
 Lunch: Lunch on board
 Afternoon: Afternoon lecture and program wrap up
 Afternoon: Dinner on board
   
Accommodations: MS Prinsendam
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 17: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Disembark / Departures
(Monday, July 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast on board. Ship arrives in Amsterdam
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flights back to the US. Avoid Scheduling flights prior to 14:00
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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