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Odyssey at Sea: The Best of England, Ireland & Scotland

Program No. 23515RJ
Aboard Road Scholar’s new floating campus, set out on an inspired adventure that highlights the heritage behind the rolling hills of Ireland, Scotland and England.
12 days
Rating (4.45)
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At a Glance

Cast off on an epic adventure aboard our first-ever floating campus! Begin your monumental journey to the green gems of the British Isles in Dublin, where locals’ warmth is omnipresent. On board our favorite ship, the Aegean Odyssey, sail to Kirkwall to experience its ancient Scottish treasures and make your way along the craggy coastline to discover the proud heritage of England. What's more, unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you'll have overnight stays in many locations, giving you plenty of opportunity for deeper exploration. Make history with us — and make friendships on board ship and on land!

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Spend two days exploring the treasures of Dublin with a local expert, including Trinity College and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
  • Encounter serene lochs and imposing castles in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Experience the Scottish Highlands with visits to the banks of Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today
by Francis Pryor
London: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
7 Days in Dublin: Everything to See and Do
by Shane Kennedy
Hudson's Historic Houses, Gardens, Castles & Heritage Sites
by Hudson's Media
London: A History in Maps
by Peter Barber
Scotland: The Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
Ireland 1912-1985
by J.J. Lee
The Isles: A History
by Norman Davies
The English Garden: A Social History
by Charles Quest-Ritson
A History of the British Isles: Prehistory to the Present
by Kenneth L Campbell
Scottish Highlanders: A People and their Place
by James Hunter
Divorced, Beheaded, Died: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-sized Chunks
by Kevin Flude
The Scottish Nation: 1700-2000
by T.M. Devine
The Edinburgh Literary Companion
by Andrew Lownie
Ireland in the 20th Century
by Tim Pat Coogan
Watching the English
by Kate Fox

Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.