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

Aboard Road Scholar’s new floating campus, set out on an epic adventure to discover the heritage behind the rolling hills of Ireland, Scotland and the British Isles.
Program No. 23515RJ
12 days
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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 Road Scholar’s 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 heritage of the rolling hills of Scotland and the British Isles. Unlike most cruise ships that are briefly in port, you’ll have overnight stays in many locations, providing deeper exploration. Make history with us — and make friendships on board ship and on land!

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Experience London Like a Local

Experience the iconic city of London at your own pace after your Odyssey at Sea adventure, complete with a stay at a centrally-located hotel.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

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 tranquility of the Scottish Highlands on expert-led visits to the banks of Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, like-minded travelers who are as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L. Looking to extend your stay? This program has a post-extension, "Extension: Experience London Like a Local" (#23619).
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Kevin A Tooher
An expert horticulturalist and Royal Horticultural Society judge, Kevin Tooher can be found giving speeches on a variety of garden-related topics around the UK. But before his interests turned green, Kevin was a detective at New Scotland Yard for over 20 years, where he worked in Covert Operations, Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Operations; this experience later landed him an advisory role on the famed British police drama ‘The Sweeney’ for several years.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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David Holmes
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