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Grand Odyssey: President’s Voyage Around the British Isles

Program No. 23677RJ
Welcome aboard our premiere floating campus for an exceptional exploration of Great Britain and Ireland inspired by Road Scholar President James Moses.

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At a Glance

Cast off on an extraordinary learning adventure inspired by James Moses’ 40th anniversary at Road Scholar and his love of British history and Celtic culture. We’ve combined our 12-day “President’s Voyage to Ireland & England” with “Best of England, Ireland & Scotland” and added two days of expert-led discovery in Northern Ireland for the ultimate exploration of Great Britain and Ireland. From the regal coastlines of England to the infectious character of Ireland to the sweeping wilderness of Scotland, this journey is an exceptional educational deep-dive into this storied region. Make history with us on board our premier floating campus when you set sail on this inspired President’s Voyage.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Enjoy two complimentary hotel overnights in Belfast mid-voyage, complete with small-group field trips in Northern Ireland— a bonus excursion not found on either of the base programs!
  • Go ashore in England to experience prehistoric Stonehenge on the Salisbury Plain and, nearby, the 13th-century, Gothic-style Salisbury Cathedral, boasting the tallest church spire in England.
  • Soak up the jaunty warmth of the locals in Dublin and learn about the rich history of city icons during explorations of Trinity College and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • 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.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Great Gardens of Cornwall: The People and Their Plants
by Tim Hubbard
7 Days in Dublin: Everything to See and Do
by Shane Kennedy
The Geology of Cornwall
by E.B. Selwood, Eric M. Durrance, C.M. Bristow
The Isles: A History
by Norman Davies
The English Garden: A Social History
by Charles Quest-Ritson
Scottish Highlanders: A People and their Place
by James Hunter
London: The Biography
by Peter Ackroyd
Divorced, Beheaded, Died: The History of Britain's Kings and Queens in Bite-sized Chunks
by Kevin Flude
The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain 1649-1815
by N.A.M. Rodger
The Making of the British Landscape: How We Have Transformed the Land, from Prehistory to Today
by Francis Pryor
Britain's Heritage Coast: The Jurassic Coast
by Paul Harris
Hudson's Historic Houses, Gardens, Castles & Heritage Sites
by Hudson's Media
Ireland 1912-1985
by J.J.Lee
The Giant's Causeway: And the North Antrim Coast
by Philip Watson
London: A History in Maps
by Peter Barber
A History of the British Isles: Prehistory to the Present
by Kenneth L Campbell
Watching the English
by Kate Fox
Ireland in the 20th Century
by Tim Pat Coogan
Scotland: The Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
The Scottish Nation: 1700-2000
by T.M. Devine

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