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England/Ireland/Scotland

Grand Odyssey: President’s Voyage Around the British Isles

Welcome aboard our premiere floating campus for an exceptional exploration of Great Britain and Ireland inspired by Road Scholar President James Moses.
Program No. 23677RJ
Length
22 days
Starts at
7,499
Special Offer
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Flights start at
FREE
England/Ireland/Scotland

Grand Odyssey: President’s Voyage Around the British Isles

Welcome aboard our premiere floating campus for an exceptional exploration of Great Britain and Ireland inspired by Road Scholar President James Moses.
Length
22 days
Starts at
7,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Flights start at
FREE
Program No. 23677 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Ship Inside
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A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
Ship Out
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A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Ship Balc
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A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Jul 7 - Jul 28, 2022
Ship Inside 7,499
Ship Outside 8,699
Ship Balcony 12,499
Special Offer

COMBINE & SAVE! Enroll by March 31, 2021 for free air from many cities. Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities. The prices shown reflect a savings of $1699 (compared to purchasing corresponding dates of programs 23514 & 23515 separately.)

DATES & PRICES

Ship Inside
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with no window, porthole or balcony.
Ship Out
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin with a window or porthole to view the outside.
Ship Balc
Details
Accommodation Details
A cabin featuring a verandah, or balcony, that allows you to step outside without going to a public deck.
Jul 7 - Jul 28, 2022
Ship Inside 9,499
Ship Outside 10,699
Ship Balcony 15,499
Special Offer

COMBINE & SAVE! Enroll by March 31, 2021 for free air from many cities. Airfare availability may vary by date. Ask about low-cost air from other cities. The prices shown reflect a savings of $1699 (compared to purchasing corresponding dates of programs 23514 & 23515 separately.)

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.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two Activity Levels to choose from: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

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 three city icons during explorations of Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Dublin 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? Continue your learning adventure in London on our four-day extensions. Both programs offer the same content, with a choice of continuing before or after your Odyssey at Sea. "Extension: Experience Local Life in London" (#23618), shown above, is offered before you embark your Odyssey at Sea adventure. "Extension: Experience London Like a Local" (#23619) is offered after your Odyssey at Sea adventure concludes.
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Caroline Holmes
Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary places, people and plants who sifts humor from humus worldwide. She is an award-winning, international lecturer in the warmth and comfort of halls and houses as well as leading groups through inspiring sites and gardens worldwide. Caroline is a renowned author, broadcaster and consultant designer specializing in the people and plants that have historically shaped landscapes.

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

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Caroline Holmes is a garden historian of ancient, modern and contemporary places, people and plants who sifts humor from humus worldwide. She is an award-winning, international lecturer in the warmth and comfort of halls and houses as well as leading groups through inspiring sites and gardens worldwide. Caroline is a renowned author, broadcaster and consultant designer specializing in the people and plants that have historically shaped landscapes.
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Stephen Delaney is an expert on broadcasting in Ireland with a bachelor’s in English and history from University College Cork and a master’s in Ireland’s media history. Stephen is involved in active research including areas such as Irish film history, broadcasting, newspapers and Irish identity. He specializes in political cartoons of Ireland and Britain. Stephen continues to lecture at University College Cork on media history and is an outreach officer for the Dungarvan County Museum. Stephen has been a Road Scholar Group leader since 2006.
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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.
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David Holmes is a collector, restorer and bookbinder with an enthusiasm for unconsidered trifles. In his spare time he has spent the last 35 years restoring his and Caroline's 15th-century cottage balancing authenticity in true arts and crafts spirit with the needs of modernity. In his quest for antiques, tools and artifacts he has trawled tips and car boot sales as well as high end Fine Art Auctions and specialist dealers. His demonstrations discuss the intricacies of book binding, dovetailing oak and trimming hedges.
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.
A History of the British Isles: Prehistory to the Present
by Kenneth L Campbell
Watching the English
by Kate Fox
London: A History in Maps
by Peter Barber
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
The English Garden: A Social History
by Charles Quest-Ritson
The Geology of Cornwall
by E.B. Selwood, Eric M. Durrance, C.M. Bristow
The Isles: A History
by Norman Davies
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 Giant's Causeway: And the North Antrim Coast
by Philip Watson
Ireland 1912-1985
by J.J.Lee
Hudson's Historic Houses, Gardens, Castles & Heritage Sites
by Hudson's Media
Britain's Heritage Coast: The Jurassic Coast
by Paul Harris
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
7 Days in Dublin: Everything to See and Do
by Shane Kennedy
The Great Gardens of Cornwall: The People and Their Plants
by Tim Hubbard





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