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United Kingdom/Ireland

The Ultimate U.K. Voyage: London to Edinburgh on the Ocean Albatros

Program No. 24890RJ
Cross multiple countries off your must-see list on this Floating Campus! Explore England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and their iconic sites on this voyage.

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Ship Out Ship Balc Ship Suite
May 1 - May 11, 2025
Ship Outside 7,999
Ship Balcony 10,999
Ship Suite 12,499
Special Offer

Enroll by April 30, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from select cities!


Ship Outside Ship Balcony
May 1 - May 11, 2025
Ship Outside 12,999
Ship Balcony 17,499
Special Offer

Enroll by April 30, 2024 and receive free round-trip airfare from select cities!

At a Glance

It’s the ultimate voyage through the countries of the United Kingdom — experience England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on our Floating Campus! Board the expedition ship Ocean Albatros and embark on an exciting circumnavigation of the U.K. Come into port at iconic natural wonders such as Giant’s Causeway UNESCO World Heritage Site and Loch Ness and bustling cities including London and Edinburgh. From castles to cathedrals, admire the U.K’s medieval history and modern culture. Your two onboard instructors offer lectures, Q&A sessions and casual discussions to expand on your experiences in port. In true campus style, you’ll also have opportunities to participate in onboard activities, live performances and getting to know other Road Scholars who love learning — and voyages — as much as you do.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from on every departure date: one that has more walking and standing and one at a less active pace. Walking up to 3 miles per day over various types of terrain; walking up stairs unassisted, getting in and out of motor coaches.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Seize the opportunity to visit all four countries — England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland — that comprise the United Kingdom.
  • Visit Giant’s Causeway in Portrush and admire the natural wonder of its interlocking basalt columns caused by a volcanic eruption.
  • Spend a full day in Kirkwall and visit the Neolithic site of Ring of Brodgar, a stone circle that is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Take in the beautiful scenery and mountains as you cruise the cold deep waters of Loch Ness and look out for the evasive Loch Ness Monster.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of other Road Scholars as you take in private lectures, unique field trips and take part in educational onboard activities on this exclusive Floating Campus voyage.

General Notes

This learning adventure is part of Road Scholar’s Floating Campus. You’ll enjoy a true campus feel as we have the entire ship to ourselves and welcome a maximum of 150 Road Scholars, and enjoy field trips onshore in smaller groups. Onboard experts will be on hand throughout the voyage and will offer instruction during exclusive lectures, Q&A sessions and discussions. Enjoy onboard activities, live performances and the camaraderie that can only be found with an entire ship full of fellow Road Scholars!
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.
Robert the Bruce: King of Scots
by Ronald McNair Scott
Using contemporary accounts, Ronald McNair Scott tells the story of Scotland's legendary leader, and one of Europe's most remarkable medieval kings.
Before Scotland: The Story of Scotland Before History
by Alistairi Moffat
This book follows the movement of hunter-gatherers north, the growth of fishing, and the establishment of farming. The author also covers cultural evolution in Scotland - the roles played by megalith builders, Celts, Picts, and others.
The Story of England
by Christopher Hibbert
Beautifully illustrated with color pictures, chronological charts, royal genealogies and maps, this popular history of English politics, economics and culture from the Neolithic Age to the 1990s is an excellent travel companion.
Waverley (1814)
by Sir Walter Scott
Waverley (1814), tells the story of Edward Waverley, a naïve young man who is posted to Scotland with his regiment. Edward must decide whether he will follow the civilization he has always known, or be drawn into an older world of honor.
London, A Literary Anthology
by British Library
Ranging from the 15th century to the present day, the British Library’s generous selection of poems and novel excerpts evokes the spirit of London through the ages. Full-color works of art from the library's collection are interspersed throughout.
A Traveller's History of London
by Richard Tames
The story of London, from the Romans to Tony Blair, tailored to the traveler.
by Diana Gabaldon
# 1 New York Times Bestseller, the first book in Diana Gabaldon’s acclaimed Outlander saga. Based in the Scottish Highlands, this spellbinding novel of passion and history combines exhilarating adventure with a love story for the ages.
How the Scots Invented the Modern World
by Athur Herman
As historian and author Arthur Herman reveals, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries Scotland made crucial contributions to science, philosophy, literature, education, medicine, commerce, and politics—contributions that have formed and nurtured the modern West ever since.
Eyewitness Guide London
by Eyewitness Guides
This superb guide to London features color photography, dozens of excellent neighborhood maps and a district-by-district synopsis of the city's attractions. Handsome, convenient and up-to-date, this is the guide to carry.
Scotland: the Story of a Nation
by Magnus Magnusson
Encompassing everything from the first Mesolithic settlers in 7000 B.C. to the present movements for independence, Scotland: The Story of a Nation is history on an epic level, essential reading for anyone interested in the rich past of this captivating land.
Scotland: a New History
by Michael Lynch
Michael Lynch, named as 'one of the most influential historians in Scotland of the last thirty years', has written an extraordinary one-volume history of the country that spans twenty centuries, from the Picts to the present day.
The Complete Poems and Songs of Robert Burns
by Robert Burns
Burns is an icon for the UK and Scotland he is a national symbol. This volume of poems and songs is a best selling, beautiful edition of his work.
by Craig Taylor
Drawing on the unforgettable stories of nearly 100 Londoners, Taylor provides a rich and vivid kaleidoscopic view of modern-day London through the diverse voices of those who, regardless of whether they love or hate it, capture the heart and soul of one of the world's greatest cities.
The Wasp Factory
by Iain Banks
The literary debut of Scottish author Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory is an imaginative and disturbing look into the mind of a child psychopath.
by Irvine Welsh
Trainspotting is Scottish novelist Irvine Welsh’s 1993 work of fiction. Set in the late 1980s, the novel follows the “Skag Boys,” who are involved in Edinburgh, Scotland’s heroin scene, particularly in the neighborhood of Leith.
London, A History
by A.N. Wilson
A brief, evocative meditation on the rich and varied history of England's capital city by the prolific British writer, critic and historian. Wilson examines London through several lenses, using humor and insight to discuss art, architecture, politics and culture.

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