Castle sits atop an island's mountain at sunset on the Treasures of Ireland & The British Isles trip.
Red double-decker bus drives across a bridge in London with Big Ben & Victoria Tower in the distance on a sunny day.
Sunset over the sea by tan circular rock columns on shore, seen on the Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagoes trip.
Puffin bird takes off out of choppy water in the rain, seen during the Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagoes trip.
Scattered sheep graze on bright green hillsides above a white-sand beach by calm turquoise water on a sunny day.
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Treasures of Ireland & The British Isles

Select from various cruises that go to England, Scotland and Ireland to explore charming port towns. Experience the romance of gardens and lush landscapes, colorful houses made of timber and slate, and rich cultural and historic heritage.

The main Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagoes itinerary offers the most unique stops, including Fort William, the Outdoor Capital of the UK; Wicklow, with its well-known gardens and national park; Dartmouth, a town that embodies the English countryside; Guernsey, a Channel Island with floral landscapes and former home to exiled writer Victor Hugo; and Normandy’s Honfleur, where pre-impressionist painters thrived, as do their museum-housed works, today.

The alternative British Shores & Celtic Heritage cruise uniquely visits Penzance, to discover Cornwall and its vast, green and wild expanses, plus its sheer cliffs and its sandy coves. The alternative Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands cruise features special guest musicians for concerts at sea between shore visits. Unique to this itinerary is a visit to Douglas, capital of Isle of Man. Here, enjoy living a postcard from the United Kingdom of yesteryear, with a Victorian atmosphere.

The Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides & the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys itinerary uniquely visits Holyhead, Wales, with its seabirds and historic landmarks; and Kinsale, Ireland, offering colorful houses, art galleries and theaters as well as a 17th century fort. This itinerary is tailored for English-speaking travelers who want to engage with the world. These voyages uniquely include transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world-class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of the local environment and culture. Look for the themed icon in the Rates and Dates table below.

Three luxury French vessels operate these cruises that go to England, Ireland and Scotland: 264-guest L’Austral and 180-guest Le Bellot and Le Dumont D’Urville. Enjoy refined and attentive service, a plethora of onboard activities and unrivaled elegance. Appreciate understated sophistication, an international feel and top-notch guides aboard these ships. Identical ships Le Bellot and Le Dumont D’Urville feature 100% private balconies or terraces, innovative equipment, elegantly designed guest accommodations, welcoming lounge areas that open to the outside and the Blue Eye underwater lounge–a multi-sensory space in the ship’s hull featuring hydrophones, expansive underwater views and other amenities that create the feeling of being underwater beside the marine life that the ship is sailing past. On all three ships, a variety of onboard activities engage guests while underway.

Read on for details about these cruises that go to England, Scotland and Ireland, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship cruises in Northern Europe and Northern European tours.



Itinerary

Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagos Itinerary

The Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagos cruise operates from Fairlie, nearby to Glasgow, Scotland, to Honfleur, France. This itinerary features the most Ireland visits, the most unique stops, and is the only option that crosses the English Channel to France.

Route map of Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagos cruise from Fairlie, nearby to Glasgow, Scotland, to Honfleur, France with visits along England, Ireland & Scotland.
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Day 1
Embark Fairlie (Glasgow), Scotland

The village of Fairlie can be found less than an hour away from lively Glasgow. In the north of Ayrshire county, on the western Scottish coast, this charming little town faces the Isle of Arran. The originality of Kelburn Castle, built in the 12th century, stems from its façade covered in graffiti by four famous Brazilian graffiti artists. This artistic statement as well as the castle’s estate and gardens, which can be discovered during a pleasant walk, are well worth a visit.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Fort William

A port town on the eastern shore of Loch Linnhe, Fort William is sometimes described as the Outdoor Capital of the UK. Because it sits at the base of Ben Nevis, the highest peak in the British Isles, and is in close proximity to the dramatic landscape of Glencoe, it is a popular destination for hikers and rock climbers. For those looking for a less adventurous experience, the nearby Ben Nevis Distillery offers tours and tastings, and Old Fort and Old Inverlochy Castle are interesting historical sites.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the northeast of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is none other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, travel back in time upon seeing the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Dublin, Ireland

The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the east coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centers. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Wicklow

Located some 30 miles south of the Irish capital, County Wicklow is a favorite holiday spot for Dubliners. Known colloquially as the Garden of Ireland, its green and undulating landscapes attract those fond of walking through the moors and the romantic scenery of the wild coast. From Wicklow Port, access the coastal path leading to the Black Castle. The ruins of a wall perched atop the cliffs overlooking the Irish Sea indicate the location of an Anglo-Norman castle attacked for centuries by the Irish clans. Inland, the famous Wicklow Way runs through a magnificent national park with mountains, lakes, stunning mansions and archaeological sites.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Isles of Scilly, England

Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Dartmouth

Succumb to the charming setting of the small town of Dartmouth in the county of Devon, South East England. Set in the heart of lush scenery, on the banks of the River Dart’s estuary, the town’s magnificent landscapes are typical of English countryside. Its picturesque paved streets host sumptuous half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries. On the northern bank of the river, admire former fishermen’s houses in their pastel colors. Now a popular tourist destination, this small port town has nonetheless managed to retain its relaxing and romantic atmosphere.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Guernsey, Channel Islands, Bailiwick of Guernsey

Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island delights with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Disembark Honfleur, France

A treasure of the Côte Fleurie, Honfleur is located on the edge of la Crique de Rouen in Normandy. Admire the historical ships moored in its old port. With its tall, slate-covered houses, the quays provide a great setting for a very nice walk. In the streets behind the harbor, see many timber houses. These picturesque places were the cradle of several pre-impressionist painters. See their works in the Eugène Boudin museum. Exhibited works represent scenes of medieval streets and the coastline as it used to be, as illustrated by the Butin beach and its lush green hillsides.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagos cruise begins in Fairlie, near Glasgow, Scotland (GLA), and ends in Honfleur, France, near the Deauville-Normandie Airport (DOL). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Treasures of Ireland & The British Archipelagos cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 3 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

British Shores & Celtic Heritage Itinerary

The British Shores & Celtic Heritage cruise operates from London, England to Fairlie, nearby to Glasgow, Scotland. Cruise both the English Channel and the Irish Sea, with a unique visit to Penzance with its white-sand beaches, rich history, magnificent buildings and stunning gardens.

Route map of British Shores & Celtic Heritage cruise from London to Fairlie, nearby to Glasgown with visits along England, Ireland & Scotland.
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Days 1 - 2
Embark London, England

On Day 1, embark the ship between 4:00 and 5:00pm. On Day 2, enjoy a guided tour of London before the ship departs at 12:00pm Noon. The main residence of the British monarch, financial hub and seat of British government, London is the economic and cultural heart of the country. A city of contrasts, attached to its traditions while buzzing with modernity, the capital of the United Kingdom has countless historic districts and notable sites to explore. From Hyde Park to the City through Westminster and Trafalgar Square, get ready to take on London’s frenetic tempo. In between a visit to the National Gallery, a stroll through Covent Garden and a trip to Tower Bridge, take a quiet breather in one of London’s many beautiful parks and gardens.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

dinner (day 1); breakfast, lunch & dinner (day 2)

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Day 3
Cowes

Located on the north coast of the Isle of Wight, across from the shores of the port cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, Cowes features an easy lifestyle, plus heritage, verdant landscapes, craggy cliffs and the crystal-clear waters of the Solent, the stretch of sea separating the island from mainland England. Many have succumbed to the charms of this pristine jewel. This includes Queen Victoria, who, captivated by this natural and authentic setting, had her summer residence built there in 1847: Osborne House, an architectural gem that is now one of the symbols of the town. A shipbuilding center and the cradle of sailing, Cowes welcomes one of the largest regattas in the world every year during Cowes Week, an event gathering some 10,000 skippers and more than a thousand boats.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Penzance

The gateway to Cornwall, on the southwestern tip of England, Penzance, whose Cornish name Pen Sans means “holy headland,” is sure to captivate with its charm. This seaside town with white-sand beaches is brimming with history. It boasts a small fishing port and is home to magnificent Georgian and Regency buildings, stunning gardens with exotic plants, and the Penlee House Gallery & Museum, which traces the evolution of West Cornwall. Follow the promenade along the water’s edge: on the horizon stands St Michael’s Mount. This mysterious island, which can be reached on foot at low tide, was once a refuge for pilgrims, soldiers, monks and fishermen. Here, take a deep dive into a history rich with legends.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Fishguard, Wales

A small coastal town located in the South Wales, Fishguard offers a peaceful stop. Nestling in the hollow of two hills, the city, once a Viking trading post, is now the ideal starting point for exploring the Welsh countryside. Across its vast expanses of fertile land, its green valleys and its magnificent moors, the region reveals its rich historical heritage. Among other things, visit medieval Pembroke Castle, renowned for its impressive architecture and the illustrious people who have lived there, such as Gerald de Windsor.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Liverpool, England

The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England’s northwest has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles’ birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight, you’ll also love the quality of the museums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what really impresses is the playful and open-minded spirit of Liverpool’s inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as positive energy.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Dublin, Ireland

The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the east coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centers. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the northeast of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is none other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, travel back in time upon seeing the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Accommodations

Le Bellot

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Fairlie (Glasgow), Scotland

The village of Fairlie can be found less than an hour away from lively Glasgow. In the north of Ayrshire county, on the western Scottish coast, this charming little town faces the Isle of Arran. The originality of Kelburn Castle, built in the 12th century, stems from its façade covered in graffiti by four famous Brazilian graffiti artists. This artistic statement as well as the castle’s estate and gardens, which can be discovered during a pleasant walk, are well worth a visit.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

Read More
Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The British Shores & Celtic Heritage cruise begins in London, England (LHR) and ends in Fairlie, near Glasgow, Scotland (GLA). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your British Shores & Celtic Heritage cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 3 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands Itinerary

The Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands cruise operates from Dublin, Ireland to Glasgow, Scotland and focuses on visitor sites accessible from the Irish Sea. This themed itinerary is in partnership with radio station Radio Classique and organized by musicologist, writer and multi-genre journalist Alain Duault, with special guest musicians for concerts at sea between onshore visits.

Route map of Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands cruise from Dublin to Glasgow with visits along England, Ireland & Scotland.
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Day 1
Embark Dublin, Ireland

The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the east coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centers. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

dinner

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Day 2
Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the northeast of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is none other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, travel back in time upon seeing the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Fishguard, Wales

A small coastal town located in the South Wales, Fishguard offers a peaceful stop. Nestling in the hollow of two hills, the city, once a Viking trading post, is now the ideal starting point for exploring the Welsh countryside. Across its vast expanses of fertile land, its green valleys and its magnificent moors, the region reveals its rich historical heritage. Among other things, visit medieval Pembroke Castle, renowned for its impressive architecture and the illustrious people who have lived there, such as Gerald de Windsor.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Liverpool, England

The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England’s northwest has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles’ birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight, you’ll also love the quality of the museums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what really impresses is the playful and open-minded spirit of Liverpool’s inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as positive energy.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Douglas, Isle of Man

Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best known for its grueling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. The stroll along the busy promenade is very popular, as well as the visit of the Manx Museum, which retraces the island’s fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. It is possible to take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where medieval castles and pretty villages and farms can be observed.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Iona, Hebrides & Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason… it is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the island’s true spiritual center stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.

Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s west coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. Be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbor with their vibrant colors. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, no less interesting are the Mull Museum dedicated to the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar Art Gallery.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Oban, Scotland

A small Scottish town located on the west coast of the Highlands, Oban possesses magnificent coastal landscapes and many cultural riches. Wander the charming Victorian streets of this renowned seaside resort, which was popular in the past with Queen Victoria herself. Among other things, discover the whiskey distillery: founded in 1794, it is one of Scotland’s smallest and oldest. On the heights of the town, McCaig’s Tower is one of the area’s curiosities: this unusual construction, erected by a rich banker at the end of the 19th century to provide work for inhabitants during winter, is reminiscent of Roman and Greek architecture and has breathtaking views over the neighboring islands.

Accommodations

L'Austral

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Disembark Glasgow, Scotland

In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland’s biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city’s chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Don’t miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

Accommodations

n/a

Meals

breakfast

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Details
Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands cruise begins in Dublin, Ireland (DUB) and ends in Glasgow, Scotland (GLA). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Musical Adventure in Celtic Lands cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 3 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides & the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys Itinerary

The Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides & the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys itinerary operates from London, England to Glasgow, Scotland and is joined by experts from the Smithsonian. Cruise both the English Channel and the Irish Sea, with unique visits to Holyhead, Wales, and Kinsale, Ireland.

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Day 1
Embark London, England

The main residence of the British monarch, financial hub and seat of British government, London is the economic and cultural heart of the country. A city of contrasts, attached to its traditions while buzzing with modernity, the capital of the United Kingdom has countless historic districts and notable sites to explore. From Hyde Park to the City through Westminster and Trafalgar Square, get ready to take on London’s frenetic tempo. In between a visit to the National Gallery, a stroll through Covent Garden and a trip to Tower Bridge, take a quiet breather in one of London’s many beautiful parks and gardens.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

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Day 2
Dover

Located in Kent County on the edge of the English Channel, 22 miles away from the French coast and Cap Gris-Nez, Dover is the United Kingdom town nearest to France. As the main transit port between the two sides of the English Channel, it is the gateway to England. Dover is famous for its impressive white cliffs, which have inspired many a poet and playwright. Majestically facing mainland Europe, they offer the possibility of a spectacular clifftop walk. Impregnable and perched on a hill overlooking the Channel in the city’s northeast, Dover Castle dominates the city. Find its network of underground tunnels very interesting.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 3
Cowes

Located on the north coast of the Isle of Wight, across from the shores of the port cities of Portsmouth and Southampton, Cowes features an easy lifestyle, plus heritage, verdant landscapes, craggy cliffs and the crystal-clear waters of the Solent, the stretch of sea separating the island from mainland England. Many have succumbed to the charms of this pristine jewel. This includes Queen Victoria, who, captivated by this natural and authentic setting, had her summer residence built there in 1847: Osborne House, an architectural gem that is now one of the symbols of the town. A shipbuilding center and the cradle of sailing, Cowes welcomes one of the largest regattas in the world every year during Cowes Week, an event gathering some 10,000 skippers and more than a thousand boats.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 4
Isles of Scilly

Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 5
Kinsale, Ireland

Considered Ireland’s most beautiful village, Kinsale captivates with its sublime natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Located at the mouth of the Bandon River in County Cork, this charming little port is home to picturesque streets lined with colorful houses, art galleries and theaters, as well as a 17th-century fort. Not far away, perched on a rocky promontory, stands the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse; still in operation today, it has magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 6
Holyhead, Wales

In the north of Wales and in the west of the captivating Isle of Anglesey, succumb to the charms of the enchanting small port town of Holyhead. Often called the mother of Wales due to its importance in history, Holyhead is a paradise for anyone with a passion for natural landscapes and heritage. Explore the town’s many historical landmarks, among other sites. Among these is Holyhead’s 13th-century church, St Cybi’s Church, nestling right in the middle of the Roman citadel. Finally, admire one of the symbols of the town: South Stack Lighthouse, built in 1809. While passing near the lighthouse, possibly have the chance to marvel at numerous species of seabirds, including guillemots and razorbills.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 7
Belfast, Northern Ireland

The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the northeast of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is none other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical center, travel back in time upon seeing the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 8
Iona, Hebrides & Tobermory, Isle of Mull, England

Of all the islands in the Inner Hebrides, Iona is by far the most conducive to contemplation and meditation. And for good reason… it is here that St Columba landed from Ireland in 563 and undertook to establish Christianity in Scotland. Now an abbey, the island’s true spiritual center stands where the ancient monastery founded by the Irish missionary was built. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience.

Located at the northernmost tip of the lovely Isle of Mull, Tobermory has to be one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s west coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. Be won over by the row of many-storied houses on the hillside, illuminating the harbor with their vibrant colors. Although the real spectacle is outdoors, no less interesting are the Mull Museum dedicated to the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar Art Gallery.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast, lunch, dinner

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Day 9
Disembark Glasgow, Scotland

In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland’s biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city’s chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Don’t miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

Accommodations

Le Dumont D'Urville

Meals

breakfast

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Inclusions, Terms & Notes

Included

All meals while on board the ship; captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner; “open bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands); evening entertainment and events; room service; highly qualified bilingual French/English expedition team; lectures presented by the expedition team; Zodiac and shore excursions; park entry fees into protected areas; complimentary unlimited Wifi on board; port fees and taxes (except for child passengers–see Families & Children); gratuities.

Exclusions

Optional add-on excursions or packages; ground services before or after the cruise; visa expenses; possible immigration reciprocity taxes; gratuities; luggage handling; beverages beyond those in Inclusions; laundry, hair salon, spa treatments, onboard medical consultations and other personal charges; cancellation, luggage, assistance, repatriation, medical and insurance of any kind.

Payment & Cancellation

In order to confirm this trip, a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost is required per person at time of booking. The balance of the trip price is due 90 days before the departure date. Special holiday payment and cancellation terms apply. Guests who must cancel their trip for any reason must do so in writing. Standard cancellations beyond 14 days after booking confirmation are subject to the following per-person penalties, based on number of days prior to departure:
181 days or more – $250
180 to 91 days – 25% of total trip cost
90 to 0 days – 100% of total trip cost

Terms & Conditions

This trip is subject to AdventureSmith Explorations Terms and Conditions. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A Traveler Information Form, which includes a release of liability, must be completed and signed by all travelers. Your Adventure Specialist will send you a unique link to complete this form along with a packing list and extensive pre-departure and travel insurance information upon booking confirmation.

Vaccination Requirement
To join this trip, all eligible guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated (at least 14 days after your final COVID-19 vaccine shot), including a booster shot for those eligible. There may also be COVID-19 testing or other requirements to participate; your Adventure Specialist will provide details of current policies upon booking.

Arrival & Departure

The Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys cruise begins in London, England (LHR) and ends in Glasgow, Scotland (GLA). We highly recommend arriving one day prior to your trip start date in case of any flight delay, cancellation or lost luggage issues. Recommended flight arrival and departure times are specific to each voyage; consult your Adventure Specialist for guidelines relating to your departure. If you would like assistance with international flights, please visit our Booking Flights resource page.

Activities

Optional activities on your Celtic Voyage: The Hebrides and the Irish Sea – with Smithsonian Journeys cruise include practicing photography, Zodiac cruising, walking, hiking and museum visits. Optional added-cost excursions are available on certain days and may be pre-booked from two months to one week prior to departure, or booked on board; these excursions may require a minimum group size. In addition to these off-ship excursions, a multitude of onboard activities keep guests engaged, including live music, dance and theater; spa treatments; exercise and stretching classes; specialty food, wine and cocktail tastings; organized games; and lectures by guides and possible special guests.

Room Configuration

Select double-occupancy cabins may be available for single occupancy with a single supplement fee. This supplement may vary depending on cabin category and remaining capacity per departure. A willing-to-share program is not available. Triple and quadruple rates may be available in select cabin categories; contact AdventureSmith for details.

Families & Children

Children 3 years and older at time of travel are welcomed on this cruise. Children under 18 years old at time of travel may receive special discounts when sharing a cabin with one or two full-fare adults. Contact AdventureSmith for details.

Travel Insurance

A medical form for all travelers is required for every departure. Travelers are also highly encouraged to have full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, emergency medical evacuation and repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses. In addition, we highly recommend our travelers protect their investment with travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and other benefits. Our partners at Travelex Insurance offer a variety of plans and policies to fit every trip and budget. Coverage for a pre-existing medical condition is also available if you purchase the Travel Select plan within 15 days of the initial trip payment; refer to plan details. Learn more about travel insurance or get a free quote.

Itinerary Notes

Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather, wildlife, national park regulation or at the captain’s discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.

Rates & Dates

Cruise Rates & Dates

Rates are variable per remaining availability and are subject to change. Please contact AdventureSmith for the most up-to-date pricing.

See Deals section for details on flexible booking policies.

Apr 27 - May 04, 2023
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The 184-guest Le Dumont D'Urville is a sophisticated, luxury expedition ship cruising the Caribbean. Enjoy her natural ambiance, luxury service, engaging educational program and active excursions.

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