Cruising the Enchanted Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England (2022)

Voyage beyond mainland Scotland, Ireland and England for a completely unique experience exploring spectacular coastlines, natural landscapes and historic treasures.

Journey Overview

Voyage beyond mainland Scotland, Ireland and England for a completely unique experience exploring spectacular coastlines, natural landscapes and historic treasures. Joined by A&K’s famed Expedition Team, discover the velvet-green Orkney archipelago, wild Hebrides, UNESCO-designated St. Kilda and ravishing cliffs of Donegal and Moher. Enjoy luxury pre- and post-cruise stays with one night in Edinburgh and two nights in London.

Journey Highlights

  • Cruise for 10 nights on luxury, all-balcony ‘Le Champlain,’ with a capacity limited to just 148 guests
  • Explore alongside A&K’s captivating Expedition Team for an unforgettable enrichment program
  • Experience a choice of included, immersive, A&K-only excursions in every port, spanning everything from visits to legendary historic sites and jaw-dropping coastal landscapes to hyper-local culinary and cultural experiences
  • Explore dramatic and wild coastal landscapes from Scotland to Ireland, including stunning seabird habitats in the Inner and Outer Hebrides and Galway’s spectacular Connemara
  • Experience the fantastic history of the British Isles, visiting Urquhart Castle in the Scottish Highlands, the thrilling Ring of Brogdar in the Orkney Islands, UNESCO-designated St. Kilda Islands and dizzying Skellig Michael, and Sligo in Ireland, hometown of poet William Butler Yeats
  • Savour culinary excursions, opting for experiences that include guided whisky tasting at the legendary Glenmorangie distillery in the Scottish Highlands and lunch with a former executive chef to the Royal family in London
  • Before and after your cruise, experience a night in Edinburgh with a dinner celebrating the Royal Military Tattoo as well as two days in London, each complete with luxury hotel stays and guided A&K-excursions

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Featured Experts

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Dr. Mark Brazil
Ornithology Lecturer

Born and educated in England and Scotland, Mark is a professor of biodiversity and conservation. Author of several books, his career spans ornithological research, consulting for TV and radio, and naturalist guiding.


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Lord Chartres
History & Cultural Lecturer

Lord Chartres is a distinguished scholar with an interest in history and the environment. He is a life peer in the House of Lords and has served as Bishop of London and Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Aug 26 : Edinburgh, Scotland

Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer to your luxury hotel. This evening, join fellow guests and your A&K Expedition Team for a welcome briefing and themed dinner at your hotel.
The Balmoral | Meals: D

Aug 27: Edinburgh | Exciting Capital City

After breakfast and a morning at leisure, join a panoramic tour of Scotland’s capital city, vibrant Edinburgh. Explore Edinburgh Castle with your expert local guide and take in inspiring city views. Later, board your sleek expedition vessel and set sail on the Firth of Forth. Join fellow guests on deck and, conditions permitting, view Bass Rock, home to the world’s largest gannet colony, as well as the Isle of May, home to over 285 species of birds.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BD

Aug 28: Invergordon | Majestic Scottish Highlands

The northern part of Scotland is legendary for its dramatic, windswept mountains, wooded hills and historic significance. Today, explore the magnificent Highlands, choosing from experiences that include an expertly guided visit of the Scottish Highlands capital of Inverness, a private cruise on mythic Loch Ness and exploration of Urquhart Castle, a moving experience at the site of the epic Battle of Culloden, or a visit and whisky tasting at Glenmorangie Distillery.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Aug 29: Orkney Islands | Kirkwall & the Ring of Brodgar

Rich in Viking heritage and UNESCO-designated sites, the landscapes of the Orkneys run the gamut from rolling hills dotted with wild flowers to dramatic cliffs inhabited by seabirds to frothy waves and sea caves. A choice of excursions reveals the archipelago’s many stories, including exploration of historic Kirkwall or a visit to the 5,000-year-old Skara Brae, one of the best-preserved Stone Age settlements in Western Europe. You may also visit the spine-tingling Ring of Brodgar, a ceremonial circle of ancient standing stones dating to 2700 BC. Perched on a strip of land bordered by both salt and fresh water, see 27 of the original 60 stones set in a precise circle at six degrees apart. Before dinner this evening aboard your luxury expedition cruiser, enjoy a recap and fascinating lectures with A&K’s Expedition Team.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Aug 30: Outer Hebrides | Prehistoric Western Isles

The Western Isles of Scotland offer outstanding scenery with wild and windswept beaches, towering peaks and peat moors. The main islands include the moorlands of Lewis and the mountains of Harris, each with its own Gaelic dialect. Choose a drive through the moorlands to the archaeological site of the ancient Calanais Standing Stones, Scotland’s own “Stonehenge,” and a visit to Arnol Blackhouse, a traditional thatched house where Gaelic-speaking locals reveal the island’s crofting traditions. Alternatively, you may opt for a drive on the Golden Road with stops to visit a Harris tweed weaver, as well as a local gin and whisky distillery. Continue to a clifftop at the edge of the Outer Hebrides showcasing stunning views and wildlife.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Aug 31: Outer Hebrides | Sea Stacks of St. Kilda

For more than 2,000 years and until 1930, the St. Kilda islands were inhabited by an isolated community. Today, the preserved settlement reveals cleits, beehive-shaped cells of rough stone that served as larders and storerooms. Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site, designated for both its natural and cultural significance. Admire the staggering cliffs and sea stacks that define the islands. Visit Hirta, the largest island with the highest cliffs in all of Britain. Among the most important seabird breeding colonies in Northwest Europe, the cliffs provide refuge for more than 200 species, including fulmars and shags.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 1: Inner Hebrides | Green Jewels of Staffa & Iona

The approach to Staffa by sea is breathtaking, with great basalt columns flanking the deep caves of the island. Keep an eye out for dolphins, basking sharks and minke whales, which can been seen during the warmer months. Excursions ashore lead you to the wonders of Fingal, a sea cave formed by hexagonally jointed basalt. Continue cruising to the tranquil island of Iona, where you discover Iona Abbey, an ancient centre of Gaelic monasticism.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 2: Donegal, Ireland | Unspoiled Coast

Though a small island nation, Ireland is packed with stunning landscapes, welcoming locals, and a wealth of history and culture. Your introduction to the island begins near Donegal at Killybegs, with its broken coastline of deep-sea inlets and sandy beaches, spectacular mountains and blanket bog. Today, join a guided walking tour of Donegal or a drive to the countryside to witness the iconic Slieve League Mountains and an impressive waterfall. Fans of legendary writer William Butler Yeats and his brother Jack Yeats, an accomplished painter, may choose to visit their hometown of Sligo. In “Yeats Country,” experience the landscapes and beaches that inspired their artistry, a memorable poetry reading at the Yeats Society and the gravesite of the poet himself. For another option, cross into Northern Ireland and spend the day in the walled city of Londonderry, site of 1972’s “Bloody Sunday.”
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 3: Galway | Traditional City & Cliffs of Moher

Today, arrive in the lively city of Galway with its narrow streets, colourful houses and thriving arts community. Choose from excursions that take you on an artisan culinary walking tour with a tutored tasting of Irish whiskeys or to the Burren — the largest karst landscape in Europe — for a botanist- guided experience and local sheep farm visit. You may also opt for a day in Ireland’s breathtaking Connemara region with its jagged, filigreed shoreline. Later today, embark on Zodiac excursions along the ravishing, picture-perfect Cliffs of Moher.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 4: Skellig Michael | Fantastic Peaks of the Atlantic

Early this morning, you may have the opportunity to see breathtaking Skellig Michael, a UNESCO-designated site whose extreme remoteness has preserved it almost unchanged. Its sandstone pyramids were home to some of the earliest monastic settlements in Ireland; today, they provide sanctuary to fantastic birdlife, including puffins. The dizzying Skellig Michael (also known as Great Skellig) also doubled as Luke Skywalker’s Jedi Temple in the Star Wars saga. Later today, arrive at historic Bantry and set off on a leisurely walk and guided visits to its historic churches or to stately Bantry House’s magnificent gardens.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 5: At Sea | Across the Celtic Sea


Relish a day at sea, taking in the views from the outer decks or from your own private balcony. Enjoy relaxed time with new friends and your Expedition Team, including additional lectures and conversations to enrich your discoveries.
‘Le Champlain’ | Meals: BLD

Sep 6–7: London | City of Striking Landmarks

Bid farewell to your Captain and crew as you approach the White Cliffs of Dover and disembark for the next chapter of your adventure. Before heading to London, choose from various options, such as a visit to Canterbury and its prestigious Cathedral, or Leeds Castle, the property of six English queens during the 13th to 15th centuries. You may also opt for a stop at Chartwell, former home of Winston Churchill. Following lunch, transfer to the heart of London and check into your luxury hotel, where you have dinner tonight. The next day, embark on a full day of exploration in this bustling city. Your choice of excursions includes a panoramic tour showcasing eye-popping landmarks, such as the Tower of London and Kensington Palace, a visit to Westminster Abbey and a London Eye experience. Alternately, join: a visit to Buckingham Palace; a culinary experience spanning Portobello Road Market in Notting Hill, sampling delicacies and enjoying lunch with a former executive chef to the Royal Family; or a journey back in time with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museums.
Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square | Meals: BLD (Sep 6); BL (Sep 7)

Sep 8: Depart London

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on a group extension to the Cotswolds.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain.

This journey contains some active elements, including walks over uneven terrain and optional, challenging hikes.

Minimum age is 7 years.

Categories 4–8 include room upgrade at the hotels and butler service aboard the ship.

First group event: welcome briefing on Aug 26.

Last group event: excursions on Sep 7.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Cruising the Enchanted Isles: Scotland, Ireland & England (2022)

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Le Champlain

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 26, 2022 - Sep 8, 2022 Special Special Special Special Special Special Special Special
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Classic Stateroom - Category 1 Price AU$21,615pp was AU$24,320 Single Supplement AU$18,235 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Deluxe Stateroom - Category 2 Price AU$24,315pp was AU$27,020 Single Supplement AU$20,265 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Prestige Stateroom - Category 3 Price AU$25,665pp was AU$28,370 Single Supplement AU$21,275 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Deluxe Suite - Category 4 Price AU$38,505pp was AU$41,210 Single Supplement AU$36,545 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Privilege Suite - Category 5 Price AU$41,885pp was AU$44,590 Single Supplement AU$39,790 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Prestige Two-Room Suite - Category 6 Price AU$48,640pp was AU$51,345 Single Supplement AU$46,075 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Grand Deluxe Suite - Category 7 Price AU$56,750pp was AU$59,455 Single Supplement AU$53,910 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Cabin Class Le Champlain: Owner's Suite - Category 8 Price AU$60,800pp was AU$63,505 Single Supplement AU$57,765 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Call for Availability Enquire
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Availability shown here is updated weekly and indicative only. Availability on any product or journey shown here is not specific to a category of travel and may not denote availability at the cheapest ‘From’ price. For real time availability, talk to your travel agent or call Abercrombie & Kent on 1300 851 800.

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