8D English Shores to Ireland | 2021 Rates TBA
One port of call will be at the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton's famous story,
DAY 1: LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
Embarkation 17/05/2020 from 16H00 to 17H00 . Departure 17/05/2020 at 22H15 .
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ﾒs frenetic tempo. In between a visit to the National Gallery, a stroll through Covent Garden and a trip to Tower Bridge, you can take a quiet breather in one of Londonﾒs many beautiful parks and gardens.27 APRIL 2020 – LEIXÕES - PORTO
DAY 2: DOVER, UNITED KINGDOM
Arrival 18/05/2020 early morning. Departure 18/05/2020 late afternoon.
Located in Kent County on the edge of the English Channel, 35 km 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 north-east, Dover Castle dominates the city. You will find its network of underground tunnels very interesting.
DAY 3: POOLE, UNITED KINGDOM
Arrival 19/05/2020 early morning. Departure 19/05/2020 midday.
In the centre of England’s south coast, in Dorset County, Poole, with its beautiful sandy beaches, boasts an extremely rich heritage going back thousands of years. This large coastal town and seaport that adjoins Bournemouth to the east is the departure point for the visit to the mythical Stonehenge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Still shrouded in mystery, this must-see prehistoric sanctuary is considered one of the most awe-inspiring in the world.29 APRIL 2020 – AT SEA
DAY 4: SAILING ALONG JURASSIC COAST, UNITED KINGDOM
Arrival 19/05/2020. Departure 19/05/2020.
In southern England, discover the coastline of Dorset and East Devon, also called the Jurassic Coast in reference to the many fossils from that period found there. Stretching more than 150 km, the “Pearl of Dorset” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geological interest. Aboard your ship, admire the site’s spectacular white chalk cliffs, home to many sea birds. The scenery, constantly changing with the light, and the different creeks and beaches situated at the feet of these gigantic rock formations, will give you the opportunity to take superb photos. Perhaps you will also be able to glimpse Durdle Door, this natural arch carved out of the rock by erosion.
DAY 5 : DARTMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
Arrival 20/05/2020 early morning. Departure 20/05/2020 early evening.
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 will let you discover sumptuous half-timbered houses dating back to the 15th and 16th centuries while, on the northern bank of the river, you will be able to admire former fishermen’s houses in their pastel colours. Now a popular tourist destination, this small port town has nonetheless managed to retain its relaxing and romantic atmosphere.2 MAY 2020 – DUBLIN
DAY 6: ISLES OF SICILY, UNITED KINGDOM
Arrival 21/05/2020 early morning. Departure 21/05/2020 late afternoon.
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.
DAY 7: GLENGARRIFF, IRELAND
Arrival 22/05/2020 early morning. Departure 22/05/2020 early evening.
In County Cork, discover Glengarriff, a little village set in the heart of intact nature. Located on the Beara Peninsula, renowned for the beauty of its landscapes, the municipality, which owes its name to the Gaelic word Gleann (literally “wild glen”), is surrounded by rugged mountains, wooded spaces — including one of Ireland’s oldest oak forests — and white sandy beaches. In addition to this natural setting, ideal for hiking, the site enjoys a tropical microclimate that favours the development of dense vegetation, composed of superb exotic plants.
DAY 8: KINSALE, IRELAND
Arrival 23/05/2020 early morning. Departure 23/05/2020 late afternoon.
Considered Ireland’s most beautiful village, Kinsale will captivate you 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 colourful houses, art galleries and theatres, as well as to 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.
DAY 9: DUBLIN, IRELAND
Disembarkation 24/05/2020 at 07H30 .
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 centres. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can 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 you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.
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