8D Celtic Shores | Solo Traveler Offer | 11 May 2021
Dublin - Portsmouth
Mode of Travel
Luxury small ship | 95% private balcony
Fullboard + Open Bar
In partnership with Cuisine et Vins de France magazine. From Dublin to Portsmouth, PONANT invites you to discover an exceptional itinerary in the heart of the Celtic Sea.
DAY 01: 11 MAY 2021 DUBLIN
Embarkation 11/5/2021 from 16h00 to 17h00
Departure 11/5/2021 at 18h00
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.
DAY 02: 12 MAY 2021 BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
Arrival 12/5/2021 early morning
Departure 12/5/2021 late afternoon
The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non 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 centre, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.
DAY 03: 13 MAY 2021 LIVERPOOL
Arrival 13/5/2021 early morning
Departure 13/5/2021 evening
The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west 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ﾒll also love the quality of ﾠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".
DAY 04: 14 MAY 2021 DOUGLAS
Arrival 14/5/2021 early morning
Departure 14/5/2021 late afternoon
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 gruelling 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.
DAY 05: 15 MAY 2021 CORK
Arrival 15/5/2021 midday
Departure 15/5/2021 early evening
Located on the south-west coast of Ireland, the dynamic yet peaceful university city of Cork will delight you with its countless historical and cultural treasures. In the city centre, do not miss a visit to the Saint Finbarr cathedral, renowned for its impressive neo-gothic architecture, as well as the emblematic English Market, a magnificent covered food market in the Victorian style that will reveal all the richness of Irish produce. This pleasant visit to the second largest city in Ireland will also be the opportunity to visit the old Jameson distillery, where the famous whisky was made for nearly 200 years.
DAY 06: 16 MAY 2021 ISLES OF SCILLY
Arrival 16/5/2021 early morning
Departure 16/5/2021 early 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 07: 17 MAY 2021 JERSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS
Arrival 17/5/2021 early morning
Departure 17/5/2021 early afternoon
Located in the English Channel west of the Cotentin Peninsula, the Channel Island Jersey is a place that was shaped by the sea. Here, some of the most impressive tides in the world erode the coastline and nourish the land. From its eastern edge, you might be able to glimpse the French coast. It is often said that though this island may be small, it is full of character. With country roads that lead on to the cliff tops, Jersey is the largest of the Channel Islands and Saint Helier is its capital. Its magnificent landscapes are begging to be explored. Invigorated by the sea air, you will love strolling along the island’s wild coastline. Here, the sea is never more than a ten-minute walk away.
DAY 08: 18 MAY 2021 PORTSMOUTH
Arrival 18/5/2021 early morning
Disembarkation 18/5/2021 at 08h00
Located to the south-east of London, Portsmouth is one of the three most important military ports in England. This maritime tradition takes shape in the Historic Dockyard, the home of Portsmouth's arsenal, where emblematic ships are to be found, including HMS Victory, captained by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar. The home town of Charles Dickens, and the adopted home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the celebrated adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Portsmouth is not short of attractions with its parks, sea fronts and city walls. The Spinnaker Tower, taking the form of a great sail and soaring from 170 metres into the air, is one of the highest monuments in the United Kingdom and offers impressive views of the city.
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