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Britain’s Islands & Highlands

This expedition has been devised to celebrate the stunning scenery of the British Isles from the highlands of Scotland to the outlying islands off the English coast. Sailing from Oban, we have a day to explore the Nevis Range or alternatively to view the Jacobite Steam Train from Fort William, regarded as one of the great railway journeys of the world. We continue to Canna and then to lovely Loch Scavaig on the Isle of Skye before our last call in Scotland, Colonsay where we will spend a morning exploring on foot. Travelling south, we next call into the Isle of Man for a day of exploration including the opportunity to visit Castle Rushen, one of the best examples of a Medieval castle in Europe. In Wales we spend a day on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast followed by remote Lundy Island and finally the charming Isles of Scilly before we sail into Plymouth. Each day there will be the opportunity to explore coastal paths, see the resident wildlife, enjoy the wonderful views on offer and appreciate the ancient and Medieval history of the region. Such a voyage is only possible aboard a small ship with the ability to reach these remote ports and, with the use of our Zodiacs, we will be able to explore in small groups, ensuring the solitude we find on these isles is not disturbed.
02 September, 2019 to 10 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Britain’s Islands & Highlands, departing on 02 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Standard Stateroom £ 3195 GBP pp
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Superior Stateroom £ 3795 GBP pp
The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Deluxe Stateroom £ 3995 GBP pp
The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Standard Single £ 4295 GBP pp
The standard single cabins range in size from 7.1 to 12.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Junior Suite £ 4395 GBP pp
The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Owners Suite £ 4895 GBP pp
The owner’s suites are 22.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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09 September, 2019 to 17 September, 2019 Make a booking request for Britain’s Islands & Highlands, departing on 09 September, 2019

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Standard Stateroom £ 3195 GBP pp
The standard staterooms range in size from 10 to 15.5 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Superior Stateroom £ 3795 GBP pp
The superior staterooms range in size from 11 to 19.6 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Deluxe Stateroom £ 3995 GBP pp
The deluxe staterooms range in size from 15 to 25.4 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Standard Single £ 4295 GBP pp
The standard single cabins range in size from 7.1 to 12.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Junior Suite £ 4395 GBP pp
The junior suites range in size from 20.9 to 21.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
view cabin photo
Owners Suite £ 4895 GBP pp
The owner’s suites are 22.7 square metres. All cabins are fully air conditioned with an en-suite bathroom with shower and a selection of toiletries in addition to a hairdryer, robes and slippers. All cabins come equipped with telephone, flat screen television, safety deposit box and other thoughtful appointments. Bottles of still and sparkling water are replenished daily.
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Britain’s Islands & Highlands itinerary:

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Day 1 - Oban, Scotland.
Embark the MS Serenissima this afternoon. A transfer will be available from Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow International Airport at a fixed time. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board as we sail along Loch Linnhe and anchor overnight at Fort William.
Day 2 - Fort William.
Awake this morning in Fort William, the biggest town in the Scottish highlands and a great base to explore the surrounding beautiful scenery of the Nevis Range. . On a full day tour, we will drive to one of the best known monuments in Scotland – “The Glenfinnan Viaduct”, enjoying stunning views of Ben Nevis on the way. Upon arrival at Glenfinnan, we will explore the Visitor Centre and watch the famous Jacobite Steam Train chug across this famous landmark. Return to Fort William for lunch at a local hotel after which we will visit Glencoe, one of Scotland's most spectacular places. Travel south along the shores of Loch Linnhe to the scenic majesty of Glencoe. The glen provides some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery and it is, of course, the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre. Continue on our scenic drive via Pass of Brander, taking in the impressive scenery of the Scottish Highlands with mountains, sea lochs, castles and islands before returning up the West Coast to Fort William and return to the MS Serenissima. The more active may prefer to join a guided hike through scenic Glen Nevis and the Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls, which at 120 metres is the second highest waterfall in Scotland.
Day 3 - Canna & Loch Scavaig.
Strategically placed between the mountains of Rum and the Outer Hebrides, the island of Canna, and its adjoining neighbour Sanday, are bound together like some rare text that reveals over 60 million years of Hebridean geology and history. They have an amazingly rich archaeological landscape with remains dating to all periods of settled occupation in Scotland. The fertile soil and its diversity of habitats mean that the island has an incredibly rich plant life with 248 native flowering plants recorded. We will see Canna House, once the home of the previous owners, John and Margaret Fay Campbell, and wander across grassy basalt plateaus to the 600 foot cliffs on the north shore. Over lunch we sail to lovely Loch Scavaig on the island of Skye. Just beyond is the freshwater Loch Corruisk with its breathtakingly beautiful view over the Cuillins. This is great walking country and our expedition team will run a series of hikes for all interests. For those who prefer a less energetic morning our Zodiacs will explore the coast looking out for seals.
Day 4 - Colonsay.
Awake this morning off Colonsay. Lying between Mull and Islay, we will spend the morning on a choice of walks exploring this lovely island, with her craggy, heatherbacked hills, picturesque beaches and sparse woodland yet with an impressive array of plant and birdlife. Near Colonsay House, built in 1722 by Malcolm MacNeil and bought by Lord Strathcona in 1904, we will visit the attractively dilapidated wooded gardens, which protect the tiny, enigmatic 8th century St Oran’s Cross. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and relax on board this afternoon as we sail. Maybe join a lecture in the lounge or find a spot on deck.
Day 5 - Douglas, Isle of Man.
Arrive this morning on the Isle of Man. Settlements have been here since the Mesolithic Age and the island also claims to have the longest continuous parliament which was founded in 979 AD. This morning we will travel to Tynwald Hill, located in the little village of St John’s. This grass topped, tiered hill is made from the soil and stones from each of the island’s 17 parishes. We continue to the west coast town of Peel, a traditional Manx fishing port where we will see the ruins of the castle as well as having some time to explore independently. Returning to the ship for lunch there will be a choice of options in the afternoon. Maybe enjoy some time at leisure to explore Douglas, the walkers can join us on the coastal trail around Scarlett Head on the south of the island where alongside the beautiful views we can see limestone outcrops, volcanic rocks, Iron Age forts and even a World War II radar station. We will return to the ship via Castletown and the magnificent Castle Rushen, one of the best examples of a Medieval castle in Europe which was the former seat of the Kings and Lords of Mann. Alternatively take the electric mountain railway to the peak of Snaefell, the highest point on the island and where on a clear day we may be able to see the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Day 6 - Pembroke, Wales.
We spend the day on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. From our nearby berth we will visit the 12th century Pembroke Castle, the second largest castle in Wales and birthplace of Henry VII. Its vast walls, towers and keep were impregnable to cannon fire during the Civil War and so much of this impressive fortress remains intact today that it will be the focus of our tour. We will then enjoy a short drive to the ancient town of Tenby, a picturesque walled, Medieval town that has remained largely unchanged from when it was built 500 years ago. We will take time to stroll through this town’s delightful centre before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon the active may wish to stretch their legs on a scenic walk along a section of the Pembrokeshire coastal path past lighthouses, cottages and Mill Bay where Henry Tudor landed in 1485. Alternatively take the scenic drive to St Davids, Britain’s smallest city, and explore the magnificent 12th century cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.
Day 7 - Lundy Island, England.
We have scheduled a whole day on Lundy, a remote island in the Bristol Channel. Although small, just 3 miles long by half a mile wide, its isolation has made it a home for a range of wildlife whilst it is home to a clutch of listed buildings and monuments. The towering cliffs and rocky shoreline are a haven for migrating seabirds, whilst Sika deer, Red deer and Soay sheep can also be seen as we walk along its traffic-free lanes and paths. Spend the day being as active as you wish, maybe explore the wide bays and coves by way of hanging valleys, see ancient burial chambers, climb the lighthouse, have a drink or lunch at the tavern or buy the islands ‘puffin stamps’ at the shop.
Day 8 - Isles of Scilly.
Spend the morning on traffic free Tresco, walking its idyllic lanes from the beach to the famous subtropical Abbey Gardens. Defying the Atlantic weather, this miracle of a garden is home to more than 20,000 species of plants from over 80 countries. Enjoy time to wander at your own pace along the paths. Sail over lunch to St Agnes, the most south westerly community in the United Kingdom. Surrounded by rocks and reefs, this delightful tiny island offers marvellous coastal walks with over one third designated as “sites of special scientific interest”. The small island of Gugh lies across a narrow sandbar and here we find a single stone monolith called the ‘Old Man of Gugh’ which dates back to the Bronze Age.
Day 9 - Plymouth.
Disembark this morning. Transfers will be provided to Plymouth Station at a fixed time.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Britain’s Islands & Highlands reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itineraries are subject to change.
Day 9 - Plymouth. *
Disembark this morning. Transfers will be provided to Plymouth Station at a fixed time.
Day 8 - Isles of Scilly. *
Spend the morning on traffic free Tresco, walking its idyllic lanes from the beach to the famous subtropical Abbey Gardens. Defying the Atlantic weather, this miracle of a garden is home to more than 20,000 species of plants from over 80 countries. Enjoy time to wander at your own pace along the paths. Sail over lunch to St Agnes, the most south westerly community in the United Kingdom. Surrounded by rocks and reefs, this delightful tiny island offers marvellous coastal walks with over one third designated as “sites of special scientific interest”. The small island of Gugh lies across a narrow sandbar and here we find a single stone monolith called the ‘Old Man of Gugh’ which dates back to the Bronze Age.
Day 7 - Lundy Island, England. *
We have scheduled a whole day on Lundy, a remote island in the Bristol Channel. Although small, just 3 miles long by half a mile wide, its isolation has made it a home for a range of wildlife whilst it is home to a clutch of listed buildings and monuments. The towering cliffs and rocky shoreline are a haven for migrating seabirds, whilst Sika deer, Red deer and Soay sheep can also be seen as we walk along its traffic-free lanes and paths. Spend the day being as active as you wish, maybe explore the wide bays and coves by way of hanging valleys, see ancient burial chambers, climb the lighthouse, have a drink or lunch at the tavern or buy the islands ‘puffin stamps’ at the shop.
Day 6 - Pembroke, Wales. *
We spend the day on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. From our nearby berth we will visit the 12th century Pembroke Castle, the second largest castle in Wales and birthplace of Henry VII. Its vast walls, towers and keep were impregnable to cannon fire during the Civil War and so much of this impressive fortress remains intact today that it will be the focus of our tour. We will then enjoy a short drive to the ancient town of Tenby, a picturesque walled, Medieval town that has remained largely unchanged from when it was built 500 years ago. We will take time to stroll through this town’s delightful centre before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon the active may wish to stretch their legs on a scenic walk along a section of the Pembrokeshire coastal path past lighthouses, cottages and Mill Bay where Henry Tudor landed in 1485. Alternatively take the scenic drive to St Davids, Britain’s smallest city, and explore the magnificent 12th century cathedral and Bishop’s Palace.
Day 5 - Douglas, Isle of Man. *
Arrive this morning on the Isle of Man. Settlements have been here since the Mesolithic Age and the island also claims to have the longest continuous parliament which was founded in 979 AD. This morning we will travel to Tynwald Hill, located in the little village of St John’s. This grass topped, tiered hill is made from the soil and stones from each of the island’s 17 parishes. We continue to the west coast town of Peel, a traditional Manx fishing port where we will see the ruins of the castle as well as having some time to explore independently. Returning to the ship for lunch there will be a choice of options in the afternoon. Maybe enjoy some time at leisure to explore Douglas, the walkers can join us on the coastal trail around Scarlett Head on the south of the island where alongside the beautiful views we can see limestone outcrops, volcanic rocks, Iron Age forts and even a World War II radar station. We will return to the ship via Castletown and the magnificent Castle Rushen, one of the best examples of a Medieval castle in Europe which was the former seat of the Kings and Lords of Mann. Alternatively take the electric mountain railway to the peak of Snaefell, the highest point on the island and where on a clear day we may be able to see the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Day 4 - Colonsay. *
Awake this morning off Colonsay. Lying between Mull and Islay, we will spend the morning on a choice of walks exploring this lovely island, with her craggy, heatherbacked hills, picturesque beaches and sparse woodland yet with an impressive array of plant and birdlife. Near Colonsay House, built in 1722 by Malcolm MacNeil and bought by Lord Strathcona in 1904, we will visit the attractively dilapidated wooded gardens, which protect the tiny, enigmatic 8th century St Oran’s Cross. Return to the MS Serenissima for lunch and relax on board this afternoon as we sail. Maybe join a lecture in the lounge or find a spot on deck.
Day 3 - Canna & Loch Scavaig. *
Strategically placed between the mountains of Rum and the Outer Hebrides, the island of Canna, and its adjoining neighbour Sanday, are bound together like some rare text that reveals over 60 million years of Hebridean geology and history. They have an amazingly rich archaeological landscape with remains dating to all periods of settled occupation in Scotland. The fertile soil and its diversity of habitats mean that the island has an incredibly rich plant life with 248 native flowering plants recorded. We will see Canna House, once the home of the previous owners, John and Margaret Fay Campbell, and wander across grassy basalt plateaus to the 600 foot cliffs on the north shore. Over lunch we sail to lovely Loch Scavaig on the island of Skye. Just beyond is the freshwater Loch Corruisk with its breathtakingly beautiful view over the Cuillins. This is great walking country and our expedition team will run a series of hikes for all interests. For those who prefer a less energetic morning our Zodiacs will explore the coast looking out for seals.
Day 2 - Fort William. *
Awake this morning in Fort William, the biggest town in the Scottish highlands and a great base to explore the surrounding beautiful scenery of the Nevis Range. . On a full day tour, we will drive to one of the best known monuments in Scotland – “The Glenfinnan Viaduct”, enjoying stunning views of Ben Nevis on the way. Upon arrival at Glenfinnan, we will explore the Visitor Centre and watch the famous Jacobite Steam Train chug across this famous landmark. Return to Fort William for lunch at a local hotel after which we will visit Glencoe, one of Scotland's most spectacular places. Travel south along the shores of Loch Linnhe to the scenic majesty of Glencoe. The glen provides some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery and it is, of course, the scene of the infamous 1692 massacre. Continue on our scenic drive via Pass of Brander, taking in the impressive scenery of the Scottish Highlands with mountains, sea lochs, castles and islands before returning up the West Coast to Fort William and return to the MS Serenissima. The more active may prefer to join a guided hike through scenic Glen Nevis and the Nevis Gorge to Steall Falls, which at 120 metres is the second highest waterfall in Scotland.
Day 1 - Oban, Scotland. *
Embark the MS Serenissima this afternoon. A transfer will be available from Glasgow Central Station and Glasgow International Airport at a fixed time. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board as we sail along Loch Linnhe and anchor overnight at Fort William.
* = Indicative
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Serenissima, the ship servicing Britain’s Islands & Highlands

Serenissima

Vessel Type: Small Ship

Length: 87 metres

Passenger Capacity: 107

Built / refurbished: 1960 / 2013

Prior to her life as the MS Andrea she spent many years cruising the Norwegian coast as the Harald Jarl. The decision by the Norwegian owners, Hurtigruten to invest in much larger new vessels, presented an opportunity to the American company, Elegant Cruises to purchase the vessel in 2002. After a substantial refit of over $20 million in Sweden she began her new life of worldwide cruising.

Perhaps, one of the best known and loved features of this vessel is its unique style. During the major refit in Sweden the then owners commissioned Swedish interior designers to create a Gustavian style interior. This bright Swedish 18th century influenced, country house style works particularly well on a vessel of this vintage, providing intimacy and classic nautical sensibility often lacking in larger vessels.

Accommodating just under 100 passengers, the 59 cabins are attractively designed for comfort and convenience and are fully air conditioned with a modern shower and toilet, telephone, flat screen televisions and other thoughtful appointments. There are eight different grades of cabin arranged over five decks and with the exception of the five inside cabins, all staterooms feature either windows or portholes.

The free seating Venice Restaurant accommodates all guests in one sitting. In addition there is an outside dining area for when the weather and itinerary permit. A new addition to the vessel is a Lido area on Deck 5 with a bar and Jacuzzi.

Other facilities on board include two lounges, a small library with two computers for internet access, a spacious observation deck, fitness area, massage and an elevator. In areas such the United Kingdom and Norway the vessel is equipped with Zodiac craft allowing us to visit remote places where normal tender arrangements are not possible.

The European captain, officers, expedition staff, and crew offer a first class service and have been selected for their professionalism and caring attitudes. The atmosphere on board is warm and welcoming and dedicated to discovery and relaxation.

 

Cabin layout for Serenissima
• Explore Fort William, the biggest town in the Scottish highlands and a great base to explore the surrounding beautiful scenery of the Nevis Range

• Discover the island of Canna, and its adjoining neighbour Sanday. They have an amazingly rich archaeological landscape with remains dating to all periods of settled occupation in Scotland

• Explore the lovely island of Colonsay, enjoy her craggy, heatherbacked hills, picturesque beaches and sparse woodland yet with an impressive array of plant and birdlife

• On Pembrokeshire coast visit the 12th century Pembroke Castle, the second largest castle in Wales and birthplace of Henry VII
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