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Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

Witness some of Europe's largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—on our return to the British Isles. Visit Giant’s Causeway, Neolithic monuments, and a variety of architectural wonders.

10 May, 2018 to 24 May, 2018 Make a booking request for Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland, departing on 10 May, 2018

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.

Category 1 £ 9223 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms on the A-Deck are between 119 and 143 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
Category 2 £ 9811 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms on the A-Deck are between 117 and 153 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
Category 3 £ 10315 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms on the Main Deck are between 115 and 142 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
Category 4 £ 10819 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms on the bow of the Main Deck are between 150 and 161 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and one porthole.
Category 5 £ 11407 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms in the middle of the Main Deck are between 121 and 134 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and one window.
Category 6 £ 12079 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms on the Promenade Deck are between 142 and 154 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and two windows.
Category 7 £ 12835 GBP pp
Ocean-view staterooms on the Promenade or Boat Decks are between 160 and 165 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, en suite bathroom, and two windows.
Suite £ 14263 GBP pp
Ocean-view suites on the Boat Deck are 221 square feet, and feature two fixed twin beds, a separate sitting area, en suite bathroom, and four windows.
Owner's Suite £ 15523 GBP pp
Ocean-view suite on the Boat Deck that is 273 square feet, and features two fixed twin beds, a separate sitting area, en suite bathroom, and four windows.

Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland itinerary:

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Day 1 - London, England
Check in to the Hilton London Paddington Hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.
Day 2 - London / Portsmouth / Embark Ocean Adventurer
After breakfast, depart via train for Portsmouth. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of this famous port city. This afternoon board the Ocean Adventurer.
Day 3 - Falmouth / Penzance
This morning take a stroll through Trebah Garden, a beautiful subtropical garden with a stunning coastal backdrop. After lunch on board, take a tour of the Eden Project in Penzance. This innovative complex of domes housing plants from around the world, with each emulating a natural biome. Or, take a walk through the expansive Trelissick Garden, noted for its impressive collection of camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas, the garden also offers glorious views of the Fal River and distant rolling hills.
Day 4 - Isles of Scilly
Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, the Isles of Scilly have given their fortunate inhabitants the luxury of turning a passion for growing flowers into a major industry. This morning board local boats and cruise to Tresco to visit the ruins and exquisite subtropical gardens at the medieval Tresco Abbey.
Day 5 - Skellig Islands, Ireland
The wonderfully remote Skellig Islands are one of Europe’s most impressive seabird citadels; Little Skellig is home to the second-largest colony of gannets in the world. Other seabirds found here include kittiwakes, razorbills, Manx shearwaters, and nesting puffins. Dependent on weather and permission to access, visit nearby Skellig Michael—the site of an important 6th-century Anchorite monastery and now a World Heritage Site.
Day 6 - Dunmore East / Waterford / Saltee Islands
From the port city of Dunmore East, drive through scenic countryside to Waterford. Options today include a visit to the renowned Waterford Crystal glassworks to watch master craftsmen at work, or enjoy a tour of Mount Congreve, a magnificent estate with exquisite gardens. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise toward the privately-owned Saltee Islands. These islands attract a variety of birds to their craggy masses; on Great Saltee Island search for puffins, murres, razorbills, gannets, and more of the 47 bird species recorded here.
Day 7 - Port St. Mary, Isle of Man
Enjoy a leisurely morning on board, as the ship cruises to Port St. Mary on the Isle of Man. Board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the single remnant from the extensive Victorian system that served the main centers on the island. Ride through quaint and picturesque villages to the southern resort of Port Erin.
Day 8 - Portrush, Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland / Isle of Islay
Disembark at Portrush and travel overland to the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway. This three-mile section of coastline is a geological masterpiece—some 40,000 closely-packed hexagonal columns of varying heights line the coast and descend like a staircase into the sea. In the afternoon visit the rugged cliffs of Rathlin Island, where you are greeted by colonies of guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, and puffins. After lunch, go ashore on the Isle of Islay for a tour of the world-famous Lagavulin Distillery.
Day 9 - Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland / Iona
Weather permitting, spend the morning exploring the uninhabited island of Staffa by Zodiac and its most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave. The cave’s peculiar rock formations and unusual coloring are a delight to behold, and the wonderful echo of the sea from within served as the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. In 563 AD the Christian missionary St. Columba built a monastery on Iona and spread Christianity throughout Scotland. Though it suffered repeated attacks by Vikings over the centuries and the original was destroyed, the monastery was rebuilt each time, and some of these later buildings still stand. Visit the monastery site; the nearby cemetery of St. Oran, where numerous Scottish kings are buried; and the 12th-century Iona Abbey.
Day 10 - St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides / Flannan Islands
Spend the morning at St. Kilda, once home to a small community, evidenced by abandoned houses and cleits, beehive-shaped cells where goods were stored. Cruising among the Flannan Islands this afternoon, puffins, fulmars, murres, and kittiwakes should be plentiful. Of special interest to birders is the Leach’s petrel colony on the grassy slopes of Eilean Mor beneath the lighthouse.
Day 11 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Arrive in the capital city of Kirkwall on Mainland Island in the Orkneys today for visits to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral and some of the island’s major archaeological sites. Maes Howe, a chambered tomb dating from 3500 BC, is known for its runic hieroglyphs left by visiting 12th-century Vikings. Then visit the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae, a remarkably well-preserved Stone Age village buried in sand some 4,500 years ago. Return to Kirkwall for an afternoon walking tour of this charming city.
Day 12 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands / Isle of Noss / Mousa
This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, which are steeped in Norse heritage. After the tour there will be free time to stroll the narrow streets and browse the many shops, or raise a pint at the local pub. After lunch on board, cruise by Zodiac to the Isle of Noss, where spectacular cliffs support a large and diverse seabird colony, home to 80,000 seabirds—guillemots, razorbills, gannets, shags, and more. This evening go ashore at Mousa to view one of Britain’s finest Iron Age ruins, an unusually well preserved 40-foot broch, a dry stone structure, dating from about 200 AD.
Day 13 - Fair Isle
One of the most isolated settlements in the British Isles, this island is renowned for the quality and intricacy of its handmade sweaters using local wool. It is also famous as a haven for seabirds including gannets, murres, black-legged kittiwakes, numerous gull species, and a large colony of puffins. After a short walk, join some of the 70 islanders at their community center for tea and cakes, and a visit to the local museum.
Day 14 - Aberdeen / Disembark / Edinburgh
Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Edinburgh. Check in to the Balmoral Hotel for a special farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 15 - Edinburgh
Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.
Please Note:
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.

Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Based on the expeditionary nature of our trips, there may be ongoing enhancements to this itinerary.
Day 15 - Edinburgh *
Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.
Day 14 - Aberdeen / Disembark / Edinburgh *
Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic train ride to Edinburgh. Check in to the Balmoral Hotel for a special farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 13 - Fair Isle *
One of the most isolated settlements in the British Isles, this island is renowned for the quality and intricacy of its handmade sweaters using local wool. It is also famous as a haven for seabirds including gannets, murres, black-legged kittiwakes, numerous gull species, and a large colony of puffins. After a short walk, join some of the 70 islanders at their community center for tea and cakes, and a visit to the local museum.
Day 12 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands / Isle of Noss / Mousa *
This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, which are steeped in Norse heritage. After the tour there will be free time to stroll the narrow streets and browse the many shops, or raise a pint at the local pub. After lunch on board, cruise by Zodiac to the Isle of Noss, where spectacular cliffs support a large and diverse seabird colony, home to 80,000 seabirds—guillemots, razorbills, gannets, shags, and more. This evening go ashore at Mousa to view one of Britain’s finest Iron Age ruins, an unusually well preserved 40-foot broch, a dry stone structure, dating from about 200 AD.
Day 11 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands *
Arrive in the capital city of Kirkwall on Mainland Island in the Orkneys today for visits to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral and some of the island’s major archaeological sites. Maes Howe, a chambered tomb dating from 3500 BC, is known for its runic hieroglyphs left by visiting 12th-century Vikings. Then visit the enigmatic Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae, a remarkably well-preserved Stone Age village buried in sand some 4,500 years ago. Return to Kirkwall for an afternoon walking tour of this charming city.
Day 10 - St. Kilda, Outer Hebrides / Flannan Islands *
Spend the morning at St. Kilda, once home to a small community, evidenced by abandoned houses and cleits, beehive-shaped cells where goods were stored. Cruising among the Flannan Islands this afternoon, puffins, fulmars, murres, and kittiwakes should be plentiful. Of special interest to birders is the Leach’s petrel colony on the grassy slopes of Eilean Mor beneath the lighthouse.
Day 9 - Staffa, Inner Hebrides, Scotland / Iona *
Weather permitting, spend the morning exploring the uninhabited island of Staffa by Zodiac and its most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave. The cave’s peculiar rock formations and unusual coloring are a delight to behold, and the wonderful echo of the sea from within served as the inspiration for Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. In 563 AD the Christian missionary St. Columba built a monastery on Iona and spread Christianity throughout Scotland. Though it suffered repeated attacks by Vikings over the centuries and the original was destroyed, the monastery was rebuilt each time, and some of these later buildings still stand. Visit the monastery site; the nearby cemetery of St. Oran, where numerous Scottish kings are buried; and the 12th-century Iona Abbey.
Day 8 - Portrush, Giant's Causeway, Northern Ireland / Isle of Islay *
Disembark at Portrush and travel overland to the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway. This three-mile section of coastline is a geological masterpiece—some 40,000 closely-packed hexagonal columns of varying heights line the coast and descend like a staircase into the sea. In the afternoon visit the rugged cliffs of Rathlin Island, where you are greeted by colonies of guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, and puffins. After lunch, go ashore on the Isle of Islay for a tour of the world-famous Lagavulin Distillery.
Day 7 - Port St. Mary, Isle of Man *
Enjoy a leisurely morning on board, as the ship cruises to Port St. Mary on the Isle of Man. Board the Isle of Man Steam Railway, the single remnant from the extensive Victorian system that served the main centers on the island. Ride through quaint and picturesque villages to the southern resort of Port Erin.
Day 6 - Dunmore East / Waterford / Saltee Islands *
From the port city of Dunmore East, drive through scenic countryside to Waterford. Options today include a visit to the renowned Waterford Crystal glassworks to watch master craftsmen at work, or enjoy a tour of Mount Congreve, a magnificent estate with exquisite gardens. Return to the ship for lunch as you cruise toward the privately-owned Saltee Islands. These islands attract a variety of birds to their craggy masses; on Great Saltee Island search for puffins, murres, razorbills, gannets, and more of the 47 bird species recorded here.
Day 5 - Skellig Islands, Ireland *
The wonderfully remote Skellig Islands are one of Europe’s most impressive seabird citadels; Little Skellig is home to the second-largest colony of gannets in the world. Other seabirds found here include kittiwakes, razorbills, Manx shearwaters, and nesting puffins. Dependent on weather and permission to access, visit nearby Skellig Michael—the site of an important 6th-century Anchorite monastery and now a World Heritage Site.
Day 4 - Isles of Scilly *
Warmed by the North Atlantic Drift, the Isles of Scilly have given their fortunate inhabitants the luxury of turning a passion for growing flowers into a major industry. This morning board local boats and cruise to Tresco to visit the ruins and exquisite subtropical gardens at the medieval Tresco Abbey.
Day 3 - Falmouth / Penzance *
This morning take a stroll through Trebah Garden, a beautiful subtropical garden with a stunning coastal backdrop. After lunch on board, take a tour of the Eden Project in Penzance. This innovative complex of domes housing plants from around the world, with each emulating a natural biome. Or, take a walk through the expansive Trelissick Garden, noted for its impressive collection of camellias, rhododendrons, and azaleas, the garden also offers glorious views of the Fal River and distant rolling hills.
Day 2 - London / Portsmouth / Embark Ocean Adventurer *
After breakfast, depart via train for Portsmouth. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before a tour of this famous port city. This afternoon board the Ocean Adventurer.
Day 1 - London, England *
Check in to the Hilton London Paddington Hotel, with the rest of the day at leisure to explore the city on your own. Gather at the hotel this evening for a welcome reception and dinner.
* = Indicative
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Sea Adventurer, the ship servicing Wild & Ancient Britain with Ireland

Sea Adventurer

Vessel Type: Comfortable Expedition

Length: 90 metres

Passenger Capacity: 118

Built / refurbished: 1975 / 1998

The 118-passenger Sea Adventurer, (formerly the Clipper Adventurer) is among the very few vessels in the world specifically constructed for expedition voyages to the remote polar regions. Her ice-strengthened hull permits her to glide easily and safely through ice-strewn waters that are not accessible to conventional cruise vessels.

She has advanced communications and navigation equipment, and newly installed, state-of-the-art Sperry Gyrofin stabilizers. In 1998 the Adventurer had a $13 million conversion done in Scandinavia. She is a handsome expedition vessel, done in the style of great ocean liners when ships were ships. With lots of varnished wood, brass, and wooden decks, the ship has all new outside cabins, with lower beds and private facilities.

There is a Main Lounge, bar, Clipper Club, library/card room, gymnasium and gift shop. A multi-national staff serves American and Continental cuisine. The ship has a fleet of 10 Zodiacs and a special loading platform. An ice class rating of A-1 allows the Clipper Adventurer to go to places larger cruise ships can only dream of, and she does it in comfort and style unsurpassed by other vessels her size.

Cabins: All cabins have a window with outside view. Each has private facilities.

 

Cabins and amenities

  • 61 outside cabins with exterior views and private facilities.
  • Decks 4 and 5 have exterior access, with outside seating.
  • Window-lined dining room on Deck 4 with unreserved seating.
  • Lounge/Presentation Room.
  • 2 bars.
  • Library.
  • Gift shop.
  • 4 hour beverage station.
  • Ship-to-shore satellite communications with email, and wireless, Internet access.
  • Clinic with licensed doctor.
  • Exercise room.

Deck Plan for some trips may vary, please ask for details.


Cabin layout for Sea Adventurer
• Witness some of Europe’s largest seabird colonies—puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, and more—pack dramatic cliffs and rocky offshore islands.

• Visit Giant’s Causeway where some 40,000 closely-packed hexagonal columns descend like a staircase into the sea.

• Discover important Neolithic monuments—the Standing Stones of Stenness; the Ring of Brodgar; Skara Brae, a well-preserved Stone Age village; and Maes Howe, a tomb dating from 3500 BC.

• Explore a variety of architectural wonders, from Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12th-century Iona Abbey to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.
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