London To Reykjavik
- Depart From
- Sail from London
- Departure Date
- 20 Jul 2019 - 31 Jul 2019
- 11 Days
- England, France, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Iceland
- From €6100pp
Ports of call: London, England; Saint Malo, France; St Mary's Isles Of Scilly, Channel Islands; Cobh, Ireland; Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Northern Ireland; Oban, Scotland; Ullapool, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland
Board the Silver Wind in London and embark on an eleven-day cruise to England, France, Channel Islands, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Iceland.
Thrust out into the sea and bound to the mainland only by tenuous man-made causeways, romantic St Malo has built a reputation as a breeding ground for phenomenal sailors. Many were fishermen, but others- most notably Jacques Cartier, who claimed Canada for Francis I in 1534- were New World explorers.
Still others were corsairs, "sea dogs" paid by the French crown to harass the Limeys across the Channel: legendary ones like Robert Surcouf and Duguay-Trouin helped make St-Malo rich through their pillaging, in the process earning it the nickname "the pirates' city.
St Mary’s is the Isle of Scilly’s largest island with a population of 1800 residents and an area of 6.58 square Kilometres; this is the gateway to the rest of the magnificent islands. Hugh town -a beautiful Old town with its own beach, nature reserve and church is the main attractions of St Mary’s, with tiny streets brimming with shops to pick up the perfect souvenir. St Mary’s is a hidden gem, with long stretches of white sandy beaches and a breath-taking untouched landscape. The coastline holds many archaeological sites along with miles of splendid walks along the coastal and country paths.
Cork City's nearby harbour district has seen plenty of history. Cork Harbour's draws include Fota Island—with an arboretum, a wildlife park, and the Fota House ancestral estate—and the fishing port of Cobh.
Ask any Dubliner what's happening and you may hear echoes of one of W. B. Yeats's most-quoted lines: "All changed, changed utterly." No matter that the decade-long "Celtic Tiger" boom era has been quickly followed by the Great Recession—for visitors Dublin remains one of Western Europe's most popular and delightful urban destinations. Whether or not you're out to enjoy the old or new Dublin, you'll find it a colossally entertaining city, all the more astonishing considering its intimate size.
Before English and Scottish settlers arrived in the 1600s, Belfast was a tiny village called Béal Feirste ("sandbank ford") belonging to Ulster's ancient O'Neill clan.
With the advent of the Plantation period (when settlers arrived in the 1600s), Sir Arthur Chichester, from Devon in southwestern England, received the city from the English Crown, and his son was made Earl of Donegall. Huguenots fleeing persecution from France settled near here, bringing their valuable linen-work skills.
Oban, "little bay" in Scots Gaelic, today has a resident population of 8,500 and is the unofficial capital of the West Highlands - the "Gateway to the Isles".
The panoramic views of the mountains, lochs and islands which have captivated artists, authors, composers, and poets for centuries are as striking now as they were when Dunollie Castle, a ruined keep which has stood sentinel over the narrow entrance to the sheltered bay for around six hundred years, was the northern outpost of the Dalriadic Scots.
Ullapool is an ideal base for hiking throughout Sutherland and taking wildlife and nature cruises, especially to the Summer Isles. By the shores of salty Loch Broom, the town was founded in 1788 as a fishing station to exploit the local herring stocks.
There's still a smattering of fishing vessels, as well as visiting yachts and foreign ships. When their crews fill the pubs, Ullapool has a cosmopolitan feel. The harbor area comes to life when the Lewis ferry arrives and departs.
Sprawling Reykjavík, the nation's nerve center and government seat, is home to half the island's population. On a bay overlooked by proud Mt. Esja (pronounced eh-shyuh), with its ever-changing hues, Reykjavík presents a colorful sight, its concrete houses painted in light colors and topped by vibrant red, blue, and green roofs.
In contrast to the almost treeless countryside, Reykjavík has many tall, native birches, rowans, and willows, as well as imported aspen, pines, and spruces.Reykjavík's name comes from the Icelandic words for smoke, reykur, and bay, vík.
20th July 2019: London (Tower Bridge), England
21st July 2019: At Sea
22nd July 2019: Saint Malo, France
23rd July 2019: St Mary's Isles Of Scilly, Channel Islands
24th July 2019: Cobh, Ireland
25th July 2019: Dublin, Ireland
26th July 2019: Belfast, Northern Ireland
27th July 2019: Oban, Scotland
28th July 2019: Ullapool, Scotland
29th July 2019: At Sea
30th July 2019: Reykjavik, Iceland (overnight)
31st July 2019: Reykjavik, Iceland
Price is per adult sharing and includes:
- 11 day luxury cruise on board the Silver Wind
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- Return flights from Ireland
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