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The Beauty of the British Isles - 2021

London • 10-night small ship cruise with Poole, Isles of Scilly, Fishguard, Holyhead, Isle of Man, Belfast, Isle of Mull, Isle of Skye, Outer Hebrides (Stornoway), Orkney Islands (Stromness), Invergordon • Edinburgh
  • JOIN THE INAUGURAL SAILING SEASON OF THE 5-STAR OCEAN EXPLORER, VANTAGE'S FIRST SMALL SHIP OCEAN GOING EXPEDITION VESSEL
  • GAIN DEEPER INSIGHTS INTO YOUR DESTINATIONS WITH TALKS AND DISCUSSIONS BY AN ONBOARD RESIDENT LECTURER
  • DISCOVER THE ISLE OF MAN, A UNIQUE BRITISH PROTECTORATE THAT IS ALSO A UNESCO WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE
  • EXPLORE THE ARBOREAL BEAUTY OF THE TRESCO ABBEY GARDENS ON THE ISLES OF SCILLY
  • DISCOVER THE UNESCO-LISTED GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, A SERIES OF OTHERWORLDLY BASALT COLUMNS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
  • VISIT SCOTLAND'S INNER HEBRIDES, INCLUDING THE ISLE OF MULL, AND DISCOVER ITS UNIQUE WILDLIFE
  • RESERVE THE AUG. 5 OR 15 EXTENSION & ATTEND EDINBURGH’S HISTORIC MILITARY TATTOO
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Pre-Trip)

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Dublin, Ireland (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $299 PER DAY

Beyond the photogenic castles and cathedrals, Ireland’s capital city brims with character: here, history flows along the cobblestone streets, swirls about centuries-old pubs, and evolves along with the arts and cuisine created by its youthful, innovative denizens. Explore Dublin Castle, Phoenix Park, and Trinity College Dublin on an included city tour to get a sense of Ireland’s past glory; spot the local deer herd at Phoenix Park; hit the pubs and listen to — or participate in – the craic, or everyday banter, intrinsic to Irish culture. With Dublin’s attractions right by your centrally located hotel, you’ll have an easy time getting to know this cosmopolitan city.

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodations at the Hyatt Centric The Liberties Dublin (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • 3 included features: A city tour, a visit to Phoenix Park, and a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Take off for Dublin

You’ll board an overnight flight to Ireland today, arriving on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Dublin

Welcome to Dublin! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your centrally located hotel. Remember to take advantage of the hospitality desk during your stay, where you can plan activities; or, use our complimentary Concierge service to do so in advance. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover the best of the Irish capital

After a hearty breakfast, you’ll set off on a coach and walking tour to see Dublin’s most renowned landmarks, including a stop at the entrance of Dublin Castle and at Phoenix Park, one of the oldest and largest urban parks in Europe. At the Library of Trinity College Dublin, you’ll set eyes on what is widely considered as Ireland’s finest national treasure: The Book of Kells. After admiring the pages of brilliantly colored illustrations and calligraphed manuscripts on display, enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Or, join us on an optional tour of the Guinness Factory, followed by a literary pub crawl! Your Concierge can offer recommendations or even help you make reservations for lunch and dinner!

Included Features:

  • Half-day Dublin city tour
  • Visit Phoenix Park
  • See the Book of Kells at Trinity College

included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Guinness Storehouse Tour and Literary Pub Crawl

Guinness Storehouse Tour and Literary Pub Crawl

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4-5 hours
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • When: Afternoon Tour

Get a real taste of Irish culture — and one of Dublin’s most amazing views — when you tour the recently reopened Guinness Storehouse. Honoring one of the Emerald Isle’s most famous beverages, you’ll step back in time and learn about the family that founded the brewery, their 999-year lease, and the historic St. James Gate neighborhood. You’ll sample plenty of this dry stout, and enjoy some time to relax in the stunning rooftop bar at the end of your insightful tour. Round out your tour with literary pub crawl, a walking tour of Dublin's most historic places to toast. A spirited actor will introduce some of the most famous works of literature from Ireland's storied history and perform scenes punctuating your on-foot explorations today.


DAY 4:

Explore Dublin at your leisure

Enjoy a day to explore on your own. Perhaps you’ll go see the infamous centuries-old mummies housed deep in the crypts of St. Michan’s Church, take in the music performed by talented buskers on Grafton Street, or embark on a search for your long-lost Irish roots at the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum. And if you’d like to party like the Irish, make sure to schedule an after-dinner pub crawl! You may also be interested in our optional tour to Glendalough, the ancient monastic settlement in the hills of Wicklow & Powerscourt Gardens.

included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Glendalough, Wicklow, & Powerscourt Gardens

Glendalough, Wicklow, & Powerscourt Gardens

  • Approximate Cost: $145 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 6 hours
  • Location: Dublin, Ireland
  • When: Morning/afternoon tour

Travel south of Dublin to beautiful County Wicklow, where you will explore the spectacular Powerscourt Gardens, a 45-acre extravaganza of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, exquisite statues, and ornamental lakes. With more than 200 varieties of trees and shrubs, Powerscourt has been described as one of Europe's greatest gardens. From here we visit Glendalough, one of Ireland’s oldest and most important monasteries, founded by St. Kevin in the 6th century. Set between two idyllic lakes, its most prominent feature is the iconic High Tower where monks stored precious manuscripts and artifacts. We’ll return to Dublin on a scenic route that features the Wicklow Mountains, Wicklow Gap, and Blessington Lake.


DAY 5:

Fly to London and commence your base tour

After breakfast, we’ll check out and transfer from our hotel to Dublin Airport for our flight to London, where you will join Day 2 of your base tour program.

included meals:

Breakfast
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $466 PER DAY

Edinburgh’s imposing profile of black rock hills and rugged medieval fortifications stands in stark contrast to its cultured, quirky, and playful spirit. Since you’ll be passing through, why not add three nights to experience the U.K.’s second-most popular destination after London? Revisit Scotland’s dramatic history at Edinburgh Castle. Wander the tangle of medieval Old Town, and the neoclassical district of New Town, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Step aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. See the fabled fairways of St. Andrew’s. Dart into the quaint shops, inviting pubs, and fascinating museums that line the Royal Mile. Our perfect mix of included touring and leisure time allows you to discover the best Edinburgh has to offer.

On our August 15, 2021 departure, enjoy an unforgettable Cultural Connection when you are our guest at the historic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an artistic extravaganza set against the backdrop of imposing Edinburgh Castle. It’s a pageant like none other featuring parades, fireworks, dancing, military bands, and opera and classical music performances — all part of your exclusive ticket specially arranged by Vantage.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 additional nights accommodations at the InterContinental Edinburgh The George (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com

Please note: The day-to-day itinerary for this extension blends in some features that would otherwise occur during the Edinburgh land portion of your main cruise tour program. This is done merely to ensure the most logical, relaxed, and efficient pacing. By the time you embark ship on the main cruise tour itinerary, you will have experienced all the main tour inclusions as well as your two extra extension days.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Scotland

You’ll board an overnight flight to Edinburgh, Scotland today, arriving on Day 2.

DAY 2:

Arrival in Edinburgh

Upon arrival, if you purchased Vantage air, you’ll be transferred to your centrally located hotel from the airport. Remember also to take advantage of the hospitality desk during your stay, where you can plan activities; or use our complimentary Concierge service to do so in advance. A Welcome Dinner is included at the hotel tonight.

included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Discover Edinburgh, and come aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia

The unforgettable city of Edinburgh unfolds before you as we ride and walk on a half-day city tour. Highlights of the Old Town include Edinburgh Castle, set high above the city on Castle Rock, and St. Margaret’s Chapel. Built around 1130, it is the oldest surviving building in town. Fast-forward to 18th-century as you explore the New Town, with its elegant neoclassical and Georgian architecture. Both districts are together listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip set sail to visit their far-flung dominion, they did it on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. You'll come aboard to inspect this elegant vessel, which often a hosted a retinue of more than 45 guests. It still features the furnishings and décor favored by the Queen when the ship was launched in 1953. The balance of your day is free. Your Vantage City Host will be happy to assist with tips, directions, and making reservations.

Please note that tonight, only on our August 15, 2021 departure, you’ll enjoy a Vantage exclusive: tickets to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Staged on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle, it is the capstone of the famous Edinburgh Festival and a spectacle of pageantry, music, fireworks and more. Your exclusive Vantage program includes admission, transfers, and a local guide. Enjoy the festivities!

included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Optional Stirling Castle tour, or explore the capital city on your own

Today is at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll explore Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, or check out rare species of plants and trees at the Royal Botanic Garden. If you love history and great architecture, join our optional tour to Stirling Castle. Dramatically set on a craggy promontory, it was a favored home of the Stewart kings and queens and an important defense during Scotland’s Wars of Independence.

Throughout the day, your fellow cruise tour travelers will be arriving. You’ll meet them this evening at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner. Tomorrow, as they acclimate with a city tour, you still have one more included feature of your pre-trip extension to enjoy: your excursion to St. Andrews.

included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • When: Morning tour (Extension only)

Spend a memorable half day visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most historically significant manors, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Stirling Castle was a hotbed of Scottish history — this was the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the site of her coronation. Learn about the history of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and the battles fought here during the Game of Thrones-esque Wars of Independence. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland.


DAY 5:

The home of golfing: St. Andrews

Today you’ll enjoy an included morning excursion to St. Andrews, the delightful seaside “home of golf” and site of Scotland’s first university. Admire the charming cobbled streets and green cathedral grounds before returning for a leisurely afternoon in Edinburgh. Back at your hotel in the evening, you’ll enjoy dinner on your own, and then commence your base tour.

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London, England (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $400 PER DAY

London beckons with more than 300 museums, some of the world’s best theaters, dozens of palaces and monuments, legendary shopping, exquisite parks, charming pubs, top-notch dining and so much more! No wonder Samuel Johnson said, “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Since London is already on your route, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of its many gems. Everything will be within reach from your centrally located, Deluxe hotel, and your itinerary balances carefully curated included activities with free time to discover the London of your dreams.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 nights accommodations at the Deluxe Kimpton Fitzroy London (or similar)
  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Half-day visit to the British Museum
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Leisure in London

After a guided sightseeing tour on your base tour, spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Admire traditional portraiture at the National Gallery, modern masterpieces at the Tate, or the diverse art and design collections of the Victoria & Albert. Shop at famous department stores like Harrods or Marks & Spencer, or scoop up antiques and collectibles at the flea markets at Portobello Road, Camden Passage, or Old Spitalfields. You may also join our full-day optional tour to Oxford and Blenheim Palace, the ancestral home of the Churchills.

included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Oxford & Blenheim Palace

Oxford & Blenheim Palace

  • Approximate Cost: $199 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England
  • When: Full-day tour

A day of visual riches awaits on this all-day combination tour to Oxford, “the city of dreaming spires,” home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world, as well as stunning Blenheim Palace, ancestral home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Winston Churchill. Starting in Oxford, take a tour through the medieval center and the university, including the Old Covered Market, the Radcliff Camera, the Bodlean Library, Christchurch Chapel, and the quad and interior of one of the colleges. (Note that interior visits to the college are dependent on their opening times, which are not published until a few days before.) Stop for lunch on your own and leisure time in Oxford. Then, just a short drive away is Blenheim Palace, set among some of the most famous gardens in England. Your visit includes a tour of the palace interior, the Winston Churchill Museum, the palace’s painting and tapestry collection, and more. You’ll also have time to stroll the grounds, with lakes, lawns, and gardens that are considered some of the finest works of Capability Brown, the English landscaping pioneer.


DAY 17:

Explore the British Museum

After breakfast you’ll head to the historic Bloomsbury neighborhood to visit the British Museum. With more than eight million works from the beginning of humankind to the present, it is one of the largest museums on the planet. Here you will find everything from Egyptian mummies to Mesopotamian cuneiforms to daVinci drawings and beyond. Among the most famous treasures are the Parthenon Marbles (formerly known as the Elgin Marbles.)

The balance your day is free until this evening’s Farewell Dinner at your hotel.

included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 18:

Return flight home

After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

included meals:

Breakfast
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $466 PER DAY

Edinburgh’s imposing profile of black rock hills and rugged medieval fortifications stands in stark contrast to its cultured, quirky, and playful spirit. Why not add extra time to delve deeper into the U.K.’s second-most popular destination after London? Revisit Scotland’s dramatic history at Edinburgh Castle. Wander the tangle of medieval Old Town, and the neoclassical district of New Town, which together form a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dart into the quaint shops, inviting pubs, and fascinating museums that line the Royal Mile. A highlight will be your included excursion to the fabled fairways of St. Andrew’s, the home of golf. Our perfect mix of included touring and leisure time allows you to discover the best Edinburgh has to offer.

On our August 5, 2021 departure, enjoy an unforgettable Cultural Connection when you are our guest at the historic Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, an artistic extravaganza set against the backdrop of imposing Edinburgh Castle. It’s a pageant like none other featuring parades, fireworks, dancing, military bands, and opera and classical music performances—all part of your exclusive ticket specially arranged by Vantage.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 additional nights accommodations at the InterContinental Edinburgh The George (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge, to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log into My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 16:

Optional Stirling Castle tour, or explore the capital city on your own

Today is at your leisure. Perhaps you’ll explore Holyroodhouse, the Queen’s official Edinburgh residence, or check out rare species of plants and trees at the Royal Botanic Garden. If you love history and great architecture, join our optional tour to Stirling Castle. Dramatically set on a craggy promontory, it was a favored home of the Stewart kings and queens and an important defense during Scotland’s Wars of Independence.

Optional Tour: Stirling Castle

Stirling Castle

  • Approximate Cost: $139 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • When: Morning tour (Extension only)

Spend a memorable half day visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most historically significant manors, sitting high on volcanic rock and offering wonderful views of the surrounding landscape. Stirling Castle was a hotbed of Scottish history — this was the childhood home of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the site of her coronation. Learn about the history of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and the battles fought here during the Game of Thrones-esque Wars of Independence. With lots of interesting things to see and do here, the Stirling Castle experience is a must for any visitor to Scotland.


DAY 17:

The home of golfing: St. Andrews

Today you’ll enjoy an included morning excursion to St. Andrews, the delightful seaside “home of golf” and site of Scotland’s first university. Admire the charming cobbled streets and green cathedral grounds during a leisurely lunch on your own before returning for a free afternoon in Edinburgh. Back at your hotel in the evening, raise your glass to toast a successful journey at our Farewell Dinner.

included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 18:

Return flight home

After an included breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home

included meals:

Breakfast

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