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The Beauty of the British Isles - 2023

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
  • A farmstead on the Isle of Mull is dwarfed by beautiful, grassy cliffs.
    DISCOVER THE BRITISH ISLES ABOARD OUR 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY, A NIMBLE SMALL SHIP THAT CAN ACCESS THE SMALLER PORTS LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • Castle ruins on the verdant Isle of Man
    SEE THE ISLE OF MAN, A UNIQUE BRITISH PROTECTORATE AND UNESCO WORLD BIOSPHERE RESERVE
  • Geometric rock formations make up the Giants Causeway between the ocean and a grassy peak in Ireland.
    MARVEL AT THE UNESCO-LISTED GIANT'S CAUSEWAY, A SERIES OF OTHERWORLDLY BASALT COLUMNS IN NORTHERN IRELAND
  • Isle of Skye Scotland
    CELEBRATE THE ISLE OF SKYE’S MAGIC BY LAND AND SEA, ADMIRING ITS DRAMATIC CLIFFS, RUGGED PEAKS, MEDIEVAL CASTLES, AND TOWERING WATERFALLS THAT LUNGE TO THE SEA
  • Edinburgh, Scotland extension
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND
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Dublin, Ireland (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $349 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 on an included city tour to get a sense of Ireland’s past glory. 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, including Phoenix Park, inside visit of Dublin Castle and 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
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to 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. Your Concierge can offer recommendations or even help you make reservations for lunch and dinner! 

Included Features:

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

Included meals:

Breakfast

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! 

Included meals:

Breakfast

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 $1,499 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $499 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 4, 2023 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
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo experience (including ticket, transportation and escort services)
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service, 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.

Tonight, 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:

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. 

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

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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Dublin, Ireland (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 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 on an included city tour to get a sense of Ireland’s past glory. 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, including Phoenix Park, inside visit of Dublin Castle and 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
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to 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:

Fly to Dublin, Ireland

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the London airport and fly to Dublin, Ireland. After transferring to your centrally located hotel, the rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy. 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.

DAY 17:

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. Your Concierge can offer recommendations or even help you make reservations for lunch and dinner! 

Included Feature:

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

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

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. Dinner is included at the hotel tonight, but if you’d like to party like the Irish, perhaps you’ll celebrate your adventure with a pub crawl! 

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Return home

After breakfast, you’ll check out and transfer from your hotel to Dublin Airport for your flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Edinburgh, Scotland (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,499 PER PERSON | 3 DAYS | $500 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.

Your Price Includes:
  • 2 additional nights' accommodations at the InterContinental Edinburgh The George (or similar)
  • 3 additional meals: 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Tour of St. Andrews
  • Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo experience (including ticket, transportation and escort services)
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to 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:

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. 

Tonight, 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!

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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