IRELAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION

DATES & RATES
 

June 9 to June 20, 2019

 

From $5,995 to $15,595

Single Supplement: No single supplement on a limited quantity of cabins in categories 3 to 7!

 

Once these cabins are sold, the single supplement fee is 1.5 times the berth cost.

CRUISE ITINERARY

DAY 1 ~ DUBLIN

Arriving independently in Dublin, we’ll gather to meet our Expedition Leader and fellow travellers. We’ll then explore the region, wending our way to our disembarkation point.

Our journey by sea aboard the Ocean Endeavour begins this afternoon.

DAY 2 ~ SOUTH COAST

Many potential expedition landings awaits us along Ireland’s south coast. Our expedition team will make the most of our opportunities; we hope to enjoy hiking, photography, and birding—or potentially, town visits.

DAY 3 ~ CLEAR ISLAND & GARNISH GARDENS

A ship’s cruise of Clear Island should be a hit with birders. The island is home to shearwaters, skuas, black guillemots and murres, cormorants, and storm petrels. Seals, basking sharks, and dolphins frequent the surrounding waters.

At Ilnacullin Garnish, Bantry Bay, rare and exquisite plants form one of Ireland’s top gardens. A Martello tower offers excellent views, and a seal colony rounds out the list of attractions.

DAY 4 ~ RING OF KERRY

This scenic route around the Irveragh Peninsula in County Kerry takes in outstanding views of coastlines, rolling rural scenery, and numerous cultural attractions. Historic sites, including castles, abbeys, mansions, and cathedrals are dotted along the route.

Killarney National Park, “The Jewel in Kerry’s Crown,” is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. From the foot of the Macgillycuddy Reeks (the highest mountain range in Ireland) to the outskirts of Killarney, the park encompasses lakes, mountains, and plains.

DAY 5 ~ SOUTHWEST COAST

Skellig Michael (Sceilg Mhichíl), a UNESCO World Heritage Site, rocketed to new fame as the fictional home of Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi. We hope to spot actual residents like puffins, petrels, and shearwaters on our ship’s cruise.

We’ll visit the town of Dingle, rich in Irish music and culture. The town boasts historic buildings, medieval ruins, an aquarium, arts and crafts shops, and more. Thirsty visitors will find numerous pubs and a distillery.

DAY 6 ~ CLIFFS OF MOHER

Rising over two hundred metres above the Wild Atlantic Way, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most outstanding natural attractions—as attested by their popularity with visitors. They have been featured in numerous films, including The Princess Bride.

We’ll be watching for seabirds as we ship’s cruise by the cliffs. A landing in the region will provide excellent opportunities for walking, hiking, sightseeing, and photography.

DAY 7 ~ ARAN ISLANDS

The Aran Islands are geologically and culturally unique. Located in Galway Bay, the limestone Islands of Inishmoor, Inishmann, and Inisheer enjoy temperate climatic conditions, and are home to diverse range of plant and animal species.

The Arans are also bastions of Irish history and culture; a large proportion of the population are Gaelic speakers. The Aran sweater originates here; homespun of local wool in unique patterns, they are prized the world over. Inishmoor medieval hill fort will be a highlight of our visit.

DAY 8 ~ INISHBOFIN & CLEW BAY

Just off the Connemara Coast lies Inishbofin. Prior to the Irish Famine, this outpost was home to 1,400 people; today the population is less than two hundred.

Clew Bay is said to have ‘an island for every day of the year’, many of them drumlins. The town of Westport in the bay is famed for its music, history, and beauty: “The most beautiful view I ever saw in the world,” according to novelist William Makepeace Thackeray.

DAY 9 ~ TORY ISLAND

Toraigh (Tory Island) lies nearly fifteen kilometres off the northwest coast of County Donegal. The main spoken language on the island is Gaelic. Since the 1950s, the island has been home to a small community of artists, and has its own art gallery.

DAY 10 ~ GIANTS CAUSEWAY

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Causeway is a geological wonder. About 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, formed by volcanic eruption, form ‘steps’ leading from the coastal cliffs, to below the surface of the North Sea. Numerous legends associate the causeway with the mythic hero Fionn mac Cumhaill (Finn MacCool).

Rathlin Island, the only inhabited island off Northern Ireland, is designated a Special Area of Conservation in Northern Ireland and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

DAY 11 ~ BELFAST

The largest city in Northern Ireland, and its capital, is also the second-largest city on the island of Ireland. Belfast has a history as a centre for industry, particularly shipbuilding. The HMS Titanic was completed in a Belfast shipyard, and sailed from Belfast on its maiden voyage.

Today, Belfast is a popular tourist destination, known for music, architecture, gardens, and the arts.

DAY 12 ~ DUBLIN

On our last day together, we’ll wind up back where we began: Dublin. Ireland’s glorious capital—beloved of poets, musicians, and dreamers—lies at the mouth of the River Liffey.

Once we disembark, you may enjoy exploring one of the world’s great cities, take our optional post-tour around the Isle of Man, or journey on to your next destination. Safe home!

END OF CRUISE

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Best seen by sea!

    Appreciate Ireland’s maritime heritage first-hand, visiting diverse communities whose history is bound to the sea.

    Fishing and shipping have always been central to Ireland’s unique culture and way of life.

    • Every Irish port has a story and a history all its own

    • Visiting by ship allows you to appreciate Ireland’s special relationship to the sea

    • Between communities, awe-inspiring scenery awaits you in coastal rural Ireland

  • Scenic and inspiring

    Ireland’s scenic coastlines are beautiful and inspiring. From bird cliffs of staggering height to unique geological formations, the rugged seascape of Ireland is amazing by sea.

    A circumnavigation offers the opportunity to travel the lesser-known coast of Ulster (Northern Ireland)—including the world famous Giant’s Causeway basaltic columns!

  • A paradise for birds and whales

    Did you know that Ireland is a hot spot for birds, especially seabirds, and marine mammals? Ragged cliffs, isolated islands, and scenic coves are nesting and feeding grounds for millions of birds. And whales and seals are found in the nearby waters.

    • Spring conditions are excellent for viewing seabirds and spotting marine mammals in the rich North Atlantic waters.

  • Local character

    Every location in Ireland is unique, from Dublin to Cork to Belfast. At each stop, a special insight into Irish history awaits.

    • Visit castles and historic sites, including the Blarney Stone

    • Learn about Irish history, language, and culture around the island

    • Find handicrafts and artisanal items unique to every stop

Included:

  • Passage aboard the Ocean Endeavour

  • Applicable taxes and Credit card fees Complimentary Expedition jacket (Ocean Endeavour only)

  • Contribution to Adventure Canada's Discovery Fund

  • Special access permits, entry and park fees Team of expedition staff

  • Guided activities

  • Sightseeing and community visits All Zodiac excursions

  • Port fees

  • Pre-departure materials

  • Educational program Nikon Camera Trial Program

  • Interactive workshops

  • Evening entertainment

  • All shipboard meals

Not Included:

  • Commercial & charter flights

  • Program Enhancements/optional excursions

  • Gratuities

  • Personal expenses

  • Mandatory medical evacuation insurance

  • Additional expenses in the event of delays or itinerary changes

  • Possible fuel surcharges

  • Pre- & post-trip hotel accommodation

A percentage of each booking  cost goes to a charity of your (or our) choice.

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