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Wild Scottish Isles

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    50 - 130
All about the Wild Scottish Isles.

History comes to life as you view important Neolithic monuments—the Standing Stones of Stenness, the Ring of Brodgar, and Skara Brae—and other architectural wonders, from Mousa’s Iron Age broch and 12th-century Iona Abbey to the magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* Daily activity options including cultural tours, nature walks, and Zodiac
cruises
* All gratuities
* All accommodations
* World-class lecture and expedition team
* All onboard meals and group meals ashore, including soft drinks, beer, and
wine with lunch and dinner
* All entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges
* Arrival and departure transfers on group dates
* Gift certificates for recommended expedition gear
* Medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance

  1. Day 1 Check in to the /Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast/.

    Check in to the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, 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.  *Accommodation*: The Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

  2. Day 2 Depart overland for Portrush for a visit to the World Heritage Site of Giant’s Causeway.

    Depart overland for Portrush for a visit 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. Embark the /Greg Mortimer/ and, after lunch, go ashore on the Isle of Islay for a tour of the Ardbeg Distillery.*Accommodation*: The Greg Mortimer

  3. Day 3 Weather permitting, spend the morning exploring the uninhabited island of Staffa by Zodiac and its most famous feature, Fingal’s Cave.

    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 the monastery suffered repeated attacks by Vikings over the centuries and the original was destroyed, it 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.*Accommodation*: The Greg Mortimer

  4. Day 4 Spend the morning at St. Kilda.

    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. Spend the afternoon cruising among the Flannan Islands—puffins, fulmars, murres, and kittiwakes should be plentiful.*Accommodation*: The Greg Mortimer

  5. Day 5 Arrive in the capital city of Kirkwall on Mainland Island in the Orkneys today for visits to the magnificent St.

    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. 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.*Accommodation*: The Greg Mortimer

  6. Day 6 This morning enjoy a guided walking tour of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, which are steeped in Norse heritage.

    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 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.*Accommodation*: The Greg Mortimer

  7. Day 7 One of the most isolated settlements in the British Isles, Fair Isle is renowned for the quality and intricacy of its handmade sweaters, using local wool.

    One of the most isolated settlements in the British Isles, Fair Isle 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.*Accommodation*: The Greg Mortimer

  8. Day 8 Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic drive to Edinburgh.

    Disembark in Aberdeen this morning, and enjoy a scenic drive to Edinburgh. Board your independent homeward flight.

Package Confirmed Dates Trip Status Trip Status Price (PP) Excluding Flights Price (PP) Including Flights  
June 5, 2021
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