July 23 – August 5, 2012
From $4799 per person
From ancient castles and Georgian mansions to rugged Highlands and scenic islands, experience some of the British Isles’ most picturesque cities and landscapes. Depart London for Scotland’s lovely capital, Edinburgh, and see the medieval castle that dominates its skyline. Sail to Invergordon and experience the rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, followed by the Orkney Islands, where some of Britain’s best-preserved prehistoric monuments reside. Take in the dramatic scenery of the Isle of Skye, where the oldest inhabited castle awaits, before heading to Belfast in Northern Ireland, a city filled with splendid Victorian and Edwardian buildings. Next stop is Dublin, Ireland’s cosmopolitan capital, where you can see the magnificent Book of Kells at Trinity College; then onward to Waterford, the city renowned throughout the world for its crystal. Continue to Cork, a picturesque city of bridges and quays built around the River Lee, followed by Fowey, a town of winding lanes and pale-shaded houses, where St. Catherine’s Castle offers beautiful panoramas overlooking the sea.