British Isles & Northern Europe
Enter the kingdom of red wine at Port Médoc, a gateway to the Bordeaux Wine Route and discover the hidden gem of Belle-Île, the secret summer getaway for Parisians. With overnights in historic destinations like Edinburgh and Dublin, there’s more time to explore their rich past. Sample local delicacies of Cascais and Lisbon, like santiaguiños, small slipper lobsters found only in this region.
IRELAND & NORTHERN IRELAND
In Ireland’s capital, Dublin, tour the Guinness Storehouse located in the heart of St. James’ Gate Brewery, and raise a glass at the Gravity Bar with a 360-degree view of the city skyline. Explore Blarney Castle in County Cork or sip on a glass of whiskey at the Old Jameson Distillery, a beautifully restored and self-contained industrial complex taking you right to the heart of the cherished whiskey making tradition. While Belfast’s popular point of interest is the Titanic Museum, it’s also the gateway to the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous landmark deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Delve into Scotland’s rich history in its capital, Edinburgh, with a visit to Edinburgh Castle. Wander the medieval streets of Old Town or savor a fine whisky at Leith’s Kaleidoscope Bar and Dining Room on Queen Street. Take in a bucolic landscape of hills, glens, rivers, lochs and the sea coastline at Fort William. Enjoy an outing to Loch Ness for your chance to spot the famous Nessie in Scotland’s lake. Journey to Glasgow to view the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s world-class art collection. Discover the beauty of the Scottish countryside heading toward the magnificent Stirling Castle, home of the Stuart kings and birthplace of James II.
Among the Isles of Scilly, a remote and rarely visited destination, sits the enchanting St. Mary’s with three nearby beaches – Porthmellon, Town Beach and Porthcressa. Along the west coast of the Isle of Lewis, find the Neolithic standing stones at Callanish, older than Stonehenge. Traverse the lovely seafront of the Isle of Man’s capital, Douglas, and listen to the locals speak Manx, a language unique to the island. Walk down the cobbled streets of Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, and travel back to Norse times as you explore a medieval cathedral built by the Vikings. Admire the World Heritage sites of the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. Among castles, lakes and heathered fields of Invergordon, the capital of Inverness and your entrée to the Scottish Highlands, take in the rugged mountains, foggy mist and verdant peaks that create the land of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.