Board an expedition ship to visit Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, the Isle of Man, and Ireland

Board the MS Spitsbergen in Glasgow for a fascinating week-long cruise around the Irish Sea that takes you on a figure-of-eight trip to highlights of Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, Wales, and Ireland before returning to Scotland.

You'll wake up in a new destination every morning, balancing time at leisure to explore highlights that take your interest with planned excursions with your fellow passengers. You'll travel from Glasgow to Portrush, then onwards to Belfast, Douglas on the Isle of Man, Fishguard in Wales, and Dublin, before returning to Glasgow.

Six tours are included, offering plenty of opportunities to get to know these destinations better. You'll see the mysterious Giant's Causeway, be a shepherd for the afternoon in Portrush, get to know the birdlife in Belfast with a visit to WWT Castle Espie Wetlands Centre, and visit the UK's smallest city on a trip to St Davids in Wales.

This cruise has an environmental focus too. You'll get to join volunteers in Dublin and on the Isle of Man to help clean up their beaches and learn about what must be done to protect these areas for future generations.

Evenings are spent on board, chatting to like-minded guests about the adventures of the day over dinner in the ship's restaurant. A knowledgeable onboard crew is on hand to answer your questions, and the ship is equipped with a Science Centre and library for furthering your knowledge about destinations in the Irish Sea.

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Price includes

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice on board MS Spitsbergen
  • Take advantage of the Expedition Team's knowledge
  • Visit the Giant's Causeway
  • Try your hand at sheep farming
  • Help with marine clean-ups on the Isle of Man and in Dublin
  • Visit Castle Espie Wetlands Centre
  • Visit the UK's smallest city in Wales

Also included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Restaurant Aune, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, tea and coffee, Wi-Fi on board, complimentary reusable water bottle, expedition team leading activities on board and ashore.

Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Apr 2, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, Apr 8, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,796*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing an entry level cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten Ltd.

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Embark MS Spitsbergen in Glasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Built for close exploration, MS Spitsbergen awaits your arrival in Scotland's cultural centre, Glasgow. You'll sail southwest to Northern Ireland tonight, ready to kickstart your adventure in Portrush.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Portrush and the Giant’s Causeway
    Portrush, United Kingdom

    This morning, you'll disembark in the small town of Portrush in Northern Ireland, where you can stretch your legs on the sandy shores. An included excursion to the UNESCO-listed Giant's Causeway will be a particularly memorable moment, observing the intriguing basalt columns that rise from the coast.

    Later, be a shepherd by visiting a working sheep farm in the peaks of the Glenshane Pass and help to herd the sheep flock by giving instructions to the working dogs under the expert guidance of a fourth-generation farmer.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Belfast and Castle Espie Wetlands Centre
    Belfast, United Kingdom

    On arrival in Belfast, there's time to familiarise yourself with the city's seafaring history along Belfast's Maritime Mile and the Titanic Quarter. An included visit to the WWT Castle Espie Wetlands Centre allows time to explore this 60-acre nature reserve that comprises tidal lagoons, eel-grass mats, salt marshes, and reed beds. These habitats attract Ireland's widest variety of native and exotic waterbirds.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Isle of Man and a beach clean-up
    Peel, Isle of Man

    Today, you'll join local volunteers to help keep the Isle of Man's beaches pristine and a haven for wildlife as part of a growing international community of 'Beach Buddies'. Afterwards, the time is yours to decide what to see next. Visit the Manx Museum, the Isle of Man's motor museums, or delve into the island's past at St Thomas' Church or the Viking-era Peel Castle.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Fishguard and St Davids
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    You'll arrive in Wales, anchoring at sea with small expedition RIB boats taking you to shore. Spend the morning appreciating the views from the Main Town or explore the ruins of Fishguard Fort. There's a free shuttle to the UK's smallest city, St Davids. It's the size of a village, but thanks to its 12th-century cathedral, it has city status.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Dublin and a marine clean-up
    Dublin, Ireland

    You'll dock in Dublin's port today, ready to explore this lively city, whether it's the modern tech hub that appeals to you or you want to discover more about its long history. Your included excursion involves joining forces with the Clean Coasts volunteers to lend a hand cleaning the beach, river, or canals and better understanding how their work protects the local environment.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Return to Glasgow
    Glasgow, United Kingdom

    You'll dock back in Glasgow today, which marks the end of a week exploring the Irish Sea.

    Meals - Breakfast

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Availability

From
Sun, Sun, Apr 2, 2023
To
Sat, Sat, Apr 8, 2023
Duration
7 Days
Price per person
£1,796*

* From price is per person, based on two people sharing an entry level cabin, subject to availability. Price and itinerary correct at time of print but may be subject to change. Single supplement applies. Deposit required. Local charges such as tourist tax may apply. Travel insurance is not included but required for most of our overseas trips, and should be taken out at time of booking. This holiday may be sold through other selected brands. Images used may not reflect your actual tour experience. Tour is operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Hurtigruten Ltd.

Call now to book 02039 910 448
Quote ref: TST Irish Seas