Expedition Overview

Expedition Overview

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  • Spend a day on Brittany’s beautiful island of Belle-Île-en-Mer, exploring rugged shores once painted by Claude Monet.
  • Step back in time in the fortified city of Saint-Malo or at the magnificent abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel.
  • Encounter the unusual flora and fauna of England’s Isles of Scilly with a naturalist.
  • Trace the stories of Ireland’s emigrants on a visit to the colorful port town of Cobh.

Itinerary

Itinerary

Explore fascinating chapters in European history as well as marvels of nature on a voyage from the wine country capital of Bordeaux to the shores of Ireland. Along the gorgeous coast of Brittany, discover the wild splendor of Belle-Île-en-Mer and venture into historic outposts of Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel. Then cross to the England’s Isles of Scilly, home to seabirds, subtropical flowers, and some of England’s loveliest beaches. Visit Ireland’s past in the maritime hub of Cobh before tracing the coast to Dublin.

This trip is operated in collaboration with Lindblad Expeditions.

Days 1-2: US / BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Arrive in Bordeaux and take a city tour, discovering its elegant 18th century center and the lovely quays along the Garonne River. Then settle into your cabin aboard the National Geographic Resolution and take to the Atlantic, sailing north towards Brittany.

Meals Included:Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: BELLE-ILE-EN-MER

Spend the day on magnificent Belle-Île-en-Mer, Brittany’s largest island, known for its rugged cliffs and charming fishing ports. Visit the Goulphar Lighthouse in Bangor and see the rock pinnacles at Port Coton, immortalized by Claude Monet. Learn about the island’s history at the Vauban citadel—an English stronghold during the Seven Year War—and enjoy a stroll along the waterfront in the town of Le Palais.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: SAINT-MALO OR MONT-SAINT-MICHEL

Wake up in Saint-Malo and take a walking tour of this fortified city by the sea. Surrounded by ramparts dating from the 12th century, Saint-Malo was heavily damaged by Allied bombing during World War II, but has since been meticulously restored. Alternatively, head east on an excursion to the iconic abbey-fortress of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site poised dramatically on a rocky tidal island. Later, pay a visit to an oyster farm to gather oysters for the ship’s chef, who will shuck and season these delicacies for a sampling on board.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: ISLES OF SCILLY, ENGLAND

Located off the westernmost tip of the Cornwall coast, the Isles of Scilly are a group of more than 100 granite islands, only five of which are inhabited. According to Arthurian legend, they are all that remains of Lyonnesse, a lost land said to have vanished into the Atlantic. Join a naturalist to learn about the unusual flora and fauna of these mythic islands. Or visit the village of Tresco and the world-class Tresco Abbey Gardens, where a surprising variety of tropical plants flourishes.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: COBH, IRELAND

Our first stop in Ireland is the charming port town of Cobh. Its cheerful waterfront, lined with brightly painted houses and fishing boats, disguises an important role in maritime history and transatlantic immigration. Visit the fascinating Cobh Heritage Centre and walk in the footsteps of the many Irish who set sail for America from here in the 1800s, fleeing the hardships of famine and poverty.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7: DUBLIN/U.S.

After breakfast, disembark in Dublin and transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast