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The mists of dawn clear over the moss cloaked fells. Tentative rays of sunshine caress the fronds of bracken and a clement breeze rustles the meadowsweet from slumber. Over hill and down dale, ramblers will wander lonely as clouds, admiring mountain reflections in glassy tarns. Across the dewy pastures, furtive eyes chase Peter Rabbit down his burrow under the drystone wall.

  • Start as you mean to go on experiencing the toast of London town amid the buzz of the capital
  • Meet the MS Hebridean Sky among other naval legends in the historic city of Portsmouth
  • Explore the charms of Guernsey, the second largest of the Channel Islands
  • Admire the view from Mount Snowdon, Britain’s tallest peak in Wales’ most celebrated national park
  • Sail into Dublin with shamrocks at the ready for a pint of Guinness or a nip from the Old James Distillery
  • Wander lonely as a cloud as you search for Peter Rabbit in England’s greenest hills over the Lake District
  • All aboard to the home of the infamous TT motorbike race on the Isle of Man, where a ride to the top of Snaefell Peak awaits

  • Conquer medieval castles, mythical landmarks and learn the legacy of a chequered past in beautiful Belfast
  • Strike out North in search of Scotland’s seldom visited islands as far as windwept Iona, Staffa and the Isle of Mull
  • Make history among Neolithic architecture at the recently discovered village of Skara Brae, the mysterious Ring of Brodgar and and the Standing Stones of Stenness
  • Go in search of the elusive Nessie cruising the icy waters of Loch Ness
  • Finish in a flurry of tartan toasting the pride of Scotland touring Edinburgh Castle and shopping up a storm on the Royal Mile
  • Discover more of the Highlands with a dapper local gent as your guide on an optional post tour aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman (at additional cost)
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Depart Australia

Day 1: Sunday 4 June

From pomp and ceremony to a good old fashioned pint, the UK brings us a taste of fine tradition and the rugged good looks of Scotland’s highlands and islands. While Ireland’s emerald enchantment adds her own fair Celtic brush strokes to these green and pleasant lands. Your adventure begins aboard our Emirates flight departing for London via Dubai. 

Arrive London (UK)

Day 2: Monday 5 June

We roll out the red carpet with a flourish during your stay at one of London’s most exclusive addresses, The Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair. Where etiquette and elegance are the toast of London Town, we indulge in a lavish Welcome Dinner in the hotel’s enviable surroundings. 

London

Day 3: Tuesday 6 June

If the best things come in small packages, Britain’s pocket size certainly works to our advantage today as we explore further than you might have imagined.

Answer London’s calling, exploring more on one of our hand picked Select Options. 

  • If you haven’t been to London before, you might want to join us to explore the sights, toasting the cream of the capital with a pub lunch. Or if you’ve seen it all before, why not strike out on a whistle stop tour of England’s West Country, contemplating the ancient mystery of Stonehenge and the spa town of Bath? Or wander into the august past of Britain’s most famous Prime Minister on an excursion to Winston Churchill’s lovingly preserved family home.

London – Portsmouth, Join MS Hebridean Sky

Day 4: Wednesday 7 June

Fortified by a fine English breakfast, we farewell The Dorchester and ready our sea legs for marine adventure, coast hopping around the British Isles aboard the MS Hebridean Sky. Before arriving in Portsmouth, there’s time to meander through the cathedral city of Winchester on a walking tour. Strolling cobbled streets, you’ll find that behind this well-heeled city’s scholarly air lies the stuff of myth and legend. In the Great Hall of Winchester Castle, a round table hints at Arthurian legacy. Throughout the ages, the Norman cathedral has presided over royal coronations, wedding and funerals and is now the final resting place of Jane Austen.

A pause for a pub lunch and a spot of shopping eases us back into our onward journey, before we board the MS Hebridean Sky in the maritime town of Portsmouth this evening, where our first delicious dinner at sea awaits.

Guernsey and Sark [Channel Islands]

Day 5: Thursday 8 June

Arriving in the Channel Islands nudging the coast of France, you’ll wake to views of Guernsey or ‘The Island of Flowers’.

 History beckons with a chance to explore the cheery harbour of St Peter Port and its 12th century Castle Cornet battlements. Or an island drive takes us to Sausmarez Manor’s subtropical gardens and sculpture displays, entwined in a ravishing show of nature. On our return, Guernsey’s Little Chapel is a mini mosaic topped homage to Lourdes in France and a worthy stopping point.

Back on board, a lunchtime cruise and island hop brings us to neighbouring Sark, propelled by Zodiacs to its tranquil shores. Prepare to wind back the clock as horse drawn carriages populate Sark’s traffic free wayfares. Our gentle island exploration leads us up La Seigneurie’s enchanting garden path before we head home for dinner on board.

Penzance

Day 6: Friday 9 June

Casting away to Cornwall today, smugglers’ coves and misty moors leap to mind, as well as tea and scones with lashings of clotted cream!

  • We have two half day Select Options with which to whet your appetite today. Travel through tide and time during a visit to the intriguing island of St Michael’s Mount on the Cornish coast. Or maybe a walking tour of Penzance will be on the agenda before you’re back on board for lunch and a relaxing afternoon.

Snowdonia (Wales)

Day 7: Saturday 10 June

‘Y Ddraig Goch’ : the red dragon and Welsh national emblem can be seen flying on the flag of castles throughout Wales. Here we think of the warm timbre of brass bands, male voice choirs and the guttural sounds of this nation’s mother tongue.

  • North Wales has much to offer and it’s your choice how you discover it. Uncover the delights of the Isle of Anglesey or the boulder strewn highlands of Snowdonia National Park. Ramble in the shadow of Mt Snowdon, catching the train on a mountain adventure to the highest peak in England and Wales. Tour Portmeirion to reveal a colourful coastal village as pretty as its pottery namesake and walk through history into the fortress of Caernarfon Castle.

All aboard for dinner, we set sail for the Emerald Isle as evening falls.

Dublin (Republic of Ireland)

Day 8: Sunday 11 June

Cutting across the Irish Sea, we find that a cheerily cosmopolitan Dublin serves up a distinctly 21st century flavour. But Dubliners still have the kiss of the blarney, with their infectious wit, love of a foot stomping ceilidh and a creamy pint of Guinness!

  • After breakfast on board, explore Dublin on your terms. Reward a visit to St Patrick’s Cathedral with a pub lunch, followed by a visit to the Old James Distillery. Or go in search of Ireland’s evergreen on a daytrip to the impeccable Wicklow Mountains with a stop at Glendalough’s 6th century monastic ruins.

Lake District (England)

Day 9: Monday 12 June

We arrive in the Lake District today, where a patchwork of velveteen fields smooth the way to soft mountain peaks and glassy lakes.

William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter are among the many writers and artists who’ve eulogised the brooding beauty of Cumbria’s fairest face, and we’re in for a treat as we discover England’s largest National Park today. 

Isle of Man

Day 10: Tuesday 13 June

Folklore, Celtic crosses and Viking burial grounds – not to mention the home of the famous TT Motorcycle race. The Isle of Man is sure to cast its magic spell on you. And we explore it together on a full day of touring.

Step back in time aboard the island’s beautifully preserved steam train on our way to Port Erin, where Castletown, Peel and Ramsay await on our morning drive. After lunch in Peel, we trundle our way to Laxey the scenic way aboard a vintage tram, admiring picture postcard views of Snaefell Mountain. We will also meet the acquaintance of a true local hero, Lady Isabella, the world’s largest water wheel, before returning to port.

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Isle of Man

Belfast

Day 11: Wednesday 14 June

At the gateway to Gaelic greats, Belfast is a city of note which, as we discover, has enjoyed an urban renaissance of late.

  • Our Select Options share Belfast’s iconic sights, including the RMS Titanic Museum and the Giant’s Causeway, not to mention the crumbling ruins of Dunluce Castle. Or explore Belfast’s turbulent recent history on a black cab tour of political murals and the city’s infamous Peace Line.

Iona – Staffa – Isle of Mull (Scotland)

Day 12: Thursday 15 June

Cruising amid the Inner Hebrides archipelago, after which our trusty ship was named, we set sail for the fair isle of Iona, the symbolic centre of Scottish Christianity, where we will see the island’s ancient abbey. Later, we circumnavigate the dramatic coastline of Staffa, coming face to face with the imposing Colonnades, lauded as the mythical home of giants.

Back on board, the next stop is Tobermory on the Isle of Mull. Enjoy the sights of this quaint town before it’s back on board the ship to welcome staff from a local distillery for a whisky tasting.

Stornaway [Isle of Lewis] – Shiant Isles

Day 13: Friday 16 June

A morning sail takes us to Stornaway, the windblown capital of the Outer Hebrides. Described as Scotland’s Stonehenge, the Callanish Standing Stones date from around 3,000 BC. We discover Dun Carloway Pictish Broch, a true relic of the Iron Age, before visiting the Gearran Blackhouse Village and enjoying a traditional Scottish crofting display. This afternoon our Zodiacs cruise around the spectacular basalt cliffs of the Shiant Isles. Another ideal place to spot sea birds, seals and even white tailed eagles.

Kirkwall [Orkney islands]

Day 14: Saturday 17 June

Steeped in Norse legend and the whisper of Viking ghosts, you can tell the Orkneys once belonged to Norway. All ashore at the islands’ capital, Kirkwall, we take a drive back to ancient times, to the Standing Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar. Dating back almost 5,000 years, these sites will not disappoint; nor will the village of Skara Brae.

Inverness

Day 15: Sunday 18 June

This proud Highland city shelters in an inland harbour, which is just a short drive from legendary Loch Ness.

  • See if you can spot the Loch Ness Monster cruising the glassy water in the shadow of Urquhart Castle. Take a half day Highland fling on the trail of Speyside’s Malt Whisky. Explore Cawdor Castle, or shop for tartan in downtown Inverness. It’s all there for the taking with a wide choice of Select Options. 

Edinburgh

Day 16: Monday 19 June

We say goodbye to our trusty ship and tour Edinburgh Castle and Royal Mile before transferring to Glasgow airport for our Emirates flight home.

  • Stay awhile in Edinburgh (at additional cost).

Edinburgh

Monday 19 June

Kilts, military tattoos and the Fringe Festival. The Scottish capital is a bastion of rollicking tradition and cutting edge comedy. The charms of Edinburgh are too numerous to mention. But we think we’ve got them covered with our afternoon walking tour, ending in the epitome of Scottish style at The Balmoral Hotel. 

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Tuesday 20 June

After breakfast, we’re up and out to meet the Belmond Royal Scotsman at Edinburgh Waverley Station. Prepare to turn heads as you board this decadent train and chug past glens, castles and rolling hills on your way through the Kingdom of Fife. A sumptuous dinner is served before an evening’s entertainment unfolds in the Observation Car.

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Belmond Royal Scotsman

Wednesday 21 June

Why not try clay pigeon shooting, or a spot of fishing as the day unfolds at Rothiemurchus Estate? After a private visit to Culloden Battlefield, toast the Highlands with a visit to Strathisla Distillery for an aperitif before a formal dinner is served en route to Dundee.

Depart Edinburgh

Thursday 22 June

Leaving Dundee bright and early, we enjoy one last breakfast aboard the Belmond Royal Scotsman before disembarking in Edinburgh.

Arrive Australia

Day 17: Tuesday 20 June

Touching down in Australia, home is where the heart is. But those far flung British isles have stolen away with our fondest memories.

All Inclusive Tours

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Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Sightseeing in each destination is included. Select Options even allow you to tailor aspects of the touring to your individual tastes when there are multiple touring options.

Wine

Meals and Drinks

All meals are included with your tour price along with beer, wine and soft drinks. Dining experiences can range from Michelin-starred restaurants to intimate local eateries.

Flights Included

Flights

We have included different flight options for your convenience. Should you wish to fly with a different airline to the group we can help you with those arrangements if you wish.

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Tipping, Taxes, Transfers and Travel Insurance (subject to terms & conditions) are included. We even look after your luggage for the entire trip so you don't have to.

Tour Host Team

Tour Host Team & Doctor

Wherever you are in the world, you will always have a friendly and knowledgeable Tour Host Team on hand. Not to mention a Doctor on every tour for your peace of mind.

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Accommodation

We believe a superior standard of service is just as important as five star facilities. We select our hotels with location and accessibility in mind as well as luxury.

Hebridean Sky

Your Ship Hebridean Sky

Resplendent from a multi-million dollar refurbishment, MS Hebridean Sky effortlessly exudes the charm of an English country hotel. Captain's Choice guests will be among the first to enjoy the exceptionally spacious and well-designed suites, beautifully appointed public areas and the highest standard of service and food. Exclusively chartered for Captain's Choice guests, she is outfitted with the most current navigational and communications technology as well as with retractable fin stabilizers for smooth sailing. The vessel features a fleet of ten Zodiac inflatable craft for forays ashore. The unsurpassed style and attentive service aboard your ship is at your service in so many ways.

Solo Traveller

Solo Travellers

Many Captain’s Choice guests travel solo, and almost all of them find that making friends on holiday is easy, thanks to the welcoming and like minded nature of our travellers. At the start of the tour, all solo travellers are invited to a Welcome Reception, enabling you to get to know other guests travelling on their own.

Members of our Tour Host Team are always available for a friendly chat and a meal, but if you prefer time for private reflection then that is always respected too – you can choose to be as involved as much or as little as you please. Either way, it’s a fun and rewarding way to see the world.

Accommodation highlights


Hotel Dorchester
London

The Dorchester Hotel

The Dorchester, superbly located in the centre of London overlooking Hyde Park. Spacious, luxurious and elegant, each room features specially commissioned fabrics, antique furniture and exceedingly comfortable beds, while our white marble bathrooms are said to feature the deepest baths in London.

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Based on per person, twin share in Standard Suite – from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane flying with Emirates. Prices from other cities are available on request.

Cruise & Land Only guests join in London for dinner on Day 2 and depart Edinburgh after breakfast on Day 16.

Supplements (Add to base tour cost, per person twin share)
Superior Suite $570
Premium Suite $1,300
Corner Suite $2,110
Deluxe Balcony Suite $3,160
Owner’s Balcony Suite $4,010
Hebridean Suite $7,550

Single suites are limited. Please enquire for additional single supplement upgrade costs.

Belmond Royal Scotsman Post Tour Option
Per person, twin share $4,930
Single Supplement $2,990

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