Treasures of the Celtic Sea

Treasures of the Celtic Sea

From AUD $4,440

Description

Set off to discover the treasures of the Celtic Sea. This 9-day cruise between Saint-Malo and Glasgow will take you into the heart of landscapes of wild and melancholic beauty: between lush green prairies, sheer cliffs, colourful little villages, moss and heaths, fall under the spell of these lands infused with mystery.

Your first port of call will be Guernsey, whose green prairies and romantic cliffs welcomed Victor Hugo during his exile, then the Isles of Scilly, a strange little archipelago whose landscapes seem to have come straight out of Enid Blyton’s famous story, The Rockingdown Mystery. Here, long sandy beaches lie alongside green fields, while ruins of old castles stand proud on hilltops.

On the south coast of Ireland, you will discover Kinsale, a charming little port sheltered within the Bandon Estuary.

L’Austral will take you then to Liverpool and Dublin, the Irish capital brimming with convivial atmosphere and authentic charm.

In the Isle of Man, located between the United Kingdom and Ireland, you will discover the capital Douglas, a postcard from United Kingdom of yesteryear with a Victorian atmosphere.

During your stopover in Belfast, you can visit the Giant’s Causeway. This massive geological formation is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and features over 40,000 basalt columns.

You will disembark at Glasgow, end of this beautiful cruise.

Trip Name
Treasures of the Celtic Sea
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition / Cruise Ship Length: 142 metres Passenger Capacity: 264 (200 in Antarctica) Built: 2011 This superb mega-yacht with 132 cabins is the result of the expertise of the Italian Fincantieri shipyard and French sophistication, as interpreted by designer Jean-Philippe Nuel. L'Austral has a unique atmosphere, a subtle blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being. A sleek silhouette softened by elegantly smooth contours and large, arched windows opening up to the sea and the light: so many features come together to give L’Austral her distinctive shape. Precious materials, discreet elegance and a perfect balance between chic and casual, combine to make you feel as if you are on your own private yacht. A design blending tradition and innovation, where a nautical mood has been subtly recreated. Precious materials in smoothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of cheerful reds. So many personal touches create the spirit of a “private yacht”. Cuisine Loyal to the great French tradition, the haute cuisine on board is worthy of the finest restaurants, where discreet, attentive service is the hallmark. Our two restaurants welcome you for breakfasts, lunch and dinner. The Gastronomic Restaurant, with a capacity of 268 persons, is situated on Le Liberté Deck and serves you French and international cuisine accompagnied by fine wine. On the Grill Restaurant, you will have the opportuniny to eat outside and enjoy buffet lunch and themed dinner. Life On Board Whether you want to join other guests in the theatre or games area (Wii™ consoles, etc), or relax on your own in a quiet corner of the library, L'Austral has been designed to meet the needs of every guest. Everything has been done to preserve the independence of each guest to suit their personal tastes: lounges for lectures and shows, a spa in partnership with Sothys™, but also more intimate spaces such as the library and internet corner. Comfortable cabins, nearly all with private balcony, are available for families either as triples or as communicating cabins. There is also a games area with Wii™ consoles, children’s menus, and a baby-sitting service. Just as if you were on a private yacht, your time is your own to do as you please. Fitted with the latest equipment (Kinesis Wall, running machine) and in partnership with the famous Sothys™ brand, the Beauty Centre on L'Austral welcomes you for some unforgettable moments of relaxation and pampering (beauty treatments, hairdresser).

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1 SAINT-MALO
The mere mention of Saint-Malo’s name is enough to plunge us back into the richness of its past. The fortifications stand as testimony to the Malouins’ determination to defend their citadel, fought over by France and Britain in turn. When we drop anchor here, immerse yourself in the diversity of its heritage: the time when privateers sailed the oceans in search of trade and victories; the legendary yacht races the port city is still famous for, such as the Route du Rhum; and the final resting place of the French writer François-René de Chateaubriand, who was born here and chose to be buried here anonymously.
Day 2 - Day 2 GUERNSEY, CHANNEL ISLANDS
Guernsey is an atypical and unforgettable port of call. This Channel Island will delight you with its mild, iodic climate and its green and floral landscapes. Don’t be surprised to come across dolmens and menhirs here and there, testifying to the long history of the island and its rich heritage. The attractive capital of St. Peter Port is characteristic of the delightful British atmosphere that gives the island its charm. The memory of the great writer Victor Hugo is also very present, as he lived for fifteen years in exile in Guernsey. His home, Hauteville House, preserves his memory. The incredible richness of the decoration gives a clear illustration of the creative genius of this great man.
Day 3 - Day 3 ISLES OF SCILLY
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to have come straight from an Enid Blyton story. Here, everything resembles a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, whilst the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.
Day 4 - Day 4 KINSALE
Considered Ireland’s most beautiful village, Kinsale will captivate you with its sublime natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. Located at the mouth of the Bandon River in County Cork, this charming little port is home to picturesque streets lined with colourful houses, art galleries and theatres, as well as to a 17th-century fort. Not far away, perched on a rocky promontory, stands the Old Head of Kinsale Lighthouse: still in operation today, it has magnificent views over the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 5 - Day 5 LIVERPOOL
The fast-moving and appealing city of Liverpool sprawls along the banks of the River Mersey. This former bastion of industry in England's north-west has found its second wind, thanks especially to the highly successful redevelopment of its docks, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2004. The city, the Beatles' birthplace, has lots to offer to its visitors. While a walk down the Waterfront from Pier Head to Albert Dock is a major highlight youメll also love the quality of ᅠmuseums such as the Walker Art Gallery and the wealth of architecture in the city. But what will really impress you is the playful and open-minded spirit of its inhabitants, which John Lennon referred to as "positive energy".
Day 6 - Day 6 DUBLIN
The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centres. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture presides.
Day 7 - Day 7 DOUGLAS
Douglas is the capital of the Isle of Man, a self-governing island in the Irish Sea between England and Ireland. The Isle of Man is best-known for its gruelling annual TT motorbike race but Douglas itself is a charming traditional seaside resort. The stroll along the busy promenade is very popular, as well as the visit of the Manx Museum, which retraces the island's fascinating Celtic and Viking heritage. It is possible to take a steam train into the mountainous interior, where medieval castles and pretty villages and farms can be observed.
Day 8 - Day 8 BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND
The capital city of Northern Ireland is located on the very tip of Belfast Lough, in the north-east of the Emerald Isle. Along the waterfront, the building shaped like a fragmented liner is non other than the Titanic Belfast, a homage to the famous transatlantic liner, with full-scale reconstructions making for an insightful experience of the Belle Epoque. In the historical centre, you’ll also travel back in time when you see the majestic Edwardian columns of the City Hall, and the imposing neo-gothic towers of Queen’s University for example. The carved wooden façades of the Victorian pubs will certainly entice you in for a pint of beer or chilled cider.
Day 9 - Day 9 GLASGOW, SCOTLAND
In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotlandメs biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The cityメs chequerboard layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Donメt miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.
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Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $4,440Superior Stateroom
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $4,830DeLuxe Stateroom
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $5,480Prestige Stateroom - Deck 4
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $5,780Prestige Stateroom - Deck 5
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $6,090Prestige Stateroom - Deck 6
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $8,730Deluxe Suite
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $12,080Prestige Suite - Deck 5
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $12,710Prestige Suite - Deck 6
26-04-202003-05-2020AUD $14,690Owners Suite
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $5,640Deluxe Stateroom
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $6,390Prestige Stateroom Deck 4
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $6,740Prestige Stateroom Deck 5
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $7,110Prestige Stateroom Deck 6
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $10,190Deluxe Suite
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $14,090Prestige Suite Deck 5
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $14,820Prestige Suite Deck 6
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $17,130Owner's Suite
26-04-202104-05-2021AUD $5,180Superior Stateroom

Inclusions

    • Between Saint-Malo and Glasgow, sail into the heart of Celtic shores, lands of magic and legends.
    • UNESCO World Heritage Sites: from Belfast, the mysterious Giant's Causeway site, the old port of Liverpool, Dublin, city of literature.
    • The wild and romantic landscapes of Guernsey, the Isles of Scilly and the Isle of Man.
    • Before your cruise: possibility of visiting Saint Malo, once the lair of privateers.

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