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Scottish Lochs, Irish Isle and Military Tattoo

Explore the UK like never before! This journey stops in Edinburgh on the last night of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, one of the world’s greatest immersive events.  Discover auld castles, steam railways, wildlife parks  along the way up to the Outer Hebrides, one of Britain’s best kept secrets. Spot seals and whales from the breathtaking beach and  enjoy fresh peat-smoked scallops.

Taste the legends of Donegal County in gin and whiskey  and explore the buzzing city of Liverpool before heading back to Scotland and finishing the journey in Glasgow. To end the journey in style we’ve included a stay at the iconic Gleneagles hotel. 

Inaugural United Kingdom & Ireland Journey – Scottish Lochs, Irish Isle & Millitary Tattoo

24th August 2023 – 4th September 2023
  • Day 1 Southampton, United Kingdom

    Depart from the vibrant quay of Southampton at 21:00.

  • Day 2 At Sea

    Enjoy a day at sea onboard EXPLORA I

  • Day 3 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Arrive in Edinburgh for the final day of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. Set against the backdrop of Edinburgh's imposing castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is one of the most iconic events in Edinburgh's calendar.

  • Day 4 Edinburgh, United Kingdom

    Explore the striking city of Edinburgh. Walk the royal mile to Arthur's Sat, taste whiskey at a distillery and listen out for the one o'clock gun fire.

  • Day 5 Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

    Spend the day in the lively city of Newcastle. Have a walk along the riverside and see the iconic Tyne bridge. Have a wander round the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (which has some of the best views of the city). Head further afield to Alnwick Castle or Hadrian's Wall.

  • Day 6 Invergordon, United Kingdom

    Bottlenose dolphins escort you through the spectacular scenery and into the Scottish Highlands. Explore auld castles, steam railways, wildlife parks and battlefields. Fish wild salmon and taste the world's finest malt whisky at the Glenmorangie Distillery.

  • Day 7 Stornoway (Isle of Lewis)

    Discover one of Britain's best kept secrets in the beautiful Outer Hebrides. Spot seals and whales from breathtaking white sandy beaches and dramatic headlands.

  • Day 8 Greencastle (County Donegal)

    Scout the filming sites of Star Wars movies on the rugged cape of Malin Head. Sample the local gin and whisky at Sliabh Liag Distillery or play golf at what Rory McIlroy proclaims "are must-play championship links".

  • Day 9 Liverpool

    Arrive in the home of the The Beatles. Explore one of the many museums, art galleries and restaurants and end the day with a visit to the iconic Cavern Club.

  • Day 10 Glasgow, United Kingdom

    Arrive into Glasgow in style to the hum of a Scottish piper. Say farewell to your amazing crew and enjoy 2 nights at the incredible Gleneagles Hotel.

  • Day 11 Perth, United Kingdom

    Spend the day enjoying the facilities of Gleneagles. Relax in the Spa, go shooting, riding, or fishing, play golf at one of the three bucket-list championship courses, or dine in one of the 10 restaurants, including Andrew Fairlie, one of Europe's finest restaurants with two Michelin stars.

  • Day 12 Perth, United Kingdom

    Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at Gleneagles before checking out and making your way home.

Highlights Onboard Explora Journeys

Travel the World and Taste It

  • 11 culinary experiences to discover – each distinct but every one created to celebrate global cooking talents, provenance and wholesome ingredients sourced by local partners

Numerous Lounging and Entertainment Experiences

  • 12 indoor and outdoor bar and lounge experiences with curated entertainment and intimate performances
  • Casino, culinary school, art gallery and curated shopping experiences

Generous Outdoor Decks

  • Three outdoor pools, including one adults-only and one indoor pool with retractable glass roof
  • 64 private cabanas
  • Multiple indoor and outdoor whirlpools
  • Poolside dining and lounging

Holistic Wellness and Fitness

  • Over 7,500 sq ft of indoor and outdoor wellness facilities
  • Over 2,900 sq ft of fitness facilities with latest equipment
*Experience fee applicable to two venues
 
Explora Journeys

Homes at Sea

The suites onboard EXPLORA I  start at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) with an average size of 42 sqm (453 sq ft), making them among the most SPACIOUS for the category of cruise.

 

Ocean Terrace Suites

Our Ocean Suites elegantly combine space and light to help you truly relax and feel closer to the ocean.

Ocean Terrace Suites at 35 sqm (377 sq ft) are amongst the largest in the category. 

 Ocean Grand Terrace Suites    feature a larger ocean-front terrace of 11 sqm (118 sq ft), 

FEATURES 

  • Oversized floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the sea
  • Lounge area with coffee/dining table
  • Private refrigerated mini-bar, replenished according to the guests’ preferences
  • Espresso machine, kettle and tea pot with a complimentary selection of coffee and teas
  • Complimentary personal refillable water bottle for each guest
  • Pair of binoculars for guests’ use during their journey
  • Spacious ocean-front terrace with a dining area
  • Comfortable daybed for relaxation

Ocean Penthouses

The Ocean Penthouses offer a luxurious, spacious retreat with ocean-front floor-to-ceiling windows and expansive terraces to unwind and relax.

Features

  • Spacious lounge area
  • Some of the suites feature separate living, dining and sleeping areas
  • Dining table for 4 guests
  • Spacious work desk area
  • Private refrigerated mini-bar, replenished according to the guests’ preferences
  • Espresso machine and tea maker with a complimentary selection of coffee and teas
  • Spacious ocean-front terrace with a dining area
  • Comfortable daybeds for relaxation
  • Maximum capacity: 2 adults / some suites with a capacity for 2 adults and 2 children under 18 years

Ocean Residences

For a true sense of being at home at sea, experience the sweeping decks and effortlessly elegant spaces of our Ocean Residences.

Features

  • Private butler services
  • Oversized floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the sea
  • Separate living, dining and sleeping areas
  • Spacious lounge area
  • Dining table for 4 or 6 guests
  • Spacious work desk area
  • Private refrigerated mini-bar, replenished according to the guests’ preferences
  • Espresso machine and tea maker with a complimentary selection of coffee and teas
  • Panoramic ocean-front terrace with private outdoor whirlpool, a dining table and sun loungers
  • Maximum capacity: 2 adults and 2 children

 

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