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Luxury

British Isles Quest with Captivating Cornwall and Cotswolds

Edinburgh to London
16 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCEL16
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  •  Experiences in 15 destinations
  • Freedom of Choice Inclusions in five destinations
  • Locally inspired dining – a total of 37 meals
  • 8 nights on a Small Ship cruise

  • 7 nights authentic land accommodation

  • A wide range of onboard beverages
  • Expert APT Expedition Leader and expedition team
  • Transfers, port charges and gratuities

Map & Itinerary

Europe Map 2021 NOBCEL16
Edinburgh to London

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Following your transfer from Edinburgh, you’ll arrive in the historic seaside town of Oban, where you’ll board your ship. Take some time to settle into your spacious suite or head out on deck to watch the scenery drift by. This evening, gather with your crew and fellow travellers to celebrate the journey ahead with a welcome dinner.

Stay: Eight Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Weather permitting, your ship docks as close to shore as possible so you can hop into a Zodiac for a closer inspection of the famous Fingal’s Cave. Here, you’ll see the curious hexagonal rock formations of the cave which open up to a 70-metre-tall cavern.


Early this morning, arrive on the Isle of Lunga, off the western coast of Scotland. You’ll discover a wildlife haven, home to grey seals, razorbills, kittiwakes and puffins before lunch back on board, as you cruise to Iona. More than 40 Scottish kings, as well as kings from around the world, are buried here amid the island’s tranquillity and natural beauty. You might like to visit Iona Abbey, one of the oldest Christian religious centres in western Europe or go for a wander along the local beach before setting out again, this time for the Isle of Staffa. Here, enjoy a Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps learn the history and artistry behind concocting the perfect Irish coffee with a connoisseur. Alternatively, why not simply take time to explore Derry independently?


Arriving in Northern Ireland this morning, your ship berths in Londonderry, coined by locals as Derry. Here, you’ll disembark to explore the famous walls which wrap around the city. These are the only ones in Ireland which still remain intact. Afterwards, it’s time to head out to the Giant’s Causeway, which is a World Heritage-listed natural wonder. You’ll find over 40,000 basalt columns create rugged stepping stones into the Atlantic Sea. You are then free to craft your own afternoon.

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  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps discover Belfast’s history on a guided Black Cab tour of its many sites, including the city’s peace wall and political murals. Or, join a guided walk to discover the streets of Dublin and the city’s many highlights, at an easy pace.


After breakfast this morning, spend the day exploring Northern Ireland’s capital Belfast. Step back in time with a visit to the Titanic Museum, to learn the history of the RMS Titanic’s creation in the early 1900s, and the story behind this ocean liner’s maiden voyage. After lunch back on board, the afternoon is yours to shape as you like. This evening, start cruising to the Isle of Man with dinner back on board.

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  • Dinner

Arrive on the Isle of Man this morning, a tiny island in the Irish sea, steeped in Viking and Celtic heritage. Travel to Tynwald Hill in the little village of St John’s, to see this symbol of the island’s independence as a self-governing crown dependency. Then it’s onwards to the west coast port of Peel, where we’ve set aside time for you to explore on your own. Discover Peel’s castle ruins and enjoy a wander before heading back to the island’s capital, Douglas, where your ship is stationed. Perhaps join a local guide on a walking tour or explore Douglas independently. Walk along the town’s sweeping promenade or visit the Manx Museum. This evening, set sail for Ireland.

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FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

so perhaps visit the world-famous Guinness Storehouse which has been brewing Guinness since 1759, or join a guide and explore the city if you’re keen to see ancient castles. Then head for Malahide Castle and Gardens, parts of which date back to the 12th century. Alternatively, visit Trinity College and see the ninth-century Book of Kells in the Old Library.


Cobbled streets, classic pubs, medieval castles and cathedrals, Dublin has it all, and we’re making a beeline for it during a full day’s discovery. Enjoy a choice of activities.

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Hapenny Bridge stretching over the river waters in Dublin, Ireland

Set your sights on Ireland’s south-eastern coast this morning. We dock in Waterford, a city which is famous for Waterford Crystal, world-renowned flint glass. Afterwards, hop on a coach to Kilkenny, the heart and soul of medieval Ireland, which is yours to enjoy with free time. Walk along cobbled lanes and discover hidden passage. Perhaps explore Kilkenny Castle, built over a millennium ago. Alternatively, delve into the town’s famous craft scene and peruse ceramics, jewellery, candles, stone carvings and more, all lovingly made by hand. Return to your ship for lunch, before your exploration continues. It’s time to visit the House of Waterford Crystal, and learn about the process and history of glass making which began in 1783.

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  • Lunch
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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You’ll visit Abbey Gardens with a guide, where you’ll discover more than 20,000 species of exotic plants, which flourish in this historic garden that was established back in the 1830s.


Wake to the aquamarine waters and white-sand beaches of the Isles of Scilly, an unexpected tropical delight in the middle of the Celtic Sea. Within this archipelago off the coast of Cornwall you’ll find Tresco Island. Aboard Zodiacs, set out to explore. There’s no shortage of picture-perfect landscapes, from rocky outcrops to pristine beaches, while you’re here.

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Today disembark your ship in Plymouth and be transferred to Dartmoor for your onward land journey.

Stay: Two Nights, Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle

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Discover Cornwall’s spectacular north coast then enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

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View of vllage on side of cliff, UK

Explore St Nectan’s Kieve before a very special lunch at Emily Scott’s St Tudy Inn. Later, discover the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project.

Stay: Two Nights, Cornwall, Carlyon Bay Hotel, in a Sea Facing Room

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tuck into a succulent fresh seafood lunch at Rick Stein’s Cafe.


Follow the craggy coastline on a scenic drive to Porthcurno, which houses one of the best beaches in Cornwall. Its then time to for your Signature Experience.

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This morning, take in the southern Cotswolds, before stepping back in time with a visit to Sandy Lane. Continue to the historic spa town of Bath, where you will have free time to explore. Later, venture into the county of Cornwall and enter a world of immense cliffs, vibrant surf and pure white sands. Arrive at your hotel, which offers outstanding views of the sparkling sea.

Stay: Two Nights, Minster Lovell, Minster Mill Hotel

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SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Discover the Cotswolds in depth. See old stone mansions, thatched cottages and churches. A local guide will take you to the hidden gems of this picturesque region. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional English lunch in their quaint private cottage.


Today is all about your Signature Experience. We have left the remainder of the day free for you to explore at your leisure.

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Travel to Oxford, where you’ll be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of its famous university. Afterwards, choose your sightseeing. Later, arrive in Minster Lovell within the Cotswold district, where you’ll stay in a quintessential country estate.

Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel

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Be transferred to London Heathrow airport.

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