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From Scotland to Spitsbergen with National Geographic

**SPECIAL OFFER** Save up to 30% on full prices. The earlier you book the better the discount available. Please call for latest special offers. Pricing shown here reflects full brochure price only. The state-of-the-art mega-yacht, L’Austral launched in May 2011, bringing a unique blend of luxury, intimacy and well-being to small ship cruising. With just 132 cabins, L’Austral’s sleek design and small size means she can offer exclusive itineraries featuring ports of call that are inaccessible to larger ships. The yacht’s distinctive shape features smooth contours and large, arched windows, opening up to the sea and letting in the light. Precious materials in soothing neutral tones are brought to life with splashes of colour to create a discreet elegance reminiscent of a private yacht.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Dublin.

Day 1: Dublin

Board L'Austral in Dublin. You will have time to explore your cabin and new surroundings. Later you will join fellow guests for the captains first dinner, drinks and evening entertainment.

Day 2: Iona, Inner Hebrides - Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Your first port of call is Iona, located in the Inner Hebrides. The site is mainly known for Iona Abbey, though there are other buildings on the island. Iona Abbey was a centre of Gaelic monasticism for three centuries. Many kings of Scotland, including the legendary Macbeth, are buried in the nearby cemetery. In sunny weather, arriving on the Isle of Iona is a stunningly beautiful experience. Continue to the Isle of Mull, one of the most beautiful natural seaports on Scotland’s West Coast. Founded in 1788, this ancient fishing village has been converted to a leisure port highly appreciated today for its surroundings and the quiet charm it exudes. As well as the many colourful houses and beautiful vistas, the Mull Museum dedicated the local history and the exhibitions at the An Tobar art gallery is well worth a visit.

Day 3: Sailing along Skye Bridge - Portree, Isle of Skye

Today the ship sails along past the Skye Bridge, which connects the mainland village of Kyle of Lochalsh to the village of Kyleakin on Skye and is surrounded by amazing scenery. The ship arrives in Portree nestled in a gorgeous bay, from its colourful harbour bustling with local craftsmen’s shops, you can take in a stunning views of the surrounding hills.

Day 4: Kirkwall

Arrive at the Orkney archipelago, Kirkwall, which means “church bay”, an ideal stopover before continuing on to the Northern Isles. Sheltered in a wide bay, the lively town welcomes visitors with its charming paved alleyways edged by old houses and craft shops. Tankerness House, the oldest homestead in the town, is a must-see landmark.

Day 5: Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Arrive at the small and charming capital of the Shetland Islands, with its sea front of old houses and narrow streets, offering travellers its old districts and a warm atmosphere. Discover incredibly well-preserved archaeological sites and ruins that prove that the islands’ occupation dates back to the first Neolithic colonies.

Day 6: At Sea

Spend the day at sea as the ship sails towards Lofoten Islands.

Day 7: Lofoten Islands

Today the ship arrives at the Lofoten Islands, truly considered to be in “another world” experience. A jewel of nature in its most pristine state, this archipelago with its jagged coastline offers you majestic settings of high alpine summits, sandy beaches, green prairies and fjords of a deep blue, where countless bird colonies make their nests.

Day 8: Tromsø

Located in the north of the Arctic circle you’ll discover Tromsø, a secluded town located in the county of Troms. Norwegians call it the “Paris of the north”. You’ll soon see why when you discover its extensive neoclassical architectural heritage. A stunning example is the Arctic cathedral, a major monument whose stylistic purity echoes the outline of the mountains surrounding the town.

Day 9: Sailing by Bjørnøya

Halfway between Norway and Spitsbergen, you will sail not far from the coastlines of Bjørnøya, the southernmost island of Svalbard. From your ship, observe this isolated piece of land discovered in 1596 by the Dutch navigator Willem Barents, then looking for the Northwest Passage. Following a tough fight between a polar bear and the members of the expedition, he dubbed the place Bear Island.

Day 10: Isbukta

Nestling on the south-east point of the island of Spitsbergen, this small bay shelters an immense glacier, the Vasil’evbreen, whose front is more than 20 kilometres long. Here you will have the opportunity for an unforgettable Zodiac® outing. If the conditions allow it, you will be able to land directly at the foot of this majestic, so as to discover the moraine and walk on the first section of the glacier. Depending on the ice conditions, you will also perhaps be lucky enough to approach Stellingfjellet, home to one of the largest guillemot colonies on the archipelago.

Day 11: Horn Glacier

Nestling between millennial glaciers and carved mountains, and considered to be “the crown of Arctic Norway”, Spitsbergen is a place that never sees the night. Your ship will take you closer to this fascinating archipelago and, more particularly, the Hornsund fjord. Considered to be Svalbard’s southernmost fjord, it is especially reputed to be its most stunning.

Day 12: Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen

Your voyage ends in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen where you will disembark. Transfer to the airport where you can catch your included flight to London.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Longyearbyen. Transfer to the airport for your included flight to London.

Includes

  • 11 Nights' accommodation on board L'Austral
  • Full Board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the last day
  • Flight from Longyearbyen to London plus ship to airport transfer
  • Mineral water, coffee and wine served with lunch and dinner
  • Afternoon tea daily
  • 24 hour room service (selected menu)
  • Evening gatherings and organised entertainment
  • Porterage from the quayside to the ship and vice versa
  • English-speaking guest-speaker (when applicable)
  • Open Bar (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Port Taxes
  • A cruise in partnership with National Geographic Expeditions offering enrichment with a National Geographic Photographer and an Expert specialised in the destination onboard
  • Shore visits in Zodiac® inflatables with your naturalist guides.
  • Hiking opportunities

Excludes

  • International transportation
  • Transfers to and from the ship
  • Port Taxes
  • Optional excursions
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior your departure
  • Visas (where required)
  • Personal insurance
  • Personal expenses
 

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