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+44 1756 706500

Island Kingdoms of the Vikings

Uncover the Viking history of the Orkney Islands, see the ancient sites on Lewis and The Uists and land on the uninhabited Shiant Isles on this luxury all-inclusive cruise accompanied by guest speaker historian Professor Donna Heddle

No Fly Cruise
8 nights from £7930pp

Small Ship Holiday
  • Ring of Brodgar
  • Italian Chapel, Orkney

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The Orkneys were a Viking stronghold but their history goes back thousands of years, as can be seen in the Stone Age tombs and standing stones. The Outer Hebrides enjoy a similar ancient history with stone circles, brochs and Neolithic monuments.

See the Churchill Barriers and Italian Chapel, both built by Italian prisoners of war then step back 5000 years with a visit to the Tomb of the Eagles. At the Neolithic heart of Orkney see the Ness of Brodgar, the archaeological site of Skara Brae, the standing stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. Visit the Castle of Mey or Mary Ann's Cottage on the mainland then sail around Cape Wrath and the Minch.

Immerse yourself in ancient history at the Standing Stones of Callanish and the well-preserved broch at Dun Carloway, and enjoy a beach landing on the uninhabited Shiant Isles. There is more history to discover on North Uist with a visit to Pobull Fhinn, before stopping at Kilmartin Glen which contains over 800 Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments.

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Island Kingdoms of the Vikings Itinerary

Day 1 - Invergordon (Scotland)

Embark Hebridean Princess in Invergordon.

Day 2 - Kirkwall

See the Churchill Barriers causeways which were built by Italian prisoners of war, as was the Italian Chapel which was made out of two Nissen huts.

Day 3 - South Ronaldsay - Stromness

Explore the visitor centre of the Stone Age 'Tomb of the Eagles', perched above the dramatic South Ronaldsay cliffs before visiting the Neolithic Ness of Brodgar.

Day 4 - Stromness

Visit the ancient archaeological site of Skara Brae, the Standing Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar.

Day 5 - Scrabster

Return to the mainland with a visit to the late Queen Mother's summer home of the Castle of Mey, providing HRH The Duke of Rothesay is not in residence, or Mary Ann's Cottage. Cruise around Cape Wrath and The Minch.

Day 6 - Stornoway - Shiant Isles

On Lewis walk among the megaliths at the magnificent Neolithic Standing Stones of Callanish and the well-preserved Dun Carloway broch which dates back to around 1,000BC. Later there is an exciting beach landing on the uninhabited Shiant Isles.

Day 7 - Lochmaddy - Lochboisdale

Tour The Uists with visit to the prehistoric stone circle of Pobull Fhinn.

Day 8 - Craobh Haven

Cruise along the coast of Mull to uncover 6000 years of history at Kilmartin Glen, home to ancient monuments and a special museum.

Day 9 - Oban

Disembark Hebridean Princess in Oban.

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary. This cruise starts in Invergordon and ends in Oban. Coach transfers will be provided from Inverness Railway Station and Inverness Airport to Invergordon at the start of the cruise, and from Oban to Glasgow International Airport and Glasgow Central Railway Station at the end of the cruise. Car parking is available at Oban and a complimentary transfer will be provided to Invergordon on the day of embarkation for guests wishing to utilise this car parking arrangement.

Price Includes

  • 8-night all-inclusive cruise
  • Private coach transfers from the local airport or train station to and from the ship
  • All meals on board and ashore
  • Champagne, selected wines plus beer, spirits, soft drinks, tea, coffee and other hot drinks
  • Knowledgeable guides on board and on tours
  • Shore excursions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Use of the ship’s bicycles
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Port taxes
  • Gratuities

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to and from the private coach transfer points
  • Wines from the Library Wines list
  • Private shore visits organised by request which are not part of the itinerary
  • Personal telephone calls
  • Items purchased from the shop on board
  • Personal laundry

Special Features

  • Guest speaker:
  • Professor Donna Heddle is Director of the Institute for Northern Studies and Head of Cultural Heritage at the University of the Highlands and Islands. Her specialities include Scottish and Northern Isles cultural history, Old Norse and small island studies, language and literature.

2021 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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