Expedition to the British Islands Cruise
Cruise the British Isles: an ideal escape for travellers of all kinds
Our Expedition to the British Isles cruise is a great way to travel to the finest cities and towns in Great Britain and Ireland by sea. This 14-night Pullmantur cruise begins and ends in the Norwegian port of Trondheim, which is the Scandinavian nation's third largest city. It is known for its busy street scene, a by-product of it being a major university city in which thousands of students live. While in Trondheim, make sure to visit Nidaros Cathedral, which is Norway's national sanctuary, as well as the Trondheim Art Museum and the National Folk Music Museum of Norway, which is known as Rockheim.
The second stop of this trip to the British Isles is in Scotland, specifically in the capital of the Shetland Islands, Lerwick. This charming port began to gain strategic importance as a commercial hub in the seventeenth century thanks to the presence of Dutch herring fishermen, who took advantage of the area's natural harbour, Bressay Sound. When it comes to sightseeing in Lerwick, take care to visit Commercial Street, which is parallel to the Esplanade. Just north of these two avenues one can view Fort Charlotte, built in 1665 to serve as a prison, and which later became one of the British Royal Navy's bases.
Still in Scotland, our next port of call is Invergordon harbour, which is the gateway to the Northwest Highlands region, where some of Scotland's most amazing landscapes are located. Of the cities in the area, none stands out quite like Inverness, which boasts numerous landmarks including Inverness Castle or the city's Museum and the Art Gallery, which are full of exhibitions detailing the area's customs and the illustrious history of the Scottish Highlands, as which also contain numerous treasures that date back to the Viking era.
Discover important tourist spots in Scotland, Ireland and the United Kingdom
Less than fifteen kilometres from the capital of Scotland one finds the charming city of South Queensferry, whose main avenue stands out for its curious cobblestoned pavement and great array of seventeenth and eighteenth century buildings packed together in a relatively small space. Upon your arrival at this splendid Pullmantur destination you will have plenty of time to explore nearby Edinburgh, the authentic jewel of Scotland, which boasts monuments like the former royal Palace of Holyrood and the charming historic district, which is home to all sorts of landmarks.
Later, your Pullmantur cruise carries on to Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands, in Scotland. This city is located to the southeast of Mainland island and is home to one of the most famous medieval buildings in Scotland: the sandstone cathedral. Moreover, Kirkwall's Cathedral of Saint Magnus and the Bishop's Palace are worth the visit, as the ecclesiastical complex has been in operation since the twelfth century. And after visiting some of the most important locations in Scotland, we'll carry on to the capital of Ireland, Dublin. Make sure to treat yourself to a pint of beer in Temple Bar and savour its historic monuments, such as Trinity College or St. Stephen's Green, and do a little shopping in O 'Connell Street, the main commercial boulevard.
On the following day we head to a city known throughout the world as the birthplace of one of the most beloved musical groups in history: The Beatles. Discover Liverpool and see why it is one of the most important cities in the United Kingdom, having even earned the title of European Capital of Culture in 2008. Liverpool is a very dynamic metropolis and has built much of its tourism development around three fundamental pillars: music, sports and bustling nightlife. Some of Liverpool's highlights are St George's Hall, the Liverpool Empire, the Royal Liver Building or The Beatles Story, the only museum specifically devoted to the history of the city's native sons.
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Belfast, Glasgow and Tórshavn: three bustling cities in constant progress
The Expedition to the British Isles cruise allows you to explore Belfast, the capital of Northern Ireland, a city that has made great efforts in recent years to become a key stopping point for cultural tourism, as well as a natural gateway to Northern Ireland's stunning landscapes. When you visit Belfast it is key that you see landmarks like St. Anne's Cathedral, Donegall Street, where most of the city's commercial life is concentrated, Belfast Castle, and its famous murals, a living example of the city's most recent history.
We head back with an additional stop in the west of Scotland, this time visiting Greenock Pass, at the mouth of the Clyde River. This city is located just 40 kilometres from Glasgow, the second largest Scottish metropolis, famed for it art galleries and museums, which are among the best in Britain, its striking architecture and its bustling social scene. Among the main exhibition venues in Glasgow the Kelvingrove Art Museum or the Burrell Collection especially stand out as two clear examples of the creative development of Scottish society.
Finally, before returning to Trondheim, our Pullmantur cruise makes one final stop in Tórshavn, the capital of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous territory under control of the Danish crown. This port is located in the eastern part of Streymoy, the largest island of all the Faroe Islands. Halfway between Norway and Iceland, Torshavn is home to the world's smallest Parliament, which is located in an area called Tinganes. In addition, you can also walk through its old town, Undir Ryggi, which boasts picturesque, wooden houses, and the port of Tórshavn, where the ancient Sølutorgið (or fish market) is still in use.