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Celtic Classics on the Irish Sea

August 8-16, 2020

St. Davids Cathedral in Wales
Titanic MuseUm in Belfast
Sea Cloud II vessel
Isle of Arran

Aboard Sea Cloud II

Top off your summer with a unique eight-day cruise along the coastline of the Irish Sea aboard Sea Cloud II. Join us as we sail through charming ports in Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales and the archaeologically rich isles of Arran and Man.

Set sail on an elegant three-masted barque with modern amenities and vintage charm, the perfect vessel to offer extraordinary panoramic views of picturesque coastal villages. Smith College Provost and Dean of the Faculty Michael Thurston, also the Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature will offer lectures. He is an expert on the poetry of Scotland and the British Isles. On this one-week voyage, you will be welcomed into ancestral homes and see museum-quality collections of art and artifacts, visit colorful gardens and admire Victorian architecture. Enroll early while spaces remain on this co-sponsored departure!



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Trip Highlights

  • Enjoy a private lunch and tour with the owners of Belfast’s Ballywalter Park, a 19th-century mansion on a 1,200-acre estate.
  • Sip a soothing dram at the Isle of Arran Distilleries while enjoying calming views of Brodrick Bay.
  • Discover historic Viking treasures at the Manx Museum in the Isle of Man.
  • Take an exclusive tour of Gwydir Castle, one of the finest Tudor houses in Wales.
  • Admire lavish decorations and striking stonework at St. Davids Cathedral in Fishguard.

Faculty Speaker

  • Michael Thurston, Provost and Dean of the Faculty and Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature

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Trip Details

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Activity Level: Moderately active
  • Cost: From $6,999 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: From $1,500 per person
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to Arrangements Abroad
  • Co-sponsors: Harvard Alumni Association, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Yale Educational Travel
  • Optional Extensions:
    • An optional four-day pre-tour extension in Dublin is available