Liz is an acclaimed sience, natural history and environmental broadcaster. With a Masters in Wild Animal Biology and Conservation, she turned to boradcasting. Her career highlights to date include the acclaimed Galapagos series, Blue Planet Live, Wild Alaska Live and the hugely successful Big Blue Live - and more, recently, the ground-breaking Drowning in Plastic documentary. She is currently presenting a new podcast for BBC Radio Five Live called What Planet Are We On? which looks at the impact we are having on our planet and the practical solutions we can all adopt. Guests include Sir David Attenborough, Idris Elba, and Christiana Figueres.
Explore the British and Irish coast with Liz Bonnin
If you're waiting to find your next adventure to put 2020 in the rear-view mirror, look no further than taking a trip on Tradewind Voyages' Golden Horizon, the world's largest square-rigged sailing ship.
On this unique voyage, you will find all the comforts of a luxury sailing vessel combined with the romance of a classic sailing experience and you will be joined by the science, natural history and environmental broadcaster, Liz Bonnin.
During your amazing itinerary, you will take in Belfast, the Giant's Causeway and dramatic Antrim Coast, Liverpool and then the Isle of Man, where you can board a vintage train to the top of Snaefell. Next stop is Dublin, where you can see Malahide Castle, Dublin Bay or a walking tour of the city. Then it's on to Rosslare and Baltimore, with trips to Whiddy Island, Cape Clear or the spectacular Mizen Head, before reaching the wonderful Isles of Scilly.
There, Liz will give a talk entitled 'The Problem with Plastics' and take part in an exclusive question-and-answer session on board. Liz will also join you on a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens to explore the flora of the unspoilt Scillies, and on a magical boat trip around the eastern islands, to spot wildlife.
Liz will sail with you on to Falmouth where St Ives, Cornish beaches, cream teas and St Michael's Mount beckon, before finally visiting the glorious Channel Islands for wartime heritage and birdwatching on Jersey, wild-flower walks on Guernsey or a boat trip to tiny Herm island with no crowds, no cars and no hassle, which is sure to appeal to most of us after such a tumultuous year.
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Exclusive events with Liz Bonnin
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- Exclusive talk and Q&A with Liz Bonnin
- Isles of Scilly boat trip and wildlife cruise with Liz Bonnin
- Sailing in luxury for 15 nights on Golden Horizon
- All on-board meals
- Option to add dozens of interesting excursions**
- Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
- Free Wi-Fi, on-board entertainment, gratuities and service charge
- Option to book additional pre-cruise overnight stay in Greenock and post-cruise overnight stay in Harwich
Day1Greenock (for Glasgow)Greenock, United Kingdom
Board Golden Horizon in Greenock today, for your fantastic cruise around the British Isles and Ireland. Remember, you can book a pre-cruise overnight stay in Greenock.
Day2At seaGreencastle, Ireland
Relax on-board the magnificent Golden Horizon, walk around the beautiful deck, find a quiet corner in the stylish library, book in for a treatment in the spa and enjoy the on-board entertainment.
Day3Greencastle (For Londonderry)Greencastle, Ireland
Optional excursions today include a walk along the towering 26-feet-high walls of Derry, and enjoy the show 'The Spirit of Derry', or cycle in Glenveagh National Park in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains, on an E-bike. You could alternatively drive around the Inishowen Peninsula a traverse ring of seascapes, mountains, valleys and woodlands.
Day4BelfastBelfast, United Kingdom
Optional excursions today include driving along the Antrim plateau and visiting Giant's Causeway to immerse yourself in the history and legends of the giants striding over the sea to Scotland. You could alternatively explore Belfast by bike, seeing the Cathedral quarter, the Titanic Experience and slipway and the City Hall. Or take a panoramic drive around the Belfast, to learn about the history and architecture of Northern Ireland's largest city. Visit the purpose-constructed Titanic Belfast, which opened in April 2012, with its nine galleries, interpretative materials and media.
Day5LiverpoolLiverpool, United Kingdom
Today enjoy optional excursions in Liverpool. The Beatles Experience takes you from 1950's Liverpool to where it all began to the modern-day celebration of The Beatles and their song writing. Walk in the footsteps of the Beatles, capturing well known places including Penny Lane, the Strawberry field and Peace Garden. Alternatively, walk through Liverpool, exploring with a guide the old and new of this vibrant city, taking in the famous waterfront, St. Nicholas Church and Water Street.
Day6Douglas, Isle of ManDouglas, United Kingdom
Optional excursions today include travelling along the eastern coast to Laxey, a former mining village and home to 'Lady Isabella'. You'll see the Great Laxey Wheel, built in 1854 to pump water from the 'Great Laxey Mines' industrial complex. The impressive structure it is said to be the largest working waterwheel in the world. At the Victorian Laxey Railway Station, board a vintage carriage on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles, that winds its way to the top of Snaefell, the only mountain on the Island. You could alternatively choose to visit the Isle of Classic Motors, learning about The Isle of Man's world-renowned racing history. Drive along the TT (Tourist Trophy) Mountain Course and visit the Isle of Man's Motor Museum. You could alternatively take a TT Course by Trike, enjoying the beauty of the Isle of Man with a difference as you take to the roads on a specially designed 3-seater trike.
Optional excursions today include a visit to Malahide Castle, a historic castle which sits on 250 acres of parkland dates to the 14th century, home to one of the finest collections of Irish period furniture in existence, together with a collection of Irish portrait paintings from the National Gallery. Then sail from Hohwth to Dublin city centre, cruising through Dublin Bay. You could alternatively enjoy The Guiness Experience, discovering the making of the 'black stuff' from the ingredients, the processes and the story, which began over 250 years ago, and an opportunity to taste the world-famous stout. Or, walk through Dublin and Capture the city's highlights as you explore with a local guide on foot.
Optional excursions today include cycling Waterfords Greenway with a local guide, a visit to county Wexford, founded by the Vikings, and New Ross, where the Emigrant Flame stands as a reminder of hope and inspiration to all Irish immigrants.Alternatively, visit Dunbrody Famine Ship, an authentic reproduction of an 1840's emigrant vessel which reveals the story of Ireland's continuous migration through an interpretation of the famine emigrant experience.
Visit Mizen Head and Levi's Pub today, Ireland's most southwesterly point and a traditional pub, in family hands for over 100 years. Enjoy live traditional music in this unique and quirky pub located in the centre of the town. You could visit Ireland's most Southerly Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) Island, Cape Clear, on a scenic boat trip with a guide. Learn a song 'As Gaeilge' (in Irish) or a dance, and discover the hidden talents of your friends as everyone is welcome to join in. Or visit one of the world's finest deep-water harbours on Whiddy Island and enjoy some locally farmed mussels. Alternatively, join a local guide on a walking tour of Baltimore.
Day10St Mary’s, Scilly IslesSt Mary's, Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom
Liz Bonnin will join you on board today to give a talk entitled 'The Problem with Plastics' and take part in a an exclusive question-and-answer session. Liz will then join you on a visit to Tresco Abbey Gardens to explore the flora of the unspoilt Scillies, and on a magical boat trip around the eastern islands, to spot wildlife.
Day11FalmouthFalmouth, United Kingdom
Today's optional excursions include visiting St Michael's Mount, where crystal clear waters lap the shores during the summer months whilst winter storms see waves lash against the steep cliffs.
Discover the layers of history hidden within the medieval castle and church. Discover St Ives with its romantic coastal scenery and art scene or walk through Famlmouth with a guide.
Day12St. HelierSaint Helier, United Kingdom
Go bird watching in the Jersey Wetlands today with an ornithologist,. The Wetland Centre's 16 viewing windows provide fantastic views of the reserve and its wildlife, and offer a unique perspective without disturbing the resident waders and waterfowl. Or see the WWII Memorial to the United States Navy and enjoy a walk around Noirmont headland, before continuing your excursion to the Jersey War Tunnels.
Day13St. Peter Port, GuernseySaint Peter Port, Guernsey
Take a cliff walk today to the Jerbourg Peninsula, with views out to sea towards Jersey and France. Then enjoy cream tea or a glass of champagne at Bella Luce, a luxurious family hotel set in a historic Norman Manor house. Alternatively, cycle along the coast of Guernsey or take a scenic drive as you listen to your local guide tell the history and stories of this island, before trying local cider at Rocquette Cider Farm, nestled in the heart of Guernsey's countryside. Feed the rainbow trout in their own dam and walk amongst the local sheep, admire the live beehive that plays a crucial role in pollinating the apple trees every season and sample up to nine ciders, five fruit liqueurs and a selection of nibbles.
Day14At seaSaint Peter Port, Guernsey
Relax on-board the magnificent Golden Horizon, enjoying meals on board or even complimentary room service* for lazy mornings with breakfast in bed or a private dinner on your own balcony. You can organise optional culinary activities on request, such as wine tastings, or perhaps a themed movie under the stars.
*selected cabin grades.
Day15HarwichHarwich, United Kingdom
Arrive in Harwich today, where you will either disembark Golden Horizon to return home, or enjoy a post-overnight stay, with private transfer from Golden Horizon included.
About Your Ship
The world's largest square-rigged sailing vessel, Golden Horizon. A near replica of the 1913-built ocean vessel, France II, she retains the charm, adventure and romance of an historic ship.
Discover iconic and remote locations of the world, on board a ship which perfectly marries rich sailing heritage and modern luxury, with a sustainable twist.
All 140 cabins are outside facing, so guests can enjoy the breath-taking views. Cabins evoke the luxury and facilities expected of a boutique cruise ship, whilst retaining the charm, adventure and romance of a truly historic sailing vessel.
Style & Character
Golden Horizon attracts like-minded adventure seekers for a sailing experience which allows guests to connect with the elements of the natural world.
The ambience on board is relaxed, casual, elegant and without unnecessary formality. We have created an environment which will encourage our guests to return to time and time again, and to share their stories and experiences.
With grace and beauty, the Golden Horizon is a sailing ship first and foremost, sailing to share adventures with our friends, our guests.
Facilities & Services
Guests can unwind in our on-board spa which boasts a Sauna, Hamman, Snow Room and Jacuzzi. The spa offers a range of treatments including massages, facials, wraps and scrubs. There is also beauty salon, which offers an assortment of treatments including manicures, pedicures and blow-dries and there is a well-stocked library and complimentary wifi.
There are three pools to choose from, plus a Marina from which you can enjoy a variety of watersports and diving.
Our destination speakers will provide guests with engaging insights, specifically related to the voyage and ports of call.The on-board cruise team offers a full programme of activities including wine tasting and cooking demonstrations.
All 140 cabins and suites enjoy a sea view, as well as twice daily housekeeping and luxury amenities. Cabin interiors offer contemporary luxury, with traditional features and furnishings - a tribute to the nautical heritage of a tall ship.
Owner's Suite: Double or twin beds, living
& dining area, balcony, en suite (shower & bath), sofa bed
& guest bathroom, walk-in wardrobe, complimentary mini bar and
Deluxe Balcony Room: Balcony, double or twin beds, sofa bed, en suite with shower over bath, complimentary mini bar.
Cabin: Double bed or twin beds, two portholes, deluxe bathroom with a shower, complimentary water.
Food & Drink
Breakfast, lunch and daytime offerings can be traditional or light and fresh and include dishes with a local flavour.
Our full-service dinner is served over two levels in our spectacular main dining room. A selection of wines and beers are complimentary in the main dining room.
There are five bars including two outside bars and a piano bar which is perfect for enjoying a drink with new friends. Elsewhere, our premium beverage bar, Debeljak's, is stocked with some of the world's finest spirits.
Our resident pianist and musical duo will entertain guests and, as we travel the world, local shows, dancers and singers will help to immerse our guests in the local culture.
Our philosophy is simple but unique - we will follow the sun, using the winds and the currents, to take us to magical beaches and port destinations.
Our aim is to be powered by nature whenever possible and we intend to sail, without using propulsion, for around 70% of each season.