British Isles 2019

Dublin to Edinburgh

Photo Itinerary

British Isles Cycling Cruise

Our 9 day plan spans 15 ports in 5 different countries.

 

Day One: Embark at the center of Dublin — the top-rated destination in all of Ireland

Day Two: A ride between two ports in Wales includes three castles

Day Three: A ride between two Isle of Man ports, each with a castle

Day Four: A ride between two ports in Northern Ireland includes Bushmill’s distillery, Giants Causeway and multiple filming sites for Game of Thrones

Day Five: A stunningly beautiful ride links island ports of the remote Hebridean Archipelago

Day Six: A ride between two ports on Scotland’s north cape includes famous-for-cycling John O’ Groats

Day Seven: An inland loop to discover single malt while searching for the elusive Loch Ness Monster

Day Eight: Additional castles are explored during a ride between two ports on Scotland’s east coast

Day Nine: Disembark in the center of Edinburgh — the top-rated destination in all of Scotland

Star Breeze

British Isles Cycling Cruise

Our friends at Windstar Cruises recently launched a unique trio of motor yachts. These ruggedly stylish cruisers are equipped with advanced stabilization and are famous for their luxury and comfort.

Windstar’s yacht-dimensioned Star Pride, Star Legend, and Star Breeze are smaller than 98% of the world’s ocean-crossing cruisers. Their ability to tie up in fishing and ferry ports allows a custom-crafted itinerary with superior sights and cycling.

Every room is an exterior suite and most have a private balcony. After our 10 year search for a ship worthy of the British Isles, we could not be more excited to charter the Star Breeze.

If a British Isles cycling adventure is on your list, Santana’s 5-country charter of this legendary yacht can’t be matched by a normal cruise or hotel-based cycling tour.

Onboard the luxurious Star Breeze, every one of us will revel in the comfort of a suite. Instead of the “cozy” staterooms enjoyed by 98% of all cruisers, this ship has an “all suites” format. The Suites range from 277 to 575 square feet. What’s more, 40% of the suites have private balconies.

The best modern cruise ships feel like a hotel. This ship feels like a billionaire’s yacht. Every suite is accented with wood and brass… they even have bathtubs. With 8 options to choose from, there’s a suite for everyone.

Ocean View Suite

277 Square Feet

Large Panoramic Window

Double Vanity & Bathtub, Large Lounge area

Options of Decks 6, 5, 4, & 4-Forward

Balcony Suite

277 Square Feet

Stand-Out Private Balcony with 180 degree views

Double Vanity & Bathtub, Large Lounge area

Options of Decks 6 & 5

Classic Suite

400 Square Feet

Sit-down Balcony with 180 degree views

Double Vanity & Bathtub, Dining area & Large Lounge

Deck 5

Owner’s Suite

575 Square Feet

Sit-down Balcony with Lounge Chairs and 180 degree views

Double Vanity & Bathtub, Dining area & Large Lounge

Deck 6

Frequently Asked Questions

British Isles Cycling Cruise

Q: What are the exact dates?

A: The best season for cycling in the British Isles is September, a mild and temperate month in the British Isles, and traffic is lighter than July or August. Because of sea temperatures, cool weather arrives 2 weeks later along the coast than it does a few miles inland. The best time to enjoy challenging days of riding is the pre-holiday time of year when you’re still in great shape.  Our carefully selected dates are September 7-15, 2019 — 16 months from now. (9-days and 8-nights) This event will not be repeated in 2020, and you’ll have over a year to get in shape.

Q: Will I get seasick?

A: The Star Breeze was built to stabilize itself during ocean crossings with extremely rough waters, the waters of the British Isles won’t even challenge the stabilizers. Compared to other vessels of it’s size, this ship is like riding in a Cadillac.

Q: What’s the cost?

A: Due to Santana’s friendship with Windstar, our per-person first-in pricing for this 9-day event in British Isles starts at $5599. Premium stateroom categories cost more. Lowest pricing in every category is limited to the first few rooms. Booking early is easy and RISK FREE. Our reservations page shows pricing of available staterooms.

Q: Is this a good deal?

A: It’s an incredible deal. Imagine the luxury of a cruise ship for the same price as an inn-to-inn tour. The starting price for Santana’s 9-day British Isles Cycling Cruise is less than what the leading US and Canadian Cycle Tour Providers currently charge for van supported inn-to-inn tours that sample less than a third of the British Isles’ diversity.

Q: What’s “Early-In” Pricing?

A: To manage the risk of chartering entire cruise ships, couples who commit early are rewarded with discounts of up to $2,000 per stateroom. Lowest pricing in every category is limited to the first few rooms. Booking early is easy and RISK FREE.

Q: What about tipping?

A: Santana’s cruise hosts don’t accept tips. Santana’s comprehensive “cruise extras” fee of $500 per person includes port fees, cycling-specific extras, support teams, admissions, guides, and Sergio’s Coach (our non-rider coach bus). Shipboard gratuities, collected at the event, are $180 per person, and go to the ship’s crew.

Q: Are some staterooms better than others?

A: Certainly. The Star Breeze features deluxe bedding and spacious floor plans. The rooms have a private bathroom with a double-vanity & double-sinks, bathtubs, air-conditioning with adjustable thermostat, and are soundproofed. All Star Breeze staterooms are located on the exterior, and offer exquisite views or balconies. 

Q: Suites?

A: Every stateroom is a suite. About 40% have balconies. Pricing varies by location and floor plan (see the Stateroom Reservations section below for pricing details).

Q: Has anyone done this before? 

A: We will be the first group of cyclists to experience a British Isles Cycling Cruise. The entire ship is ours, which allows a cycling specific itinerary that makes use of the Star Breeze‘s expeditionary capabilities.

Q: What’s the next step?

A: A near-immediate sell-out of this event is anticipated. Early-in pricing is limited to the first few rooms in each category. Pricing listed on the Stateroom Reservations section is the current pricing. Refresh your browser to see any changes that may have occurred if you delay booking after loading this page. To lock-in availability and the lowest pricing on a RISK-FREE basis, reserve your space through our PayPal portal. PayPal’s secure website is open 24 hours per day, accepts all major credit cards, and automatically adjusts for remaining stateroom availability. Reserving your spot is RISK-FREE. In each category the prime location staterooms will be assigned in the same order as the time stamp of your booking.

Q: What do you mean by RISK-FREE?

A: When you use your credit card and book through PayPal, we’ll give you 14 risk-free days to think it over and clear your schedule. If you change your mind, send an email to Matt@SantanaAdventures.com within two weeks to cancel the PayPal transaction and obtain a full refund.

Q: What if we change our minds after 14 days?

A: Because full-boat charters are binding, non-cancelable contracts, Jan and I will only enter into this charter based on your confirmed-through-PayPal commitment. In effect, we undertake a huge risk by guaranteeing full payment on your behalf. After entering into this obligation, we cannot afford for you to back out—for any reason. This is no different than the clear written policy that existed for all except one of Santana’s prior chartered-ship cruises (this charter will be our 42nd). While preparing for our 2009 Danube event I neglected to include the following proviso. That’s the year a group of friends, after verbally agreeing to pay in full and then stringing Jan along for many months, decided to cancel their plans. Lesson learned! Here it is (again) in writing:

Santana’s acceptance of your registration and non-refundable deposit for this event is subsequent to your agreement to pay the remaining balance in full. While Santana allows limited refunds on rallies and tours, Santana’s cruises are non-cancelable and non-transferable. When the possibility of paying yet not attending is unacceptable, Jan and I recommend Travel Guard trip insurance. For the past 20 years hundreds of our clients have relied on Travel Guard coverage without complaint. An informative application will be mailed with your invoice; and further information is available online.

Q: Have you ever relaxed your refund policy?

A: Jan and I have willingly resold a number of fully prepaid staterooms for a fee of $500 per person—which was waived when a vacating couple found someone to take their place. When there has been more than one pending resell request, those who paid-in-full earliest had their space resold next. Using this non-guaranteed method (which is grossly inferior to trip insurance) Jan and I have cheerfully refunded over $250,000 in otherwise non-refundable and non-transferable cruise fares.

Q: How are staterooms assigned?

A: In any category all rooms are identical. Using the PayPal timestamp, those who reserve earliest get staterooms closest to the prime areas of the ship, which Bill and Jan both prefer. If friends desire a pair of adjacent staterooms the timestamp of the first reservation determines the location of both rooms. In short, we will not take requests for specific room numbers. Those who book early obtain prime positioning.

Q: How do we get to and from the tour?

A: Detailed info by October ’18. Those who arrive and leave on the embark and debark days will receive FREE Airport transfers.

Q: Are rental bikes available? 

A: Yes. If you own a nice bike that fits, however, bringing it with you is relatively easy and inexpensive. More info on this in Bill’s Travel Tips. Single Bike rentals will be made available.

Q: How many miles each day? 

A: In addition to our daily pair of zero-mile options (remaining on the ship or exploring the islands via Sergio’s Coach), every day has multiple cycling routes. Anyone who can ride 40 flat miles will be able to enjoy cycling on both islands. If you prefer hills or want to spend additional hours in the saddle, we’ve got you covered. At each morning’s breakfast you’ll get a map charting the day’s cycling routes and recommended stops. During a brief route talk you’ll hear about each route’s grades and difficulty. Santana’s vets have learned to love and rely on their handlebar-mounted gps units. Available for less than $200, these touch-screen marvels prevent the age-old problem of getting lost or riding unplanned miles. Santana supplies free electronic mapping and route files. Simply select the route and follow the highlighted map.

Q: What’s the difference between a SAG-wagon and Santana’s SOS/treasure vans? 

A: Most tour companies use SAG-wagons that haul luggage and “sweep” the route between overnight stops. The drivers refill water-bottles, fix flat tires, and retrieve riders who can’t manage the easiest route between the widely spaced hotels. The problem, of course, is that the roving vans tend to be annoying until you actually need help. At that point it’s common to wait for two or more hours until one shows up. Although SAG drivers can fix a flat, they don’t have the tools or know-how to handle serious mechanical problems. Instead, they drive you to a bike shop (which explains why SAG-wagons disappear for hours at a time). This tour’s SOS van is driven by a pro bike mechanic who brings tools and spares. When you phone him with the coordinates from your GPS, he’ll arrive in a flash to get you back in the saddle. Because Santana expects participants to fill their own bottles, fix their own flats, and choose a ride they can finish, our SOS drivers are underworked, and have time to retrieve your shopping treasures.

Q: Does the Star Breeze have WiFi? Does the ship have an elevator?
Will there be menu selections for vegetarians, vegans and picky eaters?

A: Yes to all of the above.

Q: What if we have more questions?

A: The easiest way to get any further info is by phoning or emailing Matt, who is happy to answer your questions.
+1 (949) 677-7896        Matt@SantanaAdventures.com

Q: What if I run into problems with Reservations or PayPal?

A: The easiest way to get help is by phoning or emailing Matt, who is happy to help guide you.
+1 (949) 677-7896        Matt@SantanaAdventures.com

British Isles Cycling Cruise 2019

Stateroom Reservations

September 7 to 15, 2019

Stateroom Category
2019 British Isles Fares*
Available?
Owner’s Suite
$8499
Wait List
Classic Suite
$7799
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Balcony Suite 1
$7099
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Balcony Suite
$6699
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Ocean View Suite 3
$6399
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Ocean View Suite 2
$6099
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Ocean View Suite 1
$5799
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Ocean View Suite
$5599
2 Available
Wait-List
$10
Available
** Pricing Includes First-In Discount of $2000 per-stateroom
* Fares are Per-Person & Double-Occupancy
* Fares are set at time of purchase, and are otherwise subject to change based on availability.
* Please note that the number of rooms in each category is limited and unchangeable.

PayPal Deposits

Suite Selection
Bedding Preference
Contact Phone Number
Our comprehensive “cruise extras” fee of $500 per person covers a long list of port fees, off-ship activities, admissions, and guides.
Crew Gratuities of $180 per person will be collected at the event.
Your initial Stateroon-Holding-Fee is an escrow-like payment which remains fully refundable for 14 days. After 14 days, your Stateroom-Holding-Fee will be converted to an Event Deposit. At that point a dated invoice will be issued. To get pre-existing coverage you’ll want to purchase Travel Insurance within 14 days of your invoiced date (or within 28 days of placing your Holding Fee). Unless you cancel in writing within that 14 day period, the following Scary Cancellation Policy applies to Santana’s chartered cruise events:
Because cruise ship charters are binding, non-cancelable contracts, Jan and I will only enter into this charter based on your confirmed-with-a-deposit commitment. In effect, we undertake a huge risk by guaranteeing full payment on your behalf. After entering into this obligation, we cannot afford for you to back out, for any reason. This is the same policy that existed on all but 1 of Santana’s 42 previous cruises. While preparing for our 2009 Danube event, I neglected to include the following provision (shown below). That’s the year a group of friends, after verbally agreeing to pay in full and then stringing Jan along for many months, decided to cancel their plans. Lesson learned!
Santana’s acceptance of your registration and non-refundable deposit for this event is subsequent to your agreement to pay the remaining balance in full. While Santana allows limited refunds on Rallies and Tours, Santana’s Cruises are non-cancelable, non-transferable, and non-refundable. When the possibility of paying yet not attending is unacceptable, Jan and I recommend Travel Guard Trip Insurance. For the past 20 years hundreds of our clients have relied on Travel Guard coverage without a single complaint. An informative application is available upon request; and further information is available online.