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British Isles Discovery Cruise

Europe
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TJUS8453

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Coach

11 days

Cruise 2019

PRICE FROM ? £979 per person
Plan My Trip

Itinerary

Description

Experience the beauty and heritage of our islands by visiting some of the more interesting, but remoter, parts of the British Isles together with contrasting calls in Amsterdam, Dublin and Honfleur. Walk among peaceful hills, view ancient monuments and wander through historic streets. At each port of call you can be as busy or relaxed as you wish, with a full programme of optional excursions. History, heritage and beauty – plus wonderful memories to bring home.

Cruise

Day 1 – Home pickup & embarkation in London Tilbury

A uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home for your comfortable journey in a top specification car so you can begin your holiday in style. On arrival at London Tilbury Cruise Terminal, we board the Columbus and begin our journey, taking time to relax in our cabins or on deck and enjoying the use of the ship’s range of leisure facilities.       

Day 2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

We cruise to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. With more bicycles than permanent residents, the city is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically, little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals which are crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

Day 3 – At Sea / Day 4 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

After a day at leisure on the ship, we visit the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago. The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

Day 5 – Portree, Isle of Skye

Set around its picturesque natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye and this is our point of call today. The impact of Skye’s stunning scenery is spectacular. The soaring peaks of the Cuilins, undulating heather moorland, small lochs and gently flowing streams form a wonderful backdrop to optional excursions featuring crofting villages, and iconic castles with both colourful and poignant history. On the outskirts of Portree, the Skye Heritage Centre and Aros Experience bring to life the history of the island and give an insight into the life these Highland communities lived.

Day 6 – Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Today we visit Tobermory. Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.            


Day 7 – Dublin, Ireland

The capital of the Emerald Isle, Dublin, is a city of unforgettable character and today we have the pleasure of visiting it. With its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, there is plenty to enjoy.  It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

Day 8 – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Today we visit Britain’s only island archipelago; the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

Day 9 – St Peter Port, Guernsey

For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St Peter Port and this is our point of call today. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.         

Day 10 – Honfleur, France

We cruise to Honfleur today. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops. 

Day 11 – Disembarkation in London Tilbury

We arrive back in London Tilbury where we disembark and are met by our chauffeur for the journey home – a luxurious and stress-free way to end your holiday.

Self Drive

Day 1 – Embarkation in London Tilbury

Join us at London Tilbury Cruise Terminal where we board the Columbus. We then begin our journey, taking time to relax in our cabins or on deck and enjoying the use of the ship’s range of leisure facilities.    

Day 2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

We cruise to the Dutch capital of Amsterdam. With more bicycles than permanent residents, the city is both charming and quirky. Aesthetically, little has changed in the centre since its 17th century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals which are crossed by numerous bridges. The Royal Palace, originally built as a Town Hall in the 17th century, stands on a large square in the centre of the city. Considered one of Europe’s major art capitals, Amsterdam is home to a number of superb galleries and museums including the famous Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum.

Day 3 – At Sea / Day 4 – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands

After a day at leisure on the ship, we visit the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago. The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

Day 5 – Portree, Isle of Skye

Set around its picturesque natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye and this is our point of call today. The impact of Skye’s stunning scenery is spectacular. The soaring peaks of the Cuilins, undulating heather moorland, small lochs and gently flowing streams form a wonderful backdrop to optional excursions featuring crofting villages, and iconic castles with both colourful and poignant history. On the outskirts of Portree, the Skye Heritage Centre and Aros Experience bring to life the history of the island and give an insight into the life these Highland communities lived.

Day 6 – Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Today we visit Tobermory. Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.            


Day 7 – Dublin, Ireland

The capital of the Emerald Isle, Dublin, is a city of unforgettable character and today we have the pleasure of visiting it. With its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, there is plenty to enjoy.  It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

Day 8 – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly

Today we visit Britain’s only island archipelago; the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

Day 9 – St Peter Port, Guernsey

For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St Peter Port and this is our point of call today. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.         

Day 10 – Honfleur, France

We cruise to Honfleur today. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops. 

Day 11 – Disembarkation in London Tilbury

We arrive back in London Tilbury where we disembark for our journey home.

Cruise Bullets

  • 10 nights full board accommodation on the Columbus
  • Afternoon tea & late night snacks
  • Self-service tea & coffee (6am-midnight)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Guest speaker and arts & craft sessions
  • Porterage between port and cabin
  • Port taxes

FREE* Club Class Home Collection up to 100 miles from port

Self Drive Bullets

  • 10 nights full board accommodation on the Columbus
  • Afternoon tea & late night snacks
  • Self-service tea & coffee (6am-midnight)
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Guest speaker and arts & craft sessions
  • Porterage between port and cabin
  • Port taxes

£100 meet at port discount

Search Bullets

  • 10 nights full board accommodation on the Columbus
  • Afternoon tea & late night snacks
  • Nightly entertainment
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party

Helpful Information

We consider cruises as a premium holiday and therefore wish to have the opportunity to personally talk you through any enquiries you may have or to make your booking. Please call us on 0333 234 2010.

To enhance the enjoyment of your cruise, a programme of optional shore excursions will be available at extra cost in advance of the cruise departure for pre-registration. Please note certain ports may only be accessible by the use of a smaller tender vessel.

The Columbus operates a cashless system on board and all incidental expenses will be charged to your account. A gratuity of £7 per person, per day will be debited to your account automatically.

Please note:

Prices and supplements are per person based on two people sharing a cabin (except single cabins where specified). Prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation. Any difference to the prices quoted will be advised at the time of booking.

In line with the EC Directive on package travel, Just Go Holidays offers complete financial protection for all customers through our BCH (Bonded Coach Holiday) bond. On the cruises featured in this brochure, the booking conditions of Just Go Holidays/Cruise & Maritime Voyages apply; a copy of these is available upon request before booking. A full copy of the relevant terms and conditions will be sent to you with your booking confirmation.

All cruises are offered subject to availability. Errors and omissions excepted.  

Self Drive Information

Self-drive available. Free car parking at London Tilbury Cruise Terminal. Please inform us at the time of booking if you are taking this option. 

£100 meet at port discount.

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Club Class + Cruise

Club Class Home Collection

Free* Club Class Home Collection Service

Take advantage of our brand new, stress free departure option of "Club Class Home Collection Service". With this luxury service, a uniformed chauffeur will collect you from home and transfer you to the hotel, airport or cruise port in top specification cars or MPV's then at the end of your holiday they will be waiting to whisk you home again.

Please note: On some journeys we may collect other customers en-route who are travelling on the same holiday as yourself. The maximum number of pickups would be your plus two more with a maximum of six people in the vehicle. Journeys over 2.5 hours will include comfort breaks and complimentary bottles water is provided. All vehicles are fitted with satellite navigation and tracking devices. Service available from addresses in mainland England only, one pickup per booking. Service operating in partnership with Club Class Chauffeurs.
*Up to a maximum of 150 miles from your home postcode to the Cruise Terminal. Terms and conditions apply. Please call for additional mileage costs.
Round Trip MileagePrice (pp)
Up to 100 milesFREE
101 - 200please call
201 - 250please call
251 - 300please call
301 - 350please call
351 - 400please call
400 +please call
Single Traveller SupplementAdditional 75%

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