Arctic & Greenland Expedition Voyage
- Duration: 22 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20404
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
21 nights. July 2018. From £2649.00.
A journey beyond the Arctic Circle
Set sail for the Arctic on this summertime cruise on board Marco Polo. Discover extraordinary landscapes as she navigates the rugged western coast of Greenland, making stops in the Faroes and Iceland along the way.
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Depart Harwich, England 1900hrs
Day Three - *Lerwick, Shetland Isles
Day Four - Torshavn, Faroes
Day Five - Eskifjordur, Iceland
Day Six - Akureyri, Iceland
Day Eight - *Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Greenland
Day Nine - Passage through Prince Christian Sund
Day 10 - *Narsarsuaq, Greenland
Day 12 - Sisimiut (Holsteinborg), Greenland
Day 13 - *Kangerlussuaq, Greenland
Day 14 - Nuuk (Godthab), Greenland
Day 15 - Qaqortoq (Julianehab), Greenland
Day 18 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Day 22 - Arrive Harwich, England 0900hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
What The Price Includes21 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Full-board arrangements including full breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and midnight snacks
On-board entertainment as arranged
Calls at ports as detailed in the itinerary
The services of a friendly, professional crew and cruise staff
Port charges and taxes Single and upgrade cabins are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day OneJoin Marco Polo in Harwich before she begins her Arctic adventure this evening.
Day TwoToday is spent at sea, getting to know the ship and the many amenities on board.
Day ThreeThis morning Marco Polo arrives in Lerwick, the rugged Shetland capital. Set foot in this fascinating land of ancient legend and tradition, which is also a haven for birdlife. Optional shore excursions may include the chance to explore the Bronze Age settlement at Jarlshof.
Day FourThe tiny, remote, Danish outpost of Torshavn is capital of the Faroe Islands and home to deep-rooted Viking tradition. Wander the old town's confusion of lanes and passages, see black-tarred houses roofed with turf, and perhaps join an excursion to other parts of the islands.
Day FiveOur next call is Eskifjordur, the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord, on the east coast of Iceland. A fascinating Maritime Museum chronicles the region's long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the fascinating Icelandic Wartime Museum.
Day SixAkureyri, on Iceland's rugged north coast, is a thriving winter sports centre and home to a fascinating Botanical Garden. The area beyond this thriving winter resort is wondrously scenic, and today's excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights.
Day SevenLook out for aquatic life as the ship steams into the North Atlantic on a day spent at sea.
Day EightMarco Polo's first call in Greenland is Tasiilaq, on Ammassalik Island, located just south of the Arctic Circle. Set beside a circular fjord, with a ring of snow-capped peaks towering in the distance, this beautiful town is a stunning blend of brightly coloured hillside houses and summertime meadows ablaze with wild arctic flowers.
Day NineMarco Polo navigates Prince Christian Sund waterway, today, which separates mainland Greenland from the Cape Farewell Archipelago.
Day 10Today Marco Polo reaches Narsarsuaq, which translates as 'Great Plain'. Look out for humpback and minke whales in the nearby waters as you sail out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord.
Day 11Enjoy another relaxing day at sea at Marco Polo continues north.
Day 12Marco Polo reaches Sisimiut, which lies 40 miles beyond the Arctic Circle. Join a shore excursion to learn about this tiny city, known as a hunting and fishing paradise and a centre of Inuit culture.
Day 13Kangerlussuaq, Greenland's only inland town, is the starting point for the only road that leads to the icy edge of the Greenland Ice Cap. Don't miss a visit to the fascinating museum that chronicles the town's history as a former US base.
Day 14Marco Polo reaches Greenland's capital, Nuuk, today. This cultured, cosmopolitan city houses a collection of fascinating museums and hip restaurants. Discover its vibrant cafe culture as you sit comfortably beside the historic buildings of the Old Harbour and the towering peaks of mountainous Sermitsiaq.
Day 15This morning sees Marco Polo round Cape Farewell, the southern tip of the Greenland archipelago, before the ship reaches pretty Qaqortoq this afternoon. You'll have the chance to step ashore and explore Southern Greenland's largest settlement - of only 3000 inhabitants.
Days 16-17Enjoy your time on board as Marco Polo cruises back towards Iceland.
Day 18This morning we'll arrive in Reykjavik. Spend a day in the world's northernmost capital, where painted wooden buildings and startling modern developments are watched over by majestic Mount Ejsa. An optional shore excursion will reveal geysers, lava fields and the famous Blue Lagoon thermal pools before the ship sails this evening.
Days 19-21These three days are spent at sea, bringing the chance to reflect on the memories of your journey.
Day 22Marco Polo ties up in Harwich at the end of her scenic adventure. Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since some countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
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