Arctic & Greenland Expedition Voyage
- Duration: 22 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99929
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
21 nights. June 2019. From £5549.00.
BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE UNTIL 31ST MARCH*
Join Marco Polo as she sails the waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World. Discover the Viking history of the Faroes, the Icelandic ports from which Leif the Lucky set sail, and the extraordinary, rugged western coast of South Greenland before heading home via colourful Reykjavik.
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 Tilbury, UK 1530hrs
Day Three - *Kirkwall, Orkney Isles, UK
Day Four - Torshavn, Faroes
Day Five - Eskifjordur, Iceland
Day Six - Akureyri, Iceland
Day Eight - *Tasiilaq (Ammassalik), Greenland
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 in Tilbury, UK 0800hrs
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 OneBoard Marco Polo in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day TwoSpend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day ThreeDiscover the historic capital of Orkney as the ship docks in Kirkwall. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile from here are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Optional shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day FourToday we'll arrive in tiny Torshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. Explore its confusion of lanes, narrow passages and black-tarred houses with green turf on the roofs, or join an excursion, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
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 is wondrously scenic, and today’s excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights.
Day SevenRelax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day EightOur first call in Greenland will be Tasiilaq, on Ammassalik Island, just south of the Arctic Circle. Set beside a circular fjord, with a distant ring of snow-capped peaks rising in the distance, it’s a stunning place, and the brightly coloured hillside houses and summertime meadows ablaze with wild arctic flowers only enhance its beauty.
Day NineRelax on board as Marco Polo cruises the Prince Christian Sound passage.
Day 10Today we call in Narsarsuaq, which means ’Great Plain’. The nearby waters teem with trout, and are home to humpback and minke whales. As you bid farewell to Greenland, sailing out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.
Day 11Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 12Sisimiut, 40 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, is a hunting and fishing paradise, and a centre of Inuit culture. Join a shore excursion to learn about this place, whose name translates as 'the people at the fox burrows'.
Day 13Kangerlussuaq is Greenland’s only inland town. A former US base, the town has a fascinating museum chronicling the American stay, and is the starting point for the only road that leads to the icy edge of the Greenland Ice Cap.
Day 14Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is a cultured, cosmopolitan city. Here, museums, hip restaurants, a microbrewery and a vibrant cafe culture 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. The afternoon will be spent at anchor off pretty Qaqortoq, and you’ll have the chance to step ashore and explore Southern Greenland’s largest settlement - of only 3000 inhabitants.
Days 16-17Relax on board as Marco Polo spends two days at sea.
Day 18Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Its brightly painted wooden buildings contrast sharply with the stunning beauty of its setting beneath Mount Ejsa. Step ashore to explore, take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum.
Days 19-21The final three days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories of your cruise holiday as Marco Polo heads for home.
Day 22Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark in Tilbury at the end of your cruise. 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.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas. *This offer applies to new bookings made between 27th December 2017 and 31st March 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. On cruises with a Buy One, Get One Free offer, single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top