Arctic And Greenland Expedition Voyage
- Duration: 23 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99875
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
22 nights. July 2019. From £4929.00.
Join Marco Polo as she sails through waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World. Discover the ancient (and modern) history of the Orkney Islands, and the lively, colourful Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Heading further west across the North Atlantic, Marco Polo will skirt the extraordinary, rugged western coast of South Greenland before heading home via the remote islands landscape of Shetland.
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 high-class 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
Day Three - Kirkwall*, Orkney Isles
Day Five - Reykjavik, Iceland
Day Eight - Qaqortoq* (Julianehab), Greenland
Day Nine - Narsarsuaq*, Greenland
Day 11 - Sisimiut (Holsteinborg), Greenland
Day 12 - Uummannaq*, Greenland
Days 13-14 - Ilulissat*, Greenland
Day 15 - Qeqertarsuaq*, Greenland
Day 17 - Nanortalik, Greenland
Day 21 - Lerwick*, Shetland Isles
Day 23 - Arrive Tilbury, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions22 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 taxesSingle 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 FourRelax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day FiveReykjavik 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.
Day Six and SevenRelax on board as Marco Polo cruises towards and through the Prince Christian Sound passage, heading to Greenland's south-west coast.
Day EightThis 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.
Day NineToday we call in Narsarsuaq, which means ’Great Plain’. The nearby waters teem with trout, and are home to humpback and minke whales. As you sail out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.
Day 10Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 11Sisimiut, 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 12The most northerly port of your cruise, the remote town of Uummannaq shares its name with the island on which it stands, the solitary mountain between whose roots it nestles, the fjord and the surrounding seascape of inlets and bays. At the western end of the island lies Spraglebugten Bay, which Danish and Greenlandic children believe is the home of Father Christmas.
Day 13 -14Appropriately, given that its name means "icebergs", Ilulissat is a great place to watch these frozen masses, and search the seas for the whales and other marine mammals that live among them. The town was also the birthplace of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, and his life is celebrated there in the museum that bears his name.
Day 15Qeqertarsuaq is home to the Arctic’s oldest continuously manned research station. A day here offers the unusual experience of dog-sledding in summer, and the chance to kayak past the beautiful icebergs in the bay.
Day 16Spend today relaxing as Marco Polo cruises back along the coast of Greenland.
Day 17At midday, today, Marco Polo arrives at Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. One of the first town's settled by the Norsemen on their way across from Greenland, and one of the last settled by the Inuit. Nanortalik means "place of polar bears", but the town is now the 10th largest human population. It's also the closest town to Greenland's only natural forest, which grows in the shelter of the Quinngua Valley just 25 miles away.
Day 18 - 20The next three days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories of your cruise holiday as Marco Polo heads for home.
Day 21Our final port before home is the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day 22Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise adventure. Back to top
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 high-class vessel.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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