British Isles And Cities Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99911
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
10 nights. October 2019. From £729.00.
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Join us on board Columbus for an unforgettable British Isles Cruise. Discover the rugged landscapes and remote villages of Orkney, Mull and the Scilly Isles, visit the historic cities of Belfast and Dublin, and make two trips across the Channel to explore the lively Dutch port of Rotterdam and the pretty French port of Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.
What's Included10 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious full board cuisine
Afternoon teas and late night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsEight contrasting, unforgettable ports
Delightful islands at both ends of the country
Rugged Orkney's capital, Kirkwall
Pretty Tobermory on Mull
Vibrant Belfast, home to the Titanic Quarter
The friendly Irish capital, Dublin
Visit Tresco from St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles
Cross the Channel to Rotterdam and Honfleur
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 1Depart from London Tilbury
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 4Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Today Columbus arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.
Day 5Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2000hrs The small town of Tobermory on the beautiful island of Mull, with its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Day 6Belfast, Northern Ireland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs Early this morning, Columbus arrives in historic Belfast. Explore the city centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter developments that pay homage to the ill-fated vessel, or join an optional excursion to the vast stone staircase of the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast beyond.
Day 7Dublin, Ireland
Arrive: 0815hrs Depart: 1900hrs Today Columbus arrives in Dublin. This great city of culture, once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets are popular with visitors, as are the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day 8St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 2000hrs This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Columbus anchors here in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's, the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.
Day 9Plymouth, England
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1500hrs Returning to the British mainland, Columbus will call in Plymouth. Step ashore to stroll along the Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake played bowls as the Armada approached, explore the harbour area's bustling shops and cafes, and perhaps climb the 93 steps to the top of Smeaton’s Tower to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding coast and countryside.
Day 10Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0530hrs Depart: 1430hrs Crossing the Channel, our next port of call is Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour, or perhaps join an optional excursion into the surrounding countryside.
Day 11Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0700hrs 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.