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British Isles Discovery Bank Holiday Cruise

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 13 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99726

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

12 nights. August 2020. From £1179.00.

Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12

The rugged beauty and tiny towns and harbours on Orkney, Mull and the Isle of Skye. Three contrasting Irish cities. The pretty streets and country lanes of Guernsey and the Isles of Scilly, and two trips across the Channel are yours to enjoy on this early autumn cruise from London Tilbury. Spend lazy days at sea enjoying life aboard beautifully appointed Columbus, with her many attractions and diversions. Step ashore to explore the streets, shops and sights in Amsterdam, Belfast, Dublin, and Le Havre. And soak up the spectacular scenery and tranquil calm that surrounds Kirkwall, Portree, Tobermory and Hugh Town on the Scilly Isle of St Mary’s.

What's Included

12 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
Port Taxes

Holiday Highlights

Exploring remote islands, country lanes and historic cities
Cross the Channel to two historic European ports
Fantastic entertainment and great food on board
The welcoming Dutch port-city of Rotterdam
Rugged Orkney's capital, Kirkwall
Pretty Tobermory on Mull and Portree on Skye
Belfast and its fascinating Titanic Experience
The friendly Irish capital, Dublin
Visit Tresco from St Mary's in the Scilly Isles
Guernsey – a beautiful island with tax-free shopping
See Portland Bill's iconic lighthouse
Discover Le Havre's striking architecture
PRICE FROM ? £1179 per person
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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail this afternoon.

Day 2

Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs Your first port of call is 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 3

At sea
Spend today relaxing and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.

Day 4

Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs 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 5

Portree, Isle of Skye
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs The Isle of Skye is your next port of call. Spend the day in picturesque Portree, with its quayside fish and chip shops, or join an excursion and head north, past the Old Man of Storr, to Duntum's Museum of Island Life; west to brooding Dunvegan Castle; south past the spectacular Cuillins; or even across the bridge to mainland Scotland.

Day 6

Tobermory, 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 7

Belfast, 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 8

Dublin, Ireland
Arrive: 0715hrs Depart: 1800hrs 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 9

St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1930hrs 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 10

St Peter Port, Guernsey
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs Guernsey's St Peter Port welcomes us this morning. See 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, wander the cobbled central quarter and make the most of the island's tax-free shopping.

Day 11

Portland, United Kingdom
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Connected to the Dorset coast by Chesil Beach's 18 miles of constantly shifting pebbles and shingle, Portland is a tiny island renowned worldwide for its limestone quarries, which produced the stone for iconic buildings like St Paul's Cathedral and the UN Headquarters. Step ashore to visit Portland Bill's iconic white and red lighthouse, Portland Castle or perhaps head inland to explore the fossil-rich landscape of the Jurassic Coast.

Day 12

Le Havre, France
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Early this morning, Columbus crosses the Channel to the mouth of the Seine and our final port of call: Le Havre. The striking modern architecture that you'll find everywhere in this historic port is the result of the post-war reconstruction project masterminded by Belgian architect, Auguste Perret, and has led to the city's classification as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 13

Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0700hrs Bid farewell to Columbus, her crew and your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. Back to top

Further Information

Passport requirements

British 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 advice

Visit 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.

Terms and conditions

WINE12 TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on long-haul air holidays made between 29th August and 30th September 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises lasting more than two nights made between 29th August and 30th September 2019 (inclusive) only. All information provided on this page has been approved by Virgin Wines (www.virginwines.co.uk). By accepting this offer, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. This offer is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. This offer is not valid on departures with late-availability pricing, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. One Case of Wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Virgin Wines and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Virgin Wines after you have received your free gift. You can contact Virgin Wines regarding your case of wine by emailing corporate@virginwines.co.uk. CRUISE OFFER TERMS: Please see the following pages for relevant offer terms and conditions: www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/offers/cruise-buy-one-get-one-free (for Buy One Get One Free), www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/offers/cruise-buy-one-get-one-half-price-plus (for Buy One Get One Half-Price), and www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/offers/cruise-getaway-deals (for Percentage Saver Fares). Back to top