British Isles Discovery Bank Holiday Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99726
- 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 Included12 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 HighlightsExploring 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
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
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail this afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, 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 3At sea
Spend today relaxing and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day 4Kirkwall, 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 5Portree, 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 6Tobermory, 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 7Belfast, 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 8Dublin, 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 9St 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 10St 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 11Portland, 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 12Le 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 13Arrive 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
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.