British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20304
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. June 2018. From £1439.00.
A scenic voyage around Britain
The stunning Orkney Isles, Mull's pretty Tobermory, vibrant Dublin and the sub-tropical paradise of the Isles of Scilly are just a handful of the highlights of this cruise around the British Isles. You'll also enjoy a visit to charming Honfleur in Normandy before returning to the UK.
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 Hull, England 2000hrs
Day Three - Invergordon, Scotland
Day Four - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Five - *Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Six - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day Seven - Dublin, Ireland
Day Eight - Cobh for Cork, Ireland
Day Nine - *St Mary's Isles of Scilly
Day 10 - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
Day 11 - Honfleur, France
Day 13 - Arrive in Hull, England 0730hrs
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 Includes12 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 OneMake your way to Hull and join Marco Polo before she sets sail this evening. Enjoy your first dinner on board, and get to know your fellow passengers.
Day TwoToday is spent at sea, with a host of facilities and entertainment to enjoy.
Day ThreeMarco Polo ties up in Invergordon, one of Britain's greatest natural harbours, where you can step ashore to explore. You might choose to take a shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with famous Loch Ness beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world's finest courses, while whisky connoisseurs might head to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Day FourToday Marco Polo reaches Kirkwall, the historic capital of Orkney. Visit magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, stroll the meandering streets, explore the museum, or enjoy a optional shore excursion, perhaps taking in the waters of Scapa Flow, the beautiful Italian Chapel, the Neolithic stone settlement at Skara Brae and the fabled Ring of Brodgar.
Day FiveMarco Polo arrives in the Western Isles, to anchor off Stornoway, capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. These beautiful, unspoilt islands (and guardians of a rich culture) have been inhabited for over 6000 years. Explore the town, or take the excursion to Callanish's mysterious Standing Stones, thought to be nearly 4000 years old.
Day SixThe beautiful island of Mull offers breathtaking scenery, abundant wildlife and a spectacular coastline. The small town of Tobermory, familiar to many, with its picturesque, multicoloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby Duart Castle, famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Day SevenToday finds us in the great city of culture and learning, Dublin. Home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, birthplace of Shaw, and one of Europe's most engaging capitals, its streets teem with shoppers, and the famous bars and pubs buzz with the energy of locals and visitors alike.
Day EightMarco Polo arrives in Cobh this morning. Join our shore excursion to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland. Alternatively, you may wish to head into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond, to the fashionable resort of Kinsale, famed for its fine food and seafishing, or to famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city.
Day NineThis morning finds us in the still, blue waters of the sunny Scilly Isles. Go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's and the flower-strewn byways beyond, and don't miss stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house an impressive subtropical plant collection.
Day 10Guernsey's delightful St Peter Port welcomes Marco Polo this morning, and the day can be spent enjoying the pleasures of this beautiful Channel Isle. Don't miss 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, nor the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port, where you can shop for an array of tax-free gifts.
Day 11Exquisite Honfleur, with its picturesque harbour surrounded by terraces of gabled houses, lies at the mouth of the Seine, and is the gateway to the stunning Normandy countryside. Explore this favourite retreat of French Impressionists, or venture further afield, perhaps to the famous Normandy beaches or to the historic 'Joan of Arc' city of Rouen.
Day 12Spend a leisurely day at sea as Marco Polo makes her return journey.
Day 13Disembark in Hull at the end of a wonderful voyage. 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.
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. Back to top