British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99464
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
10 nights. June 2021. From £1919.00.
A Glorious Midsummer UK Cruise
Pretty Tobermory on Mull, rugged Orkney capital Kirkwall and the sun-kissed Isles of Scilly are amongst the highlights of this truly wonderful summertime ‘Round Britain’ cruise, which also features calls at southerly Guernsey, pretty Honfleur and vibrant Belfast, with its glittering Titanic Quarter development. Join Columbus for this wonderful voyage, featuring a host of delightful island calls, including the remote Orkney Isles, Skye’s delightful Portree and historic Belfast. Columbus then turns south and heads to the sun-kissed Scilly Isles and St Peter’s Port on Guernsey, Britain’s southernmost outpost. A visit to French town Honfleur, once the retreat of the French Impressionists, rounds off this wonderful cruise.
What's Included10 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of six nights or more)
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Guest speakers and arts-and-crafts groups (cruises of five nights or more)
Luggage porterage from 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
Pretty Portree is your gateway to stunning Skye
Visit Tresco from St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles
Guernsey – a beautiful island with tax-free shopping
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, UK
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus in Tilbury, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins this afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs 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 Isles
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Today Columbus arrives in the historic capital of Orkney, Kirkwall. Wander the cobbled streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to Scapa Flow, across the island to see Churchill's famous Barriers and the POW-built Italian Chapel on the tiny island of Lamb Holm.
Day 5Portree, Isle of Skye
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs The tiny harbour of Portree is set on the sheltered eastern coast of the mystic Isle of Skye. It’s your gateway to a rugged island landscape of windswept moors that sweep upward into the brooding Cuillin Hills and a coast teeming with wildlife. You may also have the chance to visit historic Dunvegan Castle, the world’s longest continuously inhabited fortress, on a shore excursion this afternoon.
Day 6Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs 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: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Early this morning, Columbus arrives in historic Belfast. Explore the city centre, visit the many attractions of the Titanic Quarter, where the Titanic Experience 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 8St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Arrive: 1100hrs 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 9St Peter Port, Guernsey
Arrive: 0800hrs 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 town's cobbled central quarter and make the most of the island's tax-free shopping.
Day 10Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1600hrs Crossing the Channel, your final port 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 in London Tilbury, UK
Arrive: 0800hrs Say goodbye to Columbus, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Tilbury, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful 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. Back to top