British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99732
- Travel Type: Make your own way
10 nights. July 2020. From £979.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Set sail on an unforgettable summer cruise aboard Columbus. Relax on board, enjoying the enviable array of restaurants, bars, shops and other distractions Columbus has to offer, or simply gazing out across the water, as you cruise gently along the British coast.
Discover little harbours hidden beneath the rugged Highland and Island scenery of Cromarty Firth, Mull and the Isle of Skye. Spend sunny days strolling lanes lined with green fields and hedges filled with wild flowers on Guernsey and in the Scilly Isles, and cross the Channel completely at the beginning and end of your cruise as Columbus calls at the delightful, cosmopolitan 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 HighlightsSummertime visits to seven fascinating ports
Exploring remote islands, country lanes and historic cities
Long sunlit evenings relaxing on board
The Highland scenery surrounding Invergordon
The welcoming Dutch port-city of Rotterdam
Rugged Orkney's capital, Kirkwall
Pretty Tobermory on Mull and Portree on Skye
Visit Tresco from St Mary's in the Scilly Isles
Guernsey – a beautiful island with tax-free shopping
Honfleur - an artist's retreat at the mouth of the River Seine
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.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam is Columbus' first call. 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 4Invergordon, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1630hrs This morning we'll tie up in the great natural harbour at Invergordon on Scotland's rugged East Coast. Step ashore to explore, or join an optional shore excursion, perhaps to Loch Ness in search of Nessie. Golfers may head to the fine course at nearby Dornoch, while whisky connoisseurs can make a pilgrimage to the celebrated Glen Ord Distillery.
Day 5Portree, Isle of Skye
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1900hrs The Isle of Skye is a wonderful place to explore. 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 Scotla
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 visit, as is nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Day 7At sea
Spend another day relaxing on board.
Day 8St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Arrive: 0700hrs 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 9St 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 10Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Crossing the Channel, your final 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: 0900hrs Bid farewell to Columbus and all 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.