British Isles Midsummer Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99734
- Travel Type: Make your own way
11 nights. June 2020. From £1079.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Enjoy the longest days of the year as Columbus cruises to some of Britain's most remote, and most beautiful, regions. Discover the heather-clad glens of the Scottish Highlands from the great natural harbour at Invergordon, see the tiny towns and majestic island landscapes on Mull and the Isle of Skye, and spend sunny days exploring the gardens, country lanes and pretty harbours of St Mary's in the Scilly Isles and Guernsey. A little further afield you’ll also have time to explore Rotterdam’s cobbled streets, squares and harbourside, Belfast’s historic harbour and Titanic Quarter, the great trading city of Cork, and even the pretty French port of Honfleur on this sun-kissed summer cruise.
What's Included11 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 HighlightsWarmth and sunshine on the longest days of the year
Calls at eight wonderful ports
The stunning Isles of Scilly at their summertime best
The Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam
Invergordon - your gateway to the Scottish Highlands
Pretty Portree on stunning Skye
Tiny Tobermory on Mull
Vibrant Belfast – home to the Titanic Quarter
Explore pretty Honfleur, at the mouth of the Seine
Time to explore Cork as Columbus calls in Ringaskiddy
The beautiful scenery and tax-free shopping on Guernsey
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 Join Columbus in Tilbury, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail this afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1900hrs 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 on board.
Day 4Invergordon, Scotland
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1600hrs This morning Columbus ties 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: 0730hrs 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 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: 1800hrs 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 8Ringaskiddy, Ireland
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2000hrs Ringaskiddy, at the mouth of the river Lee, lies just around the coast from the great trading city of Cork, the historic capital of south-west Ireland. Step ashore to explore, and perhaps head to foodie heaven Kinsale or famous Blarney Castle - where kissing the Blarney Stone is said to grant you "the gift of the gab".
Day 9St 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 10St Peter Port, Guernsey
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1830hrs 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 11Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1500hrs Crossing the Channel a second time, Columbus' 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 12Arrive back at London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs Columbus arrives back in Tilbury, this morning, and you'll have time to enjoy a last breakfast on board before you disembark. 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.