British Isles, Rouen Armada And River Seine Experience Cruise
- Duration: 9 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99879
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
8 nights. June 2019. From £859.00.
Don't miss your chance to experience the excitement of one of the world's largest and most spectacular martime celebrations - the Rouen Armada. As Marco Polo cruises across the Channel and up the River Seine you'll be able to explore the pretty ports and countryside of Guernsey and the Scillies Isles, visit the historic French cities of Rouen and Honfleur, and step aboard some of the of elegant sailing ships that line the Rouen riverbank between the Esplanade Saint-Gervais and the Guillaume le Conquerant bridge.
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.
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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 Portsmouth, UK
Day Three - Dublin, Ireland
Day Four - St Mary's*, Isles of Scilly
Day Five - St Peter Port*, Guernsey
Days Six and Seven - Rouen, France
Day Eight - River Seine navigation and Honfleur, France
Day Nine - Arrive Portsmouth, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions8 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 taxesSingle 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 OneBoard Marco Polo in Portsmouth ahead of your late-afternoon cruise departure.
Day TwoSpend your first full day on board relaxing and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day ThreeMarco Polo's first stop is 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 FourThis morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo 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 FiveGuernsey'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 Six and SevenThis morning Marco Polo arrives in the ancient city of Rouen for the highlight of your cruise - the Rouen Armada. Evey five or six years, around 50 elegant, tall-masted sailing ships from around the world visit Rouen to become the focal point of a quayside celebration mixing music, fireworks and demonstrations of maritime skill and much more.
We'll spend two whole days here, so you have every opportunity to enjoy the Armada, and to visit the Place du Vieux-Marche, site of Saint Joan's martyrdom, see the city's famous one-handed mechanical clock and the stunning Gothic cathedral, and perhaps join an optional excursion to Monet's delightful house and gardens at Giverny.
Day EightEarly this morning, Marco Polo cruises back upriver to the mouth of the Seine and our final port of call: Honfleur. Wander around the streets and harbour of this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, past the pretty step-gabled houses, and perhaps head along the coast to the elegant resort of Deauville on a shore excursion.
Day NineBid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. 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 http://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