Easter Scottish Lochs, Glens & Islands Cruise
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99680
- Travel Type: Make your own way
11 nights. April 2020. From £849.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join Astoria to see some of Scotland's most breathtaking scenery and visit three vibrant Irish cities on this Easter cruise. Call first in Belfast, where you'll have a chance to explore the thriving city and the regenerated Titanic Quarter. You’ll then head to three delightful Scottish visits, beginning in Stornoway on the beautiful Hebridean Isle of Lewis, before cruising south to spend Good Friday in splendid, Victorian Oban in its sheltered west coast bay, and Easter Saturday in Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis.
A Bank Holiday Monday call in Dublin, with the chance to join the throng in Grafton and O’Connell streets and perhaps to visit Trinity College, is followed by two more Irish calls. Explore the bustling food-lovers city of Cork, and perhaps complete your scenic cruise by joining an optional excursion to the Ring of Kerry from the pretty harbour town of Bantry, on legendary Bantry Bay.
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 HighlightsScottish hideaways and wonderful Irish ports
Lazy days relaxing on board
Easter Sunday at sea
Belfast, the vibrant home pf the Titanic Quarter
Delightful Oban on Scotland’s west coast
Fort William, in the shadow of Ben Nevis
Dublin, Ireland's friendly capital
Discover Cork as Astoria calls in Cobh
The spectacular scenery of Bantry Bay
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 Poole
Depart: 1800hrs Board Astoria in Poole today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day 2At sea
Enjoy a first restful first day at sea, getting to know the ship and your fellow passengers.
Day 3Belfast, Northern Ireland
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1400hrs Astoria arrives in historic Belfast, today. Explore the shops and cafes of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter, or visit the Titanic Quarter that pays homage to the ill-fated vessel. Alternatively, join an excursion to the iconic Giant’s Causeway. Optional Excursion:
Day 4Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 1800hrs Astoria anchors off Stornoway, the capital of Lewis. Explore the town, or take the excursion to the mysterious and ancient Standing Stones at Callanish, thought to be nearly four thousand years old.
Day 5Oban, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Astoria's next stop is the pretty port of Oban on the rugged west coast of Scotland. Take a stroll around the harbour, or join a shore excursion, perhaps to one of the many nearby whisky distilleries. If you have the energy, why not climb Battery Hill to McCraig's Tower? On clear days, the views of the Islands of Kerrera and Mull are well worth the effort.
Day 6Fort William, Scotland
Arrive: 2300hrs (Day Five) Depart: 2200hrs The climbing outpost of Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, is your gateway to the stunning scenery of the Highlands and the Great Glen. Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the perfect Highland valley of Glen Nevis, backdrop for movies like Rob Roy and Braveheart, and perhaps take in Fort William’s fascinating West Highland Museum.
Day 7At sea
Spend another restful day at sea.
Day 8Dublin, Ireland
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Today Astoria arrives in 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, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day 9Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Cobh is your gateway to the great Irish city of Cork. Discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, or perhaps head into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond to fashionable Kinsale, or to Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive "the gift of the gab". Optional Excursion:
Day 10Bantry, Ireland
Depart: 2200hrs Skirting the coast of south west Ireland, Astoria heads to exquisite Bantry Bay. Go ashore at Glengariff, a green oasis where sub-tropical plants flourish set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains. Take an excursion into County Kerry and Killarney National Park, which sits beneath the wonderfully named Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, Ireland’s highest mountain range.
Day 11At sea
Spend a final day at sea reliving the memories of a wonderful cruise.
Day 12Arrive back at Poole
Arrive: 0800hrs Bid farewell to Astoria 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.