Grand British Isles Discovery & River Seine Experience Cruise
- Duration: 18 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99675
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
17 nights. May 2020. From £1369.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
Join us aboard Marco Polo for a delightful spring cruise round the UK from Bristol to Portsmouth. Sail across the the Channel to Normandy, and through the upper reaches of the River Seine to Rouen and Honfleur. Then discover astonishing island scenery and tiny, perfect ports on Orkney, Shetland, Mull and the Isle of Lewis, and the heather-clad glens of the Highlands as Marco Polo anchors in the great natural harbour of Invergordon.
Join an optional shore excursion from the Scottish port of Newhaven for the chance to visit Edinburgh. Uncover Belfast's long and complex history, see the world-famous exhibitions of the Titanic Quarter, and spend a day soaking up the atmosphere in the city's museums, pubs and bars. Visit Cork, south-west Ireland's historic capital and foodie favourite, and cruise around the southern tip of Ireland to call in Bantry and explore the glorious scenery of the Ring of Kerry.
What's Included17 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 (Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)cruises of 5 nights or more)
Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsCalling at 13 unforgettable ports
The beautiful landscapes of the Highlands and Islands
Sail south and across the Channel
Explore the historic, "Joan of Arc" city, Rouen
Spend a day in Honfleur, the pretty seaside retreat of the French Impressionists
The stunning scenery surrounding Invergordon
The Orkney capital, Kirkwall - your gateway to a land of stunning beauty
The rugged Shetland Island capital, Lerwick
Pretty Tobermory on Mull
Vibrant Belfast, home to the Titanic Quarter
Head to Cork as Marco Polo calls in Cobh
Glengariff on beautiful 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 Bristol, Avonmouth
Depart: 1800hrs Board Marco Polo in Bristol, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2At sea
Settle into the shipboard routine of rest and relaxation as Marco Polo spends today at sea.
Day 3Rouen, France
Arrive: 0745hrs Depart: 2030hrs This morning you'll awake in the heart of Normandy, as Marco Polo arrives in the ancient city of Rouen. You'll spend a full day here, giving you plenty of time to explore. Stroll the pretty, cobbled streets of Rouen, today, past the site of Joan of Arc’s martyrdom in the Place du Vieux-Marche and beneath the Renaissance arch that houses the ornate Gros Horloge (one of the oldest clocks in France) to the Place de la Cathedrale.
Day 4Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0300hrs Depart: 2300hrs After a night spent cruising gently back up to the mouth of the Seine, Marco Polo reaches Honfleur, early this morning. Explore this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, with its Vieux Bassin harbour surrounded by gabled houses, or perhaps join a shore excursion to Deauville or Monet's Gardens at Giverny.
Day 5Portsmouth, England
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Portsmouth has a long, proud maritime history. Visit the refurbished D-Day Museum to see the 82-metre long embroidery of images and events from Operation Overlord, or perhaps head to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior or the Mary Rose Museum.
Day 6At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 7Newhaven, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs As Marco Polo calls in Newhaven, you'll have the chance to head ashore to visit the Scottish capital, Edinburgh.
Day 8Invergordon, Scotland
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 2200hrs 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 9Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Today Marco Polo arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.
Day 10Lerwick, Shetland Isles
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs Marco Polo's next northern island call is the Shetland Isles capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day 11Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 2000hrs Marco Polo 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 4000 years old.
Day 12Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1900hrs Tobermory’s waterfront parade of multi-coloured houses welcomes Marco Polo to the lovely island of Mull. Explore this delightful little town, visit nearby Duart Castle or simply let the spectacular coastal scenery take your breath away.
Day 13Belfast, Northern Ireland
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1900hrs Early this morning, Marco Polo 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 14At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 15Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2200hrs Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour of Cobh. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, to head into the beautiful rolling countryside to fashionable Kinsale or to visit famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city, for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone.
Day 16Bantry, Ireland
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2200hrs Skirting the coast of south west Ireland, Marco Polo 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 17At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 18Arrive at Portsmouth
Arrive: 0800hrs Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Portsmouth, today, and you disembark at the end of a wonderful cruise. An optional coach transfer back to Bristol will be available to book in advance. 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.
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