Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20466
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. September 2018. From £1589.00.
Scottish islands, Irish cities and the Scillies
Sail to the delightful British Isles and a handful of lovely Irish ports on this scenic cruise around the UK. Highlights include Stornoway on Lewis, pretty Tobermory on Mull and the sub-tropical paradise of the Scillies, as well as the chance to enjoy the elegance of your cruise ship, Astoria.
Life on board Astoria
Beautiful, 550-passenger Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
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Ports of call
Day One - Depart Poole, England 1700 hrs
Day Two - Dunkirk, France
Day Four - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Five - *Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Six - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day Seven - *Fort William, Scotland
Day Eight - Belfast, Ireland
Day Nine - Dublin, Ireland
Day 10 - Cobh, Ireland
Day 11 - *Glengarriff, Ireland
Day 12 - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day 13 - Arrive in Poole, England 0800 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Astoria. Please see the Full Itinerary for details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions12 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 taxes Single and upgrade 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 OneJoin Astoria in Poole for her late afternoon sailing, and spend a first evening settling into life on board.
Day TwoThe first stop on Astoria's journey is the French port of Dunkirk, scene of the great rescue of World War Two. See the evacuation beaches or visit the Dunkirk Memorial and the Operation Dynamo Museum.
Day ThreeEnjoy a relaxing day on board as Astoria sails towards Scotland.
Day FourExplore the historic capital of Orkney as Astoria docks in Kirkwall, situated a mile from the waters of Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Take the chance to visit Kirkwall's magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral, or join an optional shore excursion to discover the highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day FiveToday Astoria anchors off Stornoway, capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Beautiful and unspoiled, these ancient islands have been inhabited for over 6,000 years. Wander through the town, or take the excursion to Callanish's famous Standing Stones, thought to be nearly 4,000 years old.
Day SixThis morning brings the opportunity to explore the small town of Tobermory, situated on the beautiful island of Mull. Admire its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, or pay a visit to nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Rejoin the ship in the afternoon for her cruise along Loch Linnhe to Fort William, where she'll moor overnight.
Day SevenToday finds Astoria in Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis. This remote town is gateway to the stunning scenery of the Highlands. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the perfect Highland valley of Glen Nevis, backdrop for movies like Rob Roy, Harry Potter and Braveheart, and perhaps take in Fort William's fascinating West Highland Museum.
Day EightAstoria 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 NineDublin, the great city of culture, is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Join the shoppers on Grafton and O'Connell Streets, or choose to relax at the city's famous bars, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day 10Astoria arrives in Cobh this morning. Join our optional shore excursion to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland. Alternatively, you may wish to head into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond, to the fashionable resort of Kinsale, famed for its fine food and sea fishing, or to famous Blarney Castle, just north of the city.
Day 11Glengarriff, set against the backdrop of the rugged Caha Mountains, is today's destination. This pretty village enjoys a balmy microclimate in which sub-tropical plants flourish. Spend the day exploring this green oasis before rejoining Astoria for her late afternoon sailing towards the Isles of Scilly.
Day 12Astoria enters glorious blue waters to take in the celebrated Isles of Scilly. Go ashore to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary's. There's also the chance to take an optional excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest collection of subtropical plants.
Day 13Arrive in Poole, bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers, and disembark at the end of your holiday. Back to top
Beautiful, 550-passenger MV Astoria is every inch the perfect cruise vessel. Originally a Transatlantic liner, now restored and lovingly maintained as a premium-rated cruise ship, Astoria is both small enough to offer a friendly atmosphere, and large enough to offer a relaxed environment to ensure your holiday enjoyment. She's every inch the perfect home from home for your memorable cruise holiday.
The cabins on board Astoria offer accommodation to suit a range of pockets and preferences. Each passenger cabin offers private facilities with shower and bath, a TV, a hairdryer and personal safe. Superior and Deluxe cabins and Suites offer extra touches such as mini-bars fridges, bathrobes and slippers and even champagne to toast your arrival on board. Outside cabins offer picture windows and portholes. Passengers who book a Junior Suite will also enjoy Priority Embarkation, a welcome bottle of champagne and fresh flowers, priority boarding at tender ports, and a special 'At Your Leisure' disembarkation service and complimentary UK daily or Sunday newspaper on the day they disembark. In addition, passengers who choose to book Astoria's Owners Presidential Suite will receive a complimentary laundry service, will be served pre-dinner hors-d'oeuvres each evening, enjoy complimentary DVD hire from the ship's library, a well stocked bookshelf for holiday reading and confirmed ship's restaurant seating requests and shore excursion reservations (on tours with at least 40 participants).Back to top
Passport requirementsBritish Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since certain 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. Back to top