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Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise

UK & Ireland
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Board Basis: Full Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TNEW99699

Holiday Summary

  • Travel Type: Make your own way to port

13 nights. May 2020. From £1119.00.

Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12

Visit some of the most remote, and most beautiful, regions of the UK as Marco Polo cruises around Britain from Portsmouth. Discover astonishing island scenery and tiny, perfect ports on Orkney, Shetland, Mull and the Isle of Lewis, and perhaps explore the heather-clad glens of the Highlands as Marco Polo anchors in the great natural harbour of Invergordon.

Join an optional shore excursion in Scottish Newhaven for the chance to visit Edinburgh. Discover vibrant Belfast, home to the glittering Titanic Quarter, and spend a day soaking up the atmosphere in the city's museums, pubs and bars. Visit Cork, southwest Ireland's historic, lively capital and foodie mecca, and cruise around the southern tip of the Emerald Isle to call in Bantry and to explore the glorious scenery of the Ring of Kerry.

What's Included

13 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
Port Taxes

Holiday Highlights

Calling at 10 unforgettable ports
The beautiful landscapes of the Highlands and Islands
Early summer sunshine and ever-longer days
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
Cobh - your gateway to lively Cork
PRICE FROM ? £1119 per person
Plan My Trip

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart from Portsmouth
Depart: 1700hrs Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.

Day 2

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 3

Newhaven, 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 4

Invergordon, 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 5

Kirkwall, 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 6

Lerwick, 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 7

Stornoway, 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 four thousand years old.

Day 8

Tobermory, 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 9

Belfast, 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 10

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 11

Cobh, 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 12

Bantry, 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 13

At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.

Day 14

Arrive back 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. Back to top

Further Information

Passport requirements

British 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 advice

Visit 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.

Terms and conditions

WINE12 TERMS: This offer applies to new bookings on long-haul air holidays made between 29th August and 30th September 2019 (inclusive) only, and to new bookings on ocean cruises lasting more than two nights made between 29th August and 30th September 2019 (inclusive) only. All information provided on this page has been approved by Virgin Wines (www.virginwines.co.uk). By accepting this offer, you are agreeing that you will provide a valid address and will allow us to send this and any other necessary data to Virgin Wines for the sole purpose of fulfilling the order of the free gift. Virgin Wines will not use this information for any other purpose. Newmarket Holidays will use this data in accordance with our Privacy Policy. This offer is not available on bookings with postal addresses in the Channel Islands. This offer is not valid on departures with late-availability pricing, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. One Case of Wine per booking. No cash equivalent can be provided. Newmarket Holidays are acting as an agent to Virgin Wines and are unable to resolve any issues you may have with Virgin Wines after you have received your free gift. You can contact Virgin Wines regarding your case of wine by emailing corporate@virginwines.co.uk. CRUISE OFFER TERMS: Please see the following pages for relevant offer terms and conditions: www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/offers/cruise-buy-one-get-one-free (for Buy One Get One Free), www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/offers/cruise-buy-one-get-one-half-price-plus (for Buy One Get One Half-Price), and www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/offers/cruise-getaway-deals (for Percentage Saver Fares). Back to top