Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 14 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99699
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
13 nights. May 2020. From £1119.00.
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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.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 Included13 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 HighlightsCalling 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
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 Portsmouth
Depart: 1700hrs Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth, today, settle in to your cabin and relax as your cruise begins.
Day 2At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 3Leith, Scotland
Arrive: 0845hrs Depart: 2000hrs Today's call at Leith offers up the chance to discover Edinburgh's many landmarks – from the Royal Mile and Princes Street to the iconic Castle that watches over the city from atop its hill. Why not visit the Royal Yacht Britannia, which is moored nearby?
Day 4Invergordon, 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 5Kirkwall, 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 6Lerwick, 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 7Stornoway, 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 8Tobermory, 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 9Belfast, 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 10Holyhead, Wales
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1800hrs Marco Polo’s next call is Holyhead on the Isle of Anglesey, just off the northwest tip of Wales. The island is a place of stunning countryside and beaches, and its sights include the spectacular ruins of Beaumaris Castle, and the three bridges across the Menai Strait that separates the island from mainland Wales. Its highlight, however, is arguably the iconic, 58-lettered railway sign of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch – the little village that boasts the second-longest place name in the world.
Day 11Cobh, 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 12Bantry, 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 13At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 14Arrive 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
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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