Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99964
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
11 nights. April 2019. From £1709.00.
This wonderful springtime sailing includes a quintet of fascinating island calls at both ends of the Realm, including the Isle of Man and, as well as pretty Normandy gateway Honfleur, offers the chance to explore from vibrant Newcastle, Highland gateway Invergordon and Titanic city Belfast.
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a vessel.
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The greatest pleasure of a cruise holiday is the knowledge that as each day dawns, there'll be a new adventure to enjoy, a new experience to savour.
Ports of call
Day One - Bristol Avonmouth, UK
Day Two - St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day Three - Honfleur, France
Day Five - Newcastle, UK
Day Six - Invergordon, Scotland
Day Seven - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Eight - Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Nine - Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Day 10 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day 11 - Douglas, Isle of Man
Day 12 - Bristol Avonmouth, UK
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities on board. Please see the Itinerary for further details. Ports marked with an asterisk will be reached by landing boat and may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions11 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 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 OneMake your way to Bristol and embark Marco Polo. Later, enjoy your first dinner on board and get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers.
Day TwoToday finds us in the fabled Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo anchors in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore by tender to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary's, and the flower-strewn byways beyond. There is also the chance to take an excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest sub-tropical plant collection.
Day ThreeMarco Polo moors in the exquisite French port of Honfleur - gateway to the beautiful Normandy countryside - at the mouth of the Seine. Spend time exploring this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, or venture further afield on a shore excursion.
Day FourToday is spent at sea, relaxing as Marco Polo sails north.
Day FiveThis morning we'll arrive in Newcastle. Head ashore to visit the city, or simply relax on board.
Day SixToday we arrive in one of Britain's greatest natural harbours, and a gateway to the Highlands. Take an excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with the famous Loch beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world's finest courses, just an hour away, while whisky connoisseurs might make a pilgrimage of a different kind, to celebrated Ord Distillery!
Day SevenThis morning, Marco Polo docks in Kirkwall. Explore the historic capital of Orkney, and visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile away are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day EightMarco Polo arrives in the Western Isles, to anchor off Stornoway, capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. These beautiful, unspoiled islands, guardians of a rich culture, have been inhabited for over 6000 years. Explore the town, or take the excursion to Callanish's mysterious Standing Stones, thought to be nearly 4000 years old.
Day NineExplore the beautiful island of Mull with its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. Pretty Tobermory, with its distinctive, colourful waterfront houses lining the waterfront, can't fail to delight.
Day 10Marco Polo arrives in historic Belfast, today. Explore the city-centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter developments that pay homage to the ill-fated vessel and the sister Olympic Class liners, or join an excursion to the iconic Giant's Causeway.
Day 11The delightful Isle of Man - where visitors are transported back to a gentler-paced era welcomes Marco Polo today. As well as the chance to explore the island capital, Douglas, there will be optional shore excursions to discover the beauty of this jewel of the Irish Sea.
Day 12Marco Polo arrives back in Bristol at the end of a wonderful voyage. Back to top
In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.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. Back to top