Grand British Isles Discovery
11 nights. May 2020. From £1109.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
As Columbus cruises anticlockwise around the UK you'll have the chance to see Orkney and Mull; two Irish ports, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles; and to cross the Channel to Rotterdam and to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.
What's Included11 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 HighlightsCalls at eight unforgettable ports
The glorious scenery of the Scottish Islands and Scillies
Cruising from port to port as summer begins
The historic Dutch port-city of Rotterdam
The Orkney capital, Kirkwall
Mull’s pretty Tobermory
The friendly Irish capital, Dublin
Normandy’s pretty Impressionists’ retreat, Honfleur
Antwerp in Belgium, the "diamond capital of the world"
Beautiful Guernsey and its tax-free shopping
The chance to visit Tresco’s Abbey Gardens as Columbus calls in the Scilly Isles
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 London Tilbury
Depart: 1600hrs Board Columbus, today, and settle in to your cabin as she sets sail this afternoon.
Day 2Rotterdam, Netherlands
Arrive: 0900hrs Depart: 2000hrs Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the world-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.
Day 3At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 4Kirkwall, Orkney
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 2200hrs Today Columbus arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.
Day 5At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day 6Tobermory, Mull
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1700hrs The small town of Tobermory on the beautiful island of Mull, with its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Day 7Dublin, Ireland
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1900hrs Today Columbus arrives in Dublin. This great city of culture, once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets are popular with visitors, as are the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day 8St Marys, Scilly Isles
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 1800hrs This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Columbus anchors here in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's, the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.
Day 9St Peter Port, Guernsey
Arrive: 0600hrs Depart: 1900hrs Guernsey's St Peter Port welcomes us this morning. See 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, wander the town's cobbled central quarter and make the most of the island's tax-free shopping.
Day 10Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0730hrs Depart: 1615hrs Crossing the Channel, your next port of call is Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour, or perhaps join an optional excursion into the surrounding countryside.
Day 11Antwerp, Belgium
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1800hrs Today Columbus arrives in Antwerp, the Diamond Capital of the World. Explore the city, which was once home to the painter Rubens, or perhaps join optional excursions to the lovely Belgian cities of Bruges and Brussels.
Day 12Arrive London Tilbury
Arrive: 0800hrs 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.