Grand Scottish Lochs, Glens, Islands & Ireland Cruise
- Duration: 15 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20356
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
14 nights. April 2018. From £899.00.
Spring Getaway Offer: Save up to 65%*
Celtic islands and cities
This hugely enjoyable British cruise includes the island outposts of Shetland, Mull, Lewis and the Orkneys, as well as Scrabster - Britain's most northerly port - and the great cities of Belfast and Dublin. There's also an inaugural visit to Holy Loch - the gateway to Lock Lomond and the Trossachs.
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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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 - Depart London Tilbury, UK 1500 hrs
Day Three - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Four - *Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
Day Five - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull and *Fort William for overnight
Day Six - *Fort William, Scotland
Day Seven - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day Eight - Dublin, Ireland
Day Nine - *Holy Loch, Scotland
Day 10 - *Ullapool, Scotland
Day 11 - Scrabster (for John O'Groats) Scotland
Day 12 - *Lerwick, Shetland Isles
Day 13 - Invergordon, Scotland
Day 15 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 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.
What The Price Includes14 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 OneBoard Astoria to sail north from Tilbury. Settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner on board.
Day TwoRelax on board the ship as Astoria heads for Scotland.
Day ThreeAstoria arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital, today. Visit the town's magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral, or join optional shore excursions to discover Orkney's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife. A mile away, the waters of Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2, remain an everlasting, ever-shifting reminder of the islands' place in history.
Day FourToday Astoria will anchor off Stornoway, capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Beautiful and unspoiled, the islands have been inhabited for over 6,000 years. Wander through the town, or take the optional excursion to Callanish's mysterious Standing Stones, thought to be nearly 4,000 years old.
Day FiveThe island of Mull offers breathtaking scenery, a spectacular coastline and another haven for wildlife. In the small town of Tobermory you'll find picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront and, nearby, famous Duart Castle, the seat of Clan Maclean.
Re-board the ship this evening as Astoria continues to Fort William to dock for the night.
Day SixThe climbing outpost of Fort William, at the foot of Ben Nevis, is gateway to the stunning scenery of the Highlands and the Great Glen. Don't miss the opportunity to discover the perfect Highland valley of Glen Nevis, backdrop for movies like Rob Roy and Braveheart, and perhaps take in Fort William's fascinating West Highland Museum.
Day SevenAstoria's next call, in Belfast, brings chances to explore this unique city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside.
Day EightCrossing the Irish Sea, Astoria slips outside British waters to visit Dublin, today. The Irish capital has been a thriving cultural centre for centuries. Join the shoppers on Grafton and O'Connell Streets, visit historic Trinity College or head to one of the many cafes, coffee shops, bars and pubs to 'soak up' the local colour.
Day NineOne of Britain's most scenic anchorages, beautiful Holy Loch is your starting point for a day exploring some of Scotland's finest countryside. See Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, explore the Isle of Bute and Inveraray Castle, or venture to the Highlands beyond. You may also have the chance to take a trip to the great Scottish city of Glasgow.
Day 10Astoria arrives in the delightful Wester Ross fishing port of Ullapool, today. The town is a stepping stone to the Western Isles and the breathtaking North West Highlands, which include Torridon's granite massifs and dramatic, remote Ben Assynt. Step ashore to explore, or take an optional excursion to discover some of Britain's most awe-inspiring scenery.
Day 11The wild and remote northeast of Scotland greets Astoria this morning, as she ties up in Scrabster, near the popular town of Thurso. The late Queen Mother's Castle of Mey retreat lies nearby, as does John O'Groats, and you'll have the chance to visit the British mainland's most northerly point on an optional shore excursion.
Day 12Lerwick, the Shetland Islands' rugged capital, is another gateway to an ancient land of legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of bird life. Discover the town, or join an optional excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Day 13This morning Astoria sails into Cromarty Firth on Scotland's rugged East Coast. The ship ties up in Invergordon, one of Britain's greatest natural harbours, where you can step ashore to explore. You might choose to take a shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness, with famous Loch Ness beyond. Golfers might head to nearby Dornoch, home to one of the world's finest courses, while whisky connoisseurs might head to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Day 14Enjoy your last, relaxing day enjoying the ship's amenities as Astoria cruises home.
Day 15Arrive in Tilbury, bid farewell to the crew and your fellow voyagers, and disembark as your cruise comes to an end. 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 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. *This Save up to 65% offer applies to new bookings made between 16th February and 31st March 2018 (inclusive) only. The price shown on this page includes any initial Saver Fare discount. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Further information is available as you book your chosen cruise. This offer may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount. Back to top