Round Britain & River Seine Experience Cruise
- Duration: 12 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99688
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
11 nights. August 2020. From £1049.00.
Book by 30th September and claim 12 free bottles of wine – Use Code: WINE12
This wonderful late-summer cruise from Newcastle calls first in the Granite City, Aberdeen, before heading through Scotland’s pristine northern waters to Belfast and the friendly Irish city of Cork for a taste of the Emerald Isle. Cruise south to the sunny southern outposts of the Scilly Isles and Guernsey. Step ashore as Marco Polo anchors off flower-strewn St Mary’s where you'll have the chance to visit Tresco’s stunning sub-tropical Abbey Gardens, and discover the colourful highways and by-ways beyond St Peter Port's delightful streets and shops. A call in historic, maritime Portsmouth is followed by a Channel crossing and passage along the meandering River Seine to Rouen. Take time to wander the medieval streets and to view the site of the Joan of Arc's execution, before an overnight passage back down stream brings you to pretty Honfleur, the charming retreat of Impressionist painters, at the river’s mouth. Enjoy a final day ashore exploring your delightful surroundings, or joining an excursion into the Normandy countryside, then re-board Marco Polo for the cruise back to Tyneside.
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 HighlightsVisit six contrasting, unforgettable UK ports
The Seine-side cities of Rouen and Honfleur
A call in the historic Scottish port of Aberdeen
Vibrant Belfast, home to the Titanic Quarter
Cork - Southern Ireland's friendly, foodie capital
The chance to visit Tresco from St Mary's in the Scilly Isles
Wander St Peter Port's pretty streets and harbourside
Explore Portsmouth's excellent naval museums
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 Newcastle
Depart: 1800hrs Board Marco Polo, and settle in to your cabin as she begins her voyage this evening.
Day 2Aberdeen, Scotland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 2000hrs This morning, Marco Polo arrives in Aberdeen, the Granite City, close to the Royal Family’s summer retreat at Balmoral. Step ashore to discover the hidden charms of one of Britain’s more remote cities, or to enjoy an excursion into the surrounding countryside, or to one or more of the famous distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail.
Day 3At sea
Enjoy your first full day at sea day relaxing on board. Get to know your fellow passengers and explore the ship's facilities.
Day 4Belfast, Northern Ireland
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in historic Belfast. Explore the city centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter and its exhibition that tells the story of 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 5Ringaskiddy, Ireland
Arrive: 1200hrs Depart: 1900hrs Ringaskiddy, at the mouth of the river Lee, lies just around the coast from the great trading city of Cork, the historic capital of south-west Ireland. Step ashore to explore, and perhaps head to foodie heaven Kinsale or famous Blarney Castle - where kissing the Blarney Stone is said to grant you "the gift of the gab".
Day 6St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1700hrs This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo anchors here in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary's and the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.
Day 7St Peter Port, Guernsey
Arrive: 0800hrs Depart: 1800hrs Crowded around its busy harbour, St Peter Port is utterly charming. Fortified Castle Cornet is a must-see attraction, as are the views from Candie Gardens. Visit stunning Hauteville House, one time residence of Victor Hugo, whose exquisite interior design is preserved in the house.
Day 8Portsmouth, England
Arrive: 1000hrs Depart: 1600hrs Portsmouth has a long, proud maritime history. Visit the refurbished D-Day Museum to see the 82-metre long embroidery of images and events from Operation Overlord, or perhaps head to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior or the Mary Rose Museum.
Day 9Rouen, France
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 2100hrs Today Marco Polo follows the River Seine into the heart of Normandy - heading to the ancient city of Rouen. Here the highlights waiting for you include the Place du Vieux-Marche - where Joan of Arc was martyred in 1431 - the city's famous one-handed clock and its stunning Gothic cathedral.
Day 10Honfleur, France
Arrive: 0330hrs Depart: 1615hrs Our final port of call is Honfleur, back at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour of this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, or venture further afield to fashionable Deauville, historic Caen and the nearby D-Day beaches or to Monet’s delightful house and gardens at Giverny.
Day 11At sea
Spend your last day relaxing on board.
Day 12Arrive back in Newcastle
Arrive: 0800hrs Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark in Newcastle at the end of your 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.
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.