Round Ireland Cruise
- Duration: 8 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99393
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
7 nights. August 2021. From £1349.00.
The Emerald Isle
Spend a magical week aboard much-loved Marco Polo as she makes an unforgettable circumnavigation of the Emerald Isle. Sit back, relax and enjoy all the pleasures of life on board, together with some fascinating ports of call. Join Marco Polo at Bristol Avonmouth as she cruises west, calling first at colourful Cobh and then the quaint village of Bantry, for optional tours to the Ring of Kerry. Continue to lively Galway, before calls at maritime Killybegs and historic Belfast complete this unforgettable tour of the Emerald Isle.
What's Included7 nights' accommodation in your choice of cabin
Delicious cuisine and full-board dining
Afternoon teas and late-night snacks
Self-service tea and coffee (6am to midnight)
Big-show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
Daytime activities and leisure facilities
Luggage porterage from port to cabin
Holiday HighlightsKillybegs is Ireland's most successful fishing port
Head to Cork as Marco Polo calls in Cobh
Glengariff on beautiful Bantry Bay
Vibrant Belfast, home to the Titanic Quarter
Galway's lively, pretty streets and medieval past
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 Bristol, UK
Depart: 2030hrs Board Marco Polo, settle in to your cabin and enjoy your first excellent dinner on board as she gets underway this evening.
Day 2Cobh, Ireland
Arrive: 1300hrs Depart: 2000hrs Marco Polo's first call is the long, narrow harbour at Cobh, the maritime gateway to the capital of southwest Ireland, Cork. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic city, 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 3Bantry, Ireland
Arrive: 0700hrs Depart: 1830hrs 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 4Galway, Ireland
Arrive: 0730hrs Depart: 1700hrs Galway City welcomes you, today. The old centre surrounds ancient Lynch’s Castle and a pedestrianised thoroughfare leads down to the thriving waterfront. Enjoy lunch in one of Galway’s countless eateries, take a harbour cruise, explore the city's cobblestone streets, visit its imposing (and unexpectedly modern) cathedral, or perhaps make the most of the varied shopping.
Day 5Killybegs, Ireland
Arrive: 1100hrs Depart: 1800hrs The pretty port of Killybegs nestles in a sheltered bay on the Ulster coast a little way west of Donegal. It's an ideal place from which to explore the cliffs and hills of the Wild Atlantic Way. Killybegs itself is famous for its fishing, and also for carpets and tapestries. The International Carpet Making and Fishing Centre is well worth a visit.
Day 6Belfast, UK
Arrive: 0830hrs Depart: 1900hrs This morning, Marco Polo arrives in Belfast. Explore the historic city's 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 7At sea
Spend your final full day on board relaxing and making the most of Marco Polo's facilities.
Day 8Arrive Bristol, UK
Arrive: 0500hrs Say goodbye to Marco Polo, her crew and your fellow passengers as she arrives in Bristol, 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.
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