Scottish Highlands, Islands And Lochs Cruise
- Duration: 11 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW99932
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
10 nights. April 2019. From £1109.00.
Sail north to visit a collection of beautiful Scottish ports, including Stornoway, pretty Tobermory and the remote town of Fort William, situated at the gateway to Ben Nevis. Then turn south, sailing via Greenock, to call at the thriving Irish capital, Dublin, and the sub-tropical paradise of the Scillies en route back to Poole.
Life on board Astoria
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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Ports of call
Day One - Depart Poole, UK 1700hrs
Day Three - Belfast, UK
Day Four - *Stornoway - Isle of Lewis, UK
Day Five - *Tobermory - Isle of Mull, UK
Days Six and Seven - *Fort William, UK
Day Eight - Greenock, UK
Day Nine - Dublin, Ireland
Day 10 - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, UK
Day 11 - Arrive in Poole, UK 0800hrs
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.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions10 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 in Poole today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day TwoEnjoy a first restful first day at sea, getting to know the ship and your fellow passengers.
Day ThreeAstoria arrives in historic Belfast, today. Explore the shops and cafes of the buzzing Cathedral Quarter, or visit the Titanic Quarter that pays homage to the ill-fated vessel. Alternatively, join an excursion to the iconic Giant’s Causeway.
Day FourMagellan anchors off Stornoway, the capital of Lewis. Explore the town, or take the excursion to the mysterious and ancient Standing Stones at Callanish, thought to be nearly four thousand years old.
Day FiveDiscover the small town of Tobermory, on the beautiful island of Mull, with its picturesque, multi-coloured houses encircling the waterfront. Step ashore to explore the attractive streets, or visit nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.
Days Six and SevenThe 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 EightArriving in the Scottish port of Greenock, you might join an excursion to one of two famous and fascinating cities. In Edinburgh, explore the Royal Mile, shop in Princes Street or take in city views from the ancient Castle’s ramparts. In Glasgow, discover ’Scotland’s style capital’, with its culture, architecture and design.
Day NineToday Astoria 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, pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day 10This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. 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 11Bid farewell to Astoria and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise. 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 certain 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