Summer British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20316
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. July 2018. From £1129.00.
Cruise to Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands, Amsterdam and France
Scotland's lochs and Highlands, the misty Isle of Skye, Ireland's two capitals, the Scillies and Guernsey... These are just a few of the highlights of a wonderful British cruise that also includes two trips across the Channel to the contrasting continental cities of Amsterdam and Honfleur.
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.
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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 1600 hrs
Day Two - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Day Four - Invergordon, Scotland
Day Five - *Portree, Isle of Skye
Day Six - Greenock, Scotland
Day Seven - Belfast, Northern Ireland
Day Eight - Dublin , Ireland
Day Nine - Ringaskiddy for Cork, Ireland
Day 10 - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
Day 11 - *St Peter Port, Guernsey
Day 12 - Honfleur, France
Day 13 - Arrive in London Tilbury, UK 0800 hrs
N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Columbus. 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 Includes12 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 OneMake your way to Tilbury and board Columbus, which sails this afternoon. This evening, enjoy your first dinner on board, get to know the staff and some of your fellow passengers, and look forward to the exciting days ahead.
Day TwoDiscover enchanting Amsterdam, taking in the waterways that encircle the city and some of the major sights. Explore under your own steam, visit the city's world-class museums and galleries or perhaps take to the waters on a canal cruise.
Day ThreeToday is spent at sea, with a host of diversions and entertainments to enjoy.
Day FourThis morning we'll tie up in the great natural harbour at Invergordon on Scotland's rugged East Coast. Step ashore to explore, or join an optional shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness in search of Nessie. Golfers may head to the fine course at nearby Dornoch, while whisky connoisseurs can make a pilgrimage to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Day FiveThe beautiful Isle of Skye welcomes us today. Explore the main town, Portree, with its delightful colour-washed harbour-side buildings, or perhaps head inland to walk the windswept moors, explore a coast teeming with wildlife, or visit Historic Dunvegan Castle, the world's longest continuously inhabited fortress, on an optional shore excursion.
Day SixArriving in the Scottish port of Greenock, you might join an optional 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 SevenToday's call in Belfast brings chances to explore both this unique city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside.
Day EightToday finds us in Dublin. This great city of culture and learning - home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift, and birthplace of Shaw - is one of Europe's most engaging capitals. Grafton and O'Connell Streets teem with shoppers, and the famous bars and pubs buzz with the energy of locals and visitors alike.
Day NineAs Columbus arrives in the Irish port of Ringaskiddy you'll have the chance to head ashore to Cork, the historic capital of southwest Ireland. Discover this great trading city, or perhaps join an optional shore excursion into the beautiful rolling countryside beyond - to the fashionable resort of Kinsale, or to Blarney Castle for a chance to kiss the Blarney Stone and receive "the gift of the gab".
Day 10This morning we arrive in the lovely Isles of Scilly. Columbus anchors in still blue 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 world famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.
Day 11Guernsey's delightful St Peter Port welcomes Columbus this morning, and you'll then be able to spend a relaxed day enjoying the beautiful Channel Island. Don't miss 800-year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, or the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port, where countless shops and colourful stalls offer tax-free gifts.
Day 12Today you'll reach Honfleur, set at the mouth of France's River Seine. Visit this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, with its harbour surrounded by gabled houses. Perhaps venture further afield on an excursion to Monet's idyllic house and garden at Giverny or to fashionable Deauville.
Day 13This morning Columbus makes her way back up the Thames, and you disembark in Tilbury at the end of a wonderful cruise. Back to top
Weighing in at 63,000 tonnes and 250 metres, Columbus is the biggest ship in the CMV fleet. Originally launched in 1989 (by Audrey Hepburn), she was extensively refitted in 2015, and now offers 1500 passengers spacious accommodation and elegant communal areas arranged over 12 decks and topped off with the panoramic Dome Observatory.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