Summer Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise
- Duration: 13 days
- Board Basis: Full Board
- Tour Ref: D2TNEW20326
- Travel Type: Make your own way to port
12 nights. August 2018. From £1129.00.
Cruise around this "sceptred isle"
Explore the British Isles on this highly enjoyable cruise, which also calls in France. Highlights include Orkney, the misty Isle of Skye, pretty Tobermory on Mull and the sub-tropical paradise of the Scillies, as well as the chance to enjoy the elegance of your cruise ship, Columbus.
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 1700 hrs
Day Three - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
Day Four - Invergordon, Scotland
Day Five - *Portree, Isle of Skye
Day Six - *Tobermory, Isle of Mull
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 0600 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 London Tilbury to embark Columbus. You'll sail early this evening and enjoy your first dinner on board. Get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers before you retire to your comfortable cabin.
Day TwoRelax on board the ship as Columbus cruises north towards the Highlands and Islands.
Day ThreeDiscover the historic capital of Orkney as Columbus docks in Kirkwall. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral. A mile from here are the waters of fabled Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2. Optional shore excursions will include highlights of the island's unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day FourThis morning Columbus 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 an optional 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 FiveThe Isle of Skye is a wonderful place to explore. Spend the day in picturesque Portree, or join an optional shore excursion and head north, past the Old Man of Storr, to Duntum's Museum of Island Life; west to brooding Dunvegan Castle; south past the spectacular Cuillins; or even across the bridge to mainland Scotland.
Day SixColumbus' next call is the island of Mull - where you'll discover breathtaking scenery, a spectacular coastline and a huge variety of captivating 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.
Day SevenToday's call in Belfast brings chances to explore both this unique, historic city - where the gleaming Titanic Quarter is a must-see attraction - and the scenic Antrim countryside.
Day EightToday finds Columbus in Dublin, the incomparable Irish capital. This great city of culture - once home to Joyce, Yeats, Wilde and Swift - is also one of Europe's most engaging. You'll find Grafton and O'Connell Streets popular with shoppers, and opportunities to enjoy the city's famous bars and pubs, cafes and coffee shops.
Day NineRingaskiddy is the gateway to the great trading city of Cork, the historic capital of southwest 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 10Columbus enters glorious blue waters to take in the celebrated Isles of Scilly. Go ashore to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary's, or take an optional excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest collection of subtropical plants.
Day 11Guernsey's delightful St Peter Port welcomes Columbus, today. Explore Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, and the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port, where countless shops and colourful stalls offer tax-free temptations.
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. Alternatively, venture further afield on an optional excursion to Monet's idyllic house and garden at Giverny or to fashionable Deauville.
Day 13Columbus arrives back in London Tilbury, this morning, at the end of a wonderful cruise around the UK. 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