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British Isles Discovery Cruise

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12 days from £1629 FREE
Departing: April 2019
* Price shown: 22 April 2019 from -
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2019 CRUISE LAUNCH OFFER - BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE UNTIL 31st MAY*

Spend two weeks cruising around the UK on board friendly, intimate Marco Polo. Visit Orkney, Shetland, the Scillies and Mull; explore the great Irish cities of Belfast and Cork; see the lochs and glens of the Scottish Highlands; and cross the Channel to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine on this delightful spring cruise.

Discover life on board Marco Polo

There's far more to life on board Marco Polo than we could possibly fit on one page. Click here to find out more about her fantastic facilities and welcoming atmosphere.

What the Price Includes

  • 11 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

Ship Information

In an age of vast, impersonal, floating hotels, 22,000-tonne Marco Polo, her profile marking her out as the epitome of sea-going elegance, is a beautiful ocean-liner in the classic tradition. Offering high levels of comfort, sumptuous dining and a genuinely warm welcome from the crew, Marco Polo will offer everything you'd expect of such a high-class vessel.

Deck-plans

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Cruise Information

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 Cardiff, UK
  • Day Two - St Mary's*, Scilly Isles
  • Day Three - Honfleur, France
  • Day Five - Invergordon, Scotland
  • Day Six - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
  • Day Seven - Lerwick*, Shetland Isles
  • Day Nine - Tobermory*, Isle of Mull
  • Day 10 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Day 11 - Cobh, Ireland
  • Day 12 - Arrive Cardiff, UK

N.B. All days not listed are spent at sea enjoying the excellent facilities aboard Marco Polo. 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.

Full Itinerary

Day One: Depart from Cardiff

Board Marco Polo in Cardiff today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.

Day Two: St Mary's

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, the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest subtropical plant collection.

Day Three: Honfleur

Crossing the Channel to France, our first port of call is Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour, or perhaps join an optional excursion into the surrounding countryside.

Day Four: At sea

Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.

Day Five: Invergordon

This 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 Glen Ord Distillery.

Day Six: Kirkwall

Today Marco Polo arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney's historic capital. Wander the streets and marvel at magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join an excursion to fabled Scapa Flow, Churchill's famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel.

Day Seven: Lerwick

Our next port is the Shetland capital, Lerwick. Spend time exploring this rugged but enchanting town, or join an excursion to the 3,000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.

Day Eight: At sea

Spend another day at sea, hopefully enjoying sunny skies, as Marco Polo cruises south and down the coast of Western Scotland.

Day Nine: Tobermory

The small town of Tobermory on the beautiful island of Mull, with its picturesque waterfront of brightly painted buildings, is a delightful place to explore, as is nearby Duart Castle, the famous seat of Clan Maclean.

Day 10: Belfast

Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in historic Belfast. Explore the city centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter developments that pay homage to 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 11: Cobh

Marco Polo arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour at Cobh, this morning. Shore excursions here offer you the chance to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, 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 12: Arrive Cardiff

Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise.

Date Nights Price From
22 April 2019
22 April 2019 11 £1629

Further Information

Passport requirements

British 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 advice

Visit 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.

 

*This buy-one-get-one-free offer applies to new bookings on selected 2019 cruises made between 1st March and 31st May 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. Discounts apply to all cabin categories. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. The offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Ocean-view cabin, but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.