Board Marco Polo in Portsmouth today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
We'll call in London Tilbury, where more passengers will join us on the ship before we begin our Arctic adventure.
Spend the today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Marco Polo reaches Lerwick, the rugged capital of the Shetland Islands. This land of ancient legend is home to traditional crafts and an abundance of birdlife. An optional excursion to the 3000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof will reveal its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Today we'll arrive in tiny Torshavn, capital of the Faroe Islands. Explore its confusion of lanes, narrow passages and black-tarred houses with green turf on the roofs, or join an excursion, perhaps to cross the famous Bridge across the Atlantic connecting the main island of Streymoy with the spectacular scenery and ancient wooden churches of smaller Eysturoy.
Our next call is Eskifjordur, the historic fishing port and charming seaside village on the shores of the Eskifjord, on the east coast of Iceland. A fascinating Maritime Museum chronicles the region’s long association with the sea, and shore excursions might include a boat tour to remote Mjoifjordur and the fascinating Icelandic Wartime Museum.
Akureyri, on Iceland’s rugged north coast, is a thriving winter sports centre and home to a fascinating Botanical Garden. The area beyond is wondrously scenic, and today’s excursion, to the Godafoss Falls and volcanic Lake Myvatn, will highlight many of its delights.
Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Our first call in Greenland will be Tasiilaq, on Ammassalik Island, just south of the Arctic Circle. Set beside a circular fjord, with a distant ring of snow-capped peaks rising in the distance, it’s a stunning place, and the brightly coloured hillside houses and summertime meadows ablaze with wild arctic flowers only enhance its beauty.
Relax on board as Marco Polo cruises the Prince Christian Sound passage.
Today we call in Narsarsuaq, which means ’Great Plain’. The nearby waters teem with trout, and are home to humpback and minke whales. As you bid farewell to Greenland, sailing out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.
Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Sisimiut, 40 miles beyond the Arctic Circle, is a hunting and fishing paradise, and a centre of Inuit culture. Join a shore excursion to learn about this place, whose name translates as 'the people at the fox burrows'.
Kangerlussuaq is Greenland’s only inland town. A former US base, the town has a fascinating museum chronicling the American stay, and is the starting point for the only road that leads to the icy edge of the Greenland Ice Cap.
Greenland’s capital, Nuuk, is a cultured, cosmopolitan city. Here, museums, hip restaurants, a microbrewery and a vibrant cafe culture sit comfortably beside the historic buildings of the Old Harbour and the towering peaks of mountainous Sermitsiaq.
This morning sees Marco Polo round Cape Farewell, the southern tip of the Greenland archipelago. The afternoon will be spent at anchor off pretty Qaqortoq, and you’ll have the chance to step ashore and explore Southern Greenland’s largest settlement - of only 3000 inhabitants.
Relax on board as Marco Polo spends two days at sea.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital. Its brightly painted wooden buildings contrast sharply with the stunning beauty of its setting beneath Mount Ejsa. Step ashore to explore, take the lift to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja Church for a panoramic view, or visit the fascinating Arbaer Folk Museum and the Saga Museum.
The final three days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories of your cruise holiday as Marco Polo heads for home.
Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark in Tilbury at the end of your cruise.