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Grand British Isles Discovery Cruise

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12 days from £1949 £1469 £734
Departing: April 2019
* Price shown: 01 April 2019 from -



Explore some of Britain’s ‘other’ isles on this wonderful cruise. As Marco Polo sails anticlockwise around the UK you’ll have the chance to see Orkney, the Inner and Outer Hebrides, Belfast, the Isle of Man and the Scilly Isles, and to cross the Channel to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.

Discover life on board Marco Polo

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Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • 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.


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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 - Bristol Avonmouth, UK
  • Day Two - *St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
  • Day Three - Honfleur, France
  • Day Five - Newcastle, UK
  • Day Six - Invergordon, Scotland
  • Day Seven - Kirkwall, Orkney Isles
  • Day Eight - Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
  • Day Nine - Tobermory, Isle of Mull
  • Day 10 - Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Day 11 - Douglas, Isle of Man
  • Day 12 - Bristol Avonmouth, 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 Bristol Avonmouth

Board Marco Polo in Bristol, today. Get to know the cruise staff and your fellow passengers as your UK cruise begins this afternoon, and, later, enjoy dinner on board.

Day Two: St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

Marco Polo arrives at St Mary's in the sheltered waters of the Isles of Scilly, this morning. Explore Hugh Town and the lovely landscape that surrounds it, or cross to Tresco for the chance to see the spectacular sub-tropical plan collection at Abbey Gardens.

Day Three: Honfleur, France

Today your cruise takes you across the Channel to Honfleur. Relax in town or join a shore excursion into the Normandy countryside - perhaps even heading to Monet’s magical gardens at Giverny.

Day Four: At sea

Spend today at sea, relaxing as Marco Polo cruises back into UK waters.

Day Five: Newcastle, UK

This morning we’ll arrive in Newcastle. Head ashore to visit the city, or simply relax on board.

Day Six: Invergordon, Scotland

Invergordon, in one of Britain’s great natural harbours welcomes Marco Polo, today. Here you’ll be able to join shore excursions to Inverness and Loch Ness, or perhaps head to the Royal Golf Club at Dornoch or the famous Ord whisky distillery.

Day Seven: Kirkwall, Orkney

A stop in Orkney’s tiny capital, Kirkwall, brings the chance to discover the unique history, traditions and wildlife of these rugged yet beautiful islands, which encircle the historic waters and long-standing naval base of Scapa Flow.

Day Eight: Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Today Marco Polo arrives in the Outer Hebrides and anchors off Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Wander the streets of the town, or visit the 4000-year-old stone circle at Callanish to marvel at the way the island’s deeply embedded human history enhances the rugged beauty of the landscape.

Day Nine: Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Discover the delightful scenery and spectacular wildlife of the island of Mull, and wander the colourful waterfront of pretty Tobermory, as Marco Polo stops here, today.

Day 10: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast offers a range of interesting diversions. From the Titanic Quarter to the historic city centre, and to the vast ’stone staircase’ of the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast beyond, there’s plenty see on your day here.

Day 11: Douglas, Isle of Man

The Isle of Man, where time seems to stand still and visitors are transported back to a gentler-paced era, welcomes Marco Polo today. Explore the island capital, Douglas, and perhaps join an optional shore excursion to discover the beauty of the island's rugged landscape.

Day 12: Arrive Bristol Avonmouth

Disembark at the end of a wonderful spring cruise as Marco Polo returns to Bristol today.

Date Nights Price From
01 April 2019
01 April 2019 11 £1469

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

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*Offer applies to new bookings made from 5th July 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. The applicable percentage discount will be applied first, and the second passenger in the cabin will pay half that discounted price. Single cabin fares will be discounted by a further 25 per cent once the initial percentage discount has been applied. All discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.

Where an extra 5% booking discount is available, this can not be redeemed online – please call.

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 Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.