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Grand British Isles Discovery

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Britain's other islands

As Columbus cruises anticlockwise around the UK you'll have the chance to see Orkney and Mull; two Irish ports, Guernsey and the Scilly Isles; and to cross the Channel to Rotterdam and to pretty Honfleur at the mouth of the River Seine.

What does this price include?

  • 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

Your Itinerary

  • Make your way to Tilbury and embark Columbus. Later, enjoy your first dinner on board and get to know the Cruise Staff and some of your fellow passengers.

  • Columbus reaches her first port of call today: the Dutch maritime city of Rotterdam. Step ashore to see the stunning architecture of the Erasmus Bridge and the remarkable Markthal food market. Browse the World-class museums, explore the lovingly preserved Old Harbour and stroll past nearby Delfshaven's step-gabled houses and ancient wharves.

  • Today is spent at sea, cruising north towards Scotland, with a host of on-board diversions and entertainment to pass the time.

  • Columbus arrives in Kirkwall, Orkney’s historic capital, today. Visit the town’s magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral, or join optional shore excursions to discover Orkney’s unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife. A mile away, the waters of Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in WW2, remain an everlasting, ever-shifting reminder of the islands’ place in history.

  • Relax on board as Columbus sails on.

  • Explore the beautiful island of Mull with its breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife. The island's capital, pretty Tobermory, with its distinctive, colourful houses lining the waterfront, can't fail to delight.

  • Today finds Columbus in the incomparable Irish capital, city of culture and learning, and one of Europe's most engaging, vibrant cities. Take a stroll down famous Grafton and O'Connell Streets, and enjoy a pint of Guinness in one of the many cafes and pubs, popular with locals and visitors alike.

  • Today finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Columbus anchors in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore by tender to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary's, and the flower-strewn byways beyond. There is also the chance to take an optional excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain's finest sub-tropical plant collection.

  • Delightful Guernsey, its by-ways strewn with springtime flowers, welcomes Columbus today. Don't miss 800 year-old Castle Cornet, which guards the entrance to the harbour, nor the medieval, cobbled central quarter of St Peter Port.

  • Columbus moors in the exquisite French port of Honfleur - gateway to the beautiful Normandy countryside - at the mouth of the Seine. Spend time exploring this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, or venture further afield on an optional shore excursion.

  • Today Columbus arrives in Antwerp, the Diamond Capital of the World. Explore the city, which was once home to the painter Rubens, or join optional excursions to the lovely Belgian cities of Bruges and Brussels.

  • Columbus cruises back to London at the end of a wonderful voyage.


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

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Further Information

  • 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.
  • 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.

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