North Atlantic islands
Join Marco Polo as she sails through waters crossed a thousand years ago by Norse adventurers on their way to the New World. Discover the ancient (and modern) history of the Orkney Islands, and the lively, colourful Icelandic capital, Reykjavik. Heading further west across the North Atlantic, Marco Polo will skirt the extraordinary, rugged western coast of South Greenland before heading home via the remote islands landscape of Shetland.
Life on board Marco Polo
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Depart Tilbury
Board Marco Polo in Tilbury today, and settle in to your cabin as she prepares to set sail.
Day Two: At sea
Spend today relaxing, and getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers.
Day Three: Kirkwall
Discover the historic capital of Orkney as the ship 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 Four: At sea
Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day Five: Reykjavik
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.
Days Six to Seven: Prins Christianssund Passage
Relax on board as Marco Polo cruises towards and through the Prince Christian Sound passage, heading to Greenland's south-west coast.
Day Eight: Qaqortoq
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.
Day Nine: Narsarsuaq
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 sail out across the Tunugdliarfik Fjord, there may well be sightings of these amazing creatures.
Day 10: At sea
Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day 11: Sisimiut
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'.
Day 12: Uummannaq
The most northerly port of your cruise, the remote town of Uummannaq shares its name with the island on which it stands, the solitary mountain between whose roots it nestles, the fjord and the surrounding seascape of inlets and bays. At the western end of the island lies Spraglebugten Bay, which Danish and Greenlandic children believe is the home of Father Christmas.
Days 13-14: Ilulissat
Appropriately, given that its name means "icebergs", Ilulissat is a great place to watch these frozen masses, and search the seas for the whales and other marine mammals that live among them. The town was also the birthplace of Arctic explorer Knud Rasmussen, and his life is celebrated there in the museum that bears his name.
Day 15: Qeqertarsuaq
Qeqertarsuaq is home to the Arctic’s oldest continuously manned research station. A day here offers the unusual experience of dog-sledding in summer, and the chance to kayak past the beautiful icebergs in the bay.
Day 16: At sea
Spend today relaxing as Marco Polo cruises back along the coast of Greenland.
Day 17: Nanortalik
At midday, today, Marco Polo arrives at Nanortalik, the southernmost town in Greenland. One of the first town's settled by the Norsemen on their way across from Greenland, and one of the last settled by the Inuit. Nanortalik means "place of polar bears", but the town is now the 10th largest human population. It's also the closest town to Greenland's only natural forest, which grows in the shelter of the Quinngua Valley just 25 miles away.
Days 18-20: At sea
The next three days are spent at sea, no doubt reliving the memories of your cruise holiday as Marco Polo heads for home.
Day 21: Lerwick
Our final port before home 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 23: Arrive Tilbury, UK
Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise adventure.
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.
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.
*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.