Beautiful coasts & remote islands
Orkney's Kirkwall and pretty Tobermory, on Mull, as well as the sub-tropical paradise of the Scillies, are among the highlights of this spring cruise around the UK that also features Guernsey, Honfleur and an all-too-rare call in Aberdeen.
Life on board Marco Polo
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WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?
Day One: Depart Bristol Avonmouth
Make your way to Avonmouth to embark before Marco Polo sets sail this afternoon.
Day Two: At sea
Spend today getting to know the ship, her crew and your fellow passengers as Marco Polo follows the British coastline north.
Day Three: Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Tobermory’s waterfront parade of multi-coloured houses welcomes Marco Polo to the lovely island of Mull. Explore this delightful little town, visit nearby Duart Castle or simply let the spectacular coastal scenery take your breath away.
Day Four: Ullapool, Scotland
Marco Polo arrives in the delightful Wester Ross fishing port of Ullapool, today. The town is a stepping stone to the Western Isles and the breathtaking North West Highlands, which include Torridon’s granite massifs and dramatic, remote Ben Assynt. Step ashore to explore, or take an optional excursion to discover some of Britain’s most awe-inspiring scenery.
Day Five: Kirkwall, Orkney
Today Marco Polo calls in Kirkwall, historic capital of Orkney. Wander the meandering streets and marvel at the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, or join excursions to Scapa Flow, Churchill’s famous Barriers or the Italian Chapel, and discover the island’s unique mixture of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Day Six: Aberdeen, Scotland
This morning, Marco Polo arrives in Aberdeen, the Granite City, close to the Royal Family’s summer retreat at Balmoral. Step ashore to discover the hidden charms of one of Britain’s more remote cities, or to enjoy an excursion into the surrounding countryside, or to one or more of the famous distilleries on the Malt Whisky Trail.
Day Seven: At sea
Relax on board as Marco Polo spends another day at sea.
Day Eight: Honfleur, France
Say a temporary farewell to the British Isles as we cross the Channel to call in Honfleur at the mouth of the Seine. Wander the streets behind the pretty harbour of this favourite retreat of the French Impressionists, or venture further afield to fashionable Deauville, historic Caen and the nearby D-Day beaches or to Monet’s delightful house and gardens at Giverny.
Day Nine: St Peter Port, Guernsey
Crowded around its busy harbour, St Peter Port is utterly charming. Fortified Castle Cornet is a must-see attraction, as are the views from Candie Gardens. Visit stunning Hauteville House, one time residence of Victor Hugo, whose exquisite interior design is preserved in the house.
Day 10: St Mary's, Isles of Scilly
The blue waters of the Scilly Isles welcome you to St Mary’s today. Here, tiny Hugh Town waits to be explored, and you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the world-famous Abbey Gardens on Tresco - where the mild winter and long summer days offer an unexpected haven for exotic plants from around the globe.
Day 11: Cobh for Cork
Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in Cork's long, narrow harbour of Cobh. 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 in Bristol Avonmouth
Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark at the end of your cruise.
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 between 5th July and 31st October 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. Single cabin full fares will be discounted by 50 per cent. The discount amount 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.
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.