Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Day 3 - Kirkwall, Orkney Islands
Kirkwall, the Orkney archipelago’s capital, dates back to the 11th century and is awash with grey-stone buildings and mysterious, narrow flagstone streets. Dominated by the magnificent St Magnus Cathedral, known as the ‘Light of the North’; this incredible structure was founded in 1137 by Viking Earl Rognvald. Optional excursions feature the unforgettable surrounding Orkney Islands and fascinating archaeological site of Skara Brae.
Day 4 - Invergordon
Along the beautiful shores of the Cromarty Firth lies the port of Invergordon with its important naval history linked to both World Wars I and II. The coastal town is a wonderful gateway to the breathtaking Scottish Highlands, rich in stunning scenery, historic battlefields and pretty castles. Join a number of optional excursions featuring the stunning highlands of Inverness, the famous Glenmorangie Distillery and beautiful Loch Ness, home of the Scotland’s legendary mystical creature.
Day 5 - Portree, Isle of Skye
Set around its picturesque natural harbour and fringed by high ground and cliffs, charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye. The soaring peaks of the Cuilins, undulating heather moorland, small lochs and gently flowing streams form a wonderful backdrop for optional excursions to crofting villages and iconic castles. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Establishing itself on the maps as a productive fishing port in the late 18th century, Tobermory has remained almost the same with its beautiful natural harbour awash with colourful boats and lush, green woodland lifting above the beautifully painted buildings that line the glistening waterfront. As the capital of the Isle of Mull, Tobermory offers a combination of spectacular landscapes, high mountains, natural woodland, rugged sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Ship to shore tender service
Day 7 - Belfast
The capital and largest city of Northern Ireland, Belfast’s once thriving shipbuilding industry features highly. Visit the Titanic Belfast, an exhibition of the city’s golden era in shipbuilding and in particular the tragic story of the RMS Titanic ship constructed by the Belfast shipbuilders Harland and Wolff.
Day 8 - Dublin, Ireland
This morning we arrive in lively Dublin, situated on the east coast of Ireland on the beautiful banks of River Liffey. A grand mix of Georgian, medieval and modern architecture exists, along with a vibrant, friendly atmosphere. Highlights of the beautiful city include Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral - this medieval structure is estimated to have been founded in 1030 and the square of St Stephen’s Green.
Day 9 - Ringaskiddy
Disembark this morning in Ringaskiddy port, a gateway to the Ireland’s second city, Cork, considered one of Europe’s ‘most fashionable cities’ with its cultural character, array of brilliant shops and stretches of delightful waterfront. Despite its modern, cosmopolitan reputation, Cork still remains a pleasant country town in many respects with its charming family-run restaurants serving delicious local produce, welcoming locals and beautiful, historic architecture.
Day 10 - St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
This morning we dock at the magnificent Isles of Scilly situated only 28 miles from Cornwall. Today, we are free to explore St Mary’s island, with its magical white sanded beaches, beautiful waters and picturesque seascapes. Simply relax on the tranquil beaches or discover the charming village of Hugh Town, the cultural hub of the island. Alternatively, discover the privately-owned island of Tresco and Abbey Gardens where 20,000 exotic species reside in the desirable sub-tropical climate. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 11 - St Peter Port, Guernsey.
This morning disembark to discover delightful St Peter Port, enriched with pretty cobblestone streets, intertwining stairways and alleyways, picturesque houses and a stunning waterfront decorated with beautiful grey and white stone buildings. You can explore Castle Cornet, which has guarded St Peter Port for over 800 years. Nearby is the town of Guernsey, despite being claimed by Britain it is geographically closer to France, which can be seen through its vibrant Anglo-French ambience. The town itself boasts duty-free shops alongside a glorious coastline filled with stunning bays. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 12 - Honfleur, France
We celebrate the final day of our splendid cruise in France’s picturesque town of Honfleur. The attractive town is a haven for painters and writers inspired by the half-timbered houses, narrow cobblestone streets and beautiful old harbour. Honfleur survived much of the World War II bombings, unlike many other Normandy towns, therefore the streets still boast historic buildings, art galleries, artists’ studios and delightful boutiques.
Day 13 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.