Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for an afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This morning we arrive in the delightful Dutch capital of Amsterdam, bursting with charm and undeniable beauty. The city is characterised by iconic tree-lined canals, magnificent museums and insightful galleries such as the famous Van Gogh Museum. Wander the picturesque streets admiring the charming gabled houses and beautiful merchants’ mansions, many of which have been renovated into quirky cafés and trendy restaurants. Perhaps visit the city centre’s architectural masterpiece, the spectacular Royal Palace, which was historically built as a Town Hall during the 17th century.
Day 3 - At sea
A relaxing day spent cruising.
Day 4 - Invergordon, Scotland
Lying along the picturesque shores of the magnificent Cromarty Firth is Invergordon, a beautiful port rich in naval history and in a perfect coastal location - with the breathtaking, rugged scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Hidden gems include fairytale castles and historic battlefields and exciting optional excursions include the capital of the Highlands, Inverness; the Glenmorangie Distillery; and Loch Ness - home to Scotland’s legendary creature.
Day 5 - Portree, Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye’s main town is charming Portree, home to a stunning natural harbour and magnificent cliffs. The scenery is utterly breathtaking with the soaring peaks of the Cuilins, heather moorland and streams gently flowing into small, picturesque lochs. Optional excursions explore the area’s crofting villages, magnificent castle and the interesting Skye Heritage Centre. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Tobermory first claimed its position on the maps in the 18th century as a fishing port. Today, it is one of the most beautiful locations in Scotland, with its pretty port filled with brightly-coloured fishing boats. It is the capital and only burgh of Mull, admired for diverse landscapes ranging from towering mountains to impressive moorland, enchanting sea cliffs to sandy beaches. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 7 - Belfast
Arrive in Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast, with a shipbuilding past that includes the construction of the ill-fated Titanic. Visit Titanic Belfast which brings to life the story of this world-famous voyage. The city centre itself has a cosmopolitan and historic charm from its elegant architecture and fine restaurants to beautiful Donegal Square, home to the spectacular City Hall.
Day 8 - Dublin, Ireland
Dublin is a concoction of enthralling history, traditions, friendly locals and medieval, Georgian and modern architecture. As the Republic of Ireland’s capital, it has a number of significant landmarks including Dublin Castle - used as an important government complex - General Post Office and the medieval Christchurch Cathedral, originally founded by the Vikings. Other must-sees include the Guinness Storehouse, which tells the story of Ireland’s famous drink along with an opportunity to taste in its delightful rooftop bar.
Day 9 - Cobh
Early morning arrival in Cobh, a beautiful town residing at the mouth of the picturesque River Lee, enriched by maritime history which is depicted in the magnificent ‘Queenstown Story’ exhibition. Cobh’s waterfront is dominated by the impressive St Coleman’s Cathedral, a mighty Roman Catholic Church which took a staggering half a century to complete.
Day 10 - St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Today we arrive in the largest island of the Isles of Scilly, St Mary’s, located just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. Disembarking the ship at St Mary’s is like stepping into a tranquil paradise with beautiful white-sanded beaches, glistening waters and breathtaking seascapes filling the scenery. Discover the second largest island, Tresco, home to breathtaking Abbey Gardens where 20,000 exotic plant species flourish in the desirable sub-tropical climate. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 11 - St Peter Port, Guernsey
For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 12 - Honfleur, France
Nestled away in Normandy, Honfleur is unlike many of its Normandy neighbours and was spared from the dramatic World War II bombings. It still remains a pretty, historic town of character and has long attracted painters and writers with its serene beauty and in particular the enchanting old harbour. Wander the beautiful town centre admiring historic architecture and an array of art galleries, art studios, pretty boutiques and delightful cafés.
Day 13 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.