essential cruise - British Isles Discovery
A no-fly cruise sailing from London Tilbury
Step aboard for this enchanting cruise around the British Isles, visiting spectacularly beautiful destinations as far afield as the Hebrides and the Isles of Scilly. Sailing from Tilbury, your first port of call is Invergordon, gateway to the Highlands and your Scottish journey continues in Ullapool and picturesque Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. There will be a full day to explore the inviting Irish capital, after which we sail onwards to the subtropical Isles of Scilly off the Cornish coast and the charming Channel Island of Guernsey, and you’ll experience a taste of Normandy in the pretty port town of Honfleur, before returning home.
- 9 nights cruise on the Columbus
- 26 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 2-10) 8 lunches (days 2-9) 9 dinners (days 1-9)
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Self-service coffee & tea (6am-10pm)
- Captain’s Cocktail Party
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Wide selection of leisure facilities & daytime activities
- Porterage on the cruise ship
- Services of the experienced Cruise & Maritime Voyages staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - London Tilbury
At London Tilbury Port, embark Columbus (3T) in preparation for an evening sailing.
Day 2 - At sea
Relax on board Columbus today and after settling in, take the time to familiarise yourself with your ship’s extensive facilities.
Day 3 - Invergordon
Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is the gateway to the northern Highlands and is surrounded by stunning natural beauty. You might like to join one of our optional excursions, to the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness, Glenmorangie Distillery or Scotland's most famous Loch - Loch Ness - legendary home of the elusive Loch Ness Monster.
Day 4 - Ullapool
Ullapool is a traditional Highland fishing village founded by the British Fisheries Society in 1788. The town has two main streets and a number of shops selling quality crafts and gifts, while Ullapool Museum, housed in a former church designed by Thomas Telford, is worth a visit. Our optional excursion visits the famous Inverewe Garden, home to a variety of exotic plants and flowers. We leave Ullapool this evening. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 5 - Tobermory
This morning we arrive in Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is renowned for its picture-postcard harbour and colourful houses. The town is a pleasant place to wander, and you can learn about the local sea life in the Marine Exhibition while further afield you might like to visit Tobermory Distillery for a taste of the local produce. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 6 - Dublin, Ireland
We arrive in the capital of the Emerald Isle this morning, with a full day to explore this charming city. Take a stroll through the lively Temple Bar neighbourhood, visit the impressive St Patrick’s Cathedral, cross the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge over the River Liffey or simply relax in Phoenix Park, one of the largest urban public gardens in Europe.
Day 7 - St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Early this afternoon we reach St Mary’s, the largest and most populous of the Isles of Scilly, which lie some 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes, while the attractive village of Hugh Town, the unofficial ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. Optional excursions explore both St Mary’s and Tresco, the second largest and the only privately-owned island is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 8 - St Peter Port, Guernsey
This morning our ship arrives in St Peter Port, Guernsey, an attractive town with cobbled lanes winding their way down to the pretty waterfront. Take a stroll along the cliff paths and enjoy the spectacular coastline and beautiful beaches that inspired Renoir, visit Castle Cornet, which has guarded the harbour for 800 years, or the home of 19th century French writer Victor Hugo. We sail early this evening. Ship to shore tender service.
Day 9 - Honfleur, France
With its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, Honfleur is simply enchanting and many artists have been drawn here over the years, including Monet, Millet and Courbet. Points of interest include the Marine Museum and the Maisons Satie, dedicated to the 19th century composer.
Day 10 London Tilbury
Arrive at London Tilbury Port.