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This wonderful late-summer cruise from Aberdeen heads through Scotland’s pristine northern waters to Belfast and the friendly Irish capital, Dublin, for a taste of the Emerald Isle.
Cruise south to the sunny southern outposts of the Scilly Isles and Guernsey. Step ashore as Marco Polo anchors off flower-strewn St Mary’s where you’ll have the chance to visit Tresco’s stunning sub-tropical Abbey Gardens, and discover the colourful highways and by-ways beyond St Peter Port’s delightful streets and shops. A call in historic, maritime Portsmouth is followed by a Channel crossing and passage along the meandering River Seine to Rouen. Take time to wander the medieval streets and to view the site of the Joan of Arc’s execution, before an overnight passage back down stream brings you to pretty Honfleur, the charming retreat of Impressionist painters, at the river’s mouth. Enjoy a day ashore exploring your delightful surroundings, or joining an excursion into the Normandy countryside, then re-board Marco Polo and cruise to the lively city of Newcastle before returning to Aberdeen.
Round Britian Cruise from Aberdeen Tour Highlights:
- Call in six unforgettable UK ports
- Cruise to the Seine-side cities of Rouen and Honfleur
- Bustling Belfast, home to the Titanic Quarter
- Cork – Southern Ireland’s friendly, foodie capital
- The chance to visit Tresco from St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles
- Wander St Peter Port’s pretty streets and harbourside
- Explore Portsmouth’s excellent naval museums
- The chance to explore historic Newcastle on a shore excursion
Round Britian Cruise from Aberdeen Ports of call include:
- Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Dublin, Ireland
- St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
- St. Peter Port, Guernsey
- Portsmouth, England
- Rouen, France
- Honfleur, France
- Newcastle, England
- 11 nights’ accommodation in your choice of cabin
- Delicious full board cuisine
- Afternoon teas and late night snacks
- Captain’s Cocktail Party (cruises of 6 nights or more)
- Self service tea & coffee (6am to midnight)
- Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
- Daytime activities and leisure facilities
- Guest speaker and arts & crafts (cruises of 5 nights or more)
- Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
- Port Taxes
Single supplements apply. Subject to availability.
Round Britian Cruise from Aberdeen Itinerary
Day One – Depart from Aberdeen
Step aboard Marco Polo in Aberdeeen, settle in to you cabin and relax as your cruise begins this evening.
Day Two – At sea
Spend today relaxing on board.
Day Three – Belfast, Northern Ireland
Early this morning, Marco Polo arrives in historic Belfast. Explore the city centre, visit the new Titanic Quarter and its exhibition that tells the story of the ill-fated vessel, or join an optional excursion to the vast stone staircase of the Giant’s Causeway on the Antrim Coast beyond.
Day Four – Ringaskiddy, Ireland
Ringaskiddy, at the mouth of the river Lee, lies just around the coast from the great trading city of Cork, the historic capital of south-west Ireland. Step ashore to explore, and perhaps head to foodie heaven Kinsale or famous Blarney Castle – where kissing the Blarney Stone is said to grant you “the gift of the gab”.
Day Five – St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
This morning finds us in the Isles of Scilly. Marco Polo anchors here in sheltered waters, giving you the opportunity to go ashore to explore Hugh Town on St Mary’s and the flower-strewn byways beyond, and stunning Tresco, where the famous Abbey Gardens house Britain’s finest subtropical plant collection.
Day Six – 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 Seven – Portsmouth, England
Portsmouth has a long, proud maritime history. Visit the refurbished D-Day Museum to see the 82-metre long embroidery of images and events from Operation Overlord, or perhaps head to HMS Victory, HMS Warrior or the Mary Rose Museum.
Day Eight – Rouen, France
Today Marco Polo follows the River Seine into the heart of Normandy – heading to the ancient city of Rouen. Here the highlights waiting for you include the Place du Vieux-Marche – where Joan of Arc was martyred in 1431 – the city’s famous one-handed clock and its stunning Gothic cathedral.
Day Nine – Honfleur, France
Our final port of call is Honfleur, back 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 10 – At sea
Spend your last day on board making the most of Marco Polo’s facilities.
Day 11 – Newcastle, England
Newcastle was once among the most vibrant centres of the British Industrial Revolution, and has now evolved into one of England’s most energetic and exciting cities. Some of your newfound friends will disembark and finish their journey here, and you’ll have time to head ashore to to explore.
Day 12 – Arrive back in Aberdeen
Bid farewell to Marco Polo and all your fellow travellers, today, as you disembark in Aberdeen at the end of your cruise.