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British Isles Discovery Cruise 12 Days 1 – 12 September 2022

With a whole world to discover, it’s all too easy to forget the treasures we have right on our doorstep. Allow us to remind you with an itinerary that strays far from the tourist trail and shines some light onto the most fascinating corners of our diverse nation. Focusing on Britain’s many beautiful islands, we will take you from the tranquillity of Tobermory in Mull, with its charming rainbow-hued buildings, to the quaint capital of St. Peter Port in Guernsey, where England meets France amid a picture-postcard landscape.

YOUR SHIP Ambience the flagship of the fleet. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Dining options are plentiful at the Buckingham restaurant or the Borough Market, with plentiful cuisine options. Put your best cards forward at Aces & Eights bridge and card room and the Ambassador Casino or revive and renew at the gym and Wellness Centre. Other facilities include Kapoor’s, an onboard crafting studio, Brontë’s library, the shopping galleria, not to mention two swimming pools, four hot tubs and a large screen for outdoor movies. Sound good?

FRIDAY Cruising

SATURDAY Kirkwall Orkney Isles
The Royal Burgh of Kirkwall is the capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, standing at the dividing point between East and West Mainland. Kirkwall’s best feature is perhaps its sandstone St Magnus Cathedral, widely considered the finest medieval building in the north of Scotland. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. Other sites of historical interest in the town include the Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace. Kirkwall was once a quiet place of contemplation but is now a bustling market town, a lively centre for shopping and eating out.

SUNDAY Invergordon Scotland
Invergordon is located on the Cromarty Firth north-shore and boasts stunning views towards the western Beins and Black Isle. Experience the captivating history of Invergordon by visiting Invergordon Naval Museuem and Heritage Centre and viewing the town Murals provided through the “Off the Wall” community project.

MONDAY Portree, Isle of Sky
You’ll believe you’ve entered a Tolkienesque fantasy landscape when you see Skye’s surreal crags and peaks – but you’ll be sure of a warm welcome from the down-to-earth locals in the capital of Portree.

Tobermory, Isle of Mull
The colourful houses of Tobermory are picture perfect, resembling a contented child’s view of the world. You may even imagine you’re dreaming, but your eyes will open wide at the stunning surrounding scenery.

Wednesday Belfast Northern Ireland
Belfast is a city that teems with activity. There is also a rich sense of history in the city, especially at the historic buildings that hint at the city’s rich Victorian and Edwardian heritage. Belfast is an excellent place to explore.

Thursday Cork Southern Ireland
Visit Cork and you’ll find a true blend of old and new. Contemporary art in historic buildings, chic cocktails in the Victorian Quarter and people of all ages revelling in the atmosphere. Experience the charm of Clonakilty, enjoy the famous hospitality of Skibbereen and admire the golden beaches dotted around this stunning county.

FRIDAY St. Mary’s, Isles of Scilly
Britain’s only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. 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. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

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 second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.

SUNDAY Honfleur France
Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

MONDAY After a wonderful cruise we arrive back in Tilbury ready for our journey home.




PRICE INCLUDES: Return pick up from Kettlewell’s Yard. Executive air-conditioned coach travel. All coach seats non-smoking. Full board, afternoon teas & late-night snacks. Big show entertainment, cabarets and Captain’s cocktail party. Guest speaker, daytime activities and arts & crafts.

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