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Round Britain D-Day 80th Anniversary Voyage

Reflect on the importance of D-Day, an operation that turned the tide of WWII, as you sail to Britain’s hidden gems.

You begin your voyage in Portsmouth, which was the main departure point for military and naval units as they headed towards Sword Beach in 1944.  Just like the troops, you will sail towards the Normandy beaches and anchor off them before visiting the pretty fishing town of Honfleur.  You will then visit some notable islands, including the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Anglesey, and the Orkney Isles, as well as Ireland’s Cobh for vibrant Cork.

14 Days: 4th - 17th June 2024

YOUR SHIP:  ‘Ambience’ is 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?

TUESDAY: Depart Kettlewell’s yard for our journey to Tilbury.

Portsmouth is a Great Waterfront City, packed with world-class attractions, fantastic things to do and a year-round programme of events.  Escape to the UK’s only island city, to explore miles of coastline and centuries of history.  What’s more, Portsmouth is a very compact city, with many great attractions and venues mere metres from one another. This – twinned with the island’s flat profile – makes it easy to walk wherever you want to go.

THURSDAY: At sea cruising make the most of what the ship has to offer from the pools, hot tubs, outdoor cinema.  Work off some of those extra calories in the gym and wellness centre.   Try the casino out or the crafting studio.  Alternatively relax with a good book.

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.

Ports don’t come any prettier than Honfleur on the Seine estuary. Colourful half-timbered houses jostle for position on the quays, along with art galleries and restaurants. Packed with things to see and do, it’s not for nothing that Honfleur is one of the most popular places to visit in France.

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.

Known as Ireland’s second city, Cork is both a bustling city and a coastal gem.  Take a stroll down its colourful streets where traditional Irish music can often be heard or visit some of the many attractions such as Blarney Castle or Finn Bare’s Cathedral.

Wales’s island of Anglesey is steeped in both ancient history and coastal beauty.  It is accessed by the Menai Suspension Bridge, built in 1826 and still used today to connect the mainland to Menai Town.  Other highlights include the 18th-century Plas Newydd House and Gardens and the medieval town of Beaumaris which features an enchanting castle and moat.

 WEDNESDAY:  Cruising

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.

Off the west coast of Scotland, the Isle of Lewis and Isle of Harris form the main island in the Outer Hebrides.  With dramatic landscapes, a unique Gaelic culture and fascinating history, Lewis and Harris are a great place to start your Hebridean adventure.  You will be blown away by wild mountains, immense white beaches, rugged coastlines and lunar landscapes.

The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

SUNDAY:  Cruising

MONDAY:  After a wonderful time we arrive back at Tilbury ready for our journey home.

SINGLE CABINS: from £2,089

 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.