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No-fly cruises from the UK

More and more people are choosing to cruise direct from the UK, with no waiting for flights or dragging luggage across busy rail or airport terminals

Departures from the UK now offer a wide choice of voyages from a range of different UK departure ports, including London, Southampton, Portsmouth, Bristol, Hull and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

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Cruises from the UK

All of our No-fly cruises from the UK are shown below. Tick the boxes to filter by date, areas and departure port.

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore the quirky city of Amsterdam and visit the diamond capital of Antwerp on the River Scheldt before cruising the beautiful River Seine to historic Rouen and charming Honfleur on this no-fly itinerary on Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Oct

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Discover Norway's majestic fjordland in the Spring or Summer on this no-fly cruise from London Tilbury on Magellan and Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Mar, Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Admire majestic scenery and explore idyllic fjord villages on this superb no-fly holiday on Magellan from London Tilbury to the picturesque Norwegian fjords in the Autumn

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Sep
        2016 - Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Explore five diverse cities on this superb no-fly holiday to Scandinavia on new flagship Magellan

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Oct

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • This no-fly cruise from Newcastle explores the Norwegian fjords visiting picturesque villages and the vibrant city of Bergen. There is also an option to embark in Dundee

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Admire breathtaking scenery, from towering peaks to cascading waterfalls and explore traditional villages on this fascinating no-fly itinerary to the beautiful Norwegian fjords on board Magellan

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - May

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astor
      Astor
      • A superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the history, beauty and heritage of our islands with visits to tranquil and remote islands, picturesque ports and lively cities

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Combine Norway’s picturesque villages and breathtaking scenery on this fascinating no-fly holiday from London Tilbury to the heart of the Norwegian fjords

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Enjoy an ever-changing vista of snow-capped peaks, cascading waterfalls and picture-postcard villages on this no-fly voyage from Hull to the Norwegian fjords on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - May

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Explore the stunning Norwegian fjords, the remote Shetland Islands and colourful Tobermory on the Isle of Mull on this no-fly voyage from Liverpool

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • Admire dramatic scenery, visit picture-postcard villages and explore Gaelic and Norse cultures on this superb no-fly holiday from Bristol Avonmouth to the remote Scottish Islands and Faroes

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Discover stunning landscapes, remote islands and traditional communities on this fascinating itinerary around the British Isles on board Marco Polo

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Explore beautiful gardens and charming towns on this no-fly holiday in the autumn, with optional excursions to Keukenhof Gardens and Monet's House at Giverny

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Sep

    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • Stunning scenery, rich heritage and ancient traditions are waiting to be discovered on this no-fly holiday around the beautiful British Isles on board Astoria

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Apr

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Discover cultural cities, impressive architecture and artistic heritage on this fascinating no-fly holiday to the Baltic from London Tilbury on Magellan, with a two day stay in St Petersburg

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Sep
        2016 - Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Discover the history, heritage and culture of the Baltic on this superb no-fly holiday from London Tilbury visiting six fascinating cities with an overnight stay in St Petersburg

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Oct
        2016 - Oct

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Stunning scenery, rich heritage and ancient traditions are waiting to be discovered on this fascinating holiday from London Tilbury around the British Isles on Magellan

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jul, Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Take in the dramatic scenery of the Norwegian coastline and visit the Lofoten and Vesteralen Islands on this 14-night no-fly holiday in search of the spectacular Northern Lights

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Oct
        2016 - Oct

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Escape in Spring or Autumn to the warm climate of the Canary Islands, visiting the idyllic islands of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria and historic Lisbon

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Oct
        2016 - Mar, Oct

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Go in search of the magical Northern Lights on this no-fly itinerary from London Tilbury along the Norwegian coast and across the Arctic Circle on new flagship Magellan

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Feb

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Discover history, art and culture on this superb no-fly itinerary to the magnificent Baltic cities, with two full days in St Petersburg and a transit of the impressive Kiel Canal

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - May

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Join Magellan in London Tilbury to circumnavigate the coast of Iceland, the Faroes and the Shetland Islands

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jun

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Marco Polo explores Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire with its spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and geothermal springs and the remote Northern Isles on this no-fly holiday from Edinburgh Leith

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jul

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Astoria
      Astoria
      • Discover volcanic craters, stunning valleys and tranquil lakes on this no-fly holiday to the unspoilt Azores, Madeira, the floating garden of the Atlantic and fascinating cities around the Iberian Peninsula

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Mar

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover the dramatic landscapes of Iceland, from volcanic craters to geothermal springs and explore the remote Northern Isles on this no-fly holiday from Hull

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jun

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • With visits to six fascinating cities including a two day stay in historic St Petersburg, this no-fly voyage from Hull is the perfect way to explore the Baltic

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - May

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Celebrate Christmas and New Year in style on this 14-night no-fly voyage to the Canary Islands, Madeira and Portugal

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Dec
        2016 - Dec

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Discover rich history and architectural treasures on this superb no-fly holiday from Newcastle to the fascinating Baltic cities, with a two day stay in St Petersburg and a transit of the Kiel Canal

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jul

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Escape to the Caribbean and soak up the winter sun, visiting the colourful Leeward, Grenadine and Windward islands

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2015 - Nov

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    • MV Lord of the Glens
      MV Lord of the Glens
      • A unique 7-night cruise on Lord of the Glens from Inverness through the scenic Great Glen and Loch Ness to the Hebridean Islands of Mull, Skye, Iona and Eigg - full board cruise including excursions

      • Small Ship
      • 2015 - Sep
        2016 - May, Sep

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • A unique no-fly voyage to the spectacular scenery and wildlife of the Amazon from London Tilbury, taking in the West Indies and the Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
      • 2016 - Jan
        2017 - Jan

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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • Explore Norway’s dramatic coastline and breathtaking fjords on this superb summertime voyage from Newcastle on board Marco Polo. Includes complimentary post-cruise coach transfer from Edinburgh Leith to Newcastle

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Hebridean Island Cruises Ship - Hebridean Princess
      Hebridean Princess
      • Join luxurious, 50-passenger Hebridean Princess on this unique, all-inclusive holiday exploring the Hebridean islands of Skye, Canna and Eigg as well as the privately owned, uninhabited Shaint Isles, with superb shore excursions accompanied by expert guides

      • Small Ship
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover picturesque Eidfjord, the charming village of Flam, famous for its magnificent railway and the colourful Hanseatic port of Bergen on this no-fly holiday from Hull

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover the charming towns of Rouen and Honfleur and the quirky capital of Amsterdam on this no-fly holiday with optional excursions to world-renowned gardens. Includes complimentary post-cruise coach transfer to Bristol Avonnmouth

      • Mid-size Ship
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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Admire snow-capped mountains and explore idyllic villages on this superb no-fly holiday from Hull to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords on board Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover the stunning scenery, fascinating history and ancient cultures of the British Isles on this no-fly holiday from Liverpool on board Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
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    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover Iceland's dramatic landscapes from volcanic craters to geothermal springs and explore the remote Scottish Isles on this no-fly holiday from Liverpool on Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • Discover the picturesque villages of Olden and Flam and the Viking City of Oslo on this exciting voyage from Harwich to the breathtaking Norwegian fjords with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Explore the historic cities of Lisbon and Cadiz and discover architectural treasures on this no-fly holiday to the Iberian Peninsula on small ship Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • Discover the rich heritage and breathtaking scenery of the British Isles on this 11-night itinerary from Portsmouth in partnership with the National Trust, with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Magellan
      Magellan
      • Witness the natural phenomenon total solar eclipse of the coast of the Faroe Islands on Magellan's maiden voyage from London Tilbury.

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Marco Polo
      Marco Polo
      • A fascinating no-fly cruise from London Tilbury or Newcastle exploring Torshavn on the remote Faroe Islands, Iceland, the breathtaking Land of Ice and Fire and the rugged Scottish Isles

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover Iceland's dramatic landscapes, from spectacular geysers to bubbling mud pools and geothermal hot springs on this superb no-fly voyage from Bristol Avonmouth on Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • This fantastic 13-night discovery cruise gives you the opportunity to witness a Total Solar Eclipse and explore Iceland, the breathtaking “Land of Ice and Fire” with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Discover rich heritage, fascinating capital cities of Edinburgh and Belfast and the remote islands of Lewis and Sark on this superb holiday in partnership with the National Trust, with included shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery
    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Enjoy the Bastille Day celebrations in Bordeaux and follow in the footsteps of artists in the fishing port of Honfleur on this superb holiday from Portsmouth in partnership with RHS Garden Holidays. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery
    • Cruise and Maritime Ship - Azores
      Azores
      • Discover the haunting winter landscape as you cruise along the dramatic Norwegian coastline and across the Arctic Circle in search of the magical Northern Lights on this no-fly holiday on Azores

      • Mid-size Ship
    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • This no-fly cruise from Portsmouth visits the volcanic Azores and the beautiful island of Madeira on board Voyager with included gratuities, expert guest lecturers and fascinating optional shore excursions

      • Discovery
    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Join Minerva in Portsmouth to explore picturesque Guernsey, the volcanic Azores islands and cultural Cadiz in Spain. Includes return flight from Malaga, shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery
    • Swan Hellenic Ship - Minerva
      Minerva
      • Visit beautiful Baltic Cities on this discovery voyage from Portsmouth with overnight stays in St Petersburg, during the White Nights Festival, and Stockholm. Includes shore excursions, guest speakers and gratuities

      • Discovery
    • Voyages of Discovery Ship - Voyager
      Voyager
      • The stunning fjords and charming fishing villages of Norway combine with the history and ancient cultures of Russia on this superb no-fly discovery cruise with included expert guest lecturers and optional shore excursions

      • Discovery

Classic Cruises from the UK

We offer ex-UK no-fly classic cruises from 8 different ports on the 800-passenger Marco Polo, 550-passenger Azores or 1250-passenger Magellan.

Designed for UK passengers these more traditional cruises offer great value and personal service as well as a wide range of public facilities and stylish entertainment.

Marco Polo, Azores and Magellan are child-free ships exclusively for adult passengers and cruise from a wide selection of UK ports including London Tilbury, Bristol Avonmouth, Hull, Newcastle and Edinburgh Leith.

Go in search of the spectacular Northern Lights, explore the picturesque Norwegian fjords, visit the fascinating Baltic cities, discover the dramatic landscapes of Iceland or cruise around the diverse British Isles.

Cultural Voyages from the UK

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We offer a selection of small ship cultural voyages from the UK on board Voyager and Minerva. You can explore the magnificent Baltic cities, breathtaking Norwegian fjords and the beautiful British Isles on these traditional British cruises with expert guest lecturers, a wide choice of shore excursions and included gratuities.

Both ships operate from Portsmouth with Voyager boasting contemporary furnishings, vast open desk space and modern leisure facilities. Minerva offers country house-style restaurants, panoramic views from the Orpheus Lounge and traditional afternoon tea.

Norwegian Fjords in Summer The Azores Tobermory, Scotland

Alesund

Alesund is built across three islands and uniquely for Norway, is an Art Nouveau town, rebuilt in this style after a devastating fire in 1904. The KUBE Art Museum is housed in the former premises of the Norwegian Bank, and upmarket shops line Apotekergata. For good views of the islands, hills and coast, take the steps from Alesund's park up to Mount Aksla. Worthy of a visit is the magnificent 12th-century Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal.

Alesund (Norway)

Amsterdam

The cruise terminal in Amsterdam is a short distance from the city centre and its tall merchant houses and tree-lined canals. Chief sights are the prestigious Rijksmuseum and its large collection of important paintings, the Van Gogh Museum and Ann Frank's House. The attractive narrow streets are full of bars, coffee houses, quaint bridges and interesting shops.

Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Antwerp

Antwerp port is adjacent to the Steen and connected by metro to the city, which is an important centre of the diamond trade. Cobbled lanes criss-cross the city leading to art galleries, antique and chocolate shops, and the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame, which holds paintings by Rubens, the tall Flemish buildings of the Grote Markt and the City Hall. Antwerp is also a fashion capital, and the forthcoming Port Authority HQ was designed by groundbreaking architect, Zaha Hadid.

Antwerp (Belgium)

Arrecife

The lunar landscape of Lanzarote is the result of heavy volcanic activity in the past, and there are 300 dormant volcanoes on the island known as the 'Mountains of Fire', where camel rides are offered through the petrified lava fields. Arrecife is the main port and capital and is close to the beach resort of Puerto del Carmen. Its pretty seafront is bordered by a promenade and gardens leading to the town's bazaar and the shopping district of Calle Leon y Castillo.

Belfast

The capital of Northern Ireland has fine Victorian buildings and a thriving port where the Titanic was built - Thompson Dock is a blueprint in stone of the ship's size. Belfast is divided into quarters, and Gaeltacht and the Falls Road are at the heart of its Celtic culture. Sights to visit from Belfast include the Giant's Causeway on the Antrim coast, and Mount Stewart house overlooking Strangford Lough.

Belfast (Northern Ireland)

Bergen

The old Hanseatic port of Bergen is within walking distance of the city centre and the famous Bryggen, the World Heritage listed waterfront area of gabled traditional buildings which dates back 900 years. The outdoor fish market is one of Bergen's popular tourist attractions, along with the Floibanen, the funicular which travels up Mount Floyen close to Skomadkerdiket Lake for views of the city and the sea.

Bergen (Norway)

Brugge

Bruges is a beautiful old town in Flanders crossed by a network of canals. It is famous for its chocolate and for diamonds, and has the Choco-Story centre and a Diamond Museum. Sights include Michelangelo's sculpture of the Madonna and Child in the Church of our Lady , the historic Markt Square, and the tranquil area of Le Beguinage, founded in the 13th century by the women of the Beguine movement.

Brugge (Zeebrugge, Belgium)

Cadiz

Cadiz is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The city is dominated by the gold dome of the Baroque Cathedral Nueva, and there are several historic buildings including the mansions around Plaza San Antonio, the Admiral's House and the Tavira Tower. Classical flamenco singing can be heard in the Santa Maria District, and recently opened to the public is the large Roman theatre discovered following a fire in the 1980s.

Cadiz (Spain)

Cork

Cobh is a charming town and port, and has an impressive cathedral with a commemorative statue to the millions of Irish emigrants who left here for North America between the 19th and mid-20th centuries. It is the port for Cork and visits to Blarney Castle and its famous stone. Also in Cork is the historic Beamish and Crawford Brewery, the English Market and the Crawford Gallery, which has a collection of Rodin bronzes.

Dublin

Dublin port is only a few minutes by bus from the city centre. Dublin sits beside the River Liffey and is renowned for its hospitality, pubs and literary heritage. Among the sights are Trinity College which houses the 8th-century Book of Kells, the Dublin Writers Museum and the Guinness Brewery, which offers tours.

Dublin (Ireland)

Falmouth

Falmouth has good sandy beaches, narrow alleys leading up from the waterfront, a variety of shops along the Kings Pipe and plenty of atmospheric old inns. Glendurgen Garden is a pleasant park with a subtropical garden and a laurel maze dating back to 1833 and nearby is Pendennis Castle, built by Henry VIII. The Eden Project, Mawes Castle and St Ives can be visited from Falmouth.

Falmouth (UK)

Flam

The approach to Flam through Sognefjord and Aurlandsfjord is spectacular. Flam itself is positioned between high cliffs streaked with waterfalls, and is the terminus of the Flamsbanen, the scenic railway which travels to Myrdal 2800 feet above sea level, twisting through the mountains. Flam has shops, banks and restaurants and a summer shuttle bus service to nearby villages.

Flam (Norway)

Gibraltar (UK)

The small British territory of Gibraltar is an interesting mixture of British and Spanish cultures, consisting of the famous Rock and a narrow spit of land between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. It is famous for the cliff-top colony of Barbary Apes reached by cable car, the Siege Tunnels built during World War II, St Michael's Cave and its unusual auditorium and a variety of shops selling tax-free goods. There are buses and a shuttle service from the port to the town.

Gibraltar

Giverny (France)

The small village of Giverny has outdoor cafés, narrow lanes, brightly-painted houses, the Impressionist Museum and Claude Monet's lovely house and gardens. Visitors to his green-shuttered house will see the yellow and blue rooms, and the tranquil Japanese water garden and bridge which were the subject of some of his most famous works.

Giverny

Greenock

Greenock is the port for Glasgow. It was formerly a thriving shipbuilding centre, and at the heart of the import trade from the colonies, reflected in an impressive Municipal Building, its tower and the old Custom House on the quay. Old West Kirk church has stained glass by pre-Raphaelite artists Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Honfleur (France)

Lovely Honfleur was immortalised by Monet, and the brightly-painted boats and tall houses at Vieux Bassin are just as enchanting today. Quaint streets and artists' workshops lead to the medieval centre, and not to be missed is the oldest wooden church in France, St Catherine's.

Honfleur

Invergordon

Invergordon in Easter Ross is a gateway to the Scottish Highlands and lies on the Cromarty Firth, an area of natural beauty with a wide diversity of marine and birdlife, including a colony of bottlenose dolphins. Nearby are 14th-century Cawdor Castle and gardens, the site of the Battle of Culloden and several distilleries, including Glenmorangie. There is little of interest in Invergordon itself.

Invergordon (Inverness, Scotland)

Kirkwall

Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney Islands which comprise over seventy islands, rocks and skerries. The town is dominated by the impressive cathedral of St Magnus, and beyond are the important archaeological sites of Neolithic Skarae Brae, the large Ring of Brodgar - both World Heritage Sites -and the Standing Stones of Stennes. Offshore, seals porpoises, whales and dolphins are often seen.

Kirkwall (Orkney Isles)

La Coruna

La Coruna is a busy port on the north-west coast of Spain in the province of Galicia and one of the gateways to the pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela. The port is close to the World Heritage listed Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans in 2AD and the oldest working lighthouse in the world. Leading off from La Coruna's seafront promenade are medieval churches and baroque palaces.

La Coruna (Spain)

Leith

Leith is the port for Edinburgh and its many attractions, including elegant Princes Street, the Royal Mile, Holyrood Palace, and the cliff-top castle. Prince's Quay in Leith is home to the Royal Yacht Britannia, and the town has the remains of a citadel built for Cromwell's troops, found on Dock Street. Dean Gallery holds works by Picasso, Dali, Man Ray and Giacometti, and Lamb's House is one of the oldest buildings in Leith, where it's said Mary Queen of Scots stayed after her arrival from France in 1561.

Leith (Edinburgh, Scotland)

Lerwick

Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands, a remote archipelago north of Orkney on the same latitude as Anchorage in Alaska. In the rugged landscape around Lerwick are Neolithic and Bronze Age remains, including Jarlshof, an extensive network of 4000 years of settlement on the coast. In Lerwick town, winding alleys lead from the port to the upper town and Clickhimin Broch, a well-preserved Pictish round tower.

Lerwick (Shetland Isles)

Lisbon

Lisbon has three ports, all with taxi services and within 3 kilometers of the city centre. Lisbon is a sprawling city which has been occupied by Visigoths, Moors, Romans and Celts. Alfama and Barrio Alto are historic districts of cobbled streets, wrought-iron balconies and Moorish buildings. Its most famous landmarks are the World Heritage Sites of Belem Tower and the impressive 16th-century Jeronimos Monastery.

Lisbon (Portugal)

Liverpool

The famous skyline of Liverpool's waterfront consists of the Three Graces ' the Royal Liver, Cunard and Port of Liverpool Buildings, now a World Heritage Site. Liverpool has several attractions ' the Metropolitan Cathedral, Tate Liverpool at Albert Dock which houses works by Warhol, Dali and Anthony Gormley, and the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Boutiques and shops can be found in the historic Cavern Quarter and the large complex of Liverpool ONE.

London

Cruises visiting London berth at Tilbury, 22 miles south of Tower Bridge which has a rail link to Fenchurch Street station. London's attractions are numerous and spread throughout the city. Shoppers head for Oxford Street and upmarket Knightsbridge for Harrods, and there are numerous galleries for art lovers ' the Tate Modern, National and Portrait Galleries. Among the many other sights are the London Eye, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, parks, theatres and restaurants.

Newcastle

Ships and ferries visiting Newcastle berth at Royal Quays, where there is a large shopping centre a short distance from the city centre. The city is famous for its modernist tilting Millennium Bridge, the spectacular Sage building, and the Angel of the North to the south. Visits to Newcastle are an opportunity to see Hadrian's Wall, Durham and the historic castles and wild coastline of Northumberland.

Portsmouth

Portsmouth has long been an important naval port and is still a Royal Navy base. It is the home of HMS Victory and the 19th-century HMS Warrior, and the new Spinnaker Tower, built to resemble sails at the former site of HMS Vernon. This area has been re-named Gunwharf Quays, a new waterfront development of restaurants, bars and designer shops. In Old Portsmouth there are fish markets, tea rooms, cobbled streets and traditional pubs.

Portsmouth (England)

Rouen (France)

Rouen is the capital of Upper Normandy, and has a picturesque medieval quarter of glaze-tiled and timbered houses. Joan of Arc was imprisoned in a tower and burnt at the stake in the marketplace in Rouen. The city is well-known for its astronomical clock and the famous cathedral which was painted several times by Monet

Rouen

St Peter Port

Guernsey's capital is a picturesque town with tax free shopping and good beaches. Above the bay is Castle Cornet, dating back to the 12th-century and occupied by the Germans in World War II. St Peter Port's lanes are cobbled and narrow, lined with seafood restaurants and sophisticated boutiques. Victor Hugo's house can be found on Hauteville behind the South Esplanade, and the former German Underground Military Hospital is to the south of the town.

St Petersburg

The imperial city of St Petersburg is full of treasures. Important works by Italian Renaissance artists, Rembrandt, Matisse and Picasso are on display in the vast Hermitage Museum, which is housed in the extravagant Winter Palace. Peterhof Palace was inspired by Versailles, and perhaps outshines it. See the lavish fountains, culminating in the splendour of the Grand Cascade. Perhaps visit the suburb of Pushkin and the onion-domed Catherine's Palace at Tsarskoe Selo, or Mariinksy Theatre, formerly the Kirov Ballet.

St Petersburg (Russia)

Stockholm

Most cruise ships berth within a 20-minute walk of Stockholm's old town, Gamla Stan, giving easy access to the museums, galleries, shops and restaurants of Sweden's capital. Spread across 14 islands connected by 50 bridges, its sights include the Royal Palace of Drottningholm which can be reached by steamer boat from the City Hall, the Wasa Museum which holds an ancient ship, and the futuristic Ericcson Globe where you can take a SkyView Gondola outside its huge dome.

Stockholm (Sweden)

Tenerife

Tenerife is dominated by 3718-metre high Mount Teide, the highest mountain in Spain, which can be accessed by cable car for stunning views of the other Canary Islands. The large variety of landscapes range from lush valleys, banana plantations and the moon-like white rock formations of the Lorno Blanco. In the Ethnographic Park are the mysterious stepped pyramids of Guimar, built along the same lines as those of Mexico and Peru.

Tenerife (Canary Islands)

Tobermory

The colourful waterfront houses of Tobermory are instantly recognisable. It is a small harbour town on the island of Mull, with galleries selling artwork and jewellery by local craftspeople and a choice of cafes. There is a short coastal walk to Aros Park and to the lighthouse where there are views to the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Further afield on Mull are Glengorm, Torosay and Duart Castles and gardens.

Tobermory (Isle of Mull, Scotland)
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