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British Isles Discovery

Join Astoria in Poole on this no-fly cruise and explore the ancient history of the British Isles, calling at remote Scottish islands, lively Irish cities and the historic French port of Dunkirk

No Fly Cruise
11 nights from £819pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Lerwick
  • Orkney Islands
  • Stornoway
  • Oban
  • Dublin
  • Cobh
  • St Mary's, Isles of Scilly

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Discover the natural beauty, amazing wildlife and ancient cultures of far-flung Scottish islands, the cities of Dublin and Cobh and the historic port of Dunkirk.

Explore Dunkirk, famous for the heroic evacuation of Allied troops in WWII, then discover the naval history of Invergordon on the Scottish coast. Take a step back in time at the fascinating archaeological site of Jarlshof in the Shetland Islands, the Neolithic standing stones and well-preserved site of Skara Brae on Orkney and the Pictish Carloway Broch on the Isle of Lewis.

Call at Oban, gateway to the dramatic Highlands, then explore Dublin, the lively capital of the Emerald Isle. From Cobh there are optional excursions to the city of Cork and the legendary Blarney Castle, then from picturesque St Mary's you can visit Tresco's glorious Abbey Gardens.

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British Isles Discovery Itinerary

Day 1 - Poole (UK)

Embark Astoria in Poole.

Day 2 - Dunkirk (France)

Dunkirk has the third largest harbour in France and is world famous due to the heroic evacuation of Allied troops. Fascinating museums in the town include the Musée Portuaire which examines the history of the port and The Musée des Beaux-Arts which is home to many Flemish, Italian and French paintings and sculptures.

Day 3 - At Sea

Enjoy the ship’s facilities on a relaxing day at sea.

Day 4 - Invergordon (Scotland)

Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. The incredible Scottish scenery forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields that feature in optional excursions such as the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to Loch Ness with its legendary monster.

Day 5 - Lerwick (Shetland Islands)

Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. Hay's Dock is home to the Shetland Museum and Archives. On the southern tip of Mainland is the impressive archaeological site of Jarlshof.

Day 6 - Kirkwall (Orkney Islands)

Kirkwall is the capital of the Orkney archipelago. The spectacular St Magnus Cathedral dominates the town's skyline. Take one of the optional excursions during your time here.

Day 7 - Stornoway (Outer Hebrides)

Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is today the main town on the beautiful island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. Explore the local specialist shops selling handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and the famous Harris Tweed. The Isle of Lewis is considered to be the heartland of the Gaelic culture, and is home to some important prehistoric sites including the Neolithic Callanish Stones and Pictish Carloway Broch.

Day 8 - Oban (Scotland)

Arrive in Oban, the seafood capital of the Highlands. Perhaps discover the dramatic landscapes of the Highlands and visit Glencoe Visitor Centre.

Day 9 - Dublin (Ireland)

Dublin is the capital of the Emerald Isle and boasts a superb mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture. The city is home to Dublin Castle, Trinity College and majestic Four Courts. Perhaps cross the Ha’penny Bridge, one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

Day 10 - Cobh

Cobh lies at the mouth of the River Lee and has one of the best natural harbours in the world. See the brightly coloured houses which line the streets from the waterfront and the imposing St Coleman's Cathedral. Cobh is also the gateway to the city of Cork and optional excursions to the legendary Blarney Castle.

Day 11 - St. Mary's (Isles of Scilly)

The Isles of Scilly lie just off the coast of Cornwall. St Mary's is the largest of the inhabited islands and is a delight to explore. The island of Tresco, the only privately-owned island, is home to the famous Abbey Gardens. Optional excursions explore St Mary's and Tresco.

Day 12 - Poole (UK)

Disembark Astoria in Poole.

Price Includes

  • 11 nights accommodation in cabin grade of your choice
  • Full board with traditional British and international cuisine including afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Superb programme of daytime and evening entertainment
  • On board speakers
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK Currency onboard

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

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  • Third or fourth passengers sharing a cabin with two full fare paying adults: £329
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