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+44 1756 706500

Grand British Isles Discovery

Explore the picturesque British Isles with highlights including quaint Portree and colourful Tobermory, plus enjoy visits to the vibrant Irish capital of Dublin and the remarkable French city of Le Havre on this unique no-fly cruise from London Tilbury

No Fly Cruise
12 nights from £1101pp

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Standing Stones, Kirkwall
  • Skara Brae
  • Portree
  • Tobermory
  • Belfast
  • Ha'Penny Bridge, Dublin
  • Trinity College, Dublin
  • Blarney Castle
  • St Mary's

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Save up to 25% PLUS second passenger cruises half price! Now from just £1101pp. 1st passenger from £1469, 2nd passenger from £734. Book by 31 Jul 2019

Grand British Isles Discovery Special Offer

Join Columbus in London Tilbury and discover the beautiful towns and cities of the British Isles as well as pretty Rotterdam and the charming city of Le Havre.

Marvel at the intriguing architecture in Rotterdam before setting sail for Kirkwall in the remote Orkney archipelago. Admire the spectacular St Magnus Cathedral which towers above the town or take the opportunity to visit the impressive archaeological site of Skara Brae. Explore picturesque Portree on the Isle of Skye and discover Tobermory's iconic waterfront, before cruising to Belfast, gateway to the extraordinary Giant's Causeway.

Discover Dublin, the lively capital of the Emerald Isle and take the opportunity to visit Tresco's colourful Abbey Gardens from the island of St Mary's. Stroll along the streets of historic St Peter Port, guarded by Castle Cornet, and visit the World War II Landing Beaches from La Havre in France.

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Grand British Isles Discovery 2019 Itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (UK)

Embark Columbus in London Tilbury.

Day 2 - Amsterdam (Holland)

Explore the charming and quirky city of Amsterdam with its many quaint coffee shops, beautiful churches and picturesque tree-lined canals. Perhaps discover one of the world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum, the Anne Frank House and the famous Rijksmuseum.

Day 3 - At Sea

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

Day 4 - 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 including a visit to the impressive archaeological site of Skara Brae.

Day 5 - Portree (Isle of Skye)

Charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye. On the outskirts of the town, the Skye Heritage Centre and Aros Experience bring the history of the island to life. Skye’s stunning scenery ranges from the soaring peaks of the Cuilins to undulating heather moorland and spectacular lochs. Optional excursions feature crofting villages and iconic castles with both colourful and poignant history.

Day 6 - Tobermory (Isle of Mull)

The picture-postcard village of Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. Its large natural harbour is home to colourful boats bobbing on the waves and a rainbow of brightly painted buildings backed by wooded hills. Mull’s diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland to sea cliffs and sandy beaches.

Day 7 - Belfast (Northern Ireland)

The cosmopolitan city of Belfast is home to Titanic Belfast, the museum exploring the legend of the Titanic. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. Perhaps discover the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway on an optional excursion from the city.

Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 10 - 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 and Tresco.

Day 11 - St. Peter Port (Guernsey, Channel Islands)

Castle Cornet has stood guard over St Peter Port for over 800 years. See the picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings, stroll along the cobbled streets and take in the Anglo-French ambience.

Day 12 - Honfleur (France)

Many renowned painters have been attracted to charming Honfleur with its ever-changing light, half-timbered houses and beautiful old harbour. Nestled in its picturesque cobbled streets, explore the art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

Day 13 - London Tilbury (UK)

Disembark Columbus in London Tilbury.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Grand British Isles Discovery 2020 Itinerary

Day 1 - London Tilbury (UK)

Embark Columbus in London Tilbury.

Day 2 - Rotterdam (Netherlands)

Rotterdam's architecture is an intriguing mix of old and new. The city was founded in 1328 and today modern glass skyscrapers stand side-by-side with buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Day 3 - At Sea

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

Day 4 - 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 including a visit to the impressive archaeological site of Skara Brae.

Day 5 - Portree (Isle of Skye)

Charming Portree is the main town on the beautiful Isle of Skye. On the outskirts of the town, the Skye Heritage Centre and Aros Experience bring the history of the island to life. Skye’s stunning scenery ranges from the soaring peaks of the Cuilins to undulating heather moorland and spectacular lochs. Optional excursions feature crofting villages and iconic castles with both colourful and poignant history.

Day 6 - Tobermory (Isle of Mull)

The picture-postcard village of Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. Its large natural harbour is home to colourful boats bobbing on the waves and a rainbow of brightly painted buildings backed by wooded hills. Mull’s diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland to sea cliffs and sandy beaches.

Day 7 - Belfast (Northern Ireland)

The cosmopolitan city of Belfast is home to Titanic Belfast, the museum exploring the legend of the Titanic. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. Perhaps discover the extraordinary Giant’s Causeway on an optional excursion from the city.

Day 8 - 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 9 - 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 and Tresco.

Day 10 - St Peter Port, Guernsey (Channel Islands)

Castle Cornet has stood guard over St Peter Port for over 800 years. See the picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings, stroll along the cobbled streets and take in the Anglo-French ambience.

Day 11 - Portland (England)

Portland lies on the the Jurassic Coast, and the island is connected to the mainland by Chesil Beach spit. Why not take the trip to the ancient sites of Stonehenge and Cerne Abbas, deep in the English countryside, explore medieval Corfe Castle or discover the unique Abbotsbury Swannery and Sub Tropical Gardens.

Day 12 - Le Havre (France)

Founded in the 1500’s Le Havre is one of France’s greenest cities and despite extensive damage during World War II, still retains a lot of its Gothic architecture with the city centre being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. With a number of impressive museums and galleries, Le Havre is an ideal city from which to explore the further reaches of Normandy, as well as being well placed to visit the nearby World War II Landing Beaches.

Day 13 - London Tilbury (UK)

Disembark Columbus in London Tilbury.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 12 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
  • Guest speakers on board
  • Wide range of onboard leisure facilities
  • Port Taxes
  • UK Currency onboard

Price Does Not Include

  • Shore Excursions
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2020 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: £359
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