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CRUISE & MARITIME: SCOTTISH HIGHLIGHTS & EMERALD ISLE 2018

8 DAYS

This week long cruise is a wonderful showcase of some of the delights of Scotland and Ireland. Discover dramatic coastlines, picturesque harbours and prehistoric ruins on the beautiful islands of Lewis and Mull. Visit Belfast with its Titanic visitor experience, the bustling streets of Dublin and the seaport town of Cobh, formerly Queenstown of transatlantic liner fame, and your gateway to historic Cork.

INCLUDES

7 nights’ full board on-board Marco Polo cruise ship; Return coach travel to Bristol Avonmouth

DURING YOUR STAY

 

Highlights of your stay

Day 1­ – We depart and travel to Bristol Avonmouth, enjoy comfort breaks en-route, our Cruise departs at approx. 22.00.


Day 2 – At Sea –
 Whilst at sea make the most of Marco Polo’s five lounges, Jade Wellness Centre or perhaps get involved in some of the daytime activities on board. The ship also offers a swimming pool and three whirlpools to enjoy.


Day 3 - Belfast Northern Ireland (United Kingdom)
- Samson and Goliath are much-loved landmarks soaring above Belfast’s skyline. The two great, yellow-painted, gantry cranes are a reminder of the shipbuilding industry that put Northern Ireland’s capital firmly on the map. Housed in an iconic, state-of-the-art, 6-storey building, Titanic Belfast relives the city’s golden era and traces the story of the ill-fated liner built in the shipyards of Harland & Wolff. At the heart of today’s cosmopolitan city is Belfast’s elegant City Hall, which stands in Donegal Square. 


Day 4 - Stornoway Outer Hebrides (United Kingdom) -
 Originally a Viking settlement, Stornoway is today the main town on the island of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides. The charming town is situated around a bustling harbour and has a range of local specialist shops selling handcrafted goods from the Outer Hebrides including jewellery and the famous Harris Tweed. The traditional ways of life are still very much in evidence and the beautiful Isle of Lewis is considered the heartland of the Gaelic culture. It is also home to some of the most important prehistoric sites in Scotland including the Neolithic Callanish Stones and Pictish Carloway Broch.


Day 5 - Tobermory, Isle of Mull (United Kingdom) -
 Established in the late 18th century as a fishing port, Tobermory is one of the prettiest ports in Scotland. The picture-postcard village has a large natural harbour where colourful boats bob on the waves watched over by a rainbow of brightly, painted buildings backed by woodland-fringed hills. Tobermory is the capital of the Isle of Mull. Mull is the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides and its diverse landscape ranges from high mountain and wild moorland, to wave-lashed sea cliffs and sandy beaches. Neighbouring Iona is the tiny island where St Columba first brought Christianity to Scotland in 563 AD.


Day 6 - Dublin (Republic of Ireland) -
The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.


Day 7 -
Cobh (Republic of Ireland) - Lying at the mouth of the River Lee, Cobh has one of the best natural harbours in the world. Known as Queenstown until 1922, it was the departure point for thousands of Irish emigrants to America and the last port of call of the Titanic. The ‘Queenstown Story’ is a wonderful exhibition telling of this rich maritime history. From Cobh’s waterfront, streets lined with brightly coloured houses climb the steep slope of a hill, which is crowned with the imposing St Coleman’s Cathedral. A charming little town, Cobh is a gateway to the city of Cork and excursions to Ireland’s legendary Blarney Castle.

 

PLEASE NOTE SKILLS HOLIDAYS ACT PURELY AS AN AGENT FOR CRUISE & MARITIME. PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME.

 

ABTA MEMBERSHIP NUMBER V5570/77680

Departure DateTitleHotelDays(from) 
07 Apr 2018Scottish Highlights & Emerald Isle CruiseMarco Polo 8 days £799.00 Book Now


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