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CRUISE & MARITIME: SCOTTISH ISLANDS & FAROES 2018

9 DAYS

This is a truly delightful Marco Polo summer cruise. Visiting Scotland’s wonderful Shetland and Orkney Islands, you’ll be treated to amazing scenery, a wealth of wildlife and the opportunity to visit ancient historic sites. Centrepiece on this cruise are the remote Faroe Islands. This archipelago of treeless islands studded in the North Atlantic is quite unique and breathtakingly beautiful.

INCLUDES

8 nights’ full board on-board Marco Polo cruise ship; Return coach travel to Hull

DURING YOUR STAY

Day 1­ – We depart and travel to Hull, enjoy comfort breaks en-route, our Cruise departs at approx. 22.30.

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 - Lerwick, Shetland Islands (United Kingdom) - Originally settled by the Norsemen in the 9th century, Lerwick was founded as an unofficial marketplace to service 17th century Dutch herring fleets. The core of the town is a maze of narrow, flagstone streets set behind 18th century sandstone buildings overlooking the busy harbour. Hay’s Dock, once the centre of Shetland’s fishing and boat building industries, is home to the marvellous Shetland Museum and Archives. On the southern tip of Mainland the extraordinary archaeological site of Jarlshof tells the story of some 4,000 years of human history on this remote archipelago with a wealth of wildlife.

Day 4 - Klaksvík (Faroe Islands) - The second-largest town in the Faroe Islands is the fishing capital of the archipelago. Towering above the entrance to the harbour of Klaksvík is the pyramid mountain on the impressive island of Kunoy, and around the well-sheltered bay and harbour, the dwellings are beautifully spread on the hillsides.

Day 5 -  Tórshavn (Faroe Islands) - Once the site of an annual Viking gathering, Tórshavn is today one of the smallest and most pleasant capital cities in the world. It sits on the southern tip of Streymoy, one of eighteen islands in the Faroese archipelago. Tinganes is the old part of the town where characteristic, red wooden buildings with turf-covered roofs cluster on a narrow peninsula, it juts into the natural harbour around which the modern town has been built. 

Day 6 -  Kirkwall, Orkney Islands (United Kingdom) - 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. 

Day 7 – Invergordon, Scotland (united Kingdom) - Situated on the shores of the deep Cromarty Firth and with a fine natural harbour, Invergordon is a key port with an important naval history stretching back through two World Wars. The small, yet modern town is a charming coastal gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands and has incredible scenery that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields.

Day 8 – At sea

Day 9 - Sail back to Hull, arriving back at 6.30am where the coach will be waiting to take you back home.

 

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) 
19 Jul 2018Scottish Islands & Faroes CruiseMarco Polo 9 days £849.00 Book Now


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