Departing from Tilbury Docks London - 7 day duration
6 nights full board accommodation on board the Marco Polo Itinerary to include Leith, Torshavn, Stornoway, Kirkwall & the Royal Yacht Britannia Included return journey by train to London Kings Cross.
Take advantage of this unique cruise itinerary which makes a truly delightful break. Sail to the remote Faroe Islands, Lewis in the Outer Hebrides and Kirkwall in the Orkney Islands. You will discover dramatic scenery, pre-historic standing stones, bountiful wildlife and striking cultures.
Boarding the Marco Polo at Tilbury Docks late morning you will check in to your cabin, after which you can familiarise yourself with the ship’s facilities. The ship departs Tilbury mid afternoon as it travels overnight towards Scotland. Enjoy a delicious 5 course dinner on board after which you can take your seats in the Marco Polo Lounge for a first class show. Enjoy a classical interlude or a cabaret performance in Scott’s Bar before retiring for the evening to your en suite cabin.
The first port of call is historic Edinburgh, arriving early evening. Your cruise will leave here in the early hours as you journey north. A relaxing day at sea precedes your arrival in charming Tórshavn on the island of Streymoy, the smallest capital city in the world, with its smart red white and blue gabled houses and grass turfed roofs. There will be an optional tour into the Faroes’ Viking past and interesting museums or venture further afield through pastures and mountains, past waterfalls and harbours, to the islands of Vagar or Eysturoy.
Your next stop is the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.
Stornoway was originally a Viking settlement. Today it is home to a busy harbour, a fishing fleet and the Lewis Loom Centre. Optional excursions will reveal the prehistoric standing stones at Callanish, white sand beaches, rolling peat moors, and majestic cliffs and mountains.
Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney archipelago, is dominated by its medieval cathedral dedicated to St. Magnus. Here there will be the opportunity to visit the beautifully restored Stone Age village of Skara Brae, the formal naval base at Scapa Flow, where HMS Royal Oak sunk in World War II, and the famous Churchill Barriers.
A gentle sail down the east coast returns you to Leith where the cruise terminates.
We include a visit with an audio-guide tour of the Royal Yacht Britannia which was home to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family for over 40 years and which sailed over 1,000,000 miles around the world. You will follow in the footsteps of royalty and discover the heart and soul of this most special of royal residences.
You will be transferred to Edinburgh Station for your afternoon train to London, with a scheduled journey time of 4.5 hours, where this tour terminates.