Board Astoria in Poole, settle into your cabin and enjoy your first dinner on board.
Astoria's first stop is at the French port of Dunkirk. Step ashore to discover this historic city, which will forever be associated with the amazing 1940 rescue of the British Expeditionary Forces.
Relax on board the ship as Astoria steams towards Scotland.
This morning we’ll tie up in the great natural harbour at Invergordon on Scotland’s rugged east coast. From here you can join a shore excursion, perhaps to Inverness in search of Nessie. Golfers may head to the fine course at nearby Dornoch, while whisky connoisseurs can make a pilgrimage to the celebrated Ord Distillery.
Lerwick, the Shetland Islands’ rugged capital, is a gateway to an ancient land of legend, traditional crafts and an incredible abundance of birdlife. Discover the town, or join the excursion to the 3000 year-old archaeological site at Jarlshof, with its Bronze and Iron Age remains.
Discover the historic capital of Orkney as the ship docks in Kirkwall. Perhaps visit its magnificent centrepiece, St Magnus Cathedral, or join a shore excursion to discover the highlights of the island’s unique mix of history, archaeology, crafts and wildlife.
Today you’ll anchor off Stornoway, capital of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides. Beautiful and unspoiled, these ancient islands have been inhabited for over 6000 years. Wander through the town, or take the excursion to Callanish’s famous Standing Stones, thought to be nearly 4000 years old.
Our final Scottish call is at Victorian Oban. Take a shore excursion this morning, perhaps to one of a host of nearby whisky distilleries, before setting sail for Irish waters in the afternoon.
Crossing the Irish Sea, Astoria slips outside British waters to visit Dublin, today. The Irish capital has been a thriving cultural centre for centuries. Join the shoppers on Grafton and O’Connell Streets, visit historic Trinity College or head to one of the many cafes, coffee shops, bars and pubs to soak up the local colour.
Arrive at the port-resort of Cobh, the gateway to cork. Take the opportunity to discover this historic capital of southwest Ireland, or perhaps travel through the rolling countryside to foodie heaven Kinsale or famous Blarney Castle - home of the ’magical’ Blarney Stone.
Astoria enters glorious blue waters to take in the celebrated Isles of Scilly. Go ashore by tender to explore tiny Hugh Town on St Mary’s. There’s also the chance to take an excursion to stunning Tresco, where the world-famous Abbey Gardens house Britain’s finest collection of subtropical plants.
Arrive back in Poole, bid farewell to the crew and your fellow travellers, and disembark at the end of your holiday.
British Citizens will need a full, 10-year passport to travel on this cruise. Since certain countries require visitors to be valid for at least six months after the return date of the cruise we recommend that all customers ensure that this is the case. Holders of non-British passports should check with the relevant embassies to see if any requirements and restrictions exist for any countries visited during the cruise.
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.*Offer applies to new bookings made from 5th July 2018 (inclusive) only. Prices shown when booking include any discounts. The exact value of the discount included will vary depending on offer, cruise, cabin and departure date selected. The applicable percentage discount will be applied first, and the second passenger in the cabin will pay half that discounted price. Single cabin fares will be discounted by a further 25 per cent once the initial percentage discount has been applied. All discounts will be added to your booking automatically once you have selected a cabin and will be confirmed before purchase. All offers are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. All fares exclude gratuities.
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On many of our cruises, a limited number of Voyager Fare Inner and Ocean-view cabins are available. Choose these and you will be accommodated in at least a Standard Twin Inner or Standard Twin Ocean-view cabin (depending on your choice), but will pay only the reduced Voyager Fare price. Availability is limited, so book now to secure your discount.