Grand British Isles Discovery
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Day 1
London Tilbury, UK, England

Tilbury’s position on the east coast of England and its proximity to London makes it a great location from which to embark on a cruise. This is made possible by the town’s deep-water port, which also handles a considerable number of container ships. Located in the Essex borough of Thurrock, Tilbury has a long history as a defensive town - which is epitomised by its 16th century fort.

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Day 2
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Regarded as the Venice of the north, the Dutch capital of Amsterdam is made up of a series of 90 islands, which are connected by almost 1,200 bridges. Today, Amsterdam is a city of contrasts, with many people being attracted to this vibrant destination for its range of bars and night clubs. On the other hand, Amsterdam is home many renowned architectural structures, insightful museums and beautiful gardens.

The Royal Palace was originally built in the 17th century to serve as a town hall, but is now one of three palaces in the Netherlands to be under disposal of the monarchy. In the springtime, be sure to visit the Keukenhof Gardens, where seven million flower bulbs create a beautiful display of bold and bright colours.

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Day 3
Honfleur, France

Honfleur is a peaceful and picturesque port on the estuary of the River Seine and its beauty has attracted many artists and writers over the years. These include: English painter Bonington, French painter Boudin, and French poet Charles Baudelaire. Throughout history, many maritime journeys were initiated from Honfleur, including Paulmier de Gouenville’s sailing to Brazil, and Jean Denis’ exploration of the St. Lawrence River. It is highly regarded as a settlement of charming historic features, with particular mention of the slate-and-timber fronted houses that overlook the colourful yacht and fishing harbour.

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Day 4
St Peter Port, Guernsey, UK, Channel Islands

Saint Peter Port is the capital of Guernsey and, although it is a British Island, its proximity to France provides it with a unique culture and a slightly warmer climate. This charming town is home to many interesting features including a glistening harbour; the historic fortress of Castle Cornet; the Royal Court House; and the award-winning Candie Gardens.

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Day 5
St Mary s (Sc), UK, Scilly Isles

St Mary’s is the largest and most populous island of the Isles of Scilly – a British archipelago situated off the coast of Cornwall. This calm island is ideal for birdwatching, while the many beaches provide for many a pleasant stroll. There is also a museum, which houses a range of exhibitions that will collectively paint a picture of the history and culture of the Scilly Islands.

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Day 6
Dublin, Ireland

Dublin is the capital of Ireland and is a centre for education, culture, and much more. Situated on the east coast, facing the Irish Sea and at the head of a large crescent-shaped bay, the city generally occupies a flat site. The city is home to many historical landmarks including the 16th century Dublin Castle, the 11th-century Protestant cathedral of Christ Church, and the 16th century Gothic St Patrick’s Cathedral. One of the Dublin’s most significant natural sites is Phoenix Park, which is regarded as one of the world’s great city parks and contains Dublin Zoo – the third-oldest public zoo in the world. No visit to Dublin would be complete without visiting a traditional Irish public house, and the 100 metre Hole-In-The-Wall is thought to be the longest in Europe.

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Day 7
Belfast, UK, N Ireland

The Northern Irish capital of Belfast is situated at the mouth of the River Lagan and surrounded by a number of low hills. This charming city is home to a number of cultural and artistic landmarks including many galleries and museums, while a poignant history is depicted through the many political murals, which are painted on the sides of houses throughout Belfast. A bus tour of the city is one of the best ways to see these murals, as well as other landmarks such as the impressive City Hall.

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Day 8
Greenock, UK, Scotland

The town of Greenock is located in Inverclyde, Scotland, and is situated at the mouth of the River Clyde. This area is renowned for being picturesque and is home to a series of wonderful hills – each of which provides plenty of walking opportunities. A short walk to Craig’s Top will provide you with excellent panoramic views of the surrounding area.

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Day 9
Tobermory (Sc), UK, Scotland

The capital of the Isle of Mull is the town of Tobermory, lying on the northern entrance of the Sound of Mull. The town is most famous for the shipwreck of Florencia, part of the Spanish Armada lies at the bottom of Tobermory Bay. Around this area you will find many historic castles, including the Duart Castle, 13th century home of the MacLeans clan chief, and the 14the century Aros Castle of the Lords of the Isles.

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Day 10
Portree, UK, Scotland

Portree is the capital town of the Isle of Skye – a Hebridean island located off the west coast of the Scottish mainland. This charming town is symbolic of Gaelic heritage and the Aros Centre will enable you to find out more about the island’s culture and history. Dotted with brightly-coloured houses and surrounded by towering cliffs, the town’s harbour makes for a beautiful stroll.

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Day 11
Kirkwall, UK, Scotland

Kirkwall is the largest town and capital of the Orkney Islands – which are situated 10 miles off the northern coast of Scotland. The people of this small town enjoy a gentle pace of life and there are many shops, cafes and bars to enjoy within the town. It is also home to a number of landmarks including the 12th century, red sandstone St Magnus Cathedral. Other landmarks worth visiting in the local area include Bishop’s Palace and Earl’s Palace – a series of red ruins located opposite the cathedral.

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Day 13
London Tilbury, UK, England

Tilbury’s position on the east coast of England and its proximity to London makes it a great location from which to embark on a cruise. This is made possible by the town’s deep-water port, which also handles a considerable number of container ships. Located in the Essex borough of Thurrock, Tilbury has a long history as a defensive town - which is epitomised by its 16th century fort.