About the tour: British Isles Discovery

Join us as we explore historic sites and stunning scenery on this fantastic holiday opportunity, and savour the beauty, history and ancient cultures of the British Isles. This fascinating cruise on board Magellan, visits highlights of the Emerald Isle, dramatic Scotland, charming Guernsey and the remote Isles of Scilly. What’s more, you’ll discover picturesque harbours and historic castles, plus a little French flair completes this wonderful tour.

Tour Includes


  • 10 nights cruising on board Magellan with full board
  • Coach travel from selected joining points
  • Delicious full board cuisine
  • Afternoon teas and late night snacks
  • Captain’s Cocktail Party
  • Self-service tea and coffee (6am to 10pm)
  • Big show entertainment, cabarets and classical interludes
  • Daytime activities and leisure facilities
  • Guest speaker and arts & crafts
  • Porterage of luggage, port to cabin
  • All port taxes

11 days from £1,259 pp

Departure Dates

Once you have booked your tour either online, or by telephone ( 01709 787 463 ), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can:

  • Use our balance payment facility online to make and track your card payments. You can pay as much as you want up until your final due date or pay it all, the choice is yours.
  • Send payments via online banking.
  • Send payments via cheque.
  • Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
Yes, you will receive one with your Travel Documents, which are sent 7-10 days before departure.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian aged over 18 years old.
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Depart 18.00.

Regional departure by coach then to Newcastle to join your cruise ship.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Arrive 06:30. Depart 17:30.

Dundee is the 4th largest city in Scotland. It is situated beside Scotland's longest river, the River Tay, and is home to RRS Discovery – the ship built in 1901 for Captain Scott who travelled to the Antarctic.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dundee
Dundee

Included highlights

  • Dundee

Arrive 08:00. Depart 21:00.

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. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kirkwall
St. Magnus Cathedral

Included highlights

  • Kirkwall

Enjoy the facilities onboard CMV Magellan.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 06:00. Depart 16:00.

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, 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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tobermory
Tobermory

Included highlights

  • Tobermory

Arrive 08:00. Depart 19:00.

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dublin
Dublin

Included highlights

  • Dublin

Arrive 08:00. Depart 18:00.

Ringaskiddy is a port in County Cork, in the south of Ireland, and is a gateway to the Republic of Ireland’s second city, Cork, located approximately 10 miles away. Steeped in history, Cork City is fast gaining a reputation as one of Europe’s most fashionable cities. Cork has become the shopping, commercial and cultural capital of the south, with a unique character and agreeable continental air. However, as well as offering the many amenities of a large city, Cork still manages to retain the pleasant charm and friendliness of a country town.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 06:00. Depart 20:00.

Britain’s only island archipelago, the magical Isles of Scilly lie just 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall. St. Mary’s, the largest of the five inhabited islands, is a delight with white sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the hub of the islands’ activity. The second largest, and the only privately-owned island, is Tresco, where, in the glorious Abbey Gardens, some 20,000 exotic species thrive in the sub-tropical climate. Optional excursions explore both St. Mary’s and Tresco, two of the beautiful cluster of islands that are worlds apart from everyday life.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St Mary's
St Mary's

Included highlights

  • St Mary's

Arrive 07:00. Depart 18:00.

For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St. Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
St. Peter Port
St. Peter Port

Included highlights

  • St. Peter Port

Relax and enjoy a day at sea.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive 08:00.

Arrive in Newcastle and join your coach for the transfer back to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Extras: optional shore excursions; travel insurance from £38.00; gratuities of £7 per person, per day will be added to your on-board account.

Please note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions preventing the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made, where possible.

The basic price is based on two sharing a Category 1 Standard Twin Inner cabin.
 

CRUISE AND MARITIME IS AN ADULT ONLY CRUISE LINE - PASSENGERS MUST BE 16 YEARS OR OVER AT DATE OF TRAVEL 

Please note that due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary in some ports to land by launch or tender.


 

Depart 17:30

Regional departure by coach then to Bristol to join your cruise ship.

If you would rather drive to the port yourself, you can take advantage of our free parking offer at Bristol.

  • Included meals: Dinner

Enjoy the impressive facilities onboard your ship.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting.

Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Honfleur
Honfleur

Included highlights

  • Honfleur

Another day at sea to enjoy the facilities on board your ship.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 the incredible scenery that forms a stunning backdrop to the romantic castles and historic battlefields featuring in optional excursions along with the ‘Capital of the Highlands’, Inverness.

Other popular options include the Glenmorangie Distillery and a visit to haunting Loch Ness with its legendary monster.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Invergordon
Invergordon

Included highlights

  • Invergordon

Optional highlights

  • Inverness Castle, Scotland
  • Glenmorangie Distillery
  • Loch Ness

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.

Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kirkwall
Kirkwall

Included highlights

  • Kirkwall

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Belfast
Belfast

Included highlights

  • Belfast

Enjoy another day at sea making the most of your onboard facilities.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Tobermory
Tobermory

Included highlights

  • Tobermory

Arrive 08:00. Depart 18:00

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. The extraordinary Giant’s Causeway is a popular excursion from this city with omnipresent Irish charm.

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Belfast
Belfast

Included highlights

  • Belfast

  • Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Arrive in Bristol and join your coach for the transfer back to your original joining point.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Extras: optional shore excursions; travel insurance from £38.00; gratuities of £7 per person, per day will be added to your on-board account.

Please note: In the event of adverse weather/sea conditions preventing the ship from calling at one of the scheduled ports, alternative arrangements will be made, where possible.

The basic price is based on two sharing a Category 1 Standard Twin Inner cabin.
 

CRUISE AND MARITIME IS AN ADULT ONLY CRUISE LINE - PASSENGERS MUST BE 16 YEARS OR OVER AT DATE OF TRAVEL 

Please note that due to limited docking facilities, it may be necessary in some ports to land by launch or tender.


 

Accommodation

If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

Your Cruise Ship – Magellan

Magellan boasts a spacious interior with wide corridors and expansive wooden deck areas providing comfortable surroundings for guests. However, the ship still provides an intimate atmosphere, with a huge range of leisure facilities, including bars and lounges, as well as multiple dining options. Combining comfortable surroundings and a friendly service with stylish entertainment and delicious cuisine, Magellan is the perfect choice for those looking for a greater range of on board facilities. However, the ship still retains a feel of intimacy and personal attention when compared with the ‘mega’ resort-style ships built today – no climbing walls or ice-skating rinks!


Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. The wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining, or the more informal Raffles Bistro. There are comfortable lounge areas throughout, including the two-tier theatre-style Magellan Show Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities. Out on deck, there are two swimming pools, three whirlpools and large deck areas.


Cabins

Your cabin is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day sightseeing ashore and your cabin steward will ensure that you enjoy a high degree of comfort and service, whichever grade of accommodation you decide best suits your holiday requirements. There are fifteen categories of cabins and suites, primarily graded according deck position and even in the most economical cabins, the standard features are impressive. Ocean View Cabin describes a cabin which has natural light from a window; Inner Cabin describes a cabin which has artificial light only. 
 

Magellan joined the CMV fleet in 2015 to much acclaim. Able to carry 1,250 guests, Magellan offers a more traditional and leisurely ‘country house’ style of cruising and maritime experience. Enjoy traditional wood type decking and expansive deck areas on a mid-sized cruise ship able to access more ports of call than the larger resort ships, enabling some really innovative itineraries.


Hotel Features


Room Features

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower

Travel Options

Departure times given for each region are approximate. Please check your travel documents to confirm the actual timings.

Front row seats can be reserved for £14pp (up to 6 days' duration), £22pp (7 & 8 days' duration) and £25pp (9 days' duration and over) on all European tours. This offer is only available for bookings of two or four persons on the front row and is subject to availability. In addition to this, seats on the second row can be reserved for £7pp (up to 6 days duration), £14pp (7 & 8 days duration) and £17pp (9 days duration and over). Guaranteed front/second row seats cannot be reserved on transfer journeys to/from the interchange. Children under 15 years cannot occupy a front row seat due to French Law. Central view seats are free.

Please note: On some coaches the legroom on front seats may be slightly less than that available on other seats due to the presence of a modesty board in front.

If your tour is cancelled for any reason and front/second row seats are not available on your new tour, you will be refunded the supplement. No other compensation will be payable.

Alternatively, we can take seating requests on your booking. However, requests are not guaranteed. All seat numbers are confirmed on travel documents approximately 7-10 days prior to departure.

We guarantee that all passengers on the same booking will be seated together on the main tour coach. Seats on the transfer coaches to and from the interchange are not allocated.
Hot and cold drinks are served on your main tour coach. Prices are approximately £1 or €1.25 Euro per drink. Prices will be confirmed by your driver.

Transfer coaches are routed approximately 2-3 weeks before departure. The route taken depends on where paassengers are booked to travel from on any particular date as to which route is taken. If you require further detailed information regarding the route to the port you can contact our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 two weeks before you are due to travel.

With regard to the route taken by the main tour coach, this is determined by the driver.

All main tour coaches have on-board toilets. Transfer vehicles to and from the interchange may not have on-board toilets. When non-British coaches are used on transfers and tours (air holidays only) an on-board toilet may not be available. However, comfort stops will be made during long journeys.
All coaches feature air-conditioning. Should the air-conditioning system break down for a period exceeding 12 hours, compensation will be awarded up to a maximum of £10 per fare-paying passenger per tour.
All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.
Depending on the location of your pickup point, you may be picked up by coach (not necessarily the on you are touring on), minibus, taxi, National Express or Megabus service. You may then be taken to another centralised pickup location or service station. We operate a passenger interchange at Stop 24 Services, where you will meet the tour coach you are holidaying on and then continue on with your outbound journey. Similarly, on the way home, you may also change transfer vehicles at another location, to take you to your final drop off point.
Your allowance is one medium sized suitcase per person, which should weigh no more than 20kg when full. We may refuse to carry larger or heavier cases. Hand luggage should be stored in the overhead racks aboard the coach. Nothing should be stored under your seat.

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from.

All of our coaches are modern and comfortable, and you can be assured of a high level of service. On selected air holidays, the executive coach may not have an onboard toilet or drinks facilities.

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

Find your nearest pickup point

You can join your coach at your nearest joining point – we’ve hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. To find your nearest pick up, search using your postcode below.

    *Please note pickups are subject to availability.

    Travel Extras

    On Single Traveller holidays and coach holidays of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is from £35 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

    If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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    British Isles Discovery 11 days from £1,259pp

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