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Experience the lands of ice and fire

Experience the lands of ice and fire on a cruise aboard the CMV Marco Polo. Before setting sail to explore some of the remotest destinations in Britain and Iceland, and hopefully see the Northern Lights. Take time to discover the north of England, its cities, castles and heritage railways

  • Guided walking tour of York
  • Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Downton Abbey themed tour of Alnwick Castle
  • Lindisfarne
  • CMV Marco Polo
  • The Shetland and Orkney Islands
  • Torshavn
  • Reykjavik
  • Opportunities to see the Northern Lights
What’s Included
  • Heritage Rail Excursion
    First and Standard Class rail and coach travel
  • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation
    16 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 15 dinners
  • 11-night cruise aboard the CMV Marco Polo

Northern England, The Faroe Islands & Iceland 2020Tour Details

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Days 1-5 York

York, the Settle-Carlisle Railway & Lindisfarne

Meet your group and Tour Manager at The Principal Hotel, York. On Day 2 we discover much of the city's long and varied history on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. After breakfast on Day 3, we transfer by coach to Settle railway station, where we take a journey on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line (Standard Class). We continue by rail to Hexham, boarding our coach to Northumberland for three nights at the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick. We enjoy a guided tour around Alnwick Castle and Gardens on Day 4, before crossing the wild Northumberland countryside to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on Day 5.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Days 4&5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-10 Lerwick

Embarkation, and the Shetland and Faroe Islands

We leave Northumberland today, travelling by coach to Newcastle to meet the CMV Marco Polo which begins sailing to Aberdeen after embarkation. Arriving in Scotland on Day 7, you have free time to look around before we set sail again. Mooring in Lerwick, the largest town in the Shetland Isles, on Day 8 gives you time to explore independently. We reach Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands' vibrant capital, on Day 9. Although one of the world's smallest capitals, it is packed with an array of attractive, varied architecture. Perhaps take the optional tour to some of the islands' coastal villages, or visit the grottoes around the sheer rock walls of the Vestmanna sea cliffs. Day 10 is spent at sea as we make the crossing to Iceland.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Days 7&8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-14 Reykjavik

Reykjavik and the Northern Lights

We arrive in Reykjavik this morning. Here there is an option to visit the famous and beautiful Blue Lagoon on an optional excursion that takes you around the island's classic 'Golden Circle' of thermal activity.

Days 12 and 13 are at leisure while Day 14 is spent at sea.

Your time upon the open ocean is the perfect chance to spot the Northern Lights. At this latitude, all you need are clear skies thanks to the lack of light pollution so far from land.

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 14 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 15-17 Kirkwall

The Orkney Islands and homeward bound

Following a free day in Klaksvik, second largest town of the wild and rugged Faroe Islands, we set sail this evening, arriving in Kirkwall, capital of the Orkney archipelago, on Day 16. From here, we moor back in Newcastle before catching the train to York on Day 17.

  • Day 15 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 16 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 17 - Breakfast

Departure Times

On many of our UK & Ireland tours, you may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; your Tour Manager will be available between 16:00 and 18:00. However, if you are arriving later, you can meet your Tour Manager before dinner from 19:00.

What’s included
  • Escorted by a UK Tour Manager until embarkation and from disembarkation of the CMV Marco Polo
  • First and Standard Class rail and coach travel
  • 11-night cruise aboard the CMV Marco Polo
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 41 meals including 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 15 dinners
  • Tours of York & Alnwick Castle and Gardens
  • Journey aboard the Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Excursion to Lindisfarne
  • Opportunities to see the Northern Lights (weather permitting)

Not Included

  • Cancellation & Travel Insurance is not included in the price of the tour but can be arranged.

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Luke Simpson
Helen Laverack
Northern England, The Faroe Islands & Iceland

Experience the lands of ice and fire


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