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Experience the magic of the lands of ice and fire

Experience the lands of ice and fire on a cruise aboard the CMV Marco Polo. Discover the cities, castles and heritage railways of northern England before setting sail to explore some of the remotest destinations in Britain and Iceland.

  • Guided walking tour of York
  • Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Downton Abbey themed tour of Alnwick Castle
  • CMV Marco Polo
  • The Shetland and Orkney Islands
  • Torshavn
  • Reykjavik
What’s Included
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 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 1-2 York

Meet in York

Your cruising holiday begins in the historic city of York, where you meet your group and Tour Manager at your hotel. Enjoy some time to get acquainted with the city ahead of our first dinner together at the hotel.

On Day 2 We discover much of the city's long and fascinating story on a guided walking tour of its main attractions. These include the incomparable Minster, which is one of Europe's largest and most ornate Gothic cathedrals, and the Shambles, a quaint street of cobbled streets and beautiful, overhanging, timber- framed houses that has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages.

Following the tour, you have the chance to continue sightseeing at your own pace. Perhaps venture to the fantastic Railway Museum? Located in a convenient and apt position next to York's beautiful Victorian railway station, enjoy exploring the multitude of locomotives that this wonderful museum has on offer.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Day 3 Ribblehead Viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct

The Settle-Carlisle Railway

After breakfast this morning, we transfer by coach to Settle railway station where we take a journey on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway (Standard Class). The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway journeys, and for good reason.

Enjoy the marvellous passing scenery of the North of England, from rolling verdant hills to wild and windy moorlands. We continue by rail to Hexham, boarding our coach to Northumberland for three nights at the White Swan Hotel in Alnwick.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Days 4-5 Alnwick Castle
Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle and Lindisfarne

This morning we enjoy a guided tour around the beautifully landscaped Alnwick Gardens as well as impressive Alnwick Castle. Famous as a filming location for Downton Abbey, we are treated to a 'behind the scenes' tour of the imposing structure.

We cross the wild Northumberland countryside to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on Day 5, taking a journey into Britain's spiritual heritage with a visit to the island's famous priory. In the afternoon we continue to Bamburgh, a scenic coastal town dominated by its magnificent Castle since the 12th century.

  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast, Dinner
Days 6-8 Lerwick

Embarkation, and the Shetland 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.

  • Day 6 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 9-10 Torshavn

Faroe Islands

This morning we reach Tórshavn, the Faroe Islands' vibrant capital. Although one of the world's smallest capitals, Tórshavn is packed with an array of attractive, varied architecture. Perhaps take the optional tour to some of the islands' coastal villages, or the excursion to 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 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 10 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-13 Reykjavic


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

  • Day 11 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 12 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 13 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 14 CMV Marco Polo
CMV Marco Polo

At sea

Today 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.

  • 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

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

An escorted experience and all travel arrangements

  • Escorted by a UK Tour Manager until embarkation and from disembarkation of the CMV Marco Polo
  • First and Standard Class rail travel

Comfortable accommodation

  • 11-night cruise aboard the CMV Marco Polo
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation

Delicious meals included

  • 41 meals including 16 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 15 dinners

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided walking tour of York followed by leisure time to explore
  • Scenic journey aboard the Settle-Carlisle Railway
  • Downton Abbey themed tour of Alnwick Castle and Gardens
  • Excursion to Lindisfarne Holy Island and its priory
  • Visit to Bamburgh Castle
  • A range of optional excursions for each port of call will be confirmed in your final information pack

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Category 6, Category 9 Superior or Category 12 Premium cabin from £530 per person

Please note: This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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

Experience the magic of the lands of ice and fire


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