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Northern England, The Scottish Isles & Iceland

(Tour code: IIO17)Experience the magic of the lands of ice and fire

Experience the magic of the lands of ice and fire on a magical 12-day cruise aboard the CMV Magellan. Before setting sail to explore some of the remotest destinations in Britain, as well as the culture and nature found in abundance throughout Iceland, take time to discover the north of England, its cities, castles and heritage railways.

Tour Highlights
  • Guided walking tour of York
  • Settle-Carlisle line
  • Train ride along the Hadrian’s Wall line
  • Downton Abbey themed tour of Alnwick Castle
  • Excursion to Lindisfarne Holy Island
  • Visit to Bamburgh Castle
What’s Included (Full details)
  • Heritage Rail Excursion
  • 5 nights’ hotel accommodation
  • 12-night cruise aboard the CMV Magellan

Itinerary & Map

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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.

Days 1-2

Meet in York

Your cruising holiday begins in the historic city of York, where you meet your group and Tour Manager at your hotel, the 4-Star Royal York. Located next to the railway station this is the perfect base from which to begin your northern adventure. 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 that has remained almost unchanged since the Middle Ages. Following the tour, you have the chance to continue sightseeing at your own pace.

  • Day 1 - Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
Hadrians Wall
Day 3

The Settle-Carlisle Railway

After breakfast this morning, we make the very short walk back to the railway station where we take a journey on the famous Settle & Carlisle Line. The 72-mile route is regularly voted one of the world's top railway journeys, taking us through the dramatic Yorkshire Dales, across the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct and into Dent station, which at 1150 feet is the highest mainline station in England. Continuing into Cumbria, we change in Carlisle to the Hadrian's Wall Line. On arrival in Hexham we continue by coach to the historic Northumberland town of Alnwick, where we stay at the White Swan Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Alnwick Castle
Days 4-5

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, also known to fans by it's alter ego, Brancaster Castle. We cross the wild Northumberland countryside to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne on Day 6, taking a journey into Britain's spiritual heritage with a visit to the island's famous priory. Founded in the 7th century, this is the site from where Christianity spread through Northern England and Lindisfarne has been a centre of pilgrimage for 1,300 years. In the afternoon we continue to Bamburgh, a scenic coastal town dominated by its magnificent Castle since the 12th century.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Faroe Islands
Days 6-8

Cruising aboard the Magellan

We leave Northumberland today, travelling by coach to Newcastle where we board our cruise ship for the next 12 nights, the fantastic CMV Magellan, enjoying a welcome drink on arrival. We begin our journey northwards in the afternoon, spending Days 7 and 8 at sea cruising towards the remote Faroe Islands.

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

Torshavn and Seyðisfjörður

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 - from the colourful wooden huts with turf roofs in the Old Town, to the grander modern developments a little inland. 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. We arrive into Iceland on Day 10, mooring in Seyðisfjörður a small fishing and farming town named after the fjord on which it is situated. The town is built on a small sand spit and faces the imposing Holmatindur Mountain. While in Seyðisfjörður, you can visit the Maritime Museum of Iceland or join and optional excursion that leads you on a guided tour of the town or perhaps head out into the wilderness to explore Skálanes Nature Reserve.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 11-12

Akureyri and Ísafjörður

We glide into Akureyri today, a major centre for Icelandic culture set overlooking a fjord near the north coast. Its attractions include the thriving botanical gardens - an indication of Akureyri's favourable climate in spite of its proximity to the Arctic Circle. Alternatively you could join one of the many optional excursions that start from here; discover Goðafoss, home to the 'Waterfall of the Gods' or even head across Skjalfandi Bay for a chance to see Minke, Humpback and even mighty Blue whales. On Day 12 we reach Ísafjörður. Set away from the rest of the country on the fjord of the same name, the town is the largest in this wild region - which is noted for its outstanding scenery, even in a country packed with incredible landscapes. Surrounded by towering mountains, basalt crags and majestic fjords, Ísafjörður is a great starting point for many optional trips such as a boat trip onto the fjord or a visit to the nearby Arctic Fox Research Centre and Museum.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 13


Arriving into Reykjavik this morning, the world's most northerly capital, you are free to discover the preserved Old Town or see the astonishing region of lava fields, geysers and geothermal springs found in UNESCO-protected Thingvellir National Park, taking a dip in famous Blue Lagoon on an optional excursion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 14-15

At sea

The next couple of days are spent cruising the open waters of the North Sea. You can spend time on deck keeping an eye out for wildlife, or relax on board, making the most of the Magellan's facilities.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 16-18

The Shetland and Orkney Islands

Today we arrive in Lerwick - the largest town in the Shetland Islands, Britain's northernmost outpost. Here you can explore the grey-flagged main street and narrow lanes leading down to the harbour, all overlooked by the imposing Fort Charlotte. Day 17 takes us to Kirkwall, the capital of the Orkney Islands. Here you can discover Orkney's shimmering lochs, heather moorland and brilliant beaches - or perhaps visit the prehistoric village of Skara Brae and Scapa Flow, the area's natural harbour. On Day 18 we disembark in Newcastle, taking the train back to York where your tour ends.

  • Days 16-17 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 18 - Breakfast

Please note

Optional shore excursions are not included in the price of your tour and are payable locally.


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