Maritime Mini Cruise

4 Nights Saga Maritime Mini Cruise from £608** per person (based on two adults sharing) Including optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited or a reduction of £3 if not required

**Prices Subject to availability.

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Portsmouth, England

Including

Return chauffeur service to the port or FREE car parking

A choice of wines at lunch and dinner

All gratuities on board

24-hour room service

Complimentary Wi-Fi

All gratuities on board

Calling At

Portsmouth, England - Depart 1700. Portsmouth is one of the most densely populated cities in Southern England, and is unusual as most of its built-up area occupies Portsea Island, which is linked to the mainland by road and rail bridges. Although there is a Roman fort at nearby Portchester, which was occupied later by both the Saxons and the Normans, there was no settlement on the site of Portsmouth at the time of the Domesday survey in 1086. The town developed in medieval times and received its first charter in 1194 from King Richard the Lionheart; soon afterwards it developed into a permanent naval base. It has the world’s oldest continuously used dry dock, and is home to several famous ships, including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose, which millions of television viewers watched being raised from the Solent in 1982. Portsmouth remains an important naval base and is home to a large proportion of the British service fleet. The waterfront area is now dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, 560 feet high, which is the United Kingdom’s tallest building outside London. Other things to see in the city include the house where Charles Dickens was born, and the City Museum, which contains a permanent exhibition devoted to another famous writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who lived in the town.

St Peter Port, Guernsey - Arrive 0800. Depart 1700. The Channel Islands are geographically closer to France than England and are a delightful blend of Gallic and British influences. Step back in time and experience the leisurely pace of life of a bygone era with a trip on a 1954 vintage Albion Victor coach that will take you to the Guernsey Folk and Costume Museum. Alternatively take a walk along St Peter Port’s quaint cobbled streets and steep lanes lined with neat rows of houses, investigate one of the fascinating museums, savour the seafood on offer or see relics of the German occupation during World War II. With its magical mix of French and English culture, Guernsey is the second largest of the Channel Islands. It is renowned for its friendly atmosphere, temperate climate, fascinating history and rich natural heritage. St Peter Port, the island’s bustling capital and the oldest community in the Channel Islands, lies on the East side, hugging the slopes that rise back from the sea so that the houses appear to be piled on top of one another. During your visit you will be able to discover some of the port’s fascinating museums, sample the island’s delicious cuisine or, time permitting, visit neighbouring Sark. Visitors should be aware that during 2017 one of Guernsey's most famous attractions, the Little Chapel, is undergoing restoration work: it will remain open, but the exterior may be partially obscured by scaffolding.

Honfleur, France - Arrive 0800. Depart 1700. This enchanting harbourside town dates back to the 14th century and was the starting point for the Canadian discovery voyages. It has captured the imagination of many an artist thanks to local marine painter Boudin, young Monet's mentor, who encouraged others to paint here. While here, you may like to learn more about the Normandy Landings and see the beaches where Allied forces landed during Operation Overlord in World War II or perhaps visit Pegasus Bridge that was captured by British airborne forces. One of the most picturesque old fishing ports in France, Honfleur is very popular with tourists from all over the world. Located on the estuary of the River Seine., Honfleur was an important port in medieval times and many of the people who left France to found Canada set sail from here. The town's light and ambience has always attracted writers and artists and it was a favourite with Corot, Boudin (who was born in Honfleur in 1824) and many other Impressionist painters. The myriad plaques found all over the town attest to its long association with notable people.

Dartmouth, England - Arrive 0800. Depart 1700. The small naval port of Dartmouth has been guarded by Dartmouth Castle for over 600 years, and sitting on a hill overlooking the town, the Britannia Royal Naval College has been training Naval Officers since 1863. There is a strong link between the people of Dartmouth and the sea, and you can learn more about this connection in the Dartmouth Museum. Alternatively, perhaps take a thrilling trip aboard a Brixham Trawler, an elegant wooden vessel known for its high speed, and imagine the thrill the fishermen of the 19th century felt as they dragged their haul to shore. Situated in the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dartmouth enjoys an enviable spot on the River Dart. Always of strategic importance as a deep-sea port, Dartmouth has played various major roles in the seafaring history of Great Britain. It was from here that many of the Crusaders of 1147 and 1190 set off, and during World War II numerous American troops used the area for training before setting off from its shores to participate in the D-Day landings. Always having close ties to the armed forces, Dartmouth has been a home for the Royal Navy since the reign of Edward III, and today the prestigious Britannia Royal Navy College dominates the town. In recent years Dartmouth has been used by the successful and popular novelist Kate Ellis as the setting for her murder mysteries featuring Detective Sergeant Wesley Peterson and archaeologist Neil Watson: in her books the town appears as 'Tradmouth', but the parish church, river and other landmarks are readily identifiable.

Portsmouth, England - Arrive 0800. Disembark Saga Pearl II after breakfast.

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