8th August - Treasures of Normandy and the Channel Isles
Relax in the sumptuous comfort of Hebridean Princess as she takes us on a journey that encompasses maritime history, visits picturesque French cities, and highlights the tranquility of the smaller Channel Islands of Sark and Alderney.
Wednesday, 8th August.
This afternoon embarkation took place at Tower Millennium Pier in the shadow of Tower Bridge and guests were tendered to our berth alongside HMS Belfast.
Image credit - John Noorani.
Thursday, 9th August.
This morning the Thames Clipper transported guests to Greenwich for a guided tour of the Maritime Museum.
The afternoon was spent cruising under Tower Bridge and along the Thames on passage towards our overnight anchorage.
Image credit - Jake Campbell.
Image credits - John Noorani.
We anchored overnight at the Great Nore anchorage off the entrance to the River Medway.
Friday, 10th August.
Guests spent the morning exploring the Historic Dockyard at Chatham where they learnt how ships such as HMS Victory were designed and built.
In the afternoon a visit to Canterbury allowed guests to tour the city and cathedral.
Saturday, 11th August.
We arrived and berthed in Dover during the early hours of the morning for our morning visit to Dover Castle.
During lunch we sailed for Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France, where guests went on a walking tour of the city.
We remained alongside overnight in Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France.
Sunday, 12th August.
Today was spent cruising the Normandy coast on passage towards Honfleur, France. Rear Admiral John Lippiett gave two of his talks in the Tiree Lounge, one during the morning and one during the afternoon. We arrived and berthed alongside in Honfleur where we remained overnight.
Monday, 13th August.
A walking tour of Honfleur allowed guests to discover the picturesque port and the largest wooden church in France, St Catherine's.
As we sailed the Normandy coast in the afternoon, Rear Admiral John Lippiett delivered a further lecture in the lounge ahead of our arrival in Cherbourg, our overnight berth.
Tuesday, 14th August.
From Cherbourg, guests were taken on a tour which included visits to Saint Mère Église, the Airborne Troops Museum and Utah Beach this morning.
A relaxing afternoon was spent on board as we cruised on passage towards Guernsey.
Wednesday, 14th August.
Having berthed in St Peter Port, Guernsey overnight, this morning we boarded the local ferry for Sark where a full day tour with lunch ashore was order of the day. Sark is known as the crown jewel of the Channel Islands, nestled in between Guernsey and Jersey. Car-free with spectacular scenery, bays, coastal paths and cliff top views.
Thursday, 15th August.
Hebridean Princess repositioned to Alderney yesterday evening and here we berthed overnight. Today's visit saw us board the only working railway in the Channel Islands, where diesel locomotives pull London Underground carriages to Alderney Lighthouse.
Friday, 17th August
From our overnight anchrage, we arrived in Portland and after a hearty breakfast and 8 days of discovering the treasures of Normandy and the Channel Isles, Hebridean Princess said farewell to her disembarking guests this morning.