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, 10th 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, 11th 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, 12th 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.