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From mighty seafaring capitals to sleepy fishing villages, trace the coast of Western Europe on this sweeping journey that highlights the region’s great art, fine food, and important historic sites. Browse local markets for a taste of daily life and stroll along scenic waterfronts that echo with centuries of maritime history. Raise a glass and soak in the charm and atmosphere of the celebrated wine towns of Porto and Bordeaux. Nature hikes on bucolic islands reveal terraced gardens, peaceful pastures, and wild, windswept coastlines. A team of experts and local guides provide rich insights to deepen your understanding of these fascinating ports and their rich history.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lisbon, Portugal
Day 2 : Lisbon / Embark Sea Adventurer
Day 3 : Porto
Day 4 : Mouros, Spain / Santiago de Compostela /La Coruña
Day 5 : At Sea
Day 6 : Bordeaux, France
Day 7 : La Rochelle
Day 8 : Brest
Day 9 : Guernsey, Channel Islands
Day 10 : Jersey / Sark Island
Day 11 : Normandy, France / Mont Saint-Michel
Day 12 : Brugge, Belgium
Day 13 : Texel, West Frisian Islands, Netherlands
Day 14 : Amsterdam
Day 15 : Disembark in Amsterdam

Ship

Sea Adventurer (ZE)

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Porto, Spain Vineyard City of Lisbon Texel, Frisian Islands, Netherlands Belem Tower in Lisbon

Day 1 Lisbon, Portugal

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day at leisure, with dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 Lisbon / Embark Sea Adventurer

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tour Lisbon’s architectural highlights, including the Sao Roque Church; the Gothic Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; and St. George’s Castle. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before embarking the Sea Adventurer in the afternoon.

Day 3 Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Porto’s historic center was awarded World Heritage status for its varied architecture—from Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance to Baroque, neoclassical, and modern. Stroll through the old town and visit the 13th-century cathedral. Sample port in its birthplace at a special tasting.

Day 4 Mouros, Spain / Santiago de Compostela /La Coruña

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Disembark in Mouros and depart overland to Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage Site with a mélange of Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque buildings. The splendid St. James Cathedral is the conclusion of the pilgrimage road that begins in Paris and winds its way through France and across Northern Spain. Continue to La Coruña, Galicia’s commercial center. Visit the Archaeological Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, and National Museum of Science and Technology.

Day 5 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Lecturers recap your experiences on the Iberian Peninsula and prepare you for what’s to come.

Day 6 Bordeaux, France

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
World famous for exquisite wines, Bordeaux also boasts more Monuments Historiques than any French city except Paris. Enjoy a tour of the 18th-century urban area, the largest square in all of Europe, and the 16th-century Basilica of Saint-Seurin. Visit a wine-trade history museum and sample some local vintages, before a vineyard tour.

Day 7 La Rochelle

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Known as La Ville Blanche (the White City), La Rochelle’s luminous limestone façades glow in the bright coastal sunlight. Stroll past three 14th-century stone towers and visit the neoclassical cathedral with a magnificent Baroque interior. Or, visit the U-boat bunker, constructed by the German navy during World War II.

Day 8 Brest

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Brest has a long history as a military harbor and is the port where thousands of American soldiers landed from 1917-18. Visit the fascinating Maritime Museum, a botanical garden, and a Brest history museum. Famed for its crepes, learn about the region’s food culture and sample local delicacies.

Day 9 Guernsey, Channel Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
An English outpost located off the coast of France, Guernsey is a fascinating mosaic of fishing villages, greenhouses, and fields dotted with the island’s eponymous dairy cows. See remnants of the German occupation during World War II, and take a stroll through the photogenic harbor of St. Peter Port, where Victor Hugo lived in exile while he wrote Les Misérables.

Day 10 Jersey / Sark Island

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the wide-ranging Jersey Museum which explains the history, traditions, and culture of the island, and the award-winning Maritime Museum. Nature enthusiasts take a walk through coastal heathland to view the rocky cliffs that are home to puffins, fulmars, shags, and several species of gulls. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise to nearby Sark Island.

With no cars—only tractors, bikes, and horse-drawn carriages—Sark is leisurely and relaxed. Join a local for a guided tour of the stunning cliffs and peaceful fields. Continue to La Seigneurie Gardens for a tranquil contrast to the windswept wildness of the rugged coast.

Day 11 Normandy, France / Mont Saint-Michel

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit Arromanches-les-Bains, the site of a temporary harbor established by the Allies immediately after D-Day as well as Omaha Beach. View exhibits chronicling the campaign at the D-Day Museum and continue to Sainte-Mere-Eglise to visit the British and American cemeteries. Or visit medieval Mont Saint-Michel, which inspired Henry Adams and influenced the Gothic revival.

Day 12 Brugge, Belgium

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Tour medieval Brugge, a World Heritage Site known for its Gothic architecture and serene waterways. After lunch at a local restaurant, tour the Groeninge Museum, which houses six centuries of Flemish and Belgian paintings. Those with an interest in World War I history may travel overland to Ypres, the location of heavy fighting throughout the war. Visit the In Flanders Fields Museum, the best museum in Europe dedicated to the Great War.

Day 13 Texel, West Frisian Islands, Netherlands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Broad white beaches, lush nature reserves, dense forests, and cute villages are the highlights of Texel, the largest of the Wadden Islands. Take a walk along the grass-covered dunes and search for shorebirds, including avocets, shelducks, plovers, gulls, redshanks, and spoonbill terns.

Day 14 Amsterdam

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Board a local boat for a cruise along historic canals to observe Amsterdam's lovely architecture. Or, join a guided tour of the Rijksmuseum, viewing several masterpieces by Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Or, head to the countryside for a bike ride among Holland’s iconic windmills, with a stop to sample local cheeses.

Day 15 Disembark in Amsterdam

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark this morning and board your independent flight.

Sea Adventurer (ZE)

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Sea Adventurer's Category 1 and 2 Cabin.
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Cat 1
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 119-143 sq. ft
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Cat 2
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 117-153 sq. ft.
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Cat 3
Two twin beds, shower, two lower berths, double window, 115-142 sq. ft.
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Cat 4
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 121-161 sq. ft.
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Cat 5
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, double window, 121-161 sq.ft.
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Cat 6
Two lower berths, two twin beds, bath or shower, two windows, 121-161 sq.ft.
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Cat 7
Two lower berths, two twin beds, en suite bathroom, two windows, 160-165 sq. ft.
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Suite, two lower twin beds, bath with shower, four windows, sitting area, 221 sq. ft.
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Owner’s Suite, two lower berth twin beds, shower/ bathtub, four windows, sitting area, 273 sq ft.
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Single Cat 2
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 117-153 sq. ft.
Sea Adventurer's Single Category 3 Cabin
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Single Cat 3
Two twin beds, shower, two lower berths, double window, 115-142 sq. ft.
Sea Adventurer's Single Category 4.
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Single Cat 4
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, porthole window, 121-161 sq. ft.
Sea Adventurer's Single Category 5 Cabin
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Single Cat 5
Two lower berths, two twin beds, shower, double window, 121-161 sq.ft.

Notes

- Rates are quoted in U.S. dollars and represent costs per person, double occupancy. If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you whenever possible.
- Additional singles may be available at 1.6 times the share rate.

Inclusions: All gratuities; accommodations in a hotel and on board the Sea Adventurer as outlined in the itinerary; all onboard meals; soft drinks, wine, and beer with lunch and dinner; all group meals on land; arrival and departure transfers on group dates; services of the expedition staff, including lectures, briefings, slide/film shows; all group activities and excursions; landing and port fees; medical expense coverage; and emergency evacuation insurance.

Exclusions: All air transportation; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature such as laundry, bar charges, alcoholic beverages (except as listed above), e-mail/fax/telephone charges.

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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