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Iberian Peninsula: Leixões to Bilbao

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Indulge yourself with an exclusive 5-day break over Whitsun, a beautiful spot that combines modern art and stunning nature along the coasts of Portugal and Galicia. Explore the Islas Cíes Nature Reserve - according to Galician legend, the Cíes Archipelago is the place where God rested on the seventh day after he created the world! Visit Santiago de Compostela, the final stop and climax of the Way of St James – a pilgrimage route that has been followed since the 11th century. Discover Bilbao’s Guggenheim Museum, an incredible building made of glass, titanium, and sandstone, an artwork in its own right; its exterior was designed by artists, and inside find all the most famous names in the art world spread out over an exhibition space of 11,000 square meters (118,000 square feet).

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Leixões, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Islas Cíes, Spain
Day 3 : La Coruña, Spain
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Bilbao, Spain | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy steep coasts & small forests at Islas Cíes, a perfect spot for a hike
  • Join a city walking tour to La Coruña and try some delicious tapas
  • Visit Santiago de Compostela, one of the most famous pilgrimage sites

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Lighthouse on top of Cies Islands, Spain Porto, Portugal Old Town Historical transportation in Porto, Portugal The colorful streets of Spain The stunning blues and scattered islands of the Mediterranean

Day 1 Leixões, Portugal | Embark

Arrive at Porto (Leixões). Board the Sea Cloud II and attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 Islas Cíes, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
On the seventh day, when God had created the world, he took a rest from his work on Galicia's Cíes Islands. And you can well understand why. Today the Galician National Park encompasses large parts of the sea and three uninhabited islands which form the archipelago of the Cíes Islands. Walking along beautiful footpaths along impressive cliffs, through dune landscapes and small forests, you can discover the rich array of flora and fauna. Its beautiful beaches are still almost a secret - the Playa de Rodas was even selected by a British newspaper as the world's most beautiful beach.

Day 3 La Coruña, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Discover the old city of La Coruña, set picturesquely on a peninsula. Its landmark is the Tower of Hercules, over 2,000 years old, set on the headland in front of the city. Culture, history, and art come face-to-face with traditional Galician lifestyle. Santiago de Compostela, one of the world's most famous pilgrimage sites, is the goal and climax of the Camino de Santiago, a path that has existed since the 11th century. The beautiful cathedral, one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Christendom next to Rome and Jerusalem, also dates back to this time. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as is the old city. A special ritual takes place here - the Botafumeiro, where a huge thurible is swung through the magnificent transept.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 5 Bilbao, Spain | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at Bilbao, a pilgrimage destination for lovers of modern art and avant-garde architecture. Disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.

Sea Cloud II

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$3,000
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Notes

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • The use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers

Included

  • 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
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The trip might have been the absolute best of our lifetime (thus far). We particularly want to commend our guide Peter in the Guilin area-he was so incredibly attentive, energetic, enthusiastic-and absolutely dedicated to ensuring that our meals were 100% vegetarian.
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