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Stretching coastline of Europe

Western Europe: Bilbao to Lisbon

Example 6 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Take a short break amidst artistic delights and natural wonders on the coast of Galicia and Portugal on this unique 6-day sailing cruise. On the Sea Cloud II you can experience relaxation from the moment you step on board. Discover Santiago de Compostela – a place of pilgrimage, the final stop and climax of the Way of St James – a pilgrimage route that has been followed since the 11th century. During this time, La Coruña's magnificent cathedral was also established as one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Christianity, alongside Rome and Jerusalem. Explore the Islas Cíes, which, according to Galician legend, is the place where God rested on the seventh day after he created the world.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Bilbao, Spain | Embark
Day 2 : At Sea
Day 3 : La Coruña, Spain
Day 4 : Islas Cíes, Spain
Day 5 : Leixões, Portugal
Day 6 : Lisbon, Portugal | Disembark

Highlights

  • See Santiago de Compostela, one of the world’s most famous pilgrimage sites
  • Explore Islas Cíes Nature Reserve, a perfect place for individual hikes
  • Discover the famous port wine cellars of Leixões
  • Experience the enchanting approach to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Stretching coastline of Europe La Coruna Bay Ruins of the Cies Islands Historical transportation in Porto, Portugal Torre de Belem, Lisbon

Day 1 Bilbao, Spain | Embark

Arrive in Bilbao board the Sea Cloud II. Settle in to your cabin and attend a welcome dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 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 3 La Coruña, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The old city of La Coruña is set picturesquely on a peninsula and 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 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 5 Leixões, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Porto considers itself the country's secret capital. The narrow lanes of the historic old town "Ribeira", a UNESCO World Heritage Site, extend in terraces up the slope overlooking the Douro. The former working class district has blossomed into a beautifully restored trendy neighborhood. A student of Gustave Eiffel created the bold design for the bridge, which stretches over the river in a wide arc and links the Ribeira with Vila Nova da Geia and its 50 port wineries that lie on the other side. The best way to reach the incredible Douro Valley and the countryside of the Alto Douro wine region, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is by river.

Day 6 Lisbon, Portugal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive in Lisbon and disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.

Sea Cloud II

Per person starting at
$3,395
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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

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

  • 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
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