Discover the Channel Islands, Brittany, and the Basque Country on this incredible 11-day summer cruise through the most distinctive landscapes of Europe. Stroll around Bruges past ramparts, windmills and romantic canals. Enjoy the jewel of the Atlantic, Belle-Île-en-Me - as soon as the sun rises over this Breton isle, the cafés and squares are instantly filled with the friendly chatter of locals, accordion players, and women selling their wares in the market. With its serene atmosphere, the port of Le Palais is the perfect place to relax and walk around. In the exuberant old town of San Sebastian, your taste buds are in for a treat thanks to the countless cozy little bars, where the culinary diversity of the city is proudly presented.
Catch charming harbor views of the little villages along the Elbe River
Stroll along the Ostende beach, with its soft sand and medieval atmosphere
Visit San Sebastián, a mecca for food lovers
Join optional cycling tours in Hamburg, Ostend, St Peter Port and Bilbao
King Leopold II built the white palace and the long, wonderfully shady galleries on the beach. Like the casino and kursaal, they hark back to the Belle Époque when Ostende was the favorite summer resort of the aristocracy on the Flemish North Sea coast and was one of the most chic seaside towns in Europe. Although both world wars took their toll on the king's 'queen of seaside resorts', people still come in droves to stroll along the wide beach with its creamy sand and the long promenade. The lively old Hanseatic city of Bruges is captivating and its medieval atmosphere enchants you. A rich historical heritage has been preserved inside its vast ramparts and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
This former 'corsaire' town in northern Brittany has always had a close relationship with the sea. Although the buccaneers have left, St. Malo is now the start or end point for many famous sailing regattas. Behind the legendary town defences lies the historic centre, which is surrounded by water on three sides and has always been impregnable. On one side of the town walls you will see the narrow alleyways and tall houses of the old town which bear testament to the prosperity of past traders and sailors. The other side offers exquisite views of the emerald sea, dazzling white sandy beaches, harbour and forts. Tidal variations in the Bay of Saint-Malo provide an impressive natural spectacle with twelve metres difference between high and low tides.
'A piece of France fallen into the sea and grabbed up by the English' is how Victor Hugo described his place of exile in the Bay of St. Malo, which is closer to the northern coast of France than the south coast of England. Guernsey, the second largest British Channel Island, later inspired Auguste Renoir to produce a whole series of paintings. Narrow, meandering roads bordered by hedges and embankments wind through the interior of the island, which boasts luscious vegetation courtesy of the mild Gulf Stream climate, while in the south, green hills give way to rocky cliffs on the sea's edge. Here, spectacular crags, bays and sandy beaches have been shaped by the vast tidal range pummelling the rock. The pretty island capital of St. Peter Port overlooking the large sheltered harbor and castle boasts a fascinating mixture of styles in a tangle of terraces and stepped gardens.
At 54 square miles, Belle-Île-en-Mer is the largest of Brittany's islands. For a few weeks every summer, the storms and crashing waves subside and the island takes on a laid-back holiday atmosphere, with lots of bicycles, beach towels, and music. On the west coast, the waves break on the rocks causing white crests to dance on the water. Small, idyllic bays and beaches nestle in deep inlets on the rocky coastline, sometimes only accessible from the sea. The island's capital is the port of Le Palais with its imposing citadel and countless street cafés along the harbor and in the Place de la République. Claude Monet spent two and a half months on the island, producing 39 paintings of the wild Côte Sauvage.
The Vieux Port dock and the beautiful front, which teems with cafés, form the center of the picturesque old town. Two imposing towers once served as lookout posts for the harbor and town, and are now the symbol of La Rochelle. The medieval town walls, town hall, churches, and shipowners' offices bear testament to its former glory. Today, the Les Minimes marina is one of the largest examples of its kind in Europe. A bridge spans the 3km gap between the mainland and the Ile-de-Ré. With its enchanting beaches and dunes, little villages, cottages with green shutters, and alleyways lined with hollyhocks, the 'White Isle' is a paradise for cyclists.
Less than 10 kilometers separate Pasajes (Pasaia in Basque), a tiny fishing community that seems like it belongs in a fairytale, from San Sebastian. Pasajes has it all: charming little squares, delectable cuisine, vibrant medieval architecture.
San Pedro and San Juan (Donibane in Basque), the two most well-known villages, are located on either side of the bay, directly by the Pasajes port, and make up the town's four distinct districts. A tiny motorboat that travels back and forth between the two communities all day long connects them.
Day 11: Bilbao, Spain | Disembark
Arrive in Bilbao and disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.
Bilbao has always been an important port and industrial city. In 1993, Bilbao was a pilgrimage destination for lovers of modern art and avant-garde architecture. The Guggenheim Museum, with its idiosyncratic and unique design by famous architect Frank O Gehry, showcases everything that is important within its 11,000 square metres 118,403 foot). Steel used to be manufactured in Bilbao and it now plays a major role here, since other renowned architects have also been inspired to give Bilbao an attractive, distinctive look. Cross the futuristic Calatrava Bridge to reach the old town, where you can take a delightful stroll round the lanes and enjoy the art of Basque cuisine.
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Superior Single Cabins (approx. 13 and 14.5 m²/139 and 156 sq ft) are equipped with a single bed, a small sitting corner with a table and a chair, a dressing table and a wardrobe. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Superior Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 19 m²/177 to 204 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, wardrobe and bureau. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Deluxe Cabins (approx. 20 m²/215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Deluxe Lido Cabins (approx. 16.5 to 20 m²/177 to 215 sq ft) are equipped with a double bed (two single beds), a small comfortable sitting corner with a chair or couch and a table as well as a dressing table, bureau and wardrobe. The spacious bathroom is equipped with a sink, shower and WC. These cabins have portholes and are located on the Cabin Deck.
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Junior Suites (approx. 26 to 30 m² /280 to 323 sq ft including balcony) are located on the Panorama Deck and offer a private balcony and panoramic windows. The cabins include a sitting corner with a couch and a table, two single beds (of 90 cm x 200 cm each), which can be placed separately or as a double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom is equipped with a sink, WC and bathtub.
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Owner's Suites are located on the Panorama Deck, and have a sitting area and panoramic windows as well as a private balcony. Each of the suites (approx. 36 to 39 m²/388 to 420 sq ft including balcony) is equipped with two single beds (of 95 cm x 200 cm each) that can be placed separately or as a large double bed, and a walk-in closet. The bathroom features sink and bathtub; the WC is separate.
Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.
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
Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
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10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
11 Nights Accommodations
Accommodations as listed
Ground transportation as listed
Excursions and activities as listed
Meals as listed
Complimentary fresh fruit available daily
Welcome bottle of champagne in cabins, welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne, selected wines and beers with lunch and dinner, bottled water on excursions and all soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea throughout the cruise.
Use of water sports facilities such as snorkeling equipment (weather permitting).
Flight costs (please request a quote)
Additional excursions during free time
Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
Shore excursions. Contact us for pricing.
Excess luggage. Allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger.
Everything was amazing! The planning with Adventure Life went smoothly. The actual trip was fantastic! One of the best trips I have experienced. The cruise staff members were knowledgeable and attentive. I will be writing more about this on the blog!