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Lisbon - Portsmouth - Example 12 Day Cruise aboard SH Vega
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Embark on a 12-day cruise aboard the SH Vega. Departing from Lisbon, discover hidden ports and towns along the Atlantic coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France. Explore Brittany before reaching the historic naval city of Portsmouth. Immerse in Europe's maritime legacy by exploring old towns, medieval cities, steep streets, and enchanting gardens. Indulge in local delights, from port wine and cider to butter biscuits and crepes, while savoring the essence of each region's specialties.
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Highlights
  • Explore Lisbon's colorful neighborhoods brimming with history, culture, and tradition
  • Experience Vigo's picturesque squares and hike to the top of Monte O Castro Hill
  • Discover Ferrol's rich history and culture, including the Ferrol Naval Museum and San Felipe Castle
  • Explore Gijon's colorful old houses and visit the Atlantic Botanical Garden
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Day 1: Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon, relax, and spend the overnight preparing for your adventure.

*specific hotel and location to be announced

Day 2: Lisbon | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon’s technicolored past is evident just about everywhere. The medina-like streets of Alfama still bear Moorish influences. Baroque architecture surrounds you in Baixa, and the scars of the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 can still be found throughout the city. It’s estimated that over 100,000 people died in what became one of history’s deadliest earthquakes. Today, Lisbon is a delightful mix of colorful neighborhoods brimming with history, culture, and tradition.

Day 3: Leixoes (Oporto)

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portugal's second city, Oporto, is a city of two halves, known for stately bridges over Douro. On the left bank is Gaia, best known for its port houses such as Graham's and Taylor's, where you can enjoy a cellar tour or port tasting. On the right bank, Ribeira has rows of colorful old houses that line the riverfront and narrow streets. Head to the top of the hill to admire the blue azulejo tile murals in the Igreja de Carmo church, or ride a vintage tram to the Foz district.

Day 4: Vigo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Gateway to the Atlantic, the Spanish Atlantic city of Vigo is one of Europe's major fishing ports, known for its freezing and canning industry. Wander around the steep, narrow streets and picturesque squares of Casco Vello, the old town, towards the fish market. Hike to the top of Monte O Castro Hill, encompassing an ancient fortress and Castro's 3rd-century BC archaeological site. The Outlying Cies Islands are part of the Atlantic Islands National Park, renowned for its birdlife. Inland Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage center, is a short bus ride away.

Day 5: Ferrol

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ferrol is a city in the province of A Coruña in Galicia, Spain. It is on the Atlantic coast and has a rich history and culture. You can enjoy exploring the city’s many historic sites and museums, including the Ferrol Naval Museum, the San Felipe Castle, and the Jofre Theater. The city is also known for its beautiful beaches and natural scenery. Some popular attractions include the Playa de Doniños, the Playa de San Xurxo, and the Parque Reina Sofía.

Day 6: Gijon

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
With its colorful old houses, the Asturian port city of Gijon is surrounded by rolling green hills and is home to the Atlantic Botanical Gardens, packed with over 2,000 plants. Wander around the fisherman’s old quarter of Cimedevilla to see the monumental Eulogy to the Horizon sculpture, crafted from cement blocks by Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida in 1990, and the Campo Valdés Roman Baths dating from around 100 AD. Local ciders are a specialty, best enjoyed in a traditional sideria.

Day 7: Santander

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Santander is renowned for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and cultural attractions. Visitors can explore the city’s many museums and galleries, including the Centro Botín, the Museum of Prehistory and Archaeology of Cantabria, and the Museum of Fine Arts. The city also has many beautiful parks and gardens, including the Jardines de Piquío and the Parque de la Magdalena.

Day 8: Day at Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Sea days are rarely dull. Take the time to sit back and let the world go by. The ship’s observation decks provide stunning views of the passing ocean. A day at sea allows you to mingle with other passengers and share your experiences of this incredible trip, or head to the library full of reference books. Get an expert’s view in one of the on-board lectures, or perhaps perfect your photography skills with invaluable advice from professional photographers.

Day 9: Saint-Malo

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The enchanting coastal city of Saint-Malo is a labyrinth of medieval streets filled with history and culture. Dating back to the 12th century, Saint-Malo was once a haven for pirates and a stopping point for merchant ships. Today, you can find colorful shops and outdoor markets alongside aromatic markets, cafes, and restaurants. Oysters and crêpes are the local delicacies; sample some while here. The ancient walled town of Intra-Muros forms the heart of Saint-Malo. The striking Gothic and Romanesque Cathédrale de St. Malo dominates the skyline.

Day 10: Cherbourg

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cherbourg is a port town in the Manche department of Normandy, France. You can explore the city’s many museums and galleries, including the Cité de la Mer, the Musée Thomas Henry, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts. The city has many beautiful parks and gardens, including the Jardin Public de Cherbourg-Octeville and the Parc Emmanuel Liais. Some popular attractions include the Fort du Roule, the Basilique Sainte-Trinité, and the La Glacerie Golf Course.

Day 11: Honfleur

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Your port of call today is Honfleur, Normandy’s most charming port town. If it looks familiar, that’s because Honfleur was a favorite subject of Monet and many other artists, including Boudin, Corot, Courbet, Dubourg, Sisley, Bazille, and Daubigny. Thanks to landscapes by these masters, the town’s timber-framed houses and the appealing Vieux Bassin (Old Harbour) are part of your collective consciousness. Before the city became a refuge for 19th-century artists escaping Paris, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Honfleur was one of France’s most important ports.

Day 12: Portsmouth, England | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Your cruise ends in the UK’s only island city and the world’s oldest dry dock. With easy access by rail and road from airports in London and Southampton, Portsmouth has a long and proud naval heritage. Boarding your boutique ship, follow in the footsteps of Admiral Nelson and Henry VIII as you settle in for your voyage. If time permits, the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is worth a visit.

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Oceanview D4
19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Oceanview M4
19 m2, Oceanview staterooms features 2 single beds, bedroom and living room and a luxurious ensuite bathroom.
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Balcony D5
28 m2, Located at the forward and aft of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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Balcony M5
28 m2, Located at the center of the ship, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedrooms with a living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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Balcony D6
28 m2, Located on deck six, these balcony staterooms feature 2 single beds or double bed bedroom with living room area, a luxurious bathroom and your own private 6m2 balcony
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44 m2, Our Suites features a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, and a 12 sq.m. private balcony.
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49 m2, Our grandest suites feature a super king bed and separate living room with and a soothing flame-effect fireplace a luxurious ensuite bathroom, a spacious walk-in wardrobe, and a 12 sq.m private balcony.
Included
  • 11 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 10 Dinners
  • 11 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Room Service 
  • Wifi
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks and selected alcoholic beverages available 24-hours per day
  • Lecture programs by our experienced expedition team and guest speakers
  • Onboard gratuities & port taxes
  • Branded Swan Hellenic expedition parka and use of rubber boots in Polar Regions.
  • Group return transfers from the airport to the cruise port (via our included accommodation where applicable)
  • One night pre-cruise accommodation with breakfast in a 4/5-star hotel or onboard
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Passport and Applicable Visa Expenses
  • We recommend every traveler to take out a travel cancellation insurance, travel interruption insurance and a travel health insurance policy with an assumption of the return transport costs of repatriation

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