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European Coastal Cruise: France, Spain & Portugal

London to Lisbon - Example 10 Day Cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville
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Embark on a 10-day luxury cruise aboard Le Dumont-d'Urville setting off from Dover. Explore Honfleur's historic streets, St. Catherine’s Church, and the Old Port. Optionally, visit Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery. Discover Saint-Malo's market and 15th-century buildings. Visit a traditional biscuit maker in Cancale and enjoy a seafood lunch. Relax at sea before exploring Bordeaux's castles, vineyards, and art. In Bilbao, visit the Guggenheim Museum or historic sites. Discover A Coruña and Santiago de Compostela, and enjoy a Galician folklore dance performance. Explore Porto's Cais da Ribeira, taste port wine, or visit the Douro Valley for a winery tour. In Lisbon, tour the Tower of Belem and Jerónimos Monastery, or visit Sintra and Évora. Disembark for your post-tour extension or airport transfer.
Torre de Belem, LisbonPorto Cityscape, PortugalSunset over the tranquil Honfleur harborSaint MaloVisit the famous Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
Highlights
  • Explore Honfleur's maritime heritage or visit Omaha Beach
  • Discover Saint-Malo's historic battlements and Breton biscuits
  • Experience Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum or historic Guernica
  • Sample port wine in Porto or tour the Douro Valley's wineries
  • Discover Lisbon's iconic monuments or venture to Sintra
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Day 1: London, England | Embark

Your journey begins in London, where you meet your fellow guests and the Expedition Team. Afterward, you will be transferred to Dover to embark on your luxurious ship in the afternoon. Later in the evening, you can enjoy a delightful welcome briefing and reception on the ship.

Day 2: Honfluer, France | Normandy's Riches

Discover Honfleur, a charming Norman port town steeped in maritime history since the 16th century. Wander through its picturesque streets, marveling at the iconic St. Catherine’s Church and the historic Old Port. For a different experience, consider a visit to the poignant D-Day landing site of Omaha Beach and the moving Normandy American Cemetery and Visitors Center in Colleville-sur-Mer. Alternatively, delve into the culinary delights of the countryside with a gastronomic journey, savoring local cheeses, traditional hard cider, and the renowned apple brandy, Calvados.

Day 3: Saint-Malo | Gateway to Mont Saint-Michel

Arrive in Saint-Malo, a historic fortified port renowned for its walled battlements, idyllic beaches and regional gastronomy. Once ashore, explore the city’s market, 15th-century buildings and Fort National. Then, visit a traditional Breton biscuit maker in Cancale and enjoy a seafood lunch. Alternatively, you might visit Mont Saint-Michel, a stunning village perched atop a tidal island. Here, wander its steep cobblestone streets and climb over 350 steps to reach its famed abbey. Or, visit the town of Dinan and its 14th-century castle, enjoying walks along the estuary, and a guided oyster farm experience.

Day 4: At Sea | Sailing Toward Southwest France

Unwind during a relaxing day at sea, enjoying the ship’s amenities and engaging presentations by our experts.

Day 5: Bordeaux | Intoxicating Art De Vivre

Bordeaux offers an exciting mix of castles, vineyards, art, and urban street life. Here, explore the Old Town, the 13th-century Cathedral of St. André, and the immersive digital art exhibition of the Bassins de Lumières. Alternatively, delve into Bordeaux’s rich wine heritage with a tour and tasting at a local estate. Or, visit the seaside resort town of Arcachon, where you experience its golden beaches, Belle Époque atmosphere, and freshly caught oysters. You might also opt for a nature walk through the coastal Landes, home to the largest forest in Europe.

Day 6: Bilbao, Spain | Shimmering Art in Basque Country

Arrive in Bilbao, a medieval city and proud Basque enclave that has transformed itself into a modern cultural mecca. Here, explore Frank Gehry’s spectacular Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Alternately, transfer to Guernica, a historic Basque city inextricably linked to the Spanish Civil War and immortalized in Picasso’s namesake masterpiece, or take a drive through to the quaint fishing town of Bermeo. Return to your vessel for lunch and a relaxing afternoon sailing scenic coastal Spain.

Day 7: Santiago De Compostela | Hallowed Ground

Today, explore the province of A Coruña and the city of Santiago de Compostela, the terminus of the Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimage routes dating to the ninth century. Choose to explore the city’s cathedral and Old Town, followed by lunch with a Galician folklore dance performance. Alternatively, choose a shorter walk to Cape Finisterre, the last stop on the Camino de Santiago, followed by a visit to the medieval castle of Vimianzo. For another option, explore Santiago’s bustling food market and restaurants, tasting local tapas, empanadas, cheeses, and wines.

Day 8: Porto, Portugal | Opulent City on the Rio Douro

Arrive in Porto, the charming-yet-edgy star of the Iberian Peninsula. Here, explore vibrant Cais da Ribeira, discovering its Stock Exchange Palace and St. Francis Church, followed by a port wine tasting at a famous riverside lodge. Or, opt for a culinary tour of Porto’s vibrant central market and beloved backstreet taverns. Alternatively, visit the enchanting Douro Valley for a winery tour, tasting, and lunch at one of the region’s finest wine estates; or see Braga, home of the Baroque Bom Jesus de Braga Sanctuary. You may also visit historic Guimarães and its medieval castle.

Day 9: Lisbon | Charismatic Capital

Arrive in Lisbon, a charismatic seaside capital renowned for its white-bleached limestone buildings and easygoing charm. Once ashore, tour the iconic Tower of Belem and Jerónimos Monastery, pausing to sample local culinary specialties along the way. Or, drive to Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its glittering palaces. Alternatively, set out on an excursion to the enchanting walled city of Évora. You might also opt to learn about the region’s tilemaking tradition with a hands-on experience at a local workshop.

Day 10: Lisbon | Disembark

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Disembark and continue on your post-tour extension or transfer to the airport for your return flight.

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Le Dumont-d'Urville

Le Dumont-d'Urville Ship
Le Dumont-d'Urville Paint Gallery
Le Dumont-d'Urville Observatory

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Cabin: 344 sq. ft. (32 sq. m.) Balcony: 86 sq. ft. (8 sq. m.)
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Category 7 - Grand Deluxe Suite
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Category 8 - Owner’s Suite
Cabin: 485 sq. ft. (45 sq. m.) Balcony: 430 sq. ft. (40 sq. m.)
Included
  • 9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 9 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Traveller's Valet® Laundry Service 
  • Pre- and/or Post-Cruise Stays at Stylish, Ideally Located Hotels and A&K-Led Excursions
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Zodiac Excursions Led by Expert Naturalist Driver-Guides
  • All Gratuities, Port Charges and Taxes
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on Board and in Hotels
  • Private Balcony with Every Onboard Accommodation and Butler Service with Every Suite
  • Maximum Personnel-to-Guest Ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary Program Featuring French-Inspired Cuisine, Including House Drinks, Afternoon Tea and Pastries
  • Complimentary Expedition Parka, Backpack and Water Bottle, and Use of Waterproof Pants, Boots and Trekking Poles
  • Enrichment program, lectures and presentations
  • Onboard Service from an English-Speaking Staff, Including an Accredited Physician
  • An Exclusively Chartered, All-Inclusive Voyage Led by A&K’s Expedition Team
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • 24-Hour Room Service and Breakfast in Bed on board
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  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Luggage Handling 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable

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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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