Embark in Bordeaux for a 11-day voyage boarding the SeaDream I. Take a journey to exercise your taste buds with exquisite chocolate from the Basque country. Chocolate was first introduced to France in Bayonne 400 years ago. Also, visit the fortified house of Borja, the House of the Aguila y la Parra, the Merino Tower and the Collegiate-church with its cloister, all this make Santillana one of the most charming villages in the whole country of Spain.
Explore the city of Bordeaux, capital of the wine world & a UNESCO Site
Enjoy the art of authentic and traditional Basque cuisine
Discover La Coruña, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Visit the medieval King's Castle and Palace of the Dukes of Braganca
Embark SeaDream I at Bordeaux and the ship departs late this evening.
Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne River in the Gironde department in southwestern France. The city of Bordeaux, with a population of 239,157 inhabitants in 2010, is the ninth largest city in France; its metropolitan area is the sixth largest in France, with a population of 1,127,776. It is the capital of the Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called "Bordelais" (for men) or "Bordelaises" (women). The term "Bordelais" may also refer to the city and its surrounding region. Bordeaux is the world's major wine industry capital. It is home to the world's main wine fair, Vinexpo (fr), while the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century. The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century.
Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a fishing port on the Basque coast and now a famous resort, known for its architecture, sandy bay, the quality of the light and the cuisine. The town is located south of Biarritz, on the right bank of the river Nivelle (French for Urdazuri) opposite to Ciboure. The port lies on the estuary just before the river joins the ocean.
The Kursaal Convention Center’s glowing cubes and Basque Culinary Center’s elongated terraces have become symbols of contemporary San Sebastian, but traditional Belle Époch and Baroque were certainly never abandoned. Begin your San Sebastian journey in the atmospheric Old City – the capital of Pais Vasco’s Gipuzkoa Province, it is a vibrant center of Basque culture and history. The French frontier is just a few kilometers down the road, and perhaps San Sebastian shares more with Biarritz and Bayonne than it does with Madrid.
The unparalleled architecture and remarkable landscapes are just the beginning of Bilbao. Known as one of the greatest treasures of Spain, Bilbao comes with a cultural allure that only a few can resist. Bask in the rolling green hills and the breathtaking coastline that will sweep you off your feet. Enjoy Michelin-inspired eateries and take a walk around the endless cobblestone streets filled with light-dimmed wine bars and social hotspots.
Santander, Spain is located on the northern coast of Spain. It is an idyllic combination of sea and mountains. It has eleven sandy beaches with crystal clear waters and are a favorite summer attraction. Main attractions include the Cathedral, El Sardinero, The Placio de la Magdalena, El Hotel Real, Gran Casino del Sardinero and the Lighthouse of Cabo Mayor.
On the northwesternmost corner of Spain lies La Coruña, a distinguished city favored by history for its strategically important placement. Its most prized landmark is the 2nd-century Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest Roman lighthouse still in use, a colossal structure that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll through graceful María Pita Square, named for the revered 16th-century Coruñan woman who inspired a successful counterattack on Sir Francis Drake’s intimidating English Armada. At the spectacular Aquarium Finisterre, gaze at myriad undersea creatures through massive glass panes, perhaps continuing your exploration of the city’s striking shoreline at the formidable San Antón Castle, a terrifically preserved 16th century fortification. Should you strike out to the lovely countryside, quaint villages such as Betanzos will delight you with houses that showcase the region’s distinctive glass-paned balconies. Don’t forget to visit one of La Coruña’s inviting tabernas, where excellent seafood is complemented by the lively conversation of friendly locals.
The port of Vigo, with its strategic location in the northwest corner of Spain, was constantly fought over during the many periods of war between Spain, Britain, and France. Nearby Baiona is a town with a medieval historical center situated by the outlet of the Vigo Bay. On March 1, 1493, the Pinta, one of the ships from Columbus' voyage to discover the New World returned to Europe and arrived in Baiona, making the town's port the first to receive news of the discovery of America. A replica of the ship can be visited, and the event is celebrated each and every year. SeaDreamers have two land adventure options that include the sights and tastes of Bayona as well as the Unesco Awarded town of Santiago de Compostela.
Porto or sometimes called Oporto is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and has been awarded two Unesco Heritage Sites. Porto is a unique mix of monuments and wine. This is the very city that originated the name “Port Wine”. Some of the cities attractions include the Dom Luis Bridge, The Cathedral, Cais Da Ribeira Unesco district, Sao Francisco Church and much more. SeaDream has arranged a highlights orientation as well as tasting some port wine.
Day 11: Lisbon, Portugal | Disembark
Lisbon is the capital as well as the largest city in Portugal. It is one of the oldest cities in the world. Lisbon has two sites listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Sites: Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. The city stretches along the banks of the Tejo river. Disembark the ship in the morning.
This was my first experience with Adventure Life - and I couldn't have been more pleased with the trip. The guides and local staff in both Buenos Aires and Uruguay were terrific - extremely helpful and accommodating. I really enjoyed meeting the friendly staff in Buenos Aires in person (I left my bags with them for the afternoon).