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From Portugal to Scotland

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Champlain
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This 8-day cruise invites you sail along the Atlantic coastline of four European countries: Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland.  Visit the UNESCO World Heritage monuments, the monastery of Jerónimos and the Belém Tower, on the banks of the River Tagus. Enjoy the "city of granite" known not only for its wine, but also for its remarkable historic town center which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take the chance to visit the site of Santiago de Compostela, a major pilgrimage destination home to many Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque monuments, bearing witness to its rich past.  Enjoy long sandy beaches of the Isles of Scilly before continuing north to charming Cobh and Dublin, where historic buildings and city streets provide a rich background to modern adventures. Finally, end your journey in Glasgow. 
 

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lisbon | Embark
Day 2 : Leixões | Porto
Day 3 : Cee | La Coruña
Day 4 : At Sea
Day 5 : Isles of Scilly
Day 6 : Cobh
Day 7 : Dublin
Day 8 : Glasglow, Scotland | Disembark

Highlights

  • Cruise along the coastlines of Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom and Ireland
  • Enjoy an excursion in Galicia to discover Santiago de Compostela
  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Lisbon, Porto, and Dublin
  • Kiss the famed “Stone of Eloquence” in Cobh, Ireland

Ship

Le Champlain

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Rocky shores of the Atlantic Explore the enchanting city of Glasgow Belem Tower in Lisbon Lisbon, Portugal Lisbon, Portugal Porto, Portugal Old Town La Coruna Bay Ha'penny Bridge in Dublin

Day 1 Lisbon | Embark

Portugal’s capital city is located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometers from the Atlantic coast. Lisbon is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity: Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower, two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, stand sentinel at the mouth of the river harbor. Sample the local delicacies such as the pasteis de nata—delicious creamy bakery flans. On the Alfama hillside, explore the Moorish streets and listen for sounds of fado drifting from the bars. Along Chiado’s elegant streets, big fashion labels entice travelers for a bit of luxury shopping.

Day 2 Leixões | Porto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Located at the mouth of the Douro River, the port of Leixões lies less than 10 kilometers from Porto. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the historic center of Porto is worth a visit for its famous Ribeira district, the metallic silhouette of the Dom-Luis bridge looming over its ancient houses, its richly decorated Baroque churches and its national Soares dos Reis museum. The São Bento station is also interesting for its typically Portuguese decoration, using Azulejos, blue square ceramic tiles decorated with geometric patterns or figurative scenes.

From the pier, board your coach and start your 30-minute scenic drive to Porto. Once arriving, visit the Francis Church which is the most prominent Gothic monument in Porto and also noted for its outstanding Baroque inner decoration. Next, discover the historical center and enjoy a photo stop in front of the imposing 12th century Cathedral Façade. This Cathedral is one of the city's oldest monuments and one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Portugal. End your visit passing by the Clérigos Tower and Porto's main Avenue: Aliados.

Next drive to Taylor’s wine cellar. Established over three centuries ago in 1692, Taylor’s is one of the oldest of the founding Port houses, dedicated entirely to the production of the finest Port wines. Taylor’s is regarded as the benchmark for Vintage Port. Noted for their elegance and poise as well as for their restrained power and longevity, Taylor’s Vintage Ports are blended from the finest wines of the firm’s own quintas or estates: Vargellas, Terra Feita and Junco. These three iconic properties, each occupying a distinct geographic location and with their own unique character, are the cornerstone of the company’s success and the main source of its unique and inimitable house style. The family’s commitment to the future of Port is demonstrated in its single-minded dedication to the highest standards in Port production, its continued investment in all aspects of the firm’s operations and its determination to preserve the unique environment of the Douro Valley through the promotion of sustainable and responsible viticulture.

Day 3 Cee | La Coruña

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cee is located at the end of a bay on the north-western Spanish coast. A stone’s throw from the marina, the maritime promenade is a great place to stroll alongside one of the town's beaches or luxuriant gardens. The city center can be reached by a pleasant walk down quaint streets bordered by pines and palms. These streets lead you to the market square with its shops offering a profusion of all kinds of delicious food. Dally under the arcades and perhaps be tempted by a slice of bica gallega, a regional cake that’s both moist and crunchy.  Try it with a cortado or a machado, two delectable espresso drinks.

La Coruña stands on a peninsula in north-west Spain.  As you enter the harbor, look for the imposing Castillo de San Antón, which houses archaeological collections from Galicia. In the old town, you’ll travel back in time as you meander through the streets from the medieval church of Santiago to the contemporary Domus building, a museum dedicated to human biology and psychology. Brightly colored tramways connect to the waterfront, on one side, Riazor beach, and on the other, the Hercules tower: this lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic is a UNESCO World Heritage site, listed for its history dating back to Antiquity.

Day 4 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.

Day 5 Isles of Scilly

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Nestling in the clear waters of the Atlantic Ocean, at the south west tip of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly form a small British island chain whose climate, landscapes and lifestyle are unlike any other and seem to resemble a tropical paradise. The long sandy beaches run alongside lush green meadows teeming with semi-exotic flowers, while the ruins of ancient castles loom from the tops of the hills. Veritable havens of peace that inspired the legendary Avalon of King Arthur, they are today listed as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the rugged coastline plays host to wildlife that is as varied as it is exceptional, including the very rare Atlantic grey seal.

Day 6 Cobh

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
From the very endearing small town of Cobh, set out to discover Cork, rich with a history that goes back to Viking times. During your visit here, take an exceptional trip to Blarney Castle, dating from 1446 and renowned for its legends and its ancient stones. At the end of your visit, do not miss the chance of kissing the “Stone of Eloquence,” located at the top of the monument, which legend tells will confer its powers upon you.

Day 7 Dublin

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Irish capital stretches along the banks of the Liffey to Dublin bay, on the East coast of Ireland. Discover Ireland’s warm conviviality in the pedestrian district of Temple Bar. Its cobbled streets are brimming with fabulous shops, pubs and arts centers. Next to Trinity College, famous for its 18th century library, you can stroll along Grafton Street: in one of its famous tea shops, try a delicious scone and clotted cream served hot and melt-in-the-mouth with jam. Not far from here, the majestic O’Connell bridge leads you to the avenue with the same name, on which Spire, a luminous contemporary sculpture, presides.

Day 8 Glasglow, Scotland | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
In the heart of the Clyde Valley, the bustling city of Glasgow contrasts starkly with the wild beauty of the surrounding countryside. Scotland's biggest city overflows with landmarks from its extensive artistic heritage and outstanding architectural tradition. The city's grid layout makes walking through the major pedestrian thoroughfares easy: go with the flow and let the lively street atmosphere take you past the many Victorian monuments. Don't miss the collections on display in the numerous museums and art galleries. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is an outstanding example.

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while on board the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h Room service (special selection)
  • English speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).​​​
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, on board medical consultations and drug prescriptions
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