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Northern Europe: Lisbon to London

Example 13 Day Cruise aboard Silver Wind
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Give your taste buds a treat on this voyage! Not only will you experience first-hand a “gastronomic meal of France”, so vital to French culture that it became UNESCO protected in 2010, but your eyes are in for a feast too. Visual marvels include Bilbao’s iconic Guggenheim, Mont Saint Michel’s fairy-tale abbey, and sailing through London’s emblematic Tower Bridge. If you have a combined love for food and adventure, then this epicurean cruise is a must.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Lisbon, Portugal | Embark
Day 2 : Oporto
Day 3 : Vigo
Day 4 : La Coruna
Day 5 : Bilbao
Day 6 : San Sebastian
Days 7-8 : Bordeaux
Day 9 : At Sea
Day 10 : Saint Malo
Day 11 : Honfleur
Day 12 : London
Day 13 : London | Disembark

Highlights

  • Admire Spanish and international artists work at the Guggenheim Museum
  • Visit Bordeaux a region that is rich in fine wines and incredible cuisine
  • Discover Saint Malo’s exquisite old-world stone architecture
  • Sail past Tower Bridge, the iconic symbol of London spanning the River Thames

Ship

Silver Wind

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

Relax with a stunning view of Lisbon Incredible Vineyards of Bordeaux Biking past the Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux Charming timber houses of Honfleur Sunset over the tranquil Honfleur harbor Big Ben and Whitehall

Day 1 Lisbon, Portugal | Embark

A glorious mosaic of beauty, freedom, and authenticity, Portugal’s capital is a stirring artwork of a city. Known for the seven hills it spreads across, and its stirring fado music, Lisbon is a pastel-colored blend of houses and beautiful tile artworks - and this creative city strikes a perfect harmony between natural and manmade beauty. Stroll along Alfama's steep, cobbled streets as you explore one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods - where each house and door could be its own photograph. Look for the decorative tiles, with the distinctive blues and whites of Azulejo ceramics, and visit the dedicated museum to learn more. Afterward, wind up to São Jorge Castle, where views out across Lisbon’s red rooftops unravel. Just one of many majestic viewpoints, you can also seek out Miradouro da Graça for perhaps Lisbon's finest panorama, with the copper-colored suspension bridge stretching over sparkling water beyond the sea of buildings.

Day 2 Oporto

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Steep, stacked banks of evocative buildings and cobbled streets perch scenically over the River Duoro, in this authentic, atmospheric Portuguese city. Famed for its wine and bright azulejo tiles - which turn streets into art galleries - Oporto is a charming taste of the real Portugal. Wander the uneven paths of the country’s second-largest city, which are soaked with history, tradition and eye-catching details. Start in the gorgeous, historic Ribeira neighborhood at the River Douro, and walk up through tiny alleys and narrow streets lined with restaurants and cafes. Catch your breath with a coffee, and be sure to try the famous pastel de nata pastry as a sweet accompaniment. Enjoy views of the colorful city from the skeletal Ponte de Dom Luis I bridge. Its design might ring a bell - the structure was created by a student of Gustav Eiffel and has a similar aesthetic to his famous tower creation.

Day 3 Vigo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The most important fishing port in Spain dates back to Roman times. From the 16th to 18th centuries, its active commercial trade with North America attracted English buccaneers to its waters in search of treasures from the galleons returning with riches from the Spanish colonies. In 1589, Francis Drake attacked the harbor and sacked the town. In the 19th century, modern Vigo was born and became rapidly one of the largest cities in Galicia. Vigo enjoys a beautiful setting surrounded by pinewoods and gardens. The town is built in an amphitheater around the south bank of the deep harbor, and its entrance is guarded by the Cies Islands. The old town and fishermen’s quarter are worth exploring as is Mount Castro, crowned by a castle fortress which commands a magnificent view of Vigo and the bay.

Day 4 La Coruna

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Revolving around its golden urban beaches, La Coruna is a bustling, historic city, which luxuriates along the twisted Galician coastline. One of Spain’s most undiscovered, under-the-radar destinations, La Coruna boasts juicy seafood and unbridled relaxation beside the Mediterranean's rustling waves, and is set amid a surprisingly lush and vibrant green landscape. A pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella’s cultural wonders is also easily within your reach from these shores. The narrow streets of the historic center open out to the vast Plaza de Maria Pita, which is crowned by the triple domes of the City Hall. Cafes and restaurants spill out around the square, perfect for hunkering down for coffee or a glass of refreshing white Albariño wine. Head to Calle Estrella, to taste the fruits of the Atlantic and La Coruna’s seafood - grilled octopus is a particular specialty.

Day 5 Bilbao

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Whether it’s the flow of its boundary-pushing architecture, delights of its finger food tapas, or sweeps of gorgeous shoreline nearby, Bilbao is a city that places a premium on aesthetics. The relentless drive to all things beautiful may be a reaction to the city’s industrial past, but it has led this Basque city to emerge as a new beacon of artistry. American architect Frank Gehry’s masterpiece of flowing metal is the shining standout here, a perfect harmony of smooth titanium and glass, and a thrilling piece in itself. Inside the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, world-class exhibitions are exhibited in the bright, expansive interior - which practically begs you to explore more. The city has a gorgeous historical presence too. Casco Viejo - the medieval area - is its historic core, and home to the original seven streets and cathedral, dating back to the 14thcentury.

Day 6 San Sebastian

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner

Day 7-8 Bordeaux

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
The name alone conjures images of sun-ripened grapes, splashes of refined flavor, and the joy of clinking glasses. Bordeaux is synonymous with quality and prestige, and the promise of endless opportunities to sample the city’s famous, full-bodied red wines makes a visit to this elegant French port city one to truly savor. Sprinkled with scenic, turret-adorned mansion castles, which stand above soil softened by the Atlantic and winding flow of the Garonne River, the vineyards of Bordeaux consistently produce revered wines, enjoyed right across the globe. Explore France’s largest wine region, walking through vineyards where dusty clumps of grapes hang, before descending into cellars to see the painstaking processes that make this region a global wine center. The acclaimed, sensory experience of Cité du Vin wine museum lets you put your own nose to the test, learning more about the craft involved in producing world-class vintages.

Day 9 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is going to the gym, visiting the spa, whale watching, catching up on your reading or simply topping up your tan, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.

Day 10 Saint Malo

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ship sails flutter in the breeze, at the natural port of Saint-Malo - a historic and resilient walled city, which watches out over golden sands and island fortresses. Strung tenuously to the mainland, Saint-Malo was the historic home of a rowdy mix of skilled sailors and new world explorers - as well as the plunderers who earned the place its 'Pirate City' title. Some of history's great voyages have launched from here - including Jacques Cartier's, which led to the settlement of New France and modern-day Quebec. 

Day 11 Honfleur

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The crammed together, timber-framed houses of Honfleur's delightful waterfront simply beg to be painted, and the waterfront beauty has been immortalized on the canvases of artists like Monet, and Honfleur's celebrated son, Boudin. Located in scenic Normandy, where the Seine opens out into the Channel, this is one of France's - and the world's - most spectacular, historic harbors. Impossibly picturesque, the Vieux Bassin's Norman harbor townhouses are an artist’s dream, reflecting out onto the still water, between bright wooden fishing boats.

Day 12 London

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Centuries-old architecture shares an instantly recognizable skyline with the modern metallic and glass shards of skyscrapers in London, a city of endless history and tradition. Arrive at the center of it all, below the watch of one of the most famous bridges in the world, Tower Bridge. From here, you can begin a tour of iconic landmarks, and discover why England’s capital is one of the most visited, adored and adulated cities. So much to see, so little time. The traditional and contemporary go hand in hand in London like nowhere else. Ascend the London Eye, for a birds-eye view of the city, before wandering across the Thames's wide flow to the Gothic architecture of the Houses of Parliament, and the rise of Big Ben’s unmistakable clocktower. A hefty sprinkle of royal pageantry awaits at Buckingham Palace, where red-jacketed soldiers stomp sternly and solemnly in their duty, during ceremonies to mark the changing of the guards.

Day 13 London | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Disembark after breakfast.

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INCLUDED IN THE CRUISE FARE
  •  Transfers (between airport, hotel and ship)
  •  1-night pre-cruise hotel
  •  Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  •  Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  •  Spacious suites
  •  Butler service in every suite
  •  Unlimited Free Wifi
  •  Personalized service – nearly one crew member for every guest
  •  Choice of restaurants, diverse cuisine, open-seating dining
  •  Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship, including champagne, select wines and spirits
  •  In-suite dining and room service
  •  Onboard entertainment
  •  Onboard gratuities
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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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