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Culture and Cuisine from Porto to Basque Country

Example 7 Day Cruise aboard National Geographic Resolution
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From Oporto’s local Port Houses to the chocolate makers of Bayonne, this 6-day voyage aboard National Geographic Resolution is sure to satisfy your appetite for the cuisine and culture of the upper Iberian coast. Explore the splendor of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral, tour a Galician mansion, meander through the local villages of A Coruña and Bilbao, and hike the beautiful Basque coastline. Visit Hercules Tower and the Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, thrill to the melodies of the gaitas and trikitixas, and savor a Basque-style dinner in San Sebastian. Compare and contrast French and Spanish Basque cultures, and learn about the Celtic influence on the region as well. This journey offers unforgettable culinary and cultural exploration of one of the most beautiful regions in Europe.
Relax with a stunning view of LisbonCruise through vibrant PortoBayonne ham of southwest FranceVisit the famous Guggenheim Museum in BilbaoTaste the wines of FranceVineyards in FranceExplore the historic cities and towns of the Bordeaux regionEnjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard
Highlights
  • Spend a day discovering Galicia and visit a splendid Galician estate
  • Discover an array of iconic architectural masterpieces
  • Visit a port house in Oporto to sample world-renowned port wines
  • Experience Basque country's music, cuisine, and markets
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Lisbon, Portugal

  • 1 Lunch
Arrive in Lisbon on an overnight flight. The capital of Portugal, Lisbon maintains a reputation as one of Europe’s most vibrant and charismatic cities. Captivating history, art, culture, and delectable cuisine make it a city worth discovering.

Day 2: Lisbon, Portugal | Embark

Join us on a city tour and for lunch before embarking on National Geographic Resolution in the late afternoon. Settle into life on board as we set sail for Porto.

Day 3: Porto, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Porto in the early morning. The birthplace of port wine, Porto straddles a gorge on the Douro River, linked by numerous bridges and filled with medieval architecture. See the famous azulejo tiles of the region and take in the views from the iron masterpiece Ponte Dom Luís. Learn the secrets of port-making during a tasting at a riverside port house

Day 4: Villagarcía de Arousa, Spain | A Coruña, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Anchor in Villagarcía de Arousa and take a day trip to the Galician countryside, where you’ll visit a winery, watch fishermen as they collect mussels, and enjoy the verdant Galician landscapes from the river. Alternatively, travel to Santiago de Compostela, and visit the cathedral that has welcomed millions of pilgrims over the centuries. Enjoy a typical Galician musical performance and a tapas lunch at the adjacent Hostal dos Reis Católicos.

Day 5: Bilbao, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
This morning arrive in Bilbao, one of the great cities within Basque country. Surrounded by rolling hills, Bilbao excels not only in its architectural masterpieces but in its superb Basque cuisine. Explore the titanium curves of Frank Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Museum and learn how it has transformed the city. Wander through Bilbao’s cobblestoned old quarter or take part in a tapas cooking demonstration to discover the buzz around the city’s well-known cuisine.

Day 6: Saint Jean-de-Luz, France | San Sebastian, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Explore both the French and Spanish Basque cultures today. Choose a market excursion in the village of Saint Jean-de-Luz to get an introduction to French Basque culture, or journey to the French Basque countryside for a wine and tapas tasting. In Spain’s Basque capital of San Sebastián, discover the connection to the Celts and hear the bouncing rhythms of a trikitixa, a traditional accordion.

Day 7: Bordeaux, France | Disembark

From the stunning symmetrical architecture of place de la Bourse to charming side streets brimming with cafés, Bordeaux has no shortage of nooks and crannies worth discovering. Today we arrive in this picturesque riverside city and have breakfast aboard before disembarking and departing for the airport for flights home.

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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 183 square ft. #406, 408, 411, 413, 415. Standard Cabin Amenities
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Fore Deck with two large windows, Alcove seating, Relax chair 205 square ft. #410, 412, 414, 416-419, 421-427
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #512-524
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa, 205 square ft. #608, 610, 612, 613-623 Standard Cabin Amenities
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Bridge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 205 square ft. #708, 709, 711, 713
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Bridge Deck—Junior Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed 344 square ft. #710
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Bridge Deck—Large Balcony Suite with large balcony, sofa bed, bathtub, walk-in closet 430 square ft. #700-707, 712, 714-717
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Main Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #504-510, 513
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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611

Notes

What's Included:

Aboard ship
  • All meals and non-alcoholic beverages*
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.
  • Your bar tab and WiFi** are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Islander or National Geographic Endeavour II voyages. Please call for details.
  • Cappuccinos, lattes & filtered water
  • 24-hour coffee, tea & soda on demand (soda not included on Lord of the Glens)
  • Hors d’oeuvres & snacks during Recap
  • Fitness center or exercise equipment, depending on the ship
  • Fully stocked library, and other gracious public spaces
  • The guidance and company of our expedition staff
  • The services of a physician on certain ships/destinations
Ashore
  • Hotels ashore as indicated in itinerary
  • Meals on land, as indicated in itinerary
  • Sightseeing & entrance fees
  • Special access permits, park fees, port taxes
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • The expertise of our expedition staff
Activities
  • All excursions
  • Zodiac & kayak explorations
  • Snorkeling, including wetsuits, masks, fins & snorkel where relevant
  • Presentations and guest speakers in the lounge
*Alcoholic beverages are included on the National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Endurance, Sea Cloud, and Lord of the Glens; certain super-premium brands are not included.

What's Not Included:
Airfare
  • International and internal airfare
Pre- and post-expedition
  • Additional hotel nights
  • Private transfers
  • Travel Protection Plan
  • Passport, visa, and immigration fees
  • Expedition extensions
  • Gratuities
Aboard ship
  • Alcoholic beverages (except aboard Sea Cloud, Lord of the Glens, National Geographic Orion, National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Islander and National Geographic Endeavour II); certain super-premium brands not included
  • Spa treatments
  • Gratuities (except aboard Sea Cloud, National Geographic Orion,  National Geographic Endurance & National Geographic Explorer)
  • Scuba diving
  • Laundry
  • Internet and phone
  • Gift shop items and any other items of personal nature

 

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