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Culture and Cuisine: Oporto to Basque Country

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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.
Visit the historic Belem tower near LisbonDelicious cheeses and wines enjoyed at a vineyardBilbao’s Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim MuseumPorto, Portugal Old TownVisit the famed vineyards of FranceEnjoy wine tastingsBayonne ham of southwest FranceEnjoy fine dining on a Culinary tour
  • Spend a day discovering Galicia and visit a splendid Galician estate
  • Discover an array of iconic architectural masterpieces
  • Visit a port house in Porto 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 | Embark

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  • 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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. 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 2: Porto

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Arrive in 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 3: Villagarcia de Arousa, Spain

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  • 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 4: Bilbao

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  • 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 5: Saint Jean-de-Luz, France | San Sebastián, Spain

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  • 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 6: Bordeaux, France | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
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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Lounge Deck—Suite with balcony and sofa 140 square ft. #604, 606, 609, 611


Please Note: Flexibility is a hallmark of National Geographic expeditions, and often the day-by-day itinerary will change as you take advantage of rare wildlife sightings or photographers linger ashore through the golden hour of light. Extraordinary adventure is a guarantee.

Included in Cost:
  • All accommodations aboard ship
  • Meals as indicated
  • Alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages aboard ship
  • Excursions
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Special access permits
  • Transfers to and from group flights
  • Use of kayaks and snorkeling equipment
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Leader, National Geographic photographer, naturalist staff and expert guides
  • Services of a ship physician
  • All gratuities
  • All port charges and service taxes
  • Your bar tab and all crew gratuities are included in the voyage price on all National Geographic Explorer, National Geographic Endurance, National Geographic Resolution, and National Geographic Orion voyages. Please call for details.

Not Included:
  • Air transportation
  • Extensions
  • Passport, visa, immigration fees
  • Meals not indicated
  • Travel protection plan
  • Items of a personal nature such as e-mail, laundry
  • 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Entrance fees
  • Port Fees
  • Use of Kayaks
  • Gratuities to the Ship Crew
  • Services of Lindblad Expeditions’ Staff
  • Complimentary Parka 
  • Service Taxes 
  • Alcohol (except premium brands) 
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Rubber Boots: Please bring your own. 



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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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