Highlights of Western Europe

16-Days | Lisbon • Porto • Gijón • Bilbao • Brest • Saint-Malo • Guernsey • Jersey • Honfleur • Dover • Amsterdam • Bremerhaven

Fares From £2,895

Single Supplement 20%

Highlights of Western Europe – Cruise Summary 

Discover a new world every day without leaving the continent, on this cruise to the western coast of Europe, beginning in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. Explore stylish Porto on a scenic boat trip along the Douro River followed by a taste of the city’s most famous export, port wine.

Visit the Spanish city of A Coruña on a walking tour with tapas-tasting, then marvel at the world-famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, where the crypt beneath the cathedral is said to be the burial place of Saint James.

Gijón is a town with a long seafaring tradition. Discover its highlights on a bus tour with cider tasting, or experience the wonders of the Picos de Europa National Park and the lakes of Covadonga. Explore the vibrant city of Bilbao by bus, bicycle or on foot, or take a panoramic tour through Basque Country for some tapas tasting.

Arriving in France, tour Bordeaux’s world-famous wine-growing region of Médoc and taste fine wines during a panoramic drive along the “Route des Châteaux.” Then stroll through the picturesque port of Brest, or take a journey back in time to the mediaeval villages of Brittany.

The 11th-century abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most iconic islands in Europe, followed by the historic walled city of Saint-Malo. Or visit the medieval Bretagne harbour town of Dinan.

In Guernsey, the charming old town of St Peter Port is sure to captivate, while Candie Gardens is a beautiful example of Victorian horticultural design. Then step ashore in Jersey for a panoramic tour to the sights of the island, or a guided hike across its National Park.

Returning to the Normandy coast, enjoy a leisurely guided tour through rustic Honfleur, or sample some local gourmet specialities on a tasting, before crossing the channel to Dover, for a new perspective on the British capital, with a boat trip along the Thames.

Explore Belgium’s proud merchant tradition in medieval Zeebrugge, before the Netherlands, for an excursion to a quintessential Dutch windmill and the village of Edam, or Amsterdam’s historic waterfront architecture on a canal tour of this beautiful city.

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wine-tasting in Portuguese Porto and French Bordeaux
  • Included tours in Bilbao, Bordeaux, Saint-Malo, London, Bruges and Amsterdam
  • The breathtaking rock formations of Picos de Europa National Park
  • A day at sea to relax and unwind with a wide variety of activities
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Santiago de Compostela and Mont-Saint-Michel

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Lisbon, Portugal

Departure time: 20:00
In Lisbon, the famous monument Padrão des Descobrimentos reminds of adventurous seafarers like the namesake of our VASCO DA GAMA or Ferdinand Magellan. Explore the fascinating metropolis and enjoy the Portuguese way of life!

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00

 
 
 
 
 
 

Day 2 – Porto, Portugal

Docking time: 10:00 Departure time: 23:00
Walk in the footsteps of the great Portuguese explorers in Porto! The narrow streets and the centuries-old buildings bear witness to times long past. Culinary delights await you with a port wine tasting – the noble wine got its name from the Portuguese port city in the 18th century.
 
 
 
 

Day 3 – A Coruna, Spain

Docking time: 13:00 Departure time: 21:00
Welcome to Galicia, to A Coruña. The Roman road network and the medieval squares and churches testify to the long history of the city. At the harbor, the Tower of Hercules (Torre de Hércules), the oldest lighthouse in the world that is still in operation and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, shines. The gallery houses at the harbour are striking with their glazed wooden balconies, which are typical of Galicia.
 
 
 

Day 4 – Gijon, Spain

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
Historic buildings such as the Revillagigedo Palace, enchanting local festivals and a diverse botanical garden await you in the Spanish port city of Gijon!

 

 
 
 

Day 5 – Bilbao, Spain

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
As is well known, one cannot argue about taste. About art too (not). But a visit to the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain is definitely a must. The collection of contemporary art is great, but the titanium-clad building is also a real eye-catcher. You will experience the friendly metropolis as lively and colourful, which is also due to its many parks and green spaces.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 6 – Port Medoc (Bordeaux), France

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 23:30 
The beautiful Port Médoc marina invites you to explore the picturesque region of Bordeaux. Look forward to beautiful nature, enchanting cities and culinary delights in the famous wine region in south-west France!

 

 

 
 
 

Day 7 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard Vasco da Gama

 

 
 
 

Day 8 – Brest, France

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
Brest is a port city in Brittany, in northwestern France, bisected by the Penfeld river. It’s known for its rich maritime history and naval base. At the mouth of the Penfeld, overlooking the harbor, is the National Navy Museum, housed in the medieval Château de Brest. Across the river stands Tour Tanguy, a medieval tower.

 

 

 

 
 
 

Day 9 – Saint Malo, France

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
As you approach, admire the massive fortifications that shaped the history of the city in Brittany. The old town of the picturesque coastal town pushes into the Atlantic and the historic town center is surrounded by the massive defensive walls of the citadel.

 

 

 
 
 

Day 10 – St Peter Port, Guernsey – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
Discover the pretty port town of St. Peter Port with a visit to the picturesque Castle Cornet, the enchanting Candie Gardens and the picturesque harbour of the capital of the British Channel Island of Guernsey!
 
 
 
 
 

Day 11 – Saint Helier, Jersey – Tender Port

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
St Helier is the capital of Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel. St Helier has a population of 35,822 – over one-third of the total population of Jersey – and is one of the twelve parishes of Jersey. The town of St Helier is the largest settlement and only town of Jersey.
 

Day 12 – Honfleur, France

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00 
The seafaring city of Honfleur will delight you! Located at the mouth of the Seine, it is lined with picturesque houses and is one of the most charming places along the Côte Fleurie, the “Flower Coast”. Follow in the footsteps of Renoir, Cézanne and other famous painters who set up their easels in Honfleur.

 

 

 

Day 13 – Dover (London), England

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 22:00
When you arrive, enjoy the views of the enchanting chalk cliffs surrounding the British port city of Dover. Visit the largest castle complex in England, Dover Castle, or take a trip to the famous metropolis of London and explore highlights such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace or Westminster Abbey!
 

 

 
 

Day 14 – Zeebrugge, Belgium

Docking time: 08:00 Departure time: 20:00
Zeebrugge is all about the sea. Relax on the beautiful beaches of the Belgian port city, get active with sailing or fishing or taste real specialties – Zeebrugge is considered the capital of fish!

 

 
 
 

Day 15 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Docking time: 07:00 Departure time: 17:00
The museum city of Amsterdam has something to offer for every taste: The Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum with European masterpieces, the Stedelijk Museum for modern art and the Anne Frank House are among Europe’s best museum facilities. Amsterdam is famous worldwide for its canals. The so-called “grachtengordels”, typical canal houses, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 

 

 

 
 

Day 16 – Bremerhaven, Germany

Docking time: 09:00
Bremerhaven is located on the Elbe-Weser triangle, which merges into the North Sea, so the city is the gateway to the North Sea, so to speak. Bremerhaven has a lot to offer, especially for those who are curious: the Climate House, the German Maritime Museum and the German Emigration Center. All of these sites offer knowledge on a wide variety of topics so that everyone can find something they want.

Disembarkation until 10:00

 

 

 
 
 

Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £2,895

Single Supplement 20%

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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