Lisbon ◆ Oporto ◆ Santiago de Compostela ◆ Bilbao
Brittany ◆ Normandy Beaches ◆ River Thames to London
From the old-world sophistication of Portugal and the artistic riches of Spain’s Basque country to the Celtic heritage of Brittany and the timeless, stately elegance of London, a riveting canvas of influential European seaports awaits you along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. We are delighted to present this exclusive, Five‑Star, small ship itinerary featuring the captivating historical legacies and the enduring yet dynamic cultures of these European Coastal Civilizations.
Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Oporto, the center of world-famous port wine production; Santiago de Compostela, where you will walk in the footsteps of medieval pilgrims to visit the tomb of St. James; and the magnificent Mont‑St‑Michel and its impressive abbey that appears to rise out of the sea.
A highlight is sure to be your experience at the hallowed beaches of Normandy with special guest speaker Dwight David Eisenhower II, grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II, where the course of world history was altered in 1944 with the historic D-Day landings.
Cruise Spain’s ruggedly beautiful Costa Verde, tour the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and, in a grand finale, sail up the River Thames into the heart of London, where your ship will overnight a stone’s throw from the illustrious Tower Bridge.
This is an extraordinary and popular nine-day cruise aboard the exclusively chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star Le Boréal (Spring) and Le Lapérouse (Fall), elegant small ships able to sail into ports inaccessible to larger vessels. It features an included cultural excursion in each port and is an excellent value.
*This program itinerary operates in the reverse direction during the fall departure.
The Travel Program outlined here is subject to the features, final pricing and terms and conditions set forth in the published Travel Program brochure.
Traditional rabelos on the Douro River, Oporto, Portugal
Cruise under London’s iconic Tower Bridge