Lisbon ◆ Oporto ◆ Santiago de Compostela
Bilbao ◆ Biarritz ◆ La Rochelle ◆ Bordeaux
Aboard the exclusively chartered small ship
From the old-world sophistication of Portugal and the artistic riches of Spain’s Basque country, to the charming villes of France’s beautiful Côte d’Argent and the lush splendor of Bordeaux’s celebrated wine region, a riveting canvas of important yet seldom-visited seaports awaits you along Europe’s western shores. We are delighted to present this exclusive small ship itinerary featuring the captivating historical legacies and the enduring yet dynamic cultures of these coastal civilizations.
Visit four UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Oporto, the epicenter of world-famous port wine production, and Santiago de Compostela, where you will walk in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims on St. James Way. In Bordeaux, a cosmopolitan port city of great culture, explore the grand, 18th-century architecture that stands in representation of the immense fortunes accumulated from success of the wine trade, which began here almost 2000 years ago; and on Île de Ré, see military architect Vauban’s historic fortifications built to defend the borders of France during the reign of King Louis XIV. Cruise Spain’s ruggedly beautiful Costa Verde, tour Bilbao’s Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum and call at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the historic port where Louis XIV married Maria Theresa in 1600.
Join culinary expert Kristine Kidd, former editor of Bon Appétit magazine, for the exclusive C´est Bon! CULINARY TRADITIONS™ enhancement to this program, featuring specially arranged culinary lectures, demonstrations, tastings and unique epicurean excursion options.
This is an extraordinary and popular eight-day cruise aboard the exclusively-chartered, state-of-the-art, Five-Star m.s. L’Austral, an elegant small ship able to sail into ports inaccessible to larger vessels. It features an included cultural excursion in each port and is an excellent value. I encourage you to book now while space and Early Booking Savings are available.
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
Tour St-Nicolas and Tour de la Chaîne, La Rochelle, France
St-Émilion, Bordeaux, France