BORDEAUX, BASQUE LANDS & BRITTANY

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Itinerary & Ports

Bordeaux, Basque Lands & Brittany

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May 21 Mon
5:00 PM
May 22 Tue
10:00 AM
6:00 PM
May 23 Wed
At Sea
May 24 Thu
8:00 AM
9:00 PM
May 25 Fri
7:00 AM
1:00 PM
May 26 Sat
6:30 AM
11:59 PM
May 27 Sun
12:01 AM
5:45 PM
May 28 Mon
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
May 29 Tue
8:00 AM
5:00 PM
May 30 Wed
2:00 PM
7:00 PM
May 31 Thu
7:00 AM
9:00 PM
Jun 1 Fri
At Sea
Jun 2 Sat
6:00 AM
MON MAY 21
TO 5:00 PM Lisbon

day 1 Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon, Portugal
The rhythm of Lisbon invites you to join its captivating dance. This splendid capital city on the banks of the Rio Teja offers a warm welcome and an unparalleled blend of architectural styles. Elegant outdoor cafés line the cobbled sidewalks. Turn-of-the-century funiculars climb the scenic hills. Find the UNESCO sites of the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. And, everywhere, the city engages you with its easy style and remarkable charm. 
TUE MAY 22
10:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Porto

day 2 Porto, Portugal


Porto, Portugal
Built into the granite cliffs at the mouth of the Rio Douro, the hilly city of Porto presents a heady juxtaposition of eras and styles. Here, medieval alleyways, orderly neighborhood squares, and ornate Baroque churches readily intermingle. Porto’s historic heart is a UNESCO site of winding lanes, zigzagging staircases and tiled churches. The highlight, though, is a taste of port wine at its best – a happy accident dating from the 17th century when brandy was discovered to preserve wine for transit. After your choice of palate-pleasing shore excursions, return for an onboard fado folk music performance. 
THU MAY 24
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Bilbao

day 4 Bilbao, Spain


Bilbao, Spain
The industrial port of Bilbao is surrounded by lovely green mountains, fertile landscapes with lush forests, steep coasts and the Bay of Biscay. Famed for the curvy, titanium-covered Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, other sites of Bilbao include the Euskalduna Conference and Music Centre, Norman Foster’s Underground, towers designed by architects Arata Isozaki and Cesar Pelli, and an airport designed by Calatrava.
FRI MAY 25
7:00 AM TO 1:00 PM Saint-Jean-de-Luz

day 5 Saint-Jean-de-Luz (Biarritz), France


Three impressive sea walls protect Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s famous long beach of fine sand making it perfect for swimming. It is also famous for delicious and rustic-style Basque cuisine and its close proximity to well-known Biarritz, an eclectic place of posh restaurants, cozy pizza parlors, beautiful beaches with therapeutic waters popular for surfing and is a preferred haunt of the rich and famous.
SAT MAY 26
6:30 AM TO 11:59 PM Bordeaux

day 6 Bordeaux, France


Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux has long been known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, Sleeping Beauty.  And while the beauty part is undeniable, the sleeping part could be argued. Sure, the region is filled with treasures from long ago, including more than 350 historic monuments and buildings in the city alone. But the capital of Aquitaine is also home to a vibrant culture and, as oenophiles well know, is the gateway to some of France’s most famous vineyards. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, 13th century cathedrals and 18th century palaces are commonplace. Venture beyond the city’s borders to the chateaux of the Médoc region or to Saint-Émilion, a breathtaking medieval village set among the vineyards that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
SUN MAY 27
12:01 AM TO 5:45 PM Bordeaux

day 7 Bordeaux, France


Bordeaux, France
Bordeaux has long been known as La Belle au Bois Dormant, Sleeping Beauty.  And while the beauty part is undeniable, the sleeping part could be argued. Sure, the region is filled with treasures from long ago, including more than 350 historic monuments and buildings in the city alone. But the capital of Aquitaine is also home to a vibrant culture and, as oenophiles well know, is the gateway to some of France’s most famous vineyards. In this UNESCO World Heritage city, 13th century cathedrals and 18th century palaces are commonplace. Venture beyond the city’s borders to the chateaux of the Médoc region or to Saint-Émilion, a breathtaking medieval village set among the vineyards that is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
MON MAY 28
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM La Rochelle

day 8 La Rochelle, France


La Rochelle, France
La Rochelle is said to be the most lovely and unspoiled port city in France, and who are we to argue?  Two 14th century stone towers guard the gateway to the medieval core of the city, the Vieux Port. And this is a city that is focused on ships. You’ll find yachts floating in the Port des Minimes, ships in the stained glass of church windows, maybe even decorating the arcaded walkways that line the streets. Learn the art of brandy making with a visit to the Cognac region and the Hennessy maisson, dating back to 1765. While walking past the aging barrels, inhale the heady aroma—the escaping vapors known as “the angels’ share.” 
 
TUE MAY 29
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Le Palais

day 9 Le Palais, Belle-Ile, France


Le Palais, Belle-Ile, France
Find yourself on one of France’s most beautiful islands with staggering cliffs, cheerful green country sides, jagged rocky coastlines, bright pastel houses and the bustling town of Le Palais. The island has been the inspiration for Flaubert and Dumas, Claude Monet and Matisse. And if you take a trek to Vauban’s Citadel you’ll quickly see why.
WED MAY 30
2:00 PM TO 7:00 PM St Peter Port

day 10 St Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom


St Peter Port, Guernsey, United Kingdom
Positioned off the coast of France in the English Channel, St Peter Port’s cobblestone streets, picturesque marina and historic gardens have earned it the reputation of being Europe’s prettiest harbor town. Its centerpiece is the beautiful Salem Church with its classic stone architecture, believed to be the closest church to a pub in the British Isles. For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard of the town, home to the world-famous Guernsey cows. Victor Hugo also wrote Les Miserables while living here.
THU MAY 31
7:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Le Havre

day 11 Le Havre, France


Le Havre, France
Le Havre is a major port in northern France where the Seine River meets the English Channel. A UNESCO Site, Le Havre was almost completely destroyed during WWII and completely and thoughtfully rebuilt with modernist vision. It is the gateway to Normandy – including the medieval city of Rouen, the picturesque port of Honfleur and romantic Paris only 110 miles away.
SAT JUN 2
6:00 AM TO Amsterdam

day 13 Amsterdam, Netherlands


Amsterdam, Netherlands
From the time you enter the whale-shaped cruise terminal, you’ll know you’ve arrived at someplace special. The intimate 17th century atmosphere of Amsterdam makes the city feel almost like a movie set for a period drama. More than 7,000 historic buildings remain, particularly in the canal district, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city also has the highest museum density in the world, and a day here makes for difficult choices from the Van Gogh Museum (sunflowers, anyone?) to Anne Frank House, to the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s magnificent Nightwatch. If museums aren’t your thing, rent a bike to cycle along the scenic canals, get a unique perspective on the Venice of the North at the corner of Reguliersgracht and Herengracht where you can set your eyes on more than 15 bridges at once. (Stand on the odd side of the street.)
 

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