STAR COLLECTOR: WESTERN FRANCE & IBERIA ADVENTURE

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Star Collector: Western France & Iberia Adventure

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Sep 25 Tue
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FRI SEP 21
TO 9:45 PM London

day 1 London, England


London, England
London, one of the world's top destinations, is a city begging to be explored. Steeped in history, the well-known sites of Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and Trafalgar Square beckon, or get a modern perspective from the top of the London Eye. This cosmopolitan city offers all the world cuisines you’re used to, but there are still places to find traditional British fare like bangers and mash or shepherds’ pie.
SUN SEP 23
7:00 AM TO 11:59 PM Le Havre

day 3 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.
MON SEP 24
7:00 AM TO 1:00 PM St Peter Port

day 4 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.
TUE SEP 25
12:01 PM TO 6:00 PM Le Palais

day 5 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 SEP 26
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM La Rochelle

day 6 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.” 
 
THU SEP 27
10:15 AM TO 11:59 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.
FRI SEP 28
12:01 AM TO 9:00 PM Bordeaux

day 8 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.
SAT SEP 29
1:00 PM TO 9:00 PM Saint-Jean-de-Luz

day 9 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.
SUN SEP 30
8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM Bilbao

day 10 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.
TUE OCT 2
8:00 AM TO 2:00 PM Porto

day 12 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. 
WED OCT 3
7:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Lisbon

day 13 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. 
THU OCT 4
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Portimao

day 14 Portimao, Portugal


Portimao, Portugal
Follow the savory aroma of sardines grilling to the colorful quay, or let your lust for leather lead you to the old town’s shops and 18th century buildings. In ancient Silves, once a Moorish capital, the castle and cathedral are right next to each other in town. How thoughtful of them to make sightseeing so easy. 
FRI OCT 5
7:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Cádiz

day 15 Cádiz, Spain


Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz is the most southern province of the Iberian Peninsula. It is extremely rich in natural beauty and some of the most important Natural Parks of Spain and Europe are found here including Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales. Both are rich in flora and fauna, including species under threat of extinction. Many birds find their resting and feeding place here just after or before making the jump from or to Africa.
SAT OCT 6
9:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Gibraltar

day 16 Gibraltar, British Territory


Gibraltar, British Territory
It’s an odd bit of Britain here at the toe of Spain, with Barbary apes and miles of tunnels as well as traditional red phone boxes. Legend says Gibraltar was one of the two pillars erected by Hercules to mark the edge of the world. Take the cable car to the top to see if you can see it from here. No, that’s not it. That’s just Africa. What a view.
SUN OCT 7
8:00 AM TO 9:00 PM Málaga

day 17 Málaga, Spain


Málaga, Spain
Here, on the shores of Costa del Sol, the Andalusian spirit thrives. Be sure to include an optional visit to see the brilliant and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work at Museo Picasso Málaga, a tribute to this artistic genius in the city of his birth. Or you may choose to opt for a visit to the beautiful village of Mijas, where picturesque Andalusian country life creates some of the world’s best wines. 
MON OCT 8
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Almeria

day 18 Almeria (Granada), Spain


Almeria (Granada), Spain
Enjoy a walking tour of this ancient city. If you prefer, opt for a beautiful drive through the Andalusian countryside to Granada and the magnificent UNESCO site, the Alhambra Palace. Built in the 14th century, this breathtaking example of Moorish architecture combines intricate mosaics and stone-cast latticework in a tapestry of grace and sophistication unparalleled in western civilization. Or take an optional excursion into nature at one of three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 
WED OCT 10
8:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Palma de Mallorca

day 20 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is steep, green, and fringed with enticing coves and more than 200 lush beaches. But all that natural beauty is just the beginning. Stroll along the tree-shaded Paseo de Born in search of tapas. Shop for a Siurell; a traditional red, green, and white clay whistle dating back to the time of the Moors. Watch the street performers on the piazza around the church, or cross the island to beautiful Sóller. Not to be missed is the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
THU OCT 11
8:00 AM TO Barcelona

day 21 Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona, Spain
The old meets the new in this sunny Catalan metropolis, where narrow alleyways contrast with grand boulevards, trendy cuisine meets homemade tapas, and everywhere you’re greeted by the warm, welcoming smiles of the fashionable locals. Don’t miss UNESCO sites like the mind-boggling architecture of Antoni Gaudí or La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, with its eight decorative spires soaring hundreds of feet into the sky.

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