JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION: AUTUMN ON THE ATLANTIC COAST

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Bilbao, Spain

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5.5 HRS

Moderate to
strenuous

horseback

sightseeing

essentials
Bilbao, Beach & Medieval Village By Horseback
Enjoy a horseback beach trail riding with kindred adventurers only a few miles away from the Port of Bilbao. The area offers almost 124 miles (200 km) of white sandy beaches, one after the other, coves hidden amidst cliffs, marshlands, estuaries, and dunes. Stunning landscapes where the sea blends with the mountains, make the whole area a paradise of contrasts waiting to be discovered.  Equestrian tourism is an enjoyable, original, different way to discover the land. The activity is planned to be developed in small groups according to each rider’s skills. Castro Urdiales - also known as Flavióbriga after the Roman settlement which stood here, has all the charm of a small seafaring and fishing village, with a rich tradition and tourist atmosphere. The town center, with its characteristic houses with wooden rows of balconies, is medieval in origin and earned recognition as a Historic Site in 1978. Its main monuments, of different styles and periods, contrast with the sobriety of the old village, formed by narrow streets which are perfect for strolling through. The buildings of the church of Santa María, from the 13th to the 15th centuries, the most significant example of Cantabria's Gothic architecture, and the castle-lighthouse, visible from all parts of town, are the most representative sights in Castro Urdiales (outside visit of both monuments).

Please note: Make sure to wear comfortable clothes and boots. You will be provided with a riding hat. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $159
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Full Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1199
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Full Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.
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Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1399
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4.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

culture

sightseeing
Bilbao, Guggenheim Museum & The Old Town
You will board your motor coach for the 30-minute drive along the estuary, passing through Bilbao's industrial outskirts en route to the Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art. Travel down the Gran Via, which reflects Bilbao's 19th  century mining and industrial prosperity, to the heart of the city, passing the Arriaga Theater and the Arenal Bridge. You can’t miss this brilliant, curvaceous masterpiece of flowing titanium and limestone. The organic form gives a nod to Bilbao's heritage with its suggestion of maritime shapes, sails and fish scales. Explore the Guggenheim's changing exhibits of modern art from its vast collection. Afterwards, you’ll have time to visit the gift shop for souvenirs of this amazing museum before re-boarding your motor coach for your next stop. Located on the right bank of the Nervionyou will see  Bilbao's Casco Viejo or the Old Quarter. You’ll stop at St. Nicolas Church for a photo opportunity followed by time on your own at Plaza Nueva Square’s surroundings. Then, enjoy a guided walking tour of the Old Quarter visiting the main highlights or use your time to go shopping. Many of the streets are pedestrian only. Stroll past the 14th  century Gothic Cathedral, a stop for pilgrims travelling to Santiago de Compostela, see the Arriaga Theatre, the Plaza Nueva and the Bilbao River, which separates the old and the new city.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is wheelchair accessible.


price $149
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours.  Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Bilbao, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $899
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3.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

refreshments

culture
Bilbao, Old Quarter with Tapas Sampling
Leisure and culture fuse to embrace the unmistakable Basque flavour. Pintxos are a truly Basque delight you can enjoy, exploring the culinary secrets or just mingling in the hustle and bustle of the streets. You will take a guided visit to the old quarter, a perfect place for strolling a series of shops, bars, restaurants and squares. The narrow streets of Bilbao's Old Town or Casco Viejo give off an age-old atmosphere. This historical corner, rebuilt after the 1983 floods, is one of the most alive and dearly loved areas of a city which is full of contrasts. Divided into smaller groups or with a maximum of 30 people, each group will be escorted by an English speaking guide.  You will enjoy a Tapas tour and have the opportunity of tasting the delicious “pintxos.”  This is the name used for the local tapas, which are small portions of elaborate dishes, a very traditional way of enjoying dinner in Bilbao.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $119
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3.5 HRS

Easy

refreshments

culture
Bilbao, Pintxos Cooking Class
Pintxos are a truly Basque delight you can enjoy with company, exploring their culinary secrets or just mingling in the hustle and bustle of the streets. Are you still feeling a bit peckish? Well then, learn how to prepare them yourself with the help of the very best chefs, and surprise your friends preparing these bite-sized gems in your own home. You will learn how to invent your own culinary creations with great tips from top experts.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $169
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8.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

wine

walking
Bilbao, Rioja Region: Wine and History Among the Vineyards
Travel from the port of Bilbao to the inland of Rioja wine region for a unique experience  for food and wine enthusiasts. Since 1991, the Rioja wine region has qualified as a Denominación de Origen Calificada (Spain’s highest category). It is divided into three sub-regions, producing different types of wines, Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja y Rioja Alavesa (Basque Rioja). Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España (CVNE), still sits on its original site in the Barrio de la Estación in Haro, home of the Rioja Alta wineries. It is a land known for producing fine, elegant wines with moderate alcohol content which you will have the opportunity to taste. This tour will include the perfect combination of visiting the CVNE winery in Haro and then lunch at a local restaurant. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $199
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8.5 HRS

Moderately
easy

dining

culture

walking
Bilbao, San Sebastian & Hondarribia
San  Sebastian or Donostia, was made popular in 1886 by Queen Regent Maria Cristina and has been popular with Spanish aristocracy ever since. It is now a relaxed family resort and home of the International Film Festival every September. As you tour the modern part of the city , you will have the opportunity to see several buildings of enormous architectural and historical interest including the Cathedral of Buen Pastor and the Town Hall. The Palace and Gardens of Miramar, built by Queen Maria Cristina, the Theater and the luxury hotel named after the Queen will be all pointed out by your guide. At Mount Igeldo Viewpoint, you can admire the city´s picture-postcard setting and its oyster-shaped bay of La Concha. The Old Town is full of character and a perfect place for strolling  the shops, bars restaurants and squares. The city has been burnt to the ground 12 times in its history, however one street was not destroyed by the fire of 1813 and contains some the oldest buildings in the city including the Church of San Vicente. Your tour will be rounded off with a short visit to Hondarribia, near the French border. This delightful town is divided into  two parts – the upper town is the Medieval District where small alleyways contain old houses with carved eaves and wonderful balconies. A brief walking tour in the medieval town will take you to the historic Parador, a wonderful medieval building – once a defender tower against invasions from France and now , an atmospheric hot spot. Lunch will be included on this tour to enhance the experience of the Basque country cuisine.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring your camera. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.


price $219
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Porto, Portugal



4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Half Day Private Car with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the sites most interesting to you in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your own unique tour.  The iconic sites include Ribeira, the Port Wine Cellars, the São Francisco Church, the world-renowned Modern Art Museum at Serralves, Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional food market, and travel the six bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro River.

Please note:  Capacity: 2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person).The number of vehicles is limited, so reserve as early as possible. The price shown is the total for the vehicle so only one person will need to reserve it. The price includes vehicle, driver, and personal guide to take you to the sites of your choice.  It does not include entrance fees to any particular sites.


price $499
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Half Day Private Van with Guide
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the sites most interesting to you in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your own unique tour.  The iconic sites include Ribeira, the Port Wine Cellars, the São Francisco Church, the world-renowned Modern Art Museum at Serralves, Mercado do Bolhão, a traditional food market, and travel the six bridges connecting Porto to Gaia over the Douro River.

Please note: Capacity: 2 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). The number of vehicles is limited, so reserve as early as possible.  The price shown is the total for the vehicle so only one person will need to reserve it. The price includes vehicle, driver, and personal guide to take you to the sites of your choice.  It does not include entrance fees to any particular sites.

price $599
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking
Porto Lexio, Historic Guimaraes
Portugal’s first capital of Guimarães cradles a wealth of magnificent buildings, a rich legacy of its glorious past. You will take a 1-hour drive of 34 miles to this magnificent city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the European Capital of Culture in 2012. You will visit the medieval King’s Castle and 15th century Palace of the Dukes of Braganca, a museum and art gallery with portraits, tapestries, fine furniture and porcelain. While strolling on your walking tour past the Old Town’s quiet alcoves and along its narrow streets, you will glimpse an imposing former manor house, a 10th century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and the Customs Tower emblazoned with the slogan “Portugal was born here.” Nearby is stately Guimarães Castle. You will have free time to explore on your own or relax in town. Shortly thereafter, you will return to the ship.

Please note: Comfortable shoes are recommended as you will have to walk approximately ¾ of a mile along cobbled and uneven surfaces in Guimarães.  Bring a hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. This excursion is not suitable for guests who have mobility issues, use canes, walkers, or wheelchairs. 


price $99
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing

essentials
Porto Lexio, Historic Oporto by Tuk Tuk
Discover Oporto, Matosinhos, and Vila Nova de Gaia in a unique way - on board an electric tricycle called a "Tuk Tuk" in Thailand. Your tour will start with a panoramic drive along the Matosinhos seaside road toward the mouth of the Douro River and the right river bank. Your first stop will be at the Lello Bookshop of Gothic inspiration founded in 1904, in the center of which stands the carved wooden staircase that inspired a scene from Harry Potter. In the heart of the city you will walk to the 18th century Baroque-style Clérigos Tower. Ride to the Sao Bento Train Station built in the early 20th century, famous for its tiles; and to the 12th century Cathedral, one of the oldest monuments in Oporto.  Cross the King Luís I Bridge, a metal arch bridge that spans the Douro River between the cities of Oporto and Vila Nova de Gaia. At the time of construction its span of 646 feet was the longest of its type in the world. You will stop at the beautiful Serra do Pilar Monastery with its exceptional view over the Douro and Oporto. Back aboard your Tuk Tuk you will return to Oporto passing by Batalha Square, Santa Catarina Street, and the famous 1920s neo-classical style "Café Majestic." Enjoy your panoramic drive back to the pier.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. 


price $105
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4.5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

sightseeing

boating
Porto Lexio, Oporto & River Cruise with Wine Tasting
Oporto, once a mercantile city connected to the port wine trade, stands quite variegated architecturally with medieval as well as modern living side by side. As you head to the city center you will pass by Foz, an exclusive and cosmopolitan waterfront district. Enjoy the view of the iconic Cristal Palace and the 18th century Clerigos Tower,  the highest point of the town at 245 feet. Continue past Aliados Avenue towards the cathedral, originally a 12th  century Romanesque building adorned by some of the greatest Portuguese artists.  You will then proceed to Ribeira, the city’s most characteristic district. Here you will board one of the traditional boats.  In the past the boats sailing the Douro River used to carry port wine barrels from the wineries to the cellars at Vila Nova de Gaia. As you cruise along the Douro passing beneath some of the many bridges connecting the two parts of the city,  you will admire wonderful views of the historic district with its narrow streets, houses and buildings that slope picturesquely down toward the riverbanks. Following the cruise visit to one of the famous port wine cellars on Vila Nova de Gaia, where you will learn about Oporto’s wine history and taste local snacks, accompanied by excellent port wines before returning to the ship.

Please note:  Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.


price $145
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3 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

culture

sightseeing
Porto Lexio, Riverfront Tram Ride
Board your motor coach for the 30-minute ride to Passeio Alegre, a lovely garden that graces the point where the Douro River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Here you will board the tram, which dates from the early 20th century, for a memorable ride along the riverfront. Take in the beautiful views and discover old sections of the town that offer a glimpse into the past, when fishermen predominately lived here. During the ride you will sample some wine and aperitifs.  The next part of your outing will take place in the medieval Porto-Ribeira Quarter. A walk through the enchanting streets will give you an intimate look at this historic part of town, before taking advantage of free time to wander this intriguing area on your own. Be sure to notice the 19th century iron bridges in the distance and the traditional Rabelo boats clustered around the pier. They were once used to transport casks of port wine from the Douro Valley to the cellars in Gaia. Fascinating sights continue to unfold as you travel back to your yacht through the heart of the city, a panoramic drive that will reveal how Oporto developed into a modern town while still honoring its past.

Please note: This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.


price $129
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Lisbon, Portugal



4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Half Day Private Car & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary in Lisbon city. You can choose from exploring the typical quarter of Alfama and Castle St. Georges, the majesty of Avenida da Liberdade, a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens; Jerónimos Monastery (closed on Mondays) considered being the jewel of Manueline art; the President’s House, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries among many others.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Lisbon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $429
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Half Day Private Van & Guide
Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary according to your own interests. On this half day option you can choose an itinerary in Lisbon city. You can choose from exploring the typical quarter of Alfama and Castle St. Georges, the majesty of Avenida da Liberdade, a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens; Jerónimos Monastery (closed on Mondays) considered being the jewel of Manueline art; the President’s House, Belém Tower, Monument to the Discoveries among many others.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the Lisbon area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $549
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3 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lisbon, Highlights with Transfer to Airport
Lisbon is a city of contrasts, where modern trends merge with ancient ones, accentuating Lisbon’s variety and intensity of color. Your sightseeing tour will pass by Commerce Square thought by many to be the most beautiful in Europe. Enjoy a short walk along the pedestrian area of Augusta Street that connects the Commerce Square to Rossio with some free time at your leisure.   You will continue along Liberty Avenue a charming old boulevard place of several international stores (such as Prada or Armani) lined with gardens and known for its unique black and white mosaics on the sidewalks on the way to Marquês de Pombal Square. Take a photostop at Edward VII’s. The highlight of your visit is the church of the Jeronimos Monastery, a masterpiece of Manueline architecture, widely acknowledged to be the finest sight in Lisbon, built in the 16th century. Nearby, you will see the lavishly decorated Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries, built to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. On the way to the airport, you will see, stretching across the Tagus River, the April 25th Bridge, sister to the Golden Gate, and the towering Christ the King statue on the far side.

Please note: This tour is only for guests who have a flight later than 2:00 p.m. or an overnight stay in Lisbon. This tour includes transport in a private bus and a qualified English-speaking guide. We recommend respectful clothes when visiting religious sites. Visit to the Jeronimos Monastery Church is conditional due to religious ceremonies that may happen without prior notice. On Sunday mornings Jeronimos Monastery Church is closed to visitors. There will be an exterior visit and a photostop at Belem Tower. On Mondays, when Jerónimos Monastery is closed there will be an exterior visit only as well as a photostop at Belem Tower. Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered. During the visit to Jeronimos Monastery Church headsets will be used.


price $89
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4.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing

essentials
Lisbon, Majestic Sintras & Cascais With Transfer to Windstar Hotel
Your motor coach and English-speaking guide will take you via the beautiful coastal road bordering the River Tagus, driving through the fashionable resort of Estoril - the home of several international royal exiles during the Second World War – to the lively scenic village of Cascais.  Here you will have some time to wonder around its plaza and enjoy its colorful setting of seaside café terraces, small shops, and sailboats. For six centuries Sintra was the favorite summer residence of the kings of Portugal, who were attracted by the cool climate and the lush beauty of the town’s setting.  Writers and poets in general – Lord Byron, Alfred Tennyson, Hans Christian Andersen, and Isaac Bashevis Singer chose Sintra as a preferred destination. The tall conical chimneys of the National Palace and the fabulous Pena Palace, are two unmistakable landmarks of this area. You will have the opportunity to taste local pastry in one of the cafés in Sintra before free time to explore this town recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1995. Return back to your Windstar Hotel in Lisbon.
                                                        
Please note:  Tour order may vary but all sites will be covered.


price $109
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