JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION EPICUREAN EXPLORATIONS OF FRANCE, SPAIN, AND PORTUGAL

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Dublin, Ireland



4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
Dublin A Taste of Dublin & Guiness with Hotel Transfer
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire. Your panoramic drive of the city will take you past Merrion Square  and Fitzwilliam Square to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.” Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, and St Stephen’s Green, the Old Parliament House and Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college. See Dublin Castle, City Hall and Christchurch Cathedral. You will visit the Guinness Storehouse, which is located in the heart of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin.You will discover what goes into making a pint of the “blackstuff” – the ingredients, the processes, the effort. It is a dramatic story that began over 250 years ago. Your tour will end in Gravity, the sky bar, with astonishing views of Dublin.  You’ll “meet” Arthur Guinness and find out how the drink that carries his name has traveled around the world. You will also have the opportunity to spend some time in the Advertising Gallery with a display of all Guinness advertising material past and present.  At the end of the tour, discover how important it is to pull the perfect pint - the way to hold the glass, the speed the beer enters the glass, the time for the pint to settle and the final touch that gives the pint a creamy head.   Now sit back, relax and enjoy the Guinness and the view. You will have time to shop in the Guinness Store where you will find the world’s greatest selection of Guinness fashions and memorabilia before re-boarding your bus for the hotel.  Along the way you will pass the Four Courts,the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street and the Custom House.

Please note:  Entry to the brewery itself is not permitted. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Dublin Hightlights with Transfer to Airport
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.”  Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. Located in its library is the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, which you will stop to view. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. You will stop to visit the cathedral and see the pulpit where he preached. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will continue past the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice on to the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street where you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. Your tour will conclude at the airport.

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.

price $129
No longer available online. Please inquire onboard.


4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Dublin Hightlights with Transfer to Hotel
Your tour today will leave from the harbor town of Dún Laoghaire and travel by motor coach to Dublin where you will enjoy a panoramic drive showing you some of the highlights of this delightful city.  You will ride past the Georgian squares of Merrion and Fitzwilliam to see the famous “Doorways of Dublin.”  Then, it’s on past the National Gallery of Ireland, Government Buildings, and St Stephen’s Green. You will also see The Old Parliament House which is now home to the Bank of Ireland and across the road, Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest college, founded in 1592. You will pass by the library which is home to the world famous Book of Kells, a hand illuminated manuscript of the Gospels. Your tour of the city will continue past Dublin Castle, City Hall, and Christchurch Cathedral en route to visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Founded in 1190, St. Patrick’s is perhaps best known for its association with Jonathan Swift, who was Dean there from 1713 to 1745. You will stop to visit the cathedral and see the pulpit where he preached. On the north side of Dublin’s River Liffey, you will continue past the Four Courts, Ireland’s courts of justice on to the wide boulevard of O’Connell Street where you will pass the General Post Office, scene of the 1916 rising and birthplace of the Irish nation. Your tour will conclude at your hotel.

Please note:  Guests with physical difficulties must be accompanied as the tour guide cannot undertake responsibility for them.

price $129
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St-Malo, France



4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

sightseeing
St Malo: Dinan with Tasting
Departing from Saint Malo, drive to Dinan via Barrage de la Rance, a unique power station that works with the tides. About 45 minutes along the winding road through lovely countryside will bring you to Dinan, located at the head of the Rance estuary on which its little port is built. On arrival you will start a walking tour of this charming medieval town. See the houses of the Old Town clustered together behind the long circuit of walls built by the Dukes of Brittany in the 14th century as protection against the Normans.  You will see St. Sauveur’s Basilica; Place des Merciers, with its triangular gables and porches, and Rue du Jerzual, which links the main part of the town with the port. After this tour you will enjoy a refreshment and local pancake together with some time at leisure before returning back to St.-Malo.

Please note: You will be walking on cobblestones at Dinan. It is recommended that you dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. You should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. 


price $119
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7.5 HRS

Strenuous

culture

walking

sightseeing
St Malo: Mont St. Michel
Mont St. Michel is considered one of the great religious sites in all of Europe and is often compared to St. Peter’s, Chartres, and Durham. First built following the appearance of Archangel Michael to the Bishop of Avranches, the abbey is constructed at the summit of an immense granite precipice 250 feet above the sea – a monument to the heyday of Norman power and influence in the world. Mont St. Michel makes its strongest impression when seen from a distance, on the approach from a 5-mile long causeway at Pontorson where Mont St. Michel joins the mainland.  Once at the abbey, your guided tour on foot will involve numerous stairs and steep paths – yet you are rewarded with magnificent views at every juncture. You’ll have free time to stroll the labyrinth of streets, browse the shops, and take in this magnificent architectural achievement. Following your exploration, return to the yacht along the coastal road, passing small towns and traditional fishing harbors along the way. 

Please note: Inside the abbey, proper attire is required (no shorts or bare shoulders) and flash photography is not permitted. Due to its great popularity large crowds of visitors must be expected at the site. This tour requires heavy walking; up and downhill and on cobblestones. To reach the very top takes climbing between 197-350 steps.  Due to new regulations motor coaches are no longer allowed to enter Mont St. Michel.  There is a 20-30 minute from the parking lot to the shuttle bus that will take you to Mont St. Michel. 


price $159
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4 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

culture

walking
St Malo: Oysters Of Cancale
Known as the oyster capital of Brittany, Cancale is an ideal destination for anyone interested in an authentic taste of French culture.  Situated on the bay of Mont St. Michel, Cancale garners most of its resources from the sea. In particular, oysters have been a famed harvest since the days of Julius Caesar, when these sea delicacies were savored by his soldiers.  King Louis XIV also enjoyed oysters and received daily deliveries of these delicious mollusks.  You will discover why Cancale is renowned for its oysters as you independently experience the town. Stroll the pier where you can see the expansive oyster beds and stop in one of numerous restaurants to sample the oversized oysters for which the region is so well known. With a guided visit to an oyster farm, you will taste three oysters. Return to the ship with your appetite for local food and culture having been satisfied.

Please note: This excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties or limited mobility.  It is recommended that you dress in warm, layered clothing, wear flat, comfortable shoes, and bring raingear in case of inclement weather. 


price $109
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

walking

sightseeing
St Malo: St. Malo Walking Tour
St.-Malo was named after the 6th century monk who converted the locals to Christianity. Once a haven for pirates, it was also an important port in the voyages of discovery. Cartier sailed from here to Canada in 1534. Soon after, St.-Malo began to flourish as a trading port, not only through the furs sent back from the New World, but also due to the plentiful cod fishing. Meet your guide pierside to begin your walking discovery of the charms of the Old City of St. Malo.  Your knowledgeable guide points out the sites of historical interest as you stroll the narrow streets.  View the castle, part of the ramparts protecting the town, the town's typical streets, the house of Duchess Ann, and the cathedral.  Also get acquainted with the more famous personalities of St.-Malo, such as Jacques Cartier, Duguay-Trouin, Surcouf and the well known romantic writer Chateaubriand.  Enjoy some free time to relax or explore on your own before returning to the ship.

Please note: This excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces, and is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties.  It is recommended that you dress in warm, layered clothing, wear flat, comfortable shoes, and bring raingear in case of inclement weather.  {


price $69
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La Rochelle, France



4 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
La Rochelle, City Tour
Discover the town of La Rochelle with its picturesque harbor, surrounded by medieval fortifications and a wide skyline which open to you along this half-day motor coach tour departing from the pier. Take a scenic drive along the picturesque sea front of La Rochelle:  La Corniche, the elegant gardens of Le Mail, the Harbor and its two towers.One of them is called the Chain Tower which for centuries safely chained off the harbor each night. The Great Clock will welcome you to the Old District where your walking tour will start.  La Rochelle Old Town ancient arcades once sheltered the 16th century craftsmen’s workshops on cobblestone streets. You will discover architectural treasures from many different periods: 15th and 16th century half-timbered houses, splendid 18th century Hotel de la Bourse, the Law Court with its Corinthian façade and the Renaissance-style house of Henry II. The imposing Town Hall features a Renaissance lodge in the courtyard and a monumental staircase. You will have some free time to explore this interesting town on your own. The return journey will take you through the very fine gardens established on the site of the ancient ramparts. Before re-boarding your ship you will pass by the commercial harbor of La Pallice, once used as a submarine base during World War Two.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Total walking time will be about 3 hours. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues. 


price $79
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6.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

wine

sightseeing
La Rochelle, Cognac with Lunch
The Charente River region features some of the world-famous vineyards of Cognac as well as ancient towns studded with Romanesque treasures.  First, your coach  will drive to the famous Hennessy brand cellar and discover the delightful nuances of fine brandy in a special tasting. Your instructor will explain the grand tradition involved in the making of cognac such as the swan’s neck-shaped alembic stills that are used to distill the cognac.  You will then enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch in Cognac before your return drive back to La Rochelle.

Please note:  The order of sites visited may vary.  As this excursion involves approximately 3 ½  hours of walking, it is not recommended for guests with mobility issues. Please wear flat, comfortable shoes.



price $199
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4 HRS

Moderate

wildlife

boating
La Rochelle, Green Venice
From La Rochelle your bus will drive you to Coulon, a small village situated on the right bank of the River “La Sèvre.” Located between Maillé and Niort, The “Green Venice ”is one of the most astonishing sites. The Marshland is listed as a Regional Natural Park. A land of waterways and green silence, these wet marshes offer unique and original scenery. Drive to La Repentie to embark for a 1-hour ride in the “Green Venice,” boat, a fabulous return to nature as it was 3 centuries ago. As you slide on the water, in complete silence you might see ashen or crimson herons, plovers, swans, snipes and thousands of pewits resting in the land or hundreds of wild geese coming back from Spain. Without seeing the depth because of duckweed on top of the river which forms a real emerald carpet, maybe the red hand will catch you! The children are still afraid of this legend. Your boat will sail through tunnels made of ash trees and poplars, and the fields around, properties of rich farmers and hear stories of the rebels named “Chouans.” Before the end of your excursion your boatman will impress you with local fire-eaters - but is it again a legend? 

Please note: Total walking time is about 1 hour. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $119
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

culture
La Rochelle, Marennes Oysters & Brouage
Leaving the port of La Rochelle by motor coach you will take a 1-hour drive to Marennes, a magnet for gourmets. Nestled on the Charentaise coast, this little town is a very famous oyster farming basin between the mouth of the Seudre and the southern headland of Oleron Island. It is in this area watched over by the Fort of Chapus, that the world-renowned oysters of Marennes-Oleron are born, grow, and refine.  An oyster farmer will welcome you and explain to you all the technicalities of working with oysters. Then you will taste 6 oysters accompanied by bread, butter, and of course a glass of white wine. Re-boarding your coach you will continue to the village of Brouage, a little port guarded by a military fortress with its Royal Doorway. This former salt capital is now situated almost 2 miles from the sea, deep in the marshes. The walls still have tales to tell, especially those of Samuel Champlain, the founder of Quebec or the love stories of Marie Mancini and Louis XIV.  At the end of this half-day outing you will return to La Rochelle.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Walking time will include an hour in Brouage. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues or in wheelchairs.  


price $129
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Bordeaux, France



4.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

wine

culture
Bordeaux: Cooking Class At Chateau Ambe Tour Pourret
When you arrive at Château Ambe Tour Pourret, you will first enjoy a visit to the cellars, followed by a wine tasting. Then, under the Chef’s guidance, you will have the unique experience of concocting and tasting regional dishes paired with the château’s wines.  This will be a workshop limited to 12 people where each person has his own job and his own preparation space. You will create a menu highlighting seasonal products, which will include the preparation of an appetizer and a main course or a main course and a dessert. You will  enjoy your lunch either in the reception room or in the shady courtyard.
 
Please note:  English-speaking cooking class provided. The tour guide is present all during the cooking class and unch for any assistance but the tour guide is not participating in the class.  Pre-booking required for this tour. Minimum participation must be reached one month prior to the class.  


price $299
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2 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Bordeaux: Helicopter Adventure Over the Medoc Vineyards & St. Emilion
Savor extraordinary views over the Medoc, Gironde River, and Saint Emilon landscape with this helicopter flight adventure, available only to a limited number of guests. Departing the pier aboard your air-conditioned vehicle, enjoy your 30-minute journey to the Bordeaux airport where you will board your helicopter. From the air, discover the Medoc country and its villages which have given their names to the famous Medoc wines: Margaux, Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Pauillac,  and Saint Estephe. Also discover the world leading Chateau estates within this region: Chateau Margaux, Chateau Latour, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Chateau Lafite-Rothschild. On the other side of the River Gironde, admire the UNESCO Classified hilly landscape of the Saint Emilion region.

Please note:  Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes and warm clothing.


price $799
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4 HRS

Moderate

wine

culture
Bordeaux: Medoc Vineyards
You will board your motor coach at the pier and drive along the famous Quai des Chartrons, the center of the Bordeaux wine trade. Your tour of Médoc will start just north of the city. The Medoc Wine Road, located between the Gironde estuary and the Landes forest, will provide magnificent views of vine-covered gravelly rises as far as the eye can see. You will have the opportunity to take photos of some of the most famous châteaux of the area such as Margaux, and Pichon Longueville.  Médoc vineyards are orderly and well-kept almost to the point of fanaticism, and the region's world famous châteaux produce wine that are nothing short of divine... Moulis, Listrac, Saint Julien, Saint Estèphe, Pauillac, Médoc, Haut Médoc and Margaux (with the celebrated château of the same name). You will be able to visit the cellars of one of these famous châteaux -  Giscours, Lynch Bages, Siran, Dauzac, Desmirail, Palmer, Issan, Kirwan, Prieuré Lichine, Rausan Ségla, or d'Arsac. You will learn the techniques of wine making during your visit of the cellars and before a wine tasting.

Please note: There will be stairs to get to the chateau cellar. Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $109
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7.5 HRS

Moderate

dining

wine

culture

sightseeing
Bordeaux: Medoc with Wine Author Dewey Markham Jr.
Depart from the ship for an exclusive wine connoisseur day in the Medoc vineyards! Your guide during this special day will be Wine Author Dewey Markham Jr.  who has lived in the Bordeaux region since 1993 and wrote the book 1855: A History of the Bordeaux Classification which won the James Beard award for wine book of the year.  You will have a panoramic drive along the famous Route des Châteaux. You will stop at Pauillac Second Grand Cru Classé Château Pichon Longueville Baron for a visit to the cellars, and to learn the secrets of their wines! Château Pichon Longueville Baron, Grand Cru Classé Pauillac, was built in 1851 and boasts a fairy tale architecture and a superb view of the estuary. Of course, you will have the opportunity to taste the wines of the estate! Time for lunch! Stop at Relais & Chateau Restaurant Cordeillan-Bages, on Château Lynch-Bages estate. In the heart of the Medoc in vineyards, Pauillac, Relais & Chateau Restaurant Château Cordeillan-Bages is a hedonists' delight where land and sea overlap! Every table at the Cordeillan-Bages restaurant offers a unique atmosphere and the local produce has turned the venue into a gastronomic mecca.  After lunch, you will continue your drive along the wine Chateau road. Enjoy a photostop at one of the splendid architectural & wine making wonders, such as Château Château Margaux.  You last stop will be in the Margaux appellation and visit the cellars of Margaux Third Grand Cru Classé Château Desmirail. Mendelssohn , the famous composer, and his nephew , Robert became the owners of the chateau in 1905. You will enjoy a couple of tastes here as well before returning to your waiting yacht.

Please note:  The order of sites visited may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended as well as a warm garment.  Some of the walk is difficult on steep cobblestone streets  and not recommended for people with mobility issues. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to participate on this tour.

price $399
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3.25 HRS

Moderately
easy

wine

culture

sightseeing
Bordeaux: Panoramic Bordeaux & Its New Wine Museum
La Cité du Vin is a unique cultural facility where wine comes to life through an immersive, sensorial approach, all set within an evocative architectural design. La Cité du Vin gives a different view of wine, across the world, across the ages, across all cultures and all civilizations. At first sight, the architecture of the building is a place filled with symbols of identity: the knotted vine stocks, wine turning in the glass, the swirls and eddies of the Garonne river. Each and every architectural detail evokes liquid elements and the very soul of wine. The bold architectural design by architects Anouk Legendre and Nicolas Desmazières is impressive for its shape and curves, as well as its ever-changing reflections depending on the season, the day or the time.  You will take a tour,  a journey through time and space to discover wine in its universal, heritage, and cultural dimensions. Whether mythical, sacred, religious or magical, experience the culture of wine as it has shaped mankind and the way we live, which has been a source of inspiration in both past and present. Throughout your visit you will be guided by the travel companion, an innovative and technological tool available in 8 languages, helping you to explore the circuit at your own pace and adapted to your own profile. The final phase of the journey will take you up to the Belvedere of La Cité du Vin where you can take in a 360° view of the city, a unique panorama to enjoy while sipping a glass of wine from one of the great vineyards of the world.

Please note:  Wear comfortable and flat walking shoes.  Heels are not recommended. Guests must be 18 years of age or older to participate on this tour.


price $85
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5.5 HRS

Moderate

wine

culture

walking
Bordeaux: St. Emilion Vineyards & Village
There can be no better place to start a visit to this attractive region than Saint Emilion, heartland of the merlot grape, which produces delicious, rich, round wines. The vines on the "hill with a thousand châteaux," reach right up to Saint Emilion's 13th century town walls and surrounding moat dug out of solid rock.  You will stop at one of the nearby wine chateaux and will learn the techniques of wine making during your visit to their cellar and enjoy a wine tasting. Arriving in the village, your guide will take you for a walking tour to see the main attractions: the Collegiale Church and its magnificent cloister from the 12th century, the Ramparts, the Market Place, and the Monolithic Church. Strolling in the streets, you will also see the Cadene Gate and the King's Tower. Then, you will have some time at leisure for exploring the village on your own.

Please note:  The order of sites visited may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended as well as a warm garment.  Some of the walk is difficult on steep cobblestone streets  and not recommended for people with mobility issues.



price $109
No longer available online. Please inquire onboard.


5.5 HRS

Moderate

wine

culture

walking
Bordeaux: St. Emilion Vineyards & Village
There can be no better place to start a visit to this attractive region than Saint Emilion, heartland of the merlot grape, which produces delicious, rich, round wines. The vines on the "hill with a thousand châteaux," reach right up to Saint Emilion's 13th century town walls and surrounding moat dug out of solid rock.  You will stop at one of the nearby wine chateaux and will learn the techniques of wine making during your visit to their cellar and enjoy a wine tasting. Arriving in the village, your guide will take you for a walking tour to see the main attractions: the Collegiale Church and its magnificent cloister from the 12th century, the Ramparts, the Market Place, and the Monolithic Church. Strolling in the streets, you will also see the Cadene Gate and the King's Tower. Then, you will have some time at leisure for exploring the village on your own.

Please note:  The order of sites visited may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended as well as a warm garment.  Some of the walk is difficult on steep cobblestone streets  and not recommended for people with mobility issues.



price $109
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2.5 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking

sightseeing
Bordeaux: Unesco Classified Bordeaux Panoramic & Walking Tour
You will depart by motor coach from the pier for both a panoramic drive and walking tour of the UNESCO-classified city of Bordeaux. You will view the WWII German submarine base, the Chartrons Riverfront where the wine trade was started, the 18th century Place de la Bourse, the 15th century Cailhau Gate and the 14th century Big Bell. You will stop at the 18th century Palais Rohan, now the City Hall, and walk to the 13th century Cathedral of St. Andrew, where Alienor d'Aquitaine married Louis VII, for an inside visit. You will re-board your motor coach and  drive through Gambetta and Tourny Squares. Stop at the monument to the Girondins of the French Revolution at the Quinconces Square. You will then walk by the Grand Theatre, built by Victor Louis in 1773, one of the most beautiful in Europe and a pure work of art. After you have strolled through the Old Bordeaux area with the Parlement and St. Pierre Squares the motor coach will bring you back to the ship.

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary. Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not recommended for those with mobility issues.


price $59
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El Ferrol, Spain



4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
El Ferrol & Betanzos
Begin your exploration of El Ferrol with a panoramic drive in your air-conditioned bus. You will continue on to Betanzos where you will be met by your guide. Declared a Joint Historical and Artistic Heritage in 1970, Betanzos is home to one of the most interesting old quarters of Galicia. The large city guards artistic treasures of incalculable value.  Your walking tour will include sites like the Consistorial Palace, raised in the 18th century by Luck Rodriguez and surrounded by palaces and buildings with galleries. See the Palace of Bendana, constructed in the 15th century. You will see the 11th century Church of Santiago, and the Palace of Lanzós, constructed around 1620. Your stroll with continue to the Gothic District, the Palace of Counts de Taboada and the impressive churches of Santa Maria and San Francisco (external view) , jewels of Gothic Gallego constructed by Fernán the Perez de Andrade in the  14th century, one of the most beautiful examples of the Galician medieval architecture. After this guided visit you will have some of free time before returning to your yacht.

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen. 


price $75
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5 HRS

Moderate

refreshments

wine

walking

sightseeing
El Ferrol, Coruna & Tapas
You will begin your adventure with a  1-hour panoramic drive from El Ferrol to the city of A Coruña.  Admire the Riazor and Orzen beaches, the House of Mankind (a work of Japanese architect Arata Isozaki), and the Aquarium Finisterrae.  You will have time to take some photos at the Tower of Hercules, built in the 2nd  century by the Emperor Trajan and the oldest Roman lighthouse in the world and, unbelievably, still in use today. Re-board the coach and follow the coastline past the window houses that gave A Coruña its Crystal City nickname. Watch for the Archaeological Museum housed in San Anton Castle and the Mendez Nuñez Gardens. Next, you will  leave your motor coach and make your way on foot down the narrow cobblestone streets to Plaza Maria Pita, a vast pedestrian square surrounded by terraced cafés and arcades. Delight in the friendly and social atmosphere of a local Spanish bar, where you will be treated to tapas-snacks of local cheese, crusty homemade bread, cured ham and local specialties complemented by Galician wine. Tapas are a very important part of Spanish culture and are often enjoyed by locals at the pub with a glass of wine or during a quick stop at a restaurant between meals. Afterward, walk the short distance back to the harbor with your guide or take the opportunity to browse on your own in the quaint Old Town before returning to the pier at your leisure.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes  are recommended.



price $99
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8 HRS

Easy

culture

unesco

sightseeing
El Ferrol, 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. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of  El Ferrol  like the UNESCO San Felipe Castle and Fortress or the Exponav Museum or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-3 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 El Ferrol area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1599
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8 HRS

Easy

culture

unesco

sightseeing
El Ferrol, 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 car. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of  El Ferrol  like the UNESCO San Felipe Castle and Fortress or the Exponav Museum or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 5 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 El Ferrol area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1799
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

unesco

sightseeing
El Ferrol, 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. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of  El Ferrol  like the UNESCO San Felipe Castle and Fortress or the Exponav Museum or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-3 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 El Ferrol area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.


price $1299
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4 HRS

Easy

culture

unesco

sightseeing
El Ferrol, 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 car. You will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of  El Ferrol  like the UNESCO San Felipe Castle and Fortress or the Exponav Museum or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 5 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 El Ferrol area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

price $1399
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7 HRS

Moderate

dining

culture

unesco

sightseeing
El Ferrol, Santiago de Compostela
Santiago, the city where, according to a legend, the remains of the apostle Saint James were found is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Board your motor coach where you will meet your guide who will impart some of the region's history on your 75-minute drive to Santiago. Once in Santiago, your walking tour will begin inside the Cathedral of Santiago. The present building was begun in 1075. It is a key Romanesque work in which numerous architectonic styles converge. Highlights of the Cathedral include the Portico de la Gloria and the silver Urn containing the ashes of Saint James. Following your visit to the Cathedral, you will walk through the quiet streets and picturesque squares of Santiago, admiring the Plaza del Obradoiro, the real heart of the town and where the Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, a 17th century building declared National Monument, is located. You will also see the Palacio Rajoy, an enormous and elegant neoclassic building near the Cathedral.  A 4-course lunch with wine will be served at Parador Reyes Catolicos situated near the Cathedral.  On your return trip to El Ferrol , you will be able to admire the impressive Galician landscape of the coastline full of wide beaches and large marshes.

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring sunscreen.  To enter the Cathedral you will need to wear clothing that covers your knees and shoulder.  Restoration has started on Portico de la Gloria and that part of the venue will be closed until work is completed. 


price $189
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7 HRS

Moderate

culture

unesco

walking
El Ferrol, The Walled City of Lugo Walking Tour
Lugo is the only city in the world surrounded completely by intact Roman walls, with heights ranging between 33 to 49 feet in a 6949-foot circle with 71 towers. The walk along the top is continuous around the circuit, and features 10 gates. These 3rd century walls are protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will board your air-conditioned bus for the 90-minute drive to Lugo where you will be met by your English-speaking guide to begin your walking tour. In addition to the walls other sites include the Cathedral, built about 1129, though the actual main facade and towers date only from 1769. You will see the convent and church of St. Francis, built in Gothic style, currently housing the Museo Provincial, with a display of Galician art and 18th century architecture. Your walk will continue on to the Church of St. Dominic, the Palace of the Arts and the Town Hall, a large Baroque structure with a mid-18th century façade. After the guided visit you will have some free time for shopping, then enjoy a delicious lunch in the Hostal Porta de Santiago.

Please note: Comfortable walking shoes and sunscreen are recommended.  


price $119
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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 $479
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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 yacht.

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 $89
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3 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

sightseeing
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 $99
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Lisbon, Portugal



3 HRS

Easy

culture

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 hotel or 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

culture

unesco

sightseeing
Lisbon: Majestic Sintras & Cascais With Transfer To 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 $99
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