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Charming Coastlines of Western Europe

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Lisbon
  • Porto
  • La Coruña
  • Bilbao
  • Bordeaux
  • Belle Île
  • Nantes
  • St-Malo
  • Honfleur
  • London

16 Days Ocean Voyages
  • Departing:
  • 5 May 2020

Like the New World explorers from centuries ago, we set off on a journey of discovery, skirting coastlines across the Bay of Biscay and the English Channel to the world’s most historic cities. From cities which emanate romance, to ones where wine runs as deeply as rivers. Medieval villages, pirate towns and vibrant metropolises. We trawl across hills, make footprints in golden sand. Stroll over cobblestone paths, through sunlit vineyards and wade in turquoise bays.

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Itinerary

Meet at our residence, Hotel Tivoli Avenida Liberdade. Our first evening is celebrated at the Sky Bar, where 180-degree views of Lisbon greet us. A Welcome Dinner is held at the Cervejaria Liberdade. Your World experiences allow us to discover more. Join a half-day morning tour of downtown Lisbon aboard a private luxury coach. Or, journey to Óbidos and Alcobaça and uncover medieval monasteries, cobbled streets and walled cities.

We arrive at our next port of call. Taste Porto’s most famous produce, sweet port made from the sweeping vineyards of the Douro Valley and fortified with locally produced spirits. Back aboard our ship, we make our way to La Coruña. Established as a Celtic settlement, the city boasts a history stretching back to the sixth century. We take ourselves away from the golden shoreline of La Coruña to Bilbao. Here, we pay a visit to iconic Guggenheim.

Bordeaux’s La Cité du Vin is known to many as the greatest wine museum in the world, to which we must pay a visit. The rugged cliffs and jewel-like turquoise bays of Belle Île pull us away from the mainland. Small, secluded beaches and quiet roads are perfect for leisurely hikes. On the northern banks of the Loire River, we find ourselves at Nantes, birthplace of French writer, Jules Verne. We pay tribute to him at the museum built in his honour.

Fogo Island is our first stop on the archipelago of Cape Verde. A jaunt through Fogo Natural Park reveals Pico do Fogo volcano and the surrounding forest of Monte Velha. It’s onwards to Porto Novo. Wander through the town, where relics from the Portuguese era remain. Peruse the lively marketplace, stroll through the harbour, or ascend Topo de Coroa, the 2,000-metre-tall volcanic mountain, where our efforts are rewarded with panoramic views.

Our vessel approaches the causeways of St-Malo, once a notorious port for corsairs and pirates. The walled city prospered from local extortion, as well as overseas adventures by New World explorers. Our ship carries us along picturesque Côte Fleurie, to Honfleur. We spend our day wandering cobbled streets lined with boutiques and cafes, and strolling along Vieux-Bassin to see the narrow, tall houses with their sloping roofs and coloured facades. The final leg of our journeys sees us cross the English Channel to London.

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