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June 14, 2020 – Lisbon, Portugal (Embark 1PM)

We begin our cruise in the beautiful city of Lisbon, Portugal. Known for launching the Age of Discovery, explore its tiled plazas and its historic waterfront. Wander the medieval maze of Alfama to St. George’s Castle. Pose with the iconic monuments of Belém or ride a bright yellow tram to the Tile Museum. Shop for leather, linens, and designer fashions in Baixa and Chiado.

5 PM
Mon
June 15, 2020 – Porto / Leixoes, 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. The highlight, though, is a taste of port wine at its best–a happy accident dating to the 17th century when brandy was discovered to preserve wine for transit.

SAMPLE EXCURSIONS

  • Historic Guimãraes
  • Splendors of Oporto & Gourmet
  • Douro Valley Wine Tour
  • Historic Oporto by Tuk Tuk
  • Portuguese Filigree
  • Splendors of Oporto
  • Songs & Spirits of Portugal
  • Private customized tours

1 PM8 PM
Tue
June 16, 2020 – Vigo, Spain

See the twisting streets, old mansions, and beautiful plazas of the old district, parts of which have survived since medieval times. Dine on fresh seafood found all over Vigo but especially in the famous El Berbes Quarter. Or head further afield to Santiago de Compostela, where a magnificent cathedral has greeted pilgrims since the 9th century. Enjoy lush country scenery–after all, Vigo has earned the nickname of The Green Spain.

SAMPLE EXCURSIONS

  • A Trip to Santiago de Compostela with Conxuro
  • Highlights of Vigo & Baiona
  • The Border Country of Vigo
  • Vigo Wine Appreciation
  • Ferry to Cies Islands–a nature reserve and great beaches
  • Rafting in Vigo (along the Mino or Ulla Rivers)
  • Explore Vigo by Foot

8 AM5 PM
Wed
June 17, 2020 – El Ferrol, Spain

After entering the estuary mouth, pass through a narrow canal where the twin castles of San Felipe and La Palma welcome you to what was the main base for the Spanish Navy in the 17th century in El Ferrol, Spain. Spend a pleasant day rumbling around the old Magdalena neighborhood, or make your own pilgrimage to nearby Santiago de Compostela where a magnificent cathedral has greeted pilgrims since the 9th century.

SAMPLE EXCURSIONS

  • El Ferrol & Betanzos
  • 18th Century Dockyards, Exponav & Priorino Cape
  • The Walled City of Lugo Walking Tour
  • Castle of San Felipe
  • Playa de Doninos Beach
  • 9 AM5 PM
    Thu
    June 18, 2020 – At Sea
    Fri
    June 19, 2020 – Brest, France

    Welcome to Brest, and to Brittany, where you'll hear whispers of Cornish and Welsh in the local French dialect. Brittany has a unique culture that still echoes its Celtic past. Travel to Carnac where local legend claims the prehistoric standing stones were a Roman Legion turned to stone by Merlin. Tour Brest Castle, with more than 1,700 years of history, the oldest active military stronghold in the world.

    SAMPLE EXCURSIONS

    • Historic Quimper
    • Mythical Coast
    • Oceanopolis – aquariums & a seal clinic
    • Castle of Brest
    • National Botanical Reserve of Brest

    8 AM5 PM
    Sat
    June 20, 2020 – Isle of Scilly, U.K.

    This beautiful archipelago welcomes you to the best and most unspoiled beaches in Cornwall–the Isles of Scilly. Rare birds from around the globe are at home here, as are extraordinary gardens and the historic Cromwell Castle. As a special treat, choose an optional visit to the island of Tresco and its beautiful Abbey Gardens, designed by the renowned Augustus Smith on the site of the old Benedictine Abbey, now home to 20,000 exotic plants.

    SAMPLE EXCURSIONS

    • Wildlife Cruise & Wine Tasting on St. Martins
    • Exotic Tresco Gardens
    • Delightful St. Mary's Island

    9 AM5 PM
    Sun
    June 21, 2020 – Waterford / Dunmore East, Ireland

    Explore Ireland’s oldest city–Waterford–from the Viking Triangle, surrounded by 10th century fortifications, to the sparkling House of Waterford Crystal, home to the largest collection of the landmark cut crystal in the world. Take time to raise a glass at T&H Doolans’ Pub, where visitors have been heartily welcomed for more than 300 years.

    SAMPLE EXCURSIONS:

    • A Day in Medieval Kilkenny
    • Coastal & Countryside Drive with a stop at an Irish Pub
    • Exploring Tipperary
    • Waterford & Suir Valley Heritage Center
    • House of Waterford Crystal Tour

    8 AM6 PM
    Mon
    June 22, 2020 – Dublin, Dun Loagrhaire, Ireland

    We end our cruise in Dublin, a city of delights and surprises. Stroll across the Ha’Penny Bridge to Trinity College for a glimpse of the Book of Kells. Step inside the 11th century Dublin Castle. Stop by the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery for a taste of Irish history.

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