Discover the delights of France and Spain in the spring on this roundtrip cruise from Southampton. In Le Havre, take the train to central Paris to see the Mona Lisa in the Louvre and stroll the magnificent Champs-Élysées. Explore the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain; the structure is massive in gleaming titanium – a wondrous work of modern art itself. While in Oporto, climb the 225-step spiral staircase of the heavily baroque Torre dos Clérigos for phenomenal city views. And when arriving in Southampton, leave time to explore the rich history and culture of London.
Travel Best Bets Package Includes
- Round trip airfare from Vancouver to London
- 9 night cruise aboard Norwegian Jade
- Transfers from airport to pier and pier to airport
Vancouver: May 15 – 25, 2018
|Inside||Outside Obs.||Outside||Balcony||Taxes & Fees|
|Victoria, Kelowna from $300 more|
Please call to inquire for flights from other departure cities.
|Date||Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|May 16||Southampton (London), England||-||5:00pm|
|May 17||Le Havre (Paris), France||7:00am||8:00pm|
|May 18||At Sea||-||-|
|May 19||Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France||8:00am||7:00pm|
|May 20||Bilbao, Spain||9:00am||6:00pm|
|May 21||La Coruna, Spain||9:00am||6:00pm|
|May 22||Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal||8:00am||8:00pm|
|May 23||Vigo, Spain||8:00am||5:00pm|
|May 24||At Sea||-||-|
|May 25||Southampton (London), England||8:00am||-|
Southampton (London), England
Protected from the frequent storms of the English Channel by the Isle of Wight, Southampton has survived a turbulent history to serve as a principal port of the United Kingdom today. Pay homage to one of the most famous ships to sail these shores at the Mayflower Memorial. Visit the stoic walls of Bargate and the Tudor House Museum.
Le Havre (Paris), France
Hop on a tour bus to the City of Light to experience the magic of Paris. Stroll down the Champs-Elysées as you nibble on a croissant. Take photos of beautiful Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower. Notre-Dame, the Louvre, Montmartre and all the other iconic places of Paris lie 120 miles up the Seine from the port of Le Havre. Or explore the charms of Le Havre, spend the day at Monet’s Giverny or explore Rouen’s Old Market Place, where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431.
Bordeaux (Le Verdon), France
Located on the Gironde River, Le Verdon is the gateway to Bordeaux, only 2 hours away. Savour the city’s visual feast of classic French ornate buildings, broad avenues, picturesque squares and the Cathedral of St. André with stunning stained glass windows. Stroll through old Bordeaux, or head out of the city to one of the area’s famous vineyards. The gourmet in you will delight in the foie gras, truffles, chocolate and superb wines. Vive la France!
The largest city of the Basque Country, Bilbao is magnificent mix of historic and spectacular modern architecture. Head to Casco Viejo to meander medieval streets and sample some of the best pinxtos (tapas) around. And don’t miss the massive, ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao across the river, featuring the works of leading artists of the 20th century. Clad in glimmering titanium, this enormous structure is a work of art itself.
La Coruna, Spain
The Tower of Hercules, a 2,000-year-old, functioning Roman lighthouse will be the first to welcome you to this friendly port city. Spain’s second largest seaport has one of the longest promenades in Europe. Visit the ornate Maria Pita Square and join in the fun at the lively taverns in the Old Town area.
Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal
Take a drive out to the Duoro Valley and admire it beautiful landscapes and vineyards. Take a stroll through the Historic Centre of Oporto an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Taste a little wine in Oporto famous for it port wines.
The urban area of Vigo is built over an ancient Roman settlement, on the slopes of a hill crowned by two old forts, the Castillo de San Sebastian and the Castillo del Castro. Nearby is the must see Holy City of Santiago de Compostela and its magnificent cathedral displaying exquisite architecture in Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque styles.
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