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London, Bordeaux & Iberian Charms 2020 (Northbound)

13 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Arrive Lisbon
Tour begins: 5:00 PM. InterContinental Lisbon / Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. A transfer is included from Lisbon Airport to your Tauck hotel, the InterContinental Lisbon or the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon, located atop one of the city’s seven hills close to must-see sights. Join us for a welcome reception, followed by dinner at your hotel. (D)

Day 2 Landmarks of Lisbon, Your Way
Explore Lisbon as you like today choosing from a sightseeing drive through the city that includes the Parque da Nações, the Baixa, Lisbon’s historic heart, and Avenue da Liberdade reminiscent of Parisian boulevards, to the Parque Eduardo VII stunning with views or a walking tour that takes you through the steep lanes of the Alfama neighborhood up to terraced sights and rooftops at Portas do Sol, the Mosterio São Vincente de Fora and the Triumphal Arch of Rua Agusta for rewarding panoramic views, ending with a rooftop cocktail at a charming hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. (B)

Day 3 Sintra Cheese Making, Then Embark Ship
A choice of excursions today brings you to the village of Sintra where fairytale palaces, scenic landscapes and a visit to the grand 20th-century Quinta da Regaleira make your morning magic, or satisfies your appetite with a taste of local specialties in Azeitão, including a visit to a wine cellar famous for its Muscatel wine and a cheese making demonstration with samples, of course. Embark your Tauck ship in Lisbon and set sail for Porto. (B, D)

Day 4 Pretty Porto As You Choose
Arrive in the port of Leixoes for the excursion of your choice in oceanfront Porto; its historic center is designated a UNSECO World Heritage Site, with stunning Art Deco architecture, churches and a train station impeccably dressed iconic blue tiles. You may decide to join a local guide for a classic tour of the city, riding a private cable car up to the historic heart of the city for a walking tour or you may choose to explore the city by private cable car, with a water taxi to Gaia across the Douro and a cable car to the top of Luiz I Bridge for inspiring views. For a more active look at the city, join our local guide for a bicycle tour that follows the river before hopping off for a walking tour of historic downtown Porto. After time at leisure in Porto, have dinner onboard as your ship charts a course to Cee, Spain. (B, L, D)

Day 5 A Pilgrimage to Santiago
Wake up in Spain for a drive to the famous pilgrimage site of Santiago de Compostela, burial place of the apostle St. James, and the third-most-holy city of the Christian world after Rome and Jerusalem. Discover it your way, taking a walking tour back in time along flagstone streets to churches and shrines, listening to entertaining insights from your local guide, or following the “Little Way” on a pilgrimage walk on the Camino of St. James that ends at the Cathedral of Santiago. Everyone meets up for a private lunch at a restored 18th-century Franciscan convent hotel before time at leisure in town. (B, L, D)

Day 6 The Best of Bilbao or a Taste of San Sebastian
Welcome to Basque country in northern Spain for an afternoon of sightseeing pleasures. Dock in Bilbao where you may wish to join a local guide for a guided walking tour that features the architectural gems of this port city and includes a visit to Bilbao’s Bellas Artes Museum. Or learn about the city’s transformation to a sought-after multi-faceted cosmopolitan destination from a local expert who shares secrets you won’t get from a guidebook, including where to find the best pintxos in the city, with tastings at every stop! Nearby the seaside resort of San Sebastián entices with surfing, medieval streets and culinary treats renowned the world over. Your third choice takes you to San Sebastián for a tasting tour if its famous Basque cuisine – and pinxtos! (B, L, D)

Day 7 The Guggenheim and to Bordeaux
Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao is one of modern architecture’s most iconic buildings. Besides sparking the attention of travelers from around the world, it put the city in the international tourism spotlight. View its head-turning architectural details, flowing canopies, cliffs, promontories, ship shapes, towers and flying fins, before venturing inside the museum to see its collection of contemporary art. Back aboard the ship, sail for France. (B, L, D)

Day 8 Wines in St. Emilion and Bonjour Bordeaux!
Disembark this morning for a drive to the alluring medieval village of Saint Émilion where a guided walking tour introduces you to its legends and limestone landmarks, highlighted by a taste of its full bodied wines at an acclaimed wine estate. This afternoon bask in the beauty of Bordeaux on a classic walking tour or sightseeing drive. Dinner tonight is at a country wine château that is magnifique in every way, enticing with a walk through the wine cellars that finishes with a glass of Cremant de Bordeaux on the lawn, weather permitting. (B, L, D)

Day 9 An Idyllic Day at Sea
Enjoy an entire day at sea as your ship cruises towards the island of Guernsey, taking advantage of the ocean views and attending a lecture by your Tauck Director in the ship’s theatre. Onboard delights include two dining venues, a swimming pool and fitness center and an innovative underwater lounge that lets you see what’s happening in the deep blue sea! (B, L, D)

Day 10 Gems of Guernsey
Located in the English Channel near the French coast, Guernsey is known for its beach resorts and scenic coastal cliffs, along with German fortifications, Victorian buildings and medieval architecture. A choice of included excursions ranges from a sightseeing drive across the island ending with a visit to the Little Chapel in the center of Guernsey; a walking tour of Saint Peter Port that visits the gardens of Candie and its restored Victorian glasshouses; or an active clifftop hike from t he seafront to colorful Moulin Huet Valley, passing landscapes that inspired writings from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, and works by Victor Hugo who dearly loved this area. Your ship departs for Portsmouth, England, late this afternoon. (B, L, D)

Day 11 Hampton Court Palace and on to London
Disembark the ship in Portsmouth and drive to Tudor-style Hampton Court this morning. A tour and lunch at the 16th-century palace astounds with regal images of royalty, from its sophisticated redbrick façade to its impossibly perfect gardens with a 300-year-old maze and elegant art-filled interior. Drive to London after lunch and settle into your landmark city-center hotel where the evening is free. (B, L)

Day 12 London Sights
A guided tour of England’s capital city takes you to see the Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Place, Hyde Park and more, giving you a good orientation of where you might want to spend your afternoon at leisure Join us tonight for a farewell dinner at your Tauck hotel. (B, D)

Day 13 Journey Home
Tour Ends: London. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included to Heathrow and Gatwick airports or London’s train stations from The InterContinental London or The Langham, London. Allow three hours for flight check-in at the airport.  (B)
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All This Included
Legacies of the “Age of Discovery”  in the heart of Lisbon… rabelo boats and timeless port wine traditions in Porto, where the Douro meets the Atlantic… in pilgrims’ footsteps on the Way of St. James… the wines (and the joys) of Bordeaux… royal pursuits at Hampton Court and London town…
 
Bookended by two nights in a choice of premier hotels in Lisbon and London, this 13-day small ship cruise aboard Ponant’s state-of-the-art Explorer ship, Le Dumont d’Urville, charms with Portuguese palaces and port, storytelling tiles and storied sites, Spanish pilgrimages and pintxos, French wines, and English cultural gems.
  • Visit to a grand castle in Sintra or Muscatel wine and cheese making in the village of Azeitão
  • Wine tasting in St. Émilion, exploration of Bordeaux and dinner at an acclaimed wine estate
  • Discovering Guernsey on a choice of sightseeing including a clifftop hike
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers
  • Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,892
  • 8-night cruise aboard Le Dumont d’Urville; two-night stays at a choice of premier hotels in Lisbon and London with guided city sightseeing as you choose
  • Exploration of Porto by cable car and walking tours or a bicycle excursion along the Douro
  • A pilgrimage walk on the Camino of St. James or a tour back in time in Santiago de Compostela
  • Pintxos tasting tours in Bilbao or San Sebastián and a tour of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • A tour and lunch at Hampton Court Palace
  • Aboard ship alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day, including house wines & spirits; premium spirits and wines are available at extra cost
  • Airport and train transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 30 meals on land and at sea, service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes, and porterage

Accommodations
Lisbon: InterContinental Lisbon or Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon
Cruising: Cabin onboard Le Dumont d'Urville
London: The InterContinental London or The Langham, London
Notes
  • Cabin upgrades are available.
  • For all bike rides, hikes and activities marked with an asterisk (*), participation is at your own risk and requires a signed liability waiver to be provided.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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