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Tour Itinerary

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, culinary delights (and the joys) of Bordeaux…  This 11-day small ship cruise aboard Ponant’s state-of-the-art Explorer ship,  Le Dumont d’Urville, charms with the delights of Bordeaux, Portuguese palaces and ports, storytelling tiles and storied sites, Spanish pilgrimages and pintxos, French wines, and culinary delights followed by a two-night stay at a choice of premier hotels in Lisbon, with continued discoveries in Sintra and Azeitão. 

  1. Day 1
    Arrive Bordeaux

    Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Bordeaux, France. A transfer is included from Bordeaux Airport and train stations to your ship, Le Dumont d'Urville. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner this evening.


    Meals: Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Beautiful Bordeaux
    Bask in the beauty of Bordeaux today with a choice of two excursions. You may choose to explore the city on a guided walking tour that includes sites such as the Maison Gobineau, now the current location of the Bordeaux wine council CIVB, Europe's longest pedestrian shopping street, the Rue du Parlement, the fountain of the "Three Graces" and more. Or, you may choose to visit these sites and more on a motorcoach tour as you drive throughout Bordeaux's UNESCO-listed treasure chest of sites. After lunch onboard ship, enjoy time to explore Bordeaux as you please. 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 Crémant de Bordeaux on the lawn, weather permitting.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Saint Émillion

    Disembark this afternoon 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. Join us back onboard for lunch as we sail towards Bilbao, Spain. You'll have time to enjoy the onboard delights this afternoon including 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!

     

     


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day 4
    San Sebastian and Bilbao

    Dock in Bilbao for a choice of three excursions. Explore the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao including a visit to the Bellas Artes Museum as you learn about the city's transformation from your local guide as they share fascinating details you would not get from a guidebook. Or, you may wish to visit nearby San Sebastián for a stroll through the Old Town with its narrow streets, storied history and Basque cuisine, while exploring the city's most famous pintxo bars for a tasting tour, a truly multi-faceted experience. Your third choice combines an exploration of Bilbao with a search to find the best pintxo in town as your guide ensures your choice is paired perfectly with just the right wine. 


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day 5
    The Guggenheim Bilbao

    After a leisurely breakfast this morning, depart for architect Frank Gehry's masterpiece, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, one of modern architecture's most head-turning and iconic buildings, before sailing onward to A Coruña, Spain. This afternoon, spend the rest of the day cruising and enjoying the many amenities aboard ship. 

     

     

     


    Meals: Lunch
  6. Day 6
    An Idyllic Day at Sea
    Enjoy an entire day at sea as your ship charts a course for Spain. Take advantage of the ocean views and attend 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!
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day 7
    A Pilgrimage to Santiago

    After breakfast 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.


    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day 8
    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 UNESCO World Heritage Site, with stunning Art Deco architecture, churches and a train station impeccably dressed in 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* folllowed by a wine tasting. This evening, enjoy dinner onboard as your ship charts a course for Lisbon, Portugal.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  9. Day 9
    Disembark Ship, then Sintra or Cheesemaking
    After disembarking this morning, you have a choice of two excursions today. The first, brings you to the village of Sintra where fairy tale palaces, scenic landscapes and a visit to the grand 20th-century Quinta da Regaleira makes for a magical morning, while your second option 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 cheesemaking demonstration with samples, of course. Afterward, return to Lisbon to enjoy free time and lunch at Praça do Comércio Square before arriving at your hotel for the next two nights.
    Meals: Breakfast
  10. Day 10
    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 Avenida 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 de São Vicente de Fora and the Triumphal Arch of Rua Augusta for rewarding panoramic views, ending with a rooftop cocktail at a charming hotel. Spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. This evening, join us for a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel.


    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  11. Day 11
    Journey Home
    Tour Ends: 8:00 AM Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included to Lisbon Airport or train station from the InterContinental Lisbon or the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon. Allow a minimum of three hours for flight check-in at the airport.
    Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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, culinary delights (and the joys) of Bordeaux… 

This 11-day small ship cruise aboard Ponant’s state-of-the-art Explorer ship, Le Dumont d’Urville, charms with the delights of Bordeaux, Portuguese palaces and ports, storytelling tiles and storied sites, Spanish pilgrimages and pintxos, French wines, and culinary delights followed by a two-night stay at a choice of premier hotels in Lisbon, with continued discoveries in Sintra and Azeitão. 

  • 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
  • All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,892

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Accommodations


InterContinental Lisbon
Le Dumont d'Urville

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Tauck Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.5
Accommodations
4.4
Itinerary
4.6
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.3

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This is our 7th Tauck tour/river cruise and they have never disappointed.

Our trip was amazing and we had to he most amazing guide Leah she went above and beyond

Ms Lawren Farias was our agent. She went out of her way to make sure that everything went smoothly and it did I would defiitely use her again. She was outstanding.

Maya was absolutely wonderful! I only want to book with her for any future travel.

The Tauck tour exceeded our expectations.Our tour director was exceedingly well informed and organized.She was the best.

The tour was one of our best. Tauck's attention to detail and covering nearly 100% of our costs or fees and booking 5* hotels is why we liked the trip.

Fantastic vacation! Exceeded all our expectations! Trip of a Lifetime!!!

Tauck delivered as promised and more. The tour director was very helpful and knowledgeable. We wouldn't hesitate to book with them again.

Tauck provides great tours. This is our 4th with Tauck. They provided transport for us even when our itinerary was different than usual. The Tauck tour director was wonderful.

The Tour director (Mark) is excellent, the accommodation were first class and convenient and most included meals were very good. We also were blessed with a wonderful group of fellow travelers which I believe is due to Tauck's reputation.

Tauck does a wonderful job in providing a variety of great travel experiences in a worry free environment where every small detail is taken care of.

Both AffordableTours.com and Tauck are very professional organizations who ensure your traveling experiences are exceptional. Highly recommend both and we keep coming back to book with both.

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