Small Ship Cruising

London, Bordeaux & Iberian Charms

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£6,590
Journey Type
Small Ship
Time of Year
Sep - Oct
Cities & Landmarks
Lisbon, Porto, London, Bordeaux, San Sebastián, Guernsey
Lisbon to London Cruise
Porto Portugal

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Tour Overview

EXPERIENCE WITH TAUCK

 

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

 

TAUCK VALUE INCLUDES

 

All gratuities to Tauck Director, ship staff, local guides and drivers

 

Tauck’s private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at £2,126

 

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Activity

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Guests should be able to easily walk one to two miles, which may include climbing one or two flights of stairs and walking over uneven pavement, groomed hiking trails or cobblestones. Standing up to one hour or more may be required.

Pace

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Moderately paced, and may include some early morning hotel departures, one or two on-tour flights, and extended motor coach travel.

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Our Western Europe cruise tour takes you from Lisbon to London, introducing you to coastal treasures, culinary delights and rich history along the way.

Cultural journeys and expeditions

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.

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Santiago de Compostela

Pilgrimage Sites of Santiago de Compostela

Believed by many to be the burial place of the apostle St. James, the city of Santiago de Compostela, capital of Galicia in northwestern spain, has been one of the most significant Catholic pilgrimage sites for nearly a millennium; after Rome and Jerusalem, it’s considered among the holiest cities in the Christian world. On your visit, you’ll walk part of the “Way of St. James,” discovering some of the revered sites, churches and shrines that pilgrims have visited throughout the centuries, and the sacred 13th-century Cathedral Santiago de Compostela.

Pintxos tasting tours

Sampling pintxos in Bilbao and San Sebastián

Pintxos – the traditional tasty treats typically enjoyed as appetizers or snacks in bars throughout northern Spain and the Basque country – are so named for the “spike” (a skewer or a toothpick) that holds their ingredients to a slice of bread, and distinguishes them from their tapas cousins. You’ll have opportunities to sample some of the best pintxos in town on tasting tours with local experts in Bilbao and San Sebastián.

Dinner at Château Kirwan in Bordeaux

A Tauck Exclusive dinner at a historic winery in Bordeaux

The roots of Château Kirwan, a historic estate winery in the Margaux appellation of France’s Bordeaux region, go back to its establishment in the 18th century by Irish shopkeeper Mark Kirwan following his marriage to the daughter of English merchant Sir John Collingwood. Kirwan’s vineyards flourished, producing wine classified as “second rank grand crux.” Since 1925, the winery has been operated by the Schÿler family, whose eighth generation has brought Château Kirwan into the 21st century… where you’ll experience it firsthand with a walk through its cellars and a Tauck Exclusive dinner.

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Deluxe Suite

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Grand Deluxe Suite

Deck 5

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Owner's Suite

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All Inclusive, One Upfront Price

Distinctively "inclusive" means just that – virtually every cruise cost is included in one upfront price, from shore excursions (private to Tauck), all gratuities, premier hotels on land stays, port charges and more. There are no options sold – no extra charges, no hidden costs, no "surprise" expenses.

Shore Excursion Choice

The choice is yours... We’re pleased to present an opportunity to customize and personalize your cruise by choosing your shore excursions on select days; choices have been carefully designed to appeal to different interests and preferences, with more active choices available on many days. 90 days prior to your departure date we'll contact you with the information you need to make your selections!

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International Air is additional. Contact Tauck for rates on international air for travel originating in the UK (subject to availability).

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Travel Documents, Booking and Deposits, and more

No matter where your destination may be, you should bring identification with you; a valid passport is always an appropriate form of identification. Contact your booking agent for information about all necessary documents required for your journey, such as passport and visa information or documentation required for transportation security measures.

Important Information

Health and Activity

You'll find Activity and Pace Levels on all of our trips to give you a better idea of physical activity level – higher numbers mean a more active journey. To fully enjoy most journeys, you should be in good health and able to walk reasonable distances; some of the most memorable sightseeing can only be accomplished on foot and may include unpaved and uneven surfaces. Please consult your physician for pre-departure health advice.

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Customer Protection: Our UK-based agents comply with the bonding requirements of the Civil Aviation Authority and provide full financial protection for the package holidays that we sell in the UK. For flight-based holidays, this is through the Air Travel Organiser’s Licence (details of which are available from the UK-based agent with whom you book). When you buy a package holiday that doesn’t include a flight, protection of your monies paid to our UK-based agent will be provided by way of a bond.
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