Departing from one of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is rich in architecture, monuments, and grand boulevards, well worth taking time to explore before your voyage. You’ll fall in love with Porto, a centuries-old city known for its robust port wine trade, where savoring a taste of tawny port, tripe, and seafood is highly recommended. Spend a night relaxing and enjoying the amenities aboard your boutique hotel at sea, like a decadent dinner or indulgent massage.
Sail to Bilbao, Spain, where you can explore Frank Gehry’s incredible Guggenheim Museum before sampling a meal of tapas and Spanish wine. Next, spend three nights in Bordeaux, France – the scenic gateway to France’s largest wine-making region. Treat yourself to several days of tours and tastings through the area’s nearly 2,000 years of winemaking history.
After a day at sea, visit St. Peter Port in the Channel Islands, Europe’s prettiest harbor town, before arriving in beautiful Plymouth, England, the starting point of so many epic voyages. Stroll the cobbled streets of the lively Barbican district for everything from an authentic sea captain’s house to modern art galleries, chic cafes, and popular pubs. Your outstanding journey wraps up in Southampton, a charming maritime gateway that has launched noteworthy voyages including the Mayflower and the Titanic.