‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – From Lisbon to Glasgow

‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – From Lisbon to Glasgow

‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – From Lisbon to Glasgow

‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – From Lisbon to Glasgow

Travel information 13 days MS Spitsbergen
Departures
March 11, 2023
March 19, 2024
March 18, 2025
Price from $ 5,865
$ 4,865
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

13-Day expedition cruise from Lisbon to Glasgow, taking in Europe’s dramatic headlands

Sail to the edge of the world

In times past, the peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic were called names like ‘Land’s End’, or ‘End of the World’, or ‘Finis Terrae’ in Latin. Sailing from Lisbon, you’ll explore spectacular ‘Land’s End’ regions, including Galicia’s Fisterra, Brittany’s Finistère, Cornwall’s Land’s End and the Welsh peninsula of St. David’s.

Visit cultural landmarks

You’ll be fascinated by the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites we visit, including the historic centers of Lisbon and Porto. In the British Isles, discover rich Celtic and Norse heritage, as you explore Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Man, and rugged Rathlin Island.

‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – From Lisbon to Glasgow ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – From Lisbon to Glasgow
  • Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Enchanting Lisbon

    One of southern Europe’s most captivating cities

    The Portuguese capital is rich in history and culture. Before embarkation, enjoy a stroll through the classical districts of Baixa and Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Alfama, the old Islamic quarter, where there are remains of a Roman theater and a Moorish fortress.

    You can also visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery a little farther from the city center. Then it’s time to board MS Spitsbergen and begin your adventure at sea.

    Pre-Program

    If you have time to spare, why not join our optional Pre-Program for a sightseeing tour of the city and surrounding areas. Visit the impressive Monserrate Palace and its gardens before heading to Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, continental Europe, and the Eurasian landmass.

    Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Enchanting Lisbon

  • Day 2
    Leixões, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

    Explore the UNESCO-listed historic center of Porto.

    Our first stop is Leixões, Portugal. From here, you can see the Leça Lighthouse, Boa Nova Chapel, and the beautiful beach of Praia Azul.

    You can take a shuttle bus to Porto, famed for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic center. This city of undulating terrain is perfect for walking. Fall in love with the pastel houses, colorful tiled façades, street art, ornate churches, and panoramic views across the Douro River.

    Stroll along the bustling Ribeira Docks promenade, cross the Dom Luís I bridge, snack on delicious petiscos, and enjoy wine tastings at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

    • Included Porto Walking Tour
    Day 2
    Leixões, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

  • Day 3
    Fisterra, Spain

    The 'Land’s End’ of Spain

    Discover Fisterra, an ancient place of pilgrimage

    Fisterra owes its name to the Romans, who thought its rocky cape was the end of the world. Many people come to this picturesque fishing village to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of Cape Fisterra, which is also the end of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route.

    The cape is dominated by one of the most famous lighthouses in Galicia, Faro de Fisterra, perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean.

    Fisterra sits in a wide and open ría (estuary). This means it can be exposed to swell at times, making landing difficult. If that’s the case, wdock e’ll at the nearby port of Brens.

    • Included Land’s End in Spain – Cape Fisterra and the Coast of Death
    Day 3
    Fisterra, Spain

    The 'Land’s End’ of Spain

  • Day 4
    A Coruña, Spain

    A Galician highlight

    Soak up the heritage of this medieval city

    Galicia is a region of Spain that’s culturally distinct—and the Galicians are very proud of their Celtic roots. We’ll overnight in A Coruña, with a chance to take an after-dinner stroll into town to see the two-millennia-old lighthouse, the Tower of Hércules.

    While you’re here, don’t miss the unique Galician cuisine. Order a selection of tapas and sample a glass of famous Galician cider, traditionally poured into a cup from a considerable height.

    A Coruña is an excellent base from which to explore some of the highlights of Galicia. Here, you’ll find the Tower of Hercules—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—the world’s oldest functioning lighthouse.

    • Included A Coruña Walking Tour
    Day 4
    A Coruña, Spain

    A Galician highlight

  • Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The port city of Ferrol

    Walk a portion of the famous ‘English Way’ in Galicia’s Ferrol

    Your expedition cruise continues along the rugged coast of Galicia to Ferrol. Originally a small fishing village, it has been Spain’s main naval base for almost three centuries. Ferrol is one of the best-preserved examples of an 18th-century port city and is under considered for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Ferrol is also the start of one of several pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, called El Camino Inglés (the ‘English Way’). Walk the first stage to Neda or Pontedeume or visit the UNESCO-listed Roman walls of Lugo.

    Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The port city of Ferrol

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

    Unwind and enjoy the natural world around you

    As we cruise toward Finistère in Brittany, grab your binoculars and look out for wildlife. Up to a quarter of the world’s species of whales, dolphins, and porpoises have been spotted in the bay's waters. Our onboard photographer will be on hand to give tips.

    If you haven’t already done so, now would be an excellent time to explore the onboard Science Center. Or join the Expedition Team for lectures on different topics related to your travels. You can make full use of the leisure facilities on MS Spitsbergen, like the panoramic sauna.

    Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

  • Day 7
    Douarnenez, France

    Fascinating Finistère 

    The landscapes that inspired world-famous artists

    Today we’ll explore Finistère, the 'Land's End' of France, and proudly Breton. We’ll use our small boats (RIBs) to go ashore at the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez, where we’ll find colorful quays, sandy beaches, and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. Visit dramatic Pointe du Raz, one of Brittany's westernmost headlands.

    If conditions prevent us from reaching Douarnenez, we'll head to Brest, a historic maritime city with medieval fortifications. Lastly, we’ll visit Pointe Saint-Mathieu, where you’ll see the ruins of an abandoned abbey.

    • Included Land’s End at Brittany - Pointe du Raz
    Day 7
    Douarnenez, France

    Fascinating Finistère 

  • Day 8
    Newlyn, United Kingdom

    Land’s End in Cornwall

    Discover Cornwall’s quaint villages and local legends.

    Your cruise continues to the British Isles. Located on the southwestern peninsula of Britain, the idyllic Cornwall is the next stop on our journey. Enjoy a stroll from the fishing port of Newlyn to the lively town of Penzance or the picturesque village of Mousehole.

    Weather permitting, our small boats (RIBs) will take you to St. Michaels Mount, a tidal island featuring subtropical gardens overlooked by a castle. We'll also visit mainland England’s southwesternmost point, Land’s End. This iconic landmark is a magnet for coastal birdlife and the inspiration for age-old myths and legends.

    • Included Shuttle to Land’s End
    Day 8
    Newlyn, United Kingdom

    Land’s End in Cornwall

  • Day 9
    Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Isles of Scilly

    Enjoy crystal-clear waters, sandy beaches, and natural beauty

    Just 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall are the Isles of Scilly. This enchanting archipelago is home to some exquisite, small islands that we’ll visit if conditions allow.

    Explore Tresco’s white-sand beaches and the renowned 19th-century Abbey Gardens, or see St. Mary’s, the largest of the Isles of Scilly.

    Or join a trip around the archipelago, visiting shipwreck sites and spotting seals loafing on the rocks. Then sail around the bird sanctuary of Annet to spot puffins and numerous other breeding seabirds.

    Day 9
    Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Isles of Scilly

  • Day 10
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

    Explore scenic coastlines and the UK’s smallest city

    Nestled between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast is the charming Welsh coastal town of Fishguard. You’ll find the original town and harbor in Lower Fishguard. You can enjoy spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’, above.

    A short drive away is the UK’s smallest city, St. David’s. More a village than a city, it owes its city status to its 12th-century cathedral. You can explore this conservation area while you’re here.

    The dramatic headland nearby is the westernmost point in Wales. Enjoy spectacular views here along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path.

    • Included Shuttle to St. David’s
    Day 10
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

  • Day 11
    Peel (Isle of Man), United Kingdom

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

    Explore this independent island kingdom.

    From Wales, we'll cruise up the Irish Sea to Peel on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown Dependency. The imposing ruins of Peel Castle loom over the port. There's plenty to see here in the 14th-century former Manx capital.

    Celtic and Viking history abound you as you wander the winding lanes of merchants’ houses and explore the castle ruins. In the House of Manannan, you’ll see a replica Odin’s Raven, a Viking longboat that sailed here from Norway.

    You can even learn about the island’s more recent history of high-speed racing, in museums showcasing vintage bikes and cars.

    Day 11
    Peel (Isle of Man), United Kingdom

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

  • Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds of Rathlin

    Rugged nature and rich birdlife await in Rathlin

    Our cruise continues to Rathlin Island, home to Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony. Look out for guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, and fulmars. Also, be sure to listen for the rattle of the corn crake.

    At just six miles long and one mile wide, Rathlin is ideal to explore by bike or on foot. Admire unspoiled natural beauty on scenic clifftop walks and along trails.

    Enjoy a guided walk around the RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre and the working ‘upside-down’ lighthouse perched on the cliff. At the Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, you'll learn about the culture and traditions of this small island community.

    Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds of Rathlin

  • Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Stylish Glasgow

    End your cruise in Scotland’s hip city of culture

    Your expedition cruise ends in Glasgow, a cultural hot spot packed with museums, galleries, and parks. In the harbor, you'll find the striking Riverside Museum, and the tall ship Glenlee beside it.

    Take this opportunity to visit the Gothic Glasgow Cathedral, see eclectic art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery &Museum, and discover the splendid Art Nouveau architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

    Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Stylish Glasgow

Departures

2023

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2025

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Stay in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages* in the Aune restaurant
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board†
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organize and guide activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water

†Please note that Wi-Fi and phone reception are very limited in the remote areas where we travel and streaming is not supported.

Onboard activities

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library, and advanced biological and geological equipment
  • The Citizen Science Program allows guests to contribute to ongoing scientific research projects.
  • Our onboard professional photographer will give photography tips and teach techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife photos.
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and a gym.
  • Join informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings.

Landing activities

  • Escorted landings with small boats (RIBs)
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles, and all equipment needed for the activities
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket
  • Expedition photographers will be on hand to assist you.

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected

Not Included In Your Expedition

  • International flights
  • Travel protection
  • Baggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please ensure you can meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities are expected
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54 m
Beam 18 m
Speed 14.5 knots
Longyearbyen, Svalbard - MS Spitsbergen
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