‘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 MS Spitsbergen
Departure
March 11, 2023
Price from $ 5,866
$ 5,279
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore spectacular ‘Land’s End’ regions and visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites along Europe’s west coast and in the British Isles from Lisbon to Glasgow.

Journey to the former ‘ends of the world’

For millennia, most Europeans believed it was impossible to venture beyond the peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic. Thus, they named these places ‘Land’s End’, or ‘End of the World’ (‘Finis Terrae’ in Latin). Beginning in Lisbon, you’ll sail the European Atlantic seaboard, visiting the Galician headland of Fisterra, the Breton region of Finistère, Cornwall’s Land’s End, and the Welsh peninsula of St. David’s.

Discover UNESCO-listed landmarks

On your expedition cruise, you’ll have the opportunity to visit renowned UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover medieval towns, ancient monuments, and time-honored pilgrimage sites. Visit Lisbon’s iconic Tower of Belém and explore Porto’s picturesque old quarter. Walk a section of the famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain and discover why UNESCO has designated the entire Isle of Man a biosphere reserve.

Atlantic island adventures

The final leg of your cruise will take you to a selection of stunning islands. Explore Penzance in the British Isles and travel to the famous Land’s End headland. Discover the self-governing Isle of Man, an island rich with Celtic and Norse heritage and blessed with spectacular rolling landscapes. Then, onto the wild beauty of Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland, a birding paradise surrounded by towering cliffs. After sailing the scenic Scottish Firth of Clyde, your expedition will come to an end in the stylish city of 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
  • Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Your European adventure begins

    March 11, 2023

    Your cruise begins in one of southern Europe’s most enchanting cities

    Your expedition cruise sailing north sets off from lovely Lisbon.

    If you have time before embarkation, take a walk through Lisbon’s various historic neighborhoods. Start your exploration at the Praça do Comércio in Baixa and then, head to the the narrow streets of Bairro Alto.

    From there, you’ll arrive at Alfama and the old Islamic quarter, the remains of a Roman amphitheater, and a Moorish fortress. If you have time, visit the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites where you’ll also find the delicious Pastéis de Belém.

    Pre-Program

    We recommend extending your stay by joining our exciting Lisbon Pre-Program. to ensure you enough time to take in the sights of Lisbon and the glorious Portuguese coast before boarding MS Spitsbergen, You’ll visit the impressive Monserrate Palace and its gardens before heading to Cape Roca, the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, continental Europe, and the Eurasian landmass.

    Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Your European adventure begins

  • Day 2
    Llençois, Porto

    The City of Port Wine

    March 12, 2023

    Discover magical Porto, a UNESCO highlight with ample charm

    In Portugal, we’ll dock at Leixões. From here, you can see the Leça Lighthouse, the 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 strolling. 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 Luis I bridge, snack on delicious petiscos, and enjoy wine tasting at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

    • Included Porto Walking Tour
    Day 2
    Llençois, Porto

    The City of Port Wine

  • Day 3
    Fisterra, Spain

    Journey to the ‘Land’s End’ of Spain

    March 13, 2023

    Discover an ancient pilgrimage site that stretches back to the Celts

    The name of this picturesque fishing village is derived from ‘Finis Terrae’, meaning ‘Land’s End’ in Latin. Fisterra owes its name to the Romans, who thought its rocky cape was the end of the world. People come here to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the cape and the lighthouse, which you’ll be able to see on an included bus excursion.

    Fisterra sits on the Costa da Morte (the ‘Coast of Death’), in a wide and open ría. At times, it can be exposed to swell, 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

    Journey to the ‘Land’s End’ of Spain

  • Day 4
    A Coruña, Spain

    A Galician highlight

    March 14, 2023

    Plenty to see, do, and drink

    Galicia is a region of Spain that’s culturally distinct, and Galicians are very proud of their Celtic roots. We’ll spend the night in A Coruña, with an opportunity to take an after-dinner stroll into town and a chance to see the Torre de Hércules lighthouse, which is over 2,000 years old.

    While you’re there, you must sample the unique Galican cuisine. Order a selection of tapas and sample a glass of famous Galician cider, traditionally poured into a glass from a considerable height.

    A Coruña is an excellent base for exploring some of Galicia’s other highlights, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela.

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

    A Galician highlight

  • Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

    March 15, 2023

    Get your boots on for some walking

    Our next stop is Ferrol, located a couple of hours sailing northwest of A Coruña along the rugged Galician coast. Originally a small fishing village, Ferrol has been Spain’s main naval base for almost three centuries. It’s currently under consideration to be named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    One of several pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Camino Inglés (the English Way’) starts here. Walk the first stage to Neda or Pontedeume on your own or join an optional excursion to see the highlights of northern Galicia, including the UNESCO-listed Roman walls of Lugo.

    Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

    March 16, 2023

    Relax into a leisurely time at sea, watching for cetaceans and enjoying onboard activities

    Take this opportunity to relax on deck with your binoculars and look out for whales, dolphins, and porpoises. This is one of the few places in the world where you can spot beaked whales— if you’re lucky. They’re drawn to the bay’s nutrient-rich waters.

    You can learn about the marine biology of the seas we’re sailing, with hands-on demonstrations and in-depth lectures about the history, geography, and environment of the destinations to come. Don’t forget about the leisure amenities on board the ship. This is the perfect rejuvenate in the sauna with a view!

    Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

  • Day 7
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the ‘Land’s End’ of Brittany

    March 17, 2023

    See what inspired painters around the historic harbors of Finistère

    In the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez, you’ll find the colorful quaysides, sandy beaches, and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. As well as fishermen’s huts and seamen’s chapels, Douarnenez hosts a wonderful maritime museum with boats from around the world. On an included excursion, we’ll take you to the dramatic Pointe du Raz, one of Brittany’s westernmost headlands.

    If conditions don’t allow us to visit Douarnenez, nearby Brest is a fascinating maritime city with medieval fortifications. It’s home to the national naval museum, Musée National de la Marine, found inside the military fortress of Château de Brest. Brest is a modern city featuring lively quays and docks that are perfect for a scenic stroll. We’ll wrap up the day with an included visit to nearby Pointe Saint-Mathieu, where you can discover the ruins of an abandoned abbey.

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

    Finistère, the ‘Land’s End’ of Brittany

  • Day 8
    Newlyn, United Kingdom

    Land’s End in Cornwall

    March 18, 2023

    Quaint villages, beautiful beaches, and fascinating Cornish history and legends

    Located on the southwestern peninsula of Britain, the idyllic county of 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. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island featuring subtropical gardens that surround a castle on top. We’ll also include a visit to the southwestern tip of mainland Britain, Land’s End. This iconic landmark is a hotspot 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

    Enchanting archipelago

    March 19, 2023

    Crystal-clear waters, powdery white sand, and natural beauty—welcome to the Isles of Scilly!

    This enchanting archipelago sits 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall and is home to small exquisite islands. Weather permitting, we’ll spend time here. 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. We’ll visit shipwreck sites, see seals lying on the rocks, and cruise around the Annet bird sanctuary to observe puffins and numerous other breeding seabirds.

    Day 9
    Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Enchanting archipelago

  • Day 10
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

    March 20, 2023

    Roam Fishguard and see its Iron Age settlements, as well as St. David’s Peninsula

    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 and enjoy spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’ above.

    A short drive away from Fishguard is the U.K.’s smallest city, St. David’s—more a village than a city. You can explore this small settlement as part of an included activity. The nearby dramatic headland marks the divide between the Irish and the Celtic Sea and is the westernmost point in Wales. Explore this spectacular coastal spot and 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

    Celtic and Viking heritage

    March 21, 2023

    Dive into the history of Peel, the 14th-century capital of the Isle of Man

    When approaching this seaside town, you’ll immediately notice the imposing ruins of Peel Castle looming over the port. This mighty fortress is just a taste of what awaits you on this enigmatic island.

    Feel history beneath your feet as you wander the winding streets between merchants’ houses and explore the remains of Peel Castle. Learn about the island’s racing history in museums showcasing vintage bikes and cars. In the House of Manannan, you’ll see a replica Odin’s Raven, a Viking longboat that was sailed here from Norway.

    Day 11
    Peel (Isle of Man), United Kingdom

    Celtic and Viking heritage

  • Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds, choughs, and corncrakes

    March 22, 2023

    Rugged cliffs, peaceful lakes, and wildlife on Rathlin Island

    At just six miles long and one mile wide, Rathlin Island is ideal to explore by bike or on foot. Choose from scenic walks along the cliff-top or winding trails where you can admire the natural beauty and take in the sights and sounds, including large colonies of breeding seabirds.

    Visit the RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre and the functioning ‘upside-down’ lighthouse perched on the cliffs. You’ll also have time to pop into the Boathouse Visitor Centre to learn about island life, local history, and the many historical shipwrecks that lie in the nearby waters.

    • Included Rathlin Island Discovery
    Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds, choughs, and corncrakes

  • Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Arrive in style

    March 23, 2023

    End your cruise in Scotland’s most stylish city

    Our expedition cruise exploring some of Europe’s rugged islands and coastlines ends in Glasgow. Set against a backdrop of splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, Glasgow has reinvented itself as a stylish and exciting city full of museums, galleries, and lively spots to eat, drink, and shop. Head west from the city center to admire the eclectic art and natural history collections of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Architecture and design enthusiasts should seek out the works by Charles Rennie Mackintosh scattered across the city. It’s the perfect place to round off your cruise!

    Post-Program:

    If you want to spend more time in Scotland’s two main cities, we recommend extending your stay and booking our Post-Program. You’ll see the main sights of Glasgow, as well as magnificent Edinburgh Castle—and an overnight stay in Edinburgh is included.

    Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Arrive in style

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What's Included

Included in Your Expedition

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in the cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to fill at onboard water refill stations
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organizes and guides activities, both on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard activities

  • Experts from the Expedition Team present detailed lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center, which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • The Citizen Science program allows guests to contribute to current scientific research
  • The onboard professional photographer will give tips and tricks for taking the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • The ship has hot tubs, a sauna with a view, and an indoor gym
  • Participate in informal gatherings with the crew, such as daily recaps and the next day’s preparations

Landing Activities

  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket

Expedition photographers help you configure your camera settings

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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Your Ship

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
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