Gems of the Atlantic coast
Take the seaway to European history with UNESCO sites, churches & castles and some very odd islands.
Explore Lisbon at your own pace, before boarding MS Fram in the afternoon. We suggest a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site Monastery of the Hieronymites and the Tower of Belém. Standing at the entrance to Lisbon harbour, the Monastery of the Hieronymites, is a pinnacle of Portuguese art and architecture. The nearby Tower of Belém, built to commemorate Vasco da Gama's expedition, is a reminder of the great maritime discoveries that laid the foundations of the modern world.
We call at Leixões, situated at the mouth of the river Douro. Just across the river is Porto. Enjoy a guided tour to the historic centre of Porto and the unique urban landscape dating back 2,000 years. Porto’s importance as an industrial centre does not diminish the charm and character of its old quarters or even of the newer and busy avenues, shopping centres and quiet residential blocks.
We offer three excursions in La Coruña, two of them to UNESCO world heritage sites. Visit the Tower of Hercules, which has served as a lighthouse since the late 1st Century A.D. On the second tour we visit Santiago de Compostela, the famous pilgrimage destination where you can explore the town and the famous church. You can also join a walking and tapas tour.
The combination of maritime heritage and modern life provides Gijón with its special attraction and charm. Take a stroll and enjoy the 16th- century buildings and roman baths. Join the tour to the Monuments of Oviedo and the Kingdom of the Asturias, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bilbao is a magnificent cocktail of architecture, history, character and scenery. Join the optional excursion that includes a visit to the Guggenheim museum, an architectural shrine and a perfect example of the new Bilbao. We also offer an excursion to the Bizcaya Bridge, the world’s oldest transporter bridge.
Lorient is Brittany’s fourth largest city and was a key base for French colonialism in the 17th and 18th century. One of the attractions is the Naval Museum located in a former German submarine base, where you can get to know a real French submarine first hand.
The Isles of Scilly is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a testimony of the unique landscape. Adding to the special fascination of the islands are rare species of birds and plant life and the highest concentrations of prehistoric remains anywhere in Britain.
With an unspoiled landscape and unique blend of British and French influences Jersey is something out of the ordinary. Located in the Bay of Mont St Michel, it is the largest of the Channel Islands. It has a fascinating story that is still visible today through Norman style farmhouses, narrow winding lanes, small fields and French street names. No matter how you choose to spend your day in Jersey, slip into the relaxed pace of life and enjoy.
We spend the day sailing towards the last port of call of this voyage, Amsterdam. Our Expedition Team will give interesting talks about history and culture.
The capital of the Netherlands is one of Europe’s most charming destinations, renowned for its medieval city centre and numerous canals. Today the city is home to many outstanding museums, including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandt House and the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and drawings. We recommend a visit to the seventeenth-century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam, included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. This is where our adventure ends.
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