Seabourn Cruise

14-Day Gems Of Western Europe

 
 
14-Day Gems Of Western Europe
Starting from $4,999*

Dublin, Ireland to Lisbon, Portugal


Ship: Seabourn Ovation


Departure Date :

Sep 28 2019

Optional tours are available from most ports for an additional charge.

 

Itinerary

 
Day Dublin, Ireland
Departs 05:30 PM
"Dublin works its magic on you slowly. Founded by the Vikings on the banks of the River Liffey in the 9th century, the city occupies one of the loveliest natural settings of any European capital. Its architecture is a jumble of different periods, including the medieval cobblestone streets of Temple Bar, the elegant terraces and leafy squares of the Georgian period and the modern architecture of the revitalized Docklands district. Dublin’s compact heart is divided by the languorous flow of the Liffey before it enters the wide expanse of Dublin Bay. Both gritty and gracious, the city streets inspired some of the most celebrated writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, acknowledged by its status as a UNESCO World City of Literature. But while its heritage is undeniably a major draw for visitors, these days Dublin is vibrant with thriving technology firms and a young population eager to make their mark. It might arrive via an impromptu chat with a local or a quiet pint of Guinness in a historic pub, but by the time you leave, Dublin will have charmed you."
Dublin, Ireland
 
 
Day Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
Cut deep into the westernmost point of Wales, Milford Haven has been an important safe harbor since the Middle Ages. The town was originally founded as a whaling port at end of the 18th century, and became a Royal Navy dockyard with twin fortresses later. Its economy has been a boom-and-bust cycle involving shipbuilding, fishing and more recently a terminal for the oil and liquid natural gas industries. The city historical museum is located in the 18th century Customs House building. Most visitors are attracted by the breathtaking vistas of cliffs, coastline and mountains that comprise the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, one of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful reserves.
Milford Haven, Wales, United Kingdom
 
 
Day Bristol (Bath), England, United Kingdom
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
Bristol, on England’s southwest coast, has been an important port since the Roman era. The remains of iron age fortresses have been found nearby, and Roman forts and villas dotted the surrounding countryside. Later, it was an advantageous site for expeditions to the New World. John Cabot sailed from here in 1497 to make the first European landfall in North America since the Viking era. The port played an important part in early growth of colonial North America, and in the infamous triangle slave trade, shipping manufactured goods to Africa as the first leg. In the 19th century, Samuel Plimsoll enhanced maritime safety from Bristol by developing his scribed line along the side of merchant hulls to regulate overloading. Bristol is one of England’s most popular holiday destinations, listed among the top ten cities in popular guidebooks. It is also ranked among the best cities for living by the Sunday Times. For us, however, the compelling attraction is the nearby city of Bath, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its original Roman baths and its remarkably intact Georgian architecture. Sights such as the stately Royal Crescent, the remarkable Circus and the picturesque Pulteney Bridge are showered with superlatives by architectural cognoscenti. The city’s quiet elegance and grace also conjure the romantic era of Jane Austen’s novels for visitors of all ages.
Bristol (Bath), England, United Kingdom
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day Rouen (Paris), France
Arrives 08:00 AM
The capital of upper Normandy and fifth largest port in France, picturesque and historic Rouen is renowned as a treasury of medieval architecture. With a large part of the city destroyed during World War II resulting in massive postwar reconstruction, Rouen today appears as an interesting blend of ancient and modern. Fortunately, it has kept its medieval character with still-inhabited houses dating from the 15th century, which line its narrow cobblestone streets. Among the city's most noteworthy attractions are the magnificent Cathedrale Notre-Dame built during the 13th century, and the famous Gros-Horloge, a giant Renaissance clock looming over the renowned pedestrian street of the same name. Two blocks away is the Place du Vieux Marche, or old market square, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. She is publicly commemorated at the site on the last Sunday of each May. The "City of a Hundred Spires" as Rouen is known, was an inspiration for Monet's impressionistic cathedral paintings. Rouen also makes an excellent point of departure for a visit to Paris, the "City of Light."
Rouen (Paris), France
 
 
Day Rouen (Paris), France / Scenic Cruising Seine River
Departs 06:00 PM / Cruising
The capital of upper Normandy and fifth largest port in France, picturesque and historic Rouen is renowned as a treasury of medieval architecture. With a large part of the city destroyed during World War II resulting in massive postwar reconstruction, Rouen today appears as an interesting blend of ancient and modern. Fortunately, it has kept its medieval character with still-inhabited houses dating from the 15th century, which line its narrow cobblestone streets. Among the city's most noteworthy attractions are the magnificent Cathedrale Notre-Dame built during the 13th century, and the famous Gros-Horloge, a giant Renaissance clock looming over the renowned pedestrian street of the same name. Two blocks away is the Place du Vieux Marche, or old market square, where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in 1431. She is publicly commemorated at the site on the last Sunday of each May. The "City of a Hundred Spires" as Rouen is known, was an inspiration for Monet's impressionistic cathedral paintings. Rouen also makes an excellent point of departure for a visit to Paris, the "City of Light."

Scenic Cruising Seine River
Rouen (Paris), France / Scenic Cruising Seine River
 
 
Day Cherbourg (Normandy), France
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
"In the 20th century, Cherbourg’s biggest claim to fame was perhaps that it had been a vital port during the Allied forces’ D-Day invasion, which landed to the southeast and traveled overland to capture the well-defended city from the Germans. However, in recent years, Cherbourg has undergone a revitalization that makes it a great place to sample local delicacies in the Place de Gaulle Market and calvados (apple brandy) from nearby orchards, plus visit the historic sites in and near town. Can’t-miss attractions include the wonderful Cité de la Mer maritime museum, as well as the Roule Fort where the Americans ousted the Germans, now home to the Museum of the Liberation. Cherbourg is also a perfect jumping off point for exploring the sights of Normandy, like the D-Day landing locations on Utah and Omaha Beaches, the historic town of Bayeux—the base of William the Conqueror before he invaded England—and the stunning scenery and sea cliffs of the Cape of La Hague. "
Cherbourg (Normandy), France
 
 
Day St-Malo, France
Arrives 05:30 AM Departs 04:00 PM
Saint-Malo, known as the Corsaires city, is situated at the Cote d'Emeraude on the Rance River in the north-east of Brittany. The city's name stems from the Welsh Monk MacLow Saint-Malo. The city, which has been a seaward fortress since the end of the 17th century, had one of the most important ports in France. The mighty fortifications and ramparts were designed by Simon Garangeau, a disciple of the famous Vauban. Founded in the 6th century as a monastic settlement, the city retains much of its august, historic and dignified veneer. Saint-Malo is now a city of granite rebuilt after WWII to its original style and skyline. Nearby is the island monastery of Mont St. Michel, founded in 708. A focal point for tourists and the faithful alike, early pilgrims risked their lives crossing the treacherous mud flats to reach this site. Now a dam is needed to keep Mont St. Michel's flats from silting up.
St-Malo, France
 
 
Day Portland (Weymouth), England, United Kingdom
Arrives 05:00 AM Departs 06:00 PM
"Portland and the nearby town of Weymouth sit on the south coast of England in Dorset County near the area's beautiful beaches. From here, visitors can wander on Chesil Beach or venture further afield to explore some of the most interesting sights of the British countryside. Outdoorsy types will enjoy walking along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to see natural arches, cliffs and fossils spanning 180 million years of geological history. Those fascinated by the life of the English aristocracy may prefer a visit to the fabulous Minterne House and Gardens, home to the Digby and Churchill families for 350 years. Portland is also a good jumping-off point to see Stonehenge, one of the world’s most recognizable ancient structures, shrouded in mystery and likely already on your must-see list. Other sites that will appeal to British history buffs are Sherborne Castle, built by Sir Walter Raleigh and housing his family artifacts, and the unusual Cerne Abbas Giant. At the end of your day exploring, we recommend a stop at the 500-year-old Black Dog Pub back in Weymouth for a pint of local cask ale. "
Portland (Weymouth), England, United Kingdom
 
 
Day Falmouth, England, United Kingdom
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
Falmouth has a fine natural harbor, but has lost its earlier importance as a seaport and now caters mainly to yachts and boating for holidaymakers. Falmouth has the mildest winter climate in England.
Falmouth, England, United Kingdom
 
 
Day At Sea

 
 
Day A Coruna, Spain
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 05:00 PM
A Coruna is the largest Galician city with a culture uniquely its own, a rich folkloric tradition and its own language. Of historically remote origin, A Coruna has preserved a considerable heritage of monuments and ancient buildings, among which are Romanesque churches and a Roman lighthouse. Its most beautiful and original feature is perhaps the characteristic façade of its houses, which are completely covered by mirador windows.
A Coruna, Spain
 
 
Day Vigo, Spain
Arrives 08:00 AM Departs 11:00 PM
"Galicia feels a little different than the rest of Spain. It has its own language, Gallego, and its own milder and damper climate. During the 20th-century reign of General Francisco Franco (a Galician himself), the region was isolated for its contrary attitude (and for the smuggling operations along the coastline). During that time, national funds for roads, development and industrialization were withheld, effectively keeping Galicia poor and rustic. As a result, even many years later, the area’s economy is still based on fishing and agriculture (tourism is up-and-coming) and a visit here can feel like a step back to a less-globalized era. Vigo, with its large bay, has always been the workhorse of Galicia. The fishing fleet is still sizable, but is now joined in the water by more commercial shipping. The old neighborhoods down by the port are surrounded by increasingly modern districts and suburbs up the hill. Summer brings tourists from across Europe to enjoy Vigo’s beaches and to the spectacular Cíes Islands (Illas Cíes) offshore. This annual influx has modernized Vigo—cuisine, always considered a strong point, has become inventive; historic monuments on the avenues are now joined by a surprising amount of contemporary public art; international chains have appeared alongside the traditional shops by the port. The city proudly welcomes visitors to its slightly different corner of Spain, the beautiful Costa Verde. "
Vigo, Spain
 
 
Day Leixoes (Porto), Portugal
Arrives 07:00 AM Departs 04:00 PM
"Porto, the second-largest city in Portugal, is sometimes dismissed as Lisbon’s business-minded sibling. But underneath its commercial and industrial surface, there flourishes a lively scene for the arts, food and music amidst Art Deco buildings and a UNESCO World Heritage-designated historic core. Take time to visit the port wine cellars where the city’s famous export is blended and stored. Then explore a turn-of-the-century bookstore, the neoclassical Stock Exchange Palace or the sprawling arts complex. Tumbling from the newer sections of the city down to the banks of the Douro, Porto’s oldest quarter, Ribeira, can feel contemporary one minute with starkly modern galleries and chic bistros and ancient the next with narrow alleyways strung with laundry lines and worn stone stairways connecting the cobblestone streets. Wander the neighborhood, from more commercial strips to residential back streets where old ladies chat and children bobble soccer balls. Down by the Douro at Ribeira Square, the streets open up, the sky is blue and cafés set their tables and chairs out on the plaza, eager to serve you. This is no stern, humorless, all-business city. Porto knows how to relax and enjoy life. "
Leixoes (Porto), Portugal
 
 
Day Lisbon, Portugal
Arrives 07:00 AM
"Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a wealth of sights, tastes and sounds. An ensemble of neighborhoods both old and new, it’s a city full of history, culture and tradition. After the devastating earthquake that struck in 1755, reconstruction began and the rebuilt Baixa area quickly became one of the city's busiest districts. From there, you can glance up at São Jorge Castle on one hill while in another direction you'll find Chiado, one of the trendiest and most elegant neighborhoods. The spirit of Lisbon can be encapsulated by the soulful musical genre, fado, which can best be enjoyed in the Alfama, the city's oldest neighborhood. Enter one of the area's old-school taverns and listen to passionate renditions of Fado Vadio, sung by amateurs, often after a round of aguardiente, an anise-flavored liquor."
Lisbon, Portugal
 
 
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