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Voyage from Lisbon to Amsterdam

Picturesque towns, harbors, and World Heritage Sites of Western Europe aboard the Diana

Overview

Cruise Europe’s storied coast from Lisbon to Amsterdam, calling at ancient harbors, picturesque towns, and World Heritage Sites. Explore Coimbra, Portugal’s medieval capital, rising along the Rio Mondego, and Spain’s charming Santiago de Compostela, one of Christianity’s major pilgrimage sites. Call at France’s La Rochelle on the Bay of Biscay, and see the famed Paleolithic cave paintings at Altamira. From St.-Malo on Brittany’s coast, visit iconic Mont-Saint-Michel, then explore the cobbled streets of Bruges, Belgium, before disembarking in Amsterdam.

Note: This cruise is not exclusive to, nor operated by, Wilderness Travel, who acts solely as agent in booking your reservation with the ship operator. The itinerary, lecturers, and all other arrangements are subject to change at the discretion of the cruise line.

Itinerary

Day 1
Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to the Avenida Palace Hotel for overnight. Enjoy a welcome reception this evening.

Day 2
Lisbon / Embarkation

Following breakfast at the hotel, tour Lisbon's highlights including the Belem Quarter and the Jeronimos Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage monument that is a superb example of Portuguese Manueline style. Also visit historic Belem Tower, the point from which many Portuguese explorers, including Vasco da Gama, set sail. Late in the afternoon, transfer to the pier to embark Diana and set sail in early evening.

Day 3
Figueria da Foz / Coimbra / Conimbriga, Portugal

From Figueira da Foz, travel to Coimbra, famous for its university, the oldest in Portugal and one of the oldest in Europe, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the campus and visit Coimbra's Old Town, which features a splendid Romanesque Cathedral. In nearby Conimbriga, explore the beautifully preserved Roman ruins, most of which date from the reign of Emperor Augustus, and which constitute the largest Roman site in Portugal.

Day 4
Vilagarcia / Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Travel today to Santiago de Compostela, one of the most beautiful and historic medieval cities in Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the third most important Christian pilgrimage site in the world after Jerusalem and Rome. A guided tour of the central square orients you to the Cathedral, the Townhall, and the Palace of Saint Jerome. After lunch at the Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos, once a hospital and now a luxury hotel, rejoin the ship in the port of La Coruna.

Day 5
Gijon / Oviedo

From the port of Gijon, in Spain's province of Asturias, drive to nearby Oviendo the capital of the province and one of the most attractive and histortic cities of north Spain. You will explore the old quarter enclosed by sections of the medieval walls and centered around the Cathedral, which was first built in the 9th centry. The strets and quiares of Oviedo are lined with fine churches and other medieval buildings designed in the Asturian style of architecture.

Day 6
Bilbao

In Bilbao you will spend the morning at the Guggenheim Museum designed by architect Frank Gehry. After lunch onboard Diana you wlil beist the Museum of Fine Arts and explore the old quarter of Bilbao, Casco Viejo. The Museum of Fine Arts contains a superlative collections of work from the old masters, such as Goya and Zurbaran, to the moder work of artists such as Bacon and Gaugin. It is considered to have one the most important collections of art in Spain.

Day 7
Concarneau

Concarneau, on the southern coast of Brittany, is best known for its Ville Close (Walled City), built on a small island just offshore. This medieval fortification remains the heart of Concarneau, with 15th- and 16th-century half-timbered, gabled buildings lining the cobblestoned streets within the walls. Rue Vauban, the main street, leads to the fishing port—the leading tuna port in Europe—where more than 200 boats line the docks in front of the fish market. Also enjoy the lovely Brittany countryside.

Day 8
St. Malo / Mont-St.-Michel

This morning you will arrive at the medieval city of St.-Malo, a town that is fiercely proud of its seafaring traditions and was the lifelong home of the explorer Jacques Cartier. It is also your gateway to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont-Saint-Michel. Rising abruptly from the flat Dol marshes is a great granite cone with a town, fortress, and monastery clinging to its steep sides. Crowned by the 11th century abbey church, Mont-St.-Michel is one of the architectural marvels of Western Europe. After lunch, enjoy time at leisure to walk along the town’s walls and explore the little shops that line the quaint streets.

Day 9
Honfleur

Honfleur sits on the banks of the estuary where the Seine River meets the English Channel. Its Old Harbor is extraordinarily picturesque and has been a favored subject of countless artists, including, perhaps most famously, Claude Monet. It is also your gateway to the beaches of Normandy and to Colleville-sur-Mer, home to the World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The majority of the nearly 10,000 American soldiers killed at Omaha Beach are buried in this 170-acre cemetery on land given to the United States by France as a token of gratitude.

Day 10
Ostend / Bruges, Belgium

Bruges is a perfectly preserved medieval town known for its charming canals, magnificent architecture, and exquisite art.  A walking tour through narrow cobblestone streets takes us to the marketplace, Belfry Tower, Town Hall and the Chapel of the Holy Blood. Explore City Hall’s main room, a masterpiece of Gothic design with late-19th-century murals and a polychrome vault. Also visit the Church of Our Lady, which houses Michelangelo’s sculpture of Madonna with Child.
 

Day 11
Amsterdam, The Netherlands / Disembark

After breakfast aboard, disembark and transfer to the airport for flights homeward.

Note: On the April departure, there will be an optional 2-night post-cruise program in Amsterdam. On the August departure, which operates in the reverse direction, from Amsterdam to Lisbon, there will be an optional 2-night post-cruise program in Lisbon.

Reverse Itinerary in Brief

Day 1: Arrive in Amsterdam
Day 2: Tour Amsterdam before embarkation
Day 3: Bruges, Belgium 
Day 4: Honfleur, France 
Day 5: St. Malo, France / Mont-St.-Michel 
Day 6: Concarneau, France 
Day 7: Bilbao, Spain
Day 8: Gijon / Oviedo, Spain
Day 9: Santiago de Compostela / Finisterre, Spain
Day 10: Conimbriga, Portugal
Day 11: Depart Lisbon, Portugal

Highlights

Highlights

Tour the university town of Coimbra, a World Heritage Site
Explore Santiago de Compostela, the third most important Christian pilgrimage site in the world
See the cave paintings of Altamira
Walk along the walls of Mont-St.-Michel, an architectural marvel
Visit the beaches of Normandy and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer

Details

Length: 11 days
Cost From: $9590  
Arrive: Lisbon, Portugal
Depart: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Lodging: 9 nights aboard a 192-passenger vessel, 1 night hotel
Meals: All meals included aboard ship, including wine, beer, and soft drinks with lunch and dinner
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Small Ship Cruising
Trip Level:

9-day cruise, cultural explorations and walking tours