Day-By-Day

Satisfy your palette & cultural curiosity on a carefully curated voyage


Set sail from Lisbon, tracing the Iberian coast to the Bay of Biscay, exploring historic cities and age-old cultures along the way. Experience both Spanish and French Basque cultures and cuisines.

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  • DAY 1-2: Depart U.S. / Lisbon, Portugal / Depart

    Arrive in Lisbon on an overnight flight. The capital of Portugal, Lisbon maintains a reputation as one of Europe’s most vibrant and charismatic cities. Captivating history, art, culture, and delectable cuisine make it a city worth discovering. Join us on city tour and for lunch before embarking National Geographic Resolution in the late afternoon. Settle into life on board as we set sail for Oporto. (L,D)

  • DAY 3: Porto

    Arrive in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Porto in the early morning. The birthplace of port wine, Porto straddles a gorge on the Douro River, linked by numerous bridges and filled with medieval architecture. See the famous azulejo tiles of the region and take in the views from the iron masterpiece Ponte Dom Luís. Learn the secrets of port-making during a tasting at a riverside port house. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Villagarcía de Arousa, Spain/A Coruna

    Anchor in Villagarcía de Arousa and take a day trip to the Galician countryside, where you’ll visit a winery, watch fishermen as they collect mussels, and enjoy the verdant Galician landscapes from the river. Alternatively, travel to Santiago de Compostela, and visit the cathedral that has welcomed millions of pilgrims over the centuries. Enjoy a typical Galician musical performance and a tapas lunch at the adjacent Hostal dos Reis Católicos. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Bilbao

    This morning arrive in Bilbao, one of the great cities within Basque country. Surrounded by rolling hills, Bilbao excels not only in its architectural masterpieces, but in its superb Basque cuisine. Explore the titanium curves of Frank Gehry’s iconic Guggenheim Museum and learn how it has transformed the city. Wander through Bilbao’s cobblestoned old quarter or take part in a tapas cooking demonstration to discover the buzz around the city’s well-known cuisine. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Saint Jean-de-Luz, France/San Sebastián, Spain

    Explore both the French and Spanish Basque cultures today. Choose a market excursion in the village of Saint Jean-de-Luz to get an introduction to French Basque culture, or journey to the French Basque countryside for a wine and tapas tasting. In Spain’s Basque capital of San Sebastián, discover the connection to the Celts and hear the bouncing rhythms of a trikitixa, a traditional accordion. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Bordeaux, France/Disembark/U.S.

    From the stunning symmetrical architecture of place de la Bourse to charming side streets brimming with cafés, Bordeaux has no shortage of nooks and crannies worth discovering. Today we arrive in this picturesque riverside city and have breakfast aboard before disembarking and departing for the airport for flights home. (B)

Please note: All day-by-day breakdowns are a sampling of the places we intend to visit, conditions permitting.

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