Explore France and Britain by sea and experience these regions’ architecture, art and cuisine, and learn about the village life of coastal Europe.  


  • DAY 1-2: Depart U.S./Bordeaux, France/Embark

    Arrive in Bordeaux on an overnight flight. 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 visit this riverside city and get a small taste of its history, culture and cuisine on a morning tour and lunch. In the late afternoon, embark the ship and settle into life on board as we get underway down the River Garonne, en route to Belle Île. (L,D)

  • DAY 3: Belle Île

    Wake up to magnificent views of Belle-Île-en-Mer, or ‘beautiful island in the sea’ known for its rugged cliffs and charming pastel ports. Visit Vauban Citadel, an imposing, star-shaped former fortress constructed during the 18th century. In Sauzon and Le Palais, stroll through postcard-perfect marinas, strewn with fishing boats and sailboats. Discover the allure of the aiguilles (rock needles) of Port Coton – the source of inspiration for several of Monet’s paintings, and perhaps create your own photographic work of art. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 4: Saint-Malo/Mont-Saint-Michel

    Wake up in charming Saint-Malo and take a walking tour of this fortified city, surrounded by ramparts dating from the 12th century. For a unique culinary experience in Bretagne, join us at a local oyster farm to gather oysters for the ship’s chef, who will shuck and season these delicacies for a sampling on board. Or, head east on an excursion to the iconic abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site poised dramatically on a rocky tidal island.  (B,L,D)

  • DAY 5: Tresco, Isles of Scilly, England

    According to Arthurian legend, the Isles of Scilly are all that remain of Lyonnesse, a lost land said to have vanished into the Atlantic. Join a naturalist in exploring the flora and fauna of these mythical islands and meander the world-class Tresco Abbey Gardens, where a surprising variety of tropical plants flourishes. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 6: Cobh, Ireland

    Colorful Cobh (pronounced ‘cove’) is where we’ll set out exploring today. Visit the fascinating Heritage Centre and walk in the footsteps of the 2.5 million Irish who fled the hardships of 19th century Ireland and immigrated to America from this port alone. Though known for its history, Cobh’s modern-day culture is also worth experiencing: a sip of Guinness and some traditional music is a great place to start. (B,L,D)

  • DAY 7: Dublin, Ireland/U.S.

    More living museum than city, traces of Dublin’s past are on display at every turn. From the city’s medieval castles and cathedrals, to Trinity College, one of Europe’s oldest Universities, Dublin’s unique and storied history begs to be explored. After breakfast, disembark and depart 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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