Aboard the exclusively chartered five-star Le Boreal, cruise along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France to the historic River Thames in London. Enjoy special culinary demonstrations and tastings and visit up to seven World Heritage sites!

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 The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao, Spain  Boats moored in the outer harbor, Oporto  Symbol of Santiago de Compostela, found throughout the city and along the Pilgrims Way  The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain  The city of Bilbao set amid the Basque countryside  The historic Mont St. Michel off the coast of Normandy  Normandy's Pointe du Hoc. Credit: Hemis/Alamy  Remains of Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches  Tower Bridge in London.

A Cruise from Lisbon to London

Aboard the 220-guest Le Boréal

10 days from $5,995

Aboard the exclusively chartered five-star Le Boreal, cruise along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France to the historic River Thames in London. Enjoy special culinary demonstrations and tastings and visit up to seven World Heritage sites!

or Call 855-330-1542

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Overview

Explore highlights of Portugal, Spain, and France, including seven World Heritage sites. Plus, enjoy special optional culinary demonstrations and tastings that celebrate the many distinctive regions you visit.

Highlights Include:

  • Portugal: Explore charming Oporto on the Douro River, renowned for its port wine.
  • Spain: Walk in the footsteps of pilgrims on St. James Way in Santiago de Compostela and visit the impressive cathedral, then cruise along Spain’s breathtaking Costa Verde. Delve into the dynamic city of Bilbao, with its Gothic Old City and sophisticated contemporary aesthetic, reflected in the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim Museum.
  • France: Spend a leisurely day cruising through the Bay of Biscay while attending presentations by your expert. Continue past the coastline of Brittany to arrive at the World Heritage site of Mont St. Michel, one of the most iconic sites of France. Enjoy a walking tour of this fortress island and visit the impressive abbey. The next day, visit the beaches and other hallowed sites associated with Normandy’s historic D-Day landings, accompanied by David Eisenhower, author and grandson of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 
  • England: Cross the English Channel and pass the legendary White Cliffs of Dover along the coastline of Kent, then spend a leisurely day cruising up the historic River Thames, possible only by small ship. Arrive in London to watch the iconic Tower Bridge raise its gates for you. 

I would highly recommend Smithsonian. They are a high quality tour organization. They organize the tour in a highly efficient manner. I would travel again with them.

- Victoria B.

To see itinerary, please click on an option below.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal

Day 2 — Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon and embark the five-star Le Boréal Attend the captain’s welcome reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)

Day 3 — Leixões for Oporto

Dock in Leixões, northern Portugal’s principal port, and transfer to Oporto, a former Roman outpost and the center of the world-famous port wine trade since the 13th century. Oporto’s historic city center, Ribeira, a World Heritage site, is a picturesque neighborhood of medieval streets lined with colorful houses where you will visit the Gothic Church of São Francisco and the neoclassical Stock Exchange, with its intricately gilded Arabian Hall inspired by the famous Moorish Alhambra palace. The city showcases great artistic and architectural treasures that remain from the Moorish period, when previous Greek and Roman influences alongside Jewish and Christian life created a coexistence of cultures in which disciplines like mathematics, medicine, optics, horticulture, art and architecture flourished.

A celebrated local chef introduces you to traditional Portuguese cuisine during the C’est Bon! Culinary Tradtions™ “Robust Flavors of Oporto” option. Then, enjoy a specially prepared lunch in Oporto’s oldest district and a tasting of renowned regional port wines. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — La Coruña, Spain for Santiago de Compostela

Travel into the oak and pine-forested hills of Galicia, one of Spain’s self-governed principalities influenced by its Roman, Germanic, Moorish and Castilian heritage infused with an unexpected Celtic atmosphere. Golden-hued granite buildings grace its well-preserved capital, Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage site, where almost completely pedestrianized streets lead to the expansive Plaza del Obradoiro and the city’s grand Romanesque cathedral. A national monument and pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, the cathedral was built to enshrine the tomb of St. James, who preached on the Iberian Peninsula, and is recognized for its distinctive Baroque façade, original medieval portico and incomparable Churrigueresque altar. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Santander for Bilbao

From Santander, transfer to Bilbao, surrounded by the verdant Basque Mountains. Discover this dynamic and sophisticated city with a stop in the historic casco viejo (old quarter) and the promenade of El Arenal, a popular route for Bilbainos’ evening paseos (leisurely strolls). Enjoy a guided architectural tour of the iconic Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum with time to stroll through its galleries of modern and contemporary art.

Basque cuisine is a ritual of love passed down through the generations. During the C’est Bon! Culinary Traditions™ “A Basque Tradition” option, sample traditional Basque cuisine, including pintxos (tapas), in a 16th-century caserio (country house) located in an idyllic setting just outside of Bilbao. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Day at Sea

The day is at leisure on board as you cruise the west coast of France. The ship’s master chef provides an exclusive C’est Bon! Culinary Tradtions™ cooking demonstration. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — St. Malo, France for Mont St. Michel

The World Heritage site of Mont St. Michel is one of the most awe-inspiring sights in all of France—its spectacular, soaring spires rise majestically from a tidal plain seemingly suspended above the sea. A pilgrimage site since the early 8th century, this fortified village began as a humble oratory and grew into an influential Benedictine monastery between the 12th and 13th centuries, becoming a renowned medieval center of learning. Experience the extraordinary beauty of its cloisters, refectory, stained-glass windows and the Abbaye du Mont St. Michel, a three-story Gothic masterpiece known as La Merveille (The Miracle) since the 12th century.

France’s northwestern region of Brittany is known for crêpes and caramels. During the C’est Bon! Culinary Tradtions™ “A Taste of Brittany” option, sample these regional specitalties, including the famous caramel au beurre sale (salted butter caramel) of St. Malo. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Caen for Normandy Beaches

Dock in Caen and travel through the bucolic countryside to the historic Normandy Beaches. In the company of Dwight David Eisenhower II, walk where Allied forces landed over 70 years ago under the direction of his world-renowned grandfather, Supreme Allied Commander, Dwight D. Eisenhower on June 6, 1944. Contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach. And, envision the brave American rangers who scaled the 100-foot sheer cliffs to capture German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc.

Enjoy lunch with panoramic views of the Atlantic and continue to Arromanches to see the remnants of Mulberry Harbor, constructed by the British to support Allied landings on the beaches. Here, view an absorbing wraparound short film documenting the D-Day Campaign at the Arromanches 360 Museum; alternatively, you may choose to see the famous 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry, a stunning visual chronicle of the Norman conquest of 1066. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Cruising the English Channel / White Cliffs of Dover, England / The River Thames / London

Be on deck this morning as the ship cruises past the famous, spectacular White Cliffs of Dover, just 21 miles north of the shores of France. These limestone bluffs served as vital strategic defense sites for Allied Forces during both World Wars.

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime cruise up the River Thames into the heart of London, a memorable passage possible only by small ship. Enjoy a cup of afternoon tea while passing the Thames Barrier; historic maritime Greenwich, where the Cutty Sark ship is moored and the prime meridian lies; and the soaring skyline of Canary Wharf. Culminate your voyage in a dramatic approach to the iconic Tower Bridge.

Dock overnight on the River Thames across from the Tower of London and alongside the historic naval vessel H.M.S. Belfast. Attend the captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 — Depart London for the U.S.

Following breakfast this morning, disembark and continue on the London Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)