Experience some of the rich highlights of Portugal, Spain, France, and England—four nations that have had a major impact on European and world history—during this unique cruise. 

Starting at: $6,295 Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Boats moored in the outer harbor, Porto  Symbol of Santiago de Compostela, found throughout the city and along the Pilgrims Way  The cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, Spain  The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao, Spain  The city of Bilbao set amid the Basque countryside  The historic Mont St. Michel off the coast of Normandy  German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc. Credit: Atout France/R-Cast  Arromanches  Remains of Mulberry Harbor at Arromanches  Tower Bridge in London.

A Cruise from Lisbon to London

10 days from $6,295

Experience some of the rich highlights of Portugal, Spain, France, and England—four nations that have had a major impact on European and world history—during this unique cruise. 

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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.

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Activity Level

Activity Level 3: Moderate / Active


Expectations: Ocean-going cruise that pulls into a pier for embarkation and shore excursions. Excursions will be at a moderately active pace during mornings and/or afternoons and some days will require early morning departures (8:00 or 8:30 a.m.). Daily activities of two to five hours each day. Some standing and walking for periods of time (up to two hours) during outdoor activities and tours, city tours, and museum visits. Walking two to three miles will be over sometimes difficult terrain, such as cobblestones in towns. At Mont-St-Michel, travelers choosing to visit the Abbey will climb more than 300 steps. The longest coach tour is approximately 90 minutes in duration.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit, lead active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities, and expect some physical exertion. 

Tour Extension

Lisbon Pre-Cruise Option 3 Days, 2 Nights

Lisbon’s charm exudes from its renovated palaces, magnificent churches, and an impressive castle that link the city to its rich cultural heritage. A historic gateway for world exploration and Portugal’s intimate, welcoming capital, Lisbon is the ideal prelude to your cruise. Visit the World Heritage sites of Jerónimos Monastery, a magnificent 16th-century monument, and the nearby sleepy village of Sintra, where the former Moorish fort is the last remaining medieval royal palace in Portugal. Accommodations are for three nights in the deluxe Dom Pedro Palace Hotel, located in the heart of the city.

London Post-Cruise Option 3 Days, 2 Nights

Experience stately London, where living history makes each successive visit more enjoyable than the last. Visit the Tower of London and see magnificent Westminster Abbey, both World Heritage sites; then stroll through legendary Hyde Park and see Buckingham Palace, where history, tradition and modernity meet. Visit the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, the secret bunker where the Prime Minister and his closest staff chartered the course to victory in World War II. Accommodations for two nights are in the sophisticated Athenaeum Hotel just steps away from Hyde Park.

Pre-cruise and post-cruise extensions are available at an additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Ship

Le Jacques Cartier

Le Jacques Cartier, launching in 2020, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships and where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

Respect for the Environment

The newest addition to the Ponant “clean ship” fleet, a prestigious certification among ocean‑cruising vessels, Le Jacques Cartier is energy efficient and eco‑friendly, protecting fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage.

Chic and Casual Dining

Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24‑hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and four‑course dinner.

92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies

Each five‑star stateroom and suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, and luxurious hotel amenities.

Life on Board

Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna or the Sun Deck’s infinity‑style swimming pool. There is a beauty salon, fitness room, and three elevators. Complimentary Wi‑Fi is available throughout the ship.

World-Class Service

The highly trained, English‑speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Le Jacques Cartier

Le Jacques Cartier, launching in 2020, ushers in a new generation of five-star small ships, combining revolutionary design and a new standard of luxury for unparalleled cruising. Dock in smaller ports inaccessible to larger ships and where authentic cultural experiences and majestic scenery await you.

Respect for the Environment

The newest addition to the Ponant “clean ship” fleet, a prestigious certification among ocean‑cruising vessels, Le Jacques Cartier is energy efficient and eco‑friendly, protecting fragile marine ecosystems while providing a safe and comfortable voyage.

Chic and Casual Dining

Dine indoors or alfresco on international and regional cuisine served in the stylish, spacious indoor‑outdoor restaurant, at the casual pool deck grill or from 24‑hour room service. Daily meals include continental and buffet breakfasts, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and four‑course dinner.

92 Elegant Suites and Staterooms, 100% with Private Balconies

Each five‑star stateroom and suite (up to 484 square feet) features a private balcony. Grand Deluxe Suites have a bay window and spacious private terrace. Accommodations offer two twin beds or one queen bed, private bathroom with shower, individual climate control, and luxurious hotel amenities.

Life on Board

Enjoy sweeping views from the lounges, which open to the outdoors, and lectures, cultural performances, or film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. Relax in the spa and sauna or the Sun Deck’s infinity‑style swimming pool. There is a beauty salon, fitness room, and three elevators. Complimentary Wi‑Fi is available throughout the ship.

World-Class Service

The highly trained, English‑speaking crew are personable and attentive, and the ship has a medical center staffed with a doctor and nurse.

Testimonials

WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

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.
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