Cruise along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France to the historic River Thames in London. During your voyage, enjoy visiting three World Heritage sites!

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 Boats moored in the outer harbor, Porto  The Guggenheim Museum of Contemporary Art, Bilbao, Spain  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 Le Boréal, Le Laperouse, or Le Champlain

10 days from $5,195

Cruise along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, and France to the historic River Thames in London. During your voyage, enjoy visiting three World Heritage sites!

or Call 855-330-1542

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Overview

Explore highlights of Portugal, Spain, France, and England, including seven World Heritage sites. Please note our 2018 fall departure operates in reverse from London to Lisbon aboard the Le Lapérouse

*2019 Cruising Notes: Our April 2019 departure will sail on the Le Champlain whereas our May 2019 departure will sail on the Le Boréal. 

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 the Strait of Dover, 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. 

*During this voyage, we will share the ship with other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience.

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.

Sept 4 - 13, 2018 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for London, England

Day 2 — London

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

Day 3 — The River Thames / Cruising the English Channel

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime cruise down the River Thames from the heart of London, a memorable passage possible only by small ship. Pass the Thames Barrier; pass historic maritime Greenwich, where the Cutty Sark ship is moored and the prime meridian lies; and the soaring skyline of Canary Wharf. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 — 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.

Following lunch, continue to Arromanches to see the remnants of Mulberry Harbor, constructed by the British to support Allied landings on the beaches. View an absorbing wraparound short film documenting the D-Day campaign at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema; 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 5 — 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 eighth 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. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Cruising the French Coast

While cruising the dramatic west coast of France, attend an exclusive onboard lecture by special guest lecturer and historian Dwight David Eisenhower II. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Bilbao, Spain / Santander

Bilbao is a dynamic and sophisticated city surrounded by the verdant Basque Mountains. Stop in its 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. Reembark the ship in Santander. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — La Coruña 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 9 — Leixões, Portugal for Porto

Dock in Leixões, northern Portugal’s principal port, and transfer to Porto, a former Roman outpost and the center of the world-famous port wine trade since the 13th century. Porto’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. Attend the Captain’s farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 10 — Depart Lisbon for the U.S.

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

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S.

Day 2 — Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and embark the Le Champlain (April departure) or the Le Boréal (May departure). Attend the Captain’s welcome reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)

*Please note: the April departure will sail on the Le Champlain and the May departure will sail on the Le Boréal.

Day 3 — Leixões for Oporto

Dock in Leixões and transfer to Oporto, a former Roman outpost and the center of the port wine trade since the 13th century. The city showcases great artistic and architectural treasures from the Moorish period, when Greek and Roman influences, along with tolerance between the Jewish and Christian faiths, created a coexistence of cultures in which disciplines like mathematics, medicine, optics, horticulture, art, and architecture flourished. Oporto’s historic city center, Ribeira, a World Heritage site, is a picturesque neighborhood of medieval streets lined with colorful houses.

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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — A Coruña, Spain, for Santiago de Compostela

Travel into the oak- and pine-forested hills of Galicia, one of Spain’s self-governed principalities. Golden-hued granite buildings grace its well-preserved capital, Santiago de Compostela, a World Heritage site, where medieval pedestrian stone streets lead to the expansive Plaza del Obradoiro and the grand Romanesque cathedral. A pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, the cathedral was built to enshrine the tomb of St. James and is recognized for its distinctive Baroque façade, original medieval portico and Churrigueresque altar. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Santander for Bilbao

From Santander, transfer to Bilbao, surrounded by the verdant Basque Mountains. Stop in the historic old quarter and the promenade of El Arenal, a popular route for Bilbainos’ evening leisurely strolls. Enjoy a guided tour of the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum, renowned for its collection of modern and contemporary art. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Cruising the French Coast

While cruising the dramatic west coast of France, attend an exclusive onboard lecture by Dwight David Eisenhower II. (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 soaring spires rise majestically from a tidal plain seemingly suspended above the sea. A pilgrimage site since the early eighth century, this fortified village began as a humble oratory and grew into an influential Benedictine monastery, 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. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Caen for Normandy Beaches

Dock in Caen and travel to the historic Normandy beaches. In the company of Dwight David Eisenhower II, walk where Allied forces landed on D-Day. Then, contemplate the solemn commemorative crosses and Stars of David in the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer overlooking Omaha Beach.

Following lunch, continue to Arromanches to see the remnants of Mulberry Harbor, constructed to support Allied landings on the Normandy beaches. View a wraparound short film documenting the D-Day campaign or choose to see the famous 230-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry, a visual chronicle of the Norman conquest of 1066. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Cruising the English Channel / The River Thames / London, England

The ship cruises the Strait of Dover and then 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; and the soaring skyline of the Canary Wharf. Culminate your voyage in a dramatic approach to London’s iconic Tower Bridge.

Dock overnight on the River Thames across from the Tower of London. Attend the Captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Days 10 — London / 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)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)