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Lisbon to Southampton, England

Cruise Line: Silversea
Ship: Silver Muse
Date: 31 August 2017
Duration: 11 nights
Ports of call: Lisbon | Leixoes | La Coruna | Gijon | Bilbao | Bordeaux | Belle-Ile-en–Mer | Saint-Malo | Honfleur | Southampton
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1 Lisbon
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is a city open to the sea and carefully planned with 18th-century elegance. Its founder is said to be the legendary Ulysses, but the theory of an original Phoenician settlement is probably more realistic. Known in Portugal as Lisboa, the city was inhabited by the Romans, Visigoths and, beginning in the 8th century, the Moors. Much of the 16th century was a period of great prosperity and overseas expansion for Portugal. Tragedy struck on All Saints' Day in 1755 with a devastating earthquake that killed about 40,000 people. The destruction of Lisbon shocked the continent. As a result, the Baixa (lower city) emerged in a single phase of building, carried out in less than a decade by the royal minister, the Marques de Pombal. His carefully planned layout of a perfect neo-classical grid survived to this day and remains the heart of the city. Evidence of pre-quake Lisbon can still be seen in the Belém suburb and the old Moorish section of the Alfama that sprawls below the Castle of St. George.
Lisbon is a compact city on the banks of the Tagus River. Visitors find it easy to get around as many places of interest are in the vicinity of the central downtown area. There is a convenient bus and tram system and taxis are plentiful. Rossio Square, the heart of Lisbon since medieval times, is an ideal place to start exploring. After a fire destroyed parts of the historic neighborhood behind Rossio in 1988, many of the restored buildings emerged with modern interiors behind the original façades.
The city boasts a good many monuments and museums, such as the Jeronimos Monastery, Tower of Belém, the Royal Coach Museum and the Gulbenkian Museum. High above the Baixa is the Bairro Alto (upper city) with its teeming nightlife. The easiest way to connect between the two areas is via the public elevator designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Cruising up the Tagus River to the ship's berth, you can already spot three of Lisbon's famous landmarks: the Monument to the Discoveries, the Tower of Belém and the Statue of Christ, which welcomes visitors from its hilltop location high above Europe's longest suspension bridge.
Thu 31 Aug 2017 Thu 31 Aug 2017 17:00
2 Oporto (Leixoes), Portugal
Lively, commercial Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. Also called Porto for short, the word easily brings to mind the city's most famous product - port wine.

Oporto’s strategic location on the north bank of the Douro River has accounted for the town’s importance since ancient times. The Romans built a fort here where their trading route crossed the Douro, and the Moors brought their own culture to the area. Oporto profited from provisioning crusaders en route to the Holy Land and enjoyed the riches from Portuguese maritime discoveries during the 15th and 16th centuries.
Fri 01 Sep 2017 08:00 Fri 01 Sep 2017 16:00
3 La Coruna, Spain

La Coruña, the largest city in Spain's Galicia region, is among the country's busiest ports. The remote Galicia area is tucked into the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, surprising visitors with its green and misty countryside that is so much unlike other parts of Spain. The name "Galicia" is Celtic in origin, for it was the Celts who occupied the region around the 6th century BC and erected fortifications.
La Coruña was already considered an important port under the Romans. They were followed by an invasion of Suevians, Visigoths and, much later in 730, the Moors. It was after Galicia was incorporated into the Kingdom of Asturias that the epic saga of the Pilgrimage to Santiago (St. James) began. From the 15th century, overseas trade developed rapidly; in 1720, La Coruña was granted the privilege of trading with America - a right previously only held by Cadiz and Seville. This was the great era when adventurous men voyaged to the colonies and returned with vast riches.

Today, the city's significant expansion is evident in three distinct quarters: the town center located along the isthmus; the business and commercial center with wide avenues and shopping streets; and the "Ensanche" to the south, occupied by warehouses and factories. Many of the buildings in the old section feature the characteristic glazed façades that have earned La Coruña the name "City of Crystals." Plaza Maria Pita, the beautiful main square, is named after the local heroine who saved the town in 1589 when she seized the English standard from the beacon and gave the alarm, warning her fellow townsmen of the English attack.


Sat 02 Sep 2017 08:00 Sat 02 Sep 2017 19:00
4 Gijon
Sun 03 Sep 2017 08:00 Sun 03 Sep 2017 19:00
5 Bilbao, Spain
Bilbao lies seven miles from the sea at the end of the Nervion estuary.This part of the Basque Coast stretches along the massive sweep of the Bay of Biscay, with a coastline interspersed by steep cliffs, creeks and estuaries. Quaint fishing villages nestle in the inlets below green hills.
Bilbao was an important port throughout history for the export of wool. Real prosperity was experienced in the 19th century with the advent of local industry. Today, Bilbao is Spain's largest port and the center of a vast industrial area that is of great economic importance not only to the province, but for the whole country. With a population of nearly 400,000, the highest occupancy is on the heavily industrialized left bank of the estuary. Less densely populated is the more upscale residential area on the estuary's right side. The old city, founded in the 14th century, is clustered against the mountain, while the newer part, known as El Ensanche, extends beyond the far side of the Paseo del Arenal.

In the 1980s the Basque administration began looking into a redevelopment program for Bilbao, including a new cultural center. In 1997, the city achieved world recognition with the opening of the Guggenheim Museum, designed by the famous architect, Frank O. Gehry.With its towering roof, reminiscent of a metallic flower, the Guggenheim enlivens the riverfront and serves as a spectacular gateway to the city. The ultramodern complex is a collection of interconnected blocks housing galleries, an auditorium, a restaurant and museum store. Exhibits are devoted to American and European art of the 20th century.


Mon 04 Sep 2017 07:00 Mon 04 Sep 2017 17:00
6 Bordeaux, France
Situated on the Garonne River, 70 miles inland from the Atlantic, Bordeaux's origin can be traced back to the 3rd century when it was Aquitaine's Roman capital called Burdigala. From 1154 to 1453, the town prospered under the rule of the English, whose fondness for the region's red wines gave impetus to the local wine industry. At various times, Bordeaux even served as the nation's capital: in 1870, at the beginning of World War I, and for two weeks in 1940 before the Vichy government was proclaimed.

Bordeaux's neo-classical architecture, wide avenues and well-tended public squares and parks lend the city a certain grandeur. Excellent museums, an imposing cathedral and a much-praised theater add to the city's attractions. The principal highlights, clustered around the town center, can easily be explored on foot.

Surrounding Bordeaux are the world-renowned vineyards and wine châteaux. Visitors from all over the globe come here to learn about the wine-making process - from growing the grapes to the harvesting, fermentation and bottling of top-quality wines. The city's single most important economic activity is centered around the marketing and exporting of the region's prestigious wines. Many travelers come here for the single purpose of visiting the cellars of esteemed châteaux and sampling the product. However, one has to keep in mind, that the title "château" can mean anything from a palatial residence to a basic winery. There are thousands of wine châteaux scattered through the countryside, ranging from very modest family establishments to celebrated properties – but all are dedicated to producing the area's renowned wines.

During our call at Bordeaux, you will find plenty of activities in and outside the city - in fact, too many to accomplish all with just one visit.

Tue 05 Sep 2017 08:30 Tue 05 Sep 2017
7 Bordeaux, France
Situated on the Garonne River, 70 miles inland from the Atlantic, Bordeaux's origin can be traced back to the 3rd century when it was Aquitaine's Roman capital called Burdigala. From 1154 to 1453, the town prospered under the rule of the English, whose fondness for the region's red wines gave impetus to the local wine industry. At various times, Bordeaux even served as the nation's capital: in 1870, at the beginning of World War I, and for two weeks in 1940 before the Vichy government was proclaimed.

Bordeaux's neo-classical architecture, wide avenues and well-tended public squares and parks lend the city a certain grandeur. Excellent museums, an imposing cathedral and a much-praised theater add to the city's attractions. The principal highlights, clustered around the town center, can easily be explored on foot.

Surrounding Bordeaux are the world-renowned vineyards and wine châteaux. Visitors from all over the globe come here to learn about the wine-making process - from growing the grapes to the harvesting, fermentation and bottling of top-quality wines. The city's single most important economic activity is centered around the marketing and exporting of the region's prestigious wines. Many travelers come here for the single purpose of visiting the cellars of esteemed châteaux and sampling the product. However, one has to keep in mind, that the title "château" can mean anything from a palatial residence to a basic winery. There are thousands of wine châteaux scattered through the countryside, ranging from very modest family establishments to celebrated properties – but all are dedicated to producing the area's renowned wines.

During our call at Bordeaux, you will find plenty of activities in and outside the city - in fact, too many to accomplish all with just one visit.

Wed 06 Sep 2017 Wed 06 Sep 2017 19:15
8 Belle Ile
Thu 07 Sep 2017 10:00 Thu 07 Sep 2017 17:00
9 Saint-Malo, France
Fri 08 Sep 2017 12:00 Fri 08 Sep 2017 23:00
10 Saint-Malo, France
Sat 09 Sep 2017 08:00 Sat 09 Sep 2017 19:15
11 Honfleur, France
The picturesque seaside town of Honfleur is situated at the Seine estuary, opposite Le Havre. Honfleur boasts a long, rich history and seafaring tradition. Back in the 15th and 16th centuries, it was from here that the first voyages left for Canada and the New World.
The whole town is virtually an outdoor museum, full of half-timbered houses and cobbled streets. One of Honfleur's most characteristic sites is the Old Port with its tall narrow houses, their wooden façades topped by slate roofs. In the 19th century, Honfleur attracted a steady stream of artists, among them many Impressionists who took their inspiration from the town's picturesque setting. Honfleur's native son, Eugène Boudin, an early Impressionist painter, has a museum named in his honor.

With its unique attributes, Honfleur today is one of the most popular vacation spots in northern France. The town is centered on the Old Port, which still emits a seafaring atmosphere. Ste-Catherine's Church and its freestanding bell tower dominate the harbor's northern corner. The church was built from wood during the second half of the 15th and the early 16th centuries after its stone predecessor was destroyed in the Hundred Years' War. The vaulted roof that looks like an overturned ship's hull emphasizes the fact that the structure was created by local shipwrights.

The town's narrow, cobbled streets have to be explored on foot. Museums, shops, cafés and restaurants add to the attractions in this outdoor museum setting. Taking the complimentary shuttle bus to town, you are free to sightsee in Honfleur at your own leisure.


Sun 10 Sep 2017 Sun 10 Sep 2017
12 Southampton
Standing on a triangular peninsula formed at the place where the rivers Itchen and Test flow into an eight-mile inlet from the Solent, Southampton has figured in numerous stirring events and for centuries has been of strategic maritime importance. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers departed for America in the tiny Mayflower in 1620 and many great ocean liners, such as the Queen Mary and the Titanic have followed since. The image of the thousand-year-old city was greatly blemished by the bombing during World War II and postwar planning caused changes almost beyond recognition.
Mon 11 Sep 2017 07:00 Mon 11 Sep 2017
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