Portugal, United Kingdom (England)
Sip robust red wines from storied French chateaus. Stare skyward at centuries-old arches in silent, candle-lit cathedrals. This 10-day, autumn Atlantic cruise along the coasts of Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal is an ideal getaway for anyone seeking popular European destinations without summertime crowds. Set sail from London, where you’ll have an unobstructed view of the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and open seats at riverside pubs. Trace the Battle of Hastings across the 1,000-year-old Bayeux Tapestry and the victory of William the Conqueror over King Harold II. Sip cider beverages paired with local cheeses at an old distillery near Honfleur. Uncover the secret war wagedby Guernsey’s island resistance at the La Valette Underground museum in St Peter Port.
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Tour Highlights

  • See the famous Bayeux Tapestry and the Bayeux Cathedral from Honfleur
  • Don’t miss the contemporary architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao
  • Cruise through the Bay of Biscay and up the Garonne River to overnight in Bordeaux with extra time to enjoy the sights
  • Go oyster tasting in Le Palais
  • Try the bacalhau (salted cod), the most popular dish in Lisbon, Basque-style tapas or pinchos in Bilbao
  • Find photo opportunities like Sutler’s Garden in St Peter Port, reputed to be Europe’s prettiest harbor town

This is a James Beard Foundation culinary themed cruise featuring Chef TBA and Beverage Expert TBA and includes:
  • Hosted dinner with  James Beard Foundation Chef and Beverage Expert, including wine pairings
  • Demos by the chef of some of their recipes
  • Shopping at the local market with the chef
  • Wine, spirits, or beer tastings
  • Shopping and tours with the sommelier/beverage expert (based on availability)
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