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Lisbon to London: A Coastal Odyssey - 2022

Lisbon • 10-night small ship cruise with Porto, Vigo/A Coruña, Gijón, San Sebastián, Bordeaux, Belle-Île, Brest, Saint-Malo, Poole • London
  • Colorful buildings and roofs surrounded by blue waters in Lisbon, Portugal
    JOIN THE INAUGURAL SAILING SEASON OF THE OCEAN ODYSSEY AND EMBARK ON YOUR OWN AGE OF DISCOVERY ON AN EXPEDITION FROM LISBON TO LONDON
  • DISCOVER THE WALLED CITY OF SAINT-MALO ON FRANCE’S BRITTANY COASTLINE, INCLUDING THE UNESCO-LISTED BENEDICTINE ABBEY OF MONT SAINT-MICHEL
  • Santiago de Compostela | Small Ship Ocean Cruise | Lisbon to London: A Coastal Odyssey
    SPEND A FULL DAY EXPLORING THE UNESCO-LISTED SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, ONE OF THE MOST SACRED PLACES IN THE WORLD FOR CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS
  • Porto, Portugal | Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Lisbon to London | Lisbon to London: A Coastal Odyssey
    GET TO KNOW PORTO AND ITS UNESCO-LISTED CITY CENTER ON A PANORAMIC TOUR, INCLUDING A VISIT TO A LOCAL MARKET
  • Madeira, Portugal optional extension
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO THE PORTUGUESE ISLAND OF MADEIRA
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Join the inaugural sailing season of the Ocean Odyssey and embark on your own Age of Discovery on an expedition from Lisbon to London that includes explorations into the hidden gems and overlooked ports of Portugal, Spain, and France. From Belle-Île’s laid-back shores and Saint-Malo’s medieval walls to the ports of northwest Spain and the Basque resort town of San Sebastián, this cruise will illuminate the historical, cultural, and culinary wonders of both ancient and contemporary life.

Designed with just 77 cabins onboard – including a landmark 15 solo cabins – the Ocean Odyssey seamlessly blends opulent luxury with intimate cultural discoveries. The 5-star Ocean Odyssey is steeped in world-class amenities to make your journey unforgettable. Relax on the top-deck, indulge in a pampering spa treatment, or try hot-rock cooking at the onboard restaurant. Our ship’s small size also lets you navigate to exclusive ports larger ships can’t reach, with some tendering where you will be required to have the physical agility to maneuver getting on and off of tenders/Zodiac boats.

With 22 included features and Cultural Discoveries, including a full-day exploration of Santiago de Compostela and an overnight stay in Bordeaux, you’ll enjoy the most intimate and immersive experiences. Arguably the wine capital of the world, Bordeaux will quench your curiosity for renowned French vintages, Michelin-starred dining, and introduce you to the fabulous La Cité du Vin wine museum for a tour and tasting.

Personalize your journey with the expertise of an onboard worldwide Concierge — make restaurant reservations in Bordeaux, visit a neighboring town or nearby wine estate, or plan your own itinerary according to your interests! Optional pre- and post-trip extensions to Madeira and Dublin round out this historical — and delicious — journey along Europe’s western coastline.

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DAY 1:

Board an overnight flight to England

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to England. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Dublin, Ireland.

DAY 2:

Arrive in London

Welcome to London! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer to your hotel. Relax with an afternoon at leisure to acclimate and a Welcome Briefing later today. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner alongside your fellow travelers at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

From Big Ben to Buckingham Palace: Exploring London’s landmarks

Today you’ll discover this great metropolis on a half-day guided city tour that introduces you to London’s landmarks, including Westminster Abbey (panoramic), Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament (UNESCO), Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, and much more. You’ll also enjoy an included visit to the British Museum. This afternoon, discover more of the English capital on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day London city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Exploring Windsor Castle

Check out of your hotel today and board a private motorcoach to Windsor, where you’ll set off on a tour of Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world. Queen Elizabeth spends most of her private weekends at the castle, which has housed 39 monarchs since its founding by William the Conqueror in the 11th century.

Afterward, enjoy lunch on your own, then transfer to Poole where you’ll embark the Ocean Odyssey to begin your own journey of discovery. During your time aboard this small ship ocean cruise, you’ll enjoy 5-star luxury amenities, informative onboard lectures, immersive Cultural Discoveries, and more.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Windsor Castle

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel

You’ll be transported back to medieval times when you arrive in Saint-Malo, France, today. This walled city has a long seafaring history and is the birthplace of Jacques Cartier, the first European man to discover Canada. Inside its walls, Saint-Malo’s streets overflow with cafés and restaurants — the modern mixing with the medieval.

A full-day tour unveils a true gem of France — Mont Saint-Michel. Dramatically situated on a hulking granite island surrounded by granite walls, it is so iconic that UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Site! On a guided tour, learn about the history of this legendary place while wandering the tangle of lanes within. Afterward, seek out a classic French meal at a nearby brasserie with provided lunch money.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day guided tour of Mont Saint-Michel

Scenic Sailing:

  • This morning, cruise into Saint-Malo and be charmed by its blend of Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles before heading to Mont-Saint-Michel

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

The best of Brest

Once destroyed by Allied air attacks in World War II, today’s rebuilt Brest is a major French hub, and the site of your explorations today. Depart on a city tour via coach and walking, including a visit to the Château de Brest, a strategic military outpost and the oldest functioning castle in the world. After a lunch aboard ship, enjoy an afternoon at leisure in town, perhaps touring the Musée des Beaux-Arts or the stunning Brest National Botanical Garden, which features one of the largest collections of endangered plant species in the world. Another enlightening lecture takes place before dinner on board.

Included Feature:

  • Coach and walking tour of Brest

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Sail into Brest, one of France’s most beautiful natural harbors that’s captivated sailors and travelers for centuries

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Brittany’s Belle-Île

Belle-Île, a sandy and secluded isle off France’s Brittany coastline, is yours to explore today. The Ocean Odyssey will anchor offshore; and you’ll board a tender into port. Please be aware that a certain level of agility will be required to embark and disembark these smaller vessels.

On a morning tour, discover the stunning pastel-hued harbor and its homes, the star-shaped citadel in capital Le Palais, and charming inland villages like the commune of Sauzon — once the muse for Monet, who spent several months here during the climax of his career. This island is a favorite among celebrities who love its laid-back charm and rich history of arts and crafts. Lunch will be on your own today, with lunch money provided by Vantage. Your Concierge can provide dining recommendations, such as where to savor regional seafood dishes. Following lunch, you'll return to the port of Le Palais.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day scenic tour of Belle-Île

Scenic Sailing:

  • You’re sure to understand why the French chose to name this island Belle Île, or beautiful isle, while you marvel at its stunning coastline and popular beaches upon arrival and departure

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Bordeaux, the Port of the Moon

Today the agile Ocean Odyssey makes its way down the Garonne River and into Bordeaux, France — one of the smaller ports most vessels can’t reach!

As you cruise there this morning, spend some time in the boutique, soaking up sun or sightseeing from the deck.

This afternoon, join your Cruise Director for another talk that prepares you for the exciting explorations we've planned: two days exploring UNESCO-listed Bordeaux, known as the “Port of the Moon” because of its crescent-shaped docks along the river. Often overlooked by the glamorous outposts of Paris and Marseille, Bordeaux is arguably the wine capital of the world, and home to La Cité du Vin wine museum, which you’ll visit on an afternoon city tour that includes a wine tasting, too. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Bordeaux, with dinner on board, followed by a live musical performance. You'll overnight in Bordeaux, so take advantage of the extra time by heading into town for an after-dinner cocktail or glass of wine, or simply stroll around town.

Included Features:

  • Half-day Bordeaux city tour
  • Visit La Cité du Vin wine museum

Inaugural Feature:

  • Wine tasting at La Cité du Vin wine museum

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • This morning, cruise from the Gironde Estuary into the Garonne River and sail toward the vineyard-laced hills of Bordeaux, one of France’s most picturesque cities

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Leisure time to experience Bordeaux as you please

Enjoy an entire day at leisure in Bordeaux. Alongside its wine, the city is also renowned for its food, including oysters, lamb, and duck — as well as porcini mushrooms, which celebrated French chef Joël Robuchon called “the best in France.” Make a request to your Concierge ahead of time if you’d like to secure Michelin-starred restaurant reservations for lunch — these book well in advance! We’ll set sail from Bordeaux this afternoon.

Relax on board and hear another informative lecture, presented by your Cruise Director, before a delicious dinner as the ship sails overnight to San Sebastian.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Bid adieu to the vineyards and elegant châteaux of Bordeaux as you sail back through the Garonne River to the Gironde Estuary, taking pictures along the way

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Seaside splendor in the resort town of San Sebastián

Wake up in Pasajes today and board a private motorcoach to San Sebastián, one of Spain’s most alluring resort towns renowned for its beaches and its food. We’ll berth in port today, so you’ll be able to step right off the ship and head out for a morning tour of the city’s historical gems includes the Parte Vieja (Old Town), the twin-towered Santa Maria Church, and Good Shepherd Cathedral, but merely strolling the streets of this coastal treasure — or watching the waves break over La Concha beach — is a pleasure all its own.

Following your tour, we’ll return to the ship in Pasajes for a late lunch on board and an afternoon at leisure. Dinner this evening will be served on board.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day San Sebastián city tour

Scenic Sailing:

  • Arrive at one of the world’s most breathtaking coastal cities today; be sure to soak up all of San Sebastián’s romantic views upon arrival and departure

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Oviedo, Spain’s cosmopolitan northern capital

Discover Oviedo, the cosmopolitan capital of Spain’s northern coast and home to some impressive churches including Cathedral of San Salvador, which is where the original Way of St. James began. Soak in the old-world beauty of this town and its collectively listed UNESCO monuments before returning to the ship in Gijón for lunch. Then, spend an afternoon at leisure in Gijón, a city of beautiful beaches and a rich history situated on the shimmering Bay of Biscay. Because the ship will be berthed here, you’ll be able to easily step on and off while in port.

Return to the ship this evening for dinner on board and another scintillating lecture.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day historical tour of Oviedo

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Admire the lovely landscape of Gijón before traveling to explore the medieval treasures of Oviedo

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Exploring UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela

Your expedition brings you to La Coruna, Spain, and the country's westernmost corners today. Step off the ship and get ready to experience a full-day of exploration in UNESCO-listed Santiago de Compostela — with a photo stop at the Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest working lighthouse and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along the way — one of the most sacred places in the world for Christian pilgrims. It’s believed that Saint James was buried here in the first century, but the location was forgotten over the years until a ninth-century hermit saw a shining light over a spot in a wooded field, sparking an ensuing investigation that revealed what was believed to be the lost tomb of Saint James. A church was constructed, and it quickly became one of the most famous pilgrimage destinations of medieval times. It remains so today, with more than 200,000 people walking the nearly 500-mile path (called the Way of Saint James) annually. You’ll get a chance to see both the church and the route that millions have taken to get there. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, accompanied by a live dance performance.

Afterward, transfer to Vigo, stopping for photos at the Tower of Hercules — the world’s oldest working lighthouse and a UNESCO World Heritage Site — along the way. Re-embark ship in Vigo and enjoy dinner on board this evening.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day tour of Santiago de Compostela
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Tower of Hercules

Cultural Discovery:

  • Dance performance during lunch in Santiago de Compostela

Scenic Sailing:

  • Be treated to panoramic views of the splendid architecture of A Coruña while you sail into port this morning

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Inside Porto, the “Unvanquished City”

Enjoy breakfast as the ship arrives to Porto, known as the “Unvanquished City” because the Romans or Moors never overtook it. According to 15th-century legend, the people of Porto donated all their meat to a military fleet departing for battle — leaving themselves with nothing but offal (tripas). Considering the sacrifice an ancestral badge of honor, Porto residents still proudly call themselves Tripeiros. Your ship will berth in port so you’ll be able to disembark with ease — no waiting and no tendering.

Embark on a panoramic drive through Portugal’s second largest city, which includes its UNESCO-listed city center and a visit to a local market. Return to the ship for lunch, with an afternoon at leisure — and shuttle service provided from the port to the city center — to explore Porto on your own. Don’t miss a visit to one of the top bookstores in the world, Livraria Lello (which inspired J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter library), where you can peruse the shelves and admire the décor of this one-of-a-kind gem.

Later this afternoon, hear an onboard lecture about local history. Dinner is on board, with overnight sailing to Lisbon.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Porto city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Further explore historical Lisbon on your own, disembark the Ocean Odyssey

The Age of Discovery launched in Lisbon, so it’s fitting that you begin the morning with a spate of them. Today you'll say goodbye to the Ocean Odyssey, Vantage's second small ship ocean vessel. We’ll berth in Lisbon and you’ll disembark with ease. You'll take a panoramic and walking tour of the Portuguese capital. You’ll explore the city’s famed monuments, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Belém Tower and Monastery of Jerónimos, which you’ll peruse and walk through. The latter is inextricably tied to the country’s history of exploration, and it’s said that Vasco da Gama spent his last night here before sailing for the Far East (his tomb is in the monastery). Your tour culminates in a stop at the towering Monument to the Discoveries: a massive white-stone tribute to some of the world’s most intrepid sailors and explorers. While on your tour, sample pastéis de Belém custard pastries, Portugal’s favorite treat.

Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, with dinner on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Lisbon city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Local pastry tasting during Lisbon walking tour

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 15:

Further experience Lisbon on your own

Enjoy a day at leisure in Lisbon today. If you’d like a deeper dive into southwest Portugal’s most iconic destinations, our Vantage Concierge can help secure a full-day tour of the region.

If you remain in Lisbon, perhaps you’ll further your explorations with a taste of the city’s dynamic culinary scene at a gourmet market or by sampling local seafood in one of Lisbon’s celebrated restaurants. Portugal is renowned for bacalhau — dried, salted codfish — as well as its tinned seafood, much of which is sardines, and you’ll find these delicacies almost everywhere. 

Active travelers can embark on a hike through Lisbon’s trademark seven hills for must-see views of the city or head over to the Castelo neighborhood for a trek up to São Jorge Castle. This Moorish fortress offers a stunning overlook of the entire city, plus shopping opportunities for everything from local pottery to Portugal’s famous azulejo tiles.

Tonight, convene with your travelers once more for a festive Farewell Dinner.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

Return home

Transfer to Lisbon’s airport this morning for your return flight home, or spend an extra few days with a post-trip extension.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. The above day-by-day itinerary is preliminary and subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert. In addition, should there be an extreme change in water levels, Vantage will do everything possible to provide either the included excursion or an alternate excursion at Vantage’s discretion. Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.

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