What to Expect
PACING: 11 destinations in 14 nights/16 days including 10 nights aboard the Ocean Explorer and two 2-night hotel stays in Lisbon and London. Some sailing will be conducted during daylight hours.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Sightseeing is on air-conditioned coaches with guides and there are many walking tours through historic city centers. Steps and cobblestones should be expected, as well as occasional steep and/or uneven terrain. Ship and tours are not suitable for wheelchairs or other mobility aids. This western Europe expedition is not suitable for passengers with walking difficulties. In some cases, it may be necessary to use tenders. Please refer to Vantage's wheelchair and handicapped traveler policy.
CULTURAL FOCUS: This is an opportunity to experience the gems of Portugal, Spain, and France, including Porto, Brest, Bordeaux, Saint-Malo, Gijón, Belle-Île, and more. Focus is on the history and culture of these regions, and you’ll enjoy a variety of cuisines, music, and customs while meeting some of the people of the areas you'll visit. Regional lectures and cuisine selections are available on most days.
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.
Important Notice: 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.
Please Note: Port times & itineraries are subject to change. Fluctuating water levels may affect itinerary.