|Start in London, one of the world's most romantic cities, and things only heat up from there.
Spend three days exploring Bordeaux, where our smaller ship can sail all the way in to Port de la Lune. As we dock right in the center of town, you can walk to the eighteenth-century buildings along the quay or around the spectacular Jardin Public. Cyclists can tour the quiet back roads. Wine lovers can tour one of the top chateaux in the region, Saint-Émilion. The medieval town is charming, the wine tastings superb.
Then sail to Basque country and see the picturesque village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Here spend the day at the beautiful Grande Plage beach. Or take a walking tour of Biarritz, and see the astounding palace Napoleon III built for his Empress Eugénie.
In Bilbao, the must-see is the glimmering titanium Guggenheim Museum designed by Frank Gehry. As this is a late stay, there will be time to sample tapas in the old town of San Sebastián, or a glass of Rioja in La Rioja.
We end up in Lisbon by way of Porto, a European Capital of Culture. Have a glass of its main export, port wine, in one of the bars under the medieval arches. Or take a river cruise down the tranquil waters of the River Douro.
Your voyage then concludes with an overnight in Lisbon, allowing you to take in this historic city while staying at your favorite hotel, the Azamara Journey®