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Save up to £785pp on European Coastal Cruise: Portugal, Spain & France 2023

Valid for travel 27 April - 5 May 2023

Valid for travel 27 April - 5 May 2023. Offer can be withdrawn at any time. For Ts&Cs and availability, please speak to one of our travel specialists.



Passenger capacity is 184 but limited to 148 exclusively on A&K charters. This allows us to deliver an authentic small-ship cruising experience, optimised to offer comfortable, uncrowded access to beautiful public spaces.
Holiday Length

8 nights

Price guide

From £7,850pp

The price shown is a guide – based on two people sharing and excluding international flights. Please reference the Departure dates & prices box below for more details and ask your travel specialist for more information.
Holiday type



European Coastal Cruise: Portugal, Spain & France 2023

Embark on a comprehensive western European adventure and enjoy rare experiences, such as a hike on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage
route and exploration of the French epicurean region of Bordeaux. You also visit Bilbao’s modern Guggenheim, UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont-Saint-Michel and historic Brittany, before sailing under the Tower Bridge on the River Thames for a London finale.



  • Exclusively chartered, all-inclusive voyage led by A&K’s expedition team and local guides
  • Pre- and/or post-cruise stays at stylish, ideally located hotels and A&K-led city tours
  • Airport meet and greet and transfers
  • Private balcony with every on-board accommodation and butler service with every suite
  • Maximum personnel-to-guest ratio of 1 to 1.3
  • Culinary programme featuring French-inspired cuisine, including house drinks, afternoon tea and pastries
  • 24-hour room service and breakfast in bed
  • Choice of curated, included shore excursions with expert guides
  • Traveller’s valet® laundry service
  • All gratuities, port charges and taxes
  • Complimentary wifi on board and in hotels
  • On-board service from an English-speaking staff, including an accredited physician 24/7 A&K on-call support
  • Sail under iconic Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London
  • Explore the French epicurean region of Bordeaux
  • Visit Bilbao’s modern Guggenheim
  • Discover more about the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont-Saint-Michel and historic Brittany
  • Hike on Spain’s ancient Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route 
  • Visit Douro Valle - one of the region’s best wine estates


Cabin Per person from Special offer price
Classic balcony stateroom £8,635 £7,850
Deluxe balcony stateroom £10,595 £9,810
Prestige balcony stateroom £12,165 £11,380
Deluxe balcony suite £16,480 £15,695
Privilege balcony suite £17,660 £16,875
Prestige two-room suite £22,370 £21,585
Grand deluxe balcony suite £27,470 £26,685
Owners balcony suite £29,825 £29,040


Single supplement from £6,475

Departure date

The departure date for this cruise is:

27 April - 5 May 2023 (9 Days)


This departure is aboard Le Dumont D’Urville

Featured Experts

Lord Chartres


Distinguished scholar Lord Chartres is known for his fascinating lectures on history and the environment. He is a life peer in the House of Lords and has served as Bishop of London and Dean of Her Majesty’s Chapels Royal.

Paul Carter


Beloved for his warmth and charming British wit, Paul has served as an officer in the U.K. and Caribbean and an assistant purser and cruise
director. He has travelled to more than 120 countries and counting.


Journey details

Due to the nature of Luxury Expedition Cruises, itineraries are for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted due to unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildlife, ice, medical emergencies and other conditions beyond A&K’s control at the sole discretion of the Captain onboard.


Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this programme. See our Frequently Asked Questions.

Arrive Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer to your luxurious small ship this afternoon. Join fellow guests for an onboard welcome reception this evening.   


Arrive in Porto and join your expedition team for a morning lecture before choosing an excursion. You can explore Cais da Ribeira and view the Stock Exchange Palace and St Francis Church. Foodies can opt to sample artisan cheese and port wine at local taverns. You can also head to the Douro Valley for lunch at Quinta da Pacheca, one of the region’s best wine estates or head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Braga or visit Guimarães and its medieval castle, followed a cable car ride to Penha. Return to your ship for dinner. 

Cee & A Coruña, Spain

Today, explore the province of A Coruña, a gem along Spain’s Galician coast. Join your expedition team to explore Santiago de Compostela. Learn more about the city’s cathedral and Old Town on a walking tour. Alternatively, there is a rare opportunity to hike the Camino de Santiago via the English Way, starting in A Coruña, where you also visit Hercules Tower, a UNESCO-listed lighthouse. Or opt for shorter walk to a lighthouse from Finisterre (Land’s End). Foodies can enjoy a tour of the food market, and restaurants. Return to your luxury ship for dinner.   

Santander & Bilbao

Today, join your expedition team for a choice of excursions. Start with a walking tour of Santander with its royal Palacio de la Magdalena and Catedral de Santander followed by a panoramic tour of Bilbao. Or devote your time to Bilbao, exploring the modern Guggenheim and contemporary art galleries. Alternatively, choose to pair this tour of Bilbao with the Basque countryside. Your options include a hike to El Castillo Cave, which houses the most ancient Palaeolithic art in the world, or a drive through Santoña, Victoria and Joyel Marshes Natural Park before visiting the fishing port of Santoña and the old village of historic Laredo. 

Bordeaux, France

Arrive in Bordeaux, a best-kept secret seldom visited by cruise ships. Today, you can choose from curated excursions. Discover the historic city on foot with an expert guide, visiting the Old Town and 13th-century Cathedral of St André, exploring along the Garonne River, and visit the Bassins de Lumières. Alternatively, set out for an exclusive Bordeaux wine estate tour, with privileged access to areas usually closed to the public. Lovers of the sea may choose a visit to the seaside resort town of Arcachon, known for its golden beaches. You can also choose a nature walk in the maritime pine forest, Landes. Rejoin your ship for cocktails and dinner.

At sea

Unwind and enjoy a day at sea, perhaps with time at the pool or spa or on your private balcony. Relish a day of relaxation, enjoying the amenities of your ship and more engaging presentations by our experts.  


Arrive at the port of Saint-Malo. Enjoy a stroll through the market and visit the Vauban-built Fort National. Saint-Malo is the gateway to the iconic Le Mont Saint-Michel. Make your way up the 350 steps to the abbey which lies at the top of this tidal island. Or head to Omaha Beach, a D-Day Landing site and visit the US Military Cemetery and Interpretation Centre at Colleville-sur-Mer. Head to Dinan and see the 14th-century castle and take part in an oyster farm experience. Alternatively, visit Rennes to explore its turbulent history via its authentic Old Town and Parliament buildings. Enjoy a traditional Breton lunch of crepes.

At sea

As your ship sails the historic English Channel, enjoy more lectures led by your experts as well as time at leisure with the new friends you’ve made.   

Depart London, England

Your ship arrives in the UK at the mouth of the Thames River, the second largest in Europe. Cruise this storied waterway, passing under London's iconic Tower Bridge in the early morning before bidding farewell to your expedition team. Disembark and continue on your post-tour extension to the picture-perfect Cotswolds or transfer to the airport for your return flight.  Note: Itinerary is for guidance purposes only and may be adjusted at the sole discretion of the captain due to weather and sea conditions, medical emergencies and other unforeseen circumstances beyond A&K’s control.

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