Craggy coasts, historic cities and sandy beaches
In April when winter has its grip on northern Europe, spring is well underway further south. We visit four ports around the Bay of Biscay. Bracing walks along craggy coastlines, the narrow streets of historic cities and waves rolling on to sandy beaches are features of this cruise.
SHORE WALKS AND EXCURSION HIGHLIGHTS:
Bordeaux - After sailing along the Gironde estuary we arrive in the world’s most famous wine city. Our shore excursion takes us deep into Médoc wine country, home to so many world-famous châteaux. A walk through the vineyards is followed by wine tasting at Château Lamothe-Cissac.
Santander - Situated on the northern coast of Spain, Santander is a city of great sweeping beaches, belle époque architecture and pintxos, northern Spain’s version of tapas. A local guide will show us the open squares and quiet corners and we should have time to experience the local paseo walkabout after dinner before setting sail.
Avilés - The old seafaring city has an historic centre with colonnades, wrought iron balconies and oriel windows. From just north of Avilés we walk along the coastal cliffs, with Atlantic rollers crashing below, to the viewpoint at Cabo de Peñas.
La Coruña - From this northern Spanish city the ill-fated Armada set sail in 1588. We visit the old City where we see the medieval buildings and monuments, the splendid waterfront and the Tour de Hercules, the only Roman lighthouse in existence.
Drinks Inclusive Package: A Drinks Inclusive Package is available for £25 per person per night. The offer includes bar drinks such as wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks (but not cocktails, premium drinks, minibar drinks, room service or events such as an additional afternoon tea visit).
Fred.Olsen adopts smart casual dress code: Fred. Olsen has altered its dress code to allow for a smart casual option. There will still be formal nights on selected evenings, but the relaxed dress code will apply on all other nights. This means men can wear open necked shirts, chinos and dark coloured jeans, and women a dress or casual separates.