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Blue Water Holidays - ABTA - ATOL - CLIA
01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Heart of Spain and Bordeaux

Savour fine wines and culinary delights, and discover spectacular architecture on this exciting no-fly cruise from Southampton exploring Spain and Bordeaux

No Fly Cruise
8 nights

Mid size Ship Holiday
  • Torre de Hercules, La Coruna
  • La Coruna
  • Bordeaux scenery
  • Bordeaux

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From fine wines and gastronomic delicacies to ornate architecture and ancient art, this cruise showcases the highlights of Spain and Bordeaux.

Discover the picture-perfect northern regions of Spain as you visit an exciting trio of cities. La Coruna is a Galician gem renowned for its Baroque-style Cornide Palace and ancient Torre de Hercules, while the pretty city of Aviles has a beautiful Old Town which is a delight to explore. Santander, gateway to many of Cantabria's treasures including the Picos de Europa Mountains, is the final Spanish city you'll visit before setting sail to France.

Your ship cruises the Gironde and Garonne rivers into the heart of Bordeaux, known as the 'Pearl of Aquitane'. The city is renowned for its gastronomic delights and wealth of attractions, including the Place de la Bourse and Cathedrale Saint-Andre. A cruise back along the rivers is your final chance to take in the stunning scenery before heading back to Southampton.

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Heart of Spain and Bordeaux Itinerary

Day 1 - Southampton (UK)

Embark your ship in Southampton.

Day 2 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 3 - La Coruna (Spain)

The city of Coruna is renowned for its Roman lighthouse, Torre De Hercules, and diverse architectural styles. It also has an impressive seafront promenade and beautiful beaches. The old quarter, known as Ciudad Vieja, is where you'll find the Plaza de María Pita which features the Estatua de María Pita statue.

Day 4 - Aviles

The Spanish city of Avilés is steeped in history. This former maritime and farming town is now one of the country’s most important industrial centres. The Old Town has several historic squares and plazas, linked by boulevards from centuries part. The collection of stunning historic buildings includes the Camposagrado Palace and the Palacio de Valdecarzana.

Day 5 - Santander

Santander is located between Gijon and Bilbao and has impressive buildings set against a natural backdrop of sea and mountains. The Palacio de la Magdalena sites on a rocky peninsula, while the Cathedral de Santander sites in the heart of the city centre. The Paseo de Pereda runs alongside the beautiful Jardines de Pereda gardens .

Day 6 - Gironde and Garonne Rivers (France) - Bordeaux

Your ship cruises the Gironde and Garonne Rivers into the heart of Bordeaux. Regarded by many as the world's wine capital, Bordeaux offers far more than just vineyards. Stretching along the banks of the Garonne, the city was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2007. In the historic centre is the Gothic Cathedrale Saint-Andre and the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux.

Day 7 - Gironde and Garonne Rivers

Your ship cruises back along the Gironde and Garonne rivers.

Day 8 - At sea

Enjoy the facilities on board during a day at sea.

Day 9 - Southampton (UK)

Disembark your ship in Southampton.

The Captain reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 8-night cruise
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, plus late night snacks
  • Self-service tea and coffee at selected venues
  • Morning coffee with biscuits
  • Afternoon Tea daily
  • Evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, live music and dancing
  • Captain's Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
  • Onboard activities and lectures throughout the day
  • Use of leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • Luggage porterage between your room and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to/from the port
  • All drinks on board (optional 'All Inclusive Upgrade' available on selected cruises)
  • Shore Tours and RIB Tours
  • Hairdressing, health & beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning
  • WiFi
  • Visa costs if applicable
  • Travel insurance
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides, etc. on board and ashore
  • Evening dining in premium restaurants; The Grill, The Black Watch Room & The Poolside
  • Chocolates and beverages from The Bookmark Cafe
  • Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea
  • Games of Blackjack and Roulette
Map for Heart of Spain and Bordeaux