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Western France and the Costa Verde

Spirit of Discovery departing Dover

from £3,974 per person 15 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £66 if not required
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A feast for the senses…

Admiring the mirror image of Place de la Bourse is a highlight when visiting Bordeaux.

Explore the gastronomic delights of France and Spain when the local food and drink is ripe for the taking during this summer cruise. Spirit of Discovery will cruise up the Garonne to Bordeaux which has rested on its banks for centuries and prospered from the fruits of the surrounding vineyards. Being alongside overnight means you can explore its diverse food scene after dark or you can join us during an exclusive dinner at a local château whose cellars are built into a natural cave. Continue along the lush shores of northern Spain, famous for its hearty produce, and where a smorgasbord of flavours will tantalise your taste buds: sample Basque pintxos, Galician wine and freshly-caught seafood in La Coruña. Plus, you’ll be joining Spirit of Discovery in visiting two new ports for Saga Cruising, San Sebastian and Marin. Indulge your appetite for adventure during independent exploration too – perhaps seek out the chic retreat of Ile de Ré from La Pallice – or on excursions visiting medieval Oviedo and enchanting Mont Saint-Michel. Of course, your exploration of the local food and drink will continue on board as our chefs delight in creating delicious dishes with ingredients sourced locally. This will be complemented further during cookery demonstrations and wine pairing advice from VIP food and drink experts.

Drink and be merry on board

  • Cooking demonstrations and talks from celebrity chef, Sean Wilson
  • Wine expert

Overnight stays

  • Bordeaux, France

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Dover, England

Dover, England

Embark Spirit of Discovery.

Depart 1700.

St Peter Port, Guernsey

St Peter Port ⚓, Guernsey

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The time-weathered walls of 800-year-old Castle Cornet stand watch over Guernsey’s endearing capital, St Peter Port. Its maze of winding lanes are infused with an intriguing mix of Gallic and British influences which you’re free to discover at leisure. Guernsey’s Nazi occupation during World War II – recently brought back into the limelight by the bestselling book turned movie, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – can be explored at a number of poignant sites from this era, including a German Underground Hospital and Observation Tower known as Pleinmont Point. You can also visit the Occupation Museum for an insight into this era.

Spend the day at sea.

La Rochelle

La Pallice (for La Rochelle), France

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

From La Pallice visit the beautiful, medieval city of La Rochelle which is now a popular yachting hub. Head to the historic Vieux Port where you'll see impressive 14th-century stone towers surrounding the city's historic core. Stroll beneath stone arcades, admire half-timbered buildings and perhaps soak up the bustling vibe at one of the traditional pavement cafes. Alternatively, visit the popular retreat of Ile de Ré which is reached via a two-mile long road bridge and boasts fragrant pine forests, windswept dunes, rolling vineyards and lagoons.

Bordeaux, France

Bordeaux, France

Arrive 1400 on Jul 27. Depart 1400 on Jul 28.

Marking the heart of France’s world-class wine growing region of the same name, the UNESCO-listed city of Bordeaux is the epitome of elegance. The river to which the city owes it success, the Garonne, gently winds through its heart. On the left bank you can admire the classical and neo-classical 18th-century merchant mansions, a reminder of Bordeaux’s heyday during the age of Enlightenment. On the right bank lies the innovative Darwin project which highlights the city’s forward-thinking ambitions – think hip eateries, an urban farm and creative spaces for free expression. There will, of course, be the opportunity to sample some of the region’s viticulture on a wine-tasting excursion. Plus, to take advantage of an overnight mooring here, you have the opportunity to join an exclusive private dinner at Château Franc-Mayne in the St Emilion Grand Cru appellation.

San Sebastian, La Gomera

San Sebastian ⚓, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

This new port to Saga Cruising is set around a defined curve of sand backed by the undulating green mounds of the Basque region. There’s a passing resemblance to Brazil’s Rio, not least because of the statue of Christ standing atop neighbouring Mount Urgull. Explore San Sebastian’s streets to find amazing art nouveau architecture and uncover a thriving gastronomic scene, evident in the numerous pintxos bars where you can sample tapas-style finger food washed down with the local sparkling green wine, txakoli. Buen provecho!

Spend the day at sea.

Pontevedra, Spain

Marin ⚓ (for Pontevedra), Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

From Marin, a new port to Saga Cruising, you can enjoy a glimpse of the Galicia of yesteryear in the unspoilt riverside town of Pontevedra. Its well-preserved old town boasts some fascinating architecture including the Gothic Santa Maria la Mayor Basilica and askew Capela da Peregrina. Pontevedra’s markets and cafes bustle with life and you can explore the region’s love for good food in the numerous tapas bars and restaurants which serve a variety of Galician specialities, from beef jerky to cod fritters. Galicia also produces excellent wine but don’t be surprised if you see someone supping it from a bowl in one of the bars – this is how wine is traditionally served here.

La Coruña, Spain

La Coruña, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Restrained within the natural confines of a narrow peninsula, La Coruña’s historic core is a treasure trove of Romanesque streets, plazas and churches – there’s even a working Roman lighthouse. Other highlights include sweeping Riazor beach which is backed by the quirky shops of the Orzan district, and the modernist National Museum of Science and Technology. Alternatively, you may be tempted to venture into the Galician countryside to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela. The city’s cathedral is famous as the final destination for devotees following the ancient pilgrimage route, the Way of St James.

Gijon, Spain

Gijón, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Spirit of Discovery will head back along Spain’s north coast to Gijón, the largest city in the pretty region of Asturias. Gijón dates back to Roman times and you can still seek out its ancient baths in the Campo Valdes quarter, as well as the church of San Pedro and 16th-century Valdés Palace. Other attractions include the 19th-century City Hall in the Plaza Mayor and the historic Museum of Gijón in Jovellanos square, with the chapel of Los Remedios beside it. Alternatively, take the opportunity to visit the region’s capital of Oviedo. On a walking tour you can admire the 14th-century cathedral which is a fine example of flamboyant Gothic style.

Santander Spain

Santander, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Looking squarely over the Cantabrian Sea, Santander is an interesting mix of attractive walled town, high-end shopping plazas and mirror-like high rises reflecting the sea. Glorious beaches and a sweeping bay lined with restaurants and shops made Santander a popular destination for the Spanish elite and it features several palaces, including the famous Palace of Magdalena. From here, shore excursions reveal Biarritz’ split personality – half glamorous riviera, half surfer’s paradise – or the traditional fishing port of St Jean de Luz and the Basque Country.

Spend the day at sea.

Saint-Malo France

Saint-Malo ⚓, France

Arrive 0800. Depart 2200.

Spirit of Discovery will return to French shores when she calls at Saint-Malo. This fortified city ran wild with privateers during the 19th century, earning it the epithet, the ‘City of Corsairs’. You can walk around its ramparts which offer outstanding views of the ‘Emerald Coast’ and lead down into the labyrinthine maze of cobbled streets at regular intervals. You may be lured by the aroma of freshly-made crêpes, a favourite regional snack. Alternatively, from here you can visit neighbouring Normandy to discover iconic Mont Saint-Michel. Rising over 500 feet above sea level, its mystical abbey rests on sandbanks and at high tide appears to float in the sea.

Spend the day at sea.

Dover, England

Dover, England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.

Please note

Land by launch or tender.

All excursions mentioned are optional, at an additional cost, and are subject to availability and change. Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions or by exploring independently.


Western France and the Costa Verde

Spirit of Discovery departing Dover

from £3,974 per person 15 2
Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £66 if not required
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