- A full-bodied red
Enjoy the fine wines of Bordeaux.
The sparkling city of Bordeaux has recently undergone a fantastic program of regeneration and as well as the Gross Cloche bell-tower and the towering spire of St. Michael’s Basilica you can enjoy strolls along the spruced up wharfs while sampling fantastic wines.
- Bridges in Bilbao
Bilbao is a centre for art and culture and positioned on the Atlantic has a wealth of watersports to enjoy.
- Guernsey’s capital St. Peter Port
There is so much to do in St. Peter Port, from the many shops and bars to the gardens of Candie.
French and Spanish Flavours
Spirit of Discovery departing Doverfrom £2,875 per person 10 2 Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £22 if not required
- No fly
- Full board
Whet your appetite for discovery on this four-country cruise
Raise a glass to the Bordeaux sunset with an afternoon aperitif on the river front near the modern Cité du Vin museum - it's the perfect spot to people watch.
Join Spirit of Discovery on this leisurely cruise exploring the coasts of France and Spain. A highlight will be cruising up river to Bordeaux, a city acclaimed for its fine wine and food, and where you can enjoy an overnight mooring, perfect for experiencing this quintessential French city by day and night. In the historic shipbuilding port of Bilbao, the largest city in Spain's Basque County, you'll be tempted to try local tapas as you explore its maze of cobblestone streets. Further west lies La Coruña, your gateway to ‘Green Spain’ – an area known for its delicious produce – and the UNESCO-listed city of Santiago de Compostela, regional capital of Galicia.
You'll also visit the Channel Island of Guernsey and the Portuguese port of Leixoes from where you can discover the magnificent city of Oporto. Your cultural experience continues on board Spirit of Discovery with food and drink paired to the destinations visited, such as wine from Bordeaux and port produced from grapes grown in the vineyards that line the Douro.Regional food and drink on board
- Wine-tasting session
- Themed drinks
- Demonstrations by a VIP chef
Saga price includes...
- All meals on board, including 24-hour room service
- A choice of wines at lunch and dinner
- All on-board gratuities
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- Entertainment and activities
- Welcome cocktail party and Captain’s dinner
- All port taxes and visas
Embark Spirit of Discovery
St. Peter Port Guernsey
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700
Cruise to St Peter Port, Guernsey’s pretty capital where you explore delightful higgledy-piggledy lanes lined with charming wooden-fronted shops and boutiques. Take a look at the town church, which was completed in 1466, and wander up hill to Candie Gardens for fine views over the ocean. If that all seems like too much effort then you may just want to relax at one of the waterfront cafes and admire the yachts and pleasure craft tied up at the harbour. Alternatively, there are limited spaces to join a boat trip around the coast and neighbouring islands aboard a privately chartered cruiser. Look out for basking Grey seals and enjoy exploring hidden coves and secret bays before cruising past Cornet Castle on your return to St. Peter Port. The most memorable aspect maybe the delightful commentary by the characterful captain! The fabulous views are complimented with tasty local cider and Guernsey gâche, similar to fruit bread, on board.
Spend the day at Sea
Arrive 0700 on October 10. Depart 1700 on October 11
Spirit of Discovery will cruise up the Garonne River to the centre of one of France's finest wine producing areas, Bordeaux. Once known as La Belle Endormie – the Sleeping Beauty – over the last two decades Bordeaux has been shaken wide awake as its elegant buildings have been restored, wide boulevards pedestrianised and the sound of trundling trams added to the city’s soundtrack. In 2007, UNESCO rewarded the city’s regeneration by adding the ‘Port of the Moon’ to its World heritage List. The waterfront is lined with wine warehouses and along the quay lies an 18th-century square, home to the old Maritime Exchange. With its 11th-century cathedral, grand theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art, there's plenty to discover including, of course, its wine!
Arrive 1000. Depart 1700
Bilbao stands on the estuary of the River Nervión, which forms a ría, making for impressive views as you arrive by sea. It was a centre for shipbuilding and manufacturing during the mid-19th century and in the old town you can explore a labyrinth of narrow pedestrian streets which branch out from the Plaza Nueva, perhaps pausing to sample tapas at one of the bars. The most dramatic addition to Bilbao’s cityscape in recent years is the contorted Guggenheim Museum which opened in 1997. Its collection of modern art includes pieces from the Guggenheim in New York along with local acquisitions for you to analyse and admire.
Spend the day at sea
Leixoes (for Oporto), Portugal
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700
Oporto woos visitors with its attractive waterfront which is overlooked by hillside terraces lined with traditional buildings. Highlights include the Manueline Church of Santa Clara, the cathedral which has a Romanesque choir and the neoclassical stock exchange. Spy pretty ravelo boats on the River Douro which were once used to transport port upriver and maybe sample this deliciously-sweet wine on a visit to one of the lodges where it is blended and aged.
La Coruña, Spain
Arrive 0800. Depart 1700
From this port on the north-west coast of Spain, you can visit the city of Santiago de Compostela. You’ll have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of thousands of pilgrims on the pilgrimage known as the Way of St James, which has the city’s cathedral as its final destination. Upon entering the remarkable cathedral, it's hard not to be dazzled by its variety of architectural styles, from the Romanesque and baroque to the unmistakably Gothic.
Spend the day at Sea
Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.
Coastal sights of the Channel Islands
Our expert Explore Ashore team can arrange for you to join a new exclusive cruise aboard a privately chartered motor cruiser around the picturesque Channel Islands of Herm and Jethou, as well as the south coast of Guernsey.
Cycle around Bordeaux
Why not explore Bordeaux by bike? It's an easy and economical way to explore this UNESCO-listed city and hiring a bicycle couldn't be simpler with 166 'rent-it-here, leave-it-there' bike stations dotted across Bordeaux.
Bordeaux is the epicentre of one of the world's finest wine-growing regions. A vineyard and wine-tasting excursion is a must or, if you favour a more hands-on experience, you can take part in a new and exclusive visit to a St. Emilion chateau. Tour the wine cellars and prepare delicious dishes with seasonal ingredients sourced locally.