Into the Heart of Spain & Bordeaux
The highlights of four stunning destinations in France and Spain are made easier to uncover thanks to Braemar’s ability to dock closer to the heart of each city on this incredible itinerary. Fine wine, wonderful architecture, ancient art and much more awaits; take advantage of chances to simply step ashore, explore and discover it all.
Cruising directly into the French city of Bordeaux via the gorgeous Gironde and Garonne rivers in daylight will be an experience to remember, [ReadMoreMob] passing by scenes of beautiful countryside and charming historic towns en route. Once docked in Bordeaux, your exploration of the ‘Pearl of Aquitane’ begins at the end of the gangway, courtesy of your ship’s smaller size. Wander into the UNESCO-listed city centre – the largest urban World Heritage Site – and a wealth of highlights will be revealed; Calihau Gate, the Cathédrale Saint-André, the Grand Théâtre and Place de La Bourse are not-to-be-missed.[ReadMoreDesk] Your overnight stay in Bordeaux is not complete without sampling the city’s world-famous wine culture too. Visit the Cité du Vin Museum for an immersive insight into the history of French food and wine; or perhaps opt for a tour the Medoc region vineyards, where some of the world’s best wines are expertly crafted.
In Spain, you’ll enjoy three days of discovery in the country’s picturesque northern regions. Scenic Santander boasts miles of glorious coastline and inviting beaches. The Cantabrian capital is also your gateway to the breathtaking Picos de Europa Mountains and the Altamira Caves, which are renowned for their remarkably well preserved prehistoric paintings. In Asturias, the pretty city of Avilés awaits. Here you could visit the world-renowned Óscar Niemeyer International Centre, which your ship will dock alongside; explore the fascinating Old Town; and even sample traditional Asturian cider at a rural cider house. Finally, it’s on to the Galician city of La Coruña. A plethora of impressive landmarks, including the Baroque-style Cornide Palace and ancient Torre de Hercules, are within easy reach here, with Braemar docking just 400 metres from the city centre. Further afield, you could head to Santiago de Compostela – one of Christendom’s three global spiritual capitals – on a tour to marvel at the at the city’s simply spectacular cathedral.