Closer and Rivers & Waterways | Europe
From tasting fine wines to marveling at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral,
from sampling tapas in the place it was invented to taking a tour of the ‘sherry
capital of the world’– there are plenty of opportunities to be exhilarated and
inspired on this 13-night adventure. You’ll enjoy exploration of Bordeaux and
Seville, Lonely Planet’s top cities to visit in 2017 and 2018 respectively, and it
will all be brought closer by Braemar in every destination.
Alcázar Palace, Seville
Docking alongside the modernist Óscar Niemeyer
Centre in Avilés presents an interesting contrast
to the fascinating architecture of the Old Town
nearby. From here there’s the chance to sample
traditional Asturian Cider at a cider house. Sailing
on to the west coast, the fishing port of Vigo is ripe
for exploration, with sandy beaches, a stunning
historic quarter and a scenic bay – which you may
recognise from the film 20,000 Leagues Under
the Sea. The city is also perfectly-placed for tours
to the Cíes Islands National Park.
An overnight stay in Seville is ideal for tapping into
the city’s rich flamenco heritage with a seductive
evening performance. Braemar will be docked close
to the enchanting Parque de Maria Luisa and iconic
Plaza de España, so the best highlights – including
the Moorish Alcázar Palace and Gothic Cathedral to
name two more – will be within reach, with the ship
on hand for when you’re ready for a break.
Cádiz signals the end of the Spanish leg of your
adventure, and where better to round off than a
city that’s said to be Europe’s oldest continuously
inhabited settlement? The ancient centre showcases
a typically Andalusian maze of narrow cobblestone
streets, alleys and squares, all perfect for exploration.
Cádiz is also famed for its historic watchtowers
and delicious tapas, which – according to popular
legend – originated in the city. For an authentic
flavour of the region, you could choose to head
off on a ‘tapas trail’ walking tour, or take a trip to
Jerez, the sherry capital of the world.
There’s beautiful Bordeaux before your journey
draws to a close, with an invigorating full day
giving time to take in the highlights at leisure.
Much of the centre is listed as a UNESCO World
Heritage Site, and it’s all to hand when Braemar
docks in the heart of the city. Though many famous
landmarks are sure to delight, no visit would be
complete without indulging a little in the famous
wine culture. Invigorating experiences await at the
Cité du Vin museum or on an authentic vineyard
tour. Then you can relax – with lasting memories
to treasure – as Braemar navigates the Gironde
& Garonne rivers en route back to Southampton.
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