The ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – from Lisbon to Glasgow

The ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – from Lisbon to Glasgow

The ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – from Lisbon to Glasgow

The ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – from Lisbon to Glasgow

Travel information 13 days MS Spitsbergen
Departure
11 March 2023
Price from
3625 €
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

Explore spectacular ‘Land’s End’ regions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the west coast of Europe and in the British Isles from Lisbon to Glasgow.

Journey to the ends of the world

Back in the mists of time, the peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic were thought to be impossible to venture beyond and were called names such as ‘Land’s End’, or ‘End of the World’, which is ‘Finis Terrae’ in Latin. Beginning in Lisbon, you’ll sail the European Atlantic seaboard, visiting the Galician headland of Fisterra, the Breton region of Finistère, Cornwall’s Land’s End and the Welsh peninsula of St Davids.

Discover UNESCO-listed landmarks

On your expedition cruise, you’ll have the chance to visit some well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Get ready to discover medieval towns, ancient monuments and time-honoured pilgrimage sites. Take the opportunity to visit Lisbon’s iconic Tower of Belem, and explore Porto’s picturesque old quarter. Walk a section of the famous Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage route in Spain, and discover why UNESCO has designated the entire Isle of Man a Biosphere Reserve.

Atlantic island adventures

You’ll visit a selection of stunning islands during the final leg of your voyage. Explore Penzance, of the British Isles, and travel to the famous Land’s End headland. Discover the self-governing Isle of Man, an island rich with Celtic and Norse heritage and blessed with spectacular rolling landscapes. Then, onto the wild beauty of Rathlin Island, in Northern Ireland, a birding paradise surrounded by towering cliffs. After sailing the scenic Scottish Firth of Clyde, your expedition will come to an end in the stylish city of Glasgow.

The ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – from Lisbon to Glasgow The ‘Land’s Ends’ of Atlantic Europe and the British Isles – from Lisbon to Glasgow
  • Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    The start of your European adventure

    11 March 2023

    Begin your cruise from one of southern Europe's most enchanting cities

    Your expedition cruise north starts off in lovely Lisbon.

    If you have time, a tour of Lisbon's classical districts is essential – almost everything of historic interest is here. Start your exploration at the Praça do Comercio in Baixa and walk towards the narrow streets of Bairro Alto.

    From there, you'll arrive at Alfama and the old Islamic quarter, the remains of the Roman amphitheatre and the Moorish fortress. If you’ve time, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Torre de Belém and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, where you'll also find the delicious pastéis de Belém.

    Pre-Programme

    To give yourself enough time to take in Lisbon’s many sights and the coast of Portugal before boarding MS Spitsbergen, extend your stay by joining our exciting Lisbon Pre-Programme. You’ll visit the impressive Monserrate Palace with its gardens, before heading to Cape Roca – the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, continental Europe and indeed the Eurasian land mass.

    Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    The start of your European adventure

  • Day 2
    Leixões, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

    12 March 2023

    Discover magical Porto, a UNESCO highlight with ample charm

    Arriving in Portugal, we dock at Leixoes. From here, you can see the Lighthouse of Leça, the Chapel of Boa Nova and the beautiful Praia Azul beach. 

    You can take a shuttle bus to Porto – famed for its port wine and UNESCO-listed historic centre. An undulating city made for strolling, you'll fall in love with the pastel houses, colourful tiled facades, street art, ornate churches and panoramic views across the Douro.

    Stroll along the bustling Ribeira Docks promenade, cross the Dom Luís I bridge, snack on delicious petiscos and enjoy wine tastings at the port cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia.

    • Included Porto walking tour
    Day 2
    Leixões, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

  • Day 3
    Fisterra, Spain

    Journey to the 'Land’s End’ of Spain

    13 March 2023

    Discover an ancient place of pilgrimage since the time of the Celts

    This picturesque fishing village has a name derived from ‘Finis Terrae’, meaning ‘Land’s End’ in Latin. Fisterra owes its name to the Romans, who thought its rocky cape was the end of the world. People come here to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of the cape and the lighthouse, which you’ll be able to see on an included bus excursion.

    Fisterra sits on the Costa da Morte – or Coast of Death, in a wide and open ría, and can at times be exposed to swell, making landing difficult. If that’s the case, we’ll dock at Brens, a nearby port, instead.

    • Included Spain’s Land’s End – Cape Fisterra and the Coast of Death
    Day 3
    Fisterra, Spain

    Journey to the 'Land’s End’ of Spain

  • Day 4
    A Coruña, Spain

    A Galician highlight

    14 March 2023

    Plenty to see, do and drink

    Galicia is a region of Spain that’s culturally distinct - and Galicians are proud of their Celtic roots. We’ll overnight in A Coruña, enjoying excellent opportunities for an after-dinner stroll into town and a chance to see the two-millennia-old lighthouse of Torre de Hercules.

    While here, why not sample the unique gallego cuisine. Ask for a selection of tapas and sample a glass of famous Galician cider – traditionally poured into the mouth from a height.

    A Coruña is an excellent base from which to explore some of the highlights of Galicia, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela.

    • Included Walking tour of A Coruña
    Day 4
    A Coruña, Spain

    A Galician highlight

  • Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

    15 March 2023

    Get your boots on for some walking

    Our next stop is Ferrol, located a couple of hours sailing northwest from A Coruña along the rugged coast of Galicia. Originally a small fishing hamlet, it’s been Spain’s main naval base for almost three centuries, and is today being considered for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    One of several pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, Camino Ingles, also known as the English Way, starts here. Walk on your own the first stage to Neda or Pontedeume, or join an optional excursion to the highlights of northern Galicia, including the UNESCO-listed Roman walls of Lugo.

    Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The ‘English Way’ to Santiago

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

    16 March 2023

    Relax into a leisurely time at sea with cetacean spotting and onboard activities

    Take the opportunity to relax on deck with your binoculars and look out for whales, dolphins and porpoises. This is one of the few places in the world where beaked whales can be seen – if you’re lucky – as they’re drawn to the nutrient rich waters of the Bay.

    You can also learn about the marine biology of the seas along our cruise, with hands-on demonstrations and in-depth lectures about the history, geography and environment of the destinations to come. And don’t forget the leisure facilities on board – why not try out the panoramic sauna?

    Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

  • Day 7
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the ‘Land’s End’ of Brittany

    17 March 2023

    See what inspired painters around the historic harbours of Finistère

    In the picturesque seaside town of Dourarnenez, you'll find the colourful quaysides, sandy beaches and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin.  As well as fishermen’s huts and seamen’s chapels, Dourarnenez hosts a wonderful maritime museum with boats from around the world. On an included excursion, we’ll take you to the dramatic Pointe du Raz, one of the westernmost headlands of Brittany.

    If conditions don’t allow a visit to Dourarnenez, nearby Brest is a fascinating maritime city with many medieval fortifications. Here, you’ll discover the National Naval Museum – inside the military fortress of Chateau de Brest. Brest is a modern city too, with lively quays and docks that are perfect for a scenic stroll. We’ll top the day off with an included visit to nearby Pointe Saint-Mathieu, where you’ll discover the ruins of an abandoned abbey.

    • Included Brittany's Land’s End - Pointe du Raz
    Day 7
    Douarnenez, France

    Finistère, the ‘Land’s End’ of Brittany

  • Day 8
    Newlyn, United Kingdom

    Land’s End in Cornwall

    18 March 2023

    Quaint villages, beautiful beaches and some fascinating Cornish history and legends

    Located on the southwestern peninsula of Britain, the idyllic county of Cornwall is the next stop on our journey. Enjoy a stroll from the fishing port of Newlyn to either the lively town of Penzance or the picturesque village of Mousehole.

    If conditions allow, our expedition boats will take you to St. Michael’s Mount, a tidal island boasting subtropical gardens topped by a castle. We also include a visit to mainland Britain’s most south-westerly point, Land’s End. This iconic landmark is a hotspot for coastal birdlife, and the inspiration for age-old myths and legends.

    • Included Shuttle to Land’s End
    Day 8
    Newlyn, United Kingdom

    Land’s End in Cornwall

  • Day 9
    Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Enchanting archipelago

    19 March 2023

    Crystal clear waters, powdery-white sand and natural beauty – welcome to the Isles of Sicily

    This enchanting archipelago 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall is home to some exquisite small islands. If conditions allow, we’ll split our time here. You can explore Tresco’s white sandy beaches and its renowned 19th Century Abbey Gardens, or St. Mary’s, the largest of the Scilly Isles.

    Alternatively, join a trip around the archipelago, visiting shipwreck sites, spying seals lying on the rocks and cruising around the bird sanctuary of Annet to observe the puffins and numerous other breeding seabirds.

    Day 9
    Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Enchanting archipelago

  • Day 10
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

    20 March 2023

    Roam Fishguard and see its Iron Age settlements, as well as St Davids Peninsula

    Nestled between the Preseli Hills and the Pembrokeshire coast is the charming Welsh coastal town of Fishguard. You’ll find the original hamlet and harbour in Lower Fishguard, and spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’ above.

    A short drive away from Fishguard is the UK’s smallest city of St Davids - more a village than a city. You can explore this small settlement as part of an included activity. The dramatic nearby headland marks the divide between the Irish and the Celtic Sea, and is the most westerly point in Wales. Explore this spectacular coastal spot and the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path here.

    • Included Shuttle to St David’s
    Day 10
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

  • Day 11
    Peel (Isle of Man), United Kingdom

    Celtic and Viking heritage

    21 March 2023

    Dive into the history of Peel, the 14th century capital of the Isle of Man

    Approaching the seaside town of Peel, you’ll immediately notice the imposing ruins of Peel Castle looming over the port. This mighty fortress gives you a taste of what awaits you on this enigmatic island.

    Feel history beneath your feet as you wander the winding lanes of merchants’ houses and explore the ruined buildings of Peel Castle. Learn about the island’s modern history of high-speed racing in museums showcasing vintage bikes and cars. In the House of Manannan, you’ll see the replica Odin’s Raven, a Viking longboat that was sailed here from Norway.

    Day 11
    Peel (Isle of Man), United Kingdom

    Celtic and Viking heritage

  • Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds, choughs and corncrakes

    22 March 2023

    Rugged cliffs, tranquil lakes and wildlife on Rathlin Island

    At just six-miles long and one-mile wide, Rathlin Island is ideal for exploring by bike or on foot. Choose from scenic clifftop walks or the many rambler trails where you can admire the natural beauty and take in the sights and sounds, including large colonies of breeding seabirds.

    Visit the RSPB Seabird Centre and the working ‘upside-down’ lighthouse perched on the cliffs. You’ll also have time to pop into the Boathouse Visitor Centre to learn about island life, local history and the many historical shipwrecks in nearby waters.

    • Included Rathlin Island Discovery
    Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds, choughs and corncrakes

  • Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Arrive in style

    23 March 2023

    End your cruise in Scotland’s stylish city of culture

    Our expedition cruise exploring some of Europe’s rugged islands and coastlines ends in Glasgow. Set against a backdrop of splendid Victorian and Art Nouveau architecture, Glasgow has reinvented itself as a stylish and exciting city, full of museums, galleries and lively spots to eat, drink and shop. Head west from the centre to view the eclectic art and natural history collections of the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum. Design fans will enjoy spotting the mark of Charles Rennie Macintosh dotted across the city. What better way could there be to round off your cruise!

    Post-Programme

    If you want to get a taste of Scotland’s two main cities, why not extend your stay by booking our Post-Programme. You’ll see the main sights of Glasgow, as well as the magnificent Edinburgh Castle – and a night in Edinburgh is included.

    Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Arrive in style

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise

  • Expedition cruise in a cabin of your choice
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages (house beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water) in restaurant Aune
  • Complimentary tea and coffee
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board. Be aware that we sail in remote areas with limited connection. Streaming is not supported.
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle to use at water refill stations on board
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore
  • Range of included activities

Onboard Activities

  • Experts on the Expedition Team deliver in-depth lectures on a variety of topics
  • Use of the ship’s Science Center which has an extensive library and advanced biological and geological microscopes
  • Citizen Science program allows guests to assist with live scientific research
  • Professional onboard photographer gives top tips and tricks for the best landscape and wildlife photos
  • Use of the ship’s hot tubs, panoramic sauna and indoor gym
  • Informal gatherings with the crew such as daily recaps and preparation for the day to come

Landing Activities

  • Complimentary wind and water-resistant expedition jacket

Expedition Photographers help with your camera settings

Not included in your voyage

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional shore excursions with our local partners
  • Optional small-group activities with our Expedition Team

Notes

  • All planned activities are subject to weather and ice conditions
  • Excursions and activities are subject to change
  • Please make sure you meet all entry and boarding requirements
  • No gratuities expected
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MS Spitsbergen

Year built 2009
Year of refurbishment 2016
Shipyard Estaleiro Navais de Viana do Castelo (POR)
Passenger capacity 180
Beds 243
Car capacity 0
Gross tonnage 7,344
Length 100.54m
Beam 18m
Speed 14.5 knots
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