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

13-Day expedition cruise from Lisbon to Glasgow taking in Europe’s dramatic headlands 

Sail to the ends of the world

 In times past, the peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic were called names like ‘Land’s End’, or ‘End of the World’, or ‘Finis Terrae’ in Latin. Sailing from Lisbon, you’ll explore spectacular ‘Land’s End’ regions, including Galicia’s Fisterra, Brittany’s Finistère, Cornwall’s Land’s End and the Welsh peninsula of St David’s. 

Visit cultural landmarks

 You’ll be fascinated by the famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites we visit, including the historic centres of Lisbon and Porto. In the British Isles, you’ll discover rich Celtic and Norse heritage as you explore Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Man and rugged Rathlin Island. 

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

    Enchanting Lisbon

    11 March 2023

    One of southern Europe's most captivating cities

    The Portuguese capital is rich in history and culture. Before embarkation, enjoy a stroll through the classical districts of Baixa and Bairro Alto, Chiado, and Alfama, the old Islamic quarter, where there are remains of a Roman theatre and Moorish fortress. 

    You can also visit the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery a little further out from the city centre. Then it’s time to board MS Spitsbergen and begin your adventure at sea.  

    Pre-Programme  

    If you have time to spare, why not join our optional Pre-Programme for a sightseeing tour of the city and surrounding areas. You’ll visit the impressive Monserrate Palace and its gardens before heading to Cabo da Roca – the westernmost point of mainland Portugal, continental Europe and the Eurasian land mass. 

    Day 1
    Lisbon, Portugal

    Enchanting Lisbon

  • Day 2
    Leixões, Portugal

    The City of Port Wine

    12 March 2023

    Explore the UNESCO-listed historic centre of Porto

    Our first stop is Leixões, Portugal. From here, you can see the lighthouse of Leça, the Boa Nova Chapel, and the beautiful beach at Praia Azul.    

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

    Here, you can stroll along the bustling promenade by the Ribeira docks, 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

    The 'Land’s End’ of Spain

    13 March 2023

    Discover Fisterra – an ancient place of pilgrimage  

    Fisterra owes its name to the Romans, who thought its rocky cape was the end of the world. A picturesque fishing village, many people come here to enjoy the magnificent landscapes of Cape Fisterra, which is also the end of the Camino de Santiago’s holy pilgrimage route.  

    The cape is dominated by one of the most famous lighthouses in Galicia, Faro de Fisterra, which you’ll observe perched high on a cliff overlooking the ocean 

    Fisterra sits in a wide and open ría – or estuary. This means it can be exposed to swell at times, 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

    The 'Land’s End’ of Spain

  • Day 4
    A Coruña, Spain

    A Galician highlight

    14 March 2023

    Soak up the heritage of this medieval city 

    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 to see the two-millennia-old lighthouse, the Tower of Hércules. 

    While you’re here, don’t miss the unique Galician cuisine. Ask for a selection of tapas and sample a glass of famous local Galician cider – traditionally poured into the mouth from above. 

    A Coruña is an excellent base from which to explore some of the highlights of Galicia. Here you’ll find the Tower of Hercules, the world’s oldest functioning lighthouse and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

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

    A Galician highlight

  • Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The port city of Ferrol

    15 March 2023

    Walk the famous ‘English Way’ in Galicia’s Ferrol 

    Your expedition cruise continues along the rugged coast of Galicia to Ferrol. Originally a small fishing hamlet, it’s been Spain’s main naval base for almost three centuries. One of the best examples of a well-preserved 18th-century port city, it's being considered for inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

    Ferrol is also the start of one of several pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela – El Camino Ingles – or the ‘English Way’. Walk the first stage to Neda or Pontedeume or visit the UNESCO-listed Roman walls of Lugo. 

    Day 5
    Ferrol, Spain

    The port city of Ferrol

  • Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

    16 March 2023

    Unwind and enjoy the natural world around you 

    As we cruise towards Finistère in Brittany, grab your binoculars and look out for wildlife. Up to a quarter of the world’s species of whales, dolphins and porpoises have been spotted in the bay's waters. Our onboard photographer will be on hand to give tips. 

    If you haven’t already done so, now would be an excellent time to explore the onboard Science Center. Or why not join the Expedition Team for lectures on different topics related to your travels. You can also make full use of the leisure facilities on MS Spitsbergen, like the panoramic sauna. 

    Day 6
    At sea

    Sailing the Bay of Biscay

  • Day 7
    Douarnenez, France

    Fascinating Finistère 

    17 March 2023

    The landscapes that inspired world-famous artists 

    Today we’ll explore Finistère – the 'Land's End' of France, and proudly Breton. We’ll use our small expedition boats to go ashore at the picturesque seaside town of Douarnenez, where we’ll see the colourful quays, sandy beaches and steep cliffs that inspired famous painters like Renoir and Boudin. You’ll visit dramatic Pointe du Raz, one of Brittany's westernmost headlands. 

    If conditions prevent us from reaching Douarnenez, we'll head to Brest, a historic maritime city with medieval fortifications. Lastly, we’ll visit Pointe Saint-Mathieu, where you’ll see the ruins of an abandoned abbey.  

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

    Fascinating Finistère 

  • Day 8
    Newlyn, United Kingdom

    Land’s End in Cornwall

    18 March 2023

    Discover Cornwall’s quaint villages and local legends 

    Your cruise continues to the British Isles. Located on the southwestern peninsula of Britain, idyllic 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 overlooked by a castle. We'll also visit mainland England’s most southwesterly point, Land’s End. This iconic landmark is a magnet 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

    Isles of Scilly

    19 March 2023

    Enjoy crystal waters, sandy beaches and natural beauty 

    Just 30 miles off the tip of Cornwall are the Isles of Scilly. This enchanting archipelago is home to some exquisite, small islands, that we’ll visit if conditions allow.  

    Explore Tresco’s white sandy beaches and its renowned 19th century Abbey Garden, or visit St Mary’s, the largest of the Isles of Scilly. 

    Or why not join a trip around the archipelago, visiting shipwreck sites and spying seals lying on the rocks. Then sail around the bird sanctuary of Annet to spot puffins and numerous other breeding seabirds. 

    Day 9
    Isles of Scilly, United Kingdom

    Isles of Scilly

  • Day 10
    Fishguard, United Kingdom

    The ‘Land’s End’ of Wales

    20 March 2023

    Explore scenic coastlines and the UK's smallest city 

    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 there are spectacular sea views from the ‘Main Town’ above. 

    A short drive away is the UK’s smallest city, St David’s. More a village than a city, it owes its city status to its 12th century cathedral. You can explore this conservation area while you’re here. 

    The dramatic headland nearby is the most westerly point in Wales. You can enjoy spectacular views here along the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastal path. 

    • 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

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

    21 March 2023

    Explore this independent island kingdom 

    From Wales, we'll cruise up the Irish Sea to Peel on the Isle of Man, a self-governing British Crown Dependency. The imposing ruins of Peel Castle loom over the port. There's plenty to see here in the 14th century former Manx capital. 

    Celtic and Viking history surround you as you wander the winding lanes of merchants’ houses and explore the castle ruins. In the House of Manannan, you’ll see a replica of Odin’s Raven, a Viking longboat that sailed here from Norway. 

    You can even learn about the island’s more recent history of high-speed racing, in museums showcasing vintage bikes and cars. 

    Day 11
    Peel (Isle of Man), United Kingdom

    Enigmatic Isle of Man

  • Day 12
    Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

    Seabirds of Rathlin

    22 March 2023

    Rugged nature and rich birdlife await in Rathlin 

    Our cruise continues to Rathlin Island, home to Northern Ireland's largest seabird colony. Look out for guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills and fulmars. Also, be sure to listen for the rattle of the Corn Crake. 

    At just six miles long and one mile wide, Rathlin is ideal for exploring by bike or on foot. Admire the unspoiled natural beauty on scenic clifftop walks and along trails. 

    Enjoy a guided walk around the RSPB Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre and the working ‘upside-down’ lighthouse perched on the cliff. At the Rathlin Boathouse Visitor Centre, you'll learn about the culture and traditions of this small island community. 

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

    Seabirds of Rathlin

  • Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Stylish Glasgow

    23 March 2023

    End your cruise in Scotland’s hip city of culture 

    Your expedition cruise ends in Glasgow – a cultural hot spot packed with museums, galleries and parks. In the harbour, you'll find the striking Riverside Museum, and the tall ship Glenlee beside it. 

    Take this opportunity to visit the Gothic Glasgow Cathedral, see the eclectic art at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, and discover the splendid Art Nouveau architecture of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 

    Day 13
    Greenock (Glasgow), United Kingdom

    Stylish Glasgow

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What's included

Included in your voyage

Expedition Cruise 

  • A stay in a cabin of your choice 
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner including beverages* in restaurant Aune  
  • Complimentary tea and coffee 
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi on board† 
  • Complimentary reusable water bottle 
  • English-speaking Expedition Team who organise and accompany activities on board and ashore 
  • Range of included activities 

*House beer and wine, sodas, and mineral water 

†Please note there is very limited Wi-Fi and phone signal in the remote areas we travel to, and streaming is not supported 

Onboard Activities 

  • In-depth lectures and discussions hosted by experts on the Expedition Team 
  • Full use of our Science Center, extensive library and advanced biological and geological equipment 
  • Citizen Science Programme where you can assist with ongoing scientific research 
  • Photography tips and techniques for capturing landscape and wildlife from our onboard professional photographer 
  • Use of ship's hot tubs, panoramic sauna and gym. 
  • Informal gatherings with the crew for daily briefings 

Landing Activities 

  • Escorted landings with small expedition boats 
  • Loan of boots, trekking poles and all equipment for activities 
  • Complimentary wind- and water-resistant expedition jacket 
  • Expedition photographers on hand to assist you 

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 

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 
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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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