A no-fly cruise from Liverpool
Along the northern shores of Green Spain, amongst landscapes of unrivalled beauty, sit towns and cities where you can spot fragments of past civilisations, from the Altamira Caves, adorned with prehistoric paintings to the Roman foundations of cities including La Coruña, the first of the historical cities on this itinerary. Sailing aboard Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca, we are able to dock just 400 metres away from the city centre, making it easy to explore the ancient streets, or take this opportunity to follow the footstep of innumerable pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela. And that is just the beginning of a cruise that also takes in the charming Asturian Avilés, medieval Santander and traditional Getxo, cities with many picturesque places to explore and opportunities to sample delicious pintxos with local rioja wine.
- 8 nights cruise on Boudicca
- 23 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 7 lunches (days 2-8) 8 dinners (days 1-8)
- Included onboard drinks package
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 2 formal nights during cruise
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Embarkation assistance by Titan staff
- Services of the experienced Fred. Olsen staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Liverpool
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Liverpool, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Boudicca (3T+) in preparation for a late evening sailing.
Day 2 - at sea
Take a day to ease into the relaxed rhythm of a cruise.
Day 3 - La Coruña, Spain
We arrive early afternoon into a city full of different architectural styles; from incredible medieval buildings and monuments to stylish modernist houses and a busy commercial centre, there is plenty of interest to keep you exploring. Many of the city’s most impressive buildings can be found around Maria Pita Square, named after Maria Pita - La Coruña’s heroine, who saved the town from British control in 1589. Head to the seafront to find an impressive 13km promenade, beautiful beaches and the Torre de Hercules - said to be the only functioning Roman lighthouse in existence. Surrounded by water, the city has been a busy port for millennia, filling its timeline with a web of legends left by many different communities. Alternatively, join a tour to Santiago de Compostela to marvel at the magnificent cathedral, a beautiful destination for many a devout Christian pilgrim.
Day 4 - Avilés
A former farming town with a maritime past, Avilés is now one of Spain’s most important industrial centres, producing iron and steel, however its Old Town has not lost the charm of centuries past. Amongst several historic squares and plazas that are interlinked by a number of pretty streets, are some true architectural gems. The list of stunning historic buildings and monuments include the Camposagrado Palace, Palacio de Valdecarzana - Avilés’ sole example of civil medieval architecture - and 13th and 14th century churches that are dotted around the city. Excursions are available to take you to the main attractions of the city and the surrounding area.
Day 5 - Santander
Santander is an elegant city with impressive buildings set against a natural backdrop of sea and mountains. The bay is considered one of Spain’s most beautiful, and is a popular destination for Spaniards, including past monarchs. Both Paseo de Pereda and Calle Castelar are lined with grand buildings and typical houses adorned with balconies and miradors. Also worth seeing are the Altamira Caves, situated a few miles from the city, containing some of the most important cave paintings of Palaeolithic art - 9,000-year old paintings of bison, horses, deer, hands and mysterious signs covering more than 270 metres of the cave walls.
Day 6 - Getxo (for Bilbao).
The pretty town of Getxo is home to some wonderful beaches, beautiful architecture, impressive monuments and UNESCO-listed Vizcaya Bridge - this unique ‘Hanging Bridge’ transports cars and people across the river on a gondola, without obstructing the passage of even the largest of ships. The town has been greatly shaped by a maritime past. At one end of Ereaga beach is Algorta, the picturesque old port, one of the town’s most historical and traditional areas. At the other end of the beach you can discover a succession of gorgeous stately homes, palaces and landscaped gardens. The Arriluze Palace catches the eye with its medieval revivalist style turrets. Alternatively, head to nearby Bilbao to visit the Guggenheim Museum, the famous titanium home of modern art; further museums and other stunning buildings from edgy creations to the classic 14th century Gothic-Style cathedral.
Day 7 - At sea
Two further days at sea invite you to reflect on all that you have seen during your cruise.
Day 9 Arrive Home
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.