Day 1 - London Tilbury
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to London Tilbury, where you will be met by Voyages to Antiquity representatives and embark Aegean Odyssey (4T) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Day 2 - Honfleur, France
Honfleur offers visitors a unique heritage which can be best glimpsed by a leisurely stroll along its picturesque narrow streets lined by timber-framed houses. Take a walking tour visiting St Catherine's Church, France’s largest timber-built church; the Salt Warehouses and the picturesque Old Port; or visit the fine Norman Gothic Cathedral of Bayeux and the Tapestry Museum, where you will see the great jewel of Norman Romanesque Art, the Bayeux Tapestry.
Day 3 - St Malo
Visit the small, iconic walled city of Mont Saint-Michel, set on a rocky outcrop which is surrounded by flat sands or sea - the bay around Mont Saint-Michel is famed for having Europe’s highest tidal variations, rising and falling 15 metres through the day. Our walking tour takes you through the narrow streets of the medieval village and up to the abbey, said to be the inspiration of St Michael's Mount of Penzance, Cornwall.
Day 4 - At sea
Day 5 - Montoir-de-Bretagne - Nantes (overnight)
The first of today’s choice of full day tours is to explore châteaux country with a visit of Château d’Usse - perched on the hillside it has been a site of strategic importance ever since 1000AD, when the region of Touraine was fought over by rival local nobilities - and Chinon for a tour of the Royal Fortress, another highly sought after stronghold in a breathtaking location. Or spend your day at Villandry, where Henry II of England admitted defeat to King Philip Augustus of France, and the Fontevraud Royal Abbey, one of the largest surviving monastic cities from the Middle Ages. Re-join the ship in Nantes for an overnight stay.
Day 6 - Nantes
Visit the highlights of Nantes, birthplace of Jules Verne and now a thriving cultural and artistic centre. See flamboyantly Gothic Saint Pierre Cathedral, Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, where several French kings, princes and noblemen have stayed, and Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens. The main botanical garden of France has a substantial collection, including the wild flora of Brittany.
Day 7 - La Rochelle
Explore La Rochelle’s mercantile and military history, a past that is reflected in the city’s narrow streets paved with ancient stone slabs, vaulted passages, arcades and Old Harbour, protected by the Two Towers. We then drive to Château de La Peraudiere for Cognac tasting. Alternatively, make the journey to Ré Island, connected to the mainland by a bridge nearly two miles long, for a guided tour of Saint Martin. Considered one of the jewels of the Atlantic coast, it has inspired many painters over many years. You may like to spend your afternoon on an optional tour to Château de la Roche Courbon, an elegant residence set in grounds of landscaped gardens and Stone Age cave dwellings.
Day 8 - Bordeaux (overnight)
On a walking tour of Bordeaux, take in highlights including the World War II German submarine base, L’Esplanade des Quinconces, Palais Rohan, Cathedral of St Andrew and the exceedingly beautiful Grand Theatre de Bordeaux. Or take a panoramic tour of this heritage-listed city before heading into the vineyards that surround Bordeaux and to one of the prestigious wine estates for a tour of the cellars, introducing the art of winemaking, and tasting.
Day 9 - Bordeaux
Take this morning at leisure or join an optional tour to Saint-Émilion. This charming medieval village in the heart of the Bordeaux wine area was founded by a monk named Émilion, who lived in a stone hermitage and gained fame and followers when he performed miracles as he helped the poor. In 1999, the vineyards of Saint-Émilion became the first winery in the world to be given World Heritage status by UNESCO. This afternoon we cruise along the Gironde River.
Day 10 - At sea
Day 11 - La Coruña, Spain
Settled in Roman times, La Coruña grew into an important port that saw off the attentions of Sir Francis Drake in the 16th century and went on to be the gateway through which thousands of Galicians travelled on their way to a new life in America. We take a tour of La Coruña's main plaza, which takes its name from the town's heroine, Maria Pita, who defended against Sir Francis Drake's attack in 1589, plus many of the city’s other historical monuments. Alternatively visit the magnificent Santiago de Compostela, reputed to be the place where St James, one of the twelve Apostles of Christ, is buried.
Day 12 - Porto, Portugal
Visit Porto, one of the most important cities in Portugal, where you will explore the large squares and avenues embellished by the façades of prosperous trade in the 18th century, and visit a Romanesque style Cathedral on a guided tour, followed by a well-known wine cellar for a tasting of the port wine.
Day 13 Lisbon - London
This morning we disembark in Civitavecchia and transfer to Lisbon Airport for a British Airways or another leading airline flight to London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport. Upon arrival you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.