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EUROPEAN VINTAGES

V4318

London to Lisbon on Crystal Serenity
DATES : August 1 - 10, 2014 (9 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $3,860 Per Person

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From the shores of Normandy to the coast of Portugal, explore quaint villages steeped in history and culture.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Aug 1, Friday
London/Dover, England »   6 pm*
For centuries, Dover has been a symbol of England's royal fortitude. The port's legendary White Cliffs have long been a welcomed landmark for seafaring travelers. The solid Dover Castle has faced invasions by Roman, French and even English troops. London's legendary sights, including Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Parliament Square, Whitehall and the fashionable West End, lie just 80 miles from historic Dover.
Aug 2, Saturday
Honfleur, France » 8 am* 9 pm*
Honfleur's unique character and atmosphere has inspired painters, writers and musicians over the ages. Nestled at the mouth of the Seine River, this small fishing port is renowned for the glorious voyages of discovery by its 17th century mariners, and has blossomed into one of Normandy's most appealing harbors.

Honfleur became a center of artistic activity in the 19th century. Eugène Boudin, the painter of stirring seascapes, was born here in 1824 and artists such as Courbet, Sisley, Pissarro, Renoir and Cèzanne have visited Honfleur.

Preserved from World War II's destruction, this quaint old Norman town has managed to retain its charm of yesteryear. The "Old Dock," narrow jetty houses, the museums and monuments are witness to a rich heritage of art and history.

Aug 3, Sunday
Guernsey/St. Peter Port, Channel Islands » 9 am 5 pm
Charming Guernsey, a mere 25 square miles in size, offers a host of enticing visitor attractions. Although geographically closer to France, it has remained staunchly British through the ages. Today, its diverse culture reflects the best of both worlds. Pastel-colored houses rise layer upon layer behind St. Peter Port, the island's picturesque main town. Beyond, you discover a wealth of activities centering around goldsmiths, silversmiths, wood carvers and clockmakers. Important: Please Read before Booking the Following Tours: Although the best available equipment has been requested, guests should be aware that transport may not be of international standard. Motor coaches are not air-conditioned. Your understanding is appreciated. Guernsey Island Introduction and Goldsmith's Workshop
Aug 4, Monday
Cruising the Bay of Biscay  »

Your Day at Sea
Enrich. Entertain. Escape.

Adjust the compass of your mood and design your day exactly as you wish:  pamper yourself at the Feng Shui-inspired Crystal Spa, work-out at our state-of-the-art fitness center or Walk-on-Water along our 360o Promenade Deck; teach yourself something new with complimentary language lessons by Berlitz or piano instruction with Yamaha; enhance your computer skills at our Computer University@Sea or learn about art, history and worldly destinations with our engaging celebrity entertainers and speakers; sneak away to watch recently-released movies in the Hollywood Theater, shop our luxury boutiques, or simply relax by one of our tranquil pools. From Tai Chi and yoga to PGA golf instruction and paddle tennis on full-size courts, today is all about you. As evening arrives, dine on the inspired cuisines of Nobu MatsuhisaPiero Selvaggio and Crystal’s own acclaimed chefs, enjoy special wine-makers dinners, lavish Broadway-style productions, intimate lounges, a pulsing dance club or our action-packed Crystal Casino. The choices are yours.

Aug 5, Tuesday
St-Jean-de-Luz, France » 8 am 10 pm
This fishing port on the Basque coast is a gem, sparkling with old-world charm. Venture into the town center and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back into the Middle Ages, as historic Basque and its Moorish architecture presides over narrow, cobblestone lanes. There’s plenty to explore, from the lively bars and restaurants in the main square to the casino and sophisticated shops that give the town a more modern touch. It’s also home to the Church of St. John, where Louis XIV married Marie Thérèse of Spain. Incidentally, it was at that wedding that the legendary pastry chef Adam delighted guests with Basque macarons, a heartier cousin to the traditional French macaron; a visit to Saint Jean-de-Luz would not be complete without sampling this tasty confection.
Aug 6, Wednesday
Bordeaux/Le Verdon, France » 7:30 am 8 pm

A contrast to the lush countryside found inland, the Atlantic coast offers its own kind of beauty with its crashing waves, long stretches of beach and conifer forests. Resort towns dot the coastline, bringing their additional charms to the region. One such place is Le Verdon, sitting at the most northerly point of the Médoc. In its harbor stands the oldest lighthouse in France, the Cordouan lighthouse, which boasts a petite chapel and royal chamber.

A short distance from Le Verdon is the seaside resort of Soulac, the "Pearl of the Silver Coast." The nearly 500 neo-colonial villas built here give Soulac a unique air of history and sophistication. Its morning market, pedestrian-friendly streets and seaside shops and cafes give the village a sense of joie de vivre.

Bordeaux was at one time France's richest community and largest port. It is second only to Paris as the country's most densely populated city.

Today it is best-known for its glorious châteaux, mouth-watering cuisine and incomparable wines. It is surrounded by the world's most famous vineyards including Médoc, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes.

Crystal's sojourn in this world-renowned wine capital is bound to please even the most discerning bon vivant.

Aug 7, Thursday
  Santander, Spain » 8 am 5 pm

Situated on the north coast of Spain between Gijón and Bilbao, Santander has a history dating to Roman times, with a name believed to be derived from the martyr Saint Andrew. The city itself was sacrificed to a great fire in 1941, which ravaged the old medieval quarter. In its place rose wide boulevards lined by cafes, shops and hotels vying for patrons’ attention with inviting spaces and sidewalk seating.  Within easy reach of Santander is the popular resort of El Sardinero, where an additional selection of eateries and hotels can be found, along with several attractive beaches.

Aug 8, Friday
La Coruña, Spain » 9 am 6 pm
La Coruna is one of several Spanish cities to claim it was founded by Hercules. While its formation may be steeped in myth, La Coruna's beauty is very real indeed. Its squares and gardens are ideal for a leisurely stroll. One such garden is the Jardines de Mendez Nunez, located in the center of town near the harbor. Another is the Jardine de San Carlos. Dating from 1843, it flourishes on the site of the old fortress that once guarded the harbor. Virtually no Spanish town is without a historic church, and La Coruna is no exception. Called Calle de Santa Maria, the church is modeled in the Romanesque-gothic style and features an elaborately carved door dating to the 13th century. For more history and inspirational views, visit the Museo Arqueologico e Historico. Situated in a 16th-century fort, the museum exhibits artifacts from the area and showcases beautiful panoramas.
Aug 9, Saturday
Oporto/Leixoes, Portugal » 8 am 5 pm

Ideally placed where the Douro River meets the Atlantic, Oporto brings together the best of Portugal: warm sunshine, a relaxed riverside setting, grand churches, winding medieval streets, houses garnished with wrought iron, courtyards filled with geraniums.

Perhaps what Oporto is most famous for, however, is its port wine. Crafted in the neighboring Vila Nova da Gaia district, ports from all over the region can be sampled in the lodges just across the river or at Solar Vinho do Porto, an Oporto tasting room housed in a gracious, rose-clad villa. After your wine tasting, wander through historic Ribeira, the recently restored riverside district and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Aug 10, Sunday
Lisbon, Portugal » 8 am  
Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.
*  Arrival and departure times will depend on tidal restrictions.
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