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Located on England's South Coast, Southampton is a city full of surprises. Home to one of the largest ports in Europe, the city has a lot to offer people passing through for the day. Step back in time and explore the old town, walk along the medieval town walls, parts of which date back to 1290. Visit Bargate, a medieval gatehouse built by Normans in the 12th century. Check out SeaCity Museum and learn about what it would have been like to set sail on the Titanic in 1912 - Southampton is where the history ship left port. Or venture out and explore the Hampshire countryside: Iconic Stonehenge is just a one-hour drive away.


Saturday, June 4 - PARIS (LA HAVRE), FRANCE

Paris is an iconic city - a melange of everything artistic and sublime, with a worldwide reputation for excellence in cuisine, fashion, architecture, and the fine arts. After taking the drive in from the port (just over two hours), hit the streets to see the city's monumental landmarks: Pass through the Arc de Triomphe, and stand in the presence of the Eiffel Tower. The beauty here is only matched by the history and culture. Cruise to Paris to feel the cool morning air outside the Gothic Notre Dame cathedral and see works from prehistoric to postmodern at the Louvre. In the evening, walk the lamplit avenues as restaurants' wooden tables and rattan chairs spill onto the sidewalks and terraces. Pull up a seat, order a glass of in rouge and a plate of pate on toast, and dive in.

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Sunday, June 5 - SAINT-MALO, FRANCE
Explore this fascinating fortified town or discover the lovely medieval town of Dinan with its impressive clock tower and picturesque half-timbered houses. Drive along the rugged Brittany coast and savor the stunning view of mystical Mont S. Michel before wandering through its steep, winding streets and mazelike abbey passages.

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Monday, June 6 - BREST, FRANCE
Brest brings you old-school Brittany with a modern edge. This innovative harbor city, rebuilt after World War II with an eye toward the future, is one of Europe's premier maritime destinations. Cruise to France to learn about sea life at the colossal aquarium Oceanopolis, or wander down the quays to catch a glimpse of the naval port. Explore the city from the sky on Europe's first urban cable car, or take a walk over the Albert Louppe bridge tos ee the opulent cable-stayed bridge, Pont de I'lroise, across the way.

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Tuesday, June 7 - LA ROCHELLE, FRANCE
Known for its white limestone cliffs, La Rochelle features a bustling Vieux Port (Old Harbor) with exceptional shops and restaurants. Three medieval towers once protected the port and are now symbols of the waterfront. The imposing Four Sergeants Tower was formerly a prison, and you can see where the corsairs scrawled graffiti on the walls. The city aquarium holds thousands of species living in re-creations of their natural habitats. You will also appreciate La Rochelle's pedestrian-friendly streets, especially in the city center, which is graced by 17th and 18th-century architecture.


Thursday, June 9 - BORDEAUX, FRANCE

Head to southwestern France to see the town that is known all over the world for its wine. The historic part of this lively university city is the world's largest urban World Heritage Site. Stroll around the elegant Place de la Bourse with its beautiful 18th-century limestone palaces and continue on to the public garden that is situated near the quays of the river Garonne. Venture out of town and take a trip to a wine chateau to see some sunny vineyards and taste different types of Bordeaux wine, which has been produced in the region since the 8th century. There's plenty to discover with this attractive port city's vibrant dining scene as well.


Friday, June 10 - BILBAO, SPAIN

The new and the old meet head-on in Bilbao - the unofficial capital of Basque country in Spain's northwest, near southern France. Once an industrial capital, the opening of the Guggenheim in 1997 propelled Bilbao into a hub of outstanding art, architecture, and gastronomy. Today, modern trams travel on historic avenues like the Siete Calles ("Seven Streets") of Casco Viejo - Bilbao's medieval quarter, which today is dotted with boutiques, bakeries, and outdoor cafes. Meanwhile, futuristic buildings like the titanium-clad Guggenheim Museum and the Gan Hotel Domine hang over the Nervion river that runs through the city. There's no other city with such a polarity of scenes in Spain. Get onboard a Spain cruise and see for yourself why Bilbao is the pride and joy of Basque Country.

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Saturday, June 11 - SAN SABASTIAN, SPAIN

Uncover the joys of San Sebastian, a decidedly French-influenced city seductively wrapped around the crescent Bay of La Concha. Strolling the elegant streets, you'll understand why Queen Regent Maria Christina chose San Sebastian as the holiday playground of the 19th-century European elite. Discover the regal 1889 Palace and Gardens of Miramar and the gracious Town Hall, once the city's Grand Casino. Travelling along the scenic coast, you'll find the charismatic village of Hondarribia, famed for its typically Basque wrought-iron balconies, and the cosmopolitan city of Bilbao, where the extraordinary Guggenheim Museum will astonish you with its cutting-edge Frank Gehry design.


Sunday, June 12 - AT SEA


Your cruise ends today. Disembark in the morning and extend your stay or fly home.