From the Gothic grandeur of London to the Catalan chic of Barcelona, Europe is infinitely spellbinding. There’s no denying the romance of trains or the efficiency of planes, but when it comes to touching the true heart of the continent, cruising opens a whole new world.
Sailing on Oceania Cruises’ newly refurbished Nautica, the 11-night Vintage Iberia cruise visits a string of Europe’s most coveted cities. And the best thing? You get to do it your way, every step of the way.
Britain, Biscay and Bordeaux
Touch down in London, a city where history, culture and modernism collide. Spend a few days exploring the capital, then board Oceania’s Nautica and set sail for the untamed Bay of Biscay. Glide into Bordeaux the next morning, a French city famous for its broad avenues and magnificent architecture. Discover the legacy of the feisty Eleanor of Aquitaine, or get out of town and tour the gorgeous chateaus and fabulous vineyards of the Bordeaux winemaking region.
An Iberian interlude
Then it’s Spanish dictionaries at the ready, because Bilbao beckons. Modern and dynamic yet steeped in history, the city unveils a fascinating glimpse at sun kissed Basque Country. Stroll around the Old Quarter, and visit historic sights like the San Nicholas Church and the Cathedral of Santiago. Then give in to the allure of the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, a shimmering titanium giant housing some of the world’s finest contemporary art. Next is the rugged coastal scenery of La Coruna, where ancient relics like the Tower of Hercules and 2nd century Roman Lighthouse stand guard.
History, culture and custard tarts
Then its onwards to Portugal, and the picturesque city of Porto. Get lost in the winding streets of the Vila Nova de Gaia quarter, where sampling the city’s famous port wine is a rite of passage. Or, venture further afield to medieval villages like Guimaraes and Braga. Lisbon is unforgivably chic, with an enchanting old town, glamorous bars and postcard-perfect panoramas. Not to mention lusciously creamy Portuguese custard tarts.
Sun drenched Spain
In Seville, take in Roman ruins, trendy tapas bars and some of the country’s best craft cerveza. If you’re a self-confessed wine and connoisseur, spend the day exploring Andalusian wine country, stopping at Jerez (the spiritual home of sherry) along the way. Wind things up in Malaga, with a visit to Granada’s mesmerising Alhambra. Venture into the mountains if you’re craving open space, or day trip to the dazzling Costa del Sol for an eleventh-hour tan.
In classic Oceania style, the line brings the voyage to a close with an entire day cruising the Mediterranean Sea. It’s the perfect time to relax, reflect and soak up the sunshine on the top deck.
Europe, As You Like It
Oceania Cruises may have put together the base itinerary, but at the heart of the Vintage Iberia trip is YOU.
- A tailor-made experience
Passionate about choice, Oceania offers you endless opportunities to tailor your experience. So, while your fellow passengers head to Fort Medoc and Lanessan Castle in Bordeaux, you may prefer to sign up for an exclusive Chef’s Table At Michelin St. James experience. When it’s time to return, boarding takes minutes rather than hours, which means you have more time to experience Europe, your way.
- At-sea luxury
The luxury of choice isn’t limited to dry land, with Nautica herself hosting numerous options for relaxing, shopping and exploring. Classed as a small ship, Nautica treats you to an intimate atmosphere and a boutique experience. Wind down in your neo-classical inspired suite, and take advantage of round the clock room service. Did someone say poached eggs with a mimosa on the side? Yes please!
- Your ship, your way
Eat your way through the menus at four unique restaurants curated by the legendary Master Chef Jacques Pépin. Work up a sweat at the world-class fitness centre, indulge in a little pampering at the spa or simply watch the ocean roll by from one of Nautica’s eight lounges. When the sun goes down, get dressed up and hit the ship’s stylish bars and casino. All main meals are on the house, with onboard entertainment, gratuities, taxes, fees and port charges also included.
- Second to none service
With just 684 guests to pamper, Oceania’s 400 professionally trained European staff ensure you’ll want for nothing.
For a limited time only, House of Travel is offering a trio of on-the-house offers. Enjoy SIX FREE Shore Excursions, a FREE Beverage Package and $600 Shipboard Credit. This means you can explore each city at your leisure, take advantage of Nautica’s incredible facilities and watch the sunset with a lusciously sweet sangria in hand.
All this from just $5680pp share twin in an Oceanview Stateroom (Cat D). Flights additional. Upgrade to Deluxe Oceanview (Cat C) for $480pp extra. Price based on 21 Sep 17 departure.
Ready to experience Europe your way? Bring your ideas in to House of Travel and we’ll help you get there.