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Lisbon To Amsterdam

NORTHERN EUROPE & BRITISH ISLES expedition cruise Silver Cloud Expedition

An epicurean voyage for gastronomes and oenologists alike! Savour the flavours of Portugal, Spain, France and Holland as you travel up the Atlantic coast. Taste tapas in Bilbao, shuck oysters in Normandy, indulge in the glorious wines of the Bordeaux region during an overnight stay. And what to do when you arrive in Amsterdam? Head for the nearest canal and relax as you glide effortlessly past the stunning architecture.
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Cruise itinerary

Our itineraries are second-to-none – below please find detailed information regarding ports of call, arrival and departure times, as well as supplemental information about the destinations you’ll visit
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Spread over a string of seven hills north of the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) estuary, Lisbon presents an intriguing variety of faces to those who negotiate its switchback streets. In the oldest neighborhoods, stepped alleys whose street pattern dates back to Moorish times are lined with pastel-color houses decked with laundry; here and there, miradouros (vantage points) afford spectacular river or city views. In the grand 18th-century center, calçada à portuguesa (black-and-white mosaic cobblestone) sidewalks border wide boulevards.

Lively, commercial Oporto is the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon. Also called Porto for short, the word easily brings to mind the city's most famous product - port wine. Oporto's strategic location on the north bank of the Douro River has accounted for the town's importance since ancient times. The Romans built a fort here where their trading route crossed the Douro, and the Moors brought their own culture to the area. Oporto profited from provisioning crusaders en route to the Holy Land and enjoyed the riches from Portuguese maritime discoveries during the 15th and 16th centuries.

La Coruña, the largest city in Spain's Galicia region, is among the country's busiest ports. The remote Galicia area is tucked into the northwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula, surprising visitors with its green and misty countryside that is so much unlike other parts of Spain. The name "Galicia" is Celtic in origin, for it was the Celts who occupied the region around the 6th-century BC and erected fortifications. La Coruña was already considered an important port under the Romans. They were followed by an invasion of Suevians, Visigoths and, much later in 730, the Moors.

The Campo Valdés baths, dating back to the 1st century AD, and other reminders of Gijón's time as an ancient Roman port remain visible downtown. Gijón was almost destroyed in a 14th-century struggle over the Castilian throne, but by the 19th century it was a thriving port and industrial city. The modern-day city is part fishing port, part summer resort, and part university town, packed with cafés, restaurants, and sidrerías.

Time in Bilbao (Bilbo, in Euskera) may be recorded as BG or AG (Before Guggenheim or After Guggenheim). Never has a single monument of art and architecture so radically changed a city. Frank Gehry's stunning museum, Norman Foster's sleek subway system, the Santiago Calatrava glass footbridge and airport, the leafy César Pelli Abandoibarra park and commercial complex next to the Guggenheim, and the Philippe Starck AlhóndigaBilbao cultural center have contributed to an unprecedented cultural revolution in what was once the industry capital of the Basque Country.

Bordeaux as a whole, rather than any particular points within it, is what you'll want to visit in order to understand why Victor Hugo described it as Versailles plus Antwerp, and why the painter Francisco de Goya, when exiled from his native Spain, chose it as his last home (he died here in 1828). The capital of southwest France and the region's largest city, Bordeaux remains synonymous with the wine trade: wine shippers have long maintained their headquarters along the banks of the Garonne, while buyers from around the world arrive for the huge biennial Vinexpo show (held in odd-number years).

Lovely Belle-Île-en-Mer is the largest of a small clutch of islands off the coast of Brittany. Just twelve miles long and less than four miles wide, this verdant atoll benefits from a mild climate, which contributes to the abundant flora found here. Fragrant eucalyptus, exotic gingko and mimosa trees, bountiful figs and colourful oleanders are all part of the lush landscape. Secluded, small beaches along coastal paths and quiet roadways are perfect for hiking and biking. Le Palais, the island’s main town, boasts a 16th-century citadel standing guard near the harbour.

Visit Locronan, France’s most picturesque medieval village. Once there, you will have a guided visit and will see the church with its 15th century stained glass depicting the passion of Saint Ronan. At Le Guillou bakery you can taste the traditional Breton butter cake known as “kouign amann” before watching a group of Breton dancers in their traditional costumes, introducing you to Brittany’s rich culture and identity.
Thrust out into the sea and bound to the mainland only by tenuous man-made causeways, romantic St-Malo has built a reputation as a breeding ground for phenomenal sailors. Many were fishermen, but others—most notably Jacques Cartier, who claimed Canada for Francis I in 1534—were New World explorers. Still others were corsairs, "sea dogs" paid by the French crown to harass the Limeys across the Channel: legendary ones like Robert Surcouf and Duguay-Trouin helped make St-Malo rich through their pillaging, in the process earning it the nickname "the pirates' city.

Le Havre, founded by King Francis I of France in 1517, is located in Upper Normandy on the north bank of the mouth of the River Seine, which is considered the most frequented waterway in the world. Its port is ranked the second largest in France. The city was originally built on marshland and mudflats that were drained in the 1500’s. During WWII most of Le Havre was destroyed by Allied bombing raids. Post war rebuilding of the city followed the development plans of the well-known Belgian architect Auguste Perre.
Days at sea are the perfect opportunity to relax, unwind and catch up with what you’ve been meaning to do. So whether that is whale watching from the Observatory Lounge, writing home to your loved ones or simply topping up your tan by the pool, these blue sea days are the perfect balance to busy days spent exploring shore side.
Amsterdam combines the unrivaled beauty of the 17th-century Golden Age city center with plenty of museums and art of the highest order, not to mention a remarkably laid-back atmosphere. It all comes together to make this one of the world's most appealing and offbeat metropolises in the world. Built on a latticework of concentric canals like an aquatic rainbow, Amsterdam is known as the City of Canals—but it's no Venice, content to live on moonlight serenades and former glory.

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Owner's Suite

Up to 827 ft² / 77 m² including veranda

From US$ 22,770 with early booking bonus
Grand Suite

Up to 1,314 ft² / 122 m² including veranda

From US$ 17,010 with early booking bonus
Royal Suite

Up to 1,031 ft² / 96m² including veranda

From US$ 20,250 with early booking bonus
Silver Suite

541 ft² / 52 m² Including veranda

From US$ 15,210 with early booking bonus
Medallion Suite

437 ft² / 40.6 m² Including veranda

From US$ 14,490 with early booking bonus
Deluxe Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 9,630 with early booking bonus
Veranda Suite

295 ft² / 27 m² including veranda

From US$ 8,820 with early booking bonus
Vista Suite

240 ft² / 22m²

From US$ 7,650 with early booking bonus
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included in the cruise fare

  • Personalised service – the best crew-to-guest ratio in expedition cruising
  • Butler service in every suite and stateroom – all guests are pampered equally
  • Open-seating dining options – dine when and with whomever you please
  • Beverages in-suite and throughout the ship – select wines, premium spirits, specialty coffees and soft drinks, plus your own tailored mini-bar
  • In-suite dining and room service – available 24 hours aboard Silver Explorer, and from 06:00 to 23:00 aboard Silver Galapagos and Silver Discoverer
  • Enrichment lectures by a highly qualified Expeditions Team
  • Guided Zodiac, land and sea tours, and shoreside activities led by the Expeditions Team
  • Gratuities always included in your fare
  • Unlimited Free Wifi
  • *Excluding All Full World Cruise and Grand Voyages
  • *If required by air connection. Free Transfers, Hotel are available only for guests utilizing Silversea air offer.

Silver Cloud Expedition

After extensive refurbishment, Silver Cloud is the most spacious and comfortable ice class vessel in expedition cruising. Her large suites, her destination itineraries and her unparalleled service make her truly special. Her five dining options will tantalise your taste buds and as 80% of her suites include a veranda, watching a breaching whale or a few cavorting penguins has never been so personal. Broad sweeping decks with multiple open spaces and a swimming pool complete what is surely the most distinctive expedition ship sailing today. A limited number of guests in polar waters, mean that Silver Cloud has the highest space to guest and crew to guest ratios in expedition cruising. With her 16 zodiacs, 10 kayaks, possibilities are almost limitless with ship-wide simultaneous explorations. Finally, a team of up to 22  passionate and dedicated expedition experts are always at hand to ensure your voyage is enhanced every step of the way.

Suites

Silversea's oceanview suites are some of the most spacious in cruising, and all include the services of a butler. Select your suite and Request a Quote - guests who book early are rewarded with the best fares and ability to select their desired suite.

Restaurants

Discover our collection of onboard venues where you'll enjoy spending time with like-minded travellers and of course, our personalized all-inclusive service.

Public Areas

Renowned for culinary excellence and innovative spirit, Silversea's luxury cruises offer a choice of open-seating dining options throughout the fleet, as well as several specialty venues aboard all non-expedition ships.

4 Hotels

Our land programmes (multi-day mid-, pre- or post-cruise) provide additional opportunities to discover more of the highlights and hidden treasures of the lands you visit.

Your expedition will lead to one discovery after another. A complimentary programme of unique, small-group shore experiences, led by team of expert guides and lectures, allows you to fully experience the lands you'll visit.

voyage highlights

Join us to experience Europe like you never have before, sailing port by port from Lisbon to Amsterdam via Spain and France. Take in sweeping natural vistas amidst old world European history and charm. We will visit more than half a dozen UNESCO World and Cultural Heritage sites, including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the legendary Le Havre in Normandy, France. This voyage is a food-lover’s dream. Sample port wine in Oporto’s historic center and taste Norman cheese and Calvados (pear brandy) at Le Havre, not to mention the unforgettable meal we have planned in Bordeaux! We will travel along the northern coasts of Portugal and Spain and cross the Bay of Biscay to spend two days in Bordeaux, France followed by four additional stops to take in French cuisine, history and the stunning, rocky coasts of Brittany. Be sure to sample exceptional national delicacies and fine wine and brandy at every stop while taking in the history that shaped each nation. Throughout the voyage, learn about the history, geology, wildlife and botany of these naturally beautiful locations from lecture presentations offered by your knowledgeable onboard Expedition Team.

Voyage Highlights:

Bilbao, Spain –You will see contemporary and modern works by Spanish and international artists at the Guggenheim Museum. The presence of this architectural gem has profoundly changed the trajectory of Bilbao and contributed to a cultural and economic revolution, stimulating key infrastructure instalments including the rapid transit system and airport.

Bordeaux, France – Experience first-hand why the Gastronomic Meal of the French is considered a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. We will spend two days in this region that is rich in fine wines and incredible cuisine. This stunning region is waking up from its Sleeping Beauty status and becoming a hub for artists and foodies alike.

Saint Malo and Mont St-Michel, France – Explore Saint Malo’s old town (intra muros), a historic walled port city with cobbled streets and an abundance of exquisite old-world stone architecture dating back to the 14th century. Head out to Mont St-Michel (UNESCO World Heritage site), an island that has held strategic fortifications as early as 8th century AD.

Le Havre, France – Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its restoration and planning. Located along the English Channel in Normandy, much of Le Havre was destroyed in World War II but was restored in the 20thcentury. Le Havre is a mix of modern and historic elements and serves as the gateway to medieval and World War II sites. The Norman cheese and Calvados (pear brandy) are also not to be missed!


Cultural Highlights:

  • See the different medieval sites in Portugal, Spain and France that shaped the respective countries. 
  • Sample exceptional national delicacies in each country. 
  • Explore the natural beauty and fortifications found in Mont St-Michel with its sweeping views and narrow cobble streets. 

Wildlife Watch List: 

Birds of note: Swifts, Yellow-legged and Herring Gulls, Black Kites, Northern Gannets, Rock Doves, Little Egrets, Eurasian Oystercatcher

Expedition highlights and wildlife listed here are possible experiences only and cannot be guaranteed. Your Expedition Leader and Captain will work together to ensure opportunities for adventure and exploration are the best possible, taking into account the prevailing weather and wildlife activity. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

GEAR UP

Not sure what to wear while onboard? Visit our shop and gear up. We've got layers to keep you dry and warm, breezy wear to keep you covered and cool, and accessories to keep everything packed up and ready to go. So, no matter the weather, you'll be better prepared for your expedition.

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Make sure you get all your essentials today. We offer packages or individual items, for your convenience, and recommend you place orders at least 30 days before your embarkation date.