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Circling The Biscay: No-fly France and Spain

11-day no-fly cruise from £2,695 pp

Special offer: Free drinks, tours or spending money


Short description

Explore the delights of the Bay of Biscay, from Bordeaux to Bilbao

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Free car hire on all self-drives


  • Enjoy two days in Bordeaux, with plenty of time to explore
  • Indulge in the worlds finest cuisine at sea, with speciality dining included
  • Discover Bilbao and the architecturally stunning Guggenheim Museum
  • Take advantage of included tours, drinks, gratuities and $600 onboard spending money
  • Skip the airport queues with no need to fly

In Brief

  • 1 Night Southampton
  • 1 Night Honfleur
  • 1 Night Saint-Malo
  • 1 Night Brest
  • 1 Night La Rochelle
  • 2 Nights Bordeaux
  • 1 Night Bilbao
  • 1 Night La Coruña
  • 1 Night At Sea


Recommended for:
History & culture | No-fly | Ocean cruise

Cross the English Channel and head to Paris before sailing south to French and Spanish ports on the Bay of Biscay. From medieval towns and fortified cities to bustling harbours and rolling vineyards, there's something for everyone to enjoy on this luxury cruise. Skirt the Brittany coast and take in views of Mont St. Michel, and visit the heavily fortified Chateau de Brest. Spend two days in Bordeaux, strolling its broad avenues and tasting regional wines, and explore the Old Quarter in Bilbao. Along the way, you'll enjoy fine dining, world-class entertainment and luxurious surroundings on Oceania's MS Marina. And, there's no need to fly – the ship leaves directly from Southampton.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1

Today, you'll head to Southampton, Britain’s largest cruise port. Embark MS Marina and settle into your stateroom, before spending the evening getting to know the ship. In addition to its country club ambiance and personalised service, Marina offers multiple dining venues, including six gourmet restaurants with no surcharge. Visit the casino or one of the ship's many bars for a nightcap, after watching the sunset over the ocean on the open deck.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: D

Day 2

Today you'll visit Honfleur, the most picturesque of the Côte Fleurie's seaside towns. Its cobbled streets are lined with half-timber houses and a selection of stylish boutiques. Much of its Renaissance architecture remains intact, especially around the 17th-century Vieux Bassin harbour, where the water is fronted on one side by two-story stone houses with low, sloping roofs and on the other by tall slate-topped houses with wooden facades. From here, it's possible to drive through the countryside to Paris, where the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower await. Ride a boat on the Seine, stroll the Champs-Élysées or climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 3

Today, explore the fascinating fortified town of Saint-Malo, or visit the lovely medieval town of Dinan, with its picture-perfect clock tower and picturesque half-timbered houses. Drive along the rugged Brittany coast and savour stunning views of mystical Mont St. Michel before wandering through its steep, winding streets and maze-like abbey passages. This evening, dine in one of the many venues onboard, perhaps reserving a special table for the La Reserve by Wine Spectator – the six-course Dom Pérignon Experience is an incredible Champagne pairing dinner blending Dom Pérignon vintages with unique dishes such as Sakura Tea “Geisha Flower” Ice Cream and Lemon Caviar.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 4

Near the western tip of the Breton Peninsula, Brest has a rich military history. Among its landmarks are the heavily fortified Chateau de Brest, the 14th century Tour Tanguy tower and a fascinating museum depicting Brest on the eve of World War II. Meanwhile, Oceanopolis, one of Europe's largest marine complexes, showcases more than 1,000 different species, and the National Botanical Reserve preserves endangered plants rarely found elsewhere. A number of optional excursions are available from here.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 5
La Rochelle

Known for its white limestone cliffs, La Rochelle features a bustling Vieux Port – Old Harbour – with exceptional shops and restaurants to enjoy. Three medieval towers once protected the port and are now symbols of the waterfront. While you're here, explore La Rochelle's pedestrian-friendly streets, especially in the city centre, which is graced by elegant 17th and 18th century architecture. Perhaps take an optional walking tour, or immerse yourself in one of France’s most stirring landscapes, the tranquil waterways known as Green Venice, gliding on a boat under the shade of age-old trees.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Days 6-7

Today you'll arrive into Bordeaux, world-renowned for its remarkable wines. Enjoy the city's visual feast of wonderful ornate buildings, broad avenues, marvellous squares and the breathtaking Cathedral of St. André. Take a stroll through Old Bordeaux, then visit the local vineyards and châteaux, and delight in tasting their superb wines. Alternatively, add on a food and wine tour, or perhaps visit nearby Saint-Emilion, and discover its medieval architecture. Back onboard, perhaps head to the Aquamar Spa + Vitality Center for an indulgent treatment before enjoying some evening entertainment in the theatre. The following day, you'll remain in Bordeaux, with more time to explore or take an optional excursion.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 8

Experience slick modernity alongside nearly 700 years of history in Bilbao. Take a walk around the Old Quarter, the most popular area of the city, and see the Teatro Arriaga, el Arenal – the old stevedoring port, the San Nicholas Church and the Cathedral of Santiago, along with its cloister, Plaza Nueva. And, of course, no visit to Bilbao would be complete without a visit to the architecturally stunning Guggenheim Museum, which is itself a work of art. There are plenty of excursions available here, from Shepherd School with a local farmer to a visit to the vineyards of the Rioja wine region.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 9
La Coruña

Today in La Coruña you'll have the chance to see the famous Tower of Hercules and the still working second-century Roman lighthouse. Spend your day wandering through this historic town of fine churches, old palaces, cobbled streets and unique fishermen's houses, or visit the beautiful Santiago de Compostela, an important pilgrimage site renowned for its magnificent cathedral and cultural heritage. Take an optional guided tour of the town or even a full-day excursion to Lugo, known for its intact 3rd-century Roman Walls and a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 10
At Sea

Today is spent at leisure as you head back towards Southampton. Enjoy breakfast in your suite with views across the ocean, before taking in a lecture or visiting the spa for a treatment. Perhaps take a painting class in the Artist's Loft, enjoy Afternoon Tea with a classical string quartet, or simply relax by the pool with a cocktail in hand. Tonight, enjoy a gourmet dinner and live entertainment before retiring to your stateroom for a final night's rest.

Stay: MS Marina

Meals: B L D

Day 11

Today you'll arrive into Southampton, and enjoy a final breakfast before disembarking the ship and returning home.

Meals: B



Any element of this cruise can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.


11-day no-fly cruise from £2,695 pp

Departure: 7 August 2020

Free drinks, tours or spending money
Book by: 29 February 2020

Enjoy an even more carefree experience with OLife Choice*, which offers you the flexibility to personalise your holiday experience. Easily stay in touch with Internet, plus select one from a choice of generous amenities:

  • FREE - 6 Shore Excursions or
  • FREE - Beverage Package or
  • FREE - US$600 Shipboard Credit

Amenities are per stateroom

What’s Included

  • All meals on board, including all speciality dining venues, at no additional charge
  • Butler service offered in all Suites
  • Unlimited bottled water, soft drinks and speciality teas and coffees
  • Shuttle buses in selected ports
  • Room service 24 hours a day

The O Life Difference

  • Intimate, luxurious ships catering to just 684 or 1,250 guests
  • Exceptional personalised service
  • Elegant casual ambiance, no jacket or tie required
  • A variety of distinctive open-seating restaurants, all at no additional charge
  • Gourmet cuisine curated by world-renowned Master Chef Jacques Pépin
  • The Finest Cuisine at Sea™
  • Epicurean enrichment programmes, including immersive Culinary Discovery Tours™ in the world’s most fascinating destinations
  • Award-winning itineraries featuring more than 450 alluring destinations
  • Spectacular port-intensive voyages featuring overnight visits and extended evening port stays
  • Acclaimed Canyon Ranch® spa

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