An adventure for Epicureans! This journey is a must for gastronomes and culture lovers alike. Attend culinary seminars, enjoy Oporto’s eponymous drink and savour the exquisite flavours of Bordeaux wine. A private cocktail at the Bilbao Guggenheim is surely not to be missed while a visit to the beaches of Normandy is both impressive and evocative.

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Highlights


• Taste Portugal’s famous port wine

• Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites

• Explore the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao with a private cocktail for Silver Explorer guests only!

• Savour France’s Bordeaux wine region

• Wander amidst beautiful subtropical gardens in the Channel Islands

• Partake in culinary events aboard and ashore

• Sample oysters, crêpes and pintxos

• Visit World War II D-Day sites in Normandy

Embark the Silver Explorer this afternoon and depart on your exciting 12-day Expedition – Atlantic Europe’s Epicurean Journey. You will be introduced to your Expedition Team. Tonight we invite you to attend a special Welcome Aboard cocktail party.
Oporto is located near the mouth of the Douro River and is the second largest city in Portugal. During our visit to the city centre (a UNESCO World Heritage site), we will see the Castelo Queijo and the impressive 14th century St Francis Church with its magnificent 18th century gold-encrusted interior. We then proceed to Ribeira, its picturesque riverfront quarter made up of narrow, twisting streets lined with brightly tiled or pastel-painted façades. Our day in Oporto would not be complete without a visit to a well-known wine cellar for a taste of some world-famous port wine. The history of port wine dates from the 17th century when British merchants doctored the wine with brandy to prevent it from turning sour while in transit. It was found that the stronger and sweeter the wine, the better flavour it acquired. We will learn how over the years, methods of maturing and blending were refined and continue today in the port wine lodges.
Bayona is one of the most important coastal towns in Galicia because of its harbour and fishing fleet. Originally it was set in what now is the Monterreal Castle, whose remaining walls -still visible from the shore- date back to the 16th century. This village was where the caravel Pinta, led by Pinzon, made its first landfall, having finally arrived back in Europe after Columbus’ first voyage of discovery into the Caribbean -three days before Columbus landed in Lisbon. The centre was declared a “Historically and Artistically Interesting Area”, with narrow streets and all houses made of stone. You will have a little free time to walk around before going up along the walls of the Castle of Monterreal to reach the Parador de Bayona. There you will taste various different local wines and a variety of seafood tapas and other special tapas from Galicia. In the afternoon, we travel to the nearby Cíes Islands – a true natural paradise of exceptional ecological interest. Here we will go ashore by Zodiac together with our local guides to explore the hills and cliffs of these three islands. Once well known as ahideout for pirates, the area is now a nature reserve and home to over 15,000 nesting seabirds, most of them Yellow-legged Gulls. Unless you want to walk on your own, you will either be guided on an easy walk to a lookout on the north-western side or a more moderate hike to a lighthouse towards the south. Apart from the seabirds you will see robins, blackbirds, Dunnocks, and Coal Tits, while woodpeckers are usually only heard. The water here is exceptionally clear (and cool), and the islands are a favourite place with the locals –the beach next to our landing site was voted one of the nicest beaches of Spain.
Gather in The Theatre to attend culinary seminars and hear our expert guest speakers talk about wine and cheese. Enjoy a cooking class by our culinary training Executive Chef David Bilsland, or Rudi Scholdis, Silversea Cruises’ Culinary Director. Enjoy a special lunch in the Restaurant that will celebrate the local cuisine of the area we are travelling through. A special lecture will be given about Frank Gehry and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, an architectural masterpiece, since one of our reasons to visit Bilbao is its outstanding museum.
Today we visit the noble city of Bilbao, founded in 1300. From Silver Explorer you will be driven along the estuary down to the Gran Via, which reflects Bilbao’s 19th century mining and industrial prosperity, to the heart of the city. The Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art is one of Frank Gehry’s masterpieces in flowing titanium and limestone, with sail-like shapes suggesting Bilbao’s maritime heritage. The Museum in itself is a piece of art- and, apart from an outside explanation, we will have a 90 minutes specially guided visit. A special cocktail with pintxos (local delicacies) will be served after our visit. Afterwards we will visit the Casco Viejo, or Old Quarters, located on the right bank of the river Nervion. Many of the streets are now pedestrian and you will see the 14th centuryGothic cathedral, the Arriaga Theatre, and the Plaza Nueva. During the afternoon we will cross the Bay of Biscay on our way to France and Bordeaux. Let our food and wine specialists pamper you with more information on delicacies from the Basque region.
Silver Explorer will get into Bordeaux during the early morning and after breakfast we will get ready for a walking tour of this historic UNESCO World Heritage city. We will see the Chartrons riverfront where the wine trade had its beginnings, and at the Quinconces Square, view the monument to the Girondins of the French Revolution. Our tour takes us next to the beautiful Grand Theatre, built by Victor Louis in 1773, before we enter the old Bordeaux district with its Parlement and Bourse squares. Silver Explorer will be docked in Bordeaux overnight, and the evening is yours to spend as you please. Enjoy the comfort of Silver Explorer’s Restaurant, ending the evening with a liqueur in the Panorama Lounge or a cigar in The Connoisseur’s Corner. Or take the opportunity to head out and try one of the many local restaurants for a dinner ashore. While our first day in Bordeaux centred on the historical sights, our second day will be devoted to culinary highlights: a French breakfast –some fresh local croissants, croque-monsieur, or pain au chocolat- will permit us to be in the best of conditions for a special visit to one the classified wine estates in the heart of the Medoc. Close to the biggest forest and largest estuary in Europe, the vineyards stretch across a gravely hillock producing elegant and powerful wines. Finally we will enjoy a special lunch at some of the most acclaimed Michelin star restaurants of the Bordeaux region. Their beautiful settings will charm you. There you will appreciate the art of careful selection of dishes from a constantly growing repertoire of recipes; the purchase of local products whose flavours go well together; the pairing of food with wine; the setting of a beautiful table; and, obviously, the smelling and tasting of the items at the table. UNESCO has accepted the French gastronomic meal as an intangible cultural world heritage - and we have the pleasure of drawing circles of family and friends closer together through a memorable meal in a historical setting. During the late afternoon Silver Explorer will leave Bordeaux, cruising down the estuary, heading back to the Bay of Biscay.
After the visit to Bordeaux and the surrounding wine country, you might want to relax and prepare yourself for our next port of call, St Peter Port, and the somewhat different specialities of the Channel Islands. Attend a lecture or one of the culinary events highlighting foods and wines tasted so far or yet to be savoured. Our culinary experts are looking forward to entertaining and enlightening you. Our Historian might talk about the importance of World War II for the Channel Islands and the Normandy.
Today, we spend the morning on Guernsey – the ‘Island of Flowers’. During the years 1940 to 1945, the Channel Islands were under German occupation, and many of the massive concrete towers, gun emplacements and bunkers remain today. We visit the German Occupation Museum, which includes a life-sized street, bunker rooms, an armoury of weapons and communications equipment, as well as files of local propaganda newspapers. We next drive around the winding coastal road to see one of the many WWII gun casements and visit the charming Little Chapel before returning to St Peter Port. Alternatively, guests may choose to visit Guernsey’s lovely Sausmarez Manor. Enjoy a guided tour around the house and subtropical gardens, which are the delightfully informal setting for his enviable collection of over 200 sculptures from over 90 international artists and the largest display of sculptures for sale in Britain. Return to Silver Explorer feeling utterly charmed by Guernsey’s hospitality. During the afternoon we will head back to France, to visit Saint-Malo, one of the first sites to obtain World Heritage listing. In the meantime you can join our experts for more lectures, classes or special recaps –or simply enjoy moments on the Sundeck, at the Pool Bar or in the comfort of your suite. We arrive at Saint-Malo in the evening, docking right outside the city gates, allowing some time for independent exploration of the bustling privateers’ walled city. Crêpes and moules will certainly be offered by the many local restaurants inside the walled city.
Today you have the choice of two different excursions: during the morning we can visit the legendary Mont Saint Michel. After breakfast we will set off for this spectacular granite tidal island, situated on the border between Normandy and Brittany. Upon arrival, we will stroll through the narrow streets of the mediaeval village and up to the Abbey. During our guided visit, we will learn that the abbey was founded in the 8th century as the result of a dream vision and how it changed through the centuries, becoming the religious centre during medieval times. The other option involves less of a drive: A visit to the Bretagne on a culinary expedition would not be complete without tasting oysters or crêpes. On this excursion you will have a chance to sample both! To do so we will leave Saint-Malo and drive along the coastal road to the picturesque fishing village of Cancale. There, thousands of oysters are farmed in “banc d’huitres” (oyster beds) until they are ready to please the gourmet’s palate. We will first taste three different varieties of oysters –accompanied by white wine- at “La Mère Champlain” before heading over to the “Crêperie du Port”. At this certified “crêperie gourmand” you will appreciate the flavour of the traditional galette (Crêpe de Sarrasin) served with local farm cider. During the evening we will leave St. Malo.
During the morning Silver Explorer will continue along the coast, entering the locks for the channel parallel to the river Orne, heading for Caen. Our videographer/photographer will take this opportunity to show his/her Voyage-DVD. After an early lunch you will have the choice to either visit the famous Bayeux tapestry and nearby World War II sites or explore Caen on your own. After visiting Bayeux’s Tapestry Museum and admiring the world’s most celebrated piece of needlework, relating to William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest of England, we will then head for Arromanches and the Musée du Débarquement (the Invasion Museum). Here we will see exhibits regarding the D-Day landings and the prefabricated Mulberry Harbours, which enabled some 2 ½ million allied soldiers to land in France. The landings on the beaches of Normandy involved the largest military operation in history and we will also visit Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery and Memorial. If you prefer to stay in Caen you might want to visit Caen’s castle, which was built before William the Conqueror left for England, is one of the largest medieval fortresses of Western Europe and houses not one but two museums.
Following breakfast, disembark Silver Explorer.
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. Guest speakers are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. Expedition Team members scheduled for this voyage are subject to change or cancellation.

Adventurer Suite

$ 8750 AUD pp
Adventurer Suite
Even guests who plan to spend only sleeping hours in their stateroom will appreciate the distinctive touches of this cosy Silversea accommodation. Dimensions: 157-167 sq ft / 14-15m2 with 2 portholes. All Adventurer Class staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two portholes (15.75'' / 40cm in diameter). Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Explorer Suite

$ 9150 AUD pp
Explorer Suite
Deck Four forward is home to eight Explorer Class staterooms. Enjoy a separate sitting area and the passing scenery through a view window. Dimensions: 175-190 sq ft / 16-18m2 with view window. All Explorer Class staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. View window (31.5'' x 31.5'' / 80cm x 80cm). Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

View Suite

$ 9950 AUD pp
View Suite
The perfect backdrop for breakfast in bed. As spacious as a Veranda Suite, but with a view window and Deck Three location. Dimensions: 192 sq ft / 18m2 with view window. All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. View window, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Triple capacity that can accommodate young children on sofa bed, (View Suites 310, 311, 312, 313), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Vista Suite

$ 10550 AUD pp
Vista Suite
A quiet sanctuary. The sitting area has plenty of room to relax. Large picture windows frame panoramic ocean views. Some Vista Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 192 sq ft / 18m2 with large picture window. All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Large picture window: 47'' x 43'' / 120cm / 110cm, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Veranda Suite

$ 12350 AUD pp
Veranda Suite
A Silversea signature. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a private French balcony. Each spectacular sunset feels like it is yours alone. Dimensions: 206-216 sq ft / 19-20m2 including French balcony (16 sq ft / 1.5m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. French balcony with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, (Suites 512 and 513 have a fixed queen bed), Marbled bathroom with tub/shower combination, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Expedition Suite

$ 15250 AUD pp
Expedition Suite
Settle in to sumptuous surroundings and feel instantly “at home”. The spacious floor plan is similar to a Silver Suite, but with two view windows. Expedition Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 388-397 sq ft / 36-37m2 with two view windows or two large picture windows. All Expedition Suites feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two large picture windows (Deck 4 suites), Two view windows (Deck 3 suites), Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone

Medallion Suite

$ 17550 AUD pp
Medallion Suite
A mark of distinction. Sumptuous. Spacious. Rich textures surround you with distinguished luxury. The private veranda surrounds you with panoramic views. Dimensions: 400 sq ft / 37m2 including veranda (86 sq ft / 8m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Writing desk, Flat screen television with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table

Silver Suite

$ 18850 AUD pp
Silver Suite
Stylish and sophisticated. Spacious and welcoming. With separate dining and living rooms, two French balconies, and preferred midship location, Silver Suites are a favourite of returning Silversea guests. Silver Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 422 sq ft / 39m2 including 2 French balconies (30 sq ft / 3m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room (with convertible sofa to accommodate an additional guest), Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table

Grand Suite

$ 21150 AUD pp
Grand Suite
Expertly designed and exquisitely appointed. At 618 square feet (57 square metres), the Grand Suite is ideal for entertaining friends or enjoying quiet time alone on your private veranda. Grand Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 618 sq ft / 57m2 including veranda (86 sq ft / 8m2). All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table, Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

Owner's Suite

$ 23550 AUD pp
Owner's Suite
The name says it all. A stylish apartment. Prestigious and classic. For those whose standards are higher than most. Owner's Suites can accommodate three guests. Dimensions: 728 sq ft / 67m2 including large veranda (158 sq ft / 15m2), All suites and staterooms feature: Butler service, champagne upon request, refrigerator and bar setup stocked with your beverage preferences, European bath amenities, fine bed linens and down duvets, premium mattresses, a choice of nine pillow types, spa robes and slippers, personalised stationery, umbrella, hair dryer, WiFi Internet access (fee applies) and daily suite service with nightly turndown. Large teak veranda with patio furniture and floor-to-ceiling glass doors, Living room with sitting area, Twin beds or queen-sized bed, Marbled bathroom with full-sized bath and separate shower, Walk-in wardrobe with personal safe, Vanity table with hair dryer, Writing desk, Two flat screen televisions with interactive video, on-demand movies and music, and satellite news programming, Direct-dial telephone, Laundry service, Dry cleaning and pressing, Afternoon canapés upon request, Dinner at officer's table, Four hours of Internet service per suite, per voyage segment, Two hours of worldwide phone use from your suite, per voyage segment

Silver Explorer

Vessel Type: Luxury Expedition

Length: 108 metres

Passenger Capacity: 132

Built / refurbished: 1989 / 2008

Silversea’s purpose-built Silver Explorer expedition ship (formerly the Prince Albert II) has been designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions. A strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger vessels enables Silver Explorer to safely push through ice floes with ease. A fleet of Zodiac boats allows Silversea Expedition guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations and an expert Expedition Team provides insight and understanding to each unforgettable Silver Explorer cruise adventure.

  

  

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