Explore the very best of Northern Europe with Oceania Cruises’ on Insignia’s Engaging Harbours cruise
A luxury cruise is always a pleasant affair, but a luxury cruise with Oceania Cruises is something a little extra special, especially when it’s aboard Insignia and sailing round-trip from Southampton.
Departing on September 20th 2014, Oceania Insignia will set off on a 12-night voyage to some of the best destinations situated on just a stone’s throw from the UK including Bilbao, Bordeaux and Saint-Malo. There are several calls in France along with two nights in port in Bordeaux so this voyage is ideal for those looking to explore a little more of what the French coast has to offer.
Explore Ashore With Oceania Cruises
Your days ashore will be just as exciting as Insignia herself. There is an impressive range of shore excursions available in Bordeaux (recently listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site) and one of our personal favourites is the Oceania EXCLUSIVE “Bordeaux and Surrounding Vineyards”. This 3-hour (approx.) excursion has maximum capacity for just 16-guests so it is intimate and hassle free. The tour will begin with a scenic drive into the city for a panoramic tour where you can experience French history through views of the river front and Cailhau Gate, Grand Theatre and City Hall. From here you will take a short drive to the nearby vineyards that surround this beautiful city and enjoy a stop at one of the prestigious estates where you will be given the opportunity to visit their cellars, experience the fine art of wine making and enjoy a wonderful tasting before returning to the ship.
Saint-Malo is incredibly beautiful and offers visitors something that we would refer to as more ‘off the beaten track’. In the past Saint-Malo was notorious for piracy but you will be pleased to hear that those days are long gone. Here you can explore the wonderful Great Aquarium if you are looking for something different or, if you want to engage with local history we would suggest a short trip to Fort National. It sits just a few hundred metres from the walled city of Saint-Malo and was built in 1869 to protect the port. It’s quite an impressive little fort.
Of course your other destinations are just as exciting and there will be a full range of shore excursions available to book onboard, if you would prefer to see and do as much as possible without the hassle of local transport and taxi’s. You can enjoy the Guinness experience in Dublin or even embark on the ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ excursion. Pont-Aven offers the ‘Carnac Megaliths & St Goustan excursion and Milford Haven of course will tempt you with the National Botanical Gardens of Wales.
Oceania Insignia was completely refurbished in 2010 and is one of the most treasured vessels within the Oceania fleet. Your holiday really does begin the moment you step aboard. Her interiors are rich and incredibly modern and her decks boast the finest teak and custom stone and tile work. She is ultra-luxury with an added flair of sophisticated glamour and she is waiting to take you on the journey of a lifetime.
Engaging Harbours – Itinerary and Fares
Depart: September 20th 2014
Ship: Oceania Insignia
Southampton | Paris (Hornfleur) France | Portland, UK | Milford Haven, UK | Dublin, Republic of Ireland | At Sea | La Coruna, Spain | Bilbao, Spain | Bordeaux, France (2-nights in port) | Pont Aven, France | Saint-Malo, France | Southampton
Fares for this voyage start from just £2099 per person for an ocean view stateroom with FREE gratuities.
If you are interested in this voyage or one of our other Oceania Cruises voyages then why not join us at our FREE open day in Elstree, London on February 2nd. Full information on the event can be found here.
TO BOOK or for more information on this Engaging Harbours cruise with Oceania, please call one of our Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677. To view this cruise on our website, please click here.