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Luxury

Captivating Cornwall and Cotswolds with Coastal France and the Iberian Peninsula

London to Lisbon
21 Days Request Quote
Trip Code: NOBCLL21
  • Trip Highlights
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Travel & Accommodation

Your Vacation Includes

  • Experiences in 23 destinations
  • See the Cotswolds with a guide, before a traditional English lunch in their cottage
  • Dine on fresh seafood at Rick Stein’s Café
  • Discover the gourmet secrets of San Sebastián with a local chef on a tour
  • Locally inspired dining – 51 meals and a wide range of onboard beverages
  • Seven nights authentic land accommodation
  • 13 nights on a Small Ship cruise
  • Expert APT expedition leader and team

Map & Itinerary

Europe map NOBCLL21
London to Lisbon

Designed Exclusively for APT guests

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

These once-in-a-lifetime moments allow you to experience an unforgettable world of exclusive moments, incredible cultures and charming surprises

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Give your holiday a personal touch with a choice of included sightseeing or dining options

Arrive in London, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, come together for a welcome reception.

Stay: London, The May Fair Hotel

View across the river looking towards large city buildings at dusk with a pink sky, London

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps take an Oxford movie tour or delve into the scientific discoveries that put Oxford on the map.


Travel to Oxford, where you’ll be treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of its famous university. After, choose your activity. Later, arrive in Minster Lovell within the Cotswold region, where you’ll stay in a quintessential country estate.

Stay: Two Nights, Minster Lovell, Minster Mill Hotel

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

As part of your discovery of the Cotswolds, enjoy a traditional English lunch in your guide’s quaint private cottage.


Today is all about discovering the Cotswolds in depth. You’ll see old stone mansions, thatched cottages and churches in this region which has been designated an area of outstanding natural beauty. A local guide will take you to the hidden gems of this picturesque region. We have left the remainder of the day free for you to explore at your leisure.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Step back in time during a visit to see the thatched cottages and church in the village of Sandy Lane.


This morning, take in the southern Cotswolds, before a Signature Experience. Afterwards, continue to the historic spa town of Bath, known for its Roman Baths and sweeping crescents of terraced houses. You’ll have free time to explore before heading further south for the county of Cornwall, where you’ll enter a world of immense cliffs, vibrant surf and pure white sands. Later, arrive at your hotel, which offers outstanding sea views.

Stay: Two Nights, Cornwall, Carlyon Bay Hotel, in a Sea Facing Room

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Tuck into a fresh seafood lunch at Rick Stein’s Café.


Follow the craggy Cornish coastline on a scenic drive to Porthcurno. Located at the southernmost tip of Cornwall, this quaint village is also home to one of the best beaches in the county. It’s then time for a culinary-themed Signature Experience.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a very special lunch at Emily Scott’s St Tudy Inn.


Explore St Nectan’s Kieve, a stunning waterfall tucked away in a woodland area stretching along the banks of the Trevillet River. After a Signature Experience, explore the world’s largest indoor rainforest at the Eden Project. A collection of tropical biomes that houses an extensive global garden within a crater the size of 30 football pitches.

Stay: Two Nights, Dartmoor National Park, Bovey Castle

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

This morning is dedicated to discovering Cornwall’s spectacular north coast before enjoying an afternoon at leisure.

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  • Dinner

Today, travel to your ship in the port city of Plymouth. You’ll be welcomed aboard to enjoy time settling into your spacious suite. This evening, gather with crew and fellow travellers to celebrate the journey ahead during a welcome dinner.

Stay: 13 Nights, MS Caledonian Sky

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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today, visit the Normandy D-Day beaches of World War II. Stop at Omaha Beach Memorial and drive via Juno and Gold beaches. Pause at the American Cemetery and the Caen Memorial Museum. From your guide, learn of Allied soldiers’ sacrifices and the French citizens they liberated.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Visit the German Occupation Museum to learn of Guernsey’s civilian life after the island’s Word War II invasion by Germany, or head for St Peter Port’s harbour fortifications, including Castle Coronet.


Enjoy a full day exploring St Peter Port on the tiny Channel Isle of Guernsey. Join a guided walk via cobbled laneways. Then, embark on your chosen activity. After lunch on board, the rest of the day is yours, with an overnight stay here.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arriving by Zodiac, step foot onto the miniature isle of Sark. Enjoy a guided walk and feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Transport is on foot, by tractor or horse-drawn carriage, ensuring an unspoilt island paradise. After lunch back aboard, head for St Helier, the capital of Jersey, the largest Channel Island. Join a guided city discovery before enjoying free time this afternoon. With its distinctive French flavour, perhaps explore St Helier’s history or its array of boutique shops.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps set off for the medieval island commune of Mont-Saint-Michel. Explore its abbey and shop for Mont-Saint-Michel’s distinctive buttery cookies. Then continue to France’s oyster capital, Cancale, to visit an oyster farm and sample the freshest of French seafood. If you’d prefer a stroll around Saint-Malo with a guide, the city’s Old Town is a fascinating time-warp dating back to the 6th century.


Waking in the port of Saint-Malo, you can choose today’s activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From Douarnenez, head to Quimper, to discover a long tradition of pottery making before continuing to see the 13th-century Cathedral of Saint-Corentin. Later, join a walking tour in the medieval village of Locronan.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps take a drive via the island’s largest lighthouse, the ‘Grand Phare’, before stopping at the Pointe des Poulain. Or, join a guide to walk through Belle-Île’s largest city, Le Palais, and visit its ancient citadel before some free time.


Today, arrive in Le Palais on Belle-Île, the largest of the Breton Islands. Here, choose your activity.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Arrive in the heart of World Heritage-listed Bordeaux. On a walking tour, see the city’s neoclassical neighbourhoods around the Place des Quinconces. Visit the 18th-century Grand Théâtre, the reflecting pond in front of Place de la Bourse and wander the narrow lanes of the Saint-Pierre district. After lunch back on board see more of Bordeaux with an overnight stay, docked in the city centre. Tonight, perhaps dine at a local restaurant.

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Vineyard with sunset, Bordeaux, France

Farewell Bordeaux and set sail for the coastal city of Le Verdon-sur-Mer, tucked onto an estuary facing out to the Atlantic. After a morning’s exploration and lunch, head to the wine-growing region of Médoc to sample the local wine for which the region is famous. Médoc is home to some of the most renowned French chateaux in the world.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE

You’re in expert hands as a local chef leads you via favourite city eateries and treats you to tapas tastings along the way.


En route to Spain’s culinary hotspot San Sebastián, berth up the coast in the fishing village of Pasajes (known as Pasaia in Basque). Meander through the village’s medieval architecture before continuing to San Sebastián. Here, enjoy a Signature Experience. With a late departure this evening, there’s time to fill up on more gourmet experiences before setting sail for Bilbao.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Spain’s northerly port city Bilbao is also big on architecture and art. Culture is key on this morning’s guided discovery of a city favoured by architectural giants like Gehry, Calatrava and Starck. This afternoon is dedicated to the pursuit of art in the acclaimed Guggenheim Museum, whose sculptured titanium shell is recognised the world over.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, there’s time to soak up the sun and dine alfresco at your leisure.

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner

FREEDOM OF CHOICE™

Perhaps explore the city’s 16th-century Old Town with a cable car ride along the Douro River before sampling the region’s famed fortified wine, Port. You could head to Matosinhos for a cooking demonstration in a traditional restaurant. Or join a guided walk through the medieval streets and the old harbour of Ribeira. Later, join a farewell dinner on board.


Which activity will you choose in Porto?

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  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Small boat overlooking city of Porto at sunset, Portugal

After breakfast, we’ll transfer you to Lisbon Airport for your onward flight.

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