The Windstar Culinary & Wine Yacht Cruise is a 10-day excursion that departs from the beautiful coast of Lisbon and docks in Dublin- giving you a well-rounded cruise while experiencing the wine culture from some of the most prominent wine-producing areas in the world.
Here are our 5 top highlights of the Culinary & Wine Cruise:
The Luxurious Brand New Star Legend
The luxury of this trip doesn’t solely exist at the beautiful ports of call of this excursion- the ship itself boasts enough amenities to make every guest feel like a VIP. All guests will be welcomed aboard the brand new Star Legend yacht with a cocktail reception as they make their way to their luxurious staterooms outfitted with fresh flowers and fruit, flat screen TVs, a fully-stocked minibar and plush robes and slippers for guests to enjoy. Aboard the Star Legend, guests will have access to all dining venues at all times, including room service available 24 hours as well as pre-dinner wine tastings with cheese and tapas every night. Guests will also have unlimited access to the state-of-the-art fitness center and water sports equipment.
Explorations in Portugal
Your journey begins in the wonderful city of Lisbon where you can roam the cobblestone sidewalks as you take in the scenic hills and unparalleled architecture before you board the Star Legend. As you arrive in the beautiful hill city of Porto on day two, you’ll have the opportunity to taste port wine while you explore the medieval alleyways. You will also have your choice of excursion tours of all kinds including a private car tour, a bus tour or a tour of the city in a tuk-tuk. You will then head back onboard at the end of the day where you can enjoy a live fado folk music performance.
Tours in Spain
As a guest aboard the Culinary & Wine Yacht Cruise you will spend a day in El Ferrol, Spain. The impressive bay of El Ferrol is home to several beautiful, relaxing white-sand beaches, including San Jorge and Cobas. Because of its long-time existence as a major naval shipbuilding center, El Ferrol’s architecture is heavily military, the best example of which is the El Ferrol Arsenal, proposed to be declared a World Heritage Site. There are other attractions in this coastal port whose charm can be found in the streets around the harbor which are lined with grand terraced homes, the modernist La Magdalena neighborhood, El Ferrol old town, and the 16th century Castle of San Felipe. Not to be missed is the pagan Chapel of the Virgin Chamorro, to worship the prehistoric stones, Castle La Palma and the 18th century, 1,640-foot long La Cortina defensive city walls.
Complimentary Destination Discovery Event
[Exclusive to Cruise Specialists] Every guest along the journey of the Culinary & Wine Yacht Cruise will be treated to a complimentary excursion in Bordeaux, France where they will take a ride through the French countryside while taking in the magnificent sights of the estates and vineyards. Upon arriving at the private chateau, everyone will be greeted with a glass of wine before taking a guided tour through the wine cellars. They will then have the opportunity to learn about French cuisine while enjoying appetizers, fine wine, and live classical music.
Expeditions in France
The last four days of your trip will be spent in the country known for its wine production, France.
You will start your French journey in Bordeaux, home to over 350 historic monuments and some of France’s most famous vineyards. The excursions in Bordeaux include the aforementioned wine tasting. But you will also have your pick from hiking to vineyard tours and even cooking classes- your options in Bordeaux are endless. Your next stop in the beautiful port city of La Rochelle will satisfy all your senses from the breathtaking landscapes to the smells of the aging barrels of wine to the delicious cuisine- not a single passenger will leave this city disappointed.
As your last stop in France, you will move on to Saint-Malo, which was once known as being home to pirates. Here you will see wonderful architecture, taste some of the best oysters in the world and learn about one of the great religious sites in all of Europe. Saint-Malo is the best way to end your French excursion before you head off to Dublin to end your journey!
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