Join the MS Caledonian Sky in Oporto for this springtime voyage of some 1000 miles to Portsmouth visiting some marvellously historic and scenic places along the way. Giving the large ports a wide berth, we will instead call into some places away from the well traversed routes of the larger cruise lines and have allowed time to explore the horticultural splendours and delightful towns of the region in depth.
Our exploration begins with a day discovering the beauty of the Douro Valley with an exclusive cruise along the Douro River to Regua where we will visit a wine estate and enjoy a tasting of some fabulous Douro wines. Setting sail from Portugal, we will witness some splendid gardens in all their springtime glory, step into the pilgrimage cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, spend a day exploring Brittany and the charming village of Locronan and taste some local ports and wines along the way. A highlight for many will be our call in the Isles of Scilly where we visit the stunning sub-tropical Abbey Gardens on Tresco. All of this combined with the rich maritime history of the region and the sheer beauty of the coastal landscapes makes for an endlessly fascinating cultural experience.