23982
Portugal/Spain/France/England

Odyssey at Sea: Discoveries in Portugal, Spain & France

Join us for an unforgettable voyage along the coasts of Portugal, Spain, France and England aboard our floating campus, the Aegean Odyssey.
Program No. 23982RJ
Length
12 days
Starts at
4,299
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12 days
11 nights
28 meals
10 B 9 L 9 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrive London, Transfer to Port, Embark Aegean Odyssey
Tilbury
D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: London Heathrow (LHR). Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information. Transfer to the port will take approximately one hour. Getting on/off motorcoach.

Morning: Transfer from the airport to the cruise terminal and board the Aegean Odyssey. Meals aboard ship will begin with dinner; a light lunch will be available for those who arrive in time.

Afternoon: Embark the Aegean Odyssey. Complete boarding procedures, get your cabin, unpack, and freshen up. Then begin to explore this comfortable ship that will be our floating home. The ship’s courteous and friendly staff are scrupulous about hygiene and you will find numerous dispensers with hand-sanitizer we are encouraged to use. Along with everyone on board, we will meet at muster stations when called for the ship’s safety drill. Orientation: We will gather at 6 p.m. and the Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. In most ports, we will have shuttle busses, or tender boats, running from/to the ship during the day for your convenience if you wish to explore independently. The extent and duration of elective walking and other free time activities depends on personal choice. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner Aboard ship, enjoy your first dinner on board in the venue of your choice: the a la carte Marco Polo restaurant, open for dinner as well as lunch on full days at sea; and the Terrace Café with its extensive buffet open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Chef-prepared meals feature fresh ingredients in tasty preparations including healthy choices. Both restaurants offer open-seating dining. All meals aboard ship are included as well as afternoon tea and late night snacks. Non-alcoholic beverages and select wines at dinner are included; other beverages are available for purchase upon request.

Evening: At leisure. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead. During succeeding evenings aboard ship, there will be activities to choose from such as a guest speaker, a performance by talented musicians, and opportunities for interaction with fellow Road Scholars. There is also a well-stocked library with daily newspapers received via satellite. Most mornings will begin with a group stretch session. On each full day of the program, we will gather for an informal “port talk” about what is ahead. Each evening, we’ll get a briefing memo in our cabins with highlights of the next day’s activities. The ship is scheduled to remain in port overnight.

DAY
3
Tilbury, Shipboard Activities, Lecture
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café — and on the Lido Deck in nice weather — there are freshly made hot and cold dishes to choose from such as eggs, breakfast meats, cereals, fruits, breads, pastries, and a variety of healthy choices as well as milk, juice, coffee, tea, water. Meals feature fresh local ingredients in tasty preparations.

Morning: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship, including a lecture on topics relevant to our program.

Lunch: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship. Late afternoon, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow.

DAY
4
Cherbourg, France, Utah Beach
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 34 miles (54 km) each way. Walking up to 3 miles, uneven, rocky terrain at Utah Beach; standing about an hour at a time.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach to Utah Beach where a local expert will give us an on-site presentation about the American landing here on D-Day: June 6, 1944. As our expert takes us through the stages of the landing at the site, we will learn about the ferocity of the battle from a number of perspectives, the larger Allied invasion on D-Day, and its impact on France and World War II. We’ll then return to the ship.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: We will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk at the end of the afternoon.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Cherbourg on our journey to St. Malo.

DAY
5
St. Malo, Mont St. Michel
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 35 miles (56 km), approximately 1 hour each way. Walking 2 miles over the course of the day. Climbing approximately 350 steep, narrow stairs at Mont St. Michel. The motorcoach will arrive at a designated parking lot and local shuttle busses will bring the group to the village. Note: The “Moderate” activity level group will not climb the stairs and will walk to a nearby café with a view of Mont St. Michel to learn about its history and culture.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach for an expert-led field trip to explore a place locals call “le Mont” — better known as Mont St. Michel, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. This is the second-most visited monument in France after the Eiffel Tower. Little has changed here for centuries. From the UNESCO inscription: “Perched on a rocky islet in the midst of vast sandbanks exposed to powerful tides between Normandy and Brittany stand the 'Wonder of the West', a Gothic-style Benedictine abbey dedicated to the archangel St Michael, and the village that grew up in the shadow of its great walls. Built between the 11th and 16th centuries, the abbey is a technical and artistic tour de force, having had to adapt to the problems posed by this unique natural site.” Tradition says that in the year 708 CE, the local bishop had visions of St. Michael the Archangel who instructed him to found a religious sanctuary. The development of such an extraordinary architectural achievement may itself be regarded as something akin to a miracle.

Lunch: At a farmhouse restaurant featuring local products.

Afternoon: Next, we will ride to Cancale, a typical fishing port across the Bay of Mont St. Michel. We’ll visit a marine farm and learn about oyster farming and regional traditions complemented by tasting oysters and fish pâté. We will return to the ship by motorcoach in the late afternoon and gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow.

DAY
6
At Sea, Lectures, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will gather for a lecture on topics relevant to our program.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship. Late afternoon, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will continue on our journey.

DAY
7
Le Verdon, Bordeaux Wines, Médoc Chateau
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off a motorcoach. Driving approximately 4 hours including stops. Walking up to 2 miles; cobblestone walkways, stairs without railings; standing up to 2 hours at a time. Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will depart by motorcoach to explore the Médoc wine region. En route, we will learn about the history of Bordeaux wines and their economic impact on the region. We will arrive at a Médoc chateau, where we’ll have more information and enjoy a wine tasting.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard the ship. We will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk in the late afternoon.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Le Verdon.

DAY
8
Bilbao, Spain, Guggenheim Museum
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach; driving about 9 miles (14 km), approximately 1/2 hour to/from Bilbao. Walking 2 miles indoors and out; cobblestones, uneven terrain; standing in museum. Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: After arrival in Bilbao, we will board a motorcoach and ride to the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum for a docent-led exploration of the exterior and interior architecture. We’ll also have some time to see museum exhibits independently. We’ll then reboard the motorcoach for an overview of Bilbao city, to learn about its aesthetic rejuvenation with commentary by a local expert as we ride.

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship on your own in port. Late afternoon, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Bilbao.

DAY
9
At Sea, Lectures, Shipboard Activities
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: We will gather for a lecture on topics relevant to our program.

Lunch: In the Terrace Café.

Afternoon: Free time. Enjoy the activities of your choice aboard ship. Late afternoon, we will gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow.

DAY
10
Oporto, Portugal, Panoramic Exploration, Free Time
At Sea
B,L,D
Aegean Odyssey

Activity note: Getting on and off a motorcoach. Pedestrian-only areas with very restricted motorcoach drop off points. Walking 3-4 miles over the course of the day; cobblestones, uneven terrain, some steep slopes; standing up to 2 hours at a time. Extent and duration of free time activities dependent on personal preference.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café or on the Lido Deck in nice weather.

Morning: Oporto is Portugal’s second-largest city, with a history dating back to its days as a Roman trading outpost. We will set out with a local expert to explore Oporto’s highlights by motorcoach. We will continue our exploration with a local expert on a walking field trip in the historic city center, a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. From the UNESCO inscription: “The city of Oporto, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth, linked to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port), can be seen in the many and varied monuments, from the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, to the neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typically Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara.”

Lunch: Your choice of the Terrace Café or Marco Polo Restaurant. Those who prefer to stay ashore and dine out independently are welcome to do so.

Afternoon: Free time in Oporto. Take advantage of the Road Scholar shuttle to explore Oporto at your own pace. Late afternoon, we will return to the ship and gather with our Group Leader for a port talk.

Dinner: You may choose either the Marco Polo Restaurant that serves a variety of á là carte items or the Terrace Café with its buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Enjoy activities aboard ship, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, and be sure to check the briefing memo/daily bulletin placed in our cabins with highlights for tomorrow. The ship will leave Oporto.

DAY
11
Lisbon, Disembarkation and Transfer to Hotel
Lisbon
B,L
Hotel Mundial

Activity note: Getting on/off motorcoach. Walking about 1-2 miles throughout the day, including ship, port corridors and gangways; occasional cobblestones, some steep slopes and uneven paving.

Breakfast: In the Terrace Café.

Morning: Following breakfast, we will disembark the ship and begin our Lisbon exploration by learning about the old decorative art of ceramic tiles at the Portuguese National Tile Museum, housed at the former Madre de Deus Convent. We'll continue our exploration with a city panoramic discovery by motorcoach.

Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll check into the Lisbon hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to do and see what interests you most.

Dinner: On your own. The Group Leader is happy to offer suggestions.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departures in the morning.

DAY
12
Departure, Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Activity note: Aeroporto de Lisboa — Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS). Refer to your personal air itinerary for specific flight information. Check out is at 12:00 noon.

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: We will check out of the hotel and will board a motorcoach to take us to the airport. This concludes our program. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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