The Channel Islands, Brittany and the Basque Country – a summer cruise through the most distinctive landscapes of Europe: Hamburg – Bilbao

June 6, 2016

Culture, charming landscapes and a relaxed way of life – discover the beauty of the Atlantic coast by bike. Your optional cycling excursion package:

Hamburg

Your tour guide will meet you at midday to show you around the Elbphilharmonie. At 16:00 it will be time to embark.

Ostend

Head for the jewel of Flanders: Bruges. From Ostend you will cycle along small canals to Bruges. Bruges was once a prolific cloth-making and trading city that was on a par with the magnificent Italian cities of Florence and Venice. We will show you the most beautiful spots in the city during a guided tour before heading back to the ship. Cycling distance: 26 km (16 miles)

Guernsey

Follow in the footsteps of Victor Hugo. The Sea Cloud ii will dock in the charming capital of St Peter Port. Here you will enjoy a light stroll along the wild, rocky coastline with views over steep headlands and picturesque bays. Walking distance: 5 km (3 miles)

Lorient

The approach to this fortress city is truly spectacular and popular with sailors. You will have the chance to cycle along white sandy beaches and idyllic bays in one of the most gorgeous sections of Brittany’s coastline. Cycling distance: 36 km (22 miles)

Belle-Île-en-Mer

This cycle route starts at the Le Palais harbour and ends on the other side of the island, following in the tracks of Claude Monet, who was so fascinated by the beauty of the island that he created 39 paintings here in just 75 days. Cycling distance: 30 km (19 miles)

La Rochelle

After breakfast, you will get back on your bike and travel across the impressively long bridge that leads to the Île de Ré. You can stop off at bistros in peaceful little port villages, see a wide variety of birds in the salt marshes, and explore some Mediterranean forests. Cycling distance: 34 km (21 miles)

San Sebastián

Explore the pearl of the Cantabrian Sea. You will visit the old town and see the town hall, before cycling along the stunning beach promenade and a coastal road with a breathtaking view of the green countryside. Cycling distance: 35 km (22 miles)

Bilbao

After breakfast, you will visit the Guggenheim Museum before it is time for your transfer to the airport.

Route profile: Our cycling routes will take us down small and quiet side streets and are suitable for every cyclist. The Guernsey walk includes some coastal paths and takes about 2.5 hours.

The terranova cycling excursion package includes:

• Guided tours and entrance fees in Hamburg, Bruges, St Peter Port and Bilbao (the Guggenheim Museum)

• Guided cycling tours and walks on selected routes on six days including all transfers listed in the programme

• A rental bike with 8-gear back pedal or with a 24-gear freewheel chain/hub gear (you will need to reserve this in advance)

• Route assistance from our support van with transfer option and bike maintenance

• All transfers listed in the programme

• A tour guide from terranova

• Drinks during breaks, mineral water on excursions and a picnic service

Additional cost: € 795 per person The cycling package must be booked in advance as places are limited to a minimum of 8 participants and a maximum of 18.

Bruges: UNESCO World Heritage Site Be it English cloth merchants, Hamburg’s moneybags or traders from Castile, trade has been at the heart of life in this Hanseatic city for centuries. Even today there are still great shopping opportunities in the charming medieval old town of Bruges. As you stroll past ramparts, windmills and romantic canals, you will discover all sorts of artistic and culinary delights in the small boutique shops.

A jewel in the Atlantic: Belle-Île-en-Mer It is easy to imagine that this island was the birthplace of summer; as soon as the sun rises over this Breton isle, the cafés and squares are instantly filled with the friendly chatter of locals, accordion players and women selling their wares in the market. With its serene atmosphere, the port of Le Palais is the perfect place to be discovered.

Gourmet and culture capital: San Sebastián It would be impossible to summarise San Sebastián, or Donostia to give it its Basque name, in just one word, given that it is a seaside resort, cinematic city, surfing paradise, European Capital of Culture 2016 and, unquestionably, a Mecca for food lovers all rolled into one. In the exuberant old town, your taste buds are in for a treat thanks to the countless cosy little bars, where the culinary diversity of the city is proudly presented.

A lecturer accompanies the trip Knowledge, entertainment and facts – our expert is on hand to give talks on a wide variety of specialist subjects. He will also be on board to answer any questions that you may have.