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Day 1: Disembark from Southampton
Make your way to Southampton for embarkation onboard MSC Bellissima.
Day 2: Day at sea
The 96m central promenade is filled with boutiques, restaurants and tranquil spots for shopping, eating and relaxing... as well as socialising. And in the evening, it comes alive with music, parties and entertainment.
Day 3: La Coruña, Spain
The fine port of La Coruña centres on a narrow peninsula that juts from Spain’s northern coast, 64km north of Santiago.
A broad headland curves in both directions from the end of that peninsula to create two large bays: one facing across to Ferrol, and sheltering a large harbour, the other lying open to the Atlantic, lined by a long sandy beach.
In the dynamic city in between, a five-minute walk by way of old stone alleyways, with tantalizing restaurants, tapas bars and nightspots jostling for attention, takes you from bustling modern port – where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return – to relaxed resort. The heart of La Coruña, poised between the old city and its modern sprawl just inland from the port, is the colonnaded Praza de María Pita. The narrow and atmospheric streets of the old town wind around the Romanesque churches of Santiago and Santa María del Campo, and are shielded from the sea by a high wall.
The distinctive glass-fronted galleries of the sea-facing buildings, rising six storeys high along the Avenida da Marina in front of the port, form a magnificent ensemble . They were originally designed so local residents, whose lives were intertwined with the ocean, could watch the activity of the harbour in shelter.
Day 4: Day at sea
Twice every night, six nights a week, guests on MSC Bellissima can choose from two original shows by the world famous Cirque du Soleil, and savour a superb dining experience in the same technology-packed venue, the purpose-built Carousel Lounge. This is a show not to be missed!
Day 5: Lisbon, Portugal
Strung out over a series of hills facing the glistening waters of the broad estuary of the Tejo, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most handsome cities. Although its modern suburbs are ungainly, the historic centre is relatively compact and easy to explore in just a day when your MSC cruise takes you to the Lisbon.
The oldest part of the city, the warren of streets that make up the Alfama, sits below the spectacularly sited Moorish Castelo de São Jorge, its ruined walls facing another hill, the Bairro Alto or upper town, famed for its bars, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. The valley between these hills makes up the Baixa., or lower town.
The tall, imposing buildings that make up the Baixa (Lower Town) house some of Lisbon’s most interesting shops and cafés. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the opportunity to reach via a narrow walkway the impressive Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém), an iconic symbol of Lisbon. It typifies M anueline style that was prominent during the reign of King Manuel, its windows and stairways embellished with arches and decorative symbols representing Portugal’s explorations into the New World.
Built as a fortress to defend the mouth of the River Tejo, it took years to complete, though when it opened in 1520 it would have been near the centre of the river – the earthquake of 1755 shifted the river’s course. Today, visitors are free to explore the tower’s various levels, which include a terrace facing the river from where artillery would hav ed been fired.
You can then climb a very steep spiral staircase up four lev el – framed view of the river – to a top terrace where you get a blowy panorama of Belém.
Day 6: Lisbon, Portugal
Disembark the ship and a private transfer will take you to your 4* hotel for a 2 night stay.
Day 7: Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Walking Tour Included - In the City of Seven Hills, you will travel through time and see the city before and after the earthquake of 1755. You will learn the history of the several kings who are represented all over the city, the various myths and battles that Lisbon held against various invaders, among many other fun facts.
In this walk, you’ll know the people who occupied the Portuguese territory, from the Phoenicians until the 19th century, and the places where they passed by and left their marks and cultures. You can learn all this in a tour full of good vibes that challenges your senses and imagination.
Day 8: Fly Lisbon » UK
Check out of your hotel and a private transfer will be waiting to take you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Terms & Conditions: Fares based on London Heathrow flights - other airports may carry a supplement. Promotional details, fares and itineraries were correct at time of publish (11 February 2019) but can be changed/withdrawn at any time without notice. All offers are applicable to new bookings only. E&OE