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Southampton , England | Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels) , Belgium | Cherbourg , France | Southampton , England

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DAY 1 - Departure Day

Southampton, England

DEPARTS:
4:30 PM

HISTORIC MYSTERIES

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England

If you're arriving at the Southhampton International Airport, it's located on the outskirts of the city, making it easy to arrive into town. If you're flying into London a few days earlier, grab a train from Waterloo Station. During your time in Southampton, explore its medieval architectural spots like Bargate and the Old Town walls. Or learn more about the day the Titantic set sail from here in 1912.

The Bargate medieval gatehouse in Southampton, England
The exterior of the Tudor House in Southampton, England
A waterfront quayside in Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

DAY 2 - DOCKED

Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels), Belgium

ARRIVES:
7:00 AM
DEPARTS:
6:00 PM

Historic Belgium

Begin your day in Bruges at Markt, the historic main square, before exploring the canals. Marvel at the impressive medieval and Dutch architecture: Highlights include the Church of our Lady, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and Bruges Vrije. A 40-minute train ride will take you to Zeebrugge and its popular oceanfront. There, enjoy pristine beaches, hip brasseries and Seafront Maritime Theme Park.

Various colorful homes reflecting on a canal in Bruges, Belgium
View of a canal in Bruges, Belgium with buildings on both sides
Street view of buildings in Bruges, Belgium

Begin your day in Bruges at Markt, the historic main square, before exploring the canals. Marvel at the impressive medieval and Dutch architecture: Highlights include the Church of our Lady, the Basilica of the Holy Blood and Bruges Vrije. A 40-minute train ride will take you to Zeebrugge and its popular oceanfront. There, enjoy pristine beaches, hip brasseries and Seafront Maritime Theme Park.

Various colorful homes reflecting on a canal in Bruges, Belgium
View of a canal in Bruges, Belgium with buildings on both sides
Street view of buildings in Bruges, Belgium
Things To Do

in Bruges/Zeebruge (Brussels)

The market square in Bruges, Belgium

Behold the Belfry

Standing 83 meters tall and founded in 1240, Bruges' Belfry tower is home to a carillon with 47 bells. Learn about the tower's history in the reception area, then ascend 366 steps up the narrow staircase for a breathtaking Bruges view.

An assortment of Belgium chocolates

Check Out Choco-Story

Belgium is synonymous with chocolate. Learn more about the history of chocolate at Bruges' chocolate museum, Choco-Story. Housed in the 16th-century Huis de Crone building, the museum lets you see chocolate being made. There's also a section dedicated to chocolate's health benefits.

An aerial view of Bruges, Belgium

Get a Seafront Education

Located in a former fish auction hall, at Seafront you'll learn about Belgium's fishing industry and this important world port. Check out the various activities and exhibitions — there are installations on Zeebrugge and World War II. Cruise to Belgium and visit the Russian submarine and West Hinder, the lighthouse-ship. Kids will love the pirate island and the ball pit.

A container with fries topped with mayonnaise

Local Cuisine

Sample some classic Belgian fries, served with mayo rather than ketchup. Got a sweet tooth? Seek out Belgian waffles, or indulge in a delicious bowl of hot chocolate at The Old Chocolate House. Meanwhile, seafood is Zeebrugge's main food group of choice — the dish moules frites combines mussels with the city's signature fries.

Various miniature traditional home souvenirs in Bruges, Belgium

Shopping

The best shopping in Bruges is within walking distance of the historic town center. Purchase chocolate at The Chocolate Line, Dumon or Choco-Story's gift shop. Pick up a miniature Bruges house at a traditional handicraft store. If you're visiting between March and November, explore the flea market along the Dijver every Saturday and Sunday.

INSIDER TIP

There's always something happening at Markt in Bruges, whether it's amusement rides, performances or a market.

DAY 3 - DOCKED

Cherbourg, France

ARRIVES:
8:00 AM
DEPARTS:
7:00 PM

Discover the English Channel

Start your Cherbourg cruise stop by paying homage to the Titanic — the historic ship stopped here before heading across the Atlantic. Then, salute the memory of the heroes who liberated Europe during World War II at the Musee de la Liberation, at the top of the city's scenic Roule Mountain. While you're there at the summit, take in the panoramic view of the English Channel. Later, see the sea up-close-and-personal while you feast on oysters on the waterfront.

A secluded beach in France
The Saint Trinity Basilica in Cherbourg, France
Boats docked at a marina in Cherbourg, France

Start your Cherbourg cruise stop by paying homage to the Titanic — the historic ship stopped here before heading across the Atlantic. Then, salute the memory of the heroes who liberated Europe during World War II at the Musee de la Liberation, at the top of the city's scenic Roule Mountain. While you're there at the summit, take in the panoramic view of the English Channel. Later, see the sea up-close-and-personal while you feast on oysters on the waterfront.

A secluded beach in France
The Saint Trinity Basilica in Cherbourg, France
Boats docked at a marina in Cherbourg, France
Things To Do

in Cherbourg

The Gatteville lighthouse in France

Afternoon Foray

Take the 30-minute drive to the 1,000-year-old city Barfleur. Stroll the picturesque streets lined with granite cottages. See the Norman architecture of the Church of Saint-Nicolas. Then, walk out to the Phare de Gateville, the third-tallest lighthouse in the world.

A black tip shark swimming

Dive Into Learning

The docks where the Titanic stopped are close to the harbor — visit them once your Cherbourg cruise arrives. Continue your educational tour at the Cite de la Mer museum. Here, you can learn more about Cherbourg's maritime history, including an exhibit dedicated to the Titanic, and see blacktip reef sharks and other ocean life at the aquarium.

Yellow flowers on a cliff in Cherbourg, France

Hike With History

Hike up Roule Mountain to the Musee de la Liberation, where you'll learn more about the liberation of Normandy and Europe during World War II. Ascending to this summit serves a secondary purpose: a stunning panorama of the English Channel.

A dozen oysters on ice with a sliced lemon

Local Cuisine

Cherbourg is best-known for its shellfish, especially oysters. But if you're looking for cooked seafood, don't despair. Enjoy local Demoiselles de Cherbourg (miniature lobsters) or the signature dish matelote — a stew of white fish cooked in wine, often made with mussels or shrimp, too. Don't miss dining al fresco in the waterfront area for ocean views when you cruise to Normandy.

A French tea set

Shopping

Shopping is eclectic in Cherbourg. Find seafaring paraphernalia at the Cite de la Mer museum shop. Cruise to France and check out Saint-James Boutique for iconic striped mariniere sweatshirts. And don't miss Sweet Cabana, where you'll find antique porcelain and earthenware from nearby England, as well as decorative antiques from China and Japan.

INSIDER TIP

Looking for some time by the waves? Iconic Utah Beach sits less than an hour from Cherbourg.

DAY 4 - Arrival Day

Southampton, England

ARRIVES:
5:30 AM
PRIME ENGLISH

COUNTRYSIDE

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England

Your adventure doesn't have to end once you've gotten back to Southampton. Before you go, spend a few days exploring the quaint English towns of the Hampshire region like Winchester, the ancient capital, or the pretty market town of Romsey. This village is also home to the Romsey Abbey, one of the most magnificent churches in Southern England thanks to its round Norman arches and lofty nave.

Yachts docked at the Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, England
The Netley Abbey ruins in Southampton, England
The historic Calshot Castle at the entrance of Southampton, England
Things To Do

in Southampton

View of Stonehenge in England

Prehistoric Adventure

Located just an hour from Southampton, Stonehenge is one of the most well-known prehistoric sites in all of Europe. Wander around the miraculous stone circle and transport yourself back in time when Neolithic engineers used only simple tools to build the huge monument — it's believed they hauled those massive stones over 240 miles from Wales without the use of machines.

The entrance to the SeaCity Museum in Southampton, England

A Port of Importance

Southampton is home to one of the largest ports in the UK and millions of travelers pass through each year. In 1912, the most famous of those travelers would pass through as they set out to America onboard the Titanic. Southampton's SeaCity museum gives you the opportunity to learn more about the events that happened aboard that famous ship.

Close up view of The Bargate gatehouse in Southampton, England

Play Knights in Armor

Step back into the medieval era and walk the old walls of the city. Built to protect the town from attack by sea, most of the wall is still standing, leaving visitors a spectacular view of Southampton and the sea. Watch as boats enter the port city, and see how it would have been if you were a knight on watch hundreds of years ago.

Traditional fish and chips in England

Local Cuisine

Head to the pub for a refreshing glass of ale to pair with crispy, mouthwatering fish and chips. If fried food isn't your thing, go in for a salad with fresh watercress, the peppery green that the Hampshire region is famous for. You'll also find upscale fare based on England's most-loved flavors: Try chicken with Indian-inspired vegetable pakora and tandoori puree or braised Hampshire beef with ale cream.

Various antiques at a market

Shopping

Shop for big-name brands galore at Westquay Shopping Centre, the premier shopping destination of the South Coast. Head to Bedford Place for independent shops and boutiques — the country's oldest traditional shoemaker is located here. On weekends, wander down the road to Bar Street to check out the local market for antiques, crafts, vintage accessories and jewelry.

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