Glories of Spain & Portugal Adventure Cruise

   
 

Glories of Spain & Portugal Adventure Cruise

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2 weeks ago

DURATION

8 Days

SEASON

June - October

RATES

USD 2,590.00 per person

EXPIRES

Dec 31, 2019
Glories of Spain & Portugal Adventure Cruise
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Discover the glories of Spain and Portugal on this small ship cruise aboard the elegant 49-guest Panorama II or 42-guest Harmony G. Explore a new port each day with hidden coves of azul water to cool you, ancient history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Wander the ports of Southern Europe or take optional excursions to Seville, Ronda, Gibraltor, Jerez de la Frontera, Granada and Silves. Seville, built along the Guadalkivir River, has several UNESCO classified monuments and a rich Moorish and Spanish heritage. Ronda has a dramatic location and is noted as the birthplace of bull fighting. Gibraltar is a British outpost in the South of Spain. Granada, with her awe-inspiring architectural jewels such as the Alhambra Palace, is sure to be a highlight. Jerez de la Frontera is the capital of Andalucian horse culture and is known for its sherry.

Experience these ports and more between Malaga and Lisbon on a Spain and Portugal cruise like no other. Nights both in port and at sea, as well as numerous optional excursions, allow you ample time to both explore on your own and on guided tours.

ADDITION RATE INFORMATION

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Rates from $2590 - $3890, depending on cabin choice.

ITINERARY

Day 1: Embark Malaga, Spain
Malaga, Spain
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Embark Malaga, Spain, at 3:00pm and settle into your cabin before dinner on board. Overnight in port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: dinner

Day 2: Alhambra & Granada, Spain
Alhambra, Granada, Spain
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Today, get acquainted with the port town of Malaga or enjoy a full-day optional excursion for an additional fee to Granada, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe and the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. Visit the lavish Alhambra, one of the most brilliant jewels of medieval architecture, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century. Visit the Cathedral with its Royal Chapel where Isabel and Ferdinand are buried, the Monastery of La Cartuja and many churches built by Moorish craftsmen after the Reconquest in Granada's unique "mudejar" style. In the afternoon, leave Granada to return to Malaga. Overnight in port. Note that today's optional excursion to Alhambra and Granada must be pre-booked with payment at least three months prior to departure.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3: Porto Banus & Ronda, Spain
Puerto Banus, Andalusia, Spain
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Morning arrival in Porto Banus. Take the full day optional excursion for an additional fee to Ronda, 31 miles inland, which retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town and the nearby 18th century Puente Nuevo. Stroll around the arena and museum of Plaza de Toros, birthplace of modern bullfighting. Then visit an elegant cloistered 16th century convent and old Ronda with its cobbled streets lined by stunning town mansions, some still occupied by Ronda's titled families such as the Casa de Don Bosco. Walk to the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent and two churches, including the toy town bell tower of the Iglesia Santa Maria de Mayor. Late in the afternoon there is time to visit Marbella, one of the most cosmopolitan European ports. Overnight in port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 4: Gibraltar, U.K.
Rock of Gibraltar, Gibraltar
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Consider an optional half-day excursion in the "Rock” and take the cable car from the base to the summit of Gibraltar for a breathtaking view while being suspended in mid-air. At the Top Station of the cable car, learn about the geography of this British colony. Travel to the Middle Station and the sanctuary of Gibraltar’s older inhabitants, the Barbary apes, roaming free around the station. Midday, begin the sail to Seville with a swim stop along the way. Overnight at sea en route to Seville.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5: Seville, Spain
Seville, Andalusia, Spain
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This morning, drive inland for the full-day optional excursion to Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where Moorish and Spanish art and culture have left their mark. Today's optional excursion will bring you to the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace and its Andalusian gardens, the Maria Luisa Park and the quaint and elegant district of Santa Cruz. Late in the evening return to Cadiz. Overnight in port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6: Seville & Jerez De La Frontera, Spain
Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain
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Today's optional excursion is a full day spent exploring Seville and Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its wines, horse breeding and flamenco. Visit the Alcazar and the cathedral in Seville before moving on to Cadiz's white and blue buildings, rich with history and culture. Guests remaining on board take the day to sail to Cadiz, arriving in the evening to rejoin those on land. Overnight at sea to Portimao, Portugal.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7: Portimao, Portugal
Portimao, Algarve, Portugal
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Arrive into Portimao midday. Today's optional half-day excursion is to Silves, largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake. Marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir, a 13th century cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque and a strong 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. In Silves, take time to browse the historic exhibits at the Museu Arqueológico. Leave Silves and travel into the Serra de Monchique to reach the picturesque city of Monchique nestled between two hills. The city retains its 16th century charm with cobbled streets and small doorways housing various artisan trades. There is a 17th century Franciscan monastery overlooking the town and a 16th century Parish Church decorated with hand-crafted blue ceramic tiles. Return to Portimao for a late lunch and leisure time in the afternoon for shopping and swimming. Overnight in port.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Harmony V

MEALS: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8: Disembark Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon, Portugal
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Disembark in Portimao at 9:00am for an approximately 3-hour escorted bus transfer to Lisbon, Portugal, that should arrive at approximately 12:30pm. Continue your travels through Europe or head home.

ACCOMMODATIONS: n/a

MEALS: breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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  • Accommodations in double or twin cabins with private bathroom and air conditioning
  • Full-board buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, local theme evening, fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner
  • Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water all day
  • Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability)
  • English-speaking cruise escort

NOTES

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Alternative Itinerary: In addition to the 8-day Malaga to Lisbon itinerary listed above, several departures follow a similar route in reverse.

Itinerary Notes: Use the itinerary as a guide only. Itineraries may be altered due to weather or other conditions at the captain's discretion. The ability to be flexible makes this type of small ship cruising unique.


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