A Coastal Iberia Cruise: From Barcelona to Lisbon
When: May 22, 2013 - May 30, 2013 (iCal)
“A relaxing and stimulating experience.”
We are delighted to showcase our Iberian Peninsula journey aboard the Six-Star, all-suite M.V. SILVER CLOUD. We were drawn to this ship by the high marks accorded by our previous travelers and the unique itinerary it captures. We will discover the coastal jewels of Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, and visit the lesser-traveled-to ports of Valencia, Cartagena, Málaga, and Cádiz, Spain; the enchanting Balearic Island of Mallorca; and Portugal’s Algarve region. Stunning scenery and three UNESCO World Heritage sites will top off this exceptional program. Optional Barcelona pre-cruise and Lisbon post-cruise extensions are available.
Activity Level: Moderate
Includes cruise and air; per person, based on double occupancy.
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Day 1 – U.S.
Depart our home cities for Barcelona, Spain.
Day 2 - Barcelona, Spain
Before embarking the M.V. SILVER CLOUD today, we will explore the lively city and architecture of Barcelona, a Mediterranean metropolis filled with the artistic treasures of Dali, Gaudí and Picasso. The city center has the greatest concentration of Gothic architecture in Europe and proudly displays its heritage and roots as a Roman trading port.
Day 3 - Sóller de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Today’s port is the attractive town of Sóller de Mallorca, on the island’s northwest coast. We will take in the many sites of this town that lies in a large, fertile, bowl-shaped valley famous for its orange groves and its terraces of ancient olive trees. Overlooking the valley, we will see the sheer-sided ‘Serra de Tramuntana’ mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The historic, narrow-gauge Sóller Railway crosses this spectacular mountain range daily—through tunnels, over bridges and past fairy-tale villages—on a 17-mile route between Sóller and Palma de Mallorca.
Day 4 – Valencia, Spain
Originally founded by the Romans, the vibrant city of Valencia was converted by the Moors into a rich agricultural and industrial center, then turned into a fiefdom by the legendary Castilian knight, El Cid, and grew to be one of the strongest Mediterranean trading centers of the 15th century. Here, we will discover Spain’s third largest city, taking in its rich heritage of ingenuity brought about by the Moors’ advancements in the ceramics, paper, silk, and leather industries. We will also explore the Moors’ unique contributions to Valencia’s architecture, as seen in the 13th-century Gothic cathedral that combines Baroque and Romanesque styles.
Day 5 – Cartegena, Spain
Cartagena was once a crossroads of Carthaginian, Roman, Byzantine, Moorish and Christian culture and one of the most important cities in the ancient world. Its natural harbor, surrounded by five towering hills, became a busy port for the flourishing silk trade, and it was from here that Hannibal set out in 218 B.C. with a mighty army and his elephants to cross the Pyrenees and the Alps in an attempt to destroy the Roman Republic. Today, we will witness the remains of ages of great prosperity and the monuments of the Punic War, the Spanish Civil War, and the Second World War that characterize this region. From the highest of the five hills, we will have superb views of the whole city, vestiges of Roman ruins, the Old Quarter’s Art Nouveau townhouses, and the spectacular harbor on the Mediterranean coast.
Day 6 - Málaga/Grenada – Andalusia
Today we will venture through Málaga, a vibrant Spanish city on the inviting Costa del Sol with quiet whitewashed villages, golden beaches, Roman ruins, and the well-preserved Alcazaba, an impressive eighth century Moorish citadel. We will also have the opportunity to uncover the marvelous city of Granada, built across three hills and framed by the dramatic backdrop of the snow-clad Sierra Nevada Mountains. From here, monarchs of the Nasrid Dynasty ruled over the last Muslim kingdom in Spain, leaving a priceless architectural legacy—the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Alhambra Palace. The palace displays the architectural and design genius of medieval Moorish craftsmen, and its stunning landscaped gardens are renowned.
Day 7 - Cádiz, Spain – Andalusia
Today we will have the opportunity to choose from several itineraries out of our port in the simpático city of Cádiz, which is the Western world’s oldest metropolis, founded by Phoenicians more than 3000 years ago. We will have the chance to explore the rolling hills and the treasures of Andalusia, where the quintessential, romantic images of Spain come to life: matadors, horses, strolling guitarists, and lively flamenco dancers.
We may visit Andalusia’s extraordinary capital, Seville, home to innumerable sights including the neoclassical Maestranza bullring, the largest in Spain; the Golden Tower, a remnant of Seville’s Moorish fortifications; and the Santa Cruz Quarter, the historic heart of the city and a gleaming maze of white houses and flower-filled patios. We will also be able to see the Alcázar, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a distinctive 14th-century, Mudéjar-style former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers. Its magnificent Cathedral is a classic example of late Gothic architecture and is Europe’s third-largest Christian house of worship. Inside, there is a monument to Christopher Columbus, whose remains were transported here from Havana in 1902.
Day 8 - Portimão, Portugal – The Algarve
On Portugal’s charming, sun-washed southern coast, today we will discover Portimão in the historic province of Algarve. Settled in ancient times by the Phoenicians and Romans, it was later ruled by the Moors, and today its Moorish heritage remains evident through distinctive architecture and savory regional cuisine. During the 15th and 16th centuries, intrepid Portuguese mariners set sail from the Algarve’s shores on voyages of discovery that eventually circled the globe before triumphantly returning to Lisbon.
We will also have the chance to explore the nearby town of Silves, a medieval center of art, poetry and learning, and the scenic hilltop village of Alte, where visitors can walk along the ramparts of the 12th-century Moorish castle and see the cathedral, a unique fusion of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture.
Day 9 - Lisbon/U.S.
Today we will disembark in Lisbon, a city whose rich cultural heritage is reflected in its well-preserved palaces, magnificent churches, and impressive castle. We will transfer to the airport for our return flights home, or continue on the Lisbon Post-Cruise option.
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change