A Cruise of Spain and Portugal
Cruise the ancient trade routes from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard the small ship Tere Moana, traveling to the lesser-traveled ports of Portugal’s Algarve region, beautiful Seville, enchanting Balearic Islands, and more.
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This unique and exclusive nine-day itinerary and small-ship voyage showcases the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula from Lisbon to Barcelona. Cruise up Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River, into the heart of beautiful Seville. Visit Portugal’s lesser-traveled Algarve region and the regal city of Granada. See the scenic Strait of Gibraltar and call on two of the enchanting Balearic Islands—Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca. Visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites while cruising ancient Mediterranean and Atlantic trade routes aboard the exclusively chartered, five-star small ship Tere Moana. Lisbon Pre-Cruise and Barcelona Post-Cruise Options are offered.
Day 1 — U.S.
Depart the U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2 — Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive in Lisbon, a city with a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its well-preserved palaces, magnificent churches, and impressive castle. This afternoon, embark the five-star Tere Moana and attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception. (L,R,D)
Day 3 — Portimão (the Algarve)
On Portugal’s charming, sun-washed southern coast, in the historic province of Algarve, lies Portimão. Settled in ancient times by the Phoenicians and Romans, the Algarve was later ruled by the Moors, and today its Moorish heritage survives in its distinctive architecture and savory regional cuisine. During the 15th and 16th centuries, intrepid Portuguese mariners, including Vasco da Gama, set sail from the Algarve’s shores on voyages of discovery that eventually circled the globe before triumphantly returning to Lisbon.
Stroll through the nearby town of Silves, a medieval center of art, poetry and learning. Walk along the ramparts of its 12th-century Moorish castle and visit the cathedral, a unique fusion of Romanesque, Gothic, and baroque architecture. Visit the scenic port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa, where weathered sandstone cliffs form pillars rising 60 feet from sparkling turquoise water. Here, admire the baroque Church of St. Anthony, with its stunning interior of gilded, carved wood. The afternoon is free for individual pursuits. (B,L,D)
Day 4 — Cruise the Guadalquivir River into Seville, Spain (Andalusia)
Cruise into the heart of extraordinary Seville, Andalusia’s lively capital, on the Guadalquivir River. Then drive through the historic city center to see typical Sevillana houses, the neoclassical Maestranza Bullring (the largest in Spain), and the Golden Tower, a remnant of Seville’s Moorish fortifications. Stroll through Santa Cruz Quarter, the old part of the city, a gleaming maze of white houses and flower-filled patios and visit the Plaza de España, built to celebrate the city during the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Tour the legendary Alcázar, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the distinctive 14th-century, Mudéjar-style former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers. The magnificent Cathedral is a classic example of late Gothic architecture and is Europe’s second-largest Christian house of worship after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Inside, view the monument to Christopher Columbus, whose remains were transported here from Havana, Cuba, in 1902. Later, enjoy a traditional flamenco dance performance on board the ship. (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Gibraltar, British Crown Colony
The southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar was considered by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be one of the two Pillars of Hercules, marking the then boundary of the known world. This morning, drive to the “Top of the Rock,” the 1,400-foot-high limestone promontory guarding the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Europe and Africa. Enjoy a scenic view from Europa Point and visit the Great Siege Tunnels, excavated by British army engineers in the late 18th century to provide for the defense of the colony. Observe up close the amusing antics of Gibraltar’s Barbary macaques, the only colony of wild monkeys in Europe. See the impressive geological wonders in St. Michael’s Cave and, across the strait, Jebel Moussa, the mountain said to be the second Pillar of Hercules. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the charming Casemates Square area of town on your own. (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Motril for Granada, Spain
Granada is scenically located atop three hills framed by the dramatic backdrop of the snow-clad Sierra Nevada Mountains. From here, monarchs of the Nasrid Dynasty ruled for 250 years over the last Muslim kingdom in Spain, leaving a priceless architectural legacy—the magnificent Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Admire the genius of medieval Moorish craftsmen within and then stroll through the beautifully landscaped Generalife Gardens.
Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and time in Granada’s city center to explore on your own before transferring back to the ship. The evening is at leisure on board. (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Be on deck as we approach the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site not often visited by Americans. This afternoon, visit the well-preserved, walled Old Town and tour the island’s Renaissance fortifications. The evening is at leisure. (B,L,D)
Day 8 — Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Enjoy a scenic drive to the village of Valldemossa to visit the famous Carthusian Monastery, the former residence of composer Frédéric Chopin and enjoy a classical music piano recital. This afternoon, enjoy a panoramic view of the famous 14th-century Bellver Castle, rising 450 feet above Palma. Visit the magnificent sandstone Palma Cathedral, begun in 1230 and constructed over 300 years; it represents the heights of the Catalan Gothic style. Early 20th-century renovations to its interior by the famed architect Antoni Gaudí produced a uniquely harmonious blend of old and new.
This evening, join the Captain and crew for the Farewell Reception and dinner onboard. (B,L,R,D)
Day 9 — Barcelona, U.S.
Disembark the ship in Barcelona and continue on the Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your morning flight home to the U.S. (B)
All program features are contingent upon final brochure pricing.