Cruise the ancient trade routes from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard an exclusive five-star ship, traveling to the lesser-traveled ports of Portugal’s Algarve region, beautiful Seville, enchanting Balearic Islands, and more.

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 The Plaza de Espana, Seville  Belem Tower, Lisbon  The medieval town of Silves, in the Algarve region of Portugal  The ramparts of the 12-century Moorish castle, Silves  The main plaza in Seville  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville  The Rock of Gibraltar  The Alhambra of Granada  Intricate architectural design at the Alhambra, Granada  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  Panorama of the Balearic Island of Ibiza  Port on the Balearic Island of Ibiza  Port of Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands  Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca  Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Família in Barcelona

A Cruise of Spain and Portugal

From Barcelona to Lisbon Aboard the 220-guest Le Lyrial

9 days from $4,295

Cruise the ancient trade routes from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard an exclusive five-star ship, traveling to the lesser-traveled ports of Portugal’s Algarve region, beautiful Seville, enchanting Balearic Islands, and more.

or Call 855-330-1542

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Overview

Barcelona Pre-Program Option — 3 Days, 2 Nights

Explore the heart of Barcelona, the capital city of Catalonia, a former Roman trading port originally named Barcino. Enjoy a city tour featuring the original Old Town, the Gothic Quarter. See the UNESCO‑designated Antoni Gaudí sites of Casa Mila and La Pedrera and visit his cathedral, La Sagrada Família—just a few of the architect’s works found in this city. Spend a full day exploring the mountains of Montserrat in Catalonia, a Benedictine monastery, and 16th‑century basilica. Accommodations are for two nights in the five-star Hotel Majestic Barcelona

Lisbon Post-Cruise Option — 3 Days, 2 Nights

Enchanting travelers with its shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon’s dramatic cityscape of white limestone buildings and its well‑preserved medieval monuments. Visit Jerónimos Monastery, part of a World Heritage site, which honors the discoveries of Vasco da Gama, and see Belém Tower and the grandiose Monument to Discoveries. Enjoy a tour of the charming village of Sintra, another  World Heritage site, to explore the former royal palace of Queluz, known as the Portuguese Versailles. Accommodations for two nights are in the ideally located, deluxe Dom Pedro Palace Hotel

Pre- and Post-Program Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

The Smithsonian opens doors to sites that you could not see on your own and to travel with a Smithsonian Journeys expert brings life to the history and romance of the experience.

- Barbara C.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Barcelona, Spain

Day 2 — Barcelona

Arrive in the lively quarters of Barcelona’s beautiful Mediterranean metropolis, filled with the artistic treasures of Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The city center has the greatest concentration of Gothic architecture in Europe and proudly displays its heritage and roots as a Roman trading port. Embark the five-star Le Lyrial and attend the captain’s welcome reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)

Day 3 — Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Enjoy a scenic drive through the hills, past almond tree groves that are emblematic of Palma, en route to the village of Valldemossa where you will visit the famous Carthusian Monastery, the former residence of composer Frédéric Chopin. Enjoy a recital of Chopin’s masterpieces on his own piano, performed by a local musician. Later, delight in a panoramic view of the famous 14th-century Bellver Castle, rising 450 feet above Palma. See the magnificent sandstone Palma Cathedral, constructed over 300 years beginning in 1230; it represents the heights of the Catalan Gothic architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Valencia, Spain

Founded as a Roman colony in 138 B.C. amidst a fertile plain of orange groves, the sunny city of Valencia, birthplace of the traditional Spanish rice dish paella, is today known as the “City of Arts and Sciences” for its many museums, impressive architecture and colorful, cultural abundance. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the city featuring a visit to the World Heritage-designated La Lonja de la Seda (the silk exchange), a masterpiece of Gothic architecture built as a commodities exchange in the 15th century. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Almería for Granada, Spain/Motril

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 Moorish kingdom in Spain, leaving a priceless architectural legacy—the magnificent Alhambra, a World Heritage site. Walk through its outer precincts, admire the genius of medieval Moorish craftsmen within, then stroll through the beautifully landscaped Generalife Gardens. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — 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 that marked the boundary of the known world, the second being Jebel Moussa, the mountain across the strait. 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 18thcentury to provide for the defense of the colony. Observe up close the amusing antics of Barbary macaques, the only colony of wild monkeys in Europe, and see the impressive geological wonders in St. Michael’s Cave. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore pedestrian Casemates Square in Gibraltar’s city center. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Cruise the Guadalquivir River into Seville, Spain (Andalusia)

Enjoy the unique experience of cruising into the heart of extraordinary Seville, Andalusia’s lively capital, on the Guadalquivir River. Drive through the historic city center, lined with typical Sevillana houses, to see the neoclassical Maestranza Bullring (the largest in Spain) and the Golden Tower, a remnant of Seville’s Moorish fortifications. Stroll through Maria Luisa Park and the impressive Plaza de España, built for the Ibero‑American Exposition of 1929. Continue on a walk through Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter, where you will find a gleaming maze of white houses, flower‑filled patios and orange trees lining the checkered stone streets.

Tour the legendary Alcázar, a World Heritage site featuring the distinctive 14th-century, Mudéjar-style former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers. The city’s 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 imposing monument to Christopher Columbus, whose remains were transported here from Havana, Cuba, in 1902, and the extraordinary main altarpiece—the largest in the world—carved from gold plating over the course of 44 years by Flemish craftsman Pierre Dancart. Later, enjoy a traditional flamenco dance performance on board the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Portimão, Portugal (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. For picturesque views of the town, walk along the ramparts of its 12th‑century Moorish castle, where the air is scented with lavender and rose emanating from the castle’s garden. Visit the cathedral, a unique fusion of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture, before continuing on to the scenic port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa. Here, admire the Baroque Church of St. Anthony, with its stunning interior of gilded, carved wood and enjoy free time to explore this former Algarve capital. Attend the captain’s farewell reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart Lisbon for the U.S.

Disembark the ship in Lisbon and continue on the post-cruise option or transfer to the airport for your flight home to the U.S. (B)