A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Follow the Iberian coast from Lisbon along the southern shores of Spain, exploring captivating cities and World Heritage-listed architecture in Seville, Granada, Palma de Mallorca, and Valencia. 

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 The Alhambra of Granada  The Plaza de Espana, Seville  A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  Intricate architectural design at the Alhambra, Granada  Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca  Port of Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

From Lisbon to Barcelona

8 days from $4,280

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Follow the Iberian coast from Lisbon along the southern shores of Spain, exploring captivating cities and World Heritage-listed architecture in Seville, Granada, Palma de Mallorca, and Valencia. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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Overview

Trace the Iberian coast from Lisbon along the southern shores of Spain, experiencing a rich cultural heritage derived from Spanish monarchs, Moorish kings, and Christian and Jewish traditions. Discover the captivating cities of Andalusia, venturing into the World Heritage-listed Alcázar and Alhambra. Then sail to magnificent Mallorca to experience the lively seaside city of Palma. Encounter a wide range of architecture in sophisticated Valencia before concluding your voyage in Barcelona. 

The Smithsonian Journeys / PONANT ExperienceEach cruise will be accompanied by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts. An excursion or activity is included in each port of call. You may have a choice of excursions in many ports, so that you can delve more deeply into subject areas of interest.  

Highlights Include

  • Seville: Admire Mudéjar architecture on a tour of the 14th-century Alcázar, once the residence of Seville’s Moorish and Spanish rulers. Enjoy a lunch of Andalusian tapas, then stroll through the charming Jewish quarter.  
  • Granada: Spend a day in splendid Granada, where the Moors left a priceless architectural legacy: the magnificent Alhambra. On a walking tour of the city, see the cathedral where King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella are buried. After dinner in a lovely setting, take a private evening tour of the Alhambra and the beautifully landscaped Generalife Palace and Gardens. 
  • Mallorca, Balearic Islands: Immerse yourself in the beauty of Mallorca, an island of idyllic coves, soaring limestone cliffs, and almond orchards and vineyards. Step into history in Palma de Mallorca, the cosmopolitan capital of the Balearic Islands, and discover its sandstone cathedral.  
  • Valencia: Admire a wealth of architecture, visiting its 13th-century cathedral, home to paintings by Goya and Maella; the World Heritage-listed La Lonja de la Seda, a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture; and the modern creations of Santiago Calatrava at the astonishing City of Arts and Sciences. Enjoy a Valencian specialty—paella—at a seaside restaurant, and stroll through the modernist Mercado Central, a gastronomic hub of seasonal produce, fresh fish, meats, cheeses, baked goods, olives, and wines.   

Itinerary

Day 1 — Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in historic Lisbon, set on seven hills at the mouth of the Tagus River. Embark the ship this afternoon, and set sail past the Tower of Bélem and the Monument to the Discoveries, both reminders of Portugal’s power during the Age of Discovery. (D) 

Day 2 — At Sea

As we make our way along the southern coast of Portugal, enjoy a day to relax at sea, taking advantage of the ship’s superb amenities. Opt for a treatment in the spa or get a workout at the fitness center. If the weather permits, go for a swim in the pool or read a book on the sundeck. Our Smithsonian Journeys experts will present lectures on the region. Visit the ship’s upper deck to take in views of the open sea and perhaps spot seabirds or marine species. (B,L,D) 

Day 3 — Cadiz and Seville, Spain

Our first port of call in Spain is Cadiz, founded by the Phoenicians in 1100 BC and one of the oldest cities in Europe. From here, we’ll travel through olive and orange groves to Seville, the captivating capital of Andalusia.  Shaped by a succession of often-clashing civilizations—Roman, Moorish, Jewish, Christian—Seville is a vibrant melting pot of cultures with a fascinating history. Take a stroll through the charming Murillo Gardens on your way to the Real Alcazar, the former residence of Seville’s Moorish and Spanish rulers. This World Heritage site, built in the Mudéjar style in the 14th century, is today a vast complex incorporating architectural influences from the Renaissance to the 19th century. 

A short walk from the Alcazar is the World Heritage-listed Cathedral of Seville*, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the site of Christopher Columbus's tomb. The central nave rises 120 feet above the interior and the carved, gold-plated altarpiece is the largest in the world.  La Giralda, built as a minaret for the city's chief mosque in the 12th century, now serves as the bell tower and a symbol of Seville. After a tapas lunch featuring traditional Andalusian dishes, enjoy a walking tour and time at leisure to explore the labyrinthine streets of the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city’s former Jewish quarter. (B,L,D) 

*October 30 departure - Due to a religious holiday, the interior of the Cathedral of Seville is closed. Instead, visit the Casa de Pilatos, the finest example of a private palace in Seville. The house serves as the permanent residence of the current Duchess of Medinaceli and is an intriguing combination of Mudéjar and Renaissance architecture.  Famous for its patio and gardens, it also boasts some of the finest ceramic tilework in the city. 

Day 4 — Málaga and Granada

Dock in Málaga, birthplace of Picasso, and spend the day in Granada, scenically located atop three hills and framed by the snow-clad Sierra Nevada mountains. For centuries, Granada was the center of a civilization in which the three great monotheistic faiths worked side by side to build a society of tolerance, dialogue, and coexistence. From here, the 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. Our visit begins with a walk through city center to the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, final resting place of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic monarchs who brought an end to Islamic rule in Iberia. Later, enjoy dinner in a beautiful setting before heading to the Alhambra for a private evening tour. Admire the exquisite architectural details of its palaces and courtyards, and continue with a visit to the beautifully landscaped Generalife Palace and Gardens, built as a summer residence for the Sultan. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 — Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Enjoy lectures by our experts and time at leisure as we round the coast of Spain and cross the sparkling seas toward the Balearic Islands. (B,L,D) 

Day 6 — Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Mallorca, where idyllic coves scallop the coast, soaring limestone cliffs plunge into turquoise waters, and almond orchards and vineyards blanket the plains. Step into history on a tour of Palma de Mallorca, the cosmopolitan capital of the Balearic Islands, discovering its emblematic monuments and centuries-old streets. Admire the Catalan Gothic architecture of the magnificent sandstone Palma Cathedral, constructed over 300 years beginning in 1230. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 — Valencia

A hub of contemporary architecture, Valencia is an avant-garde city with history and tradition at its heart. Our walking tour here begins in the heart of the Old Town at La Plaza de la Reina. Visit the 13th-century Cathedral, built on the site of a Roman temple that had been converted to a mosque. This Gothic structure is home to what is said to be the Holy Grail, as well as paintings by Goya and Maella. Continue to the World Heritage-listed La Lonja de la Seda, a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture that was originally used for silk trading.  End at the modernist Mercado Central, a gastronomic hub of seasonal produce, fresh fish, meats, cheeses, baked goods, olives, and wines. After a paella lunch on the seafront, set off on a tour of the City of Arts and Sciences, a vast cultural complex designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava. Visit the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia to see how architecture, engineering, and state-of-the-art technology combine to make an unparalleled performance spaces.  

Day 8 — Barcelona/Return Home 

Arrive in Barcelona, a city filled with the artistic treasures of Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. Disembark the ship and extend your stay in this effervescent port city or transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B) 

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)