A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

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

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 The Alhambra of Granada
 The Plaza de Espana, Seville
 A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville
 Gaudi's Parque Guell
 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
 Belem Tower, Lisbon

Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

From Barcelona to Lisbon Aboard the 184-guest Le Champlain

8 days from $4,690

A cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

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

or Call 855-330-1542


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

The Smithsonian Journeys / PONANT Experience: Each 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 subjects that interest you.  

Highlights Include

  • 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 local restaurant, and stroll through the modernist Mercado Central, a gastronomic hub of seasonal produce, fresh fish, meats, cheeses, baked goods, olives, and wines.   
  • 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. 
  • 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. Afterward, take a tour of the Alhambra and the beautifully landscaped Generalife Palace and Gardens. 
  • Seville: Admire Mudéjar architecture on a tour of the 14th-century Alcázar, once the residence of Seville’s Moorish and Spanish rulers. Enjoy a meal of Andalusian tapas and stroll through the charming Jewish quarter.  

October 2022 Itinerary - Barcelona to Lisbon

Map - Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal

Day 1 — Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in Barcelona, a city filled with the artistic treasures of Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso, and Salvador Dalí. Embark the ship and enjoy dinner onboard this evening. (D) 

Day 2 — 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 3 — 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, 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.  (B,L,D)

Day 4 — 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 5 — 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 6 — Cadiz and Seville

Cadiz was 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. 

Continue to 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 meal of Andalusian tapas, enjoy a walking tour and time at leisure in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city’s former Jewish quarter. Alternatively, travel from Cadiz to the "white village" of Vejer de la Frontera, perched high above the gorge cut by the River Barbate. Take a walking tour of this charming town of whitewashed houses and cobblestoned streets, ending the the beautiful Plaza de España. Return to Cadiz for a thrilling performance of flamenco and a meal of tapas. (B,L,D) 

Day 7 — 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 8 — Lisbon, Portugal/Return Home 

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

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