Voyage from Lisbon and the Algarve to Andalusia and the souks of Morocco then set sail across the eastern Atlantic to the spectacular volcanic archipelagos of Madeira and the Canary Islands. Along the way, encounter interwoven cultures, numerous World Heritage sites, and dramatic landscapes forged by lava.

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 Traditional street car in Lisbon
 View of Seville's cathedral
 Colorful architecture in Rabat
 Traditional Portuguese tile work amid the garden of Madeira's Monte Palace
 Colorful architecture in Santa Cruz, La Palma, Canary Islands
 Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon
 Belem Tower, Lisbon
 Coastline near Lagos, Portugal's Algarve
 View of Lagos, Portugal
 Traditional flamenco dancer
 The Plaza de Espana, Seville
 Architectural detail of the Alcazar in Seville
 Seville's majestic cathedral
 Historic street in Cadiz, Spain
 Waterfront in Cadiz, Spain
 Decorative tile work found in Morocco
 View of Tangier
 Mosque near the coast of Tangier
 Street in Tetouan
 Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca
 View of Rabat from the water
 Kasbah of the Oudayas, Rabat
 View of Funchal, Madeira
 Formal garden display at Funchal's botanic garden, Madeira
 Map of the Canary Islands
 View of the volcanic landscape on La Palma, Canary Islands
 View of mountainous landscape, Tenerife, Canary Islands
 Fire Mountain, set within Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
 Cactus garden on Lanzarote, Canary Islands
 Historic church on La Gomera, San Sebastián, Canary Islands

Lisbon to the Canary Islands by Sea: Spain, Morocco, and the Atlantic Isles

Aboard the 184-guest Le Bellot

14 days from $9,020

Voyage from Lisbon and the Algarve to Andalusia and the souks of Morocco then set sail across the eastern Atlantic to the spectacular volcanic archipelagos of Madeira and the Canary Islands. Along the way, encounter interwoven cultures, numerous World Heritage sites, and dramatic landscapes forged by lava.

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Overview

Encounter a fascinating range of cultures and geography on an epic voyage to two continents and six Atlantic islands. Explore Lisbon’s picturesque hills and the dramatic cliffs of the Algarve. Transit the Strait of Gibraltar to the historic cities of Andalusia, then delve into the enchanting medinas of Morocco during stops in Tangier and Casablanca. Take to the open Atlantic, sailing to the spectacular island of Madeira, and end the odyssey in the Canary Islands, discovering delightful towns and dramatic volcanic landscapes on five distinctive islands.

Highlights Include:

Lisbon and the Algarve, Portugal: Anchor overnight in Lisbon and enjoy a full day to discover the city and its environs, including the World Heritage-listed Tower of Belém. Tour the walled city of Lagos or set out to explore the cliffs and fortresses of the Algarve coast.

Cadiz or Seville, Spain: Admire Seville’s architecture on a tour of the 14th-century Alcázar palace and the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. Sample Andalusian tapas and stroll through the charming Jewish quarter. Or stay in Cadiz and take a walking tour through the Barrio del Pópulo, followed by a flamenco performance and a tapas meal. 

Morocco: Discover the cultural mecca of Tangier or venture into the enchanting medina of Tetouan, a World Heritage sites. In Casablanca, visit the impressive Hassan II mosque and have lunch at Rick’s Café, or head to the World Heritage site of Rabat to tour the Royal Palace and the Kasbah of the Oudayas.

Madeira: Experience the lush beauty of Madeira while exploring the charming capital of Funchal from its azulejo-covered market to its 15th-century cathedral. Ride a cable car to the village of Monte, in the slopes above town, and visit renowned botanical gardens.  

Canary Islands: Explore four of the stunning volcanic isles of Spain’s Canary Islands, encountering massive craters and soaring peaks, geothermal wonders, and charming historic towns. Tour the World Heritage site of San Cristóbal de La Laguna on Tenerife and witness landscapes recently forged by lava on the island of Palma.

Itinerary

Day 1 — Lisbon, Portugal

Arrive in historic Lisbon, set on seven hills at the mouth of the Tagus River, and embark the ship in the afternoon. Enjoy dinner on board as the ship stays docked in the city this evening. (D) 

Day 2 — Lisbon

Spend a day exploring Lisbon and its environs on guided tours. See the Tower of Bélem and the Monument to the Discoveries, both monuments to Portugal’s seafaring heyday during the Age of Exploration, and visit the renowned Gulbenkian Museum. Return to the ship for a late afternoon departure. (B,L,D)

Day 3 — Lagos and the Algarve

Sail south to the Algarve, the region that lines Portugal’s stunning southern coast.  Dock in the port city of Lagos, and enjoy an afternoon to explore the area on your choice of excursions. Tour the cobbled streets and charming squares of the walled Old Town, visit the dramatic rock formations and caves of Ponta da Piedade, and enjoy a tasting of local wines. Or travel to Sagres on Cape St. Vincent, to take in spectacular scenery and learn about the legacy of Prince Henry the Navigator. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Cadiz and Seville, Spain

Anchor in Cadiz, founded by the Phoenicians in 1,100 BC. From here, travel through olive and orange groves to Seville, the capital of Andalusia. Stroll through the Murillo Gardens  to the World Heritage site of 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. See La Giralda, built as a minaret for the city's chief mosque in the 12th century. After a lunch of Andalusian tapas, enjoy a walking tour and time at leisure in the Barrio de Santa Cruz, the city’s former Jewish quarter. Alternatively, stay in Cadiz and take a walking tour through the Barrio del Pópulo, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Europe. Enjoy free time to explore before meeting up for a captivating flamenco performance and a tapas lunch. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tangier, Morocco

Sail north to Tangier, an ancient city whose strategic location on the Strait of Gibraltar has led to a tumultuous history under many different rulers—and for several decades, none at all. Today, Tangier is an exciting hub of culture, home to great museums and revitalized neighborhoods. Take in views of the legendary strait from a hilltop fortress. Visit the Kasbah Museum of Mediterranean Cultures and tour the Tangier American Legation Museum, a tribute to the long relationship between the U.S. and Morocco—the first country to recognize American independence in 1786. Alternatively, delve in Morocco’s tradition of religious tolerance on a walking tour to three historic houses of worship: Kasbah Mosque, Moshe Nahon Synagogue, and Saint Andrew’s Church. Instead of staying in Tangier, choose an excursion to Tetouan, set at the foot of the dramatic Rif mountains. Visit Dar Sanaa, a former palace where traditional Moroccan crafts are now taught, and explore Tetouan’s World Heritage-listed medina. Transit the Strait of Gibraltar this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Casablanca

Set out to explore the sites of Casablanca, a relatively new city that has evolved into Morocco’s economic capital. Visit the Hassan II Mosque, one of the largest mosques in the world—and one of the few that allow non-Muslims to enter. Built in the 1990s, the mosque is a stunning tribute to traditional Moorish architecture, with exquisite mosaics and carved stucco as well as remarkable technological innovations. See the work of a world-renowned stained-glass artist at Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and explore the “new medina,” or Habous district, built by the French in the early 20th century. Drive along the seaside Corniche to Rick’s Café, inspired by the film Casablanca, and sit down to a leisurely lunch. Alternatively, spend the day in the World Heritage site of Rabat. Take a guided tour of this coastal capital city, including the Royal Palace, the Chellah Necropolis, the Mohamed V Mausoleum, and Hassan Tower. Venture into the picturesque Kasbah of the Oudayas and meander its maze of narrow lanes and whitewashed houses. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — At Sea

Take to the open sea, setting a course for the island of Madeira and enjoy a relaxing day on board. Opt for a treatment in the spa or a work out at the fitness center. If the weather permits, go for a swim in the pool or read a book on the sundeck. Your Smithsonian Journeys Experts will present lectures on the regions you are visiting, and PONANT photographers will be on hand to share photo editing techniques. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Dock in Funchal, the lovely capital of Madeira, and take a walk through town, admiring its azulejos, or intricately painted tiles. Visit the cathedral, built out of volcanic rock, and stroll among stalls of colorful produce at the art deco Mercado dos Lavradores. Ride a cable car to the hillside village of Monte, and admire exotic species at the world-renowned Botanical Gardens. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — At Sea

Enjoy another day on the water as you sail due south toward the Canary Islands. Take advantage of the ship’s many amenities and attend talks by your Smithsonian Journeys Experts. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain

Wake up in the capital of La Palma island. Founded in 1493, Santa Cruz de la Palma was an important stop on trade routes between Europe and the New World. On a stroll through its historic heart, discover palm-lined squares and houses with typical carved wooden balconies, each painted in a bright hue. Tour the island’s dramatic volcanic craters and peaks, ascend nearly 8,000 feet to the highest point on the island to learn about astronomy and local culture; then hike across lava landscapes transformed by the 2021 volcanic eruption. Alternatively, travel through a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and visit a rum distillery. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Tenerife

On the island of Tenerife, explore the natural treasures hidden within the island’s soaring mountains, or tour three towns, including the World Heritage site of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, remarkable for its urban planning and Mudéjar architecture. Then learn about local wine-making traditions with a tasting and a visit to a wine museum set within a 17th-century farmhouse.

Day 12 — Lanzarote

During a day on the island of Lanzarote, explore the castle and the lovely beach in the main town of Arrecife. Then set out to discover the geothermal wonders of Timanfaya National Park and the famous Fire Mountains. Alternatively, delve into Canarian art and culture on a visit to the Fundacíon Cesar Manrique, and stroll through a fascinating cactus garden designed by Manrique himself.

Day 13 — La Gomera

The tiny island of La Gomera is a natural fortress of craggy volcanic slopes and hidden valleys that harbor pastel villages and some of Europe’s only remaining cloud forests. Explore the ancient laurel forests of Garajonay National Park, a World Heritage site, and see black-sand beaches along the coast. In the main town of San Sebastian, examine Islamic, Gothic, and baroque architecture that recalls the island’s long history. (B, L, D)

Day 14 — Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

Disembark in Las Palmas, on the island of Gran Canaria, and extend your stay on the island or transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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

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