Cruise the ancient trade routes from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard an exclusive five-star ship, traveling to the lesser-traveled ports of Palma de Mallorca and Portugal's Algarve region, in addition to Granada's dramatic Alhambra and beautiful Seville. 

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 The Alhambra of Granada  Antoni Gaudi's La Sagrada Família in Barcelona  Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca  Port of Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands  The evocative garden area of the Generalife at the Alhambra, Granada  Intricate architectural design at the Alhambra, Granada  The Rock of Gibraltar  Rock of Gibraltar with Barbary macaque  The immense Gothic cathedral of Seville  The Plaza de Espana, Seville  A courtyard in the Alcazar, or Royal Palace, in Seville  Belem Tower, Lisbon

A Cruise of Spain and Portugal

From Lisbon to Barcelona Aboard Le Jacques Cartier

9 days from $4,695

Cruise the ancient trade routes from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard an exclusive five-star ship, traveling to the lesser-traveled ports of Palma de Mallorca and Portugal's Algarve region, in addition to Granada's dramatic Alhambra and beautiful Seville. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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Trace the cultural highlights of Iberia’s historic trade routes on this popular cruise of Spain and Portugal. The Moorish, Jewish, and Christian cultures that flourished here led to great leaps in the sciences and arts. This blossoming of knowledge became the impetus behind the Golden Age of Discovery when ships sailed from these shores to the New World.

Highlights Include

  • Portugal’s Algarve: In the scenic port town of Lagos, admire the baroque Church of St. Anthony.
  • Seville: In the lively capital, visit the Plaza de España, the legendary Alcazar, and the immense late Gothic cathedral.
  • Gibraltar: Look out from the “Top of the Rock,” the 1,400-foot-high limestone promontory guarding the strait that separates Europe and Africa.
  • Granada: Explore the Alhambra Palace and magnificent Generalife Gardens, a World Heritage site and a masterpiece of medieval Moorish art and architecture.
  • Spain’s Balearic Island: In Palma de Mallorca, visit the Carthusian and home of Frédéric Chopin, and enjoy a piano recital of classical music.
  • Your Elegant Small-Ship Experience: Enjoy the sleek design of this new yacht, where you'll find the luxurious comfort and a full complement of upscale amenities as well as two lounges, a theater for presentations and entertainment, and an elegant restaurant.

*During this voyage, we will share the ship with other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. 

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.

Lisbon to Barcelona

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Lisbon, Portugal

Day 2 — Lisbon

Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal and embark your ship. After a Life On Board introduction, please attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)

Please note: 2020 departures will be on the Le Jacques Cartier. 2021 departures will be on the Le Dumont d'Urville. 

Day 3 — Portimão (the Algarve) for Lagos

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.

Continue 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. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — 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 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 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 18th century 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 6 — Málaga for Granada, Andalusia, Spain

After a morning at leisure, visit Granada, 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 dinner at a local restaurant. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Cruising the Mediterranean Sea

Enjoy onboard lectures while cruising the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Enjoy a scenic drive through the hills, past almond tree groves that are emblematic of Palma to the estate of Son Marroig, a medieval mansion with expansive gardens and amazing panoramic views of azure Mediterranean waters.

View the World Heritage-designated terraced farms and water mills of Serra de Tramuntana 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.

Attend the Captain's Farewell Reception onboard the ship this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 — Depart Barcelona for the U.S.

Arrive Barcelona, a city 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. Disembark the ship and continue on the post-cruise option, or transfer to the airport for your flight home to the U.S. (B)

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