Trace the cultural highlights of Iberia's historic trade routes along the southern shores of Portugal and Spain. As you cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona explore the lesser-traveled ports of Portugal's Algarve region and Palma de Mallorca, in addition to excursions to beautiful Seville and Granada's dramatic Alhambra. 

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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 Rock of Gibraltar  Rock of Gibraltar with Barbary macaque  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

A Cruise of Spain and Portugal

From Lisbon to Barcelona

9 days | Full tour details to be announced soon

Trace the cultural highlights of Iberia's historic trade routes along the southern shores of Portugal and Spain. As you cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona explore the lesser-traveled ports of Portugal's Algarve region and Palma de Mallorca, in addition to excursions to beautiful Seville and Granada's dramatic Alhambra. 

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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.

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Overview

Next autumn, board a sleek yacht to trace the cultural highlights of Iberia’s historic trade routes along the southern shores of Portugal and Spain. Discover World Heritage sites and other important cultural treasures as you cruise from Lisbon to Barcelona.

Highlights Include

  • Portugal’s Algarve: 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. In the scenic port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa, admire the old city walls and towering cliffs over the beach, and visit the beloved baroque Church of St. Anthony.
  • Seville: Enjoy the unique experience of cruising into the heart of this lively capital on the Guadalquivir River. Stroll through the Plaza de España and the charming Jewish quarter. Then tour the legendary Alcázar, a former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers featuring the distinctive 14th-century Mudéjar style of architecture. You’ll also visit the magnificent late Gothic cathedral, Europe’s second largest Christian house of worship.
  • Gibraltar, British Crown Colony: Look out from the top of the Rock, the limestone promontory that guards the strait separating Europe and Africa. Also, visit the Great Siege Tunnels, excavated to provide defense of the colony.
  • Granada: Here in Granada, 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.
  • Mallorca, Balearic Islands: View the World Heritage site of Serra de Tramuntana with its terraced farms and water mills. From the village of Valldemossa, visit the renowned Carthusian Monastery, where composer Frédéric Chopin and writer George Sand spent a winter, and attend a recital of Chopin’s masterpieces. Another highlight is seeing the unique circular 14th-century Bellver Castle.
  • Your Elegant Small-Ship Experience: Enjoy cruising aboard an upscale small ship that features sophisticated staterooms and public spaces, superb amenities, excellent cuisine, and an informal ambiance. Each voyage will also host other leading cultural and educational institutions, which will add to the excitement and energy of the experience. See more information on the Tour Details page. 

Please note: The ship and dates for this cruise have changed since the printing of our catalog. The cruise will take place aboard Le Bougainville on Oct. 1–9, 2021.

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)

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)