Disable Your Ad Blocker

The ad blocker plugin on your browser may not allow you to view everything on this page. For the best experience on our website, please disable this ad blocker.

You are using an old version of the browser and your video viewing experience may be impacted

ATTENTION: We are sorry you are experiencing long hold times on the phone

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience.

Register for My Account

Register using the one of the following:

(How do I find my Customer Number?)

Already have an account?

* Required

By signing up you agree to our Privacy Policy

Forgot Your Password?

If you have forgotten your password, enter the email you used to set up your account, and click the Continue button. We will email you a link you can use to easily create a new password. If you are having trouble resetting your password, call us toll-free at 1-800-221-0814.

The Leader in Small Groups on the Road Less Traveled
Never more than 10-16 travelers—guaranteed!

New! 2017 Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona

Portugal: Lisbon, Portimao • Spain: Seville, Cordoba • Gibraltar • Spain: Malaga, Cartagena, Valencia, Mallorca, Barcelona

EXPLORE IN SMALL GROUPS OF 25 ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 98-PASSENGER M/V CORINTHIAN
OPERATED BY GRAND CIRCLE CRUISE LINE
86% Traveler Excellence Rating Read reviews

Sold out in 2017 , Join us in 2018

Courtesy Morgan Jouquand
Imersão

Discover Portugal's contrasts—from its shimmering coast to its bustling city markets.

Courtesy of Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee
Solea: The Flamenco of Seville

Get lost in the hypnotic beats of a local Spanish man’s passion-filled flamenco music.

©2014 The New York Times
Intersection: Lisbon’s Stylish Crossroads

Meet a few local stylish residents in Camoes Square, and get a taste of Lisbon’s international flair.

Courtesy Cynthia Younker
Parc Guell

Discover a different side of Barcelona during a tour of Parc Guell’s vibrant mosaic wonderland.

Courtesy BBC.com Travel
My City: Barcelona

Experience Barcelona through the eyes of one of its locals—encountering skateboarders and local artists alike.

Sold out in 2017 , Join us in 2018
Extend Your Trip
 

Sold out for 2017
Reserve your 2018
departure today >>

 

Best Value—Guaranteed
See how to maximize
your travel dollar,
including saving up to 10%.

 

For example, arrive early
in Lisbon before this
cruise begins.
See More Options »

Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5

Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Itinerary Overview

Embark our Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona Small Ship Adventure and journey to the cultural capitals of Portugal and Spain. After a one-night hotel stay in Lisbon, board your small ship and ply the waters of the western Mediterranean. As your ship navigates Iberia's welcoming coast, uncover relics of the region's eclectic cultural heritage in Cartagena ... behold the legendary Rock of Gibraltar ... savor a traditional meal with a local family in Portimão ... and experience everyday life on the Spanish island of Mallorca. Your trip concludes in cosmopolitan Barcelona, whose welcoming locals and surreal skyline serve as an enchanting finale to this unforgettable voyage.

Make It Your Adventure

Personalize your trip to meet your individual needs, from preferred flights and air routing, to “breaking away” to spend more time in a destination.

  • O.A.T’s team of Adventure Specialists makes every effort to provide you with non-stop flights and acceptable connection times to and from your destination. You also have several other options for personalizing your air itinerary, which include:

    • Choose your departure city and airline: We list the most popular gateway cities on our website, but not all of them. If you don’t see yours listed, or there’s one that better suits your needs, let us know. You can also tell us if you have an airline preference and we will try to accommodation your request.
    • Depart from one city and return from another: Just because your flight leaves from one city doesn’t mean you have to return there. Maybe you flew out of Boston and wish to visit friends in Los Angeles after your trip is over. Tell us where you want to go and we’ll do our best to get you there.
    • Fly the way you want to: We’ll gladly arrange a flight upgrade to business or premium economy class if it’s available. And when you fly economy class, we’ll do our best to see that you get your choice of seating preference or even add a special meal request if you have dietary restrictions or needs.
  • You can extend your time abroad and "break away" anywhere you'd like to do more exploring on your own. Consider arriving a few days early for a fresh start in Lisbon or stay for a day, a week, or even a month in Barcelona after your Small Ship Adventure. Our Travel Counselors can provide you with information on the accommodations we will use at the beginning of your trip so that you can make your own arrangements. That way, you'll know that you will be exactly where you need to be to meet your group.

  • Many of our travelers choose to take another trip directly after their first one ends. Think about it: If you’re already overseas, why not see more of the region and avoid the expense and length of another international flight? Many of our travelers have taken two or three consecutive trips before returning home. Some of the most common trips combined with Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona are The Rivieras: Italy, France & the Isles and Hidden Gems of the Dalmatian Coast & Greece. And now you’ll save an additional $250-$350 per person when you reserve two trips right after one another.

  • Many Grand Circle travelers simply don’t want their trips to end. With an array of pre- and post-trip extensions to choose from, you have the chance to experience more of the places you’ve traveled so far to see, including Lisbon, Portugal and Barcelona, Spain. Plus, you lower your average per-day costs because you’re taking advantage of your already included international airfare.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

  • 3 nights from only $695

    Portugal’s city of hills overlooks the harbor from which Vasco de Gama returned after his great voyages—the castle-topped view that greeted him awaits you. You’ll stroll seaside Cascais and visit the stunning Royal Palace in Sintra, walk the medieval  streets of Obidos, and discover Lisbon on a walking tour. You’ll also enjoy ample time at leisure. Whether you choose to explore the historic lanes of the city’s oldest neighborhoods or experience its modern fashion, dining, and culture, you’ll find Lisbon unforgettable.

    View Extension Itinerary
  • Depart today on your flight to Lisbon, Portugal. Please refer to your individual air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times. Or begin your discoveries early with our optional Lisbon, Portugal pre-trip extension.

  • Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel. After settling in, you’ll get acquainted with your surroundings during an orientation walk.

    This evening, you’ll meet your fellow travelers during a welcome briefing with a drink, followed by a Welcome Dinner together.

  • Following breakfast this morning, set off on a panoramic tour of Lisbon. Portuguese explorers, such as famed navigator Vasco da Gama, began colonizing parts of Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 15th century, using Lisbon as their home base. Their voyages throughout the East and the New World ushered in the Age of Discovery, 300 years of international expansion that resulted in enormous prosperity, particularly for Portugal.

    This respect for the sea—and influx of riches—gave birth to a new style of architecture known as Manueline, which features sumptuous decorative motifs, often with maritime themes. The best examples of this style of architecture can be found in the historic section of Belem: Here you'll see the ornate Belem Tower, as well as the Monument of the Discoveries—a tribute to the explorers who made Lisbon the city it is today.

    Next, you’ll visit the 16th-century Jeronimos church, another Manueline structure, before enjoying lunch in a local restaurant. Then, you’ll continue on to Praça do Comercio (Commerce Square) a stunning waterside plaza in the heart of downtown, before embarking the small ship that will be your home for the duration of your Iberian cruise.

    Enjoy a Captain's Welcome Drink and Welcome Dinner onboard tonight as your ship sails toward your first port of call.

  • Your ship docks this morning in Portimao, a city on the Algarve known for its sailing culture. After breakfast onboard, disembark your ship and transfer to your morning's discoveries, driving past flower- and cork tree-covered hillsides.

    “Once upon a time in Spain there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand … He had a favorite spot out in the pasture under a cork tree.”

    Perhaps you are familiar with the classic children’s story of Ferdinand, the nature-loving bull. While Ferdinand’s beloved cork tree resided in Spain, the cork fields of Portugal actually produce more than half of the world’s cork supply. During an exclusive Discovery Series event, a local cork producer will introduce you to the techniques of growing, tending, and harvesting cork from the only tree with renewable bark.

    Afterwards, your motorcoach will bring you to your next destination. Along the way, your Program Director will lead an exclusive Discovery Series event: a Portuguese language lesson that will introduce you to some of the most useful phrases and expressions. Put your newfound language skills to good use at your next stop, a Home-Hosted Lunch with a local Portuguese family.

    Upon returning to your ship this afternoon, you'll set sail for Seville. Dinner is onboard your ship this evening.

  • Today your small ship docks in Seville. While larger vessels are forced to dock elsewhere—and travelers must arrive by motorcoach transfer—your discoveries this morning will begin after breakfast, when you step off your small ship and right into the heart of this Spanish gem.

    Seville is linked to myriad iconic cultural and historical elements. It is the birthplace of flamenco and Don Juan, the legendary home of Hercules and powerful Moorish kings, and the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. With this diverse a history, it's no wonder Seville boasts a charismatic aesthetic, which you'll discover on a panoramic tour of its highlights.

    One of Seville’s crowing jewels is the magnificent Moorish castle—the Real Alcázar—your first stop today. Originally constructed in 913 as a fort for Cordoban governors, Alcázar was expanded over the ages, first by Seville’s prosperous Muslim tafia in the 11th century and then completed in the 1300s with the inclusion of the luxurious Mudéjar Palacio (Palace) de Don Pedro. Alcázar’s soaring ceilings and arches—combined with geometric patterns, intricate mosaics, and interlaced architectural details—create a breathtaking space that many visitors describe as heaven on Earth.  

    Next, embark on a walking tour of the lovely neighborhood of Barrio de Santa Cruz—originally the medieval city’s Jewish quarter—famous for its maze of narrow streets that wend around whitewashed homes, impressive mansions, and charming plazas.

    Return to the ship for an onboard lunch before resuming your full day of discoveries with a visit to the Plaza de España. Built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition, this sprawling plaza is a beautiful example of Spanish architecture—including Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles—and has been featured in many popular films.

    Relax and enjoy dinner aboard your ship this evening after your day of exploration.

  • This morning, transfer to Cordoba. Founded as a Roman enclave, Cordoba grew to become the largest city in the world after it was conquered by the Moors in AD 711. Today, the city’s most famous landmark—the Mezquita (Great Mosque), which you will visit later today— is a shining example of its Moorish heritage.

    During today's included tour, you’ll find that Cordoba is a study in contrasts. Begin with a stroll through the Juderia (Jewish Quarter), admiring the famous Andalucian patios of pretty ceramics, iron grilles, and plants. Then, you’ll enjoy time to explore the Mezquita, where you'll discover an unexpected dual personality. Once the third-largest mosque in the world, the Mezquita is now a Roman Catholic cathedral. Inside, you’ll find evidence of both faiths: Its hypostyle hall—featuring 850 stunning colored granite and marble arches—is typical of Islamic design, while the 16th-century Renaissance cathedral in the center, with its mahogany pulpits and choir stalls, is characteristically Christian.

    Following your tour, you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your ship.

  • This morning, you’ll anchor in Gibraltar, located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The promontory here has been settled for more than a millennium, first by Phoenicians and then, in turn, by Arab sultans and Spaniards. Today it’s a British territory.

    After a brief walk, you’ll visit the famed Rock of Gibraltar, a 1,300-foot limestone tower that is literally the stuff of legend, known in ancient times as one of the Pillars of Hercules.

    You’ll then ascend to St. Michael’s Cave, perched 980 feet above the sea, to witness its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. You may even catch a glimpse of Barbary macaque monkeys—Gibraltar is the only European colony home to this species. You’ll also discover a man-made wonder as you navigate a network of underground military tunnels created by the British during World War II. Return to the ship for lunch onboard.

    Later this afternoon, the day is free for discovery. For example, you may choose to behold a glimpse of the past as you explore Gibraltar’s ancient walls—a collection of gates, walls, and bastions surrounding the inner city. While first built by the Moors, later modifications were made by both the Spanish and the British. Today, the government of Gibraltar is in the process of restoring the structures to their original beauty and might.

    Enjoy an included dinner onboard this evening as your ship cruises on to Malaga.

  • Today, your ship docks in Malaga. Located in the country's Andalucia territory, just beyond the Costa del Sol, Malaga has all the charms of a Mediterranean port coupled with historic elegance and a burgeoning art and cultural scene that now rivals Madrid.

    Following breakfast onboard, disembark for today's visit to a working bull ranch owned by an Andalusian torero (bullfighter). Here, you'll learn how bulls are bred and selected for bullfights and discover the history behind this uniquely Spanish tradition before savoring a traditional ranch lunch.

    On the way back to your ship, enjoy a stop in Ronda. Established in the ninth century BC, the town has attracted visitors for centuries with its spectacular location—an inland plateau, divided by the El Tajo gorge, and encircled by mountains. Take in the views during a brief walking tour of this ancient town before returning to your ship in Malaga this afternoon.

  • Today, discover a number of Malaga's highlights on your included panoramic tour later this morning. Then, take a brief walk through the historic city center before visiting the Picasso Museum. The birthplace of artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Malaga was deemed the perfect place to showcase a collection of the famous painter's works, and to celebrate his life.

    Following your museum visit, you’ll experience another of Spain’s cultural icons—tapas—during lunch at a local restaurant. Tapas are typically a wide assortment of appetizers and small plates intended for sharing. Enjoying tapas is a major component of Spanish culture—some locals will even make an entire night of savoring different tapas at various restaurants and bars.

    This evening, enjoy dinner onboard the ship.

  • This morning, your ship arrives in Cartagena, one of the most strategically important ports in all of the Mediterranean. After breakfast, you'll set off on a panoramic tour to discover its historic attractions.

    With its natural harbor surrounded by coastal mountains, Cartagena has been a coveted maritime outpost throughout history. It was founded by the Carthaginians in BC 227 as a gateway to their Spanish conquests. But it was soon invaded by the Romans, who transformed the settlement into a center for art and culture in Iberia. The city enjoyed continued good fortune under both Moorish and Christian rule; since the mid-18th century, it has served as the capital of the Spanish Navy in the Mediterranean.

    Your tour of this "Port of Cultures" will take you past many reminders of Cartagena's diverse past and rich culture, including the city's opulent City Hall. You'll also visit Cartagena’s single most famous landmark—the awe-inspiring Roman Theater, which has been recently restored to its ancient glory.

    Return to your ship this afternoon for lunch, then relax onboard before sailing to your next port of call. While you sail, enjoy a captain's-eye-view of the cruising experience during a special bridge tour.

  • Continue your Spanish cruise today in Valencia, the country's third-largest city, as well as one of its oldest. But here, age truly is just a number, as you'll discover during today's explorations, which highlight the city's rich blend of medieval squares and contemporary avant-garde buildings.

    Your tour begins with a drive past one of Valencia's most impressive ultra-modern institutions: the City of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava designed this massive cultural complex, which was built in the dry bed of the Turia River (now converted into a picturesque set of garden walkways). The most striking feature is the opera house, which rises like a leviathan out of a massive reflecting pool.

    Then, you’ll walk through Valencia’s historic center, which is one of largest in Spain. Here, you’ll not only witness examples of everyday Valencian life (such as a local market, where local specialties like horchata are sold), but also icons of the city’s history, like La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). This 15th-century Renaissance trading hall has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a unique example of Gothic secular architecture.

    At the conclusion of your tour, you'll indulge in another of Valencia's signature offerings at a local restaurant: paella, a hearty meat, vegetable, and saffron rice dish that was born in this region. You’ll return to your ship after lunch to set sail for Mallorca.

  • Today, your journey takes you just over 100 miles from the coast of mainland Spain to Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands archipelago. The largest of the four islands in the chain, Mallorca is a popular holiday destination for international visitors, owing to its glittering beaches and sculpted cliffs.

    Upon arrival, you’ll set off for a walking tour of Palma, the capital of the islands and the preferred summertime getaway of the Spanish royal family. After, enjoy some time for independent discoveries—perhaps stopping to see Palma’s Gothic Cathedral.

    Enjoy a striking introduction to Mallorca's rich traditions and cultures with a visit to the La Granja de Esporles, a sprawling 17th-century estate that today serves as an island museum. Afterwards, sit down to an included lunch. 

    Return to Palma later this afternoon, with some time to admire the colorful Mediterranean-style buildings that line its narrow streets before returning to your ship.

    This evening, toast to the discoveries and memories you've made during your Captain's Farewell Dinner.

  • Today you arrive in Barcelona, the capital of Spain's autonomous Catalonia region and the second-largest city in the country. As a vital center of trade since the Middle Ages, Barcelona has long been at the crossroad of ideas, which has helped cement its status not only as a great European city, but also as an important hub of scientific, cultural, and artistic innovations.

    You'll witness a few of Barcelona's highlights during an included panoramic tour, before setting off on foot to explore the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). Located in the heart of the old city, the Gothic Quarter offers a glimpse into medieval Barcelona, with some structures even dating back as far as Roman times.

    From there, continue on to a Gothic icon of an entirely different breed: Sagrada Familia. This extraordinary Roman Catholic basilica, designed by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, has been under construction since 1882 and isn't expected to be completed until 2026. Nevertheless, it has become one of Barcelona's signature attractions, thanks in large part to its unexpected blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. (Other examples of Gaudi's work are peppered throughout Barcelona, lending the city an enchanted, almost surreal atmosphere.)

    After an included lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is yours. This evening, celebrate your Iberian discoveries during a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant.

    • Meals included:

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or begin your post-trip extension to Barcelona, Spain.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Barcelona, Spain

    3 nights from only $745

    Journey to a land where medieval charms mingle with avant-garde grandeur, traditional culture meets modern sensibilities, and everyday life exists within a work of art. This is Barcelona, the gateway to Spain’s lively Catalonia region and a treasure trove of architectural and historic gems. Explore the city’s narrow streets and grand boulevards, discover Antoni Gaudi’s unmistakable influence, and immerse yourself in the unconventional spirit that makes Barcelona so unforgettable.

    View Extension Itinerary
  • 3 nights from only $745

    Journey to a land where medieval charms mingle with avant-garde grandeur, traditional culture meets modern sensibilities, and everyday life exists within a work of art. This is Barcelona, the gateway to Spain’s lively Catalonia region and a treasure trove of architectural and historic gems. Explore the city’s narrow streets and grand boulevards, discover Antoni Gaudi’s unmistakable influence, and immerse yourself in the unconventional spirit that makes Barcelona so unforgettable.

    View Extension Itinerary
  • Depart today on your flight to Barcelona, Spain. Please refer to your individual air itinerary for exact departure and arrival times. Or begin your discoveries early with our optional Barcelona, Spain, pre-trip extension.

  • Arrive in Barcelona, Spain, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your transfer to your small ship. After embarking, you’ll get acquainted with your surroundings during an orientation walk.

    This evening, you’ll meet your fellow travelers during an onboard Welcome Dinner together.

  • Today you explore Barcelona, the capital of Spain's autonomous Catalonia region and the second-largest city in the country. As a vital center of trade since the Middle Ages, Barcelona has long been at the crossroad of ideas, which has helped cement its status not only as a great European city, but also as an important hub of scientific, cultural, and artistic innovations.

    You'll witness a few of Barcelona's highlights during an included panoramic tour, before setting off on foot to explore the Barri Gotic (Gothic Quarter). Located in the heart of the old city, the Gothic Quarter offers a glimpse into medieval Barcelona, with some structures even dating back as far as Roman times.

    From there, continue on to a Gothic icon of an entirely different breed: Sagrada Familia. This extraordinary Roman Catholic basilica, designed by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, has been under construction since 1882 and isn't expected to be completed until 2026. Nevertheless, it has become one of Barcelona's signature attractions, thanks in large part to its unexpected blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. (Other examples of Gaudi's work are peppered throughout Barcelona, lending the city an enchanted, almost surreal atmosphere.)

    After an included lunch at a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is yours.

  • Today, your journey takes you just over 100 miles from the coast of mainland Spain to Mallorca, in the Balearic Islands archipelago. The largest of the four islands in the chain, Mallorca is a popular holiday destination for international visitors, owing to its glittering beaches and sculpted cliffs.

    Upon arrival, you’ll set off for a walking tour of Palma, the capital of the islands and the preferred summertime getaway of the Spanish royal family. After, enjoy some time for independent discoveries—perhaps stopping to see Palma’s Gothic Cathedral.

    Enjoy a striking introduction to the rich traditions and cultures here, with a visit to the La Granja de Esporles, a sprawling 17th-century estate that today serves as an island museum. Afterwards, sit down to an included lunch.  

    Return to Palma later this afternoon, with some time to admire the colorful Mediterranean-style buildings that line its narrow streets before returning to your ship.

    Enjoy dinner onboard this evening. 

  • Continue your Spanish discoveries today in Valencia, the country's third-largest city, as well as one of its oldest. But here, age truly is just a number, as you'll discover during today's explorations, which highlight the city's rich blend of medieval squares and contemporary avant-garde buildings.

    Your tour begins with a drive past one of Valencia's most impressive ultra-modern institutions: the City of Arts and Sciences. In 1996, renowned Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava designed this massive cultural complex, which was built in the dry bed of the Turia River (now converted into a picturesque set of garden walkways). The most striking feature is the opera house, which rises like a leviathan out of a massive reflecting pool.

    Then, you’ll walk through Valencia’s historic center, which is one of largest in Spain. Here, you’ll not only witness examples of everyday Valencian life (such as a local market, where local specialties like horchata are sold), but also icons of the city’s history, like La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange). This 15th-century Renaissance trading hall has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a unique example of Gothic secular architecture.

    At the conclusion of your tour, you'll indulge in another of Valencia's signature offerings at a local restaurant: paella, a hearty meat, vegetable, and saffron rice dish that was born in this region. You’ll return to your ship after lunch to set sail for your next port of call.

  • This morning, your ship arrives in Cartagena, one of the most strategically important ports in all of the Mediterranean. After breakfast, you'll set off on a panoramic tour to discover its historic attractions.

    With its natural harbor surrounded by coastal mountains, Cartagena has been a coveted maritime outpost throughout history. It was founded by the Carthaginians in BC 227 as a gateway to their Spanish conquests. But it was soon invaded by the Romans, who transformed the settlement into a center for art and culture in Iberia. The city enjoyed continued good fortune under both Moorish and Christian rule; since the mid-18th century, it has served as the capital of the Spanish Navy in the Mediterranean.

    Your tour of this "Port of Cultures" will take you past many reminders of Cartagena's diverse past and rich culture, including the city's opulent City Hall. You'll also visit Cartagena's single most famous landmark: the awe-inspiring Roman Theater, which has been recently restored to its ancient glory.

    Return to your ship this afternoon for lunch, then enjoy time to relax onboard before cruising to your next port of call. While you sail, enjoy a captain's-eye-view of the cruising experience during a special bridge tour.

  • This morning, your ship docks in Malaga. Located in the country's Andalucia territory, just beyond the Costa del Sol, Malaga has all the charms of a Mediterranean port coupled with historic elegance and a burgeoning art and cultural scene that now rivals Madrid.

    Following breakfast onboard, disembark for today's visit to a working bull ranch owned by an Andalusian torero (bullfighter). Here, you'll learn how bulls are bred and selected for bullfights and discover the history behind this uniquely Spanish tradition before savoring a traditional ranch lunch.

    Then, make a stop in Ronda. Established in the ninth century BC, the town has attracted visitors for centuries with its spectacular location—an inland plateau, divided by the El Tajo gorge, and encircled by mountains. Take in the views during a brief walking tour of this ancient town before returning to Malaga this afternoon.

  • You'll discover a number of Malaga's highlights this morning on a panoramic tour. Then, take a brief walk through the historic city center before visiting the Picasso Museum. The birthplace of artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Malaga was deemed the perfect place to showcase a collection of the famous painter's works, and to celebrate his life.

    Following your museum visit, you’ll experience another of Spain’s cultural icons—tapas—during lunch at a local restaurant. Tapas are typically a wide assortment of appetizers and small plates intended for sharing. Enjoying tapas is a major component of Spanish culture—some locals will even make an entire evening of savoring different tapas at various restaurants and bars.

    This evening, enjoy dinner onboard your ship.

  • This morning, you’ll anchor in Gibraltar, located at the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula. The promontory here has been settled for more than a millennium, first by Phoenicians and then, in turn, by Arab sultans and Spaniards. Today it’s a British territory.

    After a brief walk, you’ll visit the famed Rock of Gibraltar, a 1,300-foot limestone tower that is literally the stuff of legend, known in ancient times as one of the Pillars of Hercules.

    You’ll then ascend to St. Michael’s Cave, perched 980 feet above the sea, to witness its dramatic stalactites and stalagmites. You may even catch a glimpse of Barbary macaque monkeys—Gibraltar is the only European colony home to this species. You’ll also discover a man-made wonder as you navigate a network of underground military tunnels created by the British during World War II. Return to the ship for lunch onboard.

    Later this afternoon, the day is free for you to enjoy at your own pace. For example, you may choose to ride in a cable car, then behold a glimpse of the past as you explore Gibraltar’s ancient walls—a collection of gates, walls, and bastions surrounding the inner city. While first built by the Moors, later modifications were made by both the Spanish and the British. Today, the government of Gibraltar is in the process of restoring the structures to their original beauty and might.

    Enjoy an included dinner onboard this evening as your ship cruises on to Seville.

  • Today your small ship docks in Seville. While larger vessels are forced to dock elsewhere—and travelers must arrive by motorcoach transfer—your discoveries this morning will begin after breakfast, when you step off your small ship and right into the heart of this Spanish gem.

    Seville is linked to myriad iconic cultural and historical elements. It is the birthplace of flamenco and Don Juan, the legendary home of Hercules and powerful Moorish kings, and the final resting place of Christopher Columbus. With this diverse a history, it's no wonder Seville boasts a charismatic aesthetic, which you'll discover on a panoramic tour of its highlights.

    One of Seville’s crowing jewels is the magnificent Moorish castle—the Real Alcázar—your first stop today. Originally constructed in 913 as a fort for Cordoban governors, Alcázar was expanded over the ages, first by Seville’s prosperous Muslim tafia in the 11th century and then completed in the 1300s with the inclusion of the luxurious Mudéjar Palacio (Palace) de Don Pedro. Alcázar’s soaring ceilings and arches—combined with geometric patterns, intricate mosaics, and interlaced architectural details—create a breathtaking space that many visitors describe as heaven on Earth.  

    Next, embark on a walking tour of the lovely neighborhood of Barrio de Santa Cruz—originally the medieval city’s Jewish quarter—famous for its maze of narrow streets that wend around whitewashed homes, impressive mansions, and charming plazas.

    Return to the ship for an onboard lunch before resuming your full day of discoveries with a visit to the Plaza de España. Built in 1928 for the Ibero-American Exposition, this sprawling plaza is a beautiful example of Spanish architecture—including Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival styles—and has been featured in many popular films.

    Relax and enjoy dinner aboard your ship this evening after your day of exploration.

  • Following breakfast this morning, transfer to Cordoba. Founded as a Roman enclave, Cordoba grew to become the largest city in the world after it was conquered by the Moors in AD 711. Today, the city’s most famous landmark—the Mezquita (Great Mosque), which you will visit later today— is a shining example of its Moorish heritage.

    During today's included tour, you’ll find that Cordoba is a study in contrasts. Begin with a stroll through the Juderia (Jewish Quarter), admiring the famous Andalucian patios of pretty ceramics, iron grilles, and plants. Then, you’ll enjoy time to explore the Mezquita, where you'll discover an unexpected dual personality. Once the third-largest mosque in the world, the Mezquita is now a Roman Catholic cathedral. Inside, you’ll find evidence of both faiths: Its hypostyle hall—featuring 850 stunning colored granite and marble arches—is typical of Islamic design, while the 16th-century Renaissance cathedral in the center, with its mahogany pulpits and choir stalls, is characteristically Christian.

    Following your tour, you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your ship.

  • Your ship docks this morning in Portimao, a city on the Algarve known for its sailing culture. After breakfast onboard, disembark your ship and transfer to your morning's discoveries, driving past flower- and cork tree-covered hillsides.

    “Once upon a time in Spain there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand … He had a favorite spot out in the pasture under a cork tree.”

    Perhaps you are familiar with the classic children’s story of Ferdinand, the nature-loving bull. While Ferdinand’s beloved cork tree resided in Spain, the cork fields of Portugal actually produce more than half of the world’s cork supply. During an exclusive Discovery Series event, a local cork producer will introduce you to the techniques of growing, tending, and harvesting cork from the only tree with renewable bark.

    Afterwards, your motorcoach will bring you to your next destination. Along the way, your Program Director will lead an exclusive Discovery Series event: a Portuguese language lesson that will introduce you to some of the most useful phrases and expressions. Put your newfound language skills to good use at your next stop, a Home-Hosted Lunch with a local Portuguese family.

    Upon returning to your ship this afternoon, you'll set sail for Seville. Dinner is onboard your ship this evening.

  • Following breakfast this morning, disembark your ship to begin a panoramic tour of Lisbon. Portuguese explorers, such as famed navigator Vasco da Gama, began colonizing parts of Africa and Asia at the beginning of the 15th century, using Lisbon as their home base. Their voyages throughout the East and the New World ushered in the Age of Discovery, 300 years of international expansion that resulted in enormous prosperity, particularly for Portugal.

    This respect for the sea—and influx of riches—gave birth to a new style of architecture known as Manueline, which features sumptuous decorative motifs, often with maritime themes. The best examples of this style of architecture can be found in the historic section of Belem: Here you'll see the ornate Belem Tower, as well as the Monument of the Discoveries—a tribute to the explorers who made Lisbon the city it is today.

    Next, you’ll visit the 16th-century Jeronimos church, another Manueline structure, before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. Then, you’ll continue on to Praça do Comercio (Commerce Square) a stunning waterside plaza in the heart of downtown, before checking in to your hotel.

    The remainder of the afternoon is yours to relax or explore more of Portugal’s capital. Then, gather with your fellow travelers to say “tchau” (“goodbye”) to Iberia over dinner.

    Please note: Our newly-added departure—September 28, 2017—will vary slightly from what is described above. Instead of a hotel stay in Lisbon, accommodations will be onboard our private Small Ship instead. All other included features will remain the same.

    • Meals included:

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or begin your post-trip extension to Lisbon, Portugal.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Lisbon, Portugal

    3 nights from only $695

    Portugal’s city of hills overlooks the harbor from which Vasco de Gama returned after his great voyages—the castle-topped view that greeted him awaits you. You’ll stroll seaside Cascais and visit the stunning Royal Palace in Sintra, walk the medieval  streets of Obidos, and discover Lisbon on a walking tour. You’ll also enjoy ample time at leisure. Whether you choose to explore the historic lanes of the city’s oldest neighborhoods or experience its modern fashion, dining, and culture, you’ll find Lisbon unforgettable.

    View Extension Itinerary

Click below to read our Travel Planning Guide on Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona

Read Travel Planning Guide

Request a Call

An error has occured. Please try again

* required field