2018 - Glories of Spain & Portugal 2018: Cruises from Lisbon, Portugal to Malaga, Spain
Embark the elegant M/Y Harmony G. With the company of up to 44 fellow passengers, discover Seville, built along the Guadalkivir river with several UNESCO classified monumnets and a rich Moorish and Spanish heritage. Grenada with her brilliant arhcitectural jewels such as the Alhambra Palace. Jerez de la Frontera, an andalucian world famous for its architecture, sherry and fine horses. Ronda, birthplace of bull fighting. Gibraltar, a British outpost right in the South of Spain.
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1(Saturday): Lisbon - Portimao, Portugal
Meeting at 1 pm at Lisbon Hotel (name to be advised) and escorted bus transfer to Portimao to embark your ship. We arrive in Portimao at approximately 4 pm. Dinner on board.
Day 2(Sunday): Portimao, Portugal
Our half day excursion will take us to Silves, largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake. Marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir, a 13th Century Cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque and a fine strong 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. During your visit to Silves, you'll also have time to browse the historic exhibits at the Museu Arqueológico. We leave Silves visit and travel into the Serra de Monchique to reach the picturesque city of Monchique nested between two hills. The city retains its 16th century charm and you will walk through its cobbled streets with small doorways housing various artisan trades. There is a 17th~Century Franciscan monastery overlooking the town and a 16th Century Parish Church decorated with hand-crafted blue ceramic tiles. We return to Portimao for a late lunch. Afternoon optional walking excursion in Portimao town or time free for shopping for bathing at the local beach. Overnight at sea to Seville.
Day 3(Monday): Seville, Spain
Morning sailing up the Guadalkivir river and midday arrival. Afternoon optional excursion in Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where Moorish and Spanish art and culture have left their mark. Our optional excursion will bring you to the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace and its Andalusian gardens, the Maria Luisa Park and the quaint and elegant district of Santa Cruz. Overnight in port.
Day 4(Tuesday): Seville - Jerez de la Frontera - Cadiz, Spain
Morning optional excursion in Seville. Afternoon optional excursion by bus to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its wines, horse breeding and flamenco. Your tour will enable you to see the Alcazar, the cathedral and a "ganadería", where bulls are raised to take part in bull fighting, very much part of Spanish culture. (The ship departs with passengers not participating in the excursions at 8:30 to reach Cadiz). Guests rejoin the ship in Cadiz in the evening. Late night sailing to Gibraltar.
Day 5(Wednesday): Gibraltar, UK -
Early morning departure from Cadiz towards Gibraltar, with a swim stop on the way, in Arroyo or Bolonia beaches. Midday sailing to Gibraltar and afternoon arrival. Afternoon optional excursion in the "Rock". We reach the Cable Car Base Station, which will take us to the Top Station perched on the summit of Gibraltar for a breathtaking view as you are suspended in mid-air. At the Top Station your guide will show you around the geography of this British colony. Then you will travel to the Middle Station and the sanctuary of Gibraltar's older inhabitants, the Barbary Apes, roaming free around this station. Return to your coach for a 5-minute drive to Princess Caroline's Battery and the entrance to the Great Siege Tunnels, a system of tunnels carved out of solid limestone. Proceed to the Gibraltar Museum with its enormous amount of artifacts on display. Overnight in port.
Day 6(Thursday): Gibraltar, UK - Porto Banus, Spain
Early morning sailing to Porto Banus. Arrival in Porto Banus and swimstop at anchor. After lunch we enjoy an optional excursion to Ronda, 50 km inland a city which retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town and the nearby 18th century Puente Nuevo. Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Plaza de Toros is now a museum, and visitors can stroll out into the arena. Our optional excursion will include visits to the an elegant cloistered 16th century convent and old Ronda, La Ciudad, with its cobbled streets hemmed by handsome town mansions, some still occupied by Ronda's titled families such as the Casa de Don Bosco. We will walk to the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent, two churches, including the toy town bell tower of the Iglesia Santa Maria de Mayor. The ship will sail to Malaga at 3 pm and guests participating in the excursion will rejoin the ship in Malaga. Late night arrival in Malaga. Overnight in port.
Day 7(Friday): Malaga - Granada, Spain
Optional full day excursion to Granada, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe and the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. We will visit one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. We will also visit the Cathedral with its Royal Chapel where Isabel and Ferdinand lie buried, the Monastery of La Cartuja and many churches built by Moorish craftsmen after the Reconquest, in Granada's unique "mudéjar" style. Overnight in port.
Day 8(Saturday): Malaga, Spain
Disembarkation 9 am.
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