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2016 Classic Cities & Moorish Traditions of Iberia & Morocco

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ABOARD OUR PRIVATELY OWNED 98-PASSENGER CORINTHIAN DESIGNED FOR AMERICAN TRAVELERS

Portugal: Lisbon, Portimao • Morocco: Casablanca, Tangier • Gibraltar • Spain: Seville, Malaga

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Sample the discoveries that await in Iberia and Morocco, from Lisbon to Casablanca, and more.

Trip Itinerary

Get more information about your detailed itinerary, like optional tours, exclusive Discovery Series events, and more.

Program Director

Learn how Carlos Savaira's daily life in Portugal is shaped by his strong family connections.

Discover the Corinthian

Explore our 98-passenger small ship—and see how it will enrich your international travel experience.

Courtesy Morgan Jouquand
Imersao

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

Courtesy Tom Anders Watkins
A Trip Through Morocco

Embark on a feast for the senses, from Marrakesh's bustling souks to lively Djemma El-Fna Square.

Courtesy Kathy Monk
Discovering the Wonders of Morocco

Join the “Grannies on Safari” in Morocco, and you’ll find their enthusiasm for discovery is contagious!

Courtesy BBC.com Travel
Near Drowning in Morocco

In this animated film, a traveler takes us to Morocco's coast, where one of her companions unwittingly makes waves.

©2014 The New York Times
36 Hours in Casablanca

Visit Rick's Cafe, the Hassan II mosque, and other gems in Casablanca.

Courtesy CNN
A Photographer's Guide to Seville

Photographer Juan Delgado shows off his favorite spots, each a perfect backdrop for an unforgettable photo.

Courtesy CNN
Taste of the Andalucia

Feel the pulse of daily life in Seville as locals share helpful tips, from your ideal breakfast order to ordering tapas.

Courtesy CNN
A Musical Tour of Seville

Get into the groove of Spanish culture as a flamenco dancer shares her favorite city spots and traditions.

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Itinerary Overview

Portuguese cities which launched discoveries around the world … Moroccan minarets and palaces from which sultans ruled an empire … Spanish lanes lined with flowerpots and white-washed pueblos (adobe homes) … a British territory with more than a millennia of history. Experience the crossroads of Europe and North Africa in singular style aboard a cruise ship small enough to navigate not only the grandest harbors from Lisbon to Casablanca but also thesmaller ports and rivers all the way to the heart of Seville.  On this Western Mediterranean cruise, you’ll be immersed in diverse cultures, from language lessons to meeting locals, and spending time in a Moroccan village. From ancient histories to modern cities, the bountiful gifts of the region will be on full display.

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.

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  • 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 pre-trip extension to Lisbon, Portugal.

  • Arrive in Lisbon, Portugal, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport. Travelers who arrive early this morning will have time to relax and enjoy light refreshments prior to embarkation. Those who arrive later will transfer directly to the harbor to embark the Corinthian, your home for the next seven nights. Onboard, you'll meet your fellow travelers during an included lunch.

    This evening, toast to the discoveries ahead during a Welcome Briefing, followed by dinner onboard.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Disembark this morning for a full day of discoveries in Lisbon.

    In the late 15th century, the port of Lisbon was the staging point for Portuguese explorations that would usher in the great Age of Discovery—and make Lisbon the richest European capital for the nest three and a half centuries. The immense riches brought back by these explorers and navigators ushered in a period of building and expansion that gave birth to a new Manueline architectural style, noted by its ornately carved decorative motifs. You'll see the examples of this style of architecture during a panoramic tour of Lisbon with photo stops in the historic section of Belem, at the ornate Belem Tower, and the 16th-century church of the Jeronimos Monastery.

    Next, enjoy a short walk through Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood. Then, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you’ll stroll downtown through the bustling Rua Augusta—which will take you past two of Lisbon’s most magnificent squares: the Rossio Square and Commerce Square.

    Tonight, you will return to the ship to enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    The Corinthian anchors this morning in Portimao. After breakfast, you'll travel overland to visit Sagres, enjoying an exclusive Discovery Series Portuguese language lesson en route. 

    Upon arrival, you'll explore the Fortress of Sagres, which Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator constructed in the 16th century to defend the important shipping lanes—part of his quest to position Portugal as a vanguard in world exploration. Strengthened and expanded over the next two centuries, enhancements to the structure were completed in 1793—the site also contains a 16th-century chapel and a compass rose made of stones.

    Next, you’ll depart for Lagos, a town with a maritime history both celebrated and controversial: While Lagos was important to Henry the Navigator during the 15th- and 16th-century Age of Discovery, it was also once the heart of the European slave trade. After a walking tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    Enjoy dinner onboard this evening. 

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Anchoring in Casablanca, your Moroccan discoveries begin as soon as you disembark, with a Discovery Series language lesson to teach you the version of Arabic you will hear spoken throughout this portion of your trip.

    This morning, get to know Casablanca—or “Casa,” as the locals say—during an included walking tour. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca boomed from a small hamlet in 1515 to a 20th-century powerhouse under French rule, becoming the heart of Moroccan industry along the way. You'll see this confluence of influences during your tour, as you walk past sites such as the Neo-Gothic Casablanca Cathedral, known as the Church of the Sacred Heart during its first decades as a Catholic institution and now a secular cultural center. You'll also pass the main square at Place Mohammed V. Outlined with civic buildings, including the tile-fronted home of the King of Morocco, this elegant square ends in the palm tree-lined Arab League Park.

    You'll witness a source of national pride at the Hassan II Mosque, the largest of Morocco's mosques and site of the world's tallest minaret. A slender tower rising nearly 700 feet, this minaret shines a green laser beam toward Mecca at nightfall. With room for 25,000 worshippers inside and 80,000 outside, the mosques was funded entirely by donations from Moroccans, and has become the symbol of the city.

    Discover a blend of cultures when you enjoy an included tour of Habous, the “new” medina (the Arabic word for city), which was designed in 1930 to blend Moroccan market culture with French influences. Here, you'll also see the Mahkama, a 60-room reception hall for the Pasha of Casablanca—a parliamentary building which houses the court of justice—that showcases a Spanish-Moroccan architectural style.

    Following an included lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy some free time to explore Casablanca on your own before returning to your ship. You'll dine with your fellow travelers onboard tonight.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Anchor this morning in Tangier, a city with a swirling mixture of French and Arabic influences. After breakfast, you’ll depart for the 500-year-old fortified town of Asilah, perched above the Atlantic coast, where you'll enjoy a walking tour, as well as a Home-Hosted Lunch with a local family, an exclusive Discovery Series event. 

    This afternoon, you'll return to Tangier to enjoy an included city tour that offers a multi-sensory display. As you stroll through the Grand Socco medina, you'll hear a multitude of languages, catch the aroma of exotic spices, and witness the colorful clamor of traditional bazaars. Following your tour, you'll have free time to explore even more of these highlights on your own.

    This evening, enjoy an included dinner onboard.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    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 (the other being located across the Strait of Gibraltar in Morocco).

    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 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. Afterward, return to the ship for lunch.

    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.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Unlike larger cruise ships, the Corinthian is small enough to sail up the Guadalquivir River and dock right in the heart of Seville, saving you a transfer and arrival by motorcoach.

    After breakfast, you'll go directly ashore to this city of flowerpots and tapas bars, the birthplace of Don Juan, and a favorite for romance-seekers. Legend says Seville was founded by Hercules himself, and it's certainly been a bustling settlement for at least 2,000 years. Today Seville boasts a blend of Spanish flavor and Moorish influences from its five centuries of sultan rule. On a panoramic tour of the city's boulevards, you'll soak in scenes of whitewashed homes, impressive mansions, and charming plazas. And you'll also take in the architectural feat that is Seville Cathedral: With its 12th-century tower, the longest nave in Europe, and an interior gilded in gold, the world's largest Gothic cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    On our way back to the ship for lunch, we’ll stop to stroll through Seville’s bustling, 150-year old Triana Market.

    Later this afternoon, you’ll discover the Macarena section of Seville on a panoramic tour. The traditional and original name for Seville, La Macarena is now located just north of the city center. While here, you will visit one of the most important churches in Spain, the Basilica of Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza Macarena (Our Lady of Hope Macarena). The basilica is home to one of the largest, most popular, and most passionate Easter celebrations in the country—and for the entirety of Easter’s Holy Week, the streets of Macarena are closed and everyday life slows to witness the spectacle. Fifty-eight processions with 116 large platforms, or thrones, with life-sized images portraying scenes of the Passion are carried out of the basilica and paraded through the streets. You will be able to view some of these ornate thrones for yourself.

    That evening, celebrate the last night onboard the Corinthian with a Farewell Dinner.

  • This morning you will bid farewell to the Corinthian and disembark in the city of Malaga. Adjacent to the Costa del Sol, Malaga has all the charms of a Mediterranean port mingled with the stately elegance of a historic city center. This morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic tour culminating at the lively Plaza de la Merced square.

    From there, your discoveries continue on foot as you walk toward a local tapas restaurant for lunch. 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 enjoying different tapas at various restaurants and bars.

    After savoring this Spanish specialty, you'll visit 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.

    Later this afternoon, you will check into your hotel before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant. 

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home. Or begin our post-trip extension for more discoveries of Malaga.

  • POST-TRIP EXTENSION:
    Malaga, Spain

    3 nights from only $695

    Along Spain’s breathtaking Costa del Sol, you will find the bustling port city of Malaga. Discover its Mediterranean charms as well as its historical hidden gems on this immersive extension. Tour a working bull ranch—owned and operated by a real torero, and stroll the sun-drenched beach towns of Marbella and Mijas. Throughout, you'll slip into the easy vibe of Andalusian culture.

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  • 3 nights from only $695

    Along Spain’s breathtaking Costa del Sol, you will find the bustling port city of Malaga. Discover its Mediterranean charms as well as its historical hidden gems on this immersive extension. Tour a working bull ranch—owned and operated by a real torero, and stroll the sun-drenched beach towns of Marbella and Mijas. Throughout, you'll slip into the easy vibe of Andalusian culture.

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

  • Arrive in Malaga, Spain, where a Grand Circle representative will meet you at the airport. Travelers who arrive early this morning will have time to relax and enjoy light refreshments before embarkation. Those who arrive later will transfer directly to the harbor to embark the Corinthian, your home for the next seven nights. Onboard, you'll meet your fellow travelers during an included lunch.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    This morning you will explore the city of Malaga. Adjacent to the Costa del Sol, Malaga has all the charms of a Mediterranean port mingled with the stately elegance of a historic city center. This morning, you'll enjoy a panoramic tour culminating at the lively Plaza de la Merced square.

    From there, your discoveries continue on foot as you walk toward a local tapas restaurant for lunch. 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 enjoying different tapas at various restaurants and bars.

    After savoring this Spanish specialty, you'll visit 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.

    Later, you will return to the ship and set sail. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner onboard.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Unlike larger cruise ships, the Corinthian is small enough to sail up the Guadalquivir River and dock right in the heart of Seville, saving you a transfer and arrival by motorcoach.

    After breakfast, you'll go directly ashore to this city of flowerpots and tapas bars, the birthplace of Don Juan, and a favorite for romance-seekers. Legend says Seville was founded by Hercules himself, and it's certainly been a dynamic settlement for at least 2,000 years. Today Seville boasts a blend of Spanish flavor and Moorish influences from its five centuries of sultan rule. On a panoramic tour of the city's boulevards, you'll soak in scenes of whitewashed homes, impressive mansions, and charming plazas. And you'll also take in the architectural feat that is Seville Cathedral: With its 12th-century tower, the longest nave in Europe, and an interior gilded in gold, the world's largest Gothic cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    On our way back to the ship for lunch, we’ll stop to stroll through Seville’s bustling, 150-year old Triana Market.

    Later this afternoon, you’ll discover the Macarena section of Seville on a panoramic tour. The traditional and original name for Seville, La Macarena is now located just north of the city center. While here, you will visit one of the most important churches in Spain, the Basilica of Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza Macarena (Our Lady of Hope Macarena). The basilica is home to one of the largest, most popular, and most passionate Easter celebrations in the country—and for the entirety of Easter’s Holy Week, the streets of Macarena are closed and everyday life slows to witness the spectacle. Fifty-eight processions with 116 large platforms, or thrones, with life-sized images portraying scenes of the Passion are carried out of the basilica and paraded through the streets. You will be able to view some of these ornate thrones for yourself.

    That evening, enjoy dinner onboard as we sail to our next destination.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    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 (the other being located across the Strait of Gibraltar in Morocco).

    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. Afterward, return to the ship for lunch.

    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.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Anchor this morning in Tangier, a city with a swirling mixture of French and Arabic influences. After breakfast, you’ll depart for the 500-year-old fortified town of Asilah, perched above the Atlantic coast, where you'll enjoy a walking tour, as well as a Home-Hosted Lunch with a local family, an exclusive Discovery Series event.

    This afternoon, you'll return to Tangier to enjoy an included city tour that offers a multi-sensory display. As you stroll through the Grand Socco medina, you'll hear a multitude of languages, catch the aroma of exotic spices, and witness the colorful clamor of traditional bazaars. Following your tour, you'll have time to explore even more of these highlights on your own.

    This evening, enjoy an included dinner onboard.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    Anchoring in Casablanca, your Moroccan discoveries begin as soon as you disembark, with a Discovery Series language lesson to teach you the version of Arabic you will hear spoken throughout this portion of your trip.

    This morning, get to know Casablanca—or “Casa,” as the locals say—during an included walking tour. Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Casablanca boomed from a small hamlet in 1515 to a 20th-century powerhouse under French rule, becoming the heart of Moroccan industry along the way. You'll see this confluence of influences during your tour, as you walk past sites such as the Neo-Gothic Casablanca Cathedral, known as the Church of the Sacred Heart during its first decades as a Catholic institution and now a secular cultural center. You'll also pass the main square at Place Mohammed V. Outlined with civic buildings, including the tile-fronted home of the King of Morocco, this elegant square ends in the palm tree-lined Arab League Park.

    You'll witness a source of national pride at the Hassan II Mosque, the largest of Morocco's mosques and site of the world's tallest minaret. A slender tower rising nearly 700 feet, this minaret shines a green laser beam toward Mecca at nightfall. With room for 25,000 worshippers inside and 80,000 outside, the mosques was funded entirely by donations from Moroccans, and has become the symbol of the city.

    You'll stop for lunch at a local restaurant. Then, discover a blend of cultures when you enjoy an included tour of Habous, the “new” medina (the Arabic word for city), which was designed in 1930 to blend Moroccan market culture with French influences. Here, you'll also see the Mahkama, a 60-room reception hall for the Pasha of Casablanca—a parliamentary building which houses the court of justice—that showcases a Spanish-Moroccan architectural style.

    This afternoon, enjoy some free time to continue discovering Casablanca on your own, or to relax. You'll dine with your fellow travelers onboard tonight.

    • Meals included:
    • Accommodations:

    The Corinthian anchors this morning in Portimao. After breakfast, you'll travel overland to visit Lagos, enjoying an exclusive Discovery Series Portuguese language lesson en route. While Lagos was important to Henry the Navigator during the 15th- and 16th-century Age of Discovery, it was also once the heart of the European slave trade. After a walking tour, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

    Next, you'll depart for Sagres. Here, you'll explore the Fortress of Sagres, which Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator constructed in the 16th century to defend the important shipping lanes—part of his quest to position Portugal as a vanguard in world exploration. Strengthened and expanded over the next two centuries, enhancements to the structure were completed in 1793—the site also contains a 16th-century chapel and a compass rose made of stones.

    Return to your ship and set sail for your last night aboard the Corinthian. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

  • Disembark this morning for a full day of discoveries in Lisbon.

    In the late 15th century, the port of Lisbon was the staging point for Portuguese explorations that would usher in the great Age of Discovery—and make Lisbon the richest European capital for the nest three and a half centuries. The immense riches brought back by these explorers and navigators ushered in a period of building and expansion that gave birth to a new Manueline architectural style, noted by its ornately carved decorative motifs. You'll see the examples of this style of architecture during a panoramic tour of Lisbon with photo stops in the historic section of Belem, at the ornate Belem Tower, and the 16th-century church of the Jeronimos Monastery.

    Next, enjoy a short walk through Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood. Then, enjoy an included lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, you’ll stroll downtown through the bustling Rua Augusta—which will take you past two of Lisbon’s most magnificent squares: the Rossio Square and Commerce Square. Later this afternoon, you will check in to your hotel.

    Tonight, you will enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

    • Meals included:

    After breakfast, transfer from your hotel to the airport for your flight home. Or begin our post-trip extension for more discoveries of Lisbon.

  • 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.

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