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2017 NEW Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona

14 Days from only $7495 including international airfare

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

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

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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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Barcelona and Costa Brava

Join travel expert Rudy Maxa for a stroll through Barcelona, with lively festivals, modernist architecture, and more.

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Intersection: Lisbon’s Stylish Crossroads

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

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Barcelona's Best

In Barcelona there’s always something new to find, from little ice cream shops to trendy gin bars.

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Itinerary Overview

Embark our Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona Small Ship Cruise Tour 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 Malaga ... 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.

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 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 stepping back in time even further in Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, to stroll along its labyrinthine streets.

    After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, 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 for a motorcoach transfer to your morning's discoveries. 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.

    Then put your newfound skills to good use in Lagos, a town with a maritime history both celebrated and controversial. While Lagos was important to Henry the Navigator and his contemporaries during the Age of Discovery, it was also once the heart of the European slave trade. You'll trace this complex history during the morning's walking tour, which is followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

    Upon returning to your ship this afternoon, you'll set sail for Seville. Along the way, enjoy a captain's-eye-view of the cruising experience during a special bridge tour.

    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 history, it's no wonder Seville boasts a charismatic aesthetic, which you'll discover on a panoramic tour of its highlights. Then, you’ll visit the 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.

    Next, embark on a walking tour of Barrio de Santa Cruz, a lovely neighborhood known for its maze of narrow streets that wend around whitewashed homes, impressive mansions, and charming plazas. Continue on to the lively indoor Triana Market, which boasts an incredible array of vendors, as well as traditional decorative touches (like tiled nameplates) that give it an unmistakably Spanish feel.

    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. Cap off your Seville exploration inside the Basilica de La Macarena, home to a statue of Seville’s most revered virgin, the Macarena Virgin of Hope.

    Dinner is aboard your ship this evening.

  • 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)— 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.

    You'll discover a number of the city'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, you’ll enjoy a true taste of Spanish life as you savor a traditional meal with a local family during a special Home-Hosted Dinner.

  • 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.

  • 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 sailing to your next port of call.

  • 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), but also icons of the city’s history, like La Lotja 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, 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.

    After an included lunch, set off for a walking tour of Palma, the capital of the islands and the preferred summertime getaway of the Spanish royal family. Admire the colorful Mediterranean-style buildings that line its narrow streets before returning to your ship late this afternoon.

    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

    Bad Vibrations in Barcelona
    This film was first published on BBC.com Travel. Produced by the Dacapo company.
    This independent film features destinations you can visit on this extension.

    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.

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  • 3 nights from only $745

    Bad Vibrations in Barcelona
    This film was first published on BBC.com Travel. Produced by the Dacapo company.
    This independent film features destinations you can visit on this extension.

    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.

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  • 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, 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.

    After an included lunch, set off for a walking tour of Palma, the capital of the islands and the preferred summertime getaway of the Spanish royal family. Admire the colorful Mediterranean-style buildings that line its narrow streets before returning to your ship late this afternoon.

    Enjoy dinner onboard as you sail toward the Spanish mainland.

  • 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), but also icons of the city’s history, like La Lotja 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 sailing to your next port of call.

  • 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.

    You'll discover a number of the city'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, you’ll delight in another taste of Spanish life as you enjoy a traditional meal with a local family during a special Home-Hosted Dinner.

  • 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, travel to 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 walking tour of this ancient town before returning to Malaga this afternoon.

  • 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 history, it's no wonder Seville boasts a charismatic aesthetic, which you'll discover on a panoramic tour of its highlights.

    Following your tour, you’ll delve deeper into local culture during a visit to Triana Market. This lively indoor market boasts an incredible array of vendors, as well as traditional decorative touches (like tiled nameplates) that give it an unmistakably Spanish feel. Then, explore the 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.

    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. Cap off your Seville exploration inside the Basilica de La Macarena, home to a statue of Seville’s most revered virgin, the Macarena Virgin of Hope.

  • 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)—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 for a motorcoach transfer to your morning's discoveries. 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.

    Then put your newfound skills to good use in Lagos, a town with a maritime history both celebrated and controversial. While Lagos was important to Henry the Navigator and his contemporaries during the Age of Discovery, it was also once the heart of the European slave trade. You'll trace this complex history during the morning's walking tour, which is followed by lunch at a local restaurant.

    Upon returning to your ship this afternoon, you'll set sail for Seville. Along the way, enjoy a captain's-eye-view of the cruising experience during a special bridge tour.

    This evening, celebrate your Iberian discoveries during the Captain's Farewell Dinner.

  • 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 stepping back in time even further in Alfama, Lisbon's oldest neighborhood, to stroll along its labyrinthine streets. After enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, 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.

    • 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.

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