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Iberian Peninsula: Barcelona to Leixões

Example 9 Day Cruise aboard Sea Cloud II
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Welcome the Iberian summer in Spain and Portugal’s charming ports and uncover their culinary secrets on this amazing 9-day cruise aboard the Sea Cloud ll. Enjoy Ibiza, a little jet set island with Moorish influence, and explore its tidy old quarter in Ibiza Town, surrounded by huge fortified walls that have been carefully restored. Visit Cádiz, one of Europe’s oldest cities - this charming harbor town boasts a beautiful cathedral and baroque buildings, plus a tranquil old town and defiant watch towers. Indulge youself with a magical approach to the Portuguese capital and observe the Torre de Bélem, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that celebrates the splendor of the former colonial world power.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Barcelona, Spain | Embark
Day 2 : Ibiza City, Spain
Day 3 : At Sea
Day 4 : Málaga, Spain
Day 5 : Cádiz, Spain
Day 6 : At Sea
Day 7 : Lisbon, Portugal
Day 8 : At Sea
Day 9 : Leixões, Portugal | Disembark

Highlights

  • Enjoy some romantic panoramic views as the ship travels up the Tagus River
  • Take a relaxing stroll in the unique city of Málaga, birthplace of Picasso
  • Explore Cádiz, a charming spot where history comes alive
  • Delight your taste buds with a special menu provided by chefs on board

Ship

Sea Cloud II

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The stunning blues and scattered islands of the Mediterranean The seafront of Cadiz Porto, Portugal Old Town Ruins in Ibiza Torre de Belem, Lisbon

Day 1 Barcelona, Spain | Embark

Arrive at Barcelona, a beautiful city full of elegant squares and boulevards and home of many artistic treasures, like the Picasso Museum or the Joan Miró Foundation. Barcelona is the capital of Catalan Art Nouveau and its glory is epitomized in the spectacular Palau de la Música. At every turn you encounter the playfully opulent creations of architect Antonio Gaudi. His exuberant fantasies are evident in the numerous houses, idiosyncratic parks, and the famous uncompleted Sagrada Familia cathedral which he created. Board the Sea Cloud II and attend dinner as the ship sets sail.

Day 2 Ibiza City, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Ibiza's motto is "live and let live". Artists, hedonists and the international jet set discovered the beauty of this Balearic island many years ago. The little island's character has a Moorish influence, which has given it the pseudonym of "the white island". The tidy old quarter in Ibiza Town, surrounded by huge fortified walls, has been carefully restored and, like the entire island, is under the protection of UNESCO. In contrast, the spectacular, sometimes wildly rugged island coastline with its innumerable bays and beaches shows the traditional side of Ibiza. The primordial backdrop is one of gentle hills criss-crossed with a scattering of fincas.

Day 3 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 4 Málaga, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Málaga has spruced itself up. In 2003, the Museo Picasso opened in a 16th-century Renaissance palace and is dedicated to the artist's extensive life's work. This historic old city invites you to take a stroll and its buildings gleam like new. Above everything towers the Alcazaba, a mighty walled fortress. The port was completely redesigned when the city was opened to the sea and you can now take a lovely stroll along the promenade. In Málaga's hinterland you can see the most beautiful aspects of traditional Andalusia. From a distance the typical Andalusian villages look like white dabs of paint shining out from the brown of the barren mountain landscape.

Day 5 Cádiz, Spain

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Visit the old city of Cádiz, around 3,000 years old, which has a picturesque location on a narrow headland, right by the Playa de la Caleta with its elegant beachside promenade. Visit the Andalusian capital of Seville and be transported back to the heyday of Moorish splendor and rule, but also the age of discovery. This town sits on the Guadalquivir River which was a center of Spanish maritime trade with the New World. Many buildings in the old town are registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the splendid Moorish Alcazar fortress and the huge Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria de la Sede. Seville is a fun-loving city that is still at the center of Andalusian culture and is considered the proud birthplace of Flamenco.

Day 6 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy the ship's luxurious amenities as it sails to Portugal.

Day 7 Lisbon, Portugal

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The most beautiful approach to the Portuguese capital is to travel up the River Tagus. One of the city's most famous landmarks has been greeting visitors right on the estuary since 1521 - the Torre de Belém. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and transports you back to the glory days when Portugal was a naval power. There are many landmarks, such as the facades of the houses decorated with azulejos tilework and the ancient trams that rattle through the city. But Lisbon has many different sides. Joie de vivre comes face-to-face with the melancholy of Fado music, winding lanes in the old city meet wide boulevards, while magnificent churches and austere monasteries show the two sides of former religious faith.

Day 8 At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Enjoy this day offshore, relaxing and taking in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck.

Day 9 Leixões, Portugal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Arrive at Porto (Leixões), Portugal. Disembark after breakfast for your continued independent journeys.

Sea Cloud II

Per person starting at
$4,655
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Two portholes, chair, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, sofa, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Two portholes, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama windows, two chairs, table, TV with DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, decorative fireplace, console with TV/DVD and mini-bar, dressing table, walk-in closet, safe, individually adjustable A/C.
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Panorama window, sofa, table, chair, desk, decorative fireplace, TV and DVD player, mini-bar, dressing table, four closets, safe, individually adjustable A/C.

Notes

Please note: Shore excursions are NOT included in this cruise-only rate. Contact us for details.

Rates Include:
  • Beautifully appointed cabin in selected category
  • Welcoming bottle of champagne in your cabin
  • All meals (six per day) from early-bird breakfast to the exquisite 4-course dinner menu with choice of main course
  • 5-course gala dinner during the cruise
  • Welcome and farewell cocktail with champagne
  • Selected wines and beers thoughtfully chosen to complement lunch and dinner
  • All soft drinks and juices throughout the cruise
  • All alcohol-free coffee and tea specialties
  • Bottled water on the excursions
  • Fresh fruit basket in your cabin, replenished daily
  • E-mails can be sent free of charge from the on-board laptop
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Travel documents with detailed destination information
  • All port fees
  • The use of snorkeling and waterskiing equipment is free of charge
Rates Exclude:
  • Tips
  • Excess luggage (allowance is up to 40 kg per passenger)
  • Additional meals and beverages (so far as not expressly included)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Transfers

Included

  • 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners
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