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Explore the best of Spain on a Mediterranean cruise or a river cruise down the legendary Douro, Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers. Explore the cosmopolitan cultural centers of Barcelona, & Madrid. Visit the royal Alcazar Palace in Seville, built originally for the Moorish Muslim kings, in stark contrast to the gothic cathedrals of European influence. Witness authentic Flamenco expressions in the Andalusia region. Or, visit the beaches of the volcanic Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast. Many Spanish cruises also either start or end on Portugal's Atlantic coast, giving you a chance to get to know cities like Lisbon and Porto. Southern Spain also provides an excellent place to embark on a Mediterranean cruise visiting France, Italy and even Morocco in Northern Africa. Contact one of our Spanish cruise experts today.

10 Best Cruises in Spain for 2017

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Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Mediterranean: Barcelona to Valencia$51558RelaxedExplore the marvelous Spanish Coast on a sensational 8-day voyage across this famous and historic region. Starting in the charming city of Barcelona, visit Tarragona, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, and finally the jet set island of Ibiza en route to Valencia.
Balaeric Islands & Spain$16908RelaxedThe Star Flyer takes you on a fantastic 8-day tall ship sailing adventure to Spain and the incredible Balaeric Islands, exploring Malaga, Cartagena, world-famous Ibiza, Frontera, Valencia, and much more!
Mediterranean & Morocco: Valencia to Casablanca$55959RelaxedBe a part of this incredible 9-day adventure, sailing between Orient and Occident, and following the footsteps of the Moors along the Spanish coast to Morocco. Discover a fascinating mix in Valencia, as many bygone eras have left their mark on it, but this historical legacy is juxtaposed with an impressive mixture of magnificent modern buildings.
Mediterranean & Morocco: Valencia to Casablanca 2017$49259RelaxedThis 9-day cruise starts in the gorgeous city of Valencia and sails all the way to the enchanting city of Casablanca. Discover the historical legacy, architecture, and culture of this unique region as you explore World Heritage Sites, old cities, and the beaches along the Spanish coast.
Mediterranean: Lisbon to Valencia$51558RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud on this 8-day sailing expedition exploring some of the most spectacular landscapes in the Mediterranean. Make your way from Lisbon, Portugal through the waters of the sea to the charming city of Valencia, Spain.
Iberian Peninsula: Bilbao to Lisbon$48958RelaxedJoin the Sea Cloud II on this 8-day sailing expedition starting in the traditional and historic city of Bilbao, Spain and sailing to Lisbon, Portugal. Admire one of the city's most famous landmarks which has been greeting visitors right on the estuary since 1521 - the Torre de Belém.
Mediterranean & Morocco: Casablanca to Gran Canary$665511RelaxedEmbark on this fantastic 11-day adventure discovering the highlights along the coast of Morocco and the Canary Islands. On your journey, explore Agadir, Lanzarote, Tenefire, La Palma, La Gomera, and more. Experience magnificent diversity in the cities and national parks along your journey.
Mediterranean: Civitavecchia to Malaga$629510RelaxedDelight yourself with the perfect mix of history and adventure on this exclusive 10-day voyage aboard the Sea Cloud II. Set sail from one of the largest and busiest ports in the Mediterranean, Civitavecchia, and travel all the way to Malaga, one of Europe's leading treasures.
Grand Voyage: Athens to Malaga$272015RelaxedJoin the Star Flyer on an exceptional 15-day sailing expedition to some of the most charming destinations in Greece and the dazzling coast of Spain. Visit Monemvasia, Pilos, Valletta, Cagliari, Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza, Cartagena, Motril, and end in Malaga.
Canary Islands: Las Palmas Round-trip$27955RelaxedSail around the Canary Islands on this incredible trip aboard a legendary tall ship that shows you exactly what it was born to do. Discover this rich destination as you visit Gran Canaria, La Gomera, and Tenerife.

10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2017

Douro River
Trip NameFromDaysLevelSummary
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$25718RelaxedThis 8-day cruise aboard the MS Gil Eanes takes you on a roundtrip journey from Porto, Portugal to historic Salamanca. Sample the wines of Vila Nova de Gaia and visit Vila Real's Manor Solar of Mateus. Roman, Arabic, and Christian influences can be seen in the architecture and folklore that highlight this region as well.
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$24778RelaxedJoin the crew of the MS Miguel Torga on this comprehensive 8-day excursion from Porto to Salamanca. As you sail the Douro on a roundtrip from Porto, you will visit Vila Real, Braga, Salamanca, and Lamego, plus the gardens of Solar de Mateus Manor and the wine tasting at the centuries-old vineyards of the Porto Wine Trail.
Portugal to Spain - Porto, the Douro Valley and Salamanca$22398RelaxedThe 8-day Douro river cruise aboard the MS Infante Don Henrique offers excellent opportunities to visit the treasures of Portugal and Spain. Most notably, you'll try the renowned wine of Vila Nova de Gaia and walk the beautiful gardens of Solar of Mateus Manor before reaching the colorful houses and ancient and new cathedral of Salamanca.
The Douro River$21618RelaxedSail the Douro River through Portugal and Spain on this 8-day cruise aboard the MS Vasco de Gama. Departing from coastal Porto, you will be immersed in the scenic beauty of Iberia as you visit quaint, traditional towns along the Douro, including Régua, Pinhão, Entre Os Rios, & Salamanca. Walking tours of these cities complement the natural beauty.
Enticing Douro - Cruise Only$30998RelaxedJoin the MS Amavida on a fantastic 8-day roundtrip cruise from Porto along the enchanting Douro River and the charming cities and towns along its banks, like Regua, Salamanca, & Vega De Terron, each with its own unique flavors, culture, & history for you to experience. Sites like Jerónimos Monastery and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies stand out.
Porto, the Douro Valley, and Salamanca$17256RelaxedJoin the MS Miguel Torga on an exceptional 6-day voyage up the Douro River. Starting in Porto, discover breathtaking views and landscapes across the Douro Valley, as you make your way to Salamanca, Spain and back. This relaxing cruise promises visits to cultural sites & charming villages, and incredible sunsets.
Port Wine & Flamenco - Cruise Only$28998RelaxedEnjoy a luxurious 8-day cruise from Porto through the Douro region to Vega Terrón, Spain aboard the MS Amavida. Traverse the rich wine country, home to the Quinta de Avelada wine estate and 16th century fortress Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo. And the historic pilgrimage site of Lamego hosts Nossa Senhora dos Remédios sanctuary & a Gothic cathedral.
Enticing Douro (Wine Themed) - Cruise Only$30998RelaxedEnjoy a relaxing 8-day cruise through Portugal's Douro River Valley to Vega Terrón, Spain aboard the MS Amavida, exploring the dramatic countryside and sampling wines from some of the best wineries in the region. Tour the ancient city of Porto and visit hallmark buildings like monasteries and Nossa Senhora dos Remedios in Lamego.
Enticing Douro$387911RelaxedSpend 3 magical nights in charming Lisbon followed by a relaxing 7-night cruise through the spectacular Douro River Valley, featuring stops in Regua, Pinhao, and Salamanca & Vega Terron in Spain. Dramatic gorges and lush vineyards highlight this journey as you get to know the laid back culture and savory flavors of this Iberian region.
Enticing Douro (Wine Themed)$387911RelaxedThis 11-day Portugal cruise of the Douro River aboard the MS Amavida is book-ended by several days in modern Lisbon and traditional Porto, featuring stops in Regua, Sintra, Fatima, Pinhao, Vega Terron, and Barca d'Alva. Experience Belem Tower, a Gothic Monastery, a wine tasting & museum tour at Quinto de Sexio, and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo.

Spain Travel Guide

Spain's Major Cities
Comprising the majority of the Iberian Peninsula, the cultures and traditions of Spain are as diverse as Europe itself, and each city has a distinct personality, home to its own unique sites and attractions. Flamenco, wine-tasting, hiking, biking, and walking tours are just a few of the activities available to you as you visit:
  • Barcelonaone of the most-visited destinations in the world and home of the work of legendary architect Antoni Gaudi, whose "Sagrada Familia" is still under construction to this day, after more than 100 years.
  • Seville – Alcazar palace, the Andalusian gardens, and Maria Luisa Park.
  • Granada – Tucked between the three hills of Albaicin,  Sacromonte, and Alhambra bordering the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range in Spain's Andalusia region.
  • Cordoba – home to the famous mosque-cathedral, with a stunning 856 interior columns; also home to the Jewish Quarter.
  • Balearic Islands – Bike or hike through the charming traditional towns and rolling valleys and mountains of the countryside.

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Why should I choose a Spain cruise?
Whether you're touring coastal Spain and the Mediterranean or central Spain and Portugal via the Douro River, a cruise is definitely the way to go. There's no question that these cruises are quickly becoming the most popular way to see Europe, and it's no wonder why – the value of a cruise is much better than a land-based tour since all lodging, meals, and the daily tours are included. Plus, you will not lose any time getting from one destination to the next since your vessel will take advantage of nights and meal times to do the majority of the cruising. Several riverboats and ships will also rent bikes or snorkeling equipment depending on the tour. 

What should I look for on a riverboat?
Whether you are planning to explore the Iberian coast of the Mediterranean or the rivers that course through central Spain and Portugal, you can count on comfort and style on your riverboat. Spacious cabins, multiple social areas, fine dining, bars, and perhaps even a pool, spa, or fitness area are all amenities available on our vessels and ships. On the river vessels, you will enjoy the views from the panoramic sun decks, and the mega-yachts of the Mediterranean will delight you with their luxurious highlights. 

Can I find a five-star boat to cruise Spain?
The boats we feature for our Spanish cruises aren't considered five-star vessels due to size limitations and the consequent fewer social areas and amenities, however we have hand-picked a selection of the most comfortable, elegant, and stylish boats to rival the experience of any five star cruise ship.

Should I get a room with a balcony?
Unless your heart is set on a balcony, it's generally just an unneccesary expense. Your boat already has a panoramic sundeck and a balcony could actually take up some of your cabin's floor space, so your best bet is to book a room with floor to ceiling windows or a "French balcony" that has a sliding glass door facing outwards that you can use to convert your whole room into a "balcony."

What is dining like?
On your journey through Spain you will enjoy a delightful mix of gourmet local and international cuisine prepared by talented local chefs.

Do river cruises ever visit destinations that aren't on the river?
Yes! Spain has a lot of destinations that aren't right on the rivers, so many of our itineraries do include these as well. Your boat will dock in the closest port and then you will enjoy a scenic luxury coach ride to your destination that day.

Will my vessel have WiFi?
Some vessels do, some vessels don't. But even the vessels that do offer WiFi might frequently be out of range of a signal, so you might not have signal for up to several days.

What kind of power outlets are there? Will I need a converter?
Europe runs on 220v power, whereas North America has 110v power, but since most devices can handle both levels, there's usually no need to buy a power converter. The plugs will require adapters – you will need to have either two round prongs or three flat prongs.

How can I save money on a river cruise?
The best way to save money on a river cruise is to find a great promotion on our Deals page. Alternatively, you could let us know which destinations you'd like to visit and we'll tell you as soon as we find special offers. Don't try to save money on a cruise by reserving a cabin that is smaller or cheaper since you will probably be diminishing the overall quality of your experience as well.

Are river cruises in Spain a good family vacation?
Spain can be a very fun destination to visit with the whole family, but make sure that if you are traveling with younger kids you aren't booking a cruise that focuses on wine tasting, since these are better for more mature travelers of a drinking age. Check out our family travel article for more information.

Do Americans and Canadians need a passport and visa to travel to Spain?
All citizens of North America traveling to Europe need a passport that is valid for at least 6 months. In recent years, it has not been necessary to apply for a visa before traveling to Europe if you plan to stay less than three months, however, this situation may change in the future. See current European visa requirements.

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