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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.
Balearic Islands & Spain$16908RelaxedThe Star Flyer takes you on a fantastic 8-day tall ship sailing adventure to Spain and the incredible Balearic 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.
Transatlantic: Las Palmas to Barbados$201516RelaxedSit back and take in the smell of the fresh ocean breeze up on deck on this extraordinary 16-day cruise that takes you across the Northern Atlantic Ocean. Start at the famous and charming city of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and voyage all the way to the stunningly beautiful Caribbean Islands.
Portugal & Spain$268014RelaxedCruise the ancient trade routes from Lisbon to Barcelona aboard an exclusive ship, traveling to the lesser-traveled ports of Morocco and Portugal’s Algarve region, in addition to Marbella's spectacular beaches and the beautiful Spanish Coast. Visit Cartagena, Malaga, Valencia, and more!
Transatlantic: Malaga to Barbados$330023RelaxedThe wind blows through the rigging, the ship covers knot after knot. Aided by the trade winds, it sails off towards the horizon. Where to? On board the Star Flyer you know where you're heading, but when the Santa Maria left the Canary Islands, neither the crew nor the captain, Christopher Columbus, knew where they were going.
Grand Voyage: Spain, Morocco, and Portugal$303013RelaxedJoin the Royal Clipper on this unforgettable 13-day Grand Voyage adventure. Sail across the spectacular Mediterranean Sea and discover all the wonders and hidden treasures on this historic region. Visit Cannes, Bonifacio, Mahon, Ibiza, Motril, Malaga, Marvella, Gibraltar, Tangier, Cadiz and more!
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.
Balearic Islands & Corsica$18458RelaxedThis region of Europe has much to offer the adventurous soul or one who prefers just the perfect get-away in warm coastal waters, simply letting the world go by. Experience the vibrant ports of call of the Western Mediterranean on this 8-day cruise from Malaga to Cannes aboard the Royal Clipper.

10 Best Douro River Cruises for 2017

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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$20718RelaxedThe 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.
Enticing Douro - Cruise Only$33998RelaxedJoin 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.
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 (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.
Port Wine & Flamenco$454914RelaxedWine tastings & culture are at the center of this 14-day cruise from Portugal to Spain through the Douro Valley aboard the MS Amavida. Travel past vineyards, dramatic gorges, and steeply terraced hillsides as you visit important historical sites and learn about the ancient history of the region, including stops in Pinhão, Entre-os-Rios, and Madrid.
Discoveries of Coastal Europe$998013RelaxedThe coast of Western Europe makes for a sweeping journey—soak up the fine food and fantastic art, plus the myriad historical sites, from France’s Mont Saint-Michel, Spain’s Santiago de Compostela, and the French- and British-influenced Channel Islands on this 13-day Ocean Adventurer cruise.

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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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