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From the glittering coast of Malaga to the colorful, historic shores of Lisbon, explore the highlights of the Iberian peninsula on this 8-day cruise aboard the luxurious Le Bougainville. Discover the rich, diverse history of sun-drenched resort town Marbella, home to ruins from civilizations of Arabic, Christian, and Roman influence. Spend two days immersing yourself in the Andalusian culture of Seville, exploring grand cathedrals and getting a taste of the delicious local cuisine. Stroll through twisting old neighborhoods and lush gardens in Cadiz, and spot unique species in the National Park outside Huelva. Your cruise concludes in Lisbon, where you'll have the chance to wander colorful streets lined with ornate Moorish architecture and colorful murals and tiles. 
Bridge of Plaza de Espana, SevilleOverlooking sunny MalagaVisit the historic Belem tower near LisbonDiscover the multicultural hub of CadizAdmire sun-soaked MalagaExplore beautiful Lisbon
Highlights
  • Explore the artistic heritage and sparkling beaches of Malaga
  • Wander the colorful streets of Lisbon, lined with ornate Moorish facades
  • Spot unique and protected species in Doñana National Park
  • Immerse yourself in vibrant Andalusian culture in Seville
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  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Malaga | Embark

  • 1 Dinner
A historical and festive town, Malaga is located in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol. Between the marina and the beaches, the seaside promenade of La Farola offers an ideal setting for strolling and relaxing. Set slightly further back, the Malagueta bullring is one of the emblematic sites of the city. From the hill overlooking the old town, one can see Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba, two fortified ensembles rising out from the cypresses and maritime pines. This city is also home to the birthplace of famed artist Pablo Picasso, and hosts a museum dedicated to the distinctive works of the renowned painter. 

Explore the city before boarding your ship this afternoon. 

Day 2: Marbella

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
In the province of Malaga, Marbella is a renowned seaside resort on the Costa del Sol. The remains of early Christian and Roman sites around this former mining town, located at the foot of the Sierra Blanca mountains, bear witness to a rich history. With its white houses on flowery little streets, the old town is perfect for a pleasant stroll. The Plaza de Los Naranjos, the former focal point of the city, is near the 10th-century Arabic castle and the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación. Nearby, discover the magnificent viewpoints offered by Ronda, a picturesque town perched 700 meters (2,296 feet) high. Its Puente Nuevo bridge majestically crosses the gorges of the Guadalevin River that cuts the town in two.

Day 3-4: Seville

  • Ship
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Standing on the banks of the Guadalquivir, Seville is a colorful city with a cosmopolitan charm. This Spanish city welcomes you with open arms while you explore its traditions and the rich heritage passed down from its Arabic history. Strolling around the Andalusian capital, discover magnificent architectural treasures like the Cathedral, the Giralda, and the Alcazar. You’ll also love the festive Sevillan atmosphere and the delicious tapas served in the city’s many bars.

Day 5: Cadiz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cadiz is located on the Costa de la Luz, in the southwest of Spain. From the beaches of Cortadura to the flamenco bars of Santa Maria, through the colorful streets of la Viña, discover the highlights of this ancient city, steeped in history and full of festive energy. In the medieval El Pópulo district, stroll along covered passages in the narrow gaps between houses, or wander the lush Mina square. The star of the show is the magnificent cathedral and its dome crowned with yellow porcelain, presiding above the sea.

Day 6: Huelva

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
The Andalusian city of Huelva is located on a peninsula at the confluence of the Odiel and Tinto rivers forming an estuary with the Atlantic. From Huelva, you’ll be able to discover the Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park’s different ecosystems   ̶  such as marshes, lagoons, pine forests, banks, shifting dunes, cliffs  ̶  are home to rich wildlife, including several protected species, such as the Iberian lynx. Near the park, the village of El Rocío has a Wild West feel to it. Every year, at Pentecost, its sandy streets welcome the Romería, Spain’s biggest pilgrimage.

Day 7: Lisbon

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Portugal’s capital, located on the banks of the Tagus River only a few kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbor impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments: Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and Moorish streets, this district is the oldest in the city and one of the most typical. Nearby Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of luxury shopping.

Today you may choose to join an optional excursion: 

From the pier, board your coach and pass by the historic districts of Lisbon: Rossio, also known as Dom Pedro IV Square, a lively place at any time of the day; Marquis of Pombal Square, dominated by the statue of the chief minister of Portugal between 1750 and 1777; and Belém, known as the Discoveries quarter due to its 16th-century monuments. Admire Belém Tower's lacy Venetian balconies and turreted towers, and the Monument of the Discoveries, an impressive structure dedicated to Henry the Navigator, designed to commemorate the age of the Discoveries.
Walk to Jeronimos Church & Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the 16th century. This monument, with a late gothic (Manueline style) architecture, is a tribute to the Portuguese Discoveries. It was designed by several architects to commemorate the return of Vasco da Gama from India. The construction began on January 06, 1501, and was completed during the 17th century. The monastery was built on the site of the former chapel Santa Maria de Belém, where Vasco da Gama prayed before sailing towards the African coast to reach India. Afterward, enjoy some free time before reboarding your coach and returning to the pier.

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From the pier, board your four-wheel drive Jeep for a 45-minute drive to Sesimbra. On the way, take the 25th April Bridge. Built by the American Steel Company and inaugurated in 1966, it closely resembles the famed Golden Gate Bridge in California. After crossing the bridge, head to Sesimbra fishing village. Make a stop at Sesimbra medieval Castle, which stands on a cliff over a cove and offers stunning views.
Your tour will take you to Portinho da Arrábida beach (weather permitting), admiring the Arrábida Natural Park. Enjoy a driving tour discovering the unique landscape of this coastal park. One of the main attractions is the wealth of its indigenous vegetation, one of the reasons which led the Arrábida zone to be considered as a genuine international scientific relic. On the way, enjoy some photo stops to admire the white limestone cliffs and sea views.
At the end of your tour, head to Azeitão to visit a wine cellar and taste local wines made with Moscatel grapes.
Finally, return to your ship.

Day 8: Lisbon | Disembark

Your journey concludes after breakfast. Disembark in Lisbon to continue your independent travels or begin your journey home. 

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Fares are based on double occupancy and are capacity controlled. Rates may increase at any time as the ship sells out and are subject to change without notice.

*Rates are capacity controlled and are subject to change without notice.

Cruise fares are per person and include the following:
  • All meals while onboard the ship 
  • Captain’s welcome cocktail and gala dinner
  • Gratuities to onboard crew, local guides and drivers
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • Evening entertainment and events
  • 24h room service (special selection)
  • English-speaking lecturer 
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by the ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite
  • Highly experienced bilingual (French-English) Expedition team 
  • Park entry fees into protected areas
  • Free and unlimited Wi-Fi (Internet access may be slower or in some situations interrupted, depending on certain geographic locations or other circumstances beyond our control).
Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned 
  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs, or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Optional Spa package to be booked prior to your departure
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry services, hair salon, and à la carte Spa treatments
  • Personal expenses, onboard medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

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