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Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal - with Smithsonian Journeys

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Champlain
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From Barcelona to Lisbon, embark on Le Champlain for an unforgettable 8-day cruise around the Spanish and Portuguese shores. Upon arriving in Barcelona, be captivated by Antoni Gaud's iconic architectural creations, notably the UNESCO World Heritage Basilica of Sagrada Familia. From there, your cruise goes to Mallorca. Visit the Gothic-style Bellver Castle, one of Europe's few round castles, or ride a vintage train through the island's orange and olive fields, almond and locust-bean trees, beautiful villages, and pine-covered mountains. Then head to Andalusia's rich cultural environment, including Málaga and Cadiz, one of Spain's oldest cities. Explore the great Alhambra in Grenada and the spectacular Alcázar in Seville. Your journey ends in Lisbon. The Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Lisbon. Explore the city's seven hills and take in the locals' joie de vivre.
 
Explore ValenciaLisbon, PortugalExplore Palma de MallorcaThe towering cathedral of Palma de MallorcaThe beautiful port city of Cadiz, SpainSagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona
Highlights
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Basílica de la Sagrada Família.
  • Sail with Smithsonian Journeys Experts including architectural historian Gail Cornell.
  • Discover the enchanting landscape Málaga and Cádiz.
  • Explore the Balearic Islands including Palma de Mallorca, their capital.
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Day 1: Barcelona, Spain | Embark

Located on the seashore between the mountains of Montjuïc and Tibidabo, Barcelona offers its many visitors a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. Truly an open-air museum, the “prodigious town” reveals an astonishing range of artistic treasures and museums, combining Roman ruins, medieval districts, and a number of avant-garde elements from the 20th Century. Over the years, it has been marked by some of the greatest artists, such as Picasso, Miró, or Gaudí, most of whose work has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Take the time to stroll along the Ramblas and enjoy the gentle, typically Mediterranean lifestyle of the capital of Catalonia.

Day 2: Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Palma de Mallorca reveals its many treasures: idyllic coves, majestic limestone cliffs that plunge into the clear sapphire- and turquoise-colored waters of the Mediterranean, and vast plains planted with almond trees, olive trees, and vineyards. When your ship calls at the capital of the Balearic Islands, take a walk to discover its emblematic monuments, such as its famous cathedral, and amble through its old streets. Here, like a painting, the island’s historical heritage forms a backdrop to the lively and warm cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Mediterranean. 

Available Excursions:

Fundació Miró Mallorca and Palma City
Mallorca by Vintage Train
Marivent Gardens and Palma's Old Town

 

Day 3: Valencia

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Valencia - the city of Art and Sciences. Two hearts beat in this Spanish city: one is modern, avant-garde, and almost futuristic; the other is more provincial, more traditional, and nostalgic. Valencia has the temperament of a great Mediterranean city whose wide avenues form a border around the old town. The city has an abundance of architectural styles that coexist harmoniously, but above all it resolutely embraces the 21st Century with the futuristic structures of its Agora congress center and City of Arts and Sciences, emerging from a crystal blue pool.

Available Excursions:
Valencia's Old town at La Plaza de la Reina

Day 4: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 5: Málaga

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 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. To visit Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, you will go first to the courtly plaza de la Merced. A few streets back from here, you can explore the museum dedicated to the artist, in the Buenavista Palace.

Day 6: Cadiz (Spain)

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Andalusia’s 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, you will be amazed by this city, which is both steeped in history and extremely festive. In the medieval El Pópulo district, you will stroll along covered passages in the narrow gaps between houses. You will also be able to mosey around the lush Mina square. The star of the show is the magnificent cathedral and its dome crowned with yellow porcelain, presiding above the Ocean.

Day 7: At Sea

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

Day 8: Lisbon, Portugal | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, 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 its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one in the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of luxury shopping.

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Le Champlain Pool
Le Champlain Observatory
Ponant Sauna

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Area: 45 m². 30m² private balcony with hot tub and sliding bay windows. King-size or twin beds and shower + bathtub.

Notes

*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
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except for 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
  • Complimentary boot rental on select cruises
 Cruise, Flights & Transfers program rates are per person and also include:
  • Meet and Greet by representatives at the destination airport
  • Transfer to the ship and other services before and after the cruise according to detailed programs available upon request 10 months prior to departure
* Flights are being studied and are subject to change until the flight plan is confirmed and this is up to 3 months prior to each cruise

Cruise fares do not include:
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned in each “Cruise, Flights & Transfers” package and for which details are available upon request
  • Pre or post-cruise programs, overland programs, or shore excursions mentioned
  • Visa expenses and/or immigration reciprocity taxes if applicable
  • Luggage handling
  • Gratuities to the onboard crew, local guides, and drivers
  • 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, on board medical consultations, and drug prescriptions
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation/medical insurance(s)

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Our guide and driver were very good with their knowledge and were very helpful with our questions. It was a very pleasant visit that would have been impossible to do on our own. Hotels and restaurants were fantastic. The special places we got to go to, like the kitchens, were great. Enjoyed the entire trip!
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