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Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca

Cruising from Morocco to Spain’s Andalusian Coast with Smithsonian Journeys

Casablanca - Lisbon - Example 8 Day Cruise aboard Le Bellot
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Embark on an 8-day cruise aboard Le Bellot, exploring from North Africa's Atlantic Coast to the Spanish Mediterranean. Dive into the region's profound historical legacy and dynamic modern culture. Beginning in Casablanca, Morocco, the cruise leads to Tangier, offering visits to the American Legation and a trek through the Rif Mountains to Tetouan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Delve into Andalusia during a full day in Malaga, including a Granada tour. Marbella offers options between Ronda's bullfighting and Dali's sculptures. Cadiz displays its ancient origins, with opportunities to visit Seville's Alcázar or enjoy flamenco. Portimao leads to Portugal's Algarve, exploring Silves' Moorish castle and Monchique's thermal springs. The adventure culminates in Lisbon, boasting UNESCO sites like Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower, inviting you to prolong your stay in this vibrant city set among seven hills.
Explore TangierAdmire sun-soaked MalagaCathedral in CadizVisit the historic Belem tower near LisbonHassan II Mosque, Casablanca
Highlights
  • Explore the architectural heritage of Casablanca's "White City" and learn about its cultural and historical diversity
  • Experience the historical and festive town of Malaga, with its marina, beaches, and iconic sites like the Malagueta bullring
  • Be amazed by the steeped history and festive atmosphere of Cadiz, with its medieval district and magnificent cathedral
  • Discover the rich landscapes and multicultural charm of Tangier
Places Visited
Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Casablanca | Embark

Situated along the Atlantic coast, Casablanca is the very image of contemporary Morocco: westernized and cosmopolitan. Exploring the architectural heritage of the “White City” tells you all you need to know about its cultural and historical diversity. Breathtaking highlights include the majestic Hassan II Mosque, considered to be one of the greatest religious buildings in the world. You can explore the narrow alleys of the old Medina, which stand in sharp contrast to the surrounding modern architecture. To get the most from the seafront, the Ain Diab Corniche provides a pleasant place for strolling with easy access to the beach.

Day 2-3: Tangier

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  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
Nestled in the Bay of Tangier, this bewitching Moroccan city lies at the northwestern tip of the country, along the famous Strait of Gibraltar. Following in the footsteps of the writers and artists inspired and seduced by the city’s climate and setting, it has rich landscapes and multicultural charm. You can instantly understand as soon as you set foot in the heart of Medina. An architectural masterpiece, the Kasbah is your gateway to the Sultan’s Palace and its gardens. If you prefer beaches to museums, you can relax just a few minutes from the city on the beautiful sweep of sand bathed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 4: Malaga

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Malaga, a historical and festive town, 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, 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 5: Marbella

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  • 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. Not far from here, 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, which cuts the town in two.

Day 6: Cadiz

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Andalusia’s Cadiz is located on the Costa de la Luz, in the south-west of Spain. From the beaches of Cortadura to the flamenco bars of Santa Maria and through the colorful streets of La Viña, be amazed by this city, which is both steeped in history and extremely festive. In the medieval El Pópulo district, stroll along covered passages in the narrow gaps between houses. 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: Portimao

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  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
At the entrance of the River Arade, Portimao is a former sardine port that has become a famous seaside city. From this pleasant town, you can explore Silves, the former capital of the Algarve. The town is dominated by a Moorish castle, one of the best preserved in Portugal. You can also admire the incredible cathedral with its baroque façade, built on the site of an old mosque. Then, go to Monchique, a small mountain town surrounded by a forest of lush eucalyptus and cork oaks. In the maze of narrow cobbled streets and whitewashed houses, discover a wilder and more authentic Algarve.

Day 8: Lisbon | 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, are 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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Deluxe Suite Deck 3
27 m² area featuring, 6m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, 1 sofa, shower
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38 m² area featuring an 8m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
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Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 6
45 m² area featuring, 40m² private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Bathtub
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Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 5
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45 m² area featuring an 30m² Private balcony, individually-controlled air-conditioning, King-size bed or twin beds, Shower
Included
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Port Fees
  • Unlimited Wifi
  • Onboard Entertainment 
  • Captain’s Welcome Cocktail and Gala Dinner
  • Gratuities to Onboard Crew
  • “Open Bar” (pouring wines, house champagne, alcohol except premium brands...list available upon request)
  • 24h Room Service (special selection)
  • English-Speaking Lecturer 
  • Highly experienced and bilingual (French-English) expedition staff
  • Park Entry Fees into Protected Areas
  • Water sports activities (except scuba diving) using the ship’s equipment, when permitted by local authorities and confirmed by ship Master according to safety and sea conditions onsite. 
  • A program of onboard enrichment provided by two Smithsonian Journeys Experts
  • Transfers and luggage handling from the airport in Casablanca to the ship on the day of embarkation
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Lisbon at the end of the cruise on the morning of disembarkation
Excluded
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Visa Fees
  • Optional Excursions - Ponant allows you to pre-book your excursions approximately six to two months prior to the cruise* departure. Please note that this is subject to change. Please contact us for more details.
  • Any ground services before and/or after the cruise other than the ones mentioned
  • Laundry Services, Hair Salon, and à La Carte Spa Treatments
  • Pre or post cruise programs, overland programs or shore excursions 
  • Beverages other than the ones mentioned in inclusions
  • CDP recommends that every Traveler has full and adequate travel insurance covering the risks of cancellation, assistance being required, repatriation, damages to and loss of baggage, and medical expenses

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