Visit the one and only Alhambra Palace in Granada. This Moorish ‘pearl set in emeralds’ must be seen to be believed. Take in the natural beauty of the Algarve coast, with its jagged coastline cut with caves and grottoes. Slow the pace down a notch with some bird watching in the Ria Formosa National Park, looking out for flamingos, herons and kingfishers. Visit the bizzare town that rivals anything in Mexico for spaghetti western flair – El Rocio. This is a place of annual pilgrimage for more than a million people
The lands south of Portugal and Spain sail somewhere under the radar compared to their northern brothers, yet the area is home to some of the best sights that Iberia has to offer. Dive straight in to this exciting yet lesser-explored region by boat, starting off from Lisbon before exploring some stunning medieval castles. Sail on to Cadiz, Seville and Jerez de la Frontera before swinging by the famous ‘Rock’ of Gibraltar, then push on to Granada before docking in Malaga. If there’s one favour you should do yourself on this trip – definitely fill up on some excellent local food and drink along the way. Wrap your head around some interesting local history, or kick back on the Panorama II’s upper deck while you work on your tan. Either way, this adventure cruise is an excellent opportunity to experience the Iberian lifestyle first-hand.
Breakfast Included: 7 Lunches Included: 1 Lunches Included: 7
Arrive in Malaga and board the ship in the late afternoon. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing with the group to go over the finer details of your upcoming journey. Sit down to dinner with your fellow travellers in the evening. You'll then sail overnight for Motril.
After your overnight voyage from Malaga, in the morning, make an excursion out to Nerja caves and Balcon de Europa. There are two different transfer times offered from Nerja to Motril, so you can choose to have free time in either place. While Nerja is the smaller town of the two, both are delightful coastal towns. Spend the night at port.
After breakfast on board, a full day tour of Granada takes you to Alhambra, which you explore with a local guide. After an optional group lunch in Granada, a city renowned for its unique cuisine, enjoy a walking tour with your leader. Afterwards, take some free time to you’re your own discoveries around town. Board the ship in Puerto Banus and enjoy dinner on board. Sail overnight to Tangier.
Arrive early in Tangier. After breakfast on board, the group disembarks and breaks up into smaller parties for a day tour of Tangier. Tour the medina with a local guide, sip mint tea in a cafe in Hafa, and perhaps opt for a group lunch at a local restaurant to sample some local Moroccan cuisine. Sail overnight to Cadiz.
Set eyes on beautiful Cadiz in the early morning. Set off after breakfast for a full day coach tour to Seville. Here you set off on a walking tour with a local guide, followed by some free time to make your own discoveries around town. On the way back, stop in Jerez to sample some sherry; there's no better place to do so, as this is the home of this famous fortified wine. Sail overnight for Huelva.
Cool off with a swim in the morning at a beach en route to Huelva. After lunch, disembark in Huelva and take a bus to El Rocio. This must be Spain's strangest town, looking very much like a scene from a Spaghetti Western, it is the site of a large pilgrimage each year following Pentecost. Spend some time exploring the town and hearing its' stories from a local guide before returning to the boat. The evening is at your leisure in Huelva. Sail overnight to Portimao.
Arrive in Portimao in the morning. Take a trip inland to Silves, a town largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake. With your entry included, marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir, a 13th Century Cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque, and a fine strong 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. Take a walking tour of the odl walled town of Lagos before returning to Portimao. Rejoin the ship and sail to Lisbon around 1pm.
Your adventure comes to an end in Lisbon after breakfast.