Jewels of the Western Mediterranean

11-Days | Lisbon • Huelva • Gibraltar • Melilla • Cartagena • Sardinia • Rome • Sorrento • Malta

Fares From £2,035

Single Supplement 15%

Jewels of the Western Mediterranean – Cruise Summary

Experience a unique combination of Spanish temperament and Italian dolce vita on this relaxing voyage through the Mediterranean.

Embark from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon for the hidden gem of Huelva in the heart of Andalusia, a vibrant flamenco city filled with historic architecture, rich flora and charming southern flair.

On the Gibraltar Peninsula, meet the cheeky animal inhabitants of the Rock of Gibraltar, or visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Gorham’s Cave, where Neanderthals once lived.

Cross the Alboran Sea for a guided walk through the wonderfully multicultural old quarter of Melilla, one of only two autonomous Spanish cities on the coast of Morocco, with the most Art Nouveau buildings in the nation after Barcelona.

On the Spanish mainland, explore the harbour town of Cartagena in the company of our expert local guide, take a gourmet tour with tapas and wine tasting, or visit the former La Unión mine, before being entertained by a traditional flamenco show.

In the Sardinian capital of Cagliari, visit the ancient archaeological site of Su Nuraxi in Barumini, before spending the afternoon in the city on a combined panoramic and walking tour. Or simply relax on one of its beautiful sandy beaches.

Italy’s ‘Eternal City’ of Rome is filled with some of the greatest wonders in the Western world, including the 65,000-seat Flavian ‘Colosseum’, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Sistine Chapel of the Vatican, where Michelangelo’s extraordinary ceiling frescoes remaining as breathtaking today as the day they were completed.

Southeast of Naples, explore the historic port of Sorrento, which rises up from the waterfront into the hillside as though carved from the very rock itself. Or let the city be your launchpad for the rugged coastline and stunning villages of the Amalfi Coast.

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  • The Barbary macaque monkeys of Gibraltar

  • The Spanish exclave of Melilla on the shores of Morocco

  • The UNESCO World Heritage archaeological site of Su Nuraxi in Sardinia

  • Full day and an evening departure from the ‘Eternal City’ of Rome

  • Sorrento and the beautiful Amalfi Coast

Day-by-Day Itinerary


Day 1 – Lisbon, Portugal

Departure time: 18:00
In Lisbon, the famous monument Padrão des Descobrimentos reminds of adventurous seafarers like the namesake of our VASCO DA GAMA or Ferdinand Magellan. Explore the fascinating metropolis and enjoy the Portuguese way of life!

Embarkation 15:00 – 17:00



Day 2 – Huelva (Seville), Spain

Docking time: 12:00 Departure time: 20:00



Day 3 – Gibraltar

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
On the Gibraltar peninsula you almost feel like you are in a small English town: there are inviting pubs, red telephone boxes and the typical British mailboxes. Only the weather is better – almost 2,800 hours of sunshine a year invite you to explore. Visit the Rock of Gibraltar with its cheeky animal inhabitants or Gorham’s Cave.

Day 4 – Melilla, Spain – Spanish Morocco

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
Impressive caves, varied museums and an enchanting historic old town await you in Melilla. The fascinating mix of Spanish and Arabic culture in the Spanish enclave on the North African coast enchants visitors from all over the world.





Day 5 – Cartagena (Murcia), Spain

Berthing time: 08:00 Departure time: 18:00
Follow in the footsteps of the past in Cartagena, Spain: Stroll across Heroes’ Square, marvel at the ruins of the cathedral destroyed in the civil war and visit the historic city walls. Don’t forget to enjoy the spectacular view of the beautiful bay!





Day 6 – At Sea

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea to soak up everything Vasco da Gama has to offer.




Day 7 – Cagliari, Sardinia

Berthing time: 07:00 Departure time: 16:00
Cagliari is the capital of Sardinia. The old town, called “Castello”, is located on a hilltop; from here you can see the entire Gulf of Cagliari. Cagliari stands for Italian charm, fantastic beaches and hip city flair.

Day 8 – Civitavecchia (Rome), Italy

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 20:00
From Civitavecchia you can reach beautiful Rome. And here you are spoiled for choice: Admire the imposing St. Peter’s Basilica in enchanting Rome or take a trip to Vatican City, the center of the Roman Catholic Church, and marvel at true masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Or enjoy the pulsating metropolis with its highlights: the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain and the Colosseum…




Day 9 – Sorrento, Italy

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 22:00



Day 10 – At Sea

Another chance to enjoy the hospitality of your ship.





Day 11 – Valletta, Malta

Berthing time: 08:00

Disembarkation until 09:00 






Shore excursions are available at a supplement and can be pre-booked, approximately 30 days prior to departure, or booked onboard.

Fares From £2,035

Single Supplement 15%


Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin and are correct at the time of going to print, but may be subject to change. Cruise only options and single supplements are available on request. Tailor-made transfers can be booked at a supplement. Please call our Reservations Team for up to date pricing and availability.

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    • Return economy flights from London
    • All meals on board
    • Gratuities
    • Bathrobes
    • Coffee machine
    • Refillable premium drinks bottle
    • Nightly onboard entertainment
    • Guest speaker programme
    • Baggage handling and port fees
    • Full ATOL financial protection
    • Transfers abroad

    Additional Charges

    • Drinks package
    • Wi-Fi
    • Shore excursions
    • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
    • Regional flight supplements

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