Pearls of the Southern Iberian Coast

Malaga – Tangier – Cadiz – Portimao – Lisbon (8 Days)

Fares From £1,495 pp

PEARLS OF THE SOUTHERN IBERIAN COAST CRUISE SUMMARY

With extended layovers and three overnight stays, this cruise offers plenty of time to explore some of the most traditional and lively cities of southern Iberia, including the world-famous Alhambra Palace, the last Iberian capital of the Moors, or enjoy a guided walk around Málaga, before tasting some local delicacies.

Highlights of Tangier include a visit to the breathtaking Caves of Hercules, once believed to connect Morocco with Gibraltar, or an excursion to the UNESCO World Heritage Medina of Tétouan, on the slopes of Jebel Dersa Mountain, which is one of the most complete holy cities of its kind in North Africa.

Clinging to Spain’s Atlantic coast, the influence of Cádiz has been felt far and wide for over 4,000 years, while legend has it the beautiful and romantic Andalusian capital of Seville was founded some 3,000 years ago by Hercules.

On this cruise you will also have a chance to visit Jerez de la Frontera, for a guided tour around the city, before being invited to visit an authentic bodega to sample some of its most famous export, Sherry.

Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy a wine tasting session in the cosy coastal town of Portimão. Visit the chic seaside resort town of Estoril, where the iconic casino inspired Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel. Nestled against the northern slope of the “Serra de Sintra” mountains, Sintra is a picturesque village that is filled with charming narrow roads and lush greenery, then returning to shore, the traditional fishing town of Cascais has been a popular holiday resort for well over a century.

In the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, where the lively blend of culture, history and cuisine is sure to impress, highlights include the historic Belem Quarter, the Belem Tower, the Monument of the Discoveries and the Monastery of Jeronimos.

CRUISING ON VASCO DA GAMA 

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Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Malaga, Spain

Fly from London to Malaga. Board Vasco da Gama.

Day 2 – Malaga

Pure culture in Málaga! In the birthplace of Picasso on Spain’s Costa del Sol, numerous diverse museums are waiting to be discovered. Let yourself be enchanted by the lively ambience of the port city with its historic monuments, modern trendy neighbourhoods and charming bars with local specialties.

Day 3 – Tangier, Morocco

Experience a true melting pot of different cultures in the enchanting port city of Tangier! Admire the fascinating Anglican Church of Saint Andrew, built in a Moorish style, and marvel at the numerous buildings in Euro-Mediterranean architectural styles in this impressive city in north-west Morocco.

Day 4 & 5 – Cadiz, Spain

Cadiz in Andalusia is a Spanish port city built on a promontory surrounded by the sea on almost all sides where more than 100 watchtowers looked out for merchant and expedition ships. Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and is characterised by a winding old town with many small squares.

Day 6 – Portimao, Portugal

Ship at anchor

Stroll along the picturesque promenade in Portimão or watch the hustle and bustle of the charming Portuguese port city from a shady spot. The historic old town gives the place a special flair!

 

Day 7 – Lisbon, Portugal islands of the atlantic nicko cruises uk

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is located at the mouth of the Tagus River and on the Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Marvel at the Torre de Belém and discover the Park of Nations, on whose grounds the World’s Fair was held in 1998.

 

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Disembark for your return flight home

The excursions marked in blue are included in your cruise package. The excursions marked in red can only be booked on board. Mooring and casting off times are guidance times. We reserve the right to change itineraries and excursion programmes. If a route cannot be travelled due to low/high water or a ship defect, the shipping company reserves the right to take passengers on this route by bus, to accommodate them in hotels and/or change the route. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to change to another ship.

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Overnight in Lisbon, Cádiz and Málaga
  • The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Alhambra, Tétouan and Seville   
  •  A variety of options for culinary excursions in your ports of call   
  • Chance to enjoy excursions to the coastal towns of Lagos and Sagres, or a jeep tour through the mountains and villages of the Algarve   
  • Panoramic trip and visit to a wine cellar in Azeitão, for a tastin

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

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26 Nov – 03 Dec 2022

 

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a cabin. Prices may be subject to change due to flight availability/pricing. Please call our Reservations Team on 01223 568907 for up to date pricing and availability. Single supplements vary depending on cabin category and date of travel, please call for details.

Cruises for other durations
We also offer a number of cruises on the Rhine and Danube for different durations from 4-13 days

Cruise Only Prices
We appreciate that you may want to make your own travel arrangements and can provide cruise only prices on request

City Hotel Stays
We can tailor-make any cruise itinerary with additional pre or post cruise hotels. Please enquire for our recommended hotels and prices.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Return economy flights from London
  • All meals on board
  • Classic drinks package including wine, beer, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks (Premium upgrade available at a supplement)
  • Gratuities
  • WiFi
  • Nightly onboard entertainment
  • Guest speaker programme
  • Baggage handling and port fees
  • Full ATOL financial protection

Additional Charges

  • Overseas transfers
  • Shore excursions 
  • Club/Premium Class Flight Upgrades (prices on request)
  • Regional flight supplements
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