Spain & Italian Island Highlights

7-Days | Lisbon • Cadiz • Cartagena • Menorca • Sardinia • Sicily • Malta

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Spain & Italian Island Highlights Cruise Summary

Embark from the Portuguese capital of Lisbon for Cádiz, historic gateway to the New World, where the buildings of the old quarter seem to shimmer with silver when bathed in pure white sunlight.

Visit Jerez de la Frontera for a sampling of its most famous export, Sherry, before being invited to an authentic bodega, for practical insights into traditional Spanish cuisine during a tapas cookery class.

Alternatively, enjoy a daytrip to the magical city of Seville, birthplace of Flamenco, to discover its greatest UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the Alcazar Royal Palace, once described as a vision of heaven on earth.

Cruising the Mediterranean, experience a spectacular entrance into the harbour of Cartagena, before exploring the Spanish port in the company of an expert local guide. Or visit the former La Unión mine, where the ancient Romans extracted silver and lead, before being entertained by a traditional flamenco show.

In the Balearics, take a sight-seeing tour of Menorca, including an exclusive wine and cheese tasting event. Or enjoy a guided hike through the diverse natural habitats of the S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Alternatively, climb the peninsula of La Mola, where the 19th-century stone fortress is one of the most important historic landmarks in the archipelagos.

Arriving in Sardinia, get to the know a more authentic side of Italy’s second largest island, with a guided tour through the historic old quarter of Oristano, capital of the province of the same name, where the cobblestone lanes, beautiful churches, baroque buildings and piazzas lined with cafés are the perfect place to relax.

On the west coast of Sicily, discover the traditional port city of Trapani, originally named after the Greek word for “scythe,” due to its curved harbour. From here you may explore the archaeological park of Selinunte, one of the largest and most impressive of its kind in Europe, where excavations have revealed numerous temples, Doric columns and an extensive fortification system. Or pay a visit to the city of Marsala, to combine the historic with the culinary as you sample some of the region’s famous dessert wines.

SPAIN AND ITALIAN ISLANDS HIGHLIGHTS

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Sherry tasting with tapas in Jerez de la Frontera

  • The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Seville

  • The Balearic Island of Menorca

  • The lesser visited Sardinian city of Oristano

  • Sicily, for the ruins of Selinunte and wine-tasting in Marsala

Day-by-Day Itinerary

 

Day 1 – Lisbon, Portugal

Departure time: 17:30
 
In Lisbon, the famous Padrão des Descobrimentos monument commemorates adventurous sailors such as the namesake of our VASCO DA GAMA or Ferdinand Magellan. Explore the fascinating metropolis and enjoy the Portuguese lifestyle!

Embarkation 13:30 – 16:30

 

 

 
 
 
 

Day 2 – Cadiz (Seville), Spain

Berthing time: 12:30 Departure time: 21:00
 
Cádiz in Andalusia is a Spanish port city built on a headland and surrounded by the sea on almost all sides. The more than 100 watchtowers traditionally looked out for merchant and expedition ships. Cádiz is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe and is characterised by a winding old town with many small squares.

 

 
 

Day 3 – Cartagena (Murcia), Spain

Berthing time: 12:00 Departure time: 19:00
Walk in the footsteps of the past in Cartagena, Spain: Stroll through Heroes’ Square, marvel at the ruins of the cathedral that was destroyed in the civil war and visit the historic city walls. Don’t forget to enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful bay!
 
 

Day 4 – Mahon, Menorca, Spain

Berthing time: 12:00 Departure time: 19:00
The Castell de Sant Felip towers high above the picturesque port town on Menorca. Stroll through the picturesque town of Mahón with its romantic harbour and enchanting parks and enjoy the wonderful views!
 

 

 

 

 
 

Day 5 – Oristano, Sardinia – Tender Port

Berthing time: 09:00 Departure time: 16:00
If you want to get to know the original Sardinia, Oristano – the capital of the province of the same name in the west of the island – is the right place for you. The magical town has highlights such as the Sinis Peninsula, Cabras and Putzu Idu and the mountains of Monti Ferru in the hinterland. The historic old town of Oristano with its winding streets and small shops invites you to stroll. The city also scores points with its wonderful beaches. Whether it’s an almost Caribbean flair with flat water or a rugged cliff – Oristano has both to offer.

 

 

 

 
 

Day 6 – Trapani, Sicily

Berthing time: 10:00 Departure time: 17:00
The tranquil town on the west coast of Sicily looks back on an eventful history – Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Goths and Arabs settled the place and left their mark. These can still be discovered, especially in the surrounding areas. A special gem is the town of Erice, which delights visitors with its well-preserved buildings from the Middle Ages and a magnificent view. Trapani itself is known on the one hand for beautiful coral jewelry and on the other hand for its salt gardens. The largest salt pans in Sicily can be found here and are also worth a visit.

 

 

 

Day 7 – Valletta, Malta

Berthing time: 09:00
The capital of Malta, which has been a UESCO World Heritage Site since 1980, offers numerous sights: the Grand Master’s Palace, St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Fort St. Elmo and many other impressive buildings adorn the city. The smallest capital in Europe was founded by the Grand Master of the Order of Malta, who also gave it its name: Jean de la Vallette.

 

 
 
 

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

Fares From £1,095

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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WHAT’S INCLUDED

    • 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

Call our Reservations Team on

01223 568907

or email

sales@lightbluetravel.co.uk

 

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