PORTUGUESE PASSAGES & SPANISH SHORELINES CRUISE TOUR

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Itinerary & Ports

Portuguese Passages & Spanish Shorelines Cruise Tour


date
port
arrive
depart
Apr 20 Tue
 
Apr 24 Sat
7:30 PM
 
Apr 25 Sun
At Sea
Apr 26 Mon
8:00 AM
10:00 PM
 
Apr 27 Tue
9:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 28 Wed
8:00 AM
8:00 PM
 
Apr 29 Thu
7:00 AM
6:00 PM
 
Apr 30 Fri
7:00 AM
12:00 PM
 
May 1 Sat
9:00 AM
5:00 PM
 
May 2 Sun
7:00 AM
 
TUE APR 20
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Lisbon

day 1 Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon, Portugal
Arrive at the Lisbon airport to be met by an English-speaking driver with luggage service. Overnight at Grand Altis Hotel, a landmark 5-star hotel located in central Lisbon and serving as a stage for major media events.
WED APR 21
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Lisbon

day 2 Lisbon – Fatima – Porto, Portugal


Lisbon – Fatima – Porto, Portugal
Breakfast at the hotel and begin the morning touring in Lisbon. Enjoy a sightseeing tour to Lisbon’s major highlights – take a tram ride passing the Old Quarter and walk through the tiny squares and alleys of Alfama and a visit to the Belem monumental area and Jeronimos Monastery, declared a UNESCO site. Continue to Fatima in central Portugal, for an included Portuguese lunch and a visit to this important Europe pilgrimage center.  Your last stop will be Porto, Portugal’s second largest city, beautifully settled near the mouth of Douro’s river. Check in at the hotel followed by some free time. Early evening includes a tapas dinner at a local tavern, free time and overnight at the Pestana Porto A Brasileira Hotel.
THU APR 22
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Lisbon

day 3 Porto and Douro, Portugal


Porto and Douro, Portugal
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before your sightseeing tour of Porto highlights –walk Aliados Avenue, see the S. Bento Train station and Porto Cathedral ending at Ribeira Quarter, with free time on your own and/or lunch (not included). Drive towards Pinhão, the heart of the Douro wine region. Stop at Viewpoint Casal de Loivos, considered one of the most beautiful viewpoints of the area. The Douro Valley, an 18th century demarcated wine region, encloses one of the most spectacular landscapes in Portugal. Board a traditional Douro River “Rabelo” boat and visit the local Quinta do Bonfim (or similar), to learn about Port wine history and its production methods and have a memorable wine tasting accompanied by some appetizers. Drive to Régua, check in to Quinta da Pacheca Wine Hotel, where dinner is included with your overnight.
FRI APR 23
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Lisbon

day 4 Douro, Coimbra, Sintra, Portugal


Douro, Coimbra, Sintra, Portugal
Breakfast is ncluded at the hotel. Drive for about 2.5 hours to Coimbra known as the student's city, located in central Portugal close to Mondego River. Visit the Coimbra Old University, UNESCO recognized as a heritage site since 2013. Enjoy some time at your leisure before heading to Sintra from Lisbon through a protected forest with narrow streets and stunning 19th century Romantic architecture. Overnight at Sintra Boutique Hotel, with free time to enjoy the village known for its numerous historic palaces and castles.
SAT APR 24
12:00 AM TO 12:00 AM Lisbon

day 5 Pena Palace, Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal


Pena Palace, Cascais,  Lisbon, Portugal
Start your day with breakfast at the hotel and spend the day discovering the splendid Sintra Pena Palace. The fabulous and impressive Pena Palace sits immersed in a stretch of woody terrain in the park of the same name. Associated with Portuguese discoveries, the palace was built to reflect a scene from an opera and erected to celebrate the sighting of Vasco de Gama's returning fleet from his explorations. Continue to the town of Cascais and enjoy some leisure time at the historical center of cobblestone streets, lavish mansions, interesting museums and an imposing fort. Drive to Lisbon, pass by the town center, charming Liberty Avenue and Rossio Square, and pause on the way for tasting the famous pasteis de nata (Portuguese egg custard tarts) before the arrival to the pier and your waiting Windstar ship.
SAT APR 24
TO 7:30 PM Lisbon

day 5 Lisbon, Portugal


Lisbon, Portugal
The rhythm of Lisbon invites you to join its captivating dance. This splendid capital city on the banks of the Rio Teja offers a warm welcome and an unparalleled blend of architectural styles. Elegant outdoor cafés line the cobbled sidewalks. Turn-of-the-century funiculars climb the scenic hills. Find the UNESCO sites of the Tower of Belem and the Monastery of the Hieronymites. And, everywhere, the city engages you with its easy style and remarkable charm. 
MON APR 26
8:00 AM TO 10:00 PM Cádiz

day 7 Cádiz, Spain


Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz is the most southern province of the Iberian Peninsula. It is extremely rich in natural beauty and some of the most important Natural Parks of Spain and Europe are found here including Sierra de Grazalema and los Alcornocales. Both are rich in flora and fauna, including species under threat of extinction. Many birds find their resting and feeding place here just after or before making the jump from or to Africa.
TUE APR 27
9:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Gibraltar

day 8 Gibraltar, British Territory


Gibraltar, British Territory
It’s an odd bit of Britain here at the toe of Spain, with Barbary apes and miles of tunnels as well as traditional red phone boxes. Legend says Gibraltar was one of the two pillars erected by Hercules to mark the edge of the world. Take the cable car to the top to see if you can see it from here. No, that’s not it. That’s just Africa. What a view.
WED APR 28
8:00 AM TO 8:00 PM Málaga

day 9 Málaga, Spain


Málaga, Spain
Here, on the shores of Costa del Sol, the Andalusian spirit thrives. Be sure to include an optional visit to see the brilliant and comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work at Museo Picasso Málaga, a tribute to this artistic genius in the city of his birth. Or you may choose to opt for a visit to the beautiful village of Mijas, where picturesque Andalusian country life creates some of the world’s best wines. 
THU APR 29
7:00 AM TO 6:00 PM Almeria

day 10 Almeria (Granada), Spain


Almeria (Granada), Spain
Enjoy a walking tour of this ancient city. If you prefer, opt for a beautiful drive through the Andalusian countryside to Granada and the magnificent UNESCO site, the Alhambra Palace. Built in the 14th century, this breathtaking example of Moorish architecture combines intricate mosaics and stone-cast latticework in a tapestry of grace and sophistication unparalleled in western civilization. Or take an optional excursion into nature at one of three UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. 
FRI APR 30
7:00 AM TO 12:00 PM Cartagena

day 11 Cartagena, Spain


Cartagena, Spain
The walled town of Cartagena is a popular seaport with a large naval shipyard. The seashore offers a wide range of activities from windsurfing to good snorkeling to sailing. From Cartagena you can easily explore the ancient city of Murcia, the coastal resorts of Mazarrón, Cala Cortina, and Cabo de Palos or a little further north, the world famous resort of Mar Menor.
SAT MAY 1
9:00 AM TO 5:00 PM Palma de Mallorca

day 12 Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Mallorca is steep, green, and fringed with enticing coves and more than 200 lush beaches. But all that natural beauty is just the beginning. Stroll along the tree-shaded Paseo de Born in search of tapas. Shop for a Siurell; a traditional red, green, and white clay whistle dating back to the time of the Moors. Watch the street performers on the piazza around the church, or cross the island to beautiful Sóller. Not to be missed is the cultural landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
SUN MAY 2
7:00 AM TO Barcelona

day 13 Barcelona, Spain


Barcelona, Spain
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is a city where old meets new and arts and culture shine, making it one of the must-see cities in the world. Fascinating sights abound whether you are exploring the narrow winding streets of the Barri Gothic, strolling on the beautiful boulevard known as La Rambla, admiring the waterfront and beaches, or trying to understand the fanciful modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudi – including his La Sagrada Familia Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site – where construction has been ongoing since 1882. A fun pastime in Barcelona is sampling tapas (a variety of small dishes). Dine like a local, accompanying your meal with Spanish cava (champagne). The colorful La Boqueria food market, with its small restaurants, is a foodie must-do stop. In addition to his famous multi-spired cathedral, where Gaudi himself is buried in a crypt, check out Gaudi’s Casa Mila on the Passeig de Gracia – the white stone façade looks to some like a skeleton, and inside not a single wall is straight. Passeig de Gracia is also a prime place to shop for Spanish designer goods.

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