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Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia - 2021

Barcelona • 10-night small ship ocean expedition cruise with Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Almería/Motril, Málaga, Puerto Banús, Gibraltar, Seville, Portimão • Lisbon
  • CRUISE ON THE OCEAN EXPLORER — AN AGILE, STATE-OF-THE-ART EXPEDITION VESSEL THAT CAN NAVIGATE TO PLACES LARGER SHIPS CAN’T
  • CRUISE UP THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER INTO THE TRANQUIL DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK, A HAVEN FOR BIRDS, FEATURING LIVE COMMENTARY
  • Share a meal and gain true cultural insight as the guests of a local Spanish family at their bull farm
  • DISCOVER RONDA, THE GORGE-SPANNING CITY BELOVED BY HEMINGWAY, AND SEE ITS HISTORIC BULLRING
  • CELEBRATE MÁLAGA'S CULTURAL RENAISSANCE AT THE PICASSO MUSEUM AND GIBRALFARO CASTLE
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Enrich your vacation with Vantage's collection of deluxe optional tours, designed exclusively for our guests. You’ll discover a world beyond the landmarks and gain immeasurable insight into the culture and people of your destination. So join us … and make the most of your journey!

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Figueres with Dalí Museum and Girona

  • Approximate Cost: $169 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • When: Full-day tour (Extension)

Enjoy a full-day motorcoach excursion from Barcelona to the northern Catalonian cities of Figueres and Girona. You’ll visit the landmark Teatre-Museu Dalí in Figueres, the hometown of Salvador Dalí. The famed surrealist artist is buried in the museum, which holds the largest collection of his major works. You’ll also visit Girona and discover its medieval monuments and well-preserved Jewish quarter while on a walking tour of this Roman-founded city. Lunch is included on this tour.


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Paella Cooking Class with Lunch

  • Approximate Cost: $119 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • When: Morning tour
Discover one of Spain’s most iconic dishes with this optional tour. Under the tutelage of an experienced chef, you’ll select fresh ingredients for paella, which you’ll learn how to cook in a 90-minute workshop that includes preparation and plating. After, feast on the fruits of your labor!

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Wine & Tapas Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $109 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Malaga, Spain
  • When: Afternoon tour
Perhaps the most inescapable element of Spanish dining is tapas. In fact, a day spent sampling these delectable little morsels is the ideal way to experience Spanish culture. Whether you’re in a bustling Spanish city or a quiet Spanish village, you’ll always find a bar or tavern (or sometimes an entire neighborhood!) specializing in tapas. Step off the beaten path and experience the Spanish way of life as you sit down with a local food and wine expert who will walk you through the cultural and gastronomic landmarks, share stories, and answer any questions. Then, you’ll visit a local bodega dedicated to Spanish wines, followed by two traditional tascas (restaurants) that will serve up delicious home-style food. Buen provecho!

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Nerja Caves & Village

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Nerja, Spain
  • When: Afternoon tour
The enormous prehistoric Caves of Nerja are home to extensive grottoes, archaeological remains, and the world’s largest column, rising 105 feet (32 meters) up. On this optional tour, you’ll discover this Costa Del Sol hot spot, where evidence of human habitation stretches back 25,000 years to the Paleolithic Period. The caves are also home to the world's largest column and the world’s oldest Neanderthal cave paintings. You’ll also explore the village of Nerja, a traditional and tropical-feeling fishing village that still retains its charm. Walk along its Balcón de Europa, where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Mediterranean Sea and most of the Nerja coast.

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Jamón Ibérico Production and Black Pigs Farm Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $99 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 5 hours
  • Location: Seville, Spain
  • When: Morning tour
You can’t go to Spain without trying its famous jamón ibérico, and this tour will introduce how the country’s famous ham is made from the pata negra, or black pig. At a local pig farm, you’ll learn how piglets feast on acorns that fall from the oak trees and how the acorns infuse the ham with an olive-like flavor that comes from the oleic acid. You’ll also learn what it takes for these hams to earn the prestigious title of jamón ibérico de bellota, which is the finest, free-range acorn-fed ham in the world. Of course, no jamón tour is complete without a tasting!

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Flamenco Learning in El Palacio Andaluz

  • Approximate Cost: $95 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Seville, Spain
  • When: Afternoon tour
Flamenco dancing may be popular in several cultures, but its origin (and spirit) lies with Spain. Full of emotion, it’s easy to see why this dance is loved around the world. Listen as professional performers describe to you what flamenco means to them, what the dresses and accessories symbolize, and more. Then, watch in amazement as the performers demonstrate this passionate dance, followed by some time to learn some of the steps for yourself! In an hourlong class, held in a private lounge of the Flamenco Art Museum, you’ll learn some basic arm, body, and leg movements with popular flamenco props.

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Queluz Palace, Sintra & Cascais

  • Approximate Cost: $75 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • When: Full-day tour

This full-day tour introduces southwest Portugal’s most iconic destinations, including Queluz Palace, the extravagant estate of Pedro and Maria I. You’ll peruse its gilded rooms and gorgeous gardens before continuing to Sintra for a walking tour of the city’s stunning architectural styles. Conclude your day in Cascais, the sunny beach resort beloved by locals and vacationers from across Europe, where you’ll have time for independent exploration and lunch on your own. You’ll return to Lisbon via motorcoach along a scenic coastal route.


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Espetada Evening with Folklore Dancing

  • Approximate Cost: $95 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3.5-4 hours
  • Location: Madeira, Portugal
  • When: Evening tour
Enjoy an evening of entertainment with dinner featuring a typical Portuguese dish called espetada, a four-foot skewer of chicken or tender cubes of beef, rubbed in rock salt and marinated in garlic and bay leaves, cooked over a wooden fire. During dinner, enjoy a live performance of Madeira’s traditional dance, which reflects rural patterns of work. Marvel as the dancers bend beneath the weight of imaginary stacks of sugarcane or baskets of bananas as they carry them along the island's steep paths. Some dances date back to the time of Moorish slavery.

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Madeira Island Tour and Botanical Garden

  • Approximate Cost: $135 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 7.5 hours
  • Location: Funchal, Madeira
  • When: All day tour

This day-long tour is a great opportunity to see several faces of Madeira! Your first stop will be at the Botanical Gardens, where you'll have the chance to see examples of the fantastic flora from Madeira (weather permitting). After, you'll climb to the peak of Pico do Arieiro to take in breathtaking views. Then, descend to Ribeiro Frio to visit the trout hatchery, located in a valley amongst lush greenery. Continue your descent to the interior of the island, where you'll enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch. Your tour concludes with visits to Madeira’s Laurisilva laurel forest (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the town of Santana, home to old thatched homes.


Please Note: All prices are per person and subject to change. All optional tours are offered by Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Descriptions and scheduling are subject to change. Minimum tour participation is required to operate optional tours. Optional tours cancelled by passengers within 48 hours of the excursion are non-refundable.

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