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Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia - 2022

Barcelona • 10-night small ship cruise with Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Almería/Motril, Málaga, Puerto Banús, Gibraltar, Seville, Portimão • Lisbon
  • DISCOVER THE IBERIAN PENINSULA ABOARD THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF THE 5-STAR OCEAN ODYSSEY
  • CRUISE UP THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER INTO THE TRANQUIL DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK, A HAVEN FOR BIRDS, WITH LIVE COMMENTARY
  • SHARE A HOME-HOSTED MEAL AND GAIN CULTURAL INSIGHT AS THE GUEST 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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  • $586
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  • 15
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  • 22
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Oberammergau, Germany (Pre-Trip)

5 DAYS FROM $2,499

Madeira, Portugal (Pre-Trip)

4 DAYS FROM $1,199

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Oberammergau, Germany (Pre-Trip)

FROM $2,499 PER PERSON | 5 DAYS | $499 PER DAY

Journey to the heart of Bavaria to experience a fairy-tale town that hosts a very special celebration once every decade. On this once-in-a-lifetime extension, be enchanted by a breathtaking village frozen in time, home to famous Lüftlmalerei wall paintings and wood carvings that depict traditional mythical stories. And, on one evening every ten years, the town puts on a Passion Play about the life of Jesus, fabled to have kept a plague at bay more than four centuries ago.

This year is even more unprecedented, as the current global state of affairs delayed the event from 2020 now to 2022. You'll have the opportunity to take part in this tradition that remains alive and well and has been an international allurement for the faithful and historians alike since 1634.

Not only will you have a seat on one of the most dramatic and unforgettable performances, you'll also be able to explore modern and storied Munich, and discover what makes this city so wonderful. Enjoy some of the best seats in the house on the Oberammergau Passion Play and more of the most enriching features on this spectacular extension in Germany.

Your Price Includes:

  • 4 nights' accommodations , with 2 nights at the Hotel Wittelsbach (or similar) and 2 nights at the Hilton Munich City (or similar)
  • 7 meals: 4 breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • Included excursions: Attendance to the Oberammergau Passion Play, plus tour of Munich
  • Passion Play inclusions: A ticket in Category TK1 (premium seats!) for the once-a-decade Passion Play in Oberammergau, dinner during the play’s intermission( with a three-course menu!), bus shuttle to the play, program textbook in English, a pen light, and a seat cushion and blanket for maximum comfort during the play
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a City Host and regional experts
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding City Host)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com
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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Munich, Germany

You'll begin your journey to Europe with an overnight flight to Munich, Germany.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Munich to a warm welcome, then transfer to Oberammergau

Welcome to Munich! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange your transfer directly to your hotel in the small German village of Oberammergau. Settle in and relax before joining your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner this evening.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Experience the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

After breakfast, you'll transfer to the village center for free time and lunch on your own. Then, it is time for the legendary Passion Play performance, held once every decade.

Legend has it that the village was spared by a large plague nearly 400 years ago, with a promise to God that they would present a Passion Play every 10 years to show their gratitude. The global health crisis has delayed the production to 2022, but we're thrilled now to have you experience this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, played out in town at a large theatre with the incredible story unfolding before your eyes. There are two parts to the performance, with time in-between for a sumptuous three-course dinner. You'll stay overnight in Oberammergau tonight.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 4:

Have a city tour of Munich

After witnessing the incredible Passion Play yesterday, you'll have the chance to go back to Munich, the capital of Bavaria, and see its charming highlights. Enroute, you'll visit Ettal Abbey, which traces its history back to 1330. After a devastating fire in 1744, the spectacular basilica, domed ceiling, and monastery were rebuilt to the current grandeur. Not to mention, you'll be regaled with stories about the most famous annual occurrence, Oktoberfest, where people gather from across the country to celebrate German food, wine, and history every autumn. Once you arrive in Munich, you'll have free time for lunch before you embark on a panoramic city tour, teeming with history and impressive architecture. You'll catch glimpses of historic sites like Frauenkirche — the city’s most famous church — as well as some of the dozens of museums here, which showcase everything from art to technology.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 5:

Take the day in Munich to explore on your own

After breakfast, indulge in a wonderful day at leisure exploring more of Munich. Dinner is included at the hotel this evening.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 6:

Fly to Lisbon and begin your cruisetour

After bidding farewell to Germany, you'll fly to Lisbon, Portugal, and join fellow travelers on the base tour.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madeira, Portugal (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $299 PER DAY

Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life, plus a chance to peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!

Your Price Includes:

  • Flight from Madeira to Lisbon
  • 3 nights accommodations at the First-Class Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel (or similar), with guaranteed sea view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Half-day city tour with wicker toboggan ride
  • Visit to a local market
  • Two optional tours, at an additional cost: Espetada dinner and folklore show; and Madeira Island and Botanical Garden Tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Madeira

An overnight flight takes you to Madeira, Portugal, today.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Madeira and settle in

Arrive today and settle into your hotel before a Welcome Briefing, where you’ll meet other travelers joining you for enriching discoveries. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town

Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Cultural Discovery: Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots — skilled and expert carreiros — guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, join our lively optional tour, a traditional espetada evening of folklore music and dancing at a local restaurant, or experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Espetada Evening with Folklore Dancing

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.

DAY 4:

Explore Madeira’s lushness on an optional tour

Today’s optional full-day tour provides an overview of this magnificent island’s interior. Admire the blooms at Madeira Botanical Garden and take in the panoramas from the 5,430-foot Pico do Arieiro. Visit a fascinating trout hatchery and the Laurel Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the old thatched houses of Santana. Or, craft your own itinerary with a day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Madeira Island Tour and Botanical Garden

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.


DAY 5:

Fly to Lisbon

Head to the Funchal airport for your flight to Lisbon, where you'll join the base program.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madrid, Spain (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $299 PER DAY

Here’s your chance to discover more of Spain’s stately and iconic capital. On this 3-night extension, let Vantage introduce you to this energetic, artistic metropolis — and one of Europe’s most indulgent culinary capitals. Get your fill of tapas on a walking tour that leads you to the bustling Mercado de San Miguel and see the city’s exquisite sights, from the grandeur of Plaza Mayor to leisure opportunities to seek out museums. Come experience Madrid in true Vantage style!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the Meliá Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a local representative
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Spain

Today, you’ll board an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Madrid.

DAY 2:

Bienvenidos a Madrid! Welcome to Spain

Arrive in Madrid today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport by a representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, enjoy time at leisure before tonight’s Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Get to know Madrid on a walking tour and tapas tasting

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore. Tonight, enhance your tapas discoveries with a chance to have dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Madrid with included tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Prado Museum Tour

Prado Museum Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • When: Afternoon tour

Welcome to Madrid’s treasured Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Located in the eponymous street, El Paseo del Prado, you’ll find a dazzling display of priceless works by European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. The sheer scale of this museum’s collection can be daunting, so you’ll begin your tour with the expertise of a guide before having free time to explore further on your own. (You'll spend two hours in the museum, and another two hours factoring in lunch, sightseeing, and transfer time.)


DAY 4:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. Perhaps you’ll take the train on an optional tour to nearby Toledo and the charming, narrow lanes of its UNESCO-listed historic center on the Tagus River. The evening is at leisure with dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Toledo

Toledo

  • Approximate Cost: $149 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Toledo, Spain
  • When: Full-day tour
In the UNESCO World Heritage City of Toledo, southwest of Madrid, visitors enjoy a cross-sectional view of Spanish heritage spanning more than 2,000 years. Buildings dating to the Roman era have been repurposed and transformed by decoration by successive rulers, from the Visigoths to the Moors, right through the Spanish Civil War! Within the city walls you’ll find exquisite examples of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian houses of worship, proving that at one time, people of different religions could exist peacefully side-by-side. Your tour includes a stop at the mountaintop old town, where you’ll find the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the main market square — not to mention show-stopping views over the city!

DAY 5:

Seek the panoramic delights of Madrid, then board a high-speed train to Barcelona

Enjoy a panoramic tour that shows you even more Madrid highlights on your way to the train station. Here, you’ll embark on a high-speed train to Barcelona, where you’ll join Day 2 of the base tour.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Madrid tour

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madeira, Portugal (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life, plus a chance to peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!

Your Price Includes:

  • Flight from Lisbon to Madeira
  • 3 nights accommodations at the First-Class Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel (or similar), with guaranteed sea view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Half-day city tour with wicker toboggan ride
  • Visit to a local market
  • Two optional tours, at an additional cost: Espetada dinner and folklore show; and Madeira Island and Botanical Garden Tour
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 16:

Fly to Madeira, and an orientation walk 

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Funchal, historic capital of the lush “Garden Island” of Madeira, Portugal. In the early 1400s, the discovery of the island 323 miles off the coast of Africa was a catalyst for the Age of Discovery. Embark on a short orientation walk alongside your Cruise Director, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the highlights of this lovely town, including its 15th-century cathedral and the scenic Santa Caterina Park, and stopping at a café to sip some of the island’s eponymous wine.

DAY 17:

Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town

Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Cultural Discovery: Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots — skilled and expert carreiros — guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, join our lively optional tour, a traditional espetada evening of folklore music and dancing at a local restaurant, or experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Espetada Evening with Folklore Dancing

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.

DAY 18:

Explore Madeira’s lushness on an optional tour

Today’s optional full-day tour provides an overview of this magnificent island’s interior. Admire the blooms at Madeira Botanical Garden and take in the panoramas from the 5,430-foot Pico do Arieiro. Visit a fascinating trout hatchery and the Laurel Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the old thatched houses of Santana. Or, craft your own itinerary with a day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Optional Tour: Madeira Island Tour and Botanical Garden

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.


DAY 19:

Fly home

Head to the Funchal airport for your flight back to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madrid, Spain (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Here’s your chance to discover more of Spain’s stately and iconic capital. On this 3-night extension, let Vantage introduce you to this energetic, artistic metropolis — and one of Europe’s most indulgent culinary capitals. Get your fill of tapas on a walking tour that leads you to the bustling Mercado de San Miguel and see the city’s exquisite sights, from the grandeur of Plaza Mayor to leisure opportunities to seek out museums. Come experience Madrid in true Vantage style!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the Meliá Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a local representative
  • Services of the Vantage Worldwide Concierge to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 16:

Board a high-speed train to Madrid, then discover its highlights on a panoramic tour

Today, you’ll leave Barcelona on a high-speed train bound for Madrid. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked away on a panoramic tour of Spain’s capital city. Afterward, check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Madrid tour

DAY 17:

Get to know Madrid on a walking tour and tapas tasting

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore. Tonight, enhance your tapas discoveries with another opportunity to have dinner on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Madrid with included tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Included meals:

Breakfast
Optional Tour: Prado Museum Tour

Prado Museum Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $69 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • When: Afternoon tour

Welcome to Madrid’s treasured Prado Museum, one of the world’s greatest art galleries. Located in the eponymous street, El Paseo del Prado, you’ll find a dazzling display of priceless works by European masters such as Velázquez, Goya, Raphael, Rubens, and Bosch. The sheer scale of this museum’s collection can be daunting, so you’ll begin your tour with the expertise of a guide before having free time to explore further on your own. (You'll spend two hours in the museum, and another two hours factoring in lunch, sightseeing, and transfer time.)


DAY 16:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. Perhaps you’ll take the train on an optional tour to nearby Toledo and the charming, narrow lanes of its UNESCO-listed historic center on the Tagus River. The evening is at leisure with dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Optional Tour: Toledo

Toledo

  • Approximate Cost: $149 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 8 hours
  • Location: Toledo, Spain
  • When: Full-day tour
In the UNESCO World Heritage City of Toledo, southwest of Madrid, visitors enjoy a cross-sectional view of Spanish heritage spanning more than 2,000 years. Buildings dating to the Roman era have been repurposed and transformed by decoration by successive rulers, from the Visigoths to the Moors, right through the Spanish Civil War! Within the city walls you’ll find exquisite examples of Muslim, Jewish, and Christian houses of worship, proving that at one time, people of different religions could exist peacefully side-by-side. Your tour includes a stop at the mountaintop old town, where you’ll find the Alcázar, the cathedral, and the main market square — not to mention show-stopping views over the city!

DAY 19:

Return home

Transfer to Madrid’s airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

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