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Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia - 2024

Barcelona • 10-night small ship cruise with Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Almería/Motril, Málaga, Gibraltar, Seville, Portimão • Lisbon
  • Plaza de Espana, Barcelona, Spain, Europe
    JOIN THE OCEAN ODYSSEY ON THIS UNFORGETTABLE OCEAN CRUISE THROUGH SPAIN, PORTUGAL, AND GIBRALTAR (UK)
  • Seville and Guadalquivir | Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon | Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia
    CRUISE UP THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER INTO THE TRANQUIL DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK, A HAVEN FOR BIRDS, WITH LIVE COMMENTARY
  • Ronda | Small Ship Ocean Cruise from Barcelona to Lisbon | Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia
    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
  • Madeira, Portugal optional extension
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO THE PORTUGUESE ISLAND OF MADEIRA
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  • 15
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Join Vantage Deluxe World Travel on this memorable small ship ocean cruise through Spain, Portugal, and Gibraltar (U.K.), three destinations that have long been celebrated for their spirit of exploration. You’ll indulge in the luxuries of the 5-star Ocean Odyssey as you trace Iberia from Barcelona to Lisbon, mapping their colorful histories and ways of life along the way.

With 22 included features and Cultural Discoveries, you’ll experience the real Spain and Portugal up close as you visit a bullfighting ring to hear how Spaniards view the event today, share an intimate dinner at a family-owned bull farm, and gain immeasurable insight into Iberia’s legacy during onboard lectures with your Cruise Director and notable local experts. Visit Mallorca, overlooked by most cruise lines, and take in the stunning island capital of Palma. Uncover layers of history in Cartagena. Explore the lively and Moorish-flavored cultural centers of Granada and Seville. Plus, our small ship size lets us journey up the Guadalquivir River into the pristine wilderness of Doñana National Park, something large ships could never do!

While on board the Ocean Odyssey, savor fine cuisine in our elegant restaurant or sip a glass of wine on the sundeck while cruising up the scenic Guadalquivir. Enjoy luxury amenities — onboard spa, or multistory lounge — as you reflect on each day’s experiences. This ship is also designed with just 77 cabins, including a landmark 15 solo cabins, to guarantee a small passenger-to-crew ratio and an intimate cruising experience for couples, groups, and single travelers alike.

Looking for more? Our complimentary onboard Concierge will be eager to help you make your own plans in port! With their insider connections, they’ll open doors you could never step through on your own, whether it’s pointing out the intricacies of azulejo tile work at a seldom-visited Portuguese parish church, recommending the best places to sample a slice of Britain while visiting Gibraltar, or letting you in on the works you absolutely must see at Málaga’s Picasso Museum. If you're interested in this itinerary and want to revel in even more Cultural Discoveries and immersive experiences, check out our combination cruises Wonders of the World Cruise 2024: A 150-day Voyage from Australia to Sweden and Kingdoms and Cultures: A 68-day Voyage from Jordan to England. Explore more and save.

Barcelona to Lisbon

Pre-Trip Extension

Madrid, Spain (Pre-Trip)

FROM: $1399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY

Madeira, Portugal (Pre-Trip)

FROM: $1199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY
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DAY 1:

Board an overnight flight to Barcelona, Spain

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Barcelona. Or, depart earlier for your pre-trip extension to Madrid, Spain.

DAY 2:

Barcelona arrival

Arrive  in Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Spain’s Catalonia region. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport and assist with the transfer or transport to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner at the hotel with your fellow travelers, including those on the Madrid pre-trip extension.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Exploring Catalonia’s vibrant cultural heart

This morning you'll get to know the sophisticated capital of Catalonia on a panoramic tour that includes the hugely successful revitalization project of Port Vell, the Olympic Village that hosted the 1992 Games. Then, ascend Montjuic for spectacular city views. Continue to the Plaza de España, adorned with Venetian towers and a towering fountain, and to La Sagrada Família cathedral, Antoni Gaudí’s famous masterpiece and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which you'll be able to visit on your own. After seeing the architectural treasures along the tree-lined Passieg de Gràcia — including surreal buildings by Gaudí — there’ll be plenty of time to shop the city’s famous pedestrian-only Las Ramblas. The tour concludes at La Barceloneta Beach, where an included lunch awaits.

The rest of the day is at leisure, with dinner on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day Barcelona city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Flamenco performance at a local tablao

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 4:

Follow your own whims and desires in Barcelona and embark the Ocean Odyssey

After breakfast at your hotel, enjoy your morning at leisure in Barcelona. You'll have lunch in a local restaurant, then you'll be welcomed aboard the luxurious new Ocean Odyssey. Your ocean cruise begins! Thanks to the small size of the ship, it’ll be docked right in the port, allowing you to stroll right onboard. This is almost exclusively the way you’ll embark and disembark throughout your cruise.

Get settled in your cabin, then explore the many amenities, including the sundeck and fitness center. See your Destination Manager to reserve an appointment at the onboard spa. After, gather for the first of your daily port talks to hear about tomorrow’s exciting destination. In the dining room, savor a special Welcome Dinner. We get underway later in the evening.

Scenic Sailing:

  • Bid adios to Barcelona, enjoying sublime views of the city skyline, including Montjuïc

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 5:

Mallorca: Jewel of Spain’s Balearic Islands

The ship arrives in Palma de Mallorca this morning. Perhaps you'll catch the sunrise from the Ocean Odyssey's observation deck, or get in an early workout at the gym before a delicious breakfast.

Ringed by pristine crescent beaches and cloaked in lush green forest, Mallorca is an island paradise for the Spanish and visitors alike. On a panoramic city tour, you'll explore the stunning circular Bellver Castle, built in the 14th century for the Kings of Mallorca. Later, step inside the massive, Gothic La Seu Cathedral. This honey-colored masterpiece boasts a cavernous interior designed by Antoni Gaudí and a 144-foot-high nave. Return to the ship for lunch before an afternoon at leisure in Palma de Mallorca.

Before dinner this evening, you'll hear the first in a lecture series that will highlight the historic and fascinating destinations visited on your journey.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Palma de Mallorca

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Behold more breathtaking sights of the renowned beach destination as you sail out of Palma Bay by Ibiza and venture toward your next destination

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Exploring Cartagena's Roman flourishes

After breakfast on board the ship arrives in the natural harbor of Cartagena, in use since the city was established as a major naval center by the Carthaginians in 227 BC. You’ll get acquainted with its history at La Concepción Castle, which overlooks the old Roman Theatre, the second largest in Iberia. Walking down the Calle Mayor, you’ll also see some of the Cartagena’s noteworthy art nouveau buildings, including the gleaming white façade of the Cervantes House and the elegant Grand Hotel, where you have time to explore on your own.

After returning to ship for lunch, your afternoon is free. Perhaps you’ll relax and take in some Spanish sunshine on deck. Before another gourmet dinner on the Ocean Odyssey, yet another lecture illuminates more about this historic region.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Cartagena

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Arrive in Cartagena, a strategically important harbor for centuries, and witness a diverse blend of architectural styles, such as art nouveau, and even remains from the Phoenician, Roman, Byzantine, and Moorish eras

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Experience the storied city of Granada

From our berth in Almería you set out on a full-day excursion to fabled Granada, the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors. Set in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada boasts one of the world’s most spectacular fortified palace complexes, the legendary Alhambra. On a guided tour, you'll see its most famous attractions, including the renowned fountains and gardens of the adjacent Generalife. 

Enjoy lunch in a typical Spanish restaurant. Return to the ship in Motril and you'll learn more about Andalusia during today’s onboard lecture as you set sail for Málaga late this evening.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day excursion to Granada

Scenic Sailing:

  • Cruise into Málaga, where two Moorish citadels crest over the hilltop

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 8:

Beauty and history in seaside Málaga

Wake up in Málaga, the provincial capital and birthplace of Pablo Picasso that recently remade itself into a popular cultural hub with a restored historic center. Your city tour reveals Málaga's wide boulevards lined with turn-of-the-century apartments; the Gothic Cathedral and Gibralfaro Castle (an 11th-century Moorish fortification), the adjacent Alcazaba, (the old Moorish palace). You will also visit the Picasso Museum, home to almost 300 of the artist’s works. 

After lunch on board, you’ll have the afternoon to relax on the spacious sundeck or explore Málaga on your own.

This evening, enjoy another informative lecture before another sumptuous dinner and an evening of entertainment on the Ocean Odyssey.

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Malaga sightseeing tour

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Onboard lecture by a local artist
  • Picasso Museum visit
  • Evening onboard entertainment

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Discover the stunning Ronda gorge

After breakfast we’ll head inland to the heights of the sierras and Ronda, first settled by the Celts. A procession of Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, Moors, Berbers, Visigoths, and other Europeans have since left their cultural mark in the town’s distinctive white stucco neighborhoods. You’ll see the old Roman Bridge spanning the deep El Tajo Gorge below, the stately Casa de Don Bosco, and Mondragon Palace. Then visit the Plaza de Toros — the oldest bullring in Spain.

You'll continue on to a local restaurant, where a docent will provide an informative talk on the history of Spanish bullfighting. Enjoy lunch here, accompanied by rousing entertainment! After some free time to explore Ronda, you’ll return to your ship in Málaga for dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Tour of Ronda

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Visit the Plaza de Toros, with a talk on Spanish bullfighting
  • Local entertainment during lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

A taste of Britain at the tip of Spain

Step ashore in Gibraltar, known as “The Rock” for its most famous and dominant geographic feature. Throughout the day, you will have expansive views of both Europe and Africa. Our tour includes a funicular ride to the Castle of Gibraltar. Keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready in case you catch a glimpse of the famed Barbary apes (macaques) that live on the rock. British-flavored Gibraltar is a great spot for pub-hopping and duty-free shopping before we return to ship for lunch. You have the afternoon free to wander Gibraltar’s streets, perhaps coming up on a red Victorian post box or a fish-and-chips shop. Our afternoon lecture sheds light on your discoveries and you have the evening to admire the imposing Rock of Gibraltar as you sip a cocktail on the sun deck.

Included Feature:

  • Excursion to Gibraltar

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Captivating moments are yours as you cruise out of Gibraltar, with the Rock of Gibraltar behind you, and through the Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Give in to the seductions of Seville and home-hosted dinner on a family-owned bull farm

After breakfast you’ll tour Andalusia’s storied capital, Seville, including the Real Alcázar, a monumental complex of fortifications, palaces, and gardens spanning the Arabic period through the 19th century. Stop at the old University of Seville, whose main building is housed in the former Royal Tobacco Factory where Bizet set the famous opening scene of his opera Carmen

At the Plaza de España, constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929, admire an elegant canvas of tiled fountains, bridges, and arcades. Another UNESCO site featured today is the Archivo General de Indias, a Renaissance building housing priceless historic records of the Spanish Empire. You may also step inside the Seville Cathedral — where Ferdinand, Isabella, and Christopher Columbus are entombed — and have the opportunity to climb to the top of its soaring La Giralda Tower.

Return to the Ocean Odyssey for lunch. Then, in the evening, you'll set out into the countryside to a local family's bull farm for a tour, a delicious home-host dinner of Spanish fare, and a rich cultural exchange — including a passionate flamenco performance!

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Seville city tour

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Home-hosted meal at a local family’s bull farm
  • Flamenco performance during home-hosted meal

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Uncover the treasures of Seville and Guadalquivir River sailing

Today is full of possibilities as you have the day at leisure to explore the Andalusian capital on your own.

If you remain in Seville, our included shuttle service will whisk you into town. Take in city views from atop the Metropol Parasol, a remarkable wooden structure of 100-foot pillars topped by a wavy roof traversed by a winding walkway. Or visit the excellent Fine Arts Museum.

This afternoon, enjoy a lecture about the riches of Andalusia as we depart Seville and cruise along the historic Guadalquivir River through Doñana National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an important habitat for waterfowl. Commentary from the bridge gives you insight into this pristine wilderness, and birders should take advantage of this opportunity to get a good look at some of the birds, including Thekla's lark and the western olivaceous warbler. If you've brought a telephoto lens for your camera, try to get some images from the deck.

Included Feature:

  • Cruise along the Guadalquivir River, with commentary

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lecture

Scenic Sailing:

  • Set sail on the iconic Guadalquivir River, forever synonymous with Ferdinand Magellan who sailed this river as he began his historic voyage around the world

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Portimão, gateway to the vistas and villages of The Algarve

Cruise along Portugal’s scenic Algarve region this morning before mooring in Portimão, a former center of fishing and shipbuilding. Journey to the historic town of Silves, surrounded by orange and lemon groves, to visit its red sandstone Moorish Castle and 13th-century cathedral constructed by Alfonso X of Castile. There’ll be time to peruse the fascinating exhibits of the Archaeological Museum before continuing to the market town of Monchique, a delightful mountain enclave of cobbled streets where small decorative doorways lead into artisan workshops where folding wooden chairs are still handmade as they were in Roman times. You will see the 17th-century Franciscan monastery for splendid views of the Old Town and admire the traditional azulejo tiles adorning the 16th-century parish church.

You'll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant during your tour and return to the Ocean Odyssey for an evening at leisure. Before dinner, don't miss another lecture that elucidates the history and culture of this captivating region.

Included Feature:

  • Excursion to Silves and Monchique

Scenic Sailing:

  • Sail out of Portimão and enjoy panoramic views around Cape St. Vincent, the southwesternmost point of Portugal and mainland Europe

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Lisbon: Monumental city with an epic past, disembark

Arrive in Lisbon this morning, center of the Age of Discovery and a living history of Portugal’s past. You'll disembark the Ocean Odyssey — we hope you enjoyed your journey on Vantage's newest small ship ocean vessel!

On a panoramic and walking tour of Lisbon, you'll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the Belém Tower, the city’s iconic gateway at the mouth of the Tagus River. Nearby, marvel at the ornate Jerónimos Monastery, an exquisite example of Portugal’s superb Manueline architecture. While here you’ll also enjoy a taste of pastéis de Belém, a buttery custard confection based on an old recipe from the monks and still Portugal’s favorite pastry. After a panoramic tour of this remarkable city, check into your hotel and have the rest of the day free. 

Included Feature:

  • Half-day Lisbon city tour

Cultural Discovery:

  • Local pastry tasting during Lisbon walking tour

Scenic Sailing:

  • When cruising into Lisbon, find overwhelmingly gorgeous views of one of the most celebrated cities in the world

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 15:

Full day tour to Sintra and Cascais

Today’s 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. This evening, raise a glass to your voyage during a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers.

Included Feature:

  • Full day tour of Queluz Palace, Sintra, and Cascais

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 16:

Return home

After breakfast, transfer to the Lisbon airport for your return flight home, or fly to Madeira with our optional post-trip extension.


Included meals:

Breakfast

Post-Trip Extension

Madeira, Portugal (Post-Trip)

FROM: $1199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Madrid, Spain (Post-Trip)

FROM: $1399 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $350 PER DAY

Please note: Ocean-cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Cruise Director or regional expert. Port-of-call orientation walking tours are subject to change based on port time and weather conditions

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