Iberian Peninsula Small Ship Cruise: Spain & Gibraltar - 2019

Lisbon • Portimão • Seville • Cádiz • Gibraltar • Puerto Banús • Málaga • Motril / Almería • Cartagena • Valencia • Tarragona • Barcelona
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The Iberian peninsula is a region of incredible beauty and glittering ports where a jet-set élan and 4,000 years of human history provide endless fascination for sophisticated travelers. Here is the next best thing to discovering Spain and Portugal aboard your own vessel: the deluxe motor yacht m/y Harmony V, chartered for just 48 travelers for an exclusive small-group experience. Sailing from Lisbon to Barcelona, you will discover a heritage that entwines Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman, Arabic, Jewish, and European traditions — all of which reveal themselves in dazzling art and architecture, flavorful cuisine, a cache of Roman antiquities, and fascinating folk traditions. This itinerary features six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and provides a diverse and deluxe experience at a value that cannot be beat.

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DAY 1:

Board an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal

Your journey begins with an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

DAY 2:

Arrive in the coastal capital city of Lisbon

If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a Vantage representative will meet you and arrange transfer to your centrally located Lisbon hotel. This evening you’ll get better acquainted at a Welcome Briefing and Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:


DAY 3:

A tour of postcard-perfect Lisbon before embarking your ship

En route to our ship you’ll enjoy a panoramic city tour of Lisbon, where you'll spot sights such as the ornate Hieronymites Monastery, an exquisite example of Portugal’s unique Manueline architecture and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. While here, you’ll enjoy lunch at a local restaurant and a taste of pastéis de Belém, a buttery custard confection based on an old recipe from the Hieronymites Monastery monks, and still Portugal’s favorite pastry. From here we'll drive through the lovely countryside to the western Algarve region before continuing to Portimão to embark ship. Settle in, relax, and enjoy an informative port talk followed by our Captain’s Welcome Dinner.

Scenic Sailing: Tonight, enjoy scenic sailing along Portugal’s Algarve region.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 4:

Sail up the Guadalquivir River to Seville, where you’ll tour the highlights

Scenic Sailing: After breakfast, adjourn to the deck for a narrated cruise up the Guadalquivir River. Our route takes us through the beautiful wetlands of Doñana National Park, an important waterfowl habitat and UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After lunch onboard 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. Another stop is 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, you’ll admire a series 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’ll also see Seville Cathedral and have the opportunity to climb to the top of its soaring La Giralda Tower.

This evening, look forward to some homemade Spanish fare and eye-opening cultural exchange during your home-hosted dinner with a local family.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

Stroll along the cobbled streets of romantic Cádiz

Relax on board this morning, head into Seville for some independent exploration, or join an optional tour to the Palacio Andaluz, where you’ll participate in a flamenco dance workshop and enjoy lunch with provided lunch money in the local currency. The ship leaves later this morning for romantic Cádiz, one of Europe’s oldest ports with roots pre-dating the Phoenician era. Your tour here introduces you to some of the city’s most important landmarks including the old Puertas de Tierra, the city gates that date to the 16th century; the baroque Cathedral; and the Plaza San Juan de Dios with its City Hall. Stroll the gardens of Alameda Apodaca and Genovés Park, then enjoy some free time to further explore the city’s atmospheric cobbled alleys before reboarding our ship, which has sailed to meet us here in Cádiz. Tonight you’ll enjoy some musical entertainment on board.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Flamenco Learning in El Palacio Andaluz

Flamenco Learning in El Palacio Andaluz

  • Approximate Cost: $59 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Seville, Spain
  • When: Half-day 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 they demonstrate this passionate dance, followed by some time to learn some of the steps for yourself!   

DAY 6:

Step ashore the Rock of Gibraltar

Step ashore on “The Rock,” and take in the 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 here. British-flavored Gibraltar is a great spot for pub-hopping and duty-free shopping before we return to ship for dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 7:

A dip in the waters of Puerto Banús and a bullfighting lesson in Ronda

Today we drop anchor in Puerto Banús, a luxury port on the Costa del Sol, where you might enjoy a dip off our ship’s swim deck. Then you’ll head inland for an excursion to Ronda, set high in the sierras. Ronda was first settled by the Celts and has since seen a procession of Phoenicians, Arabs, Romans, Moors, Berbers, Visigoths, and other Europeans — all of whom have left their cultural mark in the town’s white stuccoed neighborhoods. You’ll see the old Roman Bridge spanning the deep El Tajo Gorge below, the stately Casa de Don Bosco, and Mondragon Palace before we visit the Plaza de Toros — the oldest bullring in Spain. Here, a docent will provide an informative talk on the history of Spanish bullfighting. Return to ship for dinner onboard, as we set sail for Málaga, arriving late this evening and docking overnight.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 8:

Tour fabulous Málaga, one of Spain’s cultural hubs

This morning you’ll enjoy a city tour of Málaga, a provincial capital that recently remade itself into a popular cultural hub with a restored historic center. You’ll see the wide boulevards with their turn-of-the-century apartments, the Gothic Cathedral, and Gibralfaro Castle, an 11th century Moorish fortification. Back on board you’ll have the afternoon to relax or explore on your own. You can also join an optional tapas tour that stops at some of Málaga’s liveliest bars where you can sample the famous bite-sized delicacies that are a national passion. This evening, enjoy a delicious dinner on board, followed by a flamboyant flamenco show in a local restaurant. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Wine & Tapas Tour

Wine & Tapas Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $109 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 4 hours
  • Location: Malaga, Spain
  • When: Half-day 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!

DAY 9:

A day at leisure in Málaga or the option to visit UNESCO-named Córdoba

Today you have a day at leisure, with another scintillating onboard lecture to offer context to your discoveries. Alternatively, you can join our full-day optional tour to Córdoba, a stage-set of history and beauty that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with an included lunch. Tonight, head a lecture that gives insights to your discoveries. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
Optional Tour: Córdoba Full Day Tour

Córdoba Full Day Tour

  • Approximate Cost: $129 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 10 hours
  • Location: Córdoba, Spain
  • When: Full-day tour
From the 8th to the 11th centuries, when the rest of Europe languished in the Dark Ages, Córdoba was the largest and most sophisticated city in Europe, a center of learning and culture with lighted streets, universities, numerous palaces and more than 300 mosques — all of it built to rival Constantinople, Damascus, and Baghdad. Today, it is still a marvel to behold and its historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, will be the focus of this tour.

The centerpiece will the Mezquita, the Grand Mosque that became a Cathedral during the Reconquista, and which still dazzles with its forest of red-and-white striped pillars. You will also explore the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos (Castle of the Christian Monarchs) with its gardens and ramparts, and the old Córdoba syngagogue, built in 1315. Afterwards, you’ll have time to wander the Jewish Quarter and Islamic section, a medieval warren of picturesque cobbled streets, courtyards, monuments, and squares. Your tour includes private round-trip motorcoach transportation and lunch. A not-to-be-missed destination for anyone interested in the Moorish, Jewish, and Christian heritage of Spain.

DAY 10:

Explore the fortified complexes of storied Granada

From our berth in Motril we travel inland for a full-day excursion to storied 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, the centerpiece of our tour here. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 11:

Enjoy a city tour of historic Cartagena before an afternoon of scenic sailing

Around breakfast we arrive in Cartagena, then depart for a city tour. Cartagena is a major naval center that dates back to 227 BC, when it was founded by the Carthaginians. You’ll get acquainted with its history at La Concepción Castle, which overlooks the old Roman Theater. Walking down the Calle Mayor, you’ll also see some of the Cartagena’s noteworthy art nouveau buildings including the Cervantes House and Grand Hotel. After returning to ship for lunch we set sail for Valencia.

Scenic Sailing: Enjoy views of Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca as you sail from Cartagena to Valencia.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 12:

Discover the highlights of Valencia, including the UNESCO-named Lonja de la Sede de Valencia

Founded as a Roman colony, Spain’s third largest city now presides over the sparkling Mediterranean on what's called the Costa del Azahar or “Orange Blossom Coast.” Your city tour showcases important locations such as the Plaza de la Reina, Plaza de la Virgen, Plaza Redonda, Plaza del Ayuntamiento, the Cathedral, and the Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas. A highlight will be our visit to the late-Gothic Lonja de la Sede de Valencia, the old Silk Exchange, which is a UNESCO Word Heritage Site. You’ll return to your ship for a late lunch and have the balance of the day free.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 13:

Explore the fascinating Roman remains of Tarragona

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning, as we arrive in the port city of Tarragona in time for an afternoon tour. Once the capital of the Roman Empire, the city is an alluring mix of fascinating remains and beautiful beaches. Back on board this evening, enjoy a Captain’s Farewell dinner with your fellow passengers. 

Please note:  The Tarragona tour may not be available on all tours, depending on the sailing schedule.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 14:

Set off on a tour of enchanting Barcelona, followed by leisure time

This morning we’ll bid adios to our ship and crew, and transfer to one of Europe's most enchanting and historic capitals: Barcelona. We'll set off on a panoramic city tour that spotlights highlights such as the port and Olympic Village, the beaches of Barceloneta, the Plaza de España, and the Gran Via. You’ll also see the exterior of the surreal Sagrada Família basilica, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the modernist masterpiece of Antoni Gaudí, the visionary architect responsible for much of Barcelona’s design profile. After enjoying lunch in a local restaurant, we’ll continue to our hotel in Barcelona. This afternoon you’ll have time on your own to wander the shops and tapas bars of the famous Las Ramblas pedestrian thoroughfare on your own before returning to the hotel for dinner.

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 15:

Board a return flight home

After breakfast you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S., or commence your Barcelona post-trip extension.

Included Meals:


Post-Trip Extension

Barcelona, Spain


Important Notice: 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.

Please Note: Port-of-call orientation walking tours are subject to change based on port time and weather conditions

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