Dates: May 16 - May 29, 2019
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: From $8,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Sea Cloud II
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Western Europe
Follow in the wake of the ancient Spanish and Portuguese mariners on this nine-night cruise around the Iberian Peninsula aboard the beautiful Sea Cloud II. After an introduction to the region's Moorish tour de force, the incomparable Alhambra Palace in Granada, embark the Sea Cloud II in Malaga and transit the Strait of Gibraltar. In Gibraltar, marvel at spectacular views of the European and African coastlines from the "top of the rock," and at the antics of the resident Barbary Apes. Inland of Cadiz, visit Seville, capital of the Spanish province of Andalucia and home of the splendid Reales Alcazares, a Spanish royal residence and one of the most beautiful palaces in Spain. Discover the special beauty of Manueline architecture in Lisbon, Portugal's capital and the departure point for most of the Portuguese expeditions of the Age of Discovery. Enjoy a port wine tasting in Porto, a World Heritage site and the center of port wine production, and spend an afternoon in beautiful, unspoiled Islas Cies, part of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia National Park, en route to the great pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela. Conclude in Bilbao at the iconic Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum.
Throughout this exceptional cruise, learn about the strategic and historic importance of the great Portuguese and Spanish port cities, enjoy the rhythms of fado and flamenco, and sample outstanding wines and distinctive regional cuisines. A cruise aboard the luxurious Sea Cloud II, one of the most luxurious vessels afloat, is unfailingly memorable, combining the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world's finest sailing vessels, guests experience this marvelous ship under sail (weather permitting), as the skilled crew hand-sets over 30,000 square feet of canvas.