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Experience Spanish & Portuguese Traditions

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Visiting cities that are the origins of, or known for their links to, some of their country’s renowned cultural and historical gems, enjoy an in-depth discovery of quintessentially Spanish and Portuguese traditions. There are highlights to look forward to throughout this journey, including time in Lisbon to delve into the history of Portugal’s capital, amongst its centuries-old monuments such as Belem Tower and Jeronimos Monastery. In Lisbon you’ve a chance to not only eat the city’s famous Pasteis de Nata, but also make your own with a local pastry chef. You’re in for a similar experience in Malaga too; perhaps visit a family-run grove to learn about about the history of local olive oil, how it’s made and to sample some at source, and see the city’s famous fortresses, castles and pieces from Picasso, a Malaga native.

Balmoral docks close to the heart of historic Cádiz, where you’ll find sights such as Torre Tavira and the 18th century cathedral, as well as cafés and restaurants serving traditional tapas, are within easy reach. Here you can engage with Andalusia’s passion for Flamenco dancing, and even learn a few steps from a local Bailaora. Get a feel for the rich history of Valencia and enjoy a plate or two of delicious, expertly-made paella in the city where it originates; and spend a day in Cartagena, a delight to explore with its abundance of historical and architectural delights, found within the city’s ancient walls and fortifications. Sample a taste of authentic Spanish island life on Menorca too; sun-kissed beaches, landscapes ripe for hiking and charming Mahon await you. Meanwhile in Portugal, in addition to your time in Lisbon, there’s also a visit to Leixoes – gateway to Oporto, where you may with to sample local flavours of port wine and sardines.

 

What does this price include?

  • Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
  • A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
  • Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
  • A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
  • Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
  • A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
  • All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
  • Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
  • Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet

Your Itinerary

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  • Depart: Late PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Leixoes

    The Portuguese port of Leixoes offers the opportunity to explore historic Porto. Famed the world over for its port wine, Porto is perched on the granite cliffs above the River Douro, the two banks linked by some vertigo-inducing bridges. Head into the Ribeira district to visit one of the wine lodges for which the city is world-renowned.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Early PM

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Cadiz

    Ancient Cadiz, with its elegant squares, great cathedral and wonderful botanical garden, is a fascinating city. Step ashore to explore, maybe visiting Seville - the Cradle of Flamenco - with its sumptuous cathedral, famous bell tower, wonderful Alcazar and bullring. One of Spain’s greatest jewels, it sparkles more than ever during the celebrations of its annual Feria carnival.

  • Arrive: Late AM

    Depart: Late AM

  • Arrive: Late AM

    Depart: Late PM

    Lisbon

    The Portuguese capital, Lisbon, is where the great explorers sailed to the New World. Wander up through the cobbled streets of the Alfama towards Sao Jorge Castle, relax by the fountain in Rossi Square or follow the shoreline along to where the ornate battlements of the Belem Tower guard the mouth of the River Tagus.

  • Arrive: Early PM

    Depart: Late Night

    Vigo

    Today, the cruise will journey into the natural harbour of Ria de Vigo. A historic fishing port, Vigo bustles with life, especially in the cobbled streets of the old town, where the day’s catch is laid out on granite tables, and cafés serve strong coffee to arriving fishermen - and cruise holidaymakers. Stroll the seafront, or visit Santiago de Compostela, the destination of pilgrims and arguably the world’s first tourist destination.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Cruising

    Enjoy a relaxing day at sea, making the most of the on-board amenities, meeting with new-found friends, or simply curling up with a good book as the ship heads toward the next exciting port of call.

  • Arrive: Early AM


Days marked above with an anchor include ports where you will be transferred to shore by landing boat. These ports may be inaccessible for customers with mobility difficulties as a result. Any days not listed will be spent at sea.

Dates & Prices

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Further Information

  • Cruise descriptions include optional, chargeable experiences that may be enjoyed independently and/or with optional Fred. Olsen Shore Tours. 

    *Premium Traditional Afternoon Tea not included.

    Upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks Package is available as a chargeable optional extra and can be added to your booking up to six days prior to your cruise departing.

  • Rules may have changed since you last travelled to European Union countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The following are useful guidelines which will help you prepare for your next adventure. Note that these new rules do NOT apply when travelling within the United Kingdom or to the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or the Republic of Ireland. You do require government issued ID when travelling by air though.

    Names

    It is very important that all passenger names are exactly as per your passport although we do not require middle names.

    Passport

    Your passport must meet two requirements to travel to an EU country and to Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. It must be:

    • Less than 10 years old on the day you return home – please check the "date of issue"
    • Valid for at least 3 months after the day you return home – please check the "expiry date"

    These rules do not apply to travel to Ireland where you can continue to use your passport as long as it’s valid for the length of your stay.

    Visa

    If you’re a tourist, you do not need a visa for short trips to most EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. You’ll be able to stay for up to 90 days in any rolling 180-day period. Different rules will apply to Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus and Romania; if you visit these countries, visits to other EU countries will not count towards the 90-day total. Travel to Ireland will not change and stays there will not count towards the 90-day total.

    European Travel Information & Authorisation System (ETIAS)

    Towards the end of 2022, it is likely that non EU citizens will be required to apply online for an authorisation to visit most European countries. The current details suggest there will be a charge of €7 per person and the authorisation will be valid for all trips made to the EU in a three year period from issue. We will advise you of confirmed details prior to your tour’s departure.

    Border Control

    At border control, you may need to show proof of your return journey - your travel documentation issued by us will be sufficient for this. You will also need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens if manual checks are required.

    Healthcare Cover

    You should always get appropriate travel insurance with healthcare cover before you go abroad which covers pre-existing conditions. You should understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and be happy with its cover for healthcare and travel disruption. Newmarket sell a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Ask our travel consultants for more information.

    You should also apply for a UK Global Heath Insurance Card (GHIC) which lets you get urgent state healthcare in Europe at a reduced cost or sometimes for free. Note GHIC is only valid in EU countries and not in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

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