Glories of Spain & Portugal 2018: Cruises from Lisbon, Portugal to Malaga, Spain

Glories of Spain & Portugal 2018: Cruises from Lisbon, Portugal to Malaga, Spain

Embark the elegant M/Y Harmony G. With the company of up to 44 fellow passengers, discover Seville, built along the Guadalkivir river with several UNESCO classified monumnets and a rich Moorish and Spanish heritage. Grenada with her brilliant arhcitectural jewels such as the Alhambra Palace. Jerez de la Frontera, an andalucian world famous for its architecture, sherry and fine horses. Ronda, birthplace of bull fighting. Gibraltar, a British outpost right in the South of Spain.


Cruise Facts

Category C:
From $ 2390 To $ 2390
Category B:
From $ 2890 To $ 2890
Category A:
From $ 3190 To $ 3190
Category P:
From $ 3790 To $ 3790
Port Charges: $ 385
3rd Person Reduction (in Cat.C only): 30%
Single Supplement: 50%

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Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1(Saturday): Lisbon – Portimao, Portugal

Escorted bus transfer from Lisbon Cruise terminal SANTA APOLONIA at 2-3pm. The bus will depart at 15:00hrs. We arrive in Portimao at approximately 6-7 pm. Embarkation on board the Harmony G and Dinner on board. 

Day 2(Sunday): Portimao, Portugal

Our half day optional excursion will take us to Silves, largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake. Marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir, a 13th Century Cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque and a fine strong 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. During your visit to Silves, you'll also have time to browse the historic exhibits at the Museu Arqueológico.  We leave Silves visit and travel into the Serra de Monchique to reach the picturesque city of Monchique nested between two hills. The city retains its 16th century charm and you will walk through its cobbled streets with small doorways housing various artisan trades.. We return to Portimao for late lunch and prepare for departure. Overnight at sea to Seville.

Day 3(Monday): Seville, Spain

Morning sailing up the Guadalquivir river and midday arrival. Afternoon optional excursion in Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where Moorish and Spanish art and culture have left their mark. Our optional excursion will bring you to the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace and its Andalusian gardens, the Maria Luisa Park and the quaint and elegant district of Santa Cruz. Overnight in port.

Day 4(Tuesday): Seville – Jerez de la Frontera - Cadiz, Spain

Full day optional excursion in Seville and to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its wines, horse breeding and flamenco. Your tour will enable you to see the Alcazar, the cathedral. (The ship departs with passengers not participating in the excursion at 8:30 to reach Cadiz). Guests rejoin the ship in Cadiz in the evening. Late night sailing.

Day 5(Wednesday): Gibraltar, UK - Bolonia or Arroyo Beach

Swim Stop and possible deck BBQ. Early afternoon arrival at Gibraltar. Afternoon optional excursion in the “Rock”. We depart by bus from the port to reach the top of the Rock, perched on the summit of Gibraltar for a breathtaking view. We continue to St. Michael’s Cave to admire the stalactites & stalagmites, and then we visit the WWII Tunnels. The tour will end in Main Street where you will have some free time for shopping. Overnight in port.

Day 6(Thursday): Gibraltar, UK - Porto Banus (for Ronda), Spain

Early morning sailing to Porto Banus. Arrival in Porto Banus and swimstop at anchor. After lunch we enjoy an optional excursion to Ronda, 50 km inland a city which retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town and the nearby 18th century Puente Nuevo. Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Plaza de Toros is now a museum, and visitors can stroll out into the arena. Our optional excursion will include visits to the  an elegant cloistered 16th century convent and old Ronda, La Ciudad, with its cobbled streets hemmed by handsome town mansions, some still occupied by Ronda's titled families such as the Casa de Don Bosco. We will walk to the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent, two churches, including the toy town bell tower of the Iglesia Santa Maria de Mayor.  The ship will sail to Malaga at 3 pm and guests participating in the excursion will rejoin the ship in Malaga. Late night arrival in Malaga. Overnight in port.

Day 7(Friday): Malaga - Granada, Spain

Optional full day excursion to Granada, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe and the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. We will visit one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. We will also visit the Cathedral and enjoy time at leisure before returning to the ship.  Overnight in port. 

Day 8(Saturday): Malaga, Spain

Disembarkation 9 am.

Important Note: For the Granada & Alhambra Palaces excursion the tickets for Alhambra must be “purchased” latest 6 months in advance therefore this tour ­must be pre-booked.

 

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The Harmony "G" is a modern vessel with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world. The 53 meter long / 7.2 meter wide Mega Yacht Harmony G was launched in January 2001 and renovated in 2009-10 and in 2013. It complies with the most stringent SOLAS safety regulations ,while its powerful engines and state of the art stabilizers allow for safe and comfortable cruising.

Life on board centers around the Indoor / Outdoor lounge and its American bar, on Upper Deck. The classy dining room located on Main Deck is surrounded by large windows. The spacious Sun deck is the ideal place to bask under the sun, read a good book or just gaze at the scenery. The swimming platform on Harmony G stern enables you to swim when weather and anchorage conditions permit. 

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After having traveled around the world with my wife over the past 30 years, we never expected to have our cruise aboard the Callisto this past May, 2018 be the trip of our lifetimes. From the captain on down through the rest of the crew, we found everyone to be of the highest caliber professionally, and accommodating to the extreme. The food was extraordinary and artistically presented. Thank you Variety for a trip we will never forget. We're already planning our next voyage with you. John and Traudy