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

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

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): Malaga, Spain

Embarkation 3 pm - Dinner on board. Overnight in port.

 

Day 2(Sunday): Malaga, 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.  In the afternoon we leave Granada to return to Malaga. Overnight in port. 

Day 3(Monday): Malaga – Porto Banus, Spain - Gibraltar, UK

Early morning sailing and morning arrival in Porto Banus. Our morning 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 witnessed once a year at the occasion of the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Plaza de Toros, is now a museum, and visitors can stroll out into the arena. Our excursion also includes visits to  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. Afternoon swim from the ship and time at leisure. Evening sailing to Gibraltar and late evening arrival. Overnight in port.

Day 4(Tuesday): Gibraltar, UK – Bolonia or Arroyo Beach- Seville, Spain
Optional half day 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. Midday sailing to Seville, with swimstop on the way to Bolonia or Arroyo Beach.   
Day 5(Wednesday): Seville, Spain

This morning we sail up the Guadalquivir river. Midday arrival and afternoon optional excursion to 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 Seville port.

Day 6(Thursday): 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 Jerez Cathedral before we continue to Cádiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain.  (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. Overnight at sea to Portimao – Portugal.

 

Day 7(Friday): Portimao, Portugal

Midday arrival in Portimao. Our optional afternoon 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. Return to Portimao for the farewell dinner. Overnight in port.

Day 8(Saturday): Portimao – Lisbon, Portugal
Disembarkation 9 am. Escorted bus transfer from Portimao to Lisbon Cruise terminal SANTA APOLONIA at 9:30. Arrival at approximately 12:00-13:00hrs (12am-1pm)   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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