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Southern Spain and Portugal

Southern Spain and Portugal

  • A voyage specially tailored for English-speaking travelers including discussions with experts, transfers before and after your cruise, and an included excursion in each port of call.
  • A cruise to discover the landscapes, architecture, and rich cultural history of Portugal and Spain.
  • UNESCO World Heritage sites en route: the Alcázar in Seville from Cádiz, the Alhambra in Granada from Malaga, and La Lonja de la Seda in Valencia.
  • An exclusive, night-time, private tour of the Alhambra in Granada.
  • A discovery of the Balearic Islands with a stop in Palma de Mallorca, their capital.

MAY 3, 2022

Embarkation 5/3/2022 from 16h00 to 17h00
Departure 5/3/2022 at 18h00

Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometers from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbor, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery, and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one in the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of luxury shopping.

MAY 4, 2022 AT SEA

Arrival 5/4/2022
Departure 5/4/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

MAY 5, 2022 CADIZ

Arrival 5/5/2022 early morning
Departure 5/5/2022 late afternoon

Andalusia’s Cadiz is located on the Costa de la Luz, in the southwest of Spain. From the beaches of Cortadura to the flamenco bars of Santa Maria, through the colorful streets of la Viña, you will be amazed by this city, which is both steeped in history and extremely festive. In the medieval El Pópulo district, you will stroll along covered passages in the narrow gaps between houses. You will also be able to mosey around the lush Mina square. The star of the show is the magnificent cathedral and its dome crowned with yellow porcelain, presiding above the Ocean.

2 Possible excursions to this stopover

  • Andalusian Treasures: Seville & Cathedral
  • Cadiz: Gateway to Souther Spain

MAY 6, 2022 MÁLAGA

Arrival 5/6/2022 early morning
Departure 5/6/2022 late evening

A historical and festive town, Malaga is located in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol. Between the marina and the beaches, the seaside promenade of La Farola offers an ideal setting for strolling and relaxing. Set slightly further back, the Malagueta bullring is one of the emblematic sites of the city. From the hill overlooking the old town, one can see Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba, two fortified ensembles rising out from the cypresses and maritime pines. To visit Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, you will go first to the courtly plaza de la Merced. A few streets back from here, you can explore the museum dedicated to the artist, in the Buenavista Palace.

1 Possible Excursion: Granada: the Moorish Legacy of Andalucia

MAY 7, 2022 AT SEA

Arrival 5/7/2022
Departure 5/7/2022

During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness center. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique, or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest, and entertainment.

MAY 8, 2022 PALMA DE MALLORCA, BALEARIC ISLANDS

Arrival 5/8/2022 midday
Departure 5/8/2022 late afternoon

Palma de Mallorca will reveal its many treasures: idyllic coves, majestic limestone cliffs that plunge into the clear sapphire- and turquoise-colored waters of the Mediterranean, and vast plains planted with almond trees, olive trees, and vineyards. When your ship calls to the capital of the Balearic Islands, take a walk to discover its emblematic monuments, such as its famous cathedral, and amble through its old streets. Here, like a painting, the island’s historical heritage forms a backdrop to the lively and warm cosmopolitan atmosphere of the Mediterranean.

MAY 9, 2022 VALENCIA

Arrival 5/9/2022 early morning
Departure 5/9/2022 late afternoon

Valencia – the city of Art and Sciences. Two hearts beat in this Spanish city: one is modern, avant-garde, and almost futuristic; the other is more provincial, more traditional, and nostalgic. Valencia has the temperament of a great Mediterranean city whose wide avenues form a border around the old town. The city has an abundance of architectural styles that coexist harmoniously, but above all it resolutely embraces the 21st Century with the futuristic structures of its Agora congress center and City of Arts and Sciences, emerging from a crystal blue pool.

1 Possible Excursion to this stopover: Valencia, Old and New

MAY 10, 2022 BARCELONA

Arrival 5/10/2022 early morning
Disembarkation 5/10/2022 at 08h30

Located on the seashore between the mountains of Montjuïc and Tibidabo, Barcelona offers its many visitors a perfect blend of tradition and modernism. Truly an open-air museum, the “prodigious town” reveals an astonishing range of artistic treasures and museums, combining Roman ruins, medieval districts, and a number of avant-garde elements from the 20th Century. Over the years, it has been marked by some of the greatest artists, such as Picasso, Miró, or Gaudí, most of whose work has been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Take the time to stroll along the Ramblas and enjoy the gentle, typically Mediterranean lifestyle of the capital of Catalonia.

Cruising Southern Spain and Portugal – with Smithsonian Journeys

Dates: 5/3/2022 – 5/10/2022 (other dates available)

Shore excursion or activity in each port of call + transfers included

PONANT has organized the following included programme for you, which starts the day of embarkation.

Included Features:

  • Transfers and luggage handling from the airport in Lisbon to the ship on the day of embarkation
  • Comprehensive 7-night cruise aboard the deluxe Le Bougainville, with all the amenities for which PONANT ships are famous
  • One included shore excursion in each port of call (see “Itinerary” for more information and choice of excursions, if applicable)
  • Transfer from the ship to the airport in Barcelona at the end of the cruise on the morning of disembarkation

Not included:

  • Independent meals and beverages ashore
  • Personal expenses (such as laundry, telephone, etc.)

Notes:

  • This voyage is offered on a space-available basis
  • Program is subject to change without notice
CATEGORYSIZEPRICE
Deluxe Stateroom19m²from $4,280
Prestige Deck 419m²from $4,630
Prestige Deck 619m²from $5,020
Deluxe Suite Deck 327m²from $6,550
Deluxe Suite Deck 427m²from $6,550
Deluxe Suite Deck 527m²from $6550
Deluxe Suite Deck 5627m²from $6,550
Prestige Deck 5 Suite38m²from $8,480
Prestige Deck 6 Suite38m²from $8,860
Privilege Suite Deck 532m²from $9,250
Privilege Suite Deck 632m²from $9,250
Grand Deluxe Suite Deck 645m²from $10,050
Owner’s Suite45m²from $14,390

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