Cruising Spain, Portugal and Morocco: Lisbon to Malaga

Cruising Spain, Portugal and Morocco: Lisbon to Malaga

From NZD $4,900

Description

Soak up the sultry south on this eclectic Adventure Cruise along the coasts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco.

Portugal and Spain’s less-travelled southern reaches are full of surprises, and this trip takes the adventure even further – to Morocco. Join us on the stylish Harmony V and discover the wonders of this coast, starting in Lisbon and continuing to Portimao for a day exploring the coastal caves. Learn Columbus’ history in Huelva then voyage to Seville to take in the world’s largest gothic cathedral. Onwards to Morocco for a tour of Tangier’s medina and a taste of mint tea before visiting famous Chefchaouen, the blue-washed city below the rocky Rif Mountains. Drop anchor in Puerto Banas to explore Ronda – dramatically set on top of a deep gorge – and dock finally in Malaga. With the flexibility to choose between cultural activities and sun-soaked leisure, this is a great choice for those wanting to experience the Iberian lifestyle and a dash of Morocco.

Is this trip right for you?

This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with up to 49 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Trip Name
Cruising Spain, Portugal and Morocco: Lisbon to Malaga
Days
8
Overview
Vessel Type:  Motor Yacht Length:  55 metres Passenger Capacity:  49  Built:  2009 Imagine a place far from home that feels just like home, where the borders are delineated by the golden shores of the sea; and home is wherever the anchors drop. Imagine 179 feet of comfort, beauty, and safety classified by the latest International “Safety of Life at Sea” (SOLAS) standards. Imagine your floating home on board the sleek, contemporary state of the art Mega Yacht that sails the seas under the name HARMONY V, waving her Greek flag through the wind. Discover the world by sea at 10 knots per hour, in her un-rushed pace, one island or seashore at a time. Harmony V loves to seduce her select 49 guests with her sleek lines and ample deck space redefining what yachting was meant to be. A spacious lounge with ample space, dining areas decorated with warm colors, large windows offering pristine views of all destinations, shaded areas and outdoor bar and loungers are just some of the elements that define her essence. 360° views of unobstructed ocean are your eyes’ canvas painted with ocean blue and deep green mountains. Mingle with likeminded travelers in` our public areas, enjoy a moment to yourself in our ample deck space, or retreat to your cabin-sanctuary all offering windows or portholes connecting you with Mother Nature’s wonders. Harmony V’s experienced crew of 18 is trained with hospitality at heart to pamper her guests and guarantee the ultimate home away from home experience. Home at Sea Single seating dining Indoor & Outdoor Lounge - Bar, Indoor & Outdoor Restaurant, Audiovisual in Lounge, Mini library, Beach Towels, Snorkeling equipment, Kayak, Board Games, Swimming Platform, Wi-Fi  Comfort Zone Windows: upper & main deck cabins, Triple Occupancy cabins: Category A, Flat-Screen TV, Mini Safe, Mini Fridge, CD & DVD player, En suite bathroom with shower, Individually controlled A/C, Hairdryers, Telephone for internal use, Central music

Itinerary



Day 1 - Day 1: Lisbon
Meet your shipmates at the Santa Apolonia Train Station in Lisbon at 12pm before transferring to Portimao by bus. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing on the ship before sitting down for dinner with your fellow travellers. Overnight in Portimao.Special InformationIf you arrive at the train station early, you can store your luggage at the lockers located at the station and explore the area before meeting your group at 12 noon.
Day 2 - Day 2: Portimao
Travel by bus to Carvoeiro, then board a small boat and cruise along the rocky coast exploring the Algarve’s sandstone caves. Continue on to Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of Portugal's seven natural wonders, and embark on a boat trip around the wetlands enjoying some birdwatching along the way. Return to Portimao in the evening and re-join the ship. Sail overnight to Huelva.
Day 3 - Day 3: Huelva
Cool off with a morning swim at a beach en route to Huelva. After lunch, disembark and take a bus to Moguer, a small Andalusian city, to visit the Santa Clara Monastery before travelling on to El Rabida. There are replicas here of the boats Christopher Columbus used to sail to the New World on (Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria). Spend some time exploring the site before returning to your own ship, with a free evening to be spent in Huelva before sailing overnight upriver to Seville.
Day 4 - Day 4: Seville
Spend the day in Seville on a walking tour with a local guide. Seville, the capital of Andalusia, is presided over by an immense gothic cathedral (the world’s largest) in which you’ll find the tomb of Christopher Columbus. With both Christian and Moorish influences, Seville is an architectural haven and the UNESCO-listed palace, Real Alcazar, is just one awe-inspiring example. Tonight we sail to Tangier.
Day 5 - Day 5: Tangier
Today the group breaks up into smaller parties for a day tour of Tangier. Start by exploring Caves of Hercules, where Hercules supposedly rested between his labours, before heading to Cap Spartel, the most north-westerly point in Africa. Then tour the medina with a local guide, sip mint tea at Cafe Hafa and perhaps opt for a group lunch at a local restaurant to sample some of Morocco's finest. Spend the afternoon discovering more of this Moroccan city, taking the opportunity for some souvenir shopping. Stay overnight in Tangier port.
Day 6 - Day 6: Puerto Banus
Depart early and drive to Chefchaouen, the famous blue-washed city sitting below the Rif Mountains. The blue buildings provide a dramatic juxtaposition to the surrounding countryside and you’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. Take some free time to explore the beautiful cobbled laneways and buzzing squares before returning to the boat in Tangier and cruising overnight to Puerto Banus.
Day 7 - Day 7: Puerto Banus
Drive to Ronda in the morning for a guided walking tour of Old and New Town. Set high above the deep El Tajo gorge, Ronda is a spectacular town and was frequently visited by Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, both of whom fell in love with the dramatic setting. Visit a bodega just out of town for lunch and wine tasting before returning to the boat and sailing overnight to Malaga.
Day 8 - Day 8: Malaga
Located on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is Spain’s sixth-largest city and your final destination. Say goodbye to your shipmates and disembark after breakfast.
Day 9 - Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
10-07-202017-07-2020NZD $4,900Main Deck Standard Double
10-07-202017-07-2020NZD $5,580Main Deck Double
10-07-202017-07-2020NZD $6,085Upper Deck Premium Twin/Double
10-07-202017-07-2020NZD $6,430Upper Deck Triple
21-08-202028-08-2020NZD $4,900Main Deck Standard Double
21-08-202028-08-2020NZD $5,580Main Deck Double
21-08-202028-08-2020NZD $6,085Upper Deck Premium Twin/Double
21-08-202028-08-2020NZD $6,430Upper Deck Triple

Inclusions

    • Take in the natural beauty of the Algarve coast, with its jagged coastline cut with caves and grottoes.
    • Slow the pace a little with some bird watching in Ria Formosa National Park, looking out for flamingos, herons and kingfishers.
    • Spice things up in Seville, a melting pot of Moorish and Christian influences and the home of flamenco.
    • Immerse yourself in the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen.

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