Iberian Explorer (8 Days)

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises
Ship: Varies by Departure
Barcelona, Spain to Tilbury, United Kingdom
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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
Barcelona, Spain

Step onboard your ship to begin your journey. Your overnight stay allows time to discover Barcelona on your own. Enjoy an evening stroll down the city's celebrated Las Ramblas boulevard. Admire the architecture of native son Antoni Gaudí. Or, opt to attend an evening performance of flamenco, Spain's vibrant dance, while savoring a menu of traditional tapas.

DAY 2
Cartagena, Spain
Murcia, Spain
Cartagena, Spain

Uncover the rich history of Cartagena today, brimming with remarkable architecture spanning the ages, from the days of Rome to Art Nouveau. Outside the city, marvel at the beauty of the sanctuary of the Virgin of Fuensanta, Murcia's patron saint, and the Baroque- and Gothic-style cathedral. Alternatively, explore Cartagena's impressive Roman Theater and its Roman Forum.

DAY 3
Málaga, Spain
Granada, Spain
Málaga, Spain

Today you can experience firsthand the stuff of Andalusian dreams. Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Málaga is the gateway to Andalucía, the seductive province of rolling hills and endless olive groves. An included tour features the 11th-century Alcazaba Palace, residence of Arabian caliphs, the ancient Moorish Gibralfaro Castle, the Renaissance Cathedral, and Picasso's birthplace. Or, choose to explore the mighty Alhambra palace in Granada, one of Spain's most treasured sites.

DAY 4
Strait of Gibraltar (Cruising)

Sail through the famed Strait of Gibraltar today into the Alboran Sea, the westernmost portion of the Mediterranean. On a clear day, you will spot the giant Rock of Gibraltar on the port side. In legend, this enormous geological wonder is one of the Pillars of Hercules, the other being Monte Hacho, a low mountain in Ceuta, a Spanish province in North Africa.

DAY 5
Vigo, Spain

Call on Vigo today, Spain's "Gateway to the Atlantic" and one of the most historic cities on the northwestern coast of Galicia. For stunning views of its dramatic bay, ascend to El Castro Mount. Then get a closer look at Vigo's elegant thoroughfares and plazas and the French gardens of Castrelos Park. Alternately, visit the revered city of Santiago de Compostela, one of medieval Europe's most important pilgrimage sites.

DAY 6
Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)

Perhaps you'll get a morning workout at the Fitness Center and soothe your body with a hot sauna and a few minutes amid the refreshingly chilled air of the Snow Grotto. This evening, enjoy cocktails in the Explorers' Lounge and an authentic Italian meal at Manfredi's Italian Restaurant.

DAY 7
Portsmouth, United Kingdom

You'll enjoy a picturesque arrival into Portsmouth, sailing between Napoleonic forts in the Solent and passing stunning citadels at the harbor's entrance. Then, discover the city's prestigious maritime past. This historic naval port houses such historic vessels as Henry VIII's Tudor battleship Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's HMS Victory. Stroll the docklands of the rejuvenated waterfront and visit the D-Day Museum, commemorating the preparations for the Allied landings of the massive fleet that departed from here.

DAY 8
Tilbury, United Kingdom

Awake in Tilbury, a historic town on the north bank of the Thames River. Disembark this morning and transfer to the airport. Or, explore more with Viking and spend time in London.

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About Us

Viking® offers destination-focused river and ocean cruises to the world’s most fascinating locations on board elegant, state-of-the art ships. With Viking, guests will journey with like-minded travelers on The Thinking Person’s Cruise®, a culturally rich, immersive experience designed to help guests explore the most intimate nuances of their destination both on board and ashore—with enriching shore excursions, informative lectures and port talks, engaging Destination Performances, wine tastings and regional cuisine. Plus, Viking Inclusive Value provides guests all they need in one inclusive cruise fare.

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Viking has a variety of ways in which you can customize your trip including premium beverage packages, gift orders and making arrangements for special occasions.

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