Western Europe Mosaic (13 Days)

Cruise Line: Oceania Cruises
Ship: Nautica  |  83 Reviews
Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal
Dates: 18 May 2019 - 30 May 2019

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18 May 2019
Barcelona, Spain
5:00 PM
19 May 2019
Alicante, Spain
8:00 AM 5:00 PM
20 May 2019
Motril, Spain
8:00 AM 11:00 PM
21 May 2019
Gibraltar, Gibraltar
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
22 May 2019
Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
23 May 2019
Arrecife, Spain
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
24 May 2019
Santa Cruz De Tenerife, Spain
8:00 AM 11:00 PM
25 May 2019
Las Palmas, Spain
7:00 AM 4:00 PM
26 May 2019
Atlantic Ocean (Cruising)
DAY 10
27 May 2019
Tangier, Morocco
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 11
28 May 2019
Cadiz, Spain
8:00 AM 6:00 PM
DAY 12
29 May 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
11:00 AM
DAY 13
30 May 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
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Spirit of Southern Spain - Cadiz - 2019 ( 6 Hours )
Cadiz, Spain | 28 May 2019

  • Meals: Lunch
  • Recommended Ages: All Ages
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Experience(s): Food & Wine • Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing

We’ll begin our day in Andalusia with a quick transfer from port in Cádiz to the city’s charming old town. Cádiz is considered the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe, and the only way to appreciate this history is on foot. We’ll set out through the core of narrow alleyways, making our way to the Cathedral, a mélange of styles which took 116 years to complete. We’ll roam the well-preserved medieval Populo district, as well as Santa Maria, with its neoclassical churches and baroque towers, and cross through many of the city’s lively plazas.

We’ll then re-board the coach and drive to Jerez de la Frontera, a town built on a proud heritage of sherry and brandy production. The old Anglo-Andaluz sherry dynasties still wield much economic power here, and the region evokes images of rich land barons, finely bred horses and fighting bulls, and passionate flamenco. We will be visiting the stately Diez Mérito Winery, whose 200-year history mirrors that of the region. We’ll plunge into the world of these star Spanish wines, and have a chance to smell one of the oldest wines in the world: the prestigious Fino Imperial, which dates back to 1876. Diez Mérito is also home to one of the most emblematic Bodegas in Jerez, Bertemati. Dating from 1730, it is located in the center of town and features a romantic whitewashed vaulted cellar, perfect for aging sherry as well as for our tapas lunch—accompanied by sherry, of course.

Suggested Attire/Walking Notes: Smart/casual attire is recommended. There will be moderate to heavy walking on the Cádiz tour, mostly on paved and cobblestone surfaces. Additional walking at the Diez Mérito Winery will be at your discretion.

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Shore Excursions

Barcelona, Spain - 18 May 2019

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Scholar-led Gaudi Architecture Tour

During this three hour tour through the heart of Barcelona, we’ll introduce the fantastic architecture of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona’s most important architect, and situate his work within the context of Catalan society at the time. Besides visiting some of Gaudí’s most important works, we’ll look broadly at how Barcelona expanded in the late 19th and early 20th century and became a breeding ground for the modernist movement and, eventually, such luminaries as Miro and Picasso. We’ll begin by looking at the history of Barcelona and the growth of the city, introducing the urban planner Ildefons Cerda whose “enlargement” (example in Catalan) in 1859 laid out the modern city, much as Baron von Haussman did for Paris some years later. With this architectural context as a backdrop, we’ll make our way through the heart of the city to see two of Gaudí's masterpieces: the Casa Batlló on the Block of Discord, and Casa Milà. We will spend concerted time inside of Casa Batlló and on its famous roof, picking our way through the thorough Gaudí museum inside. During the course of this walk we’ll also look at the works of some of Gaudí’s followers and rivals, including buildings by Puig i Cadafalch. Although few of these artists are known outside of Barcelona, their work had a significant influence on Gaudí and represent the artistic context he was working within. As we move through the physical city, through history, and through the aesthetic evolution of Barcelona we’ll look at how Gaudí's buildings fight against the modern grid and try to neutralize it in a fantastical way that borders on the absurd. We’ll learn to see his work in a new light and contextualize it within the history of the city. Please note that this walk does not include Gaudí's Parc Güell or Sagrada Familia. If you are interested in viewing the latter site with us, you may enjoy our Sagrada Familia, Gaudí's Masterpiece in Context seminar, which is an ideal compliment to the Gaudí in Context tour.

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Modernista Masterpieces in Detail, Sagrada Familia and Hospital de Sant Pau

Barcelona was one of Europe’s foremost capitals of Art Nouveau, or as it’s referred to in Catalonia, Modernista architecture. The city contains hundreds of amazing edifices; it would take weeks to discover them all. This in-depth seminar studies two exceptional sites to delve deeper into the architectural movement that changed the face of the city: the famous Sagrada Familia basilica and the Hospital de Sant Pau, the largest Art Nouveau site in the world. Our expert-led walk begins with the expansive Hospital de Sant Pau. In 1901 the cramped Hospital de la Santa Creu in the Medieval Raval district was to have a new home in the new Eixample district thanks to the generous benefactor Pau Gil, who gave the hospital its new name and an ambitious design by one of the era's top architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner. Finished in 1930 and covering nine square city blocks, it was an active hospital until the 1990s. After five years of intense renovations, the complex has just reopened to the public. It now houses cultural and academic institutions such as the United Nations University and the Casa Asia. This special visit to this lesser-known masterpiece will add valuable insight into the Modernista movement, architect Montaner, and overall Barcelona urban planning. A short ten-minute walk away is Antoni Gaudi's la Sagrada Familia. Still incomplete today, more than eighty years after Gaudi's death, this building stands as one of the single most important works of architecture in Europe—a stunning example of Gaudi's genius (or madness) and the power of his work in Barcelona. Our exploration of the basilica's ornate exterior and impressive interior will illustrate the symbolism, aesthetics, and design of the church and how it connected with the Modernista movement as a whole. We may also look at specific details, such as the use of found materials or how the structure fit into the imagined landscape of its creator.

Offered by: Context Travel
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Length: 3 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: 12 and Above
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Scholar-led Walking Tour of the Gothic Quarter

Barcelona’s Barri Gótic, or “Gothic Quarter,” contains all the layers of this city’s deep history, from ancient Roman outpost to capital of the Crown Aragon in the Middle Ages to the making of a modern metropolis in the 19th century. In this three-hour comprehensive tour of this historic core we’ll pull back the layers of Barcelona with a trained scholar and learn how to read the city in all its complexity. Although a strictly chronological approach is impossible in a such a palimpsest as Barcelona, we’ll start our exploration in the Plaza Nova where one can still see some of the remains—a gate, part of the walls—of the Roman outpost that presaged the city. We discuss the basics of Roman city planning and architecture as well see several other remnants of Rome throughout the walk and discern elements of the Roman plan within the layout of the city today. From here our course will take us through the heart of the Gothic Quarter, passing undoubtedly by the main Cathedral. We’ll use this late Gothic masterpiece as a backdrop for discussing the medieval evolution of Barcelona when suburbs, or ravals, grew up around the city’s compact Roman footprint housing Barcelona’s specialized guilds, sophisticated professional and merchant classes, and a rich religious life for both Christians and Jews. Our adventure will also take us into the Jewish Call, a neighborhood established by Jews in the middle ages where we’ll discuss the periods of relative religious freedom as well as periods of intolerance and expulsion that have marked Catalan and Spanish history. Our walk will also take us to the Born, past the Boqueria, Barcelona’s main market, and onto the Ramblas, the main thoroughfare of the city where we’ll look at how modern development re-cast the city in the 18th and 19th centuries. We’ll look for examples of hygienic reform and “surgical” interventions in the heart of the old city that led to massive demolition and reconstruction, and along the way gain tools to help us read Barcelona’s story through the aspect of her built environment. We’ll emerge with a deeper sense of the remains of ancient Barcelona, the city’s medieval splendor, and the modern archaeology and urbanism that uncovered these sites and made them visible.Note: We can arrange special walks focused on the Jewish Call and history in the Gothic quarter, only on private walks. If you are interested, please indicate this in your trip notes.

Offered by: European Connection
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Length: 4 hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Easy
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts • Sightseeing
Panoramic Barcelona Tour

An Introductory Tour to the Highlights of Barcelona

Offered by: Joyas de España
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Length: 8 Hours
Meals: None
Recommended Ages: All Ages
Activity Level: Moderate
Experience(s): Culture, History & Arts
Hidden Treasures Tour

We offer a tailor-made tour included visits to monuments that are normally out of the traditional tour circuit. You will find the most hidden secrets of the Gothic District and the best “mirador”, the most private Gaudí and the ancient sweets in the city, some Art Nouveau jewels …

We suggest to include in the visit the following monuments (regular visits but with private guide).

Santa María del Pi church gothic bell tower: After climbing 250 steps offers privileged panoramic views of the city.

Sant Just I Pastor church bell tower: Hidden in the labyrinth of some of the most ancient streets of the city we find this interesting church which has been active since the IV century.

Surgery school of the Royal Medicine Academy of Catalunya: One of the neoclassic buildings more important of Barcelona, with elegant sobriety, has one the best reserved anatomic amphitheater and that currently is quite unnoticed, a little jewel to discover.

Bellesguard Tower: Built by Antoni Gaudi between 1900 and 1909, with straight lines very uncommon in his work, inspired in the medieval castle of the king Martin I the

Human. Gaudí builds a castle that is half modernism, half gothic. Is the most unknown work of Gaudí in Barcelona.

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