EXPEDITION CRUISE | CRUISETOUR

Iberian Peninsula (16 Days)

Cruise Line: Zegrahm Expeditions
Barcelona, Spain to Bilbao, Spain
Dates: 18 Apr 2019 - 03 May 2019

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ARRIVE DEPART
DAY 1
18 Apr 2019
Air travel

Board your independent flight to Barcelona.

DAY 2
19 Apr 2019
Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in the morning and transfer to our centrally located hotel. Spend the afternoon independently exploring this cosmopolitan city, perhaps visiting the Picasso Museum or famous "Discord Block" of Modernist architecture. Return to our hotel for a welcome dinner and overnight.

DAY 3
20 Apr 2019
Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona's Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter, is the heart of the city, and a morning sightseeing tour reveals its most important monuments and main boulevard, La Rambla. View La Sagrada Família, Gaudí's influential unfinished masterpiece, and enjoy lunch before embarking the newly-renovated Ocean Adventurer.

DAY 4
21 Apr 2019
Valencia, Spain

Spain's third-largest city is a popular beach resort and the birthplace of paella. Bustling plazas lie around every corner of Old Town (El Carmen); just off the iconic Plaza de la Reina stands Valencia's 13th-century cathedral, a hybrid of architectural styles and home to the alleged Holy Grail from Jesus' last supper. Circular Plaza Redonda is lined with quirky shops and lace stalls, while the Central Market is always abuzz with activity.

DAY 5
22 Apr 2019
Cartagena, Spain

With its superb natural harbor, Cartagena emerged as a major trading center as early as 300 BC. Discover the city's Roman heritage at the 2,000-year-old amphitheater and excavated acropolis showcased within the Municipal Archaeology Museum. Today's guided tour also reveals the blue marble-lined Plaza San Sebastián, stately Palacio Consistorial, and Castillo de la Concepción, a medieval fortress with sweeping views and peacocks strolling its inner gardens.

DAY 6
23 Apr 2019
Motril, Spain
Granada, Spain
Motril, Spain

Set out from Motril for the medieval city of Granada and one of the most breathtaking structures in all of Europe, the Alhambra. This palace-fortress, built during the 14th century, stands amongst the world's finest examples of Moorish architecture. Admire the lace-like detailing of its stuccowork, stunning mosaics, and impressive bas-reliefs on a guided tour of the central complex and fountain-filled courtyard.

DAY 7
24 Apr 2019
Málaga, Spain
Córdoba, Spain
Málaga, Spain

Disembark in Málaga and venture inland to explore the exquisite Mezquita (the Great Mosque) of Córdoba, a splendid example of Islamic architecture that dates back to the 8th century. Then, discover the famed patios of the San Basilio neighborhood, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

DAY 8
25 Apr 2019
Cadiz, Spain
Seville, Spain
Cadiz, Spain

A leisurely drive from Cadiz leads to legendary Seville, whose Old Quarter boasts three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The world's largest Gothic cathedral claims Christopher Columbus' tomb and the 328-foot Giralda Tower; next door lies Real Alcázar or Royal Palace, recognized for its mix of Moorish and Christian architecture (and from season five of Game of Thrones). The Archivo General de Indias houses a mind-boggling 80 million pages pertaining to Spain's New World empire.

DAY 9
26 Apr 2019
Cadiz, Spain
DAY 10
27 Apr 2019
Day-at-Sea

Attend lectures on the region's culture and history during an informative day at sea.

DAY 11
28 Apr 2019
Porto, Portugal

Gateway to the Douro River Valley, Portugal's second-largest city is famed for its many wine lodges serving the region's revered fortified sweet wine, Port. Enjoy a tasting during a day of exploration, visiting Oporto's landmark twin-towered cathedral, medieval Ribeira quay, and delightful Miragaia district with its colorful houses clinging to the hillside.

DAY 12
29 Apr 2019
Villagarcía De Arosa, Spain
Santiago De Compostela, Spain
A Coruña, Spain

Today make a pilgrimage to UNESCO-designated Santiago de Compostela, which once rivaled Rome and Jerusalem as a holy site. Visit the 11th-century cathedral, where Christian pilgrims payed homage at the tomb of the apostle James, Spain's patron saint; its exquisitely carved Portico of Glory alone is worth the journey. Rejoin Ocean Adventurer in La Coruña for a live musical performance before dinner.

DAY 13
30 Apr 2019
A Coruña, Spain
Lugo, Spain
A Coruña, Spain

La Coruña allows access to yet another important Galician city—Lugo. Capital of its namesake province, the UNESCO-designated old town is the only one in the world encircled by totally intact Roman walls. Begun in the 12th century, Saint Mary's Cathedral blends Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque, and Neoclassic styles; just outside lies the ruins of a Roman temple and a house with ancient mosaics and murals.

DAY 14
01 May 2019
Gijón, Spain
Oviedo, Spain
Gijón, Spain

Travel from coastal Gijón to Oviedo, capital of the Asturias province and an oft overlooked gem. The city exudes a lively sophisticated vibe thanks to its university and pedestrian-only old quarter. The city was never invaded by the Moors, and its three 9th-century churches have retained their pre-Romanesque style. The magnificent Museo de Bellas Artes offers a window into 18th-century palace life.

DAY 15
02 May 2019
San Sebastian, Spain
Bilbao, Spain

Disembark this morning for tour of San Sebastián, the Basque culinary capital that boasts more Michelin stars per capita than anywhere else in the world. The narrow streets of Parte Vieja (Old Town) are lined with pintxos bars (the Basque version of tapas), leafy plazas, and filigree-balconied buildings. Or, head to Bilbao for a guided tour of the Guggenheim Museum, famed for its stunning contemporary architecture and large-scale site-specific works. Both groups will check into our hotel in Bilbao for dinner and overnight.

DAY 16
03 May 2019
Bilbao, Spain
Air travel

Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day.

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About the Ship

Ocean Adventurer
Ocean Adventurer

The 120-guest Ocean Adventurer will be refurbished in 2017 and is a superb oceangoing vessel equipped with stabilizers and an ice-strengthened hull. A fleet of Zodiac landing craft allows us to explore at a moment's notice. Each stateroom has an ocean view and en suite bathroom.

What's Included

Included

  • Daily activity options; all gratuities; all accommodations; all meals; all entrance fees, taxes, and landing and port charges; transfers; medical expense coverage and emergency evacuation insurance.

Not Included

  • Airfare; excess baggage charges; airport arrival and departure taxes; transfers for independent arrivals and departures; passport and/or visa fees; travel insurance; items of a personal nature.

About Us

With over 25 years in expedition travel, Seattle-based Zegrahm Expeditions Inc. is a leading adventure travel company specializing in small-ship expedition cruises, tours, and safaris to remote and intriguing destinations around the world. Led by expert guides and lecturers, Zegrahm itineraries are carefully crafted and all-inclusive, feature deluxe accommodations, and operate in all seven continents.

Insider Tip

Virtually everything is included: gratuities, transfers, group hotels, wine and beer with lunch and dinner, and a variety of excursions including snorkeling and birding.

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