Embark the intimate Sea Spirit for an exciting voyage from the Canary Islands, an autonomous region of Spain off the coast of Africa, to Lisbon. Experience the legacy of medieval Spanish Islamic culture on both sides of the Strait of Gibraltar, and engage with the vibrant contemporary cultures of Morocco and southern Iberia. In the Canaries, discover UNESCO-listed historic towns and lush gardens, then spend a day on Portuguese Madeira. Cruise east to Morocco to explore Marrakesh, Casablanca, and Rabat. Continue to the British territory of Gibraltar to ascend its legendary rock and see its famous tailless Barbary macaques. In Spain, step ashore in Cádiz for an excursion to Seville. Pause in the Portuguese Algarve for dramatic coastal landscapes and fascinating history in Sagres and Lagos, before concluding in Lisbon. Those with a special interest in horticulture may wish to choose additional visits to remarkable gardens along the way.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Apr 10, 2021 - Apr 23, 2021
OPTIONAL MARRAKESH JET-SET EXCURSION
April 18-19, 2021
Enjoy a special overnight alternative excursion in Marrakesh, featuring a more leisurely exploration of its stunning sites and an amazing private jet ride over Morocco’s gorgeous terrain. Delight in an exclusive tour of Marrakesh’s magical Villa Oasis, the ornately decorated estate of Yves St. Laurent. Stay overnight at the five-star La Mamounia Hotel, and wake up to fly in private style to Casablanca to visit the Hassan II Mosque. Continue to Rabat to tour the Mohammed VI Contemporary Art Museum or the Archaeological Museum. Return to the ship in Casablanca.
OPTIONAL EXCURSION RATE:
$4,999 per person, double rate / $5,689 single rate
OPTIONAL LISBON POSTLUDE
April 23-25, 2021
During two days in Lisbon, visit historic Belém Tower, the Jerónimos Monastery, and the Gulbenkian Museum, home to one of the finest art collections in Europe. Travel outside the city for a full-day tour of Palacia Queluz and spend time at leisure in the town of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its 19th-century Romantic architecture. Evenings are spent exploring the Alfama Quarter, Lisbon’s oldest and most fascinating neighborhood. Accommodations for two nights are at the Four Seasons-Ritz Hotel, Lisbon.
OPTIONAL POSTLUDE RATE:
$1,799 per person, double rate / $2,299 single rate
- day 1
Saturday, April 10 DEPARTURE
Depart on an overnight flight to Tenerife.
- day 2
Sunday, April 11 TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN
Arrive in Tenerife and transfer to the Hotel Botánico for lunch and check-in. Next, you may choose to explore the nearby Botanical Garden or spend a relaxing afternoon at the hotel. Later, gather in the garden for a reception with cocktails, followed by a welcome dinner.
- day 3
Monday, April 12 TENERIFE, CANARY ISLANDS / EMBARK SEA SPIRIT
Drive to Teide National Park, a UNESCO-designated location famous for its volcanic landscapes, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Or opt for a full-day tour along the cobblestone streets of La Orotava. Admire its 17th-century heritage buildings and the Church of Our Lady of Conception, a Baroque architectural masterpiece. Following lunch, tour the UNESCO-listed historic quarter of La Laguna, known for its well-preserved mansions, town hall, and cathedral. Before boarding the awaiting Sea Spirit, view the opera house designed by Santiago Calatrava.
- day 4
Tuesday, April 13 LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Devote the day to the capital city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Columbus’s last stop before leaving for the Americas. On an architectural tour of the Old Town, see Teatro Pérez Galdós, an exceptionally beautiful concert hall, on a private visit. Explore the Christopher Columbus Church and House Museum, the 19th-century Town Hall, and the landmark cathedral. After a welcome from a town official, enjoy refreshments and lunch at Gabinete Literario, a 19th-century neoclassical building in the Old Town. The captain’s welcome reception and dinner are tonight on board.
- day 5
Wednesday, April 14 ARRECIFE
Step ashore this morning in Arrecife to see legendary artist and activist César Manrique’s landscape projects, home, and extensive art collection at the César Manrique Foundation, built on an old lava flow. Enjoy lunch at Casa Museo del Campesino, also designed by Manrique. Then attend a musical performance at Los Jameos del Agua, a series of lava caves containing an artists’ workshop and gallery. In the afternoon, continue to the volcanic park of Timanfaya, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Marvel at the park’s raw lunar landscapes and panoramic vistas. This evening, return to the ship and cruise to the port of Funchal.
- day 6
Thursday, April 15 AT SEA
As Sea Spirit as she cruises to Madeira, attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of the ship, including two multipurpose lounges and a hot tub.
- day 7
Friday, April 16 FUNCHAL, MADEIRA, PORTUGAL
On a morning walking tour, discover the narrow streets of Funchal’s Old Town and the farmers’ market (Mercado dos Lavradores), featuring Madeira’s freshest fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Explore the gardens of Quinta do Palheiro Ferreiro, which are famous for their variety of plants growing among beautiful hills. In the afternoon, tour the Sacred Art Museum of Funchal. Before departing, enjoy a tasting of Madeira’s eponymous wine.
- day 8
Friday, April 17 At Sea
Relax aboard Sea Spirit as she cruises east to Morocco. You may wish to enjoy a special screening of Casablanca in the lounge.
- day 9
Sunday, April 18 SAFI, MOROCCO / MARRAKESH
From Safi, travel east to Marrakesh. Marvel at the Kutubiyya minaret in the medina, the old walled section of town, and take a special tour of the Dar El Bacha Museum, the former home of the last pasha of Marrakesh. Later, stroll in the colorful Majorelle Garden at Yves St. Laurent’s former home. Tour the YSL Museum and the famous Djemaa el-Fna Square before boarding the ship for Casablanca.
- day 10
Monday, April 19 CASABLANCA / RABAT
Arrive this morning in Casablanca and continue to the dramatic Hassan II Mosque. Drive to Rabat for a visit to the new Mohammed VI Contemporary Art Museum or the Archaeological Museum. Later explore the Kasbah des Oudaïas, in the oldest part of the city, with sweeping views of the ocean, before returning to the ship.
- day 11
Tuesday, April 20 GIBRALTAR, UNITED KINGDOM
Be on deck during lunch as the ship passes through the Strait of Gibraltar. Visit Saint Michael’s Cave within the nature reserve, home to Gibraltar’s famed Barbary macaques. Also, within the Rock, visit the World War II tunnels, a vast underground fortress built by British royal engineers to provide protection and storage for soldiers and civilians during the conflict. Tonight, Sea Spirit sails to Spain.
- day 12
Wednesday, April 21 CÁDIZ, SPAIN / SEVILLE
Ashore in Cádiz, you can opt to explore this ancient city, stopping to view its 18th-century cathedral, the Phoenician ruins at the Gadir archaeological site, and the striking Torre Tavira at the highest point in town. Marvel at Francisco de Goya’s frescoes in the Oratorio de la Santa Cueva. In the afternoon, drive to Jerez de la Frontera to sip sherry and meet the Marquis at Palacio del Virrey Laserna, an opulent palace dating back to the 13th century. Alternatively, travel to Seville to spend the day admiring its delightful Spanish-Moorish architecture.
Visit the UNESCO-recognized Gothic cathedral and view Giralda Tower. Continue to Seville’s Alcázar, the longtime palace of the Spanish kings, and the nearby Murillo Garden. After lunch, visit La Casa de Pilatos, a glamorous 15th-century palace featuring an intriguing blend of Italian Renaissance and Mudéjar styles and now home to the Dukes of Medinaceli. This evening, return to the ship, setting sail for the Portuguese Algarve.
- day 13
Thursday, April 22 PORTIMÃO, PORTUGAL / SAGRES / LAGOS
Disembark in Portimão and drive to Sagres, home of Prince Henry the Navigator and his famous school of navigation. Following lunch, continue to Lagos, the last port from which the caravelas set off for their voyages. Visit the Church of San Antonio and the evocative Slaves’ Market. Before returning to the ship, explore the award-winning Museu de Portimão, a visually stunning museum housed in a former 19th-century sardine canning factory.
- day 14
Friday, April 23 LISBON / DISEMBARK
Disembark early this morning and transfer to the airport for flights home.
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