Mediterranean Masterpieces Cádiz to Nice Aboard Sea Cloud II

Mediterranean Masterpieces Cádiz to Nice Aboard Sea Cloud II

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The Spanish Riviera and Côte d’Azur have a special allure that has attracted visitors from the Phoenicians to Picasso. Sail these stunning coastlines aboard our most popular sailing ship, the elegant Sea Cloud II. Experience the archaeological treasures of 3,000-year-old Cádiz before embarking. Call at the British outpost of Gibraltar to discover its military history and famous wild monkeys, and from Málaga head inland to Granada to admire the enchanting Alhambra. In Valencia, see the UNESCO-listed historic quarter and futuristic City of Arts and Sciences complex. Call at Barcelona to see Gaudi’s fascinating, unfinished Church of the Sacred Family, and see the architectural highlights of Marseille before disembarking in Nice. Optional prelude in Seville; optional postlude in Nice and the French Riviera.

Pricing from
$8,999
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
Departure Dates
Apr 16, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020

EXTENSIONS

An optional prelude in Seville, Spain is offered from April 14 to 17, 2020.
An optional three-night postlude in Nice and the French Riviera is offered from April 25 to 28, 2020.

TOUR MAP

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ITINERARY

  • day 1

    Thursday, April 16 DEPARTURE

    Depart by air for Cádiz on an overnight flight, group flight pending.

  • day 2

    Friday, April 17 CADIZ, SPAIN

    Arrive today in Jerez, Spain, and transfer to Cádiz, a lively port city. Enjoy lunch before exploring the city’s landmarks. Start at the 16th-century Plaza de San Juan de Dios, in the heart of the city, and admire the beautiful town hall and the Church of San Juan de Dios. Step back in time to the Roman Theatre, dating from the end of the 1st century BC and the oldest in Spain. Finish at the Cathedral, which was begun in the 18th century and took over 100 years to build; its architectural styles range from Baroque to Rococo to Neoclassical. Inside, there is a beautiful, elaboratively carved wooden choir stall. Transfer to Sea Cloud II and set sail for Gibraltar in the early evening. L,D

  • day 3

    Saturday, April 18 GIBRALTAR, UNITED KINGDOM

    Be on deck as Sea Cloud II approaches the legendary Rock of Gibraltar. Step ashore to visit the cemetery commemorating fallen soldiers of the Battle of Trafalgar and other historic battles. Continue to the Europa Point Lighthouse for magnificent ocean views, Apes’ Den to see the famous Barbary macaques, and the Siege Tunnels. Following lunch, attend a lecture during an afternoon at sea. This evening the captain hosts a welcome reception and dinner. B,L,D

  • day 4

    Sunday, April 19 MALAGA / GRANADA / MOTRIL, SPAIN

    From the port of Málaga, drive to Granada to experience Spain’s masterpiece, the Alhambra Palace. After lunch stroll through the exquisite palace courtyards, with their grand vistas, and the gardens of the Generalife, featuring water courses and fountains. Rejoin the ship in Motril in time for dinner on board. B,L,D

  • day 5

    Monday, April 20 AT SEA

    During a day at sea, discover the thrill of sailing aboard Sea Cloud II and experience the grace and romance of a bygone era of travel. Attend lectures and enjoy the amenities of our fine ship. B,L,D

  • day 6

    Tuesday, April 21 VALENCIA, SPAIN

    Call at Valencia, the “City of Gold,” after lunch. Discover the Old Town with its UNESCO-recognized Lonja de la Sede (Silk Exchange), the Central Market, and the spectacular 14th- to 15th-century cathedral. Admire the striking architecture of the famed City of Arts and Sciences complex, designed by native son Santiago Calatrava, before returning to Sea Cloud II. B,L,D

  • day 7

    Wednesday, April 22 BARCELONA, SPAIN

    Arrive this afternoon in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia. After lunch on board, drive to Gaudí’s masterpiece, the Church of the Sacred Family. Still under construction, it’s a feast for the eyes and full of Catholic symbolism. Continue to the UNESCO-listed Palau de la Música Catalana, a jewel of the Catalan Art Nouveau style, for a concert. The balance of the day is at leisure, perhaps to visit the Barrio Gótico (Gothic Quarter, or Old Town); Picasso Museum, housing more than 3,500 of the artist’s works; and Las Ramblas, the city’s bustling thoroughfare and home to the Boqueria Market, where Spanish cheeses, cured meats, and other specialties are on display. Return to the ship in time for a midnight sailing. B,L,D

  • day 8

    Thursday, April 23 DAY AT SEA

    Savor our last day under sail as Sea Cloud II makes her way to the Côte d’Azur. Observe the crew as they practice the art of trimming the sails by hand, or perhaps settle into a comfortable deck chair with a favorite book. B,L,D

  • day 9

    Friday, April 24 MARSEILLE, FRANCE

    Arrive this morning in the lively port city of Marseille. Tour the 19th century Notre Dame de la Garde Cathedral and the Museum of Contemporary and Modern Art which is housed in a very original building. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon onboard sailing along the French Riviera. B,L,D

  • day 10

    Saturday, April 25 NICE, FRANCE / RETURN

    Disembark Sea Cloud II early this morning and transfer to the airport for the flight home. B

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