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.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Apr 16, 2020 - Apr 25, 2020
An optional prelude in Seville, Spain is offered from April 13 to 17, 2020.
An optional three-night postlude in Nice and the French Riviera is offered from April 25 to 28, 2020.
Mr. Bowe graduated from University College, Dublin, with a degree in architecture. He has published nine books on the history of gardens and is a consultant on the restoration of historic gardens, including the gardens of Sutton Place, once the English home of J. Paul Getty. His most recent publication, Gardens and Plants of the Getty Villa, explores the design, planting, and uses of the ancient Roman garden and describes how J. Paul Getty realized his vision to create such a garden in California. A sought-after historian and lecturer in both the United States and Europe, Mr. Bowe will present captivating lectures and lively on-site talks. He has accompanied many previous National Trust garden tours.
- day 1
Thursday, April 16 DEPARTURE
Depart by air for Cádiz on an overnight flight, group flight pending.
- day 2
Friday, April 17 SEVILLE/CADIZ, SPAIN
Arrive today in Seville, Spain, and drive to Jerez de la Frontera for a tasting of its native sherry. Transfer to Cádiz, an ancient 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 Basilica of San Juan de Dios. Step back in time to the Roman Theatre, the oldest in Spain, dating from the end of the 1st century B.C. 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, and the building is host to a beautiful, elaborately carved wooden choir stall. Transfer to Sea Cloud II and set sail for Gibraltar this evening.
- 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
In the port city of Málaga, birthplace of Picasso, enjoy an exclusive, before-hours visit to his eponymous museum. Then travel by bus 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.
- 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: TARRAGONA, SPAIN
Arrive this afternoon in Tarragona, the oldest Roman settlement on the Iberian Peninsula. Visit the Pont del Diable, an imposing bridge that formed part of an ancient Roman aqueduct. Then take a guided visit to the Archaeological Museum, founded in the 19th century and host to the remnants of the Roman wall. We will also tour the Roman Circus,
where horse and chariot races were held in the 1st century. Later, visit the Roman Amphitheatre, built in the 2nd century and remodeled in 224 A.D. Return to the ship in time for a midnight sailing.
- 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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