Admire three of the world’s most treasured UNESCO World Heritage Sites—experience Portugal’s picturesque Algarve region, and make the trip from the port city of Cadiz into the heart of Seville to visit the astounding Alcázar. Tour Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace, and stand on “Top of the Rock” to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar. Explore Moroccan Tangier, the gate of Africa, and call at the historical hillside port of Tarragona, Spain.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
Apr 12, 2023 - Apr 21, 2023
Pre‑Program Option – Lisbon
April 10 to 13, 2023
Start your journey with two nights in Lisbon. See the unique Manueline‑style architecture in the regal 16th‑century Jerónimos Monastery and the Tower of Belém, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Visit the charming village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore the coastal town of Cascais. Accommodations are in the deluxe Dom Pedro Lisboa Hotel.
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $745
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $995
Post‑Program Option – Barcelona
April 21 to 23, 2023
Conclude your tour with two nights immersed in the heart of Barcelona, the lively capital city of Catalonia and once an ancient Roman trading port. See the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), the city’s Old-World center, with its Roman walls and labyrinthine streets. Discover the UNESCO‑inscribed modernista marvels of Antoni Gaudí, including the revered Basílica de la Sagrada Família and an excursion to Gaudí’s Crypt of Colonia Güell. Accommodations are in the five-star Majestic Hotel & Spa
Price per person, based on double occupancy: $995
Price per person, based on single occupancy: $1,695
Barbara Horlbeck, M.A., is an arts and culture professional with extensive global experience. She is a lecturer, writer, independent researcher and adjunct instructor of art history, and has developed and teaches college and university-level art history courses, including “Arts of the Islamic World” and “Arts of the Ancient World.” As Founder of Arts and Influences, Barbara developed the successful Food for Thought Lecture and Lunch Series and created a series of in-depth seminars covering a broad range of topics from “Arts of the Medieval World,” and “Arts of China, India and Japan” to “Collectors, Collections, and the Modern Museum.” As a docent at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for nearly 20 years, Barbara has led tours for educators, specialists and the general public. She has traveled in nearly 40 countries, including five continents and the North Pole, as well as Iran, India, Pakistan and China. Barbara loves helping travelers develop a deeper understanding of our rich artistic and cultural legacy while, at the same time, placing works of art and architecture in their rich historical context.
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day 1 & 2
Depart Home City/ Lisbon, Portugal/ Embark Ship
Depart your home city for Lisbon, Portugal. Arrive and embark the Wind Star. Enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception that evening.
Portimão, the Algarve, for Lagos
En route to Lagos, admire Ponta de Piedade, a group of coastal limestone rock formations along the Algarve coast. Continue on to the port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa. Visit the statue of the Infante and the Church of St. Anthony, with its intricate carved wood interior. Built in 1707 and re-built after an earthquake in 1755, the church is a fine example of Baroque architecture.
Cádiz, Spain, for Seville
Visit Seville’s Gothic cathedral, Europe’s second largest Christian house of worship after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Inside, see the world’s largest altarpiece, a masterfully gilded woodcarving created over the course of 44 years by Flemish craftsman Pierre Dancart, along with masterpieces by Francisco Goya, Francisco Zurbarán, and Bartolomé Murillo Later, see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcázar, the 14th‑century residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers. Enjoy a traditional flamenco performance on board the ship.
Gibraltar, British Overseas Territory/ Tangier, Morocco
Visit the Rock of Gibraltar, considered by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be one of the two Pillars of Hercules that marked the boundary of the known world. On the “Top of the Rock,” the nearly 1,400‑foot‑high limestone promontory, enjoy the view from Europa Point across the strait separating Europe and Africa. Observe the Barbary macaques, the only wild monkeys in Europe, and see the geological wonders in St. Michael’s Cave. In Tangier, experience the bridging of Spanish and Moorish cultures in the colorful medina. Visit the Kasbah museum; the Grand Socco market; and the American Legation, the center of diplomatic relations between the US and Morocco.
Malaga for Granada, Andalusia, Spain
In Granada explore the Alhambra Palace and the brilliant gardens of the Palace of Generalife, collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and of the court of Granada in the middle of the 13th century, and later a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers Stroll through the gardens of the Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Cruising the Mediterranean Sea
Enjoy a day at leisure and take part in five-star amenities offered on board as cruises through the vibrant blue waters along the coast of Spain.
On the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) of Spain, the sun‑kissed city of Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 B.C. amidst a fertile plain of orange groves. Discover life along the historic cobblestone streets of colorful Plaza de la Reina, with views of St. Mary’s Cathedral. Marvel at the grand, UNESCO World Heritage‑inscribed La Lonja de la Seda de Valencia, originally dedicated to the Iberian silk trade and considered a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture.
Visit the historical hillside port of Tarragona on the Cost Daurada (Golden Coast), once one of the wealthiest seaports in the Roman Empire. Highlights of the city’s walled Old Town include the Tarragona Cathedral, the Plaza de La Font, and what remains of the Roman Circus—an ancient 30,000-spectator hippodrome. Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening.
Barcelona/Disembark ship/Return to Home City
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