Follow in the wake of the ancient Spanish and Portuguese mariners on this 9-night cruise around the Iberian Peninsula aboard the beautiful Sea Cloud II. After an introduction to the region’s Moorish heritage at the incomparable Alhambra Palace in Granada, embark the Sea Cloud II in Málaga for a transit of the Strait of Gibraltar, including a stop at the iconic Rock of Gibraltar. Visit Seville, capital of the Spanish province of Andalucia; Lisbon, Portugal’s capital and the departure point for most of the Portuguese expeditions of the Age of Discovery; and Porto, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the center of port wine production. Spend an afternoon in beautiful, unspoiled Islas Cies National Park en route to the great pilgrimage destination of Santiago de Compostela. Conclude in Bilbao at the exceptional Frank Gehry–designed Guggenheim Museum.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Ocean & Sea Voyages
- Departure Dates
- May 11, 2020 - May 22, 2020
Sea Cloud II Christened in 2001, is perhaps the most luxurious three masted sailing yacht on the seas today. Like Marjorie Merriweather Post’s legendary Sea Cloud, the Sea Cloud II combines the seafaring elegance of a bygone era with the highest modern standards of luxury. In the grand tradition of the world’s finest sailing vessels, guests experience this marvelous ship under sail (weather permitting), as the skilled crew hand-sets more than 30,000 square feet of canvas. The Sea Cloud II offers an intimate setting of just 47 beautifully appointed cabins, gracious common areas, world-class service, and five-star dining.
K. David Jackson
He earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973, working with one of Portugal's greatest writers of this century, Jorge de Sena. His main scholarly interests are the cultural issues of the Age of Discovery and 20th-century vanguard literature, He is co-translator of novels by Oswald de Andrade and by Patricia Galvão, and is currently preparing to publish Galvão's collected journalism. Work in progress includes studies of the Brazilian avant-garde and Concrete poets, Fernando Pessoa and Portuguese futurism, and Indo-Portuguese culture in South Asia. Professor Jackson travels often to Portugal, Brazil, and India for research on topics related to Portuguese literature and culture. He is also a professional cellist and has played with many orchestras.
Richard Wagner, Ph.D., AIA, is a principal with David H. Gleason Associates, Inc., Architects, specializing in historic preservation and rehabilitation projects. From 1996 – 2016 he was founder and director of the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation Program, Goucher College, and Research Professor in Historic Preservation, The George Washington University. Dr. Wagner previously served as Urban Program Manager and Director of Special Initiatives for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center. His co-edited book The Future of Historic Preservation is to be published in Spring 2018 by Cambridge Scholars Publishers.
- days 1-2
Home / Granada, Spain
Depart home on an overnight flight to Granada. Upon arrival, transfer to the Hotel Alhambra Palace, with spectacular views of the Alhambra fortress and the historic center of Granada. Enjoy a festive welcome reception and meet your fellow travelers. Hotel Alhambra Palace (r)
- day 3
This morning enjoy a walking tour of Old Granada, visiting the Capilla Real (Royal Chapel), a lavish mausoleum built by Ferdinand and Isabel to commemorate their victory over the Moors, and the impressive Cathedral, one of only two Renaissance churches in Spain. After dinner, enjoy a private visit to the Alhambra, one of the most remarkable fortresses ever built. Built by the Nasrid kings in the 14th-century, the Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Spain’s most visited attraction. Explore the refined, elegant Nasrid Palaces surrounding the Courtyard of the Lions, and the splendid Generalife Gardens, one of the oldest surviving Moorish gardens. Its Court of the Water Channel, framed by flowerbeds, fountains, colonnades, and pavilions, is considered a superior example of a medieval Persian garden. Hotel Alhambra Palace (B,L,D)
- day 4
This morning travel to Málaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum, where 285 of the artist’s works, donated by members of his family, are on display. Embark the ship and settle into your cabin before dinner. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)
- day 5
The iconic Rock of Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, is named after Umayyad general Tariq ibn-Ziyad (“Gibraltar” is the Spanish derivation of the Arabic name “Jebel Tariq”). In the Gibraltar Nature Reserve atop the rock, enjoy views of the European and African coastlines, and the antics of the resident Barbary macaques, the only wild primate species in Europe. Also within the reserve, explore St. Michael’s Cave, a network of limestone caves at a height of more than 980 feet above sea level. Visit the 18th-century Great Siege Tunnels, dug by the British soldiers during an attempt by France and Spain to capture Gibraltar during the American Revolution. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)
- day 6
The Sea Cloud II docks this morning in Cádiz for a full-day excursion to Seville, capital of Andalucia and Spain’s fourth largest city. First established as a Roman provincial capital, Seville flourished under the Moors during the Middle Ages and reached new heights of prosperity during the Age of Discovery. Visit the lovely Reales Alcazares, a Mudejar palace and gardens built on the site of a former Moorish fortress. Walk through the charming Santa Cruz Quarter (the Jewish Quarter in the Middle Ages) and visit the Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the burial site of Christopher Columbus. Enjoy a traditional tapas lunch and a private flamenco performance at a local tablao. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)
- day 7
From Portimao visit the seafaring town of Lagos: St. Anthony’s Church; the old wall and customs house; the high sandstone cliffs of Ponta da Piedade. Return to the ship for lunch and cruise towards Lisbon. (B,L,D)
- day 8
Built on seven low hills, Lisbon commands a view of its superb natural harbor at the mouth of the Tagus River. Our visit to this grand Old World city includes two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Belem Tower, an elegant 15th century structure built to defend the city from attacks; and the Jeronimos Monastery, the jewel of Manueline architecture, where the renowned Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama is buried. Enjoy a private performance of fado, Portugal’s poignant traditional music, and visit the superb Gulbenkian Museum, whose collections span every major epoch of Western art. Sea Cloud II (B,L,D)
- day 9
Lisbon or Sintra
Full day Lisbon tour: Jeronimos Monastery, the Tower of Belem and the Tile Museum. After lunch choose between the Gulbenkian Museum or a visit with local workshops/artisans and walk the Alfama. (B,L,D)
- day 10
Final day of cruising (partially under sail, weather permitting); farewell reception and dinner on board (B,L,D)
- day 11
Disembark and visit Sao Francisco Church and the Palacio Da Bolsa. Enjoy a special wine tasting at a local wine lodge and a festive farewell lunch. The remainder of the afternoon and evening are free.(B,L)
- day 12
Return to US
Board return flights to the U.S. or go on to optional extension. B
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