Cruise Spain and Portugal’s sultry south, with a taste of Tangier, on this eclectic Intrepid adventure cruise.
The lands south of Portugal and Spain sail somewhere under the radar compared to their northern brothers, yet the area is home to some of the best sights that Iberia has to offer. Dive straight in to this exciting yet lesser-explored region by boat, starting off from Lisbon before exploring some stunning medieval castles. Sail on to Cadiz, Seville and Jerez de la Frontera before swinging by the famous ‘Rock’ of Gibraltar, then push on to Granada before docking in Malaga. If there’s one favour you should do yourself on this trip - definitely fill up on some excellent local food and drink along the way. Wrap your head around some interesting local history, or kick back on the Panorama II’s upper deck while you work on your tan. Either way, this adventure cruise is an excellent opportunity to experience the Iberian lifestyle first-hand.
Visit the one and only Alhambra Palace in Granada. This Moorish 'pearl set in emeralds' must be seen to be believed
Take in the natural beauty of the Algarve coast, with its jagged coastline cut with caves and grottoes
Slow the pace down a notch with some bird watching in the Ria Formosa National Park, looking out for flamingos, herons and kingfishers
Visit the bizzare town that rivals anything in Mexico for spaghetti western flair – El Rocio. This is a place of annual pilgrimage for more than a million people
This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than on-board activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.
Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.
Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.
If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.
There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
Rooming on this trip is twin-share. Single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge.