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.


Start
Malaga, Spain
Finish
Lisbon, Portugal
Countries
Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Style
Comfort
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
ZSLT
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 46

Why we love this trip

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

Itinerary

Arrive in Malaga and board the ship in the late afternoon. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing with the group to go over the finer details of your upcoming journey. Sit down to dinner with your fellow travellers in the evening. You'll then sail overnight for Motril.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After your overnight voyage from Malaga, in the morning, make an excursion out to Nerja caves and Balcon de Europa. There are two different transfer times offered from Nerja to Motril, so you can choose to have free time in either place. While Nerja is the smaller town of the two, both are delightful coastal towns. Spend the night at port.
Included Activities
  • Nerja - Balcon de Europa
  • Nerja Caves
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
After breakfast on board, a full day tour of Granada takes you to Alhambra, which you explore with a local guide. After an optional group lunch in Granada, a city renowned for its unique cuisine, enjoy a walking tour with your leader. Afterwards, take some free time to you’re your own discoveries around town. Board the ship in Puerto Banus and enjoy dinner on board. Sail overnight to Tangier.
Included Activities
  • Alhambra Palace entrance
  • Full day tour of Granada
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive early in Tangier. After breakfast on board, the group disembarks and breaks up into smaller parties for a day tour of Tangier. Tour the medina with a local guide, sip mint tea in a cafe in Hafa, and perhaps opt for a group lunch at a local restaurant to sample some local Moroccan cuisine. Sail overnight to Cadiz.
Included Activities
  • Cap Spartel
  • Hercules cave
  • Mint Tea at Cafe Haifa
  • Tangiers Medina Walking tour with local guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Set eyes on beautiful Cadiz in the early morning. Set off after breakfast for a full day coach tour to Seville. Here you set off on a walking tour with a local guide, followed by some free time to make your own discoveries around town. On the way back, stop in Jerez to sample some sherry; there's no better place to do so, as this is the home of this famous fortified wine. Sail overnight for Huelva.
Included Activities
  • Full day tour of Seville with local guide
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Cool off with a swim in the morning at a beach en route to Huelva. After lunch, disembark in Huelva and take a bus to Moguer. Visit Santa Clara Monastery, then travel on to El Rabida. At the dock here, there are replicas of the boats Christopher Columbus' sailed to the New World on – Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. Spend some time exploring the site before returning to the boat. The evening is at your leisure in Huelva. Sail overnight to Portimao.
Included Activities
  • Santa Clara Monastery
  • Wharf of the Caravels
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Arrive in Portimao in the morning. Take a trip inland to Silves, a town largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake. With your entry included, marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir, a 13th Century Cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque, and a fine strong 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. Take a walking tour of the odl walled town of Lagos before returning to Portimao. Rejoin the ship and sail to Lisbon around 1pm.
Included Activities
  • Lagos Walking Tour
  • Tour of Silves with Castle entry
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Your adventure comes to an end in Lisbon after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners

Transport

Small cruise ship, bus, small boat

Accommodation

Small cruise ship 7 nights

Included activities

  • Nerja - Balcon de Europa
  • Nerja Caves
  • Alhambra Palace entrance
  • Full day tour of Granada
  • Cap Spartel
  • Hercules cave
  • Mint Tea at Cafe Haifa
  • Tangiers Medina Walking tour with local guide
  • Full day tour of Seville with local guide
  • Santa Clara Monastery
  • Wharf of the Caravels
  • Lagos Walking Tour
  • Tour of Silves with Castle entry

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Important notes

BOOKING CONDITIONS
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.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
If a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.

SINGLE TRAVELLERS
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.

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