Day 1: Australia –– Barcelona
Depart Australia today for Barcelona, Spain!
Day 2: Barcelona
On arrival in Barcelona you will be met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 3: Barcelona – Valencia – Alicante (B)
After having breakfast at the hotel, we’ll leave Barcelona for Spain’s third largest city, Valencia – the gateway to the Mediterranean. It’s commercially and culturally rich, with Moorish culture, Arab customs and foods all frequented in a cultural exchange. Such economic trade reformed Valencia to enjoy the prosperity and glory that other cities didn’t achieve. Although today’s Valencia is less prominent, it’s still the important city for large commerce exhibitions and trade fairs to be held in throughout the year. Upon arrival, we will visit Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall of Valencia, Valencia’s Ancient City Gates and Valencia Cathedral, where the true Holy Grail is reserved in. After the tour, the day is rounded off with a drive into Alicante.
Day 4: Alicante – Granada – Málaga (B)
This morning we depart for the city of Granada on the plateau of the Andalusia province. This historic city has been ruled by Visigoth and Arab. It became the last stronghold for the Arab Dynasty while its eight hundred-year-long rule in the Iberian Peninsula. In 15th century, King Ferdinand successfully expelled the Arabs and achieved to unite Spain. We will visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, also known as the Red Palace. Once arrived, the Moorish legacy might have caught your eye immediately. Generally referred to as the ‘golden age’ of construction and delicate structure, the dome shape is both stunning and admirable. We proceed on our journey to the Sunny Coast area – Costa del Sol and we go directly to our hotel.
Day 5: Málaga – Seville (B)
In the morning we go northbound to the largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia, Seville. This city was the capital of the Muslim dynasty, considered to be the guardian angel of culture in Andalusia and the birthplace of the flamenco dance. Seville is the primary setting of many operas, the best known of which is Bizet’s Carmen. As the fourth largest city in Spain, it has hosted the World’s Fair in 1992. Upon arrival, we visit Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Its completion was back to the early 16th century and now the cathedral halls are dedicated as Royal Chapel, the burial place of the kings’ mausoleum for over a century, also the tomb of Christopher Columbus who discovered the New World as a credit to the great navigator. From there we see the Alcázar of Seville, which used to be a Muslim palace and the Spanish Royal Palace. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as the official Seville residence, which is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral. Then we walk through the Santa Cruz, Torre del Oro (the Tower of Gold) and Maria Luisa Park, here the 1992 World Expo was located. In Plaza de España (Spain Square), we can admire a crafted porcelain painting, detailing the history and elegance of old Spain.
Day 6: Seville – Lisbon (B)
Today we depart for the capital and the largest city of Portugal, Lisbon. We are expected to arrive in Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) in the afternoon, which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. The cape displays the voluminous Atlantic surrounded by endless scenery. Don’t forget to buy the remembrance certificate to prove your footstep was on the west point as it will be a memorable souvenir to keep. Later we will be back to the Lisbon city centre and visit Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both were classified a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Belém Tower played a significant role in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries. Jerónimos Monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. You will pass through Marquis of Pombal Square and then stop at Rossio Square for some free time. Those who are interested in Portuguese custard tarts can taste the authentic ones at the century-old bakery.
Day 7: Lisbon – Toledo – Madrid (B)
Today we will drive back to Madrid via Toledo, a World Heritage Site declared by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. This old city is located on a mountaintop, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River, and contains many historical sites. By strolling across the city, overlooking the Alcázar of Toledo and visiting the grand structure of Toledo Cathedral, you will feel the bustling of Spain in the old time. Then take a well-earned rest as you sit back, catch a breath taking landscape of Spain and enjoy its rich palette of colours in natural surroundings while on the journey to Madrid.
Day 8: Madrid – Zaragoza (B)
Today we pass through the Cibeles Fountain, and then arrive and visit Plaza Mayor, Piazza di Spagna, Plaza de Colón and Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid was built by the Spanish Royal Family, showing the magnificent and splendid former empire and its historical grandeur. Then you’ll arrive at the Puerta del Sol, a c very busy public square in Madrid. This is the centre 0 km of the radial network of Spanish road. In the square, you can shop for speciality leather goods, clothing and traditional Spanish souvenirs in Spain. In the afternoon, we say farewell to Madrid and head to Zaragoza.
Day 9: Zaragoza – Barcelona (B)
In the morning we drive directly to the warm and charming Spanish coastal city of Barcelona. We’ll visit the Columbus Monument and La Rambla, followed by Sagrada Família, which is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s unique colour, fairy tale decoration is throughout the city and makes the place feel like a fantasy in the Artist’s mind. Then it’s on to Camp Nou, a football stadium in Barcelona, which has been home of FC Barcelona since its completion in 1957. We’ll also visit Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics located in Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of Barcelona which overlooks the city views. The remaining time is spent in the bustling Plaza Catalonia, where you have free time. You’ll then be transferred to the cruise terminal to board your cruise.
Day 10: At Sea (B,L,D)
Enjoy the day at sea as we sail to Italy through the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 11: Naples, Italy (B,L,D)
Cruise to Naples, located on Italy’s stunning Amalfi coast, a city rich in history. A tour around Naples’ grand piazzas, cathedrals and castles in the old centre will take you back centuries. Pompeii is not too far either, a dashing city which boasts diverse cultural offerings and charming streets. Explore more of Naples on a European cruise!
Day 12: Rome (Civitavecchia) (B,L,D)
Endless adventures await in Rome. With two and a half thousand years of history, art and culture, it is no wonder Rome is one of the most visited cities on the planet. Gaze at the masterpieces of the Vatican or walk into the past with visits to ancient relics, historic monuments and legendary museums. Or people-watch while sipping on an espresso in a quaint cafe.
Day 13: Livorno, Florence/Pisa (B,L,D)
Visit the Tuscan region, Florence & Pisa, resplendent in art and history. What’s even more fortunate is that all the main attractions in Florence are centrally located for the perfect walking tour. See Santa Croce, Piazza del Duomo and Michelangelo’s David.
Day 14: Cannes, France (B,L,D)
Drive up Suquet Hill for a view of the city, the sea and Lerins Island. How many rich and famous can you spot? Walk the palm-lined promenade de la Croisette and count. The French Riviera at its best…the International Film Festival calls this home.
Day 15: Palma, Majorca, Spain (B,L,D)
On the one hand, this city, founded by the Romans some 2,100 years ago, is replete with (literally) wall-to-wall history and architectural splendour. You can journey back in time and wander the mazes of alleyways and cobblestone paths that surround the Gothic cathedral. On the other hand, Palma is bustling with life, showcasing the island’s best restaurants, shops, nightlife and a vibrant art scene.
Day 16: Barcelona –– Australia (B)
After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure before you disembark the cruise and are transferred to Barcelona airport to board your flight home.
Day 17: Australia
Arrive home this morning.
Please note: some flights arrive home 1 day later