Spain Portugal tour & Mediterranean cruise 2021

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Get away with this fantastic combination of a Southern Europe tour followed by 7 nights cruising the Mediterranean on MSC Sinfonia. Relax at sea after savouring the delights of Spain and Portugal. This stalwart of the MSC fleet is perfect for sailing among the Greek Islands.

All air fares
Airport and ship transfers
Accommodation (twin share)
Mediterranean cruise (inside Bella cabin)
Meals as per itinerary
Air conditioned coach with WIFI
English speaking guided tour

Departure Dates

2020 Autumn $4980 per person twin share (based on inside cabin, upgrades available)

OCT 7th, 14th, 21st

Take off on your international flight departing from Sydney or Melbourne to Madrid.

Upon arrival at the Madrid Airport, you will be met and greeted by our repre­sentative and transfer to your hotel for a restful and leisure day.

Hotel: Novotel Sanchinarro or similar

After breakfast, gather at the meeting point. The tour begins at the Spanish Capital of Madrid, where we visit the Tbi­lisi Fountain, Columbus Memorial Plaza, the University and Grand Palace built by the Spanish Royal Family, showing the magnificent and splendid former empire and its historical grandeur; pay attention to the small square tiles placed on the pavement on the Puerta del Sol, they are typical of the area. In Puerta, we can shop for specialty leather goods, clothing and traditional Spanish souvenirs in Spain. Depart Madrid and leave for Barcelona, with an overnight stay in Zaragoza.

Hotel: Nexh Zaragoza or similar

After breakfast, the tour will proceed to the Spanish coastal city of Barcelona. After arrival we will visit the warm and charming Barcelona Columbus Monument, which is a 60 m tall monument to Christopher Columbus at the lower end of La Rambla, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Then, visit the Holy Family Church by the Spanish Master Artist, Gaudi. Gaudi’s unique colorful, fairy tale decoration is throughout the city and makes the place feel like a fantasy in the Artist’s mind. We visit the Olympic stadium where the 1992 Olympic Games have been held, overlooking the city views. The remaining time is spent in the bustling Plaza Catalonia, where we will have shopping and free time before we return to our hotel in Bar­celona.

Hotel: Holiday Inn Sant Cugat or similar

After breakfast, we leave Barcelona for Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. Valencia’s history has been celebrated as the gateway to the Mediterranean. It is commercial and culturally rich; with Moorish culture, Arab customs and foods all frequented in a cultural exchange. The economic trade reform jump started Valencia to enjoy the prosperity and glory that other cities did not achieve. Although today’s Valencia is less prominent, commerce through large exhibitions is still important to the city and trade fairs are held throughout the year. Upon arrival, we will tour the old city municipal Square, the old city gate and Valencia Cathedral, where an exact copy of the Holy Grail is on permanent display. We will retire in the white coast beach hotel in Alicante.
Hotel: Exe Alicante Hill or similar

After breakfast, the tour departs for the city of Granada on the plateau of the Andalusia province. This historic city has been occupied by the Arab dynasty rule in the Iberian Peninsular for the last eight hundred years. It was not until the 15th century King Fei Nandi successfully expelled the Arabs and created a unified Spain. We visit the ruins of the culture, “Alhambra”, also known as the Red Palace. Upon arrival, the Moorish legacy becomes apparent immediately. Generally referred to as the golden age of construction and delicate structure, the dome shape is both stunning and admirable.

We proceed to the Sunny Coast area (Costa del Sol) and arrive in the largest city along the coast of Malaga. This city is the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Picasso. The Costa del Sol is famous for its golden sandy beaches and secluded villas. Tonight, the tour will be staying at the Malaga or neighbouring area.

Hotel: Don Curro Hotel or similar

In the morning we go northbound to the soul of the city of Seville Andalusia region. This city was the capital of the Muslim empire, it is also considered to be the guardian angel of culture in Andalusia, the birthplace of the flamenco dance and has produced and inspired countless writers, poets and composers with its fiery temperament and charm. It is the setting to the “Carmen” Opera, this fourth largest city and hosted the World’s Fair in 1992. Upon arrival, we visit the 16th century cathedral halls dedicated Royal Chapel, the location of the king’s 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 onwards we see the Alcazar Castle which was once Muslim palace and the Spanish Royal Palace; this palace was built in 1987 and is currently included by the United Nations as a world cultural heritage site. Then we walk through the Santa Croce gold tower and Mary Luisa Park, where the 1992 World Expo is located. In the Spain Square we can admire a crafted porcelain painting, detailing the history and elegance of old Spain. We have one night’s accommodation in Seville. (Optional: under the circumstances and time permitting, the tour guide will add a visit to British Gibraltar. Enquire about the additional charges.)

Hotel: Git Sevilla Mairena or similar

In the morning, proceed to Portuguese Lisbon, and the tour is expected to arrive in the afternoon. Lisbon, the most western point of continental Europe displays the expansive Atlantic surrounded by endless scenery. Don’t forget to buy a remembrance certificate to prove you have stood on this Western Most Point of Europe. Lisbon is Portugal’s symbol to its adventurous and pioneering past, crossing the seas in discovery of the new world. Those interested can sample authentic Portuguese custard tarts at the century-old bakery, and decide whether they are as good as in Macao. We stay overnight in Lisbon. (Optional: We can attend a Fado music concert. ‘Fado’ is Portugal’s traditional folk music. Hailed as the Portugal national treasure this is an evening of singing and drinking –we can book tickets in advance.)

Hotel: Holiday Inn Lisbon or similar

We drive back to Madrid via Toledo. Toledo is known as the “Imperial City” for having been the main venue of the court of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, and as the “City of the Three Cultures”, having been influenced by a historical co-existence of Christians, Muslims and Jews. We will pass by Tagus River and catch a breath taking landscape of Spain and its rich palette of colours in natural surroundings and arrive in Madrid.

Hotel: Novotel Sanchinarro or similar

After breakfast, enjoy the last bit of Madrid before transferring to Airport for your flight to Venice. Transfer to the port and board MSC Sinfonia for your cruise of the Eastern Mediterranean.

With its seafront cafés and ancient alleyways, shouting stallholders and travellers on the move, bustling, exuberant Split is one of Croatia’s and the Mediterranean’s most compelling cities, it’s easy to see this feeling when you step aground from your MSC cruise. It has a unique historical heritage too, having grown out of the palace built here by the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 295AD. The palace remains Split’s central ingredient, having been gradually transformed into a warren of houses, tenements, churches and chapels by the various peoples who came to live here after Diocletian’s successors had departed. Adapted long ago to serve as Split’s town centre, Diocletian’s Palace is certainly not an archaeological “site”. Although set-piece buildings such as Diocletian’s mausoleum (now the cathedral) and the Temple of Jupiter (now a baptistery) still remain, other aspects of the palace have been tinkered with so much by successive generations that it is no longer recognizable as an ancient Roman structure. Nearly everything worth seeing in Split is concentrated in the compact Old Town behind the waterfront Riva

Enjoy the World Class show performance in the Cruise as well as activities on board such as cafe, pool, bars, restaurants etc.

You can’t say you have been to Greece on holiday without seeing the natural wonder of Santoríni. As our MSC cruise ship manoeuvres into the great caldera of Santoríni (Thíra), the land seems to rise up and clamp around it. Gaunt, sheer cliffs loom hundreds of metres above the deep blue sea, nothing grows or grazes to soften the awesome view. The only colours are the reddish-brown, black and grey pumice layers on the cliff face of this, the largest island in the mini-archipelago. A shore excursion on your MSC Mediterranean cruise can be the perfect chance to experience Firá (also known as Hóra) which clings precariously to the edge of the enormous caldera. The Archaeological Museum of Firá, near the cable car to the north of town, is well presented, and has a collection from the excavations of Ancient Thira.

When sailing on an MSC cruise to the Mediterranean Sea, Mýkonos is the quin tessential image of the Cyclades. In the summer most people head out to the beaches during the day, so early morning or late afternoon are the best times to wander the maze of narrow streets. The labyrinthine design was supposed to confuse the pirates who plagued Mýkonos in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, and it has the same effect on today’s visitors. When you alight from your MSC cruise, getting lost in its convoluted streets and alleys is half the fun of the place.

A walled, sea-battered city lying at the foot of a grizzled mountain, Dubrovnik is Croatia’s most popular cruise destination, and it’s not difficult to see why. Walk through the city and admire the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary, inside there are a couple of Italian paintings, including Titian’s polyptych The Assumption behind the main altar. Immediately south of Luža – the square centre of the medieval town – is the Rector’s Palace, former seat of the Ragusan government. The current palace is a masterpiece of serene proportion, fringed by an ornate arcaded loggia held up by columns with delicately carved capitals.

Ancona hits you with a tangle of commercial buildings only two steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. Nonetheless, a city centre excursion reserves some historical appeal, and the authorities are making a concerted effort to improve the cruiser and tourist experience.

A stiff climb from the port area, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, passing Ancona’s well-signposted Roman remains along the way, will take you to the pink-and-white Duomo. Tucked away at the foot of the flight of steps leading up to Ancona’s austere Dominican church, this worthwhile museum displays models, paintings, sculptures and original documents showing key events in Ancona from 2000 BC to 2000 AD.

Now comes the end of your unforgettable holidays in Europe. After breakfast, disembark from the cruise, you will be arranged to transfer to Rome Airport to depart back to Sydney/Melbourne. Arrive in Australia on the Day 18.

Inclusions

  • Air travel from Australia (Sydney or Melbourne)
  • Transfer between ports and hotel
  • Comfortable Hotel Accommodation (Twin Share)
  • MSC Sinfonia (Bella inside cabin)
  • Meals as indicated (B/L/D) as per itinerary
  • Air conditioned coach with WIFI
  • Professional English Speaking Guide

** Note that there may be slight variations in the cruise itinerary in September. Check with your travel consultant for details.

Exclusions

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