Journey From Spain To Portugal - Fly Cruise Departs 8th May 2019

This 14 night combination of small group cruising (49 guests) and small group touring (12 guests) from Malaga to Porto has limited space - do not delay!

Date: 08–25 May 2019

Ship: Harmony V at Peregrine

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AU $9,495

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Take in the natural beauty of the Algarve coast, with its jagged coastline cut with caves and grottoes
  • Visit the home of flamenco, Seville, and marvel at its awe-inspiring architecture
  • Get an insight into Fado, an atmospheric amalgamation of music and poetry, a very popular art form in Coimbra.
  • Soak up the glamour and the sun while winding along the stunning Bay of Cascais
  • Feel the royal heritage and the student-led vibrancy in the Old Quarter of the university town of Coimbra
  • Follow the smell of stinky cheese to the Comer e Chorar Por Mais – filled to the brim with delicious cheese, meats, breads and port. Huddle around an upturned port barrel on the shop floor for exclusive tastings in Porto
  • Enjoy a feature stay in Coimbra, your feature stay hotel overlooks the stunning Mondego River and is situated close to the center of action, the historic town of Coimbra.
  • Much like the first king of Portugal did, survey a landscape filled with history from the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

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SMALL SHIP CRUISING!

Cat C Main Deck - Double bedded cabin - from $9,495*pp

Cat B Main Deck - Double or Twin beds - from $10,090*pp

Cat A Upper Deck - Double or Twin beds - from 10,725*pp

Single sole use of twin B cabin main deck - from $13,875*

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JOURNEY FROM SPAIN TO PORTUGAL Fly, Cruise & Tour package includes:

  • Return economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide or Perth to Malaga (Spain) and ex Porto (Portugal) on return inc tax
  • One way transfer from Malaga airport to hotel
  • FREE* 1 nights accommodation in a 4-star hotel, Malaga with breakfast
  • One way transfer from Malaga hotel to port
  • 7 night small ship cruise aboard MS Harmony V from Malaga to Lisbon
  • Most shipboard main meals (7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners)
  • Included activities: Bodega - Wine Tasting & Lunch | Ronda - Guided Walking Tour | Tangier - Mint Tea at Cafe Haifa | Tangier - Medina Walking tour with local guide | Chefchaouen - Walking Tour | Seville - Full Day Visit | Moguer - 1/2 Day Visit | Tour of Silves with Castle entry | Lagos - Walking Tour
  • The services of 1 to 2 Peregrine local tour leaders (depending on passenger numbers)
  • All tips (excluding optional tipping for the tour leaders)
  • Port & govt charges
  • One way transfer from Lisbon port to tour start hotel
  • 6 night small group (12 guests) tour `Images of Portugal` from Lisbon to Porto including: 6 nights accommodation (3 nights Lisbon | 1 night Coimbra | 2 nights Porto), 6 breakfasts, 2 dinners, Transportation throughout, Included sightseeing: Castle of Sao Jorge | Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide | Pena Palace Sintra | Monastery of Batalha | Coimbra - Fado Show | Porto guided food tasting tour | Guided tour of Guimaraes
  • One way transfer from Porto hotel to airport

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*Conditions Apply: All prices shown here are per person share twin (unless stated as single) in AUD, based on best available cruise fare at time of publication (27Jun18). Some cabins may have obstructed views. All prices based on cash payment - credit card fees may apply. Cruise deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry. All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia. All airfare/taxes are due in full 24 hours from reservation and are non-refundable and changes will incur a fee. While we endeavour to keep our pricing as up-to-date as possible, the advertised prices shown here may differ from the prices in our booking system at time of reservation. Offer ends 19Aug18 or until sold out/withdrawn and is subject to availability at time of booking. We reserve the right to correct errors without penalty. Free hotel in Malaga is at the discretion of Cruise Traveller and is currently based on the AC Malaga Palacio by Marriott hotel (or similar).

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Cruise Day to Day itinerary

(subject to change)

Day 1: Malaga

Board the Harmony V in Malaga and meet your shipmates. There`ll be a welcome meeting and group dinner tonight before sailing to Puerto Banus.

Included Activities: Welcome Dinner

Meals Included: Dinner

Special Information: Bags can be dropped off at the ship from noon. Feel free to explore Split at your leisure until boarding commences at 4pm.

Day 2: Puerto Banus

Drive to Ronda in the morning for a guided walking tour of Old and New Town. Set high above the deep El Tajo gorge, Ronda is a spectacular town and was frequently visited by Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles, both of whom fell in love with the place. Visit a bodega just out of town for lunch and wine tasting before returning to Puerto Banus for free time. Sail overnight to Tangier, Morocco.

Included Activities: Bodega - Wine Tasting & Lunch | Ronda - Guided Walking Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3: Tangier

Today the group 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 of Morocco`s finest before exploring the Caves of Hercules, where Hercules supposedly rested between his labours. Overnight in Tangier port.

Included Activities: Tangier - Mint Tea at Cafe Haifa | Tangier - Medina Walking tour with local guide

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 4: Chefchaouen

Depart early and drive to Chefchaouen, the famous blue-washed city sitting below the Rif Mountains. The blue buildings provide a dramatic juxtaposition to the surrounding countryside and you`ll enjoy a guided walking tour of the city. Take some free time to explore the beautiful cobbled laneways and buzzing squares before returning to the boat in Tangier.

Included Activities: Chefchaouen - Walking Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 5: Seville

Spend the day in Seville on a walking tour with a local guide. Seville, the capital of Andalusia and home of flamenco, is presided over by an immense gothic cathedral (the world`s largest) in which you’ll find the tomb of Christopher Columbus. With both Christian and Moorish influences, Seville is an architectural haven and the UNESCO-listed palace, Real Alcazar, is just one awe-inspiring example.

Included Activities: Seville - Full Day Visit

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 6: Huelva

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: Moguer - 1/2 Day Visit

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Portimao

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 Lagos` walled Old Town before returning to Portimao.

Included Activities: Tour of Silves with Castle entry | Lagos - Walking Tour

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 8: Lisbon

Disembark in Portimao after breakfast and transfer by bus to Lisbon. Your tour ends on arrival at a central hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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Tour day to day itinerary:

Day 1: Lisbon

Welcome to Lisbon, Portugal`s vibrant capital. One of Europe's most pleasant and affordable capital cities, Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. You will be taken to our centrally located joining hotel (details are in your travel documents) from Lisbon airport. While it`s of course up to you, we recommend arriving and departing by train where possible within Europe, due to this method of transport's minimal carbon emissions. In the evening, meet your tour leader and fellow travelling companions at a Welcome Meeting (this is usually at 6 pm, but you will be advised as to the exact place and time in a notice placed near the reception at your hotel). Here your leader will give a briefing of what lies ahead on your trip. This is followed by a Welcome Dinner in a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Hotel My Story Tejo Lisbon or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lisbon

Today you`ll explore the treasures of Lisbon, which is located on the banks of the Tagus (Tejo) River and is truly one of Europe`s great cities. Much of Lisbon’s character and charm lies in its beautiful renovated buildings, grand boulevards and impressive castles and churches. We will visit one of the most symbolic buildings in the city, Lisbon Cathedral, which was built on the site of an old mosque in 1150 by Lisbon`s first bishop, Gilbert of Hastings. Inside are nine chapels, each with their own story to tell, and the wonderful Gothic cloister. After the guided tour you will have time to visit the medieval citadel of Sao Jorge Castle at your own pace. The citadel dates back to Moorish times and sits on the highest point of the Old Town. Although much of the original castle has been destroyed throughout history, some sections of walls and 18 different towers remain today. Look down on a city swarming with endless angular white houses and buildings with distinct red terracotta rooftops. The afternoon is free to make further discoveries of Lisbon - roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighborhoods and see local life play out, visit Belem Tower (a wonderful building originally designed as a lighthouse) and the vast, spectacular Monastery of the Jeronimos.

Accommodation: Hotel My Story Tejo Lisbon or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Castle of Sao Jorge | Explore Lisbon with a Local Guide

Optional Activities:

Entrance to Belem Tower - EUR8

Entrance to Jeronimos Monastery - EUR10

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Lisbon - Sintra – Lisbon

Travel outside of the city today for a full-day excursion from Lisbon. First to Sintra, which is an absolute jewel of Portugal. This bewitching place, with its fairytale atmosphere, is set amidst lush vegetation and rugged, mystical hills. The cooler climes made it a summer retreat for royalty, and it has drawn and inspired many poets, writers and travellers for centuries, including Lord Byron. Spend some time here exploring Sintra`s Pena Palace and Gardens. The views across the Serra de Sintra mountain range are stunning. Then we continue to Cabo da Rocha, a cape which forms the westernmost extent of mainland Portugal and continental Europe. After the colourful Bay of Cascais and its dazzling beaches, stop in cosmopolitan Cascais. Once a quiet fishing village, later Cascais became a residence of the Portuguese royal court in the 19th century, and is now a glamorous holiday destination of designer boutiques and upscale restaurants. During your free time here, why not sit down in one of the little restaurants and try some local delicacies? On the drive back to Lisbon along the coast in the afternoon, see a different perspective of the capital as you approach it from the other side of the Tagus River. After a great full day of sights, enjoy this evening at your leisure in Lisbon.

Accommodation: Hotel My Story Tejo Lisbon or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Pena Palace Sintra

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Coimbra

This morning, farewell Lisbon and travel to the impressive Monastery of Batalha (approximately 2 hour), one of Europe`s best examples of Gothic architecture. A World Heritage-listed structure, this monastery was built to celebrate Portugal`s 1385 victory over the Castilians at the Battle of Aljubarrota. Your destination for today, and base for the evening, is the university city of Coimbra (approximately 1.5 hour). Sitting dignified on the banks of the River Mondego, Coimbra was once the capital of the county, and its royal heritage can be felt in its ancient streets and buildings. Join your tour leader on a wander through the lanes and squares of the Old Quarter and University of Coimbra – the oldest in Portugal. This evening, regroup and experience more of Portugal’s cultural heritage with an evening that includes traditional `Fado` music show. Tonight`s dinner is at your own expense.

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale or similar (feature stay) (1 night)

Included Activities: Monastery of Batalha | Coimbra - Fado Show

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 5: Porto

Leaving Coimbra today, travel northbound to Portugal’s second largest city, Porto (Oporto), the capital of the north that sits between the River Douro and the Atlantic Ocean (approximately 1.5 hours). This will be your base for the next two nights. The World Heritage-listed Ribeira district is filled with a collection of twisting alleys, criss-crossing staircases and baroque churches. On a guided tour, discover one of Portugal`s most romantic cities. Passing majestic bridges, medieval riverside district with cobbled streets, merchants` houses and cafes, stop by the cathedral, the Tower of Clerigos, and the impressive hall of Porto`s Sao Bento Railway Station. The tower offers sensational sweeping views across the whole city, while the grand train station and its historic entrance hall panels evokes a more refined age of rail travel. On our exploration today we will also discover lesser known parts of the city; in fact known well, but only to the local people and experts. We`ll go under the skin of this beautiful city by tasting some of the best coffee and pastry in town, in small, classic cafes, enjoying best local Port wine in cosy local taverns and sampling some of the local specialities like codfish and the Francesinha. You can spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere of this coastal strolling along the riverside or observing local life in action from one of many rooftop bars. Hotel we`re going to base ourselves in Porto is a living museum, with a high relevance to the history and culture, but also nicely balanced in to the current cosmopolitan atmosphere of downtown Porto. Hotel was opened in 1877 and since it has earned a long and rich experience that is now preserved in different forms of various historical periods. Antique pieces, interior gardens and multi-lingual library makes this hotel and authentic and unforgettable base to discover Porto.

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale Porto or similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Porto guided food tasting tour

Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Guimaraes - Braga - Porto

Today you will journey outside of Porto to Guimarães (approximately 1 hour). Portugal`s first capital and the birthplace of the country`s first king (the `conqueror`, which gives the town its name), the town consists of a well-preserved old city and an impressive castle. Explore Palace of the Dukes of Braganza located in the historical centre of the city and witness the greatness of the Guimaraes Castle, one of the most complete medieval strongholds in Portugal, dating from the 10th century. As the believed birthplace of King Afonso Henriques, the castle is something of a national shrine. Next it`s on to Braga (30 minutes), considered by many to be one of Portugal`s most stunning cities. It has long been a religious centre, and overflows with churches, monasteries, and chapels. The charm of this place lies in its impressive Baroque buildings, most notably the Bom Jesus Sanctuary. On the western slopes of Monte Espinho, the sanctuary is lead to by a magnificent criss-crossing staircase that has 14 different chapels, each representing a station of the cross. Drive back to Porto after your day of exploration, and then enjoy a final farewell and celebratory dinner at a local restaurant as this Portuguese adventure comes to an end.

Accommodation: Hotel Vila Gale Porto or Similar (1 night)

Included Activities: Guided tour of Guimarães

Meals Included: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 7: Porto

Today your Portugal adventure comes to an end. There are no activities planned so you are able to depart the accommodation at any time. As there`s so much to see and do in the exciting city of Porto, however, we recommend extending your stay for a few nights. If you need further accommodation, our reservations team would be happy to assist (subject to availability).

Meals Included: Breakfast

17 nights From AU $9,495 per person, twin share