SPANISH & PORTUGUESE TRADITIONS CRUISE
- Sample Tapas & Flamenco in Seville
- Scenic cruise the size-restricted Guadalquivir
- Visit Lisbon during the Feast of St. Anthony
7th Jun 2022 - 14 nights - Sails from Rosyth (Edinburgh) - Braemar - M2217
Sailing to, and docking in, the heart of the six diverse destinations on this itinerary allows for easy, in-depth discoveries of quintessentially Spanish and Portuguese culture and traditions. In Spain’s sunlit south, the scenic Guadalquivir River is your route into Seville, where Plaza de España, the Moorish Alcázar Palace and the Gothic Cathedral, traditional tapas bars and more are within easy reach of Braemar’s berth. An overnight stay here also affords time to feel the emotion of an evening flamenco performance, and even learn the dance from a bailaora.
A visit to Lisbon during the Feast of St Anthony Festival is a recipe for a memorable day in the Portuguese capital; revel in all the fun and festivity of street parties, and indulge with grilled sardines and Pasteis de Nata as the wine and beer flows. You’ve time to see the city’s landmarks, and learn of its maritime heritage, too. Elsewhere in Portugal, a stop Leixoes provides another opportunity to enjoy the local flavours of port wine and sardines, and tour to nearby Oporto, while Braemar is small enough to dock at Portimão, closer to the beaches and coastal panoramas of the Algarve, and historic Setubal.
- *FREE DRINKS or £200pp ONBOARD SPEND EXCLUSIVE CONNOISSEUR HOME TRANSFERS OR COACH FROM GLASGOW
- Comfortable, stylish cabins and suites equipped with a Smart TV, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, a fridge and individually controlled air conditioning
- A tempting choice of cuisine every day throughout your cruise – with five-course à la carte dinners, casual breakfast and lunch buffets, late-night snacks and much more
- Unlimited, self-service tea and coffee available 24hrs at selected venues, complimentary afternoon tea* with sandwiches and cakes, and in-room sandwiches and snacks
- A full programme of evening entertainment, including cabaret shows, comedy, dancing and live music
- Full use of on board leisure facilities, including swimming pools, Jacuzzis and gym
- A wide choice of engaging on board activities and lectures throughout the day
- All UK port taxes (where collectable in advance)
- Luggage porterage between your cabin and the drop-off/pick-up point
- Formal welcome and/or Captain’s Drinks Party and Gala Buffet
*Term's & condition's apply.
Day 1 ROSYTH, (EDINBURGH)
Embark at Edinburgh's Rosyth port.
Day 5 VIGO, SPAIN
Situated on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, and with one of the world’s finest natural ports, the Galician gem of Vigo has been an important part of Spain’s maritime industry for centuries. Boasting a wonderful historic quarter, modern marina and pretty centre, this city is alive with attractions.
Day 6 LISBON, PORTUGAL
Stretched across its seven trademark hills overlooking the River Tagus estuary, Portugal’s hilly, coastal capital city of Lisbon, is a cinematic collection of cobbled alleyways, pastel-coloured buildings, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals. The city was decimated by an earthquake in 1755, and modern Lisbon has been shaped by that eventful day. The Pombaline architecture that now defines the city represents some of the first seismically-protected buildings in Europe.
Day 7 PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL
Portimão is a port city to the western end of the Algarve region of southern Portugal. The town is known for its excellent sandy beaches with plenty of warm, calm waters, which visitors find very alluring.
Portimão's long fishing tradition was developed between the 19th and 20th centuries and established a strong canning industry and a busy marina. Indeed, in its old quarter, Museu de Portimão is housed in a restored 19th century cannery, and has exhibits on local history.
Day 8 SEVILLE, SPAIN (OVERNIGHT)
Compact, rich in history and famous for its flamenco, tapas bars and orange trees, the capital of southern Spain’s Andalusia region, Seville, is bursting with antique charm. Located on the plain of the Guadalquivir River, Seville’s old Roman city is now home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
World-renowned for flamenco dancing, particularly in its Triana neighbourhood, the city’s significant landmarks include the ornate Moorish-Renaissance Alcázar Palace complex, and the 18th century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring. The colossal Gothic Seville Cathedral is the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb and the Giralda, an imposing bell tower built on a minaret.
Day 10 CRUISING GUADALQUIVIR RIVER, SPAIN
The enchanting Guadalquivir is one of Spain’s longest rivers and a cruise along its winding course, through some of Europe’s richest, most fertile plains offers some fantastic natural scenery to cast your eye on.
At the mouth of the river, you’ll see the vast Doñana National Park – a huge protected marshland with a huge range of diverse fauna and flora – and the charming fishing town of Bonanza.
Day 11 SETUBAL, PORTUGAL
Situated on Portugal’s picturesque west coast, on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, and harbouring historic links to the Atlantic Ocean, Setubal was once one of Iberia’s most thriving fishing ports. These days, the fishing industry here isn’t quite as large, though still an important part of Portuguese sardine fishing and trade, but the city’s riverside location is still key.
Day 12 LEIXÕES (FOR OPORTO), PORTUGAL
A short journey from Leixões takes you into the heart of Oporto, with its fortress-like Cathedral and the Baroque Church of Clérigos. Head to the historic Ribeira District, where the narrow, cobbled lanes wind their way down to the Douro River. Don’t forget to visit one of the many wine cellars for a taste of the tipple named after the city, Port. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony.
Day 15 ROSYTH, (EDINBURGH)
Disembark the ship in Rosyth, (Edinburgh)