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Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia - 2023

Barcelona • 10-night small ship cruise with Palma de Mallorca, Cartagena, Almería/Motril, Málaga, Gibraltar, Seville, Portimão • Lisbon
  • Plaza de Espana, Barcelona, Spain, Europe
    JOIN THE OCEAN ODYSSEY ON THIS UNFORGETTABLE OCEAN CRUISE THROUGH SPAIN, PORTUGAL, AND GIBRALTAR (UK)
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    CRUISE UP THE GUADALQUIVIR RIVER INTO THE TRANQUIL DOÑANA NATIONAL PARK, A HAVEN FOR BIRDS, WITH LIVE COMMENTARY
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    DISCOVER RONDA, THE GORGE-SPANNING CITY BELOVED BY HEMINGWAY, AND SEE ITS HISTORIC BULLRING
  • CELEBRATE MÁLAGA'S CULTURAL RENAISSANCE AT THE PICASSO MUSEUM AND GIBRALFARO CASTLE
  • Madeira, Portugal optional extension
    ROUND OUT THIS REMARKABLE JOURNEY WITH AN EXTENSION TO THE PORTUGUESE ISLAND OF MADEIRA
DATES & PRICES
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$10,399
  • $693
    PER DAY
  • 15
    DAYS
  • 22
    TOURS
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Madeira, Portugal (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $299 PER DAY

Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life, plus a chance to peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!

Your Price Includes:

  • Flight from Madeira to Lisbon
  • 3 nights accommodations at the First-Class Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel (or similar), with guaranteed sea view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Half-day city tour with wicker toboggan ride
  • Visit to a local market
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Madeira

An overnight flight takes you to Madeira, Portugal, today.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Madeira and settle in

Arrive today and settle into your hotel before a Welcome Briefing, where you’ll meet other travelers joining you for enriching discoveries. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town

Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Cultural Discovery: Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots — skilled and expert carreiros — guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Explore more of Madeira on your own

Today you may craft your own itinerary with a day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 5:

Fly to Lisbon

Head to the Funchal airport for your flight to Lisbon, where you'll join the base program.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madrid, Spain (Pre-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $324 PER DAY

Here’s your chance to discover more of Spain’s stately and iconic capital. On this 3-night extension, let Vantage introduce you to this energetic, artistic metropolis — and one of Europe’s most indulgent culinary capitals. Get your fill of tapas on a walking tour that leads you to the bustling Mercado de San Miguel and see the city’s exquisite sights, from the grandeur of Plaza Mayor to leisure opportunities to seek out museums. Come experience Madrid in true Vantage style!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the Meliá Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a local representative
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 1:

Fly to Spain

Today, you’ll board an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Madrid.

DAY 2:

Bienvenidos a Madrid! Welcome to Spain

Arrive in Madrid today. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport by a representative who will assist with your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, enjoy time at leisure before tonight’s Welcome Dinner at the hotel.

Included meals:

Dinner

DAY 3:

Get to know Madrid on a walking tour and tapas tasting

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore. Tonight, enhance your tapas discoveries with a chance to have dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Madrid with included tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. The evening is at leisure with dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 5:

Seek the panoramic delights of Madrid, then board a high-speed train to Barcelona

Enjoy a panoramic tour that shows you even more Madrid highlights on your way to the train station. Here, you’ll embark on a high-speed train to Barcelona, where you’ll join Day 2 of the base tour.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Madrid tour

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madeira, Portugal (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,199 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $300 PER DAY

Featuring year-round balmy weather and a trademark fortified wine, the Portuguese island of Madeira boasts a lush beauty that earned its label as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic.” During your three-day stay in the lovely island capital of Funchal, you’ll enjoy a half-day city tour and immersion into local island life, plus a chance to peruse the covered market at the edge of the Old Town. Raise a glass to this oceanic outpost — the perfect complement to your Mediterranean cruise!

Your Price Includes:

  • Flight from Lisbon to Madeira
  • 3 nights accommodations at the First-Class Pestana Carlton Madeira Hotel (or similar), with guaranteed sea view rooms
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Half-day city tour with wicker toboggan ride
  • Visit to a local market
  • All transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a Cruise Director and local guides
  • Tipping for drivers and local guides (excluding Cruise Director)
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 16:

Fly to Madeira, and an orientation walk 

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Funchal, historic capital of the lush “Garden Island” of Madeira, Portugal. In the early 1400s, the discovery of the island 323 miles off the coast of Africa was a catalyst for the Age of Discovery. Embark on a short orientation walk alongside your Cruise Director, then enjoy the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps exploring the highlights of this lovely town, including its 15th-century cathedral and the scenic Santa Caterina Park, and stopping at a café to sip some of the island’s eponymous wine.

DAY 17:

Tour Madeira’s marketplace and Old Town

Set out this morning for a half-day city tour. Cultural Discovery: Browse the fragrant stands of the marketplace brimming with produce carted in from all over the fertile island and stroll the cobbled lanes of the Old Town. Then ascend to the town of Monte, 1,800 feet above the sea. Splendid views greet you from here, but you might thrill more to the mode of transport you’ll use to return to Funchal: a traditional two-seater wicker toboggan or “basket sled.” A pair of pilots — skilled and expert carreiros — guide you downhill for the steep mile-long journey. Back in the city, enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure. This evening, experience more of Funchal on your own with a night at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

Explore more of Madeira on your own

Today, craft your own itinerary with a day at leisure.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Fly home

Head to the Funchal airport for your flight back to the U.S.

Included meals:

Breakfast
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Madrid, Spain (Post-Trip)

FROM $1,299 PER PERSON | 4 DAYS | $325 PER DAY

Here’s your chance to discover more of Spain’s stately and iconic capital. On this 3-night extension, let Vantage introduce you to this energetic, artistic metropolis — and one of Europe’s most indulgent culinary capitals. Get your fill of tapas on a walking tour that leads you to the bustling Mercado de San Miguel and see the city’s exquisite sights, from the grandeur of Plaza Mayor to leisure opportunities to seek out museums. Come experience Madrid in true Vantage style!

Your Price Includes:

  • 3 nights' accommodation at the Meliá Madrid Princesa (or similar)
  • 4 meals: 3 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transfers and baggage handling (where permitted)
  • Services of a local representative
  • Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service to plan celebrations, activities, or provide regional expertise. Log in to My Portfolio and submit a request, or send an email any time up to two weeks prior to your departure at Concierge@vantagetravel.com.
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DAY 16:

Board a high-speed train to Madrid, then discover its highlights on a panoramic tour

Today, you’ll leave Barcelona on a high-speed train bound for Madrid. Upon arrival, you’ll be whisked away on a panoramic tour of Spain’s capital city. Afterward, check into your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own in this city of gastronomical delights.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic Madrid tour

DAY 17:

Get to know Madrid on a walking tour and tapas tasting

Explore vibrant Madrid on foot, walking through Plaza Sol and Plaza Mayor, savoring city views, and passing multiple other historic monuments. Later, visit the city’s Mercado Central for an included tapas tasting! The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to further explore. Tonight, enhance your tapas discoveries with another opportunity to have dinner on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Madrid with included tapas at Mercado de San Miguel

Included meals:

Breakfast

DAY 18:

Explore Madrid at your leisure

Enjoy a free day to pursue your own interests with recommendations provided by your Cruise Director. Wander the city’s many squares, shop for espadrilles and other classic Spanish products, and get your fill of tapas. The evening is at leisure with dinner on your own.

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 19:

Return home

Transfer to Madrid’s airport for your return flight home.

Included meals:

Breakfast

Contact Vantage

CALL 1-800-322-6677

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Journey Spain & the Portuguese Coast: A Cruise Around Iberia Iberian Voyage: Lisbon to Barcelona
Greatest value and most comprehensive features when compared to our competitors!

 Departure Comparison 8/24/23   3/31/23
Per Diem $693 $593
Included Tours and Special Features 22 Included features and Cultural Discoveries with state-of-the-art QuietVox portable audio headsets on all shore excursions throughout your journey - a value of $1,650

6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Works of Antoni Gaudí; the Alhambra and Generalife, in Granada; Seville’s Alcázar and Cathedral; Doñana National Park; Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower in Lisbon; and Cultural Landscape of Sintra
 
Complimentary Vantage Deluxe Concierge Service on board ship to assist with all your personal requests

16 guided tours (with personal headsets) and cultural experiences

Gratuities for local guides and motorcoach drivers

Services of our local Trip Experience Leader with your group of 25 travelers maximum (average group size of 22) throughout your adventure
More included tours and cultural experiences offered!
 Vessel Size  Our ocean discovery vessel, the m/s Ocean Odyssey has 15 solo cabins (11 for expedition cruises) and 15 triple-occupancy cabins each, with a maximum capacity of under 150 passengers on each sailing.    Our ships are smaller, more intimate, and have an industry-leading number of solo-ready cabins, as well as a fantastic crew-to-passenger ratio.
Accommodations in hotels  On each journey that we offer with Vantage, your hotel accommodations will be included in the total price of your cruise.     We choose all of our partner hotels with comfort and luxury in mind, and will let you know ahead of time which hotel you’ll be staying in at each port.
 Cruise-Only Price*  $10,399  $8,895 Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors! 
 # of Days 15  15
Meals 36 meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 12 dinners, with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner on board
35 meals: 13 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 11 dinners—including 1 Home-Hosted Lunch—plus all onboard house beer, wine, and soft drinks The MOST included meals
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Madrid, Spain 4 days from $1,299
Madeira, Portugal 4 days from $1,199
Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra Palace & Seaside Cascais 3 nights from only $895
Barcelona, Spain 3 nights from only $1,195 
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*cabin price $6.489 + $410 for Taxes, Fees & Port Expenses
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