Spanish Sojourn: Barcelona and Beyond - 2024

Your 15-night journey includes: 10-night small ship cruise with Port-Vendres, Tarragona, Valencia, Cartagena, Motril, Almeria, Alicante, Ibiza, Palma de Mallorca; 4 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Barcelona (2 pre- and 2 post-cruise)
  • Plaza de Espana, Barcelona, Spain, Europe
  • Palma de Mallorca
  • Cala d’Hort, Ibiza, Spain
  • Ocean Odyssey Sailing
  • Plaza Mayor, Madrid, Spain
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Join Vantage Deluxe World Travel on a luxurious small ship cruise of Spain’s magical destinations, including Barcelona, Cartagena, and Ibiza.

Step aboard the elegant Ocean Odyssey and delve into the history, culture, and traditions of some of the world’s most beautiful ports. Visit Mallorca, overlooked by most cruise lines, and take in the stunning island capital of Palma. Uncover layers of history in Cartagena, and explore the lively and Moorish-flavored cultural center of Granada. In Barcelona, see the surreal masterpieces of visionary architect Antoni Gaudí. In all, 10 included features and Cultural Discoveries provide you with meaningful and impactful explorations of the destinations you’ll visit.

All throughout your memorable small ship cruise, you'll enjoy Vantage’s luxury amenities and 5-star service. Treat yourself to a pampering spa treatment, take a soak in the top-deck hot tubs, work up a sweat at the fitness center, find a favorite book or movie at the well-stocked library, or simply relax with a cocktail while taking in the views from the panoramic Observation Lounge. After a day of shoreside exploration, retreat to your sumptuous stateroom, a true oasis at sea. Our small passenger-to-crew ratio and top-of-the-line personalized service ensures an incomparable, unsurpassed journey for all our guests. 

Barcelona to Barcelona

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Madrid, Spain (Pre-Trip)

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DAY 1:

Fly overnight to Barcelona

Today you’ll board an overnight flight to Barcelona. Or, depart earlier for your optional pre-trip extension to Madrid, Spain.

DAY 2:

Arrive in Barcelona and check into your hotel

Welcome to Spain! If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, a representative will meet you at the airport to assist with transfers to your hotel. After checking in, you’ll have time to relax at your hotel, or head out and acquaint yourself with your surroundings. Dinner tonight will be at your hotel.

DAY 3:

Barcelona at your leisure

Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll have a full day to explore Barcelona at your leisure.

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DAY 4:

Embark the Ocean Odyssey in Barcelona today

Today, you’ll embark the Ocean Odyssey and begin your exciting Mediterranean voyage. Along the way, you’ll enjoy a panoramic sightseeing tour of a few of Barcelona’s highlights, including Montjuïc Hill, the Plaza de España, and Gran Via. You’ll also have an opportunity to discover Paseo de Gracia and have free time for shopping at Las Ramblas.

Once on board get settled in your sumptuous stateroom, then explore the Ocean Odyssey’s many amenities, including the sundeck and fitness center. Later, gather for the first of your daily port talks to hear about tomorrow’s exciting destination. Tonight, savor a special Welcome Dinner. 

Included Feature:

  • Half-day sightseeing in Barcelona

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Opt for a special Barcelona sightseeing tour that includes access to the interior of La Sagrada Familia. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Destination Enhancements: La Sagrada Familia Visit & Lunch

La Sagrada Familia Visit & Lunch

  • Approximate Cost: $79 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • When: TBD

Begin your discoveries with a guided visit of the Museo Nacional de Prado (Prado Museum). Housed inside a building originally constructed in 1785 to house the Natural History Cabinet, today the Prado Museum is Spain’s main national art museum. Visitors are able to get up-close to the works of master artists such as Francisco Goya, Hieronymus Bosch, El Greco, Peter Paul Rubens, Titian, and Diego Velázquez.

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in the late 19th century, the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is one of Barcelona’s must-see landmarks. This Catholic church — the largest one in the world to remain unfinished — was inscribes as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010, along with six other Barcelona properties built by Gaudí. Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church, proclaiming it a minor basilica, in 2010. On this optional excursion, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the interior of the church and take in the beauty and artistry of this structure for yourself. Your tour concludes with lunch at a local restaurant.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

DAY 5:

A walking tour of Port-Vendres

Following breakfast on board, you’ll set out to explore Port-Vendres. Situated at the foot of the Albères mountain, you’ll find this tiny resort town, named for the goddess Venus. This small Mediterranean town, situated near the Spanish border of southeastern France’s Côte Vermeille, is famous for its fishing port and deep-water harbor, the only natural port on the Vermillion Coast. This charming city has a long history dating back to Europe’s Iron Age, and you’ll discover its highlights during an included walking tour today.

Included Feature:

  • Port-Vendres walking tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 6:

Tour Tarragona’s Roman ruins

Enjoy breakfast on board, then head ashore to explore the Spanish port town of Tarragona. Founded in the 5th century, this historic city once served as a fortification for the Roman empire. It was later captured by the Vandals, and then the Visigoths, before eventually being taken over by the Spanish empire. Today, Tarragona shines with its golden beaches, fascinating culinary scene, and ancient Roman architecture. In fact, the Roman ruins of Tarragona have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Your walking tour will include a visit to the Roman Amphitheatre, once used for races, public executions, and gladiatorial combat.

Included Feature:

  • Tarragona walking tour and amphitheater visit

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 7:

Uncover history and religion in Valencia

Following breakfast on board, you’ll head into Valencia to uncover this fascinating city of contrasts for yourself. From its golden beaches and flamboyant Rococo architecture to its cobblestone streets and thriving culture, Valencia is one of Spain’s most interesting and welcoming cities. Founded as a Roman colony in the 2nd century BC, today Valencia is renowned for its arts and sciences. Sitting alongside its beautiful Old-World buildings and ancient cathedrals you’ll find futuristic structures and Europe’s largest aquarium. During your time here, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Valencia Cathedral, also known as St. Mary’s Cathedral. Consecrated in AD 1238 by Pere d'Albalat, first bishop of Valencia, this Roman Catholic church was dedicated to Saint Mary by the order of James I the Conqueror, the 13th-century King of Aragon.

Included Feature:

  • Valencia walking tour and cathedral visit

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Valencia is known as the City of Arts & Sciences, and you’ll find out why on this optional tour that includes an aquarium visit. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Valencia City of Arts & Sciences with Aquarium Visit

Valencia City of Arts & Sciences with Aquarium Visit

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: TBD
  • Location: Valencia, Spain
  • When: TBD

Experience the modern masterpiece at the heart of Valencia’s cultural scene with a guided tour of the spectacular City of Arts and the Sciences. Walk along the length of this futuristic complex designed by celebrated Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, while learning about its construction and the many events and attractions contained within. Step inside several buildings, including the Príncipe Felipe Science Museum and Europe’s largest aquarium, the Oceanogràfic.

Due to high call volume, we recommend you visit MyPortfolio to book this Destination Enhancement. Don’t wait — these optional experiences are limited to a select number of guests and are selling out fast!

DAY 8:

Exploring Cartagena's Roman flourishes

After breakfast on board the ship arrives in the natural harbor of Cartagena, in use since the city was established as a major naval center by the Carthaginians in 227 BC. You’ll get acquainted with its history at La Concepción Castle, which overlooks the old Roman Theatre, the second largest in Iberia. Walking down the Calle Mayor, you’ll also see some of the Cartagena’s noteworthy art nouveau buildings, including the gleaming white façade of the Cervantes House and the elegant Grand Hotel, where you have time to explore on your own. After returning to ship for lunch, you’ll have a free afternoon to spend as you wish. Sit in on an onboard cooking demonstration or just relax on deck as you take in the scenery.

Included Feature:

  • Walking tour of Cartagena

Cultural Discoveries:

  • Onboard cooking demonstration

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Experience the storied city of Granada

Today, you’ll set out on a full-day excursion to fabled Granada, the last stronghold of the Spanish Moors, and visit two of its UNESCO-listed sites: Alhambra and Generalife. Set in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada boasts one of the world’s most spectacular fortified palace complexes, the legendary Alhambra. On a guided tour, you'll see its most famous attractions, including the renowned fountains and gardens of the adjacent Generalife. Enjoy lunch in a typical Spanish restaurant before returning to the ship in Motril. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure on board or continue your explorations in Motril on your own.

Included Feature:

  • Full-day Granada excursion with lunch

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Explore untamed Almería today

Situated in southeastern Spain is the city of Almería, founded in AD 955 by Caliph Abd al-Rahman III, the Umayyad Emir of Córdoba in the early 10th century. With over 60 miles of untamed coastline and beautiful landscapes, Almería offers its visitors many natural pleasures. Thanks to its strategic situation on the Mediterranean, Almería has been home to many different civilizations throughout its history, and significant traces of their presence can be seen in the province’s archaeological remains. You’ll head out on a walking tour this morning to explore the city’s incredible sites.

Included Feature:

  • Almería walking tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 11:

Another day of Spanish explorations in Alicante

Located in the middle of the Costa Blanca, Alicante is one of the most popular Spanish destinations for visitors. Alicante’s many golf courses, along with the Mediterranean Sea’s tranquil azure waters, are a big part of this beautiful harbor city’s appeal. Situated at the foot of Santa Bárbara Castle, the city’s historic quarter conceals an interesting religious and architectural legacy, including the emblematic Esplanada de España (Spain Boulevard. Following breakfast on board, you’ll set off on a walking tour to explore this incredible city.

Included Feature:

  • Alicante walking tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 12:

Live a Mediterranean dream in Ibiza

Ibiza, one of Spain’s Balearic islands, is well-known for its lively nightlife. But there is more to Ibiza than nightclubs. This diminutive destination is also home to quiet villages, sandy coves, pine forests, and charming street markets. You’ll have a full day at leisure to explore Ibiza’s rural charms and laid-back lifestyle for yourself.

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 13:

Visit Palma de Mallorca, the jewel of Spain’s Balearic Islands

Your ship will arrive in Palma de Mallorca this morning. Ringed by pristine crescent beaches and cloaked in lush green forest, Mallorca is an island paradise for both residents and visitors alike. On a panoramic city tour, you'll explore the stunning circular Bellver Castle, built in the 14th century for the Kings of Mallorca. Later, step inside the massive La Seu Cathedral. This honey-colored, Gothic masterpiece boasts a cavernous interior designed by Antoni Gaudí and a 144-foot-high nave. Return to the ship for lunch before an afternoon at leisure in Palma de Mallorca.

Included Feature:

  • Palma de Mallorca highlights tour

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 14:

Disembark the Ocean Odyssey in Barcelona

After breakfast, you’ll disembark the Ocean Odyssey and transfer your Barcelona hotel. Following check-in, you’ll have the remainder of the day at your leisure to enjoy Barcelona at your own pace.

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 15:

Another day to explore Barcelona at your leisure

Enjoy another leisurely day in Barcelona today. Set your own schedule as you take in the city’s renowned sites.

Included meals:


DAY 16:

Return home today

Following breakfast at your hotel, you’ll check out and head to airport to board your return flight home.

Included meals:


Please Note: Ocean cruising is not the same experience as river cruising; as such, you may experience fluctuating tides and weather patterns that may involve some rocking of your vessel. Itineraries will include all activities as planned except in extreme cases that can’t be controlled by your shipboard crew. Day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Cruise Director or regional expert.

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Journey Spanish Sojourn: Barcelona & Beyond Along the Mediterranean Sea with the Mucem - Athens - Lisbon
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Included Tours and Special Features 10 included features and Cultural Discoveries

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Complimentary services of a Vantage Deluxe Concierge to assist with all your personal requests before and during your adventure    
 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. 
 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 134 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. 
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 # of Days  16  12  22
Meals 35 meals: 14 breakfasts, 11 lunches, and 10 dinners, with complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks during dinner on board.

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