Days
16
Price from
$7,235USD
Map of Portugal by Land and Sea with Spain and Morocco including Morocco, Portugal and Spain

Explore the coast of Portugal, from Lisbon to Porto then soak up the sultry south on an eclectic Adventure Cruise along the coasts of Portugal, Spain and Morocco.

No longer Europe’s best kept secret, Portugal is the place to come for a European holiday with a twist. Full of grand cities, medieval villages and World Heritage sites, this is a charming country. Travel to Portimao for a day exploring the coastal caves before boarding the stylish Harmony V and discover the wonders of this coast. Learn Columbus’ history in Huelva then voyage to Seville to take in the world’s largest gothic cathedral. Onwards to Morocco for a tour of Tangier’s medina and a taste of mint tea before visiting famous Chefchaouen, the blue-washed city below the rocky Rif Mountains. Drop anchor in Puerto Banas to explore Ronda – dramatically set on top of a deep gorge – and dock finally in Malaga. With the flexibility to choose between cultural activities and sun-soaked leisure, this is a great choice for those wanting to experience the Iberian lifestyle and a dash of Morocco.

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Terms & Conditions

Start
Lisbon, Portugal
Finish
Malaga, Spain
Destinations
Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Adventure Cruising
Code
PESPC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 48

Why you'll love this trip

  • 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

  • Much like the first king of Portugal did, survey a landscape filled with history from the Palace of the Dukes of Braganza.

  • Take in the natural beauty of the Algarve coast, with its jagged coastline cut with caves and grottoes.

  • Slow the pace a little with some bird watching in Ria Formosa National Park, looking out for flamingos, herons and kingfishers.

  • Spice things up in Seville, a melting pot of Moorish and Christian influences and the home of flamenco.

  • Immerse yourself in the blue-washed buildings of Chefchaouen.

Is this trip right for you?

  • On this trip you will visit a lot of interesting places and you will discover them predominantly on foot. That means you’ll be expected to walk for, often, most of the day which will be tiring in hilly Portugal. Good, comfortable pair of walking shoes will definitely help!

  • Summer temperatures can be very high in this region (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same sex. If you’d prefer not to share, a single room supplement is available at an additional charge. Please ask your travel consultant for more details. Also, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together and rooms in Europe can seem rather small by American or Australian standards.

  • Cobblestones are common in Portuguese cities and so in that case you may prefer to bring a backpack instead of rigid wheelie suitcase. It's also important not to exceed the luggage weight and size recommendations. You can find this information in the 'What to Take' section of the trip notes.

  • This is a small ship adventure cruise, which means you’ll be sailing on a yacht with 30–50 other people. The boat is spacious and comfortable, but it focuses more on the destination than onboard activities. Instead of a pool, we have the sea itself. Instead of a casino, we’ve got board games and a good book. There’s also no formal dress code to worry about. Wi-Fi is available for a small charge.

  • Our ship moves under engine power, rather than sailing, so all cabins will experience light engine noise when the ship is moving (and occasionally when we drop anchor). It’s probably worth packing earplugs if you’re a light sleeper.

  • Onshore activities and excursions will involve a bit of walking. You’ll be visiting ancient sites and historical places, and at times you may have to cross cobbled streets and uneven ground, sometimes in hot conditions. If you have any concerns, please speak to your group leader before taking part.

  • If you’re concerned about seasickness, there are seasickness tablets on-board. The ship will experience some roll and pitch in choppy conditions, however all of our ships come equipped with stabilisers to minimise movement. Most of our departures run in peak season, when the seas are calmer. Your crew will do all they can to minimise any discomfort.

  • There are no lifts (elevators) on-board our ships, so you’ll have to navigate a few steep flights of stairs. Handrails are always available.

Boats

Harmony V

On this itinerary, you'll be travelling aboard the Harmony V.

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Itinerary

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
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
  • Belem Tower - Jeronimos Monastery - Entrance (Combo) - EUR12
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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
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
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 Clérigos, 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
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 Guimarães 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 farewell and celebratory dinner at a local restaurant as this section of your adventure comes to an end.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Vila Gale Porto or Similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Guided tour of Guimarães
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today the land section of your Portugal adventure comes to an end.  There's so much to see and do in the exciting city of Porto, so the day will be yours to explore.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Vila Gale Porto or Similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
This tour is a combination trip. Some passengers will not be continuing on to do the Adventure Cruising part of the tour.
The leader for your Portugal tour will be leaving you today and the next couple of days will be un-escorted.  Your leader will advise of transfer and train times for your train ride back to Lisbon tomorrow.
Today you will travel back to Lisbon by train. This takes about two and a half hours. Upon arrival in Lisbon, you will be met at the station and transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay. You will have free time this afternoon to explore this fascinating city.
Accommodation
  • Hotel My Story Tejo or Similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Free time this morning In Lisbon until you meet your shipmates and transfer to Portimao by bus. Attend a welcome meeting and safety briefing on the ship before sitting down for dinner with your fellow travellers. Overnight in Portimao.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Welcome Dinner
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Special Information
Bags can be dropped off at the ship from noon. Feel free to explore Lisbon at your leisure until boarding commences between 3:30pm and 4pm.
Travel by bus to Carvoeiro, then board a small boat and cruise along the rocky coast exploring the Algarve’s sandstone caves. Continue on to Ria Formosa Natural Park, one of Portugal's seven natural wonders, and embark on a boat trip around the wetlands enjoying some birdwatching along the way. Return to Portimao in the evening and re-join the ship. Sail overnight to Huelva.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ria Formosa National Park Visit
  • Carvoeiro - Coastal Caves Boat Tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Cool off with a morning swim at a beach en route to Huelva. After lunch, disembark and take a bus to Moguer, a small Andalusian city, to visit the Santa Clara Monastery before travelling on to El Rabida. There are replicas here of the boats Christopher Columbus used to sail to the New World on (Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria). Spend some time exploring the site before returning to your own ship, with a free evening to be spent in Huelva before sailing overnight upriver to Seville.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Moguer - 1/2 Day Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Spend the day in Seville on a walking tour with a local guide. Seville, the capital of Andalusia, 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. Seville also happens to be the home of flamenco, so be sure to spice up your evening with some dancing before sailing overnight to Tangier.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Seville - Full Day Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today the group breaks up into smaller parties for a day tour of Tangier. Start by exploring Caves of Hercules, where Hercules supposedly rested between his labours, before heading to Cap Spartel, the most north-westerly point in Africa. Then tour the medina with a local guide, sip mint tea at Cafe Hafa and perhaps opt for a group lunch at a local restaurant to sample some of Morocco's finest. Spend the afternoon discovering more of this Moroccan city, taking the opportunity for some souvenir shopping. Stay overnight in Tangier port.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Tangiers - Cap Spartel Visit
  • Tangier - Mint Tea at Cafe Haifa
  • Tangier - Medina Walking tour with local guide
  • Tangiers - Hercules Cave
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
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 and cruising overnight to Puerto Banus.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chefchaouen - Walking Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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 dramatic setting. Visit a bodega just out of town for lunch and wine tasting before returning to the boat and sailing overnight to Malaga.
Accommodation
  • M/Y Harmony V (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bodega - Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Ronda - Guided Walking Tour
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Located on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is Spain’s sixth-largest city and your final destination. Say goodbye to your shipmates and disembark after breakfast.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 6 dinners

Transport

Minibus, Tram, Metro, Small cruise ship, bus, small boat

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (7 nights), Feature stay (1 nights), Small cruise ship (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Airport Arrival Transfer
  • 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 Guimarães
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Ria Formosa National Park Visit
  • Carvoeiro - Coastal Caves Boat Tour
  • Moguer - 1/2 Day Visit
  • Seville - Full Day Visit
  • Tangiers - Cap Spartel Visit
  • Tangier - Mint Tea at Cafe Haifa
  • Tangier - Medina Walking tour with local guide
  • Tangiers - Hercules Cave
  • Chefchaouen - Walking Tour
  • Bodega - Wine Tasting & Lunch
  • Ronda - Guided Walking Tour

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Important notes

ARRIVAL TRANSFER
An arrival transfer from the airport to the start point hotel is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your flights times at least 2 weeks before your departure date. If you are planning to reach the destination by train or bus, please enquire the possibility of re-scheduling the transfer with your travel agent at the time of booking.
BOOKING CONDITIONS
Adventure Cruising trips have a deposit of A$600 per person (different amounts apply in other currencies) and the balance is due 90 days before departure.
If a booking is cancelled 90 days or more before departure - the cancellation fee is the full loss of the deposit paid.
If a booking is cancelled between 89 and 31 days before departure - the cancellation fee is 50% of the total booking cost, or the deposit, whichever is greater.
if a booking is cancelled 30 days or less prior to departure - the cancellation fee is 100% of the total price of the voyage.
Other fees may apply for air tickets and other arrangements booked in conjunction with a voyage.
SINGLE TRAVELLERS
Single travellers will share a twin a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single cabin supplement is available at an additional charge. A single passenger cannot be booked or confirmed in a double cabin unless a single supplement is paid. A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure.

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