Treasures of Spain and Portugal - Westbound 2017

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Small Ship Cruise
New for 2017! Set sail for a 13-day Barcelona to Lisbon cruise aboard your Windstar yacht as you chart a course for a treasure trove of discoveries along the trade routes of the first Portuguese and Spanish explorers. Two-night stays in Barcelona and Lisbon bookend this Iberian adventure, which visits Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Seville, Gibraltar, Málaga, Po...

Overview

Trip type
Small Ship Cruise
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Flexible schedule

Highlights

    • 8-night cruise aboard Star Pride
    • Star Breeze or Star Legend; 2 nights at the InterContinental Lisbon and 2 nights at El Palace Barcelona; visit to a manor house in Malaga for a sherry tasting and a private Andalucían horse show; wine tasting at an award-winning estate in the Algarve countryside; flamenco in Seville; tour of La Seu in Palma on Mallorca; private visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona

What's this trip about?

    New for 2017! Set sail for a 13-day Barcelona to Lisbon cruise aboard your Windstar yacht as you chart a course for a treasure trove of discoveries along the trade routes of the first Portuguese and Spanish explorers. Two-night stays in Barcelona and Lisbon bookend this Iberian adventure, which visits Palma de Mallorca, Granada, Seville, Gibraltar, Málaga, Portimão and more.

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Itinerary focusOperator does not provide
Group sizeStandard Group - 25 + people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityBarcelona, Spain
End CityLisbon,Portugal

Travel Themes

  • Small Ship Cruise

Destinations

  • Central America
  • Europe
  • Spain
  • Portugal

Attractions

  • Algarve
  • Barcelona
  • Granada
  • Malaga
  • Seville

Activities

  • Culture

Trip includes

    • Traveling with Tauck's private group and the same Tauck Director on land and at sea aboard the ship Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions valued at $2,625 Two nights each in Barcelona and Lisbon with guided city sightseeing 8-night cruise aboard Windstar's Star Pride, Star Breeze or Star Legend Your cruise may be a shared ship experience with non-Tauck guests onboard as well; all Tauck guests will be accompanied by one Tauck Director for approximately every 40 Tauck guests, and your itinerary will always be highlighted by exclusive, private Tauck shore excursions Wine tasting at an award-winning estate in the Algarve countryside Special flamenco dance performance at Seville's Museo del Baile Flamenco A visit to a typical manor house in Malaga for a sherry tasting and a private Andalucían horse show A tour of the Gothic Cathedral, La Seu, in Palma on the island of Mallorca, and private event in the Old City with regionally inspired cuisine and entertainment Private experience at the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in Barcelona Aboard ship - daily cocktail hour, all-day soft drinks and house wine with dinner Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted 30 meals (12 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 10 Dinners) on land and at sea; service charges, applicable fuel surcharges, taxes, and porterage

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Barcelona
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Hotel El Palace Barcelona. A transfer is included from Barcelona Airport to Hotel El Palace Barcelona, located in the center of the city, near the pedestrian thoroughfare of Las Ramblas and your home for two nights. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight at the hotel. MEALS : D LODGING : El Palace Barcelona PORTOFCALL : Barcelona, Spain

Day 2 The best of Barcelona
Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is truly on par with Europe's greatest cities. Here you will find a parade of historical monuments along with outstanding examples of the Modernisme period of art and architecture. Sightseeing this morning begins with visits to the me...
Day 3 Catalan culture & embark ship
The day starts with a private visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that truly is a palace of music. The only concert hall in Europe lit by natural light, it is a Modernista celebration of tile work, sculpture and stained glass. Continue...
Day 4 Pleasures of Palma de Mallorca
Disembark after breakfast for a guided walking tour of the beautiful city of Palma, located on an island exceedingly rich in cultural treasures. Visit the Gothic Cathedral, La Seu, built of golden limestone and standing in a dramatic location near the waterfront; its int...
Day 5 A Day at Sea
Experience the onboard pleasures of your Windstar yacht today as you spend the day at sea. A lecture by your Tauck Director shares insights about the region you explore on this cruise; a spa visit pampers; and a chance to relax on deck with your favorite book is nothing short of heavenly. MEALS : B, L, D LODGING : Star Pride, Breeze or Legend PORTOFCALL : A Day at Sea on Windstar yacht

Day 6 The Alhambra & Granada
Your ship arrives in Almeria this morning for a scenic drive to 13th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens in Granada, created to reflect the Moors' vision of paradise on Earth. Explore them during a guided visit followed by lunch at the Alhambra Pal...
Day 7 A Taste of Malaga
The land of dancing Andalucían horses and sherry welcomes you ashore in Malaga and invites you inside a typical manor for a tapas tasting and a private horse show. This afternoon's panoramic tour of Malaga is highlighted by visions of 14th century Gibralfaro Castle; Plaz...
Day 8 The British Rock
Just 2 ¼ square miles, Gibraltar is a town that is also a British ruled country and has a recorded history that dates from A.D. 711. The massive limestone Rock of Gibraltar rises out of the sea to a height of 1, 396 feet and is often referred to as the gateway to the Med...
Day 9 Sights of Seville
After breakfast, head out to the deck to see your ship's arrival in the port of Seville, standing on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir. Guided exploration includes visits to the pavilions of the 1929 World Fair on the grounds of Maria Luisa Park; the Palacio de San Telmo...
Day 10 The postcard-perfect Algarve Coast
Disembark in Portimão late morning for a scenic drive into the Algarve countryside. View the sandy coves of Praia da Rocha; the pretty fishing town of Alvor, picturesque with white houses; Lagos, set on one of the largest bays in the Algarve and resplendent with 8th-cent...
Day 11 Disembark Lisbon; Sintra & Cascais
Disembark ship in Lisbon this morning. A vision of carefully planned, elegant streets steeped in history, Lisbon's city center welcomes with an 18th-century ambiance that bears witness to its days of glory during the Discovery Age. Enjoy a choice of visits to the Mariti...
Day 12 Lovely Lisbon
A guided tour of the city this morning showcases the downtown Baixa area and Trade Square and visits Edward VII Park, named in honor of the king of England who visited here in 1902, and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. The monastery, commissioned in 1501 soon after Vasco da Gama'...
Day 13 Journey Home
Tour ends: Lisbon. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included to Lisbon Airport from the InterContinental Lisbon. Allow three hours for flight check-in. MEALS : B

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Last Updated: 2/16/2023

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STAR LEGEND, STAR BREEZE, STAR PRIDE
STAR LEGEND Windstar Cruises’ slogan, “180° From Ordinary,” aptly describes the delights of a voyage aboard one of their new 'Pride Class' sister ships, the all-suite Star Legend... one of Windstar's sleek, newly renovated, all-suite power yachts, perfect for warm-weather destinations and ideally suited for up-close exploration of islands and hidden coastal coves where larger ships cannot go. You’ll feel like you're aboard your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view, making it a welcome retreat. Each suite is equipped with a queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens; flat screen TV with DVD player; minibar/refrigerator; walk-in closet and ample drawer space; private bath with granite countertop, full-size tub and shower, and luxurious L'Occitane toiletries; waffle-weave robe and slippers; hairdryer; and safe. Stylish public spaces invite conversation and relaxation; onboard amenities include the WindSpa, a fitness center, a casino and entertainment lounge, the Star Bar, a library, a counter current pool and / or whirlpool, and a water sports platform offering water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling and kayaking, weather permitting. Dining in The AmphorA Restaurant or in the more casual Candles or Veranda is an epicurean delight. Over 140 crewmembers attend to the needs of a total of just 212 passengers aboard Star Legend, assuring the most attentive service. STAR BREEZE Windstar Cruises’ slogan, “180° From Ordinary,” aptly describes the delights of a voyage aboard one of their new 'Pride Class' sister ships, Star Breeze... one of Windstar's sleek, newly renovated, all-suite power yachts, perfect for warm-weather destinations and ideally suited for up-close exploration of islands and hidden coastal coves where larger ships cannot go. You’ll feel like you're aboard your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view, making it a welcome retreat. Each suite is equipped with a queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens; flat screen TV with DVD player; minibar/refrigerator; walk-in closet and ample drawer space; private bath with granite countertop, full-size tub and shower, and luxurious L'Occitane toiletries; waffle-weave robe and slippers; hairdryer; and safe. Stylish public spaces invite conversation and relaxation; onboard amenities include the WindSpa, a fitness center, a casino and entertainment lounge, the Star Bar, a library, a counter current pool and / or whirlpool, and a water sports platform offering water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling and kayaking, weather permitting. Dining in The AmphorA Restaurant or in the more casual Candles or Veranda is an epicurean delight. Over 140 crewmembers attend to the needs of a total of just 212 passengers aboard Star Breeze, assuring the most attentive service. Phone Brochure Newsletter STAR PRIDE Windstar Cruises’ slogan, “180° From Ordinary,” aptly describes the delights of a voyage aboard one of their new 'Pride Class' sister ships, the all-suite Star Pride... one of Windstar's sleek, newly renovated, all-suite power yachts, perfect for warm-weather destinations and ideally suited for up-close exploration of islands and hidden coastal coves where larger ships cannot go. You’ll feel like you're aboard your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view, making it a welcome retreat. Each suite is equipped with a queen bed (which can be separated as twins if you prefer) with luxurious Egyptian cotton linens; flat screen TV with DVD player; minibar/refrigerator; walk-in closet and ample drawer space; private bath with granite countertop, full-size tub and shower, and luxurious L'Occitane toiletries; waffle-weave robe and slippers; hairdryer; and safe. Stylish public spaces invite conversation and relaxation; onboard amenities include the WindSpa, a fitness center, a casino and entertainment lounge, the Star Bar, a library, a counter current pool and / or whirlpool, and a water sports platform offering water-skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling and kayaking, weather permitting. Dining in The AmphorA Restaurant or in the more casual Candles or Veranda is an epicurean delight. Over 140 crewmembers attend to the needs of a total of just 212 passengers aboard Star Pride, assuring the most attentive service.
Renovated: 2015 Length: 440 ft. Draft: 16.5 ft. Beam: 63 ft. Tonnage: 9,975 gross registered tons Cruising Speed: 15 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Number of Guests: 212 Crew Members: 145 Registry: Bahamas Crew Nationality: International Internet: Send / Receive / Surf Renovated: 2015 Length: 440 ft. Draft: 16.5 ft. Beam: 63 ft. Tonnage: 9,975 gross registered tons Cruising Speed: 15 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Number of Guests: 212 Crew Members: 145 Registry: Bahamas Crew Nationality: International Internet: Send / Receive / Surf Renovated: 2014 Length: 440 ft. Draft: 16.5 ft. Beam: 63 ft. Tonnage: 9,975 gross registered tons Cruising Speed: 15 knots Air Conditioned: Yes Elevator: Yes Number of Guests: 212 Crew Members: 145 Registry: Bahamas Crew Nationality: International Internet: Send / Receive / Surf
STAR LEGEND STAR BREEZE STAR PRIDE
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