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CRUISE & MARITIME: SPAIN, PORTUGAL & GIBRALTAR 2018

13 DAYS

Mouth-watering variety is the key word for this southbound cruise as you discover each destination’s unique scenery, charm and ambience. Grand architecture gives way to charming old quarters and contrasting cities reveal a wealth of fascinating history. You’ll be tempted with shopping bargains, or choose to simply relax, enjoy the local cuisine, and let the world go by.

INCLUDES

12 nights’ full board on-board magellan cruise ship;

 

Return coach travel to Liverpool

DURING YOUR STAY

 

Day 1 – We depart and travel to Liverpool, enjoy a comfort stop enroute, our cruise departs at approx. 20:00.

Day 2 –  Dublin (Republic of Ireland)
The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

Day 3 – At Sea
Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings.  Whilst at Sea make the most of the comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board including a wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining or the more informal Raffles Bistro.  Out on deck, there are two swimming pools, three whirlpools and expansive deck areas.

Day 4 – La Coruna (Spain)
A charming mix of both modern city and old town, La Coruña is capital of the Spanish province bearing the same name in the rugged and beautiful region of Galicia. The symbol of La Coruña, nicknamed the ‘Crystal City’ for the glass-fronted buildings along its attractive seafront promenade, is the 2nd century lighthouse Torre del Hercules. Beautiful old streets and squares are found in Ciudad Vieja. The heart of this old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square surrounded by delightful shops, cafes and restaurants.

Day 5 – At Sea

Day 6 - Cádiz (Spain)
The oldest continuously populated city in Spain, Cadiz is a unique ocean port in south west Spain that has been inhabited for the last 3000 years.
Located on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Cadiz, the city is surrounded almost entirely by water and thanks to its historical trade links, it has many foreign influences that are still visible today.
Narrow cobbled streets, small squares and weather-beaten buildings dating back to the Moors make the old city a charming place to explore.

Day  7 - Gibraltar (BCC)
Famously contested, Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea.
In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years, despite being connected to Spain.
A towering 1400 ft outcrop that separates the Mediterranean from the Atlantic, Gibraltar was named Jebel al-Tarik by the Moorish General Tarik who landed there in 711 AD.
See the famous Barbary apes that occupy the island as well as St Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels or admire the view to Africa from a cable car.

Day 8 - Lisbon (Portugal)
Lying on the Atlantic coast at the mouth of the River Tagus, Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe. It was from here that the great caravels set sail on their voyages of exploration and numerous monuments are a reminder Lisbon’s glorious maritime heyday. In 1775 a devastating earthquake all but levelled the city to the ground, and although relatively modern, the Portuguese capital has a quirky charm and much character. The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Further along the coast the elegant resorts of Cascais and Estoril stud Portugal’s own Riviera.

Day – 9 - Leixões (Portugal)
Situated just north of the mouth of the River Douro, Leixoes is one of Portugal’s major seaports and a gateway to Oporto. Optional excursions feature the country’s second city that is known throughout the world as the home of the famous port wine. A boat trip on the River Douro gives a different view of the city where dark buildings seem to be stacked one on another along the narrow, labyrinthine streets. In Oporto’s São Bento Station traditional tile panels depict the history of Portugal. Oporto is home to the Museum of the Tram giving insight into this traditional and often preferred mode of transport.

Day 10 – At Sea

Day 11 - La Pallice for La Rochelle (France)

Day 12 – At Sea

Day 13 -
We arrive back in Liverpool at 08:00 where the coach will be waiting to take you back home.


PLEASE NOTE SKILLS HOLIDAYS ACT PURELY AS AN AGENT FOR CRUISE & MARITIME. PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND MAY CHANGE AT ANY TIME.
 

ABTA MEMBERSHIP NUMBER V5570/77680

Departure DateTitleHotelDays(from) 
29 Jul 2018Spain, Portugal & GibraltarMagellan 13 days £1,319.00 Book Now


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