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Luxury

Southern European Sojourn with Barcelona City Stay

Barcelona to London
Trip Code: NOBIBL17B
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Your Vacation Includes

  • Services of an APT Expedition Leader and Team, as well as local guides
  • Enjoy 16 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 15 Dinners
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board*
  • All tipping, airport transfers, excursions and porterage

Be met on arrival at Barcelona airport and be transferred to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights: Barcelona, Le Meridien Barcelona

Your sightseeing begins with a guided city tour, taking in many famous sights as well as a number of the incredible structures collectively World Heritage-listed under ‘works of Antoni Gaudí’. See the Sagrada Família, an unfinished yet breathtaking Roman Catholic Church that is considered the icon of the city. Then explore Park Güell, one of the city’s most famous attractions, where you can admire an inspiring collection of Gaudí’s esteemed sculptures and architecture. This evening, embrace the vibrant local spirit at a Flamenco Dinner.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Today perhaps join a Gothic walking tour to explore the city’s architecture. On it, you’ll find narrow alleys that lead to tiny plazas and discover some of the city’s oldest Roman and medieval religious centres tucked away between modern city buildings. Alternatively, you may like to enhance your photography skills and learn where the best viewpoints of the city are during a guided photography tour before embarking the ship.

Stay: 14 Night Stay: aboard the MS Island Sky

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Enjoy a trip to Albufera Natural Park, one of the most important wetlands of the Spanish peninsula. Set off to explore by ‘albufarenc’, a rustic small canoe that has been used to sail the area for generations. You might then like to take a bird-watching tour through the park, exploring one of Spain’s most interesting birding areas, before lunch. Alternatively, take in a paella cooking demonstration and learn about the local Valencian origins of this classic dish.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sail into Cartagena and discover the magnificent Roman Theatre Museum, with its exhibit items discovered in excavations around the Cathago Nova that explain the theatre’s careful restoration. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this charming port city.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, embark on a full-day tour to Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. See the world-renowned 9th-century palace and fortress complex, Alhambra. After a tapas lunch, explore the palace of the Generalife, before re-boarding your ship in Motril.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

From Cadiz, enjoy a full day to explore Seville. Your tour includes the Reales Alcazares (Royal Palace), and the Christian Cathedral. At the famous bullring, Plaza de la Maestranza and Museum, enjoy a private tour of one of the 18th-century bullrings. Dine in a local restaurant for lunch, before a private visit to the Flamenco Museum followed by a fiery flamenco show.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of Portimao, including the Old Town and the Portimao Museum. Or ride through the mountains by jeep for a safari to the unexplored Algarve, including a visit to a local firewater (medronho) distillery.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Perhaps board Lisbon’s iconic tramcars for a ride through the city’s old quarters, sampling pastries and Port on the way. Or savour the flavours of Lisbon on a guided market tour, sampling treats selected by acclaimed chef Marlene Vieira. Alternatively, take a guided tour to historic Alfama.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Head to the spectacular wine country of the Douro Valley. Along the way, stop at Amarante, a small town with charming 16th-century houses. Visit a Portuguese family estate, where you’ll enjoy a wine tasting before a traditional lunch with the family.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Perhaps discover A Coruna’s food scene with a tour from the pier to the local markets, savouring local tapas with fine local wines. Those feeling more active might alternatively like to set off on a bicycle tour, passing by the Galleries, San Anton Castle and the Tower of Hercules.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today you will dock in Bilbao, where you will enjoy a tour of this fascinating city. Afterwards, visit the Guggenheim Museum, taking in its unique blend of art and architecture.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Travel to World Heritage-listed Bordeaux and enjoy a splendid panoramic tour, followed by a guided walk through Old Bordeaux, including the Place de la Bourse. Alternatively, head to the wine-growing region of Medoc and absorb stunning vistas along the way. Visit Chateau Lanessan estate for a wine tasting and visit its sophisticated Horse Museum.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The island of Belle Ile is a picturesque island located off the coast of Brittany and the largest of Breton Islands. This morning you may wish to take a panoramic drive through the island. Along the way see the islands largest lighthouse the ‘Grand Phare’ before stopping at the windswept Pointe des Poulain. Finally you will reach picturesque harbour of Sauzon for some time to explore. Alternatively you may like to a guided walk through Le Palais and the Citadel a perfect expression of military architecture, before enjoying some free time.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Journey to the island of Mont Saint-Michel for a walk up the steep path to the abbey. Continue to Cancale and visit an oyster farm for a tasting. Or perhaps discover Saint Malo’s colourful history on a tour of the old city, including a tasting of local cider and biscuits.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

During a walking tour, take in Guernsey’s highlights including Castle Cornet, an ancient harbour fortress. Alternatively, visit the German Occupation Museum and see its magnificent exhibits including a life-size street, bunker rooms and weapons armoury.

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Disembark your ship in Portsmouth, then be transferred to Heathrow airport.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

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