This unique and exclusive nine-day itinerary and small ship voyage showcases the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula between Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, during the best time of year. Cruise up Spain's legendary Guadalquivir River, "the great river," into the heart of beautiful Seville, an exclusive opportunity only available on this itinerary and by small ship. Visit Portugal's lesser-traveled Algarve region and the regal city of Granada, Spain. Stand on the "Top of the Rock" to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar and call on the enchanting Balearic Island of Mallorca. During daily port calls and included excursions, enjoy stunning scenery and see four UNESCO World Heritage sites. Cruise ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.S. LE LYRIAL. This state-of-the-art small ship, launched in 2015, features 110 ocean-view Suites and Staterooms and complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and Wi-Fi throughout the ship.
Day 1: Depart US for Barcelona, Spain
Day 2: Barcelona, Spain / Embark MS Le Lyrial
Day 3: Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
Day 4: Valencia
Day 5: Almeria for Granada, Andalusia / Motril
Day 6: Gibraltar, British Crown Colony
Day 7: Cruise the Guadalquivir River to Seville, Andalusia, Spain
Day 8: Portimao, the Algarve, Portugal
Day 9: Lisbon / Disembark / Return to US
Optional pre-cruise: Barcelona, Spain
Optional post-cruise: Lisbon, Portugal
**Itinerary and pricing subject to change up until date of brochure publication**
Trained at Harvard University in the U.S. and Cambridge University in England, Professor Lagomarsino's field is early modern Europe with particular emphasis on Spain. Besides courses on early modern Europe and on Spain's "Golden Age," he teaches an upper-class research seminar on 16th-17th century Europe, a first-year seminar on the Anglo-Spanish conflict that culminated in the launching of the Spanish Armada and collaborates in History 3. His own research concentrates on the institutions of the Habsburg monarchy in Spain, and particularly on the court of Philip II as a socio-political phenomenon.