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 ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star 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. Sail 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. Visit the Baroque Church of St. Anthony, with its intricate gilded carved wood interior in Lagos. During daily port calls and included excursions, enjoy stunning scenery and see four UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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**
Steve Swayne teaches courses in art music from 1700 to the present day, opera, American musical theater, Russian music, and American music. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His articles have appeared in The Sondheim Review, the Journal of the Royal Musical Association, American Music, Studies in Musical Theatre, the Indiana Theory Review, and The Musical Quarterly. He has written two books—How Sondheim Found His Sound (University of Michigan Press, 2005) and Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life (Oxford University Press, 2011; winner of the 2012 ASCAP Nicolas Slonimsky Award for Outstanding Musical Biography)—and is at work on two more: one, on the life and music of musical theater composer William Finn; and another, on the intersections of music, neuroscience, and ethics. He was an inaugural recipient in 2017 of the Professor John Rassias Faculty Award, given to faculty for their exceptional educational outreach to alumni. In addition to his work at Dartmouth, he has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and at University of California, Berkeley, and is an accomplished concert pianist. Prof. Swayne will lecture on “The Sounds of Spain” and the Iberian Peninsula’s influence on European music.