Day 1 London - Lisbon
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and your direct, scheduled British Airways flight to Lisbon. On arrival, we make the short transfer to our hotel, the Vila Gale Palacio dos Arcos (4T), with time to settle into your surroundings before we enjoy dinner this evening.
Day 2 Sintra
We drive across verdant hills and alongside farmland to Sintra, where Lord Byron spent much of his youth - even on a winter’s day, 200 years later, Sintra is immensely picturesque. The town is dotted with fairytale palaces and we take time to wander through the ornately-decorated rooms of Sintra National Palace, in the heart of the old town. Considered the best-preserved medieval royal palace in the country, it was the summer retreat for the Portuguese royal family for six centuries.
Day 3 Lisbon
Today is free to spend as you wish - the hotel is beautifully located and history tells it was from the balconies of Palácio dos Arcos that King Manuel I watched the caravels leaving on their way to India. You can relax here, or choose to make your way the short distance to Lisbon for a personal exploration of this city that hosts a wealth of grand buildings, from baroque churches and palaces to art nouveau façades. Perhaps take in Jeronimos Monastery, the last resting place of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama, or visit the Belem Tower built in 1515.
Day 4 - Lisbon
After breakfast, we depart the hotel to embark Azamara Quest® (5T) and settle in before we begin our cruise.
Day 5 - Portimão
The breathtaking scenery of Portugal’s southernmost region has long made the Algarve a magnet for those seeking some winter sun; golden sandy beaches beneath dramatic cliffs, the aroma of fresh sardines on the grill and some of the best golf courses in Europe - what could be better? Alternatively, the award-winning Museum de Portico houses archaeology, underwater finds, and a recreation of the old fish cannery which used to occupy the building in the 19th century.
Day 6 - Cadiz (Seville), Spain
Dating back over 3,000 years, and considered ‘the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe’, the south-western port of Cadiz is perched on a narrow strip of land surrounded by brilliant-blue waters. Stroll through the barrios and narrow alleyways of the Old Town, with stops along Plaza San Antonio, Plaza de Mina, and Plaza de la Catedral, where you can see one of the city’s most famous landmarks, Cadiz Cathedral. In the El Populo district, you’ll find the second largest Roman theatre in the world, constructed in the 1st century BC.
Day 7 - Gibraltar, UK
The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean Sea from a height of more than 425m, it is a natural fortress in a strategic position to control all naval traffic between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
Day 8 - Málaga, Spain
Málaga is the lively capital of the Costa del Sol, famed for its beaches and mild climate, and gateway to Andalucia, with its Moorish architectural heritage. The city’s Alcazaba is a fine example; an 11th century citadel sitting in majestic splendour overlooking the African coast. In addition to their rich cultural heritage, Malagueños are also very proud of their most famous citizens, such as Picasso, for whom there is a museum commemorating his birth.
Day 9 - Valencia (overnight)
Today is spent cruising towards Valencia and relaxing on board or taking part in the onboard activities. We arrive in the port of Valencia in the early evening and remain overnight.
Day 10 - Valencia
Olde world charm meets modern architectural genius in Valencia. Gothic riches abound in the palaces and mansions of a 15th century golden age. The cathedral has a more recent, and opulent, baroque façade, and the Silk Exchange sports an exterior resembling a medieval fortress and a main hall filled with palm-tree shaped columns and enigmatic carvings.
Day 11 - Barcelona (overnight)
An early arrival in the dynamic city of Barcelona means we have all day and our final evening on board to enjoy exploring some of the many attractions. Those who enjoy architecture will love the magnificent medieval buildings of the Gothic Quarter to the Modernist movement typified by the work of Antoni Gaudi. His masterpiece is the amazing Church of the Sagrada Familia, colossal and as yet unfinished, though construction began in 1882.