Day 1 - Harwich
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Harwich, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Black Watch (3T+) in preparation for a late night sailing.
Days 2-3 - At sea
Settle on board as we sail towards Spain.
Day 4 - Vigo, Spain
Vigo, a city that has been moulded by the demands of modern life, has been an important part of Spain’s maritime industry for centuries; the narrow streets that expand from the city’s earliest port are lined with old fishing houses and open up to large markets selling locally caught seafood - half of the world’s mussels are ‘harvested’ in Galicia. Climb the city’s hills and you’ll find some old gems including 16th century La Colegiata de la Santa Maria la Mayor and 17th century Pazo de Castrelos, home to the Quiñones de León Municipal Museum, well worth visiting to see the vast collections of paintings and exhibits and the Neoclassical gardens. We sail late evening.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - Casablanca, Morocco
Enjoy a full day in Casablanca. Its old Arab quarter, the Old Medina, is where this city first grew. It is a great place to explore - old stone houses and an abundance of tiny shops sit on winding passageways. The contrasting art-deco arcades of downtown Casablanca arose from the French administration a century ago, adorned with arabesque twirls. Of all the elements of modernisation - the chic bars and stylish restaurants - the most successful is the city’s famous landmark. The beautiful Mosque of Hassan II was built a little further up the coast on a rocky outcrop to accommodate a staggering 25,000 worshippers inside, and a further 80,000 in the courtyard. Outside the city centre, the Jewish Museum is equally fascinating and the only one of its kind in the Islamic world, documenting Morocco’s Jewish landmarks and ancient synagogues.
Day 7 - Cádiz, Spain
As we sail towards the small peninsula of Cádiz, the view of pastel-painted box-buildings comes into view, elaborated by the towers and domes of the city’s past. Most notable is the orange dome of the beautifully carved cathedral, Catedral Nueva. You may choose to climb one of the magnificent towers for fine views over what is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. This Phoenician trading post attracted the attention of both Sir Francis Drake’s and Napoleon Bonaparte’s armies, struggling to take control of the prosperous trade with the New World. Alternatively, you may choose to spend your day wandering through Seville’s maze of courtyards and old quarters, marked by Roman ruins and colonial glory.
Day 8 - Lisbon, Portugal
Palaces, churches, gardens, ancient castles and splendid bridges stretch across the seven hills of Lisbon. As well as the beautiful cloisters of Jeronimous Monastery, the ornate Belém Tower and the grand remnants of St George’s Castle, there are many fascinating museums from contemporary art to archaeology, to choose from today. Classic yellow trams take the strain of the winding terrain of Lisbon’s finest districts for a small cost. Maybe take a break from sightseeing in an art nouveau café, refuelling with delicious pastries - the custard tarts are renowned in Lisbon.
Day 9 - Leixos (for Porto)
Pastel-fronted houses with red-tiled roofs, neo-classical buildings and wonderful Baroque churches ascend the banks of the River Douro, linked by Porto’s well-trodden narrow streets. Dominating the centre of the city is the fortress-like hulk of the Cathedral, which is worth visiting for the views alone, and hidden amongst the lanes is the wonderful Livararia Lello; now as much as a tourist destination as a bookshop, it has retained the charm of a bygone era. Porto is, of course, famous for the much loved fortified wine and the cellars of the different makers can be visited along the waterfront. On the ground floor of the Museu Romantico is the Port Wine Institute, where port is served with great ceremony. If you would rather stay closer to our ship, remain in Leixos to explore the beautifully ornate and medieval old city, soak up the culture and learn a little of its history.
Days 10-11 - At sea
Two days to enjoy at sea as we sail towards Harwich.
Day 12 Harwich
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.