UK - Lisbon, Portugal
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Lisbon. On arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Today we venture to the fairytale town of Sintra. Lord Byron spent much of his youth here - and it’s still captivating even 200 years later. Winding streets are dotted with gardens and elegant palaces. Take some time to wander the pretty streets and browse the boutiques. You’ll get the best view from the looming hilltop Pena Palace, which offers an uninterrupted outlook over the thick forests, exotic gardens and town below. This Moorish masterpiece is a collection of onion domes and keyhole gates in bright blues, pinks and yellows - and it’s a marvel to explore.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon’s wide boulevards and squares are peppered with rich architecture and grand monuments. Enjoy a morning tour of the city’s best bits together, before having the whole afternoon free to explore.
In the old town, traditional trams clatter through the winding streets and shop fronts are decorated with intricate tiles. Be sure to stop by the church of Igreja de Sao Vince, which dates back to the 12th century; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, one of Europe’s leading fine arts museums; and Torre de Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous monuments in Portugal. If you’re feeling peckish, be sure to stop for pasteis de nata - delicious Portuguese custard tarts best served with a sprinkling of cinnamon and icing sugar.
Day 4 - Lisbon
After a leisurely breakfast, we transfer to the port where you’ll embark Azamara Pursuit®, ahead of our sailing this afternoon.
Day 5 - Portimão
The breathtaking scenery of Portugal’s southernmost region has long made the Algarve famous. And Portimão is the perfect example: golden sandy beaches skirting dramatic cliffs, the aroma of fresh sardines on the grill and an award-winning winery. What could be better? For beach-lovers, Praia de Roche is right in the centre of town. Or try Praia Grande, one of the region’s finest beaches complete with a 16th century castle. Elsewhere, Museum de Portico, housed in a 19th century fish cannery, offers archaeology and underwater finds.
Day 6 - Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz is one of Europe’s most ancient cities. Palm trees, aged buildings and a twist of backstreets give this city a romantic allure - Cádiz’s speciality is mixing the old world with an upbeat holiday buzz. Huge stone walls dating back to the 1500s still stand today and the 18th century Cádiz Cathedral is a real highlight. Meanwhile, golden beaches beckon and in the rambling backstreets, you’ll find your feet tapping to the sound of flamenco music.
Day 7 - Gibraltar, UK
Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean from a height of 1,400 feet, you’ll spot the towering Rock of Gibraltar long before we dock. A blend of British, Spanish and Moorish cultures, you’ll spot reminders of home sporadically throughout the city, such as red post and phone boxes and classic fish-and-chip shops. Keep an eye out for the cheeky Barbary macaques, who’ll run off with your chips if you don’t watch out!
Take the cable car to the top of the Rock from where you can see Africa to the south and Spain to the north, as well as a bird’s-eye of the rest of Gibraltar. A walk around the bustling old town can be strange: the warm air and blue skies tell you you’re in the Med, but the pubs and M&S say otherwise…
Day 8 - Málaga, Spain
Perched on Andalucia’s sun-drenched Mediterranean coast, Málaga boasts seemingly endless stretches of golden-sand beaches, traditional tapas restaurants and lively local flair. Dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a wealth of cultural, historical, artistic and architectural treasures, such as Catedral de Málaga, the statuesque and striking Alcazaba Fortress and Castillo de Gibralfaro. Don’t miss the Picasso Museum, which proudly displays the work of Málaga’s most famous ‘son’, Pablo Picasso.
Days 9-10 - Valencia (overnight)
There is never a dull day in the charming Spanish city of Valencia. Wander through the beautiful centre and gawp at the historic monuments; visit one (or two) of the many museums and art galleries, or simply do as the locals do and head to the beach to enjoy the sunshine. In the centre of the atmospheric old town, walk wide-eyed as you pass wonderful sites from the 13th and 14th centuries. We spend a night here to ensure you get the full experience of this vibrant city.
Day 11 - Barcelona (overnight)
Spain’s second city is awash with heritage and its mood is infused with a vibrant Catalan spirit. There’s something new at the turn of every corner of the city: jewels of Catalan and contemporary architecture, relaxing parks and beaches, mouth-watering markets and treasures from its Roman and medieval past. The city is famous for an incredible array of UNESCO-listed buildings, including La Sagrada Familia - the city’s Gaudi-designed Roman Catholic church.
Day 12 Barcelona - UK
We disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. On arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.