Mysterious Morocco & Seductive Spain
A no-fly cruise sailing from Southampton
This spectacular voyage, sailing aboard Balmoral, visits a plethora of countries brimming with sites of UNESCO World Heritage and places of historical or religious significance that highlight each country’s diverse culture. Journey first, to the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, before continuing south to discover further fascinating destinations in the colourful North African country of Morocco. Return home via Gibraltar, a distinctively British territory with the benefits of a Mediterranean climate, and the contrasting Spanish cities of Cádiz and La Coruña.
- 14 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 41 meals: 14 breakfasts (days 2-15) 13 lunches (days 2-14) 14 dinners (days 1-14)
- £100 per person onboard credit
- Included onboard drinks package
- Exclusive Titan drinks party on board
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service®
- Embarkation service by Titan staff
- Services of an experienced Titan tour manager
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to Southampton, where our staff will greet you and assist with embarking Balmoral (3T+) in preparation for a late afternoon sailing.
Days 2-3 - At sea
Settle on board as we sail towards Portugal.
Day 4 - Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon is a fitting city for our first port of call, with so much of its past entwined with seafaring. View the city on an optional, insightful tour, taking in the oldest quarter - Alfama, see the Church of Jerónimos Monastery - a 16th century architectural masterpiece with an array of fascinating museums, admire the magnificent views from the base of the immense statue of Christ the King and visit the lavishly-decorated Belém Tower, where Portuguese explorers were given a rousing send-off. The Maritime Museum is an ideal destination for anyone who loves the sea. The museum illustrates the history of navigation from the Middle Ages and the Age of Discoveries to the present day. Be sure to pay homage to the Monument to the Discoveries, which was built to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry, the mastermind navigator behind Portugal’s voyages of exploration, before we leave for Africa.
Day 5 - At sea
Day 6 - Agadir, Morocco
Now Morocco’s main beach resort, Agadir was rebuilt next to the ruins of an ancient town destroyed in an earthquake in 1960. For the sights, sounds and smells of the old town, visit the old port, with markets selling fish, fruit, vegetables and spices. The Musée Municipal is interesting for insights into the pre-earthquake history of Agadir and to learn about the Berbers, the original inhabitants of Morocco. All that remains of the ancient Kasbah - built in 1540 - are the fortified walls on a hill to the north of the bay. Take a local bus to view the ruins and for the views down over the memorial park, created where the medina used to stand. You may like to spend your time mastering the art of Moroccan cuisine on an optional excursion.
Day 7 - Casablanca
Enjoy a day-long stay in Casablanca, home to bustling shops, chic bars and stylish restaurants, including Rick’s Café, based on the classic film ‘Casablanca’. The phenomenal Hassan II Mosque dominates the whole city, accommodating 105,000 worshippers inside and out; its minaret is the tallest in the world, sitting at 210 metres high with a laser beam pointing the way to Mecca at night. The Jewish Museum is also fascinating, and the only one of its kind in the Islamic world.
Day 8 - Gibraltar, UK
The tiny territory of Gibraltar, just 2.6 square miles, has a surprising amount to offer. At the foot of the great Rock you will find the city where British icons are mixed with a Mediterranean flavour, protected from the seas by a chain of bastions, where the 100-tonne gun can be seen. The adventurous would enjoy spending time on, or inside, the Rock and a selection of museums tell the history, surprisingly turbulent for such a small land.
Day 9 - Almeria, Spain
We start our discovery of Spain with a day in Almeria. Within the city centre there is plenty to enjoy, including several museums that contain historical artefacts from Prehistoric, Iberic, Roman and Greek times. Once one of the Islamic Cordoba Caliphate’s major ports, the cityscape is dominated by the ancient Arab fortress - from where wonderful views of the beautiful port and city centre are found - and the 16th century, renaissance style fortified Cathedral.
Day 10 - Malaga
Soaring from the golden shores of the Spanish coastline, Malaga’s skyline gives an industrial impression but once inside, there are layers of charm and history. Visit the striking Alcazaba fortress and the formidable Castillo de Gibralfaro, or the Picasso Museum, dedicated to one of the city’s most famous sons. Alternatively take an excursion to Alhambra to visit the iconic crimson palace which sheltered the country’s kings for many centuries.
Day 11 - Cádiz
On Spain’s Atlantic coast, Cádiz, one of Europe’s oldest cities, flourished after Columbus sailed from here to the Americas and trade blossomed across the seas. This pretty city has a fascinating old town, with weathered buildings and 127 remaining watchtowers. Some of these are accessible, including one of the bell towers of Plaza de la Catedral. Cadiz Cathedral is instantly recognisable on the city’s skyline by its orange dome. Jerez and Seville are just an excursion away.
Day 12 - At sea
Day 13 - La Coruña
Places to note in La Coruña are the old quarter and the remains of the Roman wall that once protected it, the Torre De Hercules, said to be the world’s oldest lighthouse, the Castle of San Antón Archaeological Museum and the unusual modernist waterfront houses. There are also many fine sandy beaches to enjoy.
Day 14 - At sea
Three days to enjoy at sea as we sail home.
Day 15 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast and you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.