Spanish City Discovery
Eight diverse, culture-rich destinations in five beautiful regions - this is a cruise that will have you learning about ancient history one moment, and photographing picture-perfect beaches the next. Enjoy an authentic exploration of Spain, sangria in hand, as we take in the treasures of Cádiz, Málaga, Cartagena, Palma, Barcelona Valencia, Vigo and La Coruña.
- 15 nights cruise on Balmoral
- 44 meals: 15 breakfasts (days 2-16) 14 lunches (days 2-15) 15 dinners (days 1-15)
- Varied daytime activities, lectures, talks and evening entertainment
- 3 formal nights
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Services of the Fred. Olsen staff on board
- Port taxes
Day 1 - Southampton
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your journey to Southampton. On arrival, board Balmoral (3T+) ahead of our sailing this evening.
Days 2-4 - At sea
Three free days as we continue our cruise. Enjoy hearty breakfasts then take your pick from the variety of activities on board. Show off your general knowledge in an afternoon or evening quiz. Try your hand at bridge, bingo or deck quoits. Or indulge in a traditional afternoon tea to while away your time. Top off each day with a sumptuous dinner or a simple tasty buffet.
Day 5 - Cádiz, Spain
Cádiz is one of Europe’s most ancient cities. Palm trees, aged buildings and a twist of back streets 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 back streets, you’ll find your feet tapping to the sound of flamenco music.
Day 6 - Málaga
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 Malaga’s most famous ‘son’, Pablo Picasso.
Day 7 - Cartagena
Bursting with history and culture, Cartagena is more than a beautiful seaside city. Built by the Romans, you’ll spot some important sites dotted around, including the amphitheatre which dates from around 100 BC. For something a little more recent, feast your eyes on the wonderful Casa de la Fortuna, a villa with murals and mosaics, and the medieval Castillo de la Conception.
Day 8 - Palma
Stylish shops, palm-lined beaches and buzzing restaurants. Welcome to Mallorca’s cosmopolitan capital. Surrounded by vast mountains and clear waters, it’s easy to see why this city is one of the Balearics’ finest. But its charming streets are also a historic treasure trove to be discovered. The towering Gothic Santa Maria Cathedral overlooks the Bay of Palma, while the Almudaina is a Moorish-style Arab fortress converted to a royal residence. The Old Town district is a real joy to explore with charming, narrow streets, large squares and 18th century stone walls.
Day 9 - Barcelona
Spain’s second city is awash with heritage and its mood is infused with a vibrant Catalan spirit. There’s something around 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 10 - Valencia
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.
Days 11-12 - At sea
Spend two days on board. Maybe read a book and relax or choose to listen to a fascinating talk by a guest speaker. Enjoy lunchtime melodies or a piano recital, then walk a mile with the cruise fitness instructor.
Day 13 - Vigo
With the Atlantic Ocean lapping at its shoreline, the Galician gem of Vigo has been an important part of Spain’s maritime history for centuries. This city is alive with attractions, from the wonderfully historic old quarter to the modern and pretty centre. Around the port, Cidade Vella is the perfect example of local life with a collection of old fishing houses and large fresh seafood markets. Elsewhere, the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria is a neo-classical marvel and Castro de Vigo archaeological site has reconstructed ancient dwellings.
Day 14 - La Coruña
One part port city, one part beach hot spot, it’s fair to say La Coruña is varied and that’s why we think you’ll love getting to know this seafront city. Get the best view in town from the top of the famed Torre de Hercules, at the far reaching end of the peninsula. This monument is thought to be the only Roman lighthouse to still exist today. Back on solid ground, wander through the impressive old quarter, brimming with medieval details.
Day 15 - At sea
As we sail home you may want to rest after all your sightseeing. If you’re still full of energy, there‘s lots to fill your time - from quizzes, games and music recitals to walks on deck and dance classes. And of course there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy all the tasty food options.
Day 16 Southampton
We disembark after breakfast this morning, where your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.