France, Spain & Portugal

Departed 28th Aug 2019 11 nights Sails from Newcastle Balmoral L1922
Canal boats and buildings in background, Oporto Canal boats and buildings in background, Oporto

An immersive Iberian adventure, this 11-night cruise takes in four culture-rich cities in Spain and Portugal for an array of diverse experiences. You’ll have chances to immerse yourself in centuries of fascinating history, marvel at impressive architecture, sample traditional flavours and much more; each destination on your itinerary is packed with highlights.

Two days of your Iberian exploration will be spent in the gorgeous Galicia region of northwest Spain, where La Coruña and Vigo await.[ReadMoreMob] Stylish La Coruña is perfect for indulging in a few hours of enlightening sightseeing; attractions such as Maria Pita Square, the beautiful seafront promenade, the compact Ciudad Vieja old quarter and ancient Tower of Hercules are all well-worth seeking out on foot. The city is also ideally located for tours to Santiago de Compostela, home to one of the world’s most spectacular cathedrals. Vigo, with its historic sites and picturesque backdrop, is a delight to explore in the soothing Spanish sunshine too; a wonderful Old City and picturesque bay – overlooked by a 17th century castle – are among the many highlights of Galicia’s largest city. Don’t miss the views on offer from atop La Guia Hill and the tempting treats on offer at Vigo’s traditional tapas bars.[ReadMoreDesk]

The Portuguese leg of your cruise will then present you with plenty of memorable experiences, with calls at Lisbon and Leixoes offering opportunities to uncover the treasures of Portugal’s vibrant capital and charming second city. Spread out over seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus, Lisbon is a jumble of adorable districts and architectural gems including the Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, which offer a glimpse into the city’s maritime heritage. See the city’s sights on foot, via the tram, or even take a ride on a Tuk Tuk for a unique experience. Then, UNESCO-listed Oporto will be within reach from the port of Leixoes. Taking the short trip to Oporto is highly recommended; you can enjoy a glass or two of delicious port at the city’s world-famous wine cellars; explore the historic Ribeira District; and visit the impressive fortress-like cathedral. After four days in Spain and Portugal, Balmoral will also take you to Lorient – where top landmarks include the remarkable Keroman Submarine Base from World War Two – for a French-flavoured end to your holiday.

Single supplement offers are available on selected grades on this sailing, please call for details.