Tour of Spain and Portugal with Western Mediterranean Symphony Cruise & 3 Night Dubai Stopover – 20 Days

$4,999.00

Barcelona – Valencia – Alicante – Granada – Malaga – Seville – Lisbon – Toledo – Madrid – Zaragoza – Barcelona – Palma De Mallorca – Marseille – La Spezia – Civitavecchia – Capri – Barcelona – Dubai

The Iberian Peninsula, incorporating Spain and Portugal, is an incredible melting-pot of cultural influences. From the Celts, Visigoths, Romans, and Jews, to the Arab and Berber Moors, and the final supremacy of Catholicism – its history is one of conflict and exclusion, and eventual integration and fusion. You will marvel at the sublime mosques and Gothic cathedrals, and the stunningly surreal Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, designed by Antoni Gaudi.

You will reach the westernmost point of continental Europe in Portugal, and visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville. You'll most likely sample grilled sardines and the original Portuguese custard tarts, and perhaps some local wines – but something else might satisfy you more – the mysteriously warm light that unifies the incomparable Iberian peninsula.

After touring Spain and Portugal, you will board Royal Caribbean International's (RCI) Symphony of the Seas℠ for your cruise in the Western Mediterranean. This cruise will call in at the ports of Palma de Mallorca in Spain), Marseille in France, and three ports in Italy – Livorno (near Florence), Civitavecchia (near Rome), and Naples (near Mount Vesuvius).

Highlights
  • Experience a Western Mediterranean luxury cruise on RCI's soon-to-debut Oasis Class Symphony of the Seas℠, which will be the world's largest cruise ship when it launched in April 2018. RCI was awarded Best Cruise Operator – International Deployment in the AFTA 2017 National Travel Industry Awards
  • Enjoy free ‘n’ easy time in Dubai. Experience a true fusion of traditional Arabian charm and futuristic dynamism
  • Visit Valencia and see the famed Valencia Cathedral, where the Holy Grail is reputedly kept
  • In Granada you will visit the Alhambra, palace of Moorish Sultan Yusuf I, and later the royal court of Ferdinand and Isabella
  • On to Seville, where you will visit the Alcázar of Seville – the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe
  • In Portugal, you'll reach westernmost point of continental Europe, then on to Lisbon to enjoy the famed custard tarts
  • See beautiful Toledo, hugged by the Tagus River and graced by the Toledo Cathedral, which represents the peak of Gothic architecture in Spain
  • Enjoy a thorough tour of Madrid, Spain's capital, including the Piazza di Spagna, Plaza de Colón, the Royal Palace of Madrid and more
  • In Barcelona, marvel at Antoni Gaudi's fairy-tale La Sagrada Familia cathedral, and enjoy some free time for shopping
  • Explore the lanes and courtyards of Palma De Mallorca's Old Town, and discover the cities charming cafés
  • Wander around Vieux Port in Marseille – France's oldest city, and the setting for the 1971 film 'The French Connection', starring Gene Hackman
  • From La Spezia, you will be able to visit the sights of Florence – capital of Tuscany, one of the world's fashion capitals, and 'birthplace of the renaissance' – or travel to Pisa and see the famed leaning tower
  • The port of Civitavecchia ('ancient town'), was built on the orders of Roman emperor Trajan in the 2nd Century. There, you can see Forte Michelangelo, commissioned by 'the Warrior Pope' Julius the 2nd. The upper level was designed by the great Michaelangelo himself
  • Sailing south to Naples, you will see Mount Vesuvius, which destroyed Pompeii and Herculaneum in 79AD, and the gorgeous resort island Capri, which will likely be surrounded by a flotilla of yachts and other pleasure craft, as sun-seekers from around the world are drawn to the beautiful Amalfi Coast

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Guaranteed Departure Dates

2018 Price Per Person Single Supplement
28 Apr 23 Jun 18 Aug From$4,999 $2299 (Inside Stateroom)
5 May 30 Jun* 25 Aug
12 May 7 Jul* 01 Sep
19 May 14 Jul* 08 Sep
26 May* 21 Jul* 15 Sep
2 Jun 28 Jul* 22 Sep*
9 Jun 4 Aug 29 Sep*
16 Jun 11 Aug

Inclusions:

  • International airfares & taxes with a 5 star Emirates from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth
  • Europe Accommodation in comfortable three star (minimum) hotels, twin rooms with private facilities and daily breakfast
  • 3 nights Dubai 4 star locally rated accommodation with breakfast
  • Dubai Hop 2 day on hop off big bus ticket
  • Inside stateroom cruise fare, port charges, taxes, all meals, entertainment, and gratuities prepaid, for 7 nights on Symphony of The Seas℠
  • All airport, hotel & cruise terminal transfers
  • Knowledgeable English speaking tour guides in Europe
  • Dedicated coach transportation

Exclusions:

  • Mandatory tip for the tour manager and driver of €5 per traveller per day (€3 for the tour manager and €2 for the driver), which will be collected by the tour manager whilst on tour.
  • City entrance fees + taxes – paid directly to tour guide
  • All optional activities, tours and attraction tickets not included in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Personal expenditure and anything not stated

Upgrades:

  • Stateroom – twin share, per person (subject to availability) from:
    • Ocean View – $660
    • Central park view or Boardwalk Balcony – $1000
    • Ocean View Balcony – $1200
    • Suite – $2600



Attractions and Optionals Price List

  • Ronda Town – The most famous cliff town in Spain, beloved by Ernest Hemingway – €20
  • Flamenco Dance Show + Dinner + Transfer – €65
  • Night excursion to Alicante beach – €10
  • Excursion to Mijas – €15
  • Sagrada Família Church – €15

NOTE: Due to limited daily access at Sagrada Família church, to avoid disappointment, we recommend that customers who strongly wish to visit the Sagrada Familia book tickets online in advance on www.sagradafamilia.org/en/tickets/)
NOTE: Please the abocve pricing use as reference only, as prices are subject to change. Some excursions are subject to minimum numbers and local conditions. You can only book optionals/pay taxes whilst on tour. Your tour manager will also collect payment in cash only (Euros).


Hotel Accommodation

The hotels we use are carefully selected to provide you with a comfortable stay in a relaxing environment. All the hotel we use are three-star, with continental breakfast included. A selection of our preferred hotels in our main destinations is listed below. As the hotels are generally not in the downtown area, we cannot guarantee that there is transportation to the city except for taxis. Please note that hotels will vary depending on group sizes and hence hotel information can only be ascertained within 24 hours prior to check-in.

Marid (Spain) Novotel Madrid Sanchinarro Silken Puerta Sanchinarro 15, 28050 Madrid Juan Rizi 5, 28027 Madrid
Zaragoza (Spain) Eurostars hotel Rey Fernando Nexh Zaragoza Bari 27 (Plataforma Logistica de Zaragoza), 50197 Zaragoza Camino De Los Molinos 42, 50015 Zaragoza
Barcelona (Spain) AC by Marriott hotel Sant Cugat Holiday Inn Express Barcelona Sant Cugat Plaza Xavier Cugat, Sant Cugat del Valles, 08174 Barcelona Avda. Can Fatjo Dels Aurons S/N Parc Empresarial A7 Sant Cugat
Alicante (Spain) EXE Alicante Hill Holiday Inn Express Alicante Glorieta Reino Unido 6, 03008 Alicante Avenida de Elche 112, 03008 Alicante
Malaga (Spain) Hotel Don Curro Holiday Inn Express Malaga Sancha de Lara 7, 29015 Malaga Avenida de Velazquez 294, 29004 Malaga
Seville (Spain) Hotel GIT Via Sevilla Mairena Eurostars hotel Regina Av. De Los Descubrimientos s/n, 41927 Mairena de Aljarafe San Vicente 97, 41002 Sevilla
Lisbon (Portugal) Holiday Inn Express Lisbon Airport Sana Malhoa Rua Da Guine Nr. 18-18b, Prior Velho, 2685-334 Lisbon Av. José Malhoa, 81099-089 Lisbon
Dubai (United Arab Emirates) Fraser Suites (5 Star) or similar Sidra Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Media City, Dubai


Optional Post-Tour Extension

Classic Northern Europe 8 nights

From $1,399 pp. twin share
Germany – Netherlands – Belgium – France – Luxembourg Join the Classic Northern Europe tour to experience some of northern Europe’s most exciting and important cities. Sample the refined airs of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the historic German cities Cologne, Frankfurt and Bonn, the bustling streets and canals of Amsterdam, the political centre of the EU – Brussels, and the city of romance and art – Paris. With wonderful scenery and some compelling stops along the way too, this tour is the perfect way to get the most out of a week in this fascinating part of Europe.
Highlights:

  • Visit Reims Cathedral, where French kings were crowned for centuries
  • Take a walking tour of Luxembourg, the world’s only remaining Grand Duchy
  • Discover Trier – Trier, Germany’s oldest city and the birthplace of Karl Marx
  • Visit Cologne's Gothic Cathedral, explore the city, then enjoy a refreshing German brew
  • Explore Amsterdam, with free time to pursue your own interests in this liberal city
  • Stop in Brussels, the Belgian capital and political centre of the European Union
  • In and around Paris, City of Light, you will experience Versailles, the Louvre, and other iconic attractions

For details, please click here.

Symphony of the Seas℠

Royal Caribbean International’s newest ship will be Symphony of the Seas℠, and it’s coming your way April 2018. Symphony will also be the largest cruise ship in the world. Symphony of the Seas will offer guests seven distinct neighbourhoods, like the tree-lined Central Park and the luxury shop-filled Royal Promenade, creating unique areas for travelers to enjoy and explore. For adrenaline-packed adventure, Symphony also will have the 10-story slide Ultimate Abyss; a trio of waterslides; and Splashaway Bay kids waterpark. In addition, a second pool will be added to the Solarium on deck 15, meaning even more space for adults to kick back and relax. With 2,394 crew aboard, you’ll be well cared for on the Symphony of the Seas! To view a pdf with the full Symphony of the Seas deck plan click here.
Highlights:
Deckplan
Basic Facts:

  • Gross Tonnage – 230,000
  • Length – 362.10m
  • Max Beam – 46.93m
  • Draft – 9.14m
  • Cruising Speed – 23 knots

Cabins (Inside Staterooms):

  • Two single beds convertible to a double bedding arrangement (fine bedding)
  • private bathroom
  • One 32″ flat-panel television
  • Security safe, fridge and in-house phone
  • Max. occupancy: 2-3 persons
  • Average size: From 13sqm
  • Decks: 5/8/9/10/11/12/13/15
  • Pictured at bottom; Inside Stateroom

Rest & Relaxation

  • Full-service Vitality at Sea Spa with thermal suite and an extensive treatment menu
  • State-of-the-art Fitness Center, with classes like yoga and tai chi
  • Central Park® outdoor garden with galleries, restaurants and shopping
  • 5 pools including the Solarium, an adults-only retreat
  • 10 whirlpools, two of them cantilevered whirlpools overlooking the ocean
  • Concierge Club and Diamond Lounge

Dining

  • Guests on board Symphony of the Seas℠ will enjoy the cruise line’s world-renowned GOLD Anchor Service and an expansive menu of delicious dinner options in early and late seating dining in the ships’ Main Dining Rooms, among up to 20 dining options aboard the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ships.
  • Guests will select from two seating times; the flexible My Time Dining program which offers guests the flexibility to select their own seating time and table companions in a dedicated portion of the main dining room; or from an extensive variety of specialty restaurants.
  • Quality, hand cut steaks at Royal Caribbean’s Chops Grille
  • Japanese grill specialties and a new teppanyaki menu at Izumi Hibachi & Sushi

Action and Adventure

  • The Ultimate Abyss, the tallest slide at sea
  • Classic carnival games at the new Boardwalk Arcade
  • Two FlowRider® surf simulators
  • Two rock-climbing walls, each 43 feet high
  • Zip line, nine decks in the air and 82 feet across
  • Full-sized basketball court
  • Ice-skating rink
  • Three multi-story waterslide

Kids and Families

  • Complimentary Adventure Ocean® Youth Program
  • Royal Babies & TotsSM Nursery
  • Royal Babies® and Royal Tots® program
  • Teen lounge areas and disco
  • Splashaway Bay kids’ water park
  • 3D movie theater
  • Family-friendly activities including games, contests, enrichment classes and lectures

Entertainment & Shopping

  • Bionic Bar on the Royal Promenade, featuring robot bartenders serving up one-of-a-kind crafted cocktails while dancing to a fluid beat
  • Beautiful hand-carved carousel on the Boardwalk
  • Complimentary AquaTheater shows, ice shows and other live entertainment
  • A VIP Room at Casino Royale®
  • Bars, lounges, and nightclubs that never have a cover, including live jazz club, karaoke bar, and comedy club
  • Parties and parades on the Royal Promenade
  • Variety of name-brand, duty-free shopping in Central Park® and the Royal Promenade including art gallery, teen and kids’ shops, plus jewelry, perfumes, and apparel
  • More bandwidth and VOOM, the fastest internet at sea, available throughout the ship

Exclusive For Suite Guests

  • The Coastal Kitchen restaurant offering fresh cuisine that fuses Mediterranean influences with California cool
  • A private lounge with ocean views
  • An exclusive full-service Suite Sun Zone sun deck
  • Royal Suites Class

Inside Stateroom

Take an international flight from Australia to Barcelona.

Arrive in Barcelona. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Barcelona

After breakfast at the hotel, we’ll leave Barcelona for Spain’s third largest city, Valencia. Valencia is celebrated as the gateway to the Mediterranean. It’s commercially and culturally rich, with Moorish culture, customs and food all represented in the cultural blend. Trade allowed Valencia to enjoy prosperity and glory that other Spanish cities didn’t achieve. Although today’s Valencia is less prominent, it’s still an important city for large commerce exhibitions and trade fairs to be held in throughout the year. Upon arrival, we will visit Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall, Valencia’s Ancient City Gates and Valencia Cathedral, where the true Holy Grail is reputedly kept. The day is rounded off with a drive to Alicante.
Valencia Cathedral

This morning we depart for the city of Granada on the plateau of Andalusia province. This historic city has been ruled by Visigoths and Moors. It became the last stronghold of the eight hundred year Moorish rule over the Iberian Peninsula, until in the 15th century King Ferdinand successfully expelled the Moors and united Spain. We will visit the Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, also known as the Red Palace. Once you arrive, the Moorish legacy will catch your eye immediately. Representing the ‘golden age’ of Moorish architecture, the dome is stunning and delicate in construction. We proceed on our journey to Costa del Sol – the ‘Sunny Coast’ and go direct to our hotel overnight.
Alhambra, Granada

In the morning we go north to the largest city of Andalusia province, Seville. This city was the capital of the Moorish Muslim rulers, and is considered to be the centre of culture in Andalusia, and the birthplace of flamenco dance. Seville is the primary setting of many operas, the best known of which is Bizet’s Carmen. As the fourth largest city in Spain, it hosted the World’s Fair in 1992. Upon arrival, we visit Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world. Completed in the early 16th century, the cathedral halls are now dedicated as the Royal Chapel, and the burial place of kings for over a century. Christopher Columbus, who discovered the New World, was also entombed here in recognition of the great navigator. From there we see the Alcázar of Seville, used to be a Muslim palace and later the Spanish royal palace. The upper levels of the Alcázar are still used by the royal family as their official Seville residence. This is the oldest royal palace still in use in Europe and was registered in 1987 by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, along with the Seville Cathedral. Then we walk through the Santa Cruz, Torre del Oro (the Tower of Gold) and Maria Luisa Park, site of the 1992 World Expo. In Plaza de España (Spain Square), we can admire a crafted porcelain painting, detailing the history and elegance of old Spain.
Plaza Espana, Seville

Today we depart for the capital and the largest city of Portugal, Lisbon. We are expected to arrive in Cabo da Roca (Cape Roca) which forms the westernmost point of mainland Portugal and continental Europe, in the afternoon. Don’t forget to buy a remembrance certificate! Later we return to Lisbon’s city centre and visit Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Belém Tower played a significant role in the Portuguese maritime Age of Discoveries. Jerónimos Monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon. You will pass through Marquis of Pombal Square and then stop at Rossio Square for some free time. Those who are interested in Portuguese custard tarts can taste authentic ones at the century-old bakery.
Lisbon, Portugal

Today we will drive back to Madrid via Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 for its extensive cultural and monumental heritage. This old city is located on a mountaintop, surrounded on three sides by a bend in the Tagus River, and contains many historical sites. Strolling across the city, overlooking the Alcázar of Toledo and visiting the grand structure of Toledo Cathedral, you will feel the echoes of old Spain. Then take a well-earned rest as you sit back and catch your breath, taking in the landscape of Spain and enjoying the rich palette of natural surroundings as you travel to Madrid.
Toledo

The Yellow Line tour starts from the capital of Spain, Madrid, where we will pass by the Cibeles Fountain, and then visit Plaza Mayor, Piazza di Spagna, Plaza de Colón and the Royal Palace of Madrid. The Royal Palace of Madrid was built in the 18th century, and shows the magnificence and historical grandeur of the Spanish empire. Then you’ll arrive at the Puerta del Sol, a public square in Madrid. You can find the ‘KM 0’ tile in the pavement, indicating that the Puerta del Sol is the centre of the of Spanish road network. In the square, you can shop for speciality leather goods, clothing, and traditional Spanish souvenirs. In the afternoon, we say farewell to Madrid and head to Zaragoza to stay the night before heading to Barcelona.
Madrid

In the morning we drive directly to the warm and charming coastal city of Barcelona. A top European centre for art, architecture, design and cuisine, this stylish city has its own language and culture. The soul of old Barcelona is its Gothic Quarter; outside the medieval district, you will discover iconic landmarks and more. After arrival we will visit the Columbus Monument and La Rambla, followed by La Sagrada Família, which is a large Roman Catholic church designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí’s unique colours and fairy-tale architecture is seen throughout the city and makes the place feel like a fantasy in the artist’s mind. Then it’s on to Camp Nou, a football stadium which has been the home of FC Barcelona since completion in 1957. We’ll also visit Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, the main stadium for the 1992 Summer Olympics. The stadium is located on Montjuïc, a large hill to the southwest of Barcelona which overlooks the city. The remaining time is spent in the bustling Plaza Catalonia, where you have free time to do some shopping, then transfer to the cruise terminal to board your cruise. Welcome aboard Symphony of the Seas!
La Sagrada Família

A rugged island with fine beaches, Mallorca welcomes travellers seeking sun, sea and sand. Its capital city of Palma is home to a lively café and arts scene, historic sights and an Old Town of twisting lanes and hidden courtyards.
Palma de Mallorca

France’s oldest city is one of its most dynamic, with a melting pot culture and vibrant arts scene. The soul of the city is its Vieux Port, the working waterfront. Marseille is also a gateway port to the scenic villages and coastal areas of Provence. You can also take in the most visited site in Marseille. the Catholic Basilica Notre Dame De La Garde. Capped with a statue of the Madonna and Child, it is entirely covered in gold leaf, and towers over the city at nearly 150 m (500 ft) tall.
Marseille Port

A former fishing village at the border of two enchanting regions, La Spezia offers easy access to Tuscany and its great cities like Florence and Pisa and the Liguria’s rugged coast and terraced villages, known as Cinque Terre. You’ll have the opportunity to shop for souvenirs in Florence, at the famed Ponte Vecchio.
Florence

From the monuments of the ancient empire to the pursuit of ‘la dolce vita’ (the sweet life), the Eternal City is an unrivalled open air museum and a lively modern metropolis. The tiny enclave of Vatican City is home to sacred sites and priceless art. Visit the Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain and Ara Pacis; Visit St Peter’s Square and Basilica and roam the Vatican Museum, observing its many treasures.
Rome

One of Europe’s oldest cities, Naples is vibrant and filled with rich artistic and architectural heritage. Nearby sights include the ruins of ancient Pompeii, one of the most famous excavation sites in the world, and the idyllic resort isle of Capri. Witness the numerous colourful towns that dot the Amalfi Coast.
Naples

Enjoy the day at sea as we sail back to Barcelona through the calm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
Mediterranean Sunrise

Disembark from the cruise. After breakfast enjoy the morning at leisure before you are transferred to Barcelona airport to board your flight to Dubai.
Barcelona Port

Arrive in Dubai. Transfer to your hotel and the rest of the day is at your own leisure. Dubai is a destination that mixes modern culture with history, and adventure with world class shopping and entertainment. This is a city that must be seen to be believed. Record-breaking architecture stands alongside traditional quarters, while spectacular man-made islands jut out of the coastline.
Dubai Skyline

Enjoy today at your own leisure. Discover the best of Dubai with a 2-day Hop-on-hop-off big bus Premium Ticket. Enjoy panoramic views of Dubai’s dramatic skyline, perfect sandy beaches, and the world’s tallest building. Hop off to explore historical souks, forts, and palaces, and enjoy ultra-chic dining and buoyant nightlife.
Dubai Beach View

Transfer to the Dubai International Airport today to board your home-bound flights.
Camel Dubai

Arrive home this morning