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At the end of March when the last vestiges of winter may be blowing around northern Europe, spring has already come to Spain and Portugal

Here are cities infused with Moorish, Jewish and Christian heritages. This is the land of flamenco, fiestas and gold from the New World. Olive trees stretch across the sun-baked landscape and white-washed villages perch on the hillsides.


 La Coruña - We visit the city from which the Armada sailed in 1588. It is Spain’s second largest port. A local guide shows us the city sites, including the 13th century Santa Maria del Campo church, plus we walk out to the Torre de Hercules, the ancient Roman lighthouse.

 Cádiz - Rich in maritime history, the city has an old quarter teeming with character. Cobblestone alleys open in small plazas. A local guide will take us through the old town.

 Málaga - We travel inland from Picasso’s native city to Ronda, high in the Serrania de Ronda. The city, perched above the Tajo gorge, is an incredible sight. The gorge divides the town between the older Moorish quarter and sections built after the ‘Reconquista’. We explore the historic streets and walk the gorge.

 Seville - A city where orange trees line the cobbled streets. With a local guide we visit the cathedral, claiming to house Columbus’ tomb, the Moorish splendour of the Alcázar, and wander the streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz, a maze of shady white-washed streets and picturesque squares.

 Lisbon - Portugal’s capital is famously bathed in clear Atlantic light. A local guide helps us to discover the city’s secrets and we ride a tram.

Holiday Highlights

  • Visit Ronda and walk in the Tajo Gorge
  • Smell the orange blossom in Seville
  • Cruise along the Guadalquivir River in the wake of adventurers to the New World
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

    A shore visit programme organised by us and led by your tour leader. Almost all transport costs for our walking and sightseeing programmes from the ports visited. Occasionally there may be an optional museum entrance or cable car fare to pay for locally. Details are in our Holiday Information Sheets.

    Walking tours with local guides around many of the cities we visit.

    Tips to the restaurant staff on the ship – we ask you to tip your cabin staff, however.

    A full on board entertainment programme including stage shows, ship’s band and musicians, comedy and guest speakers. You can enjoy as much or as little as you choose.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 3/SS

  1. Day 1

    Today we board Braemar in Southampton and set sail for France.

    Check in for the cruise begins one hour prior to embarkation. Embarkation at the cruise terminal usually begins three hours before departure and closes one hour prior to sailing.

    In Southampton you will be greeted by Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ staff, including porters who will arrange for your luggage to be delivered to your cabin.

    There will be a letter from your Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays’ leader in your cabin informing you of the place and time for you to meet the rest of the group.

    Sailing time is usually from mid afternoon to early evening and will be confirmed on your travel documents.

  2. Day 2

    We have the best part of two days at sea to relax and enjoy the ship’s facilities. There is usually a range of activities available on board – you may choose to join a fitness class or visit the on-board gym, attend one of the on board lectures, treat yourself to a treatment in the spa or just simply relax in one of the lounges with a coffee and a book from the library. Each evening a Daily Times newsletter will be placed in your cabin, detailing events and timings for the following day.

  3. Day 3

    Arriving in La Coruña in Galicia, North West Spain, late on Monday morning we’ll use a local guide to discover a city of rich Celtic heritage in a province of vast green landscapes. Wandering the old city on foot we’ll see medieval buildings and monuments, plus the splendid waterfront and the Tower of Hércules, said to be the only Roman lighthouse still in existence.

  4. Day 4

    We have a day at sea to enjoy the comforts of Braemar as we sail down the length of the Iberian Peninsula towards Cádiz.

  5. Day 5

    On coming ashore we will be met by a local guide. The old city, enclosed in part by the city’s 18th century walls, has a feel of North Africa at times, with its narrow cobbled streets and picturesque squares. The city’s cathedral with its golden dome is the outstanding landmark. During the tour we’ll pass through the central market and stop to sample one of the local specialties, chocolate y churros. After the tour there will be free time to walk around the headland and visit some of the city’s parks with great views of the sea.

  6. Day 6

    On arrival in Malaga we travel an hour and a half up into the Andalucian hinterland to the beautiful city of Ronda. We walk in the Tajo Gorge beneath the town, then allow free time to visit the cobbled streets of the old town, the bull ring, or maybe have a relaxing drink in the Parador overlooking the gorge.

    6km (4 miles), 300m ascent & descent, 2 ½ hours

  7. Day 7

    Around lunchtime enter the Guadalquivir River, following its twists and turns to Seville where we arrive late afternoon. We hope to go ashore this evening to get a taste of this great city.

  8. Day 8

    Seville is such a beautiful city with some of Spain’s greatest treasures. We spend the morning with a local guide visiting the Moorish Alcazar Palace and the cathedral, which claims to be the burial place of Christopher Columbus. The afternoon is free to enjoy the city’s unique atmosphere. If you are a fan of the Spanish Renaissance we recommend a visit to the Casa de Pilatos, a 16th century nobleman’s house in the Barrio Santa Cruz.

  9. Day 9

    We spend most of the day at sea, enjoying a relaxing day on Braemar. Late afternoon we arrive in the Portuguese capital. With any luck we will be able to go ashore this evening to get a first taste of the city.

  10. Day 10

    We enjoy a morning in the Portuguese capital. A local guide shows us what makes Lisbon one of Europe’s most attractive and interesting capitals, with its steep cobbled streets, a waterside setting and imposing 18th century buildings.

  11. Day 11 to 12

    We have two final days at sea to enjoy the facilities on board Braemar.

  12. Day 13

    We arrive in Southampton at around 07:00 for disembarkation after breakfast.

Travel Details

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.


Capable of comfortably accommodating up to 929 passengers, Braemar has a un-crowded, intimate feel, with friendly staff. Large windows bathe the ship's public areas in natural light and provide spectacular views. One of the focal points on Braemar is the beautifully painted, five-deck-high Atrium area, while the cascading outside decks at the stern really enhance the ship's elegant profile and offer stunning vistas no matter which outside deck you're on. 

View the deck plan for Braemar

Refreshed with new fixtures, décor and furnishings during her extensive refit in late 2017, there are updated restaurants, bars and lounges offering sumptuous cuisine, and fantastic daily entertainment.  From the grand Neptune Lounge, which hosts lectures and live shows, and the Coral Club, with its resident bands and large dance floor, to the welcoming Morning Light Pub and the intimate Observatory Lounge, there's a venue to suit every occasion on board Braemar. Spend time at the fully-equipped Fitness Centre, indulge yourself at the Atlantis Spa, relax in the pools or Jacuzzi or feel the sea breeze on a walk around the ship's open promenade. 

On board facilities also include two swimming pools, a fitness centre including a sauna, steam room and beauty salon, two sun decks, Jacuzzis, several lounges and bars, a card room, small casino, library, coffee shop, internet room and restaurants. The ship has a medical centre, a boutique, a shop where you can buy essentials such as sun cream or toiletries, and there is also a self service laundrette and ironing room on board.

All guest cabins are are equipped with climate control, an interactive smart TV, hairdryer, desk, phone, fridge (which can be stocked as a mini-bar) and tea and coffee making facilities as standard.  Allocated cabins will be an inside cabin unless you have paid a supplement to upgrade. 

Your cabin steward will keep your cabin in immaculate condition, replacing any linen or towels as or when required. Separate towels are provided for poolside use. Braemar operates a satellite telephone system, with telephones in each cabin, and personal mobile phones enabled for international roaming should work on board. The voltage on board the Braemar is supplied at 220 volts (requiring a continental style 2-pin plug).

Payment on board is in Sterling, and a credit account system is operated on board allowing purchases to be charged to your account which must be settled at the end of your cruise.