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Andalusia & Lisbon

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

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Overview

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

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. Our cruise visits five ports with strong associations with the sea. Our forays ashore mainly concentrate on seeing the sights with local guides, but we are also able to stroll along the coast, taking in the bracing sea air, and walk inland close to historic cities.

Sailing from Southampton we have a day at sea before arriving in La Coruña in northern Spain. It was from here that the Spanish Armada set sail in May 1588. It is known as one of Galicia’s most attractive cities. Its ‘Cidade Vella’ (old town) contains medieval Romanesque churches, narrow streets overlooked by balconied windows and squares lined with splendid public buildings. Braemar now heads south along the entire length of the Iberian peninsula to the city of Cádiz.

From here we pass through the Straits of Hercules, past Gibraltar into the Mediterranean to Malaga from where we travel inland to the romantically situated city of Ronda, deep in the heart of Andalusia. The following afternoon finds us following in the wake of galleons which in days of old sailed out to the New World, returning laden with gold to Seville, as we follow the bends of the Guadalquivir River. Seville is a magical city. Orange trees line the cobbled streets and whitewashed buildings around quiet squares. It is the epitome of the exotic south of Spain. Heading west and then north Braemar brings us to the Portuguese capital Lisbon. The city is renowned for its clear Atlantic light, and we wander the steep cobbled streets full of history and charm. From Lisbon, we cruise back to Southampton, enjoying the comforts on board.

At the end of each day ashore we return to Braemar to enjoy an excellent evening meal and all the comforts on board. We arrive in both Seville and Lisbon late afternoon, giving us the opportunity to experience these cities in the evening as well as during the day.

Please note, ports of call may change between different departure dates. It is important to check the individual tour date proposed itinerary for details of your cruise.

  • Breakfast and dinner throughout your tour, plus lunch on sea days
  • Complimentary tea and coffee at select locations throughout the ship
  • All entertainment, sports & leisure facilities on board
  • A programme of walks and excursions from our ports of call including any necessary transportation costs
  • Tips to the ship’s restaurant staff
  • All drinks on board
  • Any local excursions not included in the Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays programme including entrances to museums, sites or Fred Olsen on shore activities
  • Access to Wi-Fi on board the ship. At the time of writing Fred Olsen offer various packages from £16 for 30 minutes to £84 for unlimited access on a 14-day cruise. Please ask for more details at the Reception Desk on the ship
  • Personal laundry and dry cleaning, hairdressing, health, beauty treatments and selected fitness classes
  • Holiday Insurance
  • Occasionally a local guide or your Ramblers Cruise & Walk leader might suggest entering a site or monument in a city for which there is an entrance fee to pay. Please allow approximately £30 for this
  • Discretionary gratuities to the crew, drivers, guides etc both on board and ashore

Holiday Information

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Itinerary & Travel

Itinerary Details

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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we may unfortunately need to withdraw a tour that is currently confirmed to operate and we therefore reserve the right to cancel your booking. We would always do our utmost to give you plenty of notice should we have to do this. Selected elements of this tour, including local attractions and restaurants, may change at late notice. Please ensure you have valid insurance cover before you travel.

Accommodation

Accommodation information

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday across all departure dates. Please refer to the Itinerary for more detail about each night's accommodation for each departure date.

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