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|Itinerary at a Glance
Spanish Odyssey Cruise
|Day||Destination/Port of Call||Arrive||Depart|
|2||Genoa, Italy||7 pm|
|3||Marseilles, France||8:30 am||5 pm|
|4||Palma de Mallorca, Spain||10 am||3:30 pm|
|5||Almeria, Spain||11 am||12 pm|
|Málaga, Spain||8 pm||12 am|
|6||Tangier, Morocco||9 am||2 pm|
|7||Ibiza, Spain||4 pm||9 pm|
|8||Barcelona, Spain||8 am||2 pm|
|9||Genoa & Rome||12 pm|
Join us on this fantastic celebration of the cultural riches and natural beauty of the Western Mediterranean and Spanish coasts as we set sail aboard the Louis Cruise Lines Orient Queen. Our journey is an exotic living mosaic, where every port recalls another magnificent era of castles and fortresses, ancient cultures, exotic art, and architectural treasures and grandeur. You'll visit fascinating ports of call in France, Spain, Morocco and Italy, while enjoying superior comforts and accommodations aboard your cruise ship.
Our package includes flights from New York, a seven-night Spanish Odyssey cruise, a 2-night bonus stay in Rome, all meals aboard the cruise, and breakfast daily in Rome. Explore the ports-of-call on your own, or take interesting and inexpensive optional shore excursions. All the flexibility and fun is yours for incredibly low prices.
Space is limited and at these prices, it will surely sell out quickly.
Day 2: Genoa, Italy. Arrive today in Genoa. After customs formalities, you'll be escorted to the port to board your cruise ship, the Orient Queen, and begin your weeklong cruise. Accommodations: Orient Queen. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 3: Marseilles, France. This morning, arrive in Marseilles, a city whose history dates back to 600 B.C. when it was founded by the ancient Greeks. Since then, it has grown to become the second largest city in France and the country's largest commercial port. Enjoy the splendor of Marseilles by visiting its must-see sites including the Old Port, the Basilica of Notre Dame de la Garde Phare de Sainte Marie lighthouse, the Centre Bourse, and the adjacent rue St Ferreol district (the main shopping district in central Marseilles). We also recommend a ride along the Kennedy Corniche, a coastal road with excellent views across the Bay of Marseilles. Explore on your own, or enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 4: Mallorca, Spain. Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands and the largest city of Mallorca. Located on the island's south coast, it is a busy port city and major tourist destination. In the old town crowned by the Bellver Castle, one can visit its numerous boutiques and cafés. Explore on your own, or enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 5: Almeria and Málaga, Spain. The Phoenicians from Tyre founded Málaga over 3000 years ago, and through the ages, many cultures have made their mark here, including Carthaginians, Romans, Visigothic, Moors and even gypsies. The Moors left the imposing castle on Gibralfaro hill, which overlooks the city and is connected to the Alcazaba below, a fortress and regal residence.
After a brief stop in Almeria, to join the optional shore excursion to Granada, arrive this evening in Málaga, a lively city on the Costa del Sol, a 100-mile stretch of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline which boasts some of the best beaches in Spain. In the city center, you'll find Málaga's famous Plaza de Toros (bullring), built in 1874 and one of the finest in the world. Málaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and home to the renowned Picasso Museum. Explore on your own, or choose from an array of optional shore excursions. Be sure to sample some of Málaga's sweet wine and tasty tapas. Explore on your own, or enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 6: Tangier, Morocco. Arrive this morning to Tangier, Morocco. The closest major African city to Europe, Tangier was once home to writers Paul & Jane Bowles, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsburg and Tennessee Williams, and artists such as Eugene Delacroix and Henri Matisse. Outside Tangier's bustling port, you can take in the city's stunning environs: hills surrounding a broad bay with a long stretch of beach.
For travelers interested in learning more about Morocco's diverse cultural heritage, we recommend a visit to Tangier's Museum of Moroccan Arts and Antiquities. Another not-to-be-missed experience is a visit to the Grand Souk, where you can put your bargaining skills to the test as you shop for treasures such as brass, leather, rugs, and silver. Explore on your own, or enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 7: Ibiza, Spain. Arrive this afternoon in Ibiza. This pulsating island is the third largest of the Balearic Islands. It is popular for its excellent beaches, scheduled bays and rising terrain speckled with fig, olive trees and almonds. Ibiza is also famous for its lively nightlife and being the birthplace of rave music is home to some of Spain's most famous clubs & parties. Explore on your own, or enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 8: Barcelona, Spain. Today, visit Barcelona, capital of Cataluña, home to the 1992 Olympics, and Spain's most exciting, flamboyant and sophisticated city. Walk the beautiful shaded Las Ramblas boulevard, which the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca once referred to as "the only street in the world which I wish would never end." See the famous palm tree-lined Plaça Real square, hub of Barcelona nightlife. Take time to explore the Barrio Gotico (old quarter), a 14th century maze of tiny houses, stately palaces and intriguing shops. Visit one of the many cafés where Catalan voices accompany dancers swaying to the Sardana or the impassioned foot-stamping Flamenco.
Marvel at one of the greatest architectural achievements of the 20th century, the lavishly extravagant Cathedral of Sagrada Família. Renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí designed this magnificent creation and devoted the last 15 years of his life entirely to it. Construction began in 1882 and will not be complete until 2026. Marvel at the cavernous interior, held aloft by stone columns that branch like trees as they rise upwards. Ascend its soaring towers—the tallest rises over 550 feet—constructed of such a thin lattice of stone that they seem to defy gravity, for some of the best views of the city. Explore on your own, or enjoy a variety of optional shore excursions. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.
Day 9: Genoa & Rome. Return today to Genoa. After disembarkation, transfer to the airport for your short flight to Rome. Upon arrival, transfer to your centrally-located hotel for check-in. Accommodations: Hotel Massimo D'Azzeglio or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 10: Rome. Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore one of Europe's most dynamic and fascinating cities. From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel to the Spanish Steps and so much more, you'll find plenty to see and do as you walk the picturesque and bustling streets of Rome. To begin, we recommend visits to the Seven Hills, Santa Maria Maggiore, the Vittorio Emmanuel Monument, and the Via Veneto. Then, why not head to the Trevi Fountain, where a coin, thrown over your shoulder into the fountain while you make a wish, is sure to bring you good luck, and the fulfillment of your wish! Shop, stroll through the Villa Borghese, enjoy a Roman pizza and a glass of wine or espresso in a sidewalk café, and savor the wonderful ambience that is found only here in the Eternal City. Breakfast provided.
Day 11: Rome/USA. Today, bid farewell to Rome as you transfer to the airport for your return flight. Your exciting journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.
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