London ~ Spain ~ Portugal

 

Cunard Line® on the Queen Victoria®

***Escorted by Grand American Tours***

April 16 - 26, 2020

11 Days / 10 Nights

(Roundtrip from Southampton)


Southampton, United Kingdom  ~ Cadiz, Spain ~ Grenada (tours from Malaga), Spain ~ Gibraltar ~ Lisbon, Portugal ~ Southampton, United Kingdom 

Queen Victoria® will delight you with her special appeal, where elegance and unique features combine seamlessly with outstanding hospitality. You’ll discover an extraordinary way to see the world.
 

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London ~ Spain ~ Portugal

 

Cunard Line® 

on the Queen Victoria®

 

***Escorted by Grand American Tours***

 

April 16 - 26, 2020
11 Days / 10 Nights

(Roundtrip from Southampton)

 

Day 1

Southampton, England, UK

The United Kingdom's premier passenger ship port, Southampton was home to the great transatlantic liners of yesteryear. The port serves as your gateway to Southern England’s magnificent historic sites, national landmarks, charming villages as well as the great metropolis of London. Southampton is the ideal starting or ending point for a memorable voyage.

 

Days 2-3

At Sea

You’ll find an exciting array of restaurants and bars on board Queen Victoria. The Grills Restaurants offer the most exceptional food and service at sea and the grand Britannia Restaurant reflects the classic golden age of ocean travel. The famous Cunard Afternoon Tea, relaxed Golden Lion pub and the sophisticated Commodore Club are just a few of the other highlights waiting to be enjoyed.

 

Day 4

Cadiz, Spain ~ 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Historic, mysterious and romantic, the Spanish city of Cadiz is unlike any other. Founded in about 1100 BC, it is generally accepted as the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in today’s Europe.

But for the thin strip connecting it to the mainland to its south, Cadiz is an island of history and architecture that impresses at every turn through the streets of this charming ancient port.

You will find a complex warren of streets, bustling bars and pretty beaches; it is difficult to know what to do or where to go first. Packed with historic sites, monuments and an excellent museum of art and archaeology, Cadiz is a draw for history buffs and those attracted by the arts.

To begin with, consider a visit to the Catedral de Cadiz, an elegant, baroque-neoclassical, yellow-domed cathedral. Admire the view from the Campo del Sur as the sun goes down to see a breathtaking array of colors. Outside the cathedral, you will find the sizeable Casa del Obispo museum. It is on the site of 1,640 square yards of excavated ruins, and helps to bring to life the colorful history of Cadiz.

Cadiz is home to one of Spain’s most famous carnivals – Los Carnavales. Roaring on for two weeks, this carnival is distinctive due to its celebration of the clever, the witty and the irreverent. Rehearsals and contests are held throughout the year, meaning that in Cadiz, the carnival feels omnipresent.

When you are ready to relax after all that heat, head to one of Cadiz’s many beautiful beaches. Try Playa de la Victoria, a spacious beach with a happy and relaxed vibe and easy transport links. It is just over half a mile south of the Puerta de Tierra and stretches 2.5 miles along the peninsula. Whether you want to sit back and enjoy the weather or try your hand at some water sports, you can do it all here.

You may also want to visit La Caleta- this pretty beach is sandwiched between two castles; Castillo de Santa Catalina and Castillo de San Sebastian. It is not difficult to see why this beach is one of the most photographed in the city, and the picturesque cove also attracts many small fishing boats at sunset. Make sure to pick up some seafood by the beach, as it is some of the best in Spain.

The history of this Spanish city is fascinating and complex. La Pepa, Spain’s first liberal constitution was signed here in 1812. It went through plenty of turbulent times, too: in 1587, England’s Sir Francis Drake raided the harbor and “singed the King of Spain’s beard,” delaying the Spanish Armada. The city came under siege again in 1596, when Anglo-Dutch attackers burnt the city to the ground.

Fortunately, Cadiz’s fortunes changed in the 18th century, when it saw 75% of Spanish trade with the Americas. Because of this, Cadiz grew into one of the richest and most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in Spain, producing the country’s first progressive and liberal middle class.

 

Day 5

Grenada (tours from Malaga), Spain ~

8:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Malaga is famously Picasso’s birthplace, and its location has attracted explorers, merchants and artists from all over the world, across the centuries. Many left their mark on this cosmopolitan city.

North from Malaga is friendly and vibrant Granada, where you’ll find the unique beauty of the Alhambra Palace and Gardens overlooking the city and across to the plains and mountains.

 

Day 6

Gibraltar ~ 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Gibraltar is perhaps best known for The Rock, a 426-feet limestone ridge with sheer drops on its northern and eastern sides. Beyond, Gibraltar’s landscape is rural, diverse, and well worth exploring.

 

Day 7

Lisbon, Portugal ~ 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

As the capital of Portugal, Lisbon triumphantly spreads its welcoming city atmosphere and its several impressive ancient sites over the seven steep hillsides that overlook the Tagus Estuary and River.

Take in St. George’s Castle, overlooking the city from atop its highest hill, and stroll through the countless balconies ablaze with geraniums and iron lamps in the medieval Alfama quarter.

 

Day 8

Porto (tours from Leixoes), Portugal ~

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

From Leixoes you can visit picture-perfect Porto, and let your inner photographer loose on this city full of great character. Your camera roll will no doubt feature the signature blue and white tiles.

Porto’s signature ceramics feature perhaps most beautifully in the exteriors of the Carmo and Capela das Almas churches. Try to fit in the Ribiera district and the iron Dom Luis Bridge.

 

Days 9 - 10

At Sea

Escape into a floating world of possibility with as much or as little to do as you please. Feel everyday concerns slip away as you ease into the day's blissful relaxation or begin to explore the myriad experiences that await you.

 

Day 11

Southampton, England, UK

 

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