August 15-23, 2014
Voyage from Barcelona, Spain to Lisbon, Portugal, and uncover four UNESCO World Hertiage Sites, artistic treasures, and architectural marvels on the Trade Routes of Coastal Iberia Aboard Tere Moana experience, operated by National Trust Tours.
M.V. Tere Moana
Exclusively chartered, the refurbished M.V. Tere Moana is a deluxe, 90-passenger vessel fitting the profile of small ship cruising perfectly and can cruise into ports inaccessible to larger vessels.
Accommodations: Boasting ocean views, Staterooms and Suites, eight of which feature private verandas, are spacious and equipped with a large picture window, private marble- and teak-appointed bathroom with shower, one queen bed or two twin beds, luxurious European linens, individual climate control, robes, and cotton slippers, satellite television, minibar, safe, and hair dryer. Complimentary welcome flowers and fruit are provided in each stateroom upon arrival.
Dining: The elegant L’Etoile dining room and La Veranda restaurant accommodate all guests at a single, unassigned seating, and an attentive staff serves international cuisine featuring fresh local ingredients. Early-risers’ coffee, buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner are served daily. Enjoy indoor or outdoor dining in La Veranda for breakfast and lunch and a consulting two-star Michelin-rated chef culinary creation is offered nightly in L’Etoile at dinner. Complimentary room service and wellness and vegetarian meal options are available. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.
Services and Facilities: The inviting and spacious public areas are tastefully appointed and include a large lounge, where a program of enriching lectures is held, two bars, a comfortable library with computers, wireless Internet hotspots, spa, boutique, and outdoor swimming pool. The M.V. Tere Moana's English-speaking crew provides courteous, professional service and sails with an onboard physician. There is one crew member for every 1.5 guests. The ship has an elevator.
- Seven-night cruise from Barcelona, Spain, to Lisbon, Portugal, aboard the elegant Tere Moana
- Half-day tour of the historic Spanish port of Palma de Mallorca, featuring the magnificent Moorish Royal Palace and its medieval Old City
- Tour of Valldemossa showcasing the famous Carthusian Monastery, which was founded as a royal residence and later served as a monastery from 1399 until its secularisation in 1835
- Half-day tour of the Renaissance Old Town of Ibiza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Las Salinas, the famous salt seas
- Excursion to Granada, featuring a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Alhambra Palace and the magnificent Generalife Gardens, with lunch
- Visit to the British Crown Colony of Gibraltar, featuring the “Top of the Rock,” and St. Michael’s Cave
- Unique scenic cruise into the heart of extraordinary Seville from the Mediterranean Sea along Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River, “the great river”
- Tour of Seville, highlighted by the rich historical monuments and UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Giralda Tower, the lavishly decorated Seville Cathedral and the Moorish Alcázar
- Excursion to the charming, ancient village of Alte in Portugal’s tranquil Algarve province
- Visit to the former Moorish capital of Silves to see the best-preserved castle in the Algarve
Study Leader Information
A nationally-recognized preservationist and urban development specialist, Tom Moriarity is a trained architect and one of the founders of the National Trust’s pioneering Main Street Program. A partner in Economics Research Associates, a global real estate consulting firm, Tom has been involved in many major restoration and rehabilitation projects across the world. He will bring his expertise on architecture, architectural history, historic preservation and adaptive use that will help each traveler better understand the beauty and significance of the places we will visit.
August 15 - Friday - Depart from the U.S.
Make your way from the U.S. to Barcelona, Spain.
August 16 - Saturday - Barcelona, Spain/Embark M.V. Tere Moana
The lively and beautiful quarters of Barcelona’s Mediterranean metropolis are filled with the artistic treasures of Dalí, Gaudí, and Picasso. The city center has the greatest concentration of Gothic architecture in Europe and proudly displays its heritage and roots as a Roman trading port.
August 17 - Sunday - Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands
The imposing citadel overlooking the harbor was converted into the Spanish Royal Palace of La Almudaina in the 13th century. See the magnificent sandstone Palma Cathedral, begun in 1230 and constructed over 300 years; it represents the fullest flowering of the Catalan Gothic style. Early 20th century renovations to its interior, by the famed architect Antoni Gaudí, produced a uniquely harmonious blend of old and new. This afternoon, visit the famous Carthusian Monastery in Valldemossa, the former residence of composer Frédéric Chopin.
August 18 - Monday - Ibiza, Balearic Islands
Explore the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site not often visited by Americans. Visit the well-preserved, walled Old Town and tour the island’s Renaissance fortifications and the historic Las Salinas Reserve, where the Carthaginians began extracting salt from the sea over 2000 years ago.
August 19 - Tuesday - Granada, Spain
Granada is scenically located atop three hills framed by the dramatic backdrop of the snow-clad Sierra Nevada Mountains. From here, monarchs of the Nasrid Dynasty ruled for 250 years over the last Muslim kingdom in Spain, leaving a priceless architectural legacy—the magnificent Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy time at leisure to walk through its outer precincts, admire the genius of medieval Moorish craftsmen within, and then stroll through its beautifully landscaped gardens.
August 20 - Wednesday - Gibraltar, British Crown Colony
The southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar was considered by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be one of the two Pillars of Hercules, marking the then boundary of the known world. Drive to the “Top of the Rock,” the 1400-foot-high limestone promontory guarding the Strait of Gibraltar that separates Europe and Africa. Observe the amusing antics of Gibraltar’s Barbary apes, the only colony of wild monkeys in Europe. See the Atlas Mountains, the second pillar of Hercules, across the strait and the impressive geological wonders in St. Michael’s Cave. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore “The Rock” on your own.
August 21 - Thursday - Seville, Spain—Andalusia
Enjoy the unique experience of cruising up the legendary Guadalquivir River into the heart of extraordinary Seville, Andalusia’s lively capital. Drive along Colón Avenue, lined with typical Sevillana houses, to the neoclassical Maestranza Bullring (the largest in Spain) and the Golden Tower, a remnant of Seville’s Moorish fortifications. Walk through Santa Cruz Quarter, the old part of the city, a gleaming maze of white houses and flower-filled patios. Tour the legendary Alcázar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site featuring the distinctive 14th century, Mudéjar-style former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers. The magnificent Cathedral is a classic example of late Gothic architecture and is Europe’s second-largest Christian house of worship after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Inside, view the monument to Christopher Columbus, whose remains were transported here from Havana, Cuba, in 1902.
August 22 - Friday - Portimão, Portugal—the Algarve
On Portugal’s charming, sun-washed southern coast lies Portimão in the historic province of Algarve. Settled in ancient times by the Phoenicians and Romans, the Algarve was later ruled by the Moors, and today its Moorish heritage survives in its distinctive architecture and savory regional cuisine. During the 15th and 16th centuries, intrepid Portuguese mariners, including Vasco da Gama, set sail from the Algarve’s shores on voyages of discovery that eventually circled the globe before triumphantly returning to Lisbon. Visit the scenic hilltop village of Alte and see the nearby town of Silves, a medieval center of art, poetry, and learning. Walk along the ramparts of the 12th century Moorish castle and visit the cathedral, a unique fusion of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture.
August 23 - Saturday - Lisbon/Depart for the U.S.
Lisbon’s rich cultural heritage is reflected in its well-preserved palaces, magnificent churches and impressive castle.
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