Cruising from Lisbon to Barcelona

Program Overview

Trace the cultural legacy of the most storied civilization of the Middle Ages on this spectacular 5-star cruise aboard the
4-masted sailing yacht, Wind Star, featuring the Iberian Peninsula and Portugal’s breathtaking Algarve coast. Visit 9 spectacular cities— Lisbon; Portimão; Seville; Gibraltar; Tangier; Malaga; Granada; Valencia; and Barcelona—with excursions at every port. Stand on the “Top of the Rock” in Gibraltar, considered one of the two Pillars of Hercules by ancient Greeks and Romans. Explore Granada’s magnificent Alhambra Palace. Extend your journey with the Lisbon Pre-Program and/or Barcelona Post-Program Options.

Program Details

April 10 to 19, 2024 (Wind Star)
From $5,845 plus air View Terms & Conditions
  • Eight-night cruise on the Wind Star, a 4-masted sailing yacht with only 74 five-star suites and staterooms, each with an ocean view.
  • Visit 9 great cities—Lisbon; Portimão; Seville; Gibraltar; Tangier; Malaga; Granada; Valencia; and Barcelona—paired with the legendary Iberian Peninsula—all shore excursions included.
  • Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Tangier, Morocco.
  • Full-day, scenic excursion to Granada and the majestic Alhambra Palace from Malaga, Spain.
  • Visit Seville, capital city of Andalusia.
  • Visit la Plaza de la Reina and other UNESCO-inscribed Sites in Valencia.
  • Admire Ponta de Piedade, a group of coastal limestone rock formations along the Algarve coast.

Day 1 - Depart Home City

Day 2 - Lisbon, Portugal / Embark the Wind Star

Day 3 - Portimão, Portugal, for Lagos

Day 4 - Cádiz, Spain, for Seville

Day 5 - Strait of Gibraltar / Tangier, Morocco

Day 6 - Malaga, Spain, for Granada / Alhambra

Day 7 - Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

Day 8 - València

Day 9 - Barcelona

Day 10 - Barcelona / Disembark ship / Depart for home city

Wind Star

Five-Star, Small Sailing Ship

The intimate, 4-masted Wind Star offers an unforgettable five-star sailing experience. This small ship is designed to sail from deep seas into lagoons and ports inaccessible to larger vessels. Wind Star's gourmet dining and wide teak decks with unobscured views provide a private sailing experience to each guest.

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Lisbon Pre-Program Option

Start your journey with two nights in Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal. Stroll around the former royal residence of Queluz, otherwise known as the Portuguese Versailles, and its elegant lounges and beautiful gardens. Later, visit the charming village of Sintra—a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its mountain range, climate, countryside palaces, and cottages. Marvel at the Old Royal Palace, which houses the oldest glazed tiles in Portugal and the biggest conical chimneys of medieval times. Accommodations are in the elegant Dom Pedro Lisboa.

The Pre-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Barcelona Post-Program Option

Conclude your tour with two nights immersed in the heart of Barcelona, an ancient Roman trading port that now serves as the lively capital city of Catalonia. See the Barri Gòtic (Gothic Quarter), a masterpiece began in 1298 and finished in 1454. See Pablo Picasso’s defining cubist artwork at the Picasso Museum, the first museum dedicated to his work and the only one created during his lifetime. Discover the UNESCO‑inscribed modern marvels of Antoni Gaudí, including an excursion to Park Güell. Accommodations are in the 5-star Majestic Hotel & Spa.

The Post-Program Option is available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

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Program Itinerary

Day 1 Depart home city

Depart your home city for an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

Day 2 Lisbon, Portugal/Embark Ship

Arrive in Lisbon and embark the Wind Star and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Reception that evening.

Day 3 Portimão, Portugal, for Lagos

Admire Ponta de Piedade, a group of coastal limestone rock formations along the Algarve coast. Continue on to the port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa. The seaside resort is also an important yachting center organizing international regattas. Visit the statue of  Infante Dom Henrique and the Church of St. Anthony, with its intricate carved wood interior. Built in 1707 and re-built after an earthquake in 1755, the church is a fine example of Baroque architecture. 

Day 4 Cádiz, Spain, for Seville

Start the day with a tour of the impressive Alcázar, the ancient Palace of King Al-Mu’tamid featuring a combination of Moorish and Spanish architecture that has been continually added to over the centuries. Later, see the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Alcázar, the 14th‑century residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers.

Day 5 Strait of Gibraltar/Tangier, Morocco

While sailing through the Strait of Gibraltar connecting the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, marvel at the sight of the Rock of Gibraltar. In Tangier, experience the bridging of Spanish and Moorish cultures in the colorful Medina at a lunch that includes a cooking demonstration. 

Return to the ship later that evening and enjoy dinner onboard. 

Day 6 Malaga for Granada, Spain/Alhambra

In Granada, explore the Alhambra Palace and brilliant gardens of the Palace of Generalife, collectively a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of the royal court of Granada in the middle of the 13th century, and later a citadel with high ramparts and defensive towers. A footpath from Alhambra’s northern side leads to Generalife, the former rural residence of the emirs who ruled this part of Spain in the 13th and 14th centuries. Stroll through its magnificent gardens, considered among the most breathtaking
in the world. 

Day 7 Cruise the Mediterranean Sea

Enjoy a day at leisure and take part in 5-star amenities offered on board as the ship cruises through the vibrant blue waters along the coast of Spain.

Day 8 Valencia

On the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) of Spain, the sun‑kissed city of Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 B.C. amidst a fertile plain of orange groves—an ingredient that’s become a staple in the city’s foodie culture. Explore the culinary traditions of Valencia on a full-day excursion that includes a trip to the market with a local chef, followed by a cooking demonstration with a special nod to paella—a flavorful rice dish being one of the best-known of its kind in Spanish cuisine. Valencia is also known for its horchata, a refreshing drink. 

Enjoy the Captain’s Farewell Reception later this evening. 

Day 9 Barcelona

A vibrant city located on the northeastern coast of Spain, Barcelona is known for its spectacular and stunning architecture. 

Discover the UNESCO‑inscribed marvels of Antoni Gaudí, including the revered Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Construction of the basilica began in 1882 and it is still unfinished to this day, with an estimated completion date of 2026. The basilica is known for its intricate architecture, unique design elements, and stunning stained glass windows. Take in the sights of the city with a panoramic tour and return to the ship to enjoy dinner onboard. 

Day 10 Barcelona/Return to home city

After enjoying breakfast on the ship, disembark and transfer to the airport for your return flight home or continue on to the Barcelona Post-Program.