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14 Days
Availability : May 30, 2023
Barcelona
Dublin
Tour Details
14-Night Wine & Culture Voyage

Sip, Sail, & Savour the Wine & Culture of Spain, Portugal, & France

Departs May 30, 2023 on Azamara Pursuit

We don’t want it to seem like we’re cheating on all the other incredible destinations we sail to, but we really love sailing the Mediterranean. It’s the dolce vita. It’s the joie de vivre. No matter how you say it, it’s a region that’s best experienced by sea.

It’s easy to fall in love with the Mediterranean, and it starts from the ground up. Literally. It’s in every detail of the cobblestone alleyways, elegant esplanades, cliff-side footpaths, waterfront promenades, and roads made of marble. Whether you walk, bike, or drive, you’ll find that rich history, welcoming locals, and delicious cuisine are only ever a stone’s throw away.

Book with us and get a Lloyds promotion of $100 USD shipboard credit per person!

Pricing starting from $6,140 CAD per person, including taxes, and based on double occupancy in an Ocean View Stateroom.

International airfare additional

Departure Location

Barcelona, Spain

End Location

Dublin, Ireland

Price Includes

  • Complimentary AzAmazing Evenings® event (on most voyages)
  • Select standard spirits, international beers and wines
  • Gratuities
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, specialty coffees and teas
  • Self-service laundry
  • Shuttle service to and from port communities, where available

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Any private expenses
  • Optional excursions
  • Visa's, if required
  • Airfare

Tour Specialist

  • Deborah Charles
What to Expect

Your journey begins in the capital of Catalunya—bustling Barcelona. Spend the day taking in the astounding architecture of Gaudí, exploring the Picasso Museum or sampling your way through the city’s street food scene before boarding and settling in for your day at sea. First stop, a luxurious late night stay in Málaga. For an authentic experience, head to Antigua Casa de Guardia, the oldest tavern in the city or take a scenic drive inland to the breathtaking Alhambra Fortress in Granada.

From Málaga you’ll travel to the United Kingdom—but don’t worry, you won’t have to journey far. The towering cliffs of Gibraltar have been British longer than the United States has been American and its mix of Palladian architecture, military history, English pubs, and tropical Barbary macaques make for an extraordinary day of opposites.

Wine lovers, get ready. Portugal has been producing wine for more than 2,000 years and as you’ll soon discover, Portugese wine is about so much more than Port. Your overnight stay in Lisbon will leave plenty of time for exploring the city’s historic Alfama district, indulging in a pastel de nata or two, visiting Lisbon Castle, strolling the Rio Tejo, and getting a taste of local nightlife as you sip vinho tinto in one of the city’s stylish lounges. Then, spend the day in charming Porto, admiring the contrasts of the city’s architecture and (of course) sampling Port in the Douro Valley.

Next you’ll travel to the culinary and cultural powerhouse of Bilbao in the Basque region of  northern Spain. From family-run pintxo bars to Michelin-starred restaurants, Bilbao is a foodie’s playground. Some of Spain’s best Rioja’s come from the region and txakoli—a light, aromatic white wine aperitif—is the perfect accompaniment to the city’s seafood-forward tapas.

Bordeaux is the world’s largest urban UNESCO World Heritage Site and it’s yours to explore for the next three days. Viticulture has shaped this area since the 14th century and there’s no better place to discover some of the world’s finest wines. You can also tour the Château Royal de Cognac and the Maison Hennessy to immerse yourself in one of the region’s other legendary alcoholic exports.

After wining, dining, strolling vineyards, and exploring cathedrals, you’ll spend a day at sea en route to Wales and this historic port town of Milford Haven. With one of the world’s deepest natural harbours and a strategic location, Milford Haven’s seaside ways date back to the time of the Vikings. Stroll the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, soak in the stunning Welsh scenery, and treat yourself to a Welsh cake before departing for Dublin, your final destination. 

For more information on this tour, or help with booking, please contact your favourite Lloyds Travel Agent!
Itinerary

Day 1Barcelona

Barcelona is a cosmopolitan masterpiece. With a history rich in art and architecture, medieval, Gothic, and modern influences can be seen all over the city. Start at the waterfront and stroll up the shady, tree-lined Las Ramblas boulevard and discover some of the city’s best shopping and bustling cafes.

Day 2At Sea

Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

Day 3 Malaga

Málaga is like a beautiful work of art. And it’s no wonder considering, considering it was the birthplace of Picasso. You’ll find a museum commemorating his birth here, which is a must-visit destination for art fans. Elsewhere, be sure to spend some time in the city’s Alcazaba, a 11th-century citadel that is home to three palaces, beautiful gardens, and opulent fountains.

Day 4Gibraltar

The towering Rock of Gibraltar is a sight to behold. Overlooking the mouth of the Mediterranean from a height of 1,400 feet, it’s a natural fortress. It’s also home to huge caves and troupes of Barbary macaques that have taken up residence on The Rock’s upper reaches. On the streets below, you can explore dozens of British stores and pubs, and marvel that you’re a stone’s throw away from Spain.

Day 5 - 6Lisbon

One of the oldest cities in the world, Lisbon is rich in architecture and criss-crossed by monument-studded grand boulevards. Must-sees include the church of Igreja de Sao Vicente de Fora, which dates back to the 12th century; Musee Calouste Gulbenkian, one of Europe’s leading fine arts museums; and Torre de Belém, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous monuments in Portugal.

Day 7Leixões

At the mouth of the Rio Douro lies the city of Porto, known mostly for its port wine trade. With origins dating back to the 5th century, there is plenty to see in this town. Stroll the Ribeira neighborhood along the river, explore the Cathedral area, or tour the port lodges of Vila Nova de Gaia across the river. Savoring a taste of tawny port, tripe, and seafood while here is highly recommended.

Day 8At Sea

Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

Day 9Bilbao

Home to a cultural and architectural renaissance, Bilbao’s factories and ports have been transformed into spectacular urban projects. The ultra-modern Guggenheim Museum is a definite standout, and this gem in Basque country is brimming with fine wines, exceptional cuisine, and a vibrant spirit.

Day 10 - 12Bordeaux

Bordeaux’s fortunes have long been tied to viticulture. As a result it is a handsome and cohesive city of incredible classical and neoclassical style, with monumental buildings and fine mansions financed by the almighty grape. Be sure to bring your tasting palate to sample some of the world’s best wines.

Day 13At Sea

Spend the day sailing in style aboard your boutique hotel at sea. Indulge in a treatment at Sanctum Spa, stay ship shape with a class at our fitness center, or lounge the day away on our sunny pool deck.

In the evening, savor inspired Italian cuisine at Aqualina, or relish in a classic steakhouse experience at Prime C. Plus, you’ll find plenty of exciting evening entertainment, from thrilling shows at Cabaret Lounge to intimate performances in the Living Room.

Day 14Milford Haven

Day 15Dublin

There’s a story waiting around every corner in Dublin. Spend time in Temple Bar and watch the city come alive, take a ghost tour to discover Dracula’s unnerving connection to Dublin, and behold a view you’ll never forget from the Observation Wheel. Of course, no Irish adventure is complete without a trip to the Guinness Storehouse where you’ll learn the history of Ireland’s most popular stout.

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Why Book With Us?

  • Worry free planning
  • Exceptional knowledge
  • Family owned & operated
  • Superior value


Have a Question?

Don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team of experts are happy to assist you in creating your next dream vacation.

1.800.800.7252

travel@lloydstravel.com