Europe Mediterranean Cruise

Barcelona to Basque Country: Tracing History & Culture on the Iberian Peninsula

Trace the shores of the Iberian Peninsula, witnessing the remnants of history, from the Romans and Moors to the explorers that spearheaded the Age of Discovery. Experience some of Europe’s most captivating cities, including Barcelona, Lisbon and Porto, and head to the countryside to visit the timeless villages of the Algarve, Galicia and Spain’s Basque country. Encounter wonders both ancient and modern, from the Roman ruins of Cartagena to the avant-garde architecture of Valencia. Along the way, savor local cuisine, sampling paella and port at their source.

There are numerous highlights on this Iberian Peninsula cruise. Discover an array of architectural marvels, from the Alhambra in Granada to Lisbon’s 16th-century Jerónimos Monastery and Ronda’s impressive Puente Nuevo bridge. Explore six UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Granada’s extraordinary Alhambra palace, the Tower of Belém in Lisbon and Porto’s old city.

Learn how cork oak is harvested in the orchards of the Algarve and explore Galicia’s estuaries with local fishermen. Stroll through San Sebastián’s historic city center and enjoy an introduction to its gastronomic history. And hike a portion of the Camino de Santiago to the medieval cathedral at Santiago de Compostela, consecrated in 1211.

Departures are aboard the 148-guest National Geographic Explorer, a home base that is perfect for exploring the best of the region, including well-known visitor spots and rarely visited, hard-to-reach gems. Equipped with National Geographic guides, historians, photographers and expert leaders, and built as a polar expedition vessel, the Nat Geo Explorer offers a smooth voyage through open ocean all the way around Spain.

Read on for details about this Iberian Peninsula cruise, or learn more about AdventureSmith’s small ship Mediterranean cruises and Mediterranean trips.