April-September 2020 | 8-day cruises
From Malaga, Spain to Lisboa – Portimao, Portugal or reverse
A cruise voyage unraveling the wonders of Spain and Portugal
Granada – Ronda – Gibraltar –Seville – Jerez de la Frontera – Lisboa
8 DAYS, 7 NIGHTS
The M/Y HARMONY V is a modern elegant yacht with a sleek high-tech look very similar to the private yachts to be found in the famous ports of the world.
Length: 55 m
Capacity: 49 passengers
The M/Y HARMONY V is a 183 ½ ft-wide elegant yacht and was rebuilt/launched in July 2009. The HARMONY V complies with EUROSOLAS safety regulations, ISPS (International Ships Port Safety Code) ISM, (International Safety Management), while its powerful engines, generators and state of the art stabilizers will allow for safe and comfortable cruising.
Service on board is provided by your Captain, the Cruise Coordinator and your experienced Marine and Hotel crew members. Service will be attentive or unobtrusive according to your requirements and priority is always given to the safety and comfort of passengers. Organized excursions are available for most ports of call and can be pre-booked or reserved 24 hours in advance.
Malaga to Lisboa & Reverse
Day 1, Sunday
Lisboa – Portimao, Portugal
Meeting at 1 pm at Lisbon Hotel (name to be advised) and escorted bus transfer to Portimao to embark your ship. We arrive in Portimao at approximately 5 pm. Dinner on board.
Day 2, Monday
Portimao - Portugal
Our half day optional excursion will take us to Silves, largely destroyed by a 17th century earthquake. Marvel at the centuries-old Moorish castle complex with an underground water reservoir, a 13th Century Cathedral built by Alfonso X of Castile on the site of a former Mosque and a fine strong 15th century bridge over the Rio Arade. During your visit to Silves, you'll also have time to browse the historic exhibits at the Museu Arqueológico. We leave Silves visit and travel into the Serra de Monchique to reach the picturesque city of Monchique nested between two hills. The city retains its 16th century charm and you will walk through its cobbled streets with small doorways housing various artisan trades.. We return to Portimao for late lunch and prepare for departure. Overnight at sea to Seville.
Day 3, Tuesday
Morning sailing up the Guadalquivir river and midday arrival. Afternoon optional excursion in Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, where Moorish and Spanish art and culture have left their mark. Our optional excursion will bring you to the Cathedral, the Alcazar Palace and its Andalusian gardens, the Maria Luisa Park and the quaint and elegant district of Santa Cruz. Overnight in port.
Day 4, Wednesday
Seville - Jerez de la Frontera - Cadiz, Spain
Full day optional excursion in Seville and to Jerez de la Frontera, famous for its wines, horse breeding and flamenco. Your tour will enable you to see the Alcazar, the cathedral. (The ship departs with passengers not participating in the excursion at 8:30 to reach Cadiz). Guests rejoin the ship in Cadiz in the evening. Late night sailing.
Day 5, Thursday
Gibraltar, UK, Bolonia or Arroyo Beach
Swim Stop. Early afternoon arrival at Gibraltar. Afternoon optional excursion in the “Rock”. We depart by bus from the port to reach the top of the Rock, perched on the summit of Gibraltar for a breathtaking view. We continue to St. Michael’s Cave to admire the stalactites & stalagmites, and then we visit the WWII Tunnels. The tour will end in Main Street where you will have some free time for shopping. Overnight in port.
Day 6, Friday
Early morning sailing to Porto Banus.
Porto Banus (for Ronda), Spain
Arrival in Porto Banus and swimstop at anchor. After lunch we enjoy an optional excursion to Ronda, 50 km inland a city which retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town and the nearby 18th century Puente Nuevo. Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Plaza de Toros is now a museum, and visitors can stroll out into the arena. Our optional excursion will include visits to the an elegant cloistered 16th century convent and old Ronda, La Ciudad, with its cobbled streets hemmed by handsome town mansions, some still occupied by Ronda's titled families such as the Casa de Don Bosco. We will walk to the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, which boasts a convent, two churches, including the toy town bell tower of the Iglesia Santa Maria de Mayor. The ship will sail to Malaga at 3 pm and guests participating in the excursion will rejoin the ship in Malaga. Late night arrival in Malaga. Overnight in port.
Day 7, Saturday
Malaga - Granada, Spain
Optional full day excursion to Granada, one of the most fascinating cities in Europe and the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492. We will visit one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. We will also visit the Cathedral and enjoy time at leisure before returning to the ship. Overnight in port.
Day 8, Sunday
Disembarkation at 9 a.m.
Important Note: For the Granada & Alhambra Palaces excursion the tickets for Alhambra must be “purchased” latest 6 months in advance therefore this tour must be pre-booked.
OVERNIGHT IN PORT
Itineraries can be changed at the discretion of Variety Cruises and of the Vessel's Captain in case of adverse weather conditions - winds of 6/7 beaufort or more depending on the vessel- on port authorities not allowing a vessel to leave port or in case of other extraordinary conditions. Such itinerary changes do not entitle automatically passengers to any refunds but Variety Cruises guarantees that passengers are disembarked at the advertised port of disembarkation on time for their flights.
- Seville, built along the Guadalkivir river with several UNESCO classified monuments and a rich Moorish and Spanish heritage
- Grenada, with its brilliant architectural jewels such as the Alhambra Palace
- Jerez de la Frontera, an Andalusian city world famous for its architecture, sherry and fine horses
- Ronda, birthplace of modern bull fighting
- Gibraltar, a British outpost right in the South of Spain
SAILING DATES, CRUISE FARES & CONDITIONS
FROM MALAGA – SPAIN
6 May 2020
11 June 2020
17, 31 July 2020
14, 28 August 2020
11 September 2020
FROM LISBON / PORTIMAO – PORTUGAL
29 April 2020
4 June 2020
10, 24 July 2020
7, 21 August 2020
4 September 2020
A/ Cruise fares include
- Accommodation in double or twin cabins with private SH/WC & air conditioning.
- Full-board: Buffet breakfast and two meals daily, including a Welcome Cocktail, a local Theme Evening , fun BBQ (weather permitting) and Captain’s Dinner.
- Regular (filter) coffee, tea and drinking water free all day.
- Use of fishing and snorkelling equipment (subject to availability).
- English-Speaking Cruise Escort.
- Beverages (except those mentioned above).
- Shore excursions on the islands or other land arrangements.
- Crew tips.
- Passenger personal expenses
- Wi-Fi (available at charge)