Wonders of the Western Mediterranean

Resort: Wonders of the Western Mediterranean
Operator: Saga
Destination: Europe
Price From: £3689.00

A sublime mix of culture and scenery

Spains vibrancy is undeniable: from the flavour in Valencias cuisine to the colourful architecture that adorns Barcelonas streets. What will you uncover on your Spanish adventure?

This classic cruise of the Western Mediterranean shines a spotlight on the vibrant ports of Spain at a most glorious time of year. Delve into the countrys famous fiesta and flamenco scene where youll experience the rhythmic pulse of this passionate nation. Even the cuisine, with its great variety, will spice up your life with the warming flavours of paprika, saffron and cayenne pepper. Spain is also the motherland of some of the worlds most well-known artists, from Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali, to Antoni Gaudi, whose imaginative architecture and mosaics have left an indelible mark on the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona.

Visit three unique Spanish regions: Andalusia, renowned for having 3000 hours of sun per year; Cartagena, which is characterised by its ancient Roman and Moorish heritage; and Catalonia, with its lengthy beaches and typically Mediterranean traditions. Youll also call at the French ports of Ajaccio and Toulon, where you can explore the colourful markets and elegant fountains of the charming old town or ascend to the summit of Mount Faron by glass-bottomed cable car for magnificent views across the city and out to sea.

Included sightseeing tours
Malaga, Spain
Cartagena, Spain
Toulon, France
Barcelona, Spain


Full Itinerary

Southampton, England

Embark Spirit of Discovery.

Depart 1800.

Southampton, England

19/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

20/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

21/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

22/07/2021 Malaga, Spain

Malaga, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Balmy Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. Begin your explorations with a sightseeing tourof city.

Its historic centre runs from the bustling harbour up to the foot of the Montes de Malaga. Here you can discover both Phoenician and Roman remains, a palatial Moorish fortress The Alcazaba and see masses of Renaissance and baroque architecture. There are numerous beautiful religious buildings, not least Mlaga cathedral, and some lovely gardens, notably La Concepcin Historical Botanic Gardens.

Malaga, Spain

23/07/2021 Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Surrounded by hills and history, Cartagena is an old unspoilt beauty of Murcia. Anincluded panoramic touroffers the perfect introduction to the highlights of the city. Here you can retrace its history back to the Roman empire as manicured promenades lead you to ancient ruins, leaving you to marvel over the many archaeological finds unearthed in Cartagena. The most impressive of which is a well-preserved Roman theatre, discovered in 1988.

Enjoy the opportunity to see a traditional Spanish Horse Show at a performance exclusively for Saga guests or sit back and relax on a sightseeing drive through the city.

Cartagena, Spain

24/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

25/07/2021 Ajaccio, Corsica

Ajaccio, Corsica

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The small and beautiful island of Corsica is a secret world of valleys and mountains, enchanting bays and mysterious forests. Ajaccio is the capital and gateway to the island’s rugged and fragrant interior, as well as the birthplace of Napoleon Bonaparte. Trace the legacy of the prominent military leader, born here in 1769, and perhaps visit his ancestral home, Maison Bonaparte, now a national museum showcasing period furnishings and artefacts of the famous rulers life.

Another museum worth a visit is the Palace Fesch Museum of Fine Arts, which houses one of the most beautiful collections of Italian paintings in France. Alternatively, soak up the sun on the trendy waterfront promenade, and peruse the market in search of local liqueurs, sweet treats and cheeses.

Ajaccio, Corsica

26/07/2021 Toulon, France

Toulon, France

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

A beautiful coastal resort approximately 32 miles from Marseilles, popular Toulon has an extensive port that is home to the French navy, as well as a picturesque old town of colourful markets and elegant fountains. Look forward to an included tour revealing the highlights. Overlooking the citys northern border is Mont Faron, the 1,900-foot summit of which can be accessed by a seven-minute cable car ride.

Consider capturing the city-filled panorama on your camera or remain on the waterfront to visit Toulons naval museum for an extensive exploration of the citys maritime past. Further afield, beyond Mont Faron, is Sainte-Baume Natural Regional Park, a forested landscape studded with rocky curiosities and providing a calming contrast to the busier city.

Toulon, France

27/07/2021 Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

Stylish and dynamic, Spain’s cultural capital has so much to offer, as youll see on anincluded introductory tour.Visit La Rambla, the fabulous shopping street that’s abuzz with street performers and musicians. Follow the call of Gaudi and seek out the artist’s most famous yet incomplete work, the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, and explore the enchanting old streets of the Gothic quarter.

Alternatively, treat yourself to a tasting of gourmet chocolate and Cava, one of the most important products made in this area.

Barcelona, Spain

28/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

29/07/2021 Gibraltar

Gibraltar

Arrive 0800. Depart 1700.

The British overseas territory of Gibraltar is often described as a home from home, punctuated by red postboxes and traditional pubs. Overlooking its narrow colonial streets and sandy peninsular is the Gibraltar Rock, a 1,400-foot-tall limestone formation for which Gibraltar is famous. For those that enjoy a challenging hike, the Rock offers an excellent opportunity to dust off your walking boots and immerse yourself in the local flora and fauna. Alternatively, enjoy a cable car ride to its summit, or stay grounded in the beautiful Almeda Botanical Gardens.

During your time in port, you might meet the Barbary Macaques who call Gibraltar home, recognised as the only wild monkeys in Europe. Want to go deeper into Gibraltars history? Take a tour of the tunnels used by British forces during World War Two, or step into St Michaels Cave to admire the stalactites and stalagmites.

Gibraltar

30/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

31/07/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

01/08/2021 At Sea

Spend the day at sea.

02/08/2021 Southampton, England

Southampton, England

Arrive 0800.

Disembark Spirit of Discovery after breakfast.

Please note:Some of the highlights detailed may only be seen on optional excursions, at an additional cost, or by exploring independently.

Southampton, England

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