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This cruise is part of a collection of PONANT voyages that are specially-tailored for English-speaking travellers who want to engage with the world. In addition to the usual elements of the PONANT experience, the listed price for these voyages includes transfers to and from the ship, talks and discussions aboard ship by world class experts, and a shore excursion or activity in each port of call that encourages guests to embrace the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of the local environment and culture.
This cruise from the Atlantic Coast of North Africa to the Spanish Mediterranean provides a relaxed and engaging experience of both the rich history and vibrant contemporary culture of the region.
You begin with an overnight aboard ship in Casablanca, where you will have a full day either to discover the modern architecture of this bustling metropolis, including the stunning Hassan II Mosque, or to travel to Morocco's capital, Rabat, to delve into the Moorish past represented in the emblematic Hassan Tower and the Oudayas Kasbah.
In Tangier you can visit the American Legation, the oldest U.S. diplomatic mission in the world, or you may travel across the Rif Mountains to the showcase of Moroccan handicrafts at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tetouan.
Next you will spend a full day in and around Malaga, the gateway to Andalusia and to the legendary Costa del Sol. One highlight of your time here is sure to be your journey to Granada, including dinner followed by a private evening tour of the incomparable Alhambra itself.
From Marbella, you may travel to the picturesque town of Ronda, a center of bullfighting, or you may stay in Marbella to stroll the Avenida del Mar, decorated with ten sculptures by Dali, and take in a flamenco performance.
The final port of call before your voyage ends in Lisbon is the ancient city of Cadiz, where you may visit one of the "white villages" for which the region is famous before a flamenco performance in the city's premiere tablao. Or you may travel to Seville, one of Europe’s most important and affluent maritime cities, to visit the Alcázar, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the Gothic Cathedral containing the tomb of Christopher Columbus.
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Rafael Chacón is Bruce and Suzanne Crocker Director of the Montana Museum of Art and Culture and Professor of Art History and Criticism at the University of Montana-Missoula where he lectures on a broad range of art historical subjects. He received his Ph.D. in art history with honors from the University of Chicago, having been awarded numerous research fellowships to study in Europe, including an award from the Spanish Ministry of Culture for his dissertation on Michelangelism in renaissance art. He has twice walked the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route across France and Spain. Rafael has been an expert for many Smithsonian Journeys programs in Cuba, Europe, and Russia. A generalist historian, he has written on a range of topics primarily related to renaissance and baroque art, both in Europe and in the Americas, most recently focusing on revival style architecture in the U.S. during the late 19th century. He has taught Islamic art at the college level for over 30 years, focusing on the rich interactions between the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim worlds since the Middle Ages.
Language spoken : Englsih
Photo credit : ARR
Alia Kate is the owner of Kantara, a fair-trade design business that specializes in Moroccan rugs. Since 2008, Alia has worked directly with weaving cooperatives in Morocco and is committed to fostering economic development of the women artisans through ethical trade. Through Kantara, Alia has presented at numerous conferences, developed an arts/education curriculum, and curated rugs and content for exhibits in museums and galleries.
Alia has cultivated a career that revolves around social innovation, community development, and experiential education. Some of her past experience includes managing the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership at Claremont McKenna College, launching the Social Innovation Program at Sequoyah High School, and designing and leading educational service-learning trips in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Puerto Rico, the American South, Navajo Nation, and, of course, Morocco. In each of these capacities, Alia has engaged thought leaders in different sectors throughout Los Angeles and the global changemaker community.
Alia has lived and worked in half a dozen countries throughout the world. As a result, she’s fluent in French, Spanish, and Arabic. Since cross-cultural communication is at the core of what she does, she’s also learned some of the Amazigh languages that are spoken in rural Morocco.
After a decade of leading educational tours for teens and college students, she’s thrilled to join the Smithsonian on their tours. Alia is in the process of completing her executive MBA and is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied international Relations with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa.
Language spoken : English
Photo credit : ARR
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Passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the completion of your trip. Passport must contain at least two completely clear, blank, unused visa pages for each visa required, not including any amendment pages. Visa pages with stains or ink from other pages in the passport are not usable. Guests who deviate from the scheduled embarkation or disembarkation port should research the foreign entry requirements for the port country. Due to government regulations, regrettably, Ponant will have to deny boarding to any guest who fails to obtain the appropriate travel documentation for this trip.
Warning about the use of drones: the use of drones aboard PONANT ships, whether they are sailing at sea, at a port of call or anchored, is strictly forbidden. The use of drones on land in the Arctic and Antarctic regions is also strictly forbidden by international polar regulations. In other regions, it may be possible to use drones on land if permission has been obtained from the relevant authorities of each country and each region travelled through, as well as a pilot’s licence that should be obtained from your home country. Passengers are responsible for obtaining these permits; they should be able to present them at all times. Passengers who do not obtain these authorisations expose themselves to the risk of legal proceedings.
Ideal clothes for life on board:
During the days spent on board, you are advised to wear comfortable clothes or casual outfits. The entire ship is air-conditioned, so a light sweater, a light jacket or a shawl may be necessary. When moving about in the public areas of the ship and the decks, light but comfortable shoes are recommended.
In the evening, you are advised to wear smart-casual attire, especially when dining in our restaurants where wearing shorts and tee-shirts is not allowed.
Depending on the itinerary and the program of your cruise, an Officer’s Evening with a white dress code may be organized. Therefore, we encourage you to bring a stylish white outfit for the occasion (otherwise black and white).
During the cruise, two gala evenings will be organised on board. Thus, we recommend that you bring one or two formal outfits.
A small shop is available on board offering a wide range of outfits, jewellery, leather goods and many accessories.
A laundry service (washing/ironing) is available on board, but unfortunately there are no dry cleaning services. For safety reasons, your cabin is not equipped with an iron.
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In your hand luggage, remember to bring any medicines that you need, and possibly a small spare bag of toiletries (in case of delay in the delivery of your baggage by the airline). Remember to always have your travel documents with you in case you need them: hotel vouchers, cruise vouchers, return flight tickets... Never leave them in your hold luggage.
All our cabins have a safe. We recommend not to go ashore with valuable jewellery.
Smithsonian Journeys is the travel program of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum, education and research complex, consisting of 21 museums, the National Zoological Park, education centers, research facilities, cultural centers, and libraries. Drawing on Smithsonian's resources dating back 175 years, these sailings will feature notable experts and experiences that embrace local cultures and dive deeper into a destination’s history, cuisine, language, environment, and wildlife. For more than 50 years, Smithsonian Journeys has been rooted in and focused on cultural immersion and discovery – with a goal of inspiring guests to become global citizens through travel.
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Embarkation 20/04/2023 from 16:00 to 17:00
Departure 21/04/2023 at 18:00
Situated along the Atlantic coast, Casablanca is the very image of contemporary Morocco: Westernised and cosmopolitan. Exploring the architectural heritage of the “White City” tells you all you need to know about its cultural and historical diversity. Breathtaking highlights include the majestic Hassan II Mosque, considered to be one of the greatest religious buildings in the world. You can explore the narrow alleys of the old Medina, which stand in sharp contrast to the surrounding modern architecture. To get the most from the seafront, the Ain Diab Corniche provides a pleasant place for strolling with easy access to the beach.
Arrival 22/04/2023 early morning
Departure 22/04/2023 early evening
Arrival 23/04/2023 early morning
Departure 23/04/2023 late evening
A historical and festive town, Malaga is located in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol. Between the marina and the beaches, the seaside promenade of La Farola offers an ideal setting for strolling and relaxing. Set slightly further back, the Malagueta bullring is one of the emblematic sites of the city. From the hill overlooking the old town, one can see Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba, two fortified ensembles rising out from the cypresses and maritime pines. To visit Pablo Picasso’s birthplace, you will go first to the courtly plaza de la Merced. A few streets back from here, you can explore the museum dedicated to the artist, in the Buenavista palace.
Arrival 24/04/2023 early morning
Departure 24/04/2023 late afternoon
In the province of Malaga, Marbella is a renowned seaside resort on the Costa del Sol. The remains of early Christian and Roman sites around this former mining town, located at the foot of the Sierra Blanca mountains, bear witness to a rich history. With its white houses on flowery little streets, the old town is perfect for a pleasant stroll. The Plaza de los Naranjos, former focal point of the city, is near the 10th-century Arabic castle and the Church of Santa María de la Encarnación. Not far from here, you’ll be able to discover the magnificent viewpoints offered by Ronda, a picturesque town perched 700 metres (2,296 feet) high. Its Puente Nuevo bridge majestically crosses the gorges of the Guadalevin River that cuts the town in two.
Arrival 25/04/2023 early morning
Departure 25/04/2023 evening
Andalusia’s Cadiz is located on the Costa de la Luz, in the south-west of Spain. From the beaches of Cortadura, to the flamenco bars of Santa Maria, through the colourful streets of la Viña, you will be amazed by this city, which is both steeped in history and extremely festive. In the medieval El Pópulo district, you will stroll along covered passages in the narrow gaps between houses. You will also be able to mosey around the lush Mina square. The star of the show is the magnificent cathedral and its dome crowned with yellow porcelain, presiding above the Ocean.
During your day at sea, make the most of the many services and activities on board. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in the spa or stay in shape in the fitness centre. Depending on the season, let yourself be tempted by the swimming pool or a spot of sunbathing. This day without a port of call will also be an opportunity to enjoy the conferences or shows proposed on board, to do some shopping in the boutique or to meet the PONANT photographers in their dedicated space. As for lovers of the open sea, they will be able to visit the ship’s upper deck to admire the spectacle of the waves and perhaps be lucky enough to observe marine species. A truly enchanted interlude, combining comfort, rest and entertainment.
Arrival 27/04/2023 early morning
Disembarkation 27/04/2023 at 07:00
Portugal’s capital city located on the banks of the Tagus, only a few kilometres from the Atlantic coast, is a city of exceptionally rich cultural diversity. At the mouth of the river harbour, impose two UNESCO World Heritage monuments, Jeronimos monastery and Belem tower. The Alfama hillside is also worth visiting: known for its fado bars and its Moorish streets, this district is the oldest one of the city and one of the most typical. Not far from there, Chiado’s elegant streets are home to big fashion labels and are an invitation to a bit of of luxury shopping.
This excursion introduces you to the most important highlights of Casablanca, focusing on the 20th-century architecture of this center of Moroccan economic activity.
No trip to Casablanca is really complete without a visit to the Hassan II Mosque. Built between 1980 and 1993 almost entirely of materials from Morocco, the mosque is situated on a rocky outcrop of land and partially suspended over the Atlantic Ocean. With some ceilings over 200 feet tall, this massive structure can hold 25,000 people inside and can accommodate an additional 80,000 within its grounds. It is also one of the most technologically sophisticated mosques in the world, with heated flooring, a retractable roof, and lasers atop its minaret that point the way to Mecca each evening.
Following your guided tour of this grand monument to King Hassan II, you will drive into the center of the city, stopping first at the modernist (1954) Notre Dame de Lourdes Church for a brief visit inside to experience the work of world-renowned stained glass artist Gabriel Loire, whose windows form the walls of the sanctuary. Continue to the Habous, or "New Medina," a neighborhood built by the French in the early 20th century in traditional Moroccan style. Here you will see the magnificent Royal Palace and the Regional Law Courts. And you may wish to spend some time browsing in the souks for fabrics, clothing, or any of the myriad other items on display.
A brief drive along the coast with views of the resort beaches of Ain Diab brings you to Rick's Café, a restaurant designed to recreate the ambience of the movie Casablanca, where you will enjoy a leisurely lunch before returning to the ship.
Rabat, Morocco's capital, is a modern city of wide boulevards and many gardens, but it is nevertheless steeped in history.
After a brief stop at the official residence of the King, you will arrive at the Chellah Necropolis, which is both a Roman ruin and an Islamic burial site. The Roman city of Sala was abandoned in the 12th century and converted to a royal burial ground. Two centuries later it was designated a holy necropolis (chellah). It serves now as a spot of peaceful retreat from the bustle of the city and as a reminder of Rabat's ancient history.
From the Chellah, you continue to the site of one of the two most important monuments in Rabat, the Mohammed V Mausoleum, honoring the Sultan who led Morocco to independence. A magnificent white marble pavilion capped with a green tile roof, the mausoleum is the final resting place for Mohammed V and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Moulay Abdellah.
About 200 yards from the mausoleum is the city's emblematic Hassan Tower, which was intended by its builder, sultan Yacoub El Mansour, to be the tallest minaret in the world. Although the tower never realized the Sultan's ambition, it remains an impressive monument, reflecting the glory of the 12th-century Almohad Empire, which stretched from Tunisia to southern Spain.
After a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the Kasbah of the Oudayas. Named for the Oudaya tribe who were sent to Rabat to defend the city against Andalusian pirates, the Kasbah is home to beautiful Andalusian Gardens that overlook the river and the city of Salé on the opposite bank. The art museum on the grounds concentrates mainly on historical Moroccan jewelry.
After enjoying these tranquil surroundings, you return to Casablanca.
Your discovery of Tangier begins with a short drive to Cap Spartel on the northwest tip of Africa overlooking the entrance to the Straits of Gibraltar. The fortifications and lighthouse built on cliffs 1,000 feet above sea level offer extraordinary views over the point at which the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean Sea.
Returning to Tangier, you devote the balance of your excursion to an exploration of the city's medina. Your guide will lead you on a walk through some of Tangier's most interesting architecture to the highest point in the medina, the Kasbah, traditional residence of the sultan and his harem and now one of the most fashionable residential areas of Tangier. Here you will have time to browse in the recently renovated Kasbah Museum and its gardens, displaying historic maps and beautiful mosaic artworks.
Your next stop is the old American Legation, the oldest United States diplomatic property abroad and the only National Historic Landmark outside the U.S. The Legation's museum traces the history of the relationship between the United States and Morocco, which was one of the first countries to recognize American independence (1786).
As you wind your way back down the hill, your guide will lead you into the Grand Socco (Souk). Once filled with traders, musicians, storytellers, and snake charmers, it remains a bustling hub of activity, especially when Riffian peasants come to market.
Before returning to the ship, enjoy a relaxing break with Moroccan mint tea and pastries at the Grand Hotel Villa de France.
Morocco has long prided itself on being a society tolerant of religious diversity, a legacy from the Middle Ages, when Moorish Caliphs ruled North Africa and Southern Spain. This excursion through Tangier's medina focuses on the three monotheistic religions still practiced in the city.
Your walking tour of the medina begins as your guide leads you through some of Tangier's most interesting architecture to the highest point in the medina, the Kasbah, traditional residence of the sultan and his harem. This citadel dates from the 17th century, when Sultan Moulay Ismail rebuilt fortifications destroyed by the British, including a palace (now the Kasbah Museum), various government buildings, and a mosque. The Kasbah Mosque is the oldest, and perhaps most beautiful, in the city and is distinguished by its octagonal minaret.
A short walk from the Kasbah brings you to the Beni Idir quarter of Tangier and to the Moshe Nahon Synagogue. Renovated in 1994, the synagogue now functions as a museum, preserving the elaborate Andalusian decor of the prayer room, including typical floral and geometric motifs as well as calligraphy in both Hebrew and Arabic.
Your final visit is to Saint Andrew’s, a non-denominational church constructed by Great Britain on land donated by the Sultan in 1883. Built in authentic Moorish style as a mark of respect to its host country, it employed hundreds of Moroccan craftsmen from Fez to decorate its interior. In the true spirit of coexistence, an alcove in the nave features carved text from the Quran, and the Lord's Prayer is engraved in Arabic around the chancel arch.
Before returning to the ship, enjoy a relaxing break with Moroccan mint tea and pastries at the Grand Hotel Villa de France.
The city of Tetouan, a scenic 35-mile drive through the Rif Mountains from Tangier, is an important center of traditional Moroccan craftsmanship.
On arrival in Tetouan, your first visit is to Dar Sanaa, a former palace repurposed as a school to teach Morocco's traditional crafts. The elements of Moroccan heritage included in the training here range from plaster-carving and wood-painting to leatherwork and embroidery. Through the work on display at the school and hearing from the staff you can learn much about the country's culture and come to appreciate this initiative to preserve it.
Leaving Dar Sanaa, you begin a walking tour of Tetouan's ancient medina, much of which was built by 15th-century refugees fleeing the Spanish reconquest of Andalusia, and which has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wander along its narrow alleys and streets, browsing in the colorful souks, while vendors in traditional costume hawk their goat cheese, vegetables, and spices. Pass by the Jewish neighborhood whose inhabitants have coexisted with the Muslim majority for centuries. And arrive at the Museum of Moroccan Handicrafts, where a variety of crafts are on display, including embroidery, woodwork and woolen garments. Your guided tour comes to an end outside of the Royal Palace of Tetouan with its wide esplanade, Andalusian architecture, and magnificently decorated gate.
Before rejoining your motorcoach for the return to Tangier, stop to savor a Moroccan tea and fresh Moroccan pastries at a local riad at the edge of the medina.
This tour takes you to Granada to explore the incomparable Alhambra, built by caliphs of the Nasrid dynasty and recognized as the very pinnacle of Islamic architecture in the region. You will also discover the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, final resting place of Ferdinand and Isabella, the Catholic Monarchs who brought an end to Islamic rule in Iberia.
Enjoy a drive through abundant olive orchards dotted with picturesque villages to the city of Granada, situated on a mesa in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. From its founding by the Umayyad dynasty in the 8th century until 1492, Granada was the center of a civilization in which the three great monotheistic faiths worked side by side to build a society of tolerance, dialogue, and coexistence.
On arrival in Granada, a stroll through the city center ends at the majestic Cathedral, a remarkable combination of Baroque façade, Renaissance dome and Gothic floor plan. This intriguing amalgam of architectural styles boasts stunning stained-glass windows and exquisite paintings and sculptures. In the Cathedral’s Royal Chapel are the tombs of Ferdinand and Isabella.
A short drive brings you to the luxurious Alhambra Palace Hotel where you will enjoy dinner in beautiful surroundings before continuing to the Alhambra for a private evening tour.
Although damaged and restored over the centuries, it is not difficult to picture the palace as it was 600 years ago. Enter the Alqala hamra ("red castle") and visit the Nazaries Palaces — a complex of buildings with intricately carved stucco walls, knotted ceilings, and charming courtyards. Discover the Serallo, the official residence of the Sultan and Harem, which surrounds the famous Patio de los Leones with its 12 lion fountains. Continue with a visit to the Generalife Palace and Gardens, built as a summer paradise for the Sultan.
This full-day excursion begins with a scenic 90-minute drive through the Sierra de las Nieves to the mountaintop town of Ronda, among the most famous towns in Andalusia, in part because of its uncanny perch spanning El Tajo, a 350-foot-deep gorge that divides the town in two.
Your walking tour begins in El Ciudad, the old town that was once the capital of a Moorish kingdom, where you follow your guide through an intricate maze of streets and alleyways, passing by the town's major historic buildings, including the iconic Plaza de Toros bullring, birthplace of the modern Spanish bullfight. This elegant late 18th-century stadium, crowned by a sloping roof of Arabic tiles, is where Francisco Romero approached a bull for the first time on foot, rather than on horseback.
Your tour continues as you cross Ronda's emblematic Puente Nuevo, the 'new' bridge completed in 1793 after forty years of construction that cost 50 laborers their lives. The bridge itself is a remarkable achievement, built entirely from hewn rock from the bottom of the gorge, and the views from the bridge of houses literally clinging to the cliffs are spectacular.
Return to your motorcoach for a 15-minute drive to Reservatauro Ronda, a breeding farm for bulls and pure Andalusian horses. On arrival at the ranch, located among centuries-old oaks in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, you will be treated to a lunch of local specialties before joining a guided tour of the grounds. You will have the opportunity to see bulls in their natural environment, and you will experience a tentadero, the non-violent method of confrontation used by professional bullfighters to judge the suitability of bulls for the ring.
Marbella acquired its reputation as the place to be and be seen on the Costa del Sol in the late 1950s and 1960s when it was "discovered" by Europe’s rich and famous. It remains a center of tourism and also serves as a gateway to the riches of the entire region.
Your excursion begins with a walking tour of the maze of narrow streets of whitewashed houses with decorated balconies that is Old Town. Centered on the Patio de los Naranjos (Courtyard of Orange Trees), this is the section of town where you will find the fascinating shops and boutiques that have made Marbella famous. Here you will also find the town hall, the old governor's house, and the Chapel of Santiago. Wander through the garden of brightly colored flowers and orange trees surrounding a bust of King Juan Carlos 1, and stroll down the Avenida del Mar, adorned with fountains, trellises, and a collection of sculptures by Salvador Dalí.
A short drive inland brings you to the charming village of Mijas, built on a mountainside 1300 feet above sea level with panoramic views over the Costa del Sol. Follow your guide through narrow cobblestoned streets of tiny-whitewashed houses decorated with grill work and covered with bougainvillea and jasmine. Make your way to the upper terraces for the best views available, before sitting down to a typical Andalusian meal of meats, cheeses, gazpacho, and paella while being entertained with a performance of flamenco by local dancers and musicians.
After lunch, enjoy some time at leisure for independent exploration and browsing in the shops before returning to your ship.
Seville was shaped by a succession of civilizations — Roman, Moorish, Jewish, Christian — that alternately clashed violently and then found ways to coexist. The rich multicultural legacy of this mixing of traditions is found everywhere in the city. On this tour, you will discover two of Seville’s UNESCO World Heritage sites and experience the vitality of everyday life in this vibrant community.
As you traverse the rolling countryside from Cadiz to Seville, you will see a landscape of olive and orange groves and vineyards that have long supplied the city of Seville and that now export fine wines and oils around the world. You will also pass farms where Spain’s finest bulls and horses are bred.
Upon arrival in Seville, you will disembark your coach and enjoy a stroll through the charming Murillo Gardens, which lead the way to the royal compound of the Real Alcazar. This UNESCO World Heritage site, built in the Mudéjar style in the 14th century, is today a sprawling complex incorporating architectural influences from the Renaissance, Baroque and 19th century. Here you will discover lavish gardens, sparkling ponds and fountains, and fascinating ornamental details at every turn.
A short walk from the Alcazar is the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral of Seville – the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the site of Christopher Columbus’s tomb. The central nave rises 120 feet above the interior. La Giralda, built as a minaret for the city's chief mosque in the 12th century, now serves as the bell tower and a symbol of Seville.
After a tapas lunch featuring signature dishes, enjoy a walking tour and time at leisure exploring the Barrio de Santa Cruz. The city’s former Jewish quarter, the barrio is a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets lined with orange trees and whitewashed buildings decorated with wrought-iron grilled windows.
Settled about 1100 BCE by Phoenicians, Cadiz is one of the oldest cities in Western Europe. It remains to this day an important port and an opening to the history and culture of southernmost Spain.
Your excursion begins with a drive south from Cadiz to the village of Vejer de la Frontera, perched high above a steep gorge cut by the River Barbate. Declared a Historic-Artistic Site in 1976, it is one of the pueblos blancos ("white villages") found throughout Andalusia, so named because of the whitewashed buildings that help protect them from the fierce sun. Your walking tour of this charming, small town meanders over cobblestoned streets, where secluded patios are tucked around hidden corners, and leads you at the end of your stroll to the Plaza de España, one of the prettiest village squares in all of Spain. You will have some time at leisure to enjoy the tranquil beauty of this special spot.
Your coach continues southward, passing through the protected pine forest of La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, on the way to Cape Trafalgar. You will stop briefly at a site that overlooks the scene of the main naval engagement of the Battle of Trafalgar, where Lord Nelson's soldiers and sailors defeated their Napoleonic foes and established Britain as the world's leading sea power for the next 100 years.
On your return to Cadiz, you will transfer to Flamenco La Cava, one of the city's premiere tablao, where you will be treated to an exciting performance of flamenco, replete with rhythmically tapping heels, clicking castanets, and the traditional rascado flourishes of the guitar. During the show, a full tapas style lunch will be served, the perfect enhancement to a quintessentially Spanish experience.
After lunch and the show, a leisurely walk through the streets of Cadiz brings you back to the ship.
PONANT and Smithsonian Journeys have organised the following included programme for you, which starts the day of embarkation.
Aboard your ship, an English-speaking lecturer will enlighten you about the culture and history of your destination to deepen your knowledge of the origins of local traditions, the history of emblematic sites, and stories involving famous personalities and those of major historical significance. During on-board lectures or on your shore visits, this expert will be there to share their precious knowledge with you throughout your PONANT cruise.