Transformative Destinations partners with Windstar Cruises to offer you a luxurious and fascinating way to discover Spain and Portugal. Set sail for a 13-day Small Ship Cruise adventure aboard your Windstar yacht as you chart a course for a treasure trove of Iberian discoveries along the trade routes of the first Portuguese and Spanish explorers. View monuments to heroes past in Lisbon at Jeronimo’s Monastery church, Belém Tower and the Coach Museum or the Maritime Museum. Drive to Sintra for a palace visit and indulge in the village charms of seaside Cascais. Explore the countryside towns and rock formations of Portimão and get a taste of local life at a family owned vineyard.

In Spain, take a sightseeing tour of old Seville, sizzling with a passionate flamenco performance; experience British traditions and monkeys in Gibraltar; and in Malaga, sip sherry and sample tapas as you watch a private horse show at a typical Andalucían manor house before exploring the city where PabloPicasso was born. The Moorish Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens take your breath away during a full day ashore in Granada and on the island of Palma de Mallorca, visits to the Cathedral and Bellver Castle share the day with a private Windstar-hosted afternoon in the Old Quarter.

A two-night stay in Barcelona bookends this Iberian cruise to introduce you to Catalan cuisine and wow you with a private visit to the Music Palace, a look inside the medieval maze that is Barri Gòtic, a chance to view the fantastical images of Gaudí’s la Sagrada Familia, and walk in whimsical Parc Güell.

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WINDSTAR’S All Suite Yacht

With only 212 guests, you begin to feel like it’s your own private yacht almost as soon as you step aboard. The sitting area of your spacious, newly refurbished suite gives you an expansive ocean view — making it a welcome retreat.

When you’re ready to make an appearance, the lounges, club, casino and library are waiting to be explored. Take some “you” time in the tranquil WindSpa . . . enjoy a dip in the pool . . . work off that decadent dessert in the Fitness Center . . . and, of course, you are always welcome to visit the Bridge to examine navigation charts with the Captain.

Star Breeze is large enough to pamper and entertain you, yet small enough to tuck into delightful tiny harbors and hidden coves that others can’t reach.

Star Breeze underwent a comprehensive $8.5 million stem-to-stern transformation before her inaugural voyage.

YACHT FACTS

  • CAPACITY: 212 guests
  • SUITES: 106 suites, all outside with ocean views
  • OWNER’S SUITES: 2, with private verandas
  • CLASSIC SUITES: 4, with private verandas
  • BALCONY SUITES: 36, with French-style balconies
  • OCEAN VIEW SUITES: 64, with picture windows
  • DECKS: 6 guest decks
  • CREW: 150 international staff
  • SHIP’S REGISTRY: Bahamas
  • LENGTH: 440 feet (134 meters)
  • DRAFT: 16.5 feet (5 meters)
  • BEAM: 63 feet (19 meters)
  • TONNAGE: 9,975 gross registered tons (grt)
  • PROPULSION: Twin propeller, driven by four Bergen marine diesel engines
  • SPEED: Cruising speed 15 knots

 

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Treasures of Spain and Portugal

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Hotel Intercontinental Lisbon, small ship cruise Spaoin, Portugal, transformative destinations, vacation, travel, Europe, cruisingYour Spain and Portugal cruise begins 6:00 PM, InterContinental Lisbon. A transfer is included from Lisbon Airport to the InterContinental Lisbon, located in the heart of the city overlooking the Tagus River. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner tonight at the hotel.
Meals: D
Lodging: InterContinental Lisbon

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A vision of carefully planned, elegant streets steeped in history, Lisbon’s city center welcomes with an 18th-century ambiance that bears witness to its days of glory during the Discovery Age. A guided tour this morning showcases the downtown Baixa area and Trade Square and visits Edward VII Park, named in honor of the king of England who visited here in 1902, and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. The monastery, commissioned in 1501 soon after Vasco da Gama’s return from his historic voyage around the Cape of Good Hope, was built with “pepper money,” profits made from the spice trade. Stop for a picture of 16th century Belém Tower, built as a fortress in the middle of the Tagus River, before returning to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.

Meals: B
Lodging: InterContinental Lisbon

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Enjoy a choice of visits to the Maritime or Coach museums in Lisbon, before heading to Sintra for a tour of the Sintra National Palace. Considered Portugal’s best preserved medieval Royal Palace, it was continuously inhabited by Portuguese royalty from roughly the early 15th to late 19th centuries, and is part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drive to seaside Cascais for lunch as you wish, then head back to Lisbon to board your Windstar yacht for the start of your cruise; have dinner aboard ship tonight.
Meals: B, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

Alvor, Algarve, Portugal Spain, travel, trip, cruise, transformative destinations, photo credit Joao Alves

A sightseeing drive through the Algarve countryside begins in Portimão and includes the sandy coves of Praia da Rocha; the pretty fishing town of Alvor, picturesque with white houses; Lagos, set on one of the largest bays in the Algarve and resplendent with 8th-century Moorish architecture, and the spectacular caves and rock formations of Ponta da Piedade. After lunch, join us for an afternoon tasting at an award-winning wine estate. Cocktails and dinner aboard ship this evening invite with camaraderie and regional cuisine.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

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Wake up this morning for your ship’s arrival in the port of Seville, standing on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir. Guided exploration includes visits to the pavilions of the 1929 World Fair on the grounds of Maria Luisa Park; the Palacio de San Telmo built as a university in 1682 to train ships’ pilots, navigators and high ranking officers; 13th century Moorish Torre del Oro, towering over the port; the bullring; and the tobacco factory of Carmen fame. Walk through Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville’s old Jewish Quarter, to the Cathedral to see Christopher Columbus’ tomb and visit the royal palaces, Reales Alcazar. This afternoon brings a special dance performance at the Museo del Baile Flamenco, where the passion of the dancers resonates with the soul of Andalusia. Dine aboard ship tonight as we chart a course toward Gibraltar.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

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Just 2 ¼ square miles, Gibraltar is a town that is also British ruled country and has a recorded history that dates from A.D. 711. The massive limestone Rock of Gibraltar rises out of the sea to a height of 1, 396 feet and is often referred to as the gateway to the Mediterranean. In Greek mythology Gibraltar was the northern bastion of the two Pillars of Hercules. Hercules is said to have stood with a foot on each “pillar,” pushed them apart, and formed a bridge across the straits.

When the Phoenicians ruled here, the town that was called Calpe then, marked the end of the world, the point beyond which no trader should venture. Stay on the Rock today as you visit the storied sites of this legendary place, including streets steeped in British traditions and apes almost as famous as the Rock where they live. Dine onboard tonight as we set sail for Malaga.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

 

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The land of dancing Andalucían horses and sherry welcomes you ashore in Malaga and invites you inside a typical manor for a tapas tasting and a private horse show. This afternoon’s panoramic tour of Malaga is highlighted by visions of 14th century Gibralfaro Castle; Plaza Merced; the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, where the painter spent his early years, today the headquarters of the Picasso Foundation; and the ruins of the vast 8th century Alcazaba (Moorish castle). Enjoy time at leisure to explore Malaga as you wish, taking advantage of the Tauck shuttle that brings you back to your ship every 30 minutes. Your yacht departs after dinner for Almeria.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

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Your ship arrives in Almeria this morning for a scenic drive to the 13th century Moorish Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens in Granada, created to reflect the Moors’ vision of paradise on Earth. Explore them during a guided visit, then continue to Granada for a tapas lunch amidst inspiring views of the city. The guitarist Andres Segovia described Granada, nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, as a “place of dreams.” Return to your ship late afternoon and enjoy dinner at leisure onboard.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

 

Experience the onboard pleasures of your Windstar yacht today as you spend the day at sea. An onboard lecture by your Tauck Director shares insights about the region you explore on this cruise; a spa visit pampers; and a chance to relax on deck with your favorite book is nothing short of heavenly.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

 

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Disembark early for a guided walking tour of the beautiful city of Palma, located on an island exceedingly rich in cultural treasures. Visit the Gothic Cathedral, La Seu, built of golden limestone and standing in a dramatic location near the waterfront; its interior was remodeled by Antoni Gaudí and it’s considered to be one of the most breathtaking buildings in all of Spain. A private Windstar event this afternoon in the Old Quarter surprises with a regionally inspired lunch and entertainment. Dine at leisure tonight aboard your yacht.
Meals: B, L, D
Lodging: Star Pride, Breeze or Legend

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Spend the next two nights in the capital of Catalonia, truly on par with Europe’s greatest cities. In Barcelona, you will find a parade of historical monuments along with outstanding examples of the Modernisme period of art and architecture. Your discoveries begin on an orientation drive through the city, followed by a guided culinary walking tour through the lively village-like neighborhood of Gracia, where you’re invited to devour a banquet of Catalan delicacies for an authentic taste of daily life here. Check into your palatial hotel this afternoon and spend the remainder of the day as you wish.
Meals: B, L
Lodging: El Palace Barcelona

 

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The treasures of Barcelona await your pleasure today!  The day starts with a private visit to the Palau de la Musica Catalana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that truly is a palace of music. The only concert hall in Europe lit by natural light, it is a Modernista celebration of tile work, sculpture and stained glass. Sightseeing continues with visits to the medieval quarter of Barri Gotíc, the historic heart of the city; Gaudi’s unconventional, unfinished la Sagrada Familia, begun by the architect in 1882; and Gaudí’s whimsical Parc Güell, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of colorful buildings embellished with glass and ceramic mosaics, sculpted animals and creative furnishings, set in a 50acre
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Bring your cameras with you as this afternoon brings you to the site of the 1992 Olympic Games on Montjuic, today towering over the harbor with art galleries and museums, an amusement park, nightclubs and a rose-studded open-air theatre. The views of the city and Mediterranean Sea from here are wonderful. Join us tonight for a very special farewell reception and dinner at an 18th century Baroque-styled venue recognized as a National Cultural Heritage Site.
Meals: B, D
Lodging: El Palace Barcelona

 

Your Spain and Portugal cruise ends: Barcelona. Flyhome anytime. A transfer is included to Barcelona International Airport from El Palace Hotel. Allow three hours for flight check-in.
Meals: B

 

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