10-Night Las Palmas to Nice 4.18.24
MOROCCO & SPAIN
Explore the austere landscapes of Puerto del Rosario, the capital of Fuerteventura, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and be amazed by the beauty of its rolling hills, a landscape that is outshined only by heavenly, golden-sand beaches along the coast. The countryside of Agadir is a stunning scene for a Moroccan cooking class with a professional chef. Wind your way through Safi’s medina, a lively atmosphere of vendors selling carpets, leather, pottery and lighting pieces. Filled with stalls and vendors selling seasonal produce, local clothing, home goods and flowers, the Cours Lafayette Market of Toulon is a treasure trove. Palma de Mallorca’s Bellver Castle and Arab baths beckon you to immerse into an authentic cultural experience. Mere steps from the Port Vendres promenade you can witness Fort Fanal, one of the 12 UNESCO-listed Fortifications of Vauban.
Apr 18 Las Palmas - Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain Depart: 7:00PM
Las Palmas – Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
One of Spain’s Canary Islands off the northwest coast of Africa, Gran Canaria is best known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its capital, Las Palmas, offers some of the best beaches on the island with shorelines bordered by coral barriers that shelter swimmers. Make the trek up to the neighborhoods of San Nicolas and San Juan for remarkable views of the homes below. Within the capital’s heart you can find the Pueblo Canario, a replica of a traditional Canarian village where you can learn about the island’s culture and how it has evolved.
Apr 19 Puerto del Rosario(Fuerteventura), Canary Islands, Spain Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 2:00PM
Puerto del Rosario(Fuerteventura), Canary Islands, Spain
Off of the African coast, in the resplendent province of Las Palmas, Fuerteventura was the first of the Canary Islands to start emerging from the Atlantic Ocean millions of years ago. Its topography is unlike anywhere in the world, which is why it has earned the designation as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Explore the austere landscapes of Puerto del Rosario, the capital, and be amazed by the beauty of its rolling hills, a landscape that is outshined only by heavenly, golden-sand beaches along the coast. With strong wind and glorious waves, it is the destination for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.
Apr 20 Agadir, Morocco Arrive: 10:00AM Depart: 7:00PM
Most famous for its seaside promenade, golf courses and crescent-shaped beach, Agadir invites you to revel in simple pleasures. Find the Vallée des Oiseaux, a lush public space with an aviary where you can delight in the colorful parrots and flamingos. You may even come across some lingering deer and kangaroos. Take a short drive to the Medina d’Agadir. This detailed replica gives you a glimpse of Adir before the earthquake and is also a work of art. Journey further into the city’s past with a hike up to the Agadir Oufella ruins. This hilltop fortress looks over the beach and fishing port, offering stunning vistas.
Apr 21 Safi, Morocco Arrive: 8:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
Located in Western Morocco along the Atlantic, Safi is a city that has been heavily influenced by Portuguese rule, as evidenced by a centuries-old fort that still stands today, Ksar El-Bahr. It’s also one of the oldest cities in the country, so it holds a great deal of rich history. But it is perhaps best known as a city of potters, as it is here you find colorful, delicate and artistic pieces of pottery that are part of a great Moroccan tradition. Le Plus Grand Tajine Du Monde stands as the largest tagine in the world, a feat crafted by 200 artisans. Wind your way through Safi’s medina, a lively atmosphere of vendors selling carpets, leather, pottery and lighting pieces. The Kechla ruins bring the past to life with its preserved architecture of ancient cannons, crenelated walls and spectacular towers..
Apr 22 Casablanca, Morocco Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
Iconic in its own right, the Moroccan city of Casablanca is a pillar of the local culture before French colonization. Marrakesh, meanwhile, offers an abundance of classical, Moorish architecture and the breathtaking gardens of the Bahia Palace dating back to the 12th century. The energy hums amid the Central Market of Casablanca and your senses are enthralled at Marrakesh’s Jemaa el-Fnaa. The monumental Hassan II mosque is a triumph of traditional, Moorish architecture combined with innovations of the 20th century. Known for having the largest minaret in the world and towering above the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a magnificent sight from afar, but a closer look inside provides an even grander sight, as its glass floor gives way to views of the Atlantic beneath its foundations
Apr 23 At Sea
Spend the day on the high seas pampering yourself at the spa or enjoying some time on deck. Mingle with your fellow explorers and swap stories of your exploits, making plans for new ones together once you get to shore
Apr 24 Alicante, Spain Arrive: 9:00AM Depart: 5:00PM
The area surrounding Alicante has been inhabited by people for more than 7,000 years, starting with the first tribes of hunter-gatherers of the region. Visit the Plaza de San Cristobal in Alicante’s Old Town where buildings dating back to between the 15th and 18th centuries display an array of architectural styles that show the city’s evolution. Overlooking the famous Playa del Postiguet, the Castillo de Santa Bárbara on Mount Benacantil offers exquisite views. Find your way to the Alicante Central Market to sample delicious, local seafood, produce, meat and other Spanish delicacies.
Apr 25 Palma de Mallorca, Spain Arrive: 7:00AM Depart: 4:00PM
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
You know you have arrived in Palma de Mallorca, a major city of the Balearics of Spain, when you are met with majestic limestone cliffs plunging into glimmering blue water. On shore, its rich history is evident in its wonderful buildings, castles, and cathedrals. Take in the landmark Gothic cathedral, La Seu, with its enormous rose window and its wrought-iron canopy over the main altar designed by famed Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí. Go for a run or bike ride along the seaside promenade that connects Palma de Mallorca to the neighboring villages of Portitxol and Es Molinar. Beyond the city, explore the lush Sierra de Tramuntana Valley, the island’s major mountain range and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Apr 26 Port Vendres, France Arrive: 10:00AM Depart: 6:00PM
Port Vendres, France
Port Vendres is a charming seaside town on the Côte Vermeille. From the moment you arrive in its kaleidoscopic port, you are enveloped in French history. Mere steps from the promenade you can witness Fort Fanal, one of the 12 UNESCO-listed Fortifications of Vauban. Explore another World Heritage Site in Carcassonne. Seen from the hilltop it is straight out of a fairy-tale with breathtaking turrets, churches and fortifications. Up close, the medieval city is even more impressive, with foundations dating to the late Roman period and its cathedral from the 11th century.
Apr 27 Toulon, France Arrive: 9:00AM Depart: 6:30PM
Best known as a naval base and harbor for warships and submarines, the port city of Toulon’s maritime heritage is on display at the Musée National de la Marine. But the limestone mountains beyond hint at further adventure. Take a ride on the téléphérique du Faron for impeccable views. Once topside, discover the many hiking trails along Mount Faron. Down at Plage du Mourillon, enjoy a quintessential beach day. Nearby bars and restaurants offer food and drink to replenish your energy. Discover the bustle and color of the Cours Lafayette Market. Filled with stalls and vendors selling seasonal produce, local clothing, home goods and flowers, it’s a treasure trove.
Apr 28 Nice, France Arrive: 7:00AM
Nice rises from the pebbled coast to lush hills, yet the heart of the city is located between the old port city and the Aeroport de Côte d’Azur. To take it all in, enjoy a jaunt on the Promenade des Anglais along the Mediterranean Sea. The Old Port, located in Vieux Nice (Old Nice), is a colorful and busy place, with various markets. There discover an ensemble of narrow streets, colorful architecture, and picturesque piazzas. Stretch out on Nice’s recognizable blue lounge chairs on one of its iconic beaches. Some of these private beaches, like the Blue Beach or the Castel Beach, are among the most glamorous beaches on the French Riviera.
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