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MEDITERRANEAN MEDLEY: CRYSTAL GETAWAYS

V3329B

Barcelona to Lisbon on Crystal Serenity
DATES : November 9 - 15, 2013 (6 Days)  CRUISE-ONLY FARES FROM : $1,950 Per Person

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A maiden call in Castellón de la Plana spotlights the must-see 16th-century 190-foot El Fadri bell tower, while a visit to Seville allows for exploration of its renowned Cathedral, the third largest in the world.

Date Port Arrival Departure
Nov 9, Saturday
Barcelona, Spain »   Embark pm
Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.
Nov 10, Sunday
  Castellón de la Plana, Spain » 8 am 6 pm

This gem of a city is located between the sea and the Desert de les Palmas mountain range, thus connecting ocean scenery with the sleepy villages and old-time crafts of the hills. Castellón de la Plana also bridges the distance between historic and modern, with plazas dating to medieval times and a bustling avenue called “Avenida Rey Don Jaime” lined with contemporary buildings and shops.  Must-sees are numerous. El Fadri is a 16th-century, 190-foot bell tower—a symbol of the city and nicely positioned between the Cathedral and Abbey. The Town Hall is an 18th-century, Tuscan-style marvel with gorgeous arched windows. The Basilica was renovated in the 16th and 18th centuries and boasts an ancient statue of the Virgin Mary and old canvas paintings. Then there are the many museums and gardens revealing beautiful works in ceramic, paint, textiles and nature.

Nov 11, Monday
Cartagena, Spain » 8 am 5 pm

Thanks to its strategic position on the Mediterranean, Cartagena has long been one of the most important naval ports in Spain. Its maritime history can be appreciated with visits to the naval museum and naval buildings, including the Naval Headquarters, Dockyard Gate and Midshipman School.

Cartagena also boasts an interesting Roman history. The city's bullring sits atop a Roman amphitheater, and the Old Cathedral was built over the stalls of the Roman Theater. Discovered in 1987 and still being excavated, the theater dates to the first century BC.

While its landmarks from antiquity certainly are intriguing, Cartagena's lively streets and attractive squares reveal chapters from more recent centuries as well. The magnificent Concepción Castle, perched above the city in Torres Park, dates to the 14th century. Even closer to present day are the early 19th-century modernist buildings lining Calle Mayor, and beautiful City Hall, which was built in 1907.

Nov 12, Tuesday
Gibraltar, United Kingdom » 12 n 6 pm
Like a crouching lion, the Rock of Gibraltar's imposing presence supports the legend that it is one of the two Pillars of Hercules. Dramatically soaring to almost 1,400 feet, it boasts one of the world's most recognizable silhouettes. Over 140 caves have been discovered within its limestone mass. Although linked by land to Spain, the self-governing British colony of Gibraltar maintains a strong allegiance to Britain. Shop the compact commercial center for tax-free treats, or perch atop the summit for thrilling views encompassing Europe and Africa.
Nov 13, Wednesday
Cádiz/Seville, Spain » 7 am 9 pm
On a low-lying peninsula extending into the crescent-shaped bay stands 3,000-year-old Cádiz, the Western world's oldest continuously inhabited city. Neat houses huddle within high walls, while the surrounding countryside is lush with olive groves. The Puertas de Tierra divides the city in two. Modern Cádiz lies on the isthmus, while the romantic, historical section is located on the other side. The old districts of El Pópulo and Santa Maria, adorned with narrow streets and ancient stone walls, are in sharp contrast to the parks, gardens, wide roads and plazas of the bustling commercial area.
Nov 14, Thursday
Lisbon, Portugal (overnight) » 12 n  
Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.
Nov 15, Friday
Lisbon, Portugal » Disembark am  
Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.
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