Regent Seven Seas with Northern Spain

30 Days – 12th April 2024 – 11th May 2024 (Cruise Sails 24th April 2024)

 

from $39,499 per person based on 2 sharing

Trip Style: Cruise, Independent, Luxury

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We wanted to take the chance to put you on the new Regent Seven Seas Grandeur, without doing just a fly in and fly out experience. The cruise itself is amazing and if you haven’t travelled with them before, it really is an experience of a lifetime. Once you try Regent, you will undoubtedly sail with them again. This trip is a fantastic exploration of the Mediterranean sea. It is long enough for you to enjoy all that is on offer at this perfect time of year before the summer crowds hit Europe in force.

Before embarking on the cruise we thought it would be great to take you north by train to see Bilbao and San Sebastian. Both cities feature in the top places to visit in Spain and don’t take a lot of effort from Madrid. The beauty of tailoring a trip with Travel Experts is we like to find alternative routes that take advantage of the country you are visiting and the wide array of both airlines and routes you can make use of.

Want to tailor this trip to suit you, don’t hesitate to reach out and we can tell you more about what else you can do, and all about the options on Regent Seven Seas. The rooming gallery alone will have you ready to pack your bags.

Day 1

Overnight Flight

Begin your trip with an unforgettable experience in the worlds best business class with Qatar Airways. Enjoy world class service while indulging in exquisite cuisine and in your private Qsuite business class cabin. We can also add on a stopover on Doha if you wish to explore Qatar and break up your flights on the journey home. Of course, if you prefer another airline we can accommodate your preferences and tailor the journey to meet your specific needs.

Day 1-4

Madrid, Spain

Welcome to Madrid! We start our journey in Spain’s spirited capital for 3 nights. This city stands as a cultural haven adorned with history and artistic treasures. Home to world-renowned museums like the Prado Museum and Reina Sofía Museum, it invites visitors to immerse themselves in masterpieces by iconic artists such as Velázquez, Goya, and Picasso.

Madrid’s allure lies in its rich cultural tapestry and architectural marvels, from grand boulevards to historic landmarks like the Royal Palace. With its wealth of artistic heritage and vibrant streets, Madrid offers a captivating experience for cultural enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Day 4-7

Bilbao, Spain

Embark on an enchanting train journey from Madrid to Bilbao by train where you will spend another 3 nights in this captivating city nestled in northern Spain’s Basque Country. This scenic rail route spans picturesque landscapes, offering glimpses of Spain’s diverse beauty enroute to the culturally rich city of Bilbao.

Explore Bilbao’s historic Casco Viejo (Old Town), filled with narrow streets, vibrant squares, and centuries-old buildings that narrate tales of the city’s past. Delight in the Basque culinary scene, savouring pintxos (local tapas) and visiting local markets to sample regional delicacies.

Bilbao’s blend of history, contemporary art, culinary delights, and warm Basque hospitality creates an alluring experience for travelers exploring this vibrant city.

Day 7-10

San Sebastián, Spain

Next we enjoy another gorgeous train ride from Bilbao to San Sebastian for a further 3 nights in this coastal gem nestled in Spain’s Basque Country. The scenic rail journey traverses lush landscapes, offering a glimpse of the region’s natural beauty as travellers make their way to the charming city of San Sebastian.

Explore San Sebastian’s La Concha Beach, renowned for its crescent-shaped shoreline and clear waters perfect for a refreshing swim or leisurely stroll. Delight in the city’s culinary scene, famous for its pintxos (local tapas) and Michelin-starred restaurants.

Wander through San Sebastian’s Old Town (Parte Vieja), a labyrinth of narrow streets brimming with vibrant bars, quaint shops, and historical landmarks. The city’s blend of culture, beautiful coastline, and culinary delights ensures an unforgettable experience for travellers exploring this coastal haven.

Day 10-12

Barcelona, Spain

Take a flight from the serene coastal setting of San Sebastian to the lively metropolis of Barcelona where you will spend 2 nights before boarding your Regent Seven Seas cruise.

Upon arrival in Barcelona, You are greeted by architectural marvels like the iconic Sagrada Familia, a masterpiece crafted by Antoni Gaudí. Explore the bustling Las Ramblas, alive with bustling markets and street performances, radiating an energetic atmosphere.

Immerse yourself in Barcelona’s history by wandering through the charming Gothic Quarter, home to medieval architecture, quaint squares, and remnants of ancient Roman heritage. Savour authentic Catalan cuisine at local eateries, relishing traditional delights such as paella and tapas.

On day 3 you will embark on a memorable cruise experience, exploring Barcelona’s coastal beauty and enjoying the Mediterranean breeze.

Cruise

Regent Seven Seas

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This is isn’t just any cruise with Regent Seven Seas. This ship is their latest addition to the fleet, the Seven Seas Grandeur. A Regent cruise comes with an unrivaled experience, this just happens to be in the most amazing surroundings with some of the best service found at sea. Included in your cruise is unlimited shore excursions, unlimited beverages including fine wine and spirits, pre paid gratuities, speciality dining, 24 hour room service, and a host of other benefits. With just 746 guests on board to 548 crew members, the ratio for service is astounding. Regent have been inspired by the past and reimagined for the future to bring you  a ship that will exemplify their heritage of perfection.

Day 13

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Welcome to your first port of call, Palma de Mallorca, capital of Spain’s Balearic Islands. Mallorca blends Mediterranean allure with historical charm. Marvel at the Gothic Cathedral, La Seu, overlooking the glistening sea. Stroll along Passeig des Born’s boutique-lined promenade or wander through the old town’s winding streets and quaint squares. Indulge in local flavours at tapas bars or savour fresh seafood at Mercat de l’Olivar. Explore pristine beaches like Playa de Palma and the serene Serra de Tramuntana mountains. Palma de Mallorca offers a delightful Mediterranean escape, blending cultural heritage, scenic beauty, and a vibrant atmosphere.

Day 14

Sete, France

Next stop Sete, a charming port town in southern France, known as the “Venice of Languedoc,” boasts picturesque canals and bridges. Explore bustling canalside markets, indulge in fresh seafood, and savor local delicacies like Tielle Sétoise. Wander along lively promenades amid colorful buildings, immersing in the town’s vibrant atmosphere. Mont Saint-Clair offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and the town’s scenic landscapes. Sete’s maritime heritage and laid-back Mediterranean ambiance make it a hidden gem along the French coast, inviting visitors to relish its cultural richness and coastal beauty.

Day 15

Marseille, France

Located in south eastern France, today’s Marseille is a far cry from the sleepy villages it once inspired in Cézanne’s paintings. With more than a million people, the city remains the cosmopolitan and exuberant capital of southern Europe, with its picturesque Old Quarter, lively sidewalk cafes and shops, and Romanesque-Byzantine Notre Dame de la Garde Basilica, overlooking the steep cliffs and offering a bird’s eye view of the city’s colourful “quartiers” stretching down toward the sea.

Day 16

Saint-Tropez, France

Welcome to Saint-Tropez! Saint-Tropez, a glamorous coastal town on the French Riviera. Enjoy the exquisite hilly Provençal countryside, where charming villages with narrow stepped streets, lovely churches and stunning scenic views beckon. Visit a local winery or take a drive along the rugged coast and revel in the wonderful views of the landscape, the beaches, the islands and the magnificent Massif des Maures. Browse in the resorts elegant boutiques for French perfume, fine jewellery, high fashion clothing and leather goods. Try some delicious local lobster with a chilled white wine or savour some refreshingly unusual lavender ice cream.

Day 17-18

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Moving onto Monte Carlo where you spend two nights. Though small in size, offers a delightful mix of history, beauty, and entertainment. As Monaco’s wealthiest area, it’s celebrated as a hub of luxury living, renowned for its casinos, celebrity sightings, and vibrant nightlife. Yet, the town’s old-world charm shines through in its art, architecture, and historic landmarks. You can explore palaces, cathedrals, and museums nestled in the charming old town, including Palais du Prince, once home to Grace Kelly. Don’t miss the daily changing of the guard—a nod to the town’s rich heritage. Monte Carlo beautifully balances its opulent present with a nod to its fascinating past.

Day 19

Tuscany (Livorno), Italy

Arrive into the heart of Tuscany, Livorno serves as the gateway to the cultural treasures of Renaissance Florence and Pisa. During the 13th to 16th centuries, this era of artistic freedom nurtured the brilliance of renowned figures like Dante, Donatello, Michelangelo, Giotto, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Machiavelli, inspiring some of the world’s most revered masterpieces.

Florence, known for its elegance, hosts the iconic Galleria dell’Accademia, showcasing Michelangelo’s David, and the Uffizi, home to Italy’s most prestigious art collection, displaying works by Renaissance titans. Explore Pisa on an excursion and marvel at the historic Campo dei Miracoli. Nearby Siena evokes the spirit of Medieval Italy, while Lucca offers an unforgettable opportunity to cycle through the scenic Tuscan countryside.

Day 20

Rome (Civitavecchia), Italy

Now onto historical Rome where you will find plenty to marvel at. Whether enjoying the street performers at the Spanish Steps and people-watching over a fine glass of wine in colourful Trastevere, or taking in the historical and architectural glory that is Rome, visitors are spoiled for choice in this truly Eternal City. St. Peter’s Basilica is a full-day outing, featuring the Sistine Chapel and panoramic city vistas for those willing to climb to the top of the dome. Other landmarks not to miss include the renowned Trevi Fountain, the Coliseum, and Aventine Hill, which provides you with a grand view of the imposing remains of the Imperial Palaces and the Circus Maximus, of Ben Hur fame.

Day 21

Naples, Italy

Naples, in southern Italy, enchants visitors with its rich history, cultural vibrancy, and culinary prowess. Nestled against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Vesuvius, this coastal city blends ancient wonders with contemporary allure.

Spend a day exploring the fabulous ruins of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum with their stunning temples, frescoes and mosaics. Explore fascinating Naples and its famed museums, visit charming Sorrento or take a boat trip to the beautiful Isle of Capri.

 

Day 22

Taormina, Italy

Next we visit Taormina, perched atop a cliff on Sicily’s eastern coast, offers a mesmerising blend of history, culture, and breathtaking vistas. This enchanting town overlooks the sparkling Ionian Sea, commanding stunning views of Mount Etna, Europe’s most active volcano.

Explore Taormina’s ancient Greco-Roman theatre, a testament to its rich past, offering panoramic views of the coast and Mount Etna. Wander along Corso Umberto, a bustling street lined with charming cafes, boutiques, and historic architecture.

Discover the ornate gardens of Villa Comunale, showcasing colourful blooms against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Indulge in Sicilian culinary delights at local trattorias, relishing fresh seafood and authentic pasta dishes.

Taormina’s allure lies in its captivating vistas, ancient ruins, and a vibrant atmosphere, inviting travellers to immerse themselves in the history and beauty of this picturesque Sicilian gem.

Day 23

Valleta, Malta

Valletta, Malta’s main port and capital, gained UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1980. The city showcases the magnificent 19th-century Mosta Dome, a prominent landmark visible from across the island. Admire its exquisite marble floor and ornate stone flowers gracing the interior dome.

For a serene retreat, wander through the San Anton Palace Gardens, artistically designed within the charming locales of Attard, Lija, and Balzan. Alternatively, embark on a day excursion to Dingli Cliffs for awe-inspiring panoramas of the sea and rugged coastline.

Savour Maltese cuisine at local eateries, enjoying savoury pastizzi or fresh seafood delights. Valletta’s blend of history, stunning vistas, and cultural treasures makes it a captivating destination for travellers exploring the Mediterranean’s enchanting charm.

Day 24

Day At Sea

A day at sea offers a serene interlude, You can unwind and embrace relaxation amidst the soothing rhythm of the waves. Bask in the sun on spacious decks, indulging in panoramic ocean views while lounging in comfort.

Engage in rejuvenating activities like yoga sessions or soothing spa treatments, allowing the mind and body to unwind completely. Dive into a good book or simply revel in the tranquillity of the open seas, finding solace in the gentle ocean breeze.

Day 25

Palma De Mallorca, Spain

Welcome back to Mallorca, where you spend another night. An island marked by dramatic cliffs and ancient olive groves dating back a millennium. The island offers a contrast between its bustling southern area teeming with hotels, bars, restaurants, shops, and lively nightlife, and the quieter northern region characterized by rocky valleys, sleepy villages draped in colourful bougainvillea, and stunning vistas.

In Palma, the island’s capital, stands the impressive Gothic Cathedral, perched on the former site of a mosque overlooking the waterfront. This architectural gem dominates Palma’s skyline and serves as a significant historical landmark of Mallorca.

Day 26

Valencia, Spain

One of our final stops on the itinerary is Valencia, a vibrant city on Spain’s eastern coast, beckons with its rich heritage, futuristic architecture, and dynamic culture. This Mediterranean gem seamlessly blends historical treasures with contemporary flair.

Explore the Old Town’s narrow streets, where ancient monuments like the Cathedral, La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), and the lively Central Market captivate visitors with their architectural beauty and historical significance.

Indulge in Valencia’s culinary delights, including the world-famous paella, at local eateries and tapas bars. Embrace the city’s festive spirit during Las Fallas, an annual celebration featuring vibrant parades, fireworks, and stunning pyrotechnics.

Valencia’s blend of old-world charm, modern innovation, and delectable cuisine makes it a captivating destination for travellers seeking a vibrant Spanish experience.

Day 27-29

Barcelona, Spain

We finish up this impressive cruise back in Barcelona, the vibrant capital of Catalonia, is a city brimming with artistic treasures, architectural wonders, and a lively Mediterranean spirit. This enchanting metropolis seamlessly merges its rich history with modern sophistication.

Marvel at the architectural genius of Antoni Gaudí at iconic landmarks such as the breathtaking Sagrada Familia, the whimsical Park Güell, and the intricate Casa Batlló. Explore the Gothic Quarter’s labyrinthine streets, revealing hidden squares and historic gems like the Barcelona Cathedral.

Stroll along the bustling promenade of La Rambla, alive with street performers, markets, and charming cafes. Indulge in delectable Catalan cuisine at local tapas bars, savoring regional specialties.

Immerse yourself in Barcelona’s cultural scene with visits to the Picasso Museum or the contemporary MACBA. Relax on the city’s golden beaches or hike up Montjuïc Hill for panoramic vistas.

Barcelona’s fusion of art, culture, and seaside allure creates an unforgettable experience, inviting travelers to embrace its dynamic energy and captivating charm.

Day 29-30

Overnight Flights home

Choose to end your trip in Barcelona or continue on. We can tailor the journey to suit you. There are many amazing places a short train ride from this European hub. If your ready to head home, then enjoy your private Qsuite with Qatar Airways with only 1 quick connection via Doha. 

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