Highlights of Spain and Caribbean Cruise & Tour
Tour Starts: Madrid
Tour Ends: Orlando
Day 1 & 2
Arrive in Madrid, Spain
After an overnight flight arrive in Madrid. Join your fellow travelers for a welcome dinner. (D) ✦Holiday Inn Acala or similar
Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Spain’s capital city, including four of its most prominent squares: Plaza de Espana; Plaza de Colon, named after Christopher Columbus; Plaza de la Independencia; and Plaza Mayor. Other highlights include El Madrid de los Austrias, the old center of Madrid, and an outside view of Las Ventas – Madrid’s bullfighting arena. (B, D) ✦Holiday Inn Acala or similar
Cuenca & Valencia, Spain
This morning we leave Madrid and head to the Mediterranean coast. En route we stop for an included tour of the historic walled town of Cuenca, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose highlights include El Castillo, the remains of the ancient Arab fortress, and the famous hanging houses. Arrive in Valencia, Spain's third largest city, in the late afternoon for a one-night stay. (B, D) ✦Expo Hotel or similar
After a short panoramic city tour, we continue north along the coast and stop in Tarragona to enjoy a short walking tour to see ancient relics such as the Roman circus, the Roman Forum, the Roman Walls, the Amphitheater, and old Jewish district. In the late afternoon we arrive in Barcelona. (B) ✦H10 Marina or similar
Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Barcelona, the capital city of the Catalonia region. You’ll see the most prominent landmarks of the city including Gaudi’s Cathedral La Sagrada Familia (entrance not included); Port Olimpic, a marina that hosted the sailing events for the 1992 Summer Olympics; La Rambla, Barcelona’s popular shopping street; and sweeping views of Barcelona from Montjuic, the prominent hill overlooking the city. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B, D) ✦H10 Marina or similar
Barcelona, Spain and Embarkation
The morning is at leisure before you will be transferred to your floating hotel for the next two weeks. (B)
Day 8 & 9
ABOUT THE NORWEGIAN EPIC: First Launched in 2009 and fresh from major enhancements and upgrades in 2015, the Norwegian Epic was awarded Best Cruise Ship Entertainment by Frommer’s. She sets the bar high with new Broadway shows offering world-class performers, more than 20 different dining options, 12 bars and lounges, a bowling alley, shopping arcade, nightly comedy club, and a spa to name just a few of the onboard amenities. Norwegian’s Freestyle dining means there’s no set dining times and you are free to take life on board at your pace.
Funchal, Madeira Island (8:00 AM–4:00 PM)
After a few days at sea, you’ll reach Madeira, a volcanic island belonging to Portugal and located in the mid-Atlantic Ocean. The mountainous isle, also coined “The Flower Isle,” has been a popular European destination for years. It is considered the first territorial discovery of the Portuguese, who settled Madeira in 1420. Arrive in the island’s capital and port, Funchal, which got its name from the native funcho (fennel) plant, which grows on the hills surrounding the bay. This idyllic island is perfect for exploring with its beautiful beaches, stunning lava-formed landscapes and lush, green forests. Sampling the famed Madeira wines is also an absolute must!
Recreate the glory of past days as you sail across the Atlantic Ocean and relive the Golden Age of Trans-Oceanic travel.
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten (10:00 AM–7:00 PM)
Located in the Caribbean Sea, today’s port of call is a real treat on your cruise itinerary. The island is divided between two nations, Sint Maarten, the southern and Dutch speaking part of the island with its capital and port city Philipsburg and Saint Martin, where French is the official language, on the northern half of the island. Crystal-clear and stunningly turquoise water, white sandy beaches and lush green hills dominate the breathtaking landscape.
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (8:00 AM–5:00 PM)
St. Thomas is home to the capital of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the town of Charlotte Amalie. It has been the heart of St. Thomas’ activities from colonial times to present. The island was first sighted in 1493 by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World, and historic buildings found throughout downtown Charlotte Amalie take visitors back to the Danish era when the town was a bustling trading port.
Day 18 & 19
Take advantage of the great on-board amenities during the last two days at sea.
Disembark in Port Canaveral & Depart for Home
Disembark in Port Canaveral. Transfers to the airport in Orlando are included for guests that have purchased air with YMT.