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Set Sail With Janet Onboard The Seven Seas Mariner

Regent Seven Seas - Mariner – Sept 22 to Oct 02, 2024 

 

Sept 22 Monte Carlo
Sept 23 Sanary Sur Mer 
Sept 24 Barcelona 
Sept 25 Palma De Mallorca 
Sept 26 Cartegena (Spain)
Sept 27 Malaga
Sept 28 Gibraltar
Sept 29 Tangier
Sept 30 Seville (Cadiz)
Oct 1 Portimao 
Oct 2 Lisbon

 

Janet's pre and post-cruise recommendations: 

Arrive early and stay at the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and extend your journey with a post stay at the Tivoli Avenida Liberdade

September 22, Monte Carlo

Despite its small size, Monte Carlo is a vibrant destination, brimming with delightful experiences. This captivating place in Monaco combines a rich history, breathtaking beauty, and a thrilling array of entertainment and leisure options. Known as the international hub of luxury, Monte Carlo boasts its fame for celebrity sightings, opulent casinos, and lively nightlife. Yet, amidst all the glamour, the essence of the old world emanates through its remarkable art and architecture. Throughout this tiny municipality, you'll find palaces, cathedrals, and museums that narrate a fascinating history. Don't miss the opportunity to witness the once-daily changing of the guard, a time-honored tradition, and explore the public areas at the Palais du Prince, the residence of the royal family. It's worth noting that the illustrious actress Grace Kelly was once among the notable residents of this regal abode. 

September 23, Sanary Sur Mer

Uncover the charm of Sanary-Sur-Mer, a picturesque town adorned with vibrant pointu fishing boats, pastel-colored buildings lining a beautiful small bay, and a reputation as the sunniest spot in France. Immerse yourself in its delights, starting with a visit to the daily open-air market, where you can sample local flavors and discover regional treasures. Don't miss the iconic St. Nazaire Church, with its magnificent tower and beautiful frescoes, a true cultural gem.

For history and curiosity, explore the Media Museum and the Diving Museum, offering fascinating insights into the town's heritage. As you wander through the quaint streets, keep an eye out for unique souvenirs, from fragrant herbs de Provence and lavender-infused honey to locally crafted soaps, sachets, and delectable chocolates. Indulge in the finest wines and shop for comfortable cotton clothing that epitomizes the region's style.

Embrace the vibrant café culture, savoring moments of relaxation while sipping on a glass of wine, carried by the refreshing Mistral breezes that grace this seaside haven. And when you're ready to treat your taste buds to an authentic experience, be sure to order the regional Provencal specialty, bouillabaisse – a delightful seafood dish that embodies the essence of Sanary-Sur-Mer.

September 24, Barcelona

Barcelona, among Europe's most breathtaking cities, gracefully combines the medieval charm of its Gothic Quarter with the elegance of the wide boulevards in the Moderniste Eixample district. Notably, it was the residence of the renowned architect Antoni Gaudí, whose masterpieces, such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, Park Güell, and Casa Milà, stand as profound statements of Modernisme architecture. 

Delve into the city's artistic heritage by visiting the splendid Picasso Museum and the Miro Foundation, where you can admire the works of these influential artists. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the passionate ambiance of Barcelona by attending a captivating flamenco show, where the soulful music and dance will captivate your senses. Barcelona offers a captivating blend of history, art, and culture, making it a truly unforgettable destination for travelers.

September 25, Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca, also known as Majorca, is a picturesque island characterized by its windswept landscapes, featuring steep jagged cliffs and ancient olive groves that have stood for over a millennium. The island is a striking blend of contrasts. In the south, you'll find a vibrant tourist hub with bustling hotels, bars, restaurants, shopping opportunities, and a lively nightlife scene. On the other hand, the northern part of the island boasts rocky valleys, peaceful villages adorned with colorful bougainvillea, and awe-inspiring vistas.

The heart of Mallorca, Palma, is a city of captivating contradictions. Dominated by a breathtaking Gothic Cathedral, which majestically overlooks the waterfront, it stands as a reminder of the island's rich history. The cathedral's site once held a mosque, adding layers of cultural heritage to this remarkable place.

Whether you seek excitement and entertainment or tranquility and natural beauty, Mallorca offers an enchanting experience that caters to every traveler's desires.

September 26, Cartegena (Spain)

Cartagena, a Spanish Mediterranean city, boasts an illustrious history spanning over 2,500 years. Every corner, street, and square is a testament to its glorious past, offering travelers monumental examples of its rich heritage. The city's origins are showcased through the Punic Wall, a significant landmark marking its foundation by the Carthaginians in 227 BC.

Throughout the centuries, Cartagena has held a prominent role as the capital of the Spanish Navy's Maritime Department of the Mediterranean, a position it has retained since the arrival of the Spanish Bourbons in the eighteenth century. This longstanding maritime connection has further enriched the city's cultural tapestry.

Visitors to Cartagena are greeted with a captivating blend of ancient history and modern charm, making it a captivating destination for explorers seeking to delve into the fascinating layers of its past.

September 27, Malaga

Nestled on Spain's Costa del Sol, Malaga stands as the capital of the region and a favored destination for holidaymakers. The city holds a significant place in the art world, being the birthplace of the renowned artist Pablo Picasso. Visitors can admire his works at the relatively new Museo Picasso, housed within the stunning Palacio de Buenavista.

Malaga is not only a treat for art enthusiasts but also a delight for connoisseurs of wine. The hilly vineyards just outside the town produce the delightful Malaga dessert wines, offering a sweet indulgence for those with a taste for fine spirits.

Beyond its artistic and culinary pleasures, Malaga itself is a charming town worth exploring. However, it also serves as an excellent starting point for excursions to the magnificent city of Granada. There, travelers can visit the famed Alhambra, an architectural marvel nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, showcasing the region's rich history and cultural heritage.

September 28, Gibraltar

Positioned close to the southernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar boasts a commanding view over the renowned Strait of Gibraltar, an area once referred to by ancient mariners as the Pillars of Hercules. Throughout history, Gibraltar has played a significant role as a crucial base for the British Royal Navy, strategically located at this vital maritime passage.

This extraordinary location is most renowned for its iconic geological formation, the Rock of Gibraltar, and the fascinating tribe of Barbary Apes that call it home. Despite enduring prolonged sieges and challenges throughout its past, the Rock, along with its resilient inhabitants, has withstood all trials, leading to the popular saying, "solid as the Rock of Gibraltar." The unyielding spirit of this place and its people is a testament to their strength and determination.

September 29, Tangier

Embark on a journey to the Mendoubia Gardens, where you'll discover the marvel of an ancient banyan tree that has gracefully thrived for over 800 years. These gardens offer a tranquil oasis, inviting you to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this magnificent tree.

Venture further to the Caves of Hercules, located about 9 miles west of Tangier in the captivating Cap Spartel area. This site boasts not only exceptional beauty but also significant archaeological importance. As you explore these mystical caves, you'll be transported back in time, marveling at the historical significance hidden within their rocky walls. Prepare to be captivated by the stories and secrets that lie within this remarkable place.

September 30, Seville (Cadiz)

Cádiz, the esteemed capital of Andalusia, has undergone a remarkable restoration in recent times. With its palm trees, charming squares, flower-filled parks, and a sea of red-tile roofed buildings, this port city exudes a delightful atmosphere. The bustling street markets add to the vibrancy, making it an enchanting place to explore.

The old town, located at the tip of the peninsula, is a hive of activity, with beautiful and lively plazas that create a captivating ambiance. As you make your way there, you'll pass through the new town, an elegant metropolis that boasts excellent beaches, providing the perfect balance of modernity and tradition.

Cádiz also serves as an ideal starting point for a day trip to the nearby city of Seville, where you can indulge in the awe-inspiring beauty of the Alcazar. This stunning medieval Islamic palace showcases a unique blend of Christian and Moorish architecture, complemented by delightful gardens. Seville Cathedral, a majestic structure, and the iconic Giralda Tower present excellent photo opportunities, leaving you with cherished memories of this exceptional journey.


October 1, Portimao

Nestled between golden sands and majestic cliffs, Portimão offers a serene beach retreat for those seeking sunshine and relaxation. History enthusiasts will find delight in exploring the medieval Castle of Alvor, while nature lovers can revel in the beauty of cultivated fields adorned with pine trees and wildflowers.

A visit to the Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Conceição, a church dating back to the 14th century, is a must for those fascinated by history and architecture. Restored after a devastating earthquake, the church features an exquisite altar crafted from walnut wood and interior walls adorned with religious depictions in intricate azulejos tiles.

Take a piece of Portimão's charm home with you by purchasing traditional lace, ceramics, leather goods, and baskets, which serve as cherished mementos of your unforgettable visit to this captivating coastal gem.

 
October 2, Lisbon

According to legend, Lisbon, initially known as Olisipo, was founded by the great Ulysses. While some argue that the name has Phoenician origins, what remains undeniable is that it stands as one of Europe's most captivating destinations. However, its history has not been without challenges. On All Saints' Day in 1755, a devastating earthquake wreaked havoc upon the city, causing widespread destruction.

Despite the tragedy, the Baixa, or Lower City, rose from the ruins, rebuilt with neo-classical elegance, and today, it forms the heart of Lisbon. This elegant 'City of Explorers' gracefully overlooks the River Tagus, offering a plethora of distinctive neighborhoods to explore and savor.

Embark on a journey through Alfama, where the winding streets still hold echoes of their Moorish past, transporting you to an enchanting atmosphere. A leisurely stroll to Bairro Alto treats you to the soul-stirring sounds of Portugal's iconic Fado music, stirring emotions and captivating hearts.

For nearby excursions, discover the lavish 18th-century palace of Queluz, a testament to grandeur and opulence. Or, venture to Sintra's Royal Palace, a fairy-tale setting nestled amidst captivating landscapes. Lisbon, with its rich history and diverse experiences, beckons travelers to explore its multifaceted charm.

Exclusive Amenities:
$400 onboard credit
Cocktail Reception

EVERY LUXURY INCLUDED:

FREE Unlimited Shore Excursions
FREE 2- or 3-night land programs* on select voyages
FREE 1-night pre-cruise hotel package* in Concierge Suites and higher
FREE unlimited beverages, including fine wines and spirits 
FREE open bars and lounges, plus an in-suite mini-bar replenished daily 
FREE pre-paid gratuities
FREE specialty restaurants
FREE transfers between the airport and ship*
FREE unlimited Wi-Fi
FREE valet laundry service

 

 

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