Overview

This unique and exclusive nine-day itinerary and small ship voyage showcases the coastal jewels of the Iberian Peninsula between Barcelona, Spain, and Lisbon, Portugal, during the best time of year. Cruise up Spain’s legendary Guadalquivir River, “the great river,” into the heart of beautiful Seville, an exclusive opportunity only available on this itinerary and by small ship. Visit Portugal’s lesser-traveled Algarve region and the regal city of Granada, Spain. Stand on the “Top of the Rock” to see the Pillars of Hercules spanning the scenic Strait of Gibraltar and call on the enchanting Balearic Island of Palma de Mallorca. Admire the modernist architecture of Valencia. Enjoy stunning scenery and visit three UNESCO World Heritage sites while cruising ancient trade routes from the Mediterranean Sea into the Atlantic Ocean aboard the exclusively chartered, Five-Star M.S. LE LYRIAL. This state-of-the-art small ship, launched in 2015, features private balconies in 95% of the 110 ocean-view, deluxe Suites and Staterooms. A two-night Barcelona Pre-Cruise Option and two-night Lisbon Post-Cruise Option are offered.

Program Highlights

• Five-Star small ship launched in 2015—the newest sister ship to LE BORÉAL, L’AUSTRAL and LE SOLÉAL.
• Remarkable cruise up the Guadalquivir River into the heart of Seville, possible only by small ship.
• One port of call every day and an excursion included in every port.
• Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise; all meals are included aboard ship.
• Specially arranged educational lectures.
• Four great cities—Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Lisbon—paired with the fascinating ports of Andalusia and the Algarve.
• Visit enchanting, seldom-visited Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, and the Great Rock of Gibraltar.
Barcelona Pre-Cruise and Lisbon Post-Cruise Options.

Faculty

David Gies, Commonwealth Professor of Spanish

David Gies with Medal of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic
David with Medal of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic

David T. Gies is Commonwealth Professor of Spanish and former Chairman of the Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese at the University of Virginia. An expert on the literature of Enlightenment and Romantic Spain, and contemporary Spanish film, Gies has published 12 books and critical editions of Spanish literature. He has authored more than 80 articles and 100 book reviews, and has lectured at universities in the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, France, Argentina and Spain. He edits Dieciocho, a journal dedicated to the study of the Spanish Enlightenment, and has lectured at universities in the US, Canada, England, Italy, Germany, France, Argentina and Spain. He has been awarded numerous grants from agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society and the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 1992 he won the University of Virginia Outstanding Teaching Award. In 1999-2000 he served as Chair of the Faculty Senate, and in October 2000 he was awarded the highest recognition presented to a member of the University of Virginia community, the Thomas Jefferson Award. David also served as the Academic Dean of Semester at Sea.

Itinerary

Day 1 - October 9

Depart the U.S. for Barcelona, Spain.

Day 2 - October 10

Barcelona, Spain

Arrive in the lively quarters of Barcelona’s beautiful Mediterranean metropolis, filled with the artistic treasures of Antoni Gaudí, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí. The city center has the greatest concentration of Gothic architecture in Europe and proudly displays its heritage and roots as a Roman trading port. Embark the Five-Star M.S. LE LYRIAL and attend the Captain’s Welcome Reception and dinner this evening. (R,D)

Day 3 - October 11

Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands

Enjoy a scenic drive through the hills, past almond tree groves that are emblematic of Palma, en route to the village of Valldemossa where you will visit the famous Carthusian Monastery, a former residence of composer Frédéric Chopin. Enjoy a recital of Chopin’s masterpieces on his own piano, performed by a local musician. Later, visit the famous Gothic 14th-century Bellver Castle, one of the few concentric castles in Europe, rising 450 feet above Palma. See the magnificent sandstone Palma Cathedral, constructed over 300 years starting in 1230; it represents the height of Catalan Gothic architecture. (B,L,D)

Day 4 - October 12

Valencia, Spain

Located on the Costa del Azahar (Orange Blossom Coast) of Spain, the sunny city of Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 B.C. amidst a fertile plain of orange groves. Enjoy a walking tour along the historic cobblestone streets of its colorful city center featuring a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated La Lonja de la Seda (Silk Exchange), a masterpiece of splendid Gothic architecture built in the 15th century. Visit the elaborate 13th-century Valencia Cathedral and its impressive Valencia Gothic-style Miguelete Bell Tower, and see the bustling Plaza de la Reina, one of Valencia’s main city squares. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - October 13

Almería for Granada, Andalusia/Motril

Granada is scenically located atop three hills framed by the dramatic backdrop of the snow-clad Sierra Nevada mountains. From here, monarchs of the Nasrid Dynasty ruled for 250 years over the last Moorish kingdom in Spain, leaving a priceless architectural legacy—the magnificent Alhambra, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Walk through its outer precincts, admire the genius of medieval Moorish craftsmen within, then stroll through the beautifully landscaped Generalife Gardens. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Reembark the ship in Motril. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - October 14

Gibraltar, British Crown Colony

The southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula, Gibraltar, was considered by the ancient Greeks and Romans to be one of the two Pillars of Hercules that marked the boundary of the known world, the second being Jebel Moussa, the mountain across the strait. Drive to the “Top of the Rock,” the 1400-foot-high limestone promontory guarding the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Europe and Africa. Enjoy a scenic view from Europa Point and visit the Great Siege Tunnels, excavated by British army engineers in the late 18th century to provide for the defense of the colony. Observe up close the amusing antics of Barbary macaques, the only colony of wild monkeys in Europe, and see the impressive geological wonders in St. Michael’s Cave. The afternoon is at leisure to explore pedestrian Casemates Square in Gibraltar’s city center. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - October 15

Cruise the Guadalquivir River into Seville, Spain (Andalusia)

Be on deck for the unique experience of cruising into the heart of extraordinary Seville, Andalusia’s lively capital, on the Guadalquivir River. Drive through the historic city center, lined with typical Sevillana houses, to see the neoclassical Maestranza Bullring—the largest in Spain—and the Golden Tower, a remnant of Seville’s Moorish fortifications. Stroll through Maria Luisa Park and the impressive Plaza de España, built for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Continue through Santa Cruz, the old Jewish quarter, where you will find a gleaming maze of white houses, flower-filled patios and orange trees lining the checkered stone streets.
Tour the legendary Alcázar, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring the distinctive 14th-century, Mudéjar-style former residence of Seville’s Moroccan and Spanish rulers. The city’s magnificent Cathedral is a classic example of late Gothic architecture and is Europe’s second-largest Christian house of worship after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Inside, view the imposing monument to Christopher Columbus, whose remains were transported here from Havana, Cuba, in 1902, and the extraordinary main altarpiece—the largest in the world—a masterful gilded woodcarving created over the course of 44 years by Flemish craftsman Pierre Dancart. Later, enjoy a traditional flamenco dance performance on board the ship. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - October 16

Portimão, Portugal (the Algarve)

On Portugal’s charming, sun-washed southern coast, in the historic province of Algarve, lies Portimão. Settled in ancient times by the Phoenicians and Romans, the Algarve was later ruled by the Moors, and today its Moorish heritage survives in its distinctive architecture and savory regional cuisine. During the 15th and 16th centuries, intrepid Portuguese mariners, including Vasco da Gama, set sail from the Algarve’s shores on voyages of discovery that eventually circled the globe before triumphantly returning to Lisbon.
Stroll through the nearby town of Silves, a medieval center of art, poetry and learning. For picturesque views of the town, walk along the ramparts of its 12th-century Moorish castle, where the air is scented with lavender and rose emanating from the castle’s garden. Visit the cathedral, a unique fusion of Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque architecture, before continuing on to the scenic port town of Lagos, once the center of trade between Moorish Portugal and Africa. Here, admire the Baroque Church of St. Anthony, with its stunning interior of gilded, carved wood and enjoy free time to explore this former Algarve capital.
Attend the Captain’s Farewell Reception this evening. (B,L,R,D)

Day 9 - October 17

Lisbon/U.S.

Disembark the ship in Lisbon and continue on the Post-Cruise Option or transfer to the airport for your flight home to the U.S. (B)

BARCELONA PRE-CRUISE OPTION
Experience the heart of Barcelona, a former Roman trading port and today the capital city of Catalonia. Enjoy a panoramic tour featuring the exciting Barri Gótic (Gothic Quarter) with its Roman walls; the Passeig de Grácia, Barcelona’s famous main thoroughfare; and Montjuic (Jewish Mountain), host of the 1929 International Exhibition and the 1992 Olympic Games. Visit architect Antoni Gaudí’s extraordinary Basílica de la Sagrada Família, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In the Penedès region—home of cava, Spain’s acclaimed sparkling wine—tour Codorníu, one of the largest underground wine cellars in the world, and visit the Benedictine monastery of Santa María and its 16th-century basilica on the multi-peaked Montserrat Mountain. Accommodations are for two nights in the ideally located, Five-Star MAJESTIC HOTEL AND SPA BARCELONA.
Includes breakfast each morning and one lunch.

LISBON POST-CRUISE OPTION
Lisbon enchants travelers with its ruggedly beautiful shoreline along the Atlantic Ocean, its dramatic cityscape of 18th-century white limestone buildings and its well-preserved medieval monuments. Visit Jerónimos Monastery, part of a UNESCO World Heritage site, which honors the expeditions of Vasco da Gama, and see Belém Tower and the grandiose Monument to Discoveries. Enjoy a tour of the charming village of Sintra, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to explore the former royal palace of Queluz, known as the Portuguese Versailles. Accommodations for two nights are in the ideally located, deluxe DOM PEDRO PALACE HOTEL. Includes breakfast each morning.

Pre-Cruise and Post-Cruise Options are available at additional cost. Details will be provided with your reservation confirmation.

Accommodations

Exclusively Chartered Five-Star Small Ship M.S. LE LYRIAL
State-of-the-Art Design
The highly acclaimed M.S. LE LYRIAL, launched in 2015, represents the newest generation of Five-Star small ships, featuring only 110 Suites and Staterooms and distinctive French sophistication.

Elegantly Appointed Suites and Staterooms, 95% with Private Balconies
Each air-conditioned deluxe Stateroom and Suite (200 to 484 square feet), features a private bathroom with shower and luxurious Five-Star hotel amenities and minibar with complimentary beverages. Most accommodations have two twin beds that convert to one queen bed, individual climate control, satellite flat-screen television, wireless Internet access, safe, full-length closet, writing desk/dressing table, plush robes and slippers.

Chic and Casual Dining
International and regional cuisine is served in the stylish, spacious Le Céleste dining room in single, unassigned seatings; alfresco in the casual Le Cométe restaurant; or from 24-hour room service. Continental and buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, afternoon tea, and a four-course dinner are served daily. Complimentary alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages are served throughout the cruise.

Spacious Public Areas/ World-Class Service and Facilities
In keeping with the low passenger density, the public areas are spacious and inviting and can accommodate all passengers comfortably. Enjoy views from the Panoramic Lounge, nightly entertainment in the Main Lounge, and lectures, cultural performances and film screenings in the state‑of‑the‑art theater. There is a library, Internet salon, Sun Deck, swimming pool, beauty salon, spa, Turkish bath‑style steam room, full range of fitness equipment and two elevators. The infirmary is staffed with a doctor and nurse. The highly trained and personable, English‑speaking, international crew provides attentive service.

Program Fees

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Price is based upon cabin selection.

$4295-Category 8: Polaris Deck, double occupancy, land only
Superior stateroom, shower, 226 sq. ft., large window, bedding convertible

$5295-Category 7: Polaris Deck, double occupancy, land only
Deluxe stateroom, shower, 200 sq. ft., small window, door opens to partial wall balcony (43 sq ft), bedding convertible,

$5795-Category 6: Polaris Deck, double occupancy, land only (Singles Available for $11995)
Deluxe stateroom, shower, 200 sq. ft., small window, door opens to Partial wall balcony (43 sq. ft.), bedding convertible

$6295-Category 5: Véga Deck, double occupancy, land only
Prestige stateroom, shower, 200 sq. ft., sliding glass door to partial wall balcony (43 sq. ft.) bedding convertible, Véga Deck, deck 4, forward

$6695-Category 4: Véga Deck, double occupancy, land only
Prestige stateroom, shower, 200 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq. ft.) bedding convertible, Véga Deck, deck 4, aft

$7295-Category 3: Véga Deck, double occupancy, land only (Singles Available for $12795)
Prestige stateroom, shower, 200 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq. ft.) bedding convertible, Véga Deck, deck 4, midship

$7695-Category 2: Altaïr Deck, double occupancy, land only
Prestige stateroom, shower, 200 sq. ft., sliding glass door to partial wall balcony (listed as private balcony in brochure; 43 sq. ft.), bedding convertible, Altaïr Deck, deck 5, forward

$7995-Category 1: Altaïr Deck, double occupancy, land only
Prestige stateroom, 200 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony (43 sq ft) bedding varies, Altaïr Deck, deck 5, midship (#615 deck 6 – Lyra Deck)

$9095-Deluxe Suite: Lyra Deck, double occupancy, land only
Shower, 290 sq ft, sliding glass door to private balcony (54 sq. ft.), sitting area with sofa, bedding convertible, Lyra Deck, Deck 6, double occupancy only,

$10,295-Prestige Suite – Two bathrooms (both with shower), one side with convertible bedding, other side with sitting area and sofa convertible to fixed queen, 398 sq. ft., sliding glass doors to private balcony (86 sq ft) Altaïr Deck, occupancy up to 4 persons, REQUEST ONLY

$10,795-Privilege Suite: Lyra Deck, double occupancy, land only
388 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony (86 sq ft) convertible bedding and sitting area with sofa convertible to fixed queen, bathroom has separate shower and tub, Lyra Deck, Deck 6, Occupancy up to 4 persons

$11,795-Grand Deluxe Suite: Lyra Deck, double occupancy, land only
484 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony (96 sq ft), convertible bedding plus large sitting area with half bath, master bathroom has separate shower, jacuzzi tub and double sinks, Lyra Deck, Deck 6, occupancy 2 persons

$12295-Owner’s Suite: Lyra Deck, double occupancy, land only
592 sq. ft., sliding glass door to private balcony (129 sq ft), convertible bedding plus large sitting area with half bath, master bathroom has separate shower, jacuzzi tub and double sinks, Lyra Deck, Deck 6, occupancy 2 persons

Single occupancy cabins are available in Categories 3 & 6 only.

$11995-Category 6
$12795-Category 3

Optional Barcelona Pre-trip program – 2 nights
$995 per person based on double occupancy
$1595 based on single occupancy

Optional Lisbon Post-trip program – 2 nights
$595 per person based on double occupancy
$795 based on single occupancy

How to Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $600 per person is required to reserve your spot. An additional $200 per person deposit is required for both the optional pre- and post-trip programs. Final invoicing will be done approximately 4 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure. All FINAL PAYMENTS are required to be made by check or wire transfer.

Deposits can be made via Mastercard, Visa, check or wire transfer.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

General Terms & Conditions

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RELEASE OF LIABILITY, ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND BINDING ARBITRATION AGREEMENT
RESPONSIBILITY: Thomas P. Gohagan & Company, the sponsoring associations/organizations, and its and their employees, shareholders, subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, directors or trustees, successors, and assigns (collectively “Gohagan”), do not own or operate any entity which is to or does provide goods or services for your trip including, for example, lodging facilities, airline, vessel, or other transportation companies, guides or guide services, local ground operators, providers or organizers of optional excursions, food service or entertainment providers, etc. All such persons and entities are independent contractors. As a result, Gohagan is not liable for any negligent or willful act or failure to act of any such person or entity or of any other third party.

In addition and without limitation, Gohagan is not responsible for any injury, loss, death, inconvenience, delay, or damage to person or property in connection with the provision of any goods or services whether resulting from, but not limited to, acts of God or force majeure, acts of government, acts of war or civil unrest, insurrection or revolt, bites from or attacks by animals, insects or pests, strikes or other labor activities, criminal or terrorist activities of any kind or the threat thereof, sickness, illness, epidemics or the threat thereof, the lack of availability of or access to medical attention or the quality thereof, overbooking or downgrading of accommodations, mechanical or other failure of airplanes, vessels or other means of transportation, or for any failure of any transportation mechanism to arrive or depart timely or safely.

If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night(s), you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. Baggage is entirely at owner’s risk. The right is reserved to decline to accept as a trip participant, or remove from a trip, without refund, any person Gohagan judges to be incapable of meeting the rigors and requirements of participating in the activities, or who is abusive to other trip participants, leaders or third parties, or who Gohagan determines to detract from the enjoyment of the trip by others. Specific room/cabin assignments are within the sole discretion of the hotel or cruise line.

Gohagan reserves the right to change the itinerary or trip features at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and Gohagan shall not be liable for any loss of any kind as a result of any such changes. Ship schedules, port calls, hours of arrival and departure, sightseeing events, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change or cancellation. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute motorcoach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of Gohagan. Gohagan is not responsible therefor and is not required to compensate passengers under these circumstances. Gohagan may cancel a trip (or an option) for any reason whatsoever; if so, its sole responsibility is to refund monies paid by the participant to it. Gohagan, however, is not required under these circumstances to refund the cost of any purchased travel insurance. Gohagan is not required to cancel any trip for any reason including without limitation, United States Department of State, World Health Organization or other Warnings or Advisories of any kind. Gohagan is not responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers resulting from operational and/or itinerary changes, even if Gohagan makes the flight arrangements or cancels the trip. Gohagan reserves the right to substitute vessels, hotels or attractions of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

NOT INCLUDED: Taxes; passport, visas and associated fees; personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls and Internet access; accident/sickness, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance; gratuities to ship and hotel personnel; optional sightseeing excursions; baggage charges on aircraft; local departure air/airport tax(es); airfare and associated local taxes, airport facility and security taxes and federal inspection fees not listed as included in the travel program; transfers and baggage handling to/from airport/hotel/ship on day(s) of arrival and/or departure if you are arriving earlier or later than and/or departing earlier or later than the scheduled group transfer(s); any overnight on land due to flight schedule(s); meals, alcoholic or other beverages and all other services not specifically mentioned as included in the travel program.

AIRFARE: Airfare is subject to change and availability and, depending on the fare basis, likely is nonrefundable. Your airline ticket constitutes a contract between you and the airline, even if purchased through Gohagan.

LUGGAGE: Luggage allowance policies are set by the airlines and may change without notice.

PHYSICAL ACCESSIBILITY: All programs require physical independence and mobility. Any physical or mental condition that may require special medical attention or physical assistance (for example, the need for a wheelchair) must be reported in writing when you make your reservation. Travelers must be able to embark or disembark motorcoaches alone or with minimal assistance from your traveling companion and climb stairs and step over raised thresholds without assistance. Travelers requiring assistance must travel with a companion who will be responsible for handling equipment.

CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations for all or any part of the trip including Pre/Post Program(s) reservation(s) will not be effective until received in writing in the offices of Gohagan. Should you have to cancel, the following terms will apply: reservation cancellation(s) are subject to a $200 ($50 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person administrative fee from the time of booking through 120 days prior to departure; from 95 through 119 days prior to departure, $800 ($200 Pre/Post Program(s)) per person; from 60 through 94 days prior to departure, 70% of the published full regular tariffs; cancellations 59 days or less prior to departure, a no-show, or early return from the trip will result in forfeiture of 100% of the published full regular tariffs. In addition, any applicable airline cancellation fees, optional excursion cancellation fees and administrative fees may apply.

TRIP INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. Trip cancellation insurance is available through Gohagan and others for comprehensive coverage of such expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident, and damaged or lost luggage. We will send you an application upon receipt of your reservation.

RATES: Prices quoted are based on fares in effect at the time of printing and are subject to change at any time. On land and/or cruise programs, even after full payment, Gohagan reserves the right to increase the tour price in the event of cost increases due to changes in supplier costs, currency fluctuations or fuel or energy surcharges and all such increases are to be paid to Gohagan upon notice to the tour participant of such increases. On programs which include Gohagan purchased interstate or international air (which originates or returns to the United States), no increased costs will be passed on after final payment except for subsequently imposed governmental tax increases.

REGISTRATION: CST#: 2031868-40, WST#: 601 767 666,
OST#: TA 0905.

BINDING ARBITRATION: Any controversy or claim arising out of or relating in any way to this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement, the brochure, or any other information relating in any way to the trip, or to the trip itself, shall be settled solely and exclusively by binding arbitration in Chicago, Illinois, in accordance with the commercial rules of the American Arbitration Association then existent. In any such proceeding, the substantive, but not procedural law of Illinois will apply. The arbitrator and not any federal, state, or local court or agency shall have exclusive authority to resolve any dispute relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability, conscionability, or formation of this contract, including but not limited to any claim that all or any part of this contract is void or voidable.
ACCEPTANCE OF CONTRACT: By forwarding of deposit, the participant certifies that he/she does not have any mental, physical or other condition of disability that would create a hazard for him/herself or other participants and accepts the terms contained in this Release of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Binding Arbitration Agreement.
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