CRUISING IN FRANCE, SPAIN AND PORTUGAL - Boutique Journeys for Solo Travellers

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Fully escorted small group tour with a maximum of 12 passengers

5 to 30 September 2022 - 26 days

 

We have been very lucky to get some cabins on this sensational cruise which sells out super quickly, so if you are interested in this cruise for 2022 you will need to get in now.  Group space can only be held until 30 March 2020.

 

Come along with us on an incredible journey cruising for 18 nights on the world’s most awarded luxury cruise line and experience a magical vacation from London to Barcelona.  Experience why Crystal Symphony is one of the highest rated ships in the world providing extraordinary service, abundant space, exceptional quality and incredible choices.  Carrying just 848 passengers and 545 crew this is 6 star luxury.  See amazing places while not having to pack and unpack multiple times.  This is leisurely travelling. 

Our tours are exclusively for solo travellers 50+ so come and share the joy of travel with people just like you.

$22,490 per person twin

$28,490 per person single

Upgrade to a Balcony Cabin

$1,500 per person twin

$2,200 per person single

Enquire for costs to upgrade to Business Class

 

Tour inclusions:

Return economy class airfares from Auckland on Emirates

All taxes and levies

4-5 star accommodation in Dubai, Dover and Barcelona

18 night luxury cruise on Crystal Symphony

Sightseeing as specified

Breakfast Daily

18 Lunches and 18 Dinners on the Cruise

Wine, champagne, spirits, beer, juice, water, coffee/tea while on the cruise

US$200 Shipboard Credit

Gratuities

Services of a Tour Leader

 

Not included

Shore excursions while on the cruise

Travel Insurance

Meals not specified

 

Itinerary

Monday 5 September

After checking in at Auckland International Airport enjoy some relaxing time at the Emperors Lounge.  Tonight we depart Auckland at 8.30 pm and fly to Dubai. 

 

Tuesday 6 September

Early this morning we arrive in Dubai and are transferred to our hotel for immediate check-in.  Rest of the day at leisure.  One night Palace Hotel Downtown (Palace Lakeview Room), overlooking Burj Khalifa Lake and adjacent to Dubai Mall.

 

Wednesday 7 September

Early this morning we are transferred to the airport for our 8.00 am flight to London, Gatwick Airport.  On arrival at 12.35 pm we are transferred to Dover.

One night Best Western Plus Dover Marina Hotel and Spa (Superior Seaview Room*) located on the seafront in Dover

*Twin rooms would be a Standard Room

 

Thursday 8 September

This morning is free to enjoy Dover or relax before boarding our luxury cruise ship Crystal Symphony (Deluxe Stateroom with Large Picture Window).  This afternoon settle into your stateroom and get to know the ship before we depart Dover at 6.00 pm

Crystal Symphony has two swimming pools - one, located outdoors, is perfect for sunbathing and swimming laps, while the other has a retractable roof! The ship boasts a cinema, the Hollywood Theatre, which has Dolby Digital sound, as well as the Crystal Spa as an alternate way to relax. Indulge yourself with aromatherapy, have a massage, or enjoy any of the other rejuvenating treatments at this amazing spa. Head over to the Crystal Learning Institute, where you can enjoy foreign language classes, piano lessons, and much more! There's an outdoor putting green, too!  Dining on a Crystal Cruise is an intimate and enjoyable experience - and Crystal Symphony has so many options that you won't know what to eat first! The Crystal Dining Room offers extraordinary cuisine, served in a sophisticated atmosphere; try its inventive menus and you'll enjoy the unique flavours of the world while being served by gracious waiters. The Lido Cafe is another great place to enjoy breakfast or lunch - with panoramic sea views, you can partake of breakfast buffets, luncheon buffets, and sumptuous deserts! For an outdoor lunch, head to the Trident Bar and Grill, where you can delight your palate with grills, wraps, melts and pizza - all served poolside! There is even an ice cream bar! Try Tastes, a poolside open kitchen with a lunchtime and casual evening dining menu! There is also Prego, a charming and romantic Italian spot, as well as The Bistro, a European-inspired cafe; for Asian cuisine try the Silk Road and Sushi Bar - Japanese foods are available here, as well as premium sushi, sashimi and more! The Vintage Room is the ultimate experience for wine enthusiasts - menus are created to showcase the unique attributes of each vintage wine that is served in this elegant restaurant, and you'll be treated to an experience you'll never forget! You can also enjoy themed deck buffets, room service with full menus, and even an afternoon tea service.  Crystal Symphony is home to a sparkling casino - enjoy thrilling games of chance such as Texas Hold'em poker, slot machines, blackjack, Baccarat, roulette and even craps! If you feel like dancing, head over to the Stardust Club or the Palm Court to enjoy before- and after-dinner dancing! Pulse is a nightclub where you can groove to the beat late into the night, and listen to contemporary hits and make requests, too!

 

Friday 9 September

This morning at 10.00 am we arrive into Honfleur, France.  This picturesque port easily inspired some of the greats – from its Vieux Bassin (Old Harbour) to the bare vertical cliffs of Etretat and Yport. Boudin, Courbet and Monet all discovered the inherent artistic qualities of Honfleur, still apparent along its storied shores that evoke a feeling of Normandy in centuries past. While it boasts historical clout for centuries, some of the most intriguing sites in town played pivotal roles in the epic events of D-Day.  You may enjoy a tour to one of the following:  Honfleur, Normandy Battlefield Tours, Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny, Etretat Cliffs or Rouen.  Overnight Honfleur

 

Saturday 10 September

Today we spend the day in Honfleur.  You may enjoy a tour to one of the following:  Honfleur, Normandy Battlefield Tours, Claude Monet’s House and Gardens in Giverny, Etretat Cliffs or Rouen.  Tonight we set sail at 9.45 pm

 

Sunday 11 September

This morning we arrive in St Malo, France at 8.30 am.  Within its fortified walls, this city of bustling shops, cafés and bars is home to the highest concentration of seafood restaurants in Europe. Heavily bombed during World War II, it was lovingly restored to its original splendor. The city's top destination is the citadel, from where Corsairs would raid enemy ships in the name of the King. Be sure to take a stroll atop the ramparts for magical views, and save time for a journey to the medieval Mont St-Michel abbey.  Tonight we set sail at 9.30 pm

 

Monday 12 September

Today is spent cruising off the West Coast of France so sit back and enjoy the comforts of Crystal Symphony

 

Tuesday 13 September

This morning we arrive in Bordeaux, France at 11.00 am. This UNESCO-designated city known as Port of the Moon due the natural shape of its harbour is celebrated for its glorious chateaux, its mouth-watering cuisine and its incomparable wines – Bordeaux is surrounded by the world's most famous vineyards including Medoc, St-Emilion, Pomerol, Graves and Sauternes. One time the richest community and largest port in France, Bordeaux today is second only to Paris as the country's most densely populated city.  Overnight Bordeaux

 

Wednesday 14 September

Today is another day to enjoy all that the Bordeaux region offers or simply relax onboard

 

Thursday 15 September

This morning we depart Bordeaux at 10.30 am and spend the day cruising down the West Coast of France and into Spain so sit back relax and watch the world go by

 

Friday 16 September

This morning we arrive in Bilbao at 7.00 am.  Home to Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Museum, this bustling city epitomizes the merger of modernity and history. Gateway to the Cantabrico Sea from the plateau of Castilla, Bilbao has flourished from the middle ages as a busy port. Today, the city is renowned for its vital exuberance, as modern architects erect new buildings next to 19th-century structures.  Tonight we set sail at 6.00 pm

 

Saturday 17 September

This morning we arrive in La Coruna, Spain at 9.00 am. Legend holds that Hercules founded this city of Romanesque squares and medieval churches, and indeed, its Tower of Hercules is one of La Coruña's most enduring symbols. Steeped in beauty, the city is renowned for its gardens, including the Jardines de Méndez Núñez, located in the center of the Pescaderia, and the Jardine de San Carlos in the Old City. Visit the Museo Arqueologico e Historico for exceptional views, and see the elaborately carved door on the church of Calle de Santa Maria.  You may enjoy a tour to historic Santiago de Compostela.  Tonight we set sail at 6.00 pm

 

Sunday 18 September

This morning we arrive in Oporto, Portugal at 8.00 am.  Oporto brings together the best of Portugal: warm sunshine, a relaxed riverside setting, grand churches, winding medieval streets, and courtyards filled with geraniums. Perhaps what Oporto is most famous for, however, is its port wine. Crafted in the neighbouring Vila Nova da Gaia district, ports from all over the region can be sampled in the lodges just across the river. Wander through historic Ribeira, the recently restored riverside district and UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Tonight we set sail at 6.00 pm

 

Monday 19 September

This morning we arrive in Lisbon, Portugal at 6.00 am.  Discover the world’s last colonial empire, turned bustling cosmopolitan city. Lisbon has dozens of Moorish castles, pastel buildings, and white sand beaches to explore. This Atlantic-coast city perfectly encapsulates Mediterranean charm with its wine, food, and architecture.  This afternoon we set sail at 5.00 pm

 

Tuesday 20 September

This morning we arrive in Cadiz, gateway to Seville at 9.00 am. Get lost in the Western world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. Cádiz continues to charm travellers today with its romantic El Pópulo and Santa María districts, fresh seafood, and the Puertas de Tierra which divides the city into old and new. You may enjoy a tour to Seville and stroll through the ancient city centre or see a flamenco show followed by tapas and a glass of delicious wine or sherry.  Tonight we set sail at 8.00 pm

 

Wednesday 21 September

This morning we arrive in Casablanca, Morocco at 7.00 am.  With visions of Bergman and Bogart filling the imagination, it’s easy to explore the French-colonial design and narrow alleyways of the old Medina, and bargain-filled souks are reminders of mysterious days past. Yet this gleaming city has a firm grasp on the 21st century and today encompasses broad palm-lined boulevards, attractive public parks and soaring high-rises.  You may enjoy a tour to Rabat.  Tonight we set sail at 7.00 pm

 

Thursday 22 September

Today we arrive in Malaga, Spain at 12 Noon.  See the wealth of historical treasures found in the coastal city of Màlaga. Once a major trading port, Màlaga has an eclectic mix of sites influenced by the Phoenicians, the Moors, and the Spanish.  You may enjoy a tour to beautiful Ronda.  Tonight we set sail at 8.00 pm

 

Friday 23 September

This morning we arrive in Cartagena, Spain at 9.00 am.  From its ancient natural harbour where Phoenicians would trade to its Roman Empire heyday when it was known as the New Carthage, Cartagena’s enviable position on the Mediterranean has long made it one of the most important ports in Spain. The country’s Naval Headquarters is here, as are Dockyard Gate and Midshipman School. Discover ancient Roman ruins and Modernista buildings, the magnificent Concepcion Castle and a stunning City Hall.  You may enjoy a tour to Granada and visit its famous Alhambra.  Set sail at 5.00 pm

 

Saturday 24 September

This morning we arrive in Palma De Mallorca at 8.00 am.  Palma de Mallorca, rich in monuments of many ages, was founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. A magnificent rose-colored Gothic cathedral dominates the palm-fringed waterfront of its urban center. Mallorca, known as the "Island of Tranquility," is the largest and most developed of the Balearic group. Steep mountains, serene valleys and wide plains form its varied landscape. Visit the island's quaint villages and the monastery where George Sand and Frederic Chopin spent a winter.  Tonight we set sail at 10.00 pm

 

Sunday 25 September

This morning we arrive in Valencia at 8.00 am. Sunbathe in one of Spain’s most exhilarating cities. Valencia is a vibrant town with dynamic nightlife, outdoor activities and sports, and its “mezcl”a of architectural wonders. In Old Town, see everything from a 15th-century palaces, to recent wonders of modern art.  Tonight we set sail at 6.00 pm

 

Monday 26 September

This morning we arrive in Barcelona at 6.00 am and say goodbye to our beautiful ship and crew.  Today we will enjoy a full day city tour of Barcelona including the Hill of Montjuic, where we stop to admire the views of the city, pass through the Olympic facilities of the 1992 Games including the stadium, and continue through the Universal Fair of 1929 and Plaza Espana.  We then stroll through the narrow streets and medieval square of the Gothic Quarter.  We’ll visit the Cathedral of Barcelona and discover the ruins of Roman Barcelona.  We will then drive past the most popular street where the modernist architecture began – in this street you can buildings from Domenech i Muntaner, Puig i Cadafalch and of course Gaudi as La Casa Batlo and finish with a visit to La Pedrera.  We then carry on to Sagrada Familia, the symbol of the city and Gaudi’s masterpiece.  We will visit the interior and admire the unfinished work of the famous architect.  We then visit Park Guell, designed by Gaudi between 1900 and 1914, it is part of his naturist and organic period.  We will finish the day by touring the beaches of Barcelona.  Two nights El Palace Hotel (Classic Room), situated in the centre of Barcelona, just a few steps away from the exclusive “Paseo de Gracia” the historic Barrio Gotico and the famous Las Ramblas.

 

Tuesday 27 September

Today is free to enjoy Barcelona or you may like an optional tour to Montserrat.

 

Wednesday 28 September

This morning is free to enjoy Barcelona or just relax before being transferred to the airport for our flight to Dubai departing at 3.30 pm and arriving just after midnight.  One night Dubai International Hotel (Executive Room) located inside the airport terminal building

 

Thursday 29 September

Depart Dubai at 10.05 am to Auckland

 

 

Friday 30 September

Arrive Auckland 10.50 am

 

An extension to Madrid and Morocco are possible.  Please advise if you are interested.

 

 

All prices are in New Zealand dollars.  Prices are  based on payment by cash, eftpos, cheque or direct deposit only.  A surcharge of 2% applies for payment by Visa or Mastercard.  If you would prefer to share a room we will endeavour to match you up with someone of the same gender.  If we cannot, you would be required to pay the single price.  A 1st non-refundable deposit of $6,000 per person is due at time of booking.  A 2nd non-refundable deposit of $3,500 is due 5 October 2021.  Balance due 29 April 2022.  Costs are based on a group of 12 passengers.  If the group falls below this number World Travellers Remuera reserves the right to cancel the tour in which case a full refund would be given.  This would be known at least 3 months prior to departure.  Once paid the full amount is non-refundable.

Please note:  A reasonable level of fitness is required for this tour

 

More Information?

For more information please phone Tracey on 09 520 5600 or 021 1398539.

Alternatively you can email remuera@worldtravellers.co.nz

Travel Dates

05 September 2022 - 30 September 2022

Priced From

$22,490

Sale Ends

15 July 2020

Free Space

12 spaces available

Room Sharing

BOOKINGS OPEN

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