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Discovering the Ancient Mediterranean - L2325 Balmoral departing 14 Nov 2023

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Balmoral
Ship
Cruise Line
Embark
14 Nov 2023
Duration
16 Nights
From / To
Southampton / Southampton
Ports of call
Southampton - Lisbon - Seville - Algiers - La Goulette (for Tunis), Tunisia

Inside from £1,949pp

Outside from £2,290pp

Balcony from £3,607pp

Suite from £3,899pp

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Itinerary

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Date Date
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Date 14/11/2023
Location Southampton
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Southampton offers fast and efficient check-in areas, spacious departure lounges with seating areas, café-bars and smart washrooms. If you wish to travel by car and park for the duration of your cruise, you can pay for and reserve parking in advance directly with the relevant company. Alternatively, if being dropped off or collected by taxi or private car, they can drive right up alongside the terminal building.

Date 15/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 16/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 17/11/2023
Location Lisbon
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It was from historic Lisbon, built on seven low hills beside the wide Tagus estuary, that some of Europe’s greatest explorers set sail in pursuit of the riches that built Portugal’s former global empire in the New World, Africa and the Indies. Memories of that glorious past linger amid the grand avenues and elegant squares of the attractive capital’s 18th century lower town – a vivid contrast with the colourful honeycomb of cobbled streets in the old Moorish Alfama quarter and the bohemian mood of the hilly Bairro Alto.

Date 18/11/2023
Location Seville
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One of Western Europe’s most ancient cities, founded 3,000 years ago by Phoenician merchants, Cadiz hugs Andalucia’s sunlit Atlantic coast. It’s a historic and intriguing seaport-from which Spain’s galleons once sailed in quest of New World treasure – characterised by palm trees, look out towers and weathered old buildings. From here you can visit Jerez de la Frontera, centre of Spain’s sherry production, and put to the test the creations of its many bodegas!

Date 19/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 20/11/2023
Location Algiers
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Located on the Mediterranean coast set against forested mountains and overlooking the bay this picturesque city encompasses the legendary white washed Kasbah and all the modern metropolitan trappings. The old town, known as the Kasbah, is a maze of pretty small alleys and whitewashed houses.

Date 21/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 22/11/2023
Location La Goulette (for Tunis), Tunisia
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Tunis is a city where 19th century French boulevards and cosmopolitan western-style shops and entertainments rub shoulders with Arab tradition. Its maze-like 13th century Medina of Moorish houses and souks are amongst the best preserved of its kind in the Islamic world. Nearby are the poignant ruins of Carthage.

Date 23/11/2023
Location Cagliari
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Sardinia’s historic capital ‘between the sea and the mountains’ was founded by the Phoenicians, developed by Rome and later subjected to a wealth of Pisan, Genoese and Spanish influences! Climb up from the mountain harbour side city to explore the picturesque Upper Town’s old quarter – dominated by a medieval castle and cathedral and protected by walls nearly 1,000 years old. Or simply relax by one of the lovely beaches within easy reach.

Date 24/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 25/11/2023
Location Cartagena (Spain)
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Today Spain’s major commercial port and naval base, Cartagena lies on the coast of Murcia, its great indented bay guarded by rocky promontories, each topped by a fort. Founded in 221 BC by Hasdrubal, leader of the Carthaginians (hence the name) from North Africa, it has a fascinating history – and as Nova Carthage was long the Romans’ principal settlement in their Iberian stronghold. Attractive promenades extend along the harbour, while to the northeast is the famous beach and watersports resort area of the lagoon-like Mar Menor.

Date 26/11/2023
Location Tangier
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Overlooking a vast sweeping bay, Tangier is the traditional gateway to Morocco. Though no more than 15 miles across the Straits of Gibraltar from Europe, this is a cosmopolitan city that stands on the threshold of Africa. Its world of soaring minarets and domes, ancient casbah (once the sultan’s walled palace and gardens) and animated souks express the rich part-Arab, part-African heritage of a city that has seen occupation by 12 nations since the 5th century.

Date 27/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 28/11/2023
Location La Coruna
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At the north western tip of Spain, La Coruna is Galicia’s largest city – from where in 1588 the Spanish Armada sailed to its fate. It’s the port of call for nearby Santiago de Compostela, in whose ornate 11th century cathedral rests the body of St James. With Jerusalem and Rome, it remains one of Christendom’s most holy places – to which in the middle ages up to two million pilgrims came each year.

Date 29/11/2023
Location At Sea
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Date 30/11/2023
Location Southampton
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Southampton offers fast and efficient check-in areas, spacious departure lounges with seating areas, café-bars and smart washrooms. If you wish to travel by car and park for the duration of your cruise, you can pay for and reserve parking in advance directly with the relevant company. Alternatively, if being dropped off or collected by taxi or private car, they can drive right up alongside the terminal building.

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