Malaga to Lisbon small ship cruise

“This eight day small ship cruise is a leisurely way to explore southern Spain and Portugal, its Moorish sights and pretty towns, plus a day in Morocco, too. ”

Highlights

Malaga | Nerja | Motril | Granada | Alhambra Palace | Tangier | Cadiz | Seville | Jerez | Huelva | Moguer | El Rabida | Portimao | Silves | Lisbon

Description of Malaga to Lisbon small ship cruise

Discover the cities and natural beauty of southern Iberia on a Malaga to Lisbon small ship cruise. You’ll cruise quietly through the night and arrive each morning at a new destination – a leisurely way to explore the south of Spain and Portugal, with a stop off in Tangier, too, so you can experience Morocco. You’ll disembark each day to explore pretty towns and unforgettable sights, including the Alhambra Palace, with guided walking tours bringing the destinations to life.

Sail from Malaga to the pretty towns of Nerja and Motril, before heading to Granada where you’ll visit the Alhambra but also tour the city, too. Nip over to Morocco for a day in Tangier, where you can visit the medina with a local guide, and tuck into some Moroccan cuisine. Cadiz, Seville and Jerez make a trio of treats on a single day – don’t forget to buy some sherry – and from here visit Huelva, a region soaked in Christopher Columbus history, as the great explorer set off for the new world from nearby Palos de la Frontera. From here, enjoy the rugged beauty of the Algarve coast, and visit Silves, with its Moorish castle and ancient bridge and cathedral, before finally sailing to Lisbon, where the tour ends.

Along the way, enjoy the region’s delicious food, relax and sunbathe on deck and learn more about this region’s long history. This is a small cruise ship, with 30–50 other passengers on board, and the cruising style is relaxed, with no formal dress code, just lots of fresh air, sea views and time to relax.

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2021: 31 Jul, 28 Aug
2022: 30 Jul, 27 Aug
Single use plastic-free:
Travelling on a small ship and being that much closer to the water, you can’t help but notice how plastic rubbish is collecting in our seas and oceans. To do our small part, we have worked to eradicate single use plastics on board our voyages.
on board:
All our boats have water refilling stations and all guests are provided with an aluminum water bottle upon boarding to encourage them to use it. We use no plastic cutlery or cups and straws are not offered in drinks. Breakfast tends to be the meal that plastics can creep into so we ensure that butter, jam and yoghurts are bought in bulk quantities to avoid individually wrapped or packaged items. In our cabins, provided toiletries are in pump dispensers, not plastic bottles and we try to limit the amount of printing we do to avoid excess paper usage.
Preserving food:
We ask our chefs to be mindful of packaging when purchasing at local markets during the voyage and will continue to work with our bulk suppliers to limit any form of plastic that comes on board.
Bags:
Our tour leaders encourage clients to be mindful of packaging as they are making purchases during the voyage.
water bottles:
All our adventure cruise passengers are provided with an Aluminium water bottle at the start of their voyage.
Education:
Our tour leaders are 100% behind our company’s initiatives to prevent more plastic waste entering our oceans. They will work to educate our clients on what they can also do help and to make good choices while they travel. At the same time, we are working with our suppliers to also educate them on what they can do to improve their operations.
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
Responsible travel is one of the pillars our company is built upon. All of our travellers are provided with information regarding Responsible Travel at all stages of the booking process and while travelling with us. Our leaders are also trained extensively in Responsible Travel and will advocate for this throughout our trips.

Travelling by small ship has a much lower impact on the environment and specifically, on the towns and rural areas that we visit. We are not impacting the local communities and countryside in the same way that large scale coach touring may.

Rubbish is segregated on board in food waste, paper, plastic, aluminium and glass. After, they are given to shore facilities where available. There is also a sewage treatment plant on board. Every passenger receives a water bottle to reduce plastic cups. In addition to water bottles the ships are equipped with FW evaporators (reverse osmosis systems) that produce fresh-potable water that is triple filtered.

Bio-degradable soaps are being used on our ships. We also follow the eco-friendly system for towels due to the amount of water used to wash towels that have only been used once is overwhelming. If passengers are happy to reuse their towel for another night they hang it up, if they would like to replace it stays on the floor.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Compared to large ship, all-inclusive touring, small ship cruising gives many more opportunities for our clients’ money to be spent in local communities. We don’t include all meals so there will be opportunities on most days for passengers to experience local cuisine and dine in local establishments.

Our leaders are local so will be able to make recommendations spreading the business around in any town we visit at meal times. For example, on this trip we will tour the medina with a local guide, sip mint tea in a cafe in Hafa, and perhaps opt for a group lunch at a local restaurant to sample some of Morocco's finest. Stop in Jerez to sample some sherry, as this is the one and only home of this fortified, sweet yet often deliciously dry wine where none of the big ships visit. Out tour guides will be local and will also organize for home cooking activities in Morocco.

We have a Foundation which was set up to empower travellers to have a positive impact on the communities they visit. Our Foundation now supports over 50 local, grassroots projects around the world. Over the past 15 years, The Foundation has distributed over AU $5 million to projects tackling areas such as sustainable development, human rights, child protection, environmental conservation, wildlife protection, education and healthcare. While we do not visit a project during this trip, our Foundation supports a project in Morocco called Horizon Association. The project empowers individuals with disabilities in Morocco, providing medical assistance and vocational training so they can support themselves and thrive.

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