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August 12 - 23, 2019

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Lisbon to Monte Carlo

The Six-Star Crystal Serenity

Join Roberta and Arnold Salob on this memorable cruise!

From the Rock of Gibraltar to the French Riviera, world-famous beaches, fantastic food and wine, and the architectural wonders of Barcelona beckon.

All this, plus Roberta and Arnold's exciting bridge program!

Participation in our fun-filled bridge groups is available only by booking direct with us at Bridge Holidays LLC

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ITINERARY

August 12

Lisbon, Portugal

August 13

Lisbon, Portugal

August 14

Cádiz/Seville, Spain

August 15

Gibraltar, United Kingdom

August 16

Ibiza, Spain

August 17

Ibiza, Spain

August 18

Barcelona, Spain

August 19

Barcelona, Spain

August 20

St-Tropez, France

August 21

St-Tropez, France

August 22

Monte Carlo, Monaco

August 23

Monte Carlo, Monaco

August 12 - Lisbon, Portugal

Embark PM

Cosmopolitan Lisbon was the center of the world's last great colonial empire. Today the city nostalgically reveres its imperial past while adapting to Portugal's role as a member of the European Economic Community. Although located on the Atlantic coast, Lisbon has the soul of a Mediterranean city with Moorish castles, pastel and white buildings, orange-tiled roofs and luminous blue skies. Set amid the hills and valleys of the northern shore of the River Tagus, it is one of the loveliest capitals in the world.

August 13 - Lisbon, Portugal

Depart 2 PM

August 14 - Cádiz/Seville, Spain

9 AM to 10 PM

On a low-lying peninsula extending into the crescent-shaped bay stands 3,000-year-old Cádiz, the Western world's oldest continuously inhabited city. Neat houses huddle within high walls, while the surrounding countryside is lush with olive groves. The Puertas de Tierra divides the city in two. Modern Cádiz lies on the isthmus, while the romantic, historical section is located on the other side. The old districts of El Pópulo and Santa Maria, adorned with narrow streets and ancient stone walls, are in sharp contrast to the parks, gardens, wide roads and plazas of the bustling commercial area.

August 15 - Gibraltar, United Kingdom

7 AM to 2 PM

Like a crouching lion, the Rock of Gibraltar's imposing presence supports the legend that it is one of the two Pillars of Hercules. Dramatically soaring to almost 1,400 feet, it boasts one of the world's most recognizable silhouettes. Over 140 caves have been discovered within its limestone mass. Although linked by land to Spain, the self-governing British colony of Gibraltar maintains a strong allegiance to Britain. Shop the compact commercial center for tax-free treats, or perch atop the summit for thrilling views encompassing Europe and Africa.

August 16 - Ibiza, Spain

Arrive 4 PM

Ibiza’s reputation as the birthplace of the rave and Christopher Columbus reveals its split personality. On the one hand, the island—located in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Valencia—is the “Undisputed Party Capital of the World,— where DJs spin their newest mixes and young clubbers revel at parties that rock until the wee hours. But this island and its city Ibiza Town also have deep roots in Mediterranean history, as acknowledged by UNESCO with its designation of large portions of the island and various cultural icons as World Heritage Sites. The local government has demonstrated an interest in making this idyllic destination (indeed, the island is movie-quality photogenic) quieter and more family friendly by passing laws to raise hotel standards and require night clubs to close earlier—by a still eye-reddening 6 am.

August 17 - Ibiza, Spain

Depart 9 PM

August 18 - Barcelona, Spain

Arrival 8 AM

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is a celebration of history and heir to Greek, Phoenician, Roman, Carthaginian, Gothic and Arab cultural legacies. Since it is nearly as close to Rome, Geneva and Munich as it is to Madrid, Barcelona has long been the Spanish link to Western Europe. It was the home of Picasso, Miró, Dali, Casals and Gaudí and has been described as a Mediterranean Manhattan, a cosmopolitan experimental center for political ideas and artistic movements. In addition to its abundance of artistic and architectural treasures, Barcelona serves as the gateway to one of the world's most impressive mountainside enclaves at Montserrat. Discover the secret legends of the Black Virgin and the alluring chants of monastic life high atop the Catalonian plains. Barcelona's ancient city walls and the narrow crooked streets of the town's old section are laid out for your discovery. You will find that Barcelona has something for everybody.

August 19 - Barcelona, Spain

Depart 3 PM

August 20 - St-Tropez, France

Arrival 8 AM

St-Tropez has earned its glamorous reputation as a summer playground for celebrities, artists and writers. At the height of its popularity during the 1950s and 60s, one could easily find Pablo Picasso, Francoise Sagan, Jacques Prévet and the classic movie actress Brigitte Bardot vacationing here. Its famous beaches are still frequented by affluent guests who seek a lively night life and a piece of the "St-Trop" allure. Magnificent yachts line the port, as their owners rival to achieve titles for who has the biggest, the most luxurious or the best-kept vessel, or for which vessel has the most enthusiastic crew. You will certainly be enticed by the colorful sights and sounds of this "Gem of the Provençal Culture."

August 21 - St-Tropez, France

Depart 10 PM

August 22 - Monte Carlo, Monaco

Arrival 8 AM

Monaco is an ancient principality steeped in rich and colorful history. Its proud monarchy is presided over by Prince Albert, who assumed the throne after his famed father Prince Rainier died in 2005.Today when gazing on its modern skyline, it is hard to imagine that Monaco endured a turbulent past. Once a Greek settlement conquered by the Romans, it was bought from the Genoese in 1309 by the Grimaldis, who still rule as the world's oldest monarchy.Monaco covers less than one square mile and is known primarily for its Grand Casino.

August 23 - Monte Carlo, Monaco

Disembark AM

GROUP TOURS WITH ROBERTA AND ARNOLD

Lisbon

Lisbon by Road & River

August 13

During your overview by motor coach, you will stop briefly at the top of King Edward VII Park, from where you will admire spectacular city and harbor views.

Continuing on, pass Pombal Square, famous Liberty Avenue, and of course, Rossio, the very heart of Lisbon. Here you will see Baixa, the district that was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1755, and bustling Comércio Square located on the waterfront.

Arriving at the motor coach parking area, walk approximately 300 feet through a cobblestone lane to the ferry terminal. Step aboard a river cruise ship for the next chapter of your city acquaintance, a one-and-a-half-hour sail along the estuary of the River Tagus. Making your cruise all the more enjoyable is a light snack of petit fours and finger sandwiches.

Your vessel first glides east toward the medieval part of the city, called Alfama. At the top of the hill stands the Castle of Lisbon. Fortifications on this hilltop date to Roman times; today, the castle’s thick, crenellated walls and wonderful views make it a favorite tourist destination.

Cruise under a spectacular suspension bridge, then along the banks of the Belém quarter, the Monument of the Discoveries, the grand Tower of Belém and the impressive Monastery of St Jerome.

Marvel at these storied monuments from your unique perspective on the river before rejoining your motor coach for the return transfer to your Crystal ship.

Important Notes:

Although the sights visited are manual-wheelchair accessible, guests must be able to negotiate steps and gaps to embark and disembark the motor coaches with little to no assistance. All manual wheelchairs must be collapsible and be easily stored onboard the coach. It is recommended that guests dress casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. Although it is not anticipated that you will get wet on this excursion, any electronic devices (such as MP3 players, cell phones, cameras, etc.), as well as any valuable items must be stored in a sealable, waterproof dry bag or left on board the ship. Any damage occurring to these items are the responsibility of the guests. The order of sights visited may vary. The operation of this excursion is dependent on current river conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

LSB-A

Highlights:

For an introduction to Lisbon that is both comprehensive and enchanting, join this excursion that combines a panoramic drive via air-conditioned motor coach with a comfortable river cruise. scenic rail journeys in the world.

Walking Type:

Medium

Wheelchair Accessibility:

Yes

Duration:

Approximately 3.5 hours

Price:

$139

Gibraltar

Gibraltar Acquaintance, Apes Den & Tunnel Experience

August 15

Departing the pier aboard your air-conditioned minibus, begin your panoramic tour. Traveling alongside the sea via the lower road, pass Gibraltar’s unique runway, one of the smallest in the world, venture along the border of the Spanish Frontier and view the Governor’s residence.

Arriving at Europa Point, pause to take pictures of the spectacular seashore and the lighthouse. On a clear day, you can see the coast of Africa, a mere 12 miles across the Strait of Gibraltar.

Continue to the Upper Rock, where you will have an approximate 15-minute stop to witness the mischievous antics of the Barbary Apes at Apes Den.

Next, discover the history of World War II with a visit to the tunnels at Hays Level. During an informative guided tour, you will step back through time, learning not only about the tunnels’ defensive role during the war, but also the Gibraltar of the 18th century.

From the tunnels, a short drive brings you to the center of town. Your guided excursion now concluded, you may choose to return directly to your Crystal ship or remain in town for some independent shopping and exploring.

Important Notes:

Although the pace is not excessive, this excursion involves approximately one hour of walking and some stair climbing; therefore, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. Guests should also bring raingear in case of inclement weather. Guests are not allowed to feed the Barbary Apes, as it is illegal and carries a fine for doing so. In addition to being dangerous, these are wild animals and can bite. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of booking is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-Reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

GIB-E

Highlights:

Combine an introduction to Gibraltar with an investigation of the defensive war tunnels and Gibraltar’s playful apes on this delightful, half-day excursion.

Walking Type:

Little

Duration:

Approximately 2.5 to 3 hours

Price:

$89

Barcelona

A Closer Look at Gaudí

August 18

“Creation continues unceasingly through the media of man. But man does not create, he discovers.”

          – Antoni Gaudí

Begin your excursion with a brief drive to the Sagrada Familia. Construction of the Sagrada Familia, or Church of the Holy Family, began in 1882 and remained incomplete at Gaudí’s death in 1926. Work continues on the structure, but without any sure idea of what Gaudí intended. Join your guide for a walk inside the church as Gaudí’s creative, although controversial, genius is discussed.

Park Güell was designed by Gaudí and was intended as a hillside garden suburb of Barcelona. Enjoy an approximately 45-minute exploration of the park’s pavilions, grand stairway, winding paths and plaza.

Before returning to the pier, pass through the Passeig de Gracia, the widest avenue in town lined with a selection of modernist homes designed by Gaudí like the Casa Milà, better known as “La Pedrera House” and classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Farther along, pass through the “block of dissension,” so called for the area’s various architectural styles, for a glimpse of Casa Batlló.

All too soon, it will be time to leave the surreal world of Antoni Gaudí and return to your Crystal ship.

 

Important Notes:

As this excursion involves approximately two hours of walking, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in warm, layered clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. All guests who visit the Sagrada Familia must dress conservatively; ladies must cover their knees and shoulders, while gentlemen must wear pants. As the Sagrada Familia is a work in progress, it is not uncommon to see workers operating cranes and setting up scaffolding. Local regulations require motor coaches to remain in designated holding areas, therefore guests will be required to walk approximately 15 minutes to reach the Sagrada Familia. The order of sights visited may vary. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. See information concerning special cancellation. This Crystal Adventures excursion MUST be pre-reserved.

Excursion Code:

BAR-D

Highlights:

On this specially crafted half-day excursion, admire some of the most popular works of the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

Duration:

Approximately 4.5 hours

Price:

$109

St-Tropez

Visit to Gassin & Port Grimaud

August 21

Boarding your motor coach in St-Tropez, travel to the colorful village of Gassin. This picturesque town is perched high upon a rock, less than three miles from the sea. Its exceptional location offers outstanding views of vineyards, forests and the Gulf of St-Tropez.

Here, you will have time to stroll through a network of alleyways linked by flights of steps.Enjoy a refreshing beverage at a local restaurant before you depart for Port Grimaud.  

At first glance, Port Grimaud appears to be a simple fishing village. However, after looking closer, you realize that this lively area is in fact a modern complex of luxury homes. Enjoy viewing their pastel-colored walls dotted with Roman tiles as you leisurely wander through the village and embark on a 20-minute, motor launch trip through the village.

From here, you will rejoin your motor coach and return to your Crystal ship.  

Important Notes: 

As this excursion involves walking over uneven surfaces for approximately 90 minutes, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, as well as wear flat, comfortable, walking or sports shoes. Some crowding may be expected. The order of sights visited may vary. This excursion will operate in all weather conditions. A minimum number of bookings is required for this excursion to operate. Pre-reservation of this Crystal Adventures excursion is recommended.

Excursion Code:

SNT-C

Highlights:

Just a few miles from St-Tropez lies the charming villages of Gassin and Port Grimaud. Journey along the beaches of southern France on this enriching, half-day excursion.

Walking Type:

Medium

Duration:

Approximately 4 hours

Price:

$119

FARES

All Fares are Per Person, Double Occupancy
(Single fares in Brackets)

Fares are All-Inclusive: All beverages (including wine & liquor), WiFi/internet and gratuities are included.

Port Charge: $495

* Fares include the Book Now Savings.

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Save More: Crystal Society Discount, Onboard Booking Discount

Category (Deck) Our Discounted Fares
with Book Now Savings*
(single fares in brackets)
C3 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (Forward)
$ 3,925 ( $ 6,090)
C2 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window (slightly limited view)
$ 4,300 ( $ 6,650)
C1 (7)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Large Picture Window
$ 4,630 ( $ 7,145)
B3 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 5,635 ( $ 8,655)
B2 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (slightly limited view)
$ 5,785 ( $ 8,880)
B1 (8)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 5,905 ( $ 9,060)
A2 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 5,995 ( $ 9,195)
A1 (9)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,090 ( $ 9,335)
P2 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah (Forward)
$ 6,190 ( $ 8,485)
P1 (10)
Deluxe Stateroom w/ Verandah
$ 6,290 ( $ 9,635)
PH, SH (10, 11)
Penthouse w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 9,630 ( $17,150)
PS, SP (10, 11)
Penthouse Suite w/ Verandah & Butler
$ 13,145