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Southern European Sojourn

Experience the idyllic serenity of the French Riviera and cruise along the picturesque Spanish and Portuguese coasts. Cross the English Channel with the stop at the ancient harbor fortress of Guernsey.

Our expert Expedition Team, including naturalists, ecologists and historians, is on hand to feed inquisitive minds along the way.

Please Note: prices in AUD$ are available, please contact us for more details.
15 May, 2018 to 29 May, 2018 Make a booking request for Southern European Sojourn, departing on 15 May, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Standard Suite Forward £ 10379 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22.7m2. Suites feature multiple portholes.
Standard Suite £ 10640 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 21m2. Suites feature a large porthole.
Superior Suite £ 11684 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22 m2. Suites feature a large window.
Premium Suite £ 12322 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 20.9m2-22m2. Suites feature private balcony.
Corner Suite £ 12989 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22m2. Suites feature large dual aspect windows.
Deluxe Balcony Suite £ 13366 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 24.9m2. Suites feature a private balcony.
Owners Balcony Suite £ 13627 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 30m2. Suites feature a large private balcony.
Standard Suite Forward Sole £ 15251 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22.7m2. Suites feature multiple portholes.
Standard Suite Sole £ 15657 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 21m2. Suites feature a large porthole.
Superior Suite Sole £ 17136 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22 m2. Suites feature a large window.
Premium Suite Sole £ 18093 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 20.9m2-22m2. Suites feature private balcony.
Corner Suite Sole £ 18760 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22m2. Suites feature large dual aspect windows.
Deluxe Balcony Suite Sole £ 19340 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 24.9m2. Suites feature a private balcony.
Owners Balcony Suite Sole £ 21747 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 30m2. Suites feature a large private balcony.
13 September, 2018 to 27 September, 2018 (reverse) Make a booking request for Southern European Sojourn, departing on 13 September, 2018

Prices quoted here are often dependent on currency fluctuations. Please check with (01432 507450 or info@small-cruise-ships.com) for the very latest price, which may well be cheaper than the one advertised here.

Standard Suite Forward £ 10379 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22.7m2. Suites feature multiple portholes.
Standard Suite £ 10637 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 21m2. Suites feature a large porthole.
Superior Suite £ 11681 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22 m2. Suites feature a large window.
Premium Suite £ 12319 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 20.9m2-22m2. Suites feature private balcony.
Deluxe Balcony Suite £ 13363 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 24.9m2. Suites feature a private balcony.
Owners Balcony Suite £ 13624 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 30m2. Suites feature a large private balcony.
Standard Suite Forward Sole £ 15251 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22.7m2. Suites feature multiple portholes.
Standard Suite Sole £ 15654 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 21m2. Suites feature a large porthole.
Superior Suite Sole £ 17133 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 22 m2. Suites feature a large window.
Premium Suite Sole £ 18090 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 20.9m2-22m2. Suites feature private balcony.
Deluxe Balcony Suite Sole £ 19337 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 24.9m2. Suites feature a private balcony.
Owners Balcony Suite Sole £ 21741 GBP pp
Suites measure approximately 30m2. Suites feature a large private balcony.

Southern European Sojourn itinerary:

show reverse itinerary
DAY 1 Arrive Barcelona, Embark Ship
Arrive in the city of Barcelona and be transferred to your small ship. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner.
DAY 2 Valencia
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Explore Albufera Natural Park by canoe, then learn to cook the classic Valencian dish, paella. Alternatively go bird-watching through the park. EVENING DEPARTURE/OVERNIGHT
DAY 3 Cartagena
Sail into Cartagena and visit the magnificent Roman Theatre Museum. Discover this historic port city with help from your knowledgeable Expedition Team then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 4 Motril, Granada
Today, embark on a full-day tour to Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. See the world-renowned 9th-century palace and fortress complex, Alhambra. After a tapas lunch, explore the palace of the Generalife, before re-boarding your ship in Motril.
DAY 5 Cadiz, Seville
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE At Plaza de la Maestranza and Museum, enjoy an exclusive tour before a private visit to the Flamenco Museum followed by a fiery flamenco show. EVENING DEPARTURE / OVERNIGHT From Cadiz, enjoy a full day to explore Seville. Your tour includes visit to the Reales Alcazares, and the Christian Cathedral.
DAY 6 Portimao
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of Portimao, including the Old Town and Museum. Alternatively take a 4WD tour through the mountains to the Algarve, including a visit to a local firewater distillery.
DAY 7 Lisbon
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Perhaps board Lisbon’s colourful and iconic tramcars for a ride through the city’s old quarters, sampling pastries and port wine along the way. Or savour the flavours of Lisbon on a guided market tour, sampling treats selected by acclaimed chef Marlene Vieira. Alternatively, take a guided tour to historic Alfama.
DAY 8 Porto
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Visit a Portuguese estate, to enjoy a wine tasting before a traditional lunch with a local family. Head to the spectacular wine country of the Douro Valley. Along the way, stop at Amarante, a small town with charming 16th-century houses.
DAY 9 A Coruna
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Perhaps discover A Coruna’s food scene with a tour from pier to local markets, savouring local tapas with fine regional wines. Those feeling more active might like to set off on a bicycle tour, passing by San Anton Castle and the Tower of Hercules.
DAY 10 Bilbao
Today you will dock in Bilbao, where you will enjoy a tour of this fascinating city with its industrial roots. Afterwards, visit the Guggenheim Museum, taking in its unique blend of art and architecture.
DAY 11 Le Verdon, Bordeaux
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Travel to World Heritage-listed Bordeaux and enjoy a splendid panoramic tour, followed by a guided walk through Old Bordeaux, including the Place de la Bourse. Alternatively, head to the wine-growing region of Medoc visiting Château Lanessan estate for a wine tasting. EVENING DEPARTURE / OVERNIGHT
DAY 12 Douarnenez, Locronan
Travel to Locronan, one of the most picturesque medieval villages in France. Traces of its golden age are to be found in its houses built during the Renaissance period. See the 15th-century church and learn about Saint Ronan.
DAY 13 Channel Islands, Guernsey
FREEDOM OF CHOICE During a walking tour, take in Guernsey’s highlights including Castle Cornet, an ancient harbour fortress. Alternatively, visit the German Occupation Museum and see exhibits including a life-size street, bunker rooms and armoury. EVENING DEPARTURE / OVERNIGHT
DAY 14 Saint Malo, Mont Saint-Michel
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Journey to the island of Mont Saint-Michel for a walk up the steep path to the abbey or visit a Cancale oyster farm for a tasting. Perhaps discover Saint Malo’s colourful history on a tour of the old city, including a cider and biscuit tasting.
DAY 15 Portsmouth, Disembark Ship, Depart London
Disembark your ship in Portsmouth, then be transferred to Heathrow airport.
Please Note:
Itineraries are subject to change.

Southern European Sojourn reverse itinerary:

show main itinerary
Please Note: *
Itineraries are subject to change.
DAY 15 Portsmouth, Disembark Ship, Depart London *
Disembark your ship in Portsmouth, then be transferred to Heathrow airport.
DAY 14 Saint Malo, Mont Saint-Michel *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Journey to the island of Mont Saint-Michel for a walk up the steep path to the abbey or visit a Cancale oyster farm for a tasting. Perhaps discover Saint Malo’s colourful history on a tour of the old city, including a cider and biscuit tasting.
DAY 13 Channel Islands, Guernsey *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE During a walking tour, take in Guernsey’s highlights including Castle Cornet, an ancient harbour fortress. Alternatively, visit the German Occupation Museum and see exhibits including a life-size street, bunker rooms and armoury. EVENING DEPARTURE / OVERNIGHT
DAY 12 Douarnenez, Locronan *
Travel to Locronan, one of the most picturesque medieval villages in France. Traces of its golden age are to be found in its houses built during the Renaissance period. See the 15th-century church and learn about Saint Ronan.
DAY 11 Le Verdon, Bordeaux *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Travel to World Heritage-listed Bordeaux and enjoy a splendid panoramic tour, followed by a guided walk through Old Bordeaux, including the Place de la Bourse. Alternatively, head to the wine-growing region of Medoc visiting Château Lanessan estate for a wine tasting. EVENING DEPARTURE / OVERNIGHT
DAY 10 Bilbao *
Today you will dock in Bilbao, where you will enjoy a tour of this fascinating city with its industrial roots. Afterwards, visit the Guggenheim Museum, taking in its unique blend of art and architecture.
DAY 9 A Coruna *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Perhaps discover A Coruna’s food scene with a tour from pier to local markets, savouring local tapas with fine regional wines. Those feeling more active might like to set off on a bicycle tour, passing by San Anton Castle and the Tower of Hercules.
DAY 8 Porto *
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE Visit a Portuguese estate, to enjoy a wine tasting before a traditional lunch with a local family. Head to the spectacular wine country of the Douro Valley. Along the way, stop at Amarante, a small town with charming 16th-century houses.
DAY 7 Lisbon *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Perhaps board Lisbon’s colourful and iconic tramcars for a ride through the city’s old quarters, sampling pastries and port wine along the way. Or savour the flavours of Lisbon on a guided market tour, sampling treats selected by acclaimed chef Marlene Vieira. Alternatively, take a guided tour to historic Alfama.
DAY 6 Portimao *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Perhaps enjoy a guided tour of Portimao, including the Old Town and Museum. Alternatively take a 4WD tour through the mountains to the Algarve, including a visit to a local firewater distillery.
DAY 5 Cadiz, Seville *
SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE At Plaza de la Maestranza and Museum, enjoy an exclusive tour before a private visit to the Flamenco Museum followed by a fiery flamenco show. EVENING DEPARTURE / OVERNIGHT From Cadiz, enjoy a full day to explore Seville. Your tour includes visit to the Reales Alcazares, and the Christian Cathedral.
DAY 4 Motril, Granada *
Today, embark on a full-day tour to Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. See the world-renowned 9th-century palace and fortress complex, Alhambra. After a tapas lunch, explore the palace of the Generalife, before re-boarding your ship in Motril.
DAY 3 Cartagena *
Sail into Cartagena and visit the magnificent Roman Theatre Museum. Discover this historic port city with help from your knowledgeable Expedition Team then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 2 Valencia *
FREEDOM OF CHOICE Explore Albufera Natural Park by canoe, then learn to cook the classic Valencian dish, paella. Alternatively go bird-watching through the park. EVENING DEPARTURE/OVERNIGHT
DAY 1 Arrive Barcelona, Embark Ship *
Arrive in the city of Barcelona and be transferred to your small ship. Enjoy Welcome Drinks and Dinner.
* = Indicative
Map for Southern European Sojourn
Island Sky, the ship servicing Southern European Sojourn

Island Sky

Vessel Type:  Luxury Small Ship

Length:  90 metres

Passenger Capacity:  116 

Built:  1992 / refurbished 2010

With a maximum passenger capacity of only 116, a vessel of her size is capable of carrying many more but instead the MS Island Sky has the benefit of unusually large suites, luxuriously appointed public areas and spacious outside decks.

On board there is a high ratio of crew to passengers. Our friendly crew of 75 are mainly Filipino and Eastern European and our Scandinavian captains are experienced mariners, having been in service aboard large 2000 plus passenger vessels and who now prefer a less frantic life aboard a small ship.   If, like them and us, you prefer a more peaceful life at sea, you will find the MS Island Sky the perfect ship. When choosing the vessel for your next voyage of discovery, you can select a ship with endless entertainment and impersonal service or come with us where peace, high quality service and attention to detail are the order of the day. We promise there will be no organised entertainment, fancy dress, deck games or any of the usual big ship experiences. The atmosphere on board is more akin to a private yacht or country hotel. A little music in the lounge or bar after dinner, guest speakers, informative port briefings from our cruise director and of course good food which may be enjoyed leisurely in the attractive dining room. After a day ashore you will return to the comfort and peace of a well run and exceedingly comfortable ship.

Your Suite
Onboard there are 57 exceptionally spacious and well designed suites. All feature a sitting room area and some have private balconies. The feeling of luxury is enhanced by the wood panelling and brass, which predominates throughout the vessel conveying the atmosphere of a private yacht. The passenger accommodation is arranged over five decks and all suites have outside views. Each affords considerable comfort with en-suite bathroom featuring marble-topped vanity unit with sink and walk-in shower, large wardrobes, dressing table with large mirror and stool and excellent storage. There is a mini-fridge, flat screen television with inbuilt DVD player which can also play CDs and a telephone in each suite. Bottled water, towelling dressing gowns and slippers are also provided for your comfort. Other facilities include a programmable electronic safe, hairdryer, assorted toiletries and individually controlled air-conditioning and heating. The suites on each deck have their own colour theme. Soft hues and blended tones enhance the traditional maritime style making the passenger accommodation an inviting and relaxing place to be.

Your Space
The spacious and finely decorated public rooms include a large lounge where daily briefings and talks will be provided throughout the voyage and an elegant bar where a pianist plays periodically throughout the day. The bar also features a 24-hour tea and coffee station. The onboard library is the perfect place to relax with a book and is stocked with reference books pertaining to the places the vessel is visiting along with a selection of games and two computers with internet access. Daily newspapers and magazines are also placed in the library depending on local availability. There is also WI-FI access throughout the vessel. Outside there is a rear sun deck where meals are served in warm weather under shade, a bar and comfortable deck furniture for sun bathing or relaxing with a book. On the top deck there is a Jacuzzi and further observation and sun deck. There is also a small hairdressers on board with appointments made on request.

Your Dining
Another benefit of a small ship is the quality of the cuisine. With only one sitting and a maximum of just over 100 passengers, the galley is able to provide delicious meals. Where possible and when it meets his high standards, the chef will obtain local produce in markets or buy the catch of the day from a passing fishing boat. Such purchases enhance the well stocked larders and bring a local touch to the varied menus.

Standard cabin                                                       Balcony suite, Erikson Deck

 

Cabin layout for Island Sky
• Visit Europe's most dazzling ports, many of which are only accessible by small ship

• Take an excursion to Albufera Natural Park with the choice of a paella demonstration or a bird-watching tour

• Take a private tour of an 18th-century bullring at the famous Plaza de la Maestranza

• Enjoy an exclusive private visit to the Flamenco Museum followed by a fiery flamenco show

• Freedom of Choice Touring in Portimao, Lisbon, A Coruna, Le Verdon, Saint Malo and Guernsey

• Expert guest speakers enhance your onboard experience brining specialist knowledge of the region's culture and history
Enquire now about Southern European Sojourn

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