DAY 1 Wednesday 31 July 2019 Lisbon
The tour begins this morning from our Lisbon hotel (pre tour accommodation options are available). The charm of Lisbon exists in its strong links to the past, with its palaces, magnificent churches and an impressive castle reflecting the city’s rich cultural heritage. Its eclectic blend of neighbourhoods, culture and architecture distinguish this capital city uniquely from the other European capitals and make it a truly fascinating and comprehensive city to visit. On our sightseeing tour this morning we will get a taste of the heritage of this great medieval city after which we will visit the historic town of Sintra. We will also visit the Royal Palace and see monuments dating back to the voyages of discovery. This evening join Malcolm and Jim for welcome drinks.
DAY 2 Thursday 1 August 2019 Lisbon
We will have an exciting day today seeing some of Lisbon’s best contemporary architecture. We begin with Santiago Calatrava’s Estacio do Oriente (Oriente Train Station) then Renzo Piano’s Prata Housing Complex. We have time for lunch before continuing on to the Champalimaud Foundation (Charles Correa Associates) and MAAT Museum of Art (Amanda Levete).
DAY 3 Friday 2 August 2019 Porto, Portugal
This morning we travel north to Porto, known locally as Oporto and famous for its fortified wine. Upon arrival we will have an orientation tour and see the imposing Casa da Musica (2005 Rem Koolhas). The Casa da Musica, the new home of the National Orchestra of Porto, stands on a new public square in the historic Rotunda da Boavista. It has a distinctive faceted form, made of white concrete. The Grand Auditorium has corrugated glass facades at either end that open the hall to the city and offer Porto itself as a dramatic backdrop for performances.
DAY 4 Saturday 3 August 2019 Porto
This morning we visit Leca Swimming Pool (Alvaro Siza Viera) and enjoy lunch at the Boa Nova Tea House, spectacularly located on the Atlantic coast. This afternoon is at leisure.
DAY 5 Sunday 4 August 2019 Valencia, Spain
We fly to Valencia via Madrid and arrive late afternoon. On arrival we visit the Opera House (2005) in the City of Arts and Sciences Complex. We settle into our hotel before dinner. Why not try some tapas in a local bar or restaurant?
DAY 6 Monday 5 August 2019 Valencia
Today we have a full day viewing some of Santiago Calatrava’s impressive work. We see the wonderful Ciuddad de las Artes Y De La Ciencias (2009) and Serreria Bridge (2008).
DAY 7 Tuesday 6 August 2019 Majorca, Spain
We take a short flight to Majorca, on arrival we will see Can Lis (Jorn Utzon – subject to availability), Es Baluard Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art (several arcitects), Pilar and Joan Miro Foundation (Rafael Moneo), Pueblo Espanol (Fernando Chueca Goitia). We then transfer to our hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure.
DAY 8 Wednesday 7 August 2019 Barcelona, Spain
We have a free morning before flying to Barcelona this afternoon. After transferring to our hotel in Barcelona the remainder of the day will be at leisure.
DAY 9 Thursday 8 August 2019 Barcelona
We will see some spectacular buildings today including Casa Mila (Gaudi 1812), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Meier 1995), The Barcelona Pavilion (Mies van der Rohe 1929) and Sagrada Familia (Gaudi).
DAY 10 Friday 9 August 2019 Barcelona
This morning we will walk down La Rambla to Port Vell – the old harbour – for a walking tour that includes the Colom Promenade and the Barceloneta Montjuic Communications Tower and the Funeral Home (Batlle I Roig 2011).
DAY 11 Saturday 10 August 2019 Embarkation
Free time for sightseeing and shopping. We will board the Emerald Princess later this afternoon. Be up on deck as we sail out of Barcelona.
DAY 12 Sunday 11 August 201 At sea
A day at sea is the perfect opportunity to explore the fabulous facilities of this magnificent ship. Perhaps visit the Lotus Spa for a relaxing massage. This afternoon join us for an engaging presentation from Malcolm on the regions cutting edge architects.
DAY 13 Monday 12 August 2019 Gibraltar, UK
This morning we arrive into the British enclave of Gibraltar. Ceded to Britain in 1713, and now claimed by Spain the territory is known for its famous Rock and important strategic location. We will have the day to explore the historic town with a trip to the top of the rock. We will also see Gibraltar University (Ayaltointegral, 2015).
DAY 14 Tuesday 13 August 2019 At sea
A day at sea to further explore and enjoy the facilities of this magnificent ship. This afternoon Malcolm will present on some of the famous architects of the last 100 years.
DAY 15 Wednesday 14 August 201 Marseille, France
There is a wealth of sights to see today on the French Riviera and Provence. We first visit Aix-en-Provence to see Chateau la Coste art gallery (Renzo Piano 2017) before returning to Marseille to see the CMA CGM Headquarters (Hadid 2010), the FRAC Contemporary Art Museum (Kuma 2012), Les Docks de la Joleitte (5+1AA) and the View Port pavilion (Norman Foster).
DAY 16 Thursday 15 August 2019 Genoa, Italy
A treat today as we dock in Genoa the home of Renzo Piano. We will visit the Renzo Piano Workshop. Afterwards we will tour the redevelopment of the old Harbour.
DAY 17 Friday 16 August 2019 Lucca, Italy
Today we visit the historic town of Lucca, in Tuscany, famous for its grid plan of the original roman centre, with surrounding battlement walls. After a guided tour around key sites, there will be some free time for individual activity before returning to the ship.
DAY 18 Saturday 17 August 2019 Rome, Italy
Today we arrive at Civitavecchia, the port of the eternal city of Rome. After disembarking we visit Palazzo della Civilta Italiana (Giovanni Guerrini), Rome’s Convention Centre (Massimiliano Fuksas, Roma Eur Viale Europa 242 (Piano), Palazzo Della Sport (Pier Luigi Nervi), The Auditorium Parco Della Musica (Piano) and Ex Unione Militare Refurbishment (Massimiliano Fuksas). We enjoy a farewell dinner this evening.
DAY 19 Sunday 18 August 2019 Rome
We are transferred to Rome Airport for flights to Australia and New Zealand.