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SPAIN AND PORTUGAL ABOARD THE SEA CLOUD

Register before November 1, 2018 and receive complimentary Economy-class airfare!

For more than a decade, our cruises to the Caribbean and the Mediterranean aboard the famous Sea Cloud have been an outstanding part of our international tour program. At this time, we are thrilled to announce our next Sea Cloud departure: Spain and Portugal: Birds, Nature & Culture aboard the Sea Cloud, April 14-24, 2019.

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Sea Cloud — Photo: Courtesy Sea Cloud

Register by November 1, 2018 and receive free roundtrip airfare in Economy class!

For this voyage—VENT’s first-ever cruise to the western Mediterranean—we have chartered the peerless Sea Cloud for a trip that combines the rich history, landscapes, birds, and nature of two of Europe’s most romantic and evocative countries: Portugal and Spain.

An exciting itinerary begins in charming Lisbon, where we’ll enjoy a highlights-style tour of the marvelous Portuguese capital. From Lisbon, we’ll trace a route along the south coast of the Iberian Peninsula through the Strait of Gibraltar into the Mediterranean Sea en route to Valencia on the Spanish Riviera. We’ll travel to the famous cities of Seville and Granada in the heart of Andalusía, where we’ll visit important landmarks and architectural wonders, including the monumental Alhambra. Rounding out the cultural offerings will be opportunities to visit charming coastal villages, partake in a wine-tasting excursion, enjoy an authentic Flamenco show, and, if the timing is right, view an elaborate Holy Week procession (Semana Santa) in Seville. Those more interested in birding and natural history may join excursions to Doñana and Sierra Nevada national parks. These places, coupled with time at sea, promise a marvelous array of waterbirds and landbirds.

Alhambra, Spain

Alhambra, Spain — Photo: esherez/shutterstock

April is a splendid month to travel in Iberia, with spring flowers in bloom, mild temperatures, and birds on the move. Among the species we’ll seek are a range of regional specialties and passage migrants including White-headed Duck, Balearic Shearwater, Spanish Eagle, Montagu’s Harrier, Audouin’s Gull, European Bee-Eater, Iberian Magpie, Dartford Warbler, and many others.

Enhancing this trip’s allure is the opportunity to travel aboard Sea Cloud. Ornate in her all-wood construction and resplendent under sail, this four-masted ship is widely regarded as the world’s most beautiful sailing vessel.

Joining Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon in leading this special departure are Larry Wolff, the Silver Professor of European History at New York University and Director of the NYU Center for European and Mediterranean Studies; and Peter Zika, a superb field biologist and botanist at the herbarium of the University of Washington.

For those who want to see more of Portugal, a land-based Southern Portugal Birds & History tour will be offered as an optional pre-trip on which we’ll travel from Lisbon to the varied interior of the Alentejo region, home to Great and Little bustards, Bonelli’s Eagle, granite hills, rolling plains, historic towns, and much more.

Spain & Portugal Aboard the Sea Cloud: Birds, Nature & Culture, April 14–24, 2019 with Victor Emanuel, Barry Lyon, Larry Wolff, and Peter Zika; Cabins start at $9,995 in double occupancy from Lisbon (ends in Valencia). Limit 54. Register by November 1 and receive free airfare!

Southern Portugal Pre-trip, April 8–15 2019 with João Jara and a local leader; $3,395 in double occupancy from Lisbon. Limit 14.


News & Field Reports

VENTFLASH #241

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Dear friends: All across the country, birds are being seen as fall migration continues. VENT tour leader Kevin Zimmer was thrilled to see a Buff-breasted Sandpiper in San Luis Obispo County, Califo...

Lima's Coastal Marshes and Humboldt Seabird Colonies

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Lima birding always rocks, and this year, as usual, came up trumps, providing an action-packed day of birding combined with some mega surprises. Inca Tern— Photo: Andrew Whittake...

Northern Peru's Cloud Forest Endemics

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WOW! As usual, this fabulous Northern Peru tour rocked. Despite some adverse weather this year (an odd cold front), it lived up to being a showcase as a MEGA Cloud Forest birding destination in the...

Costa Rica: A Relaxed & Easy Tour

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Fantastic Costa Rica welcomed us with amazing views of a Lesson’s Motmot (Momotus lessoni) feeding on infructescences of a bromeliad at eye level. Pairs of Rufous-naped Wrens (Campylorhynchus...

Galapagos Islands Cruise Aboard the M/V Evolution

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What can be said about the Galápagos Islands that has not already been expressed in dozens, if not hundreds, of trip reports, blogs, novels, documentaries, and tweets? All of the possible su...