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Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, & Flamenco River Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices:
On request

Southern Spain is one of Europe’s most colourful and culture-rich regions. Discover its flavours, flamenco and flair on this short Spain vacation on the water, departing from the area’s most exciting city, Seville.


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This 8-day cruise through Andalusia in Southern Spain emphasises all that makes this corner of Europe unique.

Settle into your cabin in Seville, then enjoy a guided walk to get your bearings in this beautiful city – which you’ll be returning to before the cruise is done. Then set sail for Cadiz on the southern coast. On the way, enjoy views of Donana National Park, and Sanlucar de Barrameda. On reaching Cadiz, take a night-time tour of the city almost entirely surrounded by sea. Set out to enjoy the daytime view in the morning, then cruise to El Puerto de Santa Maria. This is the gateway to Jerez, the byword for vibrant culture in Andalusia. Wine, horses, and flamenco music are all key parts of the city’s identity. You’ll visit the cathedral, Alcazar palace, and a working ganaderia, where bulls are raised.

Head to the Isla Minima, passing through Donana National Park, which you’ve seen from a distance up until now. Take a hacienda tour on the banks of the Guadalquvir, and see an equestrian show. The following day, enjoy a guided trip through this unspoiled wildlife area. For bird-watchers, this will be a highlight day, as an amazing variety of species thrive here. Return to Seville in the afternoon and enjoy more time to explore.

Time for a side trip to Granada, one of the liveliest cities in Spain, and home to the famous Alhambra palace. European and Moorish influences blend seamlessly throughout this region, but nowhere more so than in the Alhambra. The architects of this spectacular complex held one rule above all others – every part of the structure should be decorated, no matter how big or small. Throughout the Alhambra, there are countless arches, pillars, and other elements serving no purpose other than decoration. Beauty was paramount, and it’s that beauty that draws visitors today. Return to Seville for a flamenco show in the evening.

The last full day of your itinerary takes you to Corboda, where Christian and Muslim influences come together in a most literal way at the Mosque-Cathedral. This is one of the finest examples of Moorish architecture in the world, distinguished by its ‘forest’ of 856 interior columns. See more of Coboda’s spiritual side in the old Jewish Quarter, where the winding, narrow streets and alleys create a labyrinth of a different sort. Return for one more evening in Seville before you depart.


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices:
On request

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Day 1

Seville

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. The evening is free to do as you please.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration7 Nights
Accommodation

MS La Belle de Cadix

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    MS La Belle de Cadix



    The 176-passenger Belle de Cadix is a river and seagoing ship. The ship sails on seven-night itineraries on the Guadiana and Guadalquivir rivers in Spain and Portugal and along the Atlantic coast.

    The 176-passenger Belle de Cadix is a river and seagoing ship. The ship sails on seven-night itineraries on the Guadiana and Guadalquivir rivers in Spain and Portugal and along the Atlantic coast.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Gift Shop
    • Lounge
    • Radar
    • Sundeck

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Day 2

Seville to Cordoba to Seville

Join us on a guided tour of Cordoba, once part of the Caliphate of Cordoba. Afterwards, we'll return to Seville.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Seville to Cadiz

Join us on a guided tour of Seville on foot. This afternoon, we'll start cruising past the Doñana National Park, designated as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. We'll reach Cadiz in the evening and set out on a tour of Cadiz by night in the company of our hostess.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

Cadiz to El Puerto De Santa Maria

We'll set out on an excursion to Jerez and visit a "ganaderia" (a property where bulls are raised), the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture. This afternoon, join us on a guided tour of Cadiz on foot. Rising from rock and completely surrounded by the sea, a thin sandbank connects this fortified town with the mainland. Afterwards, we'll cruise towards El Puerto de Santa Maria. Enjoy an evening of traditional Flamenco dancing on board.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

El Puerto de Santa Maria to Isla Minima

We'll tour the Osborne cellar and taste local wines in the company of our hostess. Afterwards, we'll cruise towards Isla Minima. We'll tour a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, followed by an equestrian show. We'll return on board and start sailing towards Seville.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Seville to Granada to Seville

Today, join us on a guided tour of Granada. This grandiose city owes its prestige to its Moorish monuments, especially the Alhambra: a palace straight out of the 1001 nights. Discover the Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens. After our tour, we'll return to Seville.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Seville

Enjoy free time in Seville this morning. In the afternoon, join us on an excursion to a nature reserve and tour with a forest guide. From June to August, we'll visit the Wharf of the Caravels where you will be able to see the replicas of Christopher Columbus's ships. Tonight's our gala evening and dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Seville

Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

MS La Belle de Cadix

2020: Feb 20, 27; Mar 5, 12, 1926; Apr 2, 9, 16; Oct 1, 15, 22, 29; Nov 12*

* Departure dates shown in Red are sold out.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Double-occupancy cabin with shower in private bathroom
  • Meals and beverages as indicated
  • Excursions as mentioned
  • On-board entertainment
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Gala dinner
  • All port fees
  • Assistance from on board multi-lingual host/hostess
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Transfers
  • Booking fees
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified
  • Drinks on the wine list, champagne at the bar, drinks served during excursions/transfers
  • Cancellation and baggage insurance

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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