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Andalusia: Tradition, Gastronomy, & Flamenco River Cruise

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,034

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 From:
US$ 2,034

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Day 1

Seville

Passengers are welcome to board our ship starting at 5:00pm in Seville. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. The evening is yours to do as you please. We'll remain in port overnight.

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 Cadiz

We'll set off on a guided visit of Seville on foot. Discover the cathedral, the Alcazar palace (closed on Mondays) and its Andalusian gardens, Maria Luisa Park and the attractive district of Santa Cruz. We'll return on board by 1:00 p.m. Our ship will begin to cruise while we enjoy our lunch. As we cruise along, you will discover unspoiled nature where fields of cotton and rice rub shoulders with the extraordinary wildlife. We will sail past the Doñana National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, and the city of Sanlucar de Barrameda. We'll arrive in Cádiz this evening. To round the evening off to perfection, our host or hostess will accompany you on a tour of Cadiz by night. Built on a rock and surrounded on all sides by the sea, this fortified city is connected to the mainland only by a narrow strip of sand.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 3

Cadiz to El Puerto de Santa Maria

Join us for a guided tour of Cadiz on foot which will surprise you with its cultural and historic richness. We'll return on board for lunch. We'll cruise to El Puerto de Santa Maria and arrive in the early afternoon. We'll then set off for an excursion to Jerez, the Andalusian capital of wine and horses and the cradle of flamenco music. Our panoramic tour will take you to the cathedral and the Alcazar palace. Our tour will continue with a visit to a "ganadería" (a property where bulls are raised) and the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture. We'll return on board in late afternoon. Tonight, we'll enjoy an evening of entertainment. We'll remain in port overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 4

El Puerto de Santa Maria to Isla Minima

With your accompanist, tour of the Osborne cellar and tasting of local wines. In the afternoon, cruise to Isla Minima. We will pass through the Doñana National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, and the city of Sanlucar de Barrameda, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean. Tour of a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir followed by an equestrian show. Overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Isla Minima to Seville

We'll depart by coach for an excursion to a nature reserve and a tour with a forest guide. This is a total immersion visit to an unspoiled natural area, which has managed to preserve its very specific character. We'll then move on to a bird-watching site, where you will get the chance to discover an amazing variety of bird species: shorebirds, gulls, ducks, etc. We'll return to the ship and continue our cruise toward Seville. The ship will arrive in late afternoon. Enjoy some free time in Seville. Its location astride Europe and Africa gives it an undeniable advantage. It's also an authentic melting pot of Muslim, Catholic and Jewish cultures. Free evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Seville

Guided visit of Grenada. Ringed by the imposing mountainous barrier of the Sierra Nevada, Granada - famous for its lively atmosphere - is built on three hills: the Albaicin, the Sacromonte and the Alhambra. This grandiose and verdant site also owes its prestige to its Moorish monuments, especially the Alhambra: a palace straight out of the thousand and one nights. We'll also discover the Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens, remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. Free time in the early afternoon in Grenada before returning to Seville. We'll have a flamenco presentation.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Seville to Cordoba

We'll spend the entire day touring Cordoba. We'll leave by coach in the morning to head for Cordoba, once part of the Caliphate of Cordoba. During the guided visit of the town, you will discover the mosque-cathedral with its "forest" of no less than 856 interior columns, each covered in precious jasper, granite and marble - as well as the Juderia, or old Jewish Quarter, with its fascinating network of alleyways lined with white buildings and flowers, and typical traditional houses opening onto beautiful patios. Spend some free time visiting Seville this afternoon on your own before returning to our ship. Tonight, we'll have an evening of dancing.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 8

Seville

Disembark at 9:00am. End of our services.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Feb 2, 16, 23; Mar 2,9,16, 30; Apr 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 15, 22; Jul 9, 16, 24; Aug 1, 9, 16, 24; Oct 5, 12, 19, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16, 23.

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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