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 Delights of Andalusia

SEVILLE – CÁDIZ – JEREZ - SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA - ALCOUTIM - VILLA REAL - FARO - EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA - GIBRALTAR - SEVILLE - GRANADA - CORDOBA - SEVILLE

 

 

 
A voyage along two outstanding rivers: The Guadalquivir and the Guadiana.  Discover the enchantment of Seville, the history of Cadiz, and explore Tangiers or the Rock of Gibraltar, before taking in the breathtaking scenery of the Algarve.  Experience the traditions of Flamenco, the Spanish horses and ganaderia (bull breeding), and taste manzanilla (sherry) to round off your Andalusian experience.

 

Days: 8 Days
Code -  SXS
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE
Itinerary

Day 1 SEVILLE

You are welcome on board from 5.00 pm. Settling into your cabin and presentation of the crew. A welcome cocktail will be served in the lounge, followed by dinner on board. Free evening in Seville.  Overnight stopover.

   
Day 2 SEVILLE – CÁDIZ
 

Breakfast on board.  Guided tour of Seville. Art and enchantment have left their mark on the city of Seville. Set off to explore the cathedral, the Alcazar Palace (closed on Mondays) and its Andalusian gardens, the Maria Luisa Park and the seductive district of Santa Cruz. Back on board around 1.00 pm. Departure of the cruise and lunch on board. Sailing on the great river. As we drift along, you will discover unspoilt nature where fields of cotton and rice rub shoulders with the extraordinary wildlife. We will sail past the Doñana Park, classed by UNESCO as a "natural Biosphere reserve", and Sanlucar de Barrameda. Arrival in Cádiz in the evening. Dinner on board. After dinner, time at leisure or flamenco evening (depending on availability). Overnight stopover.

   
Day 3 CÁDIZ - JEREZ - CADIZ
 

Breakfast on board. Tour of Jerez, capital of wine and horses and cradle of flamenco song.  A panoramic tour will enable you to see the Alcazar and the cathedral.  Your tour will continue with a visit to a "ganaderia" (a property where bulls are raised), the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture.  Back on board for lunch. Afternoon tour of Cadiz, a wonderful town of white and blue buildings which is an astonishing mix of historic and cultural wealth. Continue to Sanlucar de Barrameda and visit a wine cellar renowned for its production of "Manzanilla". You are then entertained by a traditional equestrian display and show. Back on board for dinner followed by an evening of entertainment. Departure around 8.00 pm for Alcoutim. Sail through the night.

   
Day 4 ALCOUTIM (the Algarve) – VILA REAL (Portugal)
 

Breakfast during the cruise. Sailing on the Guadiana. Sailing up the river to Alcoutim. This river is pure delight, fabulous landscapes, villages which time has forgotten. Arrival in Alcoutim around 10.30 am, a typical Algarve village. Free time. Back on board for lunch and departure of the cruise for Vila Réal de St Antonio which we will reach around 3.00 pm. Free time in Vila Réal, town centre and beach close to the mooring, or excursion to Faro. Departure by coach for Faro which was originally an important centre for Roman trade and then a Moorish city, before becoming an important provincial city after the Christian conquest in 1249. In 1580, the city was elected to the rank of regional capital. Walking tour of the old city, the castle and the cathedral. You will also see the exteriors of the convent, the seminary and the bishop's residence. Free time, then back to Vila Réal de San Anton. Dinner on a Portuguese theme on board followed by a Portuguese folk evening. Overnight stopover.

   
Day 5 EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA – ISLA MINIMA
 

Buffet breakfast on board. We arrive early this morning in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Free time  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.  Dinner onboard as we continue our cruise to Seville.

   
Day 6

SEVILLE - GRANADA - SEVILLE

  Early morning arrival in Seville and buffet breakfast on board. Today is entirely devoted to a visit to Granada. The coach sets off early this morning to Granada. Set against the impressive mountain range of the Sierra Nevada as a natural backdrop, Granada, renowned for its energy and dynamism, was built on the slopes of three hills: the Albaicin, the Sacromonte and the Alhambra. The imposing city is in a tremendous natural setting, and owes its prestige to its Arabic monuments, in particular to the Alhambra, which is extraordinarily well-preserved. Visit the Alhambra, the genuine palace of 1001 nights and the Generalife, the former summer residence of the Kings. After lunch in a local restaurant, have a  little free time in Granada before returning by coach to Seville. After dinner on board, the crew provide an evening of entertainment. The rest of the evening is free.
   
Day 7 SEVILLE – CÓRDOBA* – SEVILLE
  Breakfast on board. Today is devoted to the tour of Córdoba.  You will depart  by coach in the morning heading for Córdoba, the City of the Caliphs. During your guided tour of the city you will discover the mosque-cathedral, a veritable forest of columns, no less than 856, adorned with jasper, granite and precious marble; the Juderia, the former Jewish quarter and its white lanes adorned with flowers and its typical houses opening onto their superb patios.  Lunch in a restaurant.  Free time then back to Seville where our boat is moored.  Dinner on board, followed by a free evening.
   
Day 8 SEVILLE
  Breakfast on board followed by disembarkation at 9.00 am. End of our services
   
 

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

   
INCLUSIONS







This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)
Option We can arrange return flights Paris / Strasbourg / Lyon / Nice / Brussels to Seville at an extra cost if required

   
EXCLUSIONS

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

   
FORMALITIES

Formalities: valid national identity card or passport compulsory. Non-EU nationals are requested to consult their embassy or consulate.

   
ACCOMMODATION

 Pre and post tour accommodation available - contact Innovative Travel for details.  Extensions throughout Spain and Portugal also available.  Try self drive staying in Paradores.
   
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