Travel to the heart of Andalusia and the Algarve. Along the Guadalquivir discover the town of Cordoba, which combines perfectly history and modernity. Visit Seville and its Alcázar palace, an astonishing mix of architectural styles. Then be carried away by the sublime city of Granada which offers a multitude of magnificent sites to visit. You will be dazzled by the beauty of its cathedral which houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Enjoy an unforgettable change of sceneries throughout your journey and not forgetting the Doñana Natural Park.
THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE
- All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
- Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
- Free Wi-Fi in lounge and bar
- Headsets are included for excursions
- Official welcome from the captain and crew
- Onboard activities
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees included
- Prepaid Classic sightseeing package
- Discover Andalusia and Algarve in one cruise
- Andalusia's Golden Triangle: Seville(1), Cordoba(1) and Granada
- Late afternoon in a genuine Andalusian hacienda
- Excursion to Granada
- Tour of the Rábida Friary and the wharf of Christopher Columbus's caravel
- Journey to the heart of Spanish and Portuguese traditions
- Alcoutim, an authentic Portuguese village
Day 1: Seville
Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabins, we'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. The evening is yours to do as you please.
Day 2: Seville - Cordoba - Seville
Join us on an excursion for both packages: Guided tour of Córdoba (driving time is approximately 2 hours round trip) and its Mosque-Cathedral. Cordoba's golden era started in the 8th century when it was conquered by the Moors who built about 300 mosques and countless palaces. In the 13th century, under the reign of Fernando III the Saint, the Great Mosque of Cordoba was transformed into a cathedral and new defensive structures were built, namely the Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos and the Calahorra Tower. After lunch in a restaurant, enjoy a free afternoon in the city. We'll be back on board in Seville.
Day 3: Seville - Isla Minima - El Puerto de Santa Maria
Join us for the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Tour of Seville and discovery of the Alcazar and the cathedral. We'll leave by coach for Seville. We'll start off our visit with the azulejos that adorn the Plaza de España before we move on to the Santa Cruz district. Sheltered behind the former perimeter wall, what used to be the Jewish district belongs to the historic heart of the city and is surrounded by the most famous buildings of the Andalusian capital. Afterwards, we'll discover the Alcazar, one of the oldest Royal Palaces in Europe. The visit will end with Seville's cathedral,providing one of the last testimonies to the Gothic style. This structure was built over the ruins of an Almohad mosque as a symbol of the capital's prosperous status of great commercial town after the Reconquista. DISCOVERY: Tapas tour in Seville.This afternoon, we'll cruise to Isla Minima, passing 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 tour a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir followed by an equestrian show. Afterwards, we'll return on board and start cruising towards El Puerto de Santa Maria(2). Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
(2) The stopover in El Puerto de Santa Maria may be replaced by stopover in Cadiz.
Day 4: El Puerto de Santa Maria - Jerez - Cadiz
This morning, take part in an excursionion for both packages: Jerez, horse show and wine tasting in a bodega. We’ll first enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Located next to the coastline, Jerez is an opulent and lively community that has prospered through its winemaking. Horse riding and flamenco remain long-standing traditions. We'll visit a stud farm that raises magnificent Andalusian horses, and we’ll enjoy a presentation of the equestrian arts the country is famous for. We will finish with a wine tasting in a bodega. Cruise to Cadiz.In the afternoon, join us for the excursions proposed: CLASSIC: Cádiz and its cathedral. We'll leave by coach on a panoramic tour of Cádiz. You'll be able to bathe in the cultural and historic riches of the city, as well as its long stretches of unspoiled beaches. The old center brings together the most characteristic areas of the city, including beautiful baroque churches and elegant mansions, many of which are adorned with façades painted in glorious pastel colors and decked out with ironwork balconies. We'll visit the cathedral, a magnificent Baroque and Neoclassic building. DISCOVERY: Hike along the oceanfront in Cadiz to the Castle of San Sebastián. Walk along the oceanfront and admire this charming city by the Atlantic Ocean. Take advantage of this walk to enjoy beautiful sights over the city and its typically Spanish architecture. We'll stop off for a tasting of local products. Tonight, join us on an excursion for both packages: Flamenco evening.
Day 5: Alcoutim (Portugal) - Huelva
We'll cruise along the Guadiana towards Alcoutim. Just after you rise, you will have reached the Guadiana River, where another scene is waiting for you. The river remains rather wild, with just a few hamlets found here and there as the only evidence of humankind. The water’s gentle curves and calming landscape are a haven of peace and tranquility. You will arrive in Alcoutim by mid-morning. Set among the beautiful green hills, the town is a hidden treasure in the region. Take a long stroll through the cobblestone streets and absorb the picture-perfect atmosphere. Enjoy some free time before returning to the ship. We’ll begin cruising to Huelva, arriving in the evening. We'll enjoy dinner and an evening of entertainment.
Day 6: Huelva - Seville
In the morning, join us for the excursion proposed for both packages: The Wharf of the Caravels. We’ll leave by coach for a guided visit of the Gothic-Mudéjar Franciscan monastery that was built between the 14th and 15th centuries. Christopher Columbus stayed here while preparing his departure for the New World. A fresco by Daniel Vázquez Díaz, created in 1930, illustrates the sailor’s saga and reminds us of his historic role. Throughout the centuries, the monastery has grown and expanded. We will then head to the Wharf of the Caravels, where the great explorer set out on August 3, 1492. Life-size replicas of the famous Pinta, Nina, and Santa Maria ships await you. Our ship will cruise to Seville. Enjoy an evening of entertainment.
Day 7: Seville - Granada - Seville
Join us on an included excursion for both packages : Full-day excursion to Granada (driving time is approximately 3 hours round trip). This grandiose and verdant site owes its prestige to its Moorish monuments, especially the Alhambra: a palace straight out of the 1001 Nights and to the Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens. We'll return on board after our tour for our gala evening and dinner.
Day 8: Seville
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.
- Your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- Onboard drinks included (except for drinks from our special lists)
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
- Assistance from our onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Welcome cocktail
- Evening of traditional entertainment
- Excursion to Granada; Visit of Isla Minima
- Gala dinner
- Onboard entertainment
- All port fees
- Prepaid classic sightseeing package.
- Drinks from our special lists, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Transfers/travel to and from departure/arrival points
- Optional excursions (must be reserved and paid for on board or at travel agency)
- Personal expenses.
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