Extensive coastal and river cruising on the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers from Seville in Spain to Faro in Portugal
Day 1 - Seville
Day 2 - Córdoba
Day 3 - Seville
Day 4 - Cádiz/Jerez
Day 5 - Alcoutim
Day 6 - El Puerto de Santa Maria
Day 7 - Granada
Day 8 - Return Flight
We are delighted to announce the relaunch of this popular cruise which involves longer cruising than on our ‘Andalucía from the Water’ programme on pages 18-19.
Andalucía was once part of the Roman Empire and birthplace of Emperor Hadrian but the full flavour of the region developed with the invasion of the Moors in 711. Arab dominance is most evident in the spectacular architecture of the Mezquita of Córdoba known as the ‘Great Mosque’, (originally Islamic and later altered by Christians) and Alcázar in Seville, but it also survives in the language with Guadalquivir being Arabic for ‘Great River’.
By contrast, Cádiz has an entirely different atmosphere. Sitting on a rocky promontory surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, this port was the base for the Spanish Armada – it was offshore from Cabo Trafalgar that Nelson defeated the Spanish-French fleet.
The River Guadiana forms a natural frontier between the Algarve and Andalucía and its banks are dotted with fortified towns, church domes and whitewashed houses. Two countries, two rivers and two thousand years of history.
Culture & Riverscapes
3 UNESCO Heritage Sites
UK Tour Manager
Group Size: 6 – 28
Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Seville for seven nights on the MS Belle de Cadix. Welcome drink and crew introduction. (D)
Day 2 Full-day visit by road to Córdoba includes the old Jewish quarter with fascinating networks of alleyways, lined with white buildings and flowers, plus typical traditional houses opening onto beautiful patios and the impressive Mezquita with many interior columns covered in jasper and marble. (B, L, D)
Day 3 City tour of Seville includes the Alcázar Palace, Plaza de España and Santa Cruz arriving in Cádiz in the evening. Flamenco evening. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Optional visit to Jerez, the Andalucian capital of wine and horses. includes the Alcázar Palace and a ‘ganaderia’ where bulls are raised (£50). Afternoon Cádiz walking tour, a fortified city built on a rock and surrounded by the sea. (B, L, D)
Day 5 Cruise to Alcoutim with time to explore this typical Algarve village. Cruise to Villa Real de San António. Visit Faro, capital city of the Algarve and continue to the charming town of Tavira. Portuguese folk evening on board. Sail overnight. (B, L, D)
Day 6 Arrive in El Puerto de Santa Maria for a cellar tour and wine tasting. Cruise through the Doñana natural biosphere reserve and Sanlucar de Barrameda towards Isla Minima. Visit a genuine Andalucian hacienda and enjoy an equestrian show. Cruise overnight to Seville. (B, L, D)
Day 7 Full-day excursion by road to Granada includes the Moorish Alhambra Palace and romantic Generalife Gardens with a splendid layout and diversity of plants, flowers and fountains. Granada is a lively city surrounded by the Sierra Nevada mountains and built on three hills: the Albaicín, the Sacramonte and the Alhambra. Gala dinner. (B, L, D)
Day 8 Return flight. (B)
Cabins are available from 5pm on arrival and until 9am on departure (before/after this, luggage storage on board is possible).
Whilst the vessel carries more, the group size specified refers to transfers and excursions.
Granada sightseeing involves some inclines and steps.
Launched in 2005 and refurbished in 2010 to a high standard, the ‘new generation’ MS Belle de Cadix is registered in France with a mainly European crew and announcements in French and English. For 20 years Jules Verne has been the main UK partner of the innovative French cruise company, CroisiEurope, established over 40 years ago, now boasting the largest European river fleet (over 40 ships), yet still operated by the same family.
All drinks, except premium brands are included throughout the cruise. Enjoy International and French cuisine with a choice of wines in an elegant one-sitting dining room. Breakfast is a buffet, lunch and dinner waiter service with the occasional buffet. The vessel occasionally sails at night.
Reception, lounge bar with small dance floor, sun deck, lift and WiFi (free/limited). 88 air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, hairdryer, safe and satellite TV. 40 twin/double cabins (134 sq. ft.) on the Upper Deck with picture window, 27 twin/double cabins (134 sq. ft.) with picture window on the Middle Deck and 21 twin/double cabins (134 sq. ft.) with portholes on the Main Deck.
Stay three nights including breakfast at the central 4-star Hotel Catalonia Giralda. Includes a Seville walking tour.
Day 1 Disembark the vessel and transfer to your hotel for three nights. (B)
Day 2 Walking tour of Seville. (B)
Day 3 At leisure.
Day 4 Return flight. (B)
A central 4-star hotel located in the historic centre, close to Santa Cruz quarter and the cathedral. Restaurant, pool, gym, WiFi (free). 109 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
per person in a twin Main Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick
per person in a twin Main Deck cabin
easyJet from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £595
Middle Deck £195
Upper Deck £245
Visit to Jerez £50
Extension - Seville
Hotel Catalonia Giralda
3 nights £365
Single supplement £195
Arrival transfer add £29
Departure transfer add £29
Air travel and taxes, all port charges, transfers, 7-night cruise, full board and drinks on cruise vessel, breakfast daily, excursions, cruise director, local expert guides and representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, porterage, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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