Cádiz, Andalusia's world-renowned capital, has undergone major restoration in recent years. Palm trees, gracious squares, flower-filled parks, ubiquitous red-tile roofed buildings, and bustling street markets make this a most delightful port. The old town, on the tip of the peninsula, is buzzing with beautiful, lively plazas. To get there, you pass through the new town, an elegant metropolis with excellent beaches. Cádiz is also a good starting point for a day trip to nearby Seville, where you can visit the Alcazar, a beautiful medieval Islamic palace showcasing a unique fusion of Christian and Moorish architecture surrounded by lovely gardens; majestic Seville Cathedral (Catedral de Sevilla); and Giralda Tower, offering excellent photo opportunities.

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  • Executive Collection Half Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Van

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 6 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 13 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 13 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Executive Collection Full Day Car

    PRICE is per vehicle

    This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.

    The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.

    Capacity: 2 guests

    PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.

    Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.

    Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.

  • Wellness - the Wonders of Apitherapy

    Explore beyond traditional Western medicine to discover a holistic approach to wellness based on harmony with one of nature’s most treasured gifts, the wondrous beehive. At a beekeeping farm in the lovely countryside outside of Cádiz, you will discover the advantages of apitherapy, a branch of alternative medicine that embraces the many benefits of honeybee products.

    Just outside the city of Cádiz lies a pastoral farm where a local family manages almost 2,000 beehives. Travel to this idyllic setting and tour the farm to learn how this family business supports the local ecology and harvests products that enhance health and wellness. Not only raw honey but also pollen, royal jelly and even bee venom are used in apitherapy to promote general well-being.

    The resident apitherapy specialist will illustrate the specific benefits of each product, from boosting the immune system to alleviating pain from injuries both chronic and acute. This expert will also demonstrate how the unique bee venom treatments are implemented. Afterward you’ll be invited to try some of these wonderful products, which will be available for purchase in the local shop.

    Suggested treatment pairing from Canyon Ranch SpaClub | Aromatherapy Massage

  • A Panoramic Look At Cadiz

    The ultimate overview of Cadiz, this panoramic driving tour passes a multitude of landmarks that offer a sweeping look at this ancient town perched on a tiny peninsula in southern Spain.

    Depart from the pier and begin driving through Cadiz, a town founded as a Phoenician trading post in 1100 B.C. Considered the oldest continually inhabited city in Europe, Cadiz exudes history, particularly through its glorious architecture.

    The wonderfully ornate Town Hall was erected in 1799 upon the foundation of another building that was constructed at least 100 years earlier. Sprawling across land reclaimed from the sea, tranquil Plaza Espana is filled with historical monuments, including one that celebrates the constitution of 1812. Then, there is Cadiz's golden-tile domed cathedral, which was started in 1720 but not finished until 116 years and seven architects later.

    But architecture is only one of the highlights viewed on this panoramic city tour. For serenity and natural beauty, few places rival Alamada Park and Genoves Park, where you will enjoy a bit of free time. Unexpected ocean views occur frequently during the drive, but the absolute best perspective of the sea will be from the late 16th-century Santa Catalina Castle. It overlooks spectacular Playa Caleta, an isolated yet popular stretch of sand featured in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day." After approximately two hours of driving, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is panoramic in nature with very limited optional walking at the stops. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have an able-bodied companion to assist them. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

  • Seville On Your Own

    Explore Seville's splendid sites, shopping and cuisine at your own pace during this full-day, self-guided tour of the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Seville, located 90 miles to the northwest of Cádiz. Seville, Andalusia's world-renowned capital, has undergone major restoration in recent years. Spend the day exploring Seville at your leisure, at your own pace, doing whatever you chose. During the transfer by private motor coach, a local escort will be aboard to answer any questions you may have regarding the best places to sightsee or shop. The coach will drop you off beside the University of Seville. At the pre-determined time and place, meet the coach for your return back to the ship.

    Please note: The drive between Cadiz to Seville is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in each direction. Weather appropriate clothing, and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. No guided tour is provided, only transportation to Seville. An official escort will be on the coach and will provide some information about Seville and places to visit. Maps are available on the coach. You will have approximately 4 hours to 4 hours and 30 minutes to explore the city, shop, and eat lunch on your own before returning to the meeting place to take the coach back to Cadiz and the ship.

  • Cadiz Walking Tour and Local Spanish Tapas

    Savor the seafood-influenced small-plate cuisine of Cadiz at two popular tapas bars, which you will reach by walking through several historical plazas lined with architectural gems.

    After departing from the pier on foot, you will soon arrive in the old quarter of Cadiz, which is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in western Europe. Situated on a picturesque peninsula, the area is immensely historic and architecturally rich.

    In tree-lined Plaza Mina, you will stop at a restaurant known for its Andalusian tapas. While the menu of these small-plate specialties will vary according to what’s freshest, you might expect to be served tapas made with fresh seafood such as anchovies, Bluefin tuna, oysters or shrimp. A local beer or glass of wine makes a wonderful accompaniment.

    Continuing on, you will pass popular Plaza de Flores, where you will likely see vendors offering flowers of every color imaginable. Upon reaching Plaza de la Cathedral, you will pause at the namesake stone cathedral at its center. Designed in a Neoclassical style in the 18th century, the stone cathedral has a Moorish feel that reflects the history of Cadiz.

    A stop for more tapas at a popular bar in the plaza will reinforce Cadiz’s reputation for extraordinary traditional cuisine. You will then walk back toward the pier, stopping briefly at San Juan de Dios, the town’s largest square and home to the landmark town hall. As an alternative, you may remain in town and return to the pier later on your own.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1½ hours of moderate flat walking. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which takes place entirely on-foot. This tour is not suitable for the guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair.

  • Jerez de La Frontera

    Set in the beautiful Andalusian plain, Jérez is the sherry capital of the world. In fact, excellent wine and sherry have been made here for almost three millennia, ever since the Phoenicians arrived in the 7th century BC with their vines and wine-making skills. The Moors held Jérez for almost 400 years until Alfonso of Castile retook it in 1264. The city is noted for its superb architecture and you'll drive past some of the city's magnificent mansions and churches such as the splendid Collegiate Church of San Salvador built between the 16th and 18th centuries. Enjoy a walk through the old quarter and see the elegant Church of San Dionisio with its beautiful ceiling and baptismal chapel. Jérez's 12th century Alcázar is part of the massive walled enclosure that was once the residence of the Caliph of Seville. You will then visit one of the city's 36 bodegas, or cellars, devoted to the making and selling of sherry. You'll see how the wine is classified and the method used to blend old wine and new. Of course, there will be an opportunity for tasting.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, as this tour includes approximately 1.5 hours of walking and/or standing in the wine cellar.

  • Scenic Cadiz & Flamenco

    Founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians, Cadiz is the oldest existing city in Western Europe and has remained one of Spain's principal ports for nearly a thousand years. Your tour begins with a scenic drive through the town where you'll have a chance to admire the many beautiful landmarks and monuments that adorn this vibrant city. Some of these sites include the Mudejar-style tobacco factory that dates to 1741 and now serves as the Congress building, Santo Domingo Church, the Roman Theater that overlooks the main Cathedral and the old Andalusian neo-classical styled Royal Prison. Traveling on, you'll also see the ancient Phoenician port of La Caleta, the botanical gardens and the castle walls that once served as the town's defense against marauders.

    After your panoramic overview of Cadiz, your coach will stop at Plaza San Juan de Dios where you will disembark and begin your walking tour through the historic old quarter of the city. You will pass by Plaza España which is nestled amidst a lush landscape of serene gardens and home to the famous monument of the 1812 Spanish Parliament. As you navigate your way through the narrow streets, you'll come upon many notable sights, such as the Plaza de la Mina, the Cadiz Museum, the majestic 18th century baroque cathedral and the elegant 19th century palaces that line Calle Ancha.

    Your final stop will be at the tablao Flamenco La Cava where you will be treated to an exciting performance of this powerful and energetic typical Spanish dance. Electrifying and hypnotic, there is nothing quite like Flamenco. Rhythmically tapping heels, clicking castanets, the traditional rascado flourishes of the guitar and the emotional voices of the singers blend to create a truly mesmerizing experience. To further enhance this wonderful cultural event, you will be treated to some delicious tapas and two beverages. At the conclusion of the performance, your coach will transfer you back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1 1/2 miles of walking, at times over uneven or cobblestone surfaces and is not recommended for guests who utilize a wheelchair. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

  • Highlights of Cadiz

    Cádiz became very wealthy under Roman rule, but achieved its greatest fame during the era of the Catholic kings. With the discovery of the "New World," the city became the headquarters for Spain's exploration fleet and treasure ships. The resulting trade with the Americas made it the richest port in Western Europe. The old city stands proudly on a tiny promontory, protected by stout 13th-century fortress walls. Palm trees, gracious squares, flower-filled parks, ubiquitous red-tile roofed buildings, and bustling street markets make Cádiz a most delightful port. After driving around the old town, you will proceed on foot through the Barrio del Populo, past medieval bastions and marvelously restored buildings to Cathedral Square where you can view the exterior of the 18th-century church that is located here. Following some free time, continue to the Fine Arts and Archaeological Museum for a guided visit of its treasures.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, as this tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking at times over uneven or cobblestone surfaces and approximately 20 steps to negotiate. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns.

    The Fine Arts and Archeological Museum is closed on Mondays, and will be replaced with a visit to Santa Catalina Castle.

  • Sevilla Highlights & Evening Flamenco Show

    Explore the architectural landmarks throughout Seville, including the iconic Alcazar complex, and then watch an expressive flamenco performance while enjoying a tapas dinner.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a picturesque drive inland to spectacular Seville, entering the city along Avenida de las Palmeras, an avenue lined with pavilions built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Continuing along, you will pass San Telmo Palace and Europe’s first tobacco factory, which now serves as part of Central University.

    Still, Seville is best known for its glorious royal palace Alcazar, the heart of which dates to the 14th century. There is so much to admire it’s almost dizzying. In fact, UNESCO deemed it a World Heritage Site together with the cathedral and archives within the complex.

    After touring the fabulous Alcazar complex, parts of which were used as sets for the long-running television show “Game of Thrones,” you will reach the Santa Cruz District. This former Jewish quarter is wonderfully atmospheric with labyrinthine streets that connect squares scented by orange trees.

    Your immersion into the local culture culminates at Patio Sevillano, where you will be treated to a mesmerizing flamenco show while savoring a tapas dinner. Flamenco was popularized in Seville about 200 years ago and become so representative of the city’s artistic expression that it is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

    Following the highly expressive performance that combines dance, singing and traditional guitar playing, you will return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 1/2 hours of walking. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Comfortable, flat walking shoes, light clothing and a hat are recommended.

  • Toros of Andalusia & Sherry Tasting

    Departing the pier by air-conditioned motor coach, venture along the scenic "bull route" toward Medina Sidonia to the “Finca Los Alburejos”, an established bull and horse breeding farm, owned by the family Domecq, one the most famous families in Andalucia linked to the bull fighting and Sherry Production.

    Finca Los Alburejos is a treat for the eyes, as it is a small slice of paradise in the middle of the open countryside. Enjoy seeing bulls, cows, horses and foals in their natural environment and observe the daily routine in a "finca".

    Afterward, reboard your motor coach and travel to Jerez de la Frontera, where you will descend into a typical Spanish wine cellar and learn the secrets of crafting fine sherry. Of course, there will be ample opportunity to test your palate on several varieties and decide for yourself which sherry you prefer. Delicious tapas will also be on hand for the perfect wine tasting experience.

    Having enjoyed a rare taste of Andalusia, return to your ship.

    Please note: As this excursion involves walking over uneven terrain, it is not recommended for guests with walking difficulties. It is recommended that guests dress in casual clothing and wear flat, comfortable shoes. The order of sights visited may vary. No photos are allowed during the show.

  • Chef Tour of Cadiz Market & Tapas Lunch

    Accompanied your Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen, you'll stroll through a traditional open-air fish and produce market in the Old Quarter. A spectacularly authentic market, the bounty of southern Spain’s land and sea are meticulously displayed by the local vendors here. Enjoy a tapas lunch at historic Ventorrillo El Chato along the seaside. Have a coffee or seaside stroll after lunch and learn why this charming port became the gateway to modern Mediterranean cuisine with the return of Christopher Columbus from the New World.

    Join your Chef Instructor from the Culinary Arts Kitchen and local guide as you walk from the pier to the nearby old quarter of Cadíz, which is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Western Europe. Situated on a picturesque peninsula, the area is immensely historic and architecturally rich. The Cathedral is noteworthy for being built in the High Baroque style with gold and silver from the New World.

    In the bustling Mercado de Abastos, you'll see first-hand the bounty of seafood and produce that arrives in Cadíz on a daily basis. The market has long been a gathering place for vendors selling local fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses and fresh fish. The lobsters tend to be particularly large, and there are plenty of more exotic items such as sea snails and sea urchins on display. You'll have some free time here to do a bit of exploring on your own in the quaint market square. Enjoy the Plaza de las Flores, the local flower market, beautiful buildings and perhaps a coffee at one of the local cafés on the square.

    As your appetite will surely be whetted by now, you'll take a short bus ride to Ventorrillo El Chato, a restaurant known for its traditional cuisine, especially Andalusian tapas. Situated on the seaside of the ocean peninsula separating Cadíz from the main land, Ventorrillo El Chato is a charming wood frame inn, rich in Spanish tradition. Enjoy authentic tapas in the truly historic setting, complete with Spanish wines.

    After lunch you can enjoy a coffee and browse the many historic mementos of the inn, or take a walk along the stunning seaside. After your free time, return to the pier and imagine Christopher Columbus arriving with the culinary treasures of the new world; potatoes, peppers and tomatoes. Your exploration of the market and your tapas lunch will frame your memory of this enchanting port and the impact it had on the modern culinary world.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours of extensive moderate walking walking/standing, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some uneven and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate and a few steps. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

  • Cadiz Walking Tour

    Discover Cadiz's exquisite historic sites and architecture during this picturesque walking tour through the city.

    You'll see the Plaza de San Juan de Dios, the Town Hall, and the 18th century Baroque and neo-classical Cathedral. It took 116 years to complete, so the mix of styles is evident. Construction began in the Baroque style and was completed in the neoclassic style. There are sculptural works from the old cathedral inside. The towers and the sacristy were built last, in the 19th century. The vaults of the high altar and the choir stalls are noteworthy, although the latter are not from the cathedral. There are some very beautiful Baroque images. The church is topped with a dome of gilded brick, which gives it an impressive look. The brilliant Manuel de Falla is buried in the crypt. Discover the interesting interior, including the museum which belongs to the cathedral and which contains the treasure of the cathedral.

    Following your visit, you will walk to Plaza Flores and then on to Plaza de España, crossing the Plaza San Antonio and the Plaza Mina, before your walk brings you back to the pier.

    Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes for this tour, which takes place entirely on-foot. Guests with limited mobility and guests who utilize a wheelchair will not be permitted on this tour. Dress conservatively, bring sunglasses and a hat for additional sun protection, as the summer afternoon temperatures are quite hot.

  • Seville's Cathedral and the Reales Alcazares

    Seville's historic sites, shopping and cuisine are yours to discover during this full-day guided tour of the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Seville, located 90 miles to the northwest of Cádiz. Seville, Andalusia's world-renowned capital, has undergone major restoration in recent years. You will enter the city via the Avenida de las Palmeras, an avenue lined with most of the main pavilions that were built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Along the way, you will pass through America Square, home of the Museum of Folk Arts and Customs and the Archaeological Museum, then drive through Maria Luisa Park. As you proceed along Avenida de las Delicias, you will pass the San Telmo Palace and Gardens. In the background, you will see the first tobacco factory in Europe, which is now the Central University, and then enter the Santa Cruz District. Your coach will then stop beside the University of Seville.

    Your walking tour will begin with a visit to the Reales Alcazares, the site of the Archive of Indies, and the Gothic Cathedral, Christendom's largest Gothic church. The cathedral features the Patio de los Naranjos and the Giralda, an Arabic minaret that became a Christian church tower; Spain's first bell tower was also erected here. In one of the naves of the cathedral lies Christopher Columbus' sepulcher. From here, you will stroll about the narrow back streets of the Santa Cruz District, an old Jewish Quarter, where you can view the Town Hall on Plaza Nueva. Afterward, you will walk to Robles Placentines for a tapas-style lunch.

    After lunch, you will take a panoramic tour of the rest of the town. Departing from Christopher Columbus Avenue and continuing along the river, you will see the Torre del Oro. This tower was built by the Almohades in the 12th century, and was used as a fortress and prison during the Middle Ages. Today, it is a Naval Museum. Next, you will see the 18th-century Maestranza Bullring, the site of great successes and tragedies in the history of the torero.

    The panoramic tour may be extended for later ship's departures, and may include such additional sights as the 1992 Universal Exposition Area and the bridges built for this event, the Old City walls and the Gateway of La Macarena, which stands adjacent to a church of the same name. Your tour will conclude with a photo stop at the Plaza de España before re-boarding your coach for the 90-mile return drive to Cádiz.

    Please note: The drive time from Cadiz to Seville is approximately 1.75 hours in each direction. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour, which involves approximately 4 miles of extensive walking for about 4 hours, and long periods of standing. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are further encouraged to wear conservative attire with covered knees and shoulders in anticipation of an interior visit to the cathedral.

  • Heritage of Seville

    The drive to Seville is as beautiful as the city itself. Along the way, you will traverse the rolling countryside, dotted with olive and orange groves, vineyards, and the farms where Spain's finest bulls and horses are bred.

    Upon arriving in Seville, you'll pass through the Plaza de América and the stunning Plaza de España, which is covered entirely in decorative ceramic tiles. It's the perfect prelude to The Alcázar, an ornate Moorish palace that has been Spain's royal residence since the Middle Ages. Its crenellated outer walls and portions of the interior are part of the original Moorish fortress. You will also see the palace's splendid golden-domed Hall of the Ambassadors, where Ferdinand and Isabella welcomed Columbus upon his return from his first voyage.

    Another architectural highlight is Seville's majestic Gothic cathedral, where you will have an exterior visit. Built on the site of a mosque that was demolished, this massive cathedral took more than a century to build and may well be the world's largest church. Some remnants of the original mosque remain, including the lovely Courtyard of the Orange Trees, a gate with Islamic metalwork, and the towering 12th century minaret, which is now known as the Giralda bell tower.

    Later, you'll spend time in Seville's charming medieval quarter, the Barrio de Santa Cruz, meandering through the narrow cobbled streets and flower bedecked squares. Free time has also been provided, so you can explore further on your own before you meet back at the coach to return to the ship.

    Please note: The drive time from Cadiz to Seville is approximately 1 3/4 hours in each direction. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour, which involves approximately 2 hours of extensive walking and/or standing, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. This tour is not suitable for wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina.

  • Seville and Independent Exploration

    Explore Seville's splendid sites, shopping and cuisine at your own pace during this full-day, self-guided tour of the city.

    Depart the pier for the drive to Seville, located 90 miles to the northwest of Cádiz. Seville, Andalusia's world-renowned capital, has undergone major restoration in recent years.

    You will enter the city via the Avenida de las Palmeras, an avenue lined with most of the main pavilions that were built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. Along the way, you will pass through America Square, home of the Museum of Folk Arts and Customs and the Archaeological Museum, then drive through Maria Luisa Park. As you proceed along Avenida de las Delicias, you will pass the San Telmo Palace and Gardens. In the background, you will see the first tobacco factory in Europe, which is now the Central University, and then enter the Santa Cruz District. Your coach will then stop beside the University of Sevilla.

    Your walking tour will begin with a visit to the Reales Alcazares, the site of the Archive of Indies, and the Gothic Cathedral, Christendom's largest Gothic church. Afterward, your guide will point out the center of the town, and you will have free time at your leisure to explore central Seville, shop and eat lunch on your own. Other recommended monuments for independent sightseeing include the Casa de Pilatos, Maestranza Bullring, Torre del Oro and the Barrio de Santa Cruz. Your guide will inform you of the meeting place and time when you will re-board your coach for the 90-mile return drive to Cádiz. It will be your responsibility to be on time in order to meet your coach at the rendezvous point.

    Please note: The drive between Cadiz to Seville is approximately 1.5 hours in each direction. Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour, which involves approximately 4 miles of extensive walking for about 4 hours with long periods of standing. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Guests are further encouraged to wear conservative attire with covered knees and shoulders in anticipation of an interior visit to the cathedral.

  • White Villages of Andalusia

    This outstanding tour begins with a lovely scenic drive to Medina Sidonia, one of the famous "White Villages". Walk through the narrow, cobblestones streets of this picturesque village, before you proceeding to your second stop at the dramatic white-washed enclave of Arcos de la Frontera. Situated on a rocky promontory with the River Guadalete winding at its feet, this charming village bears witness to its Arab past with its labyrinth of steep, narrow streets and exceptional architecture. Upon arrival, you will embark an electric train to reach the historic town center where you will start your walking tour. In the center you will find a wealth of monuments and marvelous buildings. At the heart of this area is the Plaza del Cabildo which is surrounded by the Town Hall and impressive Ducal Castle - a Muslim fortress re-built in the 15th century. Before continuing on, you will be given a photo opportunity at one of the many outstanding viewpoints that offers splendid panoramic views of the valley below.

    Making your way along small, narrow lanes, you'll no doubt be enchanted by the quaint cube-shaped white homes you'll come across that are beautifully adorned with pots of vibrant blooming flowers and colorful blue ceramic tiles. Nestled amongst these delightful homes you will discover the "Iglesia de San Pedro." This impressive fortress-like church with its neoclassic bell tower is perched in what would appear to be a perilous cliff-hanger of a position. Once inside this precariously poised 16th century church, you'll find an amazing gilded altarpiece which details the life of San Pedro as well as paintings that are attributed to Francisco de Zubaran, a celebrated Spanish artist known primarily for his religious paintings. Following your visit here, some free time will be allowed to further explore on your own before rejoining your guide.

    Your final stop will be at the Parador de Arcos, an inviting hotel located in the old Casa del Corregidor. Within this relaxing environment of typical Andalusian white-washed walls, grilles and tiles, you'll be treated to some light refreshment before re-boarding your coach and traveling back to the pier in Cadiz.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2 miles of extensive walking, at times over uneven or cobblestone surfaces. Coaches cannot circulate in Arcos. A train will be taken uphill; however, guests will walk downhill at to reach the coach. Therefore, it is not recommended for wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Caps and comfortable walking shoes are suggested. Order of sites visited may vary.

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