The ideal spot from which to explore Galicia’s exquisite beaches, beautiful countryside and quaint towns, Ferrol also boasts an abundance of notable sites and charming neighborhoods within the city itself. Visit the 18th century shipbuilding yards, explore the cathedral and main square in the city center or tour the impressive 16th century Castillo de San Felipe overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Travel outside Ferrol to Santiago de Compostela’s magnificent old town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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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.

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  • Panoramic Tour of Coruna

    Marvel at the diversity of attractions in Coruna on a wonderful introductory tour that showcases architectural gems like an ancient Roman lighthouse and a 16th-century castle.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a scenic 45-minute drive south, en route to Coruna, a maritime city that sits on a peninsula that juts out into the surrounding sea. Upon arriving, you will view many of the city’s considerable highlights that include aromatic gardens, the modern Museum of Mankind, and a soaring obelisk built to commemorate the new millennium. It’s carved with scenes depicting the history of Coruna.

    Another highlight is the Castle of San Anton, a low-slung fortress built in the 16th century. It successfully helped defend the city against an assault by England’s Sir Francis Drake in 1589.

    However, the city’s most recognized symbol is the Tower of Hercules, the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse still used for maritime signaling. It has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural integrity and importance in the Roman Empire’s sea route. During your stop here, you will have time to take photos and take a short walk around the monument and surrounding park. Be sure to look for the foundation stones that the Romans laid, which were exposed in a 1990s excavation.

    Your driving tour resumes as you pass the newly refurbished aquarium and enjoy wonderful views of the sea and the city from Mount San Pedro. Back in downtown Coruna, you will stop at Maria Pita Square where you will have some free time to explore the nearby shops and cafés on your own. The popular plaza is named for a woman who heroically helped defend the city during Sir Francis Drake’s attack. Afterwards, rejoin your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour is primarily panoramic in nature with walking at the guests’ discretion during the photo stop at the Tower of Hercules and free time. 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 with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • 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: 4 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.

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  • 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: 4 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.

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  • The Arsenal and Spain's Naval History

    Trace Ferrol’s vital role in Spain’s shipbuilding and defense by visiting the military facilities within an 18th-century arsenal and a museum devoted to naval operations.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a leisurely drive through Ferrol, a city named for the “farol” or lighthouse at the entrance to its harbor. In 1726, King Philip V chose Ferrol to be fortified so a naval base with shipbuilding yards could be built. The city is still one of Spain’s most important naval stations and home to the royal naval arsenal.

    On the way to the arsenal, you will stop to stroll through La Magdalena, Ferrol’s cultural heart. An engaging mix of 18th-century and modernist architecture, the neighborhood is laid out in a grid and most of the streets are restricted to pedestrian traffic. It’s a wonderfully picturesque setting that encourages exploration.

    Then, it’s on to the arsenal, a complex of military facilities constructed in the 18th century. The arsenal contains a battery with nearly 100 cannons and a dry dock that still operates. You are also likely to see some Spanish navy ships that may include modern frigates.

    The arsenal complex also houses the Museum Exponav, where you may browse the collection of historical ships, navigation equipment, weapons and even ancient diving suits. The exhibition on shipbuilding traces the history of industry through the centuries, with much of it devoted to the Spanish Armada. Following your museum tour, you will re-board your coach and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. 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. The tour is not recommended for those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

    Please carry your passports with you as Arsenal is a military area with some restrictions due to security.

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  • San Andres Route

    Explore two signature Galician villages, one in the country, the other on the coast, and then follow a centuries-old pilgrimage route to a church associated with Saint Andrew.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive inland to Moerche, a traditional country village best known for its medieval castle. It played a key role in two revolts in the 15th century, the most famous being a peasant uprising. While damaged, the castle survived in part due to its high, thick walls and octagonal design that provided the defenders with excellent views.

    Following an enlightening tour of the castle, you will drive to the city of Cedeira to wander about at your leisure and on your own. Known for beautiful beaches and bountiful seafood, Cedeira is an excellent setting for lunch at a seaside cafe. Calamari, prawns and fish flavored with local spices are typical dishes. As an alternative, seafood tapas are on most menus.

    Then, it’s on to San Andres de Teixido, a Gothic-Baroque church built atop one of the highest cliffs in Europe. According to legend, a ship carrying the remains of San Andres (Saint Andrew) wrecked on the rocks below and faithful pilgrims have been coming ever since. The pilgrims usually bring a stone, which they leave in piles scattered nearby.

    The cliff-top setting is truly inspiring, as the shoreline is pristine and the sea usually a deep royal blue. Following your time at San Andres de Teixido, you will return to Ferrol via a picturesque coastal route.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly 2-hours of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some steps and uneven surfaces to negotiate. 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 with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Coruna - the Crystal City

    Behold the beauty of Coruna, an architectural treasure whose glorious past is revealed through Roman landmarks, historical plazas and an excellent Archaeological Museum.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a scenic 45-minute drive south, en route to Coruna, a maritime city that sits on a peninsula that juts out into the surrounding sea. Because so many of its buildings have glass-enclosed balconies called “galerias,” Coruna is known as the “Crystal City,” especially the area along Marina Avenue.

    But Coruna’s charms extend far beyond the waterfront which you will soon see during a short panoramic drive of the city. Stopping at the fragrant San Carlos Gardens, you will leave your coach behind as you enjoy a walking tour of the gardens and then continue on foot into Old Town, where you will see remnants of Roman walls and numerous medieval churches. The beautifully ornate Town Hall is of special note as it dominates Maria Pita Square, a plaza named for a woman who heroically helped defend the city during Sir Francis Drake’s attack in 1589. Leafy Plaza Azcarraga is another gem lined with splendid architecture.

    Rejoining your coach, you will make your way to Coruna’s esteemed Archaeological Museum, which offers an in-depth look into the area’s past through displays of Celtic jewelry, Roman pottery, a Viking leather boat, a typical 18th century kitchen, furniture and religious articles.

    Next, you will travel to the city’s most recognized symbol - the Tower of Hercules, the only fully preserved Roman lighthouse still used for maritime signaling. It has been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its architectural integrity and importance in the Roman Empire’s sea route. While stopping for photos, be sure to look for the foundation stones that the Romans laid, which were exposed in a 1990s excavation. Afterwards, you will return to the pier in Ferrol.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. 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. The tour 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; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • The Historic City of Lugo

    Savor an in-depth look at the architectural wonders in Lugo, whose Old Town is encircled by the world’s only completely intact Roman walls.

    After departing from the pier, you’ll commence a 75-minute drive inland to Lugo, an historical city that straddles the Minho River. Its signature attraction is the 3rd-century walls that the Romans built to protect what was then called Lucus Augusti. The entire perimeter of the walls is intact, and it remains the world’s finest example of late Roman military fortifications.

    The earthen walls are faced with stone, and 10 gates lead into the oldest section of the city, which was laid out in a classic checkerboard pattern. More than half of the original guard towers exist intact so it’s easy to imagine how the fortification appeared in its heyday. Because of their historical importance, the walls of Lugo have been deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site and are well worth your attention.

    After a panoramic drive around the walls, you will leave your coach behind and embark on a guided walking tour of the city. You will begin with a walk atop the ramparts, which offer unforgettable views. Along the way, you can expect to see city landmarks such as the House of Mosaics, a private residence that featured a heating system under the floors, the Provincial Museum and the cathedral, where the Holy Eucharist can be contemplated day and night.

    Following a leisurely lunch at a nearby restaurant, you will have approximately one-hour of free time to explore further on your own. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and drive back to the pier in Ferrol.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking that includes some uphill streets, uneven and cobblestone surfaces and thresholds to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Ferrol, Betanzos and the Cheese House

    Discover the rich history and architectural splendor of Betanzos before watching a demonstration of traditional cheese making.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive south to Betanzos, a gorgeous city at the confluence of the Mendo and Mandeo rivers. Like many cities in the region, Betanzos features an abundance of buildings with glass-enclosed balconies or “galerias,” especially around the waterfront. The protective glass allows the balconies to be enjoyed even on windy days and in cooler weather. It also adds an attractive design element.

    During your guided walking tour through Betanzos, expect to see medieval churches, the original town gates and a maze of narrow streets leading into the well-preserved Old Town. Everywhere you turn, the past comes alive through the grand architecture, historical monuments and serene plazas, which are usually named for locals who influenced Betanzos’ development.

    In time, you will arrive at the Cheese House, where you will be greeted by a traditional

    Galician bagpipe player, a testament to the Celtic influence in northwestern Spain. This area is also renowned for premium cheeses. Some are lightly flavored, others are somewhat salty and still others are gently smoked. Following an informative cheese-making demonstration, you will be treated to a sampling of cheeses accompanied with bread and local red wine.

    Rejoining your coach, you’ll drive back to Ferrol where you will have a walking tour of La Magdalena, the city’s cultural heart. An engaging mix of 18th-century and modernist architecture, the neighborhood is laid out in a grid and most of the streets are restricted to pedestrian traffic. After touring the landmarks, you will transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 3-hours of moderate to strenuous walking that includes some uphill streets, cobblestone surfaces and thresholds to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Galicia Highlights

    Enjoy a glimpse into traditional Galician life by exploring two historical waterfront towns and a graceful country house surrounded by flowering gardens.

    After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a brief drive south to Pontedume, a traditional Galician town on the Eume River estuary. Because the city is pedestrian friendly, you can make the most of your free time to explore its marquee attractions. Be sure to see the 12th-century churches in Old Town and the keep of a medieval castle that rises above the waterfront.

    Then, it’s on to Pazo de Marinan, an 18th-century country house known for its spectacular gardens. Feel free to stroll the grounds at your leisure and admire the towering walnut trees from India, eucalyptus trees and flowering camellias. The setting couldn’t be more peaceful.

    Next, you will drive on to Betanzos, a gorgeous city at the confluence of the Mendo and Mandeo rivers. Like many cities in the region, Betanzos features an abundance of buildings with glass-enclosed balconies or “galerias,” especially around the waterfront. The protective glass allows the balconies to be enjoyed even on windy days and in cooler weather. It also adds an attractive design element.

    During free time in Betanzos, expect to see medieval churches, the original town gates and a maze of narrow streets leading into the well-preserved Old Town. Everywhere you turn, the past comes alive through the grand architecture, historical monuments and serene plazas. After visiting, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is primarily at the guests’ discretion and ranges from moderate to strenuous. There is a significant amount of uphill walking and cobblestone and uneven surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not considered suitable for wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.

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  • Secrets of Ortegal

    Experience life in the carefree fishing village of Ortigueira, where traditions have changed little over the centuries.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive toward the most northwestern tip of Spain to Ortigueira, a beautiful seaport on a well-sheltered inlet. Life here in the beautiful Ortegal region has revolved around the sea for centuries, and boat building and fishing are among the most prevalent occupations. Colorful fishing boats bobbing in the harbor and returning to port laden with the day’s fresh catch are common sights.

    While enjoying the charms of carefree Ortigueira during your guided tour, you might also have the opportunity to watch the local fisherman demonstrate their ancient fishing techniques, some of which are rarely used in other parts of Europe. They typically catch octopus, squid and swordfish in the surrounding waters, and these delicacies appear on nearly every menu in town.

    Because of the rocky shoreline and steep cliffs leading to the water’s edge, fishermen sometimes ride sure-footed donkeys. It’s a mode of transportation that lends a wonderful air of authenticity to Ortigueira and shows how little life has changed here over time.

    The wetlands of Ladrido are another area of interest in Ortigueira. Because of the unusual characteristics of the flora and fauna, the wetlands fall under the protection of the Ramsar Convention and must be conserved for perpetuity.

    After nearly three hours in lovely Ortigueira, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier in Ferrol.

    Please note: This tour includes nearly 3-hours of moderate to strenuous walking that includes some uphill streets, uneven and cobblestone surfaces and thresholds to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, sturdy shoes or hiking boots are recommended.

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  • Santiago de Compostela

    Spend the day discovering one of Spain’s most celebrated pilgrimage cities, whose architectural splendor spans centuries.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely 75-minute drive into the interior of northwestern Spain. Along the way, the scenery will be extraordinary, especially on the approach to Santiago de Compostela, which has long been a pilgrimage destination because Saint James is reputedly buried there. The pilgrims’ ultimate destination is the Plaza del Obradoiro, where you will begin an enlightening walking tour.

    The buildings lining the plaza were constructed over 700 years in different architectural styles, which the guide will explain in detail from the outside. Highlights include the late-Gothic Royal Hospital, the neoclassical Palacio de Roxoi, and the 11th-century Romanesque Cathedral built over the tomb of the apostle Saint James. You will also explore other parts of Santiago de Compostela by walking along historical streets such as the restaurant-flanked La Rua do Franco.

    Following a leisurely lunch in a 15th-century building that was once a royal hostel, you will be afforded approximately 2-hours of free time. You might use this time to shop, delve into new areas of the city or return to Plaza del Obradoiro to behold the Cathedral’s magnificent interior. Besides the relics of Saint James, which lie in a silver coffer under the high altar, there are sculptures depicting the Last Judgment and medieval carvings. Don’t miss the five indentations in the marble below the Tree of Jesse where pilgrims press their fingertips and pray.

    At the conclusion of your free time, you will rejoin your coach and make the return trip back to Ferrol.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous walking that includes some uphill streets, uneven and cobblestone surfaces and thresholds to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with walking difficulties. Participants should be in good physical condition. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Those who wish to visit the cathedral independently are further advised that all visitors must cover their shoulders and no short shorts or short skirts are permitted.

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