San Juan del Sur is Nicaragua’s hidden gem with its brown-sugar beach and colonial architecture. Watch surfers effortlessly ride the roaring waves of the Pacific while enjoying typical dishes from one of the many restaurants that line the shore. At night, this beautiful fishing village transforms into the premier destination for partygoers, as it is also home to popular beachfront bars and nightclubs.

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  • Granada, Masaya Market, Volcano & Shopping

    Behold the inspiring natural beauty of Nicaragua’s wild, volcanically formed countryside and explore two of its finest cities: artistic Masaya and colonial Granada.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely one and three-quarters hour drive north through a gorgeous tropical landscape. This verdant region exemplifies Nicaragua’s nickname, the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” and Masaya beautifully captures those natural attractions, as it sits on the edge of Lake Masaya in the shadow of Masaya Volcano National Park.

    Most of your time in the city will be devoted to exploring Masaya Market, one of the country’s foremost artisan markets. Colorful hammocks, hand-woven baskets, creative folk art, and delicately embroidered clothing are typically on display. Continuing on, you will drive toward Masaya Volcano National Park, located just outside the city it showcases two smoking volcanoes and several large craters formed by past volcanic activity. The landscape is absolutely mesmerizing and from the comfort of your coach, you’ll get an up-close look at steaming fumaroles.

    Then, following a traditional Nicaraguan lunch at a nearby restaurant, you will set out on a walking tour of nearby Granada, a magnificent city overlooking massive Lake Nicaragua. Founded as a trade center in 1524 by Spanish conquistadors, Granada boasts some of the country’s most well preserved colonial architecture. The San Francisco Convent is its crown jewel, and the historical building now houses a cultural center with fine pre-Columbian statues. Your guided visit showcases some of the most important displays and exhibits housed here.

    You will also have the opportunity to stroll Granada’s serene central plaza, a delightful shopping area famed for its arts and crafts, before it’s time to re-board your coach and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of easy to moderate guided walking over mostly even surfaces; however, there may be some cobblestone surfaces and a few steps 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. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. In the event of activity at Masaya Volcano, the visit there will be cancelled. A signed waiver form will be required by the tour operator in order to participate in this tour.

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  • Back to the Pastgranada By Boat & Carriage

    Spend a full day experiencing the joys of colonial Granada through an informative walking tour, a picturesque boat ride and free time to delve even deeper into its marquee attractions.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely one and three-quarters hour drive north through a gorgeous tropical landscape. This verdant region exemplifies Nicaragua’s nickname, the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” and colonial Granada lies at its heart.

    Upon arriving in this historical city on Lake Nicaragua’s northern shore, you will ride through the cobblestone streets in a horse-drawn carriage. It’s a wonderfully traditional mode of transportation, and in time you will arrive at San Francisco Convent, one of Granada’s oldest buildings. Now a cultural center and museum with fine pre-Columbian statues, the convent has been rebuilt several times over ancient catacombs. Your guided visit showcases some of the most important displays and exhibits housed here.

    Next, for a different perspective of Granada, you will enjoy an immensely scenic boat ride past several islands that dot massive Lake Nicaragua, the world’s only lake with oceanic marine animals such as sharks and swordfish. An enlightening walking tour of colonial Granada follows, during which you will learn about the city’s turbulent past.

    Then, after a traditional Nicaraguan lunch at a nearby hotel, you will have some free time to explore further on your own. The serene central plaza is a wonderful starting point, as there is abundant shopping, extraordinary colonial architecture and inviting tree-shaded benches perfect for people watching. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier in San Juan del Sur.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 1-hour of easy to moderate guided walking over mostly even surfaces; however, there may be some cobblestone surfaces and a few steps 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. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A signed waiver form will be required by the tour operator in order to participate in this tour.

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  • Granadas Nature & Colonial Architecture

    Savor Nicaragua’s diversity through its natural beauty, creative arts and the colonial architecture of Granada, one of the oldest towns in the Americas.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely ninety minute drive into the country, a verdant region that exemplifies Nicaragua’s nickname, the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes.” For one of the best views of this bio-diverse wonderland, you will pause at the lookout above the town of Catarina on placid Apoyo Lagoon. Depending on the visibility, you might also catch sight of colonial Granada in the distance and massive Lake Nicaragua beyond.

    Upon arriving in Catarina, you will have time to shop for embroidered clothing, hand-painted pottery and other locally made merchandise. While known for the creativity of its artisans, Catarina is also noted for its laid-back atmosphere and hospitality. As you stroll about the streets, you can’t help but feel immensely relaxed.

    Continuing on, you will drive to nearby Granada on Lake Nicaragua, a colonial city that Spanish conquistadors founded in 1524. During the guided portion of this excursion, you will meander past colorful colonial architecture and hear about Granada’s turbulent history. The San Francisco Convent is one of the city’s oldest and most admired buildings, and it now houses a cultural center with fine pre-Columbian statues.

    Following a traditional Nicaraguan lunch, you will enjoy free time to explore further, perhaps taking a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobblestone streets or shopping in the serene central plaza. After your visit, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 45-minutes of easy to moderate guided walking/standing over mostly even surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There may be some cobblestone surfaces and a few steps 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. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Amayo Hacienda Experience & Lake Nicaragua

    Immerse yourself in Nicaraguan country life by visiting an extraordinary lakeside hacienda, where you will dine, swim, enjoy live music and take in breathtaking views of volcanoes.

    After departing from the pier, you will drive for approximately forty-five minutes through lush, emerald-green countryside to beautiful Amayo Hacienda on Lake Nicaragua, the country’s largest lake. Once owned by the king of Spain, the estate is now in the hands of the Barrios family, who have graciously opened their doors so you can experience Nicaraguan country life.

    While visiting the hacienda, you are free to choose your own activities, and there are plenty of relaxing and highly entertaining opportunities. You might stroll the grounds admiring the tropical vegetation and stunning views of nearby volcanoes, enjoy a refreshing swim in the lake, and even learn to milk a cow in the estate’s dairy. All the while, a Nicaraguan live band will play folkloric tunes in the background, adding a wonderful festivity to the experience.

    Still, the day’s highlight is the Caballo Bayo lunch buffet of authentic Nicaraguan cuisine. It’s a bounty of traditional dishes such as annatto-marinated pork, shredded beef stew, blood sausage, mashed beans, boiled yucca, fried plantains and most anything else you can imagine. It’s an absolute feast that you are welcome to indulge in repeatedly.

    Following your time enjoying the hospitality of the Barrios family at Amayo Hacienda, you will travel back to the pier, filled with wonderful memories of your Nicaraguan country experience.

    Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests’ discretion, but can include natural and uneven surfaces. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Anyone wishing to swim does so at their own risk and responsibility and should bring a swimsuit and a towel from the ship.

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  • Colonial Granada & Boat Tour

    Enjoy an all-encompassing walking and boat tour in and around Granada, one of the oldest cities in the Americas and a Nicaraguan gem esteemed for its colonial architecture.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely one and three-quarters hour drive north through a gorgeous tropical landscape. This verdant region exemplifies Nicaragua’s nickname, the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” and colonial Granada lies at its heart.

    Upon arriving in this historical city, you will board a boat for an immensely scenic cruise off the northern shore of Lake Nicaragua. Now freshwater, the lake was once part of the sea until an ancient volcanic eruption caused it to become an inland basin. As a result, it became the world’s only lake with oceanic marine animals such as sharks and swordfish.

    Following your sightseeing cruise, you will tour San Francisco Convent, one of Granada’s oldest buildings. Now a cultural center and museum with fine pre-Columbian statues, the convent has been rebuilt several times over ancient catacombs. Your guided visit showcases some of the most important displays and exhibits housed here, giving you great insight into this city that Spanish conquistadors founded in 1524.

    Then, after a traditional Nicaraguan lunch, a walking tour of Granada will reveal more interesting sites, which you may explore further during free time. Signature attractions include the central plaza for shopping and an abundance of colorful colonial architecture, some of it still scorched from the great fire of 1856. At the appointed time and location, you will rejoin your group and transfer back to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 75-minutes of easy to moderate guided walking over mostly even surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There may be some cobblestone surfaces and a few steps 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. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A signed waiver form will be required by the tour operator in order to participate in this tour.

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  • Masaya Volcano & Catarina

    Get a bird’s-eye view of an active volcano in one of Nicaragua’s most pristine national parks and then shop for hand-made merchandise in the charming town of Catarina.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely two hour drive north through the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” the nickname given to Nicaragua because of its long history of seismic activity and the many lakes left in its wake. Arguably, the area’s most impressive natural sight is Masaya Volcano National Park, which features a massive crater lagoon, dense tropical vegetation and two towering volcanoes.

    As you drive toward the rim of the still-active volcano, which most likely will be steaming and smoking, you will understand why the Spanish conquistadors called it the “mouth of hell” and erected a cross there to exorcise the demons inside. The crater and lava field below is quite the sight, and the landscape has changed little since the time when Nicaragua’s indigenous people conducted sacrifices there to avert more eruptions.

    However, the scenery is vastly different in nearby Catarina on placid Apoyo Lagoon, which you will first glimpse while pausing at a scenic lookout above the town. Depending on the visibility, you might also catch sight of colonial Granada in the distance and massive Lake Nicaragua beyond. Upon arriving in Catarina, you will have time to shop for embroidered clothing, hand-painted pottery and other locally made merchandise. Afterwards, you will drive through lush countryside and traditional villages on the return to the pier.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 75-minutes of easy to moderate guided walking/standing over mostly even surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There may be some cobblestone surfaces and a few steps 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. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

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  • Colonial Granada

    Explore exuberant Granada on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, the country’s oldest and perhaps most attractive city, as its colonial architecture has been well preserved.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely one and three-quarters hour drive north through a gorgeous tropical landscape punctuated by national preserves. This verdant region exemplifies Nicaragua’s nickname, the “Land of Lakes and Volcanoes,” and all the while you will be edging toward volcanically formed Lake Nicaragua, a vast expanse of fresh water. It’s the only lake on earth with oceanic marine animals such as sharks and swordfish.

    A magnificent colonial city nestled on the lake’s northern shore, Granada was founded as a trade center in 1524 by Spanish conquistadors. During the guided portion of your excursion, you will meander past colorful colonial architecture and hear about Granada’s turbulent history. The San Francisco Convent is one of the city’s oldest and most admired buildings, and it now houses a cultural center with fine pre-Columbian statues.

    Following your guided tour, you’ll have plenty of free time to further explore on your own. Perhaps take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobblestone streets, shop in the serene central plaza, or sample the local cuisine from vendors with street carts. Chicaronnes or fried pork skin is a favorite snack.

    One of oldest cities in Central America, Granada has a celebrated past, much of which has been beautifully preserved. In time, you will rejoin your coach and travel back to the pier, stopping along the way for a breathtaking view of the twin volcanoes towering above an island in Lake Nicaragua.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 75-minutes of easy to moderate guided walking over mostly even surfaces; however, there may be some cobble stone surfaces and a few steps 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. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; a bottle of water from the ship; and flat comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A signed waiver form will be required by the tour operator in order to participate in this tour.

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  • Mombacho Volcano Hike

    Hike through a biologically diverse cloud forest that rims a volcanic crater, and then explore Granada, a colonial city that Spanish conquistadors founded in 1524.

    After departing from the pier, you will settle in for a leisurely one and three-quarters hour drive north through the emerald-green countryside and into pristine Mombacho Volcano Natural Reserve. At the base of the namesake volcano, you will hop in a 4x4 vehicle and begin ascending the heavily forested slopes. The higher you go, the cooler the temperature. It’s an ideal environment for growing coffee and there are numerous plantations within the forest.

    Upon reaching the summit, you will hike along a one-mile path that loops around one of the volcanic craters. It’s an incredibly serene setting that offers panoramic views and to enhance the experience, your guide will describe the flora and fauna. Expect to see orchids, colorful butterflies, tropical birds and perhaps even the endemic Mombacho salamander.

    After your hike, you will return to the base of the volcano and drive on to nearby Grenada for a traditional Nicaraguan lunch. Free time follows, so you can stroll about this magnificent colonial city nestled on Lake Nicaragua’s northern shore. Be sure to see the much-admired San Francisco Convent, which now houses a cultural center with fine pre-Columbian statues. For inspired shopping, head for Granada’s central plaza.

    At the appointed time and location, you will rejoin your coach and head back to the pier, stopping along the way at La Virgen Crossing for a breathtaking view of the twin volcanoes towering above an island in Lake Nicaragua.

    Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate to strenuous hiking over natural trails that include negotiating numerous steps, plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests or those with mobility concerns. Participants must be in good physical condition. Light clothing to include a sweater for the coach; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and a bottle of water from the ship are recommended. Flat, closed-toe, comfortable walking/hiking shoes are mandatory.

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