Andalucia River Cruise and Seville

  • 8 Days

  • Spain

A leisurely cruise that brings the Moorish history along the Guadalquivir to life: wander the elaborate alcazars of Seville and Jerez, experience the tranquillity of Granada's Alhambra complex and gardens, and roam Cordoba's world-famous Mezquita.

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Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Accommodation
Selected meals
All inclusive drinks
Excursions
All airport and port taxes
  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

of 8 days

Your detailed itinerary

Cruise departing on 15th March 2018

Meals included: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

A leisurely cruise that brings the Moorish history along the Guadalquivir to life: wander the elaborate alcazars of Seville and Jerez, experience the tranquillity of Granada's Alhambra Palace, and roam Cordoba's world-famous Mezquita.

At a glance

  • Seville See the world's largest Gothic cathedral on a guided city tour.
  • Cadiz Stroll the narrow streets of the city's old quarter.
  • Jerez Visit the Cathedral and 12th century Alcazar Palace.
  • Sanlucar de Barrameda Taste locally produced Manzanilla wine at a wine cellar.
  • Granada Wander the sprawling Alhambra taking in its elegant Moorish design.
  • Nature Reserve Trawl through unspoilt forest and lookout for waders at the bird watching area.
  • Cordoba Roam the marble passages of the world-famous Mezquita mosque.

Day 1

UK - Seville

Travel to Seville where you will be met and transferred to your cruise ship, MS La Belle de Cadix, for embarkation. After comfortably settling into your cabin, the crew will be introduced at a welcome cocktail before dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Seville - Cordoba - Seville

Today's full day excursion takes in Spain's 'City of Caliphs', the magnificent Moorish city of Córdoba. See the breathtaking Great Mosque, famed as one of the greatest feats of Islamic architecture outside the Arab world and a veritable forest of intricately decorated pillars, each adorned with jasper, granite or precious marble. Also visit the quaint former Jewish quarter, a maze of whitewashed lanes overlooked by pretty courtyards festooned in vividly coloured flowers. After lunch in a traditional Córdoban restaurant, enjoy free time before returning to your ship in Seville.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Seville - Cadiz

With fascinating historical treasures and rich Moorish heritage, it's no wonder Seville is often called Andalucia's 'Radiant City'. Explore the city sights on this morning's excursion, taking in the spectacular Cathedral, the famous Alcazar Palace and its gorgeous gardens, tranquil Maria Luisa Park and the seductive Santa Cruz district. Return to your ship for lunch and set sail on the glorious Guadalquivir, Andalucia's longest river, cruising past picturesque rice and cotton fields and the beautiful marshlands of the Donana Park biosphere reserve and Sanlucar de Barrameda en route to Cadiz. This evening explore Cadiz by night on the included walking tour.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Cadiz - Jerez - Cadiz - El Puerto de Santa Maria

This morning, set out on an included excursion to Jerez, Cradle of Spain's sherry-making, flamenco and equestrian traditions. Jerez is laden with scented orange trees, beautiful squares and lively bodegas. Later, there is the included walking tour of Cadiz. Set on a rocky peninsula overlooking the beautiful bay, captivating Cadiz exudes traditional Andalucian charm and boasts an old city of quaint narrow lanes, tranquil plazas and delightful architecture, such as the baroque cathedral, Grand Theatre and pretty watchtowers. Back on board for dinner and a flamenco dancing evening as you cruise towards El Puerto de Santa Maria.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

El Puerto de Santa Maria - Isla Minima

Today, tour the Osborne cellar and taste a selection of local wines. Afterwards, we’ll cruise towards Isla Minima. Tour a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, followed by an equestrian show. Later, return to the ship and start sailing towards Seville.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Seville - Granada - Seville

Today is entirely devoted to the wonderful city of Granada. Enjoy a guided tour of the town and a visit to the Alhambra Palace. Commissioned by the 13th-century Moorish ruler, Al Ahmar, this breathtaking fortress-come-palace stands against the snow-tipped Sierra Nevada. After lunch in a local restaurant, spend time exploring more of Granada's main sights before returning to your ship in Seville for dinner. Please note this is a full day excursion and the journey from Seville to Granada takes approximately 3 hours each way.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Seville

This morning, drive to a nature reserve for a tour with a forest guide. This area of unspoilt natural beauty has preserved its own special character. Visit a bird watching area to admire the amazing variety of bird species including waders, gulls and ducks. In July and August, we’ll visit the Wharf of the Caravels where you will be able to see the replicas of Christopher Columbus's ships. Tonight is the gala evening and dinner on board.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Seville - UK

After breakfast, disembark your ship and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Notes

All included excursions are subject to change.

Your ship

MS La Belle de Cadix

MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast. Refurbished in 2010, she has 88 luxury cabins, offering passengers beautiful 360* panoramic views of the unique historic and artistic heritage.

Amenities
  • Smoking
  • Adults only
  • Childrens facilities
  • Nursery
Ship facts
  • Style: Premium
  • Class: 5 anchors class
  • Size: Boutique
  • Number of crew: 23
  • Number of cabins: 88
  • Number of wheelchair cabins: 1
  • Number of large cabins: 0
  • Capacity: 176 passengers
  • Main language on board: fr+en
  • Currency on board: EUR
  • Number of decks: 3
  • Gross tonnage: 2038
  • Length (m): 110
  • Width (m): 11.4
  • Speed in knots: 9
  • Launch year: 2005
  • Refit year: 2010
Available cabins on this cruise
CAT A Cabins

The Cat A Cabins available on the Upper Deck are furnished with optional twin or double beds.  All cabins have french balconies from which you can enjoy the riverside views and are equipped with an ensuite shower room, a hair dryer, satellite television, radio and an in-room safe.

Ensuring your comfort air-conditioning is available in the Summer and central heating for the Winter.

Details

  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

CAT B Cabins

The Cat B Cabins available on the Middle Deck are furnished with optional twin or double beds. All Cat B cabins have fixed windows from which you can enjoy the riverside views and are equipped with an ensuite shower room, a hair dryer, satellite television, radio and an in-room safe.

Ensuring your comfort air-conditioning is available in the Summer and central heating for the Winter.

Details

  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

CAT C Cabins

The Cat C Cabins available on the Main Deck are furnished with optional twin or double beds. All cabins feature portholes  due to the position of the waterline and are equipped with an ensuite shower room, a hair dryer, satellite television, radio and an in-room safe.

Ensuring your comfort air-conditioning is available in the Summer and central heating for the Winter.

Details

  • 140 Square Feet
  • Sleeps 2

Life onboard

CroisiEurope has a fleet of 47 Prestige category boats with cabins, which ply the most beautiful rivers in Europe. Spacious and light, they offer a welcoming and refined setting.

Latest customer reviews

20th July 2017

Crew and boat excellent. Itinerary was great.

17th April 2017

Wonderful food,pleasant staff and good company. The cabin was the most basic we have ever experienced.

26th March 2017

Very good trip. Thoughtful &a considerate staff. Excellent local guides.good info from boat staff good service & entertainment. Cabins could have done with some more thought on layout. Bit short on storage space & shelves.

24th March 2017

Good value for money. All drinks, excursions and meals out included.

26th February 2017

Lack of information, not told majority of passengers French. Food was not up to standards of any other cruise we have done.

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