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ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Aug 5 — Aug 15, 2015

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Day One: Wednesday, August 05 - US Departure and Overnight Flight.
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Seville.

Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Two: Thursday, August 06 - Arrival Seville / Program Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Seville and transfer to the ship.

Afternoon: We will gather in our private meeting room where the Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. After orientation you may join your Group Leader for a walking discovery of the area around the Guadalquivir river in Seville. We will board the boat starting at 5 pm. You will have time to settle into your cabin before the presentation of the crew. The ship will be docked overnight in Seville.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Three: Friday, August 07 - Seville Old City, Alcazar & Cathedral - Sailing t...
Note: About 2h walking and about 2.5 miles

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Field Trip: Explore Seville with your expert local Guide: Start the morning with a panoramic visit before walking cobblestone streets of the oldest neighborhood of Seville - the Barrio Santa Cruz (ancient Jewish Quarter) and exploring the magnificent Cathedral. Built on the site of a mosque, it is the third largest church in Europe and the largest Gothic building in Europe. It also boasts the largest altarpiece in the world and the Tomb of Christopher Columbus. You will finish your tour with a visit to the spectacular moorish Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: After lunch as we sail out of Seville, join your Study leader on deck as she comments the sites of the city. Later enjoy some time on deck to relax or soak in the small deck pool while the ship follows the current of the Guadalquivir on it's short sail to the next port of call. Later on attend a presentation by your study leader, and examine the History of Spain from the arrival of the Moors until their ultimate expulsion from Iberia under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand in 1492. This presentation is aimed at younger participants, however all are welcome to join.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: To round the evening off, choose to join your group leader on a walking exploration of Cádiz by night. Built on a rock and surrounded on all sides by the sea, this fortified city is connected to the mainland only by a narrow strip of sand.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Saturday, August 08 - Cadiz ; JEREZ AND HORSES
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning enjoy a brief panoramic discovery of Cadiz that features the Plaza de Topete & Mercado Central, the oldest covered market in Spain. Later we set off for our excursion to Jerez, Jerez is famous for its horses and also the birthplace of the famous Flamenco. First, we visit a family horse farm to see some of the finest horsemanship in Spain. We enjoy a boxed lunch at the horse farm and a brief panoramic of Jerez before returning to the ship.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch provided by Croisi Europe.

Afternoon: After lunch enjoy some time on deck while we sail.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Sunday, August 09 - Bull Farm
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning's field trip is a visit to a “ganadería” (a ranch where bulls are raised), with the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture first hand, and from the experts.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: After lunch enjoy some time to rest and relax on the deck enjoying the scenery as we cruise back towards Seville. Children's Presentation: Seville, Flamenco and Bull fighting the Culture of Andalucia.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Monday, August 10 - Toros & Flamenco
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: The Culture and Myth of the Torreador. The Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is considered the oldest and grandest of Bull fighting rings in Spain. Seville is often called the birthplace of this Spanish sport. This morning we study the culture and myth of the Torreador. NOTE: We will not see an actual Bullfight presentation.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Field Trip/ Presentation: The flamenco dance museum is the key to access the magic world of flamenco dancing. We learn more about Andalusian culture and experience flamenco dancing. All are invited to participate in a Flamenco dance class.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Tuesday, August 11 - Columbus
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Columbus and Huelva Columbus - Preparing for the Journey: Huelva and its environs is a Mecca for those interested in Christopher Columbus, with a number of significant tourist attractions relating to the famous explorer. Cristóbal Colón (as he is known in Spain), south of Huelva city is the 15th-century Franciscan Monasterio de Santa María de la Rábida. La Rábida is where Columbus stayed between 1491-92 waiting for financial backing from the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, for his voyage to the New World. We end the morning in the nearby, Muelle de las Carabelas (Harbour of the Caravels) a waterfront exhibition with life-size replicas of Columbus's three ships: the Niña, the Pinta and the Santa María, built for the 500th anniversary celebrations in 1992.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore on your own or rest on board the ship.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Enjoy a Flamenco Show on board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS La Belle de Cadix sails on the Guadiana, the Guadalquivir and along Atlantic coast.

Ship Information: Year Built: 2005 Year Refurbished: 2010 Length: 361 feet Width: 37 feet Total Cabins: 88 (40 cabins on the upper deck, 27 cabins on the middle deck, 21 cabins on the main deck) Total Passengers: 176 Cabin size: 151 sq. feet

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +0033 3 88 76 44 44
web: www.croisieuroperivercruises.com

Room amenities: All cabins have individual controls for AC and heat. Cabins are equipped with satellite television, a radio, a hairdryer and a safe for your valuables. The private en-suite facilities include a shower, toilet, sink, and are provided with towels, but not washcloths.

Facility amenities: Amenities include: lounge with bar, dining room, sun deck with loungers and umbrellas, barbecue deck, jacuzzi at the prow (front) of the barge, bicycles on board available for use by passengers, and free WiFi on board.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Eight: Wednesday, August 12 - In the footsteps of the Moors - Cordoba
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Field Trip: Cordoba's Cathedral / Great Mosque: The Church - Cathedral of Cordoba popularly know as the Mosque of Cordoba or the "Mezquita", stands over a Christian church built in the Visigothic period (5th C). After Moorish conquest of Spain, it was used as a Mosque. From 786 to 988 the original church was rebuilt into a Grand Mosque. In 1236, following Cordoba's fall to Ferdinand and after over 500 years of use as a mosque, the site was re-consecrated Christian and a cathedral was erected in the center of the mosque in 1523. It is the foremost Islamic monument in Spain and a unique example of the inter-play of Christian and Moslem cultures in Spain. Your GL will arrange a quiz to test your general knowledge!

Lunch: In the old city.

Afternoon: Field trip - Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos Just southwest of the Mezquita (Mosque), the Alcázar, or Castle of the Christian Monarchs, began as a palace and fort for Alfonso X in the 13th century. From 1490 to 1821 the Inquisition operated from here. Today the castle’s gardens are among the most beautiful in Andalucía. The building houses an old royal bathhouse, the Baños Califales. Take time to gaze at the 3rd-century Roman sarcophagus, with its reflections on life and death. Afterwards, Enjoy some free time before dinner on the barge.

Dinner: On board.

Lodging: CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Meliá Granada is located in the heart of the city of Granada, near the cathedral, Calle Navas, Alcaiceria, the Puerta Real, Calle Elvira, Plaza Nueva, Realejo, Paseo de los Tristes, the Science Park and the Congress Centre.Its strategic location in the city centre, personalised service and excellent facilities make it the perfect choice for your visit to Granada. Neat the hotel, you can visit exclusive boutiques and fashion houses. Plus nearby there is a one of the city’s main leisure and entertainment areas with numerous tapas bars and restaurants. Meliá Granada is also just a short distance from the most trendy nightspots and major shopping streets such as Reyes Católicos, Recogidas or Mesones.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
C/ Angel Ganivet, 7
Granada, 18009 Spain
phone: +34958227400
web: www.melia.com

Room amenities: Available with double bed or two single beds, these rooms provide 37 inch LCD TV, free Internet, minibar, safe and fully equipped bathroom. Equipped with all the services and facilities you need to make your stay in Granada truly unique. Services Room service (*) 24 hour wake-up calls Meliá Conecta customer service Express laundry and ironing service (*) Porter Equipment Functional and practical furniture Double bed or two single beds Cot (on request) Large desk with chair Double wardrobe Two lamps built into bed headboard Free cable Internet Air conditioning /heating 37 inch LCD TV with more than 30 Spanish and international channels Digital Plus 3 telephones (two in the room and one in the bathroom) Fully equipped bathroom Meliá bathroom amenities Hairdryer Iron and ironing board (on request) Make-up mirror Safe Minibar (*)

Facility amenities: - Near the Cathedral and Capilla Real, the Alhambra and the Generalife, Albayzin, Sacromonte, Realejo and the Paseo de los Tristes - 50 metres from Calle Navas and very close to Alcaiceria , Puerta Real, Calle Elvira, Plaza Nueva and the Science Park - 5 minutes from the Congress Centre - Near the most exclusive shopping centres and boutiques. The perfect choice for culture and shopping - Rooms with wonderful views of the Alhambra and Generalife, Albayzin or the Sierra Nevada - Wonderful breakfast buffet - The hotel provides a fully equipped mini-gym for the exclusive use of our guests - Excellent access to the city, the Alhambra and Granada airport

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Thursday, August 13 - Granada's Alhambra and the Arab District
Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning, we disembark our river cruise and head by coach to Granada. En route to Granada, your local expert will give a presentation about the importance of the city as a center of learning and the contribution of the Moors to Spanish and World Culture. On arrival we enjoy a guided field trip to The Alhambra. More than a just a palace, it is an entire walled city within the city of Granada. There are royal apartments, forts, gardens, pavilions, and sumptious gardens which offered protection from the summer heat. The Alhambra visit ends with an expert guided tour of the Nasrid Palace - the most spectacular Islamic building in Europe dating from the 14th Century and filled with Arabic inscriptions and geometrical patterns, perfectly proportioned rooms, and peaceful courtyards.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: Field trip - Historic Granada. The Albaycin is the old Arab Quarter. It comprises approximately the area between the hill of the Alhambra, the hill of San Cristobal, the Sacromonte and Elvira. The Albaycin is like a different world within Granada. This is due to the strong Muslim influence in this area. It was the place where the first Siri court was built in the eleventh century.

Dinner: Choose to stay in the Albaycin area for dinner or return to your hotel. Your Group Leader will provide you with restaurant recommendations.

Lodging: Hotel Melia Granada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Meliá Granada is located in the heart of the city of Granada, near the cathedral, Calle Navas, Alcaiceria, the Puerta Real, Calle Elvira, Plaza Nueva, Realejo, Paseo de los Tristes, the Science Park and the Congress Centre.Its strategic location in the city centre, personalised service and excellent facilities make it the perfect choice for your visit to Granada. Neat the hotel, you can visit exclusive boutiques and fashion houses. Plus nearby there is a one of the city’s main leisure and entertainment areas with numerous tapas bars and restaurants. Meliá Granada is also just a short distance from the most trendy nightspots and major shopping streets such as Reyes Católicos, Recogidas or Mesones.

Ship Information: n/a

Contact info:
C/ Angel Ganivet, 7
Granada, 18009 Spain
phone: +34958227400
web: www.melia.com

Room amenities: Available with double bed or two single beds, these rooms provide 37 inch LCD TV, free Internet, minibar, safe and fully equipped bathroom. Equipped with all the services and facilities you need to make your stay in Granada truly unique. Services Room service (*) 24 hour wake-up calls Meliá Conecta customer service Express laundry and ironing service (*) Porter Equipment Functional and practical furniture Double bed or two single beds Cot (on request) Large desk with chair Double wardrobe Two lamps built into bed headboard Free cable Internet Air conditioning /heating 37 inch LCD TV with more than 30 Spanish and international channels Digital Plus 3 telephones (two in the room and one in the bathroom) Fully equipped bathroom Meliá bathroom amenities Hairdryer Iron and ironing board (on request) Make-up mirror Safe Minibar (*)

Facility amenities: - Near the Cathedral and Capilla Real, the Alhambra and the Generalife, Albayzin, Sacromonte, Realejo and the Paseo de los Tristes - 50 metres from Calle Navas and very close to Alcaiceria , Puerta Real, Calle Elvira, Plaza Nueva and the Science Park - 5 minutes from the Congress Centre - Near the most exclusive shopping centres and boutiques. The perfect choice for culture and shopping - Rooms with wonderful views of the Alhambra and Generalife, Albayzin or the Sierra Nevada - Wonderful breakfast buffet - The hotel provides a fully equipped mini-gym for the exclusive use of our guests - Excellent access to the city, the Alhambra and Granada airport

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Friday, August 14 - The Mediterranean sea, Paella and Farewell
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to the coast for a morning spent enjoying a Mediterranean seaside village.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy Granada on your own, or prepare for departure, followed by a paella making activity in Granada.... Aprons on as we learn how to make a traditional Spanish Paella, with the help of local restaurant chefs; afterwards sit back and enjoy your result.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in Granada.

Lodging: Hotel Melia Granada

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Saturday, August 15 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach transfer to airport for return flights to the U.S. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

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