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Adventures Afloat: Intergenerational: Toros, Flamenco and Palaces on Spain’s Great River

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Program #20642RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
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Itinerary for Aug 1 — Aug 11, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, August 01 - US Departure and Overnight Flight.
In Transit Overnight: Overnight flight to Seville.

Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Two: Friday, August 02 - Arrival Seville / Program Orientation
Arrive To: Arrive in Seville and transfer to the ship.

Afternoon: Join your group leader and other participants for the program orientation and a walking discovery of the area around the Quadalquivir river. Board the boat starting at 5pm. Settle into your cabin and presentation of the crew and a welcome cocktail served in the lounge will follow. The ship wil be docked overnight in Seville.

Dinner: Welcome dinner on board the ship.

Lodging: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Three: Saturday, August 03 - Seville Old City / Sailing the Guadalquivir
Note: About 2h walking and about 2.5 miles

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning explore Seville by foot. Begin by walking the cobblestone streets of of Seville's oldest neighborhood, the Barrio Santa Cruz/Jewish quarter. End the morning exploring the Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: This afternoon, we will start sailing on the great river. As we drift along, you will discover unspoilt nature where fields of cotton and rice rub shoulders with the extraordinary wildlife. We will sail past the Donana Park, classed by UNESCO as a “natural Biosphere reserve”. Arrival in Cádiz in the evening.

Dinner: Spanish theme Dinner on board.

Evening: To round the evening off to perfection, your group leader will accompany you on an 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: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Four: Sunday, August 04 - Cadiz Market / Spanish Hosrmanship / Bull Fightin...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This Morning will is devoted to the guided tour of Cádiz on foot which will surprise you with its cultural and historic richness. A city famed for the beauty of its landscapes which make it quite unique.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Departure for the excursion to Jerez, capital of wine and horses and cradle of flamenco song. A panoramic tour will enable you to see the Alcazar and the cathedral. Your tour will continue with a visit to a “ganadería” (a property where bulls are raised), the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Spanish theme this evening.

Lodging: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Five: Monday, August 05 - EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA- SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Departure for the visit to a wine cellar of renown where the secrets of these specific “Manzanilla” wines will be revealed to you. This visits includes wine tasting. Then, an equestrian display will take you to the heart of an entirely different tradition.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Relax onboard while sailing along Spain’s big River.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Lodging: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Six: Tuesday, August 06 - Explore Granada
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: After breakfast, depart by coach for a day excursion of Granada. Ringed by the imposing mountainous barrier of the Sierra Nevada, Granada, famous for its lively atmosphere, is built on three hills: the Albaicin, the Sacromonte and the Alhambra. This grandiose and verdant site also owes its prestige to its Moorish monuments, especially the Alhambra. You will discover the Alhambra, a palace straight out of the thousand and one nights, the Generalife, the kings' summer residence and much more.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore Granada on your own. Later, enjoy a lecture onboard the ship about the Moorish history of Spain.

Dinner: Dinner onboard followed by a Gala evening as we continue our cruise to Seville.

Lodging: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, August 07 - Explore a small village.
Breakfast: Buffet breakfast on board.

Morning: Departure by coach for the visit of Carmona. You will discover this charming village with a local guide and visit an olive oil mill where you will have a tasting.

Lunch: Lunch onboard the ship.

Afternoon: Enjoy a lecture by your study Leader about Christopher Columbus. This is mainly for kids, but adults are welcome to join.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: flamenco show onboard.

Lodging: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Riverboat

Description: The MS Belle de Cadix is a 3 deck sailing vessel that sails the Guadalquivir and Guadiana Rivers and along the Atlantic Coast.

Ship Information: Built: 2005 Length: 110 m long Width: 11.4 m wide Cabins: 88 cabins Passengers: 178 passengers

Contact info:
12, rue de la Division Leclerc
Strasbourg, 67000 France
phone: +33 388 764 4444
web: www.croisieurope.com/en/guadalquivir-douro-and-po-rub80.html?data=belledecadix

Room amenities: Equipments : all cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Facility amenities: Facilities: lounge-bar with a dance floor - Dining room 178 places - pianorama bar 30 places - marina at the rear of the vessel with direct access to the sea - spacious sundeck with deckchairs - swimming pool - lift - gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, radiophone, TV and video in the lounge.

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


Day Eight: Thursday, August 08 - Córdoba Mosque & Church
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning coach to Córdoba and explore this ancient city. The Cathedral of Córdoba, popularly known as the Mosque of Córdoba, or the "Mezquita", stands over a Christian church built in the Visigothic period (5th C). After the Moorish conquest of Spain, it was used as a Mosque. From 786 to 988 the original church was rebuilt into a Grand Mosque. Following Córdoba's fall to Saint Ferdinand III in 1236 (after over 500 years of use as a mosque), the site was reconsecrated Christian, and a cathedral 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. Continue to the Alcázar de los Reyes Cristianos, just southwest of the Mezquita. The "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 Andalusia. 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.

Lunch: Lunch in the old city.

Afternoon: This afternoon explore Córdoba on your own.

Dinner: Gala dinner on board followed by an evening of dancing.

Lodging: MS Belle De Cadix

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located in Granada's commercial and historical center, 5 minutes from the Cathedral, 10 minutes from the Alhambra and 500 meters from the Convention Center. Distance between hotel and the points of interest: - In the historical city centre - In the commercial centre - In the financial centre - In the fairground - 500 m. from the Palacio de Congresos - 15 km. from the airport - 2 km. from the train station - 3 km. from the bus station - 7 km. from the golf course - 60 km. from the port

Contact info:
Acera del Darro , 62
18005 Granada, Spain
phone: +34 95 825 83 00
web: www.hotelcarmen.com/granadahotel/eng/index-eng.htm

Room amenities: - Air conditioning - Individual heating - Safe deposit box - Mini-bar - Tv satellite - Private connection for fax and personal computer - Pipe music - Direct telephone - Complete bathroom - Hair-dryer - Wi-Fi Internet connection - Room service and laundry - Non-smokers rooms

Facility amenities: - 270 standard rooms - 11 Junior Suites - 2 Suites - Coffee shop - Live music bar - Private garage - Boutiques - Facilities for handicapped - Private parking - Jacuzzi - Outer swimming pool (opened from 22/06 to 07/09) - Terrace - Restaurant - Animals allowed - Money exchange - Car rental - Laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Nine: Friday, August 09 - Granada's Arab District, Sacromonte and the Gypsy...
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Disembark the ship and transfer to Granada. On the drive to Granada learn about the importance of Granada as a center of learning, and the contribution of the Moors to Spanish and World Culture. Upon arrival, explore Historic Granada in the old Arab Quarter, known as the Albaicín. It comprises the area between the hill of the Alhambra, the hill of San Cristóbal, the Sacromonte and Elvira. The Albaicín is like a different world within Granada due to its strong Muslim influence and was the place where the first Ziríd court was built in the eleventh century.

Lunch: Lunch in town.

Afternoon: Presentation - Museo Cuevas del Sacromonte: Learn about the life and history of the Gypsies in Granada and in Spain. Continue to the Sacromonte, Granada's traditional Gypsy Quarter, which rises above the Albaicín. It is a tight-knit community with its own traditions and art forms. Most of the dwellings on this hillside high above the city were carved out of the hard-packed lime soil between the late 19th and mid-20th century as inexpensive, quickly constructed housing for people relocating from the countryside.

Dinner: Check into hotel. Dinner on your own in Sacromonte Quarter or around the hotel.

Lodging: Hotel Carmen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: The Hotel is located in Granada's commercial and historical center, 5 minutes from the Cathedral, 10 minutes from the Alhambra and 500 meters from the Convention Center. Distance between hotel and the points of interest: - In the historical city centre - In the commercial centre - In the financial centre - In the fairground - 500 m. from the Palacio de Congresos - 15 km. from the airport - 2 km. from the train station - 3 km. from the bus station - 7 km. from the golf course - 60 km. from the port

Contact info:
Acera del Darro , 62
18005 Granada, Spain
phone: +34 95 825 83 00
web: www.hotelcarmen.com/granadahotel/eng/index-eng.htm

Room amenities: - Air conditioning - Individual heating - Safe deposit box - Mini-bar - Tv satellite - Private connection for fax and personal computer - Pipe music - Direct telephone - Complete bathroom - Hair-dryer - Wi-Fi Internet connection - Room service and laundry - Non-smokers rooms

Facility amenities: - 270 standard rooms - 11 Junior Suites - 2 Suites - Coffee shop - Live music bar - Private garage - Boutiques - Facilities for handicapped - Private parking - Jacuzzi - Outer swimming pool (opened from 22/06 to 07/09) - Terrace - Restaurant - Animals allowed - Money exchange - Car rental - Laundry service

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Ten: Saturday, August 10 - Visit Granada Cathedral and explore the city on y...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Granada Cathedral, which is the first Renaissance church built in Spain and is one of the most important monuments of Granada. Work on the cathedral began in1523 and it was not completed until 1704, 180 years later.

Lunch: Lunch on your own in downtown Granada

Afternoon: Free time in Granada for you to explore on your own. The city offers so much all within walking distance. Spend the afternoon exploring at your own pace.

Dinner: Farewell Dinner in Grenada.

Lodging: Hotel Carmen

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Eleven: Sunday, August 11 - Departure
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach transfer to airport for return flights to the U.S.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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