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Adventures Afloat: An Adventure on Spain’s “Great River”: Toros, Flamenco and Palaces

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Program #20836RJ
11 Days | 10 Nights
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 Oct 31 — Nov 10, 2013

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Day One: Thursday, October 31 - 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, November 01 - 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.

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, November 02 - 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: After lunch the ship sails from Seville. Join your Study leader on deck as he comments on 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 you see untouched nature, and where fields of cotton and rice sit side by side with extraordinary wildlife. Cruise past the famous Doñana National Park, declared a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds. Then participate in a presentation on "1492, More Than Columbus - the Reconquista of Spain." 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.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Dock in Cádiz, and then by coach take a night tour to see some of Cadiz' best known monuments.

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, November 03 - Cadiz Market and Spanish Toros
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning enjoy an expert-led discovery of Cádiz featuring the Plaza de Topete and the Mercado Central. This square is one of Cádiz's liveliest, bright with flower stalls and adjoins the large, animated Mercado Central (Central Market), the oldest covered market in Spain.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time on the deck as the ship cruises towards Puerto Santa Maria. From Santa Maria, depart for Jerez, famous for its horses and also as the birthplace of the famous Flamenco. Visit a family horse farm and a bull breeding site, or "ganadería", an ideal opportunity to find out more about the living symbols of Spanish culture "Bull Fighting and Horsemanship." Return on board in time for dinner and an evening with a Spanish theme.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Spanish theme this evening. Ship set sails in the early morning for Barrameda.

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, November 04 - Spanish Horsemanship & the Culture of Andalusia
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Field Trip: Here we set off for our excursion to Jerez, Jerez is famous for its horses and also the birthplace of the famous Flamenco. After a short panoramic tour, we visit a family horse farm to see some of the finest horsemanship in Spain. We return on board in time for lunch

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: After lunch enjoy some time to rest and relax on the deck and take in the scenery as you cruise back towards Seville. Then participate in a presentation on "Seville: Flamenco, Bull Fighting and the Culture of Andalusia."

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Ship arrives in Seville late in the 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 Six: Tuesday, November 05 - Columbus & Flamenco
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Field Trip: 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: Back on board for lunch.

Afternoon: The Museum of Flamenco Dance is the key to access the magic world of flamenco dancing. Learn more about Andalusian culture and experience flamenco dancing. All are invited to participate in a Flamenco dance class.

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 Seven: Wednesday, November 06 - Seville - The Story & Myth of the Toreador
Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

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

Lunch: Lunch on board.

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

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 Eight: Thursday, November 07 - 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. 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.

Lunch: Lunch in the old city.

Afternoon: This afternoon explore the Museum of Inquisition. Situated in the heart of Córdoba's historic Judería Quarter, this museum takes you on a journey through one of Spain's and Europe's darkest chapters - the massive use of torture to enforce confessions between 13th and 19th centuries.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

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, November 08 - 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: 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, November 09 - Granada - The Alhambra
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Explore the Alhambra and the Generalife Gardens. The Alhambra is more than a just a palace; it is an entire walled city within the city of Granada. There are royal apartments, forts, gardens, pavilions, barracks... All this surrounded by an impressive wall. Explore this site and imagine it coming to life 1000 years ago.

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, November 10 - 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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