20642
Spain
Intergenerational: Toros, Flamenco and Palaces on Spain’s Great River
Enjoy the wonders of Spain as you dance Flamenco, explore a royal palace, sail past Gothic cathedrals and visit a bull farm, building lasting memories with your grandchild.
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Program No. 20642RJ
Length
11 days
Starts at
3,995
Flights start at
1,250
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11 days
10 nights
24 meals
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DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Seville / Program Orientation
Seville
D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: Riverboat docked at Las Delicias Quay in Seville.

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 (including water, wine, beer, fruit juice, and coffee.)

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Seville Old City, Alcazar & Cathedral, Sail the Guadalquivir
Cadiz
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: About 2h walking and about 2.5 miles. In the morning the boat will be docked in Seville. In the afternoon the boat sails to Cadiz.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Explore Seville with your local expert: 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 excursion 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.

DAY
4
Cadiz, Jerez and Horses
Santa Maria
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The ship will be docked in Cadiz in the morning.

Breakfast: On board.

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

Lunch: Boxed lunch at the horse farm.

Afternoon: Later we set off by bus 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 horses in Spain. We enjoy a boxed lunch at the horse farm and a brief panoramic of Jerez before returning to the ship.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: Spanish themed evening on board the ship.

DAY
5
Bull Farm
Santa Maria
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The boat will be docked in Cadiz.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: This morning's field trip by coach 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Toros & Flamenco
Seville
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The boat is docked in Seville. We use public transport and the walk to the Flamenco museum is about 1 mile round trip.

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. Later this morning we head to the Museum of Flamenco where we learn more about Andalusian culture and experience flamenco dancing. All are invited to participate in a Flamenco dance class.

Lunch: On board.

Afternoon: Free afternoon.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
7
Columbus
Seville
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The boat is docked in Seville. Travel by coach in the morning.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: Columbus - Preparing for the Journey: Huelva and its environs is a Mecca for those interested in Christopher Columbus, with a number of significant sites 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.

DAY
8
In the footsteps of the Moors - Cordoba
Seville
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The boat is docked in Seville. 2 hour drive by motor coach to Cordoba.

Breakfast: On board.

Morning: 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: 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.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Granada's Alhambra and the Arab District
Granada
B,L
Hotel Melia Granada

Activity note: Disembarkation, 3 hour drive from Seville to Granada.

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 field trip with a local expert 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 exploration 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: 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
The Mediterranean Sea, Paella and Farewell
Granada
B,D
Hotel Melia Granada

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Depart by coach to a little village with a beach for a morning spent enjoying the Mediterranean sea.

Lunch: On your own.

Afternoon: Free time to enjoy Granada on your own. Later in the evening participate in 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.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
11
Program Concludes
In Flight
B

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Coach transfer to the Granada airport for return flights to the U.S. If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!