20836
Spain
Andalusia by River: Wine, Flamenco and Culture in a Proud Spanish Region
Aboard a modern river cruiser, enjoy enriching traditions of art, architecture, dance and wine as you explore the ancient region of Andalucía alongside scholars and local experts.
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Program No. 20836RJ
Length
11 days
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11 days
10 nights
24 meals
9 B 7 L 8 D
DAY
1
In Transit to Program
In Flight
DAY
2
Arrival Seville / Program Orientation
Seville
D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The Riverboat is docked overnight in Seville at the Delicias Quay (Muelle de las Delicias).

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, Cathedral & sailing the Guadalquivir
Cadiz
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The riverboat is docked in Seville this morning. Two hours of walking and about two miles around the city. Departure from Seville at approximately 1 pm for an eight hour cruise to the city of Cadiz, where the riverboat will be docked overnight.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Field Trip: Explore Seville with your expert local Guide. Start the morning with a panoramic visit including the city's impressive Plaza España - built for the 1929 Ibero-American Expo, before walking cobblestone streets of the oldest neighborhood of Seville - the Barrio Santa Cruz(Jewish quarter). We end the morning exploring the Cathedral; built on the site of a mosque, it is the third largest church and the largest Gothic building in Europe. It also boasts the largest altarpiece in the world and the Tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: After lunch as we sail out of Seville, join your Study leader on deck as s/he comments on the sites of the city. Afterwards, enjoy a presentation about contemporary Spain.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Enjoy a traditional Flamenco performance in Cadiz at a local “peña”.

DAY
4
Jerez: Sherry and Horses
Sailing Overnight
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The riverboat is docked in Cadiz today. Jerez is reached by motor coach. Journey time is around one hour. At 11 pm, the riverboat departs across a small section of the Atlantic Ocean for Alcoutim, Portugal and sails through the night. Approximately one mile of walking on cobblestones and uneven ground around Jerez.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Field Trip by Motor Coach: Jerez is famous for its fortified wines, horses and also as the birthplace of Flamenco. We start the morning at a family-run horse farm known for raising quality livestock. Learn about the horse-breeding business - a key industry in the city. See the facilities and stables, carriages, colts and clinical labs. An indoor arena allows a view of the animals.

Lunch: Lunch in Jerez.

Afternoon: Later, after a short panoramic tour of Jerez we visit a local Sherry Bodega where we learn about the history and processes of this renowned local drink and enjoy a tasting of the products.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Portugal and the Guadiana River
Sailing Overnight
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The riverboat arrives in Alcoutim at approximately 10 am, and departs for Vila Real at 12 pm, sailing up the Guadiana river and arriving at 3 pm. One to two miles of walking in Alcoutim and Tavira, with some uneven surfaces and slopes. Departure from Portugal at 10 pm, sailing through the night.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Enjoy a group leader led walking visit of the town of Alcoutim, Portugal - a pretty hillside town of cobbled streets, small squares, the ruins of its 14th century castle and a paved promenade along the river front.

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: This afternoon join an expert local guide for a visit and traditional pastry tasting in the town of Tavira.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: Portuguese Themed Dinner on board the Belle de Cadix followed by an evening of traditional Portuguese entertainment.

DAY
6
Andalusian countryside and a local Bull Farm
Sailing Overnight
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The Belle de Cadix arrives at the town of El Puerto de Santa Maria at approximately 8 am, departing at 12:30 pm for Isla Minima, located in the Doñana National Park. After a brief stop, you will sail through the night back to Seville. Some walking over uneven surfaces and rough terrain at the Bull Ranch and at Isla Minima.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: This morning we head by motor coach through the Andalusian countryside to one of the most renowned bull ranches in the region. Here, you will get a chance to visit the ranch, discuss the importance of the bull breeding industry to Spanish and Andalusian culture and meet the family at their home, while enjoying an aperitif. We return to the Belle de Cadix for lunch and departure along the Guadalquivir river.

Lunch: Back on board for lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we will sail past the Doñana National Park, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve, and the city of Sanlucar de Barrameda, where the river joins the Atlantic Ocean.

Dinner: On board.

Evening: This evening the ship will dock for approximately 2 hours at Isla Minima.

DAY
7
Seville - The Story & Myth of the Toreador & Alcazar
Seville
B,L,D
CroisiEurope MS La Belle de Cadix

Activity note: The riverboat is docked in Seville today. Approximately 2 miles of walking, plus standing at the Maestranza.

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. Field trip: The Alcazar. You will finish the morning with a guided visit to Seville’s splendid Moorish Alcázar Royal Palace and gardens

Lunch: Lunch on board.

Afternoon: This afternoon is free to explore on your own or rest on board the ship. In the early evening enjoy a presentation by your study leader about Spanish Culture.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

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

Activity note: The riverboat is docked in Seville. The motor coach journey to Cordoba is approximately 90 minutes. Many areas of the historic old town are pedestrian only. Walking up to two miles, over some cobblestones and uneven surfaces in and around the city.

Breakfast: Breakfast on board.

Morning: Field Trip by Coach: Cordoba's Cathedral / Great Mosque: The Church - Cathedral of Cordoba popularly known 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 Muslim 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: Enjoy some free time and afterwards departure back to the riverboat.

Dinner: Dinner on board.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
9
Arrival Granada and the Arab District
Granada
B,L
Hotel Melia Granada

Activity note: The area of the Albaicin is very hilly with cobblestones and uneven surfaces.

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.

Lunch: Lunch in town.

Afternoon: Field trip - Historic Granada. With a local expert explore Granada's UNESCO Heritage site of El Albaycin; the old Arab Quarter. Comprising approximately the area between the hill of the Alhambra, the hill of San Cristobal, the Sacromonte and Elvira. the Albaycin is a former enclave to the Moors who in the 13th Century were expelled by the Christians from the nearby town of Baeza. Built after the fall of Cordoba to the Christians, it became the last bastion of Moorish presence in Spain, prior to the Reconquista. NOTE : The area of the Albaicin is very hilly with cobblestones and uneven surfaces.

Dinner: Check into hotel. Dinner on your own.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
10
Granada - The Alhambra
Granada
B,D
Hotel Melia Granada

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...etc. All this surrounded by an impressive wall. Explore this site and imagine it coming to life 1000 years ago.

Lunch: Learn how to make a traditional Spanish dish at a local restaurant close to the Alhambra, before enjoying the results of your efforts with a glass of wine

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 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!






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