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Experience the Beauty of Spain (Hiking Cruise)

Example 8 Day Cruise aboard MS La Belle de Cadix
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Discover incredible cities and fantastic landscapes on this exceptional 8-day cruise. Join an urban trek through the attractive district of Santa Cruz in Seville and fall in love with the charming streets, flowered patios, and picturesque whitewashed homes. Hike to the “Pinsapar”, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the National Park of Sierra de Grazalema, the first natural park in Andalusia (1984). Enjoy a guided tour of Cádiz on foot and be surprised with its cultural and historic richness. Visit Isla Minima, a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir. Explore the Cañada de los Pájaros Natural Park, an old gravel pit which was converted into a wet area with a wide and varied selection of flora and fauna.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Seville, Spain | Embark
Day 2 : Cádiz
Day 3 : El Puerto de Santa Maria | Sierra de Grazalema National Park
Day 4 : Isla Minima
Day 5 : Seville
Day 6 : Granada
Day 7 : Cordoba
Day 8 : Seville | Disembark

Highlights

  • Walk across Maria Luisa Park, named after Princess María Luisa d'Orleans
  • Visit Jerez, the Andalusian capital of wine and horses
  • Hike unique Matalascanas Beach and its spectacular dunes
  • Discover the Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens

Ship

MS La Belle de Cadix

Places Visited

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Ship

Activity Level

Relaxed

Trip Snapshots

The seafront of Cadiz Hiker at a summit Wander the charming plazas of Spain Bridge of Plaza de España, Seville The colorful streets of Spain

Day 1 Seville, Spain | Embark

Fly to Seville with a stopover in another city. You may board the ship starting at 5:00 p.m. After comfortably settling into your cabin, introduce yourself to the crew at a welcome cocktail followed by dinner onboard. Enjoy some free time in Seville this evening. 

Day 2 Cádiz

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today choose between the different programs: 

Hiking program: Urban trek through the attractive district of Santa Cruz in Seville. At the heart of the city, fall in love with the charming streets, flowered patios, and picturesque whitewashed homes. Walk through the Maria Luisa Park, named after princess María Luisa d'Orleans who donated the grounds of the San Telmo Palace to the city in 1893. The park was designed between 1911 and 1914 by the French landscape architect Jean-Claude Forestier. The star attraction of the park is the Plaza de España, a majestic crescent-shaped complex arranged around a central square. (Approx. 4 hours - 5 miles - no altitude difference.) 

Non-hiking program: Join a guided tour of Seville. Discover the cathedral, Alcazar palace and its Andalusian gardens, Maria Luisa Park, and the attractive district of Santa Cruz. Return to the boat at the beginning of the afternoon. Then, cast off and begin your cruise along the great river. The river's name comes from a classical Arab phrase meaning "great valley" and reminds us of the times when the Moors reigned over Al-Andalus.

Arrive in Cádiz this evening. After dinner, join the host for a nighttime stroll through the city.

Day 3 El Puerto de Santa Maria | Sierra de Grazalema National Park

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today choose between the different programs: 

Hiking program: Day hike to the “Pinsapar”, one of the most beautiful landscapes in the National Park of Sierra de Grazalema (bag lunch included). The major attraction here is the Spanish fir - at first thin, they spread out into dense and magical leafy forests. Sierra de Grazalema was declared the first natural park in Andalusia in 1984 and is famous for its spectacularly rugged limestone landscape of cliffs, gullies, caves, and gorges. The park was designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 1977. (Approx.10 hours including transport - 6.5 miles - 2,600 ft. altitude difference.)

Non-hiking program: Enjoy a guided tour of Cádiz on foot and be surprised with its cultural and historic richness. Then cruise to El Puerto de Santa Maria, arriving in the early afternoon. Visit Jerez, the Andalusian capital of wine and horses. A panoramic tour takes you to the cathedral and the Alcazar Palace. The tour continues with a visit to a “ganadería” (a property where bulls are raised) and the chance to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture.

Return on board in the late afternoon. Tonight, enjoy a Spanish-themed dinner and evening of entertainment. 

Day 4 Isla Minima

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today choose between the different programs: 

Hiking program: Spend the day hiking in the Doñana National Park (bag lunch included). Take a coach to the trail in the park (approx. 3 hours driving time). This seaside hike on the only part accessible by foot brings you along Matalascanas Beach and its spectacular dunes. (Approx.10 hours including transport - 7.7 miles - no altitude difference.)

Non-hiking program: Visit the Osborne bodega and taste the local wines. Then cruise to Isla Minima, a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir. After dinner, discover the hacienda’s beautiful architecture with its impressive Andalusian patio and watch a horse show in its private arena. 

Day 5 Seville

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today choose between the different programs: 

Hiking program: Trek in the Cañada de los Pájaros Natural Park, an old gravel pit which was converted into a wet area with a wide and varied selection of flora and fauna. It’s a great place to observe white storks along with more than 150 other bird species. Afterwards, take a hike through the Dehesa de Abajo National Park.

Non-hiking program: Depart by coach for an excursion to a nature reserve and a tour with a forest guide. This is a total immersion visit to an unspoiled natural area, which has managed to preserve its very specific character. Then move on to a bird-watching site, where you get the chance to discover an amazing variety of bird species: shorebirds, gulls, ducks, etc. 

After the tour, return on board and cruise to Seville. The ship arrives in the late afternoon. Enjoy some free time in Seville. Its location astride Europe and Africa gives it an undeniable advantage. It’s also an authentic melting pot of Muslim, Catholic, and Jewish cultures. Enjoy dinner on board, and take advantage of a free evening.

Day 6 Granada

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave for a guided visit of Grenada. Ringed by the imposing mountainous barrier of the Sierra Nevada, Grenada - 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: a palace straight out of A Thousand and One Nights. Discover Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens, remarkable for both its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. Enjoy some free time in the early afternoon in Grenada before returning to Seville. Flamenco show on board.

Day 7 Cordoba

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Spend the entire day touring Córdoba. Leave by coach in the morning to head for Córdoba, once part of the Caliphate of Cordoba. During the guided visit of the town, discover the mosque-cathedral with its “forest” of no less than 856 interior columns, each covered in precious jasper, granite and marble - as well as the Judería, or old Jewish Quarter, with its fascinating network of alleyways lined with white buildings and flowers, and typical traditional houses opening onto beautiful patios. Enjoy a “tapas” lunch in a local restaurant. Spend some free time visiting the city before returning to your ship. Tonight, enjoy a gala dinner followed by an evening of dancing.

Day 8 Seville | Disembark

  • 1 Breakfast
Enjoy one last buffet breakfast on board before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. Take a chartered flight from Seville to Paris.

MS La Belle de Cadix

Per person starting at
$1,825
Main Deck Cabins.
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Main Deck
21 cabins with portholes (20 twins, 1 cabin with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Middle and Upper Deck Cabins.
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Middle Deck
27 cabins (24 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed, 1 1HU cabin equipped for disabled with double bed). All cabins are equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.
Middle and Upper Deck Cabins.
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Upper Deck
40 cabins (38 twins, 2 cabins with a double bed) equipped with shower and toilet, hair-dryer, satellite TV, radio, safe.

Notes

20% discount on children between 2-10 years
30% discount for 3rd person in triple cabin

For navigational safety reasons, the company and the captain are the only authorized persons who can modify the cruise itinerary.

This offer includes:
- All meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day
- Drinks included in this price are water, wine, beer, fruit juices served during the meals and coffee after both lunch and dinner for meals eaten on the boat
- Drinks from the bar, except for champagne or wines from a special list
- Double-occupancy cabin with shower in bathroom
- Excursions listed in the program
- Evening of flamenco
- Onboard entertainment
- Assistance from an onboard multi-lingual host/hostess
- Gala evening
- Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
- All port fees

This offer does not include:
- Drinks from the wine list, champagne from the onboard bar, or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers
- Cancellation and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses

Formalities:
For US Citizens, a Valid Passport is required for your travel. Non US Citizens but Resident in the US, please contact the local Embassies or Consulates for proper paperwork required before traveling.

Included

  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 7 Dinners
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