DAY 1 : SEVILLA
You are welcome on board from 5.00pm. Settling into your cabin and presentation of the crew followed by a welcome cocktail served in the lounge and dinner on board. Free evening. Overnight stopover.
DAY 2 : SEVILLA - CADIZ
Breakfast on board. Guided tour of Sevilla on foot. Art and enchantment have left their mark on the city of Sevilla, “the city of light”. Set out to explore this wonderful city. Back on board at around 1.00pm. Departure of the cruise and lunch on board. 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”, and Sanlucar de Barrameda. Arrival in Cádiz in the evening. Dinner on board. To round the evening off to perfection, our hostess 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.
DAY 3 : CADIZ - EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA
Breakfast on board. Morning 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. Back to the boat for lunch. Departure of the cruise for El Puerto de Santa Maria. Arrival around 3.00pm. 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. Return on board. Spanish theme dinner and an evening’s entertainment. Overnight stopover.
DAY 4 : EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA - SEVILLA
Full board on board. With your accompanist, tour of the Osborne cellar and tasting of local wines. In the afternoon, cruise to Isla Minima. We will pass through 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. Tour of a genuine Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir followed by an equestrian show. Overnight.
DAY 5 : SEVILLE
Our ship will arrive early in the morning. After your buffet breakfast, we’ll leave for a guided visit of Grenada. 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: a palace straight out of the thousand and one nights. We’ll also discover the Generalife, a pleasure palace with attached romantic gardens, remarkable both for its location and layout, as well as for the diversity of its flowers, plants and fountains. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. You’ll have some free time in the early afternoon in Grenada before returning to Seville. Enjoy dinner on board, and take advantage of a free evening.
DAY 6 : SEVILLE
Leave Seville by coach for a guided visit of the Friary of La Rábida, where Christopher Columbus stayed for two years before his famous voyage. Then we’ll visit the Wharf of the Caravels and the replicas of Columbus’ infamous Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria. We’ll return on board for lunch. After lunch, you’ll have some free time to explore Seville on your own. The city's geographical situation, astride Europe and Africa, gives it an undeniable advantage. It’s an authentic melting pot of Muslim, Catholic and Jewish cultures. We’ll have dinner on board, followed by a flamenco presentation. We’ll remain in port overnight.
DAY 7 : SEVILLA - CORDOBA
Breakfast on board. Day devoted to the tour of Córdoba. Departure by coach in the morning heading for Córdoba, the city of the Caliphs. Guided tour of the city. You will discover the mosquecathedral, a veritable forest of columns, no less than 856, adorned with jasper, granite and precious marble; the Juderia, the former Jewish quarter and its white lanes adorned with flowers and its typical houses opening onto their superb patios. Lunch of “tapas” specialities in a restaurant. Afternoon, free time then back to Sevilla where our boat is moored. Gala dinner on board, followed by dancing.
DAY 8 : SEVILLA
Breakfast on board. Disembarkation at 9.00am. End of our journey.