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Mardi Gras in Andalusia: Great Food and Carnival Festivities on the Guadalquivir tour
Family Friendly River cruise Mardi Gras in Andalusia: Great Food and Carnival Festivities on the Guadalquivir package

Mardi Gras in Andalusia: Great Food and Carnival Festivities on the Guadalquivir

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Travel Style: Array Relaxed
Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. 2- Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
6 days
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Overview

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CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

ALL EXCURSIONS INCLUDED

THE MUSTS:

  • Seville, the capital of Andalusia
  • Visit a typical Andalusian hacienda in Isla Minima
  • Wine tasting and tapas in a bodega

Short Description

Seville—an exemplary city in Spanish history, where Christian and Muslim cultures have cohabited in veritable peace in the past—contains impressive architectural wonders such as the Palacio de las Dueñas. Experience the Cádiz Carnival, one of Spain's most popular Mardi Gras celebrations, as you dance down the streets of this Andalusian city. Get a glimpse of Andalusian culture enhanced by tasting local products.

Style River cruise
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Comfort (4*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal transport included (including local flights)
Start City Sevilla
End City Sevilla

Destinations

Spain

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Activities & Interests

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Itinerary

Day 1 SEVILLE

Passengers are welcome to board our ship at 6 p.m. We’ll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

Day 2 SEVILLE - CADIZ

Seville is an exemplary city in Spanish history, as Christian and Muslim cultures have cohabited in veritable peace throughout its past. The Andalusian capital simply oozes joy and liveliness on each of its streets and squares in the old city, and its architecture is testimony to its diverse heritage.This morning, join us for a guided tour on foot of Seville, known by its secret code NO8DO (She has not abandoned me). Discover this splendid city and its impressive Mudéjar architecture. Many of its buildings are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and we’ll enjoy a guided tour of the cathedral.In the afternoon, we'll begin to cruise towards Cádiz. Will pass in front of the Doñana National Park, a UNESCO biosphere natural reserve, which spreads along the right bank of the river to its estuary. Located between the European and African continents, the reserve is one of the most important wet zones in the area and attracts several million migrating birds a year.We’ll arrive in Cádiz this evening.

Day 2 SEVILLE - CADIZ

Join us for a guided tour on foot of Seville, known by its secret code NO8DO (She has not abandoned me). In the afternoon, our ship will begin its cruise.We will pass in front of the Doñana National Park, a UNESCO biosphere natural reserve and arrive in Cádiz in the evening.

Day 3 CADIZ

Included full-day excursion: The carnival in Cádiz. Get ready to party in Cádiz! Enjoy a lively day in the city and discover Spanish Mardi Gras traditions. Your tour guides will bring you to the hottest spots to see the shows and grab some tasty local bites. The Cádiz Carnival is a very popular event and a great place to experience the festive Andalusian culture.February 22, 2023: During the celebrations, costumed choruses crisscross the city singing satirical folksongs known as Chirigota, which paint comical caricatures of the local and international political scenes.Our ship will cruise to El Puerto de Santa Maria during the night.

Day 3 CADIZ

Included full-day excursion: The carnival in Cádiz. Enjoy a lively day in the city and discover Spanish Mardi Gras traditions.Our ship will cruise to El Puerto de Santa Maria during the night.

Day 4 EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA - ISLA MINIMA

This morning, we’ll visit the Osborne bodega and taste the local wines.* We’ll leave on foot with our host/hostess for the Osborne Bodega, where we’ll enjoy a tasting of three different wines along with some regional products. As with most European cultures, wine has a distinct place in Andalusian culture. The exceptional climate conditions help produce the famous Jerez-Xérès-Sherry.We’ll spend the afternoon cruising to Isla Minima. At the end of the afternoon, we will visit a typical Andalusian hacienda in Isla Minima, located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River. The hacienda was originally a bull-raising ranch. At the beginning of the 1940s, the Escobar family settled across the whole area and founded Finca Isla Minima. It was the ideal location to raise wild bulls and Carthusian horses because of the quality of its pastures. Over the years it has become a model ranch. We'll return to the ship after the show and cast off for Seville.

Day 4 EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARIA - ISLA MINIMA

We’ll visit the Osborne bodega and taste the local wines.* Our ship will cruise to Isla Minima, where we'll visit an authentic Andalusian hacienda located on the banks of the Guadalquivir and watch a horse show in its private arena. After we return on board, we’ll begin to cruise to Seville.

Day 5 SEVILLE

This morning, we’ll tour the Palacio de las Dueñas. Built between the 15th and 16th centuries, Las Dueñas was named after the former monastery of Santa María de las Dueñas. It has several buildings, courtyards, and gardens. We will tour the stables, lemon-tree courtyard, main courtyard, and Gypsy Hall—which was once the center of social life in the palace. Many of the other rooms we will see illustrate the fundamental activities found in Andalusian culture, including bullfighting and flamenco dancing.After our excursion, we’ll return on board for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon in Seville, and take advantage of this time to discover the city at your own pace. We suggest a stroll through the historic center to take in the full ambiance of the city.OROptional excursion (not included in package): Full-day trip to Grenada (available only through reservation before departure). We will leave by coach for a full-day tour of Grenada (driving time is approximately 3 hours round trip). We’ll visit the Alhambra, the Palacio de Generalife, and the historic center of the city.  Ringed by the imposing mountainous barrier of the Sierra Nevada, Grenada is built across three hills. Its most beautiful treasure is the Alhambra. The city’s cuisine, handicrafts, and architecture have all been marked by its glorious past. We will return to our ship by coach.Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 5 SEVILLE

This morning, we’ll tour the Palacio de las Dueñas. Then, enjoy a free afternoon in Seville.Or you can join us for an optional excursion (not included in package): Full-day trip to Grenada (available only through reservation before departure). We will leave by coach for a full-day tour of Grenada (driving time is approximately 3 hours round trip). Grenada is known for its Moorish architectural style—especially the majesty of the Alhambra fortress and the Generalife summer palace. After, we will return to Seville. Tonight is our festive gala evening.

Day 6 SEVILLE

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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The vessel's decor is very discreet, comfortable, and relaxing -- no neon, casino, etc. The elegance one would expect from a French company.
The land tours were very comprehensive, in comfortable coaches, with sufficient rest stops. Lunches ashore were included, as appropriate. As advertised, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages were included. In-town shopping was available, but not forced.
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Flight & Transport Inclusions

All internal transport included (including local flights)

Group Size

Standard Group - 25 + people

Additional Information

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

Rules & Other Requirements

Valid national identity card or passport required. Non-EU nationals are advised to consult their embassy or consulate.

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What's excluded

Drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers (full-day excursions with lunches in restaurants are the exception) - excursion to Grenada - cancellation and baggage insurance.

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