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BARCELONA

BARCELONA

BARCELONA

During this shore excursion, you will explore the lively Mediterranean metropolis, its old Gothic quarter and the exceptional Modernist architecture whose most emblematic highlight is Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, an unfinished work and ultimate expression of what Gaudi and Modernism mean for Barcelona. You will also discover the most elegant boulevard of Barcelona, the Passeig de Gracia, where you can visit some of the most astonishing creations of Gaudi: La Pedrera and Casa Batlló apart from other exceptional architectures, contemporaneous of Gaudi.

Later, your guide will take you to the Gothic quarter through a labyrinth of streets up to an immersion in the history of the Mediterranean Sea itself. The main monuments of this oldest quarter, like the gothic and neo-gothic Santa Eulalia Cathedral, recall the period of commercial prosperity of the port city at the end of the Middle Ages. Its winding streets also reminisce about the ancient “Call”, home in bygone days to a dynamic Jewish community.

During this walking tour, your private expert guide will take you to the most important religious and civil buildings of old Barcelona. The tour will end at the Rambla, the liveliest artery of the city. At the adjacent and colourful La Boquería market, you can savour the exquisite local products.

Duration of the private guided tour: 5 hours.

TARRAGONA

TARRAGONA

TARRAGONA

Travel back to the age of Imperial Rome, in one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, deservedly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tarragona, the ancient Tarraco in Latin, displays the vestiges of its splendor dating back to when it was the capital of the Hispania Citerior Roman Province, back 2,000 years ago.

The most outstanding monument of Tarragona is certainly the Roman Amphitheatre which occupies a privileged position dominating the sea. Built during the Emperor Augustus period, near the Imperial Forum and the Port, it was built taking advantage of the different levels of the soil where the stands are. Even through the centuries it suffered many destructions, the main parts of the building are well preserved: the stands, part of the playing ground and some of the tunnels and rooms used by the charioteers to get to the arena. The site revives the life of gladiators and common people from more than 2,000 years ago.

According to its status as a capital city of a Roman Province, Tarraco had a Provincial Forum, where political, legal and religious life of the province developed. It was one of the biggest Forums within the Empire. Its’ remains lie in the middle of the beautiful medieval city, with its cobblestone paved streets, like the Praetorium Tower, which provided one of the main entrances to the Forum from the Circus. It was refurbished in the course of the Middle Ages to host the Catalonian Kings in their visits to the city.

The Cathedral is the most remarkable construction of the Middle Ages. Dedicated to Saint Tecla, the city's cathedral was built on approximately the same site as what was once the Roman temple. The temple formed a part of the provincial forum, which was the seat of the Tarragona provincial government in the 1st century A.D. and was built around two terraced squares. The construction began during the 12th century in the Romanesque style and continued throughout the Gothic period. The building was consecrated in 1331. The cloister’s sculpture work is one of the most pre-eminent examples of Romanesque art in Catalonia and dates back to the turn of the 13th century.

IBIZA

IBIZA

IBIZA

Travel back to the age of Imperial Rome, in one of the most important archaeological sites in the Mediterranean, deservedly declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Tarragona, the ancient Tarraco in Latin, displays the vestiges of its splendor dating back to when it was the capital of the Hispania Citerior Roman Province, back 2,000 years ago.

The most outstanding monument of Tarragona is certainly the Roman Amphitheatre which occupies a privileged position dominating the sea. Built during the Emperor Augustus period, near the Imperial Forum and the Port, it was built taking advantage of the different levels of the soil where the stands are. Even through the centuries it suffered many destructions, the main parts of the building are well preserved: the stands, part of the playing ground and some of the tunnels and rooms used by the charioteers to get to the arena. The site revives the life of gladiators and common people from more than 2,000 years ago.

According to its status as a capital city of a Roman Province, Tarraco had a Provincial Forum, where political, legal and religious life of the province developed. It was one of the biggest Forums within the Empire. Its’ remains lie in the middle of the beautiful medieval city, with its cobblestone paved streets, like the Praetorium Tower, which provided one of the main entrances to the Forum from the Circus. It was refurbished in the course of the Middle Ages to host the Catalonian Kings in their visits to the city.

The Cathedral is the most remarkable construction of the Middle Ages. Dedicated to Saint Tecla, the city's cathedral was built on approximately the same site as what was once the Roman temple. The temple formed a part of the provincial forum, which was the seat of the Tarragona provincial government in the 1st century A.D. and was built around two terraced squares. The construction began during the 12th century in the Romanesque style and continued throughout the Gothic period. The building was consecrated in 1331. The cloister’s sculpture work is one of the most pre-eminent examples of Romanesque art in Catalonia and dates back to the turn of the 13th century.

Ibiza

Your guide will meet you at the port of Ibiza, from which you have a beautiful view of the old upper town, Dalt Vila, protected by a walled enclosure. Upon arrival, you will access the charming old city through the tunnel constructed with ashlar stones during the civil war. At the top of the hill, you will gaze at stunning views from the bulwarks.

The Cathedral dominates the urban ensemble, with its mighty tower which dates from its foundation in the 14th century of the first church devoted to the Virgin Mary, in the Gothic style. The Castle displays structures of different ages, from its Phoenician founding to its Medieval Catalan history, with the most remarkable being the Homage tower and the Governor’s House.

Back to the coach, you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the most westerly side of the Balearic Islands. The charming isle is certainly famous for its vibrant nightlife, but also for the beauty of its unspoilt nature, the irregularly shaped coastline and its turquoise waters.

We will first discover the famous Salinas de Ibiza. The salt flats were an impermeable lake that through time effect was divided in ponds. The salt industry is one of the oldest on the island, dating back to the Romans.

We will continue our tour with a visit to the picturesque town of San José. (Sant Josep de sa Talaia), located in the southwestern part of the island, which keeps the remains of Phoenician and Carthaginian settlements. You will head to San Antonio, for a tour of the old fishing town, pioneer of Ibiza tourism.

Back to Ibiza, you will enjoy some spare time for wandering at the marina, go shopping and having lunch.

CARTAGENA

CARTAGENA

CARTAGENA

Cartagena, nestled around a natural inlet in the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern Spain, boasts the superb traces of over two millenia of history. The city was founded in the 3rd century BC by the Carthaginian Hasdrubal the Fair. The Carthaginian legacy is still manifest in the name of the city and also through the remains of the Punic rampart that you will be able to explore during this private tour, accompanied by your expert guide.

The heyday of the Mediterranean harbor took place under the Roman Empire, with the new name of Carthago Nova, with its most outstanding vestige being the Roman Theatre overlooking the bay. You will embrace the blend of civilizations and the history of the Mediterranean Sea from the Conception Mount, where you will enjoy striking views of Cartagena and understand the continuous cultural interactions and trade flows (mining products, seafood products, etc.) throughout history.

In addition, you will enjoy the Modernist architecture (Art Nouveau) in this old Mediterranean city, which experienced a new prosperous period at the beginning of the 20th century, with the construction of elegant buildings like the Town Hall. History and pleasure for the palate: your guide will recommend the best culinary options in this Spanish Levant port -tapas bars or selected restaurants- according to your appetite and your tastes.

ALMERÍA

ALMERÍA

ALMERÍA

Nestled on a natural bay, the port of Almería displays the treasures that are the witnesses to the period of its splendor during the long Moorish presence and the times of turbulence in which the city was threatened by the Berber pirates. you will discover the fascinating history and heritage of a city during this off the beaten track cultural tour, accompanied by your expert local guide.

The main landmark is of course the exceptional Alcazaba, the second most powerful fortress in Spain after the famous Alhambra. The mighty Moorish citadel which dominates Almería, perched on a high rocky hill, was founded by the Umayyad Caliph Aberrahman III in 955, converting Almería into the caliphal naval base in the Mediterranean. During centuries under the Moorish rule, Almería lived a great prosperity, as an important trading port and a great textile manufacturing center, producing a renowned and beautiful silk. The Alcazaba, which was the seat of the power of princes and governors of different Muslim dynasties who sponsored arts, bears witness to this heyday. It includes a triple line of walls, a collection of towers, gates, and vestiges of a city lying in the middle of gardens.

The second landmark is the Cathedral, built on the site of the ancient Great Mosque. The building, built in the Renaissance style in the 16th century exhibits the appearance of a fortress, due to its mighty external towers, buttresses and merlons. The reason of this military aspect was to protect the delicate treasures of art inside the temple against the raids of the Berber pirates. The Cathedral stands in the heart of the historic city, a maze of streets full of life, where in the multitude of bars and restaurants you can taste the local gastronomy, mainly based on the fresh seafood of the coastline.

MALAGA

MALAGA

MALAGA

On this cultural tour you will discover the essence of a Mediterranean port city founded by the Phoenicians, accompanied by our expert heritage guide. Two mighty Islamic citadels dominate the old harbour and the city centre, which houses monuments as far apart in time as the Roman Theatre and the Renaissance cathedral. The Picasso Museum is a must-see visit where you will be thrilled by eight decades of creativity by Malaga´s most famous son.

RONDA

RONDA

RONDA

Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles. Its famous bridge and white-washed houses hang on a vertiginous gorge and is dominated by green pastures. This most enchanting Andalusian town greets its visitor with artistic balconies, historical mansions with blossoming patios and striking views (Mondragón Palace and the palace of the Moorish Kings). The Christian and Islamic legacies coexist in a labyrinth of winding streets,   churches, old Mosques and remarkably preserved Arab baths – all enclosed by a mighty wall dating back to the 12th century. The prestigious bullring of Ronda, one of the oldest in Spain, is also a must-see.

Duration of the Tour: 2 h 30 - Distance Marbella - Málaga: 1 hour

Lunch in a traditional winery with optional cookery class and even horse riding in wonderful vineyards and pastoral settings.

ALHAMBRA AND GRANADA

ALHAMBRA AND GRANADA

ALHAMBRA AND GRANADA

Your driver and coach will be waiting at Almeria / Motril / Malaga port for a private transfer to Granada, where the magical palaces and gardens of the Sultans of the Alhambra will be awaiting you. You will meet your guide at the Alhambra car park, to start immediately with the tour of the magnificent citadel of the Alhambra, perched high on a strategic hill dominating Granada. The Moorish city displays a collection of lush gardens and sublime palaces, the only royal residences of an Islamic dynasty still standing since the Middle Ages. Courtyards, where water is omnipresent, and walls, covered by refined geometric and floral motifs, recreate in a codified manner the image of the Garden of Eden.

During the three-hour visit, your guide, an expert in Islamic Art, will explain the secrets and symbols contained in these palaces worthy of the Arabian Nights - the mathematical achievements, the philosophical concepts and the metaphors of the poems carved on the walls, are a reflection of a whole civilization. Note:  It is very important to make the reservation long before the visit, because a limited number of tickets are sold every day.

GIBRALTAR

GIBRALTAR

GIBRALTAR

Your private expert guide will take you to discover the main highlights of Gibraltar for you to capture its true essence. You will be able to learn about Gibraltar’s history, legends and most popular sites such as a the Pillars of Hercules, so named during the Greek Ancient times (these two pillars are known as the end of the world), the Apes Den, where you will see the apes in the wild living in their natural habitat, the St Michaels Cave, the Europa, where you will have spectacular views of Africa and the ability to see three Countries, two Continents, the Atlantic and the  entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.

Take your memories home with you as your guide shows you the most breathtaking views from the Rock of Gibraltar. The Rock of Gibraltar is full of interesting history dating back to the year 711A.D. Our qualified guide will provide a complete historical commentary throughout the duration of the tour. The vehicle used for this tour is fully air-conditioned. After visiting sights, you would be then driven down through the old town towards the Spanish border, on this excursion you get to drive 360 degrees (east/south side) around Gibraltar so you don’t miss out on anything.

Lunch in Gibraltar and some free time for shopping.

TANGIER

TANGIER

TANGIER

Accompanied by your local expert guide, you will be introduced to the rich and multicultural heritage of this mythical city. The “door of Africa” is located at the western entrance to the Strait of Gibraltar, where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic. Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans made its harbor a crucial trading centre. Conquered by the Muslim armies at the end of the 7th century, Tangier kept its strategic role as a departure port connecting to the Iberian Peninsula. During the tour, you will discover the old medina and the Casbah, fascinating winding streets, vibrant markets and breathtaking views on the strait. You will also discover the once classy architecture of the colonial city, which housed a cosmopolitan society after being declared an International Zone in 1923. The multicultural city fascinated innumerable artists, writers and other personalities, like Delacroix, Matisse, Tennessee Williams, William Burroughs, Paul Bowles, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, etc. They were all seduced by the magic of Tangier, the crossroads of seas and continents.

TENERIFE

TENERIFE

TENERIFE

Explore the spectacular landscapes of Tenerife during this 6-hour shore excursion. You will discover a beautiful volcanic land crowned by Mount Teide, the highest peak of Spain surrounded by a UNESCO protected National Park of staggering beauty.

During the excursion, you will enjoy the services of an expert local guide and round-trip transfers from your cruise ship, reaching the heights of the Teide Mount in the most comfortable way, to gaze at marvelous and diverse landscapes, unusual rock formations, forests of eucalyptus trees and very high pine trees.

Upon your arrival at Santa Cruz de Tenerife harbor, you will head to the inlands of the Canarian isle. Soon you will reach the spectacular Chipeque outlook, from which you will be able to contemplate  the striking views on the Northern part of the Island and the Orotava valley. You will almost reach the peak of the Teide, the 3rd largest volcano in the world, which soars to a height of 3,718 meters above sea level.

On your way back to the sea, you will cross the Orotava valley with its rich vegetation and vineyards, famous for producing a generous red wine. You will stop at a renowned cellar to taste the local wines and tapas. Enjoy the savors of a land of volcanos and wines, before coming back to your cruise ship.

GRAN CANARIA

GRAN CANARIA

GRAN CANARIA

Discover Gran Canaria’s history, culture and outstanding natural landmarks during this 7 hour shore excursion. You will be introduced to the history of the capital of the island “Las Palmas de Gran Canaria”, founded at the end of the 15th century, whose destiny is so closely linked to the discovery of the New World and the overseas trade.

Las Palmas keeps the aroma and the architecture of a colonial city in the quiet streets of the Vegueta district, which boasts the elegant façades of old mansions which were once the properties of traders, sailors and adventurers. It’s here where the first settlements took place and Royal Las Palmas was founded in 1478. Few years later, in 1492, Christopher Columbus made here his penultimate stopover on his way to the Indies. The Palace of the Governor where he was received, is now The Columbus House Museum in which you will find navigation maps and instruments of that time. The colonial aroma is also manifest in the Plaza de Santa Ana, with its beautiful Cathedral flanked by two mighty bell towers dominating the old city and the sea.

After this immersion into the past, you will discover the natural landscapes of the island, its’ geological and botanical richness. Your trip includes a detour to the “Caldera de Bandama”, a 4,000-year-old crater, whose diameter is 1 kilometer wide. From the top of the volcano, you will gaze at striking views of the east coast of the island.

Later, you will head north to the tropical area of the isle which displays verdant banana and sugar cane plantations. The charming town of Arucas, center of this rural area, is famous for its mighty Neogothic Parish Church of Saint John the Baptist, its colonial houses and also the famous local rum, another legacy of the commerce with the Indies. Back at Las Palmas, you can enjoy some spare time, at the wonderful urban Las Canteras Beach, or go wandering and shopping in the nearby areas, before having lunch and coming back to your ship.

CORUÑA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

CORUÑA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

CORUÑA-SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Through this excursion to the northwest tip of the Iberian Peninsula, discover the mythical Atlantic shores and one of the most important spiritual sanctuaries in Europe: Santiago de Compostela, goal for millions of pilgrims since the Middle Ages.

The getaway will start through a panoramic tour of la Coruña, the old harbor grown around a natural cove. You will discover the Maritime Avenue and its glass fronted buildings that give the town its nickname of “Crystal city” and the Tower of Hercules, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The mighty tower overlooks the North Atlantic Coast of Spain and is considered the oldest Roman lighthouse in use today. The structure, almost 1900 years old, was renovated in the 18th century. It recalls the lighthouse of Alexandria and numerous Celtic and Greek myths in this Finis Terrae.

The main destination of the shore excursion is of course in the inlands of Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, one of the most important Christian pilgrimage centres after Rome and Jerusalem. Its grand Cathedral contains the silver crypt with the ashes of St. James the Great, a dramatic barrel-vaulted ceiling and a magnificent organ. The Old Town is declared a World Heritage Site, in view of its monumental integrity.

VIGO AND BAIONA

VIGO AND BAIONA

VIGO AND BAIONA

During this tour, you will discover the most fascinating sights of Southern Galicia. Your expert local guide and your coach will be waiting for you at Vigo Port. You will visit Monte Castro, dominated by an old fort and surrounded by a park with striking views on Vigo’s estuary and the Cles Isles. On the slopes of the mount, an archaeological Celtic site is witness of the first original settlement of Vigo. The new city keeps the charm of an old fishing harbor and also boasts the modern facilities of its marinas. Heading south, the Atlantic coastline displays a collection of wonderful sand beaches in each bay and estuary.

Few miles away we find Baiona, an attractive seaside resort dominated by the Monterreal Fortress, a strategic bastion watching over the Atlantic Ocean. The walled precinct was built between the 11th and 17th century. The stonewalled area shelters what is nowadays one of the best state hotels in Spain. The charming Monte Boi promenade, which surrounds the Fortress, offers an inspiring walk to breathe and scan the sea from the heights.

Baiona’s harbor boasts a majestic caravel, which is the accurate replica of the Pinta, one of the ships of the Columbus voyage to discover the New World. The famous caravel arrived in Baiona on 1st March 1493, the first European Port that received the message of the discovery of America. The historic Baiona, with its winding streets and stone houses, possesses old convents, palaces and chapels.

BILBAO

BILBAO

BILBAO

This cultural visit will take you to discover one of the largest and most architecturally innovative museums in Spain, the Guggenheim. Our expert guide will take you on a 60 minute tour to show you through the innards of this masterpiece of modern architecture, designed by Frank Gehry, and built alongside the Nervion river by the Cantabrian sea. The collection displays the artworks and permanent installations of Basque and international modern artists.

Following this tour, you will be guided through the streets of Old Bilbao, where you will continue discovering the Pintxos culture in a most authentic ambiance.

Pintxos Tour

Keep discovering the curiosities of Spanish gastronomy with this tour which takes you through the streets of this enchanting city to discover the most popular way to either eat or dine for locals. Pintxos, being quite similar to tapas, owe their name to the cocktail stick placed through these that keeps it together as a whole. This tour itself is a true immersion experience into the Spanish culture – as pintxos bars are always crowded with locals socializing and having an enjoyable time.