A Taste of Càdiz & Jerez (4 - 4.5 hours)
Enjoy a taste of Spain during a scenic drive through historic Càdiz, which includes a stop at a well-known bodega for a sip of the world-famous sherry wine. Sit back and relax in an air-conditioned bus as you embark on a 75-minute tour through the oldest existing city in western Europe. Founded in 1100 BC by the Phoenicians, Càdiz has remained one of Spain's principal ports for nearly a thousand years. Revel in the picturesque views of the scenic seaport as you make your way past the majestic 18th-century baroque cathedral. Journey to the Plaza de España nestled amidst a landscape of serene gardens where the famous monument of the 1812 Spanish Parliament stands grandly for all to see. Marvel at the Moorish-style Almeda de Apodaca Gardens and delight in the narrow streets, charming squares and low white houses that surround you at every turn. Gaze upon the natural Andulsian splendor of Spain during the second leg of your tour as you travel inland, passing sprawling green hills and dramatic rocky climbs, and make your way to the historic town of Jerez de la Frontera. Home to dozens of wine companies, Jerez is a wine connoisseur's dream, and a stop at Bodegas Gonzalez Byass for a taste of the various types of wine, including the world-famous Sherry wine, will surely quench your thirst. Afterward, take in the sights during your journey back the pier.
Price: $39 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $29 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Cadiz City Walking Tour (4 - 4.5 hours)
Step back in time during a walking tour of historic Càdiz and marvel at such breathtaking sites as the Santa Cantalina Castle, the Torre Tavira and the Cathedral. Lose yourself on a panoramic, 15-minute air-conditioned motor coach drive through the stunning African-inspired architecture of Cadiz as you make your way to picture-perfect La Caleta with its sprawling ocean views. Embark on a walking tour to the 18th-century Santa Catalina Castle at the north side of La Caleta beach before making your way for a brief stop at the 17th-century San Felipe Neri Oratory where the first Spanish constitution was written in 1812. Continue on your walking tour of historic Càdiz and revel in a panorama of the city from the Torre Tavira, the tallest and most important of the city's 160 ancient watchtowers. While there, revel in a visit to the fascinating Camera Obscura room, which offers a dazzling 360-degree reflected view of the old city. From there, delight in a 15-minute visit to the 18th-century Càdiz Cathedral, a world- famous landmark that features a magnificent gold dome and a Baroque façade, a testament to the glory days of Càdiz. Experience the hustle and bustle - and the sights and scents - of the Plaza de Flores during a delightful stroll or stand in the shadow of the majestic Town Hall. Finally, unwind with a quick 10-minute trip back to the ship.
Price: $35 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $25 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Jerez and Arcos de La Frontera (5 - 5.5 hours)
Stroll through Arcos de la Frontera and immerse yourself in the authentic grandeur of Spain before enjoying a taste of Sherry wine at the place where it originated, Jerez de la Frontera. Soak up the almond trees, olive trees and vineyards during a scenic 65-minute air-conditioned motor coach ride to the picturesque town of Arcos de la Frontera. Prominently perched atop a cliff overlooking the stunning River Guadalete, Arcos de la Frontera signals the start of the Route of the White Villages of Cadiz and is known for its production of high quality oil and wine. Upon your arrival, embark on a delightful hour-long walking tour, where a myriad of fascinating historic sites, small crafts shops and spectacular panoramic views await your arrival. After your tour of Arcos, embark on a 35-minute motor coach ride to the illustrious city of Jerez de la Frontera, known not only for its Flamenco dancers, fine horses and amazing singers, but also for its namesake drink, Sherry wine. Along the way, lose yourself in a mesmerizing panorama of fertile cultivated grounds and rolling green hills. Upon your arrival, retreat to an authentic wine bodega famous for its Bristol sherry wine - known to all in the region as "Harvey" - and learn the secrets of fine wine-making during a delightful tour. Uncover the history of Spain's Sherry wine production through the ages before sitting down to relish a sample of the spirits. Afterward, take in the Spanish countryside during your relaxing drive back to the ship.
Price: $49 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $29 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Jerez de la Frontera and Royal Equestrian School with Show (4.5 - 5 hours)
Lose yourself to the magnificence of historic Jerez de la Frontera before enjoying a spectacular show at the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art starring the famous dancing horses. Behold a breathtaking panorama of scenic coastal views, rolling hills and rocky climbs during a 45-minute, air-conditioned motor coach drive through the picturesque countryside of old Andalusia. Make your way to the birthplace of the fighting bull, flamenco dancing and Sherry wine: the charming city of Jerez de la Frontera. Once there, experience the majesty of the old Asta Regia region during a tour of such historic sites as the Alcázar, the House of the Cabildo and the bustling Market Square. After the panoramic city tour, travel to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, set amidst the Recreo de las Cadenas Palace, a 19th-century baroque-style building designed by Charles Garnier, architect of the Paris Opera. Once there, lose yourself in the unforgettable light and sound spectacular, "How the Andalusian Horses Dance," featuring the world-famous dancing Andalusian horses. Choreographed using movements based on the riding styles of Classical Dressage, Doma Vaquera and traditional equestrian work, and featuring the haunting music of Flamenco, this delightful show celebrates the age-old kinship between horse and rider and the art of horse riding in Andalusia. After the exciting show, wind down with a scenic 45-minute ride through the Spanish countryside back to the ship.
Price: $95 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $75 (ages 3-9)(Child)
(9 - 9.5 hours)
Voyage through time and uncover the heart of Andalusia during a guided tour of Seville, and immerse yourself in the ageless mysteries of the Alcázar and the Cathedral. Treat yourself to a spectacular 90-minute drive aboard an air-conditioned motor coach past a picturesque landscape of seaside vistas, Sherry wine groves and wheat fields as you make your way to the city of Seville along the Guadalquivir River. Upon your arrival, embark on a tour of the Alcázar, a 14th-century, royal palace. Originally built as a Moorish fort, the palace offers an outstanding example of Mudéjar architecture. Then, wander through a bevy of winding, narrow cobblestone streets and gaze upon a myriad of delightful whitewashed houses during a walking tour of Barrio Santa Cruz. Visit the quaint Callejon del Agua and spend some time at the Plaza Alfaro, the inspiration for the balcony scene in "Romeo and Juliet." Just before lunch, journey to the 12th-century, gothic Cathedral of Seville, the third largest church in Europe, home to the tomb of Christopher Columbus. As you make your way through the massive structure, revel at the breathtaking 65-foot tall Capilla Mayor altar with its Gothic, gold-emblazoned retablo of 45 wood-carved scenes detailing the life of Christ, and stand in the shadow of the towering Giralda. After a 90-minute lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy a panoramic tour of the historic city and surroundings, and take in such famous sites as the impressive Plaza de España and the 18th-century Plaza De Toros De La Maestranza bullring. Afterward, enjoy a scenic 90-minute ride back to the ship.
Price: $139 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $89 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Seville On Your Own (9 - 9.5 hours)
Delight in the freedom to experience the nobility of Seville the way you want to see it during an unguided tour of the historic city. Escape to a sprawling panorama of Sherry wine groves, wheat fields and cotton bushes during a 90-minute journey to the city of Seville aboard an air-conditioned motor coach. Once there, receive a map and tour book from your excursion escort and then indulge in the freedom to explore the magnificent city of Seville at your very own pace. Discover the 14th-century, royal palace of Alcázar and visit the resting place of Christopher Columbus before marveling at the luminous Capilla Mayor altar at the age-old Cathedral. Stand in the shadow of the 13th-century Torre del Oro watchtower and wander amidst a paradise of palms, pines ponds and flowers of the Parque Maria Luisa, originally constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. Enjoy a refreshment stop at a local restaurant before making your way to the exclusive shopping boulevards of Calle Siertes and Calle Tetuán. Ascend the bell chamber of the Giralda and revel in the stunning view of the city. Withdraw to the quaint hustle and bustle of the Barrio Santa Cruz and lose yourself in a maze of winding stone streets and whitewashed houses. After approximately five hours of sightseeing and exploration, return to your rendezvous point and embark on a relaxing 90-minute trip back from paradise.
Price: $59 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $39 (ages 3-9)(Child)
Flamenco in Puerto de Santa Maria (3 - 3.5 hours)
Take in an authentic Flamenco dance performance and savor a glass of Càdiz's very own world-renowned Sherry wine in picturesque Puerto de Santa Maria. Journey through winding roads peppered with scenic coastal views and sloping rocking hillsides to the popular vacation destination of the Spanish, Puerto de Santa Maria, located in the middle of beautiful Bahia de Càdiz Natural Park. Revel in the spectacular architecture and winding cobblestone streets that open up to picturesque squares as you make your way through this charming seaside city to the world-renowned Gutierrez Colosía Cellars. Founded in 1838, the world-famous Gutierrez Colosía Cellars is situated at the banks of the scenic Guadalete River and offers a relaxing atmosphere like no other winery in all of Puerto de Santa Maria. Upon your arrival, learn the secrets of wine-making before savoring the inimitable flavor of the world-renowned wine that Càdiz is known for, the savory Sherry wine, over a delightful array of authentic Spanish tapas. Then, sit back, relax and celebrate the grace, temper and passion of Andalusia during an authentic Flamenco dance performance. Afterward, unwind during your scenic ride back to the ship.
Price: $69 (ages 10 and up)(Adult), $39 (ages 3-9)(Child)