A Festive Spanish Experience

River

6 Days from £1,499

Dec 2019 - Dec 2019 Departures

Spain Christmas Break for Singles

Set sail into the heart of Andalucia in comfort aboard a 4-star ship on this wonderful Christmas river cruise. Along the way you'll have many chances to step ashore to make fascinating discoveries. You can visit historic sights linked to Christopher Columbus and explore Cádiz – believed to be the oldest city in Europe. Admire the many highlights of Jerez, famed for its sherry and the art of flamenco, and the 8th century Mezquita in Córdoba is a sight not to be missed. A Christmas Day gala dinner and the opportunity to sample some of Spain's famous wines are also lovely highlights as you celebrate the festive season in great company.​

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Your holiday at a glance

FESTIVE
FULL BOARD

What's included

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return flights from Gatwick with British Airways
  • 5 nights on board 4-star ship MS Belle De Cadiz
  • 14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners including a Christmas gala dinner
  • Specialist Local Guide
  • All drinks (excluding Champagne & selected wines)
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation
  • Porterage​

Included excursions

  • ​Specialist Local Guide
  • Captain's welcome cocktail reception
  • Farewell gala dinner
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Complimentary wi-fi on board
  • A full programme of optional shore excursions​

Optional excursions

​Explore Seville, the regional capital of Andalucia

Tour of the ancient city of Cádiz

Visit the Osborne Bodega for a wine tasting

Visit Jerez, famed for its sherry and flamenco

Discover the highlights of Córdoba


 

Your itinerary

​You'll fly to Seville today. On arrival we'll transfer you to the port where you'll board your river cruiser, MS Belle Cadiz. Settle into your cabin then meet the captain, crew and your travelling companions over a welcome drink before dinner.
Spend the rest of the evening at leisure enjoying the facilities and entertainment on board.

You can choose to start your day with an optional guided tour of Seville, the regional capital of Andalucia. Highlights include its Gothic cathedral and the Alcazar - the royal palace built on the site of a Moorish fort. We'll also explore the district of Barrio Santa Cruz and Maria Luisa Park, named after Princess Maria Luisa d'Orleans, who donated the grounds of the San Telmo Palace to the city in 1893.
Back on board the ship, we'll spend the afternoon cruising towards Cádiz, on the Guadalquivir River.

If you'd like to discover Cádiz, an optional guided tour will introduce the highlights of this beautiful city. Widely acknowledged as the oldest populated city in Europe, it is also known for its many watch towers, with the Tavira Tower its highest point. Uncover its ancient mansions, scenic plazas, picturesque churches and more before we return to the ship.
You can enjoy a free afternoon taking in the scenic views as we sail to El Puerto de Santa Maria. Alternatively, a further optional trip ashore takes us to the Osborne Bodega for a wine tasting.
We'll gather later for a special Christmas Eve dinner on board the ship, and there's also the option to step ashore to attend Midnight Mass.  

It's Christmas Day, so you can relax on board the ship if you wish, or why not come with us to Jerez, acclaimed for its sherry, horses and the tradition of flamenco. During a tour we'll see the Alcazar, a former Moorish fortress, and the imposing cathedral.
Back on board we'll spend the afternoon cruising back to Seville. A gala dinner with entertainment rounds off this special day perfectly.

You can join an optional tour of Córdoba today if you want to discover more. Sat on a bend of the Guadalquivir River, it boasts plenty of sightseeing possibilities. Its crowning glory is the 8th century Mezquita, or Great Mosque, which is one of the world's greatest Islamic buildings. It is made of more than 850 columns of jasper, marble and granite and is a spectacular sight.
Spend the afternoon at leisure enjoying the facilities on board the ship before arrival in Seville.

​We'll enjoy breakfast on board before disembarking the ship and transferring to the airport for our flight back to the UK​

Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Explorer Package - A Festive Spanish Experience

Explorer Package - A Festive Spanish Experience

from £235

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"Seville and the Alcazar Palace

Transfer by coach to Seville. We'll start off our visit with the azulejos that adorn the Plaza de España which was constructed for the Ibero-American Exposition of 1929. The 200 meter diametered hemicycle symbolizes Spain welcoming its former colonies. It faces in the direction of Guadalquivir and represents the path to the Atlantic Ocean and America. There is only one building going all along its rounded side. A fountain designed by Vicente Traver, a Valencian architect, stands in the centre. Also lying between the centre and the palace are four bridges spanning four canals in half circles, representing the four former Spanish Queens. We'll move on with a stroll through the typically Sevillian courtyards garnished with flowers in the charming Santa Cruz district. Sheltered behind the former perimeter wall, what used to be the Jewish district belongs to the historic heart of the city and is surrounded by the most famous buildings of the Andalusian capital. The district, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is a centre of art and history that brims with legends, churches and palaces, witnesses to its past. It was greatly enhanced at the beginning of the 20th century and stands today as one of the most emblematic quarters of Seville. It's mostly reputed for its enchanting steep alleys and shaded squares. Afterwards, we'll discover the Alcazar*, one of the oldest Royal Palaces in Europe and the King's residence. A Moorish house and a fortress, the Alcazaba (former Arab district) is a gorgeous testimony to the mudéjar style with a combination of Moorish techniques and Christian symbols. The visit will end with Seville's cathedral, providing one of the last testimonies to the Gothic style. This structure was built over the ruins of an Almohad mosque as a symbol of the capital's prosperous status of great commercial town after the Reconquista. We'll return on board at the end of the morning.

Guided tour of Cadix

We’ll leave by coach on a panoramic tour of Cádiz, one of the oldest cities in Europe. You’ll be able to bathe in the cultural and historic riches of the city, as well as its long stretches of water of unspoiled beaches. The old center includes the most distinctive districts in the city; it has superb Baroque churches and elegant stately homes, a large number of which have painted facades in delicate pastel colours and wrought iron balconies. We’ll start off our visit with the castle of San Sebastian built in the 17th century. It’s located on the Playa de La Caleta on a small island. It was built in order to protect the Northern part of the city. A 41-meters high lighthouse has been standing there since 1908. It used to be a humble quarter where Flamenco first appeared, far from the port and the shops. The popular neighbourhood of La Vina will enchant you with its tradition of carnival and its gastronomy. We’ll then move on to a visit of the Cathedral whose construction lasted 116 years, which explains the diversity of styles. You will be enchanted by this blue and white city. Return to the boat in Cadiz.


El Puerto de Santa Maria - Tasting at the Osborne Bodega
We’ll leave on foot with our host/hostess for the Osborne Bodega. One of the oldest wineries in the region, Osborne began producing its Sherry Solera in 1772. The iconic Osborne bull silhouette has become part of the landscape in the area. We’ll enjoy a tasting of three different wines along with some regional products.

Guided tour of Jerez and a Ganaderia

We will depart from El Puerto de Santa Maria for our excursion in Jerez. Jerez has been renowned for its wines, flamenco, horses and bull ranching. A panoramic tour by coach will enable you to see the cathedral which was built in 1695 over the ruins of the old Jerez mosque and the former Salvador Church. The bell tower outside was probably built over the mosque's minaret. The rectangular temple has five naves and houses a latin cross structure. Afterwards, we'll discover the Alcazar which still displays a large amount of features from its early construction in the 12th century by the Almohads. After the city fell into the hands of Alfonso X, it became the house of Sevillian Caliphs and the headquarters of Christian governors. Your tour will continue with a visit to a “Ganadería” (a property where bulls are raised), an opportunity to learn about this living symbol of Spanish culture. The Ganaderia's goal is to raise valiant bulls for the fights who will fiercely set out to attack anyone who might taunt them even slightly. We'll return on board for lunch.




Córdoba

Departure by coach from Seville for an excursion to Córdoba. Córdoba is ideal for those who like to eat well, explore on foot, hang out in old bodegas and relish architectural wonders. The city centre needs no introduction, for its fame is widespread: the magnificent Mezquita, a symbol of worldly and sophisticated Islamic culture, reigns over the town and pulls thousands of tourists into its arched interior every day. The streets of the Jewish Quarter branch out from the great mosque and emerge onto peaceful plazas. The ruins of Medinat al-Zahra, to the west of town, stir the imagination with its mystery and grandeur. We’ll have lunch in a local restaurant. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon to discover the city at your own pace. We’ll return to the ship in Seville.

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Accommodation

MS Belle de Cadix, is a premium 4 star vessel. The ships facilities include; a lounge, a bar with a dance floor, a dining room 178 places, pianorama bar 30 places, spacious sundeck with deckchairs, French balconies, lift, gift shop. Central heating, 220V electricity, air-conditioning, radar, TV and video in the lounge and wifi on board.

MS Belle de Cadix

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London (Gatwick)

Sunday 22 December 2019

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Outbound
British Airways

Sunday 22 December 2019

Departs

17:40 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

21:25 Seville (San Pablo)

Operated by

British Airways

Inbound
British Airways - BA

Friday 27 December 2019

Departs

20:05 Seville (San Pablo)

Arrives

21:50 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

British Airways

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