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+44 1756 706500
Spain River Cruises

Cruise Andalucia in Spain from Seville

Enjoy the historic Andalucia region of Spain - the home of sherry, flamenco, mountains and the Costa del Sol. Explore Seville, noted for the cathedral and the Alcazar Palace with its formal gardens, before sailing downriver through beautiful Andalucia.

Cruise Collection 2019 / 2020

About Spain River Cruises

Follow the River Guadalquivir from Seville passing fields of cotton and rice and the Donana Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Sail along the coast to visit Cadiz, with its gold-domed Cathedral, and perhaps Jerez, renowned for its sherry, flamenco and dancing horses.

Depending on itinerary, visits may be available to Cordoba - with its amazing Mesquita mosque-cathedral, and Granada - with its imposing Alhambra set against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada. Another itinerary crosses the Bay of Cadiz and travels up the Guadiana River, the boundary between Spain and Portugal, to visit Alcoutim in Portugal.

The Alhambra, GranadaThe Alhambra

Spain & Andalucia Highlights

Cadiz

Cadiz is surrounded on three sides by the sea. The city is dominated by the gold dome of the Baroque Cathedral Nueva, and there are several historic buildings including the mansions around Plaza San Antonio, the Admiral's House and the Tavira Tower. Classical flamenco singing can be heard in the Santa Maria District, and recently opened to the public is the large Roman theatre discovered following a fire in the 1980s.

Cadiz (Spain)

Jerez (Spain)

Jerez is famous for its cattle and horses, and for flamenco and sherry. The city is very attractive, with a fine cathedral and jacaranda trees edging broad streets and squares. The Alcazar is a Moorish fortress which now contains a park, and the town houses most of the key sherry producers.

Jerez

Sevilla

The city of Seville on the Guadalquivir River can be reached by river cruise ships. Passengers aboard larger sea-going vessels can visit Seville from the ports of Sanlucar de Barrameda or Cadiz. Dating back 2000 years, its architecture spans Moorish, Mudejar and Gothic periods. Tapas bars and restaurants are spread across this very attractive city, and sights include the magnificent cathedral, the nearby 9th-century Alcazar and

Sevilla (Spain)

Customer Reviews

This was the second cruise we travelled on using CroisiEurope Cruise Company. Last year we did the Saone Rhone cruise in France and this year we did the Charms of Andalucia. On both occasions we could not fault the running of the ship and the friendliness of the staff, along with the excellent quality of the French Cuisine. The cruises appealed to us because they are not too formal. The on ship entertainment used local talent appropriate for the regions we were visiting, and there was also space to relax and unwind if you did not feel like joining in. The choice of places where we moored on the Andalucian Cruise were excellent to give us an overview of the cities of Seville and Cordoba, as well as an opportunity to visit Cadiz, and if you wished a trip to the Rock of Gibraltar. We were escorted around the Cathedral and the Alkazar, as well as the Spanish Plaza in Seville and the Jewish Quarter and the Cathedral in Cordoba. Both visits were filled with many historical facts as well as some wonderful architecture. The most charming Portuguese village of Alcoutim on a sunny Sunday morning was a joy to behold, it reminded me of the Mama Mia set. All in all a cruise I would recommend to people who have never visited Andalucia before, it was a friendly and relaxing way to see the region.

Firstly, can I thank you and your collegues at Blue Water Holidays for the courteous, friendly and efficient manner with which you dealt with our reservations. We were delighted that you were able to find us such a brilliant value cruise and to point us in the direction of something a little out of the ordinary. We shall have no hesitation about using Blue Water in the future and will gladly recommend your company to anyone we know who is looking for a cruise holiday. Happily we can also report most favourably on CroisiEurope. We had never come across this company before and were extremely happy with the service offered. We were warmly greeted at the dockside in Seville where our baggage was instantly taken from us and delivered to our cabins. The booking-in was smooth and efficient. All staff were helpful and friendly. There were only 8 English speaking passengers on board but announcements were always made in English as well as French and Spanish. To demonstrate equality of treatment, the staff varied the order of language used so they would sometimes begin in English and end in French and, another time, vice versa. The MS Belle of Cadiz was scrupulously clean and everything in our cabin was in perfect working order. With outside temperatures sometimes in excess of 40 degrees C, we really appreciated the efficient air con. We were pleased to be on the middle deck because we had picture windows whereas those on the bottom deck only had portholes.

What a truly beautiful city Seville is. We would probably never have gone there had it not been the starting point for the cruise. We intend to return when the weather is cooler (it was 42 degrees F in August) when I am sure we will enjoy it all the more. The restaurant was of a particularly highy standard. Food was not only excellently prepared, it was also presented with flair and served by enthusiastic and cheerful waiters. It was nice that we had waiter service and there was only one sitting so we did not have to make a choice between eating early or late. The Bar/lounge was very comfortable and spacious and the music in the evening was appropriate to the country. Unfortunately we are not proficient with the Paso Doble but we enjoyed watching those who were familiar with it! There is something very special about cruising a river, relaxing on a sun deck, watching the activity on the river banks, and the facilities on the Belle de Cadix were good - comfortable loungers in the sun and tables and chairs under the canopy. Over the years, we have learnt to treat excursions offered by tour operators with a degree of scepticism - they are always greatly overpriced - so we were selective with what we chose on this cruise. Some were good and some mediocre. What was important, however, was that the local guides used always made great efforts to explain to us in English. One in particular gave his spiel in French and Spanish and then came and spoke to us personally, which was appreciated. Overall, we would say that CroisiEurope, despite having so few English speaking passengers, went out of their way to accommodate our needs. At no time did we feel left out or second class. It was actually quite fun to be with passengers mainly of other nationalities and many went out of their way to speak or converse with us - with varying degrees of proficiency in English and we endeavoured to respond suitably in basic French.

This was an excellent holiday.

The food was super.

The boat had excellent facilities and was spotless.

The staff were extremely helpful.

As the only English passengers on the cruise we were looked after very well.

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