- Seville’s attractive riverfront
- Exploring Cadiz
- The famous bodegas of Jerez
- The wildlife of Doñana National Park
Little Boats of Andalucia
- Local flights
- Half board
Discover the highlights of Andalusia by boat
This memorable holiday in Andalusia combines a relaxing seven-night stay at the 4-star Sherry Park Hotel (4Q) in Jerez with leisurely boat trips through the UNESCO World Heritage site of Doñana, past vibrant Seville and to the coastal town of Rota. You’ll also enjoy included guided tours of Jerez and historic Cadiz. When you’re not admiring the scenery from the water or soaking up the Spanish atmosphere in some of the country’s most fascinating cities, you’ll have time at leisure to explore as you wish.
7 nights in one hotel
14 meals: 7 breakfasts (B) and 7 dinners (D)
Saga Tour Manager
- Return flights and transfers
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at your hotel
- Orientation tour of Sanlúcar de Barrameda
- Explore the UNESCO World Heritage site of Doñana
- Guided walking tour of Jerez de la Frontera, show at the Royal Andalusian Equestrian school and wine tasting at a bodega
- Walking tour of Seville and boat trip on the Guadalquivir River
- Guided tour of Cadiz
- Boat trip to Rota
Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours
This vast wetland covers around 185,000 acres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s home to an abundance of wildlife and variety of birds, some of which visit seasonally from Europe and Africa. You could spot anything, from deer, wild boar and mongoose to the rare Iberian lynx, along with a range of birds, some migratory, including the Spanish imperial eagle and elegant flamingos. You'll also have some free time to explore independently, just don’t forget to bring your camera!
Day 1 UK-Jerez, Spain
Fly to Seville and transfer to Jerez where you will stay for the next seven nights at the 4-star Sherry Park Hotel (4Q), close to the town centre. D
Day 2 Sanlúcar de Barrameda and Doñana
This morning join a half-day orientation tour of the city of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, known for its sherry cellars and horse races along the beach. It is also the spot from which Ferdinand Magellan and his fleet sailed from in the 16th century to go in search of a western sea route to the Spice Islands of Indonesia. During your tour you’ll see the 15th-century fortress, the city hall, the Gothic-Mudejar designed Church of Nuestra sra de la O and the Palace of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia.
This afternoon enjoy an included cruise through the Doñana National Park. Make sure you're on deck – with your camera! – to enjoy the sights. The park contains a huge expanse of salt marsh which is an ideal home and breeding ground for a wealth of birds and wildlife. You could spot anything, from deer, wild boar and mongoose to the rare Iberian lynx, along with a range of birds, some migratory, including the Spanish imperial eagle. You'll also have some free time to explore independently. B, D
Day 3 Jerez
An included guided walk this morning reveals more of Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia's fifth largest city. There's plenty to see in this pretty city that was once a frontier of the Islamic kingdom. Fortresses were turned into palaces and churches into mosques as conquerors came and went.
Of course no visit to this historic city is complete without a visit to the famous Royal Andalusian Equestrian School, where you’ll enjoy an included show. This afternoon sample wine on a trip to The Gonzalez Byass winery, founded in 1835 by Manuel Maria Gonzalez Angel, where award-winning Tio Pepe is produced. B, D
Day 4 Seville
Today’s full-day included excursion visits the largest city in Andalusia, Seville, and begins with a morning walking tour. Among the city’s highlights is the Plaza de España, within the Maria Luisa Park – its large semi-circle of buildings fringes the park's edge and overlooks the pretty Vicente Traver fountain. Close to the walls of the plaza are beautifully tiled alcoves each representing a different province of Spain. Seville’s vast Gothic cathedral is the largest in Spain and incorporates the Orange Tree Court and Giralda minaret from the mosque originally on the site. The excursion continues this afternoon with a boat trip on the Guadalquivir River to show the city from a different perspective. B, D
Day 5 At leisure
Relax at leisure or join an optional tour of the White Villages of Cadiz. B, D
Day 6 Cadiz and Rota
Look forward to exploring Cadiz, one of Spain’s oldest cities with roots going back to 1100BC. A port in Roman times, today it is home to four busy harbours. Cadiz is a city of distinct parts, with the open aspect of its waterfront contrasting with the alleyways and squares of ‘El Populo’, the medieval town. A guided walking tour will reveal monuments and interesting buildings, including the old Watchtower and the handsome City Hall. This afternoon head to Rota on the opposite side of the Bay of Cadiz on a relaxing boat trip that also includes a guided walking tour of the town. The most obvious highlight here is the 13th-century Luna Castle. B, D
Day 7 At leisure
Spend the day at leisure or join an optional boat trip to Marbella. B, D
Day 8 Jerez-UK
Travel by coach to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Boat trip to Marbella
Take the coach to Puerto Banus from where you’ll embark your ship and enjoy a relaxing 30-minute sailing to Marbella, enjoying views of the Golden Mile coastline along the way. Once in Marbella you’ll have free time to explore the city independently before returning by ship to Puerto Banus for your coach transfer.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
The White Villages of Cadiz
The province of Cadiz is famed for its sprinkling of hilltop villages which are characterised by whitewashed buildings, fortifications and charming narrow streets.
Optional on 7 nights itinerary
The 4-star Sherry Park Hotel (4Q) is located near the centre of Jerez with many museums, bars and restaurants nearby.
There are 173 air-conditioned bedrooms, each with a terrace and the following:
- Free Wi-Fi
Food and drink
The hotel has a main restaurant where regional and international dishes are served buffet-style. There is also a bar.
- The hotel has a sauna (extra cost)
- Seasonal outdoor pool
- Heated indoor pool
The prosperous town of Jerez de la Frontera is synonymous with sherry and is the centre for its production. The town is also famous for the Royal Andalusian Riding School with its renowned white horses. The town has many interesting historic buildings, including an 11th-century Moorish Castle which has Arab baths and gardens. No visit to Jerez would be complete without touring one of the sherry bodegas. Salud!