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    Go Local - Central Market and Paella Workshop

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 3 1/2 hrs

    Stroll through a bustling market taking note of the ingredients and then join a chef who will show you how to prepare paella from scratch, an iconic dish that will be your lunch. ...
    Stroll through a bustling market taking note of the ingredients and then join a chef who will show you how to prepare paella from scratch, an iconic dish that will be your lunch. more...

    Stroll through a bustling market taking note of the ingredients and then join a chef who will show you how to prepare paella from scratch, an iconic dish that will be your lunch. The items at the Central Market are locally sourced, so they truly represent the ingredients found in the regional cuisine. After meandering through the stalls, interacting with the vendors and sampling some of the delicacies, you will walk to a nearby restaurant for a paella workshop. The chef will show you step by step how to prepare authentic paella Alicante-style. You will have seen many of the ingredients in the market, which will make the preparation all the more relevant. Although the city of Valencia just to the north is known as the birthplace of paella, the version made in Alicante is much the same. Feel free to ask questions as the chef prepares the meal, which you will dine on afterwards.

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    • Adult from: C230.23 CAD
    • Child from: C230.23 CAD
    DURATION 3 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Alicante Tapas Trail

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 hrs

    Browse one of the most vibrant markets in Alicante, where you will see an array of fruits, vegetables and seafood that will likely be ingredients on the tapas that you will enjoy later. ...
    Browse one of the most vibrant markets in Alicante, where you will see an array of fruits, vegetables and seafood that will likely be ingredients on the tapas that you will enjoy later. more...

    Browse one of the most vibrant markets in Alicante, where you will see an array of fruits, vegetables and seafood that will likely be ingredients on the tapas that you will enjoy later. After walking from the pier, you will soon arrive at the Central Market, a magnificent modernist-inspired building that holds nearly 300 stalls of every imaginable gastronomic offering. Almost all of the products are locally sourced, so they truly represent the ingredients found in the regional cuisine. Garden-fresh produce, seafood on ice, exotic spices, fragrant herbs—they are all here in perhaps Alicante’s most popular market place.


    After meandering through the stalls, interacting with the vendors and sampling some of the delicacies, you will begin a tapas tour. These small-plate snacks will reflect the local cuisine and contain the absolute freshest, seasonal ingredients. Many of the offerings may be unexpected, as Alicante has become a foodie paradise and has attracted inventive chefs from throughout Europe. Because of Alicante’s prime location on the Mediterranean, tapas with seafood such as tuna belly and succulent red prawns are enormously popular.


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    • Adult from: C127.33 CAD
    • Child from: C114.47 CAD
    DURATION 4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Alicante by Trolley Train

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 1 1/2 hrs

    Ride through historical Alicante in the comfort of a trolley train, admiring the architectural treasures and pausing every so often for photos in the most scenic squares downtown. ...
    Ride through historical Alicante in the comfort of a trolley train, admiring the architectural treasures and pausing every so often for photos in the most scenic squares downtown. more...

    Ride through historical Alicante in the comfort of a trolley train, admiring the architectural treasures and pausing every so often for photos in the most scenic squares downtown.


    After departing from the pier, you will ride the trolley train to the center of Alicante, the vibrant capital of the province of the same name. Founded by the Romans as Lucentum or “The City of Light,” Alicante was repeated attacked by sea until defensive walls were built in medieval times. Today, remnants of the city’s early architecture still remain, especially in the Old Quarter and other areas that you will see from the comfort of the trolley train.


    Be sure to look high above the city atop Benacantil Mountain, where you will spot the seemingly impenetrable Santa Barbara Castle, which the Moors built in the 10th century. Casa Carbonell is another architectural gem that dominates the port. Built in 1925 as a residence for a wealthy textile merchant, the elegant marble and sandstone building has since been divided up into luxury apartments, offices, exquisite shops and fine restaurants.


    You will also pass Canalejas Park, a late 19th-century urban oasis whose gates are adorned with sculptures of lions and dogs. Massive, more than 100-year-old ficus trees shade the park’s interior and provide a welcome setting. You will pause for photos at nearby Canlejas Square, as well as Luceros Square and Puerta del Mar Square in the heart of the city before returning to the pier.


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    • Adult from: C63.02 CAD
    • Child from: C57.88 CAD
    DURATION 1 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Tapas over Lucentum

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Walk through the Roman ruins in and around Alicante and enjoy a selection of signature tapas at a beachfront restaurant. Founded by the Romans as Lucentum or “The City of Light,” Alicante is full of excavated ruins that reveal what life was like during that period. ...
    Walk through the Roman ruins in and around Alicante and enjoy a selection of signature tapas at a beachfront restaurant. Founded by the Romans as Lucentum or “The City of Light,” Alicante is full of excavated ruins that reveal what life was like during that period. more...

    Walk through the Roman ruins in and around Alicante and enjoy a selection of signature tapas at a beachfront restaurant. Founded by the Romans as Lucentum or “The City of Light,” Alicante is full of excavated ruins that reveal what life was like during that period. To enhance your understanding of the area in Roman times, reconstructions of ancient structures have been mixed in with the ruins. You will also see how the Romans and the earlier Phoenicians farmed fish and held them in tanks that still exist near Almadraba Beach. Almadraba refers to an ancient fishing technique with nets that continues today. Much of the seafood caught locally ends up in tapas, the small-plate snacks that are synonymous with Spain. You will sample several popular tapas at the restaurant Es Suquet in the San Juan Beach area. The ingredients will be chosen from what’s freshest that day, which is often red prawns and eel.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • Wander among the Roman ruins in Alicante, which the Romans called Lucentum. • See how the Romans farmed fish and held them in seaside tanks that still exist. • Sample a selection of tapas made with fresh local ingredients that may include seafood.

    HELPFUL HINTS:
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing. • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: C191.64 CAD
    • Child from: C191.64 CAD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    The Sweetest Place in the World

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 5 hrs

    Sample a soft nougat sweet in the village famed for its production and enjoy a lunch of fideuà, a traditional dish much like paella with noodles. For centuries, confectioners in Jijona have made the nougat that is now so synonymous with the village that it’s known as Jijona turrón. ...
    Sample a soft nougat sweet in the village famed for its production and enjoy a lunch of fideuà, a traditional dish much like paella with noodles. For centuries, confectioners in Jijona have made the nougat that is now so synonymous with the village that it’s known as Jijona turrón. more...

    Sample a soft nougat sweet in the village famed for its production and enjoy a lunch of fideuà, a traditional dish much like paella with noodles. For centuries, confectioners in Jijona have made the nougat that is now so synonymous with the village that it’s known as Jijona turrón. The ingredients include honey, toasted almonds and egg whites. After tasting the golden dessert, you will understand why it’s so popular. Back in Alicante, you will visit the Monastery of Santa Faz, which is renowned for holding a piece of fabric that Saint Veronica is said to have used to wipe Jesus’ face on the way to his crucifixion. The image of his face was supposedly transferred onto the fabric, which is now in a locked room that can only be accessed with four keys, each held in a different part of the city. A hearty lunch of fideuà at Poniente restaurant follows.


    HIGHLIGHTS:
    • See how confectioners in Jijona prepare the village’s namesake nougat and sample it. • Visit a monastery that guards a sacred piece of fabric said to bear the image of Jesus’ face. • Enjoy a traditional lunch with a paella-like dish as the main course.

    HELPFUL HINTS:
    • Dress in weather-appropriate clothing. • Wear flat comfortable walking shoes.

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    • Adult from: C191.64 CAD
    • Child from: C191.64 CAD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Elche’s Palm Forest – UNESCO Heritage Site

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 1/4 hrs

    Explore Elche and enjoy the serene beauty of its palm groves, one of the largest in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An orientation drive through the city of Alicante complements your day. ...
    Explore Elche and enjoy the serene beauty of its palm groves, one of the largest in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. An orientation drive through the city of Alicante complements your day. more...

    Explore Elche and enjoy the serene beauty of its palm groves, one of the largest in the world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit the Priest’s Garden, housing a wide variety of tropical plants and ponds arranged to create an atmosphere of tranquility and repose. An orientation drive through the city of Alicante complements your day.


    Enjoy a short panoramic drive through the city of Alicante, where you’ll admire the “Paseo del Puerto”, a marbled mosaic avenue imitating sea waves, and the Luceros square, an impressive fountain with sculptures of horses.


    The municipality of Elche has the highest concentration of palm trees in Europe, and your drive into town takes you through part of the palm forest and groves to visit the enchanting Priest’s Garden. Admire the abundant variety of Mediterranean plant species. A visitor’s favorite is the rock garden, with a superb collection of cacti and succulents. The highlight of the garden is a splendid eight-trunk Imperial Palm; a botanical rarity that defies the laws of biology. Stroll along the winding pathways and ponds that add a touch of freshness and the sound of peace and quiet to the garden. Visit the Basilica of St. Mary, built over an old mosque according to the design of Saint Nicolas Church in Alicante and is an excellent example of Valencian Baroque from the 18th century.


    Stroll through the Municipal Park and admire the splendid palm trees, most of them date palms. The park is not just a space for enjoyment, but the oxygenizing vegetation lung in the heart of the city. Although the date palm reigns supreme here, you’ll find a huge variety of other plants such as bougainvillea, fig trees, araucarias, magnolias, bananas and much more. As Muslims occupied this area for centuries, the fountains and main lake, placed in the heart of the park, are all inspired in Arabic architectural style. Enjoy some time to do some shopping or simply relax and admire the surroundings.


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    • Adult from: C114.47 CAD
    • Child from: C88.75 CAD
    DURATION 4 1/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    MURCIA - THE REGIONAL CAPITAL

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 3/4 hrs

    Uncover the charms of Murcia, a delightful, unspoiled city featuring a beautiful cathedral, a tranquil monastery and myriad inviting plazas. Journey for approximately one hour to Murcia through the heart of the Segura River Valley, inhaling the invigorating scent of the thriving citrus groves all around. ...
    Uncover the charms of Murcia, a delightful, unspoiled city featuring a beautiful cathedral, a tranquil monastery and myriad inviting plazas. Journey for approximately one hour to Murcia through the heart of the Segura River Valley, inhaling the invigorating scent of the thriving citrus groves all around. more... Uncover the charms of Murcia, a delightful, unspoiled city featuring a beautiful cathedral, a tranquil monastery and myriad inviting plazas. Journey for approximately one hour to Murcia through the heart of the Segura River Valley, inhaling the invigorating scent of the thriving citrus groves all around. Upon arrival, you’ll make your way to the magnificent Cathedral of Murcia, perfectly situated in grand Plaza de Belluga, and admire its ornate Baroque façade. You’ll learn that, like much of Murcia, the cathedral incorporates a variety of styles that have been successively layered since the sanctuary’s origin in the 14th century. Examine one of the best Islamic art collections in the region at the elegant Santa Clara Monastery, which was built over the remains of a Muslim temple, and relish time at your leisure to stroll around the vibrant city. During your exploration, you’ll come across many wonderful squares, such as the Plaza de Flores, or Flower Square, and Roma Square, home to a well-preserved amphitheater. From its peaceful religious sites to its bustling plazas, you’ll find that Murcia is a treasure worth discovering. less
    • Adult from: C114.47 CAD
    • Child from: C88.75 CAD
    DURATION 4 3/4 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Alicante, Novelda & Wine

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    This tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover two Mediterranean cities located in the heart of the Costa Blanca and visit a local winery. ...
    This tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover two Mediterranean cities located in the heart of the Costa Blanca and visit a local winery. more...

    This tour provides you with the perfect opportunity to discover two Mediterranean cities located in the heart of the Costa Blanca and visit a local winery.


    Alicante, capital of the Costa Blanca, White Coast, is also known as the Ciudad de la Luz or the City of Light. Arriving in the old quarter, follow your guide on a walking tour. View the 18th century Neo-Baroque town hall, and stop at the Cathedral for a visit. One of the Cathedral’s most notable features is its Renaissance baroque facade. Inside, you’ll discover an impressive 17th century nave and a 15th century cloister.


    Travel from Alicante to the city of Novelda to visit its most important historic building, the sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena. The building is a Gaudi inspired design and has been likened to the Sagrada Familia. Enjoy a visit of the wine cellar of a local winery with a short introduction to its history. See the old machinery once used for wine-making and its evolution up until the present day. Here, you’ll also learn about the wine-making process - from the receiving of the grapes, all the way through before being bottled and labeled. At the end of your guided tour, you’ll be invited to taste one of the wines produced here.


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    • Adult from: C114.47 CAD
    • Child from: C88.75 CAD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    Amazing Guadalest

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 5 hrs

    Discover the popular tourist town of Guadalest, an ancient military stronghold that sits perched at the top of a granite mountain. ...
    Discover the popular tourist town of Guadalest, an ancient military stronghold that sits perched at the top of a granite mountain. more...

    Discover the popular tourist town of Guadalest, an ancient military stronghold that sits perched at the top of a granite mountain. A scenic 90-minute drive takes you past picturesque villages and winding roads surrounded by spectacular landscapes. The picture-postcard site of the free-standing bell tower and the tunnel that provides access to the old center of Castell de Guadalest greet you on arrival. Both are nestled in a dramatic granite mountaintop setting that leaves a lasting impression.


    Follow your guide on a walk through the quaint village streets. The old urban center is located on the top of an outcrop, which is only accessed via a tunnel hollowed into the side of the rock. The area at the top of the rock includes the bell tower, Saint Josep Castle and the recently restored Orduña House which you will visit.


    The Orduña House was built after the great earthquake that demolished much of the original housing in Guadalest. One half of the house is supported by the rock while the other half occupies areas over the chapels of the adjoining church. You’ll be surprised to find a house of such greatness in this remote and rural setting. Enjoy some free time to further explore the village on your own the many shops offering a great variety of crafts.


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    • Adult from: C127.33 CAD
    • Child from: C101.61 CAD
    DURATION 5 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 3
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    Panoramic Alicante

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 3 hrs

    Get acquainted with the city of Alicante, a vibrant and popular Spanish resort town in the heart of the Mediterranean’s white coast. ...
    Get acquainted with the city of Alicante, a vibrant and popular Spanish resort town in the heart of the Mediterranean’s white coast. more...

    Get acquainted with the city of Alicante, a vibrant and popular Spanish resort town in the heart of the Mediterranean’s white coast. Before being invaded by thousands of sun seekers, the city attracted conquerors and traders like the Greek, Phoenicians, Carthaginians and finally the Romans, who named it Lucentum or City of Light.


    A panoramic tour of the city takes you by the Paseo del Puerto, a marbled mosaic avenue imitating sea waves, and the Luceros square, with an impressive fountain with sculptures of horses. Other city highlights you’ll see are the traditional market building and the bull ring.


    We will then continue our panoramic tour along the coastal road of Alicante city seeing the Albufera and San Juan beaches as well as passing by the historic sta Faz sanctuary where your guide will explain to you about the annual romery parade.


    A famous spot for locals and visitors to the city is the Explanada, a beautiful promenade that stretches around the marina. It’s lined with color tiles representing the waves of the Mediterranean Sea and lined with palm trees and often filled with small market stalls. Stop to try a traditional horchata, a refreshing drink made from tigernuts, water and sugar.


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    • Adult from: C88.75 CAD
    • Child from: C75.88 CAD
    DURATION 3 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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    Charming Towns - Villajoyosa & Altea

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Enjoy exploring two of the region's most charming towns - Villajoyosa is famous for fishing and chocolate, with vividly painted houses and Altea is one of the most beautiful towns of the Costa Blanca. ...
    Enjoy exploring two of the region's most charming towns - Villajoyosa is famous for fishing and chocolate, with vividly painted houses and Altea is one of the most beautiful towns of the Costa Blanca. more...

    Enjoy exploring two of the region's most charming towns - Villajoyosa, famous for fishing and chocolate, with vividly painted houses and Altea, one of the most beautiful towns of the Costa Blanca which maintains its former fishing village feeling. The old section, atop a hill, offers spectacular views and perfect photo opportunities.


    A scenic drive along the coastal road takes you to Villajoyosa, a small seaside town, famous for its fishing and its’ chocolate. Still dependent on its fishing industry, each afternoon the daily catch brought in by the local fishermen is auctioned off in the port. The quaint houses that line the seafront are painted in bright rainbow colors and legend has it, that this is so the fishermen can see them from the sea. Upon arrival at the seafront, you’ll enjoy free time to explore the town on your own.


    Your route to Altea takes you along the coastal road via Albir, providing wonderful views of the sweeping bays of the Costa Blanca. Altea's old town is an enchanting picture postcard scene of white-washed houses that has managed to maintain its authentic atmosphere. Follow your guide on a walk to the famous square at the summit, where you’ll find the Virgin of Consuelo Church with its iconic blue roof. After an outside visit of the church, you’ll have free time to soak up the town's ambience and enjoy the wonderful views.


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    • Adult from: C114.47 CAD
    • Child from: C88.75 CAD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 2
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    BENIDORM ON YOUR OWN

    Alicante, Spain

    Duration 4 1/2 hrs

    Indulge in ample free time in jet-setting Benidorm, one of Europe’s favorite beach getaways. Settle in for an approximately 45-minute drive to Benidorm and receive a brief orientation of the town’s intriguing sites before you begin your approximately three-hour independent exploration. ...
    Indulge in ample free time in jet-setting Benidorm, one of Europe’s favorite beach getaways. Settle in for an approximately 45-minute drive to Benidorm and receive a brief orientation of the town’s intriguing sites before you begin your approximately three-hour independent exploration. more... Indulge in ample free time in jet-setting Benidorm, one of Europe’s favorite beach getaways. Settle in for an approximately 45-minute drive to Benidorm and receive a brief orientation of the town’s intriguing sites before you begin your approximately three-hour independent exploration. You’ll discover Levante Beach near the town center, an ideal spot for people watching, or for a more tranquil experience, stroll to Poniente Beach at the western end of town. Find Benidorm’s enchanting Old Town, location of the quaint, white-washed neoclassical Church of San Jaime, as well as Benidorm Castle, from where you can enjoy a superb view of the beaches and the glittering sea. Perhaps you’ll visit the top floor of the deluxe Gran Hotel Bali, the tallest building on the Mediterranean. Consider additional attractions such as the wildlife park of Terra Natura and Terra Mítica, a theme park full of attractions for all ages, or simply meander and shop along the inviting streets of this sunlit retreat. less
    • Adult from: C101.61 CAD
    • Child from: C63.02 CAD
    DURATION 4 1/2 hrs
    ACTIVITY LEVEL 1
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Participation in activities and excursions may involve physical exertion, and may be potentially hazardous or dangerous. It is the responsibility of each individual to determine whether you are capable of engaging in any activity. Participation in any activity or excursion is at your own risk.

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Our group shore excursions are offered in English. Depending on the booking situation, various excursions are also offered in German, Spanish, French, Italian or Russian (minimum number of 30 participants). The tours offered may vary from cruise to cruise. Please see the detailed information for your shore excursion on board.