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Cartagena Vintage and Arqua

Cartagena, Spain

Cartagena Vintage and Arqua


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Explore modernist architectural gems that you might not expect to find in a city that dates to 227 BC and then reflect on Cartagena’s history over lunch. Wealthy mine owners built many of the city’s emblematic modernist buildings in the late 19th century, including the Aguirre Palace. This downtown landmark now holds the city’s Museum of Modern Art, which you will browse along with a nearby air-raid shelter used in the Spanish Civil War. The shelter has been converted into a museum with exhibits depicting the horrors of war and the destruction from the heavy bombing of Cartagena. For the ultimate view of the urban landscape, you will take an elevator to the summit of one of the city’s five fortified hills. The guide will point out attractions that include a historical bullring built over a Roman arena where gladiators fought. A traditional lunch will follow at Arqua Restaurant, which is located in the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

• View several modernist-style landmarks, including the Aguirre Palace. • Browse works from esteemed Spanish artists in the Museum of Modern Art. • View exhibits detailing the Spanish Civil War in a museum in a former air-raid shelter. • Dine at a restaurant located in the National Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

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

Need to Know:

Note: This tour includes approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes of moderate walking/standing; plus 30 additional minutes of walking at the guests' discretion during their time at Elevator for panoramic views of the city. There will be 4 steps to enter/exit the motor coach. Guests will have to manage 26 steps as well as paved, ground and wooden surfaces throughout the excursion. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Casual, weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable, flat walking shoes are suggested.

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Excursion Type:

Scenic & City Tours
Historical Landmarks
Local Food-Wine Tasting

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Tours with this activity level involve walking over relatively level terrain, possibly some cobblestone, gravel, or a few steps. Comfortable shoes are recommended.
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