Alicante, Spain

Introduction to Alicante, Spain

Alicante is known as the City of Light - A typical, vibrant and cosmopolitan city.

Located close to a host of beach resort towns, Alicante is considered by many – somewhat unfairly – as a mere gateway to Spain’s better-known holiday destinations. A dynamic, pretty and interesting city in its own right, Alicante is well worth exploring and enjoying, with plenty to see, do and experience within the city centre and beyond.

With a stunning harbour, beautiful beaches and vast promenades to stroll along, Alicante is the perfect place to simply relax and soak up the Mediterranean sun. There are numerous cafes and restaurants to enjoy and a number of monuments and archaeological sites to discover in the Old Quarter and along the vast scenic walking trails that are dotted around the city. Be sure to visit Santa Barbara Castle - a 12th century fortress built 166 metres above the city at the top of Mount Benacantil - to admire stunning views and explore the battle hardened fortifications. 

For a little local culture, head to the Archaeological Museum of Alicante – home to over 80,000 pieces and the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts or admire the work of Picasso, Salvador Dali and other famous artists at the Asegurada Museum of Modern Art.

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Benidorm, Spain

BENIDORM ON YOUR OWN (TOUR M)

 

  • Enjoy one of Costa Blanca’s most popular resorts - Benidorm
  • Soak up the sun as you relax on the four mile golden beach
  • Stroll along the beautiful promenade and appreciate the Spanish seaside 
Activity Tour Beach Tour
Price£20.00-£30.00
DurationApproximately 4 ½ Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
Swimming time includedSwimming time included

Visit one of the most popular resort towns on the Costa Blanca, Benidorm, and enjoy time at leisure to explore the many highlights.

Why not visit Terra Natura Benidorm, home to over 1,500 animals or perhaps you may like to take a stroll through the quaint, narrow streets of the old town, or sit on the headland between the beaches and enjoy the views from the lookout point.

If you are feeling energetic you might like to consider hiring a bicycle (at your own expense) and head out into the hinterland or to the nearby Albir Beach. Alternatively, simply relax with a drink, soak up the sun and watch the world go by - the time is yours to spend as you please.


DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This is a transfer only and will not be guided, but an escort will accompany you on your journey and a map will be provided to help you plan your day. The drive to Benidorm takes approximately 45 minutes each way. For your reference you will have approximately three hours of free time in Benidorm. Please note that should your call be in the afternoon, shops are typically closed for siesta. Anything that you choose to do once in Benidorm will be at your own expense. Please take care and pay attention to sea conditions if you choose to swim.


Alicante, Spain

DISCOVER ALICANTE - YOU CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE

  • Admire the city highlights
  • Explore the beautiful Esplanada de España
  • Enjoy fantastic views over the city from the Castle of Santa Barbara
Price£34.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Alicante's exceptional location between the mountains and the sea provides the city with a captivating beauty.

Enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city, before commencing your walking tour. Admire the town hall, a beautiful Baroque Palace dating from the 18th century, before walking through the old quarter, and arriving at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. Inside, there is a beautiful chapel, considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Spain.

Next, enjoy time at leisure to explore the famous Esplanada de España, a beautiful walkway made of black, red and grey tiles that form waves. You may wish to browse the nearby shops, try the local drink ‘horchata’ – a Valencian drink made from tiger nuts (at your own expense) or simply relax and watch the world go by. Your concluding visit will be to the Castle of Santa Barbara which offers wonderful views of the city.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, some of which will be over inclines and cobbled ground, therefore it is not recommended to the guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. There will be time at leisure, where amount of walking undertaken by the guest is at the discretion of the individual. Religious practice requires shoulders and knees to be covered when entering the Cathedral.

 

 


Alicante, Spain

DISCOVER ALICANTE (TOUR C)

 

  • Admire the city’s highlights
  • Explore the beautiful Esplanada de España
  • Enjoy fantastic views over the city from the Castle of Santa Barbara
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 4 Hours
LimitationLimited Spaces
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Alicante's exceptional location between the mountains and the sea surrounds the city with captivating beauty.

Enjoy a brief panoramic tour of the city, before commencing your walking tour. Admire the town hall - a beautiful Baroque Palace dating from the 18th century, before walking through the old quarter, and arriving at the Cathedral of Saint Nicholas. Inside there is a beautiful chapel, considered to be one of the best examples of Baroque architecture in Spain.

Next, enjoy time at leisure to explore the famous Esplanada de España - a beautiful walkway made of black, red and grey tiles that form waves. You may wish to browse the nearby shops, try the local drink of horchata – a Valencian drink made from tiger nuts (at your own expense), or simply relax and watch the world go by. Your concluding stop will be at the Castle of Santa Barbara which offers wonderful views of the city.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, some of which will be over inclines and cobbled ground - therefore it is not recommended to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Religious practice requires shoulders and knees to be covered when entering the Cathedral. Please be mindful of pickpockets.

 

 


Guadalest, Spain

GUADALEST - SPANISH VILLAGE (TOUR F)

  • Admire the spectacular location of Guadalest, set high on a pinnacle and known for its beautiful views
  • Appreciate the surrounding valleys and the impressive reservoir with its breathtaking blue waters
Activity Tour
Price£25.00 - £35.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
LimitationLimited capacity
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Perched like an eagle’s nest on the mountainside, the ‘must-see’ village of Guadalest is one of the most visited and stunning tourist attractions in Spain, and it is easy to see why so many people flock to this stunning village every year.

Travel through the villages of La Nucia and Polop, passing orchards of thriving nispero fruit, to reach Guadalest. Arriving at the top of the town you can enjoy spectacular views of the local reservoir with its marine blue waters. Here you will have time at explore at leisure; you may wish to visit the craft and gift shops or stop at Casa de Orduña, where you can see the town’s highest point – the striking white tower. 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, some of which is uphill, and many steps will also be negotiated - it is therefore not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Those wishing to visit Casa de Orduña should be aware that there are many steps up to the tower, and an additional entrance fee (not included in the tour cost). Please note that the journey includes travelling through a tunnel, which may not be suitable for those who suffer from claustrophobia.

 


Guadalest, Spain

GUALDALEST - YOU CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE

  • Admire the spectacular location of Guadalest, set high on a pinnacle and known for its beautiful views
  • Appreciate the surrounding valleys and the impressive reservoir with its breath-taking marine blue waters

 

Price£35.00
DurationApproximately 5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Perched like an eagle’s nest on the mountainside, the ‘must-see’ village of Guadalest is one of the most visited and stunning tourist attractions in Spain, and it is easy to see why so many tourists flock to this stunning village every year.

Travel through the villages of La Nucia and Polop, passing by orchards of nispero fruit, before a brief stop is made at a local bar. Here you can try ‘moscatel’ - a typical drink of the region, before continuing on.

Arriving at the top of the town, enjoy spectacular views of the local reservoir with its marine blue waters. Here you will have time at leisure; you may wish to visit the craft and gift shops or stop at Case de Orduña (at your own expense), where you can see the town’s highest point – the striking white tower.

 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves a moderate amount of compulsory walking, some of which is uphill, and many steps will also be negotiated, It is therefore not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Those wishing to visit the Case de Orduña should be aware that there are many steps up to the tower, and an additional entrance fee (at your own expense).

 

 


Alicante, Spain

PANORAMIC ALICANTE - YOU CHOOSE YOUR CRUISE

  • Discover the vibrant cosmopolitan city of Alicante
  • Admire the striking architecture of the city
  • Enjoy a photo stop at the Santa Barbara Castle, situated 200 metres above sea level
Price£32.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the sights of Alicante from the comfort of your coach!

 

You will first, take in the sites with a panoramic tour of the city passing by the “Paseo del Puerto”, a marbled mosaic avenue imitating sea waves, and the Luceros square, an impressive fountain with sculptures of horses. You will also see the traditional market building and the bull ring.

Next, you will enjoy a short photo stop at the St Barbara Castle. In terms of sheer size - both surface area and buildings - the Santa Barbara Castle is one of the largest in the Mediterranean region. It dominates the summit as well as a large part of the slopes of Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass soaring out of the sea to a height of 180 meters above the city, enabling its visitors to enjoy some of the best views of Alicante city.

After this, you make your way to the famous esplanade of España, a tiled promenade made of black, red and white tiles, a walkway lined with palm trees and often filled with small market stalls. A stop will be made to try the local drink, horchat a milky drink made of crushed tiger nuts. Feeling refreshed, you will return to your awaiting ship.

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU?  This tour involves a minimal amount of walking and is considered suitable for guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users, providing the guests can board the coach unaided.  Please note that the included drink is not considered suitable for guests with nut allergies or diabetes sufferers an alternative refreshment can be providers. There will be time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual.


Alicante, Spain

PANORAMIC ALICANTE (TOUR A)

  • Discover the vibrant, cosmopolitan city of Alicante
  • Admire the striking architecture of the city
  • Enjoy a photo stop at Santa Barbara Castle - situated 200 metres above sea level
Activity Tour
Price£30.00-£40.00
DurationApproximately 3 Hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Discover the sights of Alicante from the comfort of your coach!

You will first take in the sights with a panoramic tour of the city passing by the Paseo del Puerto - a marbled mosaic avenue imitating sea waves, and the Luceros Square - an impressive fountain with sculptures of horses. You will also see the traditional market building and the bull ring.

Next, enjoy a short photo stop at Santa Barbara Castle. In terms of sheer size - both surface area and buildings - Santa Barbara Castle is one of the largest in the Mediterranean region. It dominates the summit as well as a large part of the slopes of Mount Benacantil; a rocky mass soaring out of the sea to a height of 180 metres above the city, enabling its visitors to enjoy some of the best views of Alicante.

Continuing, you make your way to the famous Esplanada de España - a tiled promenade made of black, red and white tiles; a walkway lined with palm trees and often filled with small market stalls. A stop will be made to try the local drink, horchata, served with fartons. Horchata is a cold, sweet drink made from ground tiger nuts and fartons are sponge fingers, which are traditionally dipped in the drink. Feeling refreshed, you will return to your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour includes time at leisure, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. Please note that the snack is not suitable for guests with nut allergies or diabetes sufferers - an alternative refreshment can be provided if requested in advance

 


Alicante, Spain

SANTISIMA TRINIDAD GALLEON (TOUR N)

  • Travel back in time as you recount the story of this historical ship – Santisima Trinidad Galleon
  • Delight in a refreshment on the top deck and enjoy spectacular views of the city and harbour
  • Savour some fantastic vistas of Alicante from the Santa Barbara Castle
Activity Tour
Price£20.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 4.5 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Refreshments includedRefreshments included
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

Enjoy a rare visit on the unique replica of the famous eighteenth-century Spanish galleon, “Santisima Trinidad.” The ship won countless battles during its working life and was for decades the largest ship and artillery in the world.

Leaving the quayside, you will travel to the Galleon where you will meet the guide aboard the ship. They will take you back in time recounting the story of this historical ship during your walking tour. From the top deck there will be spectacular views of the city and harbour, and it will be here, that you will enjoy a refreshment stop.

After this visit you will continue to the Santa Barbara Castle, the largest in the Mediterranean region. It dominates the summit as well as a large part of the slopes of Mount Benacantil, a rocky mass soaring out of the sea to a height of 180 metres above the city, enabling visitors to enjoy some of the best views of Alicante city.

Concluding your city tour, you will have some free time, to stroll, shop in the many tiny stalls along the promenade or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere before travelling back to the quayside and your awaiting ship. 

TOUR DESCRIPTION IS CORRECT FOR 2015 CANARIES & MED CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking, over wooden, cobbled and uneven paths. There will be steps to negotiate throughout this tour. We do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. At the castle there are several flights of stairs to be negotiated.  Please note that the ship is moored to the dock and will not move or sail from the port area.


Castle of Santa Barbara, Alicante, Spain

THE MYSTERIES OF VILLENA (TOUR I)

  • Explore Villena Castle which overlooks the capital of the region
  • Enjoy the Bodega Heretat de Cesilia - explore and taste some wines
Activity Tour Wine Tour
Price£50.00 - £60.00
DurationApproximately 6 Hours
LimitationLimited to 40 guests
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Snack includedSnack included
Free time includedFree time included

Take this great opportunity to explore the Moorish Castle of Atalaya before sampling some local Spanish wines.

The city of Villena is crowned by its most characteristic symbol - the ancient Castle of Atalaya, rising up proudly from the hill on which it stands. Enjoy time here exploring the charming castle and admiring its history and architecture. 

Next, visit the Bodega Heretat de Cesilia, in Novelda, where you will have a guided visit of the wine cellar and explanations about the wine making process. The visit begins in front of the main façade of the bodega’s rustic house, taking you through into the wine cellar where you will be invited to taste a few of the house wines. With a better understanding of the region and its wine, you will then return to your ship.


DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES

Is this tour right for you?

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that this tour involves a moderate amount of walking, over cobbled and uneven paths and there will be steps to negotiate throughout. At the castle there are several flights of stairs to be negotiated.  Therefore we do not recommend this tour to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. Only participants 18 years of age and above can take part in the wine tasting session. Please note that for safety reasons, in stormy weather the castle is closed to visitors – on such occasions the visit would be external only.

 


Villajoyosa, Spain

VILLAJOYOSA & ALTEA

  • Visit the summer resorts of Villajoyosa & Altea
  • Enjoy the wonderful views that sweep the bay of Costa Blanca
Price£20.00-£30.00
DurationApproximately 4 1/2 Hours
Walking level 2 - moderate walkingModerate walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included

You will set off from the port along the coastal road, where you will pass by the towns of San Juan and Campello before arriving in Villajoyosa.

La Villajoyosa is a small seaside town, known for two things: its fishing, as it still depends on its fishing industry for income, and its chocolate. The houses along the sea front are painted in bright rainbow colours and legend tells us that the purpose of this is so that the fishermen can see them from the sea. Every afternoon the days catch is auctioned off in the port. You will make your way to the seafront of Villajoyosa to then enjoy some free time to wander, before you tour continues to Altea’s old town.

Your coach will take the coastal road via Albir, so you can admire the wonderful views of the sweeping bays of the Costa Blanca. Altea’s old town is an enchanting picture postcard of white washed houses and you will walk to the square at the summit, where the Virgin of Consuelo Church can be found. Here you will be given free time to enjoy the wonderful views.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MED SEASON

Is this tour right for you?

 

IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? This tour involves a moderate amount of walking. Most of the walking is during free time but please note that there are many steps to negotiate in Altea as well as cobblestone streets, which makes it unsuitable for guests with limited mobility or in wheelchairs. The tour may operate in reverse order.

 


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