Travels. All the jewels of Andalusia

The Voyageurs Readers Club offers an end-of-summer cruise (August 31 to September 7, 2023) on the Guadalquivir. On the program, the famous Andalusian golden triangle with Granada, Seville Cordoba and their wonders. With flight from Frankfurt, transfer from the region optional. From €2,230 per person.

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A cruise to end the summer well. Here again, as a good habit, the end of summer cruise of the Traveling Readers. After the French rivers, the Rhône (2021) and the Rhine (2022), your newspaper invites you, from August 31 to September 7, 2023, to cross the Pyrenees to sail on the Guadalquivir (Spain) aboard the Belle de Cadix ( 5 anchors), one of CroisiEurope’s human-sized ships (150 people maximum). This trip (from €2,230 per person) will benefit from all the advantages of the club (all-inclusive formula with excursion, reduction of €50 per person for newspaper subscribers, internet monitoring, photo album offered on return). For the club, this will be the fourth cruise of the year. After that of March in the Canaries, it was indeed necessary, to meet the demand, to organize two departures for the cruise of the Impressionists planned on the Seine in May: one with a fully chartered ship, the other with a small contingent .

Le triangle d’or andalou. The Guadalquivir is probably not the most famous river in Spain. Yet it irrigates one of the most popular tourist regions of the country. Every year, nearly three million of them flock to the Alhambra in Granada. Ah, Granada! It is one of the three marvels which constitute, with Cordoba and Seville, what is called here, without braggadocio, the Andalusian golden triangle. In an immensely blue sky, gazing towards the maritime horizon but clinging to white houses made almost blinding by the sun, this unique land is told between history and geography.

A cruise on the Guadaquivir between Andalusia and the Algarve

At the heart of three civilizations. Under the domination of the Moors for nearly eight centuries, bathed (sometimes) in the blood and culture of three civilizations (Christian, Muslim and Jewish), Andalusia inherited a unique architectural style where a multitude of jewels bead: the Alcazar of Seville, the Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba or even the Alhambra of Granada. And chance of an era that was looking for itself, just after having been “returned” to the West in the 15the century, it saw Christopher Columbus set off from its shores (1492) in search of a China… which turned out to be America.

Between sweetness of life and tradition. Far from the torments of its past, Andalusia is appreciated today for its sweetness of life and its traditions. In the shade of small alleys crushed by the calm and the heat at siesta time, in the fury of its bullfights and its flamencos, in the warmth of its bodegas where you get drunk on flavors… In short , a rhythm that is perfectly suited to a cruise where one shares idleness, culture and conviviality.

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With all the advantages of the Traveling Readers Club

The advantages of the cruise

  • The incredible charm of the three jewels of the Andalusian golden triangle: Seville with its Alcazar palace, Cordoba, the former Moorish capital and Granada with its famous Alhambra.
  • Very local experiences with a visit to a bodega (with wine tasting), a horse show in a hacienda and a flamenco evening.
  • A family cruise on a human-sized ship, the Belle de Cadix (150 passengers).

The advantages of the club

  • An all-inclusive price and lower than the general public rate.
  • Reduction of €50 for newspaper subscribers.
  • Accompaniment by a journalist. A daily logbook. Internet tracking. Free sending of all digital photos of the trip. A souvenir photo album (48 pages) offered per cabin.
  • Departure from Frankfurt Airport. Optional transfer (€50) with, depending on demand, the following pick-up points: Metz, Verdun, Nancy, Épinal, Vesoul, Besançon, Montbéliard, Belfort.

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In memory of Christopher Columbus

Andalusia, entirely turned towards the sea, occupies a special place in the history of the conquest of America since it is from here that, on three occasions out of four voyages (1492 – 1504), Christopher Columbus set off with his ships. Equally important, the Genoese navigator found refuge there in 1490 after seeing his request for an expedition to India (!) refused by the Catholic sovereigns. At the Santa Maria de la Rabida monastery, he was nurtured by the Franciscan monks who served as his ambassadors. Even today, on site, the memory of the sailor is maintained by presenting replicas of the ships of the first expedition which seem ridiculously small.

When, finally in 1492, Columbus was able to hoist the sails, his meager fleet (one ship, two caravels and 90 crew members) set sail for adventure from Palos de la Frontera, an Andalusian river port. She will discover neither China nor Japan, but the American continent. The Italian was totally wrong in his calculations. The exploitation, not to say the looting, of new lands will make the (ephemeral) fortune of Spain in the XVIe and 17e centuries.

Even in death, Christopher Columbus remained a great traveler. Since, deceased in Valladolid, he saw his remains being transported to Seville, then to Santo Domingo and Cuba before, by a final transatlantic crossing, to return to Seville where today we can see his tomb in the cathedral.