Make the most of your vacation with a shore and land excursion that appeals to your interests. Knowledgeable, professional guides lead all excursions and offer special insights into the culture, history, wildlife, and geology of each destination. Discover first-hand how islanders went about the business of growing, harvesting and refining sugar in 18th century Barbados. Take an invigorating mush across a snow-covered glacier aboard an Alaskan dogsled. Or stroll through the maze of tiny streets in Mykonos, the birthplace of Apollo.
You will visit two of the most emblematic garden in La Coruña, Mariñán Manor House and Gardens, declared to be of Historical and Artistic Interest, , where it is possible to see different floral and heraldic motifs, besides the rose garden, one of the oldest eucalyptus in Europe, a Caucasian Fir, a tall Lawson Cypress or the Black Bamboo. After you will visit Méndez Núñez Gardens which have present specimens brought from the five continents like holly trees, araucarias, magnolias, beech trees, palm trees, yew trees and firs.
OVERVIEW: Designed for guests who prefer a leisurely visit to La Coruña, this tour includes a narrated city drive through some of the most impressive and famous monuments as well as a guided walking tour.
HIGHLIGHTS: Discover La Coruña on a guided walking tour. Join the coach and stop for a photo opportunity of the Hercules Tower, the oldest Roman lighthouse. Sights seen from the coach include the Riazor and Orzán beaches, Domus, Aquarium Finisterrae, San Antón Castle, and Mendez Nuñez Gardens. You'll also stop at Porto Cobo Hotel and delight in empanadas and Spanish omelets.
NOTES: Guest must be able to walk approximately 1 mile.
The small town of Santiago reserves big surprises to all visitors. Cross the heart of Galicia to reach the capital Santiago. En route your guide will introduce you to the history of Saint James. On arrival, visit the impressive Cathedral ( external view). Afterwards, take a guided walking tour through the quiet streets and picturesque squares. Admire the Plaza del Obradoiro, the real heart of the town and where the Hostal de Los Reyes Catolicos and the Palacio Rajoy are located. After lunch there will be some free time to explore before reboarding the coach for the return trip to La Coruna.
OVERVIEW: Discover the small town of Santiago and explore its impressive cathedral and the Plaza del Obradoiro.
HIGHLIGHTS: Enjoy an inside visit of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and see the Portico de la Gloria as well as the urn that contains the ashes of Saint James. Enjoy a guided walking tour through Plaza del Obradoiro, the real heart of the town and approx. 45 minutes of free time.
NOTES: Guest must be able to walk approx. 1 mile and this tour is not suggested for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair. The drive between La Coruña and Santiago de Compostela is approx. 1.5 hours each way. Videography and photography are not permitted inside the cathedral.
Important: Please remember you have up to 4 days prior to your sail date to purchase your regular shore excursions online. If you are within the 4 days, you will then need to purchase your shore excursions onboard; land excursions would need to be purchased directly through your Tour Director on the land portion of the Alaska Cruisetour. For example, if you are sailing on October 18, you can make Shore & Land Excursion purchases online until October 13.