Close
from just £749 per person.

About Cartagena

An ancient city with a name to match - it was founded more than 2,200 years ago by Carthaginian leader Hasdrubal - Cartagena is now one of Spains busiest commercial centres. Step ashore here, though, and you are immediately aware of its rich history.  In fact, you see it even as you cruise towards the harbour as this is flanked by towering fortresses.  Then, in the centre of the old town, you will find the original Carthaginian castle and sections of the old city walls.

But Cartagena is also a city which moves with the times hence the new harbourfront development which includes the unique National Museum of Underwater Archaeology. As part of Murcia province, Cartagena cruise port is also an excellent base for visiting the city of Murcia itself and its distinctive Baroque cathedral; the 17th century religious sanctuary of Fuensanta; the Fortress at Lorca Taller del Tiempo; the spa resort of Balneario de Archena; and for touring into the mountainous interior or along the Costa Blanca to Alicante.

 

Shore excursions in Cartagena

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

A Tale of Two Cities

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 5 hours

Sample some of ‘real’ Spain with a visit to the charming provincial capital of Murcia, rounded off with a walking tour of Cartagena.

Delve into the heart of the Old Quarter at Murcia with a visit to the 13th century Cathedral, the façade of which is considered to be one of the best examples of baroque architecture in Spain. The interior of the late Gothic ‘Velez Chapel’, with its stone tracery, is sure to impress.

Enjoy a refreshment before visiting the Sanctuary of the Fuensanta, one of the region’s most revered religious sanctuaries. Of particular note are the frescoes on the interior of the dome, depicting the yearly pilgrimage of the statue of the Virgin.

A panoramic walking tour of Cartagena, beautifully situated on the superb natural harbour, starts off with a stroll past the monument to the Heroes of Cavite and the Town Hall. Admire the 18th century doorway of the casino and the delightful modernist houses. Hear of the history behind the Roman Theatre and its commemorative descriptions.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Passengers are advised that during this tour there is approximately 3 hours walking with some steps to negotiate.

Alicante On Your Own

Activity mediumShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Independently explore Alicante, one of the Costa Blanca’s most popular cities, with this convenient transfer service.

Spend a full day in Alicante, with free time to independently explore at your leisure.

Visit the Castle of Santa Barbara, situated on Mount Benacantil, stroll through the charming Old Quarter taking in the Town Hall and St Nicholas Cathedral, or admire the quaint streets of the Barrio Santa Cruz (the Holy Cross Quarter).

Perhaps you would prefer to simply sit and relax, watching the world go by as you sip a refreshing ‘horchata’ in the shade of the swaying palm trees which line the exquisite ‘Esplanada de Espana’. For those who love to shop, a visit to the famous El Corte Inglés department store is a must.

Treat yourself to a leisurely lunch of delicious seafood paella, whilst enjoying the view over the yacht harbour, or perhaps head down to the beach for some sunshine and a swim.

This truly is a day to spend as you wish, surrounded by culture, cuisine and the crystal clear Mediterranean Sea.

Essential information

This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. An English speaking escort will give a commentary during your journey to Alicante and provide any information you may require to help you enjoy your day to the full. A map and information booklet will be provided to help you plan your time. Please note no meals, refreshments or entrance fees are included. The transfer to Alicante takes approximately 1¾ hours each way.

Caravaca de la Cruz

Activity highMeal includedShopping

Duration: 8 hours

Discover the fascinating history of the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity and enjoy a delicious 3-course lunch.

Enjoy a scenic coach journey as you head to Caravaca de la Cruz, the Fifth Holy City of Catholic Christianity.

On arrival, you’ll be greeted by the impressive sight of the Castle of Santa Cruz, which dominates the city. After a short ‘train ride’ up the steep hill, you’ll reach the amazing landmark, built by the Knights Templar in the 15th century. The Sanctuary of Vera Cruz, with its stunning Baroque façade made from local marble, houses the Museum of Religious Art and History. Step inside and discover Caravaca’s colourful religious heritage, influenced by many cultures and the diversity of the people who’ve inhabited the city since the Middle Ages.

So many of Caravaca’s beautiful buildings, such as the Church of El Salvador and the Town Hall, will have you reaching for your camera. Stroll through Plaza del Arco and stop to purchase a refreshing drink or snack in a shady spot outside a café, or do a little souvenir shopping.

Next you’ll head to the Museum of the Fiesta to learn about the world-famous Wine Horse Festival and the story behind it – a fascinating legend from the 15th century.

All that exploring will have no doubt worked up an appetite, so sit back and reflect on a fascinating visit during a leisurely three-course meal of regional dishes in a local restaurant.

Essential information

This tour will operate by coach, train and on foot. This tour includes several hours of walking over some uneven ground including steps. The journey to Caravaca de la Cruz is approximately 1½ hours each way. Comfortable, flat, walking shoes are recommended. Euros will be required to purchase souvenirs.

Caravaca de la Cruz

Cartagena by Segway

Activity high

Duration: 1½ hours

Glide around this beautiful city in style, visiting its most famous landmarks and charming hidden corners by Segway.

Join your knowledgeable Segway instructor at the quayside and following a training session you’ll head off on your Segway for an enjoyable ride around the city.

One of the world’s greatest cities in ancient times, Cartagena was founded in 227 BC and has long been one of the most important naval seaports in the Western Mediterranean. The diversity of the people who’ve occupied the city throughout the centuries is evident in the architecture and you’re likely to see Roman, Byzantine and Moorish influences, as well as many examples of Art Nouveau buildings, which were built by the bourgeoisie of the early 20th century.

As you glide smoothly through the streets, your guide will point out famous landmarks and you’ll visit hidden, charming corners of the city.

Essential information

This tour carries a weight restriction of minimum 6 stone and maximum 18 stone. Children under 10 and pregnant women may not participate. This tour is only suitable for those in good physical condition; it is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, which may be affected by a bumpy ride. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. It is recommended that passengers carry a bottle of water and wear sun protection. Helmets are provided and must be worn. Before you book this excursion you must refer to the ‘Activity Excursion’ paragraph.

Cartagena by Segway

Cartagena Tapas Trail

Activity highRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Work up an appetite on this walking tour of Cartagena’s sights and Tapas bars.

One of Cartagena’s greatest treasures is its colourful and cultural cuisine.

Enjoy a leisurely walk along the city’s seafront with your guide as you head towards the historical Old Town. Here you will view some of Cartagena’s most famous sights, including the Palace Hall, Maritime Wall and impressive modernist buildings.

Along the way you will stop at 5 local Tapas bars, At each venue, the chef will have prepared traditional tapas of the day, which may include Albondigas, Spanish omelette, local cheeses or jamon for you to sample, accompanied by a glass of sangria, wine or a soft drink to wash it all down.

Your final stop on the tour will be at the recently restored Roman Theatre of Carthago Nova, where you will have some time inside for taking photos, before walking back to the ship.

Essential information

This excursion will operate entirely on foot, therefore flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

 

A selection of cruises to Cartagena

This website uses cookies to give you the very best user experience. By using our website, you agree that we can place cookies on your device. For more information see the About Cookies link at the bottom of this page.

Close

Close