Rivers of Gold and the New World

17 - 21 Mar 2021
  • Cultural Tours

About the tour

The beautiful city of Seville has a history that sent waves across the globe. 1492 was the year of the Alhambra Decree, which banished Jews from Spain, of the final expulsion of the Moors from Spain, and of Columbus's journey to the Americas. Over five centuries ago this pocket of Spain launched the small ships that changed the world; it has remained a key player in maritime history ever since.

In 1492 Spain was at the tail end of a centuries-long struggle that had drained their coffers. The promise of riches and of religious conversions led the Kings of Spain, Queen Isabella of Aragon and King Ferdinand of Castile, to support Columbus's plans for his expedition to the Americas.

One of the most significant events in maritime history, Columbus's journey left a far reaching legacy, delivering almost unimaginable wealth to Spain. This tour explores the legacies bestowed by Andalusia’s extraordinary maritime history that goes back to the Phoenicians, continues to the story of small ships on a world-changing journey, and beyond.

There is an extension to Doñana National Park and Jerez after the tour.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, Captain Peter Hore

Captain Peter Hore

Captain Peter Hore served worldwide during a full career in the Royal Navy, spent nine years in the film and TV industry, and is now a fulltime author, editor and journalist. A freelance obituarist at the London Daily Telegraph since 2002, he has written over a thousand obituaries on the men and women of the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines and others. He has written several books on naval history and biography and is a busy public speaker. He also writes reviews and articles for several newspapers and journals, and is the editor of the Trafalgar Chronicle. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society for Nautical Research, a chartered member of the Institute of Linguists, and a corresponding member of the Royal Swedish Society for Nautical Sciences. Peter was a speaker on a Jon Baines Tours Maritime History Cruise visiting Seville in 2018.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1 Seville (Wed 17 March) 1492 - from the Orient to the Occident
    Check into the Hotel Inglaterra in Seville before enjoying dinner at the hotel and hearing a introductory tour overview.
  • Day 2 Seville/Huelva/Seville (Thurs 18 March) To the ends of the earth – sailing to the Indies
    Drive to visit Palos de la Frontera, where Columbus watered his ships, and the La Rabida Monastery, where he waited for permission to sail from the Catholic Kings. Continue to Wharf of the Caravels at Huelva and visit the replicas of Santa Maria, La Pina and Nina. How they built the ships, how they sailed great distances in tiny ships. Local lunch. Return via the grave of 'the man who never was'. Option to visit a flamenco show or take an optional tapas tour in the evening.
  • Day 3 Seville (Fri 19 March) Rivers of Gold - the legacies of the New World
    Visit the Alcazar Palace, Seville Cathedral and the tomb of Columbus. Visit the Archive of the Indies and learn of the legacy of the voyages to the Americas. Continue to the Tower of Gold including the Maritime Museum. Cross the Guadalquivir River via the Triana Bridge and walk along Calle Betis, or Sailors’ Street, and have a drink in a local café. The street and local area was home to many of the sailors on Colombus’s voyages. Option to visit a flamenco show or take an optional tapas tour in the evening.
  • Day 4 Seville – Cadiz – Seville (Sat 20 March) Empires and Conflict – from the Americas to Trafalgar
    Drive to see the Pantheon of Naval Heroes and visit the grave of Admiral Gravina (commander of Spanish fleet at Trafalgar), and the Royal Observatory. Continue to Cadiz. Walking tour along the Walk of the Indies and see the merchants’ houses, the fortress and learn of this famous port. At leisure and option to visit the excellent Cadiz Museum. Option to climb the Tavira Tower with camera obscura of Cadiz. Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Day 5 Seville (Sun 21 March)
    Depart Seville or take optional extension for 2 nights.


  • Day 5 Seville / Doñana National Park / Seville (Sun 21 March)
    Drive out with your guide Geraldine to the Doñana National Park which has a biodiversity that is unique in Europe. Take a cruise through the park. In the afternoon visit Santiago Castle and walk past the Medina Sidonia Palace (Medina Sidonia led the Spanish Armada against England in 1588). Take a late lunch and explore the old quarter od Sanlucar de Barrameda. Travel back to Seville
  • Day 6 Seville / Jerez / Seville (Mon 22 March)
    Take the train to Jerez. Visit the Bodega Tradicional which combines sherry and art. The tour of the Bodega includes a talk of its history, an explanation of the sherry creation and ageing process and tasting of VORS and VOS Tradición and Fino Tradición wines. Vist the gallery with the finest private collections of paintings in Andalusia, with works by Spanish painters from the fourteenth to the nineteenth centuries, including masters such as Goya, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo and El Greco, among others. Take lunch at a local restaurant. Explore this elegant small city on a walking tour city including the city market. Return to Seville by train
  • Day 6 Seville (Tues 23 March)
    Depart Seville

Tour cost

The cost of the tour is USD $1,652 per person sharing

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