Oceania Exclusive Tour
For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.
Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.
Departing from the Port of Málaga for the old town, you will head to the cathedral. Leaving your coach behind, you will commence a guided walking tour, passing in front of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art, which is housed in the former Episcopal Palace. Diaz Palacio and Ortiz de Vargas successively constructed the cathedral between the 16th and the 18th- centuries. The choir is of particular interest. Recently, a new museum has been opened inside the cathedral (Museo Catedralicio).
From the cathedral, head for the Gibralfaro Castle and to the Alcazaba, which houses the Archeological Museum. The Gibralfaro Castle is a fortress of Phoenician origin that was later reconstructed by the Moors. Today, it holds the Parador Nacional de Málaga. From the ancient walls, you can enjoy a great view of the city, bay and surrounding countryside. The Alcazaba is a fortress and palace built between the 10th and 16th-centuries. The castle and the Alcazaba are two of the most interesting Islamic works of architecture on the Iberian Peninsula. From Alcazabilla Street you will see the interesting Roman Theater and the house (right in front of Plaza de la Merced) where the famous painter Pablo Picasso was born. During your walking tour, you'll stop at a local bodega where you can enjoy a glass of wine.
Continuing on, you'll visit the Málaga Bullring on the Paseo de Reding, whose construction dates from 1874 and has a capacity of seating 14,000 people. It may be possible to see the Museo Taurino inside the bullring, and you will have the opportunity to see a pases de salón demonstration by an expert matador (another person will play the bull). You will have the unique opportunity to feel what it is like to be in the arena. From here, you will return to your ship.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes for this tour which involves moderate walking at the Cathedral area, the Gibralfaro Castle and the inside of the Málaga Bullring. This tour involves approximately 2 hours of walking and/or standing, cobblestone streets and uneven surfaces, plus any additional walking at the guests' discretion during free time. It is not available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Guests are also encouraged to wear conservative attire, covering the knees and shoulders, for the visit to the Cathedral.