A rugged Mediterranean gem, arising out of the rich blue haze, Mallorca is a Spanish island of cuisine, culture, and sun-gorged beaches. Palma de Mallorca is the island's dominating capital, and a sand-coloured mirage of glorious buildings and living history. Conquered and liberated countless times over the years, since its Bronze Age founding, the city is your gateway to ceaseless Mediterranean beauty, buzzy markets, and intense flavours. View more
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Indulge your senses with the fresh air, great outdoors and scenic beauty of Palma during this memorable bicycle tour through the historic Old Town. Together with your English speaking guide, discover all of the "must see" spots in a fun, safe, insightful and most important, eco-friendly way. Learn of the history, the traditions and of the present of this fascinating city.
Palma de Mallorca
Once ashore, meet your guide, receive your safety briefing, bicycle and helmet, then follow the dedicated bicycle lane along the bay and into the city. Your route proceeds for approximately 100 yards (about 91 meters) on top of the old city wall before entering the small and shady alleyways of the Old Town.
En route, discover churches, small monasteries and old aristocrat's mansions featuring cozy patios and enchanting small plazas. Along the way, your guide offers interesting commentary about your surroundings, and points out interesting sights.
Halfway through the ride, a refreshment stop is made at a local bar before continuing on your bicycle tour, which concludes back at the pier.
Unveil the mystery of Mallorcan pearls during this half-day journey to the renowned Caves of Drach, and a subterranean classical concert at one of the world's largest underwater lakes. The caves have formed by water being forced through the entrance from the Mediterranean Sea, and some researchers think the formation may date back to the Miocene. There is an underground lake situated in the caves called Martel Lake.
Porto Cristo, Caves of Drach
Depart the pier for the approximately one-hour drive to the island's interior, passing through the beautiful historic town of Porto Cristo, one of the island's oldest harbours. Arrive to the Caves of Drach, or 'Cuevas del Drach', located near Porto Cristo. Perhaps as famous as the pearls, the caves were believed to have been discovered in the 12th century. In 1929, a visitor's entrance was built at the caves, and in 1935, the caves' interior was artistically illuminated for the first time. Today, the caves offer a surreal experience to visitors strolling through their ancient rooms. Dramatic lighting highlights the grottoes and silhouettes of immense stalagmites and stalactites.
During your walking tour inside the cave, see formations with names like 'Snow Mountain', 'The Ruined Castle', and 'Diana's Baths' en route to the shore of Lake Martel, one of the largest subterranean lakes in the world. Here, a short concert of classical pieces is accompanied by the interplay of shadows and light against the water.
Scenic drive, Pearl factory
The excursion continues with a stop to the Pearl factory. Here you will have time to browse during a visit to Majorica, the local world-known pearl factory and showroom. The return motorcoach ride to the ship is across the island's fertile plains, passing through many local picturesque farming communities and very typical windmills.
Please note: This tour requires an extensive amount of walking, with 120 steps to negotiate in the caves. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilise a wheelchair. No photography or video is permitted in the caves.
Experience the scenic beauty and historic legacy of the Balearic Islands during this memorable sightseeing tour of Palma. Palma de Mallorca comes as a surprise to many people - it is stylish, sophisticated, intimate, yet bursting with life. Located on the southern shores of Mallorca, the island's capital city looks out over the sparkling blue seas of the Mediterranean.
Depart the pier for the brief drive to the hilltop location of Bellver Castle.
Upon arrival at this beautifully-restored former royal stronghold, walk from the coach parking area and across a drawbridge en route to the entrance. During your walking tour inside the castle, see the arcades gracing the circular courtyard and interesting artefacts in a number of rooms. Staircases lead to the upper levels, which offer spectacular views and photo opportunities over Palma and the distant mountains.
After re-boarding the coach, your drive continues into the city centre, and passes through residential and commercial areas. Upon arrival at the downtown coach parking area, commence your guided walking tour through the historic Old Quarter. Palma's most beautiful and impressive section, it is filled with stately Mallorcan buildings and home to the majestic La Seo Cathedral.
La Seu Cathedral
With its huge flying buttresses, the La Seu Cathedral looms over the Parque de la Mar. The dramatic sides of this great edifice rise up in Gothic splendour. The sight has drawn admiration from numerous literary figures, including the French writer, George Sand. During your visit, marvel at the cathedral's breath-taking interior. The rose window is said to be the world's largest.
From here the walking tour continues through the Old Quarter. Along the way, your guide points out major highlights reminiscent of the golden years of Mallorcan nobility.
Following your visit, re-board the coach and drive back to the port along the seafront, which features the yacht-filled marina on one side, and hotels and restaurants on the other. You may choose to proceed directly to the ship, or remain in town and return to the pier at your leisure.
This tour involves a moderate amount of walking and is specially designed for guests who utilise a wheelchair or a scooter.
This Palma shore excursion gives you a wonderful overview of the charming Old Town of Palma and its many popular highlights. See the beautiful Palma City Hall, browse the colorful Mercat de O'livar, stroll along the main shopping street Carrer de Sant Miguel, and visit the spectacular Palma Cathedral - the second largest church in Spain and one of the greatest examples of Gothic architecture in the world.
Start your tour by meeting your tour guide accessible van at the Palma cruise dock. From here, you will head out on a short drive to explore the most popular sites of the beautiful Old Town. Your accessible walking/rolling tour of Palma will begin at the colorful local fruit, meat and seafood market Mercat de O'livar. Here you will have some time to browse the local produce and artisan stalls before continuing your tour with a leisurely stroll along the main shopping street Carrer de Sant Miguel.
Escorted by your tour guide, you will reach the prominent public square Placa Mayor. Here, you will have time explore the beautiful, historic architecture of the square and purchase some souvenirs if you desire. On most days, an open-air market with vendor stalls and several local street artists can be found here.
Next, you will see the incredible Palma Town Hall building which dates back to the seventeenth century! The building still has its original roof, complete with ornate doorways and the town clock. Escorted by your tour guide, you will explore the charming Placa de Cort square peppered with ornately caved benches, beautiful architecture and the six-hundred-year old, 7 meters high, Olive tree "Olivera de Cort".
Your final stop of the day will be the glorious Palma Cathedral. This magnificent 14th century cathedral known as La Seu, is the most emblematic building in Palma and one of Europe's tallest Gothic structures. Using accessible routes, your tour guide will lead you through this spectacular masterpiece which boasts of 61 stained-glass windows, as well as work by Antoni Gaudi and Miguel Barcelo.
Re-bouard your accessible van to return to the pier.
Discover the unique Mallorcan heritage of olive oil by spending a half day in Sollerich, the "Cathedral of Olive Oil", for an exclusive cultural and culinary experience. The cultivation of olives trees and the production of olive oil are the backbone of the Mallorca's history and the foundation of its gastronomic wealth.
Walk in the olive grove; Visit an ancient olive oil mill; Olive oil tasting; Aperitivo including typical elaborations with olive oil; A traditional Mallorcan stew served in a clay pot
Depart the Palma pier for an approximately 1-hour drive to the Sollerich Manor House.
Upon arrival, explore the picturesque surroundings with a short walk in the olive grove.before getting back in the estate to assist to a show cooking to elaborate the traditional "sopas mallorquinas". Your host will highlight the importance of olive oil in the Mediterranean cuisine, and most especially focusing in the "sofrito" a unique olive oil base for traditional elaboration in the Catalan influence area. While our sopas simmer gently we will continue the visit including an antique olive oil press, one of the biggest in Mallorca, to understand how it worked and the ancient olive oil production methods.
Next, enjoy an introduction to the fine art of olive oil tasting, acquiring the knowledge to evaluate and appreciate various olive oil varieties. You'll pair the olive oils with a selection of seasonal tapas from Mallorcan and Catalan cuisine such as: romesco, aiolli, escalivada, or ajoblanco.
Main course for lunch will be the previously prepared "Sopas Mallorquinas", a typical Mallorcan stew with vegetables, meats and bread, cooked in a clay pot and served with pickles and radish. This traditional Mallorcan lunch will be polished off with an ensaimada de crema and fresh fruit.
At the conclusion of your SALT Experience, re-board your coach for your return drive back to the pier.
Your Hosts - Deborah Piña
Deborah has always been intrigued by traditional cuisine and Mediterranean culture. But most importantly, she is passionate about local gastronomy, finding ways to share it and search for authenticity. Originally from Mallorca, she's traveled across the globe -- from Sierra Leone to Mongolia. Her greatest passion is the development of human connection through a shared love of food. Her company, Deborah's Culinary Island, aims to promote culinary culture through the design of bespoke and immersive food experiences, combining culinary pleasures with the exploration of new cultural environments.
Explore Palma de Mallorca at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Explore Palma de Mallorca at your leisure during your choice of half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car or van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car or van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Explore Palma de Mallorca at your leisure during your full-day (8 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Explore Palma de Mallorca at your leisure during your half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.
Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.
Experience the exquisite flavours of Spain on-foot during this fun-filled, half-day, tapas tasting excursion through Palma.
Palma City, Bellver Castle, Introduction to Tapas
Depart the pier for a brief orientation drive through Palma City, and an exterior photo stop at the 14th-century Bellver Castle for a spectacular panoramic view of the city. Afterward, re-board your coach and proceed for visits to three different bars for tastings of tapas, the typical way to eat in Spain. Tapas are mini-snacks, often displayed on the counter in bars, and include local specialities such as calamares (squid), callos (tripe), gambas (prawns), albondigas (meatballs), and boquerones (anchovies) marinated in vinegar. Tapas can be taken as a meal in themselves, or as a tasty bite before going on to a restaurant for dinner.
Tapas with Beer or Wine at Bee Wee and Pesquero
Each region of Spain has its own specialities, and each different bar visited features different ambiances and foods to provide you with a well-rounded introduction to Spanish cuisine. Your first stop is at Bee Wee for tapas consisting of garlic mushrooms, a Russian salad, and Spanish omelette served with beer or wine. Leaving Bee Wee, head to Pesquero for tapas consisting of two chicken croquets, and two fried squids, served with beer or wine.
Tapas with Local Wine or Vermouth at Rebost, Free Time, Shopping
Next, continue on to Rebost for traditional Mallorcan olive oil crackers topped with the finest sobrasada, camaiot, botifarrón, and paté served with a glass of local wine or vermouth. Following your tapas tasting tour, some free time is made available for independent shopping and exploration. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach for the short drive back to the pier.
Discover some of the most scenic parts of Mallorca and visit the island's most outstanding attractions during a visit to Valldemossa, the Son Marroig Lookout and the lovely village of Deiá. The drive up to Valldemossa and along the coast to Deia is one of the most breathtaking and stunning drives in Mallorca. With spectacular scenery across the Mediterranean Sea and countryside this makes a great drive.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximate 30-minute drive to Valldemosa, which is renowned for its picturesque setting on the slopes of Mallorca's northern mountain range. Upon arrival, a visit is made to the Carthusian Monastery.
This 17th-century monastery, also known as 'Cartuja', is famous for its beautiful cloisters and gardens. More importantly, it housed two illustrious guests, composer Frédéric Chopin and novelist George Sand, during the winter of 1838-39. A guided tour of the monastery includes the cloisters, the 18th-century pharmacy, the former monks' cells and the rooms once occupied by the famous couple.
Theatre of King Sancho
Next, proceed to the adjacent Theatre of King Sancho for a brief piano recital of Chopin's music, then stop for a glass of wine or a soft drink at a nearby restaurant. Afterward, re-board your coach for the drive along a winding road and past cliffs more than 1,300 feet (390 metres) high en route to the picturesque village of Deiá. Before reaching Deiá, a photo stop is made at Son Marroig.
This stunning estate is renowned for its picturesque setting on the slopes of Mallorca's northern mountain range. Formerly the residence of the Archduke Ludwig Salvatore of Austria, the home (now a museum) offers spectacular views of the coastline and Foradada, a locally-renowned rock formation rising from the sea. Leaving Son Marroig, your drive continues on to Deiá.
Perched on a hillside amidst olive and almond trees, this quaint village with its red-roofed houses has been a favourite among writers and artists for many years. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore the village's narrow, winding streets. A visit is then made to the deluxe hotel, La Residencia, where lunch is served at the Cafe' Miro'.
Café Miró at La Residencia Hotel
Renowned as one of the best and most romantic restaurants in Spain, it has received the Award of Excellence by the prestigious Wine Spectator magazine for four consecutive years. After lunch in your exclusive surroundings, re-board the coach for the return drive to the pier.
Experience the exquisite beauty and flavours of Mallorca during this delightful, half-day sightseeing excursion. Drive to Valldemosssa and La Granja; in La Granja discover how this place was greatly valued in Roman times. La Granja is the result of many periods and changes and today is a mixture of both stately and rustic styles.
Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 45-minute drive along the rugged northern coast to Son Marroig. En route, pass by majestic mountains, beautiful pine forests and groves of almond and olive trees. Upon arrival at Son Marroig, a stop is made for wonderful views and photo opportunities of Majorcan's northern coastline.
Valldemossa and Carthusian Monastery
Next, re-board your coach and continue on to Valldemossa, one of the most beautiful villages on the island. Nestled in a valley on the northern mountain range of Mallorca, Valldemossa is surrounded by mountains and woodland. Upon arrival, visit the famous Carthusian Monastery, which is now a museum. Afterward, some free time is made available for browsing and exploring Valldemossa at your leisure, and shopping for local handicrafts such as ceramics, honey, olive wood goods and almond oil beauty treatments.
La Granja and Wine Tasting
Your final stop is at La Granja de Esporles. Surrounded by beautiful fountains and lush formal gardens, this superb, 17th-century Majorcan manor house was built by a noble family on the site of a 10th-century farm belonging to monks. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to explore the grounds and interior of the house, which is now a museum. During your visit, stop by the wine cellar for an opportunity to sample local wines and Majorcan specialities. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier via Esporles Village.
Discover some of the most scenic parts of Mallorca during this picturesque ride on the Soller Railway, and a visit to the lovely village of Soller. The railway is characterized, amongst other things, by the fact that it is narrow gauge, the track width being 914 mm (approximately 1-yard), which is infrequent nowadays; moreover its rolling stock is extremely varied and meticulously finished, and maintained using traditional methods.
Depart the pier for the approximate 50-minute sightseeing drive through Palma, and on to the Son Reus Train Station.
Soller Railway Journey
Upon arrival, board the historic Soller train. The Soller Railway has been running a daily train service along the 17-mile (27-kilometre) route between Palma de Mallorca and Soller, without interruption, since 1912.
Your scenic, 45-minute journey is an enchanting voyage highlighted by beautiful panoramic views of the Mallorcan Mountains, orange groves and small, fairy tale like villages. Pass through 13 tunnels and numerous bridges before arriving at Soller. After some free time in the beautiful village of Soller, board a coach for the drive back to the ship.
Set in a lush valley of orange groves between the mountains and the sea, Soller is popular with day trippers who arrive on the vintage train from Palma and seem to do little but sit outside the cafes in Placa Constitucion soaking up the atmosphere and the sun.
Explore this beautiful village in the middle of the mountains with lovely bars and shops, the pretty church of San Bartolomé, and the Town Hall.
After some free time, return to the pier.