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Morocco & the Canary Islands


Casablanca, Morocco



5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Casablanca Highlights & Hassan II Mosque
Departing the pier by motor coach you will begin your sightseeing tour of Casablanca at the Place Mohammed V Square, a large area surrounded by impressive administrative buildings.  Then it’s on to the highlight of your tour – a visit to the inside of the majestic Hassan II Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world and the only one that allows non-Muslims to come inside.  You will also that the mosque is the tallest building in Casablanca, by royal decree, so there are no commercial high rise buildings here.   Back on the road, you will travel along the coast admiring the golden beaches along the scenic Corniche. You will make a stop for pictures and refreshments.  Then it’s on to New Medina, a modern development where you will view the Royal Palace, the Regional Law Courts, and the Habous Quarter neighborhood. You will also visit the inside of the Notre Dame de Lourdes Church and have time to browse in the central market and at United Nations Square.

Please note: Hats and sunglasses should always be removed before you actually enter a mosque. Leave your shoes on the rack at the entrance. Wear modest clothing. 


price $99
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6 HRS

Moderate

snacks

culture

sightseeing
Casablanca, Imperial City of Rabat
Depart via motor coach from the pier for your 90-minute ride to Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Your first stop will be outside the Royal Palace, then on to the must-see Mausoleum of Mohammed V & Hassan Tower, containing the tombs of the late Moroccan king and his two sons.  Your next stop will be to the Kasbah Oudaya Medina, Rabat’s old district, full of maze-like streets where you will get a good idea of what a traditional medina in Morocco is all about. Meander down the hill to the Andalusian Gardens for a cup of Moroccan tea as you overlook the river and the city of Sale before heading back to Casablanca.

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible.



price $109
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13.5 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

snacks

dining

culture

sightseeing
Casablanca, Magical Marrakech - Full Day
You will leave the port of Casablanca and head for Marrakech, stopping en route at a roadside café for refreshments. On arrival in Marrakech, the most exotic of the imperial cities of Morocco, surrounded by thousands of palm trees and backed by the snow-capped Atlas Mountains, you’ll drive to the Medina where you will take a horse carriage ride to the Majorelle Gardens.  Enjoy a short walk in what was home to the late Yves Saint Laurent.  Lunch will be served in a Moroccan restaurant called Restaurant Palais Chahramane, complete with a folkloric show and belly dancing. Then you’ll continue your tour at the holy site of Medersa Ben Youssef, a Koranic school, then on to the labyrinth of souks.  Souk Smarine is a maze of colors, the bustling Djemaa El Fna Square, where you will enjoy a cup of Moroccan tea on a relaxing terrace before returning back to Casablanca.
 
Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. 


price $249
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Agadir, Morocco



5 HRS

Moderate

walking

sightseeing
Agadir, Market & Medina of Ancient Taroudant
Today you will board your motor coach and drive to the breathtaking view of Agadir’s almost endless beach from the Kasbah set above the Atlantic shoreline. Then continue to the Talborit Mosque and Berber Market of Souk al Had where you will have time to shop in the maze of souks the offer everything from carpets to fine handicrafts.  Then you will head for Taroudant, a lovely city off the beaten path.  On the way you will stop for a closer look at the argon trees and possibly see one of the local goats climbing a tree.  Upon arrival in quaint Taroudant you will enjoy lunch at Dar Zitoune Restaurant.  Then you will have a brief guided walk through the souks and then some free time to meander around the square or people watch before your refreshment stop at Jnane Soussia, and heading back to Agadir. 

Please note: Wear comfortable walking shoes. This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $129
No longer available online. Please inquire onboard.


3 HRS

Easy

walking

sightseeing
Agadir, Panoramic Agadir
Agadir is situated at the foot of the Atlas mountain range, which suffered an earthquake in 1962 that destroyed many of the city’s historic building.  Since then the city has rebuilt itself as a modern holiday resort with over 300 days of sunshine each year.  You will transfer by coach, to the Cap Ghir Hill summit and viewpoint, home of the ancient Kasbah.  Though mainly destroyed, the partial front gate of the Kasbah still declares in Dutch: “Fear God and honor they King.”  You will disembark in Agadir where local guides will be waiting to point out the various attractions including the Talborjt Mosque followed by a refreshment stop at a café for Moroccan tea. Continue on to the center of town, to the Berber Market, the heart of the colorful souks, where you will have free time to shop and practice your bartering skills purchasing local mementos. You will then be transferred via motor coach back to your yacht.  

Please note:  Wear comfortable walking shoes.  This tour is not wheelchair accessible.

price $89
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Lanzarote, Spain



8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Full Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $999
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Full Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1199
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Half Day Private CAR
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Half Day Private VAN
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.
 
price $899
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4 HRS

Moderate

outdoors

wildlife
Lanzarote, Island of Fire & Camel Ride
Travel to Fire Mountain, reminiscent of a lunar surface and the result of continuous volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736. Have some fun on a camel ride over the ashes of the volcano! Exploring by motor coach, you will continue through the park where the scenery hasn’t changed in the slightest since the eruptions. On the way back to the ship, you will ride through the wine district of La Geria, with a stop at one of the cellars for some excellent wine tasting.  

Please note:  Bring your sunglasses, a sweater or light jacket, water, and wear comfortable shoes.  

price $125
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Natural Wonders of Lanzarote
You will depart from the port of Arrecife, for a 35-minute drive to Mirador de Haria, which looks over the valley of Haria, the village of a thousand palms. Continue to the northern point of the island, and stop at Mirador del Rio, with breathtaking views on the other even smaller islands. The biggest is La Graciosa and the sea arm between Lanzarote and this little island looks like a river. Usually the color of this part of the sea is a different blue than the rest of the sea.  You will then head to the Finca Aloe Vera, is a pioneer company in Lanzarote using the traditional cultivation of Aloe Vera. Their aim is to become a reference for quality in their promise to respect the environment based on a sustainable development of the island.  You will go through the famous lava landscape in “Malpais de la Corona,” and will visit Jameos del Agua, located inside the volcanic tunnel created by the eruption of La Corona Vulcano. It owes its name to the existence of an internal lake which constitutes a unique geological formation. After this visit, you will make your way back to Arrecife and your waiting ship.

Please note: It is recommended that you bring sunglasses, a hat and wear comfortable shoes for this tour.

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price $99
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3.5 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Panoramic Lanzarote
Travel by motor coach to the Fire Mountains, reminiscent of a lunar surface and the result of the continuous volcanic eruptions between 1730 and 1736. There is still an abundance of geothermal power still locked just below the earth’s surface. Park wardens will pour cold water into bore holes – which is then expelled in huge steamy jets just seconds later.  You will explore the park by coach and travel the volcano route where the scenery hasn’t changed in the slightest since the eruptions. Continue on through the wine district of La Geria where you will have photo stops at the large salt pans of Salinas and a viewpoint of the stunning coastline of Los Hervideros along the way.  

Please note: This tour is not wheelchair accessible. 

price $99
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4 HRS

Easy

wine

sightseeing
Lanzarote, Wine Route
You will depart from the Port of Arrecife, capital of Lanzarote, to the southern part of the island. Lanzarote is known as the Mithic Island, since the volcanic relief has sculpted breathtaking landscapes of almost lunar beauty. On the way to El Grifo cellar, the Peasant Monument will show up in the middle of the road. Also called Fecundity Monument, it is nailed in a landscape of matchless beauty, La Geria, declared a “Protected Area” in Lanzarote’s largest wine growing region, where they have found an ingenious way of cultivating vines by digging funnel-shaped hollows, filling soil around the vines and pouring thick layers of volcanic ash on top. The ash helps retain humidity to feed the plants. El Grifo Cellar is the oldest one in the Canary Islands. The origin of the nomination El Grifo is not known, although the familiar tradition associates it with the mythological bird of the same name, half eagle half lion and today symbol of this cellar. There are 40 hectares of vineyard, mainly of malvasía grapes and some vines of moscatel and listán black.  You will visit the village in La Geria, which constitutes one of the agrarian landscapes more characteristic of Lanzarote and the Archipelago. At the local cellar you will have the opportunity to taste some local wine from local grapes grown from their unique system of irrigation.

Please note: Although there are steps at both cellars, there are also ramps, making this tour wheelchair accessible. 


price $99
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Las Palmas, Spain



5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Las Palmas and Bandama
Depart from the ship to the “Pueblo Canario,” a collection of houses inspired by the Canarian traditional architecture. Enjoy the square that is surrounded by stores of local crafts and a hermitage. You will then visit the Casa Museo de Colón (Columbus´House Museum). Casa Colón is dedicated to the study of the history of the Canary Islands and its relations with America. Then you will visit the Plaza Santa Ana (Saint Anne´s Square) that is the heart of the old district of Vegueta. Nearby, stands the Museo Canario (Canary Island Museum) mainly devoted to the island’s pre-Hispanic culture. The museum boasts the world´s most extensive collections of Cro-Magnon remains. You will have an opportunity to see Altavista and the “Crater de Bandama.” It is called “Caldera” in the Canary Islands and in this beautiful place there is an inactive crater of about 2,625 feet diameter that is 656 feet deep. It is one of a few craters of the world whose ground is inhabited and cultivated. The Caldera de Bandama is the result of a great explosion about 5,000 years ago. From the interior of the crater molten lava came out and formed Mount Bandama from where you will have an amazing panoramic view. You will stop for photos and admire the scenery before being driven back to the ship.  

Please note: This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or climbing or who are confined to a wheelchair. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. 

price $79
No longer available online. Please inquire onboard.


5 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Las Palmas, Arucas & the City of Teror
Your tour will begin at Santa Brigida, known for its clay pots and other bowls. You will stop at a landmark restaurant dug into the hillside which is surrounded by beautiful gardens and caverns connected by passages. Your next stop will be Teror.  See the Basilica located in the town square Plaza del Pino, with its beautiful stained glass windows showing the Mysteries of the Rosary.  Continue on to the city of Arucas. The city center, declared a site of historic-artistic interest, is a must see.  You will also see the Parish Church of San Juan Bautista, built entirely in Arucas stone by local master masons. There are also more beautiful stained glass windows here, the works of Canary Island painter Cristobal Hernandez de Quintana, and an extraordinary carving of the Reclining Christ, by Manuel Ramos. You will see Plaza de San Juan, the unfinished neo-classical building of the Teatro Nuevo, Plaza de la Constitucion, and the Municipal Market. Another of the main sites in Arucas is the Casa y Jardín de la Marquesa (The Marquise’s Palace and Gardens). The house was built in 1880 and the spacious Romantic style gardens around the house can also be toured.  
   
Please note: This tour is not recommended for guests who have difficulty walking or climbing or are confined to a wheelchair. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. 


price $99
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Las Palmas, Full Day Private Car
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own. 

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1699
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8 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Las Palmas, Full Day Private Van
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 8 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $1799
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Las Palmas, Half Day Private Car
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own car. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 1-2 guests. Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private car, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests.

 

price $929
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4 HRS

Easy

sightseeing
Las Palmas, Half Day Private Van
Explore at your leisure with a private vehicle, driver, and English-speaking guide. This exclusive tour will allow you to customize your time ashore and explore the most interesting sites in the comfort and privacy of your own van. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore. See the iconic sites of the city, or create your own personal stops to make the experience your own.

Please note:  Capacity: 3 - 6 guests. Private vans are ordered per vehicle (not per person). This tour includes transport in a private van, driver and English Speaking Guide. Itinerary can be adjusted with tour guide as long as it’s in the area and does not exceed the duration of 4 hours. Recommended for physically challenged guests. 


price $999
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4 HRS

Moderate

culture

sightseeing
Las Palmas, Panoramic Las Palmas
Depart from your ship to have a look in the Tafira area, the exclusive residential district of Las Palmas city and home of the University. After a short time to explore, reboard your coach and journey to the “Crater de Bandam.” This area is characterized by an inactive volcanic crater that is approximately 2,625 feet in diameter, and more importantly, is now inhabited and cultivated! The Crater de Bandama is the result of a great explosion that occurred approximately 5,000 years ago. From the interior of the crater erupted lava came out and formed Mount Bandama, where you will have a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside. Then, continue to Teror, situated in a strategic position on the slopes of a mountain valley that links the north with the center of the island and is a treasure trove of Canarian architecture – cobbled streets and handcrafted carved wooden balconies. In Teror there is a Basilica which houses the Virgen del Pino, the island’s patron saint. The Basilica itself is constructed in the traditional Canarian design. Next, it’s off to Arucas. The city is mainly an agricultural center on the foot of the Mountain of Arucas, a dormant volcano. Agriculture is very important to Arucas, the third largest town in Gran Canaria. You will see the large banana farms that contribute to the commerce of this area. Arucas’ historical center has a distinctly 19th century flavor and is rich in buildings with carved stone façades. After a photo stop here, you will continue the drive towards Altavista, with amazing views of the surroundings and return to your Windstar ship.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or climbing or who are confined to a wheelchair. Wear comfortable shoes and bring your camera. 


price $69
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San Sebastian de la Gomera, Spain



4 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking

sightseeing
La Gomera - Garajonay National Park
From San Sebastian, the island’s capital, you’ll visit Gomera’s most interesting sights. First you’ll head north to the agricultural valley of Hermigua, famous for its banana plantations, and then on to the small, enchanting village of Agulo. Surrounded by a massive basalt wall almost 985 feet high, Agulo offers a breathtaking view of the nearby island of Tenerife. Before returning, the tour will stop at Agando, for a glimpse of the magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site landscape of basalt formations of volcanic origin such as Roques de Agando and Orchilla.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues due to the amount of walking required. Wear comfortable walking shoes. All roads on La Gomera are winding and there are some ravines. Spanish law imposes an age restriction of 18 to take this tour. 


price $89
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5.15 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking

sightseeing
La Gomera - Gomera Delight
Board your motor coach to travel to the wonderful forest of Garajonay, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and your first destination after leaving the island capital, San Sebastian. Standing at over 4,000 feet above sea level, the views you’ll see provide a magnificent panorama that stretches to the neighboring islands of Tenerife in the east and La Palma in the west. Making a number of stops along the way, you will have a myriad of opportunities to take photographs and enjoy the view.  You will then begin your descent to the coast. Included on this tour is a visit the incredible Valle Gran Rey, home of the island’s last “Guanche” Chieftain, and you will learn about the conquest of La Gomera at the beginning of the 15th century. Dominated by the surrounding curtain of mountains, you’ll discover remote communities and terraced farms that cling to the valley walls all around. A short stop for refreshments in Arure will be made en route back to your ship in San Sebastian. 

Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues due to the amount of walking required. All roads on La Gomera are winding and there are some ravines. Spanish law imposes an age restriction of 18 to take this tour. It is advised that you bring your camera. 


price $129
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4 HRS

Moderate

unesco

walking
La Gomera - Short Island Tour
From San Sebastian, the island’s capital, you’ll visit La Gomera’s most interesting sights, traveling by motor coach. First you’ll head north to the agricultural valley of Hermigua, famous for its banana plantations. The Garajonay National Park covers the southern part of this municipality and one of its landmarks is the twin rocks “Roques de San Pedro.”  You will see the subtropical thermopile forest of Laurisilva Woods before traveling on to the small, enchanting village of Agulo. Surrounded by a massive basalt wall almost 984 feet high, Agulo offers a breathtaking view of the nearby island of Tenerife. It’s a short 15-minute drive to Centro Visitantes Las Rosas where you will have free time to browse and shop for souvenirs. Your next destination will be Laguna Grande where you will have time to walk around the beautiful, dramatic scenery and visit Jeugo de Bolas, a center where you will learn the history of how the island was formed. Head to Agando, where you will see the magnificent landscape of volcanic basalt formations at Roques de Agando and Orchilla, one of La Gomera’s most striking features at 4,074 feet high. Then, your motor coach will return you to your yacht.

Please note: This tour is not recommended for wheelchairs or people with mobility issues due to the amount of walking required. All roads on La Gomera are winding and there are some ravines. Spanish law imposes an age restriction of 18 to take this tour. It is advised that you bring your camera. 


price $89
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Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain



4.5 HRS

Moderate

sightseeing
Tenerife: Santa Cruz & Pyramid Park with Transfer
Combine a panoramic city tour of Santa Cruz with the Pyramid Park of Tenerife. You will drive through the boulevards of Santa Cruz passing several luxury hotels, the local botanical park and the old bullring (bullfighting is now prohibited in the Canary Islands). You will head far into the hills for a panoramic view of the entire city of Santa Cruz. En route to the Pyramid Park and Candelaria, you’ll cross the Guimar Valley where the pre-Hispanic pyramids are situated. Pyramid Park is Tenerife’s newest attraction. The world-famous adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who captained the Kon-Tiki discovered the pyramid site on one of his voyages. After your visit to the park, you will head to the airport via the town of Candelaria, visiting the basilica where the figure of the Black Madonna, Patron Saint of the Canary Islands, is housed. 

Please note:  Wear a hat, and comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles, and bring your camera.  


price $99
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