A Choice Of Tours: Silver Whisper City Tour Of A Coruña, Spain

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Silver Whisper visits A Coruna. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

The Tower of Hercules has served as a lighthouse since the 1st century A.D. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

We’ve been on a port-intensive cruise since departing Southampton last week on Silver Whisper. Each day, we’ve enjoyed some memorable tours, with only one sea day to rest, and that was on the first full day of the cruise.

So when Silver Whisper docked in the city center of A Coruña on Thursday, we chose a tour that allowed us to sleep in and get a good overview of the city.

The “Crystal City & Taste Of Tapas” tour started at 10 a.m., which my 17-year-old daughter greatly appreciated. She’s been up early each morning until now to get out and about. Again, Silversea gave us choices for today’s tours. We could also have done Santiago de Compostela, beginning at 8:30 a.m.; Coruña and Betanzos, starting at 9; or a Wines & Pairings tour, starting at 9:30 a.m. Of course, we could also have walked into the city center, only a few steps away from the gangway.

We boarded a bus with 20 or so others and toured via a combination of motorcoach, photo stops and walking. The tour ended with Tapas at one of A Coruña’s most popular restaurants, Yeboles.

I find this region of Spain to be fascinating, from its Celtic connections to such attractions as the Tower of Hercules, which has served as a lighthouse and landmark at the entrance of A Coruña harbor since the late 1st century A.D. when the Romans built it.

We’re leaving this region, however, after a short stop in Vigo, Spain, which I’ve covered on Avid Cruiser before at this link. After that, it’s Lisbon, where we’ll spend a couple of days before Britton ends what has been a remarkable summer for both of us.

Silver Whisper visits A Coruna. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

I enjoyed exploring A Coruña’s Celtic connections. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Whisper visits A Coruna. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

We have been fortunate to have had beautiful weather our entire trip. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Whisper visits A Coruna. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Apparently, my daughter has seen enough churches on this trip through France and Northern Spain. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Whisper visits A Coruna. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

On every tour in Spain so far, tapas, with wine. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Silver Whisper visits A Coruna. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

Traditional costumes to open a book fair this week. © 2012 Ralph Grizzle

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