OVERVIEW: Travel to Valldemossa, a typically beautiful island village where you'll step back in time as you visit the ancient La Cartuja monastery.
HIGHLIGHTS: Visit the village of Valldemossa and enjoy some free time to explore and shop. Enjoy a guided tour of La Cartuja, a former monastery which was once home to the Polish composer Chopin and the French writer George Sand.
NOTES: Valldemossa is not wheelchair accessible. Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile over even and cobblestone paths with 10 to 20 steps.
Travel to Valldemossa, a typically beautiful island village, and step back in time as you visit the ancient La Cartuja Monastery.
-Valldemossa: Enjoy time to shop and explore in this beautiful village set in a mountain valley
-La Cartuja Monastery: Enjoy a guided tour of the former monastery which was once home to the Polish composer Chopin and the French writer George Sand.
This excursion takes you to Valldemossa, one of the most beautiful yet typical villages on the island. The village is a short distance from Palma, nestled in a valley of the northern mountain range.
From the port, the coach will head to Valldemossa where you'll visit La Cartuja, an ancient monastery that was originally built as a royal hunting lodge and later inhabited by Carthusian monks. The monks were expelled in 1835, the venue was privatized and the cells became lodging for travelers. During the winter of 1838, the famous Polish composer Frederick Chopin and the French writer George Sand lived in this monastery. There is a collection of furniture, including a piano where Chopin composed some of his masterpieces. George Sand later wrote a book "A Winter in Majorca," which tells of time spent on the island. Other interesting sites in the monastery include a small chapel, a pharmacy dating to the Middle Ages and the monk's library. A local museum and some ornately furnished rooms originally called King Sancho's Palace are also open for visitors. Guests will also have the opportunity to listen to a 10-minute piano concert.
At the conclusion of the guided portion of the tour, guests will have time to shop and explore Valldemossa on their own.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard the ship) and photo identification when in port
-Camera and cash for shopping
What to Wear:
-Light clothing, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Valldemossa is not wheelchair accessible.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile over even and cobblestone paths with 10 to 20 steps.
-Time permitting, guests will have approximately 45 minutes of free time in Valldemossa.
Serenade of the Seas voyages of 12/14/12, 12/24/12 & 01/04/13: Please note that the concert is not available during the months of December and January at the La Carjuta Monastery. Participants will receive 10 minutes of free time to enjoy the venue