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Andalucia: Culture, Heritage and Gastronomy 8 days

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Andalucia: Culture, Heritage and Gastronomy 8 days

This classic and magic journey around the most quintessential of the Spanish regions will help you to discover the main Unesco World Heritage sites in Spain such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Mosque of Córdoba and the Gothic Cathedral in Sevilla. Be seduced by the aura of another era where Christians, Jews and Muslims lived together in harmony and created one of the most important civilizations that the world has ever seen.

Arrival in Granada

Arrival at Malaga airport and private transfer to Granada, the city of the Alhambra (aprx 1.30h). Our representative & tour leader will receive you at the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel in Granada. After check-in, you will be taken on a short orientation walking tour of aprx 1h to get acquainted to the city and specially the Albaycin Moorish quarter, constructed on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares, where you will reach San Nicolas viewpoint, offering magnificent views of the Alhambra, Granada and Sierra Nevada. Your tour guide will take you to some of the most authentic tapas bars in town to savour traditional dishes and get you immersed with the culture and traditions (cost not included) Accommodation: Hotel Villa Oniria Meals not included Read more

Granada - 1 night

Granada

After breakfast, our tour leader will take you to the Alhambra where she will introduce you to your local art historian guide, fluent English speaking who will show you the Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens in a 2.30h private tour. On a rocky hill, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and amongst the eldest quarter in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with its distinctive reddish stone. The Alhambra ranks among the world’s finest examples of Islamic art with carved cedar-wood, infrequent stucco work, and gorgeous mosaics. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and the court of Granada in the middle of XIII century. After your private guided tour of the Alhambra, you will enjoy a nice lunch at the Parador terrace, with breath-taking views over the Generalife gardens. After lunch we will walk down into Granada city center to meet your art historian guide again at Plaza Isabel la Católica to discover the historical, monumental and cultural richness of Granada city centre. You will be visiting the main city highlights such as the impressive Gothic Cathedral and the stunning Royal Chapel where you could see the tombs of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella. Rest of the day free at leisure Accommodation: Hotel Villa Oniria Meals included: Breakfast and lunch Read more

Granada - 1 night

Granada to Montilla and Cordoba

After breakfast, check out and private transfer to Cordoba. Today you will explore a very unique area which is off the beaten paths between Granada and Cordoba. The wine region of Montilla-Moriles. Here the landscape is certainly comparable to the Italian Tuscany. First, you will be visiting a local family olive oil mill to learn about the extra virgin olive oil production and taste two of their delicious varieties along with freshly baked bread. Afterwards, it's on to a local family winery located right in the heart of the vineyards of Montilla hills. You will learn the whole process of the unique "sherry" wines from this area (one of the oldest in Spain) and also taste the 5 different varieties followed by a traditional tapas lunch home made by the winery owners. After lunch, you will be driven to Cordoba where you will check in at your hotel in the Jewish quarter You will have a bit of time to settle down and rest before going on a short guided orientation walk along the riverside to get acquainted to this historical an ancient city of Roman origins. Rest of the evening free at leisure Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia Meals included: Breakfast and lunch Read more

Cordoba - 1 night

Cordoba

After breakfast, meet your local art historian guide, fluent English speaking, at the lobby of your hotel for a 3 hours guided walking tour of Cordoba including a visit to the Unesco-listed Mosque/Cathedral the Jewish quarter, the Sinagogue and the Royal Palace and gardens. The tour will finish at the Julio Romero Museum (the Old Charity Hospital from XVIc), where you will have some free time to visit the museum on your own and admire the amazing artwork of this Cordoba painter. He was a good representative of the symbolism style and became particularly famous for his erotic paintings of naked women. Lunch will be served at the famous “Bodegas Campos”, a traditional Cordoba house with courtyards and a private wine cellar. Free afternoon to relax back in the hotel or do some shopping (jewelry, leather or souvenirs) In the evening, your tour leader will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you to the Royal Stables (only 5 minutes from your hotel, next to the Royal Alcazar) Royal Stables to enjoy an incredible and unique equestrian show. This emblematic and historical building was founded in 1570 by King Felipe II, a great horse lover with the dream of making a pure Spanish thoroughbred. The structure of the Royal Stables is quite grand, with vaulted ceilings and archways. Once the birthplace of the Andalusian Horse and now an unparalleled setting for this unique equestrian show. The performance is a chance to marvel at the beauty and magic of these animals showing different disciplines and the extraordinary skills of the riders. You will enjoy a magic evening which is accompanied by music, lights and dancing and also combined with the most majestic horses' dressage exercises. After the show you can have dinner at one of the local restaurants in the nearby and authentic "San Basilio" district or close to your hotel in the Jewish quarter Rest of the evening free at leisure Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia Meals included: Breakfast and lunch Read more

Cordoba - 1 night

Cordoba to Almodovar del Rio and Sevilla

After breakfast, check out and private transfer to Almodóvar del Río, where you will have a 1:30 hour guided visit of the extremely well preserved 8th century Moorish castle. The Almodovar Castle sits above the town of Almodovar, on top of a sheer-walled monolith. Which is why, it can only be seen from a large distance, and offers spectacular views over the entire Guadalquivir Valley. The fortress dates back to Roman times, the current construction, however, was built by the Arabs in 760. The Castle has always been important to the city of Cordoba, since its strategic location contributed to insuring the city’s security. After the guided visit to the castle you will be driven to the nearby Hornachuelos natural park for a lovely lunch at a local restaurant, specialised in grilled meat and vegetables, offering spectacular views of the Bembezar river. After lunch you will continue on to Sevilla. On arrival, check in at your hotel. You will have a bit of time to settle down and rest before going on a short guided orientation walk in Sevilla to discover some of the main landmarks of the magic capital of Andalucia: Jardines de Murillo, Plaza de España, Mª Luisa Park, Alfonso XIII hotel, the Torre del Oro (The Golden tower) and the riverside of the Guadalquivir. Rest of the evening free at leisure Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia. Meals included: Breakfast and lunch. Read more

Sevilla - 1 night

Sevilla

After breakfast, meet your local art historian guide, fluent English speaking, in the lobby of the hotel to embark you on a 3 hours guided walking tour of the historical center of Sevilla (one of the largest in Europe), including the Barrio de Santa Cruz (the old Jewish quarter with a labyrinth of tiny alleys and white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), the Reales Alcazares (an active Royal residence boasting impressive gardens and fountains from the XIV century) and the great Cathedral (the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world). The tour will finish at the Giralda tower (Cathedral's bell tower), where you can walk up to the very top (104 m high over ramps, no steps) at your own pace. Your tour guide will pick you up at the exit gate of the Cathedral for a 2h tapas tour Free afternoon to relax, do some shopping or visit some other interesting sites such as the Fine art Museum, the Casa Pilatos or the Venerables Palace. In the evening, your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you to one of the most emblematic "Tablaos" in Sevilla. With more than 40 years of experience this "Tablao" offers the purest Flamenco you can find in Andalusia. Probably the best place in Sevilla to live the excitement and duende of flamenco. Prior to the performance, à la carte dinner with dishes of high Andalusian cuisine will be served (all drinks are included). Towards the end of the dinner, the show will start and last approximately 1.30h. This show features up to 15 of the most professional flamenco artists in the whole Spain. Excitement and enjoyment are guaranteed! Rest of the evening free at leisure Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Read more

Sevilla - 1 night

Sevilla to Ronda

After breakfast and check out, your driver will take you today on a scenic drive through the spectacular Grazalema natural park with sightseeing stops at the charming towns of Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra, two little white villages with breath-taking views over the mountains of this dramatic rural landscape. Lunch will be served today at a cosy restaurant with a terrace overlooking the turquoise water lake of Zahara de la Sierra. Your driver will take you then to the picturesque town of Ronda, where you will have an introductory walking tour of aprx 2 h including the old town, the Tajo cliffs, the New bridge and the bullring & matador museum. In the late afternoon, you will be transferred to Malaga, where you will check-in at your hotel in the historic center. Rest of the evening free at leisure Accommodation: Hotel Molina Lario Meals included: Breakfast, lunch Read more

Malaga - 1 night

Malaga and departure

After breakfast and check-out, you can leave luggage at reception for a later pick up and transfer to the airport. This last morning, your tour guide will take you for an orientation walk for aprx 2 h through the old town, the Alcazaba fortress and the Port. Malaga city has evolved lately into a very interesting cultural hub. Malaga will amazingly surprise you as it does to everybody who visits it for the first time. It is not just the birth place for Picasso or the capital of the famous Costa del Sol. It is the perfect balance of heritage and modernity. A very old town with a very contemporary perspective. You will have about 1 hour free time to visit the Picasso Museum (entrance tickets not included) before you enjoy your last lunch at El Pimpi restaurant, one of the icons of the city. In the afternoon, private transfer to Malaga airport to connect with your return flight. Meals included: Breakfast and farewell drink Read more

ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Granada
Day 3
Location Cordoba
Day 5
Location Sevilla
Day 7
Location Malaga

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • • All breakfasts
  • • 7 lunches (drinks included) in: Granada, Montilla, Cordoba, Hornachuelos, Sevilla, Ronda and Malaga.
  • • 1 dinner (drinks include) in Sevilla (part of the flamenco show)
  • • Private vehicle at your disposal with English speaking driver from arrival to departure.
  • • Granada: Alhambra & Generalife gardens + city center (Cathedral + royal Chapel)
  • • Cordoba: Mosque / Cathedral, Sinagogue and Alcazar
  • • Almodóvar castle
  • • Sevilla: Cathedral and Alcazar
  • • Ronda: Casa Don Bosco and Bullring
  • • Equestrian show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba
  • • Flamenco performance in Sevilla
  • • Family run olive oil farm in Montilla (guided visit and tasting included)
  • • Family run winery in Montilla (guided visit, tasting and paired tapas lunch included)

Package excludes

  • • International Flights
  • • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • • Tips
  • • Personal Expenses

More information

  • - Primary activities: culture and history
  • - Degree of difficulty (Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Challenging). Easy to moderate
  • - No. of travellers: Min 2
  • - Special skill level required (Y/N)? Y Good physical condition due to the city walking involved (pebbled and hilly streets, steps and ramps).
  • Arrival city & airport, and departure city & airport. Arrival & Departure: Malaga
  • Are children allowed? If yes, what is the minimum age? Yes, minimum age 6 years old

REVIEWS

5 Reviews

Beverly & David, United States

We just came back from a five weeks trip to Andalucia and we don’t have enough words to thank Rosa for such a wonderful trip. Working with her from start to finish was a true pleasure. Every aspect of the itinerary she put together worked perfectly and we are still glowing from how exceptionally pleasant the entire experience was. We’ve have a lot of special moments on this trip but the most memorable one was to experience Semana Santa in the real crowd and surrounded by locals Read more

Jordan M., United States

I never thought of having handcrafted travel but it was incredible and would do it again in a heartbeat. Rosa Lara did an amazing job of fitting a lot into a two week vacation, which allowed us to make the most out of our time in Spain. She fits in the perfect balance of tours and free time. She was attentive to email and coordinating the perfect itinerary prior to our departure, the online app to view the itinerary during travel was super helpful. Thanks again for the great trip! Read more

Harry & Diana, United States

What a fabulous trip! Excellent communication prior and during the trip. Comfortable transportation. Very knowledgeable guides and perfect accommodations, type boutique hotels which gave us the true flavor of the country since they were all historical buildings. Our host Rosa, was so special that we cried when we said goodbye…. We would suggest to anyone that wants to explore Andalucia to use this company. It is a must for the best experience and service. Read more

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