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Classic Cultural Tour: The highlights of Andalusia

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Classic Cultural Tour: The highlights of Andalusia

Embark on a carefully curated magical journey around Moorish Andalucia & discover some of Spain’s main World Heritage Sites. Accompanied by a local tour leader and guided by art historian experts, you will explore and learn about the history of exceptional places in the region such as Granada’s legendary Alhambra Palace, Cordoba’s distinctive Mosque, and the Sevilla’s majestic Cathedral.

Malaga & Granada

Early afternoon: Arrive in Malaga, meet & greet at the train station & transfer to Granada Upon arrival in Malaga, meet with your tour leader with whom you will spend the next 7 days exploring Southern Spain and the rest of your group. Your private driver will then transfer you all to your hotel in Granada's historic center (approx. 1.5h drive along the scenic coastal road). Evening: Orientation walk in Granada After check-in, you will be taken on a short orientation walking tour of approx. 1.5h to get acquainted to the city and especially the Albaycin Moorish quarter, constructed on a medieval town plan with cobbled streets and small squares, which will lead you to the San Nicolas viewpoint, offering magnificent views of the Alhambra, Granada and the Sierra Nevada. Your tour guide will then take you to some of the most authentic tapas bars in town to sample traditional dishes and get you immersed in the “granadino tapas” culture and traditions. Meals included: Evening tapas tour Read more

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Granada

Enjoy a 2.5h tour of the Alhambra Palace & the beautiful Generalife gardens with your local fluent English-Speaking art historian guide. This tour includes entrance tickets and 'skip the line' access. The Alhambra is Granada’s – and Europe’s – love letter to Moorish culture, a place where fountains trickle, leaves rustle, and ancient spirits seem to mysteriously linger. Lunch will be at a nearby restaurant with beautiful views. Free Afternoon Free time to simply relax, explore the city alone or maybe do some shopping? For those looking for something a little different, we can also arrange a nice session at the famous Arabian Baths or a Flamenco show as an optional extra. Granada was first settled by native tribes in the prehistoric period and was known as Ilbyr. When the Romans colonized southern Spain, they built their own city here and called it Illibris. The Arabs, invading the peninsula in the 8th century, gave it its current name of Granada. It was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and her husband Ferdinand of Aragon. Free evening We will provide you with maps, tips, and recommendations for local bars & restaurants. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

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Montilla & Cordoba

Morning: Montilla olive oil & wine region On this exciting tour, we will venture out into the countryside to explore the beautiful hills of Montilla. Here you will visit two family-run boutique establishments: an olive oil mill and a winery. You will learn about the production process and will enjoy tastings of their award-winning products along with a delicious traditional tapas lunch showcasing this region’s products. Home of the famed "Gran Capitan”, Fernández de Córdoba, a Spanish general who fought in the Conquest of Granada and the Italian wars. Montilla also the centre of the of Origin wine zone known as Montilla-Moriles. Afternoon: Transfer to Cordoba & orientation walk Get acquainted with this beautiful and historical city with a 2h orientation walk focused on the city centre and the San Basilio district, famous for featuring some of the most hidden treasures and private courtyards in Cordoba. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

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Cordoba

Morning: Cordoba guided tour Walking tour with historian guide of approx. 3h to discover the main sites of this UNESCO listed city. Includes: the Mosque and Cathedral, the Jewish quarter and the Royal Alcázar/Palace. The tour will end at the Julio Romero Museum (the Old Charity Hospital from XVIc), where you will have some free time to visit the museum alone. Lunch will be at the famous “Bodegas Campos”, a traditional Córdoba house with stunning courtyards and a private wine cellar. Córdoba was an important Roman city and a major Islamic centre in the Middle Ages. It’s best known for La Mezquita, an immense mosque dating from 784 A.D., featuring a columned prayer hall and older Byzantine mosaics. After it became a Catholic church in 1236, a Renaissance-style nave was added in the 17th century. Free Afternoon to relax or explore the city alone. Evening Equestrian Show (optional extra 25€ per person) Marvellous equestrian exhibition in which pure bred Spanish horses are the main protagonists. The stage; an emblematic and magical historical building, once the birthplace of the Andalusian Horse and now an unparalleled setting for this enchanting equestrian show. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

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Medina Azahara & Sevilla

Morning: Guided tour of Medina Azahara After having breakfast and checking out, your driver and art historian guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you to explore the archaeological site of Medina Azahara (aprx. 20 min North of Cordoba). Here you will have a guided tour of 3 hrs including: a presentation video, a tour of the archaeological museum and a visit to the site itself. Lunch: Transfer to the picturesque town of Carmona (approx. 1h 15min, on the way to Sevilla) where you will enjoy a delicious lunch at the Parador. Its strategical location offers the most spectacular views over the Guadalquivir valley. Carmona, known as the“shining star of Andalucia” a hidden gem sited on a low hill overlooking a fertile plain planted with fields of barley, wheat, and sunflowers. Carmona is a small picturesque town that has burst beyond its ancient walls. Founded by the Carthaginians in III-century BC probably on the site of a Turditani Iberian settlement. After lunch, it’s off to Sevilla, which is at only a 30 min drive on the motorway. Evening Orientation walk of Sevilla: Approx. 1.5hrs to get acquainted with this charming city. Highlights: Murillo gardens, Plaza de España, María Luisa Park & the Torre del Oro. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

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Sevilla

Morning: Guided tour of Sevilla Walking tour of approx. 3h with your art historian guide to discover the main historic sites of Sevilla. Includes: The Cathedral, Royal Alcazar /Palace & the Santa Cruz Jewish quarter. This tour includes “skip-the-line” access to all the main sites. Lunch Tapas tour with your guide in the Santa Cruz neighbourhood to taste some of the local specialties. Some cities blast you away, others slowly win you over. Sevilla disarms and seduces you. Its historic centre lorded over by a colossal Gothic cathedral, is an intoxicating mix of resplendent Mudejar palaces, baroque churches and winding medieval lanes. Flamenco clubs keep the intimacy and intensity of this centuries-old tradition alive whilst aristocratic mansions recall the city’s past as a showcase Moorish capital and, later, a 16th-century metropolis rich on the back of New World trade. Evening Flamenco Show & Dinner An evening of art & emotion at one of the most emblematic ’tablaos’ in Sevilla. Witness the excitement and ‘duende’ of Flamenco firsthand, and enjoy a delectable à la carte dinner with dishes of high Andalusian cuisine. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Read more

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Ronda & Malaga

Today you will spend a wonderful day outdoors exploring the Grazalema Natural Park, its charming white villages and the picturesque little town of Ronda. Morning: Transfer to Malaga via white villages & Ronda Your private driver and tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you on a very scenic drive through the spectacular Grazalema natural park with sightseeing stops at the charming towns of Grazalema and Zahara de la Sierra. You will then have lunch at a very cosy restaurant with a terrace offering breath-taking views to the lake of Zahara. Afternoon: Guided tour of Ronda After lunch, you will be driven to the picturesque town of Ronda where you will have an introductory walking tour of approx. 2.5hrs including the old town, the cliffs, the New bridge and the famous bullring in the city centre. After the guided tour and before heading to your next destination, you will have some free time to do some shopping or having a drink whilst admiring the spectacular views. Grazalema, a pretty town with immaculately kept cobbled streets lined with whitewashed houses, wrought iron rejas on its windows and plant pots spilling over with colourful flowers. Grazalema is the most popular base for hikes into the Parque Natural Sierra de Grazalema. It's also an age-old producer of blankets, honey, cheese, meat-filled stews and an adrenaline-filled bull-running festival, it has its own special charm. Zahara de la Sierra, is quite simply a place that takes your breath away. It is, without a doubt, one of the most picturesque of all the Pueblos Blancos (white villages) in the Sierra de Grazalema, if not in the whole of Andalucia. The town enjoys an extraordinary setting, sitting at the foot of the Sierra del Jaral, perched on top of a hill and surrounded by theturquoise waters of the Zahara-el Gastor reservoir. Standing guard above the village are the remains of a Moorish castle that command views over the surrounding countryside and the white-washed village beneath. Ronda is a mountaintop city that sits in the heart of the Serrania de Ronda. Set dramatically above a deep gorge and surrounded by lush river valleys, it is a place that is breath-taking. The gorge, El Tajo, separates the city’s 15th-century new town from its Moorish old town. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering stunning views and the new town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks. Once your stay in Ronda is concluded, you will be transferred to Malaga city centre where you will check-in at the hotel and have the rest of the evening free to explore the city at your leisure. We will provide you with maps, tips, and recommendations for local bars & restaurants. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

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Malaga

Morning: Malaga Old town & Picasso museum Your art historian guide will meet you in the lobby of your hotel for a 2.5hrs guided tour in Malaga. The tour will include orientation walk through the historic town help you get your bearings around the Mediterranean and understand the past and the present of its and traditions. You will also enjoy a guided visit of the famed Picasso Museum and get to learn all about this Spanish artist’s relationship with his birthplace. Along the tour, you will get architectural and historical explanations of the most important sites of the city and their role in the shaping of modern-day Malaga: - The Renaissance Cathedral - The Roman theatre - The Alcazaba Moorish fortress - The Thyssen Museum - The main squares such as Plaza de la Merced o Plaza de la Constitución. You will also go off the beaten track get a feel for Malaga's authentic essence. This tour will be completed with a farewell lunch at one of the most authentic restaurants in Malaga. Should you need a transfer to your next destination, it will be our pleasure to arrange that for you (at an additional cost). Beyond its port and seafront, Malaga city can pleasantly surprise you. The archaeological remains, as well as its monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic, and Christian eras, make the historic centre of the city an open-air museum, displaying its rich 3,000-year history. Overlooking the town and port, the wonderfully preserved fourteenth-century citadels of the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro bear remarkable witness to the city's Moorish past, while the Roman Theatre below predates them by over a millennium. The city also has a trio of outstanding art galleries, including the spectacular Museo Picasso, housing a major collection of work by this Malaga-born artist. Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch Read more

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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

  • MEALS:
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (including wine and coffee)
  • 2 dinners: (including wine and coffee)
  • TRANSPORT:
  • Luxury AC vehicle
  • All private transfers from airport/railway station to hotels and vice versa.
  • All private transfers from town to town mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • GUIDED VISITS & TOURS (all entrance fees included):
  • Granada - Orientation walk + City tour + Alhambra
  • Montilla - Olive oil & wine experience
  • Cordoba - Orientation walk + City tour
  • Carmona - City tour
  • Sevilla - Orientation walk + City tour
  • White Villages - Sightseeing tour
  • Ronda - City tour
  • SHOWS:
  • Equestrian show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba
  • Flamenco performance in Sevilla

Package excludes

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

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  • 7 Nights Total
  • 2 Nights Granada
  • 2 Nights Cordoba
  • 2 Nights Sevilla
  • 1 Night Malaga
  • Assistance During Your Trip: Full support & assistance on hand 24hrs/day
  • As with all our clients, we will provide you with maps, a list of recommended places to visit, bars & restaurants, etc. to help you enjoy authentic Spain whilst
  • you’re exploring at your leisure.
  • Medical Insurance: We recommend that all travelers take out there own private medical insurance whilst traveling to avoid any unforeseen medical expenses...

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