Exploring the architectural beauty of Seville, Córdoba and Granada from the coast to the Sierra Nevada mountains
Seville - 3 nights
Granada - 3 nights
Málaga - 1 night
Spain's southern region is distinguished by its centuries-old traditions and fervent cultural celebrations, including flamenco and bullfighting, encapsulating the essence of Spain as a vibrant, passionate nation. We have been inspired to create this easily navigable journey through Andalucía's main cities by road, affording the best views of this fascinating region.
Seville lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir and is one of the best known historical centres in Europe, combining Moorish and European tradition. The Reales Alcázares, built for King Pedro of Castile in the 1360s, has a distinct Moorish influence and the Giralda, the cathedral's minaret, was the culmination of Almohad architecture, serving as a model for the imperial capitals of Rabat and Marrakech.
Nearby Córdoba was founded during Roman times and thanks to its strategic position as the highest navigable point on the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance, used for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to ancient Rome.
Granada is home to one of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture, the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th century. This mighty compound of buildings, including the summer palace, Generalife, with its fountains and gardens, stands at the foot of Spain's highest mountain range, the Sierra Nevada, overlooking the city below and the fertile plain of Granada.
Cultural & Countryside Tour
Jules Verne Sightseeing
4 UNESCO Heritage Sites
Local Expert Guide
Group Size: 10 – 25
Day 1 Fly from Gatwick to Málaga. Tour of Ronda and continue to Seville for three nights at the 4-star Melia Sevilla.
Day 2 Morning walking tour of Seville including the Jewish Quarters, Gothic cathedral (La Giralda) and passing the 19th-century bullring on the Guadalquivir River. (B, D)
Day 3 Walking tour of old Seville passing the Plaza de la Encarnación and the Fine Arts Museum. (B)
Day 4 Visit the Plaza de España and continue to Córdoba. City tour exploring the old Jewish quarter and Mezquita (Córdoba's Great Mosque). Continue to Granada for three nights at the 4-star Abba Granada. (B)
Day 5 Walking tour including the Royal Chapel. Later, visit the Alhambra and Generalife Gardens. Optional flamenco show (bookable locally). (B)
Day 6 Drive to the south side of the Sierra Nevada to Las Alpujarras, known for its spectacular scenery and former silk production. 'Jamón Serrano' tasting and a tapas lunch in Capileira. (B, L)
Day 7 Visit an olive mill in the Axarquía area. Special Event lunch. Continue to Málaga. Overnight at the 4-star Soho Bahía Málaga Hotel. (B, L)
Day 8 Return flight to London from Málaga. (B)
Granada sightseeing involves some inclines and steps.
On occasion, the Alhambra may be visited on an alternative day.
A 4-star hotel located by the Plaza de España with bars, restaurants, pool and WiFi (free). 365 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, safe, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A 4-star hotel located on the edge of the city with bar, restaurant, pool and WiFi (free). 136 air-conditioned rooms with private facilities, hairdryer, mini-bar and satellite TV.
A centrally located 4-star hotel in the old town, a few minutes’ walk from Málaga’s port and art museums. Roof terrace bar WiFi (free) and 40 air-conditioned rooms with hairdryer, mini-bar, safe and satellite TV.
per person in a twin/double room
British Airways from Gatwick
Supplements per person
Single supplement £425 (31 Oct £375)
British Airways Club Europe
Extra nights – Málaga
Soho Bahía Málaga Hotel
(per night) £55 (Apr & 3 Oct £70)
Single supplement £50 (Apr & 3 Oct £65)
Departure transfer £20
Arrival transfer included with group
Departure transfer add £20
Air travel and taxes, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 1 dinner, itinerary as described, services of guides and local representatives. If our specially negotiated airfares are unavailable at the time of booking, a supplement may apply.
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.
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