Overview 

Seville - 3 nights

Granada - 3 nights

Málaga - 1 night

Spendology - Widgets

A JOURNEY THROUGH ANDALUCÍA

Experience the essence of Andalucía, from its Roman, Moorish, and medieval monuments to its food, flamenco and penchant for fiestas; as you tour from southern shores to Sierra Nevada scenery, visiting vibrant Seville, Cordoba’s historic core, and grandiose Granada

One dramatically sited cliff-top town, two beautifully bucolic districts, and three richly historic cities all come together on this enthralling tour, to present every aspect of Andalucía.

The town is remarkable Ronda, set on either side of a plunging gorge, with the Puente Nuevo bridging the gap between its 15th-century ‘new town’ and the older Moorish area.

The two rural regions each boast a unique feature. Set high on the Sierra Nevada slopes, Las Alpujarras is known for its micro-ecology, the farming villages forming a fertile band of greenery between the snowline above and the dry scrubland beneath. Axarquía is famed for its micro-climate of reliably sub-tropical weather, supporting the area’s citrus groves and its claim of ‘the best climate in Europe’.

The three cities chart Andalucía’s history in their architecture, from Cordoba’s sixteen-arched Roman Bridge, and Moorish Mezquita mosque/cathedral; to Seville’s medieval Juderia lanes, 1920s Plaza de España, and modern Metropol Parasol; and perhaps the jewel in the crown, the ancient town of Illibris which became the Moorish city of Granada, its 14th century Alhambra ‘palace city’ replete with royal buildings and majestic gardens, its 16th-century confections including the cathedral.

Key Features

Cultural & Countryside Tour

Jules Verne Sightseeing

4 UNESCO Heritage Sites

Local Expert Guide 

Group Size: 10  25

Special Event

Tapas at a Cortijo

Enjoy a typical Andalucian tapas lunch at a private home (cortijo), located in the hills of Nerja overlooking the Mediterranean and Frigiliana village.

Day 1 Fly from Heathrow to Malaga. Travel to Ronda for a tour of the mountaintop town, its Moorish and medieval sectors divided by the dramatic El Tajo gorge, and stapled together by the astonishing stone bridge. Continue to Seville for three nights at the 4-star Melia Sevilla.

Day 2 A morning walking tour of Seville gives you your bearings in the city, taking you to the cobbled alleys of the ‘Barrio de Santa Cruz’ former Jewish Quarter, viewing the huge Gothic cathedral and its iconic Giralda belltower, and passing the city’s 18th century bullring by the Guadalquivir River. With the rest of the day at leisure, perhaps climb the Giralda tower, visit the tomb of Christopher Columbus, or choose a tapas bar in the Triana district for lunch. (B, D)

Day 3 Today’s walking tour includes the Plaza del Museo, hemmed by the Museum of Fine Arts in its 17th century former monastery, and home to a bronze statue of artist Bartolome Esteban Murrillo; and continues to Seville’s most modern landmark, the Metropol Parasol, completed in 2011. The wooden structure, 150m long, was designed as a multi-functional shaded space, completely transforming the Plaza de la Encarnación, and affectionately known as ‘the mushrooms’. (B)

Day 4 Visit the Plaza de España, its spectacular, semi-circular expanse built in 1929 and regally rimmed in Revival styles of Moorish, Baroque and Renaissance grandeur. Focused on a central fountain and bridged ‘canal’; furnished with 52 benches, backed by tiled frescoes depicting Spain’s 52 provinces; and bookended by two tall towers, visible across Seville; barely an inch of its 50,000 square metres is left unadorned. Travel to Córdoba for a city tour including the well-preserved, UNESCO listed Jewish Quarter, its medieval maze of streets and alleys once isolated (and/or protected) within a walled enclosure; and the most famous marker of Andalucía’s Moorish/Christian heritage, the vast and hugely impressive ‘Mezquita’, a 16th century cathedral within the 10th century Great Mosque. Continue to Granada for three nights at the 4-star Hotel Maciá Condór. (B)

Day 5 A walking tour of Granada includes the 16thcentury Royal Chapel, housing the tombs of Queen Isabella I and King Ferdinand; and introduces you to the city’s vibe and variety, where street stalls and flamenco bars intermingle with Moorish and Renaissance architecture, Islamic and Christian culture. Later, visit the huge expanse of the Alhambra hilltop fortress complex, where royal palaces, restful patios and reflecting ponds are equally regally complemented by the fountains, orchards and waterfall stairway of the UNESCO protected Generalife Gardens. This evening, enjoy an optional flamenco show (bookable locally). (B)

Day 6 A scenic journey through the southern side of the Sierra Nevada mountains takes you to the rugged, rural landscapes of the Las Alpujarras district. A clutch of villages clinging to the slopes, and formerly known for silk production, they sit in a high-altitude oasis of greenery, watered by the melting snow above, and overlooking the arid terrain below. Visit Capileira in the Poqueira Gorge, the second-highest village in mainland Spain, for a tasting of Serrano ham and a tapas lunch. (B, L)

Day 7 The journey today takes us through the citrus and olive groves of the Axarquía area, bordered by the mountains and the Med, blessed with a sub-tropical climate, and boasting tranquillity and old-world charm. Visit an olive mill, and enjoy a Special Event lunch of typical tapas at a ‘cortijo’ (private home), set in the hills of Nerja, with views of the sea. Continue to Málaga for an overnight stay at the 4-star Soho Bahia Málaga Hotel. (B, L)

Day 8 Transfer to Málaga airport for your return flight to London. (B)

  • Key
  • B - Breakfast
  • L - Lunch
  • D - Dinner

Notes

On occasion, the Alhambra may be visited on an alternative day.
Granada sightseeing involves some inclines and steps.

 

2022

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
October 3 £1845
October 31 £1495

2023

Mondays
per person in a twin/double room
easyJet from Gatwick

Date Price
April 17 £1645
May 8 £1725
June 12 £1695
September 18 £1725
October 2 £1675

Supplements per person

Single Supplement

Single supplement £425 (2023 £395)

Extension Options

Extra nights – Málaga
Soho Bahía Málaga Hotel
(per night) £55 (Oct 3 £70; 2023 £60; Apr/Oct 2 2023 £75)
Single supplement £50 (Oct 3 £65; Apr/Oct 2 2023 £70)
Departure transfer £20

Independent Arrival

Save £195 
Arrival transfer included with group
Departure transfer add £20 

Price Includes
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.

Not Included
Travel insurance, visa procurement, optional excursions, tipping, any government taxes or compulsory charges introduced after publication.

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