7 days from £949 per person*
*based on sharing on a twin/double basis and a minimum of 30 paying passengers
Andalusia stretches from the south-east to the south-west of Spain and known for its charm, history, heritage, architecture, mountain ranges and coastline. One of the most unique features of this enchanting region is the wealth of artistic heritage from its Moorish past .The Alhambra in Granada, the Great Mosque of Cordoba and the Giralda Tower and old town of Seville are all World Heritage sites and our tour will cover all of these with other stops including Ronda and Antequera.
Fly from the UK to Malaga. On arrival at Malaga airport we will be met by our tour manager and local coach company for our transfer to our hotel in Cordoba. En-route (flight times permitting) we plan to visit Ronda. Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo Gorge. The 18th century Puente Nuevo ‘new’ bridge straddles the 100m chasm below, giving it unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains. There is a cloistered 16th century convent (now an art museum), Arab Baths, churches and gardens and the leafy Plaza Duquesa de Parcent, as well as Spain’s oldest bull ring. Dinner included this evening.
Today we will spend the whole day in Cordoba including a visit to the Mezquita, Alcazar and the Jewish Quarter. Cordoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port and city of great importance. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river but its greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus. This was when work began on the Great Mosque, or “Mezquita”. The city was reconquered by the Christians in 1236, but they found the Mosque so beautiful that they left it standing, building their cathedral in the midst of its rows of arches and columns, and creating the extraordinary church-mosque we see today. The Alcazar, built with the aim of bringing European Gothic architecture to the town, features a castle, delightful gardens, 16th century frescoes, mosaic art from the 2nd and 3rd century AD and a Moorish bathhouse. Despite originating from the Christian era, these gardens are typically Moorish in design. Once the home of the Jewish community, the medieval quarter , “La Judería” is a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and picturesque squares. In early May, homeowners proudly festoon their patios with flowers to compete for the city’s “most beautiful courtyard” contest.
After breakfast we travel to Seville for the day. Seville has a rich and fascinating history and houses some of the best preserved artefacts from its Roman past but it was the 800 year reign of Muslim civilization which was to have the longest lasting impact on the city with some of the city’s most magnificent buildings as a legacy to this era. Later the skilful mudejares created beautiful Moorish-style buildings. In the heart of the old city is the Cathedral and the Giralda tower, the Alcazar with marvellous gardens and the Santa Cruz quarter, with atmospheric, cramped streets, flowered balconies, richly decorated facades and hidden patios. On arrival in the city there will be a guided highlights tour including entrance to the Cathedral. The afternoon will be at leisure. You may choose to visit Casa De Pilatos, one of the finest palaces which also contains museums exhibiting mosaics, archaeology collections and a unique Phoenician statuette. Seville also has a number of excellent museums and galleries including a Fine Arts Museum with a collection of Spanish art and sculpture extending from the medieval to the modern, focusing on the work of Seville School artists.
There will be a late morning departure from our hotel in Cordoba and travel to Granada with an en route stop in Antequera. There will be time for lunch and the chance to have a brief visit of the historic town which boasts a profusion of burial mounds, dolmens, Roman baths, a Moorish Castle, Gothic churches, Renaissance fountains and baroque bell towers. We continue to our next base for 3 nights, Granada. Time to settle into the hotel before dinner this evening (included).
We will spend the day in Granada with an orientation tour of the city including a visit to the Cathedral, the area known as Albaicin and the incredible Alhambra & Generalife. Granada was the last Muslim city to fall to the Christians in 1492, at the hands of Queen Isabel of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon. One of the most brilliant jewels of universal architecture is the Alhambra, a series of palaces and gardens built under the Nazari Dynasty in the 14th C. This mighty compound of buildings – including the summer palace called Generalife, with its fountains and gardens – stands at the foot of the Sierra Nevada, and overlooks the city below and the fertile plain of Granada. At the centre of the Alhambra stands the massive Palace of Charles V, an outstanding example of Spanish Renaissance architecture. The hill facing the Alhambra is the old Moorish “medina”, called the Albaicin, a labyrinth of narrow streets and whitewashed houses with secluded inner gardens, known as “cármenes”. The Plaza de San Nicolas, at the highest point of the Albaicin, is famous for its magnificent view of the Moorish palace. The Cathedral is located in the centre of the Muslim area of the city and dates back to 1523 and is where Isabel and Ferdinand are buried.
Today is free to enjoy the city and visit some of the other sights. Granada contains many notable architectural and artistic monuments. The city is dotted with fine Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical churches, convents, monasteries, hospitals, palaces and mansions. Or take a relaxing walk along Carrera del Darro, by the river for picturesque views.
We depart Granada for the return journey to Malaga and the flight home.
The exact order of excursions is subject to change. Flight times will be advised when available.
Macia Alfaros, Cordoba
This 4 star hotel is set in a traditional Andalusianstyle building. Located close to Viana Palace, The Archaeological Museum and Museum of Fine Arts and 15 minutes’ walk from the Mosque and Jewish Quarter. All rooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities, air conditioning and safe. Ithas a bar, lounge and restaurant and features an outdoor swimming pool.
The modern Meliá Granada is located in the heart of the city of Granada, near the cathedral with plenty of restaurants and sights within easy walking distance. All rooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities, air conditioning and safe. It has a bar, lounge and restaurant.
• Return flights from the UK
• Coach travel in Spain
• 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Cordoba
• 3 nights bed & breakfast accommodation in Granada
• 2 dinners
• Full touring Itinerary as per itinerary
• Tour Manager
What’s not included
• Single supplement
• Travel Insurance
Any of our tours can be tailored to suit your particular groups requirements.
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