Andalucia is a feast for your eyes (and tastebuds).

Marvel at the sights, sounds and smells of Andalucian country on this eight-day exploration of Spain’s south. Feast on a variety of region-specific tapas, explore historic hilltop cities and bask in the laidback and friendly atmosphere. Your highlights tour includes all the good parts of Seville, Ronda and Granada, plus ensuring you have time to explore each destination at your own pace. Whether you are after a scenic hiking opportunity, or simply time to sit back and relax with a coffee or glass of wine, Andalucia has got everyone covered. You’ll soon realise why this Spanish region is known as one of the most beautiful.


Start
Seville, Spain
Finish
Granada, Spain
Destination
Spain
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
ZMKS
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • The enchanting old Jewish neighbourhood of Santa Cruz makes for the perfect base in Seville. Lose yourself in the narrow cobblestone lanes and visit the stunning Alcazar.

  • Visit the spectacular mountain-top village of Zahara de la Sierra and enjoy an olive oil tasting at a local family-run mill.

  • Granada is a city like no other. Explore the outstanding Alhambra Palace, wander through the mythic Moorish quarter and feast on the city's world-renowned cuisine – all with the benefit of local knowledge.

  • Enjoy a tasting and talk about the local beers and Iberico ham from the owner of a local deli, offered exclusively to your group.

  • Spend time in Ronda, one of Spain's oldest towns, and see why the likes of Hemingway and Dumas sang the praises of this cliff-perched beauty.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please be aware that the Andalusian landscape is very hilly and mountainous. This trip is a great opportunity to discover remote villages, but please be aware that some people may find the area's topography very demanding.

  • Summer temperatures can be extreme in this region (over 40°C), which can be uncomfortable. It’s important to use sun protection, wear layers to combat the heat, and drink plenty of water. Please carefully consider the time of the year you wish to travel and your suitability to that season.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, solo travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This trip is a great opportunity to get to know other like-minded people, so embrace it while you can. Please note that a single supplement is often available on this trip. Space is at a premium in Europe and your hotel is no exception. Rooms are often small, but usually the central location makes up for that. For those travelling as a duo, hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together.

Itinerary

Hola! Bienvenido a Sevilla. Welcome to Seville. There are no activities planned during the day, so you may arrive at any time before the important welcome meeting at 7 pm. If you do have time beforehand, take the opportunity to visit Barrio Santa Cruz – with its multicultural history, it is a great place to start. This neighbourhood was designed in medieval times to provide a shaded space from the Andalucian heat. After your welcome meeting, take an orientation walk around the close neighbourhood and then why not head out for a dinner with your group (at your own cost), where you’ll have a chance to sample some local tapas.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance details and next of kin information at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
Have an easy morning before heading on an orientation walk with your leader. Explore the maze of narrow cobblestoned streets and sun-speckled squares in Barrio Santa Cruz and El Centro. In your free time it is recommended to visit a Catedral de Sevilla – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the third largest cathedral in the world, housing Christopher Columbus’ elevated tomb. Another great site to visit is the lovely botanical gardens in Maria Luisa Park and the incomparable Plaza de Espana. Visits to Seville's magnificent Alcazar Palace – one of the country’s most impressive and historic monuments and Giralda Tower are both highly recommended. Tonight, you can join the Sevillanos (Seville locals) and soak up the ambience of the city as it comes alive after dark. The locals usually dine late, so embrace the local schedule. Perhaps round off your evening with an optional flamenco show; your guide will offer you some history of this unique dance style.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Seville - Andalusian Contemporary Art Centre - EUR3
  • Seville - Archaeological Museum - EUR3
  • Seville - Indias Archive - Free
  • Seville - Torre del Oro - EUR3
  • Seville - Cathedral & Giralda Tower - EUR9
  • Seville - Museum of Art & Popular Customs - EUR2
  • Seville – River Cruise - Free
  • Seville - Real Alcazar - EUR14
  • Seville - Guided Tour including Alcazar - EUR13
  • Seville - Museum of Fine Arts - EUR2
  • Seville - Casa de Pilatos - EUR8
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, travel by private minibus to Ronda. This little town, perched on a mountaintop, is one of Spain's oldest villages, dating back to the 9th century BC. There is plenty to see and do in your free time today. Join your leader for an orientation walk, then perhaps go for a walk into the picturesque gorge or along the Puente Nuevo, walk along a country path surrounding the town, visit a local museum, do some shopping, or simply relax, have a coffee and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. Your leader will provide you with a map and will point out their favourite hotspots before you set off on your own adventure. In the evening, you might like to enjoy some tapas and a glass of crisp Spanish beer in one of Ronda's lively local eateries.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you will transfer by private minibus into the hills surrounding Grazalema National Park. Your first stop is Molino El Vinculo, a traditional, family-run ‘cold’ olive oil mill. Enjoy a tour of the factory and a tasting. Andalucia is the world's largest producer of olive oil, and the locals enjoy it at all times of the day. It is also the basis of Andalucia's most famous contribution to world gastronomy – gazpacho. Then it's on to explore the splendid village of Zahara de la Sierra. The awesome mountain-top location of this whitewashed village makes it visible for many kilometres. It's also known as the 'Moorish Eagle's Nest'. Your leader will take you up to the 15th-century watchtower from where you can marvel at the spectacular views over the Zahara-Gastor Resevoir and the surrounding countryside. From here it's a short drive (approximately 30 minutes) over the stunning Puerto de las Palomas (Dove Pass), high up in the sierras, to the village of Grazalema, another beautiful whitewashed hamlet. Take your time to explore the winding alleys, then return back to Ronda for the evening.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Zahara de la Sierra - Olive Oil Mill Tour & Tasting
  • Zahara de la Sierra & Grazalema - Day Trip
  • Zahara de la Sierra - Molino El Vinculo Villa
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Please be aware that the Andalusian landscape is very hilly and mountainous. Today's day trip is a great opportunity to discover remote villages, but please be aware that some people may find the area's topography very demanding.
Today is as clear as the blue Spanish skies in summer. You can choose your itinerary for today – your group leader will have a whole list of recommendations in Ronda and the surrounding area. Enjoy some easy scenic walks, taste the local wine, and enjoy the traditional food of the area. You are in the heart of Spain, after all, so take time to appreciate all its offerings!
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ronda - Bandits Museum - EUR4
  • Ronda - Santa Maria la Mayor Church - EUR4
  • Ronda - Arab Baths - EUR4
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast, continue to Granada by private minibus (approximately 3-4 hours). Along the way you will take in views of Andalucia’s rich and diverse landscapes. In Spring, you may still see snow on the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the distance as you approach Granada. Arrive in the city and walk through the historic Christian cathedral district to witness the Moorish influence first-hand. In the afternoon, there is the option to visit Granada Cathedral and the Royal Chapel (which contains the tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand from the early 16th century). Alternatively, you can wander through the Alcaiceria (old silk market area). In the afternoon you will be taking part in an exclusive local produce tasting taking place in a small, family run delicatessen. Try local Iberian ham, different types of cheeses, jam, olive oil and other gourmet products from around Spain, including some wine. In the evening, you may want to go out on a tapas tour of the city, through some of Granada’s lively squares beneath the Alhambra Palace. Granada does this style of food like no other city in Spain. Alternatively, head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city and see how the art form here differs from Seville's version.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Granada - Local Produce Tasting
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Depending on availability of tickets for the Alhambra we may visit the palace today, and will do the produce tasting tomorrow morning instead.
Today, visit Alhambra Palace, either in the morning or in the afternoon (depending on the time slot we managed to secure). Discover this 11th-century marvel and its dominating red fortress towers, palace decor, architectural styles and magnificent gardens. It's all set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. With fountains, impeccably maintained hedges and pools, centuries-old defensive walls, turrets, and views overlooking Granada, this renowned palace will not disappoint. After lunch, your leader will take you deeper into Granada’s Moorish Albaicin quarter and to the area of traditional tea houses. The view from this area across to the Alhambra Palace is not to be missed. Tonight, perhaps meet up again with the group for dinner, looking back on your Andalucian experiences.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Granada - Alhambra Visit & Guided Tour
Optional Activities
  • Granada - Mirador de San Nicolas - Free
  • Granada - Capilla Real - EUR5
  • Granada - Jose Guerrero Centre - Free
  • Granada - Science Park - EUR7
  • Granada - Catedral de Granada - EUR5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Due to high demand and in order to be able to control visitor numbers, local authorities have implemented a timed ticket slot system for the Alhambra Palace. This system requires each visitor’s full name, passport number, nationality and date of birth. As tickets sell out months in advance we need these details from you at least 60 days prior to the trip’s departure. Failing to provide these details may result in us not being able to secure tickets for you. Please also remember to carry your passport with you at the time of the visit, as details will be counter checked at the entrance gate.
There are no activities planned for today, so you are free to leave your accommodation at any time. If you would like to stay on in Granada, we don’t blame you! Additional accommodation can be arranged when you book (subject to availability). Granada also has flight, rail and bus connections to major Spanish cities and other European hubs.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

7 breakfasts, 2 lunches

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (7 nights)

Included activities

  • Zahara de la Sierra - Olive Oil Mill Tour & Tasting
  • Zahara de la Sierra & Grazalema - Day Trip
  • Zahara de la Sierra - Molino El Vinculo Villa
  • Granada - Local Produce Tasting
  • Granada - Alhambra Visit & Guided Tour

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Important notes

PASSPORT DETAILS FOR ALHAMBRA VISIT
Due to high demand and in order to be able to control visitor numbers, local authorities have implemented a timed ticket slot system for the Alhambra Palace. This system requires each visitor’s full name, passport number, nationality and date of birth. As tickets sell out months in advance we need these details from you at least 60 days prior to the trip’s departure. Failing to provide these details may result in us not being able to secure tickets for you. Please also remember to carry your passport with you at the time of the visit, as details will be counter checked at the entrance gate.

HEALTH & FITNESS
Please be aware that the Andalusian landscape is very hilly and mountainous. This trip is a great opportunity to discover remote villages, but please be aware that some people may find the area's topography very demanding.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Please note that due to the small properties we use in Europe there is only a limited amount of single supplements available per trip departure. If you would like to book a single supplement and enquire about availability please speak to your booking agent.

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