TOUR OVERVIEW / HIGHLIGHT
This 11-day tour program of Andalusia is aimed at providing a series of selected private tours and experiences that will allow you to enjoy the history, architecture, gastronomy, wines, landscape, art, lifestyle and people of this part of the world from a local perspective. Discover Seville, Granada, Cordoba, Ronda, Cadiz, Jerez, the UNESCO Renaissance towns of Ubeda and Baeza, the white villages of Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra, Setenil de las Bodegas, Arcos de la Frontera, Medina Sidonia and Vejer de la Frontera as well as an epic hike: el Caminito del Rey.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
DAY 01: ARRIVAL - BARCELONA / SEVILLE
Welcome to Andalusia of Southern Spain!
You are met on arrival and transferred to your hotel in Seville for a 2-night stay.
Start your discovery journey by visiting the Alcazar, a massive complex of stunning historical constructions featuring a crossover between Hispanic-Muslim and Christian architecture styles, called Mudejar. An essential part of the Alcazar is the famous house of Trade, which once hosted the offices from where all the commerce with the new world was managed. After enjoying these inner areas, you will be taken to the gardens, which are an exquisite sample of European gardening from the 16th until the 20th centuries.
Next, you will be taken to visit the Cathedral, which is the largest gothic temple in the World and where Christopher Columbus is buried. A most important part of the Cathedral is its bell tower known as La Giralda. During your tour, you will be taken to the top in order to enjoy the wonderful views of Seville that one can admire from there. Continue your visit to the quarter of Santa Cruz, with its countless quaint corners, narrow streets, cosy squares, houses of traditional Southern Spanish architecture and Moorish urban planning.
This evening, take a guided walk towards a selected flamenco venue in Seville's old town. This introductory walk is aimed at learning about the origins of flamenco music in South West Spain as a result of the fusion of its different musical influences and also about its evolution throughout the centuries. This will set the context for (and enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of) the flamenco performance in a small and intimate venue that will follow, with 4 people on stage (one singer, one guitarist and two dancers).
After the flamenco performance, enjoy a tapas tasting tour through Seville old town before being escorted back to your hotel for the night.
DAY 02: SEVILLE
Visit Casa Pilatos, Palacio de las Dueñas and Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija. Then be surprised with the modern lines of Metropol Parasol to finally explore the outer areas of the historical centre like Parque de Maria Luisa, Plaza de España and Torre del Oro.
DAY 03: SEVILLE / CADIZ / JEREZ
Travel to the coastal city of Cadiz, the colonial gem of Andalusia, and be surprised with its resemblance to Havana, San Juan in Puerto Rico, Cartagena in Colombia, and Montevideo in Uruguay. Enjoy a nice lunch before moving on to visit Jerez, where you may want to have a sherry tasting before discovering its vibrant old town and having some tapas for dinner in its tabancos!
DAY 04: WHITE TOWNS EXCURSION
The three whitewashed monumental towns of Arcos de la Frontera, Medina-Sidonia and Vejer de la Frontera make an ideal day trip from Jerez. They are all gorgeous and reasonably near each other.
DAY 05: JEREZ / WHITE VILLAGES / RONDA
Travel from Jerez to Ronda but stopping along the way in the small villages of Grazalema, Zahara de la Sierra and Setenil de las Bodegas. This trio of white villages is different from the one suggested for the previous day. They are smaller, are surrounded by breath-taking landscapes, and have a special rustic charm.
DAY 06: RONDA
Enjoy a relaxing day exploring Ronda's romantic old town. Don’t miss the New Bridge over the Guadalevin River, the bullring, the Palace of Mondragon, and the Arab baths. They date from the Hispanic-Muslim times and they are surprisingly well preserved.
DAY 07: RONDA / EL CAMINITO DEL REY / GRANADA
On your way to Granada, enjoy a stunning hike along the vertical walls of a deep gorge. After being completely restored and reformed, El Caminito del Rey or The King's Walk, has become a walking route of worldwide fame. Hanging pathways between high precipices with views over the Río Guadalhorce dam make this a spectacular route in a privileged landscape. The trail is linear and taken one way only, going downwards and from north to south, some of it on mountain paths and some on suspended walkways. It’s 7.7 km long and takes about 3-4 hours to walk, from the start in the town of Ardales to the exit in Álora.
DAY 08: GRANADA
Spend your day discovering the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Granada. These are the quarter of El Albayzin, the majestic Alhambra and the gardens of el Generalife.
DAY 09: GRANADA / UBEDA / BAEZA / CORDOBA
The unique Renaissance beauty of the towns of Ubeda and Baeza, only 15 min away by car from each other, is not found anywhere else in Andalusia. They were both registered on the list of World Heritage Sites in 2003 but they still remain unexplored.
Continue to Cordoba, one of the largest historic city centres in Europe with a maze of streets and small plazas to explore.
DAY 10: CORDOBA
Enjoy your last day in Andalusia seeing the Great Mosque-Cathedral and the Jewish quarter first. In the afternoon you may want to travel to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Medina-Azahara, before returning to Cordoba old town for a farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
DAY 11: CORDOBA / BARCELONA - DEPARTURE
There’s still time for a last taste of Andalusia before heading to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels!
ACCOMMODATION WE LOVE:
11D10N - 2N Seville, 2N Jerez, 2N Ronda, 2N Granada, 2N Cordoba