Tour description

13 DAYS BARCELONA,MADRID & ANDALUCIA SMALL GROUP TOUR

Experience the Andalucian lifestyle with a small group of 12/14 participants only! We are excited to introduce a wonderful journey to discover Southern Spain travelling from Sevilla to intriguing Granada. From soulful flamenco and daring architectures, to delicious food and avant-garde cities, Spain could be Europe’s most exotic country. Wherever you venture you’ll discover a beguiling land with a mix of stirring and often curious traditions, live-for-the-moment hedonism and a willingness to embrace the future with a relentlessly adventurous spirit.

From Gaudi and El Greco to tapas and flamenco, this tour captures the energetic diversity of Andalucia.

Travel to Andalucia with its idyllic climate, dramatic vistas, rolling hills and mountains, lively markets, hearty cuisine, glorious art and architecture that embodies all things Spanish. From the warm hospitality of its people to the gorgeous beaches and balmy waters of the Andalucia to the medieval art cities.

Andalucia is a country of rugged landscapes, sophisticated cities, rural backwaters and sharply contrasting traditions. An extravagant scenic beauty, a multicultural crossroads with a rich history, an exuberant and richly layered culture and a traditions of food and wine that is celebrated the world over..all converge here in sunny and colorful Andalucia.

This is a land of surprises and we are excited to discover together the soul of Andalucia!


SMALL GROUP TOUR HIGHLIGHTS & INCLUSIONS: 13 DAYS/ 12 NIGHTS

  • Guaranteed departures group travel: small, friendly group limited to 12/14 participants only!
  • More than 15 included sightseeing tours & cultural experiences
  • Visit popular UNESCO World Heritage Sites -Cordoba
  • Street food experience at Mercado de San Miguel
  • Visit a well known winery near RONDA
  • Visit the Great Mosque-Cathedral and ALCAZAR and get lost in the maze of the old JEWISH quarter
  • Discover how silversmiths create fine jewelry in their workshops
  • Explore picture-postcard ZUHEROS and enjoy some olive oil tasting
  • Follow the footprints of the Moorish culture in the ALBAYZIN
  • Drive through rolling hills and olive groves to take in a string of pretty villages
  • Enjoy a real FLAMENCO show in SEVILLA
  • Wander through RONDA, perched on an inland plateau
  • PICASSO MUSEUM in MALAGA
  • Spanish PAELLA cooking lesson
  • Experience the delights of white-washed Andalusian hill towns: ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA and ZUHEROS
  • Included regional meals: All breakfasts, 5 street food experiences, 6 dinners,3 lunches (main meals include wine, mineral water, local coffee or tea only)
  • Exceptional Spanish speaking tour director, experienced to accompany you throughout your journey
  • All entrances to main Spanish sites are included
  • All transportation on tour, via private air-conditioned 19 seats motorcoach
  • Included gratuity for city guides
  • All transfers while overseas; baggage transfers & porterage
  • City tour with local guides in Cordoba, Granada,Ronda,Sevilla,Toledo,Madrid,Barcelona are included
  • City taxes and service charges at all hotels and restaurants are included
  • No hidden extras
  • The tour begins in Barcelona and end with morning transfers at scheduled times to Sevilla airport or train station on Day 13
  • Activity level: Light/Moderate
  • Terms & conditions/Single supplement: (View Here) and FAQ View Here)
  • Trip Interruption and Cancellation insurance is not included. We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation.
  • Purchase of European Travel & Health Insurance is strongly recommended.We highly recommend Travelex-Insurance.com to protect your vacation
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DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY

13 DAYS ANDALUCIA SMALL GROUP TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR LIMITED TO 12/14 PARTICIPANTS ONLY FROM BARCELONA TO SEVILLA

DAY 1: WELCOME TO SPAIN & THE CITY OF BARCELONA

Welcome to Spain! Arrive at Barcelona International Airport and travel to the city center for a two nights stay in a central boutique hotel “CASA VOLVER” or similar, which enjoys an excellent location close to the city’s architecturally treasures. At 6.30 pm enjoy a welcome drink followed by a special dinner at a popular local restaurant offering typical regional cuisine and wine.Overnight in BARCELONA

DAY 2: BARCELONA’S HISTORIC HIGHLIGHTS

Explore Barcelona’s rich history, vibrant culture and cosmopolitan appeal on this guided tour through the city’s most captivating districts. You’ll see the impressive Cathedral and the charming streets of the historic Gothic Quarter. Continue to the bustling port and Olympic Village before taking in the great city views from Montjuic Hill. At Poble Espanyol (Spanish Village), you’ll have a chance to see more than 100 buildings from all across Spain, typical representations of the country’s diverse regions and cultures.After an included lunch in a local restaurant,you’ll discover the best known works of Antoni Gaudi, the celebrated architect. You’ll visit the extraordinary SAGRADA FAMILIA, which was less than one quarter complete at the time of his death in 1926.Though the basilica is still incomplete, it is truly one of the most inspiring church buildings in the world. You’ll also drive along the elegant Paseo de Gracia boulevard to see Gaudi’s famous modernist homes including the colourful Casa Batlló and the striking Casa Mila, designed and constructed without a single straight line.Rest of the day is on your own.Overnight in BARCELONA

Day 3: BEAUTIFUL MADRID & PALACIO REAL

Transfer to the rail station for your scenic high-speed train to MADRID, a city to savour, taste, smell and enjoy by simply exploring the streets, plazas and parks. Upon arrival, meet your English speaking driver and city guide for a discovery tour which begins in Barrio de Las Letras, the home of renowned authors from Spain’s Golden Age such as Cervantes and Lope de Vega. Continue to Plaza Mayor and Plaza de la Villa, which was once the medieval marketplace. Finish in Hapsburg Madrid which dates to the 16th century when Felipe II moved the Court to Madrid, making it the Capital of the vast Spanish Empire. Following a local street food experience at Mercado San Miguel, one of Madrid’s oldest and largest markets,we’ll visit the imposing PALACIO REAL, seat of royal power for centuries and the most emblematic building of Madrid due to its beauty, symbolic value and eventful history. Transfer to your central boutique hotel.At 7.00 pm meet your local tour manager for a welcome dinner in a local tavern. Overnight in MADRID

Day 4: TOLEDO-THE CITY OF THREE CULTURES

Today’s visit takes you to discover one of Spain’s most impressive and beautiful cities,Toledo picturesquely sited on a hill above the River Tagus. Behind the old walls lies much evidence of the city’s rich history. The Romans built a fortress on the site of the present-day Alcazar. In the Middle Ages, Toledo was a melting pot of Christians, Muslim and Jewish cultures, and it was during this period that the city’s most outstanding monument, its cathedral, was built. In the 16th century the painter El Greco came to live in Toledo, and today the city is home to many of his works. You’ll visit Toledo’s great cathedral, seat of the Spanish church, with its collection of great paintings in the sacristy, the Church of Santo Tome’, which houses El Greco’s masterpiece painted exclusively for this chapel, the Synagogue of Santa Maria La Blanca, an example of the mark made by the Sephardic Jews and one of the few historic synagogues in Spain. We’ll also visit a bakery which specializes in marzipan for a local street food experience.Rest of the day is on your own for more cultural experiences.Overnight stay in MADRID

Day 5: ON THE TRAIL OF DON QUIXOTE,BOUTIQUE WINERY & MOORISH CORDOBA          

Journey through the Castilla-La Mancha’s landscape, neatly striped and spotted with olive groves and golden wheat fields and grapevines, all stretching to a horizon you never seem to reach.This is Don Quixote country,a storybook Spain, a land of hearty meals, cheese and wine, lonely hilltop castles and towns stocked with churches.On our way to Cordoba, we’ll stop to CONSUEGRA, a land that inspired the novel of Don Quixote with the windswept plains and giant stone windmills that Don thought were giants that he must fight.You’ll have a walk in the massive wind powered molinos, used for centuries to grind grain.The day continues with a visit to a BOUTIQUE WINERY located near the community of Valdepenas,the capital of La Mancha’s vast wine region.Late arrival in CORDOBA, our home for the next two nights at the 17th century central hotel “LAS CASAS DE LA JUDERIA“or similar.Dinner is included this evening in a local restaurant.Overnight stay in CORDOBA

Day 6: A DAY IN CORDOBA & EQUESTRIAN SHOW        

This morning our expert guide will introduce you to the history of a city which was the capital of the Baética Roman province and magnificent metropolis of the Umayyad Caliphate a thousand years ago.We will walk through the Jewish Quarter and visit the tiny Synagogue, the oldest one in Spain. Wrought ironwork decorates narrow cobbled streets, where silversmiths create fine jewelry in their workshops.You’ll continue to visit Cordoba’s Great Mosque,the MEZQUITA dating back 12 centuries, embodied the power of Islam on the Iberian peninsula.During the 16th century a cathedral was built in the heart of the reconsecrated mosque, part of which was destroyed.The rest of the day is on your own for more explorations of this beautiful town.In the evening, enjoy an included visit to the EQUESTRIAN SCHOOL.Dinner is on your own.Overnight stay in CORDOBA

Day 7:OLIVE OIL MILL, PICTURE POSTCARD ZUHEROS & BEWITCHING GRANADA       

Today we head into the heart of Andalusia’s olive producing region where we’ll learn about olive oil in a local hacienda.Following this,we continue to picture-postcard hill town of Zuheros,in the heart of the untouched Sierras Subbeticas. Backed by dramatic limestone cliffs and the Bailon gorge, it has a Moorish Castle, great views and whitewashed streets.Lunch is included in a family Andalucian house located in the stunning countryside to sample some excellent local goat’s cheese and appetizers.Continue to GRANADA where you’ll spend the next two nights staying at the centralHOTEL PALACIO DE LOS NAVAS” or similar. Overnight stay in GRANADA

Day 8: ALHAMBRA PALACES & GARDENS              

This morning a short ride will transport to the mighty ALHAMBRA, one of Granada’s greatest sights, sprawling over a hilltop overlooking the city. A magical use of space, light, water and decoration characterizes this most sensual piece of architecture. After some time on your own for lunch, you’ll have time to discover the enchanting historical quarters of the Albayzin and the Sacromonte. From the top of the hill, you can gaze at the stunning views of a city built between a fertile plain and the snowy peaks of Sierra Nevada.Dinner is included this evening in a restaurant boasting amazing views of the Alhambra. Overnight stay in GRANADA

Day 9: MALAGA PICASSO MUSEUM & MAGICAL RONDA                   

Today we journey south to MALAGA on the beautiful Mediterranean Costa del Sol.The port of Malaga lives a great cultural revival thanks to the recent opening of top-notch art galleries like the Picasso Museum, which illustrates eight decades of creativity by Malaga´s most famous son.On this cultural tour you will discover the essence of a Mediterranean port city founded by the Phoenicians. Two mighty Moorish citadels dominate the old harbour and the city centre, which houses monuments as far apart in time as the Roman Theatre and the Renaissance cathedral.We’ll spend late morning at the MUSEO PICASSO in Málaga.Continue to RONDA for your overnight stay at the charming “CATALONIA RONDA” or similar.A TAPAS DINNER is included this eveningOvernight stay in RONDA

Day 10: DISCOVER ROMANTIC RONDA & BACKROAD ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA                           

Because of its impregnable position on a massive rocky outcrop, straddling a precipitous limestone cleft RONDA was one of the last Moorish bastions, finally falling to the Christians in 1485.The town claims one of Spain’s greatest bullfighting legacies enshrined in the tale of two pugnacious local families – the hard-bitten Romero and Ordonez clans.During your time in Ronda, you will be shown the city where remains of prehistoric settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age still exist and view the spectacular sight of Puente Nuevo (The New bridge), the tallest of the three bridges in Ronda,120 meters above the canyon floor.After visiting Spain’s oldest Bullring you’ll visit the bewitching whitewashed villages and towns of inland Andalusia. Instead of settling on Andalusia’s plains, where they would have fallen prey to bandits, some Andalusian chose to live in fortified hilltop towns and villages.These are known as pueblos blancos, whitewashed in the Moorish tradition, such as the tiny ZAHARA DE LA SIERRA fanning out below a castle ruin declared a national monument. After some time on your own to enjoy the stunning views over the Andalusia countryside,continue to SEVILLA for the last three nights in a charming boutique hotel. Overnight in SEVILLA

Day 11: GRANDIOSE SEVILLA & SPANISH PAELLA COOKING CLASS     

Shaped by a half dozen civilizations and reborn in numerous incarnations since its founding over 2000 years ago, Sevilla has never lost its capacity to amaze. Drenched for most of the year in spirit-enriching sunlight, this is a city of feelings as much as sights with different seasons prompting vastly contrasting moods; solemn for semana santa, flirtatious for the spring fiesta, and soporific for the gasping heat of summer. This morning guided tour will reveal the city’s highlights, including the medieval Barrio de Santa Cruz “Juderia” (the Jewish Quarter), a tangle of atmospheric, winding streets and lovely plant-decked plazas perfumed with orange blossom.The main architectural highlight is the mighty Gothic CATHEDRAL, a UNESCO World Heritage site which we will visit today.Following this, join us for a COOKING CLASS of Spanish paella with sangria. An “Adios Dinner” is included this evening in a local tavern.Overnight in SEVILLA

Day 12: SHERRY WINERY IN JEREZ & FLAMENCO SHOW

This morning tour takes you to the noble city of JEREZ, famous for its equestrian school which we visit, and the sherry wines that take their name from it. After visiting one of its bodegas to sample some local sherry, we’ll return to Sevilla for the afternoon at leisure.Tonight, enjoy an included performance of FLAMENCO, a forceful artistic expression of the sorrows and joys of life followed by an “ADIOS” dinner in a local restaurant.Overnight in SEVILLA

Day 13: ADIOS ESPANA!                                                                           

Morning transfers to Granada airport or train station.

TOUR DATES & PRICING

2022 TOUR PRICE: € 4,300     SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: € 900 currency converter

Prices are per person based on double room occupancy for 13 days/12 nights

SPAIN

SPAINSpain, on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, is really 17 autonomous regions, each with its own geography and culture. The capital, Madrid, is home to the Royal Palace and singular Prado museum, housing works by European masters, and Segovia to the north has a fairy-tale medieval castle and Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Read more