- Historic Valencia
Seek out Valencia’s historic squares, including one of the oldest, Virgen de la Plaza.
- A Taste of the Sea
To fully experience the Spanish culture, try one of the nation’s best-loved dishes, paella.
- Fit for a King
Granada’s crowning glory, the Moorish royal palace of Alhambra’s courtyards and gardens still rule the roost.
- Roman Spain
A visit to the ancient port of Cartagena will highlight Rome’s time in Spain during a visit to the impressive amphitheatre.
- Spain's Sun-kissed Shores
From intimate, secluded coves to sweeping stretches of golden sand, Spain is famed for its glorious, sun-blessed beaches.
- Visions of Valencia
Valencia’s vibrant old quarter draws crowds all year long and bustles with life day and night.
- All Inclusive
Contrast a trio of Spanish regions
From the sparkling beaches of Valencia to the iconic sights and sounds of Andalusia, this great-value all-inclusive tour reveals the varied attractions that make Spain one of the world’s best travel destinations. Explore the nature trails of Albuferra National Park and the desert-like plateaux of Almeria, delve into the Moorish legacy of Murcia and Granada, before finishing off with a relaxing break near Salobreña.
14 nights in hotels
41 meals: 14 breakfasts (B), 13 lunches (L) and 14 dinners (D)
Free bar open up to 12 hours a day
- Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Guided tour Valencia’s historic old town
- Parks and gardens of Valencia
- Albufera National Park visit
- Visit to Mojacar and Sorbas
- Murcia walking tour and cathedral visit
- Águilas orientation walk
- Almeria city walk
- Visit to Granada’s UNESCO-listed Albaycin district
set of audio headsets on selected guided tours
Day 1 UK-Valencia-Gandía
Fly to Valencia and travel to the locally rated 4-star Villa Luz (4Q) for a four-night stay in Gandía on Spain’s sunny Costa Blanca. A light and spacious hotel with a Spanish ambience, it’s in a peaceful urban setting approximately 150 metres from a vast, sandy beach and close to Gandía’s old town, approximately three kilometres away. D
Day 2 - 4 Valencia and Albufera National Park
During your time on the Costa Blanca, a choice of excursions will reveal some of the region’s highlights including its capital, Valencia. Join an included half-day walking tour of the attractive old quarter to see trendy Barrio del Carmen, the 15th-century La Lonja silk exchange and the famous cathedral. Another half-day included excursion explores the city’s parks and gardens, most notably its converted riverbed, now a verdant ribbon which flows right through the heart of the city!
You can also take a walk on the wild side during an included day in the wetlands of Albufera Nature Park – it’s home to one of Spain’s largest lakes and has an abundance of birdlife. An optional excursion showcases Valencia’s modern side on a visit to the City of Arts and Science, a collection of futuristic buildings where you can opt to explore life beneath the waves at the open-air oceanographic museum. B, L, D
This impressive complex by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava and consists of five main areas: an IMAX cinema, a landscaped viewing point, a centre for interactive science, a huge aquarium housing over 500 marine species, and an area dedicated to an operatic programme. It’s located in the dry river bed of the now diverted River Turia in Valencia and is one of the city’s most important modern tourist destinations.
Day 5 Gandia-Murcia-Águilas
Head off the beaten track on a visit to Murcia which was founded by the Moors in AD 825. Enjoy a guided walking tour around its delightful old quarter and take a peek inside its beautiful cathedral. After lunch at a local restaurant, continue to Águilas for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel (4Q) which is set right on the waterfront and boasts views across to the marina. B, L, D
Day 6 - 7 Águlias
Águilas is tucked away in the southern corner of the Costa Calida, close to the border of Andalucia. An 18th-century castle guards the town which is scattered with Roman ruins and has an intriguing British legacy that will be highlighted during an orientation tour. Optional excursions visit the old-frontier town of Lorca, which features a Spanish Renaissance-style church and is crowned by a hilltop castle, and historic Cartagena where the Spanish Navy is based and a magnificent Roman amphitheatre was unearthed in 1988. B, L, D
Cartagena has been 3,000 years in the making and is the oldest port in Spain. See the magnificent 18th-century walls and enjoy a walk past the historic port, towards the town hall and main square. Here you can admire some of the city’s most flamboyant buildings – see the art nouveau casino, the former governor’s palace and the Grand Hotel, dating from 1907. You also visit the the Roman theatre, discovered in 1988 it’s since been restored to some of its former glory. After lunch aboard an historic ship in the harbour, you’ll visit the naval museum, castle and embroidery museum.
This historic town once lay on the frontier between Christian and Muslim Spain, giving it a diverse range of architecture: there's an impressive hilltop castle, a Spanish Renaissance-style church and ancient Roman ruins. The archaeological museum here has exhibits dating from prehistoric times.
Day 8 Águlias-Almeria
Discover two beautiful whitewashed Andalusian towns en route to Almeria, coastal Mojacar and hilltop Sorbas where you can enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to El Toyo for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Barceló Cabo de Gata (4Q), which is situated on a quiet beachfront. B, L, D
Day 9 - 10 Almeria
Boasting more sunshine hours than anywhere else in Spain, Almeria is an intriguing blend of deserts, wild beaches and Moorish whitewashed houses. In fact, it's famous as a film location for the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960s, including a few Clint Eastwood classics! The wealth of farming communities in the surrounding area mean that local produce is deliciously fresh too. The city of Almeria is overlooked by the Islamic fortress, ‘Alcazaba’ and a Gothic-style cathedral, and many of its buildings exhibit African influences which you can admire on an included city tour. An optional excursion visits Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park. B, L, D
Look out for volcanic rock formations, hidden coves, natural beaches and a wide variety of birds and wildlife at this incredible national park. Salt flats, desert and lush vegetation all add to the splendour of this untouched landscape.
Day 11 Almeria-Granada-Salobreña
Nestling below the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is one of the loveliest cities in Spain. On an included tour see Granada’s old Jewish quarter and the Moorish hillside neighbourhood of UNESCO-listed Albaycin. You’ll also have the option to tour the magnificent former Royal Palace and fortress, the Alhambra, and Generalife Gardens. Afterwards, continue to Salobreña for a four-night stay at the locally rated 3-star Best Western Hotel Salobreña (3Q), which is set on a hilltop overlooking the sea. B, L, D
Discover the Alhambra, a vast and elaborate fortress and palace. Built in the 14th century and later expanded, this magnificent and imposing complex has ornate domed ceilings, colourful tiles and intriguing inscriptions. You'll also be able to explore the exquisite gardens of the Generalife, the summer palace of the caliphs. The Generalife (from the Arabic Jannat al-‘Arif – Architect’s Garden) and its surrounding grounds are beautifully designed with waterfalls, walkways, courtyards and smaller, secret gardens.
Day 12 - 14 Salobreña
Relax during three days at leisure. Salobreña, approximately three kilometers away, is dominated by an impressive Moorish castle, and its whitewashed houses give it a typically Andalusian appearance. The area around the town abounds in fields of green sugar cane, and there is a local sugar factory and museum. You’re also well placed for exploring the attractions of the Costa Tropical and may be tempted to discover such charming towns as Nerja or Frigiliana, the Lecrin Valley’s rural villages or the elegant provincial capital of Malaga on a choice of optional excursions. B, L, D
Explore the village of Frigiliana, known as the ‘Pearl of Andalusia’ and one of the best-kept villages in Spain. It was the site of the famous battle of the Rock of Frigiliana in 1569, which ended in the final expulsion of the Moors from Spain. The history of this battle is depicted on a series of ceramic plaques mounted on walls throughout the village. Many of the older houses in Frigiliana are built with stone from the demolished Moorish castle and the narrow streets of whitewashed houses, with their wrought-iron balconies decked with flowers, remain typically Andalusian.
The Lecrin Valley in Andalusia is an area of outstanding natural beauty, which has not yet experienced the mass tourism seen along the coastal strip and in parts of the Alpujarras. The valley has a number of delightful small towns and villages, including Acequias, Beznar, Tablate and Talara, which is also sometimes known as Lecrin.
The valley is home to over 300 species of wild flowers, 66 of which are endemic to this area. It's especially beautiful in the spring, when the almond trees are in blossom and the distant peaks of the Sierra Nevada are still capped with snow.
This attractive resort lies between the Sierra Almijara and the Mediterranean. Nerja takes its name from the Arab Narija, meaning ‘abundant fountain’. The town centre retains much of its old-world charm with narrow, winding streets, whitewashed houses and balconies overflowing with brightly coloured flowers. Nerja is famous for its seafront promontory, the Balcón de Europa (Balcony of Europe), a wide palm-fringed promenade built on a rocky cliff on the site of the old 9th-century Moorish castle, which was originally used to keep pirates at bay. Nowadays, this picturesque location is a popular place to enjoy the lovely coastal views.
Enjoy a taste of Andalusia as you follow the twists and turns of the Sierra Nevada's mountain roads, passing through gleaming white villages that cling to the hillsides and clifftops. This area was one of the last strongholds of the Moors before their expulsion from Spain by the Christian forces of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Its isolation has helped it maintain a strong character.
Phoenicians, Romans and Moors have all shaped Andalusia's second largest city, so there are plenty of historical sights to see during a tour of this elegant provincial capital. Highlights include the outstanding 8th to 11th-century Alcazaba with its part-excavated Roman amphitheatre, the 14th-century Moorish castle and the 16th-century cathedral. There are plenty of shops to enjoy too!
Day 15 Salobrena-Malaga-UK
Travel to Malaga airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Half board or all inclusive post-extension
Enjoy a four-night extension to your holiday at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Bahia Tropical (4Q), which is set opposite the beach, around three kilometres from Almuñécar’s resort centre. The hotel has a typically Spanish style, which extends throughout. All meals are served in the buffet restaurant and the free bar, available to guests staying on an all-inclusive basis, is open from 11am to 11pm and serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The outdoor pool is edged by sun loungers, and there's also a rooftop solarium exclusively for adults. Guests enjoy a free spa circuit with access to the sauna, Roman bath, steam bath, jet showers and indoor spa pool once per stay, per person. Discounts for subsequent circuits as well as up to 50% off treatments also available – please ask in resort for further details. There is also free Wi-Fi throughout. All 227 rooms are spacious and have a pool-view balcony, television, telephone, minibar (on request) and hairdryer.
Festival of Fire
Every spring Valencia swells with visitors keen to experience the Fallas Festivity which takes place between March 15 and 19. A weeklong street party, the city thrums with musicians and vendors while fireworks blaze across the night sky. Massive caricatures created by local artisans are paraded through the city and on the final night, these firework-stuffed effigies are displayed together in the city’s main square before being set alight as a symbol of rebirth!
The free bar at each hotel serves a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and is open 10 hours a day at the Hotel Puerto Juan Montiel and 12 hours a day at all other hotels.