- Flamenco in Sacromonte
Visit the Roma caves for a performance of authentic local flamenco – 'zambra'.
- Seville’s old quarter
Seville traces its history back to the Carthaginians and the Romans and here you'll find a feast of stunning architecture.
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A tantalising taste of beautiful Andalusia…
This tour offers a taste of the magnificent scenery and Moorish architecture of this multi-faceted region of Spain, with visits to Malaga, Granada, Seville and Córdoba.
We really enjoyed this holiday - saw some fantastic places, stayed at lovely hotels, had a brilliant tour guide and felt well looked after.
9 nights in hotels
14 meals 9 breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D)
- Optional travel insurance underwritten by Great Lakes Insurance SE, UK
- Return flights and transfers
- Saga tour manager
- Welcome drink reception
- Porterage at all hotels
Excursions and visits
- Guided visit to the Alhambra Palace
- Malaga Picasso Museum
- Granada's old town
- Tour UNESCO-listed Baeza
- Olive oil museum in Hacienda La Laguna
- Guided walking tour of Cordoba including the Jewish Synagogue
- Tour of the renowned Mezquita
- Seville city tour including the cathedral and Alcazar royal palace
Day 1 UK-Malaga
Fly to Malaga and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Eurostars Malaga Hotel and stay one night. D
Day 2 Malaga - Granada
Once considered the poor relation of Andalusia's capital city, Seville, Malaga now successfully competes for attention. The city's rebirth was initiated by the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 and the city now boasts over 30 museums. You’ll visit the Picasso Museum where the artist was born, before travelling to Granada, the city immortalised in the work of poet Federico Garcia Lorca.
Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Gran Hotel Luna. Look forward to an evening orientation walk around the city’s old town. B, D
Day 3 Granada
Join an included visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Alhambra, an ornate 14th-century palace built by the Moors. This afternoon you have the chance to visit the Moorish ruins of Medina Azahara on an optional tour.
This evening there is the opportunity to attend an optional flamenco show. B
Day 4 Granada to Ubeda and Baeza
Today travel to the remote town of Baeza, located in the hills of the 'Comarca de la Loma', between the Guadalquivir and Guadalimar valleys, and surrounded by a sea of olive groves. Baeza, together with neighbouring Ubeda, is home to an array of Renaissance-style palaces and churches and you can enjoy an included tour of both these UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star TRH Ciudad de Baeza Hotel. B, D
Day 5 Baeza
Perhaps join an optional excursion to Cazorla National Park this morning. The limestone mountains and pine forests are home to deer, ibex and 130 species of birds including golden eagles, lammergeiers and griffon vultures. B
Day 6 Baeza-Cordoba
Pause at an olive oil museum en route to Córdoba. The city is famous for its historic great mosque, the spiritual heart of the Islamic kingdom of Al-Andalus. After the Moors were expelled from Spain, a Christian church was inserted into the existing building to create the city’s cathedral.
Your hotel for the next two nights will be the locally rated 4-star Hotel Hesperia Córdoba close to the Roman bridge crossing the Guadalquivir River. B
Day 7 Cordoba city tour
Join a walking tour of Córdoba, explore the narrow streets of the old quarter and enjoy a guided tour of the Great Mosque, also known as the Mezquita, and the Jewish synagogue.
Spend the afternoon at leisure. B
Day 8 Cordoba to Jerez de la Frontera via Seville
Travel to Seville where you will enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the city. Then visit Seville cathedral, and the Alcazar royal palace, before spending a little free time exploring the city at leisure.
Your tour continues to Jerez de la Frontera where you spend your final two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Soho Boutique Jerez. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant tonight. B, D
Day 9 Jerez
The prosperous town of Jerez de la Frontera, has given its name to sherry and is internationally known for its locally bred horses. Although prehistoric and Roman remains have been found at Jerez, the oldest surviving structure in the city is the Moorish Castle which has Arab baths and gardens.
Today, perhaps join an optional excursion to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, where you can watch the horses being put through their paces during one of the training sessions. The school is adjacent to the historic 19th-century Palacio de la Cadenas. No visit to Jerez would be complete without touring one of its sherry bodegas, ending of course with a tasting session!
Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant tonight. B, D
Day 10 Malaga-UK
Travel to Malaga airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Jerez and the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art
Today you'll see the oldest surviving structure in the city, the Moorish castle with its Arab baths and gardens, followed by a visit to The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Watch the locally-bred horses being put through their paces during one of the training sessions. No visit to the home of sherry would be complete without a visit to a sherry bodega with a tasting session!
Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Sierra de Cazorla
A full-day guided tour shows you the national park which connects the Sierra Morena and the Subbética mountain ranges. As Spain’s largest protected area and one of its most extensive forested zones, it contains mountains, waterfalls, diverse wildlife and picturesque villages. The park was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1983 and became a national park in 1989. A haven for native flora and fauna, it has one of the highest numbers of butterfly species in the Iberian Peninsula.
Your tour includes a stop in Cazorla, a town constructed around three main squares – the oldest of which is Plaza Santa Maria which takes its name from the old ruined cathedral and is connected to the other two squares by narrow, twisting streets. You'll also travel along Puerto de las Palomas, a mountain road which provides breathtaking views.
Lunch will be included in the village of Arroyo Frio, before an afternoon visit to a hunting museum and botanical garden at Torre del Vinagre.
Optional on 9 nights itinerary
Bay of Cadiz
6 nights post extension. All inclusive.
After your tour, relax on the beach and explore the local area during an all-inclusive stay at the locally rated 4-star Iberostar Royal Andalus
The hotel's location in Novo Sancti Petri, five kilometres from the town centre of Chiclana de la Frontera, makes it a great base for exploring – if you can tear yourself away from the unspoilt surf beach of La Barossa!
Facilities at the hotel include a main restaurant which serves delicious buffet-style meals, and a free bar which serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from 11am to 11pm daily. There is also a snack bar, Wi-Fi, and two outdoor pools. You can enjoy the excellent climate from the sun terrace, which is equipped with sun loungers and parasols from Easter until September, and other facilities include a gym, hairdressers and spa (both for an extra charge).
The hotel's 413 air-conditioned bedrooms have a balcony or terrace, telephone, television, hairdryer, minibar and safe (extra charge).
There is a regular bus service to the centre of Chiclana every 30 minutes.