- 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 Branch and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
- 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
- Cordoba guided walking tour and the Great Mosque
- Seville city tour
Day 1 UK- Malaga
Fly to Malaga and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Sercotel 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 or see a flamenco show on optional excursions. 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 3-star Hotel TRH Baeza. 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 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 which is set on the La Arruzafa hillside. 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 and, in 2020, the Jewish synagogue. Spend the afternoon at leisure. You can look forward to dinner at the hotel for 2019 departures. 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, accompanied by your tour manager. Then visit Seville cathedral, and in 2020 the 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. Perhaps join an optional tour today before a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight. B, D
Day 10 Malaga-UK
Travel to Malaga airport for your return flight to the UK. B
Cazorla National Park
This tour visits Spain’s largest protected area of extensive forested zones, mountains, waterfalls, diverse wildlife and picturesque villages, designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1983 and a national park in 1989. It's home to deer, ibex and 130 species of birds including golden eagles, lammergeyers and griffon vultures. You'll stop in Cazorla, a town with three main squares, a ruined cathedral and narrow, twisting streets before travelling along Puerto de las Palomas, a mountain road with breathtaking views. Lunch is 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
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
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.
Holidays departing in 2019 stay at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Carmen on days 2-3, at the locally rated 4-star Ayre Hotel Córdoba on days 6-7 and at the locally rated 4-star Sherry Park Hotel on days 8-9, and include an extra dinner on day 7.
2019 departures may also follow a slightly different itinerary with different inclusions.