- Cordoba’s Great Mosque at sun set
The Spirit of Andalucia
- VIP door to door
From exquisite palaces and gardens to whitewashed hill towns
A heady mix of cultures and faiths, dramatic mountain ranges and glorious sunshine make Andalucía a joy to explore.
Join us as we tour Granada’s Alhambra (the Red Castle), an intricate fortified palace with centuries of reinvention. Step inside the Mezquita at Cordoba and witness this intriguing mosque-cathedral’s cool, graceful beauty.
Marvel at Seville Cathedral’s epic proportions and Gothic intricacy. Explore Ronda, a fine example of Andalucia’s whitewashed villages (pueblos blancos). And sample some of Andalucia in a bottle with a tasting of sherry in Jerez.
8 nights in hotels
16 meals: 8 breakfasts (days 2-9) 8 dinners (days 1-8)
- International flights†
- Travel in destination by coach
Excursions and visits
- Guided tour of Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens
- Visits to Medina Azahara (with guide); and Carmona
- Guided tours of Cordoba (including the Mezquita); Seville (including the cathedral); and Ronda
- Sherry tasting in Jerez
†Prices are based on return flights with British Airways from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
Portable audio headset system on excursions
Day 1 UK to Málaga to Granada
Our VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Málaga.
On arrival, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Granada. You stay at Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna de Granada (4*) or Hotel Catalonia Granada (4*).
Day 2 Granada
Granada is an historic and distinctive city with splendid Renaissance, baroque and neo-classical monuments, which have inspired travellers over the years.
Today we take a tour of the spectacular Alhambra Palace, known as the ‘Red Castle’ for its russet-coloured stone. The only medieval Arab palace still in existence, it is recognised as one of the Wonders of the World. We also visit the exquisite Generalife Gardens, home of the summer palace.
Please note: there is a considerable amount of walking involved today.
Day 3 Cordoba
We’ll head to Cordoba for a two-night stay. On the way, we’ll stop in the outskirts of the city at the ruins of Medina Azahara.
This once impressive city palace was built for Abd-al Rahman III in the 10th century and the vast archaeological site still retains remnants of tiled borders and paintings.
We’ll take a guided tour, before continuing on to our hotel. You stay at Hotel Hesperia Cordoba (4*) or Hotel Macia Alfaros (4*).
Day 4 Cordoba
We’ll explore Cordoba today, one of Europe’s most important cities in the 11th century, where Muslims, Christians and Jews lived in harmony.
Its distinctive landmark, the Mezquita, is one of the largest mosque-cathedrals in the world and remains one of the great wonders and curiosities of Spain. Some of the most beautiful churches and squares can be found in the oldest part of the city, where the styles of Gothic and Mudejar come together.
We take a guided tour including a visit to the Mezquita.
Day 5 Carmona to Seville
Heading for the capital of Andalucia, Seville, we’ll stop along the way in the captivating hilltop town of Carmona.
On arrival in Seville, a guided tour includes the Alcazar, a former Arabic palace and fortress, and the cathedral, the burial place of Columbus.
The cathedral shares the same site as the Great Mosque and we’ll also see the old Jewish quarter, Maria Luisa Park,and Plaza de Espana.
You stay at Hotel Congressos Sevilla (4*) or Hotel Ilunion Alcora Sevilla (4*).
Day 6 Seville
Today is free to make the most of Seville. Or join an optional tour to Aracena, for a tasting of Jabugo (Ibèrico ham).
In the evening, there’s an option to watch a flamenco show.
Day 7 Jerez
We head to Jerez, whose wealth has been derived from its locally produced sherry. We’ll visit a bodega for a tasting accompanied by some tapas.
The town is equally famous for its equestrian activities and breeds fine examples of Arabian and Andalucian horses. It’s also the birthplace of many flamenco singers.
Your afternoon is free to explore, maybe wander through the charming small squares such as the Plaza de la Asuncion. Or spend more time expanding your sherry knowledge.
Day 8 Ronda
Visit Ronda, one of Andalucia’s fascinating whitewashed villages, in its stunning location.
Day 9 Jerez to Malaga to UK
Today we depart for the airport and your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
Accommodation is locally rated and may change, but will always be of a similar standard.