Escorted tour of Andalusia
Bask in the Spanish sun with this 8-day sightseeing tour of Andalusia’s hot spots. Revel in the sights and delights of Seville, get lost in Cordoba’s country lanes and explore glorious Granada’s historical vestiges and World Heritage Sites before kicking back on the Costa del Sol like a true A-Lister!
The Costa del Sol or “Sun Coast” is an idyllic strip of Spanish coastline which offers everything you could possibly want from a relaxing holiday. A night spent here in heaven on earth will leave you feeling well-rested and glowing, ready to conquer the sights and delights of Seville, Cordoba and Granada.
But before you reach these cultural heavy weights, we’ll whisk you off on a scenic escape to some of Spain’s more underrated (but nevertheless spectacular) destinations: Pizarra and Estepa. With plenty of food for thought, we’ll visit a local citrus farm and sample zesty produce in Pizarra and then try out some of Estepa’s world-renowned “mantecados” (Christmas pastries) afterwards.
You’re in for a treat when we reach Seville, the capital of Andalusia and home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites (the Alcazar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies). Round a bend and there’s historical clout as far as the eye can see, especially from the top of La Giralda, Seville’s bell-tower and worldwide symbol. Wander the echoing halls of Seville’s cathedral (the final resting place of Christopher Columbus) before exploring the Real Alcazar, a palace constructed in Moorish style and home to the exact room where Columbus planned his journey to the Americas.
Not too far from Seville is Cordoba, our next stop. Marked by the footprints of the plethora of visitors that have settled within its walls, Cordoba is a World Heritage Site and rightly so. Meander through the labyrinthine historic quarter and whitewashed courtyards of this former Roman province capital, gaze up at the intricate Mezquita (mosque) and enter the seemingly endless number of museums and fanciful flamenco festivals.
And last but not least, we’ll discover Granada in all its glory. This mid-sized provincial capital is one of Andalusia’s prized gems. From the tipple or two enjoyed by students at university bars to the impossibly beautiful monuments and proximity to snow-capped peaks in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Granada offers something for everyone.The Alhambra is arguably the city’s most striking monument, displaying one of the finest architectural legacies of Moorish rule in Spain.
Say adios to England and hola to splendid Spain’s historical sights!
- Return flights from UK
- Airport transfers to and from your hotels
- 6 Nights Half Board & 1 Night Full Board
- A blissful 2 nights’ spent in the Costa del Sol
- A wonderful 2 nights’ accommodation in stunning Seville
- A marvellous 2 nights’ stay in historic Granada
- An overnight stay in fascinating Torremolinos
- Visit to a local farm in charming Pizarra
- Visit to a local factory in quaint Estepa
- Entry to Seville’s cathedral
- Exciting Santa Cruz quarter walking tour and local food market
- Entry to the Alhambra complex (not including Nazari-Palace section)
- Charming Alfarnatejo walking tour and visit to a local olive oil mill
- Entry to the mosque-cathedral of Cordoba
- Fascinating walking tour of Cordoba’s Jewish quarter
- Benefit from an English/French-speaking tour guide from days 2 to 6
Soak up the sun in Andalusia’s most famous cities!
- Relax and unwind on the Costa del Sol’s famously pearlescent beaches
- Get a taste of local life in Pizarra and Estepa, two villages steeped in history
- Marvel at Seville’s centuries-old cathedral, a wonderful piece of historic architecture
- Stand in awe at Granada’s famous Alhambra monument, time-worn and timeless
- Cordoba’s Mezquita (mosque) will take your breath away
- Take a walking tour of charming Alfarnatejo
Overlooking the beach, located on the seafront promenade, the 4* Sol Don Hotel complex has something for everyone. Ideal for families or adults, the Sol don Pedro is a fantastic choice.
Rooms at the Sol Don Pedro are spacious and feature air conditioning, private bathroom and satellite TV. Double rooms come with a balcony, while ground floor rooms have a terrace.
The Don Pedro is set within the Sol Dones Complex, which is made up of 3 hotels. It has a buffet restaurant and access to more bars and restaurants in the neighboring hotels. Guests can take advantage of further swimming pools, a gym, spa, tennis court and entertainment including a seasonal kids' club.
The 4-star Silken Al-Andalus Palace Hotel is situated in the historical centre of Seville. Guests can get to Plaza de Espana, Barrio Santa Cruz and Maria Luisa Park (Parque de Maria Luisa) in 20 minutes on foot. The hotel is approximately 10 minutes' walk from Giralda Tower, Virgen del Rocío Hospital and Alcazar.
The hotel provides en-suite rooms including Design Junior Suite, Family Single Room and Elegant Room. Each of them is equipped with TV, a laptop safe, free Wi-Fi, individual climate control and a writing desk. Some rooms feature views over Maria Luisa Park. All rooms have hardwood floor and sophisticated furniture.
Guests are offered a varied buffet breakfast served in the restaurant. The stylish restaurant serves special meals. The hotel’s contemporary Piano bar welcomes guests for exclusive drinks.
Hotel also offers a gym, beauty salon and a seasonal outdoor pool, as well as terraces, gardens and open spaces to relax in.
The Gran Hotel Sercotel Luna de Granada, is located only within ten-minute distance from the historical centre.
The Gran Hotel Sercotel Luna de Granada has 367 newly renovated rooms, which are divided into three interconnected buildings. All rooms feature a modern, functional accommodation and all necessary amenities to make your stay in the city Mozarabic, be as convenient and comfortable as possible. The spacious, air-conditioned rooms at Sercotel Gran Hotel Luna de Granada have a mini-bar, satellite TV and Canal Plus Fútbol. Private bathrooms come with a bath tub and shower.
The hotel offers other services like spa, gymnasium, massage stalls, heated swimming pool, solarium, paddle tennis courts, outdoor snack bar and toy library for children.
The Spa Gran Hotel Luna de Granada offers its customers multiple health and beauty treatments that will make you feel good in body and soul. Pedicure, facial massage, cranial reflexology, among others, make your stay an experience that goes beyond a simple break. In addition, the Spa features a thermal area of ??hot and cold pools.
Day 1 MALAGA/COSTA DEL SOL – ARRIVAL
Welcome to Malaga Airport! We’ll escort you to your hotel in Torremolinos on the Costa del Sol.
OVERNIGHT IN TORREMOLINOS / COSTA DEL SOL ON HALF BASIS
Day 2 TORREMOLINOS/COSTA DEL SOL – PIZARRA – ESTEPA – SEVILLA ( 235 KM )
After breakfast we’ll set off bright and early for Pizarra, stopping off at a local farm named Juanito Orange. The friendly owner Juanito will teach us all about the ecological growing of citrus fruits and then we’ll have the chance to sample some of the local products (including orange juice or fruit or similar) at the end. Next we’ll proceed to Estepa and chow down on a traditional lunch en route before reaching this wonderful little village renowned for its traditional Christmas pastry production called “mantecados”. We will even visit one of the most important factories and try some of the local sweets before continuing to Seville.
OVERNIGHT IN SEVILLE ON HALF BOARD BASIS
Day 3 SEVILLA
We’ll kick off the sightseeing with a morning tour after a hearty hotel breakfast. As the capital of Andalusia, Seville is famous for its architecture and exquisite cathedral. Although it started out as a mosque in the 12th century, it has grown to become the world’s third-largest church, boasting 80 different chapels and more than 700 religious works of art. We’ll get up close to the wonderful gilded altarpiece and stroll through the Orange Trees patio. Afterwards, get ready to explore the former Jewish Quarter, the secluded Barrio Santa Cruz which retains its traditional feel through the whitewashed lanes, alleys, archways and patios. We’ll also meander through one of the city’s main food markets and sample the local delights, getting a taste of what Sevillano life is really like. The rest of the day will be spent at leisure.
OVERNIGHT IN SEVILLE ON HALF BASIS
Day 4 SEVILLA – CORDOBA - GRANADA ( 320 KM )
We’ll depart for Cordoba after breakfast and enjoy a riveting guided tour of the old town which happens to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cordoba used to be the capital of the Moorish caliphate of Al-Andalus and this splendid power can be seen only too well from the magnificent Mezquita (the Great Mosque). We’ll meander through the colonnaded prayer halls, decorated with wonderfully intricate marble columns, and admire the Mihrab and the side chapels’ mix of arabesque and baroque styles. Next we’ll stroll through the former Jewish Quarter and have some free time for lunch and exploring before continuing to Granada.
OVERNIGHT IN GRANADA ON HALF BOARD BASIS
Day 5 GRANADA
Enjoy a hearty hotel breakfast before kicking off a sightseeing tour of historical Granada, a city filled with hidden treasures and historical clout. We’ll discover the Alhambra royal complex (entrance to Nazari-Palace section isn’t included), a “pearl set in emeralds” standing atop Sabika Hill and overlooking the city. Once the original castle of the Moorish Nasrid Dynasty, the Alhambra is now a spell-binding palace. We’ll have lunch at the hotel or local restaurant and the rest of the afternoon can be spent at leisure.
OVERNIGHT IN GRANADA ON HALF BOARD BASIS
Day 6 GRANADA – ALFARNATEJO - TORREMOLINOS /COSTA DEL SOL ( 160 KMS )
We’ll set off for the village of Alfarnatejo, perched in Malaga’s lush mountains. We’ll have the amazing opportunity to visit an ancient olive mill and sink our teeth into a lovely lunch at a private house, sampling typical dishes made by the women of Alfarnatejo (approx. 6-8 persons per house) before proceeding to the hotel.
OVERNIGHT IN TORREMOLINOS / COSTA DEL SOL ON HALF BOARD BASIS
Day 7 TORREMOLINOS / COSTA DEL SOL
Today you can relax and unwind at your hotel with all three meals of the day included. There are optional excursions available too with the assistance of a guide.
OVERNIGHT IN TORREMOLINOS / COSTA DEL SOL ON FULL BOARD BASIS
Day 8 DEPARTURE
Enjoy a delicious hotel breakfast and then we’ll escort you to Malaga Airport for your flight back home!
END OF TOUR
- We recommend that you buy a travel Insurance as any costs incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc. are not included and will be passenger’s responsibility.
- Accommodation will be on twin sharing basis unless otherwise stated.
- The package is non-refundable for any inclusion items not used/taken.
- Anything not included in the package will be charged separately.
- Please note city local taxes apply, this cannot be prepaid.
- Tips, bar, laundry, telephone calls and other personal expenses not specified above.
- Early Check in / Late Check out.
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, laundry, as well as drinks and meals not stated explicitly in the programme
- Beverages in meals
- Entrance to Nazari-Palace section - Alhambra royal complex
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned in the included section
- National or International flights
- All types of insurance
- Luggage handling