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Trails of Andalusia - Small Group: Seville to Granada

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 2,277

Discover the delights of this unique region of Spain visiting the colourful cities of Seville and Granada plus spend time in the charming picturesque small town of Ronda and the Grazalema National Park. This is the home of the Alhambra and the flamenco – a great combination!


On this Europe tour, small group means small group. With an average of 10 participants, and a maximum of 16 on each departure, you’ll feel less like a tourist and more like a traveller, discovering Europe with friends at your side.


Begin your tour in historic Seville, the capital of Andalusia. The first day is at leisure. You may wish to visit some of Seville's World Heritage sites such as Seville Cathedral and Giralda Tower or just wander the winding streets and the small plazas of Barrio Santa Cruz, famous for its shady narrow laneways and home to an active Jewish and Muslim community.

The next morning, enjoy a walking tour of Seville exploring the labyrinthine maze of narrow cobblestoned streets and sun-speckled squares in the Barrio Santa Cruz and El Centro situated on the banks of the Rio Guadalquivir. A highlight is a visit to Seville's magnificent Alcazar Palace, one of the country's most impressive and historic monuments. Also visit the lovely botanical gardens in Maria Luisa Park and the incomparable Plaza de Espana. The afternoon is at leisure to further explore Seville. In the evening, join the 'sevillanos' (locals) and soak up the ambiance of the city after dark. You may wish to go to a flamenco show to round off the evening.

Leave Seville and head to the beautiful Grazalema National Park visiting the splendid village of Zahara de la Sierra en route, a white-washed village clinging to the edges of a dramatic mountain range. Enjoy a guided tour through the village's narrow alleyways and walk up to a 15th century watch with spectacular views over the Zahara-Gastor Reservoir and the surrounding countryside. Also visit a traditional, family-run 'cold' olive oil mill for a demonstration and tasting. Andalusia is the world's largest producer of olive oil.

Afterwards, drive over the stunning Puerto de las Paloma (Dove Pass) road high up in the 'sierras' to the village of Grazalema. Before dinner, have a short guided orientation of the village to get a feel for this charming little place. Stay 2 nights here.

The next day is free with the option of taking a guided nature walk into the ancient forests and hilly landscapes of the Grazalema National Park. A hike explores Grazalema's upper village streets after which head out of the village to a lovely viewpoint. The rest of the walk involves following a mountainous circuit over an ancient drover's path to view native flora and fauna, including eagles, vultures, mountain goats, cattle, sheep and horses.

The following day, depart for Ronda, a picturesque small town and one of Spain's oldest towns dating back to the 9th century BC. It is perched on a plateau with dramatic views and has been linked to renowned writers such as Alexandre Dumas and Ernest Hemingway who have stayed here. Enjoy a walking tour of the old and new quarters in the morning. There is plenty to see and do in Ronda and afternoon suggestions include a walk into the picturesque gorge, a walk down a country path surrounding the town, museum visits or simply just enjoying the shopping and ambience of Ronda. Stay overnight here.

Next it’s off to the enchanting Moorish stronghold of Granada. On arrival, have a guided walking tour to the historic Christian cathedral district and witness the Moorish influence first-hand. In the evening, you will have a tapas tour of the city through some of Granada's lively squares beneath the Alhambra Palace. Later, you might want to watch a flamenco show. There are small flamenco taverns dotted all around the city. Stay 2 nights in Granada.

The following day brings a highlight of the trip with a visit to the Alhambra Palace. Dating back to the 11th century and taking its name from the Arabic for 'red castle,' the Alhambra will challenge your visual senses. The dominating red fortress towers, sumptuous palace decor, multitude of architectural styles and magnificent gardens of the 'Generalife' (literally meaning 'architect's garden') are all set against the majestic backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Inside the palace, you are free to wander around and make your own discoveries. After lunch, head deeper into Granada's Moorish 'Albaicin' quarter and traditional tea houses area. The view from this area across to the Alhambra Palace is not to be missed.

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,277

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Day 1

Arrive Seville

On arrival in Seville, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. There are no activities planned for during the day, so you may arrive at any time before your welcome meeting at 7 pm.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Alcazar

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    Hotel Alcazar



    Located in front of the Murillo gardens, next to the popular Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville, the Hotel Alcazar is an excellent starting point to visit the city and its most emblematic monument. Rooms completely renovated, equipped to offer you the best rest. You can ...

    Located in front of the Murillo gardens, next to the popular Santa Cruz neighborhood of Seville, the Hotel Alcazar is an excellent starting point to visit the city and its most emblematic monument.

    Rooms completely renovated, equipped to offer you the best rest. You can choose rooms with views of the cathedral, the gardens of Murillo and the Reales Alcazares.

    Enjoy your stay in Seville with all the comforts. Among our services, we offer continental breakfast, free WiFi in the room and common areas, parking and reservations for excursions and visits.

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Laundry Service
    • Restaurant
    • WiFi

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Day 2

Seville

After breakfast, embark on a walking tour that reveals many of Seville's finest sights. With the knowledge of your local leader to guide you, you will explore the maze of narrow cobblestoned streets and sun-speckled squares in Barrio Santa Cruz and El Centro. A highlight of the morning is a visit to Catedral de Sevilla - a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the third largest cathedral in the world houses Christopher Columbus' elevated tomb. You'll also visit the lovely botanical gardens in Maria Luisa Park and the incomparable Plaza de Espana. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to explore the town. Visits to Seville's magnificent Alcazar Palace - one of the country's most impressive and historical monuments and Giralda Tower are both highly recommended. Tonight you can join the 'Sevillanos' (locals) and soak up the ambience of the city as it comes alive after dark. 'Sevillanos' usually dine late, so embrace the local schedule. Perhaps round off your evening with an optional flamenco show; your guide will offer you some history of this unique dance style.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Zahara de la Sierra - Grazalema

Today, you will transfer by private minibus (approximately 1.5 hours) to Grazalema National Park. En route you will stop to explore the beautiful village of Zahara de la Sierra. The awesome mountain-top location of this whitewashed village makes it visible for many kilometres. It's also known as the 'Moorish Eagle's Nest'. On this leader-led tour of Zahara, you will walk up to a 15th-century watchtower and feast your eyes on the spectacular views over the Zahara-Gastor Reservoir and the surrounding countryside. Also today you will visit 'Molino El Vinculo', a traditional, family-run 'cold' olive oil mill, and enjoy a tour of the factory and tasting. Andalucia is the world's largest producer of olive oil, and the locals enjoy it at all times of the day. It is also the basis of Andalucia's most famous contribution to world gastronomy - gazpacho. From here it's a short drive (approximately 30 minutes) over the stunning 'Puerto de las Palomas' (Dove Pass), high up in the Sierras, to the village of Grazalema. Before dinner, there will be a short, guided orientation of the village.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hotel Puerto de la Villa

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    Hotel Puerto de la Villa



    Located in the center of the village of Grazalema, which is named Nature Park sits this hotel, only one of its category in the area. The building is integrated into the historical center of the town, where white walls, bars and wooden doors constitute the ...

    Located in the center of the village of Grazalema, which is named Nature Park sits this hotel, only one of its category in the area.

    The building is integrated into the historical center of the town, where white walls, bars and wooden doors constitute the most typical style of southern Spain.

    Inside, contrasting the ring, olive green and cobalt walls, together with the ground clay and marble, aged wooden furniture and elegant tapestries, get a warm and welcoming atmosphere that encourages relaxation.

    Open all year, central, peaceful and charming site.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Coffee Shop/Cafe
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
    • Gift Shop
    • Guest Laundry
    • In-Room Safe
    • Lift
    • Parking

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Day 4

Grazalema

Today, you have the option to either take a rest or go for a nature walk. This walk goes through the ancient forests and hilly landscapes of the Grazalema National Park. It caters to both light walkers and those seeking a more adventurous day. Your leader will take you through a region that was frequented by Romans, Moors and bandits in years gone by. Your hike begins with an exploration of Grazalema's upper village streets, and as you head out of the village, you will connect to a gently sloping path that leads you up to a lovely viewpoint. From here, you have the choice to either return to the village to relax and unwind or to carry on and explore the verdant natural areas with your leader. The rest of the route follows a mountainous circuit over an ancient drover's path. Keep your eyes peeled for the likes of eagles, vultures, mountain goats, cattle, sheep and horses.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 5

Ronda

After breakfast, travel by private minibus from Grazalema to Ronda. This little town, perched on an inland plateau, is one of Spain's oldest villages, dating back to the 9th century BC. Take the opportunity to gaze out from its elevated position to the patchwork of fields and floodplains beneath. There is plenty to see and do in your free time today. Perhaps go for a walk into the picturesque gorge, walk along a country path surrounding the town, visit a local museum, do some shopping, or relax, have a coffee and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. Your leader will provide you with a map and will point out their favourite hotspots before you set off on your self-orientation adventure where you can choose how to spend your free time. Later on, reconnect with the rest of your group and your leader for an alternative orientation walk and insight into local living in Ronda. Your stay today is in perfectly located Hotel Don Miguel. Being placed in the heart of the historic part of Ronda, on the edge of the gorge, it makes it ideal place to watch the world go by from your hotel room and wake up to a beautiful sunrise in the morning. In the evening, you might like to enjoy some tapas and a glass of crisp Spanish beer in one of Ronda's lively local eateries.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Hotel Don Miguel

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    Hotel Don Miguel



    Location, Location, Location! Don Miguel is located next to Ronda's famous New Bridge, overlooking the gorge. It has a cafe and terrace with spectacular views, and offers air-conditioned rooms with free WIFI and flat-screen TVs.

    Location, Location, Location! Don Miguel is located next to Ronda's famous New Bridge, overlooking the gorge. It has a cafe and terrace with spectacular views, and offers air-conditioned rooms with free WIFI and flat-screen TVs.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • ATM
    • Bar
    • Bicycle hire
    • Car Hire
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Heating
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Non-Smoking Throughout
    • Restaurant
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Snack Bar
    • Sun Terrace
    • Terrace
    • Tour Desk
    • Vending machine

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Day 6

Granada

After breakfast, continue to Granada by private minibus (approximately 3 hours). Along the way, you will take in views of Andalusia's rich and diverse landscapes. In Spring, you may still see snow on the peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the distance as you approach Granada. Arrive in the city and walk through the historic Christian cathedral district to witness the Moorish influence first-hand. In the afternoon, there is the option of a self-guided tour of Granada Cathedral, and to visit the Royal Chapel (which contains the tombs of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand from the early 16th century). Alternatively, you can wander through the 'Alcaiceria' (old silk market area) and observe the craftworks on sale that include ceramics, marquetry and leather goods. Also in the afternoon, you will be taking part in an exclusive local produce tasting tour taking place in a small, family-run delicatessen. You can expect to try different types of cheeses, hams and wine during this delicious tasting. In the evening, you may want to go out on a tapa tour of the city, through some of Granada's lively squares beneath the Alhambra Palace. Granada does this style of food like no other city in Spain. Alternatively, head to one of the small flamenco taverns around the city and see how the art form here differs from Seville's version.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Anacapri

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    Anacapri



    The Anacapri Hotel is integrated in an 18th Century Granadian house. Its interior patio, the cistern, the artisan woodwork in the cafeteria and reading room, the decorative elements from that era and the adaption of new tendencies convert it into a charming and contemporary city ...

    The Anacapri Hotel is integrated in an 18th Century Granadian house. Its interior patio, the cistern, the artisan woodwork in the cafeteria and reading room, the decorative elements from that era and the adaption of new tendencies convert it into a charming and contemporary city center Boutique hotel but respectful of its origins. The hotel is situated in the historical city centre of Granada, between the main squares in the city, with easy access to the monuments, plazas, shops and also the gastronomy in the numerous restaurants and tapas bars in the area. The rooms are medium in size and with all the facilities. Some of the rooms are decorated with artisan woodwork. All rooms have free wi-fi.

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Day 7

Granada

Today, you will visit Alhambra Palace, either in the morning or in the afternoon (depending on when you are booked for). Discover this 11th-century marvel and its dominating red fortress towers, gorgeous palace decor, the multitude of architectural styles and magnificent gardens. It's all set against the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains. With fountains, impeccably maintained hedges and pools, centuries-old defensive walls, turrets, and views overlooking Granada, this unparalleled attraction will not disappoint. After lunch, your leader will take you deeper into Granada's Moorish 'Albaicin' quarter and to the area of traditional tea houses. The view from this area across to the Alhambra Palace is not to be missed. Tonight you will join your group to dine in Granada in style as you look back on a week of Andalusian experiences.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 8

Depart Granada

Your trip comes to an end after breakfast this morning. If you would like to stay on in Granada, additional accommodation, transfers or transportation can be arranged in advance.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Oct 13, 20
2019: Apr 27; May 18; Jun 1, 8, 22; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 19
2020: Apr 38; May 16, 30; Jun 6, 20; Sep 5, 12, 19, 26; Oct 3, 10, 17

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 dinners
  • Transport by bus and private van
  • Accommodation as mentioned in itinerary
  • Activities as mentioned:
    • Guided walking tour in Seville
    • Cathedral de Sevilla and La Giralda visit
    • Grazalema village orientation walk
    • Molino El Vinculo villa visit
    • Zahara de la Sierra visit
    • Olive Oil Mill Tour and Tasting
    • Alternative orientation walk of Ronda
  • (Please note: Visiting the Alhambra is not guaranteed)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Any optional activities listed on the day to day itinerary
  • Anything else not listed in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Beverages unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: 

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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