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Trails of Andalusia - Small Group: Seville to Granada

Duration
8 Days
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US$ 2,355

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$ 2,355

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Day 1

Arrive Seville

On arrival in Seville, you will be met by a Peregrine representative 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. At this meeting, your leader will give you a briefing on what lies ahead for the trip. This is followed by a short orientation walk around the neighbourhood and then included dinner where we get to sample some of the local tapas. If you have time beforehand, take the opportunity to explore this most flamboyant of cities. Barrio Santa Cruz, with its multicultural history, is a great place to start. This shaded warren was designed in medieval times to provide refuge from the great Andalusian heat.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Murillos

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    Hotel Murillos



    Murillo Hotel is in an excellent location, just metres away from the Giralda bell tower, Seville's Cathedral and the Reales Alcázares. The hotel was fully renovated in 2014 and now boasts 64 rooms.

    Murillo Hotel is in an excellent location, just metres away from the Giralda bell tower, Seville's Cathedral and the Reales Alcázares. The hotel was fully renovated in 2014 and now boasts 64 rooms.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Air Conditioning
    • Bicycle hire
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Free WiFi
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry
    • Library
    • Lift
    • Luggage Storage
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sun Terrace
    • Terrace
    • Ticket Service
    • Tour Desk
    • Vending machine

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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 Seville's magnificent Alcazar Palace - one of the country's most impressive and historic monuments. 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 Cathedral and Giralda Tower are both highly recommended. The former is the third largest cathedral in the world and houses Christopher Columbus' elevated tomb. 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 in at the splendid 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'. Enjoy a guided exploration of its narrow alleyways. On this tour you will walk up to a 15th-century watchtower and feast your eyes on the spectacular views over the Zahara-Gastor Resevoir and the surrounding countryside. Also visit 'Molino El Vinculo', a traditional, family-run 'cold' olive oil mill, and enjoy a demonstration 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
Accommodation

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. Enjoy a walking tour of both the old and new quarters of the town this morning. In the afternoon, there is plenty to see and do in your free time. 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 simply relax and enjoy the small-town atmosphere. 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
Accommodation

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 Andalucia's rich and diverse landscapes. 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. In the evening, your guide will take you 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. In the evening, perhaps 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
Accommodation

Hotel Duaro

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    Hotel Duaro



    Hotel Dauro is located in central Granada, 5 minutes' walk from Granada's Convention Centre. It offers a 24-hour reception and rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen satellite TV.

    Hotel Dauro is located in central Granada, 5 minutes' walk from Granada's Convention Centre. It offers a 24-hour reception and rooms with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen satellite TV.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Concierge
    • Daily Maid Services
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Family Room
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Heating
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Shoeshine
    • Tour Desk
    • VIP Room facilities

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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, sumptuous palace decor, 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. Once inside the palace, you are free to wander around and make your own discoveries. 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. Also in the afternoon you will be taking part in an exclusive beer and ham tasting tour taking place in a small, family run place. You will have an opportunity to learn about the process from the experts in this tasteful art. Tonight you will join your group to dine in Granada in style as you look back on a week of Andalucian 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 can be arranged when you book this trip. Iberia Airlines have daily flights to both Barcelona and Madrid from Granada airport, which is located 17 kilometres west of the city. There are also convenient rail options to Seville, Madrid and Barcelona. A cheaper (but longer) option is to take a bus north.

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DEPARTURES:

2018: May 12, 26; Jun 9, 23; Aug 25; Sep 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Oct 13, 20
2019: Apr 27; May 4, 11, 25; Jun 8, 15, 22; Jul 13; Aug 31; Sep 7, 14, 21, 28; Oct 12, 19

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Activities as mentioned,
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 dinners,
  • Transport by bus and private van

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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