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South of Spain road trip

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Enjoy an incredible road trip through southern Spain, and discover the real Spain. Andalusia has a fascinating history and diverse culture second to none. This 9-day trip joins together culture and tradition with gastronomy and fine wines. All of this against a backdrop of magnificent scenery and visits to the most important sights in the cities on the route

Highlights

- An itinerary designed by experts, covering both the most famous landmarks as well as hidden treasures

- Enjoy the best Andalusian food and wine

- Flexible itinerary You can decide to add nights at any location

- Stays in top hotels especially chosen for this tour (breakfast included)

- Some of the most beautiful cities of Spain plus smaller villages and hidden jewels

Included

  • 9 nights in 4-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • 1 tapas lunch in Seville
  • 1 flamenco masterclass in Seville
  • 1 visit to a winery in Jerez de la Frontera with wine tasting
  • 1 traditional dinner in Jerez
  • Visit to the wine museum in Ronda
  • Guided wine tour of the Axarquía region, including a visit to 2 wineries and a traditional lunch
  • Traditional dinner in Córdoba

Excluded

  • Any item not included in the included section
  • Private parking (estimate 15-20€ per day at hotel parking)
  • Car rental

Please Note

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I do wine tastings and still drive?
As a general rule our itineraries are planned so that driving is minimised while visiting wineries, for example by booking wineries that are within walking distance from each other. In any case, wine tasting etiquette does not require that you drink and it is perfectly acceptable not to do so. There will be spittoon buckets available for your use at each winery.

Price of the tour
95% of the time the price quoted for the tour will be as on the tour page. However, in Spain there are a number of special festivals and holidays which may raise the price of certain local services, such as Easter, Film Festival in San Sebastian, Santiago´s Day, the Festival of San Mateo or San Fermines, etc. If you would like to make your reservation over some of these dates, this may mean that the given price may change. It would be a good idea to check your dates with us first or make your reservation in advance.

How do I make my reservation?
To make your reservation, please contact us by clicking "Make an enquiry". We will require a 15% deposit to hold your reservation and begin working on your itinerary.The remaining amount can be paid when we send you your trip itinerary. Normally, your personalized itinerary is sent 2 months in advance although this depends on when the trip is booked.

I would like to do this trip, but I would like to make some changes
Absolutely, we would be happy to incorporate your preferences. Your reservation already includes 2 hours extra ´personalized tour design´ work by one of our travel consultants, which should be enough time to make reasonable changes to your itinerary (see Included/Not Included sections above).

I would like to extend the trip and add another tour of yours that I like
No problem! Please contact us with us regarding your preferences. You may want to include additional nights in a hotel or add an extra city to your trip. Additionally, if you add another multi-day tour or road trip to this tour, you will receive a 5% discount on the second tour.

Cancellation and changes policy

If cancelled more than 30 days before the trip starts, 15% of the total trip price will be deducted to account for tour organisation and administration costs. If cancelled less than 30 days to the trip start date, a 30% fee will be deducted. Trips cancelled 7 days or less before the trip start date are non-refundable. We recommend purchasing Travel Insurance.

Any change request made by the customer after already having booked and confirmed the dates of the trip may imply an additional administration fee of 5% and may also impact the overall trip price due to provider price changes. Cancellation of the trip may be necessary if date changes impact availability (in which case, the cancellation policy will apply).

*This is our recommended itinerary for your Road Trip. Keep in mind that our itineraries are flexible and can be adapted. If you have any dietary restrictions, we can make the necessary adjustments. Simply let us know upon making the reservation.

Bear in mind that nights can be added and depending on your interests our itineraries can be customized.

NIGHTS IN SEVILLE (x2) ,JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA, RONDA, MALAGA (x2), GRANADA,CORDOBA

SUMMARY

Day 1 – Arrive in Seville. Free day
Day 2 – Flamenco masterclass tapas lunch. Free afternoon
Day 3 – Drive to Jerez. Visit to winery with lunch. Recommended visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art,
Day 4 – ‘White Towns’, stopping in Arcos de la Frontera, Grazalema, Zahara de la Frontera, Setenil and Ronda
Day 5 - Ronda
Day 6 – Drive to Málaga. Free day
Day 7 –Axarquía wine tour
Day 8 – Drive to Granada.
Day 9 – Drive to Córdoba. Farewell dinner
Day 10 – End of tour


Day 1 – Seville

Arrive in Seville. We’ll have the rest of the day free to enjoy the city’s most important sights, such as its cathedral (the third largest in the world), the Plaza de España and its breathtaking artificial lake, or the Alcázar, a royal palace open to visitors. Stroll through the Andalusian gardens, abundant in fountains and aromatic plants inspired by the Moors who lived here for over 500 years. During the period of Spanish exploration and rule, Seville was the port of entry for all the ships from South America, creating a vibrant economy and making it one of Spain’s wealthiest cities. The architecture of the Barrio de Santa Cruz dates from this time.

Day 2 – Seville

Today we have the chance to become better acquainted with the flamenco tradition of dance and music so popular in southern Spain. We’ll take part in a masterclass showing us the music’s basic rhythms, some dance movements and learn at first hand the history of the bars and taverns where flamenco used to be performed. At lunchtime, we’ll enjoy a tapas meal in one of the city’s most spectacular locations. We’ll have the afternoon free to visit any other sights before leaving this captivating city.

Day 3 – Jerez de la Frontera

We now head for Jerez de la Frontera, the town which gave birth to the eponymous wine, known the world over as sherry. We’ll visit a winery in Jerez, and enjoy a wine tasting and lunch there. Jerez is famous not just for its wines, but also for its horses, and so if you have time we recommend you visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art to see the horses train and other impressive displays. Have dinner downtown to try the excellent local cuisine.

Day 4 – Jerez de la Frontera

We’ve kept some of the trip’s highlights for today, when you’ll be able to visit some of Andalusia’s famous ‘Pueblos Blancos’. We suggest leaving early to visit as many towns as possible. You’ll be able to visit Arcos de la Frontera, one of the region’s most beautiful towns. Then you’ll travel through the Grazalema national park, with its breathtaking towns such as Zahara de la Frontera and its hilltop castle. Before reaching Ronda, you can stop off at Setenil de las Bodegas, a town intriguingly excavated into the rock. In Ronda, we’ll learn about the town’s history from its monuments. Particularly noteworthy are the bullring, one of the most important in Spain, and the Puente Nuevo, a bridge built in the 18th century to connect the new town with the old. There is a spectacular walking route along the gorge, with amazing views of the town from below.

Day 5 – Ronda

We can use today to explore Ronda further. You can visit the wine museum, the Roman ruins at Acinipo just outside the town or some of the region’s caves, such as the Cueva de la Pileta, which has magnificent prehistoric rock paintings. Ronda is also increasingly notable for its fine dining in recent years. It has a restaurant with one Michelin star and is also the birthplace of Dani García, another chef with 3 Michelin stars. And if you prefer a light lunch or dinner, Ronda offers a wide variety of restaurants with ‘tapas de autor’, gourmet bites with a special creative touch.

Day 6 – Málaga

On the 6th day, we travel to Málaga, one of Spain’s most happening cities. The combination of its wide range of art and culture together with great weather and gastronomy have made it, in the opinion of many, one the best cities in the world to live. With a long and varied history as revealed in its monuments, including the Romans theatre just at the foot of the 14th-century castle. Enjoy its pedestrian streets, visit the Picasso Museum (Picasso was born in Málaga), or the Pompidou and Thyssen art galleries. Discover the city’s best tapas and, if the weather’s good, take a dip in the sea.

Day 7 – Axarquía wine tour

For today we have prepared a special wine tour of the Axarquía region. You’ll visit 2 wineries with an English-speaking guide and learn more about the methods used to produce wine here. The sweet wines produced with the muscatel grape are particularly noteworthy. Discover one of the most beautiful parts of the Málaga countryside in the Sierra de Axarquía, and towns such as Frigiliana, one of the most picturesque and photographed villages in southern Spain. The tour lasts about 8 hours and includes a lunch of traditional local dishes. Pick-up and drop-off is from your hotel in Málaga.

Day 8 – Granada

Today you will discover Granada, one of Spain’s most historic and magical cities with an incredible architectural heritage. Granada was the last Muslim bastion in the peninsula until its conquest by Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, the so-called Reyes Católicos. They even installed their court there and are buried in the royal chapel. After settling in to your hotel, you can enjoy a quick lunch of tapas - this is the city where tapas were invented, after all. In the afternoon, we recommend a visit to the Alhambra, the former Muslim palace, where you can stroll through the extensive gardens and the different royal complexes, including the truly breathtaking Nasrid Palaces. Make the most of the evening by seeing a flamenco performance in the caves of Sacromonte.

Day 9 – Córdoba

On the last day of our trip, we drive to Córdoba, known for its magnificent 10th-century mosque, now a cathedral. Upon seeing the result of the conversion, Emperor Charles V famously said “we have destroyed something unique to build something unremarkable” ... although much of the original mosque remains intact. Córdoba is also famous for its exquisitely kept courtyards, and some of them can be visited. The Alcázar fortress and the roman bridge spanning the Guadalquivir River are just some of the other sights worth visiting during your stay.
This tour of southern Spain comes to an end with a traditional dinner in one of Córdoba’s most famous restaurants.

Day 10 – Trip ends in Córdoba

Córdoba has high-speed train connections with Madrid.


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