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    Tours & Tailor-made holidays

     

    for the discerning traveller to Spain, Portugal & Morocco

     

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    Authentic Andalucia

     

    journey through 3000 years of history

     

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    Majestic Spain

     

    immerse yourself in the passion and intensity

     

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    Undiscovered Portugal

     

    in the foot steps of the World's greatest explorers

     

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    Magical Morocco

     

    mystery and magic is yours to be found

     

Tailor-made holidays

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Creating your itinerary
  • Unique experiences
  • Those little extras
  • Some ideas ..
  • Make an Enquiry

 

Creating your itinerary

 

Lemon Valley Holidays has a worldwide reputation for creating tailor-made itineraries of Andalucia, Spain, Portugal and Morocco. We focus on a select number of destinations, and our years of exploring and organising holidays in these regions offer you an insight that you may otherwise miss; encompassing all you wish to see and do whilst making the most of your precious holiday time. We pride ourselves on providing an authentic experience for our clients using intimate and characterful hotels, local enthusiastic guides and creating itineraries that along with the main historical sights combine visits and activities that truely reveal the area you are visiting; avoiding the obvious tourist traps.

 

If you would like us to create an itinerary for you please fill in the enquiry form and we will get back to you if we have any further questions before sending a suggested itinerary for you to have a look at. If you need some inspiration before making the enquiry it can help to browse our web site looking at the tours that we offer in the diffrent areas or we would be delighted to arrange to call you and have a chat to help you form your ideas and plans.

 

We want to thank you very much! The trip was extremely well organized and every step was delicately studied. We felt like Lemon Valley was showing us every street and monument; explaining the maps, holding our hand every step of the way whilst giving us the freedom to explore alone and discover every inch!


Nadim Koleilat from New York, USA on holiday for Christmas 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How we can make your experience unique...

 

Intimate Hotels:

 

Once you have decided where to go; where to stay is the next major decision and its probably the most important one of your trip. We have a close working relationship with a wide range of hotels all over Spain, Portugal and Morocco and we will suggest accommodation to you based on your own personal preferences whether luxurious, boutique, or ramblingly rustic, and draw from our experience of the best places to stay in each area for your budget. Our clients favourite hotels are often the family owned, local establishments that are full of special touches and friendly, welcoming hosts. Often the most obvious place to stay in a city is certainly not the best and we always steer clear of faceless chains and any hotel that does not welcome our clients with open arms!

 

City Guides and Historical Monuments :

 

Nothing makes a city come alive more than a local guide with a passion for their town. We can arrange guides for you in all the major cities for either a complete personal tour or just a morning stroll around the historical centre.

 

Travel and Transport arrangements :

 

Getting the travel arrangements right for your holiday, quite often makes the difference between a disaster or a success. Due to the dramatic landscape and remoteness of parts of Spain, Portugal and Morocco it is essential to pre-plan every move to see if the idea is feasible and if there is a better way around. Whether using the trains and busses, a self-drive rental car, a private chauffeur or a combination of all the above - a trip can be greatly enhanced by "clockwork" travel arrangements and for this we certainly are worth our weight in gold!

 

Restaurant reservations, flamenco Shows, fado, hammam baths, theatre tickets and bodega visits etc. :

 

We have restaurants and tapas bars to recommend all over the area which are taken from our own personal experiences and also from our clients who inform us of another "absolute gem" that they have found. We can make advance restaurant reservations from our suggestions or ones of your own, and we can also help you with reservations whilst you are actually here if you just give us a call.

Flamenco in Spain, Fado in Portugal and local Berber folk music of Morocco - an authentic performance can be found every night and we can pre-reserve your seats in some of the most atmospheric and intimate venues throughout the region. The area around Cadiz, Jerez de la Frontera and Sanlucar de la Barrameda make up the sherry triangle of Andalucia; La Rioja in the North of Spain and The Douro Valley in Portugal - here we can arrange guided tours and tasting around some of the most interesting and historical bodegas from the huge international "barons" to the small local producers.

 

Cookery classes and gourmet excursions :

 

Fancy having a trip to the local market and a cookery lesson with a top chef to learn the secrets of Spanish, Portuguese or Moroccan cuisine? We can also arrange guided excursions to the gourmet "hotspots" of Andalucia including a "Jabugo Ham" production farm and an award wining boutique olive mill.

 

Independent and guided walking in the Sierras :

 

Fancy taking to the hills for a few days of walking out from a rural posada in the hilltop white villages of Andalucia - we offer this in Grazalema and Las Alpujarras in Andalucia. Packs include independent walking notes and maps to follow.

 

Bird watching and nature excursions :

 

The National Park of the Coto DoƱana is one of the best bird watching experiences in Europe. It was initially the King of Spain's hunting reserve, but now it is a fiercely protected natural zone with entry restricted to licensed guides only. You can enjoy a 4x4 excursion through the sand dunes and lagoons or a full days guided birdwatching with a local expert. If cetaceans are your thing then the Strait of Gibraltar is one of the best places of the Mediterranean to see dolphins and whales from a glass bottomed observation boat.

 

Combining tours and countries... :

 

Any of our itineraries on this web site can be combined to create longer trips and we are also experts in the logistics of combining Spain, Portugal and Morocco into your itinerary.

 

 

 

Those little extras...

 

A personally prepared guide pack for your trip:

 

Once your trip has been decided upon and all the elements are in place we will then begin to put together your own personal guide pack which will accompany your trip. Each area that you visit will have a section that includes historical background information, where to go & what to see etc., specialities of the area and recommendations of where to eat, ideas for excursions, the best museums and monuments to visit etc. Also included will be your vouchers for pre-booked visits and tours, city maps, driving maps, train tickets, rental vouchers and more. Once you return home the guide pack becomes a wonderful "keepsake" to remember your holiday by.

 

Your special interests :

 

From organizing a tour of the most scenic roads on a Harley Davidson motorbike to an intricate study into the lesser known historical Moorish sites; we have planned many original itineraries and will be delighted to run any special "theme" through your entire trip or simply to add in a few items of your special interest as required. We have contact with many local experts who can focus on the history of these areas such as Jewish Heritage and we can also include specific requirements such as Halal restaurants in to your guide pack.

 

GPS Navigation systems :

 

When driving in a foreign country it can be a bit daunting so we prepare you as much as possible with maps, written instructions and a GPS navigation system as standard with any holiday that includes a rental car ensuring that finding your way in a foreign city does not become the one black spot on your holiday.

 

24 hour telephone assistance:

 

We are always available to speak to you 24 hours a day when you are here on holiday for any advice or assistance that you may need or just to let us know how things are going. We have many clients who travel alone and this can be very reassuring for them to know we are always there.

 

A few examples to get your imagination flowing...

 

Whistle-stop Andalucia...

 

One client from the USA only had a week to pack all that they could into their time in Andalucia. So after flying into Malaga and visiting the new Picasso Museum they collected their hire car and headed off to Granada to stay in a converted Moorish mansion in the medieval Albaicin district of the city. After a pre-booked full day at The Alhambra Palace they then discovered "down town" Granada its huge cathedral, Royal Chapel and Arabic like "souks". On to Cordoba for a night in a converted palace just 40 metres away from the great mezquita and then to Seville where they enjoyed an authentic flamenco performance and delicious local cuisine in our recommended restaurants; they even found the time for some hill walking with the help of our route notes and maps in a nearby sierra, spending their last night in the hilltop white village of Grazalema.

 

The big 2 week tour...

 

Two couples on their first visit to Spain from Australia, arrived to Barcelona and explored the city for a few days with an extra guided mini-bus trip to the stunning Montserrat monastery. They then took the high speed AVE train to Madrid where that evening they enjoyed a fun group tapas tour around the city's most atmospheric bars. The next day sightseeing with a visit to the Prado Museum and finally a day trip on the train to Toledo. Taking the AVE again they headed south to take their time over Andalucia, visiting all the major cities with a day free in each city to relax and wander - plus hiring a car for a few days so they could stay in some of the more out of the way, authentic villages. Finally they finished in Granada, where their last night was spent having dinner overlooking the floodlit Alhambra. They flew home from Barcelona and later commented to us that this was the best trip of their lives!

 

 

Moorish Andalucia and Morocco...

 

This epic journey through history took one British couple to the most interesting and well preserved Moorish sites in Andalucia with a narrative history running through their personally prepared guide pack which explained everything along the way. We found authentic converted mansions and palaces for their accommodation and provided a packed itinerary which covered all the major Moorish sights plus many hidden away gems that are not on the beaten path. They then took the high speed ferry across The Strait of Gibraltar where they were met by our fantastic guide in Tangier - after spending the night in a riad in Tangier and visiting the local spice markets they were taken by luxury car through the mountains to visit the Berber villages before moving on to Fes. In Fes they stayed in a stunning riad in the medina and spent two days exploring the city with a private guide before taking a direct flight from Fes back to the UK.

 

 

Green is beautiful...

 

A family group from the UK wanted to leave as smaller "carbon footprint" as possible after their holiday to Andalucia so took the train from London to Granada (via Paris and Madrid), and then toured the whole of Andalucia using trains, boats and buses. Generally this would limit tourists to only seeing the major cities, but with some careful planning and local knowledge it is possible to visit even the most remote mountain villages and they loved the experience of travelling with the locals and on some pretty hair-raising roads! They visited the city of Cadiz by boat and coincided with the world famous "carnaval" and also met up with local guides in the cities for walks around the major points of interest.