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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

     

Introduction

 

This is the ultimate experience of Andalucia; staying in the most beautiful 4 and 5 star luxurious hotels as you are chauffeured around the great Moorish cities of Granada, Seville, Cordoba and the vineyards and bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera.

 

 

In each city you will have your own personal, professional guide who will give you a fascinating tour of the main monuments and sights using their expertise to ensure that you get the very best out of your time and can tailor any visit to suit your particular or special interests. Your private chauffeur will drive you though stunning mountains scenery dotted with crumbling hillside castles as you seamlessly transfer from one city to the next, with maybe a stop for lunch along the way.

 

 

Client's Comments

 

Arlene Schwartz, Australia

 

I cannot praise you enough for your outstanding organisation of our trip which was spot on in each place. The accommodation was very pleasing and people could not do enough to make us comfortable; especially in Seville and Cordoba. The tours were good. The guides; lovely – I was enthralled with the description of the Golden Age under The Moors for about 700 years. I hope all is well with you Nicola. You can be assured that I will recommend you to others as Alison recommended you to me.

 

 

Janet Tadesco, USA

 

I just got back from my trip yesterday and wanted to write to you right away to tell you how much my friends and I LOVED everything about the trip! I realize I took a leap of faith with Lemonvalley Holidays because I didn't really know anything about you, but my faith was well placed. Every detail was perfect and all of the arrangements happened without a glitch. We had many good meals and wonderful experiences - the Mezquita, the Arab baths, the Seville cathedral in particular. Our first night in Granada we sat on the rooftop terrace of Las Estrellas restaurant and watch dusk fall over the Alhambra and then saw it lit up. It was a magical sight and one we will not soon forget. All in all, this was one of our favorite trips and I can't thank you enough. Thank you for putting together such a wonderful itinerary for us.

 

 

Luxury Chauffeur-driven tour of Andalucia

6 Nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request and we can arrange transfers to Granada from your arrival pointfor example the high speed train from Madrid

 

Day One - Arrive Granada and be transferred to your Granada hotel for 2 nights

After you have settled into your hotel in Granada you can take a short walk to the souk like streets of the Alcaiceria surrounding the cathedral, here you can try the delicious array of tapas that Granada offers from broad beans cooked with ham, meat balls cooked with almond and saffron to crumbling slices of manchego cheese and the best jamon serrano from the Alpujarran village of Trevelez.

 

Day Two - Private Guided visit to The Alhambra Palace and Generalife Gardens :

 

The Alhambra Palace, was short-listed to be one of the New Seven Wonders of The World. It is an absolutely stunning complex of palaces, summer gardens, fountains and courtyards which once seen is never forgotten and often revisited time and time again. Built during the reign of the pleasure loving califas, every view inside the complex is a picture of harmony and balance with natural light and the sound of running water creating the perfect environment for meditation and relaxation; which was the essence of Moorish life at this time.

This morning you will be met by your own personal expert and guide who will give you a three hour tour of the palace complex and gardens that will bring every corner to life through its history and legends.


Early evening is the best time to wander around and loose yourself in the Albaicin, the medieval quarter of Granada which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Winding your way up you will eventually reach the Plaza de San Nicolas where local flamenco artists gather to practise, overlooking the famous panoramic view of The Alhambra with the snow capped sierra Nevada behind.

 

Day Three - Transfer with your driver to Cordoba for 1 night

In medieval times Cordoba was the most advanced city in the whole of Europe, a centre of culture and learning where Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in a thriving society. Today it is quite a sleepy Andalucían city with an unpretentious atmosphere, quite different from the passion and flamboyance of Seville. The streets surrounding the mezquita are filled with ancient bodegas and tapas bars and a glass of the local sherry like Montilla is an absolute must.

 

Afternoon private guided tour of Cordoba

 

For this afternoon you will have a private tour of Cordoba including the mezquita, Juderia, Alcazar and synagogue. The great mosque was built to rival Mecca and is a building of incredible mystic powers and the first glimpse inside is a jaw dropping experience. The jaw then drops further when you encounter a huge catholic cathedral almost hidden in the middle!

Surrounding the mezquita is the delightfully crumbling juderia; a fascinating place to get lost in as you wander around the narrow maze of streets, lined with geranium filled balconies and green shady plazas. There are many things to discover in the juderia from original Moorish bath houses, to one of the only three synagogues to have survived the expulsion of The Jews from Spain.

 

Day Four - Transfer with your driver to Seville for 3 nights

The flamboyant Andalucían capital city of Sevilla combines its Moorish history with the legacy of the Spanish Golden Age when Columbus brought back immeasurable wealth from The Americas. The beautiful Arabic minaret "la Giralda" towers over one of the largest gothic cathedrals in the world and the colourful Plaza de España contrasts with the Mudejar palaces of the Royal Alcazar.

 

Flamenco Show

 

For your first evening in Seville we shall make you a reservation at what is known as THE place to watch flamenco in the city. Unpretencious and authentic; it is where you can see the up and coming National stars who are studying the art of flamenco. The setting is also perfect; a traditional Andaluz patio on the edge of the barrio Santa Cruz.

 

Day Five - Private guided tour of Seville

Today you will explore the city of Seville, beginning with an an exclusive private tour of the highlights of the city with a professional local guide. Starting off in the cathedral, one of the largest Gothic churches of the world where from the Arabic minaret La Giralda you get stunning panoramic views of the city. Across the square is the Alcazar; a royal palace for over 1000 years and home to some of Spain's most beautiful Mudejar architecture and gardens, and behind the palace is the romantic barrio Santa Cruz, the medieval part of the city which is a labyrinth of narrow streets and white washed houses with iron grilled windows and geranium covered balconies.

After lunch you are free to further explore the city including maybe a boat trip up the Río Guadalquivir or relax with a book in the shade of the Marie Louisa park.

 

Day Six - Private guided Excursion to the vineyards and bodegas of Jerez de la Frontera


Jerez is about 85km from Seville and before reaching the town you will stop off at a vineyard to learn of the many factors which affect grape production and quality. Following this you will proceed to one of the bodegas to be shown around the spectacular buildings with rows upon rows of sherry butts stacked one on top of the other. These buildings are often compared to cathedrals and it is certainly true that they give the impression of being sanctified places. After a detailed tour including a complete explanation of the sherry-making process there will be a tutored tasting of the different styles of wine including high end wines not normally available.

 

On the tour you will also find out how sherry vinegar and Jerez Brandy are made and you will also get the chance to sample some of the top brandies available. After this first visit you will then move on to a much smaller family bodega where as well as being shown around you will be able to taste some exceptionally fine wines unknown to all except a few select connoisseurs. To finish the day a late lunch will be enjoyed in one of the best restaurants in Jerez, accompanied, of course, by fine sherry wines.

 

Day Seven - Depart Seville and say farewell to Andalucia

 

Tips And Ideas ...

 

• Enjoy a giuded tapas tour of the best bars in Seville
• Substitute your day in Jerez to visit the ham producing farms of Jabugo or a boutique olive oil mill
• Enjoy a hammam bath session with aromatherapy massage at an authentic arabic bath house
• Substitute your chauffeur for 1st class train travel
• Depart from Malaga and have lunch in Ronda on the way or combine this trip with train travel from and back to Madrid

 

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation


• 6 nights accommodation in carefully selected luxury hotels in the historical centre of each city, within a very short walking distance of all the major sites
• Breakfast is included in all hotels
• All rooms are superior in class
• All rooms have an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning/heating

 

Activities


• Private guided tour of The Alhambra Palace
• Private guided tour of Cordoba
• Private guided tour of Seville
• Flamenco show in Seville
• Private excursion to the bodegas and vineyards of Jerez, with tasting sessions and lunch

 

Transport


• Private chauffeur driven airport transfers and transfers between Granada and Cordoba and from Cordoba to Seville

 

Plus


• A comprehensive guide pack for your trip including city maps, historical information, opening times for museums, art galleries and monuments plus recommended restaurants, pretty plazas, parks, view points and much more...
• Access to our 24 hour telephone helpline if you need any assistance whilst you are in Andalucia
• A Spanish Phrase book
• All your pre-holiday and arrival information will be sent to you by email and your complete holiday guide pack will be waiting for you at your first hotel



6 night tour : Prices for 2016 & 2017

 

Luxury hotels - from 2345.00 Euros per person

 

* Price per person, based on two people sharing a standard double or twin room:

 

Please note these prices to not take in to consideration local and national holidays which may increase hotel rates for certain dates throughout the year, particularly Semana Santa (Holy Week) which in 2017 is from Sunday 9th April to Sunday 16th April

 

 

Please enquire for an exact quote for your required dates and particular room requirements

Information about flights to Spain

 

We do not include flights in our holidays as our clients arrive from all corners of the globe.

 

Arrival direct to Granada :

 

Granada has an airport, a bus station and a RENFE train station.

 

From the UK, London City airport has a direct www.britishairways.com flight to Granada. There are many more flights to Malaga (see below)

 

From further afield airlines will offer connecting flights via Madrid and Barcelona - www.vueling.com and www.iberia.com offer internal flights for connections within Spain

 

There is a direct train to Granada from Madrid, and from Barcelona (but this is a long trip).

 

Arrival via Malaga:

 

There are many more flights in to Malaga airport, especially from the UK - follow the sky scanner link to search for flights from your nearest airport - we can then arrange a transfer for you to Granada with a private driver

 

Other arrival points:

 

Please contact us for detailed information about arriving to Granada to fit with your holiday plans and travel arrangements

 

 

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