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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 journey around Moorish Andalucía, visits the great cities of Granada, Seville, and Cordoba followed by a few relaxing days to immerse yourself in rural Spain staying in the stunning hilltop White village of Arcos de la Frontera.

 

 

From Arcos the world famous city of Jerez de la Frontera is just a short drive away plus the rest of the “sherry tirangle” including Cadiz and Sanlucar de la Barrameda. The journey than takes you inland to Ronda; a beautiful and fascinating hilltop town and home to Spain’s oldest bullring and finally to Malaga – a truely Mediterranean city overlooked by many visitors who simply pass through the area. The drive from each city takes you though much varied scenery as you discover some of Europe's most precious treasures including The Alhambra Palace of Granada, the great mosque of Cordoba and the Royal Alcazar of Seville.

 

Client's Comments

 

Peter Beaumont, New Zealand

 

Thank you, thank you, thank you for a wonderful holiday in Andalucia. We loved the country, people, hotels, food, history and of course the wine. We greatly appreciated your notes and visited many of the sites and bars you recommended. We will return to Spain again now that you have whetted our appetite.

 

 

Jill & Tony Marlow, UK

 

We arrived home a week ago and have not had time to email you. Usual excuses! The holiday you organized went like clockwork! Everyone was most helpful and couteous. The places we visited were superb and we benefited from the guided tours in Granada and Seville, they were able to bring some local colour to the sites. All the hotels were comfortable and charming in their different ways, clearly all well situated and within easy walking distance of anything and everything. We would both like to thank you and your company for your help and be assured we will be recommending.

 

Heather Daniel UK

 

Thank you for arranging a really marvellous holiday. ALL your plans worked out perfectly with smooth connections and easy directions, we had no difficulties or hassles. We loved having the strain taken away without feeling organised. (I know we were organised but it was a gentle touch!!). We especially loved the location for our hotels which were excellent. They were bang in the heart of things with character and we did not waste time getting to the historic and beautiful sights.The holiday was everything that I had hoped for and more. I will certainly hope to return - the Alhambra particularly stole my heart!

 

Monica Davis USA

 

We arrived home a week ago after having a wonderful holiday. This was partly due to the fantastic organization by you of the Spanish section! . Thank you so much for the arrangements you made for us in all the parts of Spain that we visited. The Hotels, their situations, and the detail you provided for us was just fantastic. We could not have asked for anything better!. We had a marvellous time, thank you!

 

 

Charlotte Seymour UK

 

Having arrived back in London again, both Robert and I want to thank you for having organised such a lovely holiday. Everything was so well organised and worked like clockwork. The hotel in Granada was like a dream, the one in Seville so central, Cordoba also full of character and Malaga fantastically comfortable, central and had a view out to see and the cathedral. The flamenco concert and the meal in Cordoba were excellent. An extra memorable event was witnessing some of the Semana Santa celebrations in Malaga. Your information was so helpful and clear throughout. All in all, you provided us with a wonderful experience and we will be recommending you to all our friends.

 

Yvonne Harmer, UK

 

I’m just writing to thank you for arranging a wonderful holiday in Andalucia for us. We had such a great time, despite extremes of weather (snow in Granada – 22 degrees in Seville). Your holiday pack was most helpful and we followed quite a few of your recommendation for visits and eating out. We weren’t disappointed. The flamenco was thrilling, and the tours with Carmen and Alfonso made the cities come alive to us. The travelling between cities and transport tips were also 100%. The hotels were very good. We particularly liked the ones in Granada and Malaga. Do let me know if you want me to write a testimonial for your website or trip advisor. We certainly plan to return to Andalucia. Very many thanks once again.

 

 

Self-drive tour of Andalucia

10 Nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request and we can arrange for you to collect your car from a number of different airports. Also, if you prefer not to drive all the time the first part of the itinerary can be done by train, collecting your rental car for the last few days only.

 

Day One - Arrive Malaga airport, collect hire car and transfer to Granada for 2 nights

After you have settled into your hotel 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 with almond and saffron, to crumbling slices of manchego cheese and the best jamon serrano from the Alpujarran village of Trevelez.

 

Day Two - Guided city walk of Granada

For 2 hours this morning you will be given a guided walking tour of the historical centre of Granada by a professional city guide. You will learn of the battles between the Moors and the Christians as Granada was finally conquered and hear of the many legends that surround the medieval barrio of the Albaicin.

 

Pre-booked 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.

Early evening is the best time to wander around 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 back-drop of the snow-capped sierra Nevada.

 

For this evening We can also book you dinner in one of our favourite restaurants of Granada where the food is great but the highlight is this floodlit view of the Alhambra from your table!

 

Day Three - Transfer 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 austere 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.

 

Day Four - Morning in Cordoba

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.

 

After lunch transfer to Seville for 2 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 in the prestigious local school. The setting is also perfect; a traditional Andaluz patio on the edge of the barrio Santa Cruz.

 

Day Five - Guided walking tour of Seville

A local guide will give you a 2 hour walking tour of the city showing you the most famous historical sites plus many hidden gems that only the locals know. The guide's enthusiasm for their home town really brings the city to life and gives you an insight that the guide books never can.

After lunch you are free to further explore the city including a visit to the Royal Alcazar and cathedral, climb to the top of La Giralda, take a boat trip up the Río Guadalquivir or relax in the shade of the Marie Louisa park.

 

Day Six - Transfer to Arcos de la Frontera for 2 nights

Now head out into the countryside to Arcos de la Frontera in the rural province of Cadiz, which is one of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages). The village is balanced atop a rocky limestone ridge and its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stop abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete below.

Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos. As you’d expect from such a spectacular vantage point, there are exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below.

The evening can be spent wandering through the medieval streets of Arcos where there are many small plazas with cafes and bars as you make your way up to the top for the views from the castle.

 

Day Seven - A day exploring the province with a guided tour of a bodega with sherry tasting and tapas

The city of Jerez is encircled by vines planted in the chalky soil, and is the home and heartland of Sherry, (the word sherry itself is an English corruption of the word Jerez).

 

The great bodegas are situated in the heart of the town and the tweed wearing, Polo playing family dynasties have created a unique “English” feel to the city. Around lunch time you will be expected at one of the smallest yet most historically important bodegas within the city that is rarely discovered by tourists. Your tour will be detailed and will help you to understand the whole process of making the wines plus the history of the grape in Spain going back over 3000 years. After touring the bodega you will then have a personal tasting session also including a selection of Iberian tapas such as ham and cheese.

 

Not far from Jerez you find the city of Cadiz; an island spit which still looks much as it did during the great days of The Spanish Empire. If you like fish then it does not come any better or fresher than in Cadiz. Stop for a late lunch overlooking The Bay of Cadiz and gaze out over The Atlantic Ocean as many have done before!

 

You could also visit the sleepy riverside town of Sanlucar de la Barrameda; another major sherry town just 8km from Jerez which sits on the estuary of the Rio Guadalquivir. Columbus sailed from here on his third voyage to The Americas. Sanlucar is famous for its seafood and one of the best restaurants in Andalucía sits overlooking the Côto de Doñana National Park across the river.

 

Day Eight - Transfer to Ronda for 2 nights

 

The hilltop town of Ronda sits on a ridge of The Serrania de Ronda and has been a strategic fortified village for thousands of years. Spread either side of the El Tajo gorge the old and new towns are joined by the Puente Nuevo (New Bridge). The views from Ronda are breathtaking and the excellent restaurants on the edge of the ridge offer lunch overlooking the sweeping views of distant mountains, deep green valleys and clusters of white villages.

 

Ronda is a great place to just walk out from your hotel and wander around to see what you can see. There is no major agenda to be followed; just meander through the narrow streets, stop for a beer, wander a bit more, and soak up the atmosphere of this ancient town.

 

Day Nine - A day to explore Ronda and the Sierra de Grazalema

 

Just outside Ronda you find the unique geological Natural Park of the Sierra de Grazalema. The park holds over 1 third of all Spanish plant species and also the rare Spanish Fir pinsapo which has survived in the parks microclimate since the last ice age. The scenery is stunning with craggy peaks and deep gorges where Europe’s largest colony of Griffon Vultures circle overhead.

 

Each village you will encounter has its own cuisine and speciality dishes, handcrafted products and wine. Whilst driving through the sierra you can also visit the Pileta Caves where a member of the family who discovered the caves, will guide you on a lamp lit tour to see the 25,000 year old cave paintings.

 

Day Ten - Transfer to Malaga for 1 night

 

Malaga is a city often overlooked by visitors to Andalucía, who never get to experience the heart of this truly Spanish city and relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere. Tiny narrow streets lined with fresh fish restaurants and bodegas lead off from wide palm lined avenues with their majestic buildings and designer stores. The Malageños say the best fresh fish of Andalucía is found in Malaga, the best wine of Andalucía is made in Malaga and the best fiesta of Andalucía is celebrated in Malaga; their pride for their city and priorities in life make a stay here very pleasant surprise.

 

Visit to the museo Picasso

 

Picasso was born in Malaga and in the city you can visit the Picasso Museum (which shows remains of the cities Phoenician walls on the lower floor) and also the house of his birth in the Plaza de la Merced which is towered over by the Moorish Alcazaba. Malaga is also now home to the new Carmen Thyssen museum; a beautiful private collection set in a 16th century Baroque palace.

 

An evening stroll takes you along the seaside "paseo maritimo" where the air is filled with the aroma of skewered sardines "espetos" cooking on the open fires of the beach side "chiringuitos and you can also visit the recently finished port área; an exceptional new development with dock-side restaurants, entertainment and a chance to walk alongside some of the super yachts and cruise liners that make a stop off in Malaga during their journey through The Mediterranean.

 

Day Eleven - Transfer to Malaga airport, deposit hire car and say farewell to Andalucía!

 

Tips and Ideas ....

 

• After Granada you could take a few days to visit the little known province of Jaen where the Renaissance towns of Ubeda and Baeza offer some of the best examples of Renaissance architecture in Spain.

 

• After Arcos de la Frontera continue south to Vejer de La Frontera and explore the untouched wild beaches of the Atlantic coast dotted with small fishing villages and huge white sand dunes.

 

• Take a day trip or stay overnight in Africa! After crossing The Strait of Gibraltar your private guide in Tangier will meet you as you step off the ferry in Morocco and guide you through the medina and souks with a traditional lunch and a camel ride for a personalized taste of this exotic country.

 

• Stop off at The Rock of Gibraltar – a British territory since the 18th Century; here you can visit the Great Siege Tunnels and the magnificent caves; see the changing of the guard outside the Governer’s house and the Barbary Apes who inhabit the Upper Rock Nature Reserve.

 

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation

 

• 10 nights bed and breakfast in carefully selected 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 en-suite and have air conditioning/heating

 

Activities

 

• Pre-booked visit to The Alhambra Palace
• Guided city walk of Granada
• Guided city walk of Seville

• Guided bodega visit and tasting in Jerez
• Flamenco show in Seville
• Visit to The Picasso Museum

 

Transport

 

• 10 days hire of a Renault Clio type (5 door) model with air conditioning (Please note that the price of parking in each city is not included but full directions to reach each parking will be included into your guide pack). A larger car will be included when more than two people are travelling. Satnav systems are available upon request.

 

NOTE The first 5 nights of the tour can de done by train collecting your hire car when you leave Seville – please enquiry for details

 

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...
• A GPS system plus back up driving maps and directions of how to reach the hotel and parking information
• 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



10 night tour : Prices for 2016 & 2017

 

Low Season

Character Hotels

Boutique Hotels

15th November 2016 to 1st March 2017

1st July - 31st August 2017

from 1125.00 Euros *

from 1345.00 Euros *

 

High Season

Character Hotels

Boutique Hotels

1st March - 30th June 2017

1st September - 15th November 2017

from 1345.00 Euros *

from 1495.00 Euros *

 

* 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 and you can collect you rental car on arrival (or on departure from Granada when you travel to Cordoba)

 

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 - you can the collect your rental car from Malaga and the drive takes 2 hours to Granada

 

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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