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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


Andalucía is a land crafted by the colourful and majestic Moorish history of Spain. The four great cities of Seville, Granada, Cordoba and Malaga each have their own distinct offering of Moorish flavour combined with the flamboyance and passion of the Andaluz culture today.

 

 

This great train journey takes you through stunning mountain scenery into each provincial capital where the tapping of castanets and a flamenco guitar can be heard as you explore some of Europe's most precious historical treasures including Granada's Alhambra Palace, Cordoba's great mosque and the Royal Alcazar in Seville.

 

Clients' Comments

 

Daphne Passmore, Ireland

 

I took this tour with Lemon Valley in 2009 and simply had to come back and do it all again! The hotels chosen are excellent for both their amenities & locations. I love having all the bookings made for us, the hotels, trains, flamenco Alhambra & guided tours and yet at the same time being independent. Thank you for making the trip so memorable once again.

 



Barry and Denise Boyle, Australia

 

Thank you for such a fantastic holiday itinerary! From our arrival in Granada to our sad farewell in Malaga it was a truly magnificent experience. We cannot thank you enough for giving us such a fantastic experience with so many memorable highlights!! We will be "suggesting" to friends and family to take the Andalucian Experience with Lemon Valley.

 

Gail Barrington, USA

 

Hi Nicola, I can't thank you enough for the arrangements you made for me.... if I was there I would hug you! Everything was completely thorough and above my expectations. The hotels were lovely, paper work organized beautifully and the guides were fun. Whenever someone asked about the type of travel I was doing I recommended your services highly.

 



Jess Findlay, USA

 

Just thought I'd let you know how much we enjoyed our holiday. All the arrangements you made for us worked out perfectly. We were very impressed by how easy it was to navigate the Spanish rail system and by the comfort and punctuality of the trains. The information booklet you prepared for us was really helpful and we were soon referring to it as "Nicola's bible". We ate at a number of the restaurants suggested in it and enjoyed the food in all of them. The guided walks also really added to the holiday experience. Thanks for creating such a stress-free holiday for us; we will be recommending you to our friends and family and we also hope to return before too long.


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Train tour of Moorish Andalucia

 

 

7 Nights

 

This holiday can start on any date you request and we can arrange transfers to Granada from your arrival point

 

Day One - Arrive Granada and transfer to hotel in 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 heart 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 by train to Seville for 2 nights

The flamboyant Andalucían capital city of Seville 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.

The white washed barrio Santa Cruz is the perfect spot for a long lazy lunch, as you shade under an orange tree in a tiny cobbled plaza.

 

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 Four - 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 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 Five - Transfer by train to Cordoba for 2 nights

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 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 Six - A Day in Cordoba - see the Great Mezquita

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. This jaw then drops further when you encounter a huge catholic cathedral almost hidden inside!

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 only three synagogues that survived the expulsion of The Jews from Spain.

Other places of interest include the Posada del Potro, mentioned in Cervantes' Don Quixote, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Alcazar (once home of The Spanish Inquisition) and numerous Roman remains.

 

Day Seven - Transfer by train 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 with a 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 makes a stay here very pleasant.

 

Visit to The Picasso Museum

 

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 area; 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 Eight - Transfer to Malaga airport and say farewell to Andalucía!

 

Tips and Ideas ....

 

• Have an extra night in Seville and take a day trip on the train to Jerez de la Frontera where you can visit a traditional sherry bodega or watch the dancing Andalucian horses.

 

• A night in Ronda can be added between Cordoba and Malaga; a stunning hilltop town which spans either side of the El Tajo gorge and has the oldest bullring in Spain where the modern fight was invented.

 

 

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What is included in the holiday

 

Accommodation

 

• 7 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
• Flamenco show in Seville
• Visit to The Picasso Museum

 

Transport

 

• Pre-booked train journeys between Granada and Seville, Seville and Cordoba, Cordoba and Malaga - your seats will be pre-booked and your actual tickets will be within your holiday guide pack

 

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, viewpoints and much more...
• Train station information plus how to reach each hotel
• A Spanish phrase book
• Access to our 24 hour telephone helpline if you need any assistance whilst you are in Andalucia
• 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

 



 

7 night tour : Prices for 2018

 

Low Season

Character Hotels

Boutique Hotels

16th November 2017 – 28th February 2018

1st July 2018 – 31st August 2018

from 965.00 Euros *

from 1195.00 Euros *

 

High Season

Character Hotels

Boutique Hotels

1st March 2018 – 30th June 2018

1st September 2018 – 15th November 2018

from 1065.00 Euros *

from 1295.00 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 2018 is from Sunday 25th March to Sunday 31st March

 

 

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

 

Information about flights & travel 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 via bus or private taxi

 

Other arrival points:

 

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

 

 

We are not responsible for any information on other web-sites

 

We offer this tour with two different hotel types

 

  • Character Hotels
  • Boutique hotels

 

Charming, small 3 star hotels, right in the historical centre; the perfect base for exploring all day

 

Your first hotel is a converted Renaissance Palace situated in the Albaicin barrio of Granada, on the edge of the Rìo Darro below The Alhambra Palace. Lovingly converted into a beautiful small hotel; many original features have been preserved including an original capital alabaster and many other Moorish features. The hotel has a light and airy feel with open internal patios, fountains and Moorish tiled floors

 

In Seville your small hotel is situated in one of Seville’s most classical buildings that for more than half a century belonged to Foronda, the leading company in Spain for hand-made bright silk shawls and Flamenco dresses. The building has been restored with great attention to detail and offers a cozy space in the very heart of Seville, just 50 metres from the Cathedral!

 

A small family run hotel hidden within the medieval juderia, in a pretty cobbled street just a 5 minute walk from the entrance to the mezquita. It is traditional in design, boasting a typical interior Cordobese flower filled courtyard, with individually styled rooms and a fantastic roof terrace with views over the ancient mosque.

 

For your last night in Andalucia you will stay in a 4 Star hotel in the very centre of medieval Malaga on the edge of the Plaza de la Constitution. The area is a maze of narrow streets lined with tall shuttered buildings, busy cafe bars and authentic bodegas. The hotel is elegant and fashionable and is decorated throughout in art deco style, and has a great rooftop terrace bar and a "jazz flamenco" bistro.

 

Our boutique hotels are small and charming too but pay a little more attention to little luxuries and detail

  

Your first hotel is a family owned, newly restored 16th Century house, situated in The Albaicin barrio of Granada, just below The Alhambra Palace. The house has been lovingly restored and carefully decorated, with antique and artesian furniture such as 18th century Alpujarran tapestry, antique portraits, walnut tables, ceramics and hand woven carpets.

 

Located in the heart of Seville, this hotel is based around the theme of classical music where magic, comfort and hospitality combine. Adapted from a XV111 century patio, the hotel captures perfectly the Sevillan style and you can also enjoy splendid views of the cathedral and La Giralda from the typical roof terrace.

 

In Cordoba your base will be a lovely 9 bedroom hotel located in the heart of the Juderia, where the rooms are located within four beautiful protected houses and their gardens. The hotel has a magnificent bodega, an internationally acclaimed restaurant and even has the honour of welcoming the King of Spain when he visits Cordoba.

 

For your last night in Andalucia you will stay in a lovely four-star hotel located in the very centre of old Málaga, just steps from the cathedral. It is comfortable and elegant and has a roof top terrace, swimming pool and solarium from where you get stunning views over the city, port and Malaga bay. Like many buildings in Malaga it has been newly constructed behind the original 19th-century façade.