Andalusia Highlights7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey
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Seville, Cordoba & Granada
Once the most civilized and wealthiest areas of the Roman Empire, Andalusia is also known for its strong Moorish influence, dating back from 710, when the Moors crossed into Spain from North Africa and occupied the peninsula for more than seven centuries. Today, the name alone brings to mind images of gypsies and Moorish castles as well as flamenco and horses, making it Spain’s most varied region. On this Cox & Kings private journey, experience the Andalusian way of life in all of its diversity and exuberance. Delve into local culture during lunch with a local family in the privacy of their home. Pursue with Cordoba, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and impressive blend of architectural styles and periods and conclude in Granada, home of the world-famous Alhambra Palace.
Day 1Arrive Seville, Spain
Arrive Seville Airport where you will be met by your local Cox & Kings representative and transferred to your hotel, located in the heart of the city. A 1929 landmark renovated in 2012, the hotel symbolizes the city’s Moorish influences and provides access to the renowned Santa Cruz quarter and Guadalquivir River. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. This evening, walk to the nearby Restaurant Robles for a traditional Spanish meal. The assortment of cured meats from the Huelva region is highly recommended. Why not try the marinated dogfish, fried squid strips or cod, a few tasty local specialties. Return to the hotel on foot for a delightful Seville-by-night experience.Hotel Alfonso XIII - 3 Nights (D)
After breakfast, embark on a half-day tour of Seville with your English-speaking guide and private vehicle. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, Seville is one of the earliest Moorish conquests and was Spain’s largest city in the 15th century. Highlights include the Cathedral, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built on the former Almohad mosque, it is also known as Christopher Columbus’ resting place. Go to the top of the Cathedral’s bell tower, the Giralda, for unparalleled views of the city. Next, visit the massive fortified complex of Alcazar Palace, residence to a number of Muslim and Christian rulers throughout the centuries and also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the visit, enjoy lunch in the privacy of a Spanish family’s home with your English-speaking assistant, a T+L special. Delve into the local culture and discuss Spanish life and customs with your hosts while tasting traditional dishes such as “gazpacho” or “fritura” — fried fish. After lunch, continue exploring the city on your own or return to your hotel and relax.Hotel Alfonso XIII (B, L)
Spanish cuisine is distinguished by the traditioinal use of olive oil. This morning, after breakfast at your hotel, meet your driver and guide for a half-day excursion to near-by Basilippos' Cultural Center of Olive Tree. Discover Seville's rosemary and lavender infused countryside dominated by olive trees, walk along the rows of olive trees, visit the museum, learn about olive oil and its production and conclude the tour with a tasting. Return to your hotel in the afternoon where you will enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.Hotel Alfonso XIII (B)
Day 4Travel to Cordoba
After breakfast, meet your English-speaking driver for your transfer to Cordoba. Check into the boutique Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio, housed in a 16th-Century palace in the heart of the ancient city of Cordoba. The rest of the day is at leisure. Weather permitting, take a dip in the hotel’s outdoor pool or treat yourself to its luxurious spa.Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio - 1 Night (B)
Day 5Travel to Granada
This morning, meet your English-speaking guide for a walking tour of Cordoba. Steeped in history, Cordoba is a city of stunning Moorish architecture, ancient palaces, beautiful parks and gardens, monuments and flower-filled courtyards. Ten centuries ago it was the capital of Muslim Spain and Europe's largest cultural and intellectual center. Today, its historic center is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With your guide, retrace the city's Moorish legacy, the most spectacular symbol of which is its grand and beautiful mosque, the Mezquita. Your tour continues with the 14th century Alcazar, former home of Christian queens and kings and La Juderia, the old Jewish quarter with its labyrinth of narrow, winding streets, pretty squares and courtyards. Your guide will give you great recommendations for lunch before you depart for Granada by private car. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, located in Granada's historic center. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.AC Palacio de Santa Paula Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
After breakfast, meet your guide for a walking tour of the city’s famed Alhambra and Generalife, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore this magnificent Moorish stronghold set on top of a hill, with its Alcazaba fortress, beautiful palaces, elaborate courtyards and luxurious residences, as many landmarks of astonishing Islamic art and workmanship. After the tour, continue exploring the city at your leisure. This evening, meet your local food and wine expert and embark on a tapas tasting tour, an ideal way to experience Spanish culture. While these small snacks have gained international recognition, your guide will focus on little known cultural and gastronomic landmarks, enhancing your experience of this vibrant and flavorful city.AC Palacio de Santa Paula Hotel (B, D)
After breakfast, meet your local Cox & Kings representative and be privately transferred to the airport where you will catch your home bound flight.