Andalusia Highlights7 days & 6 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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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.
At Cox & Kings we believe that a good travel experience is not luck but judgment. We have compiled the following advice to outline the nature of travel in Europe and to help you prepare for your trip. Even with the most meticulous planning, however, minor problems can occur and, while our local representatives are always on hand to rectify such occurrences, we do request that you have a patient and broadminded approach to traveling in Europe.
Cruises & Train Tours
The river cruises and train tours in this brochure are offered subject to the conditions of carriage of the individual Train Company. PLEASE NOTE that in exceptional circumstances they may vary their itineraries with little or no notice, if water levels become unsafe, train lines become blocked or to avoid areas of dense traffic. Such changes are rare, but you should check the final itinerary at reception when you embark.
A number of flights within Europe arrive / depart early in the morning, and while we will endeavour to schedule your tour with a flight which arrives / departs at a reasonable time, sometimes there is little or no alternative and early check-in / check-out times may be required.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout Europe, and hotels in Eastern Europe, Albania, Macedonia and regional Turkey, should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. We will endeavour to supply any extra information that you may require on these hotels. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or of a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. There are many new hotels being built in Europe and we may upgrade those featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Please note all rooms reserved on your tour are standard; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a lake view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all group and individual tours, hotel check-in/out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
Many of the sites in Europe are quite spread out, and our tours consequently involve a reasonable amount of walking. Whilst the walking is normally easy going, a full-day’s sightseeing can be quite tiring and sometimes strenuous.
Although tourism is not a new concept in most parts of Europe, many of the areas visited are still extremely traditional. Therefore kindly respect local customs and dress codes.
Many countries require passports, visas to be presented before entry is permitted. Please ensure that all traveling members, including infants and children, are in possession of a passport, valid for at least 6 months, prior to departure. It is convenient and safe to have the visa process facilitated by Cox & Kings Limited from the concerned Consulates / Authorities on your behalf. Please note that it is totally at the discretion of the concerned Consulates / Authorities to grant / reject your visas. The consulate may require further documentation and / or personal appearance.
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