Tour of Andalusia - Cosmos® Affordable Travel

Highlights of Andalusia (6800)

8 Day Tour from Málaga to Málaga

2016 Tour Details

This vacation covers the southern Spain region of Andalusia, known for its vibrant colors, passionate flamenco, good food, rich historical heritage, and friendly people. Begin in Málaga on the glorious Costa del Sol. Discover the historical city of Granada, including a visit the legendary Alhambra complex. Enjoy some local wine tasting in Montilla before crossing the Guadalquivir River to reach Cordoba, where the Moors left an impressive mark with the fabulous Mezquita. Stop in picturesque Ecja before heading to Seville, laid back and bustling at the same time, with its Roman and Moorish heritage, elegant squares, and many gardens. Also on the agenda is Ronda with its typical whitewashed houses, before returning to Málaga for the conclusion of your Highlights of Andalusia.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Individual headsets

Inside visits and special features:
Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.

Sightseeing:
Visits to Málaga, Loja, Montilla, Cordoba, Écija, Seville, Ronda

Guides:

Local Guides for city sightseeing in Granada-Alhambra complex; professional Tour Director while touring

Scenic Highlights:
Andalusia, Route of the White Washed Villages

NOTE:
April 12 Departure - Feria in Seville

Transportation:

Transportation:
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Buffet breakfasts daily; 4 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Arrive in Málaga, Spain

Check into your hotel. The rest of day is free to start exploring Málaga on the glorious Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun). Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.

Day 2 Málaga–Loja–Granada

Your morning begins with an orientation drive around Málaga, the southernmost large city in Europe and birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Founded by the Phoenicians around 770 BC, it’s one of the oldest cities in the world. Later, head inland through grandiose scenery for a stop in Loja. Captured and held by the Moors, it was formerly known as Medina Lawsa until it was recaptured by the Christians in 1486 during the Reconquista. Explore this “flower among thorns” before traveling on to history-steeped Granada for two overnights.

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Day 3 Granada

Granada is ideally situated at the foot of the great Sierra Nevada mountain range and at the confluence of four rivers. Accompanied by a Local Guide, enjoy an included visit of the ALHAMBRA, a lavish complex built by Moorish kings. With construction dating back to 889 AD, you’ll marvel at its architectural beauty and magnificent gardens. This afternoon, there’s time to explore on your own.

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Day 4 Granada–Cordoba

Depart Granada today and drive through the verdant vineyards of Andalusia. In Montilla, stop at a WINE CELLAR and taste the local wine. Later, reach the banks of the Guadalquivir River to arrive in Spain’s most Moorish city, Cordoba. Join the optional excursion to visit the fascinating Cathedral of Cordoba, one of the most important examples of Moorish architecture outside the Arab world. Originally a Catholic church built by the Visigoths, it was converted to a grand mosque when the Muslims conquered Spain in the 8th century. After the Reconquista, it was converted once again to a Roman Catholic church in 1236. The afternoon is at leisure, with time to wander along winding streets past quintessential white-washed houses and through colorful squares.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 5 Cordoba–Écija–Seville

Journey into the heart of the Andalusian countryside, with a stop in picturesque Écija. Then, continue to the elegant city of Seville. An optional city sightseeing excursion is available to see many of the city’s highlights. This evening, experience the colorful spectacle of Seville’s famous dance culture at an optional Flamenco excursion.

Breakfast Breakfast
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Day 6 Seville

The whole day is yours to explore this wonderful Andalusian city, epitome of Spain with its fiery Flamenco, Moorish splendor, fragrant gardens, and elegant plazas. Admire the many highlights as you sightsee around this beautiful, 2,200-year-old capital. Maybe spend time exploring the 15th-century Cathedral of St. Mary, built on the former site of the city’s mosque and featuring the longest nave in Spain; the Alcázar, developed from a previous Moorish palace; and the magnificent Plaza de España in Maria Luisa Park, created for the Ibero-American Expo of 1929 and used as a filming location in Lawrence of Arabia, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, and Star Wars: Attack of the Clones.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 7 Seville–Ronda–Málaga

This morning, journey along the “Route of the Bulls,” passing the Carthusian Monastery of Jerez, for a stop in Ronda. The symbol of all Andalusian white-washed villages, Ronda is full of historic charm and is home to three stunning bridges that span the canyon that divides the city. See the spectacular 18th-century Puente Nuevo bridge, offering breathtaking views of Tajo Gorge. Later, a scenic drive for your return to Málaga for a final overnight.

Breakfast Breakfast

Day 8 Málaga

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

Years of Experience:

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 Accommodations

MÁLAGA Silken Puerta Málaga (F)
GRANADA Don Juan (ST)
CORDOBA Selu (ST)
SEVILLE Don Paco (ST) or Tryp Macarena (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Granada
Cordoba
Seville

Granada

Gipsy Evening

Gipsy Evening

No visit to Granada would be complete without seeing a live authentic gypsy dance: the venue we visit was established in 1971 and is situated in the Arabic quarter of Granada. The artistic director of the venue belongs to a family of flamenco singers of great tradition and thanks to her one can enjoy the best flamenco artists in a passionate flamenco show with the purity and color of gypsy Andalusian music and dance. A drink is included during the show.

Approximate value: €28 EUR per person

Granada's Hidden Secrets

Granada's Hidden Secrets

To feel Granada, nothing could be better than to lose oneself in it, to allow oneself to be transported by its magic. So many architectural styles are to be found all over the city with present and past blending in perfect harmony, creating an interrelation of history through their buildings. Before seeing the most important sight of Granada (the Alhambra), join a sightseeing tour with local guide lasting approx. 3 hours. First by coach to the Carthusian Monastery to visit the Cloister, Church and Sacristy before driving back to the center of Granada for a visit of the Royal Chapel and explanation outside the Cathedral. Free time then in the Old Moorish quarter "Alcaiceria" before walking with the local guide to the main square - Plaza Bib Rambla - and then continuing to the heart of the city "Puerta Real". At the end of this fascinating glimpse of Granada return back to the hotel.

Approximate value: €40 EUR per person

Cordoba

Moorish Cordoba

Moorish Cordoba

The most Moorish-looking of all Spanish cities. Cordoba was founded by the Romans and due to its strategic importance as the highest navigable point of the Guadalquivir River, it became a port city of great importance, used for shipping Spanish olive oil, wine and wheat back to Ancient Rome. The Romans built the mighty bridge crossing the river, now called "El Puente Romano". But Cordoba's hour of greatest glory was when it became the capital of the Moorish kingdom of El-Andalus and this was when work began on the Great Mosque or "Mezquita". The 3 hour sightseeing tour with local guide starts first with a panoramic drive to see the Guadalquivir River, Roman Bridge, Calahorra Tower, Arabic water mills and water wheel, city walls and Almodovar Gate. Then get off the coach and proceed on foot through the Old Jewish Quarter, a labyrinth of winding, narrow streets, shady flower-filled courtyards and picturesque squares with first stop at the ancient Jewish Synagogue, now a museum, and then Memorial Statue of Maimonides. The walk then takes you to one of Cordoba's treasures, the unique mosque-cathedral "Mezquita" with a guided visit inside this incredible complex. At the end of the sightseeing you will be taken back to the hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €30 EUR per person

Seville

An Andalusian Evening

An Andalusian Evening

Soak up the Spanish atmosphere by first enjoying a boat ride on the Guadalquivir River and then a dinner. During the one hour panoramic cruise you'll have the chance to get a wide perspective of both riverbeds. On one hand you'll see a large part of the sights in Seville starting with the Torre del Oro itself, the Maestranza bullring and some of the pavilions of the 1929 Ibero-American Exhibition. On the other hand you'll see a more modern Seville with a panoramic of the Remedios neighborhood and part of the Cartuja island. On return to Torre del Oro, disembark from the boat and a short walk will take you to a restaurant placed in the heart of the historical center of Seville, where inside one can still see the ancient almohade wall dated X111 century, which protected the city from invasions. Savor a 4 course dinner with varied choice of first and main course plus 2 glasses of wine or beer or soft drink and also coffee or tea. At the end of the evening return back to the hotel by coach.

Approximate value: €50 EUR per person

Classic Flamenco Show

Classic Flamenco Show

One cannot leave Spain without having heard the clicking of castanets!! You will be taken to a flamenco venue founded in 1952 which hosts many famous flamenco performers and is known for performances which feature a variety of flamenco styles as well as classical Spanish dance and music. The evening lasts about 1 and a half hours and during the evening one drink is included at your choice.

Approximate value: €38 EUR per person

Splendors of Seville

Splendors of Seville

Enjoy an added bonus to the normal sightseeing tour of Seville as after departing from the hotel with a local guide, the coach takes you just outside the city center to the site of Italica - the Roman city founded by Scipio. The ruins of the Roman town, close to Santiponce and not very far from the Cartuja complex include an amphitheater, baths, theatre and various buildings containing mosaics. After an interesting guided visit, and a short break, return back to Seville and at Murillo Gardens you will leave the coach for a walk through the streets of the Old Jewish Quarter to the magnificent Gothic Cathedral for an inside visit of one of the most complete Christian temples in existence. The excursion lasts approx. 4 hours and at the end of the sightseeing you will be taken back to the hotel by coach. In case the Cathedral is closed to the public a visit will be made to Casa de Pilatos (Pilate's House), which is an Andalusian palace and serves as the permanent residence of the Dukes of Medinaceli.

Approximate value: €35 EUR per person

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