Andalucia in Detail
- 10 Days
- From $1,699
- A night in Madrid, Spain’s vibrant capital
- The Alhambra Palace and Generalife gardens in Granada
- Beautiful Moorish architecture in Cordoba
- The dramatic clifftop town of Ronda
- The cobbled streets and white-washed houses of Seville
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- Standard Class rail travel with seat reservations
- 9 nights’ handpicked hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Private transfer from Ronda to Seville including a stop en route in Setenil de las Bodegas
- City maps and comprehensive directions to your hotels
- Clearly-presented wallets for your rail tickets, hotel vouchers and other documentation
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Having checked in at the Tryp Atocha Hotel (or similar), you will have some time to explore the wonderful city of Madrid. You could discover some of the Western world’s best art at the Prado and the Reina Sofia, or you might like to take a tour of the Royal Palace.
In the evening, the bars and restaurants of the Puerta del Sol area are a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike, offering delicious tapas and excellent wine late into the night.
From Spain’s capital city, take an impressive and comfortable high-speed AVE Train to Cordoba. On arrival, make your way to your hotel, Las Casas de la Juderia (or similar), and check in for your 2 night stay.
Once you are refreshed and ready to discover Cordoba, we recommend making your way into the historic centre of the city, much of which is now protected by the UNESCO World Heritage programme. Spaniards traditionally eat late, so you have plenty of time to soak up the city’s welcoming atmosphere before finding the perfect tapas bar or bodega for your evening meal.
Enjoy a full day in this historic city which was an important town for both the Romans and the Moors. Be sure to visit the magnificent 8th century Mezquita Cathedral Mosque to gain a unique insight into the city’s fascinating past.
TMR RECOMMENDS: Why not extend your holiday in Cordoba? Take in more of this wonderful city, travel to Malaga, or even extend your trip to Africa by visiting Tangiers in Morocco? Contact us for further details.
Take the train from Cordoba and arrive into the beautiful Moorish city of Granada where you have 2 nights at the Suites Gran Via 44 (or similar).
Granada benefits from wonderful geography; it’s nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains but it’s also only an hour’s drive from the coast. As a result it has a wonderful year-round climate and a compelling history which reflects its strategic and cultural importance. On your second day, why not skip the long queues and enjoy a guided tour of the world famous Alhambra Palace and Generalife? Please call for details and prices.
After a leisurely morning, you leave Granada on a train which travels through the varied landscapes of Andalucia to Ronda, a picturesque town perched above the deep El Tajo canyon. You stay overnight at the Parador de Ronda (or similar), which sits on the edge of the gorge.
Make the most of your overnight stay by wandering through the charming cobbled streets of La Cuidad, following in the footsteps of Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway.
After a leisurely start today, you’ll meet your private transfer driver at your hotel and take a drive through Andalucian countryside to Seville. Along the way, you’ll have a stop at the fascinating Setenil de las Bodegas (pictured), a village carved into a sheer rock face which has existed in some form for thousands of years.
Following check-in at the Hotel Dona Maria (or similar), head out to discover the best of this famous city.
You have two full days to explore the capital of Andalucia. Seville’s Old Town area is the third largest in Europe and it boasts several UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the beautiful and exotic Alcázar complex.
Be sure to allow time to simply wander around the beautiful old town of white washed houses and lanes lined with orange trees. In the evenings, you might like to take a tapas tour or see a live flamenco show.
From Seville, it is very easy to take a train to another of Spain’s wonderful cities, like Barcelona or Malaga, or you might want to extend your trip on into France. Contact us to discuss the different options to continue your holiday.
Typical hotels on this itinerary
The Tryp Atocha hotel is close to Madrid’s famous Arts District, with easy access to the Atocha train station. This welcoming and comfortable hotel offers guests a wide breakfast buffet, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and use of gym facilities. Rooms are modern and comfortable with flat-screen TVs, a minibar and city views.
This Parador is situated in a spectacular spot in the heart of the city, beside Ronda’s emblematic Puente Nuevo. It is housed in the former town hall building, with unparalleled views of the Tagus River, a ravine 390 feet deep. You can go for a swim or sunbathe in the gardens by the swimming pool, taking in a cool drink alongside the gorge.
Las Casas de la Juderia is a stunning boutique hotel in the heart of Cordoba, complete with a beautiful pool, fitness room, and a choice of bars and terraces. Guests also have the opportunity of visiting the on-site masseuse. Rooms include satellite TV, a minibar and a safe.
Suites Gran Via 44 provides comfortable and convenient accommodation for visitors, in the heart of Granada’s CBD. All rooms are light and spacious with a well-equipped kitchenette. Guests also have access to free Wi-Fi and a modern fitness centre.
Located in the historic centre of Seville, this charming hotel makes a wonderful base from which to explore the city. With an outdoor swimming pool, excellent bar and free Wi-Fi, the hotel has all the amenities guests need to unwind and relax. Rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and come equipped with a TV, a safe, and a minibar.
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The Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio is a 5-star boutique hotel that occupies a 16th-century palace in the heart of the ancient city of Córdoba. It has an relaxing pool set in pretty gardens and a luxurious spa. The elegant rooms mix past and present. Some have original wall paintings, and all have flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi.
One of Spain’s most prestigious hotels, Hotel Alfonso XIII is located next to Seville’s Real Alcazares. It offers an outdoor swimming pool, gym and a typical garden courtyard with a fountain, and its elegant design includes Arabic-style arches and ceramic tiles. Rooms are individually decorated and feature air conditioning, a minibar, bathrobe and slippers.