Your 8-day affordable escorted tour of Andalusia begins in sun-kissed Mijas, where you’ll begin by exploring the village and resort towns on the coast. You’ll also visit the beautiful port city of Málaga – the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Your guided tour of Andalusia offers an affordable vacation in some of the most stunning architectural and natural surroundings in southern Spain. From Málaga, you’ll travel inland to Granada. Your visit of Granada is full of exciting discoveries, including the exquisite example of architectural beauty – the Alhambra Moorish hilltop complex. From Granada, you’ll travel through Andalusia’s renowned vineyards for wine tasting at a Montilla wine bodega. Next, your guided budget tour of Southern Spain will take you to Cordoba – considered one of Europe’s largest “old towns.” You’ll notice the exotic Moorish architecture, and can opt to tour the Cathedral of Cordoba for a sterling example of this ancient design. You’ll continue further into the heart of the Andalusian countryside to visit the dazzling “City of Towers” – Ecija – before venturing on to colorful Seville. Your local sightseeing guide will show you all the highlights of Andalusia’s capital city – alive with music and the passionate art of flamenco. You may choose to attend a live flamenco performance, indulge in delicious cuisine, explore the famous Calle Sierpes shopping district, or visit the exquisite Alcazar palace. Returning to Costa del Sol, you’ll journey through the whitewashed villages of the scenic Ruta de Los Pueblos Blancos and Ronda’s dramatic cityscapes and bridges that span the deep El Tajo gorge. Your Spanish tour through Andalusia is a budget trip through Southern Spain that offers new experiences and priceless memories to last a lifetime.
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MÁLAGA Orientation driveGRANADA Guided visit of the Alhambra Complex*MONTILLA Visit a wine BodegaCORDOBA VisitECIJA VisitSEVILLE Guided sightseeingWHITEWASHED VILLAGES Scenic driveRONDA VisitNotes:
May 5 Departure – Feria in Seville*Entrance to the Nasrid Palace is not guaranteed
Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Buffet breakfasts daily; 3 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN MIJAS, SPAIN. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the town of Mijas, affording beautiful views over the Mediterranean, or to explore the resort towns of the Costa del Sol. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers.
MIJAS–MÁLAGA–GRANADA. Begin the day with an orientation drive around the beautiful port city of 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 and home to two massive hilltop citadels, remnants of Moorish rule. Head inland through grandiose scenery to reach Granada, located at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and at the confluence of four rivers.
GRANADA. Join your Local Guide for a visit to the famous and fascinating ALHAMBRA COMPLEX*, which Moorish poets described as a “pearl set in emeralds.” Dating back to 889 AD, this magnificent hilltop palace-fortress with its lavish gardens was built by Moorish kings, and is the epitome of architectural beauty.
GRANADA–MONTILLA–CORDOBA. Depart Granada and drive through the verdant vineyards of Andalusia for a visit to a typical WINE BODEGA in Montilla. Next stop: Cordoba, perhaps Spain’s most Moorish city. Join an optional excursion to visit the fascinating Cathedral of Cordoba, one of the most important examples of Moorish architecture outside the Arab world. The evening is at leisure, with time to wander through the Old Town—an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site.
CORDOBA–ECIJA–SEVILLE. Journey farther into the heart of the Andalusian countryside and stop in picturesque Ecija, the dazzling “City of Towers.” Then, drive to Seville, which legend says was founded 3,000 years ago by the mythological hero Hercules. Included sightseeing with a Local Guide features many of the city’s highlights. This evening, Seville’s colorful dance culture awaits during our entertaining optional Flamenco excursion.
SEVILLE. The day is yours to explore this beautiful Andalusian capital. You could choose to pop into one of the many tapas bars to sample some of the city’s most palate-pleasing specialties; do some shopping on Calle Sierpes; or visit the Alcazar, one of the country’s most beautiful palaces.
SEVILLE–RONDA–MÁLAGA AREA. Today, drive along the scenic ruta de Los pueblos blancos (route of the whitewashed villages) to incomparable Ronda, a town boasting one of the most dramatic cityscapes in the world. Spanning the deep El Tajo gorge, it is known for its fascinating history, charm, and three remarkable bridges that cross the canyon. Drive along the Costa del Sol to reach your hotel for a final overnight.
MÁLAGA AREA. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.