The South of Spain & the Treasures of Andalucía
6 day tour

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Fuse Moorish marvels with flamenco dances and Spanish flavours on this journey through Andalucía and Portugal.


Highlights

Palaces
Walks
UNESCO Heritage Sites
National Parks
Mountains
Beaches
Wine

Places you explore


Toledo - The former capital of Spain, this charming ‘city of three cultures’ boasts 2,000 years of history and beautiful architecture.

Castilla-La Mancha – Vineyards, castles and windmills: travel through the region immortalised in the novel about Don Quixote.

Córdoba - This ancient Andalucían city will take your breath away with the marvels of La Mezquita and the Palace of the Christian Kings.

Granada with Alhambra and Sierra Nevada Mountains - Get mesmerised by the lavish palace built by the Moors and see the rugged mountains of the Sierra Nevada National Park.

Ronda - Discover a spectacular white town dramatically perched on top of El Tajo Gorge.

Pueblos Blancos - Fall in love with beautiful white villages built on hill tops overlooking Spain’s wild landscapes.

Seville - Get dazzled by the history, spectacular architecture and magic of Flamenco in the city influenced by a number of civilisations.

Tavira - One of the most charming towns in the Portuguese Algarve set on Rio Gilão


Your journey


The Iberian Peninsula possesses one of the most flamboyant combinations of cultures on the planet.

It straddles both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. There are Roman monuments sheltering Moorish artefacts, fragrant wines accompanying cumin-spiced dishes, and Arabian melodies paired with Latin dances.

On this tour, we take you to Lisbon through the beautiful contrasts of Andalucía, Southern Spain and Portugal.

You experience the architectural wonders of the Palace of Alhambra, a place where you feel transported into a story from 1,001 Arabian Nights. You explore national parks and plains that take your imagination back to the times of knights and kings. And you finish your trip on the Portuguese coast.

Join this tour and experience the wonders created by the collision of cultures.


Tour Details

Starts
08:30 - Madrid
Finishes (approx.)
19:00
Lisbon
Luggage
You’re restricted to 20kg (44lbs) of luggage per person. This may consist of a small bag for onboard personal items and a larger suitcase or rucksack.
Discounts
  • Children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old)
Important information
  • Pack comfortable shoes for walks up to beautiful views
  • Your holiday’s more fun when you protect yourself from the sun
  • Secure your tour with 10% deposit. See FAQs for more details
Tour inclusions
  • Transport in a luxury mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking guide and driver
  • 5 nights in a three-star hotel with continental breakfast
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • A few European destinations charge tourist taxes. These funds help them keep the locations clean, safe, and beautiful. You usually pay these at the accommodation suppliers, and cost between 1€ and 5€ per night.

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Uncover the fusion of cultures that shaped Toledo, the former capital of Spain
  • Travel through Castilla-La Mancha, the backdrop for Don Quixote’s adventures

You leave the heart of Spain and head south to the former capital of the country, Toledo.

Sitting atop a hill and overlooking the Tajo River, this city used to be known as the ‘City of Three Cultures’. To get the real feel of the place, wander through the cobbled streets and try to spot the Muslim mosques, Jewish synagogues and Gothic cathedrals. Make sure to sample the local specialities while you admire this amazing architectural ensemble.

You travel through Castilla-La Mancha, the setting for the adventures of the literary hero Don Quixote. Next, you stop on the way through the Despeñaperros Natural Park, the gateway to Andalucía.

Córdoba, your home for the night, welcomes you with its bustling squares and delightful architecture.

Day 2

  • Get dazzled by the gems of Moorish architecture in Córdoba
  • Learn about olive-making and take in views of endless olive groves

In the morning, you have free time to explore the city.

Once the heart of the western Islamic empire, Córdoba feels exotic and sophisticated.

Here, you have time to admire the countless rows of decorated arches in the serene interior of La Mezquita, the most spectacular mosque constructed by the Moors in Spain. Or wander through the lush gardens of Alcázar de Los Reyes Cristianos, the ‘Palace of the Christian Kings’.

Next, you travel through the rolling hills blanketed with the silvery-grey-green leaves of olive trees. It’s a sign you’ve entered the oil-producing province of Jaén. You have a chance to learn about the production of Spain’s ‘liquid gold’ and enjoy lunch.

Then, you continue south and visit the ruined hilltop fortress of Fortaleza de la Mota before you arrive in Granada, your home for two nights.

Day 3

  • Set your sights on the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the inspiration for a great Spanish poet
  • Become entranced by the ornamentation of the Alhambra Palace

You wake up in a city adorned with the most sensual palace of Europe, Alhambra.

The day is yours, so you can decide how you want to spend your time in this dazzling location.

In the morning, you can take a half day tour and follow in the footsteps of Federico Garcia Lorca. He was a poet and a theatre director who drew his inspiration from Spanish folklore.

If you choose this half day trip, you first head to Huerta de San Vincente and discover the 20th-century villa where the poet wrote many of his best works. Then, delve into the rugged landscapes of the Cumbres Verdes mountains on the forefront of the Sierra Nevada. Breathe in the mountain air and admire the contrast between lush green valleys and arid badlands.

You leave the dramatic peaks behind and continue your journey to Valderrubio. Lorca spent his childhood here and gathered inspiration from the town’s people, customs, and views. After a morning filled with poetry and vistas, you return to Granada at lunchtime. Try local delicacies and decide how you want to spend the rest of your afternoon.

Alternatively, you can spend the whole day discovering the fusion of Arabic and Christian cultures in Granada. From the Great Bazaar to the Granada Cathedral, this city will carry you away with its energy.

And let’s not forget, there’s the paradigm of Moorish architecture, the Alhambra. When you look at it, you feel like you’ve been transported to the tales of 1,001 Nights. Originally a fortress and then a palace, this UNESCO World Heritage site will seize your imagination.

You spend tonight in Granada. Use this time to discover tapas restaurants and more of the culinary delights.

Day 4

  • Discover the charm of Ronda, the most stunning of the pueblo blancos
  • Delve into a maze of cobbled streets in Arcos de la Frontera

Today is all about exploring the other faces of Andalucía; the beautiful wilderness and iconic pueblos blancos.

Your adventure takes you west through the landscapes of Malaga’s ‘Lake District’ before you reach Ronda. Precariously clinging to a steep cliff of the El Tajo Gorge, this commune captures your imagination with its literary connections and history full of outlaws. Stroll along the city walls, explore picturesque plazas, and enjoy your lunch before the next pueblo blanco.

You leave the rural part of the region and travel past Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park to Arcos de la Frontera. This stunning white town has it all: dramatic clifftop location, spectacular vistas, and an old town with a maze of beautiful buildings and cobbled streets.

Cast the last glance over the Andalusian countryside and start your journey to Seville, your home for two nights.

Day 5

  • Marvel at the allure of the palace of Real Alcázar in Seville
  • Soak up the grandeur as you stroll through the Plaza de España
  • Try the finest sherry in Jerez de la Frontera

Seville signifies the essence of Spain. This city will seduce you with its rich Moorish heritage, the orange trees, tapas and passionate flamenco.

Today it’s up to you to decide how to spend the day.

You can dedicate your time to discover the best gems of the city. Lose yourself in one of the 80 chapels in the enormous Seville Cathedral or take in views of the city from La Giralda, the bell-tower which used to be a minaret. Then, delve into the exotic gardens of the palace of Real Alcázar and marvel at its dream patios, opulent domes and intricate carvings.

Alternatively, you can join our half day tour in the morning and travel to Jerez de la Frontera. This elegant town is the heartland of sherry and Spanish brandy. It’s also home to Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, famous for its specially-trained horses that star in incredible performances. Sample some sherry or wine in one of the local bars and soak up the atmosphere before you return to Seville for lunchtime.

Whichever option you choose, spend the afternoon strolling through the shaded arches of the grand Plaza de España and enjoy the pulse of Seville. Warning: with the hypnotic Flamenco performances, delicious tapas and buzzing bars, this city can keep you entertained till the small hours.

Day 6

  • Soak up the sun in Huelva on Costa de la Luz
  • Wander through Tavira, one of the most charming towns of the Algarve

Say farewell to Seville and enjoy the last glimpses of the Andalusian countryside as you travel west towards Costa de la Luz. It translates into ‘the Coast of Light’, this refers to the bright sunlight and golden sandy beaches.

You stop in the seaside city of Huelva, where Christopher Columbus planned his trip to find a western sea route to China and India.

Next, you cross the Portuguese border and stop at Tavira in the Algarve. Set on the River Gilão, this town exhumes an irresistible charm and makes you want to discover its hidden corners. Wander through the cobblestone streets, cross an old Roman bridge and try Portuguese cuisine for the first time.

Take in the last views of the Algarve and journey north where the laid-back and charming Lisbon awaits you in the evening.

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Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Córdoba, two nights in Granada, and two nights in Seville.


To get more information about your accommodation, please contact our friendly team 3 weeks prior to departure.


How does the accommodation work?

A good night’s sleep is often needed for a good day of travel.

So, we’ve hand-picked three to four-star hotels in remote coastal villages, bustling towns, and mountain valleys.

Your accommodation is included in the tour price; and when you book your trip, you can choose whether you want double rooms, twin rooms, or single rooms.



Are there any extra accommodation costs?

The price you see is for all your tour's accommodation and for the tour itself. This figure is based on shared accommodation. When you're booking your tour and select a single room, an additional single room supplement will be added to the price.


FAQs

Do I need a visa to take this tour?

You may need a Schengen Visa to travel throughout Europe. Check the official tourism website of the country you’re visiting for up-to-date and reliable information. Travel between countries is easy because there are no passport checks at the borders.


Do I need to pay all at once?

Our Europe Tours have flexible payment options to help you budget for your dream holiday.

If you book more than three months before your tour departs, you can reserve your trip with a deposit of 10% or more. The full payment is required three months before your departure.

Call us on +44 (0) 131 226 3133 or email tours@rabbies.com to pay a deposit, discuss more payment options, or let us know of any changes to your travel arrangements.


Are the tours suitable for people with mobility issues?

Most people can comfortably enjoy our tours, but it's worth bearing in mind that we often include optional short walks in scenic locations. Please also be aware that many of the old European towns are built on steep hills with cobbled lanes, and you may have to carry your own luggage at times.

So that we can ensure you're comfortable travelling with us, please let us know about any special requirements or needs at the time of booking. If you have any more questions, simply email tours@rabbies.com .


Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

Europe's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure and avoid contributing to congestion issues, we only start our trips from the airport hotel specified in your departure information.

Our friendly team will send you more information about your departure location closer to your departure date.


When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive at the hotel lobby 15 minutes before your departure time. Unfortunately, we’re unable to wait for you if you’re late due to vehicle restrictions. But depending on your situation, we may be able to help you catch up with your tour.


What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of 42 days for our Europe tours. If you cancel your trip before this period, we give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this timeframe, you’re liable for the cost of the tour package.

We understand how disappointing it is when you have to cancel a trip with us, so please contact our friendly team who will try their best to resell your ticket and refund you.

Click here to view full terms and conditions.


What is a guaranteed departure?

It's simple: you book, you go. This means we'll never cancel your tour because of a minimum numbers policy.


What can I expect?

Your friendly driver and guide are passionate about the places they visit and know all the local gossip. This means your tour itinerary can change a little due festivities, attraction opening hour changes, and spontaneous photo opportunities.


Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable mini-coaches have huge windows, So you always get a good view.


Are there toilets on the bus?

We like to keep our coaches small, nimble, and odour free. This means we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you frequently stop in local towns and villages for comfort breaks.



Do you take children on your tours?

Unfortunately, we’re unable to have children under the age of five on our Europe tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.


How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy your trip to Europe. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of stops to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.


Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.


Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to pack or bring along food on the mini-coach. We stop in small European towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.


What should I do if I have too much luggage?

It’s more enjoyable to travel with light luggage. You can take less by cleaning clothes along the way. Most hotels provide affordable laundry service.

But if you're travelling with more than 20kg, don't worry! There are left luggage facilities close to all our departure points, and courier companies who could ship your excess luggage on to your chosen destination. Our team are happy to help if you need any suggestions or recommendations.


Should I tip the driver and the guide?

Let's be honest, our drivers and guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.


What about travel insurance?

We highly recommend you take out travel insurance, so you can enjoy a stress-free journey.


What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you choose to let us book your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we run into any issues. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

Our packages are covered by the Package Travel Regulations. For full details of your key rights please click here.


I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com, or check out our full FAQs.

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