The Magic of Andalusia

Resort: The Magic of Andalusia
Operator: Saga
Destination: Spain
Price From: £949.00

A tantalising taste of beautiful Andalusia

This tour reveals the magnificent scenery and Moorish architecture of this historic region of Spain. Look forward to exploring the cities of Malaga, Granada, Seville and Cordoba and gaining fascinating insights into Andalusian culture.

Including…

9 nights in hotels

15 meals 9 breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)

  • Optional travel insurance and additional cancellation rights, or a reduction if not required
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Malaga Picasso Museum
  • Granada’s old town
  • Guided visit of the Alhambra
  • Flamenco show in the Sacromonte Caves
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Baeza
  • Olive oil museum in Hacienda La Laguna
  • Cordoba guided walking tour and the Great Mosque
  • Seville city tour

Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours.

Itinerary

Day 1
UK- Malaga

Fly to Malaga and transfer to the locally rated 4-star Hotel Malaga Centro (4Q) and stay one night. D

 

Day 2
Malaga – Granada

Once considered the poor relation of Andalusia’s capital city, Seville, Malaga now successfully competes for attention. The city’s rebirth was initiated by the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 and the city now boasts over 30 museums. Youll visit the Picasso Museum where the artist was born, before travelling to Granada, the city immortalised in the work of poet Federico Garcia Lorca. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Hotel Carmen (4Q). This evening enjoy an orientation walk around the citys old town. B, D

 

Day 3
Ubeda and Baeza

Join an included visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Alhambra, an ornate 14th-century palace built by the Moors, and the pretty Generalife gardens which are believed to be the oldest surviving Moorish gardens. This evening you’re free to dine out before visiting the Gypsy Quarter of Sacromonte for a flamenco show.B

 

Day 4
Ubeda and Baeza

Today travel to the remote town of Baeza, located in the hills of the ‘Comarca de la Loma’, between the Guadalquivir and Guadalimar valleys, and surrounded by a sea of olive groves. Baeza, together with neighbouring Ubeda, is home to an array of Renaissance-style palaces and churches and you can enjoy an included tour of both these UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Hotel TRH Baeza (3Q). B, D

 

Optional excursions

Segura and Las Villas natural park |Full day

A full-day guided tour shows you the national park which connects the Sierra Morena and the Subbtica mountain ranges. As Spains largest protected area and one of its most extensive forested zones, it contains mountains, waterfalls, diverse wildlife and picturesque villages. The park was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1983 and became a national park in 1989. A haven for native flora and fauna, it has one of the highest numbers of butterfly species in the Iberian Peninsula. Your tour includes a stop in Cazorla, a town constructed around three main squares the oldest of which is Plaza Santa Maria which takes its name from the old ruined cathedral and is connected to the other two squares by narrow, twisting streets. You’ll also travel along Puerto de las Palomas, a mountain road which provides breathtaking views. Lunch will be included in the village of Arroyo Frio, before an afternoon visit to a hunting museum and botanical garden at Torre del Vinagre.

 

Day 5
Baeza

Perhaps join an optional excursion to Cazorla National Park this morning. The limestone mountains and pine forests are home to deer, ibex and 130 species of birds including golden eagles, lammergeiers and griffon vultures. B

 

Optional excursions

Sierra de Cazorla |full day

A full-day guided tour shows you the national park which connects the Sierra Morena and the Subbtica mountain ranges. As Spains largest protected area and one of its most extensive forested zones, it contains mountains, waterfalls, diverse wildlife and picturesque villages. The park was designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve in 1983 and became a national park in 1989. A haven for native flora and fauna, it has one of the highest numbers of butterfly species in the Iberian Peninsula. Your tour includes a stop in Cazorla, a town constructed around three main squares the oldest of which is Plaza Santa Maria which takes its name from the old ruined cathedral and is connected to the other two squares by narrow, twisting streets. You’ll also travel along Puerto de las Palomas, a mountain road which provides breathtaking views. Lunch will be included in the village of Arroyo Frio, before an afternoon visit to a hunting museum and botanical garden at Torre del Vinagre.

 

Day 6
Baeza-Cordoba

Pause at an olive oil museum en route to Crdoba. The city is famous for its historic mosque, the spiritual heart of the Islamic kingdom of Al-Andalus. After the Moors were expelled from Spain, a Christian church was inserted into the existing building to create the citys cathedral. Your hotel for the next two nights will be the locally rated 4-star Ayre Hotel Crdoba (4Q) which is set on the La Arruzafa hillside. B

 

Day 7
Cordoba city tour

Join a walking tour of Cordoba, explore the narrow streets of the old quarter and enjoy a guided tour of the Great Mosque. Spend the afternoon at leisure. You can look forward to dinner in a local restaurant tonight. B, D

 

Day 8
Cordoba to Jerez de la Frontera via Seville

Travel to Seville where you will enjoy a panoramic coach tour of the city, accompanied by your tour manager. Then visit Seville cathedral and spend a little free time exploring the city at leisure. Your tour continues to Jerez de la Frontera where you spend your final two nights at the locally rated 4-star Sherry Park Hotel (4Q). Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight. B, D

 

Day 9
Jerez

The prosperous town of Jerez de la Frontera, has given its name to sherry and is internationally known for its locally bred horses. Although prehistoric and Roman remains have been found at Jerez, the oldest surviving structure in the city is the Moorish Castle which has Arab baths and gardens. Perhaps join an optional tour today before a farewell dinner at the hotel tonight. B, D

 

Optional excursions

Jerez and the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art |Half day

Today you’ll see the oldest surviving structure in the city, the Moorish castle with its Arab baths and gardens, followed by a visit to The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Watch the locally-bred horses being put through their paces during one of the training sessions. No visit to the home of sherry would be complete without a visit to a sherry bodega with a tasting session!

 

Day 10
Mlaga-UK

Travel to Mlaga airport for your return flight to the UK. B

 

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