Jewels of Andalusia Tour - Totally Spain
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Jewels of Andalusia

<span>Seville-Plaza de Espana</span>Seville-Plaza de Espana
<span>Seville-Reales Alcazares</span>Seville-Reales Alcazares
<span>Seville-Triana ceramic workshop</span>Seville-Triana ceramic workshop
<span>Seville-Guadalquiver River</span>Seville-Guadalquiver River
<span>Cordoba</span>Cordoba
<span>Baeza</span>Baeza
<span>Ubeda - San Salvador</span>Ubeda - San Salvador
<span>Granada - decorative street tiles</span>Granada - decorative street tiles
<span>Granada - Alhambra</span>Granada - Alhambra
<span>Granada - Alhambra & Generalife</span>Granada - Alhambra & Generalife
<span>Ronda- El Tajo Gorge</span>Ronda- El Tajo Gorge
<span>Ronda - Real Maestranza bullring</span>Ronda - Real Maestranza bullring
<span>Jerez Cathedral</span>Jerez Cathedral
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Andalusia the land of olive groves and rolling hills of almond blossom, flamenco dancers and gypsy songs, bullfighting and fiestas. This fascinating region, Andalusia, offers the visitor an incredible medley of sights, sounds, tastes and scents.  The cultural attractions in Andalusia are endless not least of which are UNESCO World Heritage sights such as the Alhambra Palace and Albaicin in Granada: the old quarter and Mezquitaof Cordoba: the cathedral, Giralda, Alcazar and archivo de Indias in Seville and the monumental ensembles of Ubeda and Baeza.

The enduring influence of the Islamic culture which ruled much of the Iberian Peninsula until over 600 years ago lends an eastern feel to the Andalusia architecture, while the large gypsy and north-African population add a distinctive quality to the people of Andalusia.

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

JEWELS OF ANDALUSIA TOUR ONE

Day ONE

Arrive in Seville, one of the most emblematic cities in all of Andalusia. Accommodation of your choice in the city.

Day TWO

Seville is the capital of Andalusia and has a chequered history having been ruled by the Romans, the Visigoths and the Moors before the Christians finally reclaimed it in the 13th century. The city’s character reflects this particularly in the architecture of Moorish, Mudejar, Renaissance and Baroque style, which can be seen.

The city centre is a compact maze of narrow streets with a fascinating choice of places to visit. The medieval Jewish quarter and the Barrio Santa Cruz are buzzing with activity by day or by night.  Floral perfumed streets, houses adorned with exquisite wrought iron and seemingly endless restaurants and taverns.  A true Andalusia gem, Seville city still preserves the lushness and sensuality of Al-Andalus.

Day THREE

Today continue northeast to the charming Andalusia city of Cordoba famous for it´s well preserved Jewish quarter and the Mezquita.  On the way why not tour the delightful town of Carmona where you could also enjoy lunch at the stunning Parador hotel. Accommodation of your choice in Cordoba.

Day FOUR

Day exploring Cordoba, once the great Moorish capital of Al Andalus. A walk around the old Jewish quarter gives the sensation that little has changed since the 10th century. The Mosque or Mezquita is without doubt one of the most famous constructions in all of Andalusia and is one of the largest mosques in the Islamic world. The original Mosque was built between 786 and 788 by Abd ar-Rahman, but over the centuries, many additions and extensions have been made. Following the Christian conquest it was consecrated as a Cathedral in 1236.

Visit the synagogue, the only one remaining in Andalusia, dating from 1315.  The walls are adorned with plaster work of plant motifs and epigraphs referring to the pslams, and Song of Songs.

Cordoba also has several interesting museums including the Bullfighting Museum, the Diocesan Museum and the Archaeological Museum. 

Only a few kilometres from Cordoba and one of the major archaeological sites in Andalusia is Medina Azahara. This remarkable place was ordered built by Abd ar-Rahman III to shelter the government seat.  The enormous palatial complex came to house as many as 12,000 people, with all the Caliphate´s government organisations residing here.  Currently being restored, the site provides an insight into this brilliant city.

Day FIVE

In the morning leave Cordoba for Granada the last stronghold of the Moors in Andalusia. Granada is perhaps most famous for its exquisite Alhambra, a complex of palaces built around courtyards of flowering trees, pools and fountains.  It often hailed as the most exciting, sensual and romantic of all European monuments.

Set on a wooded hill above the city, the Alhambra Palace was built in the 14th century by the sultans of Granada, rulers of the last Muslem kingdom in Al-Andalus. It reveals the brilliance and spirit of the Moorish culture in Andalusia at a time when the rest of Europe was only just beginning to emerge from the Dark Ages. You also can tour the Generalife; the summer palace and gardens of the sultans. Accommodation of your choice in Granada.

Day SIX

Full day to tour Granada including the Albaicín or old Moorish quarter that has hardly changed since the 15th century. The view of the Alhambra from the Plaza San Nicolas is stunning. Then to Sacromonte, where the city´s gypsies settled and flamenco can be heard daily. Also visit the hauntingly beautiful Royal Chapel where the lead coffins of the catholic monarchs, Fernando and Isabella, who finally re-conquered and unified Spain in 1492 can be seen.

Day SEVEN

Return to your point of departure.

 

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JEWELS OF ANDALUSIA TOUR TWO - Complete Andalusia.

Day ONE

Arrive in Seville. Accommodation of your choice in the city.

Day TWO

Full day visiting Seville. See itinerary One for details.

Day THREE

Continue northeast to Cordoba. See itinerary one for details. Accommodation of your choice in Cordoba.

Day FOUR

Depart Cordoba heading east to visit Ubeda and Baeza, both within a few miles of each other, in the province of Jaen.

Baeza, a small Andalusia town, is rich in Renaissance architecture. Dominated by Romans and later a Moorish capital, it was re-conquered in 1226 and was the first Andalusia town to be won back from the Moors. Baeza was also an important medieval town during the 16th century. Antonio Machado, one of his generation’s greatest poets, lived here. Outstanding buildings include the Palacio de Jabalquinto, a Gothic palace with an Isabelline façade, and the Cathedral, rebuilt in 1567.

Continue to Ubeda, another Renaissance gem. The historic square, surrounded by elegant palaces and churches, is without doubt the jewel in Ubeda’s crown. Also to be highlighted are the Hospital de Santiago, the 13th century Iglesia de San Pablo and the Archaeological Museum. Accommodation of your choice in Ubeda.

Day FIVE

Head south in the morning to Granada. See itinerary one for description. Accommodation of your choice in Granada.

Day SIX

Full day exploring Granada

Day SEVEN

Today continue to Ronda. Ronda is one of the most spectacularly located cities in Andalusia, and sits on a massive rocky outcrop. It is also one of the gateways to the Pueblos Blancos (White Villages). The Puente Nuevo or New Bridge, an impressive 18th century construction over the dramatically steep El Tajo Gorge (over 100 m deep) joins old Ronda with new Ronda.

Ronda is considered the spiritual home of bullfighting having one of the country’s oldest bullings, inaugurated in 1785. Other highlights include the old town with its lovely old palaces of which the Mondragon Palace (now a museum) stands out. It was rebuilt during the Reconquista but still preserves its Moorish essence. Accommodation of your choice in Ronda.

Day EIGHT

Make your way to Cadiz via the spectacular ´white villages´of El Bosque, Grazalema and Arcos de La Frontera.  Then visit Jerez de la Frontera internationally famous for being the capital of sherry production in Andalusia. The town is home to many sherry bodegas, such as Sandemans, that welcome visitors. Jerez is also known for its Real Escuela Andaluza de Arte Ecuestre (Royal Andalusia School of Equestrian Art) famous for its splendid Dancing Horses. Afterwards continue to Cadiz. Accommodation of your choice in Cadiz.

Day NINE

Today explore Cadiz.

Cadiz, some claim, is Europe’s oldest city and others speak about Hercules being its founder. Occupied by the Carthagininans, Romans and Moors, the Andalusia city lived a gold period during the Re-conquest from the wealth taken from the New World (Las Americas). The real joy of visiting Cadiz is to wander around the old city, through the gardens and open squares, as well as the old Town. The baroque Cathedral is magnificent. The Carnival in February is the pride of the city and one of the most important carnivals in Andalusia.

Day TEN

Return to your point of departure.

 

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Jewels of Andalusia Hotel Code Classification Information
2 nights in Seville AND11 Central Hotel
AND26 Central Hotel
AND47 Central Hotel w/ pool
2 nights in Cordoba AND12 Central Hotel w/ pool
AND13 Central Hotel
2 nights in GRANADA AND16 Central Hotel
AND43 Central Hotel
AND44 Central Hotel
PAR19 PARADOR Paradors
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Jewels of Andalusia II (10 days) Hotel Code Classification Information
2 nights in Seville AND11 Central Hotel
AND26 Central Hotel
AND47 Central Hotel w/ pool
1 night in Cordoba AND12 Central Hotel w/ pool
AND13 Central Hotel
1 night in UBEDA PAR26 PARADOR Paradors
2 nights in GRANADA AND16 Central Hotel
AND43 Central Hotel
AND44 Central Hotel
PAR19 PARADOR Paradors
1 night in RONDA PAR25 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
2 nights in CADIZ PAR44 PARADOR Paradors w/ pool
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