(Seville, Cordoba, Granada)
Perhaps it will be the fiery gypsy music wafting on the warm night air, or the stroll on the seductively laid-back beach, or the absolute profoundness of glimpsing a grand Moorish palace; whatever it is, you'll never forget the moment you fell in love with southern Spain.
Discover the magnificence of Andalusia and its three sparkling jewels - Seville, Cordoba and Granada. Meander winding streets past whitewashed houses adorned with bright bougainvillea, and cruise modern city streets lined with fine restaurants, bustling taverns and raucous night clubs. Whether it’s the rhythm of flamenco, the spectacle of bullfighting, the majesty of ruined castles and Moorish monuments, or the flavors of savory tapas and robust Riojas, southern Spain will simply enchant you. In the evenings, relax and unwind in fine accommodations.br/>
With your own private guide, explore Seville on foot and visit its most important landmarks like La Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower), Triana (the Gypsy district that’s home to flamenco), and Reales Alcazares, a Moorish palace which originally dates back to 913AD. While in Cordoba, tour the Mezquita, a unique work of its type and a representation of Caliphal art, and visit the magnificent Mossaics Hall. In Granada, you are sure to be impressed with the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palace and gardens, one of the most beautiful architectural marvels in the world. Make your way to the Sacromonte neighborhood, a fascinating district famous for the cave houses in which gypsy families lived, and see a flamenco show in an actual cave house while dining on delectable local dishes.br/>
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer. Please note drivers may or may not speak English, as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), a SIM card with 1Gb of data, and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
For your added comfort, we will have an English speaking assistant waiting for you at the hotel lobby. Your representative will help you to check in and walk you through the welcome package documents.
Embark on a Seville walking tour with your own private guide to check out the most important landmarks of the city. You will see La Torre del Oro (The Golden Tower), a Moorish-built tower dating from 1222, which formed part of the old defensive wall that protected the old city. You will also see Triana (this Gypsy district is the home of flamenco), Santa Cruz (the Old Jewish Quarter and a labyrinth of tiny alleys with white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), Reales Alcazares (a Moorish palace-fortress which originally dates back to 913AD and has been the residence of various kings and boasts impressive gardens and fountains) and The Cathedral and Giralda, originally a 12th Century mosque, of which only the minaret (La Giralda) and the orange tree courtyard now remain. The cathedral is also Europe's second largest. If you have a particular interest in bullfighting, we can substitute some of the above for a visit to the Real Maestranza (The Maestranza Bullring). Built between 1767 and 1880 this famous bullring houses a museum dedicated to the world of bull fighting. No entrance fees included.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Enjoy the fast speed direct train ride from Seville to Cordoba. The train ride takes approximately one hour.
Meet your driver for a private vehicle transfer to the train station.
The best way to see the sights in Cordoba is by foot, so spend time with a local Guide who will introduce you on your private tour to see the highlights. Tour the Mezquita, a unique work of its type, it is the representation of Caliphal art.
Then choose between the Alcazar of the Christian Kings with its sunken gardens and its magnificent Mossaics Hall or The Synagogue, the only one existing in Andalucia, and the Jewish Quarter. (Entrance fees not included).
If you wish to see all of the above, please ask us to extend your tour to our 4 hour private walking tour.
With a private vehicle, driver and guide see the Medina Azahara, 6 miles away from Cordoba. Discover the prints of its splendid past under the Umayyads of Andalusia. The Rich Chamber, The House of Yafar, the city walls, the bureaucratic area, and the Mosque. The tour includes entrance fee to Medina Azahara and shutlle bus to the archaelogical site.
Enjoy the train ride from Cordoba to Granada. The train ride takes approximately two and a half hours. Multiple daily departures. Check your ticket for the exact time.
Enjoy a guided exploration of the Albaicín, the old Moorish quarter of Granada with your private English-speaking guide. You will be shown how this medieval Islamic city has kept its identity into the modern age, as your guide explains its history and character in anecdotal style. As you walk through its cat’s cradle of twisting alleyways, you will come across stunning views of the city, the majestic Alhambra palaces and, beyond, the often snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada. You will pass by churches built on the sites of mosques, stroll underneath the walls of the scented gardens of carmens, and stop in squares to take in the slow rhythms of daily life in this most traditional and yet singular neighborhood. A stop for refreshments in a cafe or bar is included. (Please note that no transportation is included and depending on the distance of your hotel to the Albaicin quarter you may like to take a taxi).
Enjoy a private tour with a local guide as you visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palace and gardens. On a rocky hill, on the banks of the River Darro, protected by mountains and amongst the eldest quarter in the city, the Alhambra rises up like an imposing castle with its distinctive reddish stone in its ramparts that prevent the outside world from seeing the delicate beauty enclosed within. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty and the court of Granada in the middle of XIII century. The complex of monuments has also an independent palace opposite the Alhambra; The Generalife, which is surrounded by orchards and beautiful gardens which you will also visit. (Tour includes entrance into the palace).
Please note that this tour does not include transfers to or from the palace. Your guide will meet you at the Alhambra ticket office (best to take a local cab from your hotel). At the end of your tour, you can either choose to walk back down the hill to explore the city, or return by taxi (payable by you locally). If you prefer us to arrange private transfers, please let us know.
Start your evening with a 15 minutes drive to the Sacromonte neighborhood – a fascinating district famous for the cave houses in which gypsy families lived (and some still live) and whose flamenco “zambras” were performed at their weddings and celebrations. As such, the cave house is the authentic venue in which to see such a show and it has the bonus that you are really close to the dancers and musicians. Before the show, take a stroll around the neighborhood and enjoy magnificent views of the Alhambra. Later on you will see a flamenco show in a cave house accompanied by a drink. Return to your hotel.
This traditional hotel in the historic centre of Seville is 100 metres from the nearest shops and Casa Pilatos, 300 metres from Barrio de Santa Cruz and two kilometres from the city’s cathedral. The 41 guestrooms combine contemporary style with traditional touches; rooms include air conditioning, satellite television, DVD players, and complimentary high-speed Internet connections. Guests can dine on Andalucian and Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant, take a swim in the outdoor pool and relax in the rooftop wellness centre, with its spa treatments, fitness room, and sauna.
The Hotel Hospes Palacio Del Bailio is a five star boutique hotel that occupies a 16th-Century palace in the heart of the ancient city of Córdoba. Hospes Palacio del Bailio emerges an inspiring balance between the past and the present and represents equilibrium of history, art, wellbeing and rest. The Palace has been built during the 16th century and in 1982 was declared a Cultural Heritage Monument. The elegant rooms fuse past and present. Some include original wall paintings, and all have flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. Rich materials such leather and velvet is used throughout the hotel. The Palacio del Bailio offers plenty of space to relax. You can unwind in the flower garden or on the sun terrace surrounded by orange trees. Alternatively, you can enjoy a range of treatments at the hotel's exclusive Bodyna Spa. Discover the Roman baths, a universe of natural elements mixed together to create peace and tranquility for both body and mind. The hotel's Restaurant, Arbequina, offers a blend of Spanish and Moorish traditions. Feel the historical and traditional atmosphere through the ruins of an ancient Roman house while enjoying the flavors of the best innovative-modern cuisine at their Arbequina Restaurant and Tapas Bar.
The AC Palacio de Santa Paula Autograph Collection is located in the historic center of Granada near the Albaicín and Sacro Monte areas, the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, the historical Gardens of the Triumph, the Archeological museum, and, of course, the Alhambra. The beautiful hotel, one of the best five star hotels in Granada, is a 75-room restored masterpiece that was also declared an artistic and historic monument. It replaced the Santa Paula Convent and the Casa Morisca, which existed in the XVI and XII centuries respectively. This luxury hotel’s restaurant, “El Claustro”, where the Santa Paula convent refectory used to be, offers guests haute cuisine that fuses elements of traditional Andalusian gastronomy with modern culinary concepts.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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November 06, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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