Costa del Sol
(Seville, Cordoba, Granada)
Experience an aristocratic adventure that offers endless opportunities for opulence.
Soak up the sights and sounds of this sundrenched land on your exclusive journey through Madrid, Costa del Sol, Seville, Cordoba, Granada, Gibraltar and Tangier led by private guide. This aristocratic adventure gives you access to unique locations and exclusive experiences in true VIP style. Experience the sophisticated side of Spain with after-hours privately guided tours of signature museums, a private yacht charter to the Northern coast of Morocco, special access to some of Spain’s current Flamenco greats, an exclusive visit to a royal Andalusian estate and baroque palace, exclusive luxury accommodations and delectable Mediterranean cuisine..
Sail across the famed Strait of Gibraltar aboard a luxury yacht for a night in Morocco where you will be dazzled by Arabic dancers and culinary delights. Enjoy being pampered at a hammam on an exclusively private basis, and learn the secret to making irresistible tapas from a Southern chef..
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer in Madrid.
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.
The Ritz, an exclusive luxury palace hotel located in enviable surroundings, close to the Prado and the Thyssen Museum in the heart of Madrid. Built in 1910 according to the wishes of King Alfonso XIII, The Hotel Ritz transformed Madrid from a small provincial town into one of the truly great European cities, able to receive visiting aristocracy and dignitaries in exquisite style and luxury.
Enjoy a day outside of the city today and relax on your private transfer to Toledo. A National Monument to Spain's art and history, combining Arabic, Mudejar Gothic and Renaissance architecture and surrounded by the River Tajo, the atmospheric walled town is crammed with churches and museums. Indeed, it is Spain's medieval capital and boasts a treasure trove of El Greco artworks. You'll discover a glorious city filled with amazing medieval architecture, and take a walk into the past along its cobblestone alleyways. A highlight of any visit to Toledo is seeing the famous paintings by the 16th-century master, El Greco. Toledo was the setting for many of El Greco's artworks, and a tour highlight is The Burial of the Count of Orgaz in the church of St. Tome.
Marvel at the amazing 13th-century cathedral, the exterior of the medieval castle and Santa Maria La Blanca Synagogue and gain access into some monuments closed to general public (such as the old Roman fountain - only our guides have the key!).
From here, the next stop is at one of the few urban vineyards of the world. Visit the vineyard with impressive views to Toledo and enjoy a wine tasting in the centuries old wine cellar with some typical Spanish nibbles. At days end, you'll be returned to your accommodation in Madrid.
Since 1884, Bulgari has been setting the pace for Italian style in jewellery, watches, accessories, fragrances, skincare and leather goods. Consider having a private showing of some of their most exclusive pieces of jewellery in the privacy of your hotel room during your stay in Madrid.
Enjoy dinner this evening in Madrid's city Hall!
Even though Madit looks like a high-gothic cathedral, Madrid's city Hall was originally built in the early 20th century as the main office of the Spanish postal service, hence its name Palacio de Comunicaciones (Communications Palace). It continued to serve that purpose for about a century until November 2007 when it took over the function of city hall from the much less impressive Casa de la Villa at the Plaza de la Villa.Located on the sixth floor, the rooftop restaurant offers a stunning view of the Cibeles fountain, the Metropolis building, the Gran Vía and the Paseo de la Castellana. Enjoy a tasting menu paired with wines this evening.
Enjoy an exclusive day filled with culture, history, food and wine as you visit the Unesco World Heritage Site of Aranjuez. Visiting the city of Aranjuez, formerly a Royal Summer Residence for the Kings of Spain, brings the chance to enjoy an exclusive excursion of delight. Savour the smells as you walk through its historical vegetable gardens, and taste seasonal products such as asparagus and strawberries harvest, melons, artichokes as well as seasonal products from River Tajo banks.
Enjoy a guided walking tour inside the Prince's Gardens and Island Garden. The Prince’s Garden is the sole example of the "landscape style" in a royal Spanish garden and was built by the Prince of Asturias, the future Charles IV over the period between 1772 and 1804. It has a relatively formal layout, with a miniature palace and walkways arranged in an orthogonal pattern, enclosing various characteristic elements of the landscape designer’s repertoire: a pond with a Chinese pavilion, a mound topped by a shrine, a mock tomb in the lake, a grotto,and imitation ruins.
At the end of your tour of the gardens you'll get to visit a Chateau style winery to enjoy a private wine and olive oil tasting and an exquisite lunch with cooking master class from Fernando Del Cerro, a Michelin starred Chef whose accolades also include "Chef of the Future 2007" by the International American Gastronomical Academy.
The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum offers an overview of art from the 13th century to the late 20th century. In the nearly one thousand works on display, one can contemplate the major periods and pictorial schools of western art such as the Renaissance, Mannerism, the Baroque, Rococo, Romanticism and the art of the 19th and 20th centuries up to Pop Art. The museum also features works from some movements not represented in state-owned collections, such as Impressionism, Fauvism, German Expressionism and the experimental avant-garde movements of the early 20th century. In addition, it boasts an important collection of 19th-century American painting not found in any other European museum institutions.
Avoid the crowds on this exclusive, after hours privately guided tour of the museum in the company of a private guide.
Enjoy your flight from Madrid to Malaga today. Flight duration is approximately one hour and twenty minutes.
You will be picked up at Malaga airport today and driven into Malaga city centre where your car and driver will be at your disposal for 2.5hrs - enough time for you to have lunch at leisure and take in a tour or some shopping time. Then relax on the hour long coastal drive between Malaga and Marbella.
Enjoy one of the many great restaurants in Malaga. Here are a couple of suggestions; Maria - (Address: av. Pintor Joaquín Sorolla 45 E). Enjoy a drink in the bar before heading to the attractively decorated dining room with its profusion of wood, arches and sections surrounded by exposed brickwork. Traditional cuisine, including delicious stews.El Tapea de Cervantes – (Address: c/ Carcer, 8). Located in the historical quarter of Malaga, and a few steps away from the Cervantes Theatre, this establishment is dedicated to providing quality dishes in a warm ambience and has some of the best tapas on offer in town. The owners are an Argentinian family with great ideas about traditional tapas with a modern twist.
If you feel like a fine dining experience, you may like to consider the Michelin awarded restaurant Cafe de Paris (Address: Plaza de la Capilla, Puerto de Malaga tel: +34 952 003 588) which showcases wonderful cuisine. Of course there are a plethora of various levels of cuisine available in the city centre so you may simply like to take a stroll and decide what catches your fancy.
Accompanied by art historian, you'll have the pleasure of an hour long private tour of the Picasso museum. The Collection of the Museo Picasso Málaga comprises 233 works by Picasso from the private collections of Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, daughter-in-law and grandson of the artist. The tour will focus on the variety of styles, materials and techniques that Picasso so brilliantly deployed in his work.
Alternatively, you may prefer to have your tour focus on what is currently on Temporary Exhibition - please let your Sales Advisor know of your preference in advance.Regardless of your preference, your guided tour will be complemented by a tour of the MPM’s building, the Palacio de Buenavista, with its important archaeological remains that are rare survivals of Malaga’s ancient origins, and a visit to the building’s roof terraces (normally not open to the public) which offers magnificent views of the city. *(weather conditions allowing).
Marbella Club Hotel Golf Resort and Spa (4*), is located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the most exclusive luxuries in a relaxed and intimate setting at the hotel in Marbella, surrounded by exuberant gardens steeped in history and pampered by the best climate in Europe. Guests of the Marbella spa hotel are also invited to enjoy the exquisite cuisines and excellent service of their restaurants, as well as their world famous Beach Club, Golf Club, Riding Stables and Thalasso Spa.
You'll be picked up from your hotel in Marbella this morning and transferred to the port at Puerto Banus.
Your chartered yacht, a Rodman Muse 74 specs are;
• Length: 22,89 metres (74 feet)• Beam: 5,65 metres• Engines: 2 x MTU 1450 HP Diesel• Cruising speed: 26 knots• Max no. cruising: 6-8 passengers
Your crew will include a captain, one or two stewards and a translator-guide who will accompany you on your shore excursions.
Meet with an English speaking guide in Puerto Banus today who will accompany you for your multi-day yacht cruise to Morocco. Once everyone is settled in, the yacht will head in the direction of Gibraltar. Admire the great views along the way.
Puerto Banús is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. Developed around a coastal village in the Mediterranean architectural style, it contains expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars around the marina.
Enjoy discovering Gibraltar with a private shore excursion. Your Local English speaking driver will guide you through the city showing you the various different landmarks. Please note that you will need to cross the Spanish/English border by foot, where your taxi will be waiting for you.
There are various places of interest on the island and you can decide with your driver as to what is of interest. Sights include; - the 100 Ton Gun which is situated at Napier of Magdala Battery. - Cable car: Perched on the very summit of the Rock of Gibraltar, with the sheer cliffs of the east face of the Rock to one side of the building and steep slopes leading to the City of Gibraltar on the west on the other is the Top Station of the Cable Car. From this spot one has uninterrupted views southwards across the Straits of Gibraltar to Africa; westwards, of the City of Gibraltar and across the Bay to Algeciras; a birds eye view of Gibraltar airport and Spain to the north; and the blue expanse of the Mediterranean and the beaches and cities of the Costa del Sol to the east.Lighthouse: Europa Point is the southernmost tip of Gibraltar, and the home to the lighthouse. This lighthouse is the most southerly of all Trinity House Lighthouses, being the only one outside the United Kingdom. It stands 49 metres above the High Water mark at the southernmost end of the Rock of Gibraltar.Great Siege Tunnels: The labyrinth of tunnels inside the Rock of Gibraltar known as the Great Siege Tunnels is perhaps the most ingenious defence system devised by man.Lady Of Europe: This former mosque was converted into a Catholic chapel in 1462 after the capture of Gibraltar by the Spanish. Since that time, a light was kept burning in a tower above the chapel - a forerunner to our present day lighthouse at Europa Point. City Centre: Main Street, with its adjoining lanes and byways offers a large selection of goods, transforming this area of Gibraltar into what has often been called the shopping centre of the Western Mediterranean. The range of gifts is quite enormous whether it be delicate glassware, priceless porcelain, an unusual piece of pottery, leatherware, perfumes, spirits jewellery, silks or cashmere. Gibraltar has the most cosmopolitan variety of goods at the most competitive tax reduced prices in Western Europe.The Moorish Castle Complex; This is made up of various buildings, gates, fortified walls and its most dominant features, The Tower of Homage and The Gate House. The former is an impressive sight, clearly visible to all visitors, not only because of its striking construction but also because of its dominant and strategic position.Parson's Lodge; This is a mini Gibraltar - a narrow limestone dorsal, running North-South, laced with a labyrinth of underground tunnels and surmounted by a seemingly impregnable battery, which has witnessed the development of coast artillery over the last three centuries.St Michael's Cave; This site has interested visitors to Gibraltar ever since the Romans. The Cathedral Cave was long believed to be bottomless, probably giving birth to the story that Gibraltar was linked to Africa by a subterranean passage over 15 miles (24 Km) long under the Straits of Gibraltar.The cave consists of an Upper Hall with five connecting passages and rocks between 40ft (12.2m) and 150ft (45.7m) to a smaller hall. Beyond this, a series of narrow halls leads to a further succession of chambers, reaching depths of some 250ft (62.5m) below the entrance.World War II Tunnels: In 1940 Britain was at war with Germany and Italy and the future looked bleak for Gibraltar as the enemy surrounded it. Winston Churchill and the British military leaders believed that an attack on Gibraltar was imminent. The answer was to construct a massive network of tunnels, to build a fortress inside a fortress, a city within a city. In May 2005 the World War II Tunnels were opened to the general public and now you too can follow in the footsteps of Churchill, Sikorski and De Gaulle and walk through this amazing testament to the soldiers and civilians who toiled in the very bowels of the Rock during the darkest days of the War.
Relax on board as the yacht makes its way towards Morocco this afternoon. Sailing time (always weather dependent) should be approximately 3 - 4 hours.
Lounge on deck while your captain looks after all needs around Moroccan Customs Procedure which should only take approximately 15 minutes.
Upon terra firma, enjoy a seafood lunch in a lovely restaurant in Marina Smir.
Enjoy discovering the city of Tetuan with its historical quarters, lively market and Arab vestiges.
You will be driven by private vehicle from Tetuan to Tangier stopping off at the small and pretty coastal town of Asilah with its whitewashed buildings and castle en-route where you can take in the views - perhaps with the sun setting as a backdrop.
Consider having dinner in the restaurant of Hotel Minzah which also puts on a live entertainment show of Arabic dancers. Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like to book this in advance.
Enjoy a city tour of Tangier and its surroundings, including the Spartel Cape and the Hercules Caves. Marvel at the picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean and the famed Strait of Gibraltar, a perfect photo opportunity. Mingle through the Kasbah district located next to the port, before heading towards the old Medina. Visit some of the many shops that line the streets of the Medina and find the perfect handicraft, gift, or memory for yourself or your loved ones. Pass the Grand Sacco and the Mendoubia Park believed to contain the fossil remains of some truly ancient creatures, including some Dragon bones. Next, visit the Petit Sacco with its multitudes of boutique hotels and riads. This historically location has hosted a variety of famous artists including Matisse, Camille Saint Saens, Paul Bowles.
Enjoy a great lunch on a terrace of a nice restaurant in Tangier today which boasts excellent city views, as well as views of the Straits of Gibraltar and surrounding bays. Enjoy International cuisine and a friendly atmosphere.
This afternoon, your yacht will start its return journey into Spanish waters. The approximate sailing time to Puerto Banus (weather dependent) is 3 hours and 30 minutes.
Enjoy a day at the beach today! Marbella beaches are many and varied and there are 24 individual beaches along the 27km coastline. Several of beaches in Marbella also boast the prestigious Blue Flag awards signifying they are the best in the world in terms of water quality, safety, facilities and environmental management. In addition to these blue flag promises you can also find showers, public toilets (although no baby changing facilities!), rubbish bins, lifeguards and parasols and sunloungers to rent on the majority of beaches along the Costa del sol.Recommended for their A-list celebrity following, luxury beach club service and of course fine dining - Nikki Beach, Ocean Club, Sala Beach, Suite del Mar and Trocadero Arena are our suggestions for beach club glamour and sumptuous cuisine while Sonora Beach and Bono's Beach offer a laid back, Tarifa-style vibe.
Spain's answer to St Tropez, Marbella's motto is "A Way of Life" and, certainly, this luxurious resort town seems to have it all. The chic holiday resort is a favoured get-away among the rich and famous and it’s not hard to see why. There’s an endless supply of world-class restaurants, luxury hotels, spectacular golf courses, fashionable shops, a lovely marina and a vast number of lively bars and clubs to keep you entertained until sunrise.
Outside of the many beaches and shopping and dining opportunities, there is a wide range of activities to choose from - both land and sea based such as horse riding, salsa dancing, quad biking, go-karting and more! Further afield, there is the option of racing cars at the Ascari race track in Ronda. Sailing, and other water sports are also possible. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you are interested in adding an activity to your itinerary today.
The chic coastal town of Marbella has plenty of fine dining options to choose from. Here are a couple; Skina (Address: C/Aduar, 12, Marbella. Tel: +34 952 76 52 77). This miniscule restaurant in Marbella‘s old quarter has an interesting and bold design that incorporates a contemporary look and an impressive glass-enclosed wine cellar. The creative cuisine on offer showcases impressive culinary expertise and is based around traditional dishes from Málaga province. (dinner only).Calima: (Address: José Meliá E, Marbella. Tel:+34 952764252). This restaurant has a minimalist look both in the completely open-view kitchen and in the spacious and immaculately arranged dining room with large picture windows looking out to sea. The extensive tasting menu combines high technical ability and originality.Messina (Address: av. Severo Ochoa 12 E, Marbella. Tel: 952 +34 952864895). Glass-fronted restaurant located on a corner with a contemporary, open-plan, minimalist interior. International cuisine and several signature dishes.Please let your Sales Advisor know if you would like a reservation made at any of these locations in advance.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour exploring the Andalusian white villages in the company of a driver and guide. There are nineteen different white villages scattered around the Grazalema mountain range - all of which have Arab origins with names such as Alcala ("Castle"), Benamahoma ("House of Mohammed") and Zahara ("The Fortress"). These villages, which date back to Roman times have retained their authentic character and perspective - quite possibly in part thanks to their relatively isolated locations. Located within a Natural park, the landscape is one of great beauty and rich in flora and fauna.
A visit to the white villages of Andalusia would be lacking without a stop in the impressive gorge town of Ronda. The town is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the Guadalevín river through its centre.
Arcos de la Frontera is also on the itinerary today and is one of Andalucia's most dramatically positioned pueblos blancos (white villages). It balances atop a rocky limestone ridge, and its whitewashed houses and stone castle walls stop abruptly as a sheer cliff face plunges down to the fertile valley of the river Guadalete below. Declared a national historic-artistic monument in 1962 in recognition of its exceptional architecture and impressive location, the old town is a tangled labyrinth of cobbled streets that lead up to a sandstone castle, the Castillo de los Arcos. As you’d expect from such a spectacular vantage point, there are exhilarating views over the town and the rolling plain below.
At day's end, you'll be returned to your accommodation in Marbella.
Transfer from Marbella to Seville today (direct transfer should take approx. 2.5hrs but we will stop in Jerez en-route). Enjoy a visit and wine tasting in one of the many cellars in the town of Jerez. Then stroll through the nearby market in the company of the English speaking chef of La Carbona restaurant where you'll get to buy lots of fresh produce which will be used in your cooking class. From here, you'll make your way to the restaurant where you'll get to prepare various dishes which use the local water - (sherry that is!) before sitting down to enjoy the fruits of your labour!After a satisfying meal, continue northwards towards your destination of Seville.
Hotel Palacio de Villapanes is a 5 star hotel in Seville. The decor reflects Seville's culture and tradition, and each of the 50 elegant rooms has its own personality, combining the original architectural with the latest technology. The restaurant offers exquisite cuisine of Andalusia, and the bar pays tribute to wine and tapas in Seville. A gorgeous hotel for a luxurious stay.
Consider taking a hot air balloon ride today to get a birds eye view of the surrounding area of Seville. The Donana National Park is a beautiful natural area with open landscapes and native flora and fauna. For the return trip to Seville centre, a speed boat could be arranged along the Guadalquivir river bringing you into the heart of the city, past the iconic Torre del Oro (Golden Tower). Please speak to your sales advisor if you would like to add this to your itinerary. Please note that hot air ballooning is weather dependent and typically done very early in the morning when the air thermals are the most suitable for flying.
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.
Enjoy a 45 minute drive in a private vehicle with driver and accompanied by a guide to a traditional Andalucian estate which belongs to relatives of the Spanish Royal family. Without any doubt, all the secrets and legends inherent to the world of fighting bulls, horse breeding and the philosophy of the Andalucian country life are present here, on the over 2.900 hectares of this fantastic Cortijo. Here you will be received by members of the staff who will take you on a tour of the fighting bull ranch on specially equipped tractors or 4x4s. You will visit the pastures grazed by the fighting bulls, cows and their calves, breeding mares, deer, wild sheep etc.... During the visit, information will be given on the breeding of fighting bulls, the traditions of the Andalucian country and the local agriculture. Return to the main buildings on the estate to visit the small nearly 100 year old bullring that is used for the training and development of the bulls. The visit of the ranch will conclude with an aperitif of chorizo, Iberian meat or cheese, and a glass of wine, beer or soft drink, after which your driver will return you to Seville.
Gain a better understanding of Flamenco music and dance as you meet with one of the best current Flamenco guitar players, who will welcome you to his studio along with his wife, a Professional Dancer. This Flamenco guitarist has given concerts throughout Spain and abroad and is truly a sight and sound to behold! You will be treated to a private performance of flamenco guitar playing and dancing and have the opportunity speak with this gifted couple about the art of Flamenco. This is truly an authentic Flamenco experience and is not catered to tourists. During your time with the artists you'll get to enjoy a local aperatif of sangria accompanied by some snacks.(An assistant will pick you up and drop you off at your hotel to accompany you to the studio).
Enjoy a transfer to Cordoba with your own private vehicle and driver.
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.
You are in for a treat today as you'll get to experience a wonderful hammam in the historical quarters of Cordoba. Hammam means «spreader of warmth». It is the word given to the sensual bathing retreat that evolved over thousands of years and traces its roots back to the Roman Thermae. Circling time and place, these traditions have been preserved in a number of countries including Turkey, Tunisia, Spain, and Morocco.
Located only a few meters away from the Mosque, in the heart of the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate, the largest Arab baths in Europe will transport you to the splendour of the Al Ándalus kingdom. Treat yourself to a bath and a massage in these unique historical and architectural surroundings and luxuriate in having the premises on an exclusive basis for your party alone. Enjoy a soothing bath, a traditional massage and a relaxing massage with the use of lather in the style of an original Hammam. You'll feel your skin renewed thanks to the Andalusian technique used, which includes a Kessa glove and red grape soap. Choose the oil with the essence that you like most prior to your massage: pink, lavender, purple, red amber which are all inspired by Al Ándalus and provide different sensations and benefits. In between your bath and massages, why not continue relaxing while savouring the tastes of a traditional Arabic drink, produced from a smooth and aromatic blend of green tea with mint.
Hospes Palacio del Bailio (5*) occupies a 17th-century building built on Roman ruins, this contemporary hotel unifies the ancient and the modern in the historic centre of Cordoba, 400 metres from Tendillas Square. Influenced by characteristic Andalusian decorative traditions, the 53 guestrooms all include minibars, air conditioning, and complimentary wireless Internet access. Hospes Palacio Del Bailio’s guests can enjoy spa treatments in the courtyard, and sip aperitifs overlooking ancient ruins; the hotel also offers two pools, a restaurant, and tapas bar.
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Begin your excursion by making your way towards the town of Hornachuelos which is located in the heart of the National Park of the same name, within the Sierra Morena mountain range. Here, you’ll have the pleasure of visiting the Palace and gardens of Moratalla on an exclusive basis which has gone through a 13 year multi-million dollar refurbishment. Undoubtedly one of the most prized pieces of cultural heritage in Andalusía, the existence of Moratalla and its nine-hectare extension dates back to Roman times. Later in 1240, the palace and lands surrounding Moratalla were conquered by Ferdinand III, where it served as a small village, characterized by the infinite lines of oak trees and olive groves. The palace was passed down through a number of aristocratic families, each leaving their mark: the Marquis of Villaseca, a politician, ordered the first gardens to be sculpted just in front of the main house; the Marquis of Viana, a new member of the working-class nobility, built the first train station for the town of Hornachuelos at the entrance of the palace and established the residence as the location for the official Spanish Military Stud ranch which bred purebred Spanish and Arab horses; his nephew, the II Marquis of Viana, was famous for his close friendship with the King Alfonso XIII, who often visited Moratalla for organized hunting trips and polo matches.
One of the greatest transformations to the palace came in 1914, when, drafted for Seville’s Iberia-American Exhibit, French architect J.N. Forestier designed the famous entranceway of the palace which today leads to the gates by the main roadway. The design is marked by eight levels of gardens decorated by numerous star-shaped fountains.
Enjoy a guided visit of the spectacular gardens and part of the interior of the palace which has 17 rooms decorated in typical Castillian and French styles. There are numerous fountains and natural swimming pools, horse stables, as well as a lounging green and twisting pathways that lead to secret sitting areas protected by the shade of banana palms. It is a landscape that takes one back to the leisurely glamour of the 19th century, a privileged place that invites feelings of calm and tranquility.
After your visit, you’ll get to enjoy afternoon tea (either in the grounds or in one of the salons of the Palace – weather depending) served by a personal waiter complete with crystal hand painted glasses. At day’s end, your chauffeur will bring you back to your accommodation in Cordoba. This truly is a very special, authentic immersion into aristocratic Southern Spain at its finest.
Kick off the evening with a private visit of a winery located next to a great restaurant where you'll get to enjoy a wonderful candlelit dinner on private Patio. Enjoy the many tastes and textures throughout your tastings menu and soak in the wonderful music of a Spanish guitarist who will play for your personal enjoyment.
Meet your driver for private transfer from Cordoba to Granada.
See inside life in one of Granada’s most singular districts, the Sacromonte (meaning “sacred mountain”) with an English-speaking guide. This private informative 3 hour walk will introduce you to the history and legends of the area and familiarize you with the centuries-long presence of the gypsies, who lived in its famous cave dwellings (some families still do to this day). These are the caves made famous by flamenco zambras: raucous, spontaneous, communal performances, which would often last the entire night. You will see how life was – and still is - lived in these caves at an imaginative folklore museum, set in several caves on a hillside in the Sacromonte. Enjoy splendid views over the Alhambra and the city. (Includes English-speaking guide, taxi from your hotel or central meeting point to start of walk and entrance to museum). The walk is easy, although there are some steps to climb and some of the streets are cobblestone. Comfortable footwear should be worn.
Enjoy a private (2.5 hours) tour with a local guide as you visit the UNESCO world heritage site of the Alhambra palace at night. Places are limited as capacity is restricted to 400 people so offers a more intimate feel. By night only the Nasrid Palaces are open to visit. Entrance fee to Alhambra Palace included.
This modern hotel is in the centre of Granada, 50 metres from the nearest shopping centre, 200 metres from the Renaissance cathedral, and 1.5 kilometres from the famous Alhambra. The 42 guestrooms are decorated in dramatic contemporary style with striking furnishings; rooms have wireless Internet, satellite television, and minibars with complimentary bottled water. Guests can enjoy international cuisine in the hotel’s restaurant, relax in the hotel’s bar, and unwind in the wellness centre with a massage, spa treatment, or a swim in the small pool.
You will have a private return transfer to Motril where there is a helicopter base today.
Get ready for a wonderful aerial experience! After being weighed to ensure the helicopter is balanced, you'll receive an explanatory initial briefing, and make your way to your privately chartered helicopter. Take off will be from the Port of Motril heliport and you'll be taken over the town of Motril (the pvince of Granada's second largest town), where you'll get some nice panoramic views of the city and coastline. From here, you'll fly towards the impressive monument of La Alhambra, passing above the Sierra de Los Guájares mountain range with its magnificent pine forests, the Béznar reservoir which embedded in the breathtaking Izbor river valley, before then passing over the Lecrin Valley, with its orange and lemon trees plantations.
During the trip you'll get to enjoy incredible views of the Guadalfeo River Gorge, formed by the river over millions of years, the Castle of Vélez de Benaudalla, the Rules dam, the Sierra de la Alpujarra mountains with its beautiful white villages and the western slopes of Sierra Nevada with its two highest peaks, the Veleta, with 3.396 meters (11.142 ft) and Mulhacén, 3.479 meters (11.414 ft).
Land of craftsmen, the people from Granada are experts in making products such as artisan guitars, pottery and marquetry - luxurious wood work of detail decorating; furniture, boxes or any object with geometric drawings formed by hundreds of very small pieces of bone, silver, and wood. The neighbourhood of the Albaicín is the area of Granada that has a strong concentration of artists and makes for an interesting place to take a stroll through. The Nasrid art has been reflected in some of its manufacturing techniques as it can be found in many pieces of furniture in this part of the world. The pottery has both Nasrid and Andalusian influences which are seen in the variety of shaped in jars, plates and pitchers decorated with green and blue colours. Street markets are a great way to observe and participate in daily life and there are various ones that happen throughout the city. There is a daily street market of flowers and fruits on the Plaza Larga in the Albaicín, between Cuesta of the Alhacaba and the Panaderos Street. The market in the Chana neighbourhood happens every Wednesday morning and flowers, fruits and clothes are sold, and in the Zaidín, the most populated neighbourhood of the capital, a market is set up every Saturday.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
El Minzah Hotel, surrounded by its splendid gardens, is located in the heart of Tangier and is only a few steps away from the beach and the port of Tangier. Its interior is designed around a Spanish-Moorish theme, and successfully blends premier services and luxuries with exclusive facilities to provide a relaxing retreat in this charming Moroccan city.
February 19, 2014
"Lynne Pettit is a particularly good tour planner and contact person because she is knowledgeable, patient, and thorough. She makes sure she understands exactly what you want to get from your trip and plans the tours accordingly. In my case, she was right on the mark!"
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
Edwards Family ,
November 28, 2013
"People do not know what they are missing by not going to Romania. The landscape: beautiful, clean, untouched. The people: People exceeded friendly! Super safe. Wherever we went, we received the reception of "Welcome, welcome! You are our guest", by everyone. Food & Drink: Everything had such incredible flavor! They use only the freshest ingredients and everything is organic. Every meal was a new, exciting experience to our palettes. Architecture: The beauty, intricacy, history. One cannot help but appreciate the abundance of castles, churches and buildings boasting such incredible architecture. Experience Romania sooner than later! You’ll be so glad you did! Once again, Kensington Tours, and special thank you to Claudia.
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Mike Mikkelsen ,
November 15, 2013
"Lianne Kim did a great job for us (on our tour of Spain). Most enjoyable - thanks for all you did."
November 09, 2013
"My trip to Holland and Belgium was a lifelong dream and Kensington Tours made it greater than my dream. I was treated like royalty, even when I missed some of my connections. They quickly solved any problems that U had. All the drivers were courteous and helpful. My accommodations were top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a better tour experience. Thanks to Richard Racicot for booking the best fo me."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
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!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery lWestlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bend over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangement made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
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