TOUR STARTS FROM MADRID – Caceres, Cordoba and Seville are World Heritage Sites in Spain with a thousand year history. The Costa del Sol boasts of its beautiful beaches and sunny days.
Andalusia is a large autonomous region of hills, rivers and farmland bordering Spain’s southern coast. It was under Moorish rule from the 8th-15th centuries, a legacy that shows in its architecture, including such landmarks as the Alcázar castle in Seville, the capital city, as well as Córdoba’s Mezquita Mosque-Cathedral and Granada’s Alhambra palace. This tour is ideal for those who’d like to explore beautiful Andalusia. But then spend some time on the beach of Costa del Sol as well.
At a glance
|SAT||Leave Madrid and travel to Cordoba via Caceres|
|SUN||Cordoba city tour. Onwards to Seville for overnight|
|MON||Morning tour of Seville. Afternoon is free|
|TUE||Travel to the Costa del Sol via Ronda|
> Explore the beautiful medieval Caceres with its famous Old quarter; and Seville – the pearl of Andalusia – with its parks, gothic cathedrals and relaxed atmosphere, flamenco, tapas and wine.
> Before arriving at the Costa del Sol, stop at the ancient village of Ronda located 750m above the sea level. It is famous for its stunning views and three bridges
> Visit beautiful places and enjoy guided visits in each city. Admire the Great Mosque/Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter, and the Roman Bridge in Cordoba. See Seville’s monuments and great Andalusian atmosphere, plus the cozy white towns of the South of Spain, and the famous Mediterranean city of Marbella.
Best time to go
Spain has a perfect climate for anyone between April to May and again from September to October. During these months enjoy a mild climate and lesser crowds. Summer (June to end August) are the peak tourist months, where travelers flock to Spain to soak up the sun. Temperatures dip from November onwards and depending on where you travel, winter gear will be required.
Spain food & drink
Gastronomy in Spain is an adventure and changes from region to region. Each province claims its own unique flavour
A budget way to sample the local food is to order Menus del Dia (Menu of the day). It includes a soup or a salad followed by a main course with a side dish. Dessert ends of your meal
Sangria is Spain’s most known drink: a fruit punch made of red wine with chopped fruit mixed with honey and orange juice
Culture and Language
Life in Spain has experienced swift changes in recent years. However, hospitality, chivalry and courtesy is still the basis of every Spaniard towards visitors and a handshake is a common way of greeting a person. Lunchtime is taken between 14:00 and 15:30 and evening meals between 21:00 and 23:00. So plan your meals well. Spain has harshest anti-smoking laws in Europe.
The official language is Spanish (Castilian). English is widely spoken/understood in all major tourist destinations. Advisable is to learn some Spanish words/phrases, especially when traveling outside the main tourist areas.
Domestic Air Travel in Spain is mostly inexpensive. Spain has an extensive bus and rail network and rates are very affordable. High-speed trains run between most popular cities. Taxis are safe and easy to find in all the main cities. A surcharge will be levied is your journey starts/ends at an airport, bus Terminal or Rail station.
VAT (IVA) of 10% is included in your bill. Restaurants & Bards, an additional 5% is normal. Most people leave small change when settling their bill.
Paella: Spain’s most famous dish made of rice, seafood, green vegetables and lots of seasoning
Tapas: small bites served before dinner. A Popular Tapas dish is Patatas Bravas (Served with a spicy sauce)
Gazpacho: Cold vegetable food with a tomato base
Pollo al Ajillo: chicken sautéed or simmered in white wine or sherry served with potatoes and a salad
Churros con chocolate: deep-fried twisted pastries served with dark chocolate
Cáceres is a city in western Spain’s Extremadura region. Founded by the ancient Romans, it retains widespread evidence of subsequent occupation by many different cultures. Its old town, Ciudad Monumental, has a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with cobbled medieval streets, fortified houses and palaces. Encircled by 12th-century Moorish walls, it also has around 30 towers, some occupied by nesting storks.
Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province in Andalusia that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.
Madrid – Caceres – Cordoba (D)
- Departure from our bus Terminal at 08:00 a.m. towards the region of Extremadura.
- Arrive in Caceres.
- Free time to explore its Plaza Mayor and to walk through the old city and its famous medieval quarter; very well preserved and considered as World Heritage Site.
- Lunch (Own expense)
- Continue southwards to Andalusia and arrive in Cordoba.
- On arrival check in to your hotel.
- Dinner and overnight in Cordoba.
Cordoba – Seville (B-L)
- After breakfast, we embark on a morning city tour visiting the famous Mosque/Cathedral and Jewish Quarter.
- After the tour, travel to Seville
- The afternoon is at your leisure to explore the wonders of Seville
- Half board (2 meals included) at the hotel.
- We enjoy a morning city tour visiting the Park of Maria Luisa; Plaza de Espana and typical Barrio de Santa Cruz.
- The afternoon yours to explore Sevilla.
- Overnight at your hotel in Sevilla.
- Transportation in deluxe AC vehicle with panoramic windows and maximum comfort and safety.
- Experienced multilingual and English speaking tour conductors during the tours help you with your room accommodations and assure you of a pleasant vacation.
- Local sightseeing tours as indicated, with expert local guides and entrance fees to the monuments.
- Accommodation in selected hotels in double room sharing
- Transportation of one baggage per person.
- Meal plan: as per itinerary.
- International flights – Departure & Fuel taxes (Contact us for best airfares)
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel insurance
- Spain Visa fee
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- DEPARTURES: Saturdays all year
- Rate valid for travel between 01 OCT 8 and 31 MAR 19
- Specific dates from NOV 18 to MAR 19
- Seasonal supplements applicable for travel during OCT 18