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The Beauty of Andalucia

(Tour code: EPF6)Operated by Great Rail Journeys

Operated by Great Rail Journeys - Spectacular Moorish palaces and pretty white-washed streets are nestled amongst a rugged landscape of deep gorges and the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains - the beauty of Andalucia is waiting to be explored.

Tour Highlights
  • Ronda
  • Cordoba
  • Granada
  • Seville
  • A visit to the Albayzin
  • The Alhambra
  • Five guided sightseeing tours
  • Wonderful dining experiences
  • Tapas-style dinner
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • Return Scheduled Flights
  • All Excursions

Itinerary & Map

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Departure Times

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London to Ronda
Day 1

London to Ronda

We fly together from London to Malaga arriving mid-afternoon, where we are transferred to Ronda, a beautiful hilltop city divided in two by the impressive El Tajo Gorge. Here centuries-old houses can be seen clinging to its cliff tops. We spend two nights at the 4-Star Catalonia Reina Victoria Hotel in Ronda, perfectly located near the centre of this beautiful hilltop city.

  • Dinner
  • Scheduled Flight
Day 2

Sightseeing tour exploring Ronda

This morning we set out on a sightseeing tour of Ronda, one of the oldest cities in Spain. We visit the beautiful Casa Bosco, with its terraced gardens, and the Puente Nuevo, which has fabulous panoramic views over the surrounding mountains and the incredible gorge, almost 100m deep. Historic Ronda is known as the birthplace of bullfighting, and during our tour we also visit Ronda's bullring, the oldest in the country dating back more than 300 years. This afternoon is free for you to explore at your own pace. The old quarter contains a maze of narrow streets and Moorish buildings for you to discover, and the evening is free for you to try one of Ronda's many fantastic tapas restaurants.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Ronda
Day 3

Through Andalucia to Cordoba

Today we continue on our journey through the heart of Andalucia, catching the train to Cordoba (First Class) where we are picked up by our coach for a morning of sightseeing. This beautiful city, once the largest metropolis in Western Europe, is world-renowned for its magnificent mosque, or Mezquita, begun in the 8th century. In the 13th century, it was reconsecrated as a cathedral, and during our visit we admire the soaring Gothic spires and gilded domes. In the late afternoon we board our onward service to Seville (Standard Class), a delightful port city set on the Guadalquivir River, and the vibrant capital of Andalucia. On arrival we transfer to the 4-Star Hotel Becquer located in the heart of the town and ideally placed for exploring Seville on foot. We dine together in a local restaurant this evening.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Cordoba Tour
Day 4

Glorious Seville

After breakfast we enjoy a guided tour of Seville's beautiful centre. Our first stop is the Plaza España, where you have time to admire the beautiful buildings, fountains and tiled alcoves, created for the 1929 'Fair of the Americas'. We move on to the Alcazar, the magnificent Royal Palace dating from the 10th century, originally constructed as a Moorish fort. The fragrant gardens are a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Seville's city centre, and are well laid out with fountains and pools interspersed with formal lawns and flowerbeds. We finish our tour in front of the amazing cathedral, the largest Gothic building in Europe. The cathedral, built on the site of a mosque, is the final resting place of Christopher Columbus, and is lavishly decorated in gold. Its bell tower, La Giralda, was the minaret of the original mosque and dominates the city skyline. The afternoon is free to explore - Seville is reputedly the city with the largest number of tapas bars in the world, so why not take a well-earned rest in a pavement café with a few plates of local specialities? Alternatively, those feeling more energetic can climb the incredible Giralda for amazing views over the buildings below.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Seville
Day 5

By rail on to Granada

Today finds us travelling south-east by train (Standard Class) to the beautiful town of Granada, nestled at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and scattered over seven small hills. We arrive mid-afternoon and transfer to the 4-Star Melia Granada, and you have time to settle in before we meet for dinner this evening. The hotel is perfectly located in Granada's Old Town, and after dinner you may wish to take a stroll through the narrow streets of the Medina, originally Moorish markets. Alternatively, you could visit the stunning Basilica de San Juan de Dios, which boasts opulent and breathtaking interiors.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6

Exploring the Albayzin

This morning we are picked up by coach for our excursion to the Albayzin, a UNESCO World Heritage site built on a hill opposite the world famous Alhambra. This district of narrow labyrinthine lanes and winding alleys is the ancient Moorish quarter of the city and housed the artists who built the acclaimed palaces in the ancient city of Elvira, the original name of Granada before it was rechristened by the Moors. We enjoy a tour of the beautiful Albayzin, taking in the many wondrous sights of this ancient corner of the city, including the 11th century Ziri, the wall built between Albayzin and the neighboring district of Sacromonte, and the impressive Door of the Weights. We then return to the city's historic Old Town, where we visit the cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación, one of the loveliest Renaissance churches in Spain. We also visit the Royal Chapter which houses the Tombs of the Catholic Kings, Queen Isabella I of Castile and King Ferdinand II of Aragon, on whose authority Christopher Columbus embarked on his famous voyage in 1492.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Albayzin Tour
Day 7

The alluring Alhambra

Of all Spain's many historical monuments, Granada's stunning Alhambra is surely the most celebrated and iconic. We have devoted this morning to exploring this fantastic monument, which is renowned for its commanding appearance and wonderfully intricate interiors - from its stone carvings to its hand-painted mosaics. Built in the 14th century, the Alhambra, literally 'the red castle', is a fortress, palace and small town all rolled into one. Originally designed as a military area, the Alhambra became the residence of royalty in the middle of the 13th century and was home to the last Muslim emirs in Spain. After the conquest of Granada, it fell into Christian hands and over the next few centuries the fortress became a citadel. We also explore the breathtaking Generalife Gardens which cover the whole summit of the hill. Here the scented herb gardens and cypress groves create a tranquil calm, in contrast to the bustling city below. We explore the many famous sub-sections of the Alhambra, including the famous Court of the Lions, complete with its resplendent fountain held aloft by 12 lions, symbols of strength, power and sovereignty. We also view the grand Hall of the Abencerrajes, with its beautiful arches and vivid golds and reds roof design is a perfect example of the 'Honeycomb' style structure that the Moors have become associated with. Later, we enjoy a wonderful farewell dinner together at Las Tomasas, in the Albayzin overlooking the Alhambra.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Alhambra
  • Tapas
Malaga to London
Day 8

The journey home

We are transferred by coach to Malaga airport after breakfast to catch our flight home to London.

  • Breakfast
  • Scheduled Flight
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