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Andalucian Explorer

(Tour code: ASG5)Enjoy a feast of cultural Spanish delights by train

Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Andalucia, this tour takes us from Spain's bustling, fashionable capital city, through the iconic Moorish citadel of Granada's Alhambra, to the elegant city of Seville, via the whitewashed passages of Cordoba's Old Town.

13 days from£2,695per person
What’s Included
Prices & availability
Tour Highlights
  • Biarritz
  • Sightseeing tour of Madrid
  • Jerez
  • Tour of Seville & Barcelona
  • Andalucian Horse Show
  • Visit to a Sherry winery
  • Sightseeing tour of Cordoba
  • The Mezquita
  • Sightseeing tour of Granada
  • The Alhambra
What’s Included (Full details)
  • 1st & Standard Class Rail
    Eurostar Standard Premier
    Eurostar Meals
  • 4* Hotel Accommodation
    Breakfast Every Day
    Selected Evening Meals
  • All Transfers Included
    Optional Bag Concierge
  • Optional Return Flight
Additional Information Departure Times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Day 1

London to Biarritz by First Class rail

We depart St Pancras International by Eurostar and travel to Paris in Standard Premier Class, with a light meal and drinks served on board. After crossing Paris by coach, we join the onward service to beautiful Biarritz, for an overnight stay at the Mercure Biarritz Plaza Centre.

  • Dinner
  • Eurostar Meal
Madrid's Plaza Mayor
Days 2-3

To Madrid

Today we leave Biarritz and transfer by coach to the Spanish border town of Irun, where we join the rail service direct to Madrid. We spend two nights in the lively Spanish capital at the NH Nacional Hotel. On Day 3 we enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city, admiring the many architectural styles, and attractive green spaces. Following the tour, which takes place on foot and by coach, we have lunch in a typical restaurant on Madrid's Plaza Mayor. The rest of your day is free for you to explore.

  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 3 - Tour of Madrid
Day 4

To Seville and a guided sightseeing tour

This morning we depart by high-speed AVE train for the journey south into Andalucia, to the fascinating city of Seville, an old port city set on the Guadalquivir River. The city played a key role in establishing and continuing trade with South America and remains one of Spain's most active river ports. Credited with inventing tapas, Seville boasts as many as 1,000 tapas bars serving almost every conceivable type of tapas. Sevillians are known to move from bar to bar, enjoying a different small dish in each establishment they visit. On arrival in Seville we transfer to the Hotel Becquer, located in the heart of the city. This afternoon we enjoy a tour of the city, including the beautiful and historic Santa Cruz area and the gothic cathedral dominated by the Giralda tower.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
  • Tour of Seville
Day 5

Jerez and the horses of Andalucia

This morning we travel by coach to Jerez, a town famous as the home of Sherry and for incredibly well trained Andalucian horses. Jerez is the authentic heart of Andalucia, with a beautiful Gothic cathedral and quiet, charming Old Town. We enjoy a spectacular Andalucian horse show at the Royal School of Equestrian Art, seeing some of the best trained horses in the world in action. Following lunch at a 'Venta Andaluza' restaurant, typical of the region, we visit a famous Sherry winery where we enjoy a tasting before our return to Seville.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Jerez
  • Andalucian horse show
  • Sherry winery visit
Day 6

Seville to Granada by Standard Class rail

Today we travel by train to Granada, an enchanting city scattered over seven small hills at the confluence of two rivers. Charming, romantic Granada is dominated by the exquisite Alhambra, one of the most recognisable palaces in the world, bathed throughout the afternoon in a glorious warm pink-gold glow. The city is packed with Renaissance and Baroque architecture and the streets are a joy to explore. This afternoon we begin our exploration of the city with a sightseeing tour, visiting the Albayzin area, which boasts fantastic views of the Alhambra and retains the narrow winding streets of its medieval past. This evening we head for one of the tapas bars for a tapas-tasting meal together. We spend three nights at the Melia Granada Hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Tour of Granada
The Alhambra, Granada
Days 7-8

Excursion to the Alhambra

We continue our sightseeing today with a visit to Spain's most spectacular and iconic monument, the Alhambra, which was once the residence of the Muslim Kings of Granada. The Alhambra sits proudly on a plateau overlooking Granada, with the high Sierra Nevada as its backdrop. We finish our tour at a traditional restaurant, where we enjoy lunch together. The rest of the day, and all of Day 8, is free to further explore the sights of Granada. For those feeling adventurous, you could go to the viewpoint at Mirador de San Nicolás, which offers breathtaking views over Granada. This evening we dine at a restaurant in the Albayzin Quarter with views of the beautifully illuminated Alhambra.

  • Day 7 - Breakfast, lunch
  • Day 7 - The Alhambra
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, dinner
Day 9

Granada to Cordoba by First Class rail

Our journey today takes us on the Altaria train to Cordoba, a beautiful city with a relaxed atmosphere, where Christianity, Islam and Judaism have existed alongside each other for centuries, each providing contributions to Cordoba's rich architectural heritage. We spend two nights at the Hotel Hesperia Cordoba. This afternoon you are free to begin exploring Cordoba at leisure. This evening we dine together in the Taberna La Viuda.

  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10

Guided sightseeing tour of Cordoba

This morning we embark on a sightseeing tour of Cordoba, which in the 10th century was the largest city in Western Europe and is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The labyrinth of narrow, winding alleys and pretty squares make Cordoba a delightful city to explore on foot. Crossing the Roman Bridge and passing the 14th century Calahorra Tower, we continue to the famous Mezquita (mosque). We then tour the Jewish Quarter with its narrow white washed streets and finish at the traditional Restaurant Almudaina for a typical Andalucian lunch.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
  • Tour of Cordoba
Day 11

To Barcelona

This morning we join the high-speed AVE service direct to Barcelona, arriving in the early afternoon. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to explore this vibrant city. We stay at the Tryp Apolo, our base for two nights.

If you are returning by air, you will transfer to Malaga airport for your flight to London this morning.

  • Rail return: Breakfast, dinner
  • Air return: Breakfast
Day 12

A sightseeing tour of Barcelona

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Barcelona, including a visit to the beautiful Old Town, the Barri Gotic, and the tree-lined boulevard of Las Ramblas. The rest of your day is free to enjoy the city. The inimitable Gaudí architecture and medieval churches offer contrasts on every corner, with countless street performers, cafés and shops in between.

  • Breakfast
  • Tour of Barcelona
Day 13

To Paris and London

We depart Barcelona this morning by train to Figueres where we join the high-speed TGV service to Paris. After crossing Paris by coach, we join the Eurostar, with a light meal and drinks served on board before our arrival into St Pancras International.

  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal

Return by air option

We also offer the option to return to the UK by air, rather than by train. This version of our Andalucian Explorer tour is two days shorter and on Day 11 when the group leaves Cordoba for Barcelona, those selecting the return by air option will transfer to Malaga Airport for the return flight to London Gatwick.

The return by air option is not available to book online, so if you are interested in flying back to London, please call one of our Tour Advisors who will be happy to help you.

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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