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Enjoy a feast of cultural Spanish delights by train

11 days From £3,095 per person
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2021 Tour code: ASG21

About the tour

Showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Andalucía, this holiday takes us from Spain's bustling, fashionable capital city, through the iconic Moorish citadel of Granada's Alhambra, to the opulent city of Barcelona, via the white-washed patios of Cordoba's Old Town.

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Itinerary

Days 1-3 - London to Madrid

We meet at London St Pancras and take the Eurostar to Paris, continuing to Biarritz or Bayonne for the night. On Day 2 we transfer to San Sebastián for the train to Madrid, where we spend two nights. On Day 3 we enjoy a sightseeing tour by coach and on foot, admiring the many architectural styles and attractive green spaces. We have a tapas lunch in a restaurant on Plaza Mayor, then the rest of your day is free.

Includes
  • Day 1 - Eurostar Meal, Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast
  • Day 3 - Breakfast, Lunch
Madrid Plaza
Days 4-5 - Seville

This morning take the train to Andalucía, to the fascinating city of Seville, an old port city set on the Guadalquivir River, and our base for 2 nights. This afternoon we enjoy a tour, seeing the historic Santa Cruz area and the Gothic cathedral.

On Day 5 you're free to explore, and it's the perfect time to sample some local food. Credited with inventing tapas, Seville boasts as many as 1,000 tapas bars; perhaps do as the Sevillians do and move from bar to bar, enjoying a different dish in each establishment - a perfect way to discover the city.

Includes
  • Day 4 - Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5 - Breakfast
Seville
Day 6 - Granada and the Albayzin

Today we travel by rail to Granada for two nights, an enchanting city scattered over seven small hills. Granada is dominated by the Alhambra, one of the most recognisable palaces in the world. We begin our explorations 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 dine at a nearby restaurant, enjoying views of the illuminated Alhambra.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Granada
Day 7 - 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. Dating back to the 9th century, the palace complex now boasts UNESCO World Heritage status and is one of Spain's most iconic monuments. Originally a small fortress, the Sultan of Granada converted the building in the early 14th century. After a guided tour, we visit a traditional restaurant this evening.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
The Alhambra, Granada
Day 8 - Cordoba

Our journey today takes us by coach to Cordoba, a beautiful, relaxed city. We enjoy a sightseeing tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city, seeing its labyrinth of winding alleys and pretty squares. After crossing the Roman Bridge and passing the 14th-century Calahorra Tower, we continue to the famous Mezquita. We then tour the narrow streets of the Jewish Quarter. We spend the night here.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Cordoba
Day 9 - Barcelona

This morning we take a train to Barcelona where we check into our hotel for two nights. You're free to get acquainted with the city. You may like to visit a local café, many of which serve food unique to Catalonia. As the day winds down, perhaps take a stroll along the beach, enjoying the sight of the waters as the sun melts in the waves.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Barcelona
Day 10 - 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. We enjoy a final farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Barcelona
Day 11 - To Paris and London

We depart by high-speed TGV to Paris, where we join the Eurostar, continuing on to London St Pancras International.

Includes
  • Breakfast
  • Eurostar Meal
Eurostar

Additional information

Please note

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

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera

Hotel Catalonia La Pedrera, Barcelona

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Hesperia Cordoba

Hesperia Cordoba, Cordoba

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Melia Granada Hotel, Granada

Melia Granada Hotel, Granada

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Hotel Catalonia Gran Via, Madrid

Hotel Catalonia Gran Via, Madrid

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Casa Romana Hotel Boutique

Casa Romana Hotel Boutique, Seville

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Trains

AVE
Eurostar
TGV

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Reviews

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Mr J Knox

Submitted 18/10/2019

This was another outstandingly great holiday. It was full of wonderful experiences and unexpected sights.

Ms D Higby

Submitted 11/10/2019

Tour director was wonderful

Anonymous

Submitted 11/10/2019

It was too rushed. A lovely hotel in Biarritz but no time to enjoy it before rushing on again. Not enough time to explore the Alhambra in Granada or the Mezquita in Cordoba, we could have spent much longer if the guides hadn't kept us moving the whole time. Some of the guides on the holiday were absolutely hopeless ( very good male guides both days in Granada though ) At several hotels we found the traffic noise so bad it was difficult to sleep. As we were asked to rate hotels / restaurants on our way home it would be a good idea to warn us in advance so that we could keep notes. It was impossible to remember one place from another so we often had to guess about the places, as did many others on the tour because we were asking one another to try to remember. This last point wouldn't go in the box below - too many letters!!

Mrs G Lunt

Submitted 11/10/2019

Great itinerary and hotels. Restaurant meals excellent.

Mr J Daly

Submitted 24/10/2018

First experience with this type of holiday and with this company and we had a wonderful time.Well organised, excellent leader, good hotels and transport arrangements, variety of experiences.

Anonymous

Submitted 12/10/2018

Everything was good. No more to be said

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