Explore the very best of this stunning destination
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2020 Tour code: NAF20
About the tour
From the heart of cultural Andalucía, explore the very best this
stunning destination has to offer, including the historic streets
of vibrant Seville and the overwhelming beauty of Granada's
Meet your group and Tour Manager at your hotel for the next
seven nights, the spectacular 4-Star Parador de Antequera. This
modern oasis is set within luscious rolling parkland in the center
of the city. Tonight dinner is served in the hotel.
Day 2 - Antequera at leisure
Enjoy your first day in Spain at leisure, getting to know your
new surroundings. The hotel in which you stay is one of the
highlights of this tour. As its name suggests, your accommodation
in Antequera is a 'parador', a type of luxury hotel unique to
Unlike other paradors, the Parador de Anteuera is found in a
sophisticated modern building set amongst green parklands against a
back drop of Andalucían hills and the Antequera plain. The rooms
are tastefully designed, and the outdoor swimming pool is the
perfect place to enjoy the Southern Spanish sun, depending on the
Day 3 - Seville
Today we enjoy an excursion to stunning Seville, a sun-baked
city that, legend has it, was founded by Hercules. Seductive and
sophisticated, Seville is a quintessentially Spanish city.
Flamenco, fiestas and carnivals thrive in this wonderful city, as
do its many striking monuments, each one a reminder of Seville's
Beginning as a Roman settlement, Seville has been under the
control of the Roman Empire, Moorish invaders and Spanish royalty
throughout the years. Each civilisation has left its own indelible
mark on the city, be it in the swirl of a flamenco dress or the
religious grandeur of the Cathedral. Another chapter to the city's
history can be found on every street corner, every buzzing square
and in each tapas bar.
We are treated to a tour of the city's sights during our time
here. A particular highlight is the resplendent Plaza de España at
the heart of the city. While the design recalls both Moorish
Mudéjar and Renaissance architecture, the square and central
building are both far more modern, having been initially
constructed for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition. The scale of
this square is enormous, and the many tiled alcoves are based on
the various provinces of Spain.
Day 4 - Antequera
Today is a free day and you might like to soak up Antequera's
incredible architecture on a gentle stroll.
Antequera is a fine example of a Spanish medieval town, with
many of the older buildings left intact. Like many other Andalucian
cities, Antequera is a complicated mix of different cultures. This
has produced a superb collection of monuments including recently
excavated Roman baths and an impressive 19th century bullring.
Day 5 - Cordoba
Today we embark on an excursion to Cordoba, a famous ancient
city that was once the largest metropolis in Western Europe. In
many ways Cordoba is a perfect example of a historic Spanish city.
Sand coloured buildings jostle with Renaissance era town houses,
while the various plazas throughout the city offer an excellent
snapshot into the people who call this place home. During the day,
these squares become filled with the social Spanish population as
they enjoy tapas in the cafés and restaurants whose tables stretch
out over the marble tiles. It is not hard to imagine these plazas,
through the ages, hosting Romans, Moors and Spanish alike.
On arrival, we take a guided tour of the city's main
attractions, including the famous 8th century Mezquita or Mosque,
and the sprawling Juderia - Cordoba's Jewish Quarter.
The main focal point of Cordoba is the magnificent Mezquita.
Arguably one of the most impressive Islamic buildings in Europe,
the Mezquita is a masterclass in religious architecture. An
enormous construction built at the end of the old Roman bridge,
this enormous Mosque stands tall in the face of time, boasting an
ornate bell tower and splendid interiors displaying some fantastic
examples of Mudéjar and Moorish architecture found in rooms of
seemingly endless arches.
Day 6 - At leisure
Today is free for you to explore further afield; perhaps visit
nearby Malaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and home to a
wonderful collection of his work. Malaga is one of the oldest
cities in the world and boasts a wealth of ancient architecture.
Well worth a visit in Malaga is the Port of Malaga. Many beautiful
sailing ships and yachts visit the Port, and the area has been
welcoming ships since the time of the Phoenicians at around 1,000
Day 7 - Granada and the Alhambra Palace
Our excursion to Granada begins with a visit to the stunning
Alhambra palace and the various keeps, villas and gardens that lie
Built in the 14th century, the Alhambra, literally 'the red
castle', is a fortress, palace and small town all rolled into one.
It is also one of the most recognisable sights in all Spain. Set on
a plateau against a heavily forested series of hills, the Alhambra
gazes across the city below, acting as both a fortress and as its
own distinct district. The Alhambra is made up of various parts,
with the oldest section being the citadel at its heart.
A particularly charming area is the Court of the Lions, a small
courtyard featuring several small lion statues, each acting as a
fountain in the center.
We also pay a visit to the Generalife Gardens. The summer palace
of the Nasrid rulers of Granada built in the 14th century, these
gardens are a welcome retreat, offering a variety of beautiful
flora in all shapes and sizes. Be sure to check out the view from
the villa here, granting a panorama which takes in the Sacromonte
caves and parts of the Albayzín.
After a guided tour of the Alhambra, you have free time to
discover more of Granada. This charming Andalucian city is famous
for various reasons. Of particular interest is the old Albayzín
area of the city. Originally the Muslim district of Granada, the
Albayzín is a winding maze of whitewashed buildings, many of which
have existed for hundreds of years. Superb views of both the city,
the Generalife park area and the Alhambra can be seen from the top
of the district, from any of the viewpoints which are set aside for
visitors to make use of. For its historical importance in the
history of Granada, the Albayzín, along with the Alhambra and
Generalife, has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. We return to
Antequera following our visit and sit down to a final farewell meal
Day 8 - Return home
After breakfast we bid farewell to Antequera and Spain, make
your to Malaga Airport for your flight back home.
We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from
Malaga Airport, which is approximately 40 miles from your hotel in
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport,
visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your
itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot
travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with
any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses
which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any
passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime
after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour
Generally a good vacation as expected as frequent customers of Great Rail.
But - one aspect of the on-line details on GR's website and their itinerary booklet was misleading: "On arrival, we take a guided tour of the city's main attractions, including the famous 8th century Mezquita or Mosque, and the sprawling Juderia - Cordoba's Jewish Quarter."
The part "......including the famous 8th century Mezquita ......." is incorrect as it was not included. We had to pay an extra €10 per head (total €40 for the four of us) for this.
Submitted Oct 10, 2019
Excellent tour manager. Very good hotel although food in evening was not up to same standard expected. The three day trips were excellent. The visit to Alhambra was wonderful, and the guide for that tour was brilliant - his knowledge was outstanding. I think people were joining our group and listening to him, then following our group. The free days were excellent for relaxation and spending time in Antequera, where there was many lovely places and relaxing walks.
We do love Spain and the Spanish people.
Submitted Jul 04, 2019
Excellent itinerary , great tour manager, wonderful hotel
Mr V Sayer
Submitted Jun 11, 2018
Although I enjoyed the vacation overall and the trips were excellent, the vacation title was slightly misleading. We stayed at only one Parador and the standard was not as good as expected. The hotel, is now dated and needs modernisation. There was plumbing problem which was never attended to, despite being reported to three different people in reception. The service was very slow at times, e.g. waiting forty five minutes for a sandwich. It was a wonderful Andalucian experience but not a Parador experience.
Mr J Evans
Submitted May 31, 2018
Food could have been better at our hotel
Mrs J New
Submitted Nov 09, 2017
I have already provided formal feedback to the tour leader and on the web. please do not ask again