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Andalucian Parador Experience

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Explore the very best of this stunning destination

8 daysFrom $1,815 per person

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 UNESCO-listed Alhambra.

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Antequera

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.

Includes
  • Dinner
Fly to Malaga
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 Spain.

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 weather.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Antequera
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 colorful past.

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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Seville Plaza de Espana
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Antequera
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.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Cordoba Mosque
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 BC.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
At leisure in nearby Malaga
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 within.

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 together.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Granada, Alhambra
Day 8 - Return home

After breakfast we bid farewell to Antequera and Spain, make your to Malaga Airport for your flight back home.

Includes
  • Breakfast
Return Home

Additional information

Recommended Airport

We recommend that for this tour you arrange flights to and from Malaga Airport, which is approximately 40 miles from your hotel in Antequera. 

Airport waiting room
Visa Requirements

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.

Departure times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour Manager.

Hotel

Parador de Antequera

Parador de Antequera, Antequera

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Reviews

95% of travelers would recommend this tour

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Anonymous

Submitted Oct 17, 2019

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.

Anonymous

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.

Anonymous

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

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