Trip to the Gardens of Andalusia

  • Spain - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 2647

8 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 548
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Get captivated by the finest gardens throughout Andalusia. Visit the best selection of Moorish, Renaissance and Tropical gardens hidden in this historic corner of Spain.
  • Discover the main UNESCO World Heritage sites in Spain such as the Alhambra Palace in Granada, the Mosque of Córdoba and the Gothic Cathedral in Seville.
  • Visit private houses which open their gardens to you; meet the owners, try their food and sample their local wines.
  • Stay in character; live in historic buildings converted into charming accommodations for a real feel of the Andalusian experience.

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival in Ronda

    Arrive at Malaga airport in the morning. A guide will meet you and will take you to La Concepción Botanical Garden just between Malaga city and the airport. These gardens are a tropical paradise with over 800 species. After visiting the garden and having a snack in the cafeteria, we will drive you to the picturesque town of Ronda on a beautiful scenic road connecting the Mediterranean coast and the Serrania mountains.

    Check-in at your hotel in Ronda, dramatically located overlooking the Tajo gorge and cliffs.

    After you have settled in your room, you have time to relax and enjoy a nice welcome dinner with amazing views.

    Accommodation: Parador de Ronda

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 02 : Ronda

    After breakfast, we will visit the most iconic gardens in Ronda, starting with the gardens of Casa del Rey Moro: 18th century mansion built on Morish foundations. The gardens were constructed in 1912 by Forestier and offer excellent views of the Tajo gorge and the surrounding mountains. Then we visit the Palacio de Mondragón: 14th century palace which was the residence to the Moorish kings, containing three Mudejar courtyards preserving original stuccowork and mosaics. Walk along the Alameda del Tajo: public garden from the 19th century containing a selection of mature trees typical in ornamental gardening in the Málaga province to end up at the most famous viewpoint to stare down into the gorge.

    Lunch will be offered in a beautiful traditional restaurant in the old town, where you will try local wines from Ronda. After lunch, you will be transferred to magic Seville, the capital of Southern Spain. Check-in at a charming hotel in the Jewish quarter. The building is a compilation of 27 Jewish houses and 30 courtyards.

    The evening is free at your leisure.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 03 : Seville

    After breakfast, meet your local art-historian guide, in the lobby of the hotel to accompany you on a guided walking tour of the historical center of Seville, one of the largest in Europe, including the Casa Pilatos (15th century Andalusian palace and courtyards with a harmonious mixture of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles), the Barrio de Santa Cruz (the old Jewish quarter with a labyrinth of tiny alleys and white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), the Reales Alcazares gardens (an active Royal residence boasting impressive gardens and fountains from the 14th century) and finally the great Cathedral (the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world). The tour will finish at the Giralda tower (Cathedral's bell tower), where you can walk up to the very top (104-meter high over ramps, no steps) at your own pace.

    Your tour guide will pick you up at the exit gate of the Cathedral for a tapas tour.

    Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure with optional activities such as Murillo gardens, tea experience at the oldest hotel in Seville, Arabian spa, shopping Metropol panoramic view, Plaza Encarnacion.

    In the evening, your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you to one of the most emblematic "Tablaos" in Sevilla. With more than 40 years of experience this "Tablao" offers the purest Flamenco you can find in Andalusia. Probably the best place in Seville to live the excitement and duende of flamenco.

    Prior to the performance, à la carte dinner with dishes of high Andalusian cuisine will be served. Towards the end of the dinner, the show will start. This show features up to 15 of the most professional flamenco artists in the whole Spain. Excitement and enjoyment are guaranteed!

    Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 04 : Cordoba

    After breakfast, meet your local art historian guide, fluent English speaking, in the lobby of the hotel for a private guided visit to Mª Luisa Parc and the spectacular Plaza de España

    Transfer to Córdoba where you will have lunch in a gourmet marketplace.

    After lunch, you will meet your local guide for a private guided visit to the Alcazar gardens, followed by a short walking tour within one of the most popular areas from Córdoba, San Basilio quarter, to admire the “Patios” (private courtyards recently named UNESCO intangible cultural heritage) and visit the Palacio de Viana:  17th century house with 13 interconnected delightful patios and gardens.

    Check-in at a charming hotel in the heart of the Jewish quarter where you will have some time for relax and get ready for one of the highlights of this tour: a night visit of the impressive Mosque/Cathedral.

    Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 05 : Hornachuelos and Moratalla

    After breakfast, private transfer to the natural park of Hornachuelos, 30 kilometers north of Cordoba to visit two unspoiled treasures of architecture and gardening.

    Moratalla Palace, considered the Versailles of Cordoba. It was designed by Forestier and nowadays it's a private palace declared artistic garden since 1983.

    Palacio de Portocarrero, a medieval fortress and castle with beautiful Moorish and Mudejar gardens inside. This architectural gem has been recently restored by its current owner and emanates magnificence. The owner will escort you through the enchanting gardens and will welcome you with a courtesy light lunch and drink.

    After lunch, you will be transferred back to Cordoba for a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Cordoba before enjoying a unique Spanish Horse show at the Royal Stables.

    Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure

    Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 06 : Subbetica Natural Park

    After breakfast, we will make our way to our next destination but before heading to Granada, we will be stopping at two interesting places surrounded by olive groves in the heart of the natural park of the Subbetica mountains.

    Priego de Córdoba, considered the most baroque of the Andalusia white towns. Its beautiful houses, palaces and gardens bring to this picturesque little town a delicate beauty that can't be missed.

    Finca Olivar la Hoyabuela, a private cortijo (Andalusian country house) that has become a very exclusive rural hotel and its owner will open its doors to welcome you into its beautiful gardens where you will enjoy a local gastronomy experience based on an olive oil taste from the area (the most awarded from Spain) and a handmade lunch.

    After lunch, you will be transferred to Granada, where you will check-in at your charming accommodation in the historic center.

    Evening at your leisure to explore some of the most charming evening walkings in Granada: Plaza Nueva, Plaza Bib Rambla, Carrera del Darro, Albaycin and Mirador de San Nicolas.

    Accommodation: Hotel Ladron de Agua

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 07 : Granada

    After breakfast, our tour leader will take you to the Alhambra where you will be introduced you to your local art historian guide who will show you the incomparable Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens in a private tour. You will admire the greatest treasure of Moorish Spain. The Generalife is the image of how the paradise is described in the Koran (“shaded, leafy garden refreshed by running water where the fortunate ones may take their rest under tall canopies”)

    After the guided tour of the Alhambra, you will enjoy a nice lunch at the Parador terrace, with breath-taking views over the Generalife gardens.

    In the afternoon we will visit the Carmen de los Mártires, a delightfully tranquil garden filled with palms, cypresses and tinkling fountains, a wonderful oasis that will take your breath away.

    Then we will make our way down town back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the evening free at your leisure.

    We highly recommend that you book a nice restaurant in the Albaycin Moorish quarter for a wonderful last dinner in Andalusia with the precious views over the Alhambra.

    Accommodation: Hotel Ladron de Agua

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch

    Day 08 : Departure from Malaga

    After breakfast and check-out, you can leave luggage at reception for a later pick up and transfer to the airport. This last morning, you will be taken on a short walk within the city center to admire the magnificent Cathedral and Royal Chapel. To say goodbye to Granada and Andalusia, we will take you off the beaten path to be delighted with the incredible views and the beautiful gardens of one of the most emblematic Moorish “Carmens” in the city. The Andalusian patios are called “Carmens” in Granada and they are little paradises hidden from the outside streets inside the Arabian style houses.

    After lunch, you will be transferred to Malaga airport for your evening departure flight

    Meals: Breakfast And Lunch 

  • Duration
    8 days
    Difficulty
    Easy
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    None
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Mar to Jun $ 4,380 $ 548 per day
    Low Season Jul to Feb $ 4,380 $ 548 per day

    * All Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Some savings may be available for larger groups.

Cost Includes
  • Accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (drinks included) in: Ronda, Sevilla, Hornachuelos, Cordoba, Priego, Granada (x2).
  • 1 dinner (drinks include) in Seville (part of the flamenco show)
  • Private vehicle at your disposal with English speaking driver from arrival to departure.
  • Malaga: Jardin de la Encarnacion
  • Ronda: Jardines del Rey Moro, Palacio de Mondragon, Casa Don Bosco and Bullring
  • Seville: Cathedral, Alcazar and Casa Pilatos
  • Cordoba: Mosque / Cathedral, Alcazar and Patio de Viana
  • Moratalla Palace and Portocarrero Palace
  • Granada: Alhambra & Generalife gardens, Carmen de los Mártires
  • Equestrian show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba
  • Flamenco performance in Seville
  • Private courtyards tour in Cordoba
  • Olive oil tasting in la Subbetica
  • Tour leader
Cost Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
Day 01 : Arrival in Ronda

Arrive at Malaga airport in the morning. A guide will meet you and will take you to La Concepción Botanical Garden just between Malaga city and the airport. These gardens are a tropical paradise with over 800 species. After visiting the garden and having a snack in the cafeteria, we will drive you to the picturesque town of Ronda on a beautiful scenic road connecting the Mediterranean coast and the Serrania mountains.

Check-in at your hotel in Ronda, dramatically located overlooking the Tajo gorge and cliffs.

After you have settled in your room, you have time to relax and enjoy a nice welcome dinner with amazing views.

Accommodation: Parador de Ronda

Meals included: Dinner

Day 02 : Ronda

After breakfast, we will visit the most iconic gardens in Ronda, starting with the gardens of Casa del Rey Moro: 18th century mansion built on Morish foundations. The gardens were constructed in 1912 by Forestier and offer excellent views of the Tajo gorge and the surrounding mountains. Then we visit the Palacio de Mondragón: 14th century palace which was the residence to the Moorish kings, containing three Mudejar courtyards preserving original stuccowork and mosaics. Walk along the Alameda del Tajo: public garden from the 19th century containing a selection of mature trees typical in ornamental gardening in the Málaga province to end up at the most famous viewpoint to stare down into the gorge.

Lunch will be offered in a beautiful traditional restaurant in the old town, where you will try local wines from Ronda. After lunch, you will be transferred to magic Seville, the capital of Southern Spain. Check-in at a charming hotel in the Jewish quarter. The building is a compilation of 27 Jewish houses and 30 courtyards.

The evening is free at your leisure.

Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 03 : Seville

After breakfast, meet your local art-historian guide, in the lobby of the hotel to accompany you on a guided walking tour of the historical center of Seville, one of the largest in Europe, including the Casa Pilatos (15th century Andalusian palace and courtyards with a harmonious mixture of Mudéjar, Gothic and Renaissance styles), the Barrio de Santa Cruz (the old Jewish quarter with a labyrinth of tiny alleys and white houses with traditional Moorish courtyards), the Reales Alcazares gardens (an active Royal residence boasting impressive gardens and fountains from the 14th century) and finally the great Cathedral (the third largest Gothic cathedral in the world). The tour will finish at the Giralda tower (Cathedral's bell tower), where you can walk up to the very top (104-meter high over ramps, no steps) at your own pace.

Your tour guide will pick you up at the exit gate of the Cathedral for a tapas tour.

Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure with optional activities such as Murillo gardens, tea experience at the oldest hotel in Seville, Arabian spa, shopping Metropol panoramic view, Plaza Encarnacion.

In the evening, your tour guide will meet you at the lobby of your hotel to take you to one of the most emblematic "Tablaos" in Sevilla. With more than 40 years of experience this "Tablao" offers the purest Flamenco you can find in Andalusia. Probably the best place in Seville to live the excitement and duende of flamenco.

Prior to the performance, à la carte dinner with dishes of high Andalusian cuisine will be served. Towards the end of the dinner, the show will start. This show features up to 15 of the most professional flamenco artists in the whole Spain. Excitement and enjoyment are guaranteed!

Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 : Cordoba

After breakfast, meet your local art historian guide, fluent English speaking, in the lobby of the hotel for a private guided visit to Mª Luisa Parc and the spectacular Plaza de España

Transfer to Córdoba where you will have lunch in a gourmet marketplace.

After lunch, you will meet your local guide for a private guided visit to the Alcazar gardens, followed by a short walking tour within one of the most popular areas from Córdoba, San Basilio quarter, to admire the “Patios” (private courtyards recently named UNESCO intangible cultural heritage) and visit the Palacio de Viana:  17th century house with 13 interconnected delightful patios and gardens.

Check-in at a charming hotel in the heart of the Jewish quarter where you will have some time for relax and get ready for one of the highlights of this tour: a night visit of the impressive Mosque/Cathedral.

Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 05 : Hornachuelos and Moratalla

After breakfast, private transfer to the natural park of Hornachuelos, 30 kilometers north of Cordoba to visit two unspoiled treasures of architecture and gardening.

Moratalla Palace, considered the Versailles of Cordoba. It was designed by Forestier and nowadays it's a private palace declared artistic garden since 1983.

Palacio de Portocarrero, a medieval fortress and castle with beautiful Moorish and Mudejar gardens inside. This architectural gem has been recently restored by its current owner and emanates magnificence. The owner will escort you through the enchanting gardens and will welcome you with a courtesy light lunch and drink.

After lunch, you will be transferred back to Cordoba for a free afternoon to relax or explore more of Cordoba before enjoying a unique Spanish Horse show at the Royal Stables.

Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure

Accommodation: Hotel Casas de la Juderia

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 06 : Subbetica Natural Park

After breakfast, we will make our way to our next destination but before heading to Granada, we will be stopping at two interesting places surrounded by olive groves in the heart of the natural park of the Subbetica mountains.

Priego de Córdoba, considered the most baroque of the Andalusia white towns. Its beautiful houses, palaces and gardens bring to this picturesque little town a delicate beauty that can't be missed.

Finca Olivar la Hoyabuela, a private cortijo (Andalusian country house) that has become a very exclusive rural hotel and its owner will open its doors to welcome you into its beautiful gardens where you will enjoy a local gastronomy experience based on an olive oil taste from the area (the most awarded from Spain) and a handmade lunch.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Granada, where you will check-in at your charming accommodation in the historic center.

Evening at your leisure to explore some of the most charming evening walkings in Granada: Plaza Nueva, Plaza Bib Rambla, Carrera del Darro, Albaycin and Mirador de San Nicolas.

Accommodation: Hotel Ladron de Agua

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 07 : Granada

After breakfast, our tour leader will take you to the Alhambra where you will be introduced you to your local art historian guide who will show you the incomparable Alhambra Palace and the Generalife gardens in a private tour. You will admire the greatest treasure of Moorish Spain. The Generalife is the image of how the paradise is described in the Koran (“shaded, leafy garden refreshed by running water where the fortunate ones may take their rest under tall canopies”)

After the guided tour of the Alhambra, you will enjoy a nice lunch at the Parador terrace, with breath-taking views over the Generalife gardens.

In the afternoon we will visit the Carmen de los Mártires, a delightfully tranquil garden filled with palms, cypresses and tinkling fountains, a wonderful oasis that will take your breath away.

Then we will make our way down town back to your hotel where you will have the rest of the evening free at your leisure.

We highly recommend that you book a nice restaurant in the Albaycin Moorish quarter for a wonderful last dinner in Andalusia with the precious views over the Alhambra.

Accommodation: Hotel Ladron de Agua

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 08 : Departure from Malaga

After breakfast and check-out, you can leave luggage at reception for a later pick up and transfer to the airport. This last morning, you will be taken on a short walk within the city center to admire the magnificent Cathedral and Royal Chapel. To say goodbye to Granada and Andalusia, we will take you off the beaten path to be delighted with the incredible views and the beautiful gardens of one of the most emblematic Moorish “Carmens” in the city. The Andalusian patios are called “Carmens” in Granada and they are little paradises hidden from the outside streets inside the Arabian style houses.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Malaga airport for your evening departure flight

Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

 

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Mar to Jun $ 4,380 $ 548 per day
Low Season Jul to Feb$ 4,380 $ 548 per day
Cost Includes
  • Accommodation
  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (drinks included) in: Ronda, Sevilla, Hornachuelos, Cordoba, Priego, Granada (x2).
  • 1 dinner (drinks include) in Seville (part of the flamenco show)
  • Private vehicle at your disposal with English speaking driver from arrival to departure.
  • Malaga: Jardin de la Encarnacion
  • Ronda: Jardines del Rey Moro, Palacio de Mondragon, Casa Don Bosco and Bullring
  • Seville: Cathedral, Alcazar and Casa Pilatos
  • Cordoba: Mosque / Cathedral, Alcazar and Patio de Viana
  • Moratalla Palace and Portocarrero Palace
  • Granada: Alhambra & Generalife gardens, Carmen de los Mártires
  • Equestrian show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba
  • Flamenco performance in Seville
  • Private courtyards tour in Cordoba
  • Olive oil tasting in la Subbetica
  • Tour leader
Cost Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Trip cancellation, medical or other insurance
  • Passport, visa and health documentation
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
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