Trip To Medieval Andalucia

  • Spain - Culture and History

  • Trip ID: 2649

8 Day Trip
Per Day Price Level $$$$
Per Day Budget $ 470
Per Day USD ranges:
$$$$ < $250
$$$$ $250-500
$$$$ $500-750
$$$$ $750+
  • Walk through the inspiring scenery of the Sierras Subbéticas and the Alpujarras
  • Discover the glorious architectural heritage of Cordoba and Granada
  • Savor delicious wine, cheese, tapas, olive oil and authentic Andalusian cuisine in first class restaurants
  • Tour key historic sites, museums, and beautiful formal gardens
  • Visit the most spectacular attractions and discover their breathtaking views, from cliff-top castles to medieval Moorish palaces and charming villages

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  • Itinerary Summary

    Day 01 : Arrival in Malaga - Cordoba

    After arriving at Malaga airport in the early afternoon, transfer to the World Heritage city of Cordoba (2 hours). Enter the city by crossing the great Roman bridge built over the Guadalquivir river by the emperor Augustus. Once you arrive in Cordoba, an orientation walk will reveal the architectural integrity of this city, once the most splendid of the civilised world. Afterwards, check into your hotel, an elegant 4-star conversion of an 18th century palacio in the historic Jewish Quarter, and enjoy a glass of chilled Fino is de rigueur before heading for dinner in an excellent traditional restaurant.


    Accommodation: Hotel NH Amistad de CordobaMeals Included: Dinner

    Meals: Dinner

    Day 02 : Granada

    Today, set off on foot, traversing narrow lanes with whitewashed houses and flower-filled patios, and see a few 13th century Fernandine churches, built immediately after the reconquest of Cordoba by Ferdinand III. Then, watch a dressage performance by Andalusian horses in the Royal Stables, the 16th century home of the horse breed requested by King Philip II. After a light lunch, we have a guided tour of the Mezquita, a monumental religious complex comprising of an 8th century mosque, a Roman temple, and a Visigothic church. We conclude the day with a visit to the 14th century Castle and Gardens of the Christian Monarchs Alcázar.

     

    Enjoy some free time in the evening and a delicious dinner served in one of the most emblematic “Tabernas” in town.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel NH Amistad de Cordoba Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner 

    Day 03 : Cordoba - Montilla - Zuheros

    Departing from Cordoba, drive into the hills of the Montilla-Moriles wine region to visit a family-owned olive oil mill and museum, and learn about the importance of olives in the Andalusian economy. You will also get the amazing opportunity to taste their award-winning extra virgin olive oil. In a nearby winery surrounded by vineyards, taste some local wines, accompanied by a delicious home-made tapas lunch, before driving to the Via Verde, a former railway track used to transport olive oil, for a scenic walk. Once you arrive, check in to your hotel, a 4 star Hacienda, set in olive groves. Enjoy some free time before heading to  dinner in their charming dining room.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Minerva

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 04 : Zuheros

    Today, set off on foot into the Subbética Natural Park for a morning walk (3.5 hours) through the Bailon river gorge, discovering its unusual limestone rock formations, fresh water springs, and abandoned farms on your way. Finish in Zuheros, one of the most picturesque ‘white villages’ in all of Andalusia, where you will have lunch in a simple rural tavern. Then, continue downhill and along the Green Way (30 mins.) to a hacienda, where you will have some free time to relax and enjoy the hotel library, gardens, Moorish baths and pool. Afterwards, get ready for dinner at the hotel.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Minerva

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 05 : Luque

    This morning, head to Luque, for a walk (2 hrs) through the fine Subbéticas landscapes and the extensive olive groves below. You will also discover the area’s dramatic rock-top castle, which played a significant role in the history of 9th century al-Andalus. Then, taste locally-produced goat and sheep cheeses during lunch, before continuing to Granada by road.

     

    Start your exploration of the city with the stunning Catedral de la Anunciación, constructed in the 16th century after the Moors had been displaced, and originally intended to be used as a royal mausoleum. Once settled into your charming boutique hotel, a carefully converted 17th century mansion, begin a short walk through the narrow lanes of the historic quarter of Albaicin to dine in the stylish courtyard setting of a restaurant known for its innovative take on traditional Andalusian cuisine.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa 1800 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 06 : Granada

    Granada epitomises the splendours of al-Andalus and once formed the nucleus of the Moorish Nasrid Kingdom for 200 years. After breakfast, set off in the footsteps of famed 19th century American author and traveller, Washington Irving, to the magnificent Alhambra, from where the Kingdom was ruled. Dedicate the whole morning (3 hours guided tour) to this remarkable architectural complex, and visit both the Alhambra and the Generalife. The Alhambra, arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, is composed of a myriad of towers, gardens, palaces and residences, of which our focus is the most splendid: the 13th century Nasrid Palace. Afterwards, continue to the Generalife, The Garden of the Builder, to see the famous Patio de la Acequias, the Regal Hall, the gardens, and the original Escalera del Agua.

     

    Today, a light lunch will be served at the terrace of the Parador, overlooking the Generalife gardens.

     

    In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy at leisure before heading off another gastronomical experience in town for dinner.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa 1800 Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner 

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, And Dinner 

    Day 07 : Las Alpujarras

    Today, head into the Alpujarras region on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, the stronghold of the Muslim resistance, which lasted until the final defeat of the Rebellion in 1571 (1 hour). From the market town of Orgiva, head on a circular river valley walk for 3 hours, passing two white villages and enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. Back in Granada,see an authentic Flamenco show before a farewell dinner in an excellent restaurant with views of the Alhambra.

     

    Accommodation: Hotel Casa 1800 Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch And Dinner

    Day 08 : Departure from Malaga

    After some free time for further exploration, your visit to Andalusia concludes with an airport transfer to Malaga for early afternoon flight home.

     

    Meals: Breakfast 

  • Duration
    8 days
    Difficulty
    Moderate
    Primary Activities
    Culture and History
    No. of travellers
    Min. 2
    Other Activities
    Trekking
    Children Allowed
    Yes
  • Comfort
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  • Price Details (per person)

    High Season Apr to Jun $ 3,940 $ 493 per day
    High Season Sep to Nov $ 3,940 $ 493 per day
    Low Season Dec to Mar $ 3,580 $ 448 per day

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

Cost Includes

Accommodation

  • Cordoba, 2 N: Hotel NH Amistad
  • Zuheros, 2 N: Hotel Hacienda Minerva
  • Granada, 3 N: Hotel Casa 1800

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (drinks included) in: Cordoba (x1), Montilla (x1), Zuheros (x2), Granada (x2), Alpujarras (x1)
  • 7 dinners (drinks include) in: Cordoba (x2), Zuheros (x2), Granada (x3)

Transport

  • Private vehicle at your disposal with English-speaking driver from arrival to departure

Licensed Local Guides (All entrance tickets included)

  • Granada: Alhambra and Generalife gardens
  • Cordoba: Mosque/Cathedral and Alcazar

Shows and Experiences

  • Equestrian show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba
  • Flamenco performance in Granada
  • Family-run olive oil farm in Montilla (guided visit and tasting included)
  • Family-run winery in Montilla (guided visit, tasting and paired tapas lunch included)

Tour Leader

  • Fluent English-speaking guide for the entire trip
 
Cost Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Trip Cancellation Fees
  • Medical or Other Insurance
  • Passport, Visa, and Health documentation
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
Day 01 : Arrival in Malaga - Cordoba

After arriving at Malaga airport in the early afternoon, transfer to the World Heritage city of Cordoba (2 hours). Enter the city by crossing the great Roman bridge built over the Guadalquivir river by the emperor Augustus. Once you arrive in Cordoba, an orientation walk will reveal the architectural integrity of this city, once the most splendid of the civilised world. Afterwards, check into your hotel, an elegant 4-star conversion of an 18th century palacio in the historic Jewish Quarter, and enjoy a glass of chilled Fino is de rigueur before heading for dinner in an excellent traditional restaurant.


Accommodation: Hotel NH Amistad de Cordoba

Meals Included: Dinner

Day 02 : Granada

Today, set off on foot, traversing narrow lanes with whitewashed houses and flower-filled patios, and see a few 13th century Fernandine churches, built immediately after the reconquest of Cordoba by Ferdinand III. Then, watch a dressage performance by Andalusian horses in the Royal Stables, the 16th century home of the horse breed requested by King Philip II. After a light lunch, we have a guided tour of the Mezquita, a monumental religious complex comprising of an 8th century mosque, a Roman temple, and a Visigothic church. We conclude the day with a visit to the 14th century Castle and Gardens of the Christian Monarchs Alcázar.

 

Enjoy some free time in the evening and a delicious dinner served in one of the most emblematic “Tabernas” in town.

 

Accommodation: Hotel NH Amistad de Cordoba

 

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

 
Day 03 : Cordoba - Montilla - Zuheros

Departing from Cordoba, drive into the hills of the Montilla-Moriles wine region to visit a family-owned olive oil mill and museum, and learn about the importance of olives in the Andalusian economy. You will also get the amazing opportunity to taste their award-winning extra virgin olive oil. In a nearby winery surrounded by vineyards, taste some local wines, accompanied by a delicious home-made tapas lunch, before driving to the Via Verde, a former railway track used to transport olive oil, for a scenic walk. Once you arrive, check in to your hotel, a 4 star Hacienda, set in olive groves. Enjoy some free time before heading to  dinner in their charming dining room.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Minerva


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 04 : Zuheros

Today, set off on foot into the Subbética Natural Park for a morning walk (3.5 hours) through the Bailon river gorge, discovering its unusual limestone rock formations, fresh water springs, and abandoned farms on your way. Finish in Zuheros, one of the most picturesque ‘white villages’ in all of Andalusia, where you will have lunch in a simple rural tavern. Then, continue downhill and along the Green Way (30 mins.) to a hacienda, where you will have some free time to relax and enjoy the hotel library, gardens, Moorish baths and pool. Afterwards, get ready for dinner at the hotel.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Hacienda Minerva


Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 05 : Luque

This morning, head to Luque, for a walk (2 hrs) through the fine Subbéticas landscapes and the extensive olive groves below. You will also discover the area’s dramatic rock-top castle, which played a significant role in the history of 9th century al-Andalus. Then, taste locally-produced goat and sheep cheeses during lunch, before continuing to Granada by road.

 

Start your exploration of the city with the stunning Catedral de la Anunciación, constructed in the 16th century after the Moors had been displaced, and originally intended to be used as a royal mausoleum. Once settled into your charming boutique hotel, a carefully converted 17th century mansion, begin a short walk through the narrow lanes of the historic quarter of Albaicin to dine in the stylish courtyard setting of a restaurant known for its innovative take on traditional Andalusian cuisine.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa 1800

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 06 : Granada

Granada epitomises the splendours of al-Andalus and once formed the nucleus of the Moorish Nasrid Kingdom for 200 years. After breakfast, set off in the footsteps of famed 19th century American author and traveller, Washington Irving, to the magnificent Alhambra, from where the Kingdom was ruled. Dedicate the whole morning (3 hours guided tour) to this remarkable architectural complex, and visit both the Alhambra and the Generalife. The Alhambra, arguably one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, is composed of a myriad of towers, gardens, palaces and residences, of which our focus is the most splendid: the 13th century Nasrid Palace. Afterwards, continue to the Generalife, The Garden of the Builder, to see the famous Patio de la Acequias, the Regal Hall, the gardens, and the original Escalera del Agua.

 

Today, a light lunch will be served at the terrace of the Parador, overlooking the Generalife gardens.

 

In the afternoon, you will have some free time to enjoy at leisure before heading off another gastronomical experience in town for dinner.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa 1800

 

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

 
Day 07 : Las Alpujarras

Today, head into the Alpujarras region on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, the stronghold of the Muslim resistance, which lasted until the final defeat of the Rebellion in 1571 (1 hour). From the market town of Orgiva, head on a circular river valley walk for 3 hours, passing two white villages and enjoying views of the surrounding mountains. Back in Granada,see an authentic Flamenco show before a farewell dinner in an excellent restaurant with views of the Alhambra.

 

Accommodation: Hotel Casa 1800

 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 08 : Departure from Malaga

After some free time for further exploration, your visit to Andalusia concludes with an airport transfer to Malaga for early afternoon flight home.

 

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Cost of the entire itinerary

High Season Apr to Jun $ 3,940 $ 493 per day
High Season Sep to Nov $ 3,940 $ 493 per day
Low Season Dec to Mar$ 3,580 $ 448 per day
Months not available Jul to Aug
Cost Includes

Accommodation

  • Cordoba, 2 N: Hotel NH Amistad
  • Zuheros, 2 N: Hotel Hacienda Minerva
  • Granada, 3 N: Hotel Casa 1800

Meals

  • All breakfasts
  • 7 lunches (drinks included) in: Cordoba (x1), Montilla (x1), Zuheros (x2), Granada (x2), Alpujarras (x1)
  • 7 dinners (drinks include) in: Cordoba (x2), Zuheros (x2), Granada (x3)

Transport

  • Private vehicle at your disposal with English-speaking driver from arrival to departure

Licensed Local Guides (All entrance tickets included)

  • Granada: Alhambra and Generalife gardens
  • Cordoba: Mosque/Cathedral and Alcazar

Shows and Experiences

  • Equestrian show at the Royal Stables in Cordoba
  • Flamenco performance in Granada
  • Family-run olive oil farm in Montilla (guided visit and tasting included)
  • Family-run winery in Montilla (guided visit, tasting and paired tapas lunch included)

Tour Leader

  • Fluent English-speaking guide for the entire trip
 
Cost Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Trip Cancellation Fees
  • Medical or Other Insurance
  • Passport, Visa, and Health documentation
  • Tips
  • Personal Expenses
Climate

Visas, Travel Documents and Special Permits

  • Valid passport (valid for a minimum of 6 months)
  • Valid isa to enter Spain
  • If you are travelling from certain countries, you may not require a visa. Please check the Spanish Embassy website for more information

 

Physical Fitness/Skills

Good physical condition due to the city and countryside walking involved

Recommended Packing List

Casual

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