Knit together the UNESCO-listed wonders of Andalucia, with super-scenic drives seeing you between Málaga, Córdoba, Seville and Granada. Throughout, imposing fortresses and ornate cathedrals remember a millennia-old history of Renaissance kings and Moorish invaders. It’s all linked together by stays in luxury hotels, from palaces built on Roman ruins to historic townhouses capped with rooftop pools. Each stop is also brought to life by a full spread of included excursions, with expert-led private tours joined by the likes of flamenco performances, tapas dinners and a jamón ibérico tasting.
After a private chauffeur transfer to the airport and complimentary lounge access, you’ll fly out to Málaga, perhaps pausing to take in its Picasso museum, Roman amphitheatre and 11th-century palace-fortress. Picking up your hire car, you’ll then drive through the Spanish countryside via Ronda – a plateau-top town where centuries-old bridges leap over mighty gorges.
Then, in Seville, welcome drinks will greet you at your luxurious accommodation – an 18th-century townhouse host to a superb spa, tapas bar and a rooftop pool that comes complete with old-town views.
After an indulgent breakfast, we’ve included a private walking tour of Seville. Your expert guide will see you through the city’s rabbit warren of medieval laneways, pausing for hidden tapas bars, lesser-known basilicas and plazas shaded by orange trees. Of course, you’ll pay particular attention to the city’s world-famous cathedral – a Gothic wonder joined by a royal palace that’s built on an Islamic fortress.
Then, you’ll also be treated to a tasting workshop of jamón ibérico. This perfectly cured ham is perhaps Andalucia’s most famous export.
You’ll continue your scenic drive today, winding through the famed Spanish plains to arrive at Córdoba. And, you’ll be welcomed at your 16th-century manor accommodation with drinks, a tree-shaded pool and a gorgeous spa built among a millennia-old Roman bathhouse. You’ll then enjoy an included walking tour, your private guide bringing you first among the history-steeped alleyways of the Jewish quarter, taking in 700-year-old houses and a spectacular synagogue.
It’s then on to the UNESCO-listed Mezquita, a great mosque-cathedral that ranks as one of the finest examples of Islamic architecture. You’ll then end the evening with the gentle strains and dances of a flamenco performance.
Driving out through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, you might want to stop at Jaen’s commanding castle before you arrive at Granada. The customary welcome drinks await at your accommodation – a 19th-century palace complete with mosaic floors, pillow menus and an excellent spa.
There’s also an innovative restaurant, where you’ll be treated to an included three-course dinner, with tapas starters paired with a degustation spread of typical regional dishes. Expect everything from cod with oyster sauce to lamb tagine with Corinthian raisins.
Breakfast & Dinner included
As with each stop, you’ll get your bearings with a private walking tour of Granada. As the last outpost of the invading Moorish civilisation, you’ll discover exotic manor gardens, fragrant teahouses and the great Alhambra. Dating to the 9th century, it began life as a fortress built atop Roman ruins, before successive sultans and Renaissance kings converted it into impossibly grand palaces.
It’s truly unique, with medieval fortifications fronting ornately royal interiors. There’s also plenty of time to explore at your own leisure.
You’ll enjoy a final scenic drive today, heading back to Málaga where you’ll drop your car off at the airport and catch your flight back to the UK. On arrival, a private chauffeur will be waiting to see you home.
"I designed this itinerary to showcase the best of Andalucia, staying in some of the finest accommodation, with the opportunity to experience local delights and customs in Granada, Seville and Cordoba. The drives between the three cities are equally fine with stunning mountain top views and impressive bridges spanning dusty valleys."
Low Season from: £1,595 pp
High Season from: £1,860 pp
Please note: parking is charged at approximately 20 euros per day at each hotel. We highly recommend to pre-book as spaces are limited - please ask your consultant for more information