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 relaxing with your complimentary UK airport 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, to 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, perhaps 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 visit to a family boutique olive oil mill situated a short drive from Seville including a tasting workshop of extra virgin olive oil in the family Hacienda.
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 and dinner.
Breakfast & Dinner included
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.
In the evening you’ll be treated to a guided Tapas tour, with a degustation spread of typical regional dishes. Expect everything from cod with oyster sauce to lamb tagine with Corinthian raisins.
As with each stop, you’ll get your bearings with a private walking tour of Alhambra Palace. 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.
"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."
30 Jun - 05 Sep 2024 from: £1,870 pp
02 - 29 Jun 2024 from: £12,670 pp
06 Sep - 31 Oct 2024 from: £2,315 pp
28 Mar - 01 Jun 2024 from: £2,650 pp
Weekend supplements apply for Friday / Saturday and Sunday night stays
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