• CLASSIC ANDALUSIA

    In The Footsteps of The Great Conquerors

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Fly & Drive Classic Andalusia

In The Footsteps of The Great Conquerors

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Mention here: during the trip your are siuated in an accommodation with dinner in acentral situated 3*** hotel.

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Itinerary

Day 1 – MALAGA – RONDA

Arrival to Malaga airport and departure towards Ronda which will be reached after an impressive drive over the mountain range of “Serrania de Ronda”. Ronda is located on a strategical point in the highland in about 750 m above the sea overlooking all possible Gateways.

Day 2 – RONDA – ARCOS – JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA

Arrival to Malaga airport and departure towards Ronda which will be reached after an impressive drive over the mountain range of “Serrania de Ronda”. Ronda is located on a strategical point in the highland in about 750 m above the sea overlooking all possible Gateways.

Day 3 – JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA – SEVILLE

As we have reached the middle of Sherry production we will of course start the day on this panoramic tour with a visit to the fantastic Sherry bodega ”Gonzalez Byass”. It´s history goes back to 1835, which one will sense during this well prepared trip round the historic bodega. After having tasted the Sherry, our visit will continue in the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. An institution devoted to conserving the ancestral abilities of the Andulusian horse comparable to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. The impressive performance and visit will bring us through all aspects of the classical traditions of Spanish baroque horsemanship, coach driving, blacksmithing, the care and breeding of horses, saddlery, and the manufacture and care of horse harness, topped up with the daring “dancing stallions”. After this visit we´ll find ourselves on the road towards magic Seville. Once arrived, time on your own where one can e.g. choose a cruise on the Guadalquivir River or a visit to the famous Maestranza bull fight arena. Recommendable is also a walk through the exotic Maria Luisa Park or a visit to the authentic & charming pedestrian streets area of Sierpes, Tetuan & Velazquez. After dinner a visit will be arranged to the small mythic flamenco theatre  ”Los Gallos” located on the breath-taking miniature Santa Cruz square.

Day 4 – SEVILLE

Starting the morning with a fantastic panoramic tour of the exotic city centre, a highlight of this trip. The city is an explosive cocktail de culture, history, sensuality, nightlife and Latin temperament. One will be taken by the light, the blue sky, the red sun and the white washed town. The sights seem to have no end: Running through the heart of the city the sparkling Guadalquivir River, the shining Arabic Gold Tower, the Santa Maria Cathedral (the world’s 3rd largest), the impressive Giralda Minaret Tower, the splendour of The Palm Tree Avenue with all the buildings from the 1928 America & 1992 Expo expositions, the beautiful Plaza de España etc. The idyllic & fascinating Santa Cruz quarter is one of the world’s most spectacular experiences with its lovely small orange tree squares, Andalusian patios, exclusive shops, and lively authentic people. In the afternoon a visit to the impressive and some overlooked Mudajar Royal Alcazares Palace. The inhabitants of Seville are friendly, cultivated and proud and looking forward to showing you their city and just strolling around the city or at the banks of the seductive river is an unbelievable way of getting close to this city and its people. In the evening, one can choose a night at the Opera or Royal Theatre.

Day 5 – SEVILLE – CARMONA – CORDOBA

Departure and first stop in the picturesque aristocratic village of Carmona, rising from the highest point in the area dominating the surrounding landscape. Of Punic origin, with its city walls, cemetery and amphitheatre, reminds us that Andalusia also had a very important Carthaginian & Roman past. A breath-taking – in all senses – climb to the Arabic Alcazar is part of this interesting stop. Further, on route to Cordoba we will make a stop at the ”Medina Azahara” ruins of the historic palace-city located 8 miles west of Cordoba in the foothills of the Sierra Morena. Once arrived late afternoon in Cordoba time on your own to discover this equally amazing place.

Day 6 – CORDOBA – GRANADA

Our delicate breakfast will be enjoyed in the surroundings of our wonderful Cordobian hotel situated in the heart of the secretive and seductive city. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and connected by the beautiful Roman Empire Augustus stone bridge. Once an Iberian and Roman city in ancient times and later the capital of an Islamic caliphate.  Today, the most extensive historical heritages in the world declared World Heritage Site by Unesco. It´s white washed village-like old town is a fantastic experience. Strolling through the streets, the impression of the Jewish quarter, the synagogue, the charming Andalusian patios, palaces and churches is almost overwhelming. The visit in the cathedral – the so called “Mosque” – is a mysterious event due to the mixture of religions & history. After this fantastic panoramic city tour we depart towards Granada. Arrival late afternoon with time to on your own get to some personal impressions an maybe enjoy a tapa in one of the many tapas places in the centre of town. In the evening, a tour will be arranged round the gypsy neighbourhood of Sacramonte named by the nearby abbey. Situated outside the old town overlooking the Alhambra Palace and the Albaicin quarters. The gypsy lived in caves and this evening it will be possible to experience an exciting live Flamenco performance in one of these.

Day 7 – GRANADA – NERJA

Alhambra, one of the most beautiful Arab palaces in the western world and actually contains of 3 palaces – the Nazari, the Royal Residence & Carlos the 5. –, the fascinating Generalife Garden and finally the Alcazaba fortress. During this almost seductive visit one will sense the fascination that water and vegetation have wielded over the Islamic Culture. Further, we will walk through the Albaicin, a district famous for its impressive views of the Alhambra palace and its characteristic houses and ”carmenes” villas. Later in the old town, one will reach the renaissance Cathedral with the Royal Chapel and the tombstones of the Catholic Kings. Finally, we will wander through the narrow streets of the old market district ending up at the lively Plaza Bib. After the panoramic tour, we will leave for the Mediterranean coast. Here we’ll find the very pretty and charming unspoilt village of Maro. With a regular population of 800 it’s situated on the coast, 3 kilometres to the east of Nerja. The famous Nerja Caves are located close to Maro and of course goal for our expedition this afternoon. Few visitors did not know anything about this part of the coast until 1959 when five young boys hunting for bats behind Maro, discovered a remarkable system of caves and ancient cave paintings. After this visit time to wonder the countryside to enjoy peace and silence in the lovely afternoon sun.

Day 8 – MALAGA

Before departure, time to visit nearby Nerja. A lively picturesque sea side town which old part has kept its original touch with white washed town houses, small orange squares, narrow copplestoned streets and a beautiful antic town hall.  The famous Balcon de Europa is a highlight of any visit to Nerja with its magnificent views and beyond dispute the best panorama of anywhere in the Costa del Sol. Transfer to the airport of Malaga.

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