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Discover Andalucia on this superb holiday to Spain
Join us to explore the true Spain, beyond the beach resorts of the sun-kissed Costa. Unearth the historic riches of this ancient country on included visits to majestic Seville, Granada and the spectacular Alhambra, and the gleaming, white-walled town of Ronda, which perches on the cliffs above the El Tajo canyon. On this great-value Spanish holiday you'll also have the chance to explore the magnificent Moorish stronghold of Cordoba and its extraordinary Mezquita, on a fascinating optional excursion.
- Stay in the heart of traditional Andalucia, in the hills behind the coast
- Enjoy a full-day visit to Seville, the city of Flamenco and setting for Bizet's Carmen
- Journey towards the Sierra Nevada, beneath which the great Moorish city of Granada stands
- Enjoy an included tour of the palace and gardens of the world-renowned Alhambra
- Take in the sweeping views from the Puente Nuevo, which joins the old and new towns of the mountain-top Andalucian city of Ronda
- The chance to join an optional excursion to Cordoba
What does the price include?
- Five nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the three-star Hotel Las Villas de Antikaria, Antequera (hotel and half-board upgrades available)
- Return flights from your chosen UK airport to Malaga
- A full-day tour of Seville
- A full-day tour of Granada
- A full-day tour of Ronda
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- The services of a friendly, knowledgeable and experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
Must try: Authentic tapas accompanied by a glass of chilled fino sherry.
Fascinating fact: Moorish poets described the Alhambra as "a pearl set in emeralds," an allusion to the colour of its buildings and the woods surrounding them.
You say: "We wanted a taster of Andalucia, and the Seville, Granada and Classic Spain tour gave us a superb one. A well-managed experience of the highlights of this region."
The Andalusian resort of Antequera lies on a plain between mountains and olive-covered hills, its shops, bars and restaurants offering a friendly welcome to visitors. The town has a long history, which can be traced back through the 13th-century castle and its Roman baths all the way to the nearby prehistoric burial chambers like Cueva de la Menga.
Your Base: Hotels in Antequera, Andalucia
Day One: Fly to Spain
Fly to Malaga, and make the one-hour transfer by comfortable, air-conditioned coach to your hotel in Antequera.
Day Two: Included Seville excursion
Today's full-day trip takes us to Seville. Explore the city's orange-tree-fringed squares, and see the huge cathedral, the Giralda Tower and the Moorish royal palace - the Alcazar. Seville is also home to many excellent tapas bars, so be sure to stop for tapas and a glass of fino sherry (payable locally) during your visit.
Day Three: Optional Cordoba excursion
Spend today relaxing and exploring Antequera, or join our full-day excursion to the city of Cordoba. This elegant, former Roman and Moorish capital of Spain has La Mezquita, an immense Mosque into which a Christian cathedral has been incorporated, at its heart. After a guided tour of this magnificent building, you'll be free to explore the narrow lanes and corridors of the nearby ancient Juderia.
Day Four: Included Ronda excursion
On today's full-day excursion, you'll travel through a countryside dotted with villages of whitewashed houses, to Ronda. Set above the dramatic El Tajo gorge, which cuts a swathe through the sierra, this once-Moorish citadel is a maze of narrow streets and fine Renaissance houses. Don't miss the Plaza de Toros, Ronda's legendary 18th-century bullring, and perhaps cross the Puente Nuevo bridge, which spans the gorge and links the new and old towns. You'll also see the city's fascinating Roman-style baths.
Day Five: Included Granada excursion
Today, we'll journey to Granada. Set in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this great city incorporates many of Spain's most important examples of Moorish medieval architecture. Your time here will include a guided tour of the Alhambra. This outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Site is both a forbidding fortress and a palace where intricate towers and colonnades cluster around courtyard mosaics and beautiful formal gardens.
Day Six: Fly back to the UK
Transfer back to the airport and check in for your flight home.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one hour.
Alhambra Palace excursion
Due to the uneven ground and steps at the Alhambra Palace in Granada, this included excursion may not be suitable for anyone with walking difficulties or for wheelchair users.
Combining hotel transfers
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Foreign Office Travel Advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
*This offer applies to new bookings on selected air-inclusive holidays to destinations within Europe, made between 17th July and 10th August 2018 (inclusive), only. Prices shown when booking do not include the discount. The discount will be applied to your booking once the promo code (EARLYSH) has been entered and will be confirmed before purchase. This offer may not be used in conjunction with any other offer, is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time. Exclusions apply.